The Bones and Bobbins Podcast
21 - The First Femmes of Forensics

21 - The First Femmes of Forensics

October 15, 2021

S02E21: Kate Warne, the heroic first woman Pinkerton detective, and Pearl Tytell, handwriting detective and trailblazing forensic document examiner.

 

When you need a tricky job done, you have to hire the best! As the first lady detective, Kate Warne’s work with the Pinkertons opened new investigative doors for the agency, helped foil a presidential assasination plot, and paved the way for the creation of the CIA. (We’re also told that she did a fabulous southern belle cosplay.) Pearl Tytell’s groundbreaking document investigation techniques exposed fraud in the highest levels of the government and the lowest reaches of backroom business deals and career-ending gossip mills. (She once even uncovered a fake claim to Russian royalty!) At times, her analysis carried more weight in the courts than the opinion of the FBI. From typewriter quirks to ink colors and paper stock, when Pearl was the expert witness, everybody listened!

Show notes:  https://www.bonesandbobbins.com/2021/10/15/season-2-episode-21

20 - Living Nightmares

20 - Living Nightmares

October 1, 2021

S02E20: Slender Man and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

 

Whether written at the dawn of a nation or crowd-sourced on the internet, all urban legends hold within them at least a tiny kernel of truth. Here’s what happens when those distorted stories stop being fiction and become real living nightmares.

 

(Heads up: The first story involves violence against children. Listen at your own discretion.)

Show notes:  https://www.bonesandbobbins.com/2021/10/01/season-2-episode-20

19 - She Walks in Beauty Like a Fright?

19 - She Walks in Beauty Like a Fright?

September 17, 2021

S02E19: Mrs. Margaret Smith-Wilkinson, nicknamed the Countess of Monte Cristo, and Lady Jane Lewson, the possible real life inspiration for Miss Havisham.

 

Come meet a hotel mogul turned high society con artist (who probably wasn’t a black widow), and the enigmatic walking fire hazard that might have inspired Dickens’ fictional jilted bride; two women whose actual lives are truly the stuff of fiction.

Show notes:  https://www.bonesandbobbins.com/2021/09/17/season-2-episode-19

18 - Wicked Stitches

18 - Wicked Stitches

September 3, 2021

S02E18: Woven spells, sewing magic, and the history of spinsters.

Is there someone in your life who knits with glass needles, spins their own yarn, sews their own patterns, or dyes their own thread? Yes? Well, we strongly discourage getting on their bad side. You know, just in case they decide to throw that project into the fire.

Show notes:  https://www.bonesandbobbins.com/2021/09/03/season-2-episode-18

17 - Whoa, Mama!

17 - Whoa, Mama!

August 20, 2021

S02E17: Personal Ghost Stories and Haley’s Haunted Mom.

 

I mean, who doesn’t want to hear stories about a spooky local legend, a whispering apparition, a 1970s UFO, and Haley’s mom talking about the little girl ghost in her hall who looks just a bit too familiar?

Show notes:  https://www.bonesandbobbins.com/2021/08/20/season-2-episode-17

16 - Fashion and Function

16 - Fashion and Function

August 6, 2021

S02E16: Sewing spacesuits and the science lab at the Eiffel Tower.

Did you know that the Eiffel Tower doubles as art and science? It’s true! Also true: sewing a space suit is hard, and then your work gets shredded.

Show notes:  https://www.bonesandbobbins.com/2021/08/06/season-2-episode-16

15 - Make All the Bones About It

15 - Make All the Bones About It

July 23, 2021

S02E15: Catacomb saints and the Sedlec Ossuary.

Here for all of your bejeweled skeleton and fancy skull garland needs!

Show notes:  https://www.bonesandbobbins.com/2021/07/23/season-2-episode-15

14 - Fizzle and Bang

14 - Fizzle and Bang

July 9, 2021

S02E14: The doctor-prescribed history of condoms and vibrators.

From “American tips” to hysteria treatments (and, somehow, maybe also bees), the history of getting off is exactly as awkward as you think it is. 

Show notes:  https://www.bonesandbobbins.com/2021/07/09/season-2-episode-14

13 - Come on Baby Light My Fire!

13 - Come on Baby Light My Fire!

June 25, 2021

S02E13: The history of Summer Solstice celebrations, rituals, and crafts.

You like fire, right? Because, honestly, you’re going to need to like fire for this one.

Show notes:  https://www.bonesandbobbins.com/2021/06/25/season-2-episode-13

12 - Pride & Prejudice

12 - Pride & Prejudice

June 11, 2021

S02E12: Historical queer love letters and lavender languages past and present.

 

It’s Pride month! Come along with your queer cohosts and meet Rose Cleveland, a gay First Lady, and Evangeline, the love of her life. Then take a moment to soak in the many languages that helped--and still help--queer people connect with and protect each other.

Show notes:  https://www.bonesandbobbins.com/2021/06/11/season-2-episode-12

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