A podcast about women in and of TV
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Behind the Microphone

The back story

I am a public relations practitioner and leadership instructor. In the course of a few months, three things happened to me that caused me to say, "Hey, I can do a podcast about women in and of TV!"

  1. "Mom, Battlestar Galactica has a number of complex leadership threads going on in it. You should watch it."
  2. In advising my class of what professional attire was appropriate for their presentation, I swiftly pulled up Julia Sugarbaker's The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia speech that aired in October 1986. It was a 10 minute answer that wandered from shoulder pads and hair tono distinction of professional wear for women in their 20s to women in the 30s. "These were working women we saw every week," I told the class. "Yes Designing Women and other shows definitely influenced workplace wardrobe decisions for young women in the 80s."
  3. "Mom, there's a podcast you should listen to about classic Hollywood. I think you'd like it."

Really, that's how it went down.

The rest is herstory!


Guests, Other podcasters, Media

So you think you got something to say? Some of the best segments come from smart guests being clever - whether they've written a book o rjust know a lot about something. Hit us with your best shot!

Cynthia is a crackerjack guest on other people's shows too. Send a note or contact her via Twitter (@TVHerstory).

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Cynthia Bemis Abrams

Public Relations & Leadership Consultant; Adjunct Professor

Life-long TV enthusiast



Activities & Affiliations

  • Cultural Studies Association, Member
  • Alliance for Women in Media, Member
  • YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, Medical Advocate Volunteer





Audio engineer

David Brown

Adobe Creative Suite, especially Premiere Pro and Audition; Avid Pro Tools

Experience with professional sound design and production sound mixing for film and radio.



Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Bachelor of Arts in Communication


Email David at:



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