September 12, 2019
Welcome to The Dirty Bits of History. I’m Tawny Platis, a professional voice actor, who gives a casual, and comedic southern Californian retelling of the sexy, scandalous, salacious, fierce, funny, and freaky bits of history your teacher probably left out. Stay tuned after the episode or take a peek at the show notes for The Dirty Bits After Dark: Catching Up With Tawny and George, our contact info, coming attractions, and a special thank you message to our producers. For commercial-free episodes, visit Now, enjoy the show. If you aren’t familiar with Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, they were writers and socialites who became the poster children of what we now call, “The Jazz Age.” Scott seems to be best known for writing, “The Great Gatsby” and less well known for mercilessly plagiarizing his wife, Zelda. They’re both notorious for alcoholism, infidelity, mental illness, and just generally causing a scene in general during the 1920s and 30’s.After nearly a century, why are we still so obsessed with the artists? What is it about Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald that has kept them relevant generation after generation? The academic answer would be that we remain fascinated by the duality of narcissistic geniuses and reckless self-destruction. I personally find the answer to be that America has always loved to stop and gawk at a gnarly trainwreck. And the Fitzgeralds were the gnarliest of trainwrecks. Per usge, to better understand what’s going on here and get the full picture, we have to go back to the very beginning. And because she got the shit end of the stick for so long, I’m starting out with Zelda.If anything sounded goofy in this episode, it probably was! Don’t take my word for it - always do your own research and make sure what you’re reading is from a verified, reputable, and academic source.Sources: Smith (September 8, 2003). "Love Notes Drenched in Moonlight; Hints of Future Novels in Letters To Fitzgerald". New York Times., Nancy (1970), Zelda: A Biography, New York: Harper & RowPrigozy, Ruth, ed. (2002), The Cambridge Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-62447-9Cline, Sally (2003), Zelda Fitzgerald: Her Voice in Paradise, New York: Arcade Publishing, ISBN 1-55970-688-0The Intimate Sex Lives of Famous People -By Irving Wallace, Amy Wallace, David Wallechinsky, Sylvia Wallace, Deborah (2017). The Subversive Art of Zelda Fitzgerald. p. 43. ISBN 978-0-8262-2104-9. Bruccoli, Matthew Joseph (2002), Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald (2nd rev. ed.), Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, ISBN 1-57003-455-9Lanahan, Dorothy. "Introduction." In Bryer & Barks 2002, p. Xxvii Real F. Scott Fitzgerald: Thirty-Five Years Later - by Sheilah Graham(The Lost Summer: a personal memoir of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Tony Buttitta)Music: “Fig Leaf Times Two,” “Fuzzball Parade,” “Maple Leaf Rag,” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative...
July 26, 2019
His love for the ladies, particularly intelligent, young, beautiful ones, has been WELL documented. There were at least 13 women Benny-boy dated, er, at least... tried to date. This one is a surprisingly fun romp through flirty history.
June 18, 2019
In today’s episode, we’re taking it all the way back to 15th century France when Agnes Sorel, a lady in waiting from a family of minor nobility became the first officially recognized mistress to the king, inspired many artists of the time, most notably Jean Fouquet’s Virgo Lactan’s or the Nursing Virgin, and was the first woman to hashtag free the nipple.
June 4, 2019
The Reverend Sylvester Graham was a hell, fire, and brimstone Presbyterian minister who combined Christianity and healthy living, successfully pioneering the way for all of the self-help guru, diet faddists who now grace our Instagram feeds.
May 29, 2019
The Questions: What kind of porn do you watch? What kind of music do you listen to? What are your favorite podcasts? What other movies, shows, podcasts etc. are like the Dirty Bits? Why did the show take a break? And I thought you were doing more and longer episodes? Do you have kids? Are you Greek Orthodox?
May 29, 2019
A lot of people already know he was a pretty big important, controversial military and a lot of people already know he has a reputation for being into some weird sex shit. What you may not know is that he may have been the original fedora wearing self-proclaimed nice guy with a massive chip on his shoulder.
May 3, 2019
Mary Shelley’s name has been waiting patiently on my episode list for over a year now. I’ve been conflicted about telling her story. One of the reasons I love producing a show about history is due to the fact that everyone is long dead. Nobody can be embarrassed or offended by any sarcasm or sass which makes it much easier to riff on my subjects without much hesitation. But Mary was different.
May 3, 2019
George's heart surgery went great! However, when he arrived back home, he was diagnosed with severe pneumonia. He has been in the hospital for two weeks and will be having surgery on Monday to remove the infected growths that were found on his right lung.
April 17, 2019
We give you an update on George's surgery and answer your questions from the anonymous suggestion/comment box thingy on our website.
April 16, 2019
I’m especially excited to tell Theodora of Byzantium’s story because it’s refreshingly victorious. She’s best known as one of the most influential and powerful Empresses of the Eastern Roman Empire who went from hooker to high roller to Eastern Orthodox Saint.  A lot of what we know about Theodora comes from the Byzantine scholar, Procopius. In his work, he goes back and forth from absolutely gushing about her to depicting her as a power-mad horndog.
April 9, 2019
If you’re a woman who also likes women, you may recognize her as what is basically the official patron saint of lesbians.
April 2, 2019
Olympe de Gouges was a French playwright, political activist, godmother of modern feminism, and a woman who was so revolutionary, the revolution wasn’t ready for her. Olympe de Gouges is the perfect poster child for the women’s movement and social justice. So why does it seem that so few people know who she is? And for those who do know her name, why is she remembered as a deceptive prostitute who wrote “The Declaration of the Rights of the Woman and the Female Citizen?”
March 27, 2019
The emperor is a lighter one to study because he’s from that time period where you get this blend of saints, mythology, and facts in glorious, gory, written detail. And they all weave together into a beautiful blend of supposition and tom fuckery.
March 20, 2019
This episode has everything- Nazis, a twisted Cinderella story, bratty pre-Instagram kids of the uber rich and famous, a disgraced prince, plane crashes, affairs galore, more rumors than facts, Mussolini, Winston Churchill, commies, a jewel heist….and that’s just scratching the surface.
March 12, 2019
It's our 50th episode! I'm so happy we've made it this far. Geeze....and we haven't even come (heh heh) close to covering all the dirty bits of history. This episode is George's personal favorite of the podcast's and I hope you enjoy it as much as he did. Cleopatra VII Philopator, more commonly known simply as Cleopatra, was the last, technically for realsies, ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom in Egypt because her son was pharaoh for like half a second. But she was also so much more than that.
March 6, 2019
Lovebugs, this is a fun one. There are so many rumors and after 12 hours of research, I’ve barely scratched the surface of Eva Peron or Evita, as she’s often called. Eva Peron was an actress, turned First Lady, turned activist, turned kind of saint. You’re going to hear the word “supposedly” A LOT in this episode. Like a lot a lot. Things are a little murky about her life, particularly before she married Juan Peron, the man who would become the 29th and 41st president of Argentina.
February 27, 2019
History. Edutainment. The Dirty Bits Podcast. You've been patiently waiting and now it's here. Season 3 of the Dirty Bits Podcast begins with a famous courtesan releasing her memoirs in the 1820s and calling out everyone she slept with in delightful detail, by name, if they hadn’t paid her ahead of time to omit the saucy details before publication.
November 8, 2018
Hey guys, it’s Tawny from the Dirty Bits here and heads up, this is unfortunately not a casual retelling of any sexy, scandalous, or salacious stories from history. This is just me talking. So if you’re just holding out for our latest episode, you can go ahead and skip this because it’s just an update for those of you who aren’t in our Facebook group, the Lovebug Brigade, and have been wondering what’s been going on while season 3 has yet to appear in your favorite podcatcher.
October 17, 2018
The Dirty Bits Podcast is performed by a professional voice actor who gives a casual -and hopefully, comical- Southern Californian retelling of the sexy, scandalous, and salacious stories from history your teacher probably left out.
May 30, 2018
Last time we checked in with Charlie, he got hit hard with a divorce settlement, one that may be the largest in history and his reputation was trashed because the public saw him as this cradle robbing sexual deviant who had even more dick in his personality than he did in his pants.
May 22, 2018
The cool stuff- she was a warrior, a brilliant military strategist, an adept diplomat and politician and a symbol against oppression. She also had a harem with dozens of men she'd kill after she slept with them.
May 15, 2018
Last week on the Dirty Bits, we covered Charlie Chaplin’s family history. His mother may have been a prostitute to support herself and her children, his dad seemed like a drunken jerk, and overall, it was a super sad story.
May 8, 2018
Lovebugs, this dude has one of the gnarliest Cinderella Stories I’ve ever heard with a messed up family to boot. I didn’t know was just how far back all of the dirty bits, know, the scandalous, salacious, and sexy stuff we cover.
May 1, 2018
Last week, we left a tired-of-everyone’s-bullshit Mae West at the end of her rope, with cinema and radio. She knew she was stupendous and she didn’t need Hollywood, so girl packed up all her jewels, boas, tight fitting dresses, and innuendos ... and headed for Vegas.
April 24, 2018
Last week we left off with Mae West having been incarcerated for her provocative plays and then she made a kinda stupid comment about being an early supporter of Women’s Lib... but not being a “bra burning feminist,” as she said.
April 17, 2018
Mae West was a writer, an actress,and  a comedian, starting in vaudeville and thriving through the Wall Street crash where she first introduced what, was at the time, a unique concept- shocking the public as a career.
April 10, 2018
Florence Henderson was an extremely talented, versatile, and busy lady who had an incredibly difficult beginning that she absolutely refused to allow define her. I don’t toss around the word “inspirational” lightly but girl was inspirational as fuuuuuck.
April 3, 2018
Mae West is not only working herself to death, likely dealing with some daddy issues, and is feeling the pressures of being such a mega celebrity, there are some very public scandals of the most foul nature circulating around our poor little flapper girl.
March 27, 2018
Clara Bow was a tomboy, she was sexy, she was a flapper. She was the girl you had fun with and everyone liked but was a little too rough around the edges to bring home to mom. She was an American actress who got her start in the silent film era of the 20’s and made the rare, successful transition to talkies by 1927.
March 20, 2018
That’s right, we’re opening up the vault to tell you the story of the first Paris Hilton, the original Kim Kardashian, the one, the only, Kitty Fisher.
March 13, 2018
Realizing that her career was fading faster than a kid who swallowed a Tide Pod, Hepburn took action to arrange a project that would launch her back into the limelight.
March 6, 2018
Katharine Hepburn was an American actress known for her fierce independence, spirited personality, and flawless hot roller hair-dos. A hipster of her time period, Hepburn wore trousers before it was cool or acceptable for women to do so. She epitomized the “modern woman” in the 20th century and will be remembered as a woman who helped change society’s expectations.
February 27, 2018
Clark Gable had a lot in common with Errol Flynn. He was simultaneously both THE shit and a piece of shit, earning the nickname “The King of Hollywood” while he managed to smack around and knock up his colleagues.
February 20, 2018
Jose Ramon Gil Samaniego, better known as Ramon Novarro, was a Mexican actor who graced the stage, movie theater, and tv sets with his presence. He started out in silent film in 1917 and grew up to become 1920’s Jake Gyllenhaal.
February 13, 2018
We left off last week with Spency finally getting recognition in Hollywood while he was boozing it up and shacking up with a grip of women who weren’t his wife...
February 6, 2018
He was versatile and effortlessly talented. Tracy was nominated for nine academy awards out of the 75 he appeared in and was the winner of two for best actor. He was also a raging alcoholic, womanizer, pissy little hot head obsessed with death.
January 30, 2018
Errol Flynn is known best for his romantic, adventurous, ruffian type roles in his films. What he’s less well known for is being a skeevy creep who could have given Weinstein a run for his money.
January 23, 2018
Last week, we found out that while Greta Garbo never married, she was in plenty of relationships. This biographer Barry Paris wrote this book called, “Garbo” and he’s like, “Ok, there is so much gay shit about this woman. I’m pretty sure she dated Lilyan Tashman who was this super sexy blond, Ziegfeld girl and Greta could just not hang. "
January 16, 2018
Last week we learned about Greta Garbo’s lightning fast rise to fame. She was a huge, profitable star, and had just been wooed back into a contract with MGM when they allowed her to portray King Cristina on screen. After that, things started getting tough.
January 9, 2018
Greta Garbo wasn’t a name that was unfamiliar to me. I’ve been passionate about film and entertainment my entire life so I naturally knew about the famed ice queen who made the rare, successful transition from silent film to talkies.
January 2, 2018
We're kicking off the second season of the Dirty Bits with Scotty Bowers, the guy who got it on with everyone in Hollywood (ladies and gents) for almost 4 decades while playing matchmaker/pimp to the stars.
November 21, 2017
Hollywood has been rocked by horrific sex scandals in the last few years. Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and possibly others reminded everyone how the culture of Hollywood protects predators and erases truths. Things like Statutory rape, studio pressured abortions, murder, and other heinous acts are part of some of these long dead stars stories. This cannot go unmentioned, but it isn’t the focus of our podcast.
November 10, 2017
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins isn’t a name many would recognize, but his most famous song, “I Put a Spell on You” is now a Halloween staple in many homes across the U.S. He also may have fathered anywhere between 30 and 75 children.
October 26, 2017
Genghis Khan was the founder of the largest contiguous empire in history after his death. He practiced meritocracy, was religiously tolerant and unified the nomadic tribes of Northeast Asia. He’s also notorious for Dothraki like cruelty,  is considered by many to be a ruler who was fond of genocide and may be the original ancestor to 0.5% of the entire world population.
October 17, 2017
His first name is derived from the Latin word meaning “faithful” which is pretty ironic when you’re accused of sleeping with 35,000 women over the course of your life.
October 10, 2017
Mao Zedong is easily one of the most controversial figures in history. His physician also released a book that claimed the chairman engaged in many (MANY) scandalous and salacious acts before his passing in 1976.
October 3, 2017
In the final episode of our mini series "Taking on the Tudors," we explore all the sexy secrets, rumors and intrigue surrounding the perhaps not so virginal Queen Elizabeth I of England.
September 26, 2017
King Henry V through King Henry VII didn’t seem to have particularly sexy reigns but they were the ancestors of one of history’s most notoriously scandalous and salacious monarchs, Henry VIII.
September 12, 2017
The Tudors. Most people, including myself, typically associate the family house with Henry the 8th of England, his daughter Elizabeth the I, and her sister, the infamous Bloody Mary.
September 5, 2017
xAs Einstein scholar John Stachel says, “Too much of an idol was made of Einstein. He’s not an idol—he’s a human, and that’s much more interesting." The physicist was quite the cad….guilty of numerous acts of hanky panky with a slew of ladies... including his cousin.
August 29, 2017
We’re taking it way back to ancient Rome, where every name is fun to say and much of the history is composed of hearsay, rumors and downright bullshit.
August 22, 2017
Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of the 18th century. One of the main players behind the Enlightenment in not only France, but all across Europe.But this is the Dirty Bits-  so we’re more interested in the fact that he loved being spanked.
August 15, 2017
James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was born  February 2, 1882. But he went by James Joyce. He’s also responsible for creating some of the smuttiest, porniest, scatalogical and ass fetish-y letters I’ve ever read.
August 8, 2017
The myth, the legend, the subject of plays, memes, and a French TV series. Julie d’Aubigny was basically Arya Stark with a little Miley Cyrus streak and some Ronda Rousey sprinkles on top.
August 1, 2017
His title was Philippe I, Duke of Orleans but as the younger brother of the king, he was known simply as Monsieur. He also had many, many boyfriends and frequently crossed dressed.
July 25, 2017
Oh Tesla. Tesla, Tesla, Tesla. Remembered by Elon Musk and 80’s hairbands, the Serbian American is an interesting topic for the Dirty Bits Podcast. The man was too brilliant for sex with any human on earth and fell in love with a pigeon.
July 19, 2017
Of course, he’s known for the “Schrodinger’s cat” thought experiment, but what you may not know, is Erwin Schrödinger was totally turned off by his wife and lived openly, raising children, in numerous polyamorous relationships throughout his life.
July 12, 2017
The mononymous Colette, a Nobel Prize winning French novelist, mime, actress, and author of the famous "Gigi" who could have given Mary Kay LeTourneau a run for her money.
July 5, 2017
We take a closer look at the political scandals from United States history, featuring James Buchanan, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower,William Campbell Preston Breckinridge, Richard Mentor Johnson and David I. Walsh.
June 27, 2017
Warren G. Harding is often considered one of the worst presidents in United States history....and possibly the dirtiest.
June 13, 2017
“My book was all about fucking,” she once said of her memoirs. So they weren't really secrets, which is partially the Schtick of The Dirty Bits Podcast. But that's only if you know who Peggy Guggenheim is in the first place….and since you millennials are too busy eating avocado toast instead of reading books, I'm going to educate you.
June 6, 2017
Jack Parsons was born in 1914 in Pasadena and was originally named after his father Marvel, until his wife caught him cheating with a prostitute…. and started calling him Jack instead. She also filed for divorce.
May 30, 2017
The creator of “The Little Mermaid” was a big, neurotic, painfully self aware, goofy looking man-child who obsessively tossed off and kept a careful record in his diary each time he did.
May 23, 2017
Maria Skłodowska, more commonly known by her French name as Marie Curie, is mostly known for her groundbreaking work in radioactivity and being a fierce bitch on wheels.
April 29, 2017
"Comstockery is the world's standing joke at the expense of the United States. Europe likes to hear of such things. It confirms the deep-seated conviction of the Old World that America is a provincial place, a second-rate country-town civilization after all."
April 29, 2017
John Wilmot, the poster boy for what was called “A rake”, which is short for rakehell, which is a synonym for "hellraiser” It was a term popular in the 1600’s that described a womanizing man with a penchant for debauchery. In other words, John was a libertine.
April 13, 2017
Catherine the Great had a string of affairs with handsome young men, was called sexually insatiable, a nymphomaniac and allegedly got it on with a stallion. While many urban legends and conflicting opinions from historians are tied to her name, what's so much fun about Catherine is that they actually stem from some real events.
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