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Dirty Sexy History

Dirty Sexy History

By Jessica Cale
Going beyond the sanitized and idealized to the dirty reality of human history with Jessica Cale. There's more to history than what you learned in high school, and we're going to skip to the good stuff together.
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Episode 3: The Problematic History of BMI, plus Deadly Diet Drugs of the 1930s

Dirty Sexy History

Episode 3: The Problematic History of BMI, plus Deadly Diet Drugs of the 1930s

Dirty Sexy History

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Episode 4: The Sickness of Naples. Syphilis and the Invention of the Modern Condom
Did Columbus bring syphilis back to Europe from the New World? Almost certainly. In this episode, Jess talks about how Columbus caused the deaths of 120 million people worldwide from disease alone, leading to the invention of the modern condom in the 16th century.
28:07
June 16, 2021
Episode 3: The Problematic History of BMI, plus Deadly Diet Drugs of the 1930s
In this double episode, Jess talks about the 19th century origins of BMI and explains how it’s still inherently flawed today. John covers Egyptian and Roman laxatives, then it’s on to the deadly diet pills of the 1930s, namely DNP and Pervitin, the once-legal meth added to chocolate that went on to fuel the Third Reich. Buckle up, minions, it’s going to get weird!
38:47
June 9, 2021
Episode 2: Hurts So Good! 19th Century Dominatrix Theresa Berkley
So you think kink is modern? In Regency London, dominatrix Theresa Berkley opened a multistory sex dungeon and became a self-made millionaire. More on Theresa and the English Vice today on DSH
25:02
June 2, 2021
Episode 1: Contraception in History, from Pomegranates to Pennyroyal
In this first episode of the podcast, we look at contraception and abortion in history from the ancient world to the twentieth century.
33:41
May 26, 2021
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