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Welcome to Advanced TV Herstory, the podcast that connects the dots of TV & feminism and American politics & culture. We tell the stories of women in TV who have had a profound impact on the confidence and aspirations of generations of girls and women.

We highlight the pioneering journalists, talented actresses, and gutsy writers who challenged societal norms and provide historical context for their achievements within the cultural and political trends of the time. By exploring the past, we ensure that the struggles, triumphs, and milestones of these women are not lost to history.

Hosted and produced by television scholar Cynthia Bemis Abrams, Advanced TV Herstory is more than just a podcast. It is a research-based examination of the evolution of television and women in our society. Each episode is an opportunity to inspire listeners to believe in themselves, challenge norms, break barriers, and shape the future of television and our world.

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Jul 27, 2015

Long a Betty White fan, host Cynthia Bemis Abrams reviews the career and actions of the accomplished comedian and actor, Betty White. Working from Betty's own memoirs, Cynthia recounts how Betty was bitten by the acting bug and her early roles. Highlighting "Life With Elizabeth," one of the earliest titled female in...

Jul 15, 2015

Host Cynthia Bemis Abrams examines the TNT original series that starred Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson. Cynthia puts her leadership professor hat on to highlight the character's personal and professional growth of the first four seasons.

Resource: The Leadership Challenge by William Kouzes and...

Jul 6, 2015

Host Cynthia Bemis Abrams takes a hard, feminist look at the Aaron Sorkin sitcom, "Sports Night." While time capsule show during cable news' heyday and the early days of the an accessible internet, Cynthia examines the primary women characters of Dana and Natalie. Dana, played by Felicity Huffman, is a strong...