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At times when people accepted the status quo without question, some rebels have dared to resist. When a cause is noble, it often pays to be unpopular.

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Galileo: Reason and Rejection
Galileo wrote the following in his 1615 letter to the Grand Duchess Christina: "But I do not feel obliged to believe that that same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended to forgo their use and by some other means to give us knowledge which we can attain by them." Galileo was convinced the sun was near the center of the universe. Other people (ahem, the Catholic Church), not so much. As we are still fully aware of today, it can be pretty rough to get people onboard with new scientific knowledge -- and to get them to give up what they've always known.<br>Follow Unpopular on social media!&nbsp;<br>Twitter: @_unpopularshow&nbsp;<br>Instagram: @unpopularshow&nbsp;<br>Facebook: @ThisIsUnpopular
Jun 18, 2019
Amelia Bloomer and Elizabeth Smith Miller: Seeking (Re)dress
Victorian social mores may have taken the idea that women should be seen and not heard a little far, if you consider how ostentatious the garb of mid-18th century middle-class women was. Petticoats could be cumbersome, and corsets could cause a wearer physical harm. But fashion is worth it, right? Nay, some women said. Amelia Bloomer and Elizabeth Smith Miller advocated for more "rational dress" and -- gasp! -- wore pants. Today on the show, we ask: What's the value in pushing back against norms of dress?&nbsp;<br>Follow Unpopular on social media!&nbsp;<br>Twitter: @_unpopularshow&nbsp;<br>Instagram: @unpopularshow&nbsp;<br>Facebook: @ThisIsUnpopular&nbsp;
Jun 11, 2019
Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti: The Lioness of Lisabi
Nigerian women's rights activist and teacher Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was a force to be reckoned with. From the work she did protesting taxes on women, to her efforts in educating children and women, to her opposition of British colonialism, she played a major role in mid-20th century Nigerian politics and society. There were people who sought to diminish her power, as she fought systems that privileged few and penalized many. But what she was doing wasn't about her. Whether one enemy or 1,000 -- if the fight is worth it, it's worth it.&nbsp;<br>Follow Unpopular on social media!&nbsp;<br>Twitter: @_unpopularshow&nbsp;<br>Instagram: @unpopularshow&nbsp;<br>Facebook: @ThisIsUnpopular&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jun 04, 2019
Sitting Bull: Warrior, Leader, Symbol
A large part, but by no means the only part, of the story of Native Americans once Europeans arrived in the Americas is persecution. White colonists attempted to strip away their traditions, land, and lives through policy and combat. Many Native Americans assimilated, some going so far as to advocate for slavery and enslave Black people. Others resisted the dominance of white supremacy and the destruction of tribal culture. Sitting Bull was a Hunkpapa Lakota leader who dedicated his life to making sure his people and his culture could persist. He met a tragic end, but there's a reason his reputation as a warrior precedes him more than a century after his death.&nbsp;<br>Follow Unpopular on social media!&nbsp;<br>Twitter: @_unpopularshow&nbsp;<br>Instagram: @unpopularshow&nbsp;<br>Facebook: @ThisIsUnpopular
May 30, 2019
Introducing Unpopular
Throughout history, people have been denounced and demonized for dissenting from the majority. But that didn’t stop them from speaking up. Unpopular is about resisters and pariahs, rebels and revolutionaries. People like Sitting Bull, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Galileo, and the Mirabal Sisters took a chance on what they believed in – and inspired real change. Every week, host Yves Jeffcoat tells the story of someone who challenged the status quo, connecting the dots between their history and the history we’re making today. Unpopular launches on May 30th. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, the iHeartRadio app, and wherever else you get your podcasts.&nbsp;
May 23, 2019