where'd you get the idea for this podcast?
I LOVE learning interesting things about ladies in history. But so many of the (delightful) women's history podcasts I follow focus on biographies of specific women. When I listen to them, I'm often wondering: yes, but what kind of context was she having to work in? What was the world like that she was living in? How did she manage to pee with so many layers on? I wanted to explore not just the specific lives of fabulous women, but their world, and the myriad ways women lived in them. I wanted to know what it would be like to BE them. I wanted to do some creative time traveling.
how often do episodes come out?
Either every week or fortnightly while a season's going: it depends on the subject matter and how quickly I can pull things together. I don’t ever want to leave you hanging for long.
what equipment do you use?
I use a RodeN1 microphone, a Scarlet Focusrite Scarlett Solo Audio Interface, a Macbook Pro, and a giant coffin-like recording booth in my spare room that Mr. Exploress built, with contributions from wonderful patrons).
how long does each episode take to create?
Research takes weeks or months, recording takes a few hours, and cutting things together takes a few (or many) hours more...but I'm getting faster. I feel strongly about accuracy, so my research takes the longest. If only I could download books directly into my consciousness!
how thoroughly do you research things?
I don't like to leave a thing half finished, but reading everything that exists on any one of my topics would take the rest of my life. I'm not a historian - just an enthusiast who is in awe of, and indebted to, the historians who do the hard yards. I try to read several books on each topic, reference LOTS of online material, and chase down primary sources when I can. I do a WHOLE lot of cross-checking. But if you ever take issue with something I've said, do let me know.
what 5 ladies would you invite to a dinner party?
This changes daily, but I would have to say, at this moment: Cleopatra, Charlotte Bronte, Varina Davis, Elizabeth I, and Ella Fitzgerald.
how can I support the show?
I'm so glad you asked! Check out the 'Become A Patron' page on this website. It would mean the world to me if you want to support what I do, and you'll get bonus content if you do. And it's juicy.
do you take episode suggestions?
You know it! I'm always excited to hear about new topics and fascinating ladies, and would love to hear from you. So fire away.