Episode 45: A Bitter Pill

We may take its existence for granted today, but the birth of the birth control pill was a long labor of love, belief, and scientific ingenuity. It seems no matter what side of the argument you may be on, we all have strong feelings about contraceptives and reproductive rights. Join us this week for a discussion of how the Pill went from an idea, to an experiment, to a controversy, to a right; over the last century. We’ll meet the colorful cast of characters who made it their mission to make motherhood a choice, explore common myths about birth control and the various ways we’ve tried to keep the stork away throughout history.

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Bitter Pill

Unbuttoned HistoryGuest Storytellers:

Unbuttoned History

Emma, Caleb, Mike and Second Mike

About Unbuttoned History

Unbuttoned History on iTunes


Birth of the pill cover

The Birth of the Pill


PBS American Experience: The Pill



The Pill – Loretta Lynn 

Music, Math, and Mirena

Colorado’s Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success

“Birth Control is Turning Men Gay!” 14 Lessons from the Most Bizarre Anti-Contraceptive Video Ever – Jezebel

New report Don’t blame The Pill for estrogen in drinking water – American Chemistry Society

Rise in IUD and contraceptive implant use among US teens

TIME – The Long, Strange History of Birth Control

The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution by Jonathan Eig

The Autobiography of Margaret Sanger

The Secret History of Wonder Woman By Jill Lepore

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