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.
The topic of Hollywood
Blacklisting has recently added a chapter - the impact it had on
the budding TV industry, and more specifically, women. Researched
and backed by FBI files of author/scholar Dr. Carol Stabile
(University of Oregon), this 4 episode series mentions names of
talented women whose careers were maliciously ruined with the
publication of Red Channels.
Stabile delivers quotes, right
from FBI files she's requested for more than a decade, that assert
that many of the charges and allegations that smeared these
progressive women were unfounded or made up.
You’ll also hear from another
author and scholar, Dr. Charlene Regester. In episode 3, listen in
on our frank conversation about how racism, Jim Crowe laws and
segregation further changed the course of early TV.
Lillian Hellman's letter, read by
Liza Minnelli (rare video of the 1974 telecast of the 1972 Off
Broadway stage production in which actors portrayed blacklisted
people from the entertainment world during the House Un-American
Activities Committee proceedings).
For more than 8 years, we connect the dots of TV and feminism to American culture and politics. We talk why it's important women see themselves on TV and how and why that's changed over the years. Do you love talking TV? So do we!
Produced by Cynthia Bemis Abrams, a professional communicator and aspiring author. Subscribe to our free monthly newsletter at www.tvherstory.com