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The ENIAC Six: The Inventors of Computer Programming | Episode 70

During World War 2, scientists developed a machine called THE ENIAC that they thought might be able to take the burden of computing intricate ballistics computations off of the human "computers", usually women, hired for the task. The problem was, they needed someone to program the machine, and that had never been done before. Enter the ENIAC programmers - six women computers hired to take on the task of programming the very first machine computer. Little did they know the impact this job would have on society, and the pure fact that a group of six women quite literally invented computer programming was lost to history - until now. Their names are: Kathleen McNulty Mauchly Antonelli, Jean Jennings Bartik, Frances Snyder Holberton, Marlyn Wescoff Meltzer, Frances Bilas Spence, and Ruth Lichterman Teitelbaum.

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The Woman Who Designed the Hearst Castle, Julia Morgan | Episode 67

Julia Morgan's architectural genius was overlooked by history for almost a hundred years before she posthumously earned the American Institute of Artists Gold Medal, the first woman ever to do so. Besides the design largely considered to be her masterpiece, the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Julia was responsible for designing myriad buildings, mostly in California, that stand the test of time today.

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The Godmother of Rock and Roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe | Episode 56

When you think of the origins of Rock n'Roll, chances are names like Elvis Presley and Chuck Barry come to mind. But more than a decade before, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was pioneering the new sound and creating unique hits that went on to influence all of the male "inventors" and "godfathers" of Rock n' Roll. She was a Black, openly bisexual woman whose gospel background provided the foundation for what we now think of as Rock n' Roll. She was a good witch who paved the way for a new sound that changed music as we knew it.

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Baroque Master Painter, Artemisia Gentileschi | Episode 52

Artemisia Gentileschi is, to this day, considered one of the Italian Baroque period's more brilliant painters. Having mastered her craft at a ridiculously young age, Artemisia became a household name early on. But because the art world was so staunchly male, she had to fight against the misogynistic bullshit of the time, even taking a man to trial for rape. She brought a uniquely feminine perspective (duh) that had been lacking in art, making her pretty much one of a badass kind. 

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough:

Timeline: Women of the World Unite!

INTRO - 14:47 | Our guest host, Alyssa, shares the biblical back-story of Judith to set up herr feature story.

15:45 - 52:45 | Alyssa share the person of this week, Artemisia Genilischi. Thank you, Alyssa for being a very Good Witch and sharing this story with us!

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Lizzie Magie, The Lost Inventor of "Monopoly" | Episode 51

You may have heard the story of Charles Darrow, the ingenious inventor of Monopoly, who came up with the idea one day in a random stroke of brilliance while playing with his son. 

The real story is much more complicated, originating thirty years prior with a woman who was staunchly anti-capitalist, and created the game as a way to teach people about a concept called single-tax economics. When Darrow stole her game and sold it to Parker Brothers, Magie's story was lost - until now! 

INTRO - 13:48 | NSFW CONTENT WARNING!!! Deanna shares an article about a gamer’s experience with a Sims 4 sex mod, Wicked Whims, and it is hilarious, disturbing, graphic, and completely absurd. Please, please, please, listen with caution.

14:45 - 42:00 | Hannah presents our person of the week, Lizzie Magie.

INTRO - 13:12 | Hannah shares an article about a group of conservative Christians who believe Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s runs a 24-7 witch coven dedicated to cursing Donald Trump. Where do we sign up?

14:15 - 41:25 | Deanna presents our person of the week, Mary Eliza Mahoney.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez episode:

Gisella Perl episode:

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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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The Poet-Chief of Haiti, Anacaona | Episode 39

Hannah tells Deanna the real story of Thanksgiving

Anacaona was a leader of the Taino people, an indigenous Haitian tribe in the 16th century. She had the unfortunate task of dealing with the white conquistadors who came ashore in the 1500's. She was a poet and the ultimate diplomat, and despite the horrific abuse she and her people suffered at the hands of the conquistadors, she is remembered as one of Haiti's enduring heroines. She was a seriously good witch whose legacy lives on.

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Petra Herrera, Soldadera | Episode 31

Petra Herrera was a soldadera and hero of the Mexican Revolution who was known as a great leader, a fabulous marksman, and a destroyer of bridges whose story has been put together from eye witness accounts because the official papers conspicuously left her achievements out. We say screw That! Petra Herrera was one seriously bad bitch and we are gonna tell you about her.

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