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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.

Nov 8, 2018

Lydia Pinkham was one of the most recognizable women of the 1800's. Her visage peered from the boxes of Vegetable Compound she created to cure female troubles. She was also one of the first women to experience the trolling of men who took great pains to criticize her hair, her smile, her existence. Strange Country co-hosts Beth and Kelly discuss patent medicines, advertising's impact on women's roles and the joys of premenopausal life.

Theme music: Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands.

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