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Elizabeth Oakes and Erin P. Finley on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

This Thursday, June 30th, at 4:15, I welcome back poet Elizabeth Oakes to Woman-Stirred Radio to explore her new poetry collection, Mercy in the New World (Wind Publications, 2011). Her earlier collection, The Luminescence of All Things Emily, received wonderful reviews across the board, and Mercy in the New World lives up to her level of craft, insight, and imagery. Readers will not be disappointed!

The title plays well in its multiple meanings and references to her time and society.

Mercy in the New World, is a powerful narrative drawing on the life of Anne Bradstreet’s sister and the years following her arrival on the shores of the New World. The poems are contained and visual, yet evoke true emotion and powerful images of Mercy’s life. I am delighted to welcome Elizabeth Oakes back!

Then at 5:00 I welcome Erin P. Finley, author of Fields of Combat: Understanding PTSD among veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Since the beginning of the Iraq War, more than 120,000 soldiers have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the stories of these returning vets compel us to demand that the military make good on their promise to provide access to the resources and help these men and women need to heal, recover, and live the lives they want and need to live.  Erin P. Finley is a medical anthropologist with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in Texas and through her research and fieldwork has compiled the profoundly powerful narratives of a group of veterans, their personal stories of war, and the difficulties and pitfalls of navigating their return home.

The impact of PTSD is merciless and rapacious, trapping veterans into a spire of depression, addiction, domestic violence, and suicide, but Finley challenges the prevailing contention that PTSD is incurable and permanently debilitating. In examining the cultural, political, and historical influences that formulate the individual experiences of U. S. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, Finley articulates, not only how counterproductive actions and non-actions of the military, medical professionals, and our society-at-large amplify and complicate the problems, but also presents the good news of new and effective treatments have revolutionized how the VA provides care and treatment.

So tune in to Woman-Stirred Radio, locally at 91.1 and 91.7 fm or stream us live at WGDR and WGDH, Goddard College’s community radio stations. Want to join the conversations? Give us a call at 802 454 7762.
Questions? Email me at mgangemi@vtlink.net or go to facebook and post a question or comment.

Eileen Myles and Mark Kurlansky on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

This Thursday April 21st, at 4:15 (eastern) on WSR, I am thrilled to welcome Mark Kurlansky, author of the fascinating and thought provoking Cod (Random House, 1999), and Salt (Penguin, 2003)
“Imagine a planet with orange oceans, toxic seawater, and marine life that consists almost solely of jellyfish. This may sound like science fiction, but it’s actually a realistic projection of what our world could become if we don’t take drastic measures to reverse the decline of fish populations” (source).

“Mark Kurlansky, beloved author of the award-winning bestseller Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, offers a riveting new book for kids about what’s happening to fish, the oceans, and our environment, and what, armed with knowledge, kids can do about it. Written by a master storyteller, World Without Fish connects all the dots—biology, economics, evolution, politics” (source)

Then at 5:00 (eastern), I welcome Eileen Myles, enfant terrible of lesbian poets, to talk about her fast-paced, narrative Inferno

“I was completely stupefied by Inferno in the best of ways. In fact, I think I must feel kind of like Dante felt after seeing the face of God. My descriptive capacity just fails, gives way completely. But I can tell you that Eileen Myles made me understand something I didn’t before. And really, what more can you ask of a novel, or a poet’s novel, or a poem, or a memoir, or whatever the hell this shimmering document is? Just read it.” — Alison Bechdel

“What is a poem worth? Not much in America. What is a life worth? Inferno isn’t another ‘life of the poet,’ it’s a fugue state where life and poem are one: shameful and glorious. People sometimes say, ‘I came from nothing,’ but that’s not quite right. Myles shows us a ‘place’ a poet might come from, did come from––working class, Catholic, female, queer. This narrative journey somehow takes place in a moment, every moment, the impossible present moment of poetry.” – Rae Armantrout

“Zingingly funny and melancholy, Inferno follows a young girl from Boston in her descent into the maelstrom of New York Bohemia, circa 1968. Myles beautifully chronicles a lost Eden: ‘The place I found was carved out from sadness and sex and to write a poem there you merely needed to gather.’ ” — John Ashbery

“Eileen Myles debates her own self identity in a gruffly beautiful, sure voice of reason. Is she a ‘hunk’? A ‘dyke’? A ‘female’? I’ll tell you what she is––damn smart! Inferno burns with humor, lust and a healthy dose of neurotic happiness.” — John Waters

Need I say more? Just tune in. This should be really interesting and confounding to the point of enlightenment. 5:00 (eastern). Woman-Stirred Radio. WGDR and WGDH. Listen Live. Call the studio.
802.456.1630. 

Welcome back   Leave a comment

I am of course welcoming myself back… after a road trip to NJ and the start of my final semester at Vermont College of Fine Arts, I can refocus on Woman-Stirred Radio. Today, I interviewed Chris Bobel, author of New Blood: Third-wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation. Chris is an associate professor and chair of women’s studies at the UMass, Boston. Chris’s earlier book is The Paradox of Natural Mothering.

The book takes a clear-eyed and wonderfully intelligent look at the cultural and social issues surrounding menstruation, the shaming and relative ignorance surrounding the singular most common experience women share. Bobel illuminates the new wave of feminist menstrual activists embodied by the Blood Sisters, and the Red Brigade, a fabulous group associated with The Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival.

New Blood offers a fresh interdisciplinary look at feminism-in-flux. For over three decades, menstrual activists have questioned the safety and necessity of feminine care products while contesting menstruation as a deeply entrenched taboo. Chris Bobel shows how a little-known yet enduring force in the feminist health, environmental, and consumer rights movements lays bare tensions between second- and third-wave feminisms and reveals a complicated story of continuity and change within the women’s movement.

Through her critical ethnographic lens, Bobel focuses on debates central to feminist thought (including the utility of the category “gender”) and challenges to building an inclusive feminist movement. Filled with personal narratives, playful visuals, and original humor, New Blood reveals middle-aged progressives communing in Red Tents, urban punks and artists “culture jamming” commercial menstrual products in their zines and sketch comedy, queer anarchists practicing DIY health care, African American health educators espousing “holistic womb health,” and hopeful mothers refusing to pass on the shame to their pubescent daughters. With verve and conviction, Bobel illuminates today’s feminism-on-the-ground—indisputably vibrant, contentious, and ever-dynamic” (Rutgers)

Martin Duberman: Waiting to Land   Leave a comment


This Thursday, at 5:00 p.m., Woman-Stirred Radio and Merry Gangemi welcome Martin Duberman, Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at Lehman College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York.

They will discuss Duberman’s latest (and third) memoir: Waiting to Land: A (Mostly) Political Memoir 1985-2008. (The New Press, 2009).

Duberman is prolific writer, with more than twenty books to his name, including: James Russell Lowell (a National Book Award finalist), Paul Robeson, Stonewall, Cures: A Gay Man’s Odyssey, and his edited collection of essays, The Antislavery Vanguard. His play In White America won the Vernon Rice/Drama Desk Award for Best Off-Broadway Production in 1963. In 2007 he published The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein, abiography of the man who was the force behind George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet

Waiting to Land: A (Mostly) Political Memoir 1985-2008, interweaves diary entries with letters and reflections written in 2008. It is an important document in its reflections and analysis of the more recent years of the gay Rights movement in America. Howard Zinn notes that Duberman “is known for his unique combination of talents… a distinguished historian, a talented writer, and an impassioned advocate of gays and other beleaguered members of the human community.”

So please tune in or stream it live, tomorrow, Thursday, December 3rd at 5 p.m. to Woman-Stirred Radio on WGDR, Central Vermont’s community radio station.

Want to join the discussion? Call 802.454.7762.

Kepp Abortion Legal: No Exceptions. No Apologies.   Leave a comment

Keep Abortion Legal. No exceptions. No apologies

The Coat Hanger Project is a documentary that analyzes the pro-choice/reproductive justice movement at a time when the first generation of men and women who have never known illegal abortion are coming into power and awareness.

The Coat Hanger Project director, Angie Young visits with Merry Gangemi and Woman-Stirred Radio today, Thursday, November 20th at 4:15 (EST), for an in depth discussion of the project and the current political and social climate that informs it.

Interview begins at 4:15.

Woman-Stirred Radio broadcasts live on WGDR 91.1 fm and online at wgdr.org every Thursday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. (eastern), with interviews and music; plus commentaries from British writer Nicki Hastie and guest commentaries from Julie R. Enszer, and Jan Steckel. Our assistant producers are Lisa Harris (scheduling) and Sassafras Lowrey (social networking). Our intern is Mikhael Yowe, an IBA student at Goddard College.

Woman-Stirred Radio is funded in part by the Samara Foundation of Vermont, a non-profit, Burlington-based foundation that seeks to improve the quality of life for Vermont’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered citizens. Click on the link to find out more about Samara Foundation and its programs.