Jul 17, 2018

Rachel Dretzin, Filmmaker

Meet Emmy award winning director Rachel Dretzin (PBS' Frontline), who has been producing and directing documentaries since 1994. Rachel, along with her husband, are the founders of Ark Media, a Brooklyn-based documentary production company. "Far From the Tree," Rachel's first feature documentary, is based on the New York Times best seller by Andrew Solomon. It explores the difficulties and challenges of raising a child who has Downs syndrome, dwarfism, autism, deafness, mental illness, is a child prodigy, or are transgender. The power of documentaries to educate, inform, empower is a focus of this fascinating, important and honest conversation with this committed, creative, accomplished woman.

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Jun 12, 2018

Jennifer Baumgardner Returns

Past guest Jennifer Baumgardner's back and for good reason. The feminist activist, journalist, author and former publisher of The Feminist Press has launched a new venture. She's the founder of Dottir Press, an independent publishing house. Dottir is Icelandic for daughter and speaks to its mission of passing down and building upon feminist intellectual and creative legacies to fill the void in our history and present culture through storytelling in all forms and for all ages. Join us for yet another important and powerful conversation.

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Jan 9, 2018

Joan Lobis, Retired NYS Supreme Court Judge

Although state courts handle more than 95% of all court cases in the U.S., a report from the American Constitution Society found that white men comprise 58% of state court judges; less than 33% are women and 20% are people of color. You're about to meet one of the 33%. Although recently retired, Joan Lobis spent more than 30 years on the bench, 26 as a New York State Supreme Court Judge. Her election to Civil Court in 1988 made Joan the first openly gay female judge in New York and then on the Supreme Court. She was one of the founding members of the New York City Bar Association's Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights. We cover a lot of territory during a conversation you won't want to miss.

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Jul 18, 2017

Sheila Head and Norma Lana, Entertainment Professionals

Sheila Head and Norma Lana, two very funny, accomplished and creative women have joined forces both personally and professionally. They first met at voice over auditions - one thing led to another and 4 years ago they got married. Sheila, an actress, comedy writer and improv pro and Norma, also a writer, actress/producer, media trainer put their talents together and are behind the pulpy comedy, "Hollywood Nurses." Sheila's the co-writer, Norma, the producer. In case you had no idea, "the mid-1950s was the heyday of pulp novels and the unique expression of queer sexuality in paperback." We talk about that and lots of other 'stuff' in this no-holds barred, hilarious, engaging conversation.

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Feb 7, 2017

Edris Nicholls, Hair Stylist

Edris Nicholls was fascinated watching her grandmother work her magic as a hair stylist on the island of St. Vincent, and knew at a young age, she wanted to do exactly that. At 15 Edris joined her mother in New York...and eventually perfected her craft at several salons, later working as a freelance stylist in Paris and Milan. Edris opened her own salon in 2003 in Manhattan's Flatiron District. Known for her aesthetic and multicultural approach to her craft, Edris Salon caters to a very diverse clientele. Here's yet another conversation with creative woman who has so much to share.

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Jun 21, 2016

Ana Castillo, Author and Activist

Ana Castillo, a poet, award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, editor and playwright, is one of the most celebrated voices in contemporary Chicana literature. In her most recent book, Black Dove: Mama, Mi'jo and Me, she details her life as a single, brown, feminist parent, while at the same time, describes her against-all-odds career as a writer and activist. Join us for an enlightening, eye-opening and fascinating conversation.

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Jun 7, 2016

Allison Orenstein, Photographer

Allison Michael Orenstein's love affair with a camera began when she was 15 and has been going strong ever since. The New York City-based portrait photographer's work has graced the covers and pages of "Vanity Fair," "Esquire," "People," "Vogue," "Elle," "New York" Magazine, "Art Forum," "The Wall Street Journal," "The Hollywood Reporter," "Billboard," and "Town & Country." She's photographed such notables as Chuck Close, Philip Glass, Stella McCartney, John Waters, Billy Crudup, Amy Schumer - the list goes on and on. Enjoy meeting and hearing from this passionate and very creative woman.

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Feb 16, 2016

Kristin Russo

Little did Kristin Russo know that coming out during Thanksgiving dinner, when she was 17, would have had the impact it did on her life. That was back in 1998. In 2010, she co-founded EveryoneIsGay.com -- one of the only advice sites for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth and their parents. Three years later, The Parents Project was born -- which provides answers to a slew of questions asked by moms and dads whose children had recently come out. To say that Kristin will always have her work cut out is a helluva understatement.

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Dec 8, 2015

New Jersey State Senator Loretta Weinberg

A committed, impassioned and devoted public servant, Democrat Loretta Weinberg has been a major player in New Jersey politics for more than 20 years. She was elected to the State Assembly in 1992; moved to the Senate side in 2005 and has been Majority Leader since 2012. A member of numerous committees, Senator Weinberg's long list of legislative accomplishments includes: sponsoring the New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act, forming the Governor's Advisory Council on Adolescent Pregnancy, and helping to shape a landmark autism research funding bill. At 80, she's got more energy, stamina and grit than people half her age. You'll want to meet this force of nature.

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Oct 13, 2015

Robbyne Kaamil

RobbyneKaamil.jpgRobbyne Kaamil wears lots of hats. In alphabetical order she's an: activist, actress, author, radio personality, relationship expert and singer. Needless to say, there's plenty to talk about. So sit back, and tune in to this no-holds barred conversation.

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