Today's show, hosted by Joe Clement, is relatively shorter because of the pledge drive. We hear about the death penalty and law day, Islamophobia and Islamic feminism, the right and wrong way to think about Oregon's budget problems, and a short commentary on the assissination of Osama Bin Laden.
For the Old Mole Variety Hour May 2, 2011. Despite women's active participation in the popular revolutions of this "Arab spring," US media often continue to present women in the middle east as uniquely and homogenously oppressed by patriarchal culture. But these alignments of Islam with sexism and of western cultures with secular feminist egalitarianism are misleading, at best.
With a career that spans more than five decades, Gloria Steinem has been at the forefront of feminism for nearly all of the modern movement's existence. Bread and Roses host Nico interviews the iconic feminist activist and journalist about the past, present and future of feminism, and how to bridge the gap between the so-called "sects" in the movement.
Clayton Morgareidge hosts today's show. We hear a discussion of political obstacles in fighting climate change and what needs to be done; some questions about who creates jobs and what a job is; a conversation among Movie Moles about women on the Oregon Trail in Meek's Cutoff; and a review of a memoir about cutting ties with patriarchy from our Book Mole.
Hungry for the World is a memoir by Kim Barnes about a young woman fleeing patriarchal domination of family and church to make a life on her own. Our reviewer Larry Bowlden admires her writing and courage, and hopes she will fly further in a sequel. More of Larry's reviews can be found here.
Meek's Cutoff is a new film by a woman director about the Oregon Trail and filmed in Oregon. It has been called an "anti-Western". Movie Moles Wendy Webb and Jan Haaken discuss its story and what it is saying about the role of women.
A conversation with Zari Khodaparast Santner, the only female Director of Portland's Bureau of Parks & Recreation. She is retiring after nearly 30 years. She began her studies in her native Iran and concluded them at Harvard. In addition to her paid work she is also well known for her community engagement. She says: “I saw how parks could become manifestations of democracy, where people from all walks of life could enjoy public space, regardless of wealth and background.”
Avel Gordley was the first African American woman elected to the Oregon Senate, a distinction earned through years of struggle. Gordley's experience growing up black in the Portland of the 1950s and 1960s illuminates an important piece of city and state history as well as casting a light on "the politics of being an African American woman."
This week, Jo Ann and Dave spoke with Avel Gordley about her life as a community activist, lawmaker and educator, and about her memoir, Remembering the Power of Words, which reflects on the personal and professional challenges Gordley has faced and overcome.