P.T. Barnum popularized freak shows in the U.S. The most popular freaks were those with disabilities who could perform everyday tasks. Tune in to learn more about the relationship between female freaks, beauty pageant contestants and striptease dancers.

Since 2002, there's been a resurgence of interest in burlesque, an old-fashioned form of striptease. But is burlesque just another form of stripping? Explore the the fascinating history and practice of burlesque in this podcast from