Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Monday, May 14, 2018: KPFA Fund Drive

If you missed your chance to donate during KPFA Women's Magazine this week you can call in next Monday May 21 between 1 and 2 PM to pledge your support to KPFA and Women's Magazine. Thanks for listening.

Click here to listen to yesterday's show. 59:50 min

A message from Kate Raphael:

This week, KPFA is fundraising again - I know, it seems like we just had a drive, but that's the game in listener-supported noncommercial radio. We don't get corporate grants and very little government money, so we depend on you to keep us on air and able to bring you the information and culture you need in these difficult times.  If you have heard something on Women's Magazine in the last six months that you didn't know, if you have found out about a book you enjoyed or an event you wanted to attend, if you got inspired or energized, if you're an author or promoter or filmmaker who was given the opportunity to share your work on our show, think about how much that was worth to you and donate that amount to KPFA tomorrow during Women's Magazine.


We'll be featuring Betty Reid Soskin, the oldest living park ranger at 96 (she started the job in her eighties).  I know some of you missed this interview last time around, so this is your chance to hear it.   Betty works at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Park in Richmond, California, and has taken responsibility for making sure that the unique contributions and struggles of Black women during that period is included in the history.

We will be offering Betty's book as a thank you gift for your donation of $125 or more during that hour.  But anything you can give to help keep KPFA on air will be greatly appreciated. We are trying to raise at least $1,500 during the hour and that means we probably need at least 30 people to call in, so if possible, please be one of them!

To pledge by phone: 510-848-5732 or 1-800-439-5732 (1-800-HEY-KPFA)
Or pledge securely online at www.kpfa.org and choose among all the thank you gifts at various levels on offer during this fund drive, including any or all of the KPFA-sponsored talks you might have missed this year (Patrisse Cullors, Sunaina Maira, and lots more),   But we hope many of you will want to get a copy of Betty's book to savor and share.

Thank you so much for all your past support.

You've kept Women's Magazine on air for thirteen years.  This is a difficult time for us but I believe we're going to make it and we can only do that if we increase our membership and fundraising, so if you live in the Bay Area and have never been a member, this is a great time to take that step.  And if you are not in the Bay, you can still get all of KPFA's great content online wherever you are, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and your donations also help to make sure that Pacifica's 200+ affiliates continue to get progressive perspectives and news that is not available anywhere else.

Keep hope alive - keep KPFA alive.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Monday, May 7, 2018: Rahila Gupta on Paradises Built in Hell

Rebecca Solnit's 2010 book A Paradise Built in Hell posits that disasters, whether natural or human created, commonly bring out our most generous and cooperative nature, leading to the development of new forms of community and democratic organization. This week on Women's Magazine, Kate Raphael talks with two women who have done their own research into this phenomenon. First we hear from Rahila Gupta.



British journalist Rahila Gupta traveled to Northern Syria to witness the grassroots feminist democracy being built in territory liberated from the Islamic State. She has written extensively about the impressive network of women's cooperatives, political education and legislative accomplishments built in just a few years.
Rojava is broken into three cantons. Afrin Canton in the West, Kobane Canton in the center, and Cizre Canton in the East. These three cantons are working in cooperation with many local and international players to push back the Islamic State.

Click here to listen to the show. 59:50 min

Also on today's show:
Lucy Jane Bledsoe


Monday, May 7, 2018: Lucy Jane Bledsoe on Paradises Built in Hell

Rebecca Solnit's 2010 book A Paradise Built in Hell posits that disasters, whether natural or human created, commonly bring out our most generous and cooperative nature, leading to the development of new forms of community and democratic organization. This week on Women's Magazine, I talk with two women who have done their own research into this phenomenon. 


Lucy Jane Bledsoe's new novel, The Evolution of Love, imagines the aftermath of a massive earthquake in the East Bay, and suggests that our bonobo nature, favoring love and cooperation over conflict and competition, might ultimately triumph. Bledsoe is the award-winning author of A Thin Bright Line, which has just been optioned for a film.

Hear Lucy read from The Evolution of Love Saturday May 12th, 5 PM at Laurel Books in Oakland.

Click here to listen to the show. 59:50 min

Also on today's show:
Rahila Gupta



Events:
The Asian American Film Festival, CaamFest starts Thursday May 10 - 24. Follow link for schedule and tickets.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018: Embrace Your Voice

Sharon Sobota produces and hosts today's show. Women of different generations and backgrounds share their stories and what inspires them.

Tarana Burke, founder of #metoo talks about her decade long work against sexual violence and healing.

Kathy D'Arcy is a poet and youth organizer living in Ireland, writing political poetry, women's rights and reproductive health care. Find her books through her website.

Shanthi Sekaran author of Lucky Boy talks about her non-linear path to writing and her now novel about immigrants from Mexico living in Berkeley, CA.

Betty Reid Soskin, the oldest National Park ranger and blogger, reads from her memoir Sign My Name to Freedom and talks with Sharon about her amazing life.  Betty says, "I am now living in the future that I helped to create."


Click here to listen now. 59:59 min

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Monday, April 23, 2018: Remembering Kiilu Nyasha


Safi wa Nairobi commemorates the life of revolutionary journalist and activist Kiilu Nyasha, former Black Panther, radio and television host, artist and internationalist dedicated to freedom for political prisoners and all people around the world.

Listen to this segment here or Get MP3. 13:13 min

Click here to listen to entire show. 59:50 min

Also on today's show:
Harassment at UC Berkeley
Indigenous Intercontinental Run for Dignity


Monday, April 23, 2018: Indigenous Intercontinental Run for Dignity

Struggling for Dignity and Liberation



Nina Serrano speaks with Indigenous Chicana Vanessa Quesada about the San Antonio Peace and Dignity Journey, a seven month prayer run that happens once every four years from Alaska all the way down to Argentina. The ceremonial run began in 1992, to fulfill the prophecy of the eagle and the condor, which reconnects peoples from north and south.

See YouTube video of interview below (21:25 min):




Click here to listen to entire show. 59:50 min

Also on today's show:
Remembering Kiilu Nyasha
Harassment at UC Berkeley

Monday, April 23, 2018: Harassment at UC Berkeley

Struggling for Dignity and Liberation


Whistleblowers Vanessa Kaskiris, Zoey Lin and Sarah Fernandez tell the explosive story of systemic gender bias, discrimination and hostile work environment in UC Berkeley's IT department.

"This is a systemic and deep problem across UC." -Vanessa Kaskiris

Listen to this segment here or Get MP3. 24:12 min

Or click here for unedited interview. 49:35 min

Click here to listen to entire show. 59:50 min

Also on today's show:
Remembering Kiilu Nyasha
Indigenous Intercontinental Run for Dignity