Murder in Matera by Helene Stapinski

A trip to Southern Italy in order to solve a mystery of murder involving her great-great-grandmother Vita becomes an account of passion, family, food, and forgiveness for Helene. She captures perfectly the “simultaneous beauty and sadness” of Matera — the instep in the boot of Italy — its midday heat (like “stepping into a pizza oven”), its brutalizing poverty and superstition, its stark, if accidental, symbolism. On her way to the Crypt of the Original Sin, she pauses at the cave dwellings where the poorest of the poor once lived. They “resembled a collection of skulls, all looking out into the distance.”

Murder In Matera is a mystery with in-depth investigative reporting and a travelogue of Southern Italy.


Helene Stapinski

Helene Stapinski began her career at her hometown newspaper, The Jersey Journal. She is theauthor of two memoirs: Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History and Baby Plays Around: A Love Affair, with Music. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies, most recently, Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up. Helene has also written extensively for The New York Times, for Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, Salon, Real Simple, New York magazine and dozens of other newspapers, magazines and blogs. She’s been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, The Today Show and as a performer with The Moth main stage.

She received her B.A. in journalism from New York University in 1987 and her MFA from Columbia in 1995. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.


To read “When America Barred Italians”, a New York Times article by Helene visit :…/illegal-immigration-italian-americans.html

To see Helene in Italy, watch this Youtube video:




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Seven billion humans on planet Earth, and we’re struggling to feed them, but that doesn’t stop women who opt out of motherhood from being viewed with suspicion, scorn and pity.

How have these women resisted the biological and social imperatives to get out there and make more and more babies? Surely such a woman, if she can truly be called woman, is some kind of witch or cyborg or unlovable troll to turn her back on the forces of destiny and purpose. Motherhood is the most important thing a woman can do, right?

Mother of two and author of nine books Rosemary Agonito says no.Rosemary Agonito And in her book “The Last Taboo: Saying No To Motherhood,” Agonito throws down a mighty gauntlet against “unthinking” motherhood and reminds us chapter after chapter about the real challenges and responsibility of parenting which, due to the invention of the nuclear family and the abandonment of the “village” culture and mentality, frequently falls upon one person, Mom.

Still, the child free woman’s choice, which Agonito acknowledges is the biggest choice a woman can make, is questioned and negated all around her, every day, by her politicians, religious leaders, and entertainment media. Even total strangers feel entitled -or obligated!- to assure her she can’t possibly feel the way she feels, telling her again and again, “you’ll see.”

With “The Last Taboo: Saying No To Motherhood,” Agonito encourages making the decision to parent with eyes open and an honest awareness of what it really means and what happens when real motherhood doesn’t look like a pretty, soft-focus diaper commercial. (The fact that those diaper commercials never show poop is one clue as to how far we as a society go to downplay the hard work of parenting.)

Agonito is opening a dialogue and who knows, maybe one day the script will flip and we’ll start asking people “why DID you have kids?”

To listen to and/or download Emma’s conversation with Rosemary Agonito click the following link:     11-24-2014 Emma_Rosemary Agonito



Originally aired on August 15, 2016


“Segregation was unfair. It was wrong, morally, religiously. As a Southerner — a white Southerner — I felt that we should do what we could to make the South better and to rid ourselves of this evil.”  

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland grew up in Virginia in the 1950s and witnessed the injustice of segregation firsthand. As a teenager, she joined the Civil Rights Movement, attending demonstrations and sit-ins. Because of her passionate belief in the cause, she was involved in several important and historically significant events, including
• The Freedom Rides of 1961
• The Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-ins in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1963
• The March on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963
• The Selma to Montgomery March in 1965

Joan says, “Anyone can make a difference. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are. Find a problem, get some friends together, and go fix it. Remember, you don’t have to change the world … just change your world.”

Filled with original photography, images of historical documents, and breathtaking collage artwork, “SHE STOOD FOR FREEDOM” is a celebration of the effect a single life can have on the world.

Woolworth's Lunch Counter Sit-In, Jackson, Miss 1963

Joan discusses with Brenda how Fred, the Photographer, was affected by their 3 hour ordeal.

Joan and MLK

Joan and MLK

First White Member Of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority AND Arrested & Imprisoned Freedom Rider

Joan was asked many times why she was putting her life in danger for the Civil Rights movement. Why had she left her family and friends and her old way of life, to fight for the cause? Her response, at least to herself, was a poem she wrote called “Dialogue”. The poem, Joan said, is “still my response. It still explains my attitude toward what I’ve done on the Civil Rights issue, primarily motivated by being a Southern and a Christian, and incidentally, an American.”
























Joan & Son, Loki Mulholland-Author of "SHE STOOD FOR FREEDOM"


For More Information on Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and The JTM Foundation visit:

o listen to and/or download this segment click the following link: Brenda and Joan Trumphauer MulhollandAudio Player

A Fully Illustrated Children's Picture Book edition. Loki Mulholland & Angela Farewell authors. Charlotte Janssen, Illustrator
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Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | July 18, 2017

July 17, 2017 –How Food Drives Moral Life in Rural China.

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 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.”




This program originally aired May 26, 2014.

To learn more about Dr. Ellen Oxfeld look up her biographical information and curriculum vitae at:

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


Author, Adventurer, Educator, Tropical Rainforest Canopy Biologist DR. MEG LOWMAN

For over 30 years, Dr. Meg LowmanCanopy Meg, has designed hot-air balloons and walkways for treetop exploration to solve mysteries in the world’s forests, especially insect pests and ecosystem health. Meg is affectionately called the mother of canopy research as one of the first scientists to explore this eighth continent. She relentlessly works to map the canopy for biodiversity and to champion forest conservation around the world. Her international network and passion for science have led her into leadership roles where she seeks best practices to solve environmental challenges and serves as a role model to women and minorities in science.

Dr. Lowman is currently Senior Scientist & Lindsay Chair of Botany at the California Academy of Sciences. She leads their twenty-first century strategy that integrates research with sustainability initiatives both local and global. As the external voice for the Academy’s collections and research, she promotes its mission to groups ranging from elementary classes to corporate executives to international conferences. Dr. Lowman’s academic leadership has included Vice President of the Ecological Society of America; Treasurer of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation; founder of the TREE Foundation; Board of Directors for The Explorers Club and Earthwatch and Climate Change Adviser. Previously, she served as Director of Environmental Initiatives at New College of Florida, CEO of The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and Professor of Biology & Environmental Studies at Williams College.

Meg is Founder & Executive Director of  TREE –Tree Research, Exploration & Education Foundation. The Foundation is involved in local and global projects that advance the conservation of our planet’s botanical resources and ecosystems dependent upon them.  TREE Projects include: Amazon and Malaysian Expeditions, Church Forests of Ethiopia, Myakka Walkway, Canopy Explorers-Wheelchairs & Waterbears, and JASON X

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On a Malaysia Rainforest Expedition with JASON Learning Students. In 1989, Dr. Robert Ballard founded the JASON Project, a distance education program designed to excite and engage middle school students in science and technology.

Come climb a tree, see some monkeys, discover some new species, learn how scientists explore tropical rainforests and maybe you too will grow up to become a scientist someday


Some of Dr. Lowman’s BOOKS include:

Life in the Treetops


FOREST Canopies

It’s A Jungle Up There

Beza is the story of an Ethiopian girl who is helping to conserve the last forests and biodiversity of northern Ethiopia. BEZA not only inspires girls to pursue science, but she also illustrates the power of kids to seek global solutions. Written by Meg and Ethiopian colleague Dr. Worku Mulat, BEZA is introducing books to children of Ethiopia.  


For more information about  DR. MEG LOWMAN and TREE FOUNDATION visit:


To listen to and/or download this conversation click the following link: 20001_TTEOW 7-10_program




Keep 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.

The Tolerance Trap

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


Nancy MacLean is an award-winning scholar of the twentieth-century United States, whose new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America tells the never-before-told story of James Buchanan, a Nobel prize winning economist who created the intellectual foundation and strategic blueprints behind the billionaire-funded radical right’s campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, curb democratic majority rule and ultimately change the Constitution. This book is a chilling page turner.  It exposes the crucial role that Buchanan played in helping libertarian Charles Koch  invest his fortune to develop a operational strategy that will  permanently disable our democratic institutions in favor of free-reign capitalism.  This roadmap is being carried out largely below the radar of most citizens by instituting several tactical fronts simultaneously and legally until the final goals of total privatization of all social structures in this country are permanent. Examples are passing laws that destroy unions without saying what their true purpose is, suppressing votes of people who are most likely to support active government, privatizing schools and prisons, social security and health care. Imagine a private fire department. With these incremental incursions, the ultimate goal is to reduce and ultimately eliminate all government regulations-of air and water quality, drugs, schools, prisons, workplace safety, old age homes. One of their mottoes is “personal responsibility”.  In the area of education all public schools would be shut down.  Their goal is for parents to pay the full cost of their children’s education in for-profit private schools.  There will be no regulations, no quality standards, no disclosures. Parents would be held accountable with no recourse if they could not afford the tuition.

The content of this book clarifies the  radical right’s  motivations, tactical logic and ultimate endgame.   Reading, watching or listening to the news will never be the same.  Recognizing and organizing are the tools needed to prevent this movement from succeeding.

Professor MacLean’s scholarship has received more than a dozen prizes and awards and been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowships Foundation. In 2010, she was elected a fellow of the Society of American Historians, which recognizes literary distinction in the writing of history and biography. Also an award-winning teacher at Duke University, she offers courses on post-1945 America, social movements, and public policy history.

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Isadora Alman, M.F.T., is a California licensed marriage and relationship therapist, a Board-certified sex therapist, author and lecturer. Her syndicated sex and relationship column “Ask Isadora” ran in alternative weekly papers worldwide for 25+ years. Web surfers can find her columns on her online free interactive Sexuality Forum

She is the author of two collections of Q & A’s from columns: Let’s Talk Sex and Ask Isadora, as well as Sex Information, May I Help You?, a peek behind the scenes of a sex help phone line which still flourishes in San Francisco today. Doing It: Real People Having Really Good Sex is a collection of helpful hints and titillating tidbits culled from column readers and Forum web site users. Her novel Bluebirds of Impossible Paradises: A Sexual Odyssey of the 70’s is out in paperback on She has also contributed chapters to several books including Herotica (Down There Press), Dick For A Day (Villard NY), The Moment Of Truth (Seal Press) and Single Woman Of A Certain Age (Inner Ocean Publishing, Inc.) Isadora has been a talk show host and frequent TV and radio talk show guest, and a lecturer and workshop leader on a variety of communications topics. She conducts her private psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The above passages were taken directly from the Psychology Today listings of Bay Area Therapists.

One of Isadora’s specialty areas is that of alternative relationships, polyamory, open marriage and polygamy.  Join us as we discuss what it takes to make a non-normative relationship work in our square-pegged world.

For more information about Isadora and her work visit her webpage

To listen to and/or download this segment, click the following link: TTEOW Kathleen Isadora Alman 3-14-16


Set in North Carolina during the turbulent Civil Rights Era, THE ADA DECADES is a lesbian feminist historical novel spanning 70 years with 11 interconnected stories about the life of Ada Jane Shook. Author Paula Martinac calls her new book a historical novel-in-stories which chronicles the life of a school librarian who encounters segregation, the paradox of religion and her true love, Camillia Lively, during the Pre-Stonewall south.

Ada is a 1st Amendment wielding school librarian, and as a girl from a Carolina mill family, is 12 years old in 1947 when she finds a secret photograph that has a profound impact on her life. Paula Martinac tells the adventures of a principled, compassionate, resilient lesbian living amidst racial tensions and social & political repression.

Paula Martinac is a Lambda Award winning novelist. She has published 3 non-fiction books on lesbian and gay culture & politics as well as numerous essays, short stories and articles. Paula is also a playwright and currently teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.

A favorite quote of the author comes from Eleanor Roosevelt:

” with the new day comes new strength and new thoughts”

Author, Editor, Teacher PAULA MARTINAC

Other works by Paula Martinac include:

 Her first novel, OUT OF TIME, won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian fiction

THE QUEEREST PLACES: A NATIONAL GUIDE TO GAY & LESBIAN HISTORIC SITES (Paula is a trained historian and served as advisor to the National Park Services LGBT Heritage Initiative)


For more information visit:



Health care in America is in deep crisis. One in five working class Americans with health insurance report problems paying medical bills. We have the most expensive health care system in the world, almost $10,000 per person.   Yet we’re number 28 in life expectancy. Our taxes already fund 2/3 of USA health spending by paying for Medicare, Medicaid, VA, Public Health, government workers benefits and tax subsidies. The same goes for California.  We don’t have enough physicians but we have plenty of administrators. Billing and insurance related administrative costs are 18% of our total expenses.  That’s money that isn’t going into direct health care services.

But something very exciting is happening in California.  State Senate Bill 562-The Healthy California Act (Lara and Atkins) will create a state based universal health care system and provide comprehensive health care coverage for every Californian.  Sponsored by the California Nurses Association working with hundreds of other labor, business, professional and lay organizations SB 562 will pool health care funds into one publicly run health care insurance plan that covers everyone who lives in the state. That’s why it’s called Single Payer.  Key provisions of this Act include: Every California resident will have one plan and the ability to choose their provider. SB 562 will allow patients, not insurers to pick their doctor, hospital and clinic.  No more surprise out of network bills because there’ll be no insurance networks. No insurance claims denials based on corporate profit goals.  By pooling health care funds in a publicly-run fund, we get the bargaining power of the seventh largest economy in the world (that’s California) so we can clamp down on out of control prescription drug costs. There’ll be transparency and accountability by having public oversight on costs and care and not decisions made in secret by private for profit insurance companies.  Finally no more co-pays or deductibles.

How can we afford this dream?  Check out this link

We’ve never come closer to achieving a goal of providing universal health care with Single Payer.  Rumors are circulating that private for-profit health insurance companies plan to pour 50-100 million dollars into California to frighten us about the specter of government interference and convince us that setting up a Single Payer system is an impossibility. Pat Snyder, a retired nurse with a PhD in nursing has been working on reforming California’s health care system for 14 years. At age 80, she proves that with education, commitment and passion, we can build a movement that will create one of the best health care systems in the world that truly delivers high quality health care equally to all.

To listen to and/or download this segment, click the following link:20001_TTEOW 6-5-17 Single Payer_program

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