Archive for September 2011

The Old and the Young: Dr. Allen Teel and Guggenheim Fellow Eleanor Lerman on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

Up first today on Woman-Stirred Radio, Dr. Allen Teel, a family physician from Damariscotta, ME, discusses his new book, Alone and Invisible No More, which examines alternative solutions to the growing problem of warehousing elder Americans. The book deals with solutions to the current trends of institutionalization and the prohibitive costs medical-based care generates. Former governor Howard Dean says the book “helps us understand the underlying social movement against ‘kicking seniors to the curb’ and serves “as a call to real action, not just reform of bureaucracy” (source).

Teel’s approach embraces the Maine Approach, which reconfigures care models around at-home care, using volunteers and technology to help seniors remain at home and among the families and communities they are comfortable with. Teel’s approach is intelligent and articulate, taking in the big picture of America’s flawed eldercare system and offering solutions and how to access resources already extant in our communities.

Then at 5:00, I’m delighted to welcome Eleanor Lerman, whose debut novel, Janet Panet is an intriguing portrait of a time when psychedelics and mystery drove thousands of American youth to the philosophical experiments of a generational guru and his journey of self-enlightenment.

The story revolves around a Carlos Castenada-like character who was an integral part of the revolutionary age of American youth. Through the eyes of Janet Planet, Lerman recreates a time of personal and social upheaval and the forces at play that laid the groundwork for the New Age philosophies of postwar and post-Vietnam America.

With skillful prose and sharp personal insight, Lerman’s Janet Planet brings to life a time and place in America where ideology and optimism worked together to forge new ways of thinking about ourselves, and laid the groundwork for the perceptions and ideas so many of us believed would actually change the world. The novel is a brilliant feminist statement of self-discovery and independence.

So tune in today, at 4:00 (eastern) to Woman-Stirred Radio, a queer cultural journal serving the global GLBTQ communities and bringing the finest in queer arts and letters to the airwaves. Listen locally at 91.1 and 91.7 fm, or stream us live at

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Today’s show cancelled   Leave a comment

Well, it happens to the best of us. For the next few days I will be in-patient while the doc drive me crazy and run all sorts of tests on my endocrine system…. I’ll be back in the saddle as soon asI can!

Thanks for all your support and your continued support of Woman-Stirred Radio.

-Merry Gangemi

Posted 22/09/2011 by Merry Gangemi in Uncategorized

Ernest Drucker, Stefani Deoul, and Fay Jacobs on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

This week on Woman-Stirred Radio, I am delighted to welcome Ernest Drucker, at 4:15, author of A Plague of Prisons (New Press, 2010). Then at 5:00 TV producer and writer, Stefani Deoul, author of  The Carousel (A&M 2010), as well as Fay Jacobs, publisher of A&M Books and author of For Frying Out Loud: Rehoboth Beach Diaries (A&M 2010).

First up at 4:15 is Ernest Drucker, scholar-in-residence and senior research associate at John Jay College of Crimminal Justice, City University of New York. He is professor emeritus of family and social medicine at Montefiore medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and adjunct professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He is an NIH funded researcher, editor-in-chief of the International Harm Reduction Journal, a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Global Health, and a Soros Justice Fellow. He is also the founder and former chairman of Doctors of the World/USA.

A Plague of Prisons examines the decades-long explosion of mass incarcerations in the United States. Drawing upon his knowledge and experience as an Dr. Ernest Drucker lays out the horrific effects and long-term consequences of America’s prison-industrial complex, an economic system that is driven by for-profit prisons, and one in which “each individual who comes in contact with our…system… of mass incarceration remains damaged by it for life” (140). Not since Joseph Stalin’s massive prison system has a nation imprisoned so many for and for such long periods of time.

Professor Drucker’s compassionate, clear-sighted analysis is something all Americans should be aware of, especially in light of the “school-to-prison pipeline,” which utilizes drug war policing tactics into America’s schools—and with terrible results. The message of this book is not only how quickly and purposefully our systems of justice policies wreak havoc on families and communities, but also why collective responsibility must make way for awareness, an understanding of the crisis and its ramifications, and for drastically needed activism and change.

Like the story of global warming and climate change, this epidemic of mass imprisonment includes many “inconvenient truths”—critical realities….such as its sheer size, huge social disparities, and monumental costs…. [u]nlike climate change, the scale and consequences of mass incarceration derive from relatively recent events and a deliberate set of public policies that continue to be defended as being in the public interest” (48).

Then at 5:00, I welcome TV producer and writer Stefani Deoul, to talk about her debut novel, The Carousel, and Fay Jacobs, publisher of A&M Books—and who also has a new book out—For Frying Out Loud: Rehoboth Beach diaries.

The Carousel tells the story of a stranger whose chance destination in a small town on the Northeast, begins a narrative of redemption, acceptance, and courage in the face of the unknown. The plot is complex but tight and very intriguing. Deoul’s characters are layered and surprising, their interactions and relationships are authentic and endearing. It’s the kind of book that stays with you, thinking and rethinking what you’ve read and why it’s striking.

For Frying Out Loud: Rehoboth Beach diaries, is fun and engaging collections of essays and vignettes sure to keep you interested and less inclined to put the book down. Here is Fay Jacobs on the lesbian baby boom:

“as the gay parenting trickle turned into a spate and then a boom, it sure has been fun to watch. Like the time we went to dinner with a couple we’d just met. As the waiter took drink orders, Bonnie and I choose vodka and tonic, one of our new friends asked for a glass of white wine, and our fourth companion looked up at the waiter and said, “Nothing for me, thanks, I just inseminated myself.” The waiter handled it rather nicely. “How about a Shirley Temple?” he asked. Then turned around and walked smack into the wall” (133).

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Author Lisa Gitlin and Rabbi Andrea Myers visit Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

Lisa Gitlin

I Came Out for This?

This Thursday, September 8th, on Woman-Stirred Radio, I welcome author Lisa Gitlin and Rabbi Andrea Meyers.

My first interview, with author Lisa Gitlin, starts at 4:15 (eastern). Her debut novel, I Came Out for This, is getting great reviews, and deservedly so! The book is a well-crafted breath of fresh air, and funny as hell. It is also poignant, emotionally raw, and wonderfully ironic.

Set in the new millennium, the novel follows Joanna Kane, a lesbian newbie who comes out at the age of 47 and dives into the life with gusto and a rage that will, at times, make the reader very uncomfortable. Gitlin’s sense of irony has Joanna running headlong into the ups, downs, and snags of self-discovery and and her search for veracity. Gitlin’s novel has taken the Independent Publishers Book Award Gold Medal in both humor and fiction.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Gitlin is a graduate of the New School for General Studies (formerly The New School for Social Research. A freelance writer, Lisa Gitlin lives in Washington DC.

Then, at 5:00, I welcome Rabbi Andrea Myers, whose memoir, The Choosing:A rabbi’s journey from Silent Nights to High Holy Days, is fresh off Rutgers University Press. The cild of a Roman Catholic Sicilian, and German Lutheran, Myers grew up on Long Island, took a degree in neuroscience from Brandeis University. Myers lived and studied in jerusalem for two years and was ordained at the Academy for Jewish Religion, in New York City, where she currently lives.

“Myers relates tales of new beginnings, of reinventing oneself, and finding oneself. Whether it’s a Sicilian grandmother attempting to bake hamantaschen on Purim for her Jewish granddaughter, or an American in Jerusalem saving a chicken from slaughter during a Rosh Hashanah ritual, Myers keeps readers entertained as she reflects that spirituality, goodness, and morality can and do take many forms. Readers will enthusiastically embrace stories of doors closing and windows opening, of family and community, of integration and transformation. These captivating narratives will resonate and, in the author’s words, “reach across coasts, continents, and generations” (source).

So please join us this Thursday, September 8th on Woman-Stirred Radio, a queer cultural journal, which broadcasts live every Thursday afternoon, from 4 to 6 p.m. (eastern), locally at 91.1 fm (Plainfireld) and 91.7 (Hardwick). We also stream live at WGDR is a community radio station and broadcasts from the campus of Goddard College. Interviews begin at 4:15. Want to join the conversation? Call the air studio at 802.454.7762.

Posted 06/09/2011 by Merry Gangemi in Uncategorized