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Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour.

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Catherine The Great (Part 2)

When we last left the Grand Duchess Catherine, she was feeling alone, unloved and unnecessary. She had just given birth and the child, Paul, heir to the Russian Empire, was ripped from her arms to be raised by Empress Elizabeth. Not cool, Elizabeth, not cool at all.

1hr 42mins

4 Mar 2016

Rank #1

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Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots got off to a good start: she was wearing the crown early and upgraded it at a young age (under the watchful eye of many an interested party),  but once she started making decisions for herself? Ah, that's when her life took dramatic twists and turns that ultimately took the crown off her head. Actually, those decisions got her whole head taken off, but let's start at the beginning, shall we?

1hr 34mins

13 Nov 2015

Rank #2

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Jackie Kennedy Onassis (Part 1)

Jackie Kennedy changed the cultural outlook of the United States during her brief role as First Lady.

1hr 44mins

7 Feb 2018

Rank #3

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Queen Victoria (Part 1)

We begin our second season with a woman whose life will take us two episodes to discuss. She wasn’t just black dresses, and talking about herself in the third person, you know! She led a very colorful and unique life!


21 Aug 2011

Rank #4

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Queen Elizabeth I (Part 1)

The post Episode 43: Elizabeth I, Part One appeared first on The History Chicks.


21 Dec 2013

Rank #5

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Catherine the Great (Part 1)

The listeners have spoken! Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, was the winner in our Guaranteed Content Poll - and in this episode, we take our innocent German princess from obscurity onto the world stage. 

1hr 8mins

22 Jan 2016

Rank #6

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Laura Ingalls Wilder

Channel your inner pioneer. Think tall plains grasses, humble and hardworking people who knew what it meant to carve a life out of the rugged terrain. The woman we talk about this week is remembered for romanticizing her childhood and for sporting a really, sweet bonnet. But her reality was more gritty.

1hr 5mins

8 Feb 2011

Rank #7

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Katherine of Aragon

Katherine of Aragon appeared first on The History Chicks.


17 Mar 2012

Rank #8

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Wallis Simpson (Part 1)

Puppet? Manipulating social climber? Misunderstood? Deeply in love? However you see her, the fact remains that a king abdicated his throne, defied his family and lived in exile to marry twice divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson. 

1hr 27mins

20 Aug 2017

Rank #9

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The Romanovs (Part 1)

The Romanovs (Part 1) appeared first on The History Chicks.


11 Nov 2012

Rank #10

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Sarah Winchester and the Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House has intrigued us for almost a century. Its story has always been a dramatic one, full of ghosts, guns, and desperation - but perhaps there is a simpler explanation buried within the life of Sarah Winchester herself.

1hr 14mins

29 Oct 2019

Rank #11

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Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë didn't let her circumstances and the discouragement of others stand in the way of her goal of becoming a published author; she got knocked down over and over before she was able to present the world with one of the most beloved heroines in literary history.

1hr 59mins

18 Jun 2019

Rank #12

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The post Episode 46 : Cleopatra appeared first on The History Chicks.

1hr 1min

7 Apr 2014

Rank #13

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Marie Laveau

How much of the New Orleans Voodoo Queen's legend is myth? (Hint: A lot)

1hr 21mins

27 May 2017

Rank #14

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Eleanor of Aquitaine (Part 1)

She was the Queen of France, the Queen of England, the mother of royalty, gave us a long life of ruling to talk about, and she was the winner of our last Guaranteed Content Poll. Excellent choice!

1hr 15mins

26 Mar 2017

Rank #15

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Queen Elizabeth I (Part 2)

The post Episode 44: Queen Elizabeth I, Part 2 appeared first on The History Chicks.

1hr 3mins

11 Feb 2014

Rank #16

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Anne Frank

Even though her life was a short one, Anne Frank's account of her turbulent times has provided inspiration for millions of people all over the world.

2hr 17mins

9 Nov 2018

Rank #17

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Elizabeth Bathory

One of the world's most prolific serial killers... basically lives up to the hype. The only thing we can clear her of is her gruesome bathing practices!

1hr 22mins

27 Jan 2019

Rank #18

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Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc, Jeannette, Jean, The Maid, La Pucelle, Hero, Heretic, Visionary, Lunatic…that’s a lot of names and titles for a teenage girl who is remembered for events from only a short period of her life.

1hr 21mins

21 Nov 2014

Rank #19

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Lucille Ball (Part 1)

Lucille Ball had a long climb up (and down) before she made history when I love Lucy debuted in 1951, and we cover those struggles and successes in this episode.

1hr 15mins

1 Jan 2017

Rank #20