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.
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.
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.
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.