Gilded-Age “Girl Stunt Reporters”

Gilded-Age “Girl Stunt Reporters”

Constant Wonder

Stunt Girls

Episode: Stunt Girls

  • Apr 15, 2021 7:00 pm
  • 38:14 mins

Nellie Bly famously got herself committed to an insane asylum to uncover abuse there. This type of covert reporting by female reporters was denigrated as a "stunt," but it led to real change. Sometimes successful, sometimes dismissed as sensational, these women opened up journalism to women and made discoveries that their male counterparts never could have. Guest: Kim Todd, Associate Professor of English at the University of Minnesota and author of "Sensational: The Hidden History of America's 'Girl Stunt Reporters'"

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