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BLACKSMITH & DETECTIVE: Elizabeth Brim & Kate Warne

I Don't Know Her

Release Date: 01/10/2020

COMEDIAN - Fanny Brice show art COMEDIAN - Fanny Brice

I Don't Know Her

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.

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MUSICIAN - Poly Styrene show art MUSICIAN - Poly Styrene

I Don't Know Her

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.

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Anna May Wong & Masako Katsura show art Anna May Wong & Masako Katsura

I Don't Know Her

After the killings of 6 women of Asian descent in Georgia, Amanda & Rita revisit the stories of two Asian women you should know, but may not. Anna May Wong was an actress who was the first Chinese-American Hollywood movie star & first Asian American to be the lead of a TV show. Then, Masako Katsura was a trailblazer in billiards, competing among

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PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYER: Toni Stone show art PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYER: Toni Stone

I Don't Know Her

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.

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WARRIOR NUN: Ani Pachen Dolma show art WARRIOR NUN: Ani Pachen Dolma

I Don't Know Her

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.

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ACTIVIST: Belva Ann Lockwood show art ACTIVIST: Belva Ann Lockwood

I Don't Know Her

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. 

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ARTIST: Debora Moore show art ARTIST: Debora Moore

I Don't Know Her

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.

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JAZZ MUSICIAN: Melba Liston show art JAZZ MUSICIAN: Melba Liston

I Don't Know Her

At the top of the show, Amanda shares an infuriating incident of "pushback" against Black History Month. Then they tell the story of Melba Liston, the first woman to play trombone in a big band (that wasn't all-female), and went on to become a respected and prolific jazz arranger, who worked with the most well-known and beloved musicians in the game.

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CHEF/RESTAURATEUR: Cecilia Chiang show art CHEF/RESTAURATEUR: Cecilia Chiang

I Don't Know Her

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 what Chinese food looked like in the United States.

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ACTIVIST: Claudette Colvin show art ACTIVIST: Claudette Colvin

I Don't Know Her

Rita gets deep at the start of the show. Then Amanda shares the story of Claudette Colvin, a teen girl who refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus, nine months before Rosa Parks, and she was one of the plaintiffs in the landmark case that made segregation on public transportation unconstitutional. But her story was purposely overlooked and overshadowed.

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The hosts discuss the idea of sharing naked selfies with friends, then onto some badass women. Rita talks about Elizabeth Brim, a blacksmith who plays with femininity in her work. Amanda shares the adventurous story of Kate Warne, the first female detective in the United States, who once thwarted an effort to assassinate Lincoln.

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