The Exploress Podcast
By Kate J. Armstrong
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Join us as we time travel back through women's history, exploring the lives and stories of ladies of the past, from the everyday to the extraordinary, imagining what it might have been like to be them.
||CleanWild Western Women: Ladies on the American Frontier (Season 1, Episode 11)||America's Wild West evokes images of grizzled men in fringed chaps, but women were also there to help shape the frontier: the pioneer women who fought through many hardships to carve out a life on the dusty plains and the Mexican and Native American...||10 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMore Done With Pens Than Swords: How Harriet Beecher Stowe Rocked America (BONUS!)||The 19th century's best-selling novel was an incendiary story about the evils of slavery, written by a northern woman who wanted to change the world. Meet Harriet Beecher Stowe, the authoress who refused to sit down and be silent about the peculiar...||21 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe Shall Overcome: Elizabeth Keckley & Harriet Tubman, Part 2 (Season 1, Episode 10)||Harriet Tubman and Elizabeth Keckley took different paths to freedom, and navigating their new world. One because a famous conductor on the Underground Railroad, spending a decade liberating family and strangers alike. The other became a successful...||30 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe Shall Overcome: Elizabeth Keckley & Harriet Tubman, Part 1 (Season 1, Episode 9)||Elizabeth Keckley and Harriet Tubman spent decades in bondage, suffering everything the "peculiar institution" promised before finding very different paths to freedom. What they did with that freedom is nothing short of extraordinary. In weaving...||8 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Madames: The Steamy Lives of Mary Ann Hall and Madame Restell (BONUS!)||I'm bringing one of my bonus episodes out of the Patreon vault and sharing it with everyone! Back by popular demand, this bonus gives a more in-depth glimpse into sex in 19th-century: specifically the fascinating lives and times of two very...||25 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSomething Wicked This Way Comes: 19th-century Spiritualist Mediums (Season 1, Episode 8)||Victorian America was a very haunted place, and by mid-century the Spiritualist movement was sweeping through it. People went in droves to see mediums - who were mostly women - to try and reach the spirits of their loved ones just beyond the veil....||11 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDangerous Liaisons: Lady Spies of the American Civil War (Season 1, Episode 7)||19th-century women aren't supposed to be devious - and that's what made them such effective spies. Hundreds of women tied gun parts to their crinolines, baked quinine into bread loaves, hid generals in their attics, and made daring midnight rides for...||13 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSarah Emma Edmonds: Soldier, Nurse and Spy (Season 1, Episode 6)||Franklin Thompson did it all as a Civil War soldier: spied, rode, nursed, and fought. And during his service, almost no one knew his secret: that he was really Sarah Emma Edmonds in disguise. Emma left home in Canada at 17 to escape a life she didn't...||30 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShe Wore The Pants: Women Soldiers in the American Civil War (Season 1, Episode 5)||When we think of a Civil War soldier, it's a man we see. But there were women out there on the battlefield, too - hundreds of them - fighting and dying for their cause. Let's travel back into the life of a secret lady soldier to find out why they...||16 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPublic Women: Sex in 19th-century America (Season 1, Episode 4)||The 19th-century was a whole lot sexier than you think it was.||2 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAngel of the Battlefield: Clara Barton (Season 1, Episode 3)||She was many things: A celebrated teacher, a pioneering civil servant, a battlefield nurse, a public speaker, and a leader of many initiatives, including the American Red Cross. In a time when single, middle-class women didn't have all that many...||19 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHavens in a Heartless World: Civil War Nurses (Season 1, Episode 2)||The soldiers called them angels, but they were warriors: They battled bullets, disease, terrible medical knowledge, and the belief that they didn't belong out in the public sphere. Join us as we explore the life, trials, and triumphs of a Civil War nurs||19 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Lady's Life in Mid-19th Century America (Season 1, Episode 1)||Let's step into some 19th-century shoes.||19 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to The Exploress||Time traveling through women's history, one era at a time.||19 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Perfect balance of interesting and funny
This is such a great podcast and I highly recommend a listen. Kate balances extensively researched information with witty comments to create an interesting and engaging podcast!!!
A great podcast!!
A very informative, entertaining and funny podcast!! I have learnt a lot about some great women in history and the music, additional voices and the host’s witty sense of humour all add to the enjoyable episodes! Looking forward to listening to more!
A hidden world!
So well presented, funny, witty, and packed with stuff I never knew. The way the host teaches you about everyday life in the era and then goes into the stories of individuals provides the context I needed to realise just how amazing these women are! Also, the cameos where other voices read out historical extracts are killer. Highly recommended!