Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | July 20, 2014

July 21, 2014 Host Corinne Frugoni Interviews Anna Deavere Smith

“The ultimate impressionist: she does people’s souls.” New York Times, 1994902983_124903221034376_1247717878_o

Award winning actress, playwright, educator, Anna Deveare Smith combines the journalistic technique of interviewing people with the art of interpreting their words through her performance.  Never intimidated by controversy, Ms Smith takes on some of the most pressing social issues of our times and weaves the voices of people most affected into one woman theater presentations. “Fires In The Mirror” explores the 1991 clash between Jews and Blacks in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.  “Twilight” examines the civil unrest following the Rodney King verdict. “Let Me Down Easy” relates the poignancy of the human spirit facing illness and vulnerability. She is said to have created a new form of theater.

Ms Smith’s new work in progress “Field Notes: Doing Time In Education: The California Chapter” focuses on what is termed “the school to prison pipeline.”  Ms. Smith interviewed over 100 Northern Californians to better understand why so many young people, particularly at-risk, poor, Latino, African American, Native American end up out of school and in our criminal justice system.

Meeting with Yurok tribal members from Klamath, CA

Meeting with Yurok tribal members from Klamath, CA

In popular culture you have seen Ms. Smith in Nurse Jackie, The West Wing, The American President, Rachel Getting Married, Philadelphia, and others. As an author, she has written “Letters to A Young Artist: Straight Up Advice On Making A Life In The Arts,” and “Talk to Me: Listening Between the Lines.”  Along the way, she has earned a MacArthur “genius” grant, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Award, two Tony nominations, two Obies and in 2013, she received the 2012 National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama.993400_172914752899889_1490125885_n

Ms Smith is currently tenured professor at New York University. As an educator, Ms. Smith emphasizes the importance of discipline, creativity, commitment and risk taking in order to create artistic works that can engage an audience, open up dialogue and deepen understanding.

To listen to and/or download Corinne’s conversation with Anna Deavere Smith click the following link:     7-21-2014 Corinne Anna Deavere Smith

 

imageKeep your tolerance, Suzanna Walters doesn’t need it. Tolerance, by definition, is the act of enduring something unpleasant without adverse reaction, and Walters is making the case that the LGBT community deserves much better than that.

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In her new book “The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality,” Walters analyzes the journey toward “full citizenship” for gay people with equal parts hope and cynicism. Her message, that while society and government are making exciting, incremental steps toward real progress, “we’re not ‘there’ yet.”

Contrasting the slow but steady, frequently grudging acceptance of gay marriage and rights across the U.S. with the high rates of gay youth suicide and public opinion polls in which more than half the respondents deem homosexual sex “always wrong,” Walters remains curiously positive and upbeat as she patiently explains that if we want to live in a world where all humans are treated like actual humans, we still have work to do.

To listen to and/or download Emma’s conversation with Suzanna Walters click the following link:     7-14-2014-emma-suzanna-walters.mp3

 

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Author and Activist, Alice O’Leary Randall writes about  Medical Marijuana in America – it’s the title of her new book and as the First Lady of Medical Marijuana, she knows what she’s talking about.  Her husband, Robert Randall went from being arrested for growing pot to becoming the first American to legally smoke it.  He is known as the Father of Medical Marijuana and she’s the First Lady…find out how they started the Medical Marijuana Movement in 1976 and why she’s excited about the future of Medical Marijuana.

SAMSUNG CSCAlice O’Leary Randall reveals the exciting breakthroughs she sees in Medical Marijuana, the “3 strikes” the government made in prohibiting these breakthroughs and what she says someone in power needs to do “to man up and do the right thing!” If you are at all interested in the Medical Marijuana movement and what the future holds for the drug, you don’t want to miss Alice O’Leary Randall.

 

 

 

For more information about Alice O’Leary Randall and her book go to her blog:     http://aliceolearyrandall.wordpress.com

For more information about the legalization of marijuana go to:     http://norml.org/component/zoo/category/surveys-polls

To listen to and/or download Lynette’s conversation with Alice O’Leary Randall click the following link:     Lynette Nutter with Alice O’Leary Randall

 

 

"Father of Medical Marijuana"

Robert Randall, “Father of Medical Marijuana”

Alice O'Leary Randall and Robert Randall

Robert Randall and Marijuana plants 1974

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Alice O’Leary Randall and Robert Randall

Meet Humboldt State University’s New President

Dr. Lisa A. Rossbacher

Dr. Lisa A. Rossbacher

Lisa A. Rossbacher graduated from Dickinson College (Geology, summa cum laude), received masters degrees from the State University of New York at Binghamton and Princeton University, and earned her Ph.D. (Geological and Geophysical Sciences) at Princeton University. She has worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, a geothermal exploration company, and National Public Radio, in addition to serving as a faculty member and administrator at California State Polytechnic University – Pomona, Whittier College, and Dickinson College. She was the first woman geologist to become a university president in North America.

Before arriving at HSU, Dr. Rossbacher served as President of Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, GA since 1998. There she worked directly with staff at the University System of Georgia Office, members of the Board of Regents, colleagues at the other 30 University System of Georgia institutions, the K-12 education system, the Technical College System of Georgia, and local, state, and federal legislators to further the University’s mission.

Her bimonthly column has appeared in the magazine Geotimes (renamed Earth in 2008) since 1988, and she has authored books on geology, science, and the media. As a NASA Intern in Planetary Geology she engaged in research on the role of water and water ice in the history of Mars. In 1984, she was a finalist in NASA’s astronaut selection process.

Dr. Lisa Rossbacher shares her ideas about Humboldt State University issues, plans, and reflections on current events in higher education.

Learn more about one of Dr. Rossbacher’s passions at:   www.higheredleadership.wordpress.com

To listen to and/or download Brenda’s conversation with Dr. Lisa Rossbacher click the following link:     6-30-2014 Brenda Lisa Rossbacher

“Birth and death are the only two universal experiences in the human condition.”barbara

So writes Barbara Karnes, RN who noticed, after her experience at the bedside of hundreds of people before they died, that each death she witnessed was following an almost identical script. Each person was going through the same thing. And most families had the same questions.

In our society death is practically viewed as optional and is definitely a conversation stopper.  Most of us are woefully unprepared when a loved one dies. Consequently  Barbara took it upon herself to provide instruction to families, friends, caregivers and professionals about the dynamics of dying beginning years to moments before the last breath.

Just as there is a labor of birth, there is a labor of dying.

BKB-GoneFromMySight_0In 1986, Barbara published Gone From My Sight: The Dying Experience.  This booklet has been so popular with the hospice movement that it is simply referred to as “The Blue Book.”  It is a clear, practical, insightful and poignant description of the signs of approaching death.  Her other booklets are The Eleventh Hour; A Caring Guideline for the Hours to Minutes Before Death, and My Friend, I Care:  The Grief Experience. Her book, The Final Act Of Living: Reflections Of A Longtime Hospice Nurse, is a comprehensive end of life resource that offers knowledge to ease fear and misinformation about dying and death.  Based on her experience caring for her dying parents, she wrote A Time To Live, a booklet focusing on palliative care and dedicated to her parents. They died within five months of each other from lung cancer.

Barbara writes weekly blog articles on end of life issues.  She answers questions and addresses comments submitted to her web site http://www.bkbooks.com. If you go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPx-qpos57g you can watch Barbara talk about her very astute and down to earth observations of people journeying toward their last breath.

Knowing what to expect as a loved one is dying cannot ease the grief but it can allay the fears.  Barbara Karnes is a remarkable resource.

To listen to and/or download Corinne’s conversation with Barbara Karnes click the following link:     6-23-2014 Corinne Barbara Karnes

 

Angelique Kidjo Eve      Angelique Kidjo is known for her dynamic music and powerhouse persona.  She is called the ‘Premier Diva of Africa’.  Though most people know her as a performer, she is also a ceaseless advocate for the empowerment of women and girls in Africa.

Born in Benin, West Africa, Angelique moved to France at age 19 to pursue a musical career.  One of 10 children she grew up in a supportive household and credits both her mother and father for validating and encouraging her passion and talent.  She was raised to value empowerment and to adhere to the principles of compassion for others and giving back to her community.

A UNICEF goodwill ambassador to Africa since 2002 she regularly travels from her home in New York City to various African nations promoting UNICEF programs for the education and well-being of women and girls in Africa.  In 2007 she founded the Batonga Foundation providing secondary and higher education to disadvantaged girls, many orphaned by the AIDS epidemic in Africa.  She speaks honestly from her heart about the degradation and suffering of African women, about the causes and reinforcement of their subservient status and what the world can, and should, do to help.

She is currently on a world tour featuring music from her latest album, EVE, which celebrates the resilience of women around the world.  EVE is the result of the Eve Project in which Angelique collaborated with numerous choirs in her native Benin.

To learn more about Angelique Kidjo, her music, her autobiography ‘Spirit Rising’, her humanitarian work and her world tour visit her website www.kidjo.com.

To listen to and/or download Kathleen’s conversation with Angelique Kidjo click the following link:     6-16-2014 Kathleen Angelique Kidjo

Author, The Mad Woman in the Volvo

Author, The Mad Woman in the Volvo

In her new book, “The Madwoman In The Volvo”, Sandra Tsing Loh has written a very relatable, laugh-out-loud story setting the stage for mid-life and Menopause. At 49, writer-performer- comedian Loh reveals her deeply personal journey as she recounts an affair that started at Burning Man and eventually ends her marriage.  She writes about navigating the crazy waters of raising teen daughters as her own hormones start to morph, all the while learning how to survive what she calls “her year of raging hormones.” Spinning hormonal, crazy plates comes to mind.

There are 48 million women who are members of what Loh calls the “Generation Triple M” group (Middle-Aged Moms in Menopause). It’s the largest demographic group juggling caregiving, work, and relationships while going through “the change.” When it comes to Menopause, there are helpful, yet often tedious, self-help books out there, but Loh’s “The Madwoman In The Volvo” is a balance of  personal story, and  “crib notes” gleaned from researching the books about Menopause that we can all learn from as we laugh at the craziness of it all.

Sandra Tsing Loh says that menopause really isn’t the time of craziness, that we really lose our true selves during fertility – the time of true craziness –  only to come back to who we are during and after menopause. One of her big tips is to minimize things you don’t enjoy…you may be surprised to hear what the top 3 things that people around the globe do that are their LEAST favorite things…and you probably do 2 out of 3! Listen, laugh and learn as we talk about the M word.

To learn more about Sandra Tsing Loh visit http://members.authorsguild.net/sandratloh/.

Sandra is also host of the 60-second science radio segment The Loh Down on Science.  To learn more about The Loh Down on Science visit http://www.lohdownonscience.org/.

 

To listen to and/or download Lynette’s conversation with Sandra Tsing Loh click the following link:     6-9-2014 Lynette Sandra Tsing Loh

 

 

 

 

 

 

When her daughter graduated high school, Becky Blades collected all those last minute nuggets of motherly wisdom that occur to a parent when their kid has one foot out the door, and sent them to her daughter as a long email. Not long after, with the encouragement of her kids and family, Blades expanded her email into an illustrated book of life advice for young adults called “Do Your Laundry Or You’ll Die Alone.”

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The dire title seems quite reasonable when Blades explains it, that if we walk around town  in our second best clothes while our favorites lie neglected and smelly in a hamper, we may not have the confidence we need to capture that dream date, dream job, dream situation, when those opportunities present themselves.

Blades’ advice to newly minted grownups quickly extends outside the home and into the world of practical finances, dating, driving, grammar, etiquette and psychology (“#36: A Bad Attitude Makes Your Butt Look Big”) all accompanied by her own mixed media collage art and nary an eyeroll nor a sigh of “kids today.”

Blades talks to Through The Eyes Of Women about the evolving definition of adulthood and the nature of giving and receiving advice, and whether the kids really are all right.

Is your favorite outfit clean right now?

To learn more about Becky Blades go to her website www.beckybladesart.com.

To listen to and/or download Emma’s conversation with Becky Blades click the following link:     6-2-2104 Emma Becky Blades

 

 

 

imagesDr. Ellen Oxfeld, professor of anthropology at Middlebury College in Vermont has spent a significant amount of time in rural China in a small village she has named “Moonshadow Pond”  located in Meixian, Guangdong Province, southeast China.  Ellen emphasizes that while many have studied China’s recent rise as an economic power, China itself does not exist solely in the economic realm.  Ordinary Chinese still place intense value on moral obligations and the nature of the social ties that connect them to others.

Because food plays such a central aspect in Chinese society, Ellen’s most recent research, and soon to be published book9780520260948 has focused on the way that food articulates a moral message about social relations and social actions in the daily interactions and discourse within Chinese rural society.  She has found that food is a primary lens through which and with which villagers assess how and whether basic obligations have been met by the state, family members and a wider set of social relations.  For example, villagers find health, safety, reliability and even the taste of foodstuffs from the wider market to be highly questionable and they see this as stemming from profiteering, adulteration, and the industrialized process of food production itself – implying moral criticism of the contemporary food system. Another example is the way that food is exchanged between friends and family.  These exchanges can both express and create moral obligations between people. Food analogies are also used to invoke moral obligations.  For example, Ellen quotes a common saying “when you drink water, remember the source”  meaning that a person needs to remember the moral debt to those that have provided help.

Food also has a role in maintaining the balance and health of an individual and society.  Certain foods are “hot” or “cold”, “bitter” or “sweet”  and need to be prepared and served in a way that reinforces harmony.

In her studies, Ellen found that there is a strong interest in“wild” foods. Different kinds of leaves are used to cure minor ailments, such as a stomach ache or sore throat. Also, some are used to enhance taste. Here she gives an one example:

The three leaves here are:清明粄的材料﹕抽叶(chou ye),(艾)nee (ai),鸡屎腾 ( jishiteng)

Qingming Ban (use of wild grasses, or grass medicine (chaoyao):
First step: Boil three wild grasses: nee, jishiteng and chouye. That is done for about two hours, and then the water and grasses are taken and the grasses are strained and chopped very fine. They are put back in the water after this. Next they are mixed with 3 jin of sugar, 3 jin of sticky rice flour, and 4.5 jin of regular rice flour to make a batter which should be pretty hard. They are separated and made into cakes which are steamed for just a few minutes. After that, they can be eaten without resteaming.

Ellen writes that “Of course, food is a commodity in China. But it’s meanings are too rich to be contained by its value as a commodity. Its moral significance resonate on many levels.”

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To learn more about Dr. Ellen Oxfeld look up her biographical information and curriculum vitae at:  http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/igs/faculty/node/25771

To listen to and/or download Corinne’s conversation with Dr. Ellen Oxfeld click the following link:     5-26-2014 Corinne Ellen Oxfeld

 

 

 

 

 

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Every Memorial Day Weekend, tourists from around the globe descend on this forgotten corner of rural northern California to take part in a quirky local tradition gone international. The Kinetic Grand Championship is a three day art race that tests the limits of art, engineering, and personal endurance as ordinary folks take homemade, all terrain art vehicles on a 42 mile adventure for the delight of thousands of spectators.

Jenny Weiss is one of the people behind the pedals who will be competing against 40 or so other teams this weekend for prizes in art, engineering, speed, best flip, best splash, or the highly coveted “Mediocre Award.”

This veteran racer is here to share her stories from eight years on the course, building and racing machines with her husband, Billy, the weird times, the good times, and that time she nearly got killed.IMG_0081

Jenny and Billy’s plans for the 2014 Kinetic Grand Championship have been a closely guarded secret, but if you visit the official Facebook page of their team, Kinetic Blue Oyster Cult, they’re ready to reveal more as race day draws closer: https://www.facebook.com/kineticblueoyster

To learn more about the art and sport of kinetic sculpture racing, visit www.kineticgrandchampionship.com

 

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To listen to and/or download Emma’s conversation with Jenny Weiss click the following link:     5-19-2014 Emma Jenny Weiss Kinetics

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