31 August 2011

Jeff Kidder and Bett Norris are Woman-Stirred!

In spite of the flood here in Vermont, Woman-Stirred Radio swims on! So this Thursday, September 1st, I welcome sociologist Jeff Kidder, the author of Urban Flow: Bike Messengers and the City (Cornell University Press) and lesbian fiction writer Bett Norris, whose latest novel, Miss McGhee, explores the relationship of two women in post-WWII Alabama.

First up at 4:15 p.m. is Jeff Kidder, associate professor of sociology at Northern Illinois University. Through interviews and hands on involvement and observation, Kidder unpacks and examines the urban bike messenger. Both folk hero and derided menace, the bike messenger's work world and messenger sub-culture is vibrant, thrilling, chaotic, and dangerous. In the elements all year and in madhouse traffic every day the bike messenger performs invaluable services for businesses moving time-sensitive packages for small and large companies. Check out Yak, who messengers in NYC.


Alleycats and track bikes, from San Diego and Seattle, to the BIg Apple, Kidder's book is accessible and fascinating, sure to elicit admiration and, yup, a sense of awe for these wild and crazy men and women who fly through traffic at breakneck speed and  move seamlessly through the urban jungle.

Then at 5:00 p.m. I welcome Bett Norris, in another of my series of lesbian novelists. 
Set in a small rural Alabama town, the story revolves around the turbulence and upheavals of postwar America. Filtered through the lens of a closeted lesbian relationship, the lives of Mary McGhee and Lila Dubose intersect with Southern-style racism, the horrors and triumphs of the Civil Rights Movement.

Born and raised in Alabama, Norris grew up about forty miles from Haper Lee's home town. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a BA in history.

So tune in to Woman-Stirred Radio, Thursday, September 1st, for a great show with some very interesting guests. Click HERE to stream the show live, and if you want to join in, the air-studio number is 802.454.7762.

Woman-Stirred Radio is a queer cultural journal that broadcasts live every Thursday from 4 to 6 (eastern) on WGDR and WGDH, Goddard College's community radio stations!