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Strange Country

Sometimes you need to have a glass of wine, cuppa whatever and listen to a good old weird story. Musical score Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands.

Sep 23, 2021

In the 19th century, men could commit women to asylums for such stellar reasons as excessive thinking or novel reading. Elizabeth Packard was married to a real prince who committed her because she was smarter than him. Strange Country cohosts share her heroic tale, and Beth reveals an alarming secret about her cat.

Theme music: Big White Lie by A Cast of Thousands

Cite your sources:

“Elizabeth Packard – Legal and Mental Health Reformer.” Illinois History Lincoln Collections, 27 Mar. 2019,

Moore, Kate. The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear. Sourcebooks, 2021.