37 episodes

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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    • 4.9, 28 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.

    Willa Muir

    Willa Muir

    In Episode 34, we’re once more in Muenster as guests of the Burg Hülshoff Centre for Literature, which happens to be named after a Dead Lady poet, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff! This time around, we’ll get introduced to Willa Muir, a prolific translator who brought Kafka into English for the first time. Born on a small Scottish isle, she was eyewitness to some of Europe’s most important moments. She worked in tandem with her husband Edwin, who somehow managed to get all the credit.

    • 30 min
    Dorothy L. Sayers

    Dorothy L. Sayers

    Episode 33 takes us virtually to Muenster as guests of the Burg Hülshoff Centre for Literature, which happens to be named after a Dead Lady poet, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff! However, we’re here to talk about mystery queen Dorothy L. Sayers. Best known for her detective Lord Peter Wimsey, she was also a translator & prolific writer with what might best be called a turbulent private life. She made an early living in advertising and later wrote essays on both Christian and feminist subjects.

    • 32 min
    Rose Mackenberg

    Rose Mackenberg

    Episode 32 introduces enthusiastic ghost-buster Rose Mackenberg! Sometimes called “Harry Houdini’s Girl Detective,” Rose was dedicated to debunking psychics who scammed vulnerable and grieving Americans recovering from the tragedies of World War I and the Spanish Flu of 1918. She started out as a stenographer and private investigator, joining forces with famed magician Houdini to crusade against fraud and psychic swindlers.

    • 27 min
    Alexandra Kollontai

    Alexandra Kollontai

    In Episode 31, we meet Alexandra Kollontai, a Marxist revolutionary who became one of the first female diplomats, representing the Soviet Union in Norway and elsewhere from 1922.

    After the revolution, she founded the “Women’s Department” to improve women’s lives in the new state. Kollontai wrote about marriage and traditional families as oppressive and about sexuality as a natural human instinct, and she lived by these values for many years.

    • 24 min
    Emma Goldman

    Emma Goldman

    In Episode 30, we look at Emma Goldman. This anarchist philosopher, activist, and writer was determined, persistent, and sure in her convictions. Which, duly, got her convicted. Often called Red Emma, she’s surely no true role model, but a heck of a lot of fun to learn about.

    • 38 min
    Zora Neale Hurston

    Zora Neale Hurston

    Episode 29 presents a giant of the Harlem Renaissance: writer, anthropologist and zombie finder Zora Neale Hurston!

    Zora may be best known for her 1937 novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” but her love of adventure and willingness to re-write her own biography are sure to delight fans old and new.

    Writer and scholar Fatin Abbas tells Zora’s tale from the stage in ACUD, and Dead Ladies Show co-founder Katy Derbyshire joins podcast producer & presenter Susan Stone to put things in motion.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 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.

SouthernBelle3 ,

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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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