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21. Christine Granville: Kickass Spy

21. Christine Granville: Kickass Spy

September 9, 2019

Season 2, Episode 10: In the final episode of Season 2, a slightly intoxicated Alex tells a completely sober Jay about Christine Granville, a polish woman who defied the odds to become a English spy. (We apologize for the audio quality for this episode!)

20. Yaa Asantewaa: Rebel Queen Mother

20. Yaa Asantewaa: Rebel Queen Mother

August 26, 2019

Season 2, Episode 9: Jay tells Alex about Yaa Asantewaa, the Queen Mother who led the Ashanti in their final Rebellion against British Colonialism.

19. Truganini and Fanny Cochrane Smith: The Last Indigenous Tasmanians

19. Truganini and Fanny Cochrane Smith: The Last Indigenous Tasmanians

August 12, 2019

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 colonialism.

We would like to warn our listeners that we will be using proper names.

18. Anne Lister: Traveler, Diarist, Seducer of Widows

18. Anne Lister: Traveler, Diarist, Seducer of Widows

July 29, 2019

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.

17B. Mary Church Terrell: Spirited Globetrotting Educator

17B. Mary Church Terrell: Spirited Globetrotting Educator

July 15, 2019

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. 

17A. Mary Church Terrell: Spirited Globetrotting Educator

17A. Mary Church Terrell: Spirited Globetrotting Educator

July 2, 2019

Season 2, Episode 6A: 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

16. Mitsuye Endo: Quietly Courageous Plaintiff

June 17, 2019

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.

15. Throwback: Phryne: Send (Classical) Nudes

15. Throwback: Phryne: Send (Classical) Nudes

June 3, 2019

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 courtesan from Classical Greece who happens to be the model/inspiration for some of the most famous works of art in history.

14. Ms. Ophelia Settle Egypt: Harlem Renaissance Adjacent

14. Ms. Ophelia Settle Egypt: Harlem Renaissance Adjacent

May 20, 2019

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.

13. Chiquinha Gonzaga: Choro Maestrina of Brazil

13. Chiquinha Gonzaga: Choro Maestrina of Brazil

May 6, 2019

Season 2 Episode 3: Jay tells Alex about Chiquinha Gonzaga, a composer from Brazil who blazed trails, started trends, facilitated scandals, and was always looking for a cause to support.