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Episodes

 

 

EPISODE 6: FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE

Poncie Rutsch

Florence Nightingale, around 1860.

Florence Nightingale, around 1860.

IN THIS EPISODE Poncie talks about Florence Nightingale, who changed nursing from a field where ladies would hunt for husbands to one where women prevented the spread of disease.

Music in this episode by Podington Bear, Blue Dot Sessions, Albin Andersson, and Ben McElroy.

EPISODE 5: MARIA MITCHELL

Poncie Rutsch

Portrait by H. Dassell, 1851, via Wikimedia Commons.

Portrait by H. Dassell, 1851, via Wikimedia Commons.

Maria Mitchell was one of the first women to discover a comet. She spent decades predicting how stars would move through the night sky, became the first professor hired at Vassar, and in her spare time, advocated for women's education.

Music in this episode by Broke For Free, Podington Bear, Kevin MacLeod, Coldnoise, Igor Khabarov, and Kai Engel.

EPISODE 4: HEDY LAMARR

Poncie Rutsch

Image courtesy of flickr creative commons user Kate Gabrielle.

Image courtesy of flickr creative commons user Kate Gabrielle.

Hedy Lamarr suggested and then patented spread spectrum, or frequency hopping, to aid torpedoes during World War II. It later became the basis for bluetooth, cell phone communications, and some internet connections. She also happened to be a movie star.

Music in this episode by George Antheil and Podington Bear.

Episode 2: Alice Hamilton

Poncie Rutsch

photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution

photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution

Alice Hamilton studied how the environment at factories impacted the health of the laborers who worked there. She spent a lot of time in factories that dealt with lead, phosphorous, mercury, or munitions.

She also put cocaine in her eyes (for science of course).

Music in this episode by Zero 7, Alt-J, Podington Bear, and Melodium.