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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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Oct 25, 2015

Picks up from podcast discussion of leadership growth of Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (The Closer Pt 1, Seasons 1-4)

Introduction of Capt. Sharon Raydor, played by Mary McDonnell. Style differences. Marriage challenges, alcoholism. Niece Charlie (played by Sosie Bacon) as parenting test. Are Johnson & Raydor modern...

Oct 21, 2015

4 woman ensemble in hour long drama. Obscure, only 2 seasons on DVD, some on YouTube. Emmy Awards for cast  & crew

The 4  sisters, what have they been up to? Swoosie Kurtz, Patricia Kalember, Sela Ward and Julianne Phillips. Role of Beatrice - Elizabeth Hoffman - feminism by generation

Plots including interracial and...