Archive for December 2011

Nancy Sherman and Patricia Nell Warren on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

This coming Thursday, December 22nd, at 4:15,  Woman-Stirred Radio welcomes military ethicist, Nancy Sherman, author of The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of Our Soldiers (WW Norton, 2011), and then at 5:00, best-selling lesbian author Patricia Nell Warren, joins us to talk about her new memoir, My West (Wildcat, 2011).

The Untold War probes the complexities of a soldier’s internal war, and what Sherman describes as “the moral weight that soldiers carry on their shoulders,” and “examines the full arc of combat from deployment, to battlefield, to the soldier’s return to civilian life.”

The narratives are compelling and enlightening; personal experiences intersect with training, duty and obedience to answer questions such as: Is revenge ever justified? How does a soldier make peace with the guilt of killing or of surviving? What are the moral obligations of a a soldier interrogator when it is clear the prisoner is in psychological duress?

Trained as a philosopher and psychoanalyst, Nancy Sherman served as the Inaugural Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the Naval Academy and lectures widely on resilience, trauma, and military ethics. She is a university professor of philosophy at Georgetown University, and is a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for 2011/2012.

Nancy Sherman’s interview begins at 4:15. You can listen locally on 91.1 fm (Montpelier area) and 91.7 fm (Hardwick area) or stream us live at Want to join in the conversation? The air studio number is 802.454.7762.

At 5:00, Woman-Stirred Radio welcomes Patricia Nell Warren to discuss her new memoir, My West: Personal Writings on the American West . The book is layered with fascinating details and sharp observations as she tells us about pheasants, and long horn cattle, Indian mounds, or the handmade jewelry of artist Heyoehkah Merrifield and the significance of the m├ętis sash in Charles M. Russel’s art. No matter what the subject, Warren’s writing is “rayed through by a changing perspective over half a century,” from the spiritual mysteries of native culture, to  the wild ferocity of Calamity Jane and pioneering rodeo champion Alice Greenough.

Patricia Nell Warren was born in Helena, Montana in 1936. She is the author of more than eight novels, including the ground-breaking novel, The Front Runner, the first novel about gay love to win popular acclaim. “Her literary and political work has won  numerous awards and accolades, including the Arizona Human Rights Fund’s Barry Goldwater Award, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame’s Western Heritage Award, the Lambda Literary Award, the Saints & Sinners Hall of Fame, and the Gay and Lesbian Literary Hall of Fame” (source).

 Patricia Nell Warren’s interview begins at 5:00. You can listen locally on 91.1 fm (Montpelier area) and 91.7 fm (Hardwick area) or stream us live at Want to join the conversation? The air studio number is 802.454.7762.

Woman-Stirred Radio is underwritten by Sinister Wisdom, celebrating 35 years of  lesbian-feminist arts and letters. Woman-Stirred Radio broadcasts live on WGDR 91.1 fm and WGDH 91.7 fm, Goddard College‘s community radio station located in Plainfield, Vermont.

Missed Connections and Posing Beuaty: Sophie Blackall and Deborah Willis on Woman-Stirred   Leave a comment

This week on Woman-Stirred Radio I am delighted to welcome artist Sophie Blackall, whose first book for adults, Missed Connections, has drawn deserved attention and great reviews.

Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found (Workman Publishing, 2011) began as a BLOG based on real, anonymous messages posted online by strangers. Fascinated by the thousands of posted Missed Connections, Blackall’s images  bring whimsey and depth to the posts, and celebrate the mysteries of attraction and  love-at-first- sight. Missed Connections reminds us that the age-old “remembered glance, smile, or fleeting conversation” can slow the speed of the digital world.

Author and illustrator of more than twenty children’s books, Blackall has won the Ezra Jack Keats Award, the BCCB Blue Ribbon Award, and a Founder’s Award from the Society of Illustrators. She is an honor recipient of the Horn Book Award for Pecan Pie Baby, and the Ivy and Bean series. Blackall’s Big Red Lollipop won the New York Times Top-Ten Picture Book Award for 2010. Her iillustrations have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Gourmet, Food & Wine, and Town & Country. Interview begins at 4:15 p.m. The air studio number is 802.454.7762.

Then at 5:00, I welcome Deborah Willis, author of Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs, and Reflections in Black. A recipient of MacArthur, Guggenheim, and Fletcher Fellowships, Deborah Willis is chair and professor of New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Photography and Imaging.
Her new collection, Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present is the first photographic history of black beauty in African American culture, “a story overlooked by most of America” (N).  Posing Beauty explores notions of Black beauty and the import of the pose, which expands and manipulates the viewer’s perspective. Nicholas Mirzoeff argues “the pose is the essence of the photograph” (xvii), and as beauty and the pose exist in ever-changing cultural and political contexts, historical juxtapositions make the book even more compelling. Deborah Willis’s interview begins at 5p.m.

So tune in this Thursday, December 15th 4 to 6 p.m. to Woman-Stirred Radio for  diverse perspectives thoughtful discussion, open dialogue. Interviews start at 4:15. Listen every Thursday and join the WSR conversation with writers, visual artists, musicians, academics, policy makers, and special guests. The air studio number is 802.454.7762.

Woman-Stirred Radio broadcasts live every Thursday afternoon, from 4 to 6, on WGDR 91.1 fm and WGDH 91.7fm, Goddard College’s Community Radio stations. Click HERE to listen live. Click HERE for a selection of WSR podcasts. Click HERE for information about WSR and upcoming guests.

Wendy Call and Ellen Hart on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

This week, on Thursday, December 8th, on Woman-Stirred Radio, I’m delighted to welcome Wendy Call, author of No Word for Welcome: the Mexican village faces the global economy (U of Nebraska Press), and delighted to welcome back mystery maven Ellen Hart, whose new book, The Lost Ladies of Lost Lake, has been released by Minotaur Press (St. Martin’s/McMillan).

At 4:15, Wendy Call, writer, editor, teacher, and translator, comes on air to talk about No Word for Welcome: the Mexican village faces the global economy, a fascinating and intimate portrait of the peoples and cultures of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, the narrow “waist of Mexico” which stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. The region is known for “its strong women, spirited marketplaces, and deep sense of independence” (UNP). Call’s narrative about her years in the isthmus among the Huave and Zapotec, who now struggle with the consequences of industrialization and development that has been driven by the post-NAFTA global economy. “With timely and invaluable insights into the development battle, Call shows that the people who have suffered most from economic globalization have some of the clearest ideas about how we can all survive it” (UNP).

Wendy Call is a recent writer-in-residence at Seattle University, New College of Florida, and Harborview Medical Center. She is the coeditor of Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writer’s Guide, author of various essays, and translator of Mexican poetry and short fiction.

At 5:00, Ellen Hart joins us for a fun-fest about her latest Jane Lawless mystery, The Lost ladies of Lost Lake.  “While caring for a friend after she takes a nasty fall, restauranteur Jane Lawless discovers that her friend is actually much more afraid of a tragic accident that took place years ago—and the reporter snooping around it—” (SMP).  The Lost Women of Lost Lake is another adventure from one of the best writers of lesbian/gay mysteries!

The author of more than seventeen novels, Ellen Hart is a Lambda Literary and Minnesota Book Award winner.  She lives and writes in Minnesota.

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