Lena Horne: Hollywood's First Black Glamour Girl

This month we’re switching things up and going to Old Hollywood! Learn all about the legendary Lena Horne who stormed Hollywood as its first African American glamour girl… only to be blacklisted during the Cold War. She eventually found her voice as a civil rights activist and queen of the night clubs.

New episodes first Monday of the month. You can listen on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, or Stitcher.

Non-fiction

Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne by James Gavin - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5804806-stormy-weather?from_search=true

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne by Carole Boston Weatherford and Elizabeth Zunon - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30227898-the-legendary-miss-lena-horne

American Masters Podcast: An Interview with Lena Horne - http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/podcast/lena-horne-on-lena-horne/

You Must Remember This Podcast Episodes:

Star Wars Episode VII: Lena Horne - http://www.youmustrememberthispodcast.com/episodes/youmustrememberthispodcastblog/2015/2/17/star-wars-episode-vii-lena-horne

Blacklist Episode 12: Lena Horne and Paul Robeson - http://www.youmustrememberthispodcast.com/episodes/2016/5/16/stormy-weather-lena-horne-paul-robeson-blacklist-episode-12

Fiction

The Blues Walked In by Kathleen George - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37507431-the-blues-walked-in

Movies

Cabin in the Sky - (not many good YouTube clips, I found a copy at the local library) http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/17710%7C0/Cabin-in-the-Sky.html

Stormy Weather - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPgnj5upihQ

The Wiz - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yM3rgGI9fi8

Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rpIfQQv_T0

A Bird No Net Could Ensnare: Charlotte Brontë

You keep asking for more Charlotte Brontë so here is a whopping 48 minute overview of the author’s life.

New episodes first Monday of the month. You can listen on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, or Stitcher.

Non-fiction

Charlotte Brontë a Fiery Heart by Claire Harman - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25739007-charlotte-bront

Stuff You Missed in History Class Podcast Episodes

Growing Up Brontë - https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/growing-up-bronte.htm

From Brontë to Bell and Back Again - https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/from-bronte-to-bell-and-back-again.htm

BBC World Service: World Book Club, Charlotte Brontë - Jane Eyre - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03sqwl4

New York Times Charlotte Brontë Obituary - https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/08/obituaries/overlooked-charlotte-bronte.html

Movies

Jane Eyre starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1229822/

Jane Eyre starring Charlotte Gainsbourg - https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/jane-eyre-1996

Bonus! Not mentioned in episode:

BBC To Walk Invisible - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04cf4wv

Fiction

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27003.The_Eyre_Affair

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25868918-jane-steele

Romancing Miss Brontë by Juliet Gael - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6906240-romancing-miss-bront

The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë by Syrie James - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2342881.The_Secret_Diaries_of_Charlotte_Bront

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Save a Waltz for Zelda Fitzgerald

Our second episode of Storical is all about Zelda Fitzgerald, wife and muse to F. Scott Fitzgerald, and author-artist in her own right. Zelda died on March 10, 1948. My apologies as my voice starts to give out toward the end of the episode.

New episodes first Monday of the month. You can listen on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, or Stitcher.

Books & Media Mentioned:

Zelda - Nancy Milford: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12334.Zelda

Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation - Judith Mackrell: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17375478-flappers

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby - Sarah Churchwell: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18079759-careless-people

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald - Therese Anne Fowler: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15994634-z

Z: The Beginning of Everything (TV show on Amazon): https://www.amazon.com/Z-Beginning-Everything-Season-1/dp/B017APVGL4

Beautiful Fools - R. Clifton Spargo: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16101217-beautiful-fools

Clips of Zelda from Midnight in Paris: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIcTbQj4bZw

Bonus not mentioned in episode! Natasha Richardson as Zelda in a made for TV movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaFKtzsvdWA

The Strange, Tragic Life of Mary Shelley

Very first episode! Hope you enjoy Storical! We’re kicking things off with Mary Shelley who died on February 1, 1851.

Mary Shelley was the author of Frankenstein and had a pretty wild life. Learn all about the teen author's rebellious streak and then check out some recommended books and movies so you can continue your Mary Shelley love fest.

You can also listen on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, or Stitcher.

Books & Media Mentioned:

Hideous Love - Stephanie Hemphill

The Strange, True Life of Frankenstein's Creator, Mary Shelley - Catherine Reef

In Search of Mary Shelley: The girl who wrote Frankenstein - Fiona Sampson

Cadaver and Queen - Alisa Kwitney

The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency - Jordan Stratford

Mary Shelley - 2017 film starring Elle Fanning

Brains On Podcast - Mary Shelley and the Science of Frankenstein

Guillermo del Toro BAFTA Acceptance Speech

Bonus! Forgot to mention on the episode, check out Penny Dreadful for a soulful performance of both Victor and the Monster.

Comment below if you have more suggestions! A friend just recommended some hilarious Drunk History Episodes. Percy & Mary Shelley, Lord Byron.