Posts in Espionage
The Spy Turned Writer, Aphra Behn | Episode 44

Aphra Behn was a woman ahead of her time. As the first English woman to make her living as a writer and playwright, she was both incredibly popular and a source of ire for many conservatives, who considered her work to be far too raunchy, *especially* coming from a woman. Centuries later, her work is still feminist af, and we’re here to shed light on a prolific writer the patriarchy has desperately tried to forget. Enjoy the story of this seriously bad 17th century bitch!

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Call Me Bond. Ellen Bond. | Episode 41

Elizabeth Van Lew was a Union-sympathizing Quaker living in Virginia during the Civil War. Mary Bowser was a free woman posing as a slave in order to spy on the Confederates and, most notably, Jefferson Davis himself. These bad bitches got up to all sorts of crazy shit - ultimately earning Mary a posthumous place in the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame!

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The Red Spy Queen | Episode 25

Elizabeth Bentley was a communist spy turned American spy and informant in the 1930’s – 40’s – she spent enough time as a communist spy that when she defected from the party, Russian spying in the US effectively ceased for years, so vast was her damaging knowledge. While she was neither a good witch nor a bad bitch, spending much more time in the gray area, it can’t be disputed that without Elizabeth Bentley, we wouldn’t have background checks, an oath of allegiance for government officials when they are sworn in, and McCarthyism might not have been the movement that it came to be.

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La Grande Diva Magnifique | Episode 20

Josephine Baker displayed resistance in multiple movements and multiple decades – despite being American born, she fell in love with and moved to France, where she became a war hero for her work as a French spy during World War 2. Later, she was a huge part of the civil rights movement in America, despite the many challenges she faced there. In addition, she was a raging bisexual. In short, she was one bad bitch.

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