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Asterisk History

Asterisk History

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Alex and Jay talk about obscure history.
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8. Elizabeth Freeman and Oney Judge: Self-Freed Women

40:13 | Feb 25th

Alex tells Jay about Elizabeth Freeman and Oney Judge, two women born enslaved, who freed themselves around the time of the American Revolution.
19. Truganini and Fanny Cochrane Smith: The Last Indigenous Tasmanians

42:05 | Aug 12th

Season 2, Episode 8: In the second switcheroo episode, Alex and Jay discuss Truganini and Fanny Cochrane Smith, two women who bear the title "last Aboriginal Tasmanian" and who worked tirelessly to protect their cultures and their way of life from co...Show More
17B. Mary Church Terrell: Spirited Globetrotting Educator

50:21 | Jul 15th

Season 2, Episode 6: In the second part of a two-part episode, Alex finishes telling Jay about Mary Church Terrell, a woman who fought for suffrage, education, and civil rights.
17. Mary Church Terrell: Spirited Globetrotting Educator

53:44 | Jul 2nd

Season 2, Episode 6: In the first part of a two-part episode, Alex tells Jay about Mary Church Terrell, a woman who fought for suffrage, education, and civil rights.
16. Mitsuye Endo: Quietly Courageous Plaintiff

58:04 | Jun 17th

Season 2, Episode 5: Jay tells Alex about Mitsuye Endo, the only person to successfully sue for Habeus Corpus during the forced internment of Japanese American citizens during WWII.
14. Ms. Ophelia Settle Egypt: Harlem Renaissance Adjacent

58:49 | May 20th

Season 2 Episode 4: Alex tells Jay about Ms. Ophelia, a sociologist and writer who who stood on the fringes of the Harlem Renaissance and rubbed shoulders with many key players.
7. Molly, Molly, Molly: Three American Revolution Heroines

41:49 | May 14th, 2018

Jay tells Alex about three heroic women-of-the-army, all nicknamed Molly, from the American Revolutionary War.
1. Zheng Yi Sao: The Chinese Pirate Queen

37:12 | Feb 19th, 2018

Jay tells Alex about 郑一嫂 (鄭一嫂), or Zhèng Yī Sao, the Chinese Pirate Queen who terrorized the South China Sea in the early 1800's.
18. Anne Lister: Traveler, Diarist, Seducer of Widows

38:38 | Jul 29th

Season 2, Episode 7: In the first switcheroo episode, Jay and Alex discuss Anne Lister, the "first modern lesbian" who traveled Europe, managed her own monetary affairs, and wrote four MILLION words in her detailed and encoded diaries.
15. Throwback: Phryne: Send (Classical) Nudes

38:16 | Jun 3rd

Life's been a bit hectic for Asterisk's hosts, so today we're giving you a throwback episode! We will return to regularly-schedule new episodes on Monday, June 17. In this episode from Season 1, Jay tells Alex about Φρύνη, or Phryne (Phrýnē), a court...Show More
12. Mary Mahoney: The Original RN

34:55 | Apr 22nd

Season 2 Episode 2: Alex tells Jay about Mary Mahoney, the first African American woman to be formally trained as a nurse. Also, a small correction: in this episode, Alex refers to the Dred Scott case. She meant the Plessey v. Ferguson case, wherein ...Show More
11. Suor Maria Celeste: a 'Poor Clare' of Florence

1:02:18 | Apr 8th

Season 2, Episode 1: Jay tells Alex about Suor Maria Celeste, a nun of the impoverished Order of St. Clare of Assisi who was industrious, surprisingly well educated, and whose records survived because she happened to have a famous father.
10. Stephanie St. Clair: The Queen(ie) of Harlem

36:38 | Mar 25th

Alex tells Jay about "Queenie" Stephanie St. Clair, the classiest mob boss to grace New York City in the 20th Century.
9: Marcela Gracia Ibeas and Elisa Sánchez Loriga: Inconsistent Incognito Spouses

37:04 | Mar 11th

Jay tells Alex about Marcela Gracia Ibeas and Elisa Sánchez Loriga, who, through elaborate deception, became the first same-sex couple to be married by the Catholic Church.
We're Back!

05:02 | Feb 21st

Alex and Jay explain their abrupt hiatus and let everyone know what they've been up to lately.
6B. Lucy Parsons: Firebrand Anarchist

45:07 | Apr 30th, 2018

In the second part of this two-part episode, Alex finishes telling Jay about Lucy Parsons, a turn-of-the-century Anarchist and labor reformer whose personal mantra (we assume) was "burn shit down."
6A. Lucy Parsons: Firebrand Anarchist

48:49 | Apr 16th, 2018

In the first part of a two-part episode, Alex tells Jay about Lucy Parsons, a turn-of-the-century Anarchist and labor reformer who was born into slavery and lived most of her life in Chicago.
5. Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade: Pragmatic Romantic Composer

44:24 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Jay tells Alex about Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade, a Victorian Romantic composer whose music we use for our opening and closing.
4. Annie Turnbo Malone: Slayer of Hair

36:14 | Mar 19th, 2018

Alex tells Jay about Annie Turnbo Malone, an African American entrepreneur and philanthropist whose business empire was ultimately destroyed by outside forces.
3. Phryne: Send (Classical) Nudes

38:16 | Mar 5th, 2018

Jay tells Alex about Φρύνη, or Phryne (Phrýnē), a courtesan from Classical Greece who happens to be the model/inspiration for some of the most famous works of art in history.
2. Harriet Chalmers Adams: Badass Explorer

48:14 | Feb 20th, 2018

Alex tells Jay about Harriet Chalmers Adams, an incredible woman with a passion for geology, culture, and exploring.
1.5. Lai Choi San: The Other Chinese Pirate Queen

12:34 | Feb 20th, 2018

In this bonus mini-episode, Jay tells Alex about Lai Choi San, the other Chinese pirate queen who sailed the South China Sea in the 1920's and 1930's.