Episodes
Published 02/14/24
Maria Anna Mozart and Clara Schumann were talented and musically gifted women. They were both child prodigies and both dazzled audiences across Europe. While they were (and still are) often put in the shadow of a talented male relative, one woman quietly stepped out of the spotlight while the other fought to stay. Registration is open for our Field Trip to New York City in September of 2024! For information and to register, please visit Like Minds Travel. (While you're there, look at the...
Published 02/14/24
Alice Roosevelt Longworth was once the most famous woman in the world. She graduated from youthful frivolity into the deadly serious role of behind-the-scenes political engine and policy influencer; always the center of the action and (sometimes grudging) admiration wherever she went. Join us in PARIS! Registration is now open to travel with us to Paris in October, 2024! Check out the Field Trip itinerary and sign up at Like Minds Travel And, there are just two spots left for our Field Trip...
Published 01/25/24
President Theodore Roosevelt had many challenges during his career… corruption in the New York police force, the creation of the Panama Canal , the Spanish American war, protecting the Grand Canyon and other national monuments, and groundbreaking anti-trust legislation But the greatest challenge he faced was a volcano in a blue dress, his eldest daughter - flouter of convention, spicy of demeanor, and perhaps the world’s first media superstar…who admirers across the world came to call...
Published 01/10/24
Mrs. Claus has a history as colorful as her husband's so we spotlight it in our annual visit to her life! Originally, this episode is from 2014, but it's sort of a time-capsule episode: we've added things over the years, including this year, so if you hear Jingle Bells, there's still more to come! For our shownotes to this episode, visit The History Chicks There is just a handful of spaces left for our June 2024 Field Trip to Austria, it will sell out very soon, for details and to sign up,...
Published 12/22/23
As a child, La Malinche was sold into slavery by her own family. Through a series of curious circumstances, she began working as a translator and cultural interpreter for Hernán Cortés, and became one of the most famous (or infamous) characters in the story of Spain's conquest of Mexico. Join us in June '24 for our Field Trip to Austria! Filling fast, for more information visit Like Minds Travel This episode is sponsored in part by: RocketMoney BetterHelp Learn more about your ad choices....
Published 12/12/23
Please join us and our fellow Field Trip Friends, as we all tell you about our adventures in France! From the glitter of Paris to the Champagne country caves, we share all the highlights of our trip. There's also a very special announcement at the beginning that we're pretty excited about! This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy at try at BETTERHELP.COM/CHICKS Join us on our next Field Trip to Austria in June! Details at LIKE MINDS TRAVEL! Learn more about your ad...
Published 11/28/23
As is our annual tradition for both National American Indian Heritage Month and Thanksgiving, we present you with a bonus episode this month, our 2017 coverage of Pocahontas. She did save lives, but her story is far from the fairy tale often presented. For this episode's shownotes, visit us at The History Chicks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 11/22/23
Frances Glessner Lee was the mother of modern forensic medicine; as an heiress and socialite, she might have been expected by her peers to live a staid, placid life. Her immersion into the gory and sometimes alarming world of post-mortem medical work led to remarkable scientific advancement in the field. Working on the famous "Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death" - realistic miniature dioramas of crime scenes for training purposes - made her a household name, but her diligence in outreach...
Published 11/14/23
The History Chicks met fifty listeners in London for the trip of a lifetime! From the coziness of Jane Austen's house to the grandeur of Westminster Abbey, we left no stone unturned in this magical city. We wanted you to hear from the chicks and roosters that accompanied us on our journey... and so we invited them to help make this episode. You'll hear tales of art, theater, adventure, and (of course) history - but perhaps the greatest experiences for the 50 people on this journey were the...
Published 11/03/23
While we're on a Field Trip, we turned the show over to the Roosters this week with a Veuve Clicquot adjacent subject: The History of Absinthe with The Gilded Gentleman, Carl Raymond. Keep an ear out for cameos from Bowery Boy Greg Young, and Chris Graham Beckett's husband. Carl talks with Don Spiro, creator of New York's Green Fairy Society to tell the truth, and bust the myths, surrounding this historic beverage. For show notes on this episode, visit The Bowery Boys New York History. Thank...
Published 10/03/23
Barbe-Nicole Clicquot built a luxury empire amid the turbulent politics of post-Revolution France. After years of battling everything from Napoleon to Mother Nature herself, she finally rocketed to worldwide fame after one daring escapade, Raise your glasses to the Grande Dame of Champagne!
Published 09/14/23
Maria Montessori revolutionized education during the early 20th century with her approach to child-led learning and was convinced that the children of the world were the key to peace on earth.
Published 08/22/23
Lillian Gilbreth should be remembered for any of her life accomplishments: psychologist, industrial engineer, author, inventor, and pioneer in the field of industrial psychology. From her collection of degrees to her equal partnership marriage to her work with Presidents and to the trailblazing example she set for us modern mothers...she should be remembered for a lot more than simply, "the mother on Cheaper by the Dozen". Let's do something about that. We selected this episode to replay...
Published 08/09/23
The live-action movie, Barbie, directed by Greta Gerwig is opening and we're not only buying tickets and wearing our Barbie pink but we're also looking back on our coverage of this iconic figure and the woman who created her: Ruth Handler. If you're interested in joining us on our Thames or Seine River, Local's Meet-up Dinner Cruises this fall when we're in London and Paris, head on over to Like Minds Travel for information and to sign up! We hope to see you...
Published 07/20/23
While we couldn't confirm that Queen Charlotte was a woman of color, we can tell you about two women who were and who lived aristocratic lives in Georgian and Victorian England: Dido Elizabeth Belle and Sarah Forbes Bonetta. There is a Little Ears warning for the beginning of the second half, the story of Sarah Forbes Bonetta, for violence and trauma to a child. Those who are sensitive or have little kids in the room should skip or preview and pick up at about the 48:00 minute mark. If you...
Published 07/12/23
Today we bring you our traditional holiday coverage of the life and times of the Statue of Liberty; from her conception at a dinner party in France to the symbol of hope she has become for the world.
Published 06/28/23
As her world turns from cozy to chaotic, we conclude our series on the real life of Queen Charlotte of Great Britain. The truth of her story is even more dramatic than the fictional retelling in the Bridgerton Netflix series! Our Field Trip to London this September is almost full. If you would like to join us or learn more, visit our friends at Like Minds Travel.
Published 06/10/23
As the Season is now upon us, all the elegant individuals of the ton await news regarding their beloved queen. With scandalous fabrications confusing even the most learned members of our society, we feel that it is our duty to distinguish aspersion and misrepresentations from veracity in the tale of this 18th Century matriarch. In many regards, we assure you, the fact is as dramatic as the fiction. Yours very truly - The History Chicks
Published 06/02/23
Dozens of listeners joined us in our nation's capital for a whirlwind long weekend to visit sites, marvel at objects, learn from experts, and make new friends. Here, in their own voices, are the stories from our DC travelers in an episode we're calling an "audio postcard"!
Published 05/18/23
Only the most iconic of women are known simply by their first name, and Jackie is one of them. Her life was a complicated collage of privilege, challenge, balance, and reinvention. We've combined and remastered our two previous episodes on Jackie for this one mega-episode.
Published 04/28/23
Ona Judge defied one of the most revered historical figures in America in order to escape the institution of slavery. Though she spent the rest of her life as a fugitive, she managed to direct her own existence on her own terms; answering to no one, free at last.
Published 04/19/23
Some called her The Mother of the Country, some curtseyed and called her Lady Washington, but no one could doubt that she was uniquely capable to shoulder the responsibilities and rigors of both war and diplomacy. Martha Washington's philosophy of "duty over inclination" became the template for future First Ladies in the newly-formed United States of America.
Published 03/31/23
By modeling, educating, and encouraging others, Mrs. Bethune spent her life carrying a torch that shed a light on actionable ways to change hearts and minds and build bridges to education and equality for all. Her mission touched lives across the globe, while she cherished those closest to her heart in Daytona, Florida.
Published 03/09/23
Mary McLeod Bethune was born to carry the light for others to follow. Now known as "The First Lady of the Struggle", Mrs. Bethune dedicated her entire life to the causes of education and equality for all. She swept everyone she met, from sharecroppers to the President of the United States, into her vision for a better world. Would you like to join us on our Field Trip to London? Go to: Like Minds Travel
Published 02/23/23