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Scandalous Women


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A show talking about some of history's most fascinating and notorious women.

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The Bollywood film industry is the largest film industry in the world but what secrets lurk behind the scenes when the cameras stop rolling? Silk Smitha, Vidya Balan (who played a character based on her in a recent film, THE DIRTY... more

Claire Clairmont was arguably part of one of the most famous summers ever spent in literary history, in Switzerland . The step-sister of Mary Shelley, sister-in-law of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Claire was also the lover of George, Lord... more

April is National Poetry Month and Scandalous Women is happy to welcome back author Leanna Renee Hieber to talk about Christina Rossetti. Christina Georgina Rossetti, one of the most important women poets writing in nineteenth-century... more

Scandalous Women is pleased to welcome author Lauren Willig to talk about the scandalous life of Hortense de Beauharnais. Daughter of the infamous Josephine and step-daughter to Napoleon, Hortense was married off to his brother... more

March 12th marked the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America. Join Scandalous Women as we talk about the organization's remarkable founder Juliette 'Daisy' Gordon Low, intrepid, charming and indiosyncratic. Born just as... more

In the Sixteenth century Grace O'Malley ruled the West Coast of Ireland. A strong female warrior, as fierce and powerful as any man, this Gaelic lass was a remarkable leader respected not only by her own people but by the English... more

"I'm extraordinarily patient, providing I get my own way in the end." - Margaret Thatcher Love her or hate her, no one can deny that Margaret Thatcher's impact on 20th century. She rose from a small town to become one of the... more

She overcame extreme mental illness related to childhood abuse and entered medical school while she was still in psychiatric treatment. A professional paper she wrote was arguably the basis for one of Freud's best known theories.... more

The Times of London called her a heroine, Florence Nightingale called her a brothel-keeping quack, and Queen Victoria's newphew called her Mammy. But her name was Mary Seacole, one of the most eccentric and charismatic women... more

Join host Elizabeth Kerri Mahon and her special guest, author Leanna Renee Hieber as they discuss The Two Ellens, actresses Ellen Ternan and Ellen Terry. Both women were significant in the Victorian Era. Ellen Terry was one of... more