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Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour.


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Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour.




France Field Trip Travelogue, 2023

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 choices. Visit



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


Frances Glessner Lee

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 and research made her irreplaceable. Thank you to our sponsors of this episode and to you for helping to support the show! HONEYLOVE BETTERHELP Visit our website for more information on Frances Glessner Lee! THE HISTORY CHICKS Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


London Tour Travelogue 2023

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 lifelong friendships we made along the way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Absinthe with The Gilded Gentleman (and Roosters!)

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 you, Carl, Don, Greg, and Chris! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Veuve Cliquot

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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Maria Montessori

We dove into our archives for the story of Maria Montessori who revolutionized education during the early 20th century with her unique approach to child-led learning. Maria was convinced that the children of the world were the key to peace on earth, and her methods and techniques are still used in childhood education today. If you would like to join us on our Thames River Dinner Cruise in London on September 29th, 2023, or our Seine Dinner Cruise on October 8, 2023, visit Like Minds Travel for information and to sign up. We hope to see you there! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Lillian Moller Gilbreth (and an announcement)

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 today for a very important reason. Hear that reason when you hit PLAY. If you are going to be in either Paris or London early this fall, we would love to have dinner with you on our Seine or Thames River Dinner Cruises! For dates and to sign up, visit: LIKE MINDS TRAVEL LOCAL MEET-UPS Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Barbie and Ruth Handler: A History

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 there! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Dido Elizabeth Belle and Sarah Forbes Bonetta

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 would like to join us in London in September either on our Field Trip or the Thames Dinner Cruise, visit for details! We hope to see you there! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


The Statue of Liberty 2023

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Queen Charlotte, Part Two

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Queen Charlotte Part 1

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Washington DC Field Trip Recap

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"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Mega-Episode

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Ona Judge

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Martha Washington

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Mary McLeod Bethune, Part Two

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Mary McLeod Bethune Part 1

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Queen Nzinga 2023

Nzinga was the warrior queen who held back Portuguese colonization in her African kingdoms of Ndongo and Matamba, kept many of her people from being captured and traded, offered refuge to anyone who needed it, and used every move at her disposal (including shifting alliances, religions and some pretty gruesome tactics) to rule for almost 40 years of the 17th century. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit