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Gun Violence And Racism

Jun 24, 2015
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Sat. 6/27 12p: Carol Boss hosts a conversation about gun violence and racism.  Her guests are Miranda Viscoli with New Mexicans for Gun Safety; Mary Shoemaker, whose son was shot and killed by police in Northern New Mexico one year ago; and Tonya Covington, a trained mediator and anti-racism trainer for 30 years and a member of the Albuquerque NAACP.  Covington was in Charleston recently where most of her family lives and visited Mother Emmanuel Church where she met Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the 9 men and women killed last week at the church.

 

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6/20/15 Gloria Steinem explains, with irony, the rationale behind the women's crossing of the DMZ from South to North Korea and back,  when she talks to Susan Loubet for Women's Focus, "we've tried isolation for 70 years, why not try human contact." 

Steinem was at Bennington College to deliver 2015 Commencement Address. She was also questioned by students before an audience of college and community. 

Students asked Gloria about feminist community and including transgender, and then, issues in which her thinking had changed over the years.

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Megan Kamerick talks with filmmaker Carol Bash about her new documentary  "Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band."

Mary Lou Williams was one of the great innovators in jazz. She was a pianist and composer who shaped this music and mentored many of its greatest artists. And like jazz, she improvised, adapting with each passing decade. But there are still many people who don't know anything about her. Filmmaker Carol Bash traces the arc of her life and music  in the documentary, which will air on KNME Channel 5 on Friday June 26 at 10 p.m.

Sat. 5/23 12:00p: Carol Boss hosts a conversation about cardiac health for women with cardiologist Karen Sopko, Dorothee Hutchinson with Project Heart Start, Mary Beth el Gouhary and Marlene Naranjo.  Marlene was with her best friend Mary Beth when the latter suddenly collapsed onto the floor and her heart stopped. Having recently completed a course in CPR, Marlene quickly began compressions and saved her friend's life.

  May 16, 2015  Austin city staff seek help in dealing with women; Russian official defends older men marrying teen girls; Human Rights Watch calls for end to virginity tests on female recruits to Indonesian military; African female musicians record  for "Poverty Is Sexist" campaign; More than 100 women raped in DRC; Women's Court convenes in Sarajevo; Harriet Tubman wins online poll to put a woman on $20 bill; Men's rights groups upset over "Mad Max" film's feminist message; Women's wages lag around the world; Pittsburgh pop-up store charges women less due to wage gap; Albuquerque City Cou

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  April 11, 2015 Hillary Clinton to announce presidential campaign run; Beijing to prosecute feminist protestors; Iran to allow women to attend sporting events; France to impose fines and jail for excessively thing models; WHO seeks to limit Caesarean sections; Rolling Stone retracts gang rape story; Pakistani woman starts rickshaw service for women; Equal Pay Day; NFL names first female coach; group names finalists for women on $20 bill;  women in New Mexico lag in employment and earnings.

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04/11/15 Journalist Beth Baker explores how people are devising innovating ways to live as they approach retirement in her book “With A Little Help From Our Friends: Creating Community As We Grow Older." Megan Kamerick talks wtih Baker about how people are exploring options that ensure they are surrounded by a circle of friends, family, and neighbors.

And Megan also talks with some New Mexicans about similar projects that can help people avoid the detrimental effects of aging in isolation.

 

 

 

 

Sat. 1/10/15:  Writer, scholar, and former fighter L.A. Jennings tells the story of women boxers, wrestlers, and martial arts fighters-their history, motives, victories, and how they fought to join in professional sports.

Sat, 10/25, Santa Fe: New York Times Science/health writer Gretchen Reynolds quotes latest research showing the health benefits of movement.

Sat, 12/20 12pm: Interview with Rebecca Haines about her book, The Princess Problem, Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years offers tips on combating this obsession and talks about the consequences of doing nothing.  Haines is an educator, author, and researcher on children's media culture. She offers sound, sensible, parent-tested advice.

  Sat. 12/13 12p:  Carol Boss is very excited to welcome to our studio,Terry Tempest Williams.She's the author of one of Carol's most favorite books, ever - the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, as well as many other books and essays. Terry has been called "a citizen writer," a writer who speaks eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life.

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  Journalist Katy Butler’s father was vibrant and healthy when he had a crippling stroke in his late 70s. She chronicles her father's subsequent slide into dementia, near-blindness and misery in her book "Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death." She and her mother sought to give him a peaceful death against a battery of medical technologies, including a pacemaker. The book began as a story in the New York Times magazine and became one of the most downloaded articles in the publication's history.

Travel For Women

Nov 13, 2014

Sat. 11/15 12p: Let's be inspired by women traveling--around the world and New Mexico.

Courtesy of Erika Wurth

  Megan Kamerick interviews Native American poet Erika Wurth  about her first novel "Crazy Horse's Girlfriend," which tackles poverty, drug abuse and identity with surprising humor and compassion through the eyes of teenager Margaritte, a smart girl who dreams of bigger things, and may or may not find them.

Poetry Foundation

 Sat. 11/8 12p:  Carol Boss talks with celebrated Palestinian-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, the author and editor of  more than 30 volumes of poetry, essays, short stories, novels and anthologies. Naomi's father was a Palestinian refugee and her mother an American of German and Swiss descent.

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  October 25, 2014: Genetic trait protects some Latinas from breast cancer; Boko Haram kidnaps more girls; Iranian women suffer acid attacks; divorce parties on the rise in Iran; ISIS attracts female recruits from the West; online harassment of women grows; Saudi Arabia warns against driving protests; Women of the Wall smuggle in Torah scroll for ceremony; Microsoft CEO apologizes for telling women to trust karma rather than ask for raise.

Creativity For Peace

Sat. 10/18 12p: Carol Boss talks to three young Palestinian and Israeli leaders who have made peacemaking an integral part of their life.  They all attended Creativity for Peace's summer camp when they were teens, a program that prepares Palestinian and Israeli young women to pave the way to peace in their communities and across borders by partnering as leaders.  Adi, Nahida, and Dima will talk about growing up in war, their personal transformations and their work for peace.

Ari Seth Cohen

  Filmmaker Lina Plioplyte describes the creation of the documentary "Advanced Style," which is based on the blog and book of the same name by street photographer Ari Seth Cohen. Together they explore the lives of seven fashionable seniors in New York  to dispel conventional ideas about beauty and aging. Their subjects show wit, creativity, grace and flair. It's currently at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe. Learn more and watch a trailer here.

Sat, 10/11: Unique qualities of the Reggio Emilia, Italy approach engage early childhood educators and families at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History.

Debra Bloomfield

  Sat. Sept. 27, 12pm: Interviews with: photographer Debra Bloomfield whose new book of photographs and essays, Wilderness, comes from her 5 years of immersion into unknown terrain in Alaska; and Gail Sheehy, groundbreaking journalist in the '60's and author of Passages, named as "one of the 10 most influential books for our time" by the Library of Congress.

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At the National Association for Women's national conference in Albuquerque in June 2014, a panel on incarceration examined the challenges women face reintegrating into society after spending time in prison. K.C. Quirk, executive director of Crossroads For Women, was joined by Eugenia Smith and Tracy Bland, both of whom got help at Crossroads and it's affiliated program Maya's Place. Also on the panel was Bette Fleishman, executive director of the New Mexico Women's Justice Project. 

    

New Mexico welcomes home Corrales native Mira Jacob, whose just-published novel, Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing, sparked a bidding war among publishers.

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July 12, 2014 Study finds 40 percent of colleges and universities have not conducted sexual assault investigations in the past five years; Syrian families increasingly headed by struggling women; some girls escape Boko Haram, but more than 200 still held hostage; Egyptian doctor stands trial for female genital mutilation following death of girl; Mexican high court orders government to pay damages for imprisoning indigenous woman; Congressional Democrats draft bill to override Supreme Court decision on contraception; Michelle J. Howard becomes first female four-star admiral in U.S.

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June 21, 2014  Women face violence and rape from Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS); women sterilized without consent in California prisons; Moroccan prime minister says women should stay at home; activists pressure Canadian government on missing aboriginal women; American Apparel fires CEO Dov Charney after years of sexual harassment complaints; girls called sluts for sexting, but prudes if they don't; new campaign focuses on economic security for women and families; Gary King targeted for wage discrimination in campaign ads; guard arrested for abusing women at Metropolitan Detention

Courtesy of Freida Lee Mock

It was a watershed event for American women, and American history.  In 1991, African-American law professor Anita Hill walked into a political firestorm when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation process for Clarence Thomas, the first African-American nominee to the Supreme Court.

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Megan Kamerick talks with Andrea Feucht, author of "The Foodlover's Guide to Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Taos," about how she got into food writing and science coverage, her writing process and her tips for starting, and maintaining, a blog. Find her blog here.

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May 31, 2014     Remembering Maya Angelou; Santa Barbara shooter left misogynist rants; perils of rural poverty revealed in rape and murder case in India; first menstrual hygiene awareness day; Forbes names 100 most powerful women; Sudan woman sentenced to lashes and death for adultery and apostasy; Texas woman files suit after giving birth in solitary confinement and baby died; Sweden elects feminist party to EU parliament; teen pregnancy declines, but remains high in New Mexico.

Courtesy of Charlotte Bunch

Activist Charlotte Bunch talks with Susan Loubet about growing up in New Mexico and her path to activism and women's rights. Bunch founded the Women's Center for Global Leadership at Rutgers University. She has been an outspoken advocate for women's rights and global human rights. A documentary about her life, "Passionate Politics: The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch," screened at the Albuquerque Film and Media Experience.

Antoinette Sedillo Lopez talks to Susan Loubet about her decision to retire from the University of New Mexico Law School to take over leadership of Enlace Comunitario, which focuses on curtailing domestic violence among Latino immigrant communities.

Courtesy 516 ARTS

Artists Jessica Angel and Claudia X. Valdes join Suzanne Sbarge and Teresa Buscemi of 516 ARTS to discuss the new Digital Latin America exhibit, which looks at the ways in which artists negotiate the complex terrain between global and local, virtual and real, and political and private, in the creation of work that proposes alternative understandings of technology, art and cultural exchange.

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