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Episode 214: Winter of Wayback, 1953!

It’s the third week in our Winter of Wayback season, and we’re diving headfirst into 1953. Our reading this week is a story by Margaret St. Claire, a sci fi and fantasy writer who was quite active in the 1950s, and managed to carve out a space for herself in what was a very male-dominated world of genre fiction. You can read about some of the sexism she endured via this post at Unbound Worlds.

Also this week, we talk about how people responded to Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, which debuted in 1953. Also, the many incarnations of the band The Drifters, TV dinners, Scientology’s South Jersey roots, and the high-profile divorce of Winthrop Rockefeller.

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