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Every week we tackle the shadier, sexy, and more salacious people in history. We will attempt not to digress too much as alternate between wine, iced coffee, and sparking water. Grab a fizzy drink and some salty snacks, and join us as we take back the word harlot one episode at a time.
 
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While Ma Rainey is the Mother of the Blues, yet when she died, her occupation was recorded as "housekeeper" and her death was never reported. Most of the press coverage she receives today is in response to the new movie on Netflix (which, while amazing, is based on all fictional characters except Ma herself). Emily tells Karamia about Ma: who alway…
 
Well, we did it. We finally finished the saga of Josephine Baker. In this emotional roller coaster of an episode, we learn about Josephine's 12 adopted children; her friendship with Grace Kelly; and her career as a civil rights activist (among many others). Get out your tissues and your wine coolers; this episode is a doozy, but a perfect way for u…
 
Welcome to part 2 of Josephine Baker! Because her life is SO INTERESTING, we decided to extend it into three parts. In this episode, we will talk about her movie career; her opera performances; her time with the Ziegfeld Follies; her career as a French Resistance fighter; and how she travelled around town in a carriage drawn by an ostrich. Fake Cou…
 
Happy Valentine's/Galentine's/Ballantine's day. We are so excited to spend it with all of our harlots! For a special treat, we asked you to send us in your terrible love stories, and boy did you deliver. Grab a box of red wine and 7 cappuccinos as we dive into some truly terrible horrid stories, and regale you with some of our very own worst (and b…
 
When the lights went up for the show and Josephine Baker was nowhere to be found... it was because she was naked in her dressing room eating lobster. We don't know about you, but we REALLY want to be friends with her. We weren't really sure how to fit someone who lived 1000 lives into one episode, so we decided to split up Josephine's story into tw…
 
Welcome to our last medieval episode! Karamia tells Emily about a super scandalous affair in 1300s France that inadvertently caused the 100 years war. Intrigued? You'll just have to listen to find out! Grab your wine flagons, your favorite Brie, your dashing knight, and head to a tower where they hopefully have WIFI so you can listen to this titila…
 
Last week, we talked about the War of the Roses. This week, we are going back a little bit further... Emily tells Karamia about Alice, who came from nothing (literally, we know nothing about her) but rose through the ranks to quickly become the richest woman in England. Along the way we will discuss Edward III. Phillipa the Phertile, and how Karami…
 
Hey, remember season 5 of Game of Thrones when Cersei had to do the literal walk of shame? Turns out, like a lot of Game of Thrones, it actually happened! (well, without the dragons and ice monsters). Emily tells Karamia about Jane Shore, the mistress of Edward IV who was punished for Harlotry by walking through the streets Cersei-style! Along the …
 
Welcome to Medieval Mistress Month! We are excited to let our Apple Dumpling Shops loose and talk about some pretty peachy mistresses. To kick it off, Karamia tells Emily about Agnes Sorel, the original ORIGINAL royal mistress to King Charles VII, who ruled the country (while Charles was in the corner being creepy); invented fashion and forks; and …
 
Welcome to the end of 2020! We are so happy this year is almost over, and while we all have a lot of work to do in 2021... we wanted to kick off the New Year by telling you about one of the craziest CIA covert ops EVER and it's super-secret code name: Operation Midnight Climax. Yup. That's it, that's the real name. Karamia tells Emily about this su…
 
Hi Harlots! After a few diva moments of exhaustion, we FINALLY bring you... Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner... aka the inspirations behind Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly. Emily tells Karamia about what happens when you mix gin, sex, revolvers, and too-tight curls. (Hint: It ain't good.) Beulah watched her lover die while drinking cocktails and listenin…
 
Happy Christmas Eve! We hope that you are in good spirits, or at least have a lot of spirits! Today we are bringing you the finale of our Naughty Aughts Month and the Conclusion to our favorite Diva. All we want for Christmas is to talk about her infamous 2001 "breakdown", Diva Moments of Exhaustion, mermaid themed living rooms, and what really hap…
 
Welcome to Naughty Aughts: The Christmas Week Edition! We figured there was no better way to kick this week off than by covering the Queen of Christmas. If all you know about Mariah is that she is really good at hitting high notes, loves butterflies, and was the only person that David Rose every said I love you to, then we are right there with you.…
 
Welcome to Part 2 of Naughty Aughts: Paris Hilton edition. In this episode, we continue our journey through the early 2000s, and re-think everything we thought we knew about Paris. As we re-examine the platinum-blonde Mother of Social Media, we find more than a vapid heiress, who was the victim of revenge porn, the Bling Ring, and a "Paris Exposed"…
 
Welcome to Naughty Aughts: the platinum edition. This year Paris Hilton revealed to us that she is more than an heiress, more than a reality star, more than an IT Girl, and more than a DJ... She is also a survivor who was cycled through the ‘troubled teen industry’ at Provo Canyon school in the mid -90’s. We thought that this was a good time to set…
 
You might know her as the powerhouse behind the iconic songs that played at your middle school dances, on the school bus, or through the headphones of your 4th generation pink iPod Nano. You might know her as the amazing female rapper who had us all picking our jaws off the floor and baby teenyboppers asking ‘WHO is THAT?’ at the Superbowl and Vide…
 
If you were super excited for our December Naughty Oughts... don't worry. They are still coming! Due to some technical difficulties, we decided to release one of Patreon episodes, and give you an exclusive into what's going on over there. Tune in Thursday to get back to our regularly scheduled program of 2000's Pop Harlots. But for now... let us gi…
 
Ahoy! Ahoy t' Harlots o' History. Today we 'ave a mighty special episode fer ye! Ye know Blackbeard, right? Th' infamous, much a-feared pirate who commanded 300 scallywags 'n 4 whole ships, th' greatest pirate in history...Enter Ching Shih. She was a madame turned pirate who commanded 70,000 scallywags, 2000 boats, 'n would 'ave laughed Blackbeard …
 
Happy Thanksgiving Harlots! We hope that you are staying safe and home and having thanksgiving with your cats. But dinner is dinner and even if it's just you, your 14 chinchillas, and a boatload of mashed potatoes, you should still be using proper etiquette! Enter Emily Post. You may know her as Miss Manners; she quite literally wrote the (900 page…
 
Happy Thanksgiving 2020! Are you curious about how to cure your own leather couch for all your guests (AKA your Himalayan cats and your computer Zoom screen)? Would you like to know how to get the mud off of your fine silver (for your dinner for two)? Have you ever wondered how to make your own flour from the wild grains you have growing in your fa…
 
You may have heard of Warren Harding... or maybe you haven't! He was a wet-shoe, trash monster president from 100 years ago with a certain piece of male anatomy named Jerry and a penchant for adultery and younger women. Emily fills Karamia in on the many MANY dirty little secrets in Warren Harding's back (and front) pockets that stayed hidden for d…
 
Convents are meant for praying…...and love affairs…...and to be burnt down. Tune in to learn about Julie d’ Aubigny AKA La Maupin; the swashbuckling, bisexual, grand lover of a 17-century swordsperson who also sang in the opera on the side. Karamia tells Emily of this LGBTQ heroine that shocked everyone in France except for the Sun King, as well as…
 
Come get a cup of tea with me (and if we are lucky, a side of gin) at Eve’s Hangout! Oh, you haven’t heard of the place? It’s the quaint one in Greenwich Village with the sign outside that reads, “Men are admitted, but not welcome.” In our last minisode of the year Karamia sadly tells Emily how we are 100 years too late to visit one of the first le…
 
Because it's November, we thought it only appropriate to spill the tea on some of our favorite Presidential Harlots: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Emily tells Karamia about Eleanor, who had boots on the ground in depression-era America, an ax to grind with her inner demons, and a secret love that posthumously propelled her front and center to the…
 
She's not just Frasier's frigid ex wife or Sabrina's teacher with amazing hair and a thing for guys with horns. Nay, she is Lilith, another demonized footnote of folklore; or as we like to call her, The OG Harlot. In our last Spooky Minisode, Emily tells Karamia about the the mythical demon who spent centuries as a scary bedtime story before the wo…
 
If you live in Colorado, you might be experiencing some extra snowy weather right now. Well, if you lived in Switzerland in the 1600's and had ever pet a dog, you might actually be blamed for causing the snow! In our LAST full episode of Spooky Harlots, Emily teaches Karamia about lycanthropy: a hard word to say; the TERRIBLE Werewolf trials of Eur…
 
With disputed origins and a history that is truncated in 1693, Tituba is a complete mystery other than the groan-inducing court transcripts from the Salem Witch Trials. In this spooky Minisode, Karamia teaches Emily (better than our high school teachers ever did) about how Samuel Parris was financially motivated to incite the famous witch panic; ho…
 
If all you knew of Witchcraft and Wicca you learned from shows like Charmed, Sabrina, Bewitched, and Witches of Eastwick, then you are not alone! In this spooky rendition of not a Harlot, Karamia tells Emily about all things Magik; the differences between witchcraft and Wicca; and Laurie Cabot, the official Witch of Massachusetts who we seriously w…
 
As we are winding down October and our Spooky Episodes, we decided to get extra Haunty before going back to your regularly scheduled programming. This week, Emily tells Karamia about the Bell Witch, rabbits, big birds, strange dogs, and nefarious goings-on in 19th Century Tennessee caves. Join us as we get silly talking about the ghost-version of o…
 
You MAY have heard of Jack the Ripper, but how much do you know about his victims? Last week, we set the scene for you with sex working in Victorian England. This week, Emily tells Karamia about the Canonical Five, the women murdered between August 31 and November 9, 1988 who are widely believed to be the victims of the notorious Ripper. If you wou…
 
Welcome to the Vampira Show! Actually, it's just us discussing the amazing cult secret that was The Vampira Show in all its 1950s L.A. glory. Karamia tells Emily how Vampira, with her corseted waist, bat-sleeves, iconic eyebrows, and blood-curdling scream, shook up the vanilla world of 1950s television and became an inspiration for the genre of hor…
 
Yes yes yes. We all know Jack the Ripper. He's creepy, he's evil, he may have been a Vampire, and he's way too overdone. We are sick of talking about him. So, instead, we are going to talk about his victims who far too often appear as footnotes in an enigmatic chapter of history. In the first of a two part episode, Emily tells Karamia about sex wor…
 
On today's installment of Spooky Harlots, we will be talking about two women who together share a Guinness Book of World Record for being the most prolific serial killers! Las Poquianchis spread fear throughout Mexico in the 1960s, and even today remain largely shrouded in mystery. Emily tells Karamia about the women who ran brothels and murdered t…
 
The head of a network of fortune tellers, 6 lovers, love potions, and black masses. A recipe for an amazing historical comedic episode! Karamia tells Emily about the poison plot that infiltrated Versailles. La Voison was a famous fortune teller that kept company with occultists and alchemists. She began to sell her potions and magic all over Paris …
 
Did you ever wonder how The Long Island Medium came to be? Well, there would be no Theresa Caputo without the Fox Sisters. In the mid-1800’s the Fox Sisters lit the fire under the Spiritualist movement by falsely claiming they could speak to the dead. Karamia tells Emily about how some bored teenagers fooled the nation and profited from it. The gho…
 
When you think of Marie Laveau, you may conjure images of Angela Bassett, rag dolls full of pins, and dark rituals of animal sacrifice under the full moon in the deepest part of the Bayou. Well, make yourself a Sazerac and get comfy, because it turns out, you're actually pretty wrong about all of that. In our first installment of Spooky Harlots, Em…
 
If you would like to know who we both aspire to be in our elderly age, it's Sheila Vogel-Coupe, AKA the world's oldest escort. Emily surprises Karamia by telling her about Sheila, a British grandmother who traded her velour jumpsuit for lacy garters and ditched her bifocals for a set of bedroom eyes. Sheila has lost family members, been "stitched u…
 
Who really is Linda Lovelace? We know she played the “tit-le” role in ‘Deep Throat’, but did you know that she could not escape the infamy of this movie for the rest of her life? From Catholic school to undiagnosed hepatitis, from hardcore loops to full-length pornographic films, from being a star in the Golden Age of Porn to being an anti-porn adv…
 
Camilla Parker Bowles was the reluctant star of a royal tale of scandal and debauchery in the Windsor Family. She was once the most hated woman in all of England after her affair with Prince Charles was revealed by Princess Diana herself! Karamia tells Emily how this was actually true love that persisted throughout decades of tacky clothing, lovele…
 
Judith Exner was painted as a real harlot who ruined the Kennedy White House, ran around with mob bosses and Frank Sinatra, and amounted to nothing more than a trollop with a Tiffany's brooch and loose morals. Emily tells Karamia how all that was utter trash, and how Judith was a woman to be sympathized with, who took the fall when the ideal image …
 
Karamia continues to entrall Emily about the different types of sex workers in the Wild West and the dangers they faced in their profession. They tell the life stories of Julia Butte, Dora DuFran, and famed madam Mattie Silks. The Women's Temperance Union, crib houses, STD's, duels. and Calamity Jane are examined at full. Be ready for some raunchy …
 
Karamia tells Emily about the romanticized Wild West, the boomtowns, their "soiled doves", and bawdy houses. They discuss the social identity of women and sex workers at the time, while exploring the reasons for entering the sex trade. You are cordially welcome to learn all about "disorderly houses" and the women within.…
 
Known as the Queen of the Mob, Virginia Hill was more than just a dumb broad who liked to sip champagne and throw really expensive parties. Emily tells Karamia about how Virginia climbed her way from Bessemer Alabama to the top of the mob, and her turbulent relationship with Murder Inc boss Bugsy Siegel along the way. Was Virginia a cold-hearted cr…
 
If all you know about geishas is from that dumpster-fire of a book ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’, then this episode is for you. Karamia tells Emily about how geishas are not sex workers and they discuss orientalism and kimonos, and the difference between a geisha and a maiko. Legendary geisha Mineko Iwasaki sued author Arthur Golden over her representation…
 
AKA King Henry XV’s mistress. And that’s it. That’s all she did…. Just Kidding. Emily tells Karamia about Jeanne Poisson, who was so much more than just a mistress to the king. Lets talk about who was really running the show, who had influence over the king, and how it was possible to memorize entire plays, wear the giant headpieces, AND be the pri…
 
Sure you know about Hitler, but what about his longtime secret mistress? Karamia tells Emily about how Eva Braun was a bottle blond, loved cameras, champagne, dogs.....and the Fürher who was the leader of the Nazi Party and responsible for the genocide of millions. Was she guilty as well? Or was she just a supportive, loving partner to the inhuman …
 
Mata Hari is best known for being a double spy who caused the death of 50,000 men. Or did she? Emily tells Karamia about Margaretha Zelle, the woman behind the tassels and glitter, who has been painted as a duplicitous, cold-hearted traitor. But did she really double cross the French army, or was she just a successful entrepeneur who took the fall …
 
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