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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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Jan 23, 2016

"It was like Nixon going to China."

Commentary by guest & media/gender scholar Wendy Burns-Ardolino; 

Season 4 of Designing Women.

Delta Burke's weight gain, tabloid harrassment.

Rumors of Burke being "difficult to work with"

Linda Bloodworth Thomason writes "They Shoot Fat Women, Don't They?" & Burke sends TV's first...

Jan 13, 2016

Wendy Burns-Ardolino Professor at Grand Valley State University (MI)


Research & interest for her 2015 book TV Female Foursomes and Their Fans

4-female theory

Example shows

Living Single - different in many ways

Yvette Lee Bowser as seasoned...

Jan 5, 2016

Lucy left this world as a bit of a mystery. She left so much unexplained, kept wisdom to herself (or at least kept it closely held).

Kennedy Center Honors  House Un-American Activities Committee > Ronald and Nancy Reagan > Divorce; DesiLu Studio settlement > Kindred spirit Carol Burnett > Suffering no fools, including...