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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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Sep 18, 2017

Norman Lear & Tandem Productions winning streak

All in the Family > Maude > Good Times (1974-1980)

1965 Federal Report: “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action”

Good Times family structure: single mother or nuclear family

Esther Rolle & John Amos stand firm

6 difficult seasons

Esther Rolle's lifetime record...

Sep 16, 2017

International understanding of American feminism with Austrian cultural studies student Julia Krassnik

Susan Sontag's 1972 article on stereotypes

Timing and ensemble cast of Battlestar Galactica 2004-9

Roslin character's defiance of stereotypes

Roslin character's interest in power & Lean In's "tiara...