Matoaka aka Pocahontas (with Lauren DeLeary)

We’re joined today by Lauren DeLeary to talk about the true story of Matoaka, commonly known as Pocahontas. Her story has been misinterpreted countless times from the 16th century through today, perhaps still best known from the animated Disney film. Lauren was the screenwriter of Missing Matoaka, an alternate audio track to the Disney film, presenting her as the first Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman.

Learn more about Missing Matoaka: The True Story of Pocahontas

Learn more about the inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

References:

Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma by Camilla Townsend

The True Story of Pocahontas: The Other Side of History by Dr. Linwood “Little Bear’ Custalow and Angela L. Daniel “Silver Star”

Savage Kingdom: The True Story of Jamestown, 1607, and the Settlement of America by Benjamin Woolley

The True Story of Pocahontas: Historical Myths Versus Sad Reality by Vincent Schilling (Indian Country Today)

Wikipedia

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Hatshepsut (with Gina Berry)

We’re joined by friend of the podcast Gina Berry to discuss the longest-ago figure ever discussed on the show: Hatshepsut! It’s a long one, so pace yourselves because you want to hear every detail of this remarkable King’s life and reign.

References:

The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney

Before We Were Trans: A New History of Gender by Kit Heyam

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La Quintrala aka Catalina de los Ríos y Lísperguer (with Maria Marsilli)

La Quintrala is well-known in Chile as a monstrous woman from colonial history. Her alleged murderous rampage killed over 1,000 enslaved people, and her ghost is still causing havoc today. But who was the real-life inspiration of this myth? We’re joined by Dr. Maria N. Marsilli from John Carroll University to separate the bloody legend from the real-life history of a 17th-century Chilean noblewoman.

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Saint Margaret of Scotland (with E.K. McAlpine)

In a long-awaited crossover between pale-skinned history nerds with glasses and long reddish hair, whose cats like to make guest appearances in their content, Hepburn and I are joined by I’m joined by E.K. McAlpine (and Minnie) to talk about her all-time fav: Saint Margaret of Scotland!

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Anna May Wong (with Katie Gee Salisbury, author of Not Your China Doll)

We’re joined today by Katie Gee Salisbury, author of the new Anna May Wong biography Not Your China Doll: The Wild and Shimmering Life of Anna May Wong. Katie helps guide us through a discussion of Anna May Wong’s life from childhood through Hollywood and European stardom, her trip to China, and her final comeback era.

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Author Interview: Flora Carr (Author of The Tower)

This week we’re talking about Mary, Queen of Scots AGAIN because (drumroll please) she’s the topic of the latest Vulgar History book club book! We’re joined by author Flora Carr to talk about her new book, The Tower. It’s a historical fiction novel about Mary, Queen of Scots and the Lochleven Scenario and it includes faves like Mary Seton and Yung Willy, with a bunch of other names you’ll recognize from the MQoS season.

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Claire Clairmont (with Lesley McDowell, Author of Clairmont)

Time to talk about a longtime Vulgar History fav, this time in her own episode! Claire Clairmont is mostly known as the third-wheel stepsister of Mary Shelley. But as you will soon find out, she was also a Goth Queen in a different way.

We’re joined by author Lesley McDowell, whose new novel Clairmont makes Claire the main character for once.

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The Queen of Sheba (with Princess O’Nika Auguste)

We’re joined by return guest Princess O’Nika Auguste, here to share the story of The Queen of Sheba. Princess explains this Queen’s connection to Ethiopian, Rastafarian, Yemeni, Islamic, Jewish, Christian, and Black history.

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Mary Ann Shadd Cary (with Nneka D. Dennie)

Mary Ann Shadd Cary is recognized as a national hero in both Canada and the United States. I’m joined by Nneka D. Dennie, author of Mary Ann Shadd Cary: Essential Writings of a Nineteenth-Century Black Radical Feminist to discuss Mary Ann’s life and legacy.

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Author Interview: Avery Cunningham (Author of The Mayor of Maxwell Street)

We’re joined this week by Avery Cunningham, author of The Mayor of Maxwell Street. This historical fiction novel has it all: old timey gangsters! Lady journalists! Noir-adjacent gangland rivalries! And: 1920s outfits. It’s also a story about the Black elite of 1920s Kentucky and Chicago, using fictional characters to highlight this lesser known aspect of Black American history.

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