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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 as slaves who freed themselves around the time of the American Revolution.

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.

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.

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.

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.