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William Moulton Marston & the Creation of Wonder Woman


Dr. William Moulton Marston uses his lie detector to attempt to determine whether blondes, brunettes or redheads are the best gamblers. Imagno/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Dr. William Moulton Marston uses his lie detector to attempt to determine whether blondes, brunettes or redheads are the best gamblers. Imagno/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Most people know Wonder Woman as an embodiment of truth and justice, but don't know much about the comic's earlier years or its creator. Marston lived an unconventional life, and in many ways, Wonder Woman was an expression of that life.

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Topics in this Podcast: 20th century, literary history, biographies, LGBTQ history, medical history, stuff you missed in history class show notes, quackery, show notes, entertainment history


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