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Episode 132: Isabella of Castile, Part One

Posted 6 August 2019 by
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For a woman who was never supposed to rule, she did a mighty job of it. Isabella not only took the crown, but she also fought to keep it and when it was placed permanently on her head–she rewrote the rules of how her country was run and became the most powerful ruler of her day.

Whoa. That story is going to take two episodes to cover!

Ysabel (we American it to “Isabella” but strongly encourage the original spelling for babies and pets) was born in April of 1451, the eldest of two children of King Juan II of Castile and his second wife, Isabella of Portugal, Queen of Castile. Oh, yes, it’s one of those stories where everyone has the same name…it may even top the list of subjects that we’ve covered! She had an older half-brother, Enrique, who was being prepped to step into Papa’s shoes.

He didn’t have to wait long.

When Isabella was barely out of royal nappies her brother Alfonso was born…and then her father died. She was raised in a fairly drama-free environment away from Enrique’s court,  but when King Enrique IV hauled her back when his wife, Juana, gave birth to his heir, Juana (we warned you) Isabella’s life changed.

Years of civil unrest followed as the fine folks of Castile determined who the next ruler was to be and when her brother Alfonso mysterious died, Isabella was his heir. Was Juana really a blood relation to the king? Probably not. Was Isabella the rightful heir? Maybe but when she ran off to marry the prince of her choosing, the king ended that plan. Back and forth for years until she was 22; the king died and she just took that crown for herself.

Herself. Not her and her husband, then King Ferdinand of Aragon, herself.

She began her rule by changing how her country was run, then looked to the citizens themselves and decided more sweeping changes needed to occur.

We’ll tell you the rest of the story next time.

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Episode 131: Seven Women Revisited

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We’re revisiting seven colorful women and two of them are the most requested women…that we’ve already covered. We get asked a lot, “Can you cover Hedy Lamarr or Judy Garland?” Our answer? “We did back in 2015 and 2013 respectively.” We’ll also tell you the stories of five other women who are connected to each other in different ways: Josephine Cochrane, Melitta Bentz, Mary Phelps Jacob, Billie Burke, and Margaret Hamilton. Now that’s a dinner party guest list!

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Episode 130: Revisiting Joan of Arc

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By Albert Lynch, 1903 for Figaro magazine.

We thought that it was high time to take a trip back and revisit the life of brave teenager turned saint, Joan of Arc! We’ve both been thinking about her recently (which may be a bonus hint to our next episode)(it’s totally a bonus hint for our next episode) and realized how strong, brave and resilient she was in her very short life.

Here is a link to the original shownotes from this episode: JOAN OF ARC

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Episode 129: Elizebeth Smith Friedman

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Elizebeth Smith Friedman was America’s first female cryptanalyst but her contributions to both the US government during Prohibition and to the world during WWI and WWII as well as her pioneering techniques in counterintelligence and profiling were often hidden from history. We want to help change that.

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Episode 128: Charlotte Brontë

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A familiar portrait of  Charlotte, a chalk drawing by George Richmond in 1850. wikicommons

After a life of starts and stalls trying to find a way to support themselves, Charlotte Brontë and her sisters Emily and Anne finally hit on the career that paired their lives of heartbreak, horrors, love, and challenges with their vivid imaginations (and a heavy dose of Lord Byron.)

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Episode 127: Not-Quite-Live from PodX Show

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In May of 2019 (if you’re in the future, if you’re in the present- this weekend) we appeared live at PodX. PodX was a beautiful collection of both podcasters and podcast listeners who gathered in Nashville to celebrate podcasting. (more…)

Episode 126: Lydia Pinkham 2019

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Women’s health is in the news these days but this is hardly a 20teens issue, we talk about it all the time when we hop in our WayBack machine. Lydia Pinkham did her part to get women access to safe medical care during her lifetime (and revolutionized marketing in the process!) We’ve refreshed the 2015 audio and thought it was a good time for us all to realize that everything old is new again.

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Episode 125: Babe Didrikson Zaharias

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Babe Didrikson Zaharias was many things and, although quiet and humble weren’t two of them, her contributions to women’s sports made her a role model for anyone who has ever strapped on a pair of sneakers or golf shoes. Her drive and large personality made her someone we all need to know.

Babe in her All American jacket, courtesy Lamar University’s Babe Didrikson Zaharias Collection

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Episode 124: Mary Anning

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Mary Anning’s grueling, dangerous, and meticulous toiling enabled many men of science to do their own work and furthered the study of times long past…but she was mostly omitted from the narrative. Thankfully, like the fossils that she discovered, she left enough of an evidence trail to help write her back in. (more…)

Episode 123: Annie Londonderry (Kopchovsky)

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One of the publicity photos Annie had made on her adventure, 1894.

Her moments in the spotlight may have been limited, but Annie Cohen Kopchovsky lived them hard and bright as a marketer, adventurer, storyteller, and the first woman to bicycle* around the world.

(*or possibly, “around the world with a bicycle”- she played a little loose with the rules at points.)

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