“Black Lives Matter”

“Black Lives Matter”

Yin Radio “Black Lives Matter”; discussion about activism, race, gender and feminism with three young women: Sabine Pendry, Brianna Smathers, Madison Winn. These 3 women organized peaceful protests in their communities in July 2016, to stand in solidarity with others as a response to the police shootings of people of color. They discuss the politics of gender, race and feminism. Fresh insights and commitment to changing the dynamics of inequality. Host Maree McHugh – KRFP Radio Free Moscow,Moscow, Idaho

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Women, Art and the Land of Northern Arizona

Women, Art and the Land of Northern Arizona

“Women, Art and the Land of Northern Arizona” – Yin Radio Special Edition.  Six women artists who have a strong relationship with  place and culture in Northern Arizona speak about their art.  Quilter Cheryl Sells from Dilkon, Shauna Begay a weaver in the Navajo tradition from Indian Wells;  Senan Begay an  emerging Navajo silversmith;  Winslow fabric  artist Eloise DeSpain; from England weaver and artist-in-residence at the Petrified Forest Jaini Hadley;  and a bead artist who wants to remain anonymous.  Each woman tells her own story of her life and creating art, in the enchanting, high desert country. Host Maree McHugh.  KRFP – Radio Free Moscow, Moscow, Idaho. marypatazonia@gmail.com

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Public Health in Women’s Lives

Public Health in Women’s Lives

June 19, 2016 – Guest Helen Brown speaks with host Amber Ziegler about her experiences as a Public Health Nutritionist, and the importance of public health approaches in the lives of women and other marginalized groups.

Helen Brown is a Public Health Nutritionist who has been a Registered Dietitian for over 30 years. She has worked in several communities around the nation, and joined the Moscow, Idaho community about ten years ago. Helen currently works as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Department of Movement Sciences, at the University of Idaho. Her research interests include policy, system, and environmental changes to promote health equity, sustainable food systems, and nutritional eating capacity. She is mother to three grown children, tends a five-acre farmlette, and is committed to peace and justice. Host Amber Ziegler joined Helen in her home to discuss her experiences in the public health sector.

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An Interview with writer Lia Purpura

An Interview with writer Lia Purpura

March 27, 2016, 2-3PM

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“Where you were/ before you were born,/ and where you are/ when you’re not anymore/ might be very close.”

From “Future Perfect”



Lia Purpura is the author of three collections of essays (Rough Likeness, On Looking, Increase); three previous collections of poems (King Baby, Stone Sky Lifting, The Brighter the Veil); and one collection of translations (Poems of Grzegorz Musial: Berliner Tagebuch and Taste of Ash). A Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (for On Looking), she has also been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, a Fulbright Foundation Fellowship (Translation, Warsaw, Poland), three Pushcart Prizes, a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, and multiple residencies and fellowships at the MacDowell Colony.

Purpura’s poems and essays appear in: Agni Magazine, Ecotone, Field, The Georgia Review, Orion, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Ploughshares, The Southern Review and many other magazines and anthologies, including Best American Essays 2011 and The Pushcart Anthology.

Lia Purpura is Writer in Residence at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in Baltimore, MD and teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, WA. Recently, she has served as Bedell Visiting Writer at the University of Iowa’s MFA Program in Nonfiction, Coal Royalty Visiting Professor at the University of Alabama’s MFA Program, Visiting Writer at the Warren and Patricia Benson Forum on Creativity at Eastman Conservatory, in Rochester, NY, and has taught at the MFA programs at Columbia University, Bennington, and at the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, and the Chautauqua Writers’ Conference. She lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband, conductor Jed Gaylin, and their son.

Yin correspondent and MFA Non-Fiction Writing Candidate at University of Idaho, Lauren Westerfield, interviews Lia. 

Sunday, March 27, 2-3PM 90.3FM, www.krfp.org


The Blackfish Prophecy: An Interview with Rachel Clark

nt Rachel is a writer and biologist. As a kid she got hooked on all things animal, vegetable, and mineral. To complicate mScreen Shot 2016-02-07 at 3.18.19 PM.pngatters, she was hatching up stories before she could hold a crayon. Once she discovered biology it was all over. Ever since her first class in 7th grade when she refused to dissect a frog, a little voice in her head said: You gotta share this amazing stuff about how nature works, and ask if we really need to harm it. The little voice only got fiercer once she went to college and worked with captive dolphins and Beluga whales, then got to see wild killer whales only a few weeks later. From then on it was an all-out quest to convey the wonders of nature, while pointing out the serious problems of our very bad habit of dominating others and the Earth. She’s been a card-carrying science writer for twenty years. The Blackfish Prophecy is Rachel’s first book.

Read an Article about Rachel in Psychology Today: Click Here 

Sunday, February 14, 2PM with Maree McHugh, 90.3FM

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When Songbirds Returned To Paris: An Interview with Elizabeth Sloan

January 31, 2-3PM, 90.3FM

E M Sloan promo photo.jpgMaree McHugh interviews Elizabeth Sloan about her new book When Songbirds Returned to Paris.

In this WW II narrative, British aristocrat Cecily Margot Gordon Lefort  leaves her Paris home and husband  (a French doctor)to return three years later as a secret agent.  Cecily is captured by the Gestapo and dies in a concentration camp. The author engages her brave and spirited cousin  (70 years departed) in conversation after tracking down Cecily’s French dossier, Special Operations Executive file, war letters, and confidantes.  Cecily’s intrepid wartime adventures, the truth about her marriage, the events that unfold following her death – all culminate in a world-wide-web of intrigue and discovery.

Elizabeth Sloan’s historical nonfiction book, When Songbirds Returned to Paris, is the culmination of more than a dozen years of research, involving international travel and correspondence.  As part of this process, she achieved an MFA in creative writing from the University of Idaho.  Sloan’s undergraduate degree (some 40 years ago!) came from the University of Iowa. The time between these degrees was filled with various art and graphic design careers, including Better Homes & Garden publishing, her own graphic design business, and numerous covers for poetry collections. Her essays “The Scent of Tarweed,” and “Spirit Dog” were both published in Idaho magazine.

Besides writing, Sloan also creates one-of-a-kind bookarts and other mixed media works. Her work titled Our M(Others), Ourselves was included in a juried Boise State University exhibit, and her work titled

Age of Exploration was included in Lewis and Clark State College Center for Arts and History, invitational “Bookworks” exhibit. Sloan is also one of 260 international artists with three book art works in the international traveling collection named Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here.

Follow E.M. Sloan’s art at lizziebzArt.com, and her author page at: facebook.com/lizziebzArt.

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