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Episode 56 - Banner O'Brien by Linda Lael Miller

Banner O'Brien is the worst possible lady doctor in 19th century Washington State, which I guess also makes her the best lady doctor around (but no, she is not good at this doctoring thing.)  Adam Corbin is the biggest assholes in 19th century Washington State and he does have plenty of competition.  They yell.  They slap.  They do it, a lot.  They keep truly amazing secrets from each other.  It's a ride! This book has some pretty serious content warnings - a pretty awful abusive relationship in the past, lots of slapping, disciplinary spanking, racist language and portrayals of racist attitudes towards indigenous and Asian people (the book doesn't condone it but does use some ill-considered words.)  Family gaslighting!  Secret leprosy!  (Yes I did say secret leprosy, keep up.)  It's got a lot going on, but it's one of those "turned up to 11" books where none of this seems particularly realistic.

Episode 34: Blackout



In this episode we take a timeout to reflect on the ghastly history of racial violence in America by doing a deep dive into South Carolina's ugliest past and inviting Leslie from Geeky Girls' Night In and Geeky Girls' Guide to Life to speak. The first two segments carry strong content warnings about murder, legal lynching, and a police shooting mischaracterized as a riot.  If you'd like to skip to Leslie's emotional segment, you can start around the 35 minute mark.


Black lives matter.  Put your money where your mouth and your Zoom background credibility bookshelf is:

Know Your Rights Camp
The National Bail Fund Network directory
Black Voters Matter Fund
National Police Accountability Project
Equal Justice Initiative
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Third Wave Fund
Homeless Black Trans Women Fund - Atlanta
The Okra Project
The Marsha Johnson Institute
The Ida B. Wells Society
Black Emotional and Mental Health
National Black Disability Coalition 

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