Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Monday, November 25, 2019: Holistic Approach to Women's Health Care

Tarita Thomas

Tanya Leake
Health care in the U.S.is unfortunately both sexist and racist. As a result Women have struggled and suffered with health issues,  often unnecessarily,  because of the bias in health care that understudies women’s health issues, especially sexual and reproductive health issues  and then  ignores, dismisses  and shames women when they need help.  Today we talk to Wellness experts Tanya Leake and Tarita Thomas who have been offering a holistic alternative to women’s health for over a decade, that they created after struggling with their own health issues, and now are co creating a revolutionary peer-centered information platform to address the misinformation and dismissal of  women’s health issue by providing a space called WeKnow (Women embracing the Knowledge Necessary for Our Wellness) where women can share their own stories with Cramps, Fibroids & Endometriosis.  This is revolutionary because we know sharing our stories and supporting each other is the way we take control of our own bodies and create a new notion of health based in our own intuitive and shared knowledge as women.

Tarita Thomas was diagnosed with Endometriosis at the age of 12. None of the options her doctors offered helped, so she spent the next 30 years suffering, researching answers and seeking relief.  Her passion for Women’s Wellness is rooted in the impact that journey has had on her schooling, career and financial life.  She is the author of First Blood: Women’s Stories of their First Period, Founder of The pms Telethon designed to eradicate cramps, fibroids & endometriosis, and Founder of Pussy the Seminar: Creating Safe Space Dialogue About Our Most Sacred and Controversial Body Part.  A credentialed coach, facilitator, participatory researcher, data scientist and 20-year veteran of Human Resources and Diversity Consulting, Tarita is invested in driving authentic, vulnerable, critical conversations. Tarita is co-facilitator of #coochieconversations and co-founder and Chief Evangelist of WeKNOW.

A Black girl transplanted from Harlem, NY and now living in Atlanta, GA, Tanya Leake is a holistic wellness coach, consultant and educator who specializes in holistic nutrition, self-care, dance and fitness. Founder of her own brand of holistic wellness under EmBODY WELL, Tanya is a certified ACE (American Council on Exercise) health coach and group fitness instructor. She holds specialty certifications in behavior change, women’s health, natural health, sports and exercise nutrition and nutrition therapy. Tanya is a former senior consultant with Accenture’s Information Management Services group, with a background in computer programming, systems and data architecture. Tanya is co-facilitator of #coochieconversations and co-founder and CEO of WeKNOW.

WeKNOWus is also on Facebook and Twitter.

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

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Monday, November 11, 2019: Excavating Uruguayan Lesbian Herstory

courtesy Carolina de Robertis
Kate Raphael speaks with novelist Carolina de Robertis about her stunning new book, Cantoras, a story based on the real experiences of Uruguyan lesbians making a place for themselves and each other amidst the secrets and terror of the military dictatorship. The New York Times calls the book "brazenly hopeful ... a revolutionary fable, ideal for this moment." Carolina and I met over empanadas at Oakland's Cafe Santana; so you'll also learn the difference between Platense empanadas (those from the Rio de la Plata region of Argentina and Uruguay) and those from Chile, Peru and the Philippines.

Event: Meet the Authors, 20th Anniversary of NANOWRIMO at the SF Main Library, Wed, Nov 13 at 6 PM. Carolina will participate with a panel of writers to talk about their writing process and what it is like to write 50,000 words in a month.

Note from Kate Raphael:
This will likely be the last time I will host Women's Magazine. Tune in to find out about what I'll be doing instead! Thanks to all of you for all your support over these many years, and I hope you will continue to be avid listeners and supporters of Women's Magazine. (Keep in touch with Kate at www.kateraphael.com. Click on contact and sign up for Kate's newsletter.)

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

Also on today's show:
Solo Moms Building Community

Monday, November 11, 2019: Solo Moms Building Community

In this segment Kate sits down with Marika Lindholm, founder of the online community Empowering Solo Moms Everywhere (ESME), and one of the editors of We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart and Humor. We'll also hear from contributors to the anthology Lennlee Keep (Dad Day: When Death Is a Holiday) and Sharisse Kimbro (For My Sisters).

Message from Kate:
This will likely be the last time I will host Women's Magazine. Tune in to find out about what I'll be doing instead! Thanks to all of you for all your support over these many years, and I hope you will continue to be avid listeners and supporters of Women's Magazine. (Keep in touch with Kate at www.kateraphael.com. Click on contact and sign up for Kate's newsletter.)

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

Also on today's show:
Excavating Uruguayan Lesbian Herstory


NOURA ERAKAT, celebrating her new book, “Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine”
Tuesday, November 12, 7pm, Berkeley
In Conversation with Lara Kiswani

Berkeley City College Auditorium
Tuesday, November 12, 7pm
2050 Center Street
(near downtown Berkeley BART)

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Monday, October 28, 2019: Climate Justice Activist Mishka Banuri; Gaum Senator Sabina Flores Perez Fights Colonialism

Today we talk focus on climate justice.  We talk  to 18 year old Climate Justice activist Mishka Banuri from Utah who helped craft and pass the Utah Climate Resolution, the first of its kind in a traditionally conservative state.
Mishka is the co-founder of the Utah Youth Environmental Solutions, a youth-led group that engages with their community on environmental issues. She has also been an organizer for the Utah People’s Climate March in 2016. The focus of her work is to empower youth to hold statewide organizations and institutions accountable to climate change and build the youth climate movement in Utah. As a Pakistani Muslim American, Mishka seeks to build bridges and empower Muslim youth and students of color in Utah.
 And Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu talks to Guam Senator Sabina Flores Perez who is creating policies that promote sustainability, indigenous rights, and peace. As an indigenous CHamoru of GuĂ„han, Perez is informed by her cultures over 3500 years of close connection with nature, which was disrupted by colonialism. She struggles against  the U.S. military and works on issues of  the contamination and privatization of their drinking water and lands, deforestation of native forest that is home to their endangered species, and cultural historic sites and ancestral burials and ultimately the cultural connection and their identity as a people.
Click here to listen to the show. 59:50 min 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Monday, October 21, 2019: The Space Between Us hosted by Jovelyn Richards

Today's show in the first half is hosted by Jovelyn and Theresa Adams. Candis Watts Smith co-author with Tehama Lopez Bunyasi of Stay Woke talks with Jovelyn in a pre-recorded interview about Black Lives Matter, staying woke, her writings and her work in developing a more equitable society. Follow Candis on Twitter @ProfCandis.

Get your very own copy of Stay Woke at NYU PressAmazonBarnes and Noble, or request it at your local library!

In the second half of the show Kin Folkz and Jovelyn talk with Margo Okasawa-Rey about the book Gendered Lives, Intersectional Perspective, 7th ed. co-edited with Gwyn Kirk.  Who we are in the world or our identities and the structure of power is examined. Also they discuss womanists and feminists and why some Black women have trouble identifying as feminists. This segment was pre-recorded.

The book is available through Oxford Press and as an ebook through Red Shelf.

The Space Between Us is a live call-in show every third Monday of each month on KPFA Women's Magazine.

Click here to listen now. 59:59 min

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Monday, October 14, 2019: Celebrating Toni Morrison

This episode of KPFA’s Women’s Magazine celebrates the life and work of Toni Morrison the first African American to win  the Noble Prize for literature and who also won a Pulitzer Prize for her ground changing seminal book “Beloved.”  Toni Morrison whose writings changed the literary landscape to include those of black people especially black women is described by the New York Times as “writing luminous, incantatory prose resembling no other writer in English.”   

Jovelyn Richards and Lisa Dettmer discuss the importance of Morrison's work and life and we listen to clips of the new documentary about her life called “Toni Morrison: The Piece I am.” The film and her newest book “The Source of Self-Regard”  are offered as gifts for the KPFA fund drive and you can donate securely on-line.  Thank you for your support of feminist and radical women’s voices. Any amount shows that KPFA Women’s Magazine is important to you.

Thank you!
Lisa Dettmer

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

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Monday, October 7, 2019: Exploring Blackness and Policing of Black People in Europe

Margo and Vanessa
Interview with Vanessa Eileen Thompson

Margo Okazawa-Rey, gender studies professor and a member of the legendary Combahee River Collective, discusses the similarities and differences between anti-Blackness in the U.S. and in Europe with Afro-German scholar Vanessa Eileen Thompson.  Thompson is a researcher at the Goethe University in Frankfurt and a former visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Department of Ethnic Studies. She is one of the organizers of the upcoming symposium "On the Matter of Blackness in Europe: Transnational Perspectives" to be held at UCLA October 11-12. Find out why a symposium on racism in Europe is being held in the United States!

Click here to listen to the entire interview with Vanessa. 30:33 min

Vanessa Eileen Thompson is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Sociology at Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany. Previously, she was a guest lecturer in gender studies at the University of Cologne and a fellow at the Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research and teaching are focused on critical race and racism studies, black studies (with a focus on Black Europe), gender and queer studies, post- and decolonial feminist theories and methodologies, critical security studies, and transformative justice. Thompson is also engaged in these fields as an activist.  Her current research project focuses on racial gendered policing in Europe and transnational articulations of abolitionist visions and alternatives from a black feminist perspective. Vanessa has published articles on the work of Fanon, black social movements in Germany and France, and racial gendered policing in Europe.

Film: The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo

Then we listen to excerpts of the brilliant documentary "The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo", which chronicles the career and writings of one of the foremost African feminist writers. Aidoo, the author of nine books, two plays and many short works, also served as Ghana's Minister of Education from 1982-1983. After eighteen months, she concluded that she would not be able to realize her goal of free universal education because nationalist ideals had been subverted by the elite. In 2000 she founded the Mbaasem Foundation, a non-governmental organization based in Ghana with a mission "to support the development and sustainability of African women writers and their artistic output."

Much love to all of you who have supported me and KPFA Women's Magazine over these many years. -Kate Raphael

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