Rank #1: 8. Eccentric Empresses
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
Rank #2: 31. Took a Licking & Kept on Kicking (Ass)
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
Rank #3: 18. Victorian Goop
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
Rank #4: 12. Let's Get Spooky
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
Rank #5: 25. Bawdy Positivity
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
Rank #6: 51. Feud
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
Rank #8: 28. Hot Drunk Presidents
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
Rank #9: 53. Feud III
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
Rank #10: 57. Arsenic Party with Eric and Jane
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
Rank #11: Minisode 12: The Elephant in the Room
Minisode 12: Let's talk about Topsy.
Jan 29 2019
Rank #12: 58. Hagiography
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
Rank #13: 55. Edison vs. Tesla II
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
Rank #14: 21. God Rest Ye Merry Jubilants
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
Rank #15: 35. This Victorian Life
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
Rank #16: 23. F**k the Pinkertons
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
Rank #17: Minisode 13: Inventor Inspiration
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
Rank #18: 22. Manners Matter
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
Rank #19: Minisode 9: Eras of Future Past
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
Rank #20: 52. Feud II
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