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

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    • 4.7 • 182 Ratings

A feminist women's history comedy podcast about the scandalicious stories of people from olden times. Hosted by Ann Foster.
Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Empress Dowager Cixi, part one

    Empress Dowager Cixi, part one

    OK this is a major episode, so get ready for the twists and turns of a truly unforgettable saga. Cixi was born to a Manchu family in China in the 19th century and, as a teen, was selected to join the emperor's harem of concubines. The emperor mostly doesn't matter (spoiler: none of the emperors in this saga do), because what's most important is that in the harem she met her ride or die best friend forever, Ci'an. And what they accomplished together is truly breathtaking, changed history, and is also the cliffhanger of this week's episode.
    Recommended podcasts to learn more about Asian history:
    Asian American History 101
    With Chinese Characteristics
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    References:
    Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang
    Women In World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia

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    • 50 min
    Artemisia I of Caria

    Artemisia I of Caria

    Artemisia I of Caria is one of the earliest recorded t**s out women of history. She was the Queen of Halicarnassus hundreds of years before Cleopatra, and midway through the events of the Old Testament. She helped out Persian Emperor Xerxes I battle against the Greeks, and was so impressive Herodotus wrote about her (even though she was a woman).
    Help for Iran. Some organizations to consider donating to in support of the women of Iran:
    Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI)
    Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran
    Amnesty International 
    United for Iran
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    Support Vulgar History on Patreon
    Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOUT10 for 10% off your order
    References:
    Wikipedia
    Britannica.com
    https://www.worldhistory.org/article/1492/women-in-ancient-persia
    https://www.worldhistory.org/article/927/women-in-ancient-greece/
    https://www.persianesquemagazine.com/4717/
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    • 54 min
    Sarah Kidd (with Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos)

    Sarah Kidd (with Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos)

    You may not have heard of Sarah Kidd, but you likely have heard of her third husband: Captain Kidd, the famous pirate. I'm joined by Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos, author of the first-ever full length biography of Sarah, THE PIRATE'S WIFE: THE REMARKABLE TRUE STORY OF SARAH KIDD to learn all about this lesser-known figure from history. Arrrr!
    Learn more about Daphne and her books at daphnepalmergeanacopoulos.com/
    Buy a copy of THE PIRATE'S WIFE from bookshop.org to help support Vulgar History 

    Support Vulgar History on Patreon
    Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOUT10 for 10% off your order
    Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission. Use this link to shop there and support Vulgar History.

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Super Special: Before We Were Trans (with Kit Heyam)

    Super Special: Before We Were Trans (with Kit Heyam)

    As soon as I read Kit Heyam's new book "Before We Were Trans" I knew I had to try and get them on the podcast. And happy day, Kit agreed! We talk in this chat about the messiness of trans and queer history, women in sexy lady pants, the gender of hats, Njinga, Catalina de Erauso, Kristina of Sweden and MUCH MORE!
    Learn more about Kit and their work at kitheyam.com and follow them on Twitter @krheyam
    Purchase "Before We Were Trans" from bookshop.org 
    Also, as mentioned in the episode, some organizations to consider donating to in support of the women of Iran:
    Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI)
    Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran
    Amnesty International 
    United for Iran
    Support Vulgar History on Patreon
    Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOUT10 for 10% off your order
    Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission. Use this link to shop there and support Vulgar History.

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    • 45 min
    Manuela Sáenz, part two

    Manuela Sáenz, part two

    Doña Manuela Sáenz de Vergara y Aizpuru was the illegitimate daughter of Spanish nobility in Quito (in modern day Ecuador). Side by side with Simón Bolívar, she was instrumental in Spanish colonies emancipating themselves from Spain. Following Simón's death, Manuela wound up with money problems in Perú. Since the 20th century, South American feminists have reclaimed her legacy and today, she is widely beloved all over South America as their beloved Manuelita.
    Support Vulgar History on Patreon
    Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOUT10 for 10% off your order
    References:
    Wikipedia
    For Glory and Bolivar by Pamela S. Murray

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Manuela Sáenz, part one

    Manuela Sáenz, part one

    Doña Manuela Sáenz de Vergara y Aizpuru was the illegitimate daughter of Spanish nobility in Quito (in modern day Ecuador). After a political awakening, she became involved in the patriot revolution seeking to emancipate South America from Spanish control. And that’s just the beginning.
    Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter
    Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOUT10 for 10% off your order
    References:
    Wikipedia
    For Glory and Bolivar by Pamela S. Murray

    Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission. Use this link to shop there and support Vulgar History: bookshop.org/shop/vulgarhistory


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    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
182 Ratings

182 Ratings

LindsBurleson33 ,

Ann is the best!

I love love love this podcast! Ann says the word “like” an appropriate amount of times and cracks me up all while dishing the tea on juicy scandalous often spicy women in history. Great storytelling and also awesome book recommendations.
Love love love!!!!

kpbs17 ,

My favorite podcast. Like hanging out with your super smart, funny bestie.

I found this podcast during its first season totally by chance and have been addicted since. Ann knows how to pick the subjects of her episodes (like, FREDEGUND?! Excuse you rest of the history podcast world for not talking about her sooner) and her style of storytelling is so funny, engaging, and accessible.

Also, to all of the jabronis who think she says like too much, SO DO I and I’m happy to finally be able to listen to someone who talks like me. You guys can, like, go listen to, like, a way less fun show if you want. I’m staying here with my girl Ann Foster.

sofiaro ,

Herstory Excellence

Got into this podcast because my SO loves history, but every podcast suggested to me has failed to hold my attention UNTIL Vulgar History; it’s entertaining, informative and has made me actively research the subjects of these episodes post listen. Modern twist on the same ol’ patriarchal history.

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