Every week we tackle the shadier, sexy, and more salacious people in history. We will attempt not to digress too much as we alternate between wine, iced coffee, and sparkling water. Grab a fizzy drink and some salty snacks, and join us as we take back the word harlot one episode at a time.
Minisode: In The Joints of Their Toes:The Fox Sisters
Did you ever wonder how The Long Island Medium came to be? Well, there would be no Theresa Caputo without the Fox Sisters. In the mid-1800’s the Fox Sisters lit the fire under the Spiritualist movement by falsely claiming they could speak to the dead. Karamia tells Emily about how some bored teenagers fooled the nation and profited from it. The ghost of Benjamin Franklin makes an appearance along with some joint cracking and lack of parental supervision. Some herbal tea will pair well with your oncoming disbelief. Afterwards ask yourself the question, if I was a teenager with no TV in the middle of nowhere, how far would I go to create some entertainment? Music by Lloyd Rogers.
The VooDoo Queen of New Orleans
When you think of Marie Laveau, you may conjure images of Angela Bassett, rag dolls full of pins, and dark rituals of animal sacrifice under the full moon in the deepest part of the Bayou. Well, make yourself a Sazerac and get comfy, because it turns out, you're actually pretty wrong about all of that. In our first installment of Spooky Harlots, Emily tells Karamia about how Marie Laveau/The Widow Paris/The Voodoo Queen of New Orleans was a little bit more of a naturopathic healer and a little bit less of an evil priestess than her legacy says. We will once again be discussing white supremacy and patriarchal influence on our history books, and we won't be leaving any of that out because we think it's too "un-American." Sage your house, order some beignets for delivery, and settle in as we get spooky.
Minisode: The Eldest Escort on Earth
If you would like to know who we both aspire to be in our elderly age, it's Sheila Vogel-Coupe, AKA the world's oldest escort. Emily surprises Karamia by telling her about Sheila, a British grandmother who traded her velour jumpsuit for lacy garters and ditched her bifocals for a set of bedroom eyes. Sheila has lost family members, been "stitched up" by the press, and been the brunt of joke headlines and we think she deserves a little more admiration and a round of applause. This is another SPICY episode so ditch the kids and listen in while you wash your knickers and nibble on some bangers and mash. Grab a glass of champagne and a slice of chocolate cake, and join us in singing a LOUD round of happy birthday to our new adopted grandmother.
Linda Lovelace: How Far Does A Girl Have To Go To Untangle Her Tingle?
Who really is Linda Lovelace? We know she played the “tit-le” role in ‘Deep Throat’, but did you know that she could not escape the infamy of this movie for the rest of her life? From Catholic school to undiagnosed hepatitis, from hardcore loops to full-length pornographic films, from being a star in the Golden Age of Porn to being an anti-porn advocate; Linda was a complicated woman. Get ready for our most XXX-rated episode yet! Karamia tells Emily about peep shows, obscenity trials, and the dark side of the industry that Linda claims she was forced into. Make sure there are no children near and prepare for some jaw-dropping moments that may require a stiff drink. For the cherry on top, Karamia gives a summary of ‘Deep Throat’ which she watched all 62 minutes of! She even quotes her favorite “stimulating” moments of dialogue. Happy listening and a deep throat to you all!
Minisode: Camilla "Not-A-Tampax" Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla Parker Bowles was the reluctant star of a royal tale of scandal and debauchery in the Windsor Family. She was once the most hated woman in all of England after her affair with Prince Charles was revealed by Princess Diana herself! Karamia tells Emily how this was actually true love that persisted throughout decades of tacky clothing, loveless marriages, Camillagate, death, and the scorn of Queen Elizabeth and the tabloids. Try out your best proper English accent, drink some tea with a side of sherry, while your ears devour Camilla’s journey from being an unofficial companion to becoming the next in line to be queen! Proper headwear is desired, fascinators preferred.
Episode 8: Judith Exner
Judith Exner was painted as a real harlot who ruined the Kennedy White House, ran around with mob bosses and Frank Sinatra, and amounted to nothing more than a trollop with a Tiffany's brooch and loose morals. Emily tells Karamia how all that was utter trash, and how Judith was a woman to be sympathized with, who took the fall when the ideal image of Kennedy's Camelot was shattered. Put on some Edith Pilaf, pour yourself a cocktail, and settle in for some juicy conspiracy theories, secret assassination plots, and a bunch of pretty terrible boyfriends.