Rose O'Neal Greenhow was the Pamela
Harriman of her day - the "hostess with the mostess" in Washington
D.C. But Rose ran a Confederate spy ring out of her house. In this hour
of To the Best of Our Knowledge we get close to some brazen women
of American history and popular culture. And we'll meet the women who
created Nancy Drew.
Ariel Levy, author of "Female
Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture" tells Anne
Strainchamps we are living in a Feminist's nightmare: in rebelling against
their Feminist mothers, today's young women adopt the exploitive symbols
of male chauvinism and claim that it empowers them. Also, Nuala O'Faolain
talks to Steve Paulson about her book, "The Story of Chicago May."
May was a 19th century Irish immigrant who became a con-woman and crook
instead of a maid or factory worker and lived an extraordinary, operatic
Melanie Rehak is the author
of "Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her."
Nancy Drew just turned 75 and still wields immense influence on the
women who grew up reading her. They include Sandra Day O'Connor, Beverly
Sills and Anne Strainchamps who talks with Melanie Rehak about how the
character developed under various ghost-writers, and why girls love
her so. We also hear an excerpt from the Laura Linney Listening Library
production of "The Secret of the Old Clock." Also, Chelsea
Cain was passionate about Nancy Drew. As an adult, she wrote "Confessions
of A Teen Sleuth: A Parody." As she tells Anne, her book sets the
record straight: Carolyn Keene was Nancy's jealous college roommate;
George was gay; and Nancy married Ned but really loved Frank Hardy.
Reporter Ann Blackman is
the author of "Wild Rose: Rose O'Neale Greenhow, Civil War Spy:
A True Story." She tells Jim Fleming how Rose, a Southerner by
birth and conviction, became a social power in Washington and ran a
successful spy ring for the Confederacy.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 05-10-30-A.
- Ann Blackman, Wild Rose:
Rose O'Neale Greenhow, Civil War Spy A True Story (Random House)
- Ariel Levy, Female Chauvinist
Pig: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture (Free Press)
- Chelsea Cain, Confessions
of A Teen Sleuth (Bloomsbury)
- Melanie Rehak, Girl Sleuth:
Nancy Drew and the Women who Created Her (Harcourt)
- Nuala O'Faolain, The
Story of Chicago May (Riverhead Books)
- Button after Levy: Big and Rich
Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy
- Button/Option after OFaolain:
Dordan Queen of the West from Irish Traditional & Baroque
Shanachie CD 79079
- Button after Rehak: Music from
Listening Library Nancy Drew Cassette
- Button/Option after Cain: Cyndi
Lauper Girls Just Want To Have Fun
- Music after Blackman: 33rd Illinois
Volunteer Regiment Band All Quiet on the Potomac from Hardtack
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