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Women’s Issues

Non Fiction, Social Issues, Women's Issues

AUG 26: Julie Suk with We The Women & Why the Equal Rights Amendment Matters

Julie Suk joins us to discuss stories from her new book WE THE WOMEN: The Unstoppable Mothers of the Equal Rights Amendment.

We explore why the ERA still hasn’t made it into the U.S. Constitution — and who’s blocking it.  What that means to women today, and what to do about it.  Julie also highlights some of the brilliant women suffragists who’ve kept pushing the ERA forward despite fierce opposition and subterfuge.

Julie C. Suk is a frequent media commentator on legal issues affecting women. She’s a professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Liberal Studies at the the Graduate Center of the City University of New York where she serves as Dean for Master’s Programs.

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History, Non Fiction, Women's Issues

AUG 19: Olive the Lionheart with Brad Ricca

It’s 1910 when 30-year-old redhead and Scottish socialite Olive MacLeod defies all wisdom, packs her bags, and travels to Africa to find her missing fiance. Author Brad Ricca tells the true story of Olive the Lionheart based on her own journals and photographs, the lost journals of her fiance — naturalist Boyd Alexander — and the many letters that crossed continents between them.

Olive’s adventure of the heart sweeps her across deserts, cities, swamps, and jungles. We discuss what was at the heart of the journey, and what drove her. Because while some define her as a hero, Olive realizes in Africa that her journey’s not just about finding her fiance. It’s also about facing her demons and finding herself.

Brad Ricca is an award-winning writer and the Edgar-nominated author of the bestselling Mrs. Sherlock Holmes.  He has appeared in documentaries on the History Channel and AMC. And has been a guest on shows such as Criminal, All Things Considered, and BBC Radio. More about Brad Ricca’s work and Olive the Lionheart: Lost Love, Imperial Spies, and Woman’s Journey into the Heart of Africa.

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Arts, History, Non Fiction, Women's Issues

JAN 29: Women in Film – Hollywood, Her Story

Women in film, Hollywood Her StoryWhen the 2020 Academy Award nominations were announced, many said women in film are finally breaking through. Today’s guests say “No, they’re making a comeback!”

Co-authors Barbara Bridges and Jill S. Tietjen discuss how women helped found the movie industry – a time when they ran silent movie studios and held positions of power. When a female director, and an actress, were paid more than any man in the business.

We explore when and why that changed. Why it’s important we have more female representation in the industry. How they collaborated during the writing process. And snippets from their beautiful book Hollywood, Her Story: An Illustrated History of Women and the Movies.

Jill S. Tietjen is an author, speaker, and electrical engineer. One of the top historians on women in the U.S., Jill is inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and her work has won many awards.  Entrepreneur Barbara Bridges cofounded Women+Film to bring audiences together with films by, and about, women. The Denver Post named her as one of Colorado’s Top Thinkers in Arts and Culture.

 

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Business, Career, Non Fiction, Social Issues, Women's Issues

NOV 27: Andrea Kramer’s It’s Not You, It’s the Workplace

Women have made great strides in establishing themselves in the workforce, so why do most workplaces remain male dominated environments?  Andrea Kramer joins us today to discuss ways we can close that gap, from avoiding applying double standards to female colleagues to the consequences resulting from men bragging and self-promoting while women downplay their achievements.  You’ll also find out that millenials might not be quite as different as you thought, and why perfectionsim is overrated.  Andrea’s new book, co-authored with her husband, Alton Harris, is It’s Not You, It’s the Workplace: Women’s Conflict at Work and the Bias that Built It.

For decades, attorneys Andrea and Alton have confronted gender bias in the workplace through speaking, workshops, articles, blog posts, podcasts, one-on-one counselling, and engagements with national and international business and professional organizations. They have appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and many other publications.

 

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Health & Wellness, Inspirational, Personal Development, Self-help, Women's Issues

NOV 13: Cheryl Hale’s Girl Be Brave

While dealing with her mother’s breast cancer, Cheryl Hale discovered a letter from her grandmother to her mother, ending with three simple but powerful words.  Girl Be Brave: 100 Days to Chart Your Course was inspired by that letter, and today we discuss how being an entrepreneur helped Cheryl develop the resilience and ability to cope when life throws you a gut punch; the pitfalls of overplanning. And how to make choices your future self will thank you for.  We’ll hear how Cheryl pushed through her fears and negative selftalk to walk more in love, empathy, and compassion.

Cheryl Hale is a writer, blogger, and business owner who founded the Girl Be Brave online community, website GirlBeBrave.com, and corresponding product line in 2016.

 

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Fiction, Social Issues, Women's Issues, Writers on Writing

NOV 06: Eileen Pollack’s The Professor of Immortality

Inspired by the true story of the Unabomber, Eileen Pollack’s fictional Technobomber is an incel archetype.  His anger at the ways in which technology is destroying the environment and ruining the quality of human existence couples with a deep loneliness and inner rage at being unable to find love, driving him over the edge.  The Professor of Immortality raises concerns about the people designing future technology and how it will affect our everyday lives.

Eileen is a writer whose novel Breaking and Entering, about the deep divisions between blue and red America, was named a 2012 New York Times Editor’s Choice selection. She also is the author of five novels, two collections of short stories.  Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prizes, and Best American Essays.

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Career, Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Self-help, Women's Issues

OCT 10: Reshma Saujani’s Brave, Not Perfect & Jane Finkle’s Introvert’s Complete Career Guide

 

Young boys are taught to be bold and adventurous, young women are taught to be prim, proper, and demure.  Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder by Reshma Saujani shows you how to end your love affair with perfection and rewire yourself for bravery.

Reshma began her career as an attorney and activist., surging onto the political scene in 2010 as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress.  She is Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization.

Next, while the squeaky wheel gets the grease, remove the quiet wheel and the bike becomes useless.  Jane Finkle knows firsthand the unique challenges and obstacles introverts face.  Her new book, The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide: From Landing a Job, to Surviving, Thriving, and Moving on Up, provides the tools to creating a path to a more fulfilling life.

Jane has 25 years of experience as a career coach for universities and has run her own career counseling firm since 2002.

 

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Inspirational, Memoir, Non Fiction, Social Issues, Women's Issues

SEP 16: Laurie Halse Anderson’s SHOUT & Meredith May’s The Honey Bus

Today, we pollinate your mind with a buzzworthy guest … literally.  Meredith May learned some of life’s most pivotal lessons about community, loyalty and survival from one of nature’s most fragile and important creatures.  Raised by her fourth generation beekeeper grandfather while her mother’s mental state slowly deteriorated, Meredith found everything she needed to know about family was buzzing right there in the hive.  Her new memoir is The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees.

Meredith spent sixteen years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where her narrative reporting won the PEN USA Literary Award for Journalism and was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize.  She is a fifth generation beekeeper.

Later, frustrated by how little has changed in the 20 years since first writing about sexual assault in her groundbreaking, award-winning novel Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson reveals her personal history as a survivor of sexual assault and her journey to healing in her new book SHOUT.  Today, she’ll discuss solutions to this ongoing problem, sharing key insights from among the thousands of women she has interviewed over the last two decades.

Laurie is a New York Times bestseller whose writing spans young readers, teens, and new adults.  In addition to combatting censorship, she regularly speaks about the need for diversity in publishing and is a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council.

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Inspirational, Memoir, Social Issues, Women's Issues

JUL 29: Keele Burgin’s Wholly Unraveled

“This is my story of growing up in and escaping a cult, only to find myself chasing adrenaline and drugs in hopes of finding a shred of self-worth before finally landing in a remote community where I lived in silence, quieted my demons, and found the courage to love myself.”  Wholly Unraveled is activist Keele Burgin’s memoir on survival and self-discovery.

Keele is an entrepreneur, activist, mother of three, author, and filmmaker.  She has served in leadership roles on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations that empower women.

To end our show, we invite you to join us in celebrating 12 years of Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair!  Vicki’s brought you more than 1,000 guests over the years, on topics ranging from psychology and self-help, to creativity and designing the life you choose, memoir, fiction, adventure, and the latest in health and science.

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Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help, Women's Issues, Writers on Writing

JUL 15: Rosalind Brackenbury’s Without Her & Resolution Not Conflict with Dr. Susan Heitler

You might be the type to have a few close friends, or you might be a social butterfly with acquaintances coming out of the woodwork, but in either case, you have to admit friendship is full of complexities.  Poet and novelist Rosalind Brackenbury takes a deep dive into friendship in her new book Without HerToday, we’ll explore why friendships last or don’t, why it gets more difficult to find lasting friendships with age, and how to spot red flags of a toxic relationship before it’s too late.

Award-winning writer Rosalind is a former writer-in-residence at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and has also served as poet laureate of Key West, teaching poetry workshops.

Later, you’ll learn the 8 red flags that you may be in a toxic relationship, and how to get out of it with Dr. Susan Heitler, whose mantra is “Resolution, not conflict.”

Susan Heitler, PhD., is an integrative therapist, drawing from a broad range of treatment techniques to aid her clients in dealing effectively with their problems.  She is also an author and TedX speaker.

 

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