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A Library Of Stars

8/11/2019
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In this episode of Armchair Apocrypha, Andrew talks about Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, the woman who discovered what stars are made of, before losing credit for it to a man a few years later. Afterward, Rachael delves into the exciting and sordid history of one of the seven wonders of the world, the Library of Alexandria.

Duration:00:37:22

Big War Energy

7/28/2019
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In this week's episode of Armchair Apocrypha, Andrew recounts the tale of Franceska Mann, who shot an SS officer to death and injured another in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Afterward, Rachael delves into World War I, the Balkans, the Last Czars, and some lesser known figures from the War.

Duration:00:36:01

The Rainbow Beyhive

7/14/2019
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On today's episode of Armchair Apocrypha, Andrew talks about the Rainbow Coalition, which brought together various organizations and movements across Chicago in the late 60's. Afterward, Rachael tells some fun facts about her favorite musical artist, the inimitable Beyonce.

Duration:00:40:29

Michel And The Nuclear So And So's

6/30/2019
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In this episode of Armchair Apocrypha, Andrew talks about teacher turned revolutionary Louise Michel, while Rachael talks about the real life events behind her recent prestige TV binge, Chernobyl.

Duration:01:09:03

A Jar Of Aether

6/16/2019
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With Rachael out of town, Andrew goes solo this time, reading a passage from his current cosmic horror work in progress "The Watch and the Dagger."

Duration:00:17:14

Flying Weather

6/2/2019
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In this week's episode of Armchair Apocrypha, Andrew follows up his episode about Bernardine Dohrn with a deep dive into the Weather Underground Organization, some of the rock stars of American terrorism in the 1970's. Meanwhile, Rachael explores the life and times of Jacqueline Cochran, the first woman to break the sound barrier.

Duration:00:48:32

Life In The Underground

5/19/2019
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In this week's episode of Armchair Apocrypha, Andrew talks about one of the FBI's most wanted from the 1970's, while Rachael recounts the story of Miep Gies, who helped hide Anne Frank and others.

Duration:00:36:20

Partisans On Horseback

5/5/2019
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On our short episode this week, Andrew talks about a Russian partisan fighting Nazis, Gertrude Boyarski, while Rachael delves into the world of horse-racing with an article about women jockies.

Duration:00:23:39

Terrorism and Tarot Cards

4/21/2019
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While Rachael is on vacation, Andrew and Mari sit down to discuss the murder of civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo and the tenets of tarot. This episode features descriptions of right-wing terrorism. If you're sensitive to this topic, please proceed with caution.

Duration:00:51:37

Lock Stock And A Smoking Gun

4/7/2019
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In the first episode on the new recording setup, we return to our classic go-tos, with Andrew memorializing Ito Noe, another Japanese anarchist who died tragically before her time, and Rachael recounting the short life of James Garfield, the second president to be assassinated. This episode contains depictions of police violence and gun violence. If you are sensitive to these topics, please proceed with caution.

Duration:00:40:42

Tiocfaidh ár lá

3/24/2019
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In our St. Patrick's Day episode, Andrew talks about Egyptian feminist organizer Huda Shaarawi, while Rachael celebrates the life of Irish Revolutionary Constance Markievicz.

Duration:00:32:09

Civil Disobedience

3/10/2019
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On this episode of Armchair Apocrypha, Andrew talks about Sophie and Hans Scholl from the antifascist resistance group White Rose, while Rachael finishes off black history month with Sadie Alexander, the first black woman to practice law in Pennsylvania.

Duration:00:43:05

Iceland is Very White

2/24/2019
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On today's episode of Armchair Apocrypha, Andrew talks about Betty Boop, the black woman who inspired her, the white woman who inspired her, two other black women who may have inspired her, and the corporation who won the lawsuit against the white woman who inspired her. Afterward, Rachael recounts the day that almost all the women in Iceland took a big day off, and the organizer who went on to be the longest serving woman president in the world.

Duration:00:36:51

Black Venus, White Mouse

2/10/2019
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Andrew and Rachael talk about two Paris based resistance fighters, Josephine Baker, the Black Venus, and Nancy Wake, the White Mouse, in an action packed episode. This episode contains a content warning for racism and child abuse.

Duration:00:53:52

Dreams Of Fire

1/27/2019
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In this episode of Armchair Apocrypha, Andrew talks feminist labor organizer Rose Schneiderman, while Rachael shares some stories from ancient mythology, including the laziest deity and the women of your dreams.

Duration:00:40:32

Episode 33 - What's In Your Closet?

1/13/2019
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In another double dose of badass women, Andrew talks about what drag queen Dorian Corey kept in her closet, while Rachael delves into some Hollywood history with B-Movie pioneer Ida Lupino. This episode features a content warning for brief mentions of rape and assault. If this subject matter affects you, please proceed with caution.

Duration:00:32:32

Episode 32 - Mercury Bit My Nipple

12/30/2018
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In today's episode of Armchair Apocrypha, Andrew talks about one of the first out trans women in electronic composing, while Rachael delves into the tales and trials of an Irish pirate queen. Also, Mercury bites Andrew's nipple for some reason.

Duration:00:52:40

Episode 31 - I Wasn't Expecting To Fall Into Nazism

12/16/2018
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In this episode, Andrew talks about the history of the FBI spying on activism groups, and the one woman who exposed their extensive spying program. Meanwhile, Rachael finds an unsuspecting surprise when she starts looking into a historical fashion designer.

Duration:00:56:57

Episode 30 - Martyrs, Mysteries, and Murder Volume 2

12/2/2018
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In this week's episode of Armchair Apocrypha, Andrew fits the themes of Martyrs, Mysteries, and Murder into a single story, the sordid tale of Anna Mae Aquash of the American Indian Movement. Rachael recounts the life and scandals of Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun, portraitist of Marie Antoinette, Maria Carolina, Stanislaw August Poniatowski, and other dead monarchs.

Duration:00:57:16

Episode 29 - Polyglots Vs. Nazis

11/18/2018
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On today's episode of Armchair Apocrypha, we have three stories of polyglots who found their own ways to fight Nazis during World War II, from the first Jewish woman to escape Auschwitz, to spies with life expectancies of just six weeks. And our very special guest, Mercury the dog.

Duration:00:37:34