Asterisk History

Asterisk History

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Alex and Jay talk about history’s badass women and make bad jokes about things they probably shouldn’t.


21. Christine Granville: Kickass Spy
Sep 9, 2019 • 55 min
Season 2, Episode 10: In the final episode of Season 2, a slightly intoxicated Alex tells a completely sober Jay about Christine Granville, a polish woman who defied the odds to become a English spy. (We apologize for the audio quality for this episode!)
20. Yaa Asantewaa: Rebel Queen Mother
Aug 26, 2019 • 32 min
Season 2, Episode 9: Jay tells Alex about Yaa Asantewaa, the Queen Mother who led the Ashanti in their final Rebellion against British Colonialism.
19. Truganini and Fanny Cochrane Smith: The Last Indigenous Tasmanians
Aug 12, 2019 • 42 min
Season 2, Episode 8: In the second switcheroo episode, Alex and Jay discuss Truganini and Fanny Cochrane Smith, two women who bear the title “last Aboriginal Tasmanian” and who worked tirelessly to protect their cultures and their way of life from…
18. Anne Lister: Traveler, Diarist, Seducer of Widows
Jul 29, 2019 • 38 min
Season 2, Episode 7: In the first switcheroo episode, Jay and Alex discuss Anne Lister, the “first modern lesbian” who traveled Europe, managed her own monetary affairs, and wrote four MILLION words in her detailed and encoded diaries.
17B. Mary Church Terrell: Spirited Globetrotting Educator
Jul 15, 2019 • 50 min
Season 2, Episode 6: In the second part of a two-part episode, Alex finishes telling Jay about Mary Church Terrell, a woman who fought for suffrage, education, and civil rights.
17A. Mary Church Terrell: Spirited Globetrotting Educator
Jul 2, 2019 • 53 min
Season 2, Episode 6A: In the first part of a two-part episode, Alex tells Jay about Mary Church Terrell, a woman who fought for suffrage, education, and civil rights.
16. Mitsuye Endo: Quietly Courageous Plaintiff
Jun 17, 2019 • 58 min
Season 2, Episode 5: Jay tells Alex about Mitsuye Endo, the only person to successfully sue for Habeus Corpus during the forced internment of Japanese American citizens during WWII.
15. Throwback: Phryne: Send (Classical) Nudes
Jun 3, 2019 • 38 min
Life’s been a bit hectic for Asterisk’s hosts, so today we’re giving you a throwback episode! We will return to regularly-schedule new episodes on Monday, June 17. In this episode from Season 1, Jay tells Alex about Φρύνη, or Phryne (Phrýnē), a courtesan…
14. Ms. Ophelia Settle Egypt: Harlem Renaissance Adjacent
May 20, 2019 • 58 min
Season 2 Episode 4: Alex tells Jay about Ms. Ophelia, a sociologist and writer who who stood on the fringes of the Harlem Renaissance and rubbed shoulders with many key players.
13. Chiquinha Gonzaga: Choro Maestrina of Brazil
May 6, 2019 • 48 min
We are a history(ish) podcast focused on women, their stories, and their culture.
12. Mary Mahoney: The Original RN
Apr 22, 2019 • 34 min
Season 2 Episode 2: Alex tells Jay about Mary Mahoney, the first African American woman to be formally trained as a nurse. Also, a small correction: in this episode, Alex refers to the Dred Scott case. She meant the Plessey v. Ferguson case, wherein the…
11. Suor Maria Celeste: a ‘Poor Clare’ of Florence
Apr 8, 2019 • 62 min
Season 2, Episode 1: Jay tells Alex about Suor Maria Celeste, a nun of the impoverished Order of St. Clare of Assisi who was industrious, surprisingly well educated, and whose records survived because she happened to have a famous father.
10. Stephanie St. Clair: The Queen(ie) of Harlem
Mar 25, 2019 • 36 min
Alex tells Jay about “Queenie” Stephanie St. Clair, the classiest mob boss to grace New York City in the 20th Century.
9: Marcela Gracia Ibeas and Elisa Sánchez Loriga: Inconsistent Incognito Spouses
Mar 11, 2019 • 37 min
Jay tells Alex about Marcela Gracia Ibeas and Elisa Sánchez Loriga, who, through elaborate deception, became the first same-sex couple to be married by the Catholic Church.
8. Elizabeth Freeman and Oney Judge: Self-Freed Women
Feb 25, 2019 • 40 min
Alex tells Jay about Elizabeth Freeman and Oney Judge, two women born enslaved, who freed themselves around the time of the American Revolution.
We’re Back!
Feb 20, 2019 • 5 min
Alex and Jay explain their abrupt hiatus and let everyone know what they’ve been up to lately.
7. Molly, Molly, Molly: Three American Revolution Heroines
May 14, 2018 • 41 min
Jay tells Alex about three heroic women-of-the-army, all nicknamed Molly, from the American Revolutionary War.
6B. Lucy Parsons: Firebrand Anarchist
Apr 30, 2018 • 45 min
In the second part of this two-part episode, Alex finishes telling Jay about Lucy Parsons, a turn-of-the-century Anarchist and labor reformer whose personal mantra (we assume) was “burn shit down.”
6A. Lucy Parsons: Firebrand Anarchist
Apr 16, 2018 • 48 min
In the first part of a two-part episode, Alex tells Jay about Lucy Parsons, a turn-of-the-century Anarchist and labor reformer who was born into slavery and lived most of her life in Chicago.
5. Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade: Pragmatic Romantic Composer
Apr 2, 2018 • 44 min
Jay tells Alex about Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade, a Victorian Romantic composer whose music we use for our opening and closing.
4. Annie Turnbo Malone: Slayer of Hair
Mar 19, 2018 • 36 min
Alex tells Jay about Annie Turnbo Malone, an African American entrepreneur and philanthropist whose business empire was ultimately destroyed by outside forces.
3. Phryne: Send (Classical) Nudes
Mar 5, 2018 • 38 min
Jay tells Alex about Φρύνη, or Phryne (Phrýnē), a courtesan from Classical Greece who happens to be the model/inspiration for some of the most famous works of art in history.
2. Harriet Chalmers Adams: Badass Explorer
Feb 19, 2018 • 48 min
Alex tells Jay about Harriet Chalmers Adams, an incredible woman with a passion for geology, culture, and exploring.
1.5. Lai Choi San: The Other Chinese Pirate Queen
Feb 19, 2018 • 12 min
In this bonus mini-episode, Jay tells Alex about Lai Choi San, the other Chinese pirate queen who sailed the South China Sea in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
1. Zheng Yi Sao: The Chinese Pirate Queen
Feb 19, 2018 • 37 min
Jay tells Alex about 郑一嫂 (鄭一嫂), or Zhèng Yī Sao, the Chinese Pirate Queen who terrorized the South China Sea in the early 1800’s.