47 episodes

History is a lot dirtier than you think. Salacious History is a podcast that explores moments in history that were shaped by sex, romance, and people who were generally down to clown.



Using sex and related topics as a jumping-off point, Sarah Duncan presents a cheeky yet factual glimpse into historical moments and people that may have been a little too racy for your high school history class.



Salacious History: Sex. Romance. Infamy.



SalaciousHistory.

Salacious History: History Shaped by Sex, Romance, and People Who were Down to Clown Sarah Duncan

    • History
    • 4.8 • 19 Ratings

History is a lot dirtier than you think. Salacious History is a podcast that explores moments in history that were shaped by sex, romance, and people who were generally down to clown.



Using sex and related topics as a jumping-off point, Sarah Duncan presents a cheeky yet factual glimpse into historical moments and people that may have been a little too racy for your high school history class.



Salacious History: Sex. Romance. Infamy.



SalaciousHistory.

    Re-Air: Prostitution in the Wild West

    Re-Air: Prostitution in the Wild West

    In honor of Women’s History Month, we are revisiting one of our most popular episodes: Prostitution in the Wild West!

     

    Please see the original episode for a full list of sources: Ep20 – Prostitution in the Wild West

    • 29 min
    Ep37 – Empress Wu Zetian: What’s the Real Story?

    Ep37 – Empress Wu Zetian: What’s the Real Story?

    Today we will be discussing one of the most controversial women in Chinese history: Empress Wu Zetian, the only woman to ever rule China. Historians have depicted her as a ruthless monster and an ineffective ruler, but was this really the case? When it comes to Wu Zetian, it is often difficult to separate fact from myth. Are all the extreme stories about her true? Was she a ruthless monster, or was her legacy tarnished by a long-lasting smear campaign?

     

    Suggested Episodes:

    Ep15 – Cleopatra

    Ep03 – Gloria Steinem Goes Undercover

     

    Keywords: Asian history, China history, Chinese history, Female rulers, Female leaders, Empress, Emperor, Wu Zetian empress, Wu Zetian facts, Wu Zetian murder, Wu Zetian daughter, Wu Zetian histor, Wu Zetian biography

     

    Sources:

    • 31 min
    Ep36 – A Celebration of Black History

    Ep36 – A Celebration of Black History

     In honor of Black History Month, we are taking a look back at some of the amazing African American groundbreakers we have covered on the podcast. We will also learn more about the origins of Black History Month!

    We will recount the life stories of four amazing groundbreakers from the 20th century: Bayard Rustin, Audre Lorde, and Mildred & Richard Loving.

     

    Suggested Episodes:

    Ep34 – Sex & Marriage: Apartheid

    Ep29 – The Stonewall Uprising

     

    Sources:



    history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/02/01/black-history-month-2021-how-celebrate-what-know/4292640001/

    https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/article/section/bhm-heroes/bayard-rustin-gay-man-in-the-civil-rights-movement/

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/05/us/bayard-rustin-pardon.html

    https://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/100-amazing-facts/who-designed-the-march-on-washington/

    https://www.biography.com/activist/bayard-rustin

    https://makinggayhistory.com/podcast/bayard-rustin/

    https://www.familyequality.org/2019/02/01/honoring-an-unsung-lgbtq-hero-bayard-rustin/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayard_Rustin#cite_note-58

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audre_Lorde

    https://www.nyclgbtsites.org/site/audre-lorde-residence/

    http://outhistory.org/exhibits/show/aa-history-month-bios/audre-lorde (more)

    https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-2004-06-13-0406100318-story.html

    https://poets.org/poet/audre-lorde

    https://www.biography.com/scholar/audre-lorde

    https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2017/09/feminist-lesbian-warrior-poet-rediscovering-work-audre-lorde

    https://www.britannica.com/biography/Audre-Lorde

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitchen_Table:_Women_of_Color_Press#Obstacles

    https://www.equalityutah.org/blog/item/256-lgbtq-legacy-audre-lorde

    Janus, S. S., & Janus, C. L. (1993). The Janus report on sexual behavior. New York, NY: Wiley.

    a href="https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?

    • 39 min
    Ep35 – Juan & Eva Perón

    Ep35 – Juan & Eva Perón

    Juan and Eva Peron are some of Argentina’s biggest cultural and political icons of the past century. Eva (AKA “Evita”) captured the heart of the nation as a First Lady of the people and President Juan Peron brought prosperity to the working class. In this week’s episode, we learn how this couple’s love for each other and their country propelled them to new heights.





     

    Sources:



    https://www.britannica.com/biography/Juan-Perón

    https://www.britannica.com/biography/Eva-Perón

    Evita: Her Real Story (documentary)

    https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20150710-the-gruesome-untold-story-of-eva-perons-lobotomy

    https://www.marxists.org/history/argentina/Perón/1951/speech.htm

    https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/Perón-deposed-in-argentina

    https://www.biography.com/political-figure/eva-Perón

    https://www.thevintagenews.com/2017/02/21/argentinas-juan-Perón-his-harboring-of-nazi-war-criminals-did-not-bring-about-the-benefits-he-expected-for-his-country/

    https://www.qcc.cuny.edu/socialsciences/ppecorino/SS680/Funeral_Evita.html



     

    Sub-Topics: Eva Peron biography, Eva Peron funeral, Juan Peron president, Eva Peron husband, Eva Peron Foundation

    • 31 min
    Ep34 – Sex & Marriage: Apartheid

    Ep34 – Sex & Marriage: Apartheid

    Apartheid was a system that legally separated the various racial groups in South Africa and kept the white minority in power. Learn how apartheid impacted sex and marriage in SA both during and after apartheid.

    This episode is sponsored by:





     

    Recommended Episodes:

    Ep14 – Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera

    Ep27 – Bayard Rustin

     

    Sources:



    * https://www.history.com/topics/africa/apartheid#:~:text=Under%20apartheid%2C%20nonwhite%20South%20Africans,two%20groups%20would%20be%20limited.

    * https://www.sahistory.org.za/article/history-apartheid-south-africa

    * https://www.history.com/news/apartheid-policies-photos-nelson-mandela

    * https://www.nytimes.com/1982/11/29/world/love-finds-a-way-past-south-africa-s-race-laws.html

    * https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27111168

    * https://www.thoughtco.com/interracial-marriage-under-apartheid-43429

    * https://www.blackfacts.com/fact/interracial-marriage-under-apartheid

    * https://www.nytimes.com/1984/09/12/world/for-south-african-couple-no-niche-in-apartheid.html

    * https://www.sahistory.org.za/article/history-lgbt-legislation

    * https://repository.law.umich.edu/articles/1049/

    * https://www.dw.com/en/colorblind-interracial-love-in-south-africa/a-47468376#:~:text=Under%20apartheid%2C%20dating%20across%20racial,couples%20into%20the%20rainbow%20nation.

    * https://www.cfr.org/blog/one-more-step-dismantling-apartheids-legacy

    • 28 min
    Ep33 – History of Abortion Rights

    Ep33 – History of Abortion Rights

    No matter if you are pro-life or pro-choice, it’s important to understand the history of abortion rights and what events have shaped our current perceptions. How have different societies addressed abortion in the past, and why is it such a divisive issue in the modern era? 

    This episode is sponsored by:





     

    Suggested Episodes:

    Ep26 – Christine Jorgensen: The First Trans Celebrity

    Ep03 – Gloria Steinem Goes Undercover

     

    Sources:



    * https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/religion/news/2013/08/08/71893/scarlet-letters-getting-the-history-of-abortion-and-contraception-right/#:~:text=Official%20abortion%20laws%20did%20not,force%20would%20have%20stopped%20her.

    * https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33467.pdf

    * https://www.historyextra.com/period/20th-century/history-abortion-law-america-us-debate-what-roe-v-wade/

    * https://reproductiverights.org/worldabortionlaws

    * https://www.cairn-int.info/article-E_POPU_1802_0225–abortion-around-the-world-an-overview.htm#

    * https://www.newyorker.com/news/essay/how-abortion-changed-the-arc-of-womens-lives

    * http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/abortion/legal/history_1.shtml



     

    Sub-Topics: Abortion def, Abortion definition, Abortion cost, Worldwide abortion rates, Abortion laws

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

TallahasseeNat ,

Salacious yet tasteful

Lovely podcast! I’m enjoying the lesser-known details she includes from history.

Emilsal ,

Keep up the good work!

Loving the angle and the earnest drive for accurate, historical reporting.

megancmill ,

Good content but low quality

This podcast has really good and interesting content but the way the narrator presents it and her voice is actually really cringeworthy and at times awkward. Compared to other podcasts, this one sounds like it was recorded on a cell phone and as a result makes it a very unpleasant listening experience.

Top Podcasts In History

Listeners Also Subscribed To