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The Dead Ladies Show presents the stories of amazing women from history told live on stage in Berlin and beyond. Inspiring, irreverent, and entertaining! @deadladiesshow on Instagram and Twitter. Facebook: thedeadladiesshow.

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    • 4.8 • 34 Ratings

The Dead Ladies Show presents the stories of amazing women from history told live on stage in Berlin and beyond. Inspiring, irreverent, and entertaining! @deadladiesshow on Instagram and Twitter. Facebook: thedeadladiesshow.

    Virginia Andrews (V.C. Andrews)

    Virginia Andrews (V.C. Andrews)

    This episode was recorded at the second-ever PodFest Berlin, a local two-day event full of workshops, networking, free ice cream, and live tapings from podcasts in various languages, including one from us. 
     
    Dead Ladies Show co-founder Katy Derbyshire and podcast producer/host Susan Stone were there for a mini DLS, and took turns hosting and presenting bilingually in German and English in front of a small but perfectly formed audience. 
     
    In this episode, we hear Susan tell the story of Virginia Andrews. Better known as V.C. Andrews, this blockbusting American author probably launched the sexual curiosities of generations of teens and pre-teens — for better or worse. Her psychological horror/romance books, starting with 1979’s best-selling Flowers in the Attic, were banned in school districts and libraries, but earned millions internationally. The tale of children held captive by an evil grandmother was sadly somewhat mirrored in Virginia’s own reclusive, highly controlled life. 
     
    Though she was disabled by a medical condition from her teen years on, Virginia supported her family through her artwork and writing. After her death, a prolific ghostwriter was appointed to continue books under her name, but her legacy really endures on the strength of her original seven bestsellers, which merged classic fairy tale themes with contemporary issues of trauma and abuse.  
     
    Find out more about Virginia Andrews and her work on our show notes page here: https://deadladiesshow.com/2022/07/23/podcast-55-virginia-andrews/
     
    Our theme music is “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon.
     
    Thanks for listening! We’ll be back with a new episode next month.
     
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    The Dead Ladies Show is a series of entertaining and inspiring talks about women who achieved amazing things against all odds, presented live in Berlin and beyond. This podcast is based on that series. Because women's history is everyone's history.
     
    The Dead Ladies Show was founded by Florian Duijsens and Katy Derbyshire.
    The podcast is created, produced, edited, and presented by Susan Stone.
     
    Don’t forget, we have a Patreon! Thanks to all of our current supporters! Please consider supporting our transcripts project and our ongoing work: www.patreon.com/deadladiesshowpodcast
     
    If you prefer to make a one-time donation, here’s the link: paypal.me/dlspodcast

    • 29 min
    Memphis Minnie

    Memphis Minnie

    Episode 54 - Memphis Minnie
     
    In this episode, we drop in on our New York-based sister spinoff show, DLS NYC, which returned to the KGB Bar’s Red Room after a long hiatus. DLS co-founder Florian Duijsens happened to be visiting from Berlin, and took to the stage to introduce the fabulous Memphis Minnie. 
     
    Tobacco-chewing blues singer MEMPHIS MINNIE (1897–1973) ran away from home at the age of 13 and made a living off music from then on, from street performances to hundreds of now classic recordings. It was said she never put her guitar down until she could no longer hold it in her hands, and she was known to use it as a weapon when required. Her songs were about the joys and hardships of everyday Black life; according to the poet Langston Hughes, she played “music with so much in it folks remember, that sometimes it makes them holler out loud.” Largely forgotten for many years while white men covered her songs, she is now celebrated for her huge contribution to blues music and what came after. 
     
    DLS co-founder Katy Derbyshire joins producer/host Susan Stone for the introducing duties, and to flag up some of our upcoming shows, at Muenster’s Center for Literature’s Droste Festival on June 18: https://www.burg-huelshoff.de/en/programm/kalender/droste-festival-2022
     
    And at Podfest Berlin July 16-17: https://www.podfestberlin.com
     
    Listen along to all of Florian’s favorites with our Memphis Minnie playlist:
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2WSTvaocIKcJCGNGKtVDrh?si=d356b954c66245fd 
     
    And see photos of the well-dressed Minnie and get more info on our episode notes page: https://deadladiesshow.com/2022/06/16/podcast-54-memphis-minnie/
     
    DLS NYC is curated and hosted by Molly O’Laughlin Kemper, and was recorded by Jennifer Nulsen, all under the auspices of the KGB Bar’s Lori Schwarz. 
     
    If you're in the NY area, why not sign up for their newsletter so you can find out when the next show will be? NYC newsletter
     
    Our theme music is “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon.
     
    Thanks for listening! We’ll be back with a new episode next month.
     
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    The Dead Ladies Show is a series of entertaining and inspiring talks about women who achieved amazing things against all odds, presented live in Berlin and beyond. This podcast is based on that series. Because women's history is everyone's history.
     
    The Dead Ladies Show was founded by Florian Duijsens and Katy Derbyshire.
     
    The podcast is created, produced, edited, and presented by Susan Stone.
     
    Don’t forget, we have a Patreon! Thanks to all of our current supporters! Please consider supporting our transcripts project and our ongoing work: www.patreon.com/deadladiesshowpodcast
     
    If you prefer to make a one-time donation, here’s the link: paypal.me/dlspodcast

    • 24 min
    Eva Crane

    Eva Crane

    Episode 53 - Eva Crane
     
    In this buzz-worthy episode, DLS co-founder Katy Derbyshire (and translator) brings us the story of leading bee scientist Eva Crane. Born to humble beginnings, Eva obtained a PhD in nuclear physics but quickly shifted her attention from atoms to apiculture. She travelled the world to document all things bees, and was particularly interested in the relationship between bees and humans, including the long history of human honey cultivation.
     
    Amateur bee enthusiast (and producer/host) Susan Stone is joined by other DLS co-founder Florian Duijsens for the introducing honors. 
     
    For more on Eva Crane and her legacy, a visit to the Eva Crane trust is a must: https://www.evacranetrust.org
     
    And we have a delightful array of bee-related images and links (and a transcript of this episode) on our show notes page here: https://deadladiesshow.com/2022/05/12/podcast-53-eva-crane/
     
    Thumbnail photo of Eva Crane credit: International Bee Research Association 
     
    Our theme music is “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon.
     
    Thanks for listening! We’ll be back with a new episode next month.
     
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    The Dead Ladies Show is a series of entertaining and inspiring talks about women who achieved amazing things against all odds, presented live in Berlin and beyond. This podcast is based on that series. Because women's history is everyone's history.
     
    The Dead Ladies Show was founded by Florian Duijsens and Katy Derbyshire.
     
    The podcast is created, produced, edited, and presented by Susan Stone.
     
    Don’t forget, we have a Patreon! Thanks to all of our current supporters! Please consider supporting our transcripts project and our ongoing work: www.patreon.com/deadladiesshowpodcast
     
    If you prefer to make a one-time donation, here’s the link: paypal.me/dlspodcast

    • 25 min
    Katherine Mansfield

    Katherine Mansfield

    Episode 52 - Katherine Mansfield  
    In this episode we’ll be hearing from the multi-talented Hinemoana Baker. Hinemoana hails from New Zealand, she is a writer and musician of Māori and Pākehā heritage; she will be presenting her reflections on the life of another New Zealand writer — Katherine Mansfield. Mansfield was a very influential modernist writer, who left New Zealand for Europe at the age of 19, and hung out with Virginia Woolf, DH Lawrence, and the Bloomsbury Group gang, including her “wife,” writer Ida Baker. Mansfield is called by some the Godmother of the Short Story in the English language, and she wrote a great many in her tragically short life. 
    DLS co-founder Katy Derbyshire joins producer/host Susan Stone to introduce an episode full of personal reflections, music, and poetry.  
     
    Find our more about Katherine Mansfield on our episode notes page here: https://deadladiesshow.com/2022/04/13/podcast-52-katherine-mansfield/
     
    And you can read many of her short stories at the website of the Katherine Mansfield Society here: https://katherinemansfieldsociety.org/katherine-mansfield-resources/stories/
     
    Learn more about the Mansfield album here: https://www.katherinemansfield.com/product/mansfield-album
     
    Explore the work of presenter Hinemoana Baker here: http://www.hinemoana.co.nz
    For more New Zealand Dead Ladies, check out our Episode 19 recorded at at a literary festival in Wellington, NZ: https://deadladiesshow.com/2019/01/17/podcast-19-constance-barnicoat-and-irihapeti-ramsden/
     
    Our theme music is “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon.
     
    Thanks for listening! We’ll be back with a new episode next month.
     
    ****
    The Dead Ladies Show is a series of entertaining and inspiring talks about women who achieved amazing things against all odds, presented live in Berlin and beyond. This podcast is based on that series. Because women's history is everyone's history.
     
    The Dead Ladies Show was founded by Florian Duijsens and Katy Derbyshire.
    The podcast is created, produced, edited, and presented by Susan Stone.
     
    Don’t forget, we have a Patreon! Thanks to all of our current supporters! Please consider supporting our transcripts project and our ongoing work: www.patreon.com/deadladiesshowpodcast
     
    If you prefer to make a one-time donation, here’s the link: paypal.me/dlspodcast

    • 25 min
    Rosa Luxemburg

    Rosa Luxemburg

    Episode 51 - Rosa Luxemburg 
     
    The world is a troubling place, but we hope you can still find some inspiration out there, and in honor of International Women’s Day, we wanted to bring you the story of a woman who fought, loved, and sacrificed, in troubling times of her own — the revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg. Rosa was a Polish-born Jewish intellectual, socialist, Marxist philosopher, and anti-war activist, whose evocative writing contributed to her legacy. 
     
    Her story comes via educator and writer Agata Lisiak, who is currently working on a book about Rosa Luxemburg. 
     
    DLS co-founder Florian Duijsens joins producer Susan Stone to introduce our featured Dead Lady, and to give a book recommendation guaranteed to lighten up our dark times. 
     
    Find our more about Rosa on our show notes page here: https://deadladiesshow.com/2022/03/08/podcast-51-rosa-luxemburg/
     
    Our theme music is “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon.
     
    Thanks for listening! We’ll be back with a new episode next month.
     
    ****
    The Dead Ladies Show is a series of entertaining and inspiring talks about women who achieved amazing things against all odds, presented live in Berlin and beyond. This podcast is based on that series. Because women's history is everyone's history.
     
    The Dead Ladies Show was founded by Florian Duijsens and Katy Derbyshire.
    The podcast is created, produced, edited, and presented by Susan Stone.
    Don’t forget, we have a Patreon! Thanks to all of our current supporters! Please consider supporting our transcripts project and our ongoing work: www.patreon.com/deadladiesshowpodcast
     
    If you prefer to make a one-time donation, here’s the link: paypal.me/dlspodcast
     
     
     

    • 34 min
    Adelaide Herrmann

    Adelaide Herrmann

    Episode 50 - Adelaide Herrmann
    In this episode, DLS co-founder Katy Derbyshire conjures up a Victorian-era Dead Lady magician who dazzled audiences and broke boundaries. Starting from her childhood in England, Adelaide Herrmann (née Scarcez) was a born performer, first notable for dance, acrobatics, and trick cycling. She met and married magician Alexander Herrmann, and became his on-stage assistant and the star of many of his illusions, first dressed as his double and later in many guises. Following his death, she eventually took over the act, becoming the Queen of Magic, and collecting a menagerie of animals for her show. Highly successful, she toured for 25 years, performing up to the age of 74. She was buried next to her husband. His headstone reads: HERRMANN THE GREAT. Adelaide’s states more simply, WIFE.    
     
    DLS co-founder Florian Duijsens joins producer Susan Stone for the introducing duties.
     
    Find out more Find our more about Adelaide Herrmann on our show notes page here: https://deadladiesshow.com/2022/02/18/podcast-50-adelaide-herrmann/
     
    Our theme music is “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon.
     
    Thanks for listening! We’ll be back with a new episode next month.
     
    This episode of the Dead Ladies Show Podcast was created as part of the Droste Festival 2021 - Dark Magic by Burg Hülshoff - Center for Literature.
     
    Funding came from the NEUSTART KULTUR program of the German Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media through the German Literature Fund and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
     
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    The Dead Ladies Show is a series of entertaining and inspiring talks about women who achieved amazing things against all odds, presented live in Berlin and beyond. This podcast is based on that series. Because women's history is everyone's history.
     
    The Dead Ladies Show was founded by Florian Duijsens and Katy Derbyshire.
     
    The podcast is created, produced, edited, and presented by Susan Stone.
     
    Don’t forget, we have a Patreon! Thanks to all of our current supporters! Please consider supporting our transcripts project and our ongoing work: www.patreon.com/deadladiesshowpodcast
     
    If you prefer to make a one-time donation, here’s the link: paypal.me/dlspodcast
     
     

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

likeacharm ,

Literate and Entertaining

Endearingly earnest and learned women tell stories of major and minor historical characters, often names that ring a bell but who we don't really know. Grimké sisters, abolitionists? Oh yes, now I know about their courageous, independent lives. It's bracing, this podcast.

Fabled Collective ,

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

One of my new favorite podcasts! The episodes are well-researched and presented. I feel like I learn a lot in such a short amount of time.

The Aunt Sara ,

Brilliant stuff!

Witty and informative, this show is quite fun. I enjoy listening to the presenters, who make the dead ladies (ahem) come to life. Additional material following the showcased ladies is a bonus.

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