98 episodes

A feminist women's history comedy podcast about the scandalicious stories of people from olden times. Hosted by Ann Foster.

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A feminist women's history comedy podcast about the scandalicious stories of people from olden times. Hosted by Ann Foster.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    Introducing Bitches on Comics

    Introducing Bitches on Comics

    This week, we would like to introduce you to Bitches on Comics, another podcast distributed by Realm.

    We interview filmmaker, comic critic, and generally badass human Monika Estrella Negra about one of her favorite comic book characters: Doctor Aphra. We talk about our deep love for this self-serving archaeologist and her salty exes. From issues with her dad to facing down Darth Vader himself, Chelli Aphra finds a way to double-deal, scheme, and backstab her way through the Star Wars universe.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Super Special: A Chat With Flora Fraser (author of Pretty Young Rebel: The Life of Flora MacDonald)

    Super Special: A Chat With Flora Fraser (author of Pretty Young Rebel: The Life of Flora MacDonald)

    This week, I'm sharing my chat with author Flora Fraser about her newest historical biography: Pretty Young Rebel: The Life of Flora Macdonald.
    Flora Macdonald was a Scottish woman who lived in the 18th century, and kind of accidentally became a heroine of the Jacobite rebellion. As Flora Fraser discovered in her research, Macdonald's life also included involvement in the American Revolution, and she and her family passed through parts of Atlantic Canada before she wound back up in Scotland.
    Learn more about Flora Fraser and her work at florafraser.com 
    "Pretty Young Rebel" is available everywhere, including through bookshop.org. Click here to buy a copy using the Vulgar History affiliate link.
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    • 53 min
    Introducing Thanks For Coming In

    Introducing Thanks For Coming In

    This week, we would like to introduce you to Thanks For Coming In, another podcast distributed by Realm.
    Jamie McShane talks "Wednesday", acting for the long haul, and that time a casting director didn't mean to call him in!
    About Jamie:
    Jamie McShane stars in Tim Burton's smash-hit Netflix series Wednesday. The show spins off the iconic Addams Family series, following Wednesday Addams (played by Jenna Ortega) and is written by Al Gough & Miles Millar. Jamie plays Sheriff Galpin, who has a vendetta against the Addams family.
    Jamie is often recognized for his role as Eric O'Bannon in Netflix thriller Bloodline (from Damages creators Glenn Kessler, Daniel Zelman & Todd A. Kessler), starring alongside Ben Mendelsohn, Kyle Chandler and Sissy Spacek. He played the long-time friend and partner-in-crime of "Danny" (Mendelsohn).
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    • 35 min
    Super Special: A Chat With Joanna Hickson (author of The Queen's Lady)

    Super Special: A Chat With Joanna Hickson (author of The Queen's Lady)

    This week I got to talk with Joanna Hickson, author of seven books (so far!) about 15th-century English women, mostly from the Tudor era.
    The occasion for our chat is the paperback release of her latest book, The Queen's Lady, which is about a very interesting Tudor-era woman I'd never heard of before named Joan Vaux.
    Keep up with Joanna and her books at twitter.com/joannahickson and facebook.com/joannahickson
    You can buy a copy of The Queen's Lady (or any of Joanna's other books) at any bookseller near you, and/or by using the Vulgar History link at bookshop.org bookshop.org/a/1419/9780008305659
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    • 52 min
    Super Special: So This Guy: Charles Dickens

    Super Special: So This Guy: Charles Dickens

    A special treat for you! This episode of used to only live behind the paywall on Patreon, but Charles Dickens was simply too much of a dirtbag to keep the story from you all.
    ** Note that this was originally recorded in December 2021, for Patreon, so some of the chit-chat is that of a younger me, so long ago, so bear that in mind. **
    If you'd like to hear me talk about more terrible men from history, you can subscribe to my Patreon at the $5/month level! You can join up here: patreon.com/annfosterwriter
    And you can learn more about Catherine Hogarth Dickens in the book The Other Dickens by Lillian Nayder

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    • 46 min
    Festive Holiday Spectacular: Doña Gracia Nasi

    Festive Holiday Spectacular: Doña Gracia Nasi

    Doña Gracia Nasi was born in Portugal to Spanish parents, then because of the whole Reconquista and Inquisition scenarios, wound up in Antwerp, Venice, and then Istanbul. She ran a wildly impressive banking company, inherited a pepper empire, and used her connections to help save other Jewish people from persecution. Along the way, she crossed paths with a truly impressive number of previous Vulgar History heroines.
    Discussion of antisemitism 5:27 - 18:03
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    Podcasts to learn more about Gracia and about Jewish history:
    A Deeper Conversation: The Podcast for Jewish Women
    The Jewish Story

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    References:
    https://jewishmuseum.org.uk/2019/01/31/jews-money-myth/
    https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/nasi-dona-gracia
    https://mjhnyc.org/blog/a-righteous-woman-dona-gracia-mendes-nasi/
    https://headstuff.org/culture/history/terrible-people-from-history/gracia-mendes-nasi-renaissance-businesswoman/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gracia_Mendes_Nasi
    https://www.etzion.org.il/en/halakha/pogroms-1391-spain
    https://aish.com/dona-gracia-nasi-the-spanish-inquisitions-underground-railroad/

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    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
188 Ratings

188 Ratings

tri_sarahtops ,

Informative and Entertaining

I have been binging episodes like pringles since i came across this podcast. My favorite thing about our host is that she says “like” an appropriate amount of times. 😉

andywizard42 ,

Entertaining education!

I’ve been listening to this podcast for about a year now and although I had originally thought it would be a history of swear words what I got was much better! The conversational style of telling history is much more engaging than the monotone, seemingly-bored-to-tears history podcasts I’ve tried in the past. I appreciate all the different nationalities that have been represented in this podcast as of late, especially since I’ve only been educated about white American men in my classes so far. I also really appreciate that she lists her sources and encourages listening to the podcasts she learns from. This podcast gets me through work shifts, house chores, and hard times, and I hope this show goes on for as long as possible. Vulgar History has made me more interested in history than I thought I’d ever be, so thank you for an entertaining source of education and inspiration for what career field I’m looking into. Ann & crew, thank you for putting so much into this show (this show is my coping mechanism) and I’m signing up for the Patreon very soon!

Katie Grace B ,

The Best

i am in love with this podcast. i have to physically Force myself to stop listening for weeks at a time so that i have enough content to binge listen too. A wonderful and entertaining window into the lives of people i would otherwise not know about, and a beautiful starting point for new history based Special Interests. Also i will throw hands in defense of Anne and her speaking patterns, they’re soothing and like, completely reasonable and i will die on that hill.

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