The History Chicks

The History Chicks

United States

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

Episodes

Episode 85: Artemisia Gentileschi  

Being known as one of the greatest Baroque painters wasn't easy, but overcoming life obstacles that should have held her down only made her accomplishments that much greater.

Episode 83: Lucille Ball Part Two  

Lucille's life after the premier of I Love Lucy was nothing anyone could have predicted.

Episode 82: Lucille Ball, Part One  

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. 

Episode 81: Mulan  

Mulan's story of her days as a Chinese warrior had simple beginnings and a whole lot of lasting power! 

Episode 80: Queen Nzinga  

The story of this powerful, 17th century African ruler was far from an ordinary Princess to Queen tale 

Episode 79: Lizzie Borden, Revisited  

Is there a better time to revisit our favorite Victorian More-Than-Likely Murderess, Lizzie Borden, than right now? We think not.

Episode 78- Shirley Chisholm  

We wrap up our short series of "women who ran for the US Presidency before Hillary Clinton" with Shirley Chisholm!

Episode 77 - Belva Lockwood  

We continue our series of female Presidential candidates with Belva Lockwood, the woman who many regard as the first “legitimate” female nominee for the office., with groundbreaking campaigns in 1884 and 1888.

Episode 76: Victoria Woodhull  

Victoria Woodhull crafted a life for herself from pretty raw materials. She traveled from an abusive childhood to a very aristocratic end...  and in the middle, was the first woman to run for the American Presidency. In 1872.  She was a woman ahead of her time.

Episode 75: Marie Curie Part Two  

The second half of Marie's life was spent without Pierre but focused on a mission to apply science to help all humanity even while non-science drama swirled about her.

Episode 74: Marie Curie Part One  

A lot of people only know Marie Curie as a woman who won a Nobel prize (or two...spoilers) but that's just a small part of the life of this physicist, wife and mother.

Episode 73: Agrippina the Younger  

Agrippina the Younger lived a dramatic and dangerous life as the sister of an emperor, the wife and niece of another, and mother of a third in ancient Rome.

Episode 72 - Elizabeth Keckly  

When we were researching Mary Lincoln we both admired her friend, Elizabeth Keckly, so much that we knew that had to talk about her. She was born a slave, eventually bought her freedom and built a very successful business (twice) all before she, too, realized her own White House dream. Yes indeed- Lizzie needs her time in the spotlight.

Episode 71 - The Schuyler Sisters - a conversation with author Amanda Vaill  

Since the musical Hamilton opened on Broadway we've been getting a lot of requests to cover the Schuyler sisters, Angelica, Eliza and Peggy. (You sang that, right?) But we couldn't make it work because there wasn't enough material available to us to fill a whole show in the way we would want to...so we met someone who could:.

Author Amanda Vaill.

Amanda has written several award winning biographies, scripts, articles and...be still our hearts...has been contracted to write a biography on the two most famous Schuyler sisters, Angelica and Eliza. She's begun her research and graciously agreed to talk with us and dish Schuyler. We talk about the three sisters, the family that they came from, the families that they created, the rumors that surrounded them...basically who lived, who died and with Amanda's help, we get to tell their story.

Episode 70 - Mary Todd Lincoln (Part Two)  

In our last episode we talked about Mary's childhood, education and life as the wife of Abraham Lincoln. She was described as, "amiable, accomplished, gracious and a sparkling talker," by members of the Republican Party before she got to Washington...so what happened afterward that left her without this glowing impression?

Episode 69 - Mary Todd Lincoln (Part One)  

Mary Todd Lincoln's life can't be defined by who she married and her husband's legacy--she was a lot more than simply a southern born wife of a president. Actually, she wasn't simple at all.

Episode 68 - Madam CJ Walker  

When Madam C.J. Walker solved one of her own personal problems, she also created an opportunity to leave behind a life as a laundress for one as a successful businesswoman, philanthropist and civil rights activists and she was able to take thousands of women with her. Alaia Williams from the 18 to 49 Podcast graciously fills in as guest co-host with Beckett to talk about the life of this trailblazing role model who began to change her fate by changing the condition of her hair.

Episode 67 - Q and A  

What would you serve Dorothy Parker for dinner? What are your favorite things from pop culture? When will you cover the Schuyler Sisters? Listeners' burning questions, answered.

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