299 Tracy Sayre “Moonshot Initiative”

Today I am joined by Tracy Sayre, co-founder of Moonshot Initiative (formerly Women’s Weekend Film Challenge) who helps thousands of women build networks and break down barriers in the film and television industries. Through Moonshot, Tracy has produced nearly 40 short films. She is an award-winning screenwriter and wrote and produced “Lily + Mara” with her writing partner, Caroline Roberts (AP of “The Little Mermaid”), which screened on PBS and had its world premiere at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Tracy lives in Kingston with her husband and two daughters. She is an avid reader and loves weightlifting.

Tracy shares about how Moonshot Initiative was born and the work they now do including their pilot accelerator program, their signature weekend film challenge, and monthly virtual workshops featuring prominent film and TV professionals. Tracy is a panelist for HERSTORY, an evening of conversation and networking with others in the film and television industry here in the Hudson Valley. It’s all taking place on Tuesday, November 7th at 6:30 pm at the Rosendale Theater.

In the spirit of the Moon and because it is my “religion,” I share thoughts on our Moon Signs inspired by the book, The Moon Sign Guide by Annabel Gat and then some thoughts about the New Moon from Sarah Faith Gottesdiener’s The Moon Book. The New Moon is coming up this Mo(0)nday, so time to start thinking about your ritual!

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290 Labor Day and Feminism

It’s Labor Day. I have some thoughts. Here’s the article on the history of Labor Day. Here’s the Caitlin Flanagan article that I comment on. Here’s the September Astrology Forecast. Last but not least, here are the songs and then some that we listened to.

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267 Dedicated to the Women in My Life

Today I take a trip down memory lane to honor and recognize some of the women I’ve been close to in my life who have shaped me and my life in some way. During Women’s History Month we tend to focus on the famous or unrecognized female “pioneers,” but a big theme in this show is that “women’s work” is so often undervalued and not rewarded in the same way as most “achievements” are celebrated. This show is me thanking all of the women in my life regardless of “achievement.” Your existence is enough! I couldn’t name and appreciate all of them and could have shared even more than I did about those I did recognize, but it’s a start of a practice that I hope to engage with more regularly. Here are the ones I celebrated on today’s show. My Great-Grandmother Viola Dietrich, Grandmother Shirley Cirillo, Grandmother Dorothy Widmann, Mom Sandra Widmann, Aunt and God-Mother Dawn Scarce, Sister Angela Widmann, first friend Stefanie Mulby (Rice), close pals from elementary, middle and high school Jodi Roberts (Finzel), Pamela Toshner (Stubbe) and Ann Casamassa, college Stephanie Berry (Sweeney) and Mary Lindsley, law school Karen O’Keeffe, Sandy Steinman and Jane Sigda, the Squirrels Joyce Manalo, Tiziana Agnello, Emily Furr and Belinda Downey, first Hudson Valley friend Sara Schneller and then a few of the many amazing women in the Hudson Valley who I am so grateful to call friends, Shana Falana, Neslihan Ulus Lord and Tarah Gay. Special shout outs to Tara Sanders for inspiring this show (and being a most amazing friend), Melissa Morse for being on “my team” in elementary school, Rita Bolla Lapinel, Shawn Harrison, Sarah Carlson, Carla Rozman and Marielena Ferrer who’ve been especially present in the past few years. There are so many who I can think of writing this who I left out like Erin Widmann (Kujawa) duh!, Holly Egan Arnold, Tracy Bettenhausen Jennings, Wendy Wein White, Melissa Walkowiak, Brandie Tetzlaff (McPherson), Claudia Beck (Giesie), Angela Hamilton (Stubbe), Connie DeBie-Bailey, Kathy Obler (Ben’s Mom), and of course my nieces! There are others. I don’t know how to end it. I feel like making an art project to honor them all. I love each of you and thank you for being a part of my long and winding life.

Here’s the playlist I mentioned for those interested in hearing more of the songs that got me through college and beyond.

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265 “The Art of Living” with Isabel Cotarelo and Marielena Ferrer

On this month’s installment of Spirituality and Politics, Marelena Ferrer and I are joined by Isabel Cotarelo, an artist who’s life experiences express through her work. “The need to modify the contiguous space and the objects in it has always emanated as an irresistible force. The experiences that I have had throughout my life have changed the output of that force. As a Latina growing up in a matriarchal family, the useful craft making process and cooking that bonded members and generated stories and guidance are now part of my story and a repository from where I can launch a new re-invention of self.”

​Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and living and working in Kingston, NY, Isabel studied Fine Art and Counseling, has received numerous grants and awards and exhibited internationally since 1983.

She co-curated the exhibit at the Arts Society of Kingston featuring women from around the globe to Celebrate “HERstory.”

Our conversation weaves through the experiences of being a woman, being raised in a matriarchal family, the importance of spaces for women and Isabel’s own HERstory.

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262 Beth Fisher-Yoshida “A Woman’s Guide to Negotiation”

Today’s guest is BETH FISHER-YOSHIDA, PH.D., CCS, a global expert and educator in intercultural negotiation and communication. She’s the program director of Columbia University’s Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, a negotiation consultant for the United Nations, and the CEO of the consulting agency Fisher Yoshida International. She works in the U.S. and worldwide, conducting workshops on leadership, culture, workplace conflict, and negotiation, and boasts a client list that includes Fortune 100 companies, nonprofits, military and security forces, governments, NGOs, and educational institutions. Her new book, New Story, New Power: A Woman’s Guide to Negotiation(Bold Story Press; January 23, 2023), helps women of all ages make successful negotiations a reality. Learn more at bethfisheryoshida.com

Beth shares her insight based upon her research about why it is often harder for women to negotiate and offers suggestions about how to overcome the unique challenges women face. Our conversation weaves through ideas about the stories we carry with us, how to identify them and then how to change them so that you can change the outcomes in your life. This includes how and why the brain operates the way it does and tips for circumventing its default. Beth’s approach to this work is very thoughtful and grounded in the potency of self awareness. I thoroughly enjoyed reading her book. It’s truly going to be powerful for anyone who wants to learn to communicate and collaborate with others better.

BONUS…Beth is offering a free coaching session for the first 30 people who write a review of her book on Amazon!

In the first half of the show I revisit the concept of narrative bias and of course share the New Moon Report from Tanaaz. (Beth’s interview begins around minute 39.)

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260 Manda Zand Ervin “History of the Courageous Women of Iran”

Today I reply my interview from February 2020 with MANDA ZAND ERVIN, Founder and Director of the Alliance of Iranian Women. We will be talking about Iran, the beautiful history of Iran, the ruling Women-Gods, the plight of women in Iran under Sharia law, and her new book, “The Ladies’ Secret Society: History of the Courageous Women of Iran.

During the Iranian Islamic revolution, Manda witnessed the execution of many innocent people, including her high school principal who was murdered because she was a woman and the secretary of education.  She witnessed the human rights of the Iranian people, especially the women, taken away from them. She witnessed her homeland leaving the twentieth century to turn backward and she witnessed the effect.

Manda came to the United States as a political refugee on June 17th, 1980, became a citizen three years later and began her fight for human rights in Iran. She is the founder and president of the Alliance of Iranian Women a group which has deep connections within the Iranian diaspora and within Iran.

As the head of the Alliance of Iranian Women, Manda Ervin works to bring the West’s attention to the plight of Iranian women under Islamic Sharia laws.  She almost single-handedly gathered the support to pass a 2003 U.S. Senate Resolution on the human rights of the women of Iran. In 2005 Manda was invited to speak at the UN conference on the family in Islamic societies.

Manda is an analyst and writer, published by many online political magazines, like the Hudson Institute, American Thinker, and Family Security Matters, National Review and others.  She speaks on TV and radio programs, nationally and internationally, including CNN, BBC, Radio France, VOA, Radio Liberty.

Her book reveals, in print for the first time, the long history of struggle against clerical domination that Iranian women have been engaged in for centuries. Rooted in the proud history of ancient Iran, where Mother-Gods were once worshipped, the Ladies’ Secret Society, an organization founded in the early decades of the 20th Century, was both the inheritor of this proud history, and the progenitor of the contemporary women’s rights campaign in the Iran of today. Zand Ervin relates the stories, and records the accomplishments, of generations of individual women activists, who fought like lionesses for every scrap of freedom they gained, only to see all their hard-won rights destroyed with the coming of Khomeini’s Islamic Revolution. During the Islamic revolution, Zand Ervin witnessed the execution of many innocent people, including her high school principal, who was executed simply because she was a woman, and the Secretary of Education. She offers heartbreaking and compelling eyewitness testimonies of strong and emancipated women who were brutally pushed backwards to living under a crude, medieval society, and who have fought back, under sometimes impossible odds, and continue fighting today. Manda Zand Ervin’s History of Iran, the Iran that has been imprisoned behind a veil offers an insight and context to news of terrorism and the dangers caused by the misogynistic clerical regime ruling Iran which continues to dominate headlines.

https://www.allianceofiranianwomen.org/2020/01/an-iranian-womens-rights-advocates-life-hanging-in-the-balance/

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246 The History of the Witch

In honor of the season, I wanted to remind us all of the history of the “witch” and her persecution by reading from Silvia Federici’s Caliban and the Witch.

And here’s a little Tarot reading for the week.

The playlist we enjoyed throughout the show can be found here.

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237 “Rewinding to January 2018” with Gail Ann Dorsey and Ruth Ungar

I’m still in newborn land so playing an oldie but goodie in honor of Olivia Newton John and this weekend’s Summer Hoot with Olivia super fan and musician Gail Ann Dorsey and Hoot founder and musician Ruth Ungar Merenda. These interviews originally aired in January 2018 when Shana and I were hosting together. It was our second episode! I could listen to these women speak for days…

P.S. Gail says to see the movie Network! And here’s such a profound example of her talent.

We also heard these songs today: My Baby Drinks Water by the Mammals, 2Gether by Naiika Sings, Good Things by Olivia K and the Parkers, La Belleza by Lau Noah, Magic Powers by Liana Gabel, If You Could Hear Me Know by the Mammals. Check out the playlist to listen!

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235 “Pollinators” with Karen Ranney

Karen Ranney taught Early Grade Science, Kindergarten, and Pre-K for more than 20 years. She now maintains a little woods in the Hudson Valley. She gardens, photographs and writes for children every day. She thanks all the young children who observe nature, show curiosity, ask questions, and inspire everyone in their world. She’s written All About Leaves and My Hear Your Heart under her pen name Lea Utsira.

Today we learn about and visit Karen’s garden, and she shares about how and why she’s cultivating pollinator plants, how’s she’s bringing her yard back into a more native state, how she manages critters and poison ivy, and the two books she’s authored for young (and old) readers. If you want to reach out to Karen and talk gardening or pollinators, you can find her at leautsira@gmail.com.

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234 “Childfree by Choice” with Therese Shechter and LeNora Faye

It’s the return of Therese Shechter, Founder of Trixie Films, Author, Speaker and Director of the compelling documentary film, My So-Called Selfish Life, and she’s brought with her LeNora Faye, a childfree lifestyle advocate, speaker, and moderator who creates global platforms, both public and private, for people who are choosing not to have, birth, or raise children. She is a co-host of the international podcast and web series, Childfree Girls and a co-founder of Childfree Convention, where she serves as PR manager and co-moderator. 

The Childfree Convention is a free, two-day virtual event to connect childfree people all over the world, where childfree people and their allies can expand their knowledge about the childfree lifestyle and explore important topics in the childfree community.

The convention is FREE to watch and open to all who want to be part of the childfree conversation.

The panels will explore topics of interest to the childfree community such as the childfree experience in different world cultures, Pronatalism, Antinatalism, Defining Family, Childfree Guys, Childfree LGBTQ+, Sterilization, Childfree F.I.R.E. (Financial Independence Retire Early), Childfree 60+, and more.

The Childfree Convention is happening July 30-31 and August 1st is International Child Free Day so we’re celebrating with them and sharing their good work with you. Whether you identify as Child Free, Child Less or none of the above, this is an important conversation in changing the narrative on womanhood and disempowering the patriarchy.

Here’s the link to the Poly Styrene film and the playlist we heard.

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