In the second of this 2 part series Sharonne Blanck, Interim President of the Eureka, California unit of the NAACP (the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) talks about bias in people in power, from store clerks, to police to Humboldt State University administration in Humboldt County.

If you live in Humboldt County Sharonne invites you to join the Euereka NAACP.  In addition to its Legal Redress Committee there is also a group examining white fragility, and social activities for expanding your cultural competency and expand the boundries of your community.

Communication, she says, is key to examining and addressing overt and hidden bias in our lives and institutions.  Communication from HSU President Lisa Rossbacher regarding the NAACPs request for HSU improvements in programs serving students of color has not happened.   That lack of communication is an abdication of administrative responsibility to students of color who lack a sense of safety and security on, and off, campus.


To learn more about the Eureka, California unit of the NAACP go their website

To listen to this show again click the following link:Kathleen Marshall with Sharonne Blanck of the Eureka NAACP 11-12-2018

The National Association of Colored people is the oldest civil rights organization in the United States.  Started in 1909, in response to the 1908 lynchings and race rights in Springfield, Illinois, the birthplace of President Abraham Lincoln, the NAACP was a multi-ethnic, multi-gender and multi-cultural endeavor.  It’s missin was to stop the lynchings of African-Americans.

Since its inception its mission has changed, “to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.”

Sharonne Blanck is the interim president of the Eureka, California unit of the NAACP.  In this first of a two part interview Sharonne talks about the history of the NAACP, its membership and its work in Humboldt County.

To learn more about the national organization please visit their website at

To learn more about the Eureka, California unit of the NAACP visit their website at

To listen to or download today’s show click the following link:  Sharonne Blanck Eureka NAACP with host Kathleen Marshall

Barbara Kingsolver was born in 1955 in rural Kentucky.  She has lived and worked all Barbara Kingsolverover the world, is fluent in Spanish and now resides on a farm in Southern Virginia.  She holds degrees from DePauw University and The University of Arizona in biology.  Her first novel, The Bean Trees, was published in 1988.  Since then she has published nine novels, four works of non-fiction including Animal Vegetable Miracle: A Year of Food Life, and a book of poetry.  She says when she was little she was a storyteller, but thought growing up to be an author was like growing up to be a fairy; impossible.

Her newest         novel, Unsheltered, was released on October 15, 2018.  It is the story of two families, one in 1875 and the other in 2016.  They live in the same house that is crumbling to pieces around them; and, they face similar challenges, living in times of political turmoil and denial of science.  In 1875 Thatcher Greenwood, a science teacher, struggles to support his family in a nation recovering from, but still divided by the Civil War.  Charles Darwin has published two books that Thatcher embraces but is forbidden to teach.  In 2016 Willa Knox and her husband live in a time of increasing political divisiveness.  She worries about her family’s future, having lost what they thought were secure jobs, and worries that climate change denial will threaten not only their future but their grandchild’s future as well.

Alternating chapters between 1875 and 2016 Unsheltered is beautifully crafted.  The characters, including the real-life Darwin pen-pal and science writer, Mary Treat are rich and nuanced.

To learn more about Barbara Kingsolver go to her webpage at:

To listen to or download this segment click the following link: TTEOW Kathleen Marshall and Barbara Kingsolver

It’s been 20 years since Earth First activist David Nathan Chain, known as “Gypsy”, died while trying to prevent illegal logging.

Gypsy’s Mom Cindy Allsbrooks and others have planned an event to mark the 20 years since the Action near Grizzly Creek in the Van Duzen Watershed . On Sunday September 16, 2018 at the Eagle House in Eureka (now known as the Inn at 2nd & C) there will be a memorial and a fundraising event for the David Nathan “Gypsy” Chain Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is administered by the Humboldt Area Foundation

 Marion Nina Amber joins host Brenda Starr to discuss the Memorial Scholarship and fundraising event in honor of Gypsy’s life. Her son Shawnee Alexandri currently serves as Board President of the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) and she  reflects on being a mother of an activist.

To listen to and/or download this episode, click hereTTEOW David ‘Gypsy’ memorial

EPIC is one of the Sponsors of the David “Gypsy” Chain 20th Anniversary Memorial along with:
Humboldt Baykeeper, Friends of the Van Duzen River, Sanctuary Forest, Salmonoid Restoration Federation,Northcoast Environmental Center and TREES Foundation.

The Event is Hosted by JULIA “BUTTERFLY HILL and “GYPSY’S” Mother CINDY ALLSBROOKS will be among the Speakers. The evening will include Music, Refreshments and an Art Auction. The festivities begin at 8pm.

For more information about the scholarship fund visit: HAFOUNDATION.ORG/GYPSYCHAIN or call (707) 442-2993








“Lost in the Tower of Men,” Artwork by Star

Star says, “when a Jehovah’s Witness comes to your door, there is a better than 50% chance they’re hurting children.” It’s a shocking thing to say. Equally shocking are the acts she says were perpetrated against her as a child, by members of her religion and family as she was molested for years, kidnapped, drugged and sexually trafficked age 7.

Child abuse is a problem of people, not of any one institution. But Star, who prayed every single day, found no support in the Jehovah’s Witness organization that was the only world she new. She was told these sins were hers.

Today, we know that is not true. Today, Star is a happy, healthy, busy adult with a support network and a mission. She is adding her voice to the chorus of recent awareness of abuses within the organization that shaped her formative years, in the hopes of helping others who are being victimized as she once was.

Shining daylight onto a heinous problem that has been hidden far too long, Star urges other survivors to come forward and share their stories. Specifically, Star wants survivors of JW religious abuse to rise up on Halloween this year, don a costume that makes you feel powerful, and file a report with the police. “Even if the statute of limitations has passed, even if they cannot investigate or prosecute,” Star says, “let’s get it on the record.”
Email for information on national day of protest.

To listen to and/or download this segment, click the following link: TTEOW Emma B and Star – survivor

Here are Star’s favorite links for people wondering what the current uproar from former Jehovah’s Witnesses is about:

Here are some stats on child trafficking:

Here is an organization working to strengthen laws against child abuse:

Here is a website that connects former Jehovah’s Witnesses with services and support

Their safety and support line can be reached at 1-800-407-1682.

And here is the number for the suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-273-8255.

If you’re in trouble, someone wants to help you.




If your parents named you after Julia Child and your hometown is New York City a hotbed of “culinary radicalism,”  Julia Moskin’s career can be seen as date with destiny.

Julia has been a Times Food staff reporter since 2004. At the Times, she not only generates delicious recipes, but with intelligence and a sense of humor, she has written books and articles investigating the wide lexicon of food.  Her subjects have been diverse ranging from cookbook ghostwriting, the punk-vegan movement, procrastibaking, illegal trafficking in Girl Scout cookies on ebay, and the widespread practice of freezing fish for sushi.  Never one to avoid controversy, Julia was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for public service for reporting on workplace sexual harassment issues. Her most recent project is writing about ranch dressing and Julia will draw the reader in exploring this salad dressing’s history, cultural context and best recipe.  Most likely, it will generate many opinions.

To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link: TTEOW Corinne Frugoni and Julia Moskin


Check out some of Julia’s articles:

Is it Southern Food, Or Soul Food?, NY Times August 7, 2018

Strict Vegan Ethics, Frosted With Hedonism, NY Times, January 24, 2007

Why Work, When You Can Procrastibake?, NY Times, May 15, 2018

I Was A Cookbook Ghostwriter, NY Times, March 13, 2012

How Saying #MeToo Changed Their Lives, NY Times, June 28, 2018

Julia’s recipes can be found in the NY Times cooking section


swiss army manLike many of us, Cassandra Hesseltine was bewitched as a child by the magic she saw on the silver screen. Like fewer of us, Hesseltine has been spending her adult years working numerous jobs within the film industry. She currently heads the nonprofit Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission, serving as a sherpa and concierge to producers and directors who need a little North Coast magic to tell their stories.

headshot 2015Job description: Whatever a film production needs, whether it’s acquiring necessary permits, arranging lunch for the crew, driving A-list celebrities around our winding backroads behind tinted windows, or recommending just the perfect, ethereal locales to shoot big deal flicks like A Wrinkle In Time.

Job uniform: Sometimes jeans, sometimes gowns.

In this episode, Hesseltine talks about the realities of her fantastical job, and what a film commission does for a community.

To listen to and/or download this segment, click the following link:

TTEOW Emma Breacain Cassandra Hesseltine


There is no doubt Music is healing. As the soundtrack of a movie, and in our daily lives. Author Amy Nathan, whose new book ‘Making Time For Making Music-How To Bring Music Into Your Busy Life’ helps busy adults figure out how to make music by singing in choirs and choruses or playing instruments in ensembles large and small, or even practicing solo at home —and discovering the joy and sense of community that comes from expanding their lives with music.

AMY NATHAN is an award-winning author of books on dance, music, women’s history, civil rights — and on allowances and surviving homework, too! Her books are for children, parents and adults alike. She talks with Brenda Starr about the importance of having creative outlets in your life.


Amy Nathan’s research consisted of questionnaires, interviews, and emails from over 400 musicians, music educators, research scientists, professional & amateur musicians.They all shaped the framework and content of the book.

Kathy Dockins, flutist and pre-employment background investigator says “ STOP THINKING ABOUT IT AND DO IT ALREADY! LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO BE AFRAID OF INCREASING YOUR HAPPINESS.”


For More Info About Amy Nathan visit:



To listen to and/or download this segment, click the following:

TTEOW Brenda Starr and Amy Nathan 6-18-18


Some other books by Amy Nathan include:

Over the past twenty plus years, a lot of women have hosted KMUD’s Women On Wednesday. BR Graham has been there the longest and she talks with Brenda Starr about her experiences in radio. Bringing women’s voices, women’s music, women’s issues locally as well as world wide continues to be a passion for BR and she shares her thoughts about Feminist Radio-what that means and why it is important.


For more information you can visit or BR can be reached at


To listen to and/or download this segment, click the following link:

TTEOW Brenda Starr – Women In Radio



Sandra Butler posted  the following words in More and Less—Older mothers with more time yet less contact with middle-aged daughters in Psychology Today:

“I no longer call my daughter, but instead wait to hear from her. That way, I’m certain that she has both the inclination and time to visit. That way, I protect myself against the fear of hearing even the slight hesitation as she adjusts and juggles whatever it was she was planning to do at the moment the phone rang. I don’t trust my spontaneous impulse just to hear her voice but instead send a text or email with a brief update or asking when she has time to talk.

It’s a messy, complicated, never-ending business being a mother. I’m often caught between wanting more of my daughter’s time and not wanting to be seen as demanding or needy by the child I love and miss. And now, for the first time, I wonder about the ways my mother must have missed me. I remember how I fit her into my life when things were slow at work and I could get away to visit for a few days. I never thought about the possibility that she was waiting and hoping for the time I would be free. I never pictured her hearing the phone ring and hoping it was me. I never noticed that she never asked when I would be coming to see her. The same ways I’m careful not to ask now.”  ***

Then she, along with Nan Fink Gefen, opened up a much needed conversation with a wide array of aging mothers about the challenges and adaptations that have emerged over the lifespan of their relationships with their daughters, now middle-aged.

“Women speak out openly about the heartaches & satisfactions of mothering midlife daughters, revealing the difficult issues that arise, the ongoing effects of the past on the present, and the varied and often invisible ways in which they continue mothering. Some struggle with sorrow and guilt about what is missing from their relationships, while others accept the inevitable limitations, forgive themselves and their daughters for mistakes made, and grow to a deeper Other books by Sandra Butler:appreciation of the love that exists.” ***

With honesty & courage, the mothers describe their dance, their rhythm, their contrasting & expanding relationships and the challenges & satisfactions with their daughters. At the end of “It Never Ends” are questions for discussion, where readers are encouraged to share their responses, stories and reflections with others and by contacting Sandra and Nan.


For more information about writer, publisher and co-author of “It Never Ends:Mothering Middle-Aged Daughters ,Nan Fink Gefen, visit:


To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link:20001_TTEOW 12-18Sandra Butler_program



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