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Love TV? TV women have brought us great lessons in leadership, achievement and diligence. It’s time their stories are told and in many cases, placed in the proper context of the women’s movement, social change and political trends. Representation of women on TV – whether it’s in the news, programming schedule or sports – is a fraction of the amount of screen time men get. Yet every generation of women is profoundly impacted by what they see. It’s more than the memory of watching it, it’s the confidence that if a girl or woman sees another doing it, she is more likely to believe in herself.

Advanced TV Herstory finds those seminal moments, those important episodes of iconic shows or profiles of women whose persistence was exemplary, and tells those stories. Within each episode, we zero in on the life lessons discovered through research and analysis. Shows from every era and genre, and the women who made them, get their place in the spotlight. 

Hosted and produced by Cynthia Bemis Abrams

Nov 14, 2017

A few decisions transformed "A Different World" from a struggling, rudderless sitcom to the classic it became. Much of that was due to Debbie Allen stepping in as creative force and aligning the set, characters and plots to align more closely with an authentic Historically Black College & University...

Oct 17, 2017

Southgate Media Group podcast marathon, Elgin, IL

Feb. 26, 1996 CBS Monday night line-up, 4 women-centric sitcoms

Elizabeth Taylor's "Black Pearls" perfume line launch

The Nanny, Fran Dresher, 3rd season - directed by Dorothy Lyman

Can't Hurry Love, one season, starring Mariska Hargitay and Nancy McKeon

Murphy Brown,...

Oct 13, 2017

Special live taping at Chicago's iO Theater, PodSlam is a fundraiser for pediatric cancer (Connor's Cure) & the V Foundation

Women wrestling on TV, frequent plot during the 70s & 80s; good vs. evil, Americans vs. Russians

Physical conflict, agency, defense, aggressiveness - all real aspects of life that we SHOULD be...

Sep 18, 2017

Norman Lear & Tandem Productions winning streak

All in the Family > Maude > Good Times

1965 Federal Report: “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action”

Good Times family structure: single mother or nuclear family

Esther Rolle & John Amos stand firm

6 difficult seasons

Esther Rolle's lifetime record of civil...

Sep 16, 2017

International understanding of American feminism with Austrian cultural studies student Julia Krassnik

Susan Sontag's 1972 article on stereotypes

Timing and ensemble cast of Battlestar Galactica 2004-9

Roslin character's defiance of stereotypes

Roslin character's interest in power & Lean In's "tiara...