29 November 2008

Louisa May Alcott and her Father: Eden's Outcasts

This week on Woman-Stirred Radio Merry Gangemi interviews John Matteson, author of Outcastsin Eden: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and her Father.
John T. Matteson has an A.B. in History from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University. He also holds a law degree from Harvard University. Matteson has written for The Harvard Theological Review, Architectural Record, CrossCurrents, New England Quarterly, Streams of William James, and other publications. Matteson received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father (W.W. Norton, 2007). He teaches literature and legal writing at John Jay College, and is currently working on a book tentatively titled The Lives of Margaret Fuller.

Eden's Outcasts delves into the complex emotional lives of Louisa May Alcott and her father, Bronson Alcott, and is contextualized within the America of Emerson, abolitionists, and The Civil War. The biography examines a father-daughter relationship that extends beyond family bonds, opening up a fascinating history of Alcott's development as a writer and thinker and the profound influence Bronson had on his daughter's career.

So tune in (91.1fm) Vermont or stream it live from all over the world! Interview begins at 4:15 (EST).

Woman-Stirred Radio broadcasts live on WGDR 91.1 fm and online at wgdr.org every Thursday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. (eastern), with interviews and music; plus commentaries from British writer Nicki Hastie and guest commentaries from Julie R. Enszer, and Jan Steckel. Our assistant producers are Lisa Harris (scheduling) and Sassafras Lowrey (social networking). Our intern is Mikhael Yowe, an IBA student at Goddard College.

Woman-Stirred Radio is funded in part by the Samara Foundation of Vermont, a non-profit, Burlington-based foundation that seeks to improve the quality of life for Vermont's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered citizens. Click on the link to find out more about Samara Foundation and its programs.

27 November 2008

Gender Identity and Fashion Design



Does gender identity politics play any role in the fashion industry? Is there such a thing as inclusive design? This week on Woman-Stirred Radio, Ben Silverstein, a merchandiser for the Italian design company Max Mara visits with Merry Gangemi to discuss the social and political representations of gender in fashion. We'll explore the significance of culture, clothing, and notions of the body.

Ben Silverstein, 27, lives and works in New York City. A native of New Jersey, Ben brings an unjaundiced perspective to the conversation. He is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and travels extensively for Max Mara both within the continental U.S. and throughout Europe.

So join us, this Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27th, for a fascinating discussion of gender and fashion. Interview begins at 4:15.

Woman-Stirred Radio broadcasts live on WGDR 91.1 fm and online at wgdr.org every Thursday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. (eastern), with interviews and music; plus weekly commentaries from British writer Nicki Hastie and guest commentaries from Julie R. Enszer, and Jan Steckel. Our assistant producers are Lisa Harris (scheduling) and Sassafras Lowrey (social networking). Our intern is Mikhael Yowe, an IBA student at Goddard College.

Woman-Stirred Radio is funded in part by the Samara Foundation of Vermont, a non-profit, Burlington-based foundation that seeks to improve the quality of life for Vermont's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered citizens. Click on the link to find out more about Samara Foundation and its programs.

20 November 2008

The Coat Hanger Project



Keep Abortion Legal. No exceptions. No apologies

The Coat Hanger Project is a documentary that analyzes the pro-choice/reproductive justice movement at a time when the first generation of men and women who have never known illegal abortion are coming into power and awareness.

The Coat Hanger Project director, Angie Young visits with Merry Gangemi and Woman-Stirred Radio today, Thursday, November 20th, at 4:15 (EST), for an in depth discussion of the project and the current political and social climate that informs it.

Interview begins at 4:15.

Woman-Stirred Radio broadcasts live on WGDR 91.1 fm and online at wgdr.org every Thursday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. (eastern), with interviews and music; plus commentaries from British writer Nicki Hastie and guest commentaries from Julie R. Enszer, and Jan Steckel. Our assistant producers are Lisa Harris (scheduling) and Sassafras Lowrey (social networking). Our intern is Mikhael Yowe, an IBA student at Goddard College.

Woman-Stirred Radio is funded in part by the Samara Foundation of Vermont, a non-profit, Burlington-based foundation that seeks to improve the quality of life for Vermont's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered citizens. Click on the link to find out more about Samara Foundation and its programs.

8 November 2008

Digital Destiny and Julia Brown on Woman-Stirred Radio

Thursday, November 13th, on Woman-Stirred Radio: Jeff Chester and Julia Brown.


Bill Moyers calls Jeff Chester, "the Paul Revere of the media revolution," and Bob McChesney calls Digital Destiny "the most important book on media policy in years," just two of the reasons Merry Gangemi and Woman-Stirred Radio are delighted to welcome Jeff Chester this Thursday, November 13th at 4:15 (EST) for a discussion of, Digital Destiny: New Media and the Future of Democracy, The New Press (2008).

In Digital Destiny, Chester illuminates the background and progress of the battle for media control and how interactive data collection drives an electronic media system designed to sell rather than serve the public, a system dominated by aggressive digital marketing, interactive advertising, and personal data collection, all of which conspire to obliterate privacy as we know it. The explosive growth of the internet and broadband communications gives Americans unprecedented access to information, but major communications companies as well as a host of lobbyists and policy-makers see dollars instead of democracy.

Chester is the executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy. His is a former investigative reporter and filmmaker and has been at the forefront of the fight against media consolidation and commercialism for nearly 30 years.

And at 5:00, we welcome singer-songwriter Julia Brown, and talk about her work, her life, and her second album, Strange Scars, which takes its title from a wonderful passage by Henry James: “And, then, I don’t want any second-hand, spurious sensations; I want the knowledge that leaves a trace—that leaves strange scars and stains and reveries behind it.”

Oh yes, Julia Brown is no lightweight and WSR is delighted to welcome her to the show.


Woman-stirred Radio (WSR) broadcasts live on WGDR every Thursday from 4 to 6 pm (EST) with interviews and music; plus weekly commentaries from British writer, Nicki Hastie and guest commentaries from Julie R. Enszer. Our assistant producers are Lisa Harris (scheduling) and Sassafras Lowrey (social networking). Our intern is Mikhael Yowe (Goddard College).

Woman-Stirred Radio is funded in part by a grant from the Samara Foundation of Vermont. Click on the link to find out more about Samara and its mission.