The Exploress Podcast

The Exploress Podcast
Time Traveling Through Women’s History
Wild Western Women: Ladies on the American Frontier (Season 1, Episode 11)
Jan 10 • 59 min
America’s Wild West evokes images of grizzled men in fringed chaps, but women were also there to help shape the frontier: pioneer women who fought through hardships to carve out a life on the dusty plains, and Mexican and Native American women who were…
More Done With Pens Than Swords: How Harriet Beecher Stowe Rocked America (BONUS!)
Dec 21, 2018 • 36 min
The 19th century’s best-selling novel was an incendiary story about the evils of slavery, written by a northern woman who wanted to change the world. Meet Harriet Beecher Stowe, the authoress who refused to sit down and be silent. In this bonus episode,…
We Shall Overcome: Elizabeth Keckley & Harriet Tubman, Part 2 (Season 1, Episode 10)
Nov 30, 2018 • 75 min
In Part 1, we walked with Lizzie and Minty through their childhoods and saw them find vastly different paths to freedom. What will they do with that freedom? One will become one of the most successful conductors on the Underground Railroad. The other will…
We Shall Overcome: Elizabeth Keckley & Harriet Tubman, Part 1 (Season 1, Episode 9)
Nov 8, 2018 • 65 min
Elizabeth Keckley and Harriet Tubman spent decades in bondage, suffering everything the “peculiar institution” promised before finding different paths to freedom. What they did with that freedom is extraordinary. In weaving together the lives of these…
The Madames: The Steamy Lives of Mary Ann Hall and Madame Restell (BONUS!)
Oct 25, 2018 • 28 min
I’m bringing one of my bonus episodes out of the Patreon vault and sharing it with everyone! It gives a more in-depth glimpse into sex in the 19th-century: specifically, the fascinating lives and times of two prominent madames. One was Washington’s most…
Something Wicked This Way Comes: 19th-century Spiritualist Mediums (Season 1, Episode 8)
Oct 11, 2018 • 59 min
Victorian America was a very haunted place, and by mid-century the Spiritualist movement was sweeping through it. People went in droves to see mediums - who were mostly women - to try and reach the spirits of their loved ones just beyond the veil. Were…
Dangerous Liaisons: Lady Spies of the American Civil War (Season 1, Episode 7)
Sep 13, 2018 • 78 min
19th-century women aren’t supposed to be devious - and that’s what made them such effective spies. Hundreds of women tied gun parts to their crinolines, baked quinine into bread loaves, and made daring midnight rides to fight for their cause. In this…
Sarah Emma Edmonds: Soldier, Nurse and Spy (Season 1, Episode 6)
Aug 30, 2018 • 68 min
Franklin Thompson did it all as a soldier: spied, nursed, and fought. And almost no one knew his secret: that he was really Sarah Emma Edmonds in disguise. Emma left home at 17 to escape a life she didn’t want, living as a man so she could make her own…
She Wore The Pants: Women Soldiers in the American Civil War (Season 1, Episode 5)
Aug 16, 2018 • 63 min
When we think of a Civil War soldier, it’s a man we see. But there were women out there on the battlefield - hundreds of them - fighting and dying for their cause. Let’s travel back into the life of a 19th-century lady soldier to find out why they joined,…
Public Women: Sex in 19th-century America (Season 1, Episode 4)
Aug 2, 2018 • 72 min
Look for the word ‘prostitute’ in 19th-century America and you’ll find it everywhere. But it went far beyond a job description: It was a line in the sand, a punishment for women who dared to step across it and act out in the public sphere. Let’s step…
Angel of the Battlefield: Clara Barton (Season 1, Episode 3)
Jul 19, 2018 • 76 min
You’ve probably heard of Clara Barton: American Civil War nurse and founder of the American Red Cross. But did you know that she was also a well-loved teacher who founded a school for wayward boys? Or that she chastised a crowd full of veterans for not…
Havens in a Heartless World: Civil War Nurses (Season 1, Episode 2)
Jul 19, 2018 • 61 min
Women nurses are an enduring symbol of the American Civil War. They were viewed as ministering angels, swooping in when supplies and morale were low. But the truth is that they were more soldiers than angels. They dodged bullets, slept in tents, and…
A Lady’s Life in Mid-19th Century America (Season 1, Episode 1)
Jul 19, 2018 • 52 min
MID-19TH CENTURY AMERICA WAS A PRETTY BUTTONED-UP PLACE. OR WAS IT? For women, marriage and family was their destiny, their lives confined to a small and private sphere. But women in this era did plenty of fascinating things, both within the boundaries of…
Welcome to The Exploress
Jul 19, 2018 • 2 min
Time traveling through women’s history, one era at a time. Let’s immerse ourselves in the lives of ladies of the past.