Mar 14, 2017

Donna Seaman, Author and Editor

You're about to meet Donna Seaman, Editor of Adult Books at Booklist and award-winning author. Her passions for art and literature have always been connected - she's written numerous art books reviews, and has taken that a step further with "Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists". Basically ignored by the art world, Donna introduces us to these talented landscape painters, water colorists, sculptors, who, without recognition or nurturing, never stopped creating. Listen in as Donna shares their stories and her own.

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Feb 14, 2017

Lori Sokol, PhD., Executive Director of Women’s eNews

Lori Sokol's list of credentials is long and impressive. A psychologist, scholar, writer, mover and shaker, Lori is President of Sokol Media, which publishes a variety of business magazines that advocate for diversity in the workplace. She is also Executive Director of Women's eNews. Founded in 1999, its mission is to 'report stories of women and girls to create a more equitable world, a world that honors, respects and supports the lives of women and girls.' The match is a perfect one, since Lori is, someone who has, "dedicated my entire career to advocating for gender rights through the media."

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Jan 10, 2017

Alexandra Vassilaros, Playwright

Alexandra Vassilaros has acted on stage, in film, and on television, but her passion is playwriting. Her most recent work, "Big Sky," about a well-to-do family, had its world LA's Geffen Playhouse in the spring of 2016. Her other plays include "Omnium Gatherum," a 9/11-born collaboration with Theresa Rebeck. It was a 2004 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Alex shares what it's like to be on stage and to write for the stage. There's a plenty to learn from this frank and fascinating conversation. 

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Nov 1, 2016

TD Mitchell, Playwright

TD Mitchell shares her passion and talent for storytelling and advocacy through several channels. She is perhaps best known as a writer and story editor for the acclaimed TV series "Army Wives." TD is also a playwright. The world premier of "Queens for a Year," which opened the 2016-2017 season at Hartford Stages, focuses on four generations of women who served in the Marine Corps. The play is riveting, thought-provoking and sobering. We cover a lot of ground in 30 minutes.

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Oct 18, 2016

Ashley Nicole Black, Comedian/Writer

Meet Ashley Nicole Black, the Emmy-nominated comedy writer/correspondent for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, which in case you didn't know, is not only the first political talk show hosted by a woman, but has THE most diverse writing staff in late night history!  Ashley began her comedy career at Second City in Chicago after earning a Masters in performance studies at Northwestern. She dropped out of a PhD program to pursue comedy and the rest is history! Sit back, tune in and let Ashley make your day!
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Sep 27, 2016

Ferne Pearlstein, Filmmaker

Meet Ferne Pearlstein, yet another creative women with a long list of credits behind her name. A prize-winning cinematographer, Ferne's also a writer/director, producer and editor whose films have been shown nationally and internationally. Her most recent feature documentary, "The Last Laugh," features among others: Mel Brooks, Carl and Rob Reiner, Sara Silverman, Susie Essman and Auschwitz survivor Renee Firestone. The film explores what is and is not off-limits in comedy and includes rare archival footage of cabarets in concentration camps. "The Last Laugh" had its world premier at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. There's plenty to talk about, so get comfortable and tune in!

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Jul 19, 2016

Agunda Okeyo, Comedian

Born in Nairobi and raised in both Kenya and New York City, Agunda Okeyo describes herself as a Pan-African New Yorker. A writer, producer, filmmaker and activist, Agunda is the creator and force behind the monthly production of "Sisters of Comedy: at Caroline's on Broadway. It's a 'who's who' of black women in stand-up. Agunda's written about race, gender, politics, culture and film for numerous publications including Salon, The Daily Beast, Indiewire's Women and Hollywood blog. This year she produced a benefit show supporting an Equal Rights Amendment aimed at assuring gender equality and also in 2016, was named a Progressive Women's Voices Fellow with the Women's Media Center.

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