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Interview with Woman from Portland at the Battle of Seattle

This is a short interview Thistle did with a woman attending a feminist breakfast gathering the day of the Fighting the New Misogyny talk that she was also attending at the Seattle Public Library later on, only three blocks away from the location of the breakfast. About 15 women gathered for the event, some from outside of the region and others from the Pacific Northwest and Seattle. What is noteworthy about this woman's testimony is how she does not identify as "conservative" or "right...


The Battle of Seattle: WLRN's Edition 46 Podcast

Thanks to listener sponsors, WLRN was able to send Thistle Pettersen to Seattle the weekend of February 1st to attend the talk "Fighting the New Misogyny" featuring Lierre Keith, Meghan Murphy, Saba Malik and Kara Dansky at the Seattle Public Library. In this edition, you will hear exclusive coverage of events surrounding the main event that drew 350 people to the library to hear women speak about the harms of gender identity legislation and culture. There were supporters and protesters...


2016 Interview with Kathleen Richardson on child sex dolls

Here is the extended interview Elizabeth McKeown did with Kathleen Richardson about the child sex dolls on the market. How are pedophilia, pornography, and prostitution linked? Will using an object stop men from using women and children as objects, or reaffirm their outlook that women and children are things? Dr. Kathleen Richardson is a robotics ethicist with a background in anthropology who works closely with human connection and relation, particularly as it pertains to autism.


2016 Interview with Dawn Smith

In this extended WLRN interview, Thistle Pettersen talks with Dawn Smith, organizer with the Michigan Framily Reunion, about this women-only cultural event that remembers and honors the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival that took place near Hart, Michigan for 40 years with the last MichFest happening in August of 2015.


2016 WLRN Interview with Elizabeth Hungerford

One of WLRN's earliest interviews; In it, then-WLRN member Elizabeth talks with Ms. Hungerford about the Purvi Patel abortion/miscarriage case, among other cases, and their implications for women's reproductive freedoms.


WLRN Music Hour 33: Remembering Mary Oliver

Welcome back, sisters, to the first hour of Women's Liberation Music in 2020. It's been eight months since my last music show when I featured the writings of Andrea Dworkin. I can honestly say that the two deaths of well-known writers who have affected me the most have been Andrea Dworkin (who died April 5, 2005) and Mary Oliver who died a year ago today, January 17, 2019. So it seems appropriate that I return with another edition of my music show with a tribute to Mary Oliver. This month's...


WLRN's Dani Whitaker Interviews Athlete Emily Kaht

Last month, WLRN's Dani Whitaker spoke with Emily Kaht, an athlete and feminist who recently completed a marathon while carrying a flag that read, "Save Women's Sports. Woman = Adult Human Female." As Kaht discusses, this courageous act garnered both support and criticism during and after the event. Kaht is a twenty-nine-year-old woman with a bachelor's degree in biology. She has been involved in sports throughout her life with a current focus on long-distance running, and is committed to...


New Year's 2020 Extended Interview with Lierre Keith

In this interview, feminist author Lierre Keith gives us her take on the top stories and developments of 2019 as they impact girls and women and her analysis of the women's movement over the last decade and into the next. Keith gives listeners a fantastic overview of what's going on from her vantage point as an author and speaker with her finger on the pulse of what's changing, shaping up and shifting in the world. Stay tuned for Lierre as moderator of the Q & A after the talk titled "The...


Edition 45: Reflections on 2019 and the New Year 2020!

We made it to 2020 without blowing up! Unreal, right sisters? Grab your hats and put on your space suits for a fabulous journey into WLRN's first podcast of the new year and the new decade. First up, be greeted by WLRN's newest member, Dana Vitalosova from Slovakia who also delivers WLRN's January 2nd world news segment before passing off the baton to Thistle who interviews Elizabeth, a radfem from the Midwest and admin for the popular group Radical Feminism Resources. Elizabeth gives...


Edition 44: Las Feministas y el Feminismo de Mexico

In this 44th edition of WLRN's monthly podcast you will hear the world news written and delivered by WLRN's April Neault followed by the song "Libres" by Mora Navarro. Next up, Thistle speaks with Mexican feminist Laura Lecuona Gonzalez of the organization Mexican Feminists Against Surrogacy. Laura Lecuona studied Philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and her professional life has been devoted to the editing world. Currently, she is an independent editor and translator,...


WLRN's Edition 43: Substance Use & Addictions

Our edition 43 November 7th 2019 podcast features WLRN's world news delivered by Sekhmet SheOwl followed by the song "Gold Dust Woman" by Fleetwood Mac. Next, you'll hear an interview Thistle did with New Zealand feminist activist and writer, Renee Gerlich, before hearing the song "Wise Up" by Aimee Mann. Here is a list of books Renee refers to in her interview: Harriet Lerner - The Dance of Anger Gabor Mate - When the Body Says No Charlotte Kasl - Women, Sex and Addiction Andrea Dworkin -...


WLRN's Thistle Pettersen Interviews Lawyer Ann Menasche

Ann Menasche has devoted most of her life to working for economic and social justice, civil rights, environmental sanity, and peace. Ann spoke with WLRN via skype about the recent launch of Feminists in Struggle (FIST)'s campaign to amend the US Federal Equality Act. In the interview you will hear Ann talk about the difference between sex and gender and how the concept of "gender identity" effectively erases girls' and women's sex-based rights and protections. Ms. Menasche has 40 years of...


WLRN's Thistle Pettersen Interviews Anti-War Activist Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan is an American anti-war activist, whose son, U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed by enemy action during the Iraq War in 2004. Since then, she has traveled in the USA and abroad to speak out against US led wars and war time economics that fuel endless wars. In October 2019 Ms. Sheehan was dis-invited from speaking at an anti-war event in Carbondale Illinois due to trans activist pressure on the organizers of the event. This interview focuses on the story of her...


Witches & WitchCraft: WLRN's Edition 42 Podcast

Happy Halloween to all of our WLRN listeners! This podcast is full of witch magic as the team at WLRN explores the witches of old and new. Hear world news as written and delivered by April Neault after a haunting greeting by WLRN's resident female separatist, Sekhmet SheOwl. Following the world news, hear an interview Sekhmet did with Max Dashu, founder of Suppressed Histories Archives. Dashu speaks about the witches of old and puts into context the current state of witch resistance and...


WLRN's Danielle Whitaker Interviews Author Donna Freitas

WLRN's Danielle Whitaker recently spoke with Donna Freitas, author of the newly released novel, Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention, which tells the story of a young woman who was stalked in an unconventional way by her mentor. Freitas is a writer and scholar who has conducted extensive research on students, consent, and sex on college campuses. She has spoken at nearly 200 colleges and universities about her research and has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times,...


WLRN's Thistle Pettersen Interviews Lesbian Feminist Issy Dickinson

Issy Dickinson is a Lesbian-Feminist Activist and one of the Organisers of the Lesbian Strength March and Rally that took place in her hometown of Leeds in the UK on September 7th, 2019. Ms. Dickinson is studying for a Masters Degree at the University of Leeds and spoke with Thistle via skype on September 18th about the lead-up to the March and what the March was like on-the-ground the day it happened. This interview if full of useful information and lively discussion for any budding...


Edition 41: Creating Women's Culture

WLRN's edition 41 podcast celebrates women's cultural gatherings by highlighting the spirit of community and female empowerment generated at the Michigan Framily Reunion (MFR), a women-only festival that takes place every year in the pines of Michigan. Jenna and Thistle set up a WLRN table in the marketplace at MFR this year and had a blast meeting and greeting with all of the amazing women who showed up. In this edition, hear the world news as written and delivered by WLRN's youngest member...


Extended Interview with Jen and Eli

Thistle Pettersen caught up with Jen and Eli, two sisters who attended the 2019 New York City Dyke March. Featured in podcast Edition 40.


Edition 40: Digest of Dyke Marches & Pride Parades 2019

WLRN's 40th edition podcast takes a look at the current state of lesbians within what is now known as the LGBTQ+ movement, by exploring women's experiences at this year's Pride Parades and Dyke Marches. In this August 1st broadcast of our monthly news program, April Neault delivers the latest in women's news, followed by our featured song, "Whole Woman" by Ali Bee, written about a dyke march that was taken over by men. http://alibeemusic.com/ Next, you'll hear an interview with Eli and Jen,...


Extended Interview with Katherine MacLean

Katherine MacLean is a research scientist, teacher and meditator. In her academic research, she studied how psychedelics and mindfulness meditation can promote beneficial, long-lasting changes in personality, well-being and brain function. Following her sister's untimely death from cancer, she left academia and co-founded the Psychedelic Education & Continuing Care Program in New York (www.psychedelicprogam.com), which focuses on increasing awareness and reducing risks of psychedelic use....