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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.

12. Mary Mahoney: The Original RN

12. Mary Mahoney: The Original RN

April 22, 2019

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 the Supreme Court's decision lead to the idea of "separate but equal."

11. Suor Maria Celeste: a ‘Poor Clare’ of Florence

11. Suor Maria Celeste: a ‘Poor Clare’ of Florence

April 8, 2019

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

10. Stephanie St. Clair: The Queen(ie) of Harlem

March 25, 2019

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

9: Marcela Gracia Ibeas and Elisa Sánchez Loriga: Inconsistent Incognito Spouses

March 11, 2019

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. 

8. Elizabeth Freeman and Oney Judge: Self-Freed Women

8. Elizabeth Freeman and Oney Judge: Self-Freed Women

February 25, 2019

Alex tells Jay about Elizabeth Freeman and Oney Judge, two women born enslaved, who freed themselves around the time of the American Revolution.

We’re Back!

We’re Back!

February 20, 2019

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

7. Molly, Molly, Molly: Three American Revolution Heroines

May 14, 2018

Jay tells Alex about three heroic women-of-the-army, all nicknamed Molly, from the American Revolutionary War.

6B. Lucy Parsons: Firebrand Anarchist

6B. Lucy Parsons: Firebrand Anarchist

April 30, 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."