The Exploress Podcast

The Exploress Podcast

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Time Traveling Through Women’s History


Cleopatra: She Came, She Saw, She Conquered, Part 2
May 19 • 30 min
In Part 1, we saw Cleopatra grow up in Alexandria amid luxury, excess, and the threat of death by family member. When her pharaoh father fled Egypt, she went with him, experiencing Rome for the very first time. Years later, he did something unfortunate:…
Cleopatra: She Came, She Saw, She Conquered, Part 1
Apr 30 • 45 min
Cleopatra, the last great queen of Egypt, doesn’t really need an introduction. You can see her in your mind already: Pretty and sultry with her cat-eye makeup, covered head to toe in shiny gold. Extravagant, self-serving: this epic seductress used every…
That Girl is Poison: A Partial History of Women and Toxic Things
Apr 3 • 39 min
Throughout the ages, women have used poison - but their worlds also found ways to poison them. Doctors who didn’t know better, giving them medicine that hurt instead of cured; toxic cosmetics; workplace negligence. In this special bonus episode, we travel…
Domina: The Women Who Ran Ancient Rome, Part 3
Mar 20 • 60 min
In ancient Rome, Fulvia was a mighty force of nature. She’s also one of the scariest and least appreciated badasses that Rome is ever going to see. She marries three times, each time becoming her husband’s champion, building him (and herself) up to grasp…
Domina: The Women Who Ran Ancient Rome, Part 2
Feb 27 • 43 min
In ancient Rome, a woman was defined in relation to her family, and theirs was a distinctly patriarchal world. But where there’s a will, there’s a way, and in a society that coveted public glory, ambitious women found their way into the history books too.…
Domina: The Women Who Ran Ancient Rome, Part 1
Feb 13 • 45 min
In ancient Rome, a woman was defined in relation to her family. Any fame she won was supposed to be confined to the private, domestic sphere. But where there’s a will, there’s a way, and in a society that coveted public glory, ambitious women found their…
When In Rome: A Lady’s Life in the Ancient Roman Empire, Part 3
Nov 28, 2019 • 66 min
Welcome to a day in the life of an ancient Roman matrona. In Part 3 of our exploration of a Roman woman’s day, we go out into the streets, taking in the Coliseum, the Forum, and the famous Roman baths. We’ll also go to a dinner party, then talk about…
When In Rome: A Lady’s Life in the Ancient Roman Empire, Part 2
Nov 21, 2019 • 62 min
Welcome to a day in the life of an ancient Roman matrona. Now that we’ve learned a bit about Rome’s overarching history, woken up, visited the bathroom, and gotten dressed and ready for the day in Part 1, let’s explore our domus, meet our husband, and…
When In Rome: A Lady’s Life in the Ancient Roman Empire, Part 1
Nov 14, 2019 • 61 min
Let’s travel back to ancient Rome and meet the women who lived there. Many are the wives and daughters and sisters of influential men who use every tool at their disposal to leave a lasting mark on their fast-changing world. Others are “barbarians” who…
The Hair Down There: The History of Our Relationship with Lady Jungles (BONUS!)
Oct 10, 2019 • 37 min
What we do with our downstairs jungles (aka pubic hair) is a complicated issue, especially for women, for whom pubic grooming practices have always been charged with social and sexual meaning. How has our relationship with our lady jungles changed over…
Alexander’s Women: Olympias and the Ladies Who Helped Shape a Conquerer, Part 2
Aug 21, 2019 • 42 min
In Part 1 we met Olympias, Alexander the Great’s mother, and saw her navigate some savage drama to get her and her son to the top. Now let’s see what she does when he goes off conquering. And when he dies, she and several of Alex’s women will battle with…
Alexander’s Women: Olympias and the Ladies Who Helped Shape a Conquerer, Part 1
Aug 15, 2019 • 49 min
Ancient Greek queen Olympias went to epic lengths to ensure her son Alexander (later the Great) won the Macedonian throne. She was the ultimate momager, shaping his view of himself and the world, maneuvering through the complexities of a cutthroat court…
Armed and Dangerous: Amazons and the Real Warrior Women Who Intimidated Ancient Greece, Part 2
Aug 7, 2019 • 32 min
The ancient Greeks told lots of stories about the Amazons: the mythic bands of warrior women that Hellanikos of Lesbos described as “golden-shielded, silver-axed, man-loving, boy-killing females.” But now we understand that the ancient world saw its fair…
Armed and Dangerous: Amazons and the Real Warrior Women Who Intimidated Ancient Greece, Part 1
Aug 1, 2019 • 46 min
The ancient Greeks made up fantastic stories about the Amazons: the bold, violent, promiscuous, independent women who were everything a good Greek wife wasn’t supposed to be. And for a long time, scholars thought that was all they were: a figment of the…
That Loosener of Limbs: Sappho and Sexuality in Ancient Greece
Jul 24, 2019 • 36 min
When it comes to the words that made it through time to us, ancient Greece is particularly loud with men’s voices. But if you listen, you can hear one woman through the crowd. Heralded as a genius in her time, Sappho was called “The Poetess” and “The…
It’s All Greek to Me: A Lady’s Life in Ancient Greece, Part 2
Jul 9, 2019 • 41 min
Ancient Greece is notorious for keeping women silent, veiled, and firmly fixed at the loom. But was life for women in places like Athens really so restrictive? After exploring their houses, rights and duties in Part 1, we’re going to talk about life as a…
It’s All Greek to Me: A Lady’s Life in Ancient Greece, Part 1
Jul 2, 2019 • 46 min
Ancient Greece is notorious for keeping women silent, veiled, and firmly fixed beside the loom. But was life for the ladies in places like Athens really so restrictive? What did they get up to behind those veils and shaded screens? Let’s time travel back…
Pour Us Another: Women and Beer, from Ancient Past to Present
May 28, 2019 • 46 min
For most of history, brewing was overwhelmingly a woman’s game. So why, when we conjure up an image of a brewer, is it a dude we picture? How did beer, both the brewing and the drinking, become overwhelmingly seen as a “man’s drink”? To find out, we’ll…
Who Runs The World: Ancient Egypt’s Female Pharaohs, Part 2
May 22, 2019 • 56 min
Let’s continue exploring the lives of ancient Egypt’s female pharaohs. We’ll start by talking about Hatshepsut’s rise to fame and glory: how she stayed on top and what she did while she was there. Then we’ll dive into the stories of Nefertiti, a savvy…
Who Runs The World: Ancient Egypt’s Female Pharaohs, Part 1
May 14, 2019 • 44 min
In ancient Egyptian, there is no word for “queen.” All royal women were defined by their relationship to the male pharaoh. And yet, in an ancient world where men ruled the day, Egypt saw a slew of influential females stalking the gilded royal halls. Who…
Walk Like An Egyptian: A Lady’s Life in Ancient Egypt, Part 2
May 8, 2019 • 40 min
Let’s continue our day as an everyday lady in ancient Egypt’s New Kingdom during the 18th Dynasty. We’ll talk about what we’re doing for both work and pleasure, go to a feast, and explore medicine, contraception, mummification and the afterlife. Put on…
Walk Like An Egyptian: A Lady’s Life in Ancient Egypt, Part 1
Apr 30, 2019 • 46 min
Of all the civilizations in the ancient world, Egypt was perhaps the most prone to the miraculous. They invented many wonders: the 365-day calendar, breath mints, paper, the ramp and lever. And then there’s this particular wonder: ancient Egyptian women…
Wild Western Women: Ladies on the American Frontier (Season 1, Episode 11)
Jan 10, 2019 • 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.