A lovely new pocdast, produced and presented in June 2018 by Susan Stone.
Our co-host Florian Duijsens gives us the low-down on intrepid Victorian explorer and ichthyologist Mary Kingsley. Plus special guest Binnur Çavuşlu on Turkish writer and activist Halide Edip Adivar.
Here’s where we recorded the show…
And here’s Mary Kingsley looking lovely and comfortable.
One of Mary’s fish
Gratuitous Victorian hippo content
To find out more, you might like to start with Mary Kingsley’s little book about hippos, A Hippo Banquet, and then move on to Dea Birkett’s biography, Mary Kingsley, Imperial Adventuress, or the book One Dry Season by Caroline Alexander.
Now here are a couple of images of Halide Edip Adivar, including the surviving bust.
Our theme music is “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon.
Thanks for listening! Check back in July for our next episode.
Our latest podcast, produced and presented in May 2018 by Susan Stone.
Listen to the now-familiar tones of co-host Katy Derbyshire telling you all about a dead Berliner, Germany’s first lady balloonist and parachutist Kaethe Paulus. Plus our other host, Florian Duijsens, with some bodacious book tips.
Here’s Kaethe Paulus doing her audacious thing.
Here’s one of the streets named after her, out near Berlin’s one-day future airport.
And here’s Kaethe’s baby-daddy, balloonist and lady’s man Hermann Lattemann. For sideburn fans.
And here’s Kaethe with one of her more outlandish flying contraptions.
Plus a couple of links to Florian’s book recommendations: Here’s the interview he mentions about the reissue of Elsa Lanchester, Herself, which also led him to reading the memoirs of Tallulah Bankhead, Ann Miller’s Miller’s High Life, and Shelley Winters. The excerpt is from the latter’s second memoir, Shelley II.
Our theme music is “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon.
Thanks for listening! Check back in June for our next episode.
Our latest podcast, produced and presented in April 2018 by Susan Stone.
This time it’s Berlin/Dublin journalist Alix Berber on the original Hollywood vamp Theda Bara. Plus a new short feature highlighting a lovely live lady, singer Pauline Black.
Here’s Alix at the show, with Theda Bara in the background.
A selection of Theda-themed merchandise and posters from back in the day.
Theda in that bra.
Watch the surviving Cleopatra material.
And admire the costumes she passed on to a neighbour’s daughter.
And here’s a photo of Susan’s and Katy’s shoes to finish off.
Thanks for listening! Check back in May for our next episode.
Our latest podcast, produced and presented in March 2018 by Susan Stone.
Here we have Berlin-based translator Frances Thoms Provine sharing the story of the American abolitionist sisters Sarah and Angelina Grimké.
Here’s Frances at the show.
And here are the sisters themselves, Angelina on the left and Sarah on the right.
Frances was partly inspired to talk about the sisters by her mom, Nancy Lunsford, a visual artist and songwriter. Nancy very kindly shared her very own Grimké song with us, “Crazy Angelina” – listen to it right here!
Plus, Susan debuts a new segment, Woman of the Hour, where we hear about a Dead Lady who’s been getting some fresh attention. This one features Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
Our latest podcast, produced and presented in February 2018 by Susan Stone.
This time it’s your beloved co-host Katy Derbyshire again, telling you a lot of things you need to know about the Irish revolutionary Constance Markievicz and how she went from debutante to celebrated freedom fighter.
Here’s Constance as Katy first came across her, in Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green.
And here she is all dressed up for the Easter Rising. Note the hat.
More militant millinery.
For further reading, we recommend Anne Haverty’s excellent Constance Markievicz – Irish Revolutionary.
Many thanks to Deirdre McMahon for all her help.
Our theme music is “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon. Thanks for listening – come back in March for a new podcast!
A brand new podcast for 2018, produced and presented by Susan Stone.
Listen to writer Jessica Miller talking about the surrealist artist Leonora Carrington and her really rather surprising life.
Here’s Jessica with a self-portrait of Leonora with a hyena
And a drawing Leonora did of the clinic she was put into at Santander
Her great friend Remedios Varo in a mask
Works by Leonora and Remedios
And a link to Leonora’s classic novel, The Hearing Trumpet. ‘This book is so inspiring…I love its freedom, its humour and how it invents its own laws. What specifically do I take from her? Her wig.’ Björk
Our theme music is “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon. Thanks for tuning in! Check back in February for Episode 6.
Our fourth and (so far) frothiest and festivest podcast, produced and presented by Susan Stone.
This time it’s your beloved co-host Florian Duijsens revealing some lesser-known sides to the late, great Dorothy Parker. Plus the rest of the gang getting fizzy on a popular Berlin beverage.
Here’s a young Dorothy, contemplating.
Here she is with the Algonquin table crew.
And a sad “awaiting the stork” photo.
Watch A Star Is Born.
Listen to an interview with legendary author and broadcaster Studs Terkel.
Listen to “Big Blonde” in full, read by Cynthia Nixon.
And Tallulah Bankhead reading the great “A Telephone Call”.
Plus more Dorothy recordings.
And here are some of the accoutrements used in preparing the show.
Speaking of The Portable Dorothy Parker, here’s The Portable Dorothy Parker. Enjoy.
Our theme music is “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon. Thanks for tuning in! Check back in January for Episode 5.
The third of our monthly podcasts, produced and presented by Susan Stone.
An episode about the Afro-German poet and activist May Ayim, presented by Dead Ladies Show co-host Katy Derbyshire. Plus Berlin poet Mara Sanaga on how May Ayim influenced her work, and Afro-German life in 2017.
Here’s Katy talking about May, in front of May eating a sweet treat now known as a Schokokuss:
Here’s May Ayim with her grandfather in Ghana…
…the Afro-German peace activist Fasia Jansen with her accordion back in the supersonic seventies…
…and here’s a more recent photo of our studio guest Mara Sanaga:
You can read some of Mara’s poems on her website.
Watch Maria Binder’s German documentary about May Ayim, Hoffnung im Herz.
Read May Ayim in English:
Showing Our Colors: Afro-German Women Speak Out, University of Massachusetts Press, 1991, translated by Anne V. Adams
Blues in Black and White: A Collection of Essays, Poetry, and Conversations, Africa World Press, 2003, translated by Anne V. Adams
And if you read German, we highly recommend this collection of writing by Afro-German women about May Ayim’s legacy:
Sisters and Souls: Inspirationen von May Ayim, Orlanda Verlag, 2016, edited by Natasha A. Kelly.
Our theme music is “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon. Thanks for tuning in! Check back in December for Episode 4.
Our second monthly podcast, produced by Susan Stone:
This episode is all about the multiple-medal-winning athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen, presented by Sarah Fisher. Plus co-host Florian Duijsens on Fanny’s fame in the Netherlands and a few extra live voices from our most recent live show.
Here’s Sarah showing us some pictures at the show:
And a couple of shots of our hardy heroine herself:
Watch Fanny Blankers-Koen run really fast and win four gold medals at the 1948 Olympics. Includes some great footage of damp London spectators, and Fanny telling a joke in Dutch.
Our theme music is “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon. Thanks for tuning in! Check back in November for Episode 3.
The very first of our monthly podcasts, produced by Susan Stone:
This episode focuses on the ancient Greek mathematician Hypatia, presented by Karen Margolis. Plus you’ll meet co-hosts Florian Duijsens and Katy Derbyshire, and hear all about how the show came to be and which dead dames we’ve featured so far.
One lady we talked about but forgot to name was the rather difficult but still fascinating actress and heiress Dagmar Godowsky.
Here are a couple of artist’s impressions of Hypatia herself:
And here’s Karen showing that father-and-daughter calculation of the distances between various heavenly bodies.
Our theme music is “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon. Thanks for tuning in! Check back in October for Episode 2.