Episode 5: Agony Aunt Histories

When we have a dearth of letters to respond to we end up giving history lessons.

Who are we kidding? We'd end up giving history lessons anyway.

In this episode Hadley and Michelle explore their roots and deliver the origins of the "agony aunt."

Also, we introduce Chimayo. Or, rather, she demands she be introduced.

Music used in this episode is Never Can Stop It, by Lobo Loco, found at the Free Music Archive.

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Aviation Recipe:

  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1.5 oz gin
  • .5 oz creme de violette
  • .5 oz cherry juice or syrup

Shake in a shaker with ice and serve up.

Sources Referenced:

Agony Aunts:

1. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2009/nov/13/agony-aunts

2. https://www.economist.com/news/christmas-specials/21683985-understand-how-societies-evolveread-problem-pages-whatever-should-i-do


John Dunton and the Athenian Mercury (old af):

1. https://www.theawl.com/2011/03/dear-athenian-mercury-questions-and-answers-from-the-first-advice-column-in-english/

2. https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/05/the-questions-people-asked-advice-columnists-in-the-1690s/392111/


Etymology of "Agony Aunt":

1. https://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/18/messages/505.html

2. https://wordhistories.net/2017/01/27/agony-column/


First Dear Abby Column (with good and bad advice):

1. https://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/How-Dear-Abby-column-started-at-The-Chronicle-3175255.php


Ann Landers/Eppie:

1. Bringing in expert outside advice (S.C. justice Douglas): http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2005-02-20/features/0502200557_1_new-ann-landers-ruth-crowley-chicago-sun-times


Ann Landers's Chicago Sun-Times Interview:

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ask_Ann_Landers


Twin Feud: 

1. https://jwa.org/thisweek/jul/04/1918/ann-landers-and-abigail-van-buren 


Xinran (China/UK):

1. http://www.radiolistings.co.uk/programmes/w/wo/words_on_the_night_breeze.html

2. Good Women of China: https://books.google.com/books?id=8I8woHGtg_8C&printsec=frontcover&dq=the+good+women+of+china+excerpt&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiAoKPn2rPaAhWI8YMKHWwuD0wQ6AEIKTAA#v=onepage&q&f=false


Cheryl Strayed/"Dear Sugar":

1. http://therumpus.net/sections/dear-sugar/

2. http://therumpus.net/2010/06/dear-sugar-the-rumpus-advice-column-41-like-an-iron-bell/

Episode 1: A Hurt Friend

What will the Agony Aunts say to a letter writer whose long-time friend is ditching him for a Republican?

We have no intro yet, we didn't make a soft exit, all our audio files got corrupted and our editing system crashed, and there's a spot in the middle when you can't even hear what Michelle is saying, but this is a home-grown affair, and we're still some charming gals to spend twenty minutes with!

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