Will you be remembered after you're dead? The Z List Dead List, a podcast about obscure people from History, hosted by Iszi Lawrence.
ATA GIRL! The Life of Diana Barnato Walker
While researching Billie Swift Takes Flight Iszi discovered the story of Diana Barnato Walker - a world record setting pilot who flew Spitfires during the second world war. Diana was one of many female pilots in the Air Transport Auxiliary that features in iszi's new children's book. The RAF needed planes delivered and women like Diana were the ones who did the flying. The work was dangerous. Find out how a simple lack of cushion nearly cost her her life!
Gertie The Dinosaur with Victoria Coules
Victoria Coules has the best PHD going. She is researching representations of Paleontology in media. This means she gets to look at dinosaurs all day. As part of her research she has been studying Winsor Mccay, the cartoonist who pioneered modern animation by drawing an interactive cartoon of Gertie the dinosaur.
A sore-footed success - the life of Florence Price
Were all composers white men with powdered wigs? The shocking truth is no, of course they weren't. Iszi speaks to Elizabeth de Brito of The Daffodil Perspective about the most famous of the non-male and non - white composers, Florence Price. Who I guess is still Z List unless you are very much into your classical music, and only old white men with powdered wigs like that, right? ;)
Cry Hard with a Vision - the story of Margery Kempe
I worry I may have been too positive about Margery Kempe. I do find her fascinating because of how modern she feels as a character. She's the sort of person you'd expect to find on Dr Phil.
I had to leave a lot out of this podcast, including her failings in the brewing industry (due to a lazy horse). But I hope you will get a sense of a woman of great courage, drive and grit.
The Story of Sarah Baartman
Kim Kardashian is now famously a billionaire, mostly from selling shapewear which she promotes using her ass-sets. But was she the first person to commodify this particular body part and where has the idea of a large bottom being a sexual marker come from? Is it purely natural does it sinister undertones?
I recorded this interview with Laura Snowling several years ago but found the story incredibly troubling so i delayed putting it out. However, I think it is a REALLY thought provoking tale.
'He was a shiftless person, roving and maggotty-headed, and sometimes a little better than crazed. And being exceedingly credulous would stuff his many letters with fooleries and misinformations which sometimes would guide him into paths of error.' Anthony Wood on John Aubrey 31st August 1667
Books: Brief Lives (edited by Richard Barber) and John Aubrey My Own Life by Ruth Scurr. If you want to help out go to ko-fi.com/iszilawrence and buy me a coffee. Check out iszi.com for more podcasts
History at it’s funniest
They say truth is stranger than fiction and this podcast proves it.
Keep up the good work
Always a really good listen, a lovely balance between history and comedy
Interesting & Charming
Not a surprise really – Iszi Lawrence does charming, interesting & quaint at a world-class level, but I'm embarrassed that I'm discovering this podcast so late!
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