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Why did images of white, nuclear families dominate television in the 1950s? Why has it taken nearly 70 years for images of a diverse America—featuring people of color, immigrants, women as independent social beings—to appear on prime time television?  Challenging the longstanding belief that what appeared on television screens in the 1950s and after resulted from some social consensus, The Broadcast 41 addresses these and other questions by telling two intersecting stories. The first story documents the heterogeneous perspectives of a generation of progressive women who had been…

Gypsy Rose Lee is best known for her work as a burlesque artist--her Wikipedia entry, for example, describes her as "an American burlesque entertainer and vedette famous for her striptease act," adding by way of an afterthought that she was "Also an actress, author, and playwright."

Wide-ranging conversation with Oregon Public Radio's Think Out Loud and Advanced TV Herstory's Cynthia Bemis Abrams about women and television history.