A Community Health Needs Assessment is a process that’s been mandated by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons to evaluate the health needs of a community.  The Assessment will then become the basis for a plan of action by St. Joseph’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center in Eureka. The report takes an in-depth look at the demographics of cancer incidence and death in these counties.  Dr. Korsower volunteered to research an overview of the impact of cancer in the counties of Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity and southern Curry County in Oregon. In her introduction, Dr. Korsower writes “Our goal is the creation of a Patient Navigation process, but the Assessment itself is not designed to solve the challenges it finds.  It can only suggest areas where attention should be paid.”

The themes of the Assessment included the need for appropriate supportive services, health care access and financial challenges.

By interviewing both patients diagnosed with cancer and primary care providers in the communities she found the following:

Leading incidence rates for cancer  in Humboldt/Del Norte/Trinity counties were (the number of cancers per 100,000 population):

Prostate cancer

Lung and bronchus cancer

Breast cancer

Colon and rectum cancer

Skin cancer.

These counties have a higher cancer incidence rate than California as a whole for the above five most incident cancer sites.

Dr. Korsower also found the following demographics in the service area:

The four counties are predominantly rural.

They are expected to grow in the coming years, but at a slower rate than California as a whole.

The population is older than the average Californian.

There are significantly higher number of people living in poverty, greater than California as a whole.

The racial and ethnicity differs from that of California as a whole with a greater proportion of people who identify as White, American Indian or “two or more races,” but fewer African American, Asian or Latinos.

More of the counties’ residents speak English as their primary language.

There is a higher percentage of people covered by publicly-funded insurance.

And importantly, the entire service area has a shortage of health professionals, and all oncology services for the service area are located in Eureka.

In one year and with her own resources and time,  Dr. Korsower has completed a very important and vital work that hopefully will fulfill the principles promoted by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, namely “Care of the whole person, access to quality health care, consideration for the underserved and marginalized, and stewardship.”

To read the entire document, you can go to

To listen to and/or download Corinne’s conversation with Dr. Diane Korsower click the following link:     5-25-2015 Corinne_Diane Korsower




Someone’s got to do it. Someone’s got to make a little bit of order in the chaos so everyone else can have fun. Humboldt County’s Kinetic Grand Championship is all about fun, it’s written into the rules. And for 46 years this three day, 42 mile, all-terrain art race has run on the backs of some of the most ferociously dedicated volunteers in the festival world.

They pick up trash, they direct traffic, they reunite lost children with their corresponding adults, and they fix things that are broken. The ones that have proven their metal on the Kinetic race course pick up the coveted title of “Ground Pounder.”

Libby Monstarr is the proud mother hen who collects their cult like devotion and near-psychotic work ethic and channels it into functional festival fun for a crowd of many thousands.

In this episode, Monstarr tries to explain what keeps her crew coming back year after year to work as hard as they play, expecting little more than a tee shirt and a hug in return.

You can see the Ground Pounders in action all over Humboldt County, every Memorial Day Weekend. You can also see a pretty cool festival with some mindblowing art and engineering and great feats of athleticism. For more information, check out

“To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link:’5-18-2015 Emma_Libby MonStarr_feature


kinetic ms paint story by joshua jones

“Kinetic MS Paint Story” by Joshua Jones

kineics me and the kids2

Kelly and Lauraine by Brandi Easter

Photo by Brandi Easter

Don’t get it twisted. Kelly Brannon is not “becoming” a woman. Kelly Brannon is a woman who was assigned a male identity at birth due to her biology, and she is currently in the process of adjusting her appearance to better represent who she is.

In the common parlance, we call it “transitioning.” We might even be dictionary-correct if we call Brannon a “male to female transgender person,” though we are likely to find new, better terminology soon as our societal understanding of the topic continues to evolve.

“I’m not doing this alone,” Brannon says. “All of (my friends, family and community) are transitioning with me.”

As our collective awareness of trans issues reaches a tipping point, we are beginning to recognize the broad spectrum of human identity and sexuality and gender, and the spectrum-within-a-spectrum of transexuality.

This show is not a tutorial in trans. If you want some basic information on transition and the issues around it, here is a start:

This show also is not a resource for people undergoing transition, and the people who love them. Here are a few good places for that:

This is the story of one person, Kelly Brannon, who is transitioning in a supportive small town with an enamored fiancée, two dogs, and many friends at her side.

In this episode, Brannon shares her experience of emerging as a woman. Her fiancée, graphic designer and author Lauraine Leblanc, joins the conversation to talk about their relationship, their coordinating outfits, and their DIY wedding coming up next month. Spoiler: there will be donuts.

“To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link:”Emma-5-11-15 Trans showLonger verson for blog

Anne-Enright-007 AnneEnright4-27-2015 Corinne_Kathleen Smith Final 4-27-2015 Corinne_Kathleen Smith FinalAnne Enright’s family gave her an electric typewriter for her 21st birthday and off she went; tapping away on stories, poems and novels.  She pursued her weekend-writing, while working full-time as a television producer, getting married and having children until, one-day, she decided she’d had enough.  In 1991 She quit her day job and devoted herself to writing full time.  The result?  Anne Enright has published 10 books which include three books of short stories (The Portable Virgin, 1991; Taking Pictures, 2008 & Yesterday’s Weahter, 2008), one collection of essays (Making Babies:Stumbling into Motherhood, 2004 and 2012), one book of historical fiction (The Pleasure of Elisa Lynch, 2002), and five novels (The Wig My Father Wore, 1995; What Are You Like?, 2000; The Gathering, 2007; The Forgotten Waltz, 2007 and The Green Road, May 11, 2015).  She has received many awards, including the Man Booker Prize, the UK’s most prestigious literary prize, for her novel The Gathering, in 2007 and has recently been named the first ever 2015 Irish Fiction Laureate.

The Green RoadHer newest novel, The Green Road, will be available in bookstores and online May 11, 2015.  Host, Kathleen Marshall, was fortunate enough to obtain an advance copy and is looking forward to exploring the rest of Anne Enright’s work.

To learn more about Anne Enright go to the British Council’s website Literature Matters,

Of course you can always check Wikipedia, but you might want to hear what Anne herself has to say about the information contained on the site before taking their word.

To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link:5-4-15 Kathleen_Anne Enright




EFORcover_web800px-200x280“Food is all around us.  The way my mother said it was lovely, meaningful, and true.  It was as true in the early 1940s, the years of my childhood, as it is today, more than seventy years later  she would tell me this when I followed along as she tended the plants in her Victory garden:  that we Indians would never starve.  This wasn’t because of the precious vegetables she carefully raised in her garden, but because there is food all around us.  All we had to do was know when to collect and how to prepare the many foods that are created for us and all the other living beings living here.  There is enough for all.”  –Kathleen Rose Smith from her book  “Enough For All, Foods Of My Dry Creek Pomo And Bodega Miwuk People, ” published by Heyday Press in 2014.

Kathleen Rose Smith (Bodega Miwuk/Dry Creek Pomo) is a member of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. She grew up in the Healdsburg area. searchHer book “Enough For All”  draws on knowledge accumulated and handed down through generations of Southern Pomo tribes.  The book celebrates California Indian food gathering and preparation, and the social and spiritual aspects as well. Kathleen Smith’s family stories, recipes and philosophy are interspersed with her original artwork creating a small gem that pays tribute to generations of Indian people living in their ancestral homelands.

The cover photo of the book pictured at the top are of wild grapes gathered by Kathleen Rose Smith in 1979 in the homeland of her mother Lucy Lozinto Smith (Mihilakawna Pomo), along Warm Springs Creek, which is now beneath the waters of Lake Sonoma behind Warm Springs Dam.  The grapes sit atop a basket made by prominent basket weaver Elsie Allen (Makahmo Pomo) as a fiftieth wedding anniversary present for the author’s parents.

To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link:4-27-2015 Corinne_Kathleen Smith Final


Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | April 19, 2015

4-20-15 Host Emma Breacain Speaks With Journalist Kym Kemp About Marijuana


Kym Kemp is a multifaceted woman living in a beautiful part of California that has much to enjoy, so it might not be fair that through the course of a career that has included reporting on the happenings in Southern Humboldt County, this photographer, martial artist, teacher, mom and non-smoker has somehow picked up the moniker “Kym Kemp, Queen of Hemp,” but there you go.

In today’s show, the lifelong Humboldt resident gives her take on the history of Humboldt’s enormous and still mostly illegal marijuana scene, and offers some context and speculation into the future and the seemingly inevitable legalization of marijuana in California, what form legalization might take, and what it might do to our town.

Kemp also talks about the tough decision to part ways with Humboldt’s extremely venerable news outlet Lost Coast Outpost, and the expansion of her own news blog, The Redheaded Blackbelt.



To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link:     4-20-2015 Emma Breacain_Kym Kemp

Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | April 14, 2015

April 14, 2015 Correction to Kathleen Marshall’s Blog Post of April 6, 2015

The TTEOW host from 2009 heard in the ‘blast-from-the-past’ episode aired on 3-23-2015 was mistakenly identified as Kathy Srabian. In fact the host is Maria Bartlett, speaking with Buffy Saint-Marie.

Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | April 13, 2015

April 13, 2015 Host Corinne Frugoni Interviews Poet Kay Ryan


Born in California in 1945 and acknowledged as one of the most original voices in the contemporary landscape, Kay Ryan is the author of several books of poetry, including Flamingo Watching (2006), The Niagara River (2005), and Say Uncle (2000). She has received most of the awards American Poetry has to give. Her book The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (2010) won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

For years, Kay had been considered a kind of outsider to the literary world and for years Kay felt compelled to write poetry.  Her commitment, creativity and talent were recognized in 2008 when the Library of Congress appointed her U.S. Poet Laureate. She held the position for two terms, using the appointment to champion community colleges like the one in Marin County, California where she taught for over thirty years.  Since 2006 she has served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. More recently she received a MacArthur Fellowship Grant and the  Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize among many others.

Ryan examines enormous subjects—existence, consciousness, love, loss—in compact poems that have immensely powerful resonance.  She regards the ‘rehabilitation of clichés’ as part of the poet’s mission. Her unique rhyme schemes and style have earned her the status of one of the great living American poets with her feet on the ground and with a gentle self-deprecating sensibility.

Here is one of the poems she shared during this interview:


From other

angles the 

fibers look

fragile, but 

not from the 

spider’s, always

hauling coarse

ropes, hitching

lines to the

best posts

possible.  It’s 

heavy work


fighting sag,

winching up

give.  It

isn’t ever


to live.

Watch for a new book of Kay Ryan’s poetry Erratic Facts published by Grove Press due to be out at the end of this year.

To view a video of Kay Ryan, click the following:  Kay Ryan named 2011 #MacFellow, @Macfound Fellow via @sharethis

To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link:  4-13-2015 Corinne_Kay Ryan


Michele Simon, JD, MPH

Michele Simon, JD, MPH

Michele Simon is a public health lawyer specializing in legal strategies to counter corporate tactics that harm the public’s health. She has been researching and writing about the food industry and food politics since 1996. Also an expert in alcohol policy, for 4.5 years she served as research and policy director for Marin Institute (now Alcohol Justice), an alcohol industry watchdog group based in Northern California. Her groundbreaking 2007 report on alcoholic energy drinks led to federal action to ban the dangerous products.

Appettie for profitAppetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back, was published by Nation Books in 2006. New York University Professor Marion Nestle (who calls the book “brilliant”) has made it required reading for her nutrition students. An accomplished and engaging speaker, Simon lectures internationally on corporate tactics and policy solutions. She has a master’s degree in public health from Yale University and received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Michele also provides legal services to food and beverage companies, working “of counsel” with Foscolo and Handel PLLC, The Food Law Firm.


  • National Association of Nutrition Professionals’ Community Award (2013)
  • Nutritional Therapy Association’s Award of Excellence (2013)
  • FOLIO Magazine Awards, Single Article, Honorable Mention (2014)
  • Minnesota Magazine Publishers Association, General Interest, Bronze (2014)

To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link:   4-6-2015 Lynden_Michelle Simon

Through the Eyes of Women has been on the KHSU airwaves for 30 years.  During the month of March we presented 3 shows-blasts from our past.  You will find all three at the bottom of this post; one each from 1985, 1995 and 2009, along with our anniversary, documentary style show about the history of the show, the women who started it all and those who have kept it going over the years.

Ruth Mountaingrove 2015

Ruth Mountaingrove 2015

Ruth Mountaingrove, Ina Harris and Belle Shalom are the founding mothers of Through the Eyes of Women.  In 1985 they found a new medium for exploring their interests in women’s issues; radio.  Talking with them now, they all credit the other for getting things started; and those of us who have followed in their footsteps are very glad they, collectively, did take the leap. They gave birth to a legacy of women’s empowerment on the KHSU airwaves.  Ruth, Ina and Belle are still active in their communities.  Ruth has just published a new poetry chapbook and is being honored for her activism and creativity by the Humboldt County League of Women voters during their annual State of the Community Luncheon on April 17th, 2015.  To learn more go to

Ina and Noel Harris 2015

Ina and Noel Harris 2015

Ina has spent many years involved in the labor movement.  After leaving TTEOW she produced her own radio show on KHSU, Labor USA, for 3 1/2 years.  Ina was honored for her activism by the Humboldt County League of women Voters in the year 2000.

Belle lives in Bellingham, WA and is active in the Books to Prisoners program and Bellingham’s Human Rights Film Festival.
To listen to and/or download any of our March special features click the following links: 

Aired 3-9-2015   

TTEOW 11-1985 Ina Harris, Belle Shalom and Ruth Mountaingrove talk Divorce 

Aired 3-16-2015

TTEOW 11-1995 Geraldine Goldberg with Nicole and Shira Frank talking about Hannukah

Aired 3-23-2015

TTEOW 9-2009 Maria Bartlett talks with Buffy Saint-Marie

Aired 3-30-2015

3-30-2015 The Herstory of Through the Eyes of Women


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