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Sweetbitter | the Untold History of Pirates

An investigative history podcast with a focus on queer & women’s history. Each season, we explore a different corner of history, using literary works or historical figures as a starting point to discuss a broader story of erasure of people with marginalized identities.

In our second season, we bring you a high-seas adventure full of surprises as we uncover the history of women and queer pirates. Gay love and even marriage were more common in the 17th-century world of pirates than we might expect, and history is full of cross-dressing, swashbuckling pirates who broke gender norms and created their own queer culture. Even Johnny Depp, in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, intentionally played Captain Jack Sparrow as a gay man. We explore the stories behind these radical rebels and discuss why these stories have been erased for hundreds of years.

Season 1 delves into the truth and controversy surrounding Sappho; her life, the Isle of Lesbos and her relevance today.


Produced in partnership with 3SM.

Episodes

Pirates: Queer Pirates in Pop Culture
Show Details1hr 9min
Pirates: Philip van Buskirk
Show Details46min 59s
Pirates: Rum
Show Details36min 12s
Pirates: Black Atlantic II
Show Details52min 29s
Pirates: Black Atlantic I
Show Details56min 18s
Pirates: Zheng Yi Sao & 20th c. Chinese Piracy
Show Details50min 19s
Pirates: Inexorable
Show Details30min 16s
Pirates: Anne Bonny and Mary Read
Show Details58min 12s
Pirates: the Uskoks
Show Details45min 8s
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Show Details45s
Pirates: Grace O'Malley
Show Details1hr 9min
Pirates: Teuta
Show Details37min 43s
Pirates: Women Pirates
Show Details33min 8s
Pirates: Queer Pirates II
Show Details25min 15s
Pirates: Queer Pirates I
Show Details31min 35s
Pirates: Introduction
Show Details44min 25s
Pirates: Welcome to Season 2!
Show Details26min 28s
Season One Wrap-up (live recording)
Show Details1hr 53min
Bonus: Sappho, Enheduanna and the lesbian movement with Judy Grahn
Show Details53min 42s
Sappho: Fragment 147
Show Details37min
Sappho: Fragment 118
Show Details42min 13s
Sappho: Fragment 4
Show Details56min 26s
Sappho: Fragment 31
Show Details46min 47s
Sappho: Fragment 23
Show Details47min 57s
Sappho: Fragment 2
Show Details51min 28s
Sappho: Fragment 58
Show Details53min 44s
Holiday Special: Aphrodite with Liv Albert
Show Details56min 12s
Sappho: Fragment 58 (pre-2004)
Show Details44min 7s
Sappho: Fragment 55
Show Details45min 54s
Sappho: Fragment 130
Show Details32min 31s
Sappho: Fragment 94
Show Details39min 16s
Sappho: Fragment 16
Show Details32min 54s
Sappho: Ode to Aphrodite
Show Details19min 41s
Introducing
Show Details2min 20s