Aired: June 2, 2017

BFFs, Girlfriends, and Besties

  • BFFs, Girlfriends, and Besties (16 min.)

    With: Amanda Herbert (Christopher Newport University)

    As the British Empire expanded, the fabric of society depended upon women’s friendships. One letter from a “BFF” back home could save a colonist from abandoning ship.

  • Digital Natives (12 min.)

    With: Anand Rao (University of Mary Washington)

    If you’re job hunting, should you scrub your online presence to make it look squeaky clean, or just hope that employers see your digital identity as a natural way of rounding out your resume?

  • Mommy Memoirs (12 min.)

    With: Mary Thompson (James Madison University)

    Two kinds of books: mommy memoirs and mother-daughter memoirs, are tackling the tough topic of abortion in new ways.

  • A Fairy Tale Database (12 min.)

    With: Robert Godwin-Jones (Virginia Commonwealth University)

    An online database of Grimm’s fairy tales reveals the evolution of these stories, which in their earlier versions were often violent and sexually suggestive.

  • Colonial Gal Pals Feature

    Thanks to Taylor Swift, 2015 will be remembered as the year we all wanted to be part of the “squad”–Taylor’s ever growing group of friends. Pop music’s biggest star–who used to be all about boyfriends–is now, all about her girlfriends. A Virginia historian says there was another time in history when gal pals were having a real moment. Lilia Fuquen has the story.

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    A Grimm Database

    Want to know about the gruesome end in the original fairy tale “Cinderella?”  Check out our guest Robert Godwin-Jones’s online database for the Grimm Fairy Tales here.

  • The Short Listen: Social Media Scrubbing

    The time has come to stop playing defense with social media.

  • Memoir & Motherhood

    How women writers are tackling America’s most controversial subject in their own lives.


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