DIY advice from the Trans Handy Ma’am, Historian seeks to dispel myths of rural America in new book

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Mercury Stardust, a Trans woman with long blue and purple hair, wears overalls that say "Trans Handy Ma'am" in gold glitter lettering. She leans on her elbow with her hand resting on an old-fashioned toolbox and poses smiling at the camera.
Mercury Stardust, known as “Trans Handy Ma’am” on TikTok, is a Professional Maintenance Technician, author, performer and award-winning activist. Photo courtesy of Hillary L. Schave/Azena Photography

We talk with Mercury Stardust, known as the Trans Handy Ma’am on TikTok, about her new home maintenance book. Then, we hear from an Ohio historian on “The Lies of the Land: Seeing Rural America for What it is – and Isn’t.”

Featured in this Episode

  • Tips for renters about home maintenance

    Wisconsin’s Trans Handy Ma’am is a New York Times #1 bestselling author. We talk with Mercury Stardust about her book, “Safe and Sound: A Renter-Friendly Guide to Home Repair.” Original air date: Jan. 23, 2024

  • Debunking stereotypes of rural America

    A new book from a Ohio historian argues that the way many people talk about rural America is unfairly romanticized and inaccurate. The author challenges common beliefs about the conditions and history of life outside urban areas. Original air date: Nov. 6, 2023

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Mercury Stardust Guest
  • Steven Conn Guest
  • Keegan Kyle Executive Producer
  • Trevor Hook Producer
  • Avery Lea Rogers Producer
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director

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