Archive for 2021

Episode 194: Mrs. Claus: A Biography, Revisited 2021

Posted 23 December 2021 by
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us! It’s our tradition to put Mrs. Claus at the top of your podcast queue each year, and we also add a little bit to the episode…it’s almost like an audio time capsule!

If there are little ears in the room, you may want to preview this episode and prepare yourself for questions…or t skip them altogether, you have enough on your plate!

For photos, video, and a recap, please visit our shownotes here: MRS. CLAUS

Episode 193: Tattooed Ladies

Posted 13 December 2021 by
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Inspired by her new tattoo (and challenged by another podcaster) Beckett explores the history of tattoos in women (mostly of North America and Europe, but there’s a history of the art itself, too.) (more…)

Episode 192: The Music Show #3

Posted 9 December 2021 by
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We put themed music at the end of each episode – “dessert,” if you will. In the spirit of this holiday season, where we give ourselves the joy of eating dessert first, we’d like to highlight the artists whose work has enhanced ours over the past few years.

This episode would make delightful background music to your holiday activities (or commute, or walk…whenever you listen!)

For a more expanded soundtrack, head on over to Spotify for a playlist of songs from the three music episodes we’ve done over the years! SPOTIFY PLAYLIST!

Episode 191: Fannie Merritt Farmer

Posted 13 November 2021 by
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Fannie Farmer circa 1900, around the time that she started her own school.

For a woman who taught generations of people to cook…she’s often forgotten. But this cook, teacher, administrator, author, and businesswoman has a lot to teach all of us, and not just about cooking! (more…)

Episode 190: Elizabeth Báthory, Revisited

Posted 31 October 2021 by
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The only original painting of her disappeared, this is a copy of that painting done when she was about 25.

Happy Halloween! This woman’s life story is the greatest (and definitely the creepiest) mystery we’ve ever discussed! Elizabeth Báthory: Cold, blooded serial killer, or misrepresented and framed, innocent noble? Maybe both? That’s what made her story so fascinating to so many people for so many years! The truth may never be realized, but even if it is, it’s so much fun to speculate about it, and perfect for Halloween!

Snag all the good candy from anyone’s bucket and settle in for a spooky tale that left us with one solid realization: We don’t care for the gore–there is a huge Little Ears warning on this one!

Time Travel With The History Chicks

For all the recommendations and things we discussed on this episode, click on over to our original coverage:

Elizabeth Báthory  

Episode 189: Happy I Love Lucy Day!

Posted 15 October 2021 by
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Lucille, circa 1976

 

Today, October 15th, 2021 is National I Love Lucy Day- a day devoted to celebrating the iconic life and work of Lucille Ball! We thought a good way to honor her would be to combine our previous two-part coverage of Lucille, remaster the audio, and create a supersized, LP of an episode!

For all the media recommendations for this episode, please visit our original shownotes here, LUCILLE BALL!

Episode 188: Sarah Bernhardt

Posted 1 October 2021 by
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One of the famous Felix Nadar portraits taken shortly after she joined the Conservatoire. Circa 1864

Sarah Bernhardt was an actress, sculptress, writer, mother, celebrity…legendary global phenomenon. She was also a courtesan, a master self-promoter, and an all-around unique individual who lived her life on her terms and in her own way. (more…)

Episode 187: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Part Two

Posted 18 September 2021 by
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by Jean-Étienne Liotard 1756

We left Lady mary rolling her eyes as people found reason after reason to not immunize against smallpox. While she cared about people not contracting a deadly disease, what Mary really want to be was a writer. Those letters she wrote from the road? She edited them into a book that was the first to capture a woman’s perspective of the Ottoman Empire. It would not be published in her lifetime, she had other things to do…like garden, socialize, write more biting commentaries on political and court life, raise two kids, ditch her husband and run off with a n’er do well Count to Italy, tour Europe, then entwine her life with another unscrupulous noble. (more…)

Episode 186: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Part One

Posted 6 September 2021 by
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Circa 1716 by Charles Jervas

For a woman who is not well known these days and who lived way back in the 1700s, it’s surprising that there’s enough of a story to fill two episodes…Lady Mary Wortley Montagu is such a woman! (more…)

Episode 185: Typhoid Mary, Revisited

Posted 20 August 2021 by
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There are quite a few parallels between Mary Mallon’s story (a series of typhoid outbreaks) and our present-day pandemic, and so there are things we can learn from it.

But was Mary a villain?

Or simply a victim of circumstances?

This episode also serves as a little hint for the one we’re working on right now for next time!

TIME TRAVEL WITH THE HISTORY CHICKS

For photos, things we discuss, and our media recommendations click on over to Mary’s ORIGINAL SHOWNOTES.