Harry Houdini: The Magician Among the Spirits

If you hear the name Houdini and just think of the David Copperfield, David Blaine, Criss Angel school of magicians, that is to say campy and old fashioned, I’m here to blow your mind with espionage, Sherlock Holmes, the Romanovs, and more psychics than you can count! Buckle up dear listeners and imagine yourself in a dark room, hands clasped around the séance table as a series of unearthly raps starts tapping out a message from beyond the grave as we dive into the life of Harry Houdini, Master Mystifier.

New episodes on Mondays. You can listen on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, or Stitcher. Follow on Instagram or Facebook @storicalpodcast

Fiction

The Confabulist by Stephen Galloway - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18339598-the-confabulist

Mrs. Houdini by Victoria Kelly - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25814489-mrs-houdini

Non-fiction

The Secret Life of Houdini by William Kalush & Larry Sloman -https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13944.The_Secret_Life_of_Houdini

The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24724228-the-witch-of-lime-street

The Magician and the Spirits by Deborah Noyes - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33246089-the-magician-and-the-spirits

Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleishmann - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/107414.Escape_

Movies and TV

Houdini (1953) starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045886/

Houdini (1998) starring Johnathon Schaech - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0159276/

Houdini (2014) starring Adrien Brody - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3132738/

The Prestige starring Hugh Jackman & Christian Bale - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0482571/

Podcasts

Harry Houdini and the Golden Age of Magic: Spectacle, sorcery and spiritualism in New York by The Bowery Boys - http://www.boweryboyshistory.com/2018/08/harry-houdini-and-the-golden-age-of-magic-spectacle-sorcery-and-spiritualism-in-new-york.html

Further Reading and Bonus Links

Wild About Harry - https://www.wildabouthoudini.com/

Harry Houdini’s Voice Recording from 1914 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Harry_Houdini%27s_voice.ogg

Footage of Harry Houdini escaping a straight jacket - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r8qr-p9z5g

Houdini Séance at The Magic Castle in Los Angeles - http://www.magiccastle.com/seance/

Storical Footnotes: Did Agatha Christie Have Alzheimer's?

The Queen of Crime was a prolific writer. But research suggests that there may have been clues to dementia in Agatha Christie’s later writing. For more information on the research presented, check out the following links:

https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/articles/91960-vanishing-words

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127211884

New episodes on Mondays. You can listen on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, or Stitcher. Follow on Instagram or Facebook @storicalpodcast

Storical Footnotes: Agatha Christie the Archaeologist

After her divorce from Archie Christie, Agatha Christie found new love and a new life with a young archaeologist. Tune in to learn how the Middle East inspired her and how she made contributions to the field of archaeology.

New episodes on Mondays. You can listen on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, or Stitcher. Follow on Instagram or Facebook @storicalpodcast

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/archaeology-and-history/magazine/2017/05-06/agatha-christie-mesopotamia-archaeology-expeditions/

http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/03/12/uk.christie.writer.archaeology/index.html

Storical Footnotes: Agatha Christie's Romance Novels

You’ve read her detective novels, but did you know that Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pen name Mary Westmacott? Tune in to learn more!

New episodes on Mondays. You can listen on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, or Stitcher. Follow on Instagram or Facebook @storicalpodcast

https://www.agathachristie.com/about-christie/family-memories/the-mary-westmacotts

Agatha Christie: A Life of Mystery

Agatha Christie’s life was just as mysterious and action packed as her novels. Listen to this month’s deep dive episode as we discuss her mysterious disappearance, her penchant for archaeology, and her time as an apothecary’s assistant. Tune in the next three Mondays for Storical Footnotes, bite-sized episodes that discuss Agatha more in depth.

New episodes on Mondays. You can listen on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, or Stitcher. Follow on Instagram or Facebook @storicalpodcast

Fiction

A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32620331-a-talent-for-murder

Non-fiction

A is for Arsenic by Kathryn Harkup - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23848320-a-is-for-arsenic

Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life by Laura Thompson - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35407580-agatha-christie

Television

The Unicorn and the Wasp on Dr. Who - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjHTT974G6U

Podcasts

Read or Dead: All Agatha Christie All the Time - https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/book-riot/read-or-dead/e/57157335

The Anglo Files: The Works of Agatha Christie - https://anchor.fm/theanglofiles/episodes/11--The-Works-of-Agatha-Christie-e2lvct

The Allusionist: A Novel Remedy - https://www.theallusionist.org/allusionist/convalescence

Stuff You Missed in History Class: The Mysterious Disappearance of Agatha Christie - https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/the-mysterious-disappearance-of-agatha-christie.htm

The History Chicks: Agatha Christie - http://thehistorychicks.com/tag/agatha-christie/

Bonus!

Agatha Christie Surfing - https://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/agatha-christie-surfed-waves-in-1924

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey (Talks about how Lord Carnarvon funded the Tut discovery) - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12926432-lady-almina-and-the-real-downton-abbey

Agatha Christie’s Estate Website - https://www.agathachristie.com/

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Anne Boleyn: The Doomed Queen

Feminist, fierce, and ahead of her time, Anne Boleyn was King Henry VIII’s most intriguing wife. While Henry and history have tried to silence her, she’s had a bit of a renaissance of late. Listen to get Anne’s side of the story. Links to all recommendations below.

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

Non-fiction

The Lady in the Tower by Alison Weir - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6282683-the-lady-in-the-tower

The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn by Eric Ives - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31086.The_Life_and_Death_of_Anne_Boleyn

The Creation of Anne Boleyn A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen by Susan Bordo - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15814396-the-creation-of-anne-boleyn

Anne Boleyn on Queens Podcast - http://queenspodcast.libsyn.com/size/5/?search=anne+boleyn

The Ghost of Anne Boleyn on Malicious Mamas Podcast - https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/malicious-mamas/69-ghost-of-anne-boleyn-wuT902rXHC8/

Fiction

Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30231546-anne-boleyn

The Secret Diaries of Anne Boleyn by Robin Maxwell - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31089.The_Secret_Diary_of_Anne_Boleyn

The French Executioner by C.C. Humphreys - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/976673.The_French_Executioner

The Curse of Anne Boleyn by C.C. Humphreys - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23413919-the-curse-of-anne-boleyn

Sudden Death by Álvaro Enrigue - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25614601-sudden-death

Movies and TV

The Other Boleyn Girl - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0467200/

The Tudors - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0758790

Anne Boleyn Swag

(None of these are sponsored, just things I like!)

Anne Boleyn Sweatshirt by Tartx - https://www.etsy.com/listing/119780727/anne-boleyn-rocky-eco-fleece-hoodie

Anne Boleyn Racerback Tank by Tartx - https://www.etsy.com/listing/605664155/anne-boleyn-lightweight-flowy-racerback

Anne Boleyn B Pearl Necklace by Tudor Dynasty Jewels - https://www.etsy.com/listing/608218890/anne-boleyn-b-pearl-pendant-chain

Check out the Anne Boleyn Inspired Perfume Oil by Immortal Perfumes : https://www.immortalperfumes.com/imported-products/queen-anne-boleyn-inspired-perfume

 

Henry VIII: His Kingdom for a Son

Get ready for some drama filled history as we welcome our first gentleman subject to Storical, King Henry VIII. Love him or loathe him his story is epic. And, spoiler alert! We’ll be doing a whole episode on Anne Boleyn, his most intriguing wife, next month. Links to all recommendations below.

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

Non-fiction

Henry VIII: The King and His Court by Alison Weir - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10109.Henry_VIII

How Henry VIII Worked by Stuff You Missed in History Class Podcast - https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/how-henry-viii-worked.htm

Book Club: The Other Boleyn Girl by Rude Tudors Podcast -

https://www.rudetudors.com/episodes/category/henry-viii

Jane Seymour: Henry VIII’s Favourite Queen by History Extra Podcast - https://www.historyextra.com/period/tudor/jane-seymour-henry-viiis-favourite-queen/

Fiction

The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes By His Fool, Will Somers by Margaret George - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10108.The_Autobiography_of_Henry_VIII

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6101138-wolf-hall

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13507212-bring-up-the-bodies

Shows

The Tudors - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0758790/

The White Queen - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2372220

The White Princess - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5705956

The Spanish Princess - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8417308

Check out the Immortal Perfumes cologne oil inspired by Henry VIII.

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

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