In 1966 in Oakland California, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self Defense.  The initial goal was to monitor police violence in black communities, a persistent issue that Black Lives Matter and other contemporary groups continue to organize around today.  In 1969, community social programs became a core activity of party members. The Black Panther Party launched multiple programs such as a free breakfast program for children, food banks, health clinics and education outreach. Thee membership rapidly grew to 5,000 full-time party workers, organized in 45 branches across the United States and had international branches. At their peak, they sold 250,000 papers of “The Black Panther” every week. The government reaction to their positive impact can only be measured by the destructive forces that were unleashed. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover called the party “the number one threat to the internal security of the United States.”  He supervised an extensive program named Cointelpro using tactics of surveillance, infiltration, perjury, police harassment and assassination of Black Panther Party members.

Women played an instrumental role in shaping the black power movement. By the early 1970s women made up two-thirds of the organization’s membership. Women members challenged the traditional female roles of caregiver and homemaker, expanding the ways in which women could contribute to the organization as warriors, orators, organizers and collaborators. They were some of the strongest, loudest and most relentless members.

Barbara Easely Cox was a member of the Black Panther Party from 1967 to 1971. She and her husband were leaders of the Oakland branch and she also worked in New York and Philadelphia chapters. She helped spread the message and reach of the Black Panther Party internationally, first moving to Algiers and then North Korea where she gave birth to her son.  After she left North Korea, Barbara moved to Germany on her own, where she put out a newspaper and worked with soldiers from the Vietnam War. Later, Barbara returned to her hometown Philadelphia and contributed the wealth of her experiences as a social worker focusing on community development work.  Her commitment to help people forms her core being as she says “If I can help one young person to forge forward, keep the faith, give strength to or clear up his/her direction, I live to do the job.”

Barbara adamantly believes that the Black Panther Party was not about violence, it was about growing, “getting rid of drugs, respecting elders, going to school…it was something positive, focused on the growth of a people.”

What is the legacy of the Black Panther Party?  Barbara says “Our legacy is also the legacy of everyone back to the first slave that came to America.  We were just another link in history that builds on someone else’s struggles.  That culture of resistance, it’s all around the world, and occasionally you’ll hear somebody mention the Black Panther Party as an influence, because they read or heard about it or saw a movie.  Youth will pick up that culture of resistance, and learn how to interpret politics and community work based on that.  Take what you need to progress.”


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When your mother believes she’s the Virgin Mary, it becomes important from an early age to get a grasp on what is real and what is not. This, Sherry Glaser says, is why she has spent her life combining art and activism for various hot-button causes since childhood.

In this episode of Through The Eyes of Women, Sherry Glaser reminisces on decades writing and performing and championing things like cannabis and breasts and peace and mental health. Glaser’s new book, The First Practical Handbook For Crazy People, Making The Best of Mental Illness, is a collaboration with her late mother.


To listen to and/or download this segment, click the following link: Emma Breacain and Sherry Glaser 4-17-17

Anna and Oliver, big siblings extraordinaire, are here to tell you all about what to expect when your family is expecting—and what life will really be like once a new baby arrives. The dynamic duo cover everything from naptime to stinky diapers and from holding the baby to deciphering your baby’s body language. They even offer up helpful ideas for parents on how to make life as a big brother or sister as filled with fun—and love—as it can be!

So, get ready…get set…time to welcome a new baby!


Bringing home a new baby means change for everyone, and parenting books tend to tell parents how to help siblings adjust – but – What does it look like from their point of view?

Elizabeth Rusch is an award-winning freelance writer and former managing editor of Teacher magazine, editor-in- chief of, and contributing editor to Child and Fit Pregnancy. She has published more than 100 articles in numerous national magazines for adults and children. She’s traveled to the oil fields of southern California to report on townspeople who rebelled against computer use in their school. She has interviewed national experts on tons of topics, from the childhood asthma epidemic to how understanding microclimates can help you choose a campsite. She even wore the same pair of hiking socks for 10 days straight, without washing, for a gear review for Backpacker magazine. These days, Liz is focusing on narrative nonfiction, science, art, and travel writing, humor, and essays. Liz loves where she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, two terrific kids, and one very funny, quirky dog named Reba.




Illustrator QIN LENG was born in Shanghai, China, and later moved to France and then Montreal, Canada. She now lives in Toronto, Canada, with her twin sister and works as a designer and illustrator. Her father, an artist himself, was a great influence on her. She grew up surrounded by paintings, and it became second nature for her to express herself through art. Qin graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films and other works. From very early on, she has loved to portray the innocence of children and has developed a passion for children’s books.

Illustrator Qin Leng








Some ELIZABETH RUSCH books include:

For The Love Of Music: The Remarkable Story Of Maria Anna Mozart

Volcano Rising

The Music Of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori & The Invention Of The Piano


Elizabeth Rusch was the Story Editor for the documentary “BROKEN’





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A few years ago when Dr. Wendy Ring was interviewed for a book about outstanding and compassionate doctors, she was quoted as saying

“Society has invested in each of us so that we can be its healers and the role of a healer carries responsibilities and challenges that we strive all our professional lives to fulfill.  In the old days, the obligations of the village healer were simple.  Care for the people of your village and train someone to take over when you are old and can’t do it anymore.  Today I struggle to understand my obligations as a healer in a global village where violence is epidemic, infections travel on airplanes, radioactive fallout rides the wind, and children in one country die of malnutrition, infection and trauma due to economic policies in another.  In a global village, death respects no border and all the smallpox vaccine and duct tape in the world can’t keep us from experiencing the consequences of our actions.  As doctors we know this better than most people, and we must speak out and teach as if the survival of the species and the planet depended on it.”

These are not empty words.  Wendy continually strives to live up to her calling. Over 25 years ago Wendy opened up a mobile health clinic to serve the homeless and indigent in rural Humboldt county.  She did this on a prayer and a shoestring budget.  This clinic grew to a staff of over 10 people eventually qualifying as a federally qualified health clinic and serving  thousands of patients annually.

Wendy has always been a very creative person with a great sense of humor and almost 10  years ago she was inspired to make puppets. She wrote, produced and directed  3 plays in succession about Single Payer Heath Care. With her boundless energy and persuasive strong arm, she convinced a motley crew of friends to travel up and down the coast of California and Oregon performing these plays.  All this while still working as a physician.

Time passed and Wendy began to see that the overriding issue of all time facing our planet and all living things was the devastating effects of climate change. Twice Wendy and her husband Michael bicycled across the United States to raise awareness of climate change’s threat to health. After the first tour, Wendy started Climate 911 which grew into a national network of health professionals dedicated to educating policymakers and the public about the health effects of climate change and the need for urgent action. While lecturing, Wendy was investigating other ways to educate people and empower them to make healthy choices and effect positive change.  Puppetry is what continued to call Wendy and in the past few years she has set aside her clinical practice completely to devote herself to creating puppet shows with songs, music and humorous dialogue, drawing audiences of all ages into the plot of two dogs trying to teach humans to make positive changes in their behavior to reduce pollution and “bring to life the vision and the path to a healthy low carbon future.”

After completing a six state tour in 2016 and early 2017, Wendy and her husband plan to perform “Dogs to the Rescue! A Puppet Show About Climate Solutions That Will Leave You Howling” in Oregon this July, 2017.

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jan3The “wild” Western Frontier (which was of course already occupied and civilized, but that is another story,) was “settled” by rugged individuals. Male individuals who panned for gold, traded their skills and services, and otherwise managed to survive and thrive under the harshest conditions with nothing their twenty first century great grandchildren would recognize as an “amenity.” These rugged male individuals eventually figured out it takes two (or more) genders to build a society.

Women arriving in this new world had few options for making a life. Trade licenses and property ownership were becoming legally available to women slowly on a state-by-state basis across the West in the 19th century. It would be generations before they could vote. A century or more before their great great granddaughters could have a credit card. Or a no-fault divorce. Or employment protections. Or the right to decline sex with their husbands. Or the right to breastfeed in public. In 2017, we’re still waiting for things like equal pay for equal work.

Hence, the world’s oldest profession. Prostitution.

Historian Jan Mackell Collins has written several books plus literally thousands of articles on the history of the West, with a special attention for the women and prostitutes that helped shape the modern America we know.

In books like  “The Wild Women of Prescott Arizona,” and “The Lost Ghost Towns of Teller County (Colorado),” Collins busts the technicolor movie image of the loud and proud town prostitute bustling about the saloons in scandalous exposed cleavage and ruffles. Despite a number of successful entrepreneurs who became business owners and community builders, many workaday ladies had a difficult job that was dangerous and stigmatized.

Collins cites her early fascination, enhanced by family camping trips to ghost towns and other historical sites, with her own elder family members’ personal stories of their experiences living and working (not necessarily, Collins emphasizes, as prostitutes!) on the Western American frontier.

To listen to and/or download this segment, click the following link: Emma Breacain and Jan MacKell Collins 3-20-17


ELEANOR and HICK, The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady


“The love affair between first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena “Hick” Hickok has never been treated with as much care or attention as in Susan Quinn’s Eleanor and Hick. Here, Quinn deftly traces the dissimilar but converging paths of these two complex women and gives new life to their intimate, dynamic relationship, against a backdrop of tremendous social upheaval.”—, Best Books of 2016

Eleanor Roosevelt was a reluctant president’s wife. A.P. Journalist Lorena Hickok helped her by becoming a confidante, supporter and amorous partner. Author Susan Quinn talks about her research, going through hundreds of pictures and stories and thousands of love letters. She portrays a juicy tale of a long lasting relationship for the ages.




A warm, intimate account of the love between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok—a relationship that, over more than three decades, transformed both women’s lives and empowered them to play significant roles in one of the most tumultuous periods in American history

LORENA HICKOK (dailymail)


In 1932, as her husband assumed the presidency, Eleanor Roosevelt entered the claustrophobic, duty-bound existence of the First Lady with dread. By that time, she had put her deep disappointment in her marriage behind her and developed an independent life—now threatened by the public role she would be forced to play. A lifeline came to her in the form of a feisty campaign reporter for the Associated Press: Lorena Hickok. Over the next thirty years, until Eleanor’s death, the two women carried on an extraordinary relationship: They were, at different points, lovers, confidantes, professional advisors, and caring friends.

They couldn’t have been more different. Eleanor had been raised in one of the nation’s most powerful political families and was introduced to society as a debutante before marrying her distant cousin, Franklin. Hick, as she was known, had grown up poor in rural South Dakota and worked as a servant girl after she escaped an abusive home, eventually becoming one of the most respected reporters at the AP. Her admiration drew the buttoned-up Eleanor out of her shell, and the two quickly fell in love. For the next thirteen years, Hick had her own room at the White House, next door to the First Lady.


These fiercely compassionate women inspired each other to right the wrongs of the turbulent era in which they lived. During the Depression, Hick reported from the nation’s poorest areas for the WPA, and Eleanor used these reports to lobby her husband for New Deal programs. Hick encouraged Eleanor to turn their frequent letters into her popular and long-lasting syndicated column “My Day,” and to befriend the female journalists who became her champions. When Eleanor’s tenure as First Lady ended with FDR’s death, Hick pushed her to continue to use her popularity for good—advice Eleanor took by leading the UN’s postwar Human Rights Commission. At every turn, the bond these women shared was grounded in their determination to better their troubled world.
Deeply researched and told with great warmth, Eleanor and Hick is a vivid portrait of love and a revealing look at how an unlikely romance influenced some of the most consequential years in American history.

Eleanor and her friends during a summer visit to Campobello in 1926.




Susan Quinn is the author of –Furious Improvisation: How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands Made High Art Out of Desperate Times – Marie Curie: A Life – A Mind Of Her Own; The Life Of Karen Horney – among other books. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, and other publications. She is the former president of PEN New England and lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts.


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Brenda Starr interviews Susan Quinn 3-13-17




Dr. Jill Stein lives and breathes the Green Party Platform for People, Planet and Peace Over Profit.

Dr. Stein graduated from Harvard Medical School and spent almost 25 years as a physician and researcher before transitioning into politics and social activism. As a practicing physician, Jill became aware of the links between toxic exposures and illness emerging in the 1990s. She began to fight for a healthy environment as a human right, assisting non profits, community groups and Native Americans combating environmental injustice and racism in dangerous exposures like lead and mercury in air and water pollution, incinerators and land fills, toxic waste sites and more. Her first notable exposure to politics came in 1998 when she participated in the campaign to pass the Clean Elections Law in Massachusetts, a bill designed to reduce the influence of big-money lobbyists and special interest groups by limiting public money from being used to co-finance the political campaigns of candidates who refused to agree to a $100 contribution cap. However, five years later, the bill was repealed by the Democratic-controlled state legislature, a decision which prompted Dr. Stein to break her ties with the Democratic Party.

In 2002 Jill ran for Massachusetts state governor under the banner of the Green-Rainbow Party and finished third in an election of 5 candidates behind Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Shannon O’Brien.

Dr. Stein’s core political philosophy has always been centered on the environment, renewable energy and campaign finance reform. A cornerstone of her environmental platform is the Green New Deal in which renewable energy jobs would be created to address climate change and environmental issues.  Additionally Jill advocates for racial justice and ending poverty.  She stands for jobs, health care and education as rights for all.  She is a strong supporter of a publicly financed, non-profit single payer health care system.  To break the iron grip that our two major parties have over electoral politics, she advocates for a simple reform called ranked choice voting as the best way of opening politics up to more independent and third party candidates.  How does this work?

How Ranked Choice Voting Works


1. Voters rank candidates in their order of preference (1st, 2nd, 3rd and so on). If a candidate has more than 50% of the first choice votes, s/he wins.

2. If no candidate gets a majority of the #1 votes, then the candidate with the fewest first choices is eliminated.

3. The voters who selected the eliminated candidate as their first choice will then have their votes added to the totals of their second choice.

4. This process continues until a candidate has more than half of the active votes or only two candidates remain.

Under this system, potential voters are empowered and encouraged to come to the polls because there will be more choices of candidates and the individual voter’s ballot will have more impact. In 2018 the state of Maine will implement rank choice voting for Congress, the state legislature and governor. Several cities in the U.S. are already using this system for municipal elections. Ranked-choice voting is used in Ireland and Australia in national elections, and it is used to pick the Oscar nominees for best picture.

To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link: Corinne Frugone talks with Jill Stein

To quote Jill, “It’s time to stop settling for the downward spiral of voting for the lesser evil, and stand up to build a better future by voting for the greater good.”  




The first annual 02F Festival is kicking off March 2nd in the Creamery District. This festival’s aim is to celebrate creative women in our community. The theme of this year’s festival is Zero to Fierce: an opportunity to discover, inspire, and create.

The 02F Festival presents a week of fun, exciting, and provocative activities to inspire our community to work, talk, and play together. It’ll kick off with a revival of the hit production Women of the Northwest followed by a convivial symposium, a vocal improvisation workshop with renown singer Rhiannon, a wild cabaret, an interactive art installation, inspiring panel discussions on health, art, business, activism, and more.

Several roadmaps are offered to guide participants through this one of a kind festival. They proceed along a chosen route following events that speak to Health and Self Care, Home and Family, the Environment, and Activism — a roadmap from Zero to Fierce. From March 2nd-11th, over 50 events will be happening

There will also be workshops and panels on writing, art, yoga, sexuality and motherhood and others.

"Women of the Northwest" 2013 production has been updated for 02F Festival

“Women of the Northwest” 2013 production has been updated for 02F Festival

A revival of the 2013 hit production Women of the Northwest is an investigation into the rich history of women in Humboldt county. Featuring original live music the production is a montage of women’s lives behind the redwood curtain. From female emancipation to prostitution,

and motherhood to adventure, Women of the Northwest explores the choices and challenges of women a hundred years now past. The tales range from comedic to gripping and gritty, as the experiences of female Olympians, immigrants, cross-dressers, bohemians, mothers and schoolmarms are revealed.

The Zero To Fierce Festival is presented by Playhouse Arts. The mission of Playhouse Arts is to use live performance as a tool to build a community that is inspired and empowered to work together for the common good. Arcata Playhouse, The Creamery and Four On The Floor are all associated with Playhouse Arts.street-mural


The Creamery District is a special arts and commerce district surrounding the former California Central Creamery in Arcata, CA.  The Arcata Playhouse spearheaded the effort to create the Creamery District in 2012 and it continues to act as the fiscal sponsor.

Jacqueline Dandeneau, Executive Director of Arcata Playhouse

Jacqueline Dandeneau, Executive Director of Arcata Playhouse

Tammy Rae Scott, Arcata Playhouse Special Programs Coordinator

Tammy Rae Scott, Arcata Playhouse Special Programs Director



















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GodsHotel_CVF-200x300In God’s Hotel: a Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine Victoria Sweet raises fundamental questions about the current practice of medicine based on her observations and work for twenty years at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, the last almshouse in this country. Her book has wonderful portraits of individual patients, whom Sweet came to care about deeply. The time spent with them along with her scholarly research on Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th century nun and healer gradually allowed Victoria to understand the body as a garden to be tended, not just a machine to be fixed.

She believes that modern medicine has superb scientific tools to treat diseases but time constraints and efficiency have piggybacked onto technological progress. Patients may be cured of their diseases, but they are on their own to find their way back to feeling better and balanced. Dr. Sweet maintains that medicine works best when the doctor has enough time to sit, listen and examine. With time, a physician can treat a disease and hopefully contribute towards healing the patient. Dr. Sweet calls this approach “Slow Medicine” and she believes that if this approach became more standard, it would be more satisfying for both patient and doctor as well as less expensive.

She has said that “in the last 20 years, in the interest of efficiency, the time doctors spend with patients has been cut down to the bone. On average they have 10 minutes to spend with a patient, of which three minutes go to the electronic health records. So we basically have seven minutes to spend with a patient. We doctors really want to connect, but by the time the patient gets him or herself on the examining table, we’re down to four minutes. So if I had to summarize in one sentence, I’d say that slow medicine is about having a personal relationship between doctor and patient. I get as much out of it as the patient does. It’s a healing relationship that goes both ways.”

The New York Times calls her ideas “hard-core subversion,” Vanity Fair writes a “radical and compassionate alternative to modern medicine,” and Health Affairs describes Dr. Sweet as a “visionary.”


To listen to and/or download Corinne’s conversation with Dr. Victoria Sweet click the following link: 

eglash_annBreastfeeding should come naturally and easily.  That’s what many new moms think when they first put their newborn to their breast.  Thanks to improved education and awareness more mothers in the U.S. are breastfeeding their babies right after they’re born. But too often tears of frustration are shed as mother and baby take the first steps toward latching and sucking.  And after a few weeks to a few months, too many women stop for many reasons: frustration, time, and most importantly, lack of support.

Dr. Anne Eglash, family doctor and lactation consultant lives in Wisconsin, home of some great cheese. Twenty six years ago, Anne was fully committed to breastfeeding her daughter.  But when she encountered some problems, she could only find a few resources for guidance. With persistence and some serendipity, she did take one of the only courses on lactation available at the time in Los Angeles.  Those first few months of breastfeeding launched Anne’s dedication and passion to not only promote breastfeeding in the United States but to gain an academic understanding behind the science of breastfeeding.  Twenty six  years later, her daughter is in law school  and Anne has become one of the country’s foremost physician experts on breastfeeding. She cofounded the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and is the medical director and co-founder of the Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes. For Anne, it’s not just about the amazing health benefits of breastmilk but nurturing of the bond between mother and baby. benefits-small

Anne and her husband Mitch Rosefelt have started a wonderful non-profit organization called The Milkmob.  The mission of The Milkmob is to build breastfeeding friendly medical systems and communities.  Go to its website and you will find a wealth of information about any questions you may have about breastfeeding and breast-milk. If you want to know more about alcohol or marijuana use and breastfeeding, supplements during breastfeeding, breast-milk banks, introducing solid food to breastfeeding babies, childhood obesity and breastfeeding, pacifiers and breastfeeding, safe sleep and breastfeeding,  and any other questions you can think of, The Milkmob has answers based on sound scientific research and presented in the most practical, engaging and fun manner.  If you are a medical provider or a community educator, The Milkmob offers training courses to become  “breastfeeding champions.”  Take a few minutes to browse the site.  It’s fun and educational.



To listen to and/or download Corinne’s conversation with author Dr. Anne Eglash, click the following link: 20001_tteow-2-13-17_feature

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