24 March 2011

Richard and Barbara and Martin! Oh My! Joseph and Hearts and Minds! Oh No!

This Thursday, March 24th, on Woman-Stirred Radio, at 4:15 and 5:00 pm (eastern), Merry Gangemi
welcomes  Joe Piscatella, MD, who, along with Barry A. Franklin, is the author of Prevent, Halt, and Reverse Heart Disease (Workman, 2011).

Here's a bit of an excerpt:

"Beginning with assessing cardiac risk (from traditional factors such as cholesterol to newer ones such as C-reactive protein) and covering diet, exercise, stress relief, medications and procedures, this book is a complete guide to the lifestyle changes that can make a life-or-death difference. Medically up-to-date and easy to implement, it is a program that will help readers know what to do and how to do it to increase cardiovascular health" (1).

When he was thirty-two years old, Joe Piscatella "had to pick himself up from the operating table after emergency by-pass surgery and learn to recover his full cardiac health..." (2).  Needless to say, he has done quite well and in the process shars his experiences and knowledge in his book. So. Tune in to Woman-Stirred Radio this Thursday, March 24th at 4:15 for an interesting and informative conversation with Joe Piscatella. 

Then at 5:00, glbtq historian Martin Duberman returns to Woman-Stirred Radio to talk about his newest book, A Saving Remnant: The radical lives of Barbara Demming and David McReynolds.

"By the time their paths first crossed in the 1960s, Barbara Deming and David McReynolds had each charted a unique course through the political and social worlds of the American left. Deming, a feminist, journalist, and political activist with an abiding belief in nonviolence, had been an out lesbian since the age of sixteen. The first openly gay man to run for president of the United States, on the Socialist Party ticket, McReynolds was also a longtime opponent of the Vietnam War—he was among the first activists to publicly burn a draft card after this became a felony—and friend to leading activists and artists from Bayard Rustin to Quentin Crisp" (3).

It's an interesting juxtaposition of two beloved activists whose contributions equal rights and social justice endure to this day. Initially unfamiliar with McReynolds (who was the first openly gay man to run for president of the United States), the book opens up an interesting man in an interesting time.