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41 minutes | 16 days ago
THE ROADBUILDER K’awiil
Portrait of K’awiil by Mera MacKendrick 1400 years ago, traveling through the Mayan rainforest was terrifying and deadly (think snakes, jaguars, and crocodiles). Now, new LiDAR scans have revealed a network of elevated ancient roads so sophisticated, some folks give aliens the credit. But the truth is much more interesting! K’awiil, visionary ruler of Coba, one of the great cities of the Mayan Golden Age, built the first roads in the Americas. But did she do it to conquer her neighbors, or to help them? Join Katie on location in Coba, Mexico, with our guest Ezequiel May. Resources: An informative article on K’awiil from the Yucatan Times. An authoritative article on the stelae at Coba. An article on how the people of Coba built the road. All photos by Katie Nelson and Marc Nelson Ezequiel May lives in the community of Coba Quintana Roo Mexico. He was born in 1989 and has spent his entire life here in this beautiful town. He has been working as a tourist guide for 9 years. He feels it has been an honor to share the different archaeological investigations and the important dates that they have raised during their discovery. The post THE ROADBUILDER K’awiil appeared first on What'shername.
40 minutes | a month ago
THE MEDIUM Helen Duncan
Helen Duncan producing her “ectoplasm” during a test Helen Duncan was the last person in the UK ever to be convicted of witchcraft… in the mid-20th-century! Her story is one of fraud, fakery and – just possibly – actual communications with the dead!? Hear this fascinating and extremely unexpected story with special guest Nikki Druce, host of the Macabre London podcast! Nikki Druce is the creator and host of Macabre London, the original podcast about London’s gruesome history. Created in 2016, combines the intrigue of horror and history and turns it into a unique storytelling podcast. Nikki’s stories on the show are inspired by a lifelong love of anything dark, gothic, creepy and unsettling. Through Macabre London, Nikki has dedicated herself to making sure the stories from the capital’s past are not forgotten forever and to bring them to a new generation of podcast listeners and YouTube viewers. Check out the Macabre London podcast, YouTube show, and make sure to follow Nikki on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Music featured in this episode: The post THE MEDIUM Helen Duncan appeared first on What'shername.
40 minutes | a month ago
THE PAINTER Victorine Meurent
Self Portrait by Victorine Meurenther first painting accepted into the Paris Salon Chances are, every one of us has seen Victorine Meurent. Her delicate, red-headed form appears in at least thirty paintings by the famous Parisian masters of La Belle Époque. It was long assumed that Victorine was a prostitute, who died young in some tragically romantic way. But when our guest Drēma Drudge saw Victorine staring out from Manet’s famous painting Olympia, she felt called to uncover the woman’s story. And now we know that none of the assumptions were true — her life was far more marvelous! Drēma Drudge suffers from Stendhal’s Syndrome, the condition in which one becomes overwhelmed in the presence of great art. She attended Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program where she learned to transform that intensity into fiction. Drēma has been writing in one capacity or another since she was nine, starting with terrible poems and graduating to melodramatic stories in junior high that her classmates passed around literature class. She and her husband, musician and writer Barry Drudge, live in Indiana where they record their biweekly podcast, Writing All the Things, when not traveling. Her first novel, Victorine, was literally written in six countries while she and her husband wandered the globe. The pair has two grown children. In addition to writing fiction, Drēma has served as a writing coach, freelance writer, and educator. Drēma’s always happy to connect with readers in her Facebook group, The Painted Word Salon, or on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Music for this episode: Much of the music featured in this episode is from the album The Many Faces of Victorine, which was written and performed by Barry Drudge to accompany Drema Drudge’s novel, Victorine. The post THE PAINTER Victorine Meurent appeared first on What'shername.
54 minutes | 2 months ago
THE GUIDE Bibi Sahiba
Excerpt from the biography of Bibi Sahibawritten in 1816 by her son Shah Fazlullah Qandahari. In the late 18th century, Bibi Sahiba was probably the most important and influential person in the entire Afghan Empire. Honored as “the first and the most perfect” Sufi guide, Bibi Sahiba the Great’s spiritual and cultural influence can hardly be overstated. So how is it possible she’s as unknown in modern Kabul and Kandahar as she is anywhere else? Bibi Sahiba’s story is astonishing enough on its own — but the truths it uncovers about central/south Asian history will truly blow your mind! Join our guest Professor Waleed Ziad, along with special musical guests Zeb Bangash and Shamali Afghan, and discover why basically everything you know about Afghanistan is wrong. All photos by Waleed Ziad unless otherwise indicated. Used by permission. Waleed Ziad is Assistant Professor and Ali Jerrahi Fellow in Persian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to this, he was an Islamic Law and Civilization Research Fellow at Yale Law School. He completed his PhD in the Department of History at Yale University, where his dissertation won the university-wide Theron Rockwell Field Prize, one of two most prestigious awards across disciplines. In the last decade, Ziad has conducted fieldwork on historical and contemporary religious revivalism and Sufism in over 120 towns across Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Pakistan. His forthcoming books include Hidden Caliphate: Sufi Saints beyond the Oxus and Indus, In the Treasure Room of the Sakra King: The Native Copper Coinage of Northern Gandhara, Beyond the Khutba and Sikka: Sovereignty and Coinage in Sindh, and The Arch-Saint of the Afghan Empire, Her Teacher, and Her Son (in progress). His articles on historical and ideological trends in the Muslim world have appeared in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Christian Science Monitor, The Hill and major dailies internationally. Music featured in this episode: All music for THE GUIDE provided by Zeb Bangash, Shamali Afghan and Zain Ali. The post THE GUIDE Bibi Sahiba appeared first on What'shername.
42 minutes | 2 months ago
THE SUFFRAGIST SENATOR Martha Hughes Cannon
Martha Hughes Cannon as a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvaniaimage in the public domain In 1896, Martha Hughes Cannon ran for state senate against her polygamist husband, and won! But becoming America’s first female state senator was only one chapter of Cannon’s story. A whirlwind of triumph and heartbreak dominated her life: wagon trains, Victorian medicine, the suffrage movement, evading federal prosecution, she lived it all! Our guest is Rebekah Clark, author of Thinking Women: A Timeline of Suffrage in Utah Read Martha Hughes Cannon’s Speech to the Senate Judiciary Committee, or her Senate Health Bill (including rules on quarantine and school safety!) Or read her 1885 letter to a friend which discusses her fears of being forced to testify before a grand jury about her knowledge of polygamous marriages. Visit the Better Days 2020 website for more information on women’s suffrage in Utah. The Exponent II Magazine continues the work of the original Women’s Exponent today. (One of the pieces Olivia wrote for them is here.) Rebekah Clark is co-author of the recently-released book Thinking Women: A Timeline of Suffrage in Utah. She holds a law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and studied as a visiting student at Harvard Law School. She graduated with a degree in American History and Literature from Harvard University, where her honors thesis focused on Utah women’s activism in the national suffrage movement. Her work has appeared in journals such as the Utah State Historical Quarterly, Journal of Mormon History, BYU Studies, Pioneer Magazine, and BYU Law Review and in podcasts by the National Conference of State Legislatures, Zion Art Society, Church News, and the Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. She serves on the board of the Mormon Women’s History Initiative Team and currently works as the Historical Research Associate at Better Days, a nonprofit public history organization dedicated to expanding education about Utah women’s history. Music featured in this episode included The post THE SUFFRAGIST SENATOR Martha Hughes Cannon appeared first on What'shername.
51 minutes | 3 months ago
THE CAGED BIRD Florence Price
In an abandoned house in St. Anne, Illinois, an astonishing treasure trove of handwritten sheet music was discovered in 2009. That cache was the life’s work of composer Florence Price, the first African-American woman to have her work performed by major orchestras. But Price’s story is so much bigger – and so much wilder! – than even that headline-grabbing discovery could show. Her astonishing contributions to classical music are finally getting the attention – and the praise – they deserve. Our guests are Dr. Guthrie Ramsey and Dr. Karen Walwyn, with music by Chineke! Orchestra, Dr. Ollie Watts Davis, Dr. Casey Robards, The Women’s Philharmonic, and Karen Walwyn. Learn more about (and donate to) Karen Walwyn’s Florence Price Project here. Watch Guthrie Ramsey’s newest music video “What a Beautiful City” or buy his new album here. Stream The Caged Bird, James Greeson’s wonderful documentary on Florence Price here. Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. is a music historian, pianist, composer, and the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania. He’s the author of Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop, and The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History and the Challenge of Bebop and recently edited and wrote a foreword for Rae Linda Brown’s The Heart of A Woman: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price. As a producer, label head, and bandleader, he’s released five recording projects, including A Spiritual Vibe, vol. 1 and has performed at The Blue Note, The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and Harlem Stage. He recently scored the 2019 prize-winning documentary Making Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South and his documentary Amazing: The Tests and Triumph of Bud Powell was a selection of the BlackStar Film Festival. He co-curated the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s 2009 exhibition Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment and was a consultant and narrator in the 2020 Emmy Award winning HBO documentary Apollo: The Soul of American Culture. Karen Walwyn, Concert Pianist, Composer and an Albany Recording Artist, is the first female African American pianist/ composer to receive the Steinway Artist Award. As a Composer, she received the Global Award: Gold Medal -Award of Excellence for her recording of her composition entitled Reflections on 9/11, which was first premiered in full at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. As a Mellon Faculty Fellow at the John Hope Franklin Institute, Duke University, Walwyn composed her debut choral work entitled Of Dance & Struggle: A Musical Tribute on the Life of Nelson Mandela. She is Area Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Howard University, and has performed throughout the contiguous United States, Hawaii, West Indies and the Virgin Islands. Music featured in this episode was provided by The post THE CAGED BIRD Florence Price appeared first on What'shername.
36 minutes | 4 months ago
THE ILLUSTRATOR Tasha Tudor – 2020 Christmas Special
Illustration by Tasha TudorUsed by kind permission of the Tasha Tudor Family Tasha Tudor’s charming and warm-hearted illustrations of over 100 books, plus her nostalgic advent calendars and Christmas cards, earned her devoted fans around the world. But her way of life fascinated people as much as her illustrations. Even though she lived to 2008, she lived with conscious intention as if it were 1830. Her life was rooted in simplicity, creativity, and taking it slow. In this Christmas Special, we read from her Christmas classic, Take Joy! – joining her family in a nostalgic month-long celebration of her favorite time of year. Visit the official Tasha Tudor website, find all the Tudor family recipes, and find all things Christmas in their Christmas Shop, and year-round delights in the Tasha Tudor shop. And consider joining the Tasha Tudor Society to surround yourself with magical joy all year round! The two Tasha Tudor documentaries are Take Joy! and Take Peace! and are available for digital rental online. Music featured in this episode included: Purchasing through these links can help support the podcast! The post THE ILLUSTRATOR Tasha Tudor – 2020 Christmas Special appeared first on What'shername.
38 minutes | 5 months ago
THE FULTON FLASH Helen Stephens
When Helen Stephens was fifteen years old, a track coach saw her playing pickup basketball and asked her to run a time trial in the school driveway. In that first-ever 50-yard dash, Stephens tied the world record. Only a year later at the 1936 Olympics, she would win two gold medals and her record would stand for twenty-four years. Meet this “forgotten legend” of US track with Fast Girls author Elise Hooper. Coverage of the Women’s 400 Relay from the 1936 Games. A native New Englander, Elise Hooper spent several years writing for television and online news outlets before getting a MA and teaching high-school literature and history. She now lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters and is the author of The Other Alcott, Learning to See, and Fast Girls. Music featured in this episode included Help support the podcasts by purchasing through the links below! The post THE FULTON FLASH Helen Stephens appeared first on What'shername.
54 minutes | 5 months ago
THE LITTLE WOMAN May Alcott Nieriker
May Alcott portrait by Rose Peckham May Alcott failed spectacularly countless times before becoming a great artist. Immortalized by her sister as the vain, vivacious Amy in Little Women, the real youngest “March” sister, May, was a conscientious, creative, and courageous artist whose enthusiastic energy lifted everyone around her. Travel with Katie to Orchard House, where the Alcotts lived 175 years ago, and see the world as May saw it: beautiful, joyful, and full of possibility. You can take a virtual tour of Orchard House on the museum website, as well as visit their online shop. The Librivox recording of Little Women can be found here. Read May Alcott’s book “Studying Art Abroad and How to do it Cheaply” here. Katie and Jan Turnquist in front of Orchard House Jan Turnquist is the executive director of Orchard House, and director and co-executive producer of the Emmy award-winning documentary Orchard House: Home of the Little Women. Music featured in this episode included: Wayne Jones – “Touching Moment” Wayne Jones – “Forever Yours” Late Night Feeler – “When We Found the Horizon” Late Night Feeler – “If You Close Your Eyes I’m Still With You” Late Night Feeler – “Run Until Your Wings Grow” Esther Abrami – “No 4 Piano Journey” Aaron Kenny – “The Curious Kitten” Sir Cubworth – “Lost Love Song” The post THE LITTLE WOMAN May Alcott Nieriker appeared first on What'shername.
36 minutes | 6 months ago
THE CITIZEN SCIENTIST Jane Marcet
Jane Marcet wasn’t a chemist. She wasn’t a physicist or a biologist or an astronomer – but she probably made a bigger contribution to science than anyone else in the 19th century. So why do none of us know her name? Guest Miranda Garno Nesler explains what made Jane Marcet’s contributions so unique and so important, and why so many of us might be thinking about science – and scientists – all wrong. Miranda Garno Nesler is Director of Women’s Literature & History for Whitmore Rare Books. Miranda Garno Nesler earned her PhD from Vanderbilt University and serves as the Director of Women’s Literature & History for Whitmore Rare Books. At WRB, she researches manuscript and print materials through which women and other marginalized people told their own stories; and she places them with institutional clients around the globe to ensure that students and researchers can access a more diverse swath of history. She has been an invited speaker for a range of organizations including WriteGirl LA, The American Culinary Museum, The Belletrist, and the Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association of America. Past work has appeared in The Shakespearean International Year Book, Studies in English Literature, and The Journal of Narrative Theory. Her essay on the impact of 17th century printer Elizabeth Holt is slated to appear in the collection Making Impressions: Women in Printing and Publishing (Legacy Press, 2021). Music featured in this episode included Jane Marcet’s books available free on Project Gutenberg The post THE CITIZEN SCIENTIST Jane Marcet appeared first on What'shername.
39 minutes | 6 months ago
THE SPIRIT Xtabay
Once upon a time in the Mayan Yucatan, a kind, beautiful lady was murdered and left at the base of a tree. But that was just the beginning! Join Katie on-location in Valladolid, Mexico, as her guest Jesus Cetzal recounts the age-old story of Xtabay, who has been exacting her revenge in the Yucatan for centuries. Late at night, she lures drunken men to her ceiba tree, then drags them down into the Underworld! Our stunning portrait of Xtabay was created for us by Michelle Franzoni Thorley, aka Flora Familiar. Jesus Antonio Cupul Cetzal takes a break from work to share the story of Xtabayphoto by Marc Nelson Jesus Antonio Cupul Cetzal is native Maya from the little town of Yalcoba, Mexico. He studies in Valladolid, Yucatan, but everything he knows about his proud Mayan heritage, he learned from his parents and grandparents. Everyday, he aims to learn something new. Music featured in this episode included: The post THE SPIRIT Xtabay appeared first on What'shername.
46 minutes | 7 months ago
THE MUCKRAKER Ida Tarbell
Ida Tarbell in 1917public domain Before Ida Tarbell took on John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company, the idea of a journalist bringing down the largest monopoly in the US would have been laughable. But her relentless investigation, passion for the truth, and innovative code of journalistic ethics wouldn’t just change the country’s businesses — it would revolutionize American journalism forever. Meet the original “Muckraker.” Our guest is Stephanie Gorton, author of Citizen Reporters: S.S. McClure, Ida Tarbell and the Magazine That Rewrote America. Stephanie Gorton has written for NewYorker.com, Smithsonian.com, The Paris Review Daily, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Toast, The Millions, and other publications. Previously, she held editorial roles at Canongate Books, The Overlook Press, and Open Road. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh and Goucher College’s MFA program in Creative Nonfiction, she lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with her family. Citizen Reporters is her first book; she is currently working on a new book about the legalization of birth control. Music featured in this episode included: The post THE MUCKRAKER Ida Tarbell appeared first on What'shername.
49 minutes | 7 months ago
THE FLOWER IN THE WATER Zazil-ha
Zazil-haportrait by Meredith Henderson Did Zazil-Ha know that her rebellious love affair would save not just her kingdom, but the entire Yucatec Maya for a generation? Together with her shipwrecked Spanish husband, Zazil-Ha built a life beyond anything the 16th-century world could imagine. Preparing her people for a Spanish invasion, she created a future for the Maya that was radically new. And in the process, she became the brave, strong mother of the mestizo race. To donate to the Akumal Monkey Sanctuary, click here. Gabriel Camé is native Maya of Akumal, Mexico with a passion for history. Gabo traveled the globe for years before returning to the Yucatan to cultivate his deep relationship with the land. At Akumal Monkey Sanctuary, he works to rehabilitate wild animals for their release back into the wild. His company Eco Maya aims to foster ecologically sustainable tourism to the Yucatan. Music featured in this episode included The post THE FLOWER IN THE WATER Zazil-ha appeared first on What'shername.
54 minutes | 7 months ago
THE RESISTANCE Truus and Freddie Oversteegen
Freddie and Truus Oversteegen were just 14 and 16 years old when the Nazis invaded their hometown of Haarlem. Determined to do their part, the sisters joined the Dutch Resistance and began bombing trains, smuggling out Jewish children, and running refugee safehouses. But their most dangerous work by far was also the most unlikely for two young girls to ever take on: assassinating Nazi officers in broad daylight. With our guest Sophie Poldermans, author of Seducing and Killing Nazis, discover this astounding true story of courage, camaraderie, and the fight to stay human in inhuman times. Sophie Poldermans is the author of the New York Post & Amazon best seller Seducing and Killing Nazis. Hannie, Truus and Freddie: Dutch Resistance Heroines of WWII (USA, 2019). She personally knew Truus and Freddie Oversteegen for 20 years and worked closely with them for over a decade as a board member of the National Hannie Schaft Foundation. Poldermans is the founder of “Sophie’s Women of War,” shedding light on women leaders in times of conflict, and a Dutch women’s rights advocate, author, public speaker, lecturer and consultant on women and war, human rights-related issues from a legal, historical and sociological perspective and women’s leadership. She has degrees in Dutch and International Human Rights and International Criminal Law (University of Amsterdam); Peace and Conflict Studies (UC Berkeley, USA); Human Rights and Democratization (EIUC, Venice, Italy; Vienna, Austria) and Women’s Leadership (Yale School of Management). She has work experience as a lecturer in Conflict Resolution and International Human Rights and Criminal Law at several (international) universities. Music featured in this episode included The post THE RESISTANCE Truus and Freddie Oversteegen appeared first on What'shername.
43 minutes | 9 months ago
THE LAST QUEEN OF JUDEA Shelamzion
Image of Shelamzion created by Know Your Mothersclick for link It’s often assumed that women are scarce in the Hebrew Bible because they simply weren’t allowed to be major players back then. But the life of Shelamzion (aka Salome Alexandra) proves that wrong. She ruled ancient Judea in a period of extreme ideological polarization (um, hello). She stood up to her brutal husband to protect her people; then she stood up to her people to protect her enemies. Her reign was a Golden Age in Judea, so how come nobody’s ever heard of her? Our guest is Lauren Jacobs. photo by Claudia De Nobrega Lauren Jacobs is a multi – award winning author, whose historical fiction books, focus on the forgotten, marginalised women of the Ancient Near East. When she’s not writing books, she is speaking across stages and nations, on social injustices facing women globally. She hosts her own journalism show on national radio in South Africa, and she loves connecting with like minded women on her instagram @profuselyprofound Music featured in this episode included The post THE LAST QUEEN OF JUDEA Shelamzion appeared first on What'shername.
41 minutes | 10 months ago
THE REBORN Jemima Wilkinson & Publick Universal Friend
Jemima Wilkinson, born in 1752, was a devout Quaker and skilled medical practitioner in colonial Rhode Island. When a typhus outbreak in 1776 left her feverish and near death, she experienced a series of dramatic religious visions. When the fever finally cleared, the person who rose from Wilkinson’s sickbed declared that Jemima Wilkinson was gone (dead?) and had been replaced by Publick Universal Friend, a genderless evangelist who would become a wildly influential and popular preacher throughout New England. Publick Universal Friend would launch a completely unique (and distinctly American) religious movement, and Friend’s teachings and social influence would permanently shift American views on religion, slavery, race, gender and colonialism. Yet somehow Wilkinson and Friend were nearly forgotten to history until our guest Michael Bronski “reintroduced” the world to this fascinating enigma of a story. Several of Friend’s possessions are housed at the Yates County Historical Museum and Friend’s final home still stands nearby in Jerusalem, New York. Michael Bronski is an independent scholar, journalist, and writer and long time activist. He is Professor of the Practice in Activism and Media in the Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Harvard University. His Queer History of the United States won the 2011 Lambda Literary Award for Best Non-Fiction as well as the 2011 American Library Association Stonewall Israel Fishman Award for Best Non-Fiction. In 2017 he was awarded the awarded the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle. Past recipients include Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Martin Duberman, Samuel R. Delany, and Alison Bechdel. His A Queer History of the United States for Young People was published last year. Music featured in this episode includes: The post THE REBORN Jemima Wilkinson & Publick Universal Friend appeared first on What'shername.
42 minutes | 10 months ago
THE PEACEMAKER Queen Matilda
Queen Matildaportrait generously shared by Know Your Mothersclick for link For a thousand years, March 14th has been celebrated as St. Matilda’s Day in Quedlinburg, Germany. She was celebrated as a Peacemaker in her time, and has been a unifying figure ever since. Discover with us the remarkable story of Queen Matilda, who inspires Protestants and Catholics to gather together to celebrate her, even today. (Hint: she wielded words to end violence, and once talked a deer into puking up a wine bottle.) Our guest is Dr Thomas Wozniak. Thomas Wozniak was born in Quedlinburg and grew up as an active Catholic under the communist regime of the GDR. When the Wall came down he did his civil service instead of joining the army and worked with disabled people in Tabgha/Israel. After returning overland by bike tracing the crusaders he studied history. For the analysis of three late medieval taxation lists, which came to light during renovation work in his father‘s house an old half-timbered building, he earned his M.S. After completing his dissertation Quedlinburg in the 14th and 16th Century at the University of Cologne, he worked for several years at the University Marburg. His habilitation deals with Extreme Natural Events in the Middle Ages. He currently works in Tuebingen and Munich. Music featured in this episode included The post THE PEACEMAKER Queen Matilda appeared first on What'shername.
47 minutes | a year ago
THE ABSENCE Maria Branwell Brontë
Maria Branwell Brontë most famously exists as an absence — the mother whose biggest, or only, influence resides in her “not being there there” during the lives of her famous daughters Charlotte, Emily and Anne. For 200 years scholars believed there wasn’t enough material for a biography of Maria. But author Sharon Wright believed there had to be more to find, if only she “went looking properly.” And what she found is truly remarkable. Join returning guest Sharon Wright as we meet The Mother of the Brontës. Sharon Wright is a British journalist, playwright and author of the critically-acclaimed biography Mother of the Brontës: When Maria Met Patrick. She was born in Yorkshire and lives in South West London. She has worked as a writer, editor and columnist for leading magazines, newspapers and websites including the BBC, The Guardian, Daily Express, Disney, Glamour and Red. She is also the author of critically acclaimed plays performed in Yorkshire and London. Her first book Balloonomania Belles: Daredevil Divas Who First Took To The Sky was serialized in the Mail on Sunday and received widespread coverage, including on BBC Woman’s Hour and in the New York Post. Music featured in this episode included Purchasing through the links below helps support the podcast! The post THE ABSENCE Maria Branwell Brontë appeared first on What'shername.
45 minutes | a year ago
THE STORYTELLER Mae Timbimboo Parry
Mae Timbimboo Parry Mae Timbimboo was just eight years old when she entered a US federal boarding school designed to “kill the Indian to save the child.” The government hoped Native children like Mae would “assimilate” into Euro-American culture, but that certainly didn’t work on Mae. Instead, she harnessed her education to give voice to her people’s history. She told the world that they had the 1863 “Battle of Bear River” all wrong: it was a massacre. Our guest Darren Parry, Chairman of the Northwest Shoshone Nation, explores the power of storytelling in the life of his ancestor. Mae Timbimboo Parry’s oral history is here and her obituary can be read here. Better Days 2020 has created a wonderful profile of Mae Timbimboo Parry here. Learn more about the Bear River Massacre. Darren Parry is the grandson of Mae Timbimboo Parry, and serves as the Councilman of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation, on the Board of Directors for the American West Heritage Center, The Utah State Museum Board, and the American Indian Services Board. He is the author of The Bear River Massacre; A Shoshone History and teaches Native American History at Utah State University. He is currently running for Congress in Utah. Music featured in this episode included The post THE STORYTELLER Mae Timbimboo Parry appeared first on What'shername.
77 minutes | a year ago
THE ANCESTORS Mother’s Day Special
“The Melody Weavers,” headliners at the Paramount Ballroom in Shanghai, China in 1934. Our grandmother, Regina Weaver (L) with Lillian (C) and Tyra (R) Weaver. What’sHerName presents our very first Mother’s Day Special! Come “meet the ancestors” as six What’sHerName listeners introduce some truly remarkable women from their own family history! From Ukraine to Japan, Uzbekistan to Mexico, we’re traveling around the world, and through 275 years, to discover these amazing ancestors in this special double episode. Our guests are What’sHerName listeners Irit Namatinya, Susan Stone, Lisa Williamson, Adrienne, Sachiko Burton, and Michelle Thorley. Rosalia and her daughter Sophia survived Nazi invasion, a train explosion, a month in a swamp, and famine and disease in a rural Russian village. Sophia’s granddaughter Adrienne, the cohost of the Dear World, Love History podcast, tells their story. All photos by permission of Adrienne. In 18th century colonial Connecticut, Prudence Punderson was ignoring all the “rules” of needlework to create astonishing works of art. Lisa Williamson brings us the story of this truly remarkable “noted needlewoman.” [Correction: The man who brought Punderson’s embroidery to the State Fair after her death was her grandson, not her son-in-law as we mistakenly said.] Young Highland Dancer Margaret Stewart Haldane could never have imagined that her life would lead her from urban Glasgow to a career as the Postmaster of Rattlesnake, Florida, USA. Her granddaughter Susan Stone, producer of the Dead Ladies Show Podcast, brings us her story. All photos courtesy of Susan Stone. Michelle Thorley is an artist and family history researcher. Her instagram is FloraFamiliar. Irit Namatinya is a Bollywood dance teacher in Thailand. She brings us the story of her grandmother’s escape from Uzbekistan to Israel, and the unusual solution she discovered to an unusual and frightening problem. Rebecca Sachiko Burton is a writer in Washington state. She shares with us the ways her grandmother and great-grandmother gave her a legacy of courage and resilience, “even if you have to walk through fire.” All photos courtesy of Sachiko Burton. Music featured in this episode included The post THE ANCESTORS Mother’s Day Special appeared first on What'shername.
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