When Women Invented TV
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 1074 , Segment 1
Episode: When Women Invented TV (originally aired April 12, 2021)
- Jul 5, 2021 7:00 pm
- 39:43 mins
The story of four pioneering women in TV. Gertrude Berg turned her radio show into a Jewish family comedy that spawned a play, a musical, an advice column, and a line of house dresses. Hazel Scott was the first African American to host a national evening variety program. Irna Phillips created the soap opera, daytime serials featuring female dominated casts. Betty White became one of the first women to produce, write, and star in her own show. We reclaim their forgotten histories and recognize how they made TV what it is today. Guest: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, author of "When Women Invented Television: The Untold Story of the Female Powerhouses Who Pioneered the Way We Watch Today"