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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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May 13, 2019

Listeners of episodes 1 & 2 receive a full background of how cable evolved to have the financing and capacity to produce original content. This episode walks through a few series and channel milestones with scholar, author & podcaster Amanda Lotz, covers the financial incentives now in place that govern series production and syndication and finally, a short list of cable series and channels that are part of TV Herstory.

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