Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Monday July 20, 2015: 3 Girls Theater




Spiraleena Mason of 3 Girls Theatre joins us to talk about the upcoming New Works Festival, August 3 through 9 at San Francisco’s Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco.

Find out more about 3 Girls Theatre on Facebook. For tickets and more information about the festival go to 3girlstheatre.org and follow the calendar links. 3 Girls Theatre is hosting a meet and greet for interested women play writers on August 8th. Information is on their website.

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Also on today's show:
Interview with WHO researcher Meghan Bohren
A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile

Monday, July 20, 2015: Interview with WHO researcher Meghan Bohren

At today's launch of KPFA Women's Magazine Kate Raphael pays tribute to Dr.Claudia Alexander, African-American space scientist who led the Galileo mission to Jupiter and managed the Rosetta comet program. She died this month at age 56.











“The Mistreatment of Women During Childbirth in Health Facilities Globally: A Mixed-Methods Systematic Review” is a survey of 65 studies from 34 countries.  Its findings are part of the evaluation of the Millennium Development Goals, or MDG, eight objectives established by the United Nations in 2000.  We talk with researcher Meghan Bohren of the World Health Organization.

An infant in a hospital in Tanzania, where a study found
that 28 percent of women reported mistreatment
by health workers.
 CreditBéatrice de Géa for The New York Times

New York Times reports on WHO study on June 30, 2015: Widespread Mistreatment by Health Workers During Childbirth.

Women need to be sure that they will receive dignified and respectful care during childbirth. Unfortunately, recent studies have indicated that women are often exposed to neglectful, abusive, and disrespectful care (care that local consensus regards as humiliating or undignified) during childbirth in health facilities.

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The 8 Millennium Development Goals

1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
4. Reduce child mortality
5. Improve maternal health?
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
8. Develop a global partnership for development

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Also on today's show:
A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile
3 Girls Theater

Monday July 20, 2015: A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile

"For me it's very important that people know how to behave with technology...Syrians were just trying to get a freedom they never had...the regime used that story as a wide westerner propaganda pretending the revolution never existed..." Sandra Bagaria


In June 2011, Sandra Bagaria was in an online romance with a Syrian revolutionary named Amina Arraf.  Then Amina disappeared, and someone told Sandra she had been kidnapped by agents of the regime.  Sandra mobilized along with gay activists all over the world to demand Amina’s release. But then everything unraveled, and Sandra learned that her lover never existed.



A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile, which opens at the Roxie theater on July 24 in San Francisco, is Sandra’s story.  We talk with Sandra about the experience of making the film.

More info on the film can be found at SundanceNow Doc Club.

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Also on today's show:
Interview with WHO researcher Meghan Bohren
3 Girls Theater

Monday, July 20, 2015

July 13, 2015: Plowshares Activist Sr. Megan Rice



As we approach the 70th anniversary of the U.S. nuclear bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we speak with Sr. Megan Rice, who along with two fellow activists was recently freed from federal prison, after a court set aside their convictions for sabotage at the Y12 nuclear facility in Missouri. The three are members of Transform Now Plowshares, which engages in symbolic destruction of nuclear armaments.  The 83-year-old Rice talks about how she came to the decision to take an action which could have resulted in spending the rest of her life in prison.  Our conversation also touches on feminism and the Catholic Church.

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Also on today's show:
Attracting Women to Science

Monday July 13, 2015: Attracting Women to Science

graphic by Sarah Mazzetti


And continuing our exploration of how to attract women to scientific and engineering fields, in which they’re vastly underrepresented, we speak with Lina Nilsson, innovation director at the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley.  In a controversial New York Times op-ed in April, Nilsson described an engineering program that without even trying, achieved gender parity.  Find out how.

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Also on today's show:
Plowshares Activist Sr. Megan Rice

Monday, July 6, 2015: Beyond Gay Marriage

Beyond Gay Marriage


Today on Women's Magazine we have an encore presentation of Lisa Dettmer Radio documentary Beyond Gay Marriage.  As the issue of Same Sex marriage is covered widely in the media  "Beyond Gay Marriage" takes an a critical  look at the Gay Marriage movement and asks : Why is gay marriage the primary issue of the Gay Community?  And is Same Sex marriage really the issue most LGBT people are interested in?  What effect does the funding and emphasis on Same Sex Marriage  have on displacing other crucial  life and death LGBT issues?  This  radiodocumentary presents the voices of LGBT scholars and activists seldom heard in the media, all of whom provide acutting edge  critique of the "Gay Marriage" movement and the mainstreaming of gay politics and talk about what
progressive  Queers are working on instead.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015: LGBT History and the Creation of Gay Identities

The threat of violence is the single most common issue that unites most LGBT people across lines of difference.
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Gentrification, policing and the creation of gay place-based communities: a conversation with Christina Hanhardt. Hanhardt is professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland and the author of Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence.

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Safe Space. Winner, 2014 Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies. Now available as an ebook.

Since the 1970s, a key goal of lesbian and gay activists has been protection against street violence, especially in gay neighborhoods. During the same time, policymakers and private developers declared the containment of urban violence to be a top priority. In this important book, Christina B. Hanhardt examines how LGBT calls for "safe space" have been shaped by broader public safety initiatives that have sought solutions in policing and privatization and have had devastating effects along race and class lines.

Drawing on extensive archival and ethnographic research in New York City and San Francisco, Hanhardt traces the entwined histories of LGBT activism, urban development, and U.S. policy in relation to poverty and crime over the past fifty years. She highlights the formation of a mainstream LGBT movement, as well as the very different trajectories followed by radical LGBT and queer grassroots organizations. Placing LGBT activism in the context of shifting liberal and neoliberal policies, Safe Space is a groundbreaking exploration of the contradictory legacies of the LGBT struggle for safety in the city.

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Also on today's show:
Women's Empowerment Day at Hip Hop for Change