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What to watch and listen to this weekend: 'Good Girls Revolt' on Amazon, The History Chicks podcast

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October

Watch this weekend

FRIDAY

SERIES PREMIERE: Good Girls Revolt, midnight, Amazon: In 1970, more than 40 women sued Newsweek for gender discrimination. They were told "women don't write here." Good Girls Revolt dramatizes the landmark sexual discrimination case that happened during the major cultural revolutions of the 1970s. It's inspired by the book The Good Girls Revolt from Lynn Povich, who was one of the ringleaders of the original lawsuit against Newsweek. You'll sink your teeth into this show for the sounds of typewriters and news moving over the wires as well as the fashion and lovable characters established through group dynamics and individual focus.

REVIEW: 'Good Girls Revolt' gives spotlight to 'nasty' newswoman of the '60s

SPECIAL: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, 8 p.m., ABC: Who wouldn't want to watch this Halloween/fall classic again? Featuring Charlie Brown at his first Halloween Party and Linus eagerly awaiting the Great Pumpkin. Also, stick around for the bonus cartoon, You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown.

Movie: Stephen King's It, 8 p.m., Spike: Childhood friends are haunted even decades later by a demonic creature dressed as a clown.

Movie: Dracula, 8 p.m., TCM: Bela Lugosi in the role that made him famous as the Transylvania vampire count from Bram Stoker's classic horror novel.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, 9 p.m., CW: Rebecca Bunch desperately wants her longtime crush, Josh Chan, to think she's cool, so she tries to impress him with her sporty skills, which she doesn't have. There will be singing, and it will be hilarious.

SPECIAL: Bill Murray: The Mark Twain Prize, 9 p.m., PBS: Comedian Bill Murray is honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at a gala alongside Dan Aykroyd, Aziz Ansari, Bill Hader, Jimmy Kimmel, Sigourney Weaver and more.

SATURDAY

SPECIAL: Amish Witches: The True Story of Holmes County, 8 p.m., Lifetime: A reality TV crew documenting an Amish community records strange events plaguing the small society after the death of an Amish witch.

Movie: R.L. Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls, 8 p.m., Disney: Teenagers look for Halloween fun at a traveling show but find out it's haunted.

SUNDAY

Movie: Psycho, 7 p.m., BBC: Alfred Hitchcock's iconic thriller follows a psychotic motel owner who obsesses over his dead mother and becomes a prime suspect in a murder case.

Movie: Star Wars: A New Hope, 8:05 p.m., TBS: Young man discovers the reality of his past while working to overthrow an evil empire and joining a rebel alliance in George Lucas' Oscar-winning space fantasy. You're a Jedi, Luke.

The Walking Dead, 9 p.m., AMC: Let's hope the second episode of the seventh season isn't as bloody or heartbreaking as the first.

Westworld, 9 p.m., HBO: A dangerous mission awaits Dolores, and the Man in Black finds an unlikely partner in his bloody crusade.

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The History Chicks

At 78 episodes and counting, hosts Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider take on several thousand years of women's history, with about an hour devoted to each episode.

This isn't your typical history podcast or college course on women's studies and famous figures. Every two weeks, the hosts release an episode about a famous or not-so-famous woman from history. Some were real  Marie Curie, the Schuyler sisters, Zelda Fitzgerald  and others are fictional  Cinderella, Mrs. Claus.

The featured women appear in no particular chronological order, so one week you may listen to an episode about Nellie Bly and the next is all about the grandmothers of the notorious Tudor family in 16th century England.

The History Chicks podcast also takes on themes and eras of women's history, such as the housewives of the 1950s, famous female inventors, the women of Gone With The Wind and tales of the last four wives of Henry VIII.

Keeping with the theme of this year's election, the podcast showcased three other women who have run for president in its most recent three episodes. Many of them couldn't even vote for themselves when they ran for the highest office in the country.

Victoria Woodhull has a sort of "rags to riches" story, starting with a rough childhood and making her way to become a leader of the suffragette movement and running a campaign for the presidency in 1872. Belva Lockwood ran for the presidency twice, in 1884 and 1888, as the candidate of the National Equal Rights Party. In 1969, Shirley Chisholm became the first African-American woman elected to Congress and formally announced a presidential bid in 1972.

The hosts are casual and don't sound as if they're reading from a textbook, but are intelligently versed about the women they talk about. You may not even realize you're learning about history until you're already hooked.

Listen on iTunes, Stitcher and thehistorychicks.com.

Contact Chelsea Tatham at ctatham@tampabay.com. Follow @chelseatatham.

 

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