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Episode 94: Wallis Simpson Part Two

The History Chicks

Wallis Simpson's husband abdicated the throne to marry her, but how did her happily ever after work out?

109 Min

Sep 9, 2017

Episode 93: Wallis Simpson

The History Chicks

Puppet? Manipulating social climber? Misunderstood? Deeply in love? However you see her, the fact remains that a king abdicated his throne, defied his family and lived in exile to marry twice divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson.

87 Min

Aug 20, 2017

Episode 92: Annie Oakley

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Annie Oakley was a top sharpshooter who gained worldwide fame during nearly two decades as a headliner with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.

70 Min

Jul 29, 2017

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99 min
Jun 19, 2017
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Tightly Knotted to a Similar String (or:Love. You use that word but let me show you what it really means.)

93 min
Jun 9, 2017
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An Inward Treasure Born--Anne and Marilla are both challenged to identify their roles as women and Anne does a brave job no man stepped up to do.

81 min
May 27, 2017
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Episode 89:

87 min
May 19, 2017
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We recap the episode of Anne with an "E" that best displays the scriptwriter's scope of imagination--book loyalists be warned.

114 min
May 6, 2017
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The life of the woman behind the beloved classic Anne of Green Gables

69 min
Feb 11, 2017
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We revisit a woman who persisted against great odds to become a hero of civil rights.

3 min
Jan 22, 2017
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Reason for slight delay and some intel that could save a life

59 min
Oct 30, 2016
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Is there a better time to revisit our favorite Victorian More-Than-Likely Murderess, Lizzie Borden, than right now? We think not.

43 min
Oct 26, 2016
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We wrap up our short series of "women who ran for the US Presidency before Hillary Clinton" with Shirley Chisholm!

28 min
Oct 23, 2016
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We continue our series of female Presidential candidates with Belva Lockwood, the woman who many regard as the first “legitimate” female nominee for the office, with groundbreaking campaigns in 1884 and 1888.

119 min
Oct 9, 2016
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Victoria Woodhull crafted a life for herself from pretty raw materials. She traveled from an abusive childhood to a very aristocratic end... and in the middle, was the first woman to run for the American Presidency. In 1872.

88 min
Aug 7, 2016
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Agrippina the Younger lived a dramatic and dangerous life as the sister of an emperor, the wife and niece of another, and mother of a third in ancient Rome.

78 min
Jul 16, 2016
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Mary Lincoln's friend, Elizabeth Keckly, was born a slave, eventually bought her freedom and built a very successful business (twice) all before she, too, realized her own White House dream.

69 min
Jun 26, 2016
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Since the musical Hamilton opened on Broadway we've been getting a lot of requests to cover the Schuyler sisters, Angelica, Eliza and Peggy. (You sang that, right?)

81 min
Jun 11, 2016
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In our last episode we talked about Mary's childhood, education and life as the wife of Abraham Lincoln. What happened during the White House years to tarnish her reputation so thoroughly?

66 min
Jun 4, 2016
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Mary Todd Lincoln's life can't be defined by who she married and her husband's legacy--she was a lot more than simply a southern born wife of a president. Actually, she wasn't simple at all.

68 min
May 14, 2016
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When Madam C.J. Walker solved one of her own problems, she also left behind a life as a laundress for one as a successful businesswoman, philanthropist and civil rights activists and she was able to take thousands of women with her.

54 min
Apr 30, 2016
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What would you serve Dorothy Parker for dinner? What are your favorite things from pop culture? When will you cover the Schuyler Sisters? Listeners' burning questions, answered.

112 min
Apr 23, 2016
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Zelda Fitzgerald - the original Manic Pixie Dream Girl, muse of F. Scott, has been remembered as a trophy, a fashion icon, a mental patient, an author, and an artist. This unique woman lived a complex life that defies simple labels.

99 min
Apr 2, 2016
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We cannot get enough Beatrix Potter! Here is our coverage of the 2006 movie "Miss Potter," starring Renee Zellweger in the title role.

103 min
Mar 27, 2016
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Though she's chiefly known for her charming illustrations, Beatrix Potter was more than an artist and author; she was a scientist, conservationist, and a philanthropist who used her talent to better the world. 

104 min
Mar 4, 2016
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When we last left the Grand Duchess Catherine, she was feeling alone, unloved and unnecessary. She had just given birth and the child, Paul, heir to the Russian Empire, was ripped from her arms to be raised by Empress Elizabeth. Not cool, Elizabeth,...

24 min
Feb 5, 2016
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Beckett talks with the author whose book inspired Downton Abbey

70 min
Jan 22, 2016
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The listeners have spoken! Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, was the winner in our Guaranteed Content Poll - and in this episode, part 1 of 2, we take our innocent German princess from obscurity onto the world stage. 

11 min
Dec 25, 2015
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Once upon a time there was a busy, yet highly compassionate and generous bachelor. He became known the world over, but lacked something in his life: a wife. Mrs. Claus often takes a back seat to her more famous husband, Santa, but it's time her...

49 min
Dec 13, 2015
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Lillian Gilbreth inspired us. After talking about her life and accomplishments, we thought it was high time to introduce you to four more problem-solving women whose inventions we use every day: Josephine Cochrane, Melitta Bentz, Mary Phelps Jacobs...

95 min
Nov 28, 2015
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Lillian Gilbreth should be remembered for any of her life accomplishments: psychologist, industrial engineer, author, inventor, and pioneer in the field of industrial psychology. From her collection of degrees to her equal partnership marriage to her...

94 min
Nov 13, 2015
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Mary Queen of Scots got off to a good start: she was wearing the crown early and upgraded it at a young age (under the watchful eye of many an interested party),  but once she started making decisions for herself? Ah, that's when her life took...

80 min
Oct 6, 2015
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We asked and you delivered! For the first time in the five years that we have been doing this show we sat down with a couple of glasses of wine to deviate from our normal format and answer some of your questions.

62 min
Aug 30, 2015
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When we left Dorothy Parker in Part One, her life was at at a crossroads. Personally and professionally, she had stalled. It was time for some new beginnings. Dorothy's life wasn't all angst at a keyboard and clinking cocktail glasses,

57 min
Aug 9, 2015
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She gave us fabulous quotes like, "Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses" and "Brevity is the soul of lingerie," but Dorothy Parker's life wasn't all wit and snark. Behind those flip one liners there was a very complex woman who lead a full ...

51 min
Jul 9, 2015
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In Part One we talked about Marie Antoinette's childhood, the speedy preparations for marriage and her early years in France. In this episode, the conclusion of our revisit, we get to the rest of her story as she travels from well-liked to queen to the...

54 min
Jun 12, 2015
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Once upon a time there were two podcasters who began their women’s history show with an episode about Marie Antoinette. Four and a half years later they revisited her life simply because they felt there was more to say about this woman who has been lon.

57 min
Apr 11, 2015
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Women who need to be remembered often have Lemon to Lemonade lives and Lydia Pinkham is no exception. The going got tough and she turned some herbs (and a wee bit of alcohol) into not only an empire but a leaping advance in women's health and education.

1 min
Feb 20, 2015
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Susan's lost her voice for a couple of months! Here's an update on what we've got planned.

11 min
Dec 23, 2014
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Once upon a time there was a busy, yet highly compassionate and generous bachelor. He became known the world over, but lacked something in his life: a wife. Mrs Claus often takes a back seat to her more famous husband, Santa,

81 min
Nov 21, 2014
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Joan of Arc, Jeannette, Jean, The Maid, La Pucelle, Hero, Heretic, Visionary, Lunatic...that's a lot of names and titles for a teenage girl who is remembered for events from only a short period of her life.

33 min
Oct 21, 2014
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Hattie McDaniel began as a stage performer. She had a second career as a famed blues singer in the artistic hubs of Kansas City and Chicago. And a third as a songwriter. And a fourth as a recording artist.

89 min
Sep 30, 2014
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Once a season we obsess over a subject for our Fictional Episode and this time we let ourselves be carried away with Gone With The Wind. The epic book and movie is only part of the story of a free-spirited, rebellious,

74 min
Aug 13, 2014
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The Wizard of Oz was released this week in 1939. In honor of its 75th anniversary, we give you this encore broadcast of our episode from last March which covers the story's creator, the book, and the creation of this iconic movie.

71 min
Jul 15, 2014
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Agatha Christie once said that she wanted to be remembered as, "a good writer of detective and thriller stories." We say she needs to be remembered for a whole lot more: daughter, wife, mother, pharmacist, playwright and adventurer only begin the list.

8 min
Jul 4, 2014
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We all know the story of Paul Revere, but here is the lesser-known story of one teenage girl whose similar act of bravery changed the course of American history.

80 min
May 24, 2014
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Her name is now often a punchline to a joke with the words "nutty" or "crazy" peppered liberally throughout. But in the simplest terms Carry Nation was a woman who boldly worked for reforms which she felt would benefit all mankind.

64 min
Apr 24, 2014
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Take a musical trip with us as we revisit some of our favorite songs from Seasons 3 and 4. For each episode we select a song or piece of music that brings our episode subject to mind. Maybe the lyrics reminded us of her, the beat fit her life,

61 min
Apr 7, 2014
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Cleopatra is often remembered for her allure, but her life was a series of battles, from survival in a ruthless family, to earning respect and recognition from Rome, to the battle after her death to reclaim her reputation.

45 min
Mar 22, 2014
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In this episode we cover Hatshepsut, the long-forgotten princess of Ancient Egypt who grew up to be a king.

31 min
Feb 25, 2014
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To accompany our Queen Elizabeth episodes, a quick overview of daily life during the Elizabethan period - from the lowest to the most exalted.

63 min
Feb 11, 2014
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Welcome to part two of our chat about Elizabeth I. When we left, our fair princess had overcome 25 years of uncertainty. And now that she had outwitted, outlasted and outplayed these people-Elizabeth was crowned Queen of England.

49 min
Dec 21, 2013
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She was called many things: Princess, Bastard, Gloriana, Good Queen Bess, and the Virgin Queen. We add to our Tudor series this chat about the extraordinary life and reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

2 min
Nov 2, 2013
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We have received our third Podcast Award Nomination in as many years! Voting starts now and the window is very short- November 1st-15th. Won't you please give us your support?

81 min
Sep 10, 2013
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Put some flowers in your hair, drape yourself in bold fabrics and listen to a chat about the colorful and dramatic life and art of Frida Kahlo.

43 min
Aug 10, 2013
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Amelia Earhart wasn’t the only American woman who soared into aviation history as she took her dreams to the sky. Bessie Coleman not only set aviation records of her own, but the story of her ascent above racial and gender barriers makes her a woman wo.

44 min
Jul 30, 2013
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(rebroadcast) One a Lancaster, one a York, two women brought up on opposing sides of the Wars of the Roses were able to work together to help create the Tudor dynasty.

82 min
Jul 11, 2013
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Born in Kansas, a little girl grew to become an aviatrix whose name is still known around the world over 75 years after her mysterious death. While so many focus on her disappearance, we spent our time spotlighting the life of Amelia Earhart,

30 min
Jun 19, 2013
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This is the last installment of the Jane Austen Book Club, a companion to Episode #38. We cover her last two major novels, both of which were published posthumously

33 min
May 19, 2013
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As a companion to Episode #38, we got together and discussed the six major novels of Jane Auten. This is the second in a series of three minicasts; in this one, we cover the novels Mansfield Park and Emma.

38 min
May 9, 2013
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As a companion to Episode 38: Jane Austen, we got together and had ourselves a (mostly) proper book club meeting. Up for discussion - the first two published novels of Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.

80 min
Apr 16, 2013
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A little birdie told us that a lot of you wanted an episode about the life and work of Jane Austen. That would be several little birdies who tweet, post on facebook, write emails and vote on our Guaranteed Content Poll.

23 min
Mar 22, 2013
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The post Minicast: The Women of Oz appeared first on The History Chicks.

73 min
Mar 9, 2013
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Once a season we step away from factual subjects and focus on a fictional one. This season we traveled to the land of Oz and took a look around.

6 min
Feb 14, 2013
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Bonus Material - a reading of the speech delivered by Elizabeth Cady Stanton during the first Women's Rights Conference in Seneca Falls - The Declaration of Sentiments.

74 min
Feb 14, 2013
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Before there were suffragists to march and fight for the vote, there was Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Before she teamed up with another superhero for women’s rights, Elizabeth was a daughter, a sister, a wife, and a mother. Then,

56 min
Jan 22, 2013
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In this episode we continue our chat about the many acts in the life of Josephine Baker. When the house lights went up we were biting our nails! Would her homeland love and appreciate her as much as the people of other continents?

61 min
Jan 13, 2013
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Warning! Saucy subject material! Josephine Baker is often remembered simply as the woman who danced wearing nothing but a skirt of bananas in Paris during the 1920′s. But her life was far from simple. She was not only a dancer and singer, but also a spy

4 min
Dec 9, 2012
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Welcome to Season 4! We reveal our Guaranteed Content nominees.

67 min
Nov 30, 2012
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Part One of our discussion ended with the very deadly coronation events of Nicholas II and Alexandra. Russia was heading into a dire economic crisis and Nicholas stated that he intended to continue his reign in the same manner of his father,

56 min
Nov 11, 2012
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Every season we let you choose a winner in our Guaranteed Content Poll. We grant that request and bring Season Three to a close with your winner- The Romanov Sisters. But, we decided to give you more than you asked for and expanded on the topic to incl...

35 min
Oct 1, 2012
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Often listed as merely an asterisk in history, Lady Jane Grey did have a part in the tale of the Tudors and in the succession of the crown. A teeeny tiny part, but a part nonetheless. Her young life and limited time on the throne may have been short,

87 min
Sep 17, 2012
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Before she became the first Queen Regnant of England, before she was labeled illegitimate, she was, quite simply, Princess Mary of England - the apple of her father's eye. But, ahh, nothing is simple for those Tudors. Nothing.

97 min
Aug 12, 2012
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In honor of what would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday, we cover this most beloved of American icons. On television she boldly demonstrated the ease of preparing the foods that she loved. People have been learning to cook with her since her fir...

47 min
Jul 20, 2012
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This minicast is a companion piece to Episode 28 - in which we take a chapter-by-chapter look at Lewis Carroll's books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, talking plot points, characters,

57 min
Jun 29, 2012
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Once a season we step back from the factual historical world into the fictional historical world. This season, while stepping back, we fell into a rabbit hole of sorts and found ourselves becoming curiouser and curiouser about Alice. Alice in Wonderland,

81 min
Jun 10, 2012
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We couldn’t tell the story of Clara Bow entirely in G-rated terms, so younger ears should probably skip this one where we talk about the original It Girl. What is "It"? Looks, charm, talent, and something special that attracts a wide range of people.

44 min
May 26, 2012
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This episode was a surprise for us. We had planned on posting a minicast about Rosa Parks to tie in with the episode on Ida B. Wells. The women’s lives had several parallels and we wanted to highlight Rosa Park’s role in the civil rights movement. But

69 min
May 12, 2012
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Ida B. Wells- born a slave, educated in a post-Civil War south and left to care for her family at an early age. She grew to become a teacher, a writer, a crusader, a suffragist, a wife and mother. A woman of  strength and character who dared to speak u..

65 min
Apr 28, 2012
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With this episode we continue our series on the Tudors. Henry, Henry, Henry… First Catherine of Aragon didn’t produce, so you divorced her. Then Anne Boleyn failed as well, so you took care of that nuisance.

33 min
Apr 15, 2012
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Despite press claims of being unsinkable, by 2:10 AM on the 15th of April, Titanic begins her journey to the bottom of the sea, taking just over 1,500 people with her. The stories of those people and the history of that night- that ship- continue to g...

68 min
Apr 7, 2012
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Molly Brown- the Unsinkable Molly Brown. A woman whose real life story was so much more impressive than the one that was assigned to her after her death.

30 min
Apr 1, 2012
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In this minicast we discuss the life of of Henry VIII's most talked about wives-Anne Boleyn. Of all the six she lives on in story, speculation and fascination although she had a longer run attracting the Queen’s crown than she actually wore it.

60 min
Mar 17, 2012
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As we continue in our Tudors series, we take some time to discuss the life of Henry VIII’s first wife, Katherine of Aragon. She was born from royal stock, had a wicked awesome role model for Queenly duties in her Mama,

43 min
Mar 2, 2012
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Henry VIII's grandmothers were brought up on opposing sides of the Wars of the Roses, but these courageous women worked together to help create the Tudor dynasty.

17 min
Feb 22, 2012
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Yes, we will devote the rest of this series to the women, but we have to give you a teeny, tiny Tudor tutorial to set the stage. And that kind of talk requires us to focus on the men. Hang on for a quick and simple blaze through the War of the Roses an...

8 min
Feb 13, 2012
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We are VERY excited! We discuss some upcoming plans on this podcast, as well as sharing some stories that happened behind the scenes. Thank you (again and again and again) for listening!

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