In this Episode I talked about my experience with Exploress hosted and created by Kate J. Armstrong . The podcast had finished its first season dedicated to studying the lives of women in the wild wild west at the time of recording and was working on a second season.
Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to talk about the Podcast: The Exploress.
The Exploress is a history and culture examination podcast, and an entertaining one at that created and presented by Kate J. Armstrong. The are currently 13 episodes that mostly fall around the one hour and fifteen minute long mark and a short trailer as well if you’d like to check that out.
Kate Armstrong breathes life into history from the female perspective covering a new aspect of or station in life each episode. The first season wrapped up in January and focused on the lives of mid century American women. Listeners were treated to learning about clever female spies and women who disguised themselves as male soldiers in the civil war, Aristocratic ladies in all their trappings and petticoats, powerful women who had their voices heard as mediums during the spiritualist movement, and a few different perspectives of strong black women who led extremely trying and fraught lives. The coverage really goes deep looking into the lives of many women specifically and covering many different stations of 19th century women.
The narration is well done, with quips and great emoting, Kate Armstrong is funny, clever, and great on the mic. The writing is really well researched, the trials and tribulations are painted so vividly as the stories are told. I really learned so much throughout the show, for example when Kate tells the story of female nurses in the Civil war you learn all about where medicine was at the time, how care was provided, the terrible conditions, the lack of provisions or supplies, and just where we were at when it came to germ theory knowledge, or lack thereof. The show is snappy and held my attention whenever I put it on because I really felt myself gaining perspective all while hearing thrilling tales of daring steadfast intelligent women living so much life in a time where women were extremely oppressed and discouraged from any deviance to gendered expectations. Kate really does a good job establishing the social expectations placed on women which makes the characters she explored who break these norms such radical and captivating people. I like the introductions to the show, how Kate will say something like, ‘grab your cipher, your sturdiest crinoline, and your disappearing ink, let’s go travelling’ it works well, every episode I do feel like I’m travelling with her to that time and place the show really is that well researched and presented.
Here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! I give the exploress a 5/5 A standing ovation. I really would like to say regardless of who you are man woman or child if you have an interest in history check this one out. If you are interested in hearing some fascinating stories of truly awesome women during civil war era America you won’t find a better source than Season 1 of Exploress, which just gets me excited to hear about where and when we will be travelling to in season 2.
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