Katherine of Aragon, Agrippina the Younger, Hatshepsut, Lillian Gilbreth… any of these names ring a bell? Likely not, as many of women’s names – and stories – are lost to history. But two Kansas City podcasters are determined those stories will not stay lost. Meet Beckett and Susan, aka The History Chicks. Read on to find out how Harry Potter and the Gilmore Girls fit into the mix.
What is the name of your podcast?
The History Chicks
What is your name and what is your role in the podcast? Who else is involved?
Beckett Graham, co-host and producer. My co-host’s name is Susan Vollenweider.
How would you describe your podcast? Who is your audience?
Mostly women, of all ages, though 10% of our listeners are male. We are used in high school and college classes all over the country.
When was the podcast launched?
What made you want to launch the podcast?
Women and girls are hungry for stories of the women who came before them. I began this show out of my own frustration at the lack of shows that cover women; we are half of the population!
How often do you publish shows?
Every other week.
What do you discuss in your shows?
We tell you the story of a woman from history, from birth to death, and relate her life and times to events and concepts from the modern day. And to our own lives. But this is no boring history class! We often reference the likes of Harry Potter or the Gilmore Girls.
How long are your shows?
They range from 11 minutes to 2.5 hours. As long as we need to tell the story.
What do you love about podcasting/your show?
The best thing is hearing how we have made people interested in history again. Our goal is to begin the conversation, to spark your interest, and to give you the tools to go down historical rabbit holes and discover things on your own.
Tell us about a particularly memorable moment in your show.
On air? When Susan referred to Jane Austen’s “loss of continence” rather than her “loss of countenance”. Off air, hearing that we’ve helped an Alzheimer’s patient and her team to break through her distance from society.
What podcasts do you enjoy listening to?
What future plans lay ahead for your show?
Live shows, and a book is in the percolation stage.
Where can someone find more information about your podcast?
- Website: http://thehistorychicks.com for extensive shownotes
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thehistorychicks/
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/thehistorychix
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thehistorychicks/
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/thehistorychix/
Editor’s Note: The Chicks always give a heads-up on Facebook and Twitter that a show is about to go up by giving you a clue as to the subject. You should play! It’s fun!
Anything else you’d like to share?
We were picked up by Panoply (Slate) this year.
Editor’s Note 2: What names from history would you like the Chicks to research and discuss? Or what stories have you loved and related to? Share your thoughts with a comment below!