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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 7, 2020

Deep chat with Summer Martin of The Unconventional Woman Podcast about role models & memorable characters and what they meant for us, our aunties, mothers and friendships.

We discuss the powerful impressions of Freddie Brooks of A Different World, The Flying Nun's Sister Bertille and Homeland's Carrie Mathison. Temple University student Maryam Muhammad adds her perspective on Cree Summer's Freddie Brooks.

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Maryam Muhammad, student at Temple University and blogger at Medium, a place where writers, influencers and podcasters get the word out. Find her work at

Instagram: @NeptunesNegress and Twitter: @OilyEyelids.

Summer Martin, co-host and podcaster

Twitter @summerygory, Instagram: unconventional _woman


Claire Danes on Carrie Mathison - Showtime's Homeland YouTube Channel - S. 8 trailer

Freddie Brooks on A Different World S.6, E.1

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, author of Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted.

Advanced TV Herstory Episodes

Women of MTM (1970-77) Pt 1

Women of MTM Pt 2 (Words, Casting, Fashion)

Women Writers of MTM Pt 3 (Treva Silverman)