Tales of History and Imagination

Eccentric tales from History by Simone Whitlow

15: Nellie Bly

July 1st, 2021

In an age where female reporters were few and far between, and wrote on little more than fashion and gardening - Nellie Bly got locked up in a ‘madhouse’ to expose the horrors of such an institution. In this 10 minute episode Simone discusses her 10 days in a madhouse. 

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You can read the blog post of the episode here


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Music, writing, narration, mixing usually all yours truly. This episode uses an arrangement of Steven Foster’s Beautiful Dreamer under the Asylum scene, played by me.

Main texts: Of course Nellie Bly’s Ten Days in a Madhouse.
and articles on The Womans’ History Museum  And Encyclopedia Britannica 


About the Author: Simone Whitlow is an academic, competitive quizzer, songwriter and musician. She is currently on a multi-year mission infiltrating a giant corporation, probably no less insane than Blackwood Island Asylum. 

Transgender, she uses she/her pronouns.     

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