Episode 5: Agony Aunt Histories


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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/

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