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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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Jun 24, 2015

Host Cynthia Bemis Abrams revisits The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries on Sunday nights that aired 1977-79. She shares the background of the woman writer of teen fiction in the 1930s, the stringent standards placed on the girl detective character and Warner Brothers studio's attempt to put Nancy Drew on the silver screen. Cynthia ices the under-produced feminist vehicle by detailing how Pamela Sue Martin bolted for Playboy and wound up as a Dynasty Carrington.

Resource: Melanie Rehak's 2005 "Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her."