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 queer & women's history of 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. We explore the stories behind these radical rebel and discuss why have those stories 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.


Pirates: Teuta
Show Details37min 43s
Introducing... CULT AMERICA
Show Details40s
Pirates: Women Pirates
Show Details33min 8s
Pirates: Queer Pirates
Show Details25min 15s
Pirates: Queer Pirates 1
Show Details31min 35s
Pirates: Introduction to Pirates
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
Show Details2min 20s