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Welcome to History Lessons for Misanthropes, with Dr. Mildred Strange and her buddy Lou. We talk about uncomfortable, weird, and tragic history, dispelling myths and unpacking truths.

History Lessons for Misanthropes Dr. Mildred Strange

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Welcome to History Lessons for Misanthropes, with Dr. Mildred Strange and her buddy Lou. We talk about uncomfortable, weird, and tragic history, dispelling myths and unpacking truths.

    76 - The Astor Place Riot

    76 - The Astor Place Riot

    In this episode, we begin with a news story about archaeologists finding evidence of clothing from 120,000 years ago. 


    We then get into the episode topic, wherein two actors, American Edwin Forrest and British William Macready, engaged in an absurd competition for stage supremacy. They each catered to a different class of audience, who supported their player in the arena of public opinion, finally culminating in a deadly riot in New York.

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    • 55 min
    75 - The Indian Mutiny of 1857

    75 - The Indian Mutiny of 1857

    In this episode we start with a news story that re-writes the history of pre-historic Asia.

    Getting into the episode topic, Mildred tells Lou about the Indian Rebellion of 1857, or the First Indian War of Independence. 

    Basically a large portion of India did not want Britain to run their country. 

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    • 52 min
    74 - Bonus Quizisode

    74 - Bonus Quizisode

    Move over Jeopardy, there's a new quiz in town!  It's a Lou Quiz episode!

    We've got a couple news stories before diving into Lou's big fun trivia game of questions and answers. Mildred does better this time than the New Years edition, but share in her shame as she misses some obvious answers!

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    • 59 min
    73- Edmonia Lewis

    73- Edmonia Lewis

    In this episode, we discuss the life of Mary Edmonia Lewis aka "Wildfire".  She was a 19th century American sculptor who faced challenged in a field dominated by white men, while herself being of African American and Indigenous heritage. Though her client base was in America, she lived most of her life in Europe, to escape the systemic barriers in the States. 

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    • 1 hr
    72 - Theda Bara

    72 - Theda Bara

    In this episode, Mildred talks about the life of the silent film star, Theda Bara. She is often hailed as Hollywood's first Vamp, and was only in films for 5 years before burning out of the industry. In an unusual twist for us, this episode has very little sadness, but we wanted to discuss her, as she is a goth icon, and often played roles of strong women who are in control of their own agency. 

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    71- Mata Hari

    71- Mata Hari

    In this episode we discuss the life of Mata Hari, a popular dancer in Europe in the first decade of the twentieth century. We tell the story of how a woman from the Netherlands pretended to be a dance from Java to gain popularity in the arts community, and how her string of international romances led her to be recruited as a spy in the First World War, ultimately leading to her demise. 




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    • 1 hr 4 min

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