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In Her Own Wright is a three-part podcast that tells the story of Katharine Wright, the little-known “Wright Sister” who was every bit as remarkable as her world-famous brothers, Wilbur and Orville.

In Her Own Wright Harry Haskell

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    • 4.7 • 13 Ratings

In Her Own Wright is a three-part podcast that tells the story of Katharine Wright, the little-known “Wright Sister” who was every bit as remarkable as her world-famous brothers, Wilbur and Orville.

    Part 3: “The Hazards of Love”

    Part 3: “The Hazards of Love”

    Part 3, "The Hazards of Love," focuses on Katharine Wright's late-life romance with Kansas City newspaperman Harry (Henry J.) Haskell, the podcaster’s grandfather and namesake, and the tragic breach it brought about between her and Orville. In the process, it explores the Wright Sister’s enduring importance as an inspirational role model for women in the twenty-first century. Dramatic readings from Katharine's letters are interwoven with the voices of scholars, historians, family members, and other interpreters, who offer their own illuminating perspectives on Katharine and her times.

    To learn more about Katharine Wright and her remarkable family, and view a selection of archival photographs and letters, visit harryhaskell.com.

    Producer: George Drake, Jr.

    In Her Own Wright was made possible by a generous grant from Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, with additional funding from Sue and Lester Reingold, and Susan Marsh and Richard Maurer. Additional support from 91.3 WYSO in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

    • 46 min
    Part 2: Katie and “The Boys”

    Part 2: Katie and “The Boys”

    Part 2, "Katie and 'The Boys,'" shows that Katharine Wright was an indispensable member of the Wright family team. After Wilbur's death in 1912, she was instrumental in helping Orville wind down and ultimately sell the Wright Company. In the process, she steered the surviving Wright Brother into his emeritus role as the elder statesman of American aviation. Dramatic readings from Katharine's letters are interwoven with the voices of scholars, historians, family members, and other interpreters, who offer their own illuminating perspectives on Katharine and her times.

    To learn more about Katharine Wright and her remarkable family, and view a selection of archival photographs and letters, visit harryhaskell.com.

    Producer: George Drake, Jr.

    In Her Own Wright was made possible by a generous grant from Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, with additional funding from Sue and Lester Reingold, and Susan Marsh and Richard Maurer. Additional support from 91.3 WYSO in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

    • 40 min
    Part 1: Introducing the Wright Sister

    Part 1: Introducing the Wright Sister

    Part 1, "Introducing the Wright Sister," places Katharine Wright in historical context as a trail-blazing feminist and prominent supporter of the women's movement. An international celebrity in her own right, she embodied the worldly, independent, and self-fulfilled New Woman who turned traditional gender roles on their heads at the turn of the twentieth century. Dramatic readings from Katharine's letters are interwoven with the voices of scholars, historians, family members, and other interpreters, who offer their own illuminating perspectives on Katharine and her times.

    To learn more about Katharine Wright and her remarkable family, and view a selection of archival photographs and letters, visit harryhaskell.com.

    Producer: George Drake, Jr.

    In Her Own Wright was made possible by a generous grant from Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, with additional funding from Sue and Lester Reingold, and Susan Marsh and Richard Maurer. Additional support from 91.3 WYSO in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

    • 40 min
    Coming Soon: In Her Own Wright

    Coming Soon: In Her Own Wright

    Until a few years ago, most biographers and historians treated Katharine Wright as a minor character in the Wright Brothers saga, but dig a little deeper and a very different picture of the Wright sister emerges.

    She embodied the worldly, independent, and self-fulfilled New Woman who turned traditional gender roles on their heads at the turn of the twentieth century.

    Hosted by Harry Haskell, Katharine's step-grandson, In Her Own Wright shines a light on the extraordinary woman who has long stood in the shadow of the world-renowned fathers of powered flight.

    Part 1 coming February 6th.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

MsO'Connell ,

Elucidating & Pleasant Listening

Harry Haskell has perfect cadence & pitch. His voice is mellifluous! In addition to his voice, the actors and experts’ voices make this podcast an incredibly satisfying experience.

I learned so much about Katherine Wright and her invaluable assistance to her brothers and family - professionally & personally. These are just a few powerful insights I took away from this podcast:

Katherine: “More you do for a family, the more they take from you.”
Harry speaking about his step-grandmother, Katherine: “One of her pet peeves was Americans insatiable craving to be entertained rather than educated. ‘Live and let live’ was her philosophy …on one condition: that she had the freedom to be herself.”

I am looking forward to reading Harry Haskell’s book about Katherine Wright, the perfect companion to this podcast: MAIDEN FLIGHT.

AxMxI ,

The story of an ordinary/extraordinary woman

Fascinating look at the life of Katharine Wright, the younger sister of Wilbur and Orville. The narrative and commentary are wonderful, as are the portions of Katharine’s letters that are read by an actor. I came away with the sense that the Wrights were ordinary people—with big dreams and life challenges and complicated emotions—who accomplished really extraordinary things.

Nemoschuva ,

Insightful documentary

A compelling, in-depth, and intimate biography of a woman who was well ahead of her time and whose contributions to a history-changing invention have been shamefully overlooked. The podcasts seamlessly interweave a range of diverse, knowledgeable sources and Katharine’s own words for a discerning look into this complex, fascinating woman. The accompanying soundtrack from that era is a perfect accompaniment!

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