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Lithium Jubilee

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Lithium Jubilee is a podcast about Victorian Era minutiae. Much like the era, we aim to be equal parts fancy and ridiculous. Join us!

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Lithium Jubilee is a podcast about Victorian Era minutiae. Much like the era, we aim to be equal parts fancy and ridiculous. Join us!

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12 Ratings
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Erin for President!

By McFanboy - Mar 27 2020
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Love this podcast for its history, good humor, and excellent host!

Delightful!

By Addy Hush - Mar 26 2020
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Delightful, informative! I love Erin’s voice!

iTunes Ratings

12 Ratings
Average Ratings
10
0
1
0
1

Erin for President!

By McFanboy - Mar 27 2020
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Love this podcast for its history, good humor, and excellent host!

Delightful!

By Addy Hush - Mar 26 2020
Read more
Delightful, informative! I love Erin’s voice!
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Lithium Jubilee

Latest release on Sep 29, 2020

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Lithium Jubilee is a podcast about Victorian Era minutiae. Much like the era, we aim to be equal parts fancy and ridiculous. Join us!

Rank #1: 8. Eccentric Empresses

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Queen Victoria's reign lasted just shy of 65 years and during this time her health and her people were, if not obedient, at least able to be maintained. Other ruling ladies were not so fortunate. While these Empresses were not celebrated by any gold or diamond jubilees, we humbly offer them one of Lithium. Erin's Empress, Elisabeth of Bavaria (Sisi) suffered from a poor constitution and severe ennui, only finding relief when she was as far from the throne and her husband as possible. Oddly, but not all that surprising given the very narrow arboretum containing the royal family tree, Jon's chosen princess is a sister in law to Sisi, despite her empire being all the way in Mexico. Jon commiserates with the Empress Carlotta, who certainly would have, had she could have.

Sep 12 2017

1hr 17mins

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Rank #2: 31. Took a Licking & Kept on Kicking (Ass)

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In our Black Women's History Month series, Volume III, we're telling the stories of Elizabeth Keckley and Cathay Williams. They were both born into slavery, took very different paths in life, but both ended up making a mark on history.

Mar 20 2018

1hr 26mins

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Rank #3: 18. Victorian Goop

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We’ve all fallen prey to bad advice offered by attractive yet unreliable sources. Episode 18 of Lithium Jubilee takes a look at some of the Victorian health fads that would not seem out of place on GOOP or any other cultish/lifestyle website devoid of any medical or scientific evidence. Erin explains the dangers of Mercury, a toxic cure-all and Jon weaves us through the laborious, lethal lady’s beauty regimen. Remember, you can’t spell “Hindsight” without “sigh”!

Nov 28 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #4: 12. Let's Get Spooky

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If you’ve come to the 12th episode of Lithium Jubilee looking for respite from the horrors of the world or maybe just October, too bad! We’ve got the spirit(s) in our boooones! Erin reminds you to fear even the most minuscule moments due to the constant threat of bad luck! Jon explains why you might want to send the daughter you like the least to get the door if Spring Heeled Jack has been sighted! Seek your solace somewhere else!

Oct 10 2017

1hr 8mins

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Rank #5: 25. Bawdy Positivity

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Join us for the 25th episode as we appreciate some of the naughtier entertainment of the late 19th century. Jon’s got us a backstage pass to meet the Queen of the Music Hall, Miss Marie Lloyd! While you’re back there, Erin will give you a tour of the infamous Bird Cage Theater in Tombstone, Arizona. Meet us up in the balcony, listeners, you’ll see us waving our handkerchief!

Jan 30 2018

1hr 8mins

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Rank #6: 51. Feud

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Our latest episode is a return to form for a couple of reasons. A) We’re back to our “classic” format, and B) Ryan Murphy is dictating our lives. This time we’re drawing inspiration from Feud! We get into the iconic Southern rivalry between the Hatfields & McCoys and lay the groundwork for the acting rivalry between Sarah Bernhardt and Eleanora Duse!

Nov 20 2018

1hr 27mins

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Rank #7: 56. Edison vs. Tesla III

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Alva's antics!

Mar 29 2019

55mins

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Rank #8: 28. Hot Drunk Presidents

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Lithium Jubilee’s 28th episode deliberates on the aesthetic attributes of our past commanders in chief. Erin’s pick is handsome sad sack Franklin Pierce, who will only be remembered (if at all) for his looks, tragic personal life and turning the simmer of racial divide into a civil war. Jon reflects on Ulysses S. Grant’s hearty constitution, steely eyes and well maintained facial hair. Bring us your handsome, your drunk, your presidential, we won’t kick them out of our Oval Office.

Feb 20 2018

56mins

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Rank #9: 57. Arsenic Party with Eric and Jane

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We’re back! Or are we? Today’s episode delves into the seen, the unseen and the could’ve been. Join us as we shrug off this dimension and then giggle and place the dimension right back where it was because it’s not that kind of show.

Jan 21 2020

53mins

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Rank #10: 53. Feud III

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Like the Halloween film franchise, the third entry in our Feud series features none of the characters from the first two. This week we discuss the jewel encrusted drama of Les Grandes Horizontales and a Confederate rivalry that may have cost the South the war.

Dec 11 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #11: 58. Hagiography

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Today’s episode is not entirely saint-based as the title suggests, but it celebrates two of the most devastating natural events the world has known: volcanic eruptions and unmarried women.

Jan 28 2020

51mins

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Rank #12: Minisode 12: The Elephant in the Room

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Minisode 12: Let's talk about Topsy.

Jan 29 2019

46mins

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Rank #13: 55. Edison vs. Tesla II

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Our battle of the ages really kicks off as we do our first deep dive into the main contenders. This week, the The Serbian Shocker, Nikola Tesla. Jon guides us through the swamp of legend, to the man as he truly was: vehemently opposed to peaches. Was the death ray real? What's the true tea on him and Edison? What was the deal with him and those pigeons? Join us and find out!

Jan 22 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #14: 21. God Rest Ye Merry Jubilants

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Christmas is the quintessential Victorian holiday, pageantry and extravagance derived from a hodgepodge of beliefs stolen from other cultures! That’s why the 21st episode of Lithium Jubilee will be giving you a smattering of the origins of some familiar Christmas traditions of the past and present (“yet to come” isn’t really our scene).

Dec 19 2017

1hr 19mins

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Rank #15: 35. This Victorian Life

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We're sitting far too close to the mic as we go full NPR in our latest episode. Hear stories of those in and around the mining industry, as well as Jon attempting to perfect his Terry Gross impression over and over again.

Apr 24 2018

1hr 26mins

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Rank #16: 23. F**k the Pinkertons

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Have you ever wondered, what the hell does Lithium Jubilee have against the Pinkertons? Wonder no more! Episode 23 offers a primer in Pinkerton studies. Erin gives us insight into the man himself, Allen Pinkerton, while Jon describes the event that cements the agency into a group worthy of vulgarity. Keep those eyes open and don’t sleep on this episode!

Jan 16 2018

1hr 22mins

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Rank #17: Minisode 13: Inventor Inspiration

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Minisode 13: Did you think we forgot about you Jubilants??? Never! We’ve crawled out of our respective hovels with just enough energy to review some quotes from our inventors you most likely haven’t seen on an inspirational poster. Yet. We’re back babies!

Mar 19 2019

53mins

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Rank #18: 22. Manners Matter

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New Year, New You as the saying goes. Lithium Jubilee is here for you with a brand new episode with advice about navigating this whacky world, from casual social interactions to finding that special someone with a spectacularly shaped skull.

Jan 09 2018

1hr 8mins

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Rank #19: Minisode 9: Eras of Future Past

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Minisode 9: Listen. Life happens. Our schedule doesn't always work out the way we want it to. If only there were a celestial guidebook we could use to figure out our lives. Oh wait, there is! It's an astrological minisode for your aural pleasure.

Oct 09 2018

34mins

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Rank #20: 52. Feud II

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Part two of our feud extravaganza has arrived! In which Sarah Bernhardt and Eleanora Duse really get into it and we take a look at the feminine side of the Hatfield & McCoy feud.

Dec 04 2018

1hr 9mins

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65. Deaf: The High Cost of Hearing

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The last full week of September is celebrated by the World Federation of the Deaf as International Week of the Deaf. We, belatedly, offer the stories of two aggressively Victorian gentlemen who didn’t need to hear to fight. Erin sets the stage for a biopic about badass, bare-knuckle pugilist James "Deaf" Burke. Jon explains why John Flournoy’s blows, delivered via academic journals and letters to the editor, never seemed to land. There’s nothing a mouth can say that these hands (or fists) can’t!

Sep 29 2020

1hr 19mins

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64. The September Issue

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We made it to September! Lithium Jubilee celebrates this incredibly low bar by finding some fun September Victorian era events. (Spoiler Alert: The events are not fun.) Jon coaxes us to join him in the Mountain Meadows, all to lay hundreds of bodies at our feet. Erin introduces you to Emma Nutt and the cruel, sadistic practices related to her job as a...telephone operator? We’ve got surprises in store! Not good surprises, but surprises.

Sep 15 2020

1hr 12mins

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63. "Not-So-Current" Events II

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As Jon and Erin hole up in their respective shelters, perusing their Encyclopedia Victoriana, they couldn’t shake the feeling of deja vu. Then they realized, it was the news! Erin tries to make sense of America’s secular government holidays. Really, WTF Virginia? Jon shares his pandemic preferences, up to and including the hottest bacteriologist of the Victorian era (possibly of all time). Hunker down and remember, if the Victorians got through it, you can too!

Jun 30 2020

1hr 32mins

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62. Election: Impossible

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Every so often, a political candidate comes in and dazzles the electorate. Then...they lose. Today’s episode shines a light on two of history’s lesser known Also-Rans. Jon elects Belva Lockwood, one of the first female candidates for president of the United States. Erin writes in Feargus O’Connor, an Irish Chartist whose party only lasted one election cycle. Special guest Dr. Pete tries to explain how the parliament works.

Apr 28 2020

1hr 33mins

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61. Fighting, Feasting, F**cking & Foxtrotting

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It’s St. Patrick’s day! Jon and Erin explore two of the least depressing facets of Victorian Ireland: Folklore and American celebrations! Erin breaks down some of the sillier myths documented in W.B. Yeats’ “Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry.” Jon fills us in on how some of the States paid tribute to the Emerald Isle. Don’t piss off any of the good people and remember, death is no escape from Lithium Jubilee!

Mar 17 2020

46mins

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Minisode 16: A Spinster for All Seasons

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Feb 25 2020

20mins

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60. Old Maids & Other Miscellaneous Debris

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Card Carrying Spinster Erin and “All the confirmed, none of the bachelor” Jon sift deeper into the shipwreck of singledom in their ongoing coverage of LEAP YEAR: hunting season. Erin relates to us some uncomfortably specific spinster lore, while Jon manages to find a couple of gents who let love guide them to shore. Jump in your diving suit, grab a couple pairs of gloves (mermaids have hands too), and come explore with us!

Feb 18 2020

1hr 3mins

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Minisode 15: Bosom Brawlers

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Minisode 15: 2020’s first mini is a doozy! Jon shares with us some of his favorite articles from Lithium Jubilee’s tabloid of choice: the Illustrated Police News.

Feb 11 2020

21mins

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59. We Made a Podcast About Victorian Clickbait. What happened next...WOW

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In case you haven’t noticed, we are back and aiming to WIN! Win what? NO IDEA! What we do know, just like what the Victorians knew, is sensation sells! We’re covering two of the most scandalous rags around. Jon takes an octopus-infested dive into the depths of the Illustrated Police News while Erin dips her toe into the vast swamp of Penny Dreadfuls. A warning to libraries and archivists everywhere: You’re about to get a stampede of Jubilants chasing down these popular publications!

Feb 04 2020

1hr 9mins

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58. Hagiography

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Today’s episode is not entirely saint-based as the title suggests, but it celebrates two of the most devastating natural events the world has known: volcanic eruptions and unmarried women.

Jan 28 2020

51mins

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57. Arsenic Party with Eric and Jane

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We’re back! Or are we? Today’s episode delves into the seen, the unseen and the could’ve been. Join us as we shrug off this dimension and then giggle and place the dimension right back where it was because it’s not that kind of show.

Jan 21 2020

53mins

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Minisode 14: The Return

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Minisode 14: A minisode to get back in the groove.

Jan 14 2020

13mins

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A Missive from Jon

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Well hey, what's all this then?

Jan 07 2020

7mins

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56. Edison vs. Tesla III

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Alva's antics!

Mar 29 2019

55mins

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Minisode 13: Inventor Inspiration

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Minisode 13: Did you think we forgot about you Jubilants??? Never! We’ve crawled out of our respective hovels with just enough energy to review some quotes from our inventors you most likely haven’t seen on an inspirational poster. Yet. We’re back babies!

Mar 19 2019

53mins

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Minisode 12: The Elephant in the Room

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Minisode 12: Let's talk about Topsy.

Jan 29 2019

46mins

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55. Edison vs. Tesla II

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Our battle of the ages really kicks off as we do our first deep dive into the main contenders. This week, the The Serbian Shocker, Nikola Tesla. Jon guides us through the swamp of legend, to the man as he truly was: vehemently opposed to peaches. Was the death ray real? What's the true tea on him and Edison? What was the deal with him and those pigeons? Join us and find out!

Jan 22 2019

1hr 16mins

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Minisode 11: Echoes of Yesterday

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Minisode 11: Is this thing still on? Anyway we're back! Just a quick little minisode to assure you all that we aren't dead. Next week, Tesla!

Jan 15 2019

11mins

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54. Edison vs. Tesla I

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In a way, it's all been leading up to this. Edison. Tesla. Erin. Jon. Our fight* over the iconic feud** begins now.

Fun discussion *They actually had a great deal of respect for each other

Dec 18 2018

31mins

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53. Feud III

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Like the Halloween film franchise, the third entry in our Feud series features none of the characters from the first two. This week we discuss the jewel encrusted drama of Les Grandes Horizontales and a Confederate rivalry that may have cost the South the war.

Dec 11 2018

1hr 14mins

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iTunes Ratings

12 Ratings
Average Ratings
10
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1
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1

Erin for President!

By McFanboy - Mar 27 2020
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Love this podcast for its history, good humor, and excellent host!

Delightful!

By Addy Hush - Mar 26 2020
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Delightful, informative! I love Erin’s voice!