Archive for February 2011

The Oracle of Stamboul   Leave a comment

Tomorrow, February 24th at 4:15 (eastern) on Woman-Stirred Radio, Merry Gangemi welcomes Michael David Lukas to a conversation about his debut novel, The Oracle of Stamboul. The novel tells the story of Eleonora Cohen,  an amazingly intelligent and sophistocated orphan who, at eight-years-old, grew to become a close confident and advisor the Ottoman sulton and whose intellectual and personal relationtionship with him changed the course of history.

Click HERE to read an excerpt.

Michael David Lukas has been a Fullbright Scholar in Turkey, a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv, and a waiter at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference in Vermont! He is a graduate of Brown University and the Uniersity of Maryland. His work can be found in National Geographic Traveler, Georgia Review, among others, and has awarded several fellowships as well as a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

So tune in locally at 91.1fm or stream us live at

Black Fire and Curly Girl on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

This week, at 4:00 (eastern), please join Merry Gangemi and Woman-Stirred Radio for an interview with Dr. Harold Weaver, one of the editors of Black Fire: African American Quakers on Spirituality and Human Rights. The anthology, published by QuakerPress and co-edited by Dr. Hal Weaver, Paul Kriese, and Stephen W. Angell, offers the thoughts, letters, essays, and histories of philanthropist-abolitionist Paul Cuffe, self-educated Benjamin Banneker, an eighteenth century mathematician, scientist, and publisher, as well as Howard Thurman (first African American university chaplain and professor at Boston University), among others.  

Vera Green

Mahala Ashley Dickerson

Sojourner Truth

Black Fire also brings to our consciousness the brilliant  Elizabeth (1766-1866), an itinerant Methodist minister, Sojourner Truth, Sarah Mapps Douglass, Helen Morgan Brooks, Vera Green, and Mahala Ashley Dickerson (1912-2007), the first African American woman to be admitted to the bar in Alabama and the first African American woman to practice law in Alaska. 

That’s 4:00 (eastern) on Woman-Stirred Radio. Listen locally at 91.1fm or online at

Lorraine Massey

Then at 5:00, we change tracks and welcome Lorraine Massey,  to talk about her new book, Curly Girl: The Handbook, written with journalist Michele Bender. Just released by Workmans’s Press, Curly Girl opens up a whole new universe of hair care for the 65% of women who have curly or wavy hair. A leader of the pro-curl revolution, Massey “is recognized as the go-to” gal of curl and whether your a beauty queen or a plain old gal who wears sensible shores, tune in or stream us live at 5:00 for an exploration of hair types, hair products, what they do and what they don’t.

Want to join the conversation? The air-studio number is 802.454.7762.

Woman-Stirred Radio is an inclusive queer cultural journal that broadcasts live every Thursday afternoon from 4 to 6 (eastern) on WGDR Plainfield, Goddard College‘s community radio station. WSR features interviews with GLBTQ writers, musicians, writers, visual artists, and policy-makers.