Archive for August 2011

Bike Messengers and Ms. McGhee on Woman-Stirred   Leave a comment

In spite of the flood here in Vermont, Woman-Stirred Radio swims on! So this Thursday, September 1st, I welcome sociologist Jeff Kidder, the author of Urban Flow: Bike Messengers and the City (Cornell University Press) and lesbian fiction writer Bett Norris, whose latest novel, Miss McGhee, explores the relationship of two women in post-WWII Alabama.

First up at 4:15 p.m. is Jeff Kidder, associate professor of sociology at Northern Illinois University. Through interviews and hands on involvement and observation, Kidder unpacks and examines the urban bike messenger. Both folk hero and derided menace, the bike messenger’s work world and messenger sub-culture is vibrant, thrilling, chaotic, and dangerous. In the elements all year and in madhouse traffic every day the bike messenger performs invaluable services for businesses moving time-sensitive packages for small and large companies. Check out Yak, who messengers in NYC.

Alleycats and track bikes, from San Diego and Seattle, to the BIg Apple, Kidder’s book is accessible and fascinating, sure to elicit admiration and, yup, a sense of awe for these wild and crazy men and women who fly through traffic at breakneck speed and  move seamlessly through the urban jungle.

Then at 5:00 p.m. I welcome Bett Norris, in another of my series of lesbian novelists. 
Set in a small rural Alabama town, the story revolves around the turbulence and upheavals of postwar America. Filtered through the lens of a closeted lesbian relationship, the lives of Mary McGhee and Lila Dubose intersect with Southern-style racism, the horrors and triumphs of the Civil Rights Movement.

Born and raised in Alabama, Norris grew up about forty miles from Haper Lee’s home town. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a BA in history.

So tune in to Woman-Stirred Radio, Thursday, September 1st, for a great show with some very interesting guests. Click HERE to stream the show live, and if you want to join in, the air-studio number is 802.454.7762.

Woman-Stirred Radio is a queer cultural journal that broadcasts live every Thursday from 4 to 6 (eastern) on WGDR and WGDH, Goddard College’s community radio stations!

Casino Women on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

This Thursday, at 5:00 (eastern), I welcome Susan Chandler PhD, co-author of Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected  Places, to Woman-Stirred Radio!

“Casino Women is a pioneering look at the female face of  corporate gaming. Based on extended interviews with maids, cocktail  waitresses, cooks, laundry workers, dealers, pit bosses, and vice  presidents, the book describes in compelling detail a world whose  enormous profitability is dependent on the labor of women assigned  stereotypically female occupations—making beds and serving food on the  one hand and providing sexual allure on the other. But behind the neon  lies another world, peopled by thousands of remarkable women who assert  their humanity in the face of gaming empires’ relentless quest for  profits.
The casino women profiled here generally fall into two  groups. Geoconda Arguello Kline, typical of the first, arrived in the  United States in the 1980s fleeing the war in Nicaragua. Finding work as  a Las Vegas hotel maid, she overcame her initial fear of organizing and  joined with others to build the preeminent grassroots union in the  nation—the 60,000-member Culinary Union—becoming in time its president.  In Las Vegas, “the hottest union city in America,” the collective  actions of union activists have won economic and political power for  tens of thousands of working Nevadans and their families. The story of  these women’s transformation and their success in creating a union able  to face off against global gaming giants form the centerpiece of this  book.
Another group of women, dealers and middle managers among  them, did not act. Fearful of losing their jobs, they remained silent,  declining to speak out when others were abused, and in the case of  middle managers, taking on the corporations’ goals as their own. Susan  Chandler and Jill B. Jones appraise the cost of their silence and  examine the factors that pushed some women into activism and led others  to accept the status quo” (source)

The book is inspiring and so well-crafted that readers will settle down with it and enjoy the backstories, personalities, history, and cold hard facts of what it’s like to be part of the global fantasy-world of corporate gaming.

Want to join the conversation? call the air-studio at 802.456.1630.

Marianne K. Martin on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

Marianne K. Martin

Tomorrow, August 17th at 5:00, I welcome Marianne K. Martin to Woman-Stirred Radio. The third in a series of Bywater Books authors
(last week it was Val McDermid).

Martin’s The Indelible Heart, is a well-crafted and insightful look into the ways and means of complex homophobia and its impact on the minds and hearts of lesbian communities. It is also about the extraordinary ways in which those communities cope, communicate, and heal. The story moves smoothly, dialogue is authentic and natural, and characters come alive on the page. There is also an honest clear-eyed look at families and the consequences of dysfunction.

So please join me tomorrow, Thursday August 17th at 5:00 p.m. for a conversation with Marianne K. Martin.

Want to join the conversation? Call the air studio at 802.454.7762.

Susan Morabito on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

Today, at 5:00 (eastern) on Woman-Stirred Radio, Merry Gangemi welcomes “global legend” Susan Morabito—DJ extraordinaire!
The music industry has changed dramatically in the past decade but in keeping step with the new landscape of indie production and direct sales from musicians websites, Susan Morabito continues to deliver euphoric,  sophisticated insights into the integrated physical and emotional journey that, in the performance of dance, connects us to and celebrates life.
For millions of GLBTQ men and women, clubs and bars were one of the few places they could meet and interact, and dance, and in particular, since the advent of DJs and dance clubs, Saturday nights became rituals of motion and rhythm, transporting one to a state of entrancement and joy.
Whether she spins dark and sexy, soulful or smooth, light and happy, Morabito’s vision and creativity stands above the rest. Through her skill of controlling the dance floor, Morabito takes the dancer to another plane of emotion. Morabito’s understanding of her dancers emotions opens doors to collective experiences of connectedness—whether that translates into immediate fusion among individuals, or a sense of community.
For over 25 years, Susan Morabito has touched, influenced, and moved her audiences for many years, and Woman-Stirred is delighted to welcome her to the show.
So tune in today, at 5 p.m. for a fun and intriguing dialogue with DJ Susan Morabito. Want to join the conversation? Call the air studio at 802.454.7762.