On today’s episode of Modern Notion Daily, historian Emily Bingham joins us to talk about her new book chronicling the life of her great-aunt, Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, June 2015). Henrietta Bingham was a formidable woman who came of age during the 1920s. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Henrietta attended Smith College and then set off for London with one of her Smith professors who was also her lover. Henrietta’s life is an interesting look at queerness in early 20th-century America and England; the book also tackles subjects like race relations, family folklore and oral history, women’s rights, and, most importantly, dog ownership. This hour we also hear from contributing editor Emma Bryce about the Hellboy-ish dinosaur species discovered 10 years ago.
Music this hour:
- “Elle va au Japon” by Nic Bommarito, from the album A Quiet Age
- “Kelli’s Number” by U.S. Army Blues, from the album Live at Blues Alley
- “Soldiertype (militarised)” by Ketsa, from the album What’s Without’s Within