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Amanda and Rita are on a mission to share the stories your history books left out. Every episode they tackle the brave, complicated, courageous, and important stories of women you've probably never heard of, but you should have. Many of our episodes specifically highlight women of color and LGBTQ+ folks. Join us. Find your new heroes.

Amanda and Rita are on a mission to share the stories your history books left out. Every episode they tackle the brave, complicated, courageous, and important stories of women you've probably never heard of, but you should have. Many of our episodes specifically highlight women of color and LGBTQ+ folks. Join us. Find your new heroes.

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United States

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Amanda and Rita are on a mission to share the stories your history books left out. Every episode they tackle the brave, complicated, courageous, and important stories of women you've probably never heard of, but you should have. Many of our episodes specifically highlight women of color and LGBTQ+ folks. Join us. Find your new heroes.

Language:

English


Episodes

SURFER - Margo Godfrey Oberg

10/1/2021
The hosts start the episode with a discussion on the double standards applied to female bosses. Then Amanda digs into the story of the first woman to become a professional surfer--Margo Godfrey Oberg. Margo paved the way for women to become big wave surfers. Please support us on Patreon: https://linktr.ee/idkher_podcast

Duration:00:55:18

MOUNTAINEER - Annie Smith Peck

9/24/2021
Do you believe in ghosts? Spirits? Psychics? The hosts discuss the supernatural and the spiritual world at the top. Then Rita tells the adventurous tale of Annie Smith Peck, a professor and mountaineer who proves that it’s never too late to make your dreams come true.

Duration:00:50:45

ACTIVIST: Madalyn Murray O'Hair

9/17/2021
Rita ushers in the new season with some insights into apologies and why they’re so damn hard. Then Amanda tells the story of the infamous Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the Most Hated Woman in America. You think you know her story, but you have no idea. Please support us on Patreon & consider purchasing our merch. https://linktr.ee/idkher_podcast

Duration:01:22:55

UPDATE - What we did on our summer vacation

9/10/2021
Rita and Amanda update folks on all the goings-on in their lives since the last season and there is A LOT to say. Amanda had top surgery, Rita’s son started junior high, and there were some unexpected twists and turns, including the loss of two important people. Catch up with them in this first episode of the fourth season of IDKHer!

Duration:00:47:26

ARTIST - Inji Efflatoun

6/11/2021
The hosts talk about the disappointment of a respected local business owner and ally dropping a bad hot take. Then Rita tells the story of Inji Efflatoun, and Egyptian artist and political activist in this season-ending episode. Support us on Patreon and get sweet merch at TeePublic: https://linktr.ee/idkher_podcast

Duration:00:56:39

ACTIVIST - Kitty Cone

6/4/2021
Rita shares her love for makeup YouTuber Jaime French. Then Amanda dives into the complex story of Kitty Cone. Diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at 15, Kitty eschewed her conservative upbringing to become a political organizer and disability rights activist best known for her work on the 504 Sit In.

Duration:01:32:13

MATHEMATICIAN - Hypatia

5/28/2021
Rita & Amanda discuss the #metoo moment in the beer industry. Then Rita tells the tale of Hypatia, a philosopher, mathematician and astronomer who taught a generation of prominent thinkers, but whose life was tragically cut short.

Duration:00:54:34

AUTHOR - Mary Cronk Farrell

5/14/2021
We’re switching things up this week! Amanda interviews Mary Cronk Farrell, author of 8 books about women you’ve probably never heard of, but you should have. The two talk about why they’re drawn to telling these stories, revisit Irena Sendler (S1:E17), and discuss Mary’s new book, Close-Up on War: The Story of Pioneering Photojournalist Catherine Leroy in Vietnam. You can pre-order the book now! Visit https://www.marycronkfarrell.net/ for more.

Duration:01:05:32

DANCER - Tempest Storm

5/7/2021
The hosts lambast the current fashion trends at Target & bemoan the fashion mistakes of their youth (that are currently being repeated!). Then Amanda tells the tragic & inspirational tale of Tempest Storm, the Queen of Burlesque, who was born into poverty in rural Georgia & rose to the height of burlesque, crossing paths with Elvis, JFK, and Marilyn Monroe along the way. Support us on Patreon and TeePublic! https://linktr.ee/idkher_podcast

Duration:01:20:26

ACTIVIST - Sybil Stockdale

4/30/2021
At the top of the show, Amanda shares a demoralizing experience being misgendered at work. Then Rita tells the surprising story of Sybil Stockdale, a Navy Commander’s wife who organized a grassroots campaign to take on the U.S. government & hold them accountable for the missing & imprisoned during the Vietnam War. Support us on Patreon and TeePublic! https://linktr.ee/idkher_podcast

Duration:00:49:44

CROSSOVER - Women Who Sarcast

4/23/2021
On this special crossover episode, the hosts talk with Kathy Barron of Women Who Sarcast about podcasting, queerness, labels, and of course, Britney Spears. Enjoy this scintillating conversation about feminism, politics and more.

Duration:00:45:37

COMEDIAN - Fanny Brice

4/16/2021
The hosts talk about inappropriate questions. Then Amanda tells the tumultuous story of Fanny Brice, the original comedienne who paved the way for all female comics who came after, and whose life story was memorialized in one of the most iconic Broadway shows of all time--Funny Girl. Before Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett, there was Fanny Brice. Support us on Patreon and TeePublic!

Duration:01:32:04

MUSICIAN - Poly Styrene

4/9/2021
At the start, the hosts talk about the tragedy in Georgia and we have some good news for our Patreon subscribers! Then Rita tells the story of punk rocker Poly Styrene. Before Bikini Kill and Kathleen Hanna was Poly Styrene, a biracial teen girl who single handedly changed the face of punk in the 70s and paved the way for the Riot grrrl movement of the early 90s. Support us on Patreon and TeePublic!

Duration:01:00:47

Anna May Wong & Masako Katsura

4/2/2021
After the killings of 6 women of Asian descent in Georgia, Amanda & Rita decide to revisit the stories of two Asian women you should know, but perhaps have forgotten. Anna May Wong was a brilliant, beautiful actress who was the first Chinese-American Hollywood movie star who became the first Asian American to ever be the lead of a television show. Then, Masako Katsura was a trailblazer in the world of billiards, competing among some of the most talented men in the industry and cementing her...

Duration:01:21:21

PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYER: Toni Stone

3/24/2021
The hosts talk about workplace double-standards and how sometimes we assume people are allies when they aren't. Then Amanda tells the story of Toni Stone, who became the first woman to ever play professional baseball. Support us through Patreon and Tee Public! Find out more on https://www.idkher.com/.

Duration:01:41:44

WARRIOR NUN: Ani Pachen Dolma

3/12/2021
The hosts talk about where the line is between bearing witness & reliving trauma. Then Rita tells the story of Ani Pachen Dolma, nicknamed the “Tibetan Warrior Nun.” Ani became the tribal leader of her clan after her father’s death, helping to fight the invading Chinese. She was imprisoned and tortured for many years, but miraculously didn’t give up. Support us through Patreon & Tee Public: https://linktr.ee/idkher_podcast

Duration:00:58:01

ACTIVIST: Belva Ann Lockwood

3/5/2021
At the jump, the hosts discuss murder shows--why we like them & why they're problematic. Then Amanda tells the story of Belva Ann Lockwood, educator, activist, attorney & the first woman to run for U.S. President. If you'd like to support us, please follow us on social media, subscribe to our Patreon, or purchase our merch! You can find all of them on our Linktree.

Duration:01:41:11

ARTIST: Debora Moore

2/26/2021
The hosts discuss monogamy & its challenges at the start. Then Rita tells about Debora Moore, a glass artist based in Seattle who is one of the first Black women to work in the field at a professional level. If you like our show, please support us: https://linktr.ee/idkher_podcast

Duration:00:52:27

JAZZ MUSICIAN: Melba Liston

2/19/2021
At the top of the show, Amanda shares an infuriating incident of "pushback" in her school against Black History Month. Then they tell the story of Melba Liston. Liston was the first woman to play trombone in a big band (that wasn't an all-female band), and went on to become a respected and prolific jazz arranger, who worked with the most well-known and beloved musicians in the game. From Dizzy Gillespie to Quincy Jones, Liston is the one who arranged the music that made these men as famous...

Duration:01:14:02

CHEF/RESTAURATEUR: Cecilia Chiang

2/12/2021
The hosts discuss the NY Times recent "Framing Britney Spears" documentary at the top of the show. Then Rita tells the fascinating & complex story of Cecilia Chiang, who revolutionized Chinese food in the United States. Please support our show by subscribing to our Patreon or buying merch on Tee Public. Find both on our Linktree.

Duration:01:16:43