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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 9, 2019

Cynthia Bemis Abrams welcomes art historian, professor and author Emily L. Newman to this focused discussion on cable's growth and capacity. Newman has written about the niche program content aimed at women, including the made-for-TV movie genre on eating disorders.  The pair share insights into the milestone movies and headlines of the 80s, 90s and recent years that contained bulimia and anorexia as plot lines, and how they lined up with the real life influences of Cathy Rigby, Tracey Gold, Meredith Baxter and Karen Carpenter.