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Discussion: Butch Lesbian Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area

10/20/2018
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On June 23rd, the the afternoon of the San Francisco Dyke March this year, Bay Area author, filmmaker, and lesbian Giovanna Capone led a discussion on the herstory of butch lesbian culture present in the Bay Area in the 90s. On the call are Mel Stapper, Pippa Fleming, and Artemis Passionfire. We open the discussion with a poem written by Ms. Capone, titled Endangered Equals At Risk, read by WLRN's Sekhmet She-Owl.

Duration:01:23:44

WLRN Music Hour #22: Alix Dobkin LIVE in concert with DJ Phoenixx

10/8/2018
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This week, Phoenixx features Alix Dobkin in concert! Alix performed a sold out local house concert this past week! Phoenixx tried her skills at recording the concert, as well as interviews with attending dykes who had stories to share about Alix over the years. What a blast it was! Now we have these Lesbian songs, words and stories preserved with this week's Women's Liberation Music Hour! (actually it's more like an hour and a half!)Enjoy Lesbian Herstory being created and preserved! And...

Duration:01:43:20

WLRN Edition 30: Lesbian Feminism

10/5/2018
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Thanks for your patience. We are one day late so that we could make this WLRN podcast great! Our 30th edition features the world news read by April Neault, Julia's interview with Sheila Jeffreys and Thistle's interview with three young women who attended the Ohio Lesbian Festival last month and hung out at the WLRN table in the marketplace. The team at WLRN gives a special shout-out this October to our sisters in Great Britain who are coming out publicly and organizing with articulate...

Duration:01:09:34

Exclusive Interview with Otep Shamaya

9/24/2018
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WLRN's Julia Beck had the pleasure of interviewing Otep Shamaya, lead singer and namesake of the band Otep, about her experiences as a woman and out Lesbian in the rock scene. Otep was the first female-fronted band to headline Ozzfest. With politically inspired lyrics and heavy metal riffs, her music sends a message of revolution. You can find Otep's new album, Kult 45, online and in stores now.

Duration:01:05:14

WLRN Interview with Sister Dandelion of the Pussy Church of Modern Witchcraft

9/13/2018
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A group of lesbians founded the Pussy Church of Modern Witchcraft in 2017 to create a spiritual home for women and girls. This Maryland-based Church of female-born women is devoted to the liberation of women and girls from the oppression females face based on sex. The Pussy Church of Modern Witchcraft observes earth-based spiritual practices and is made up of diverse congregations of women around the United States and the world. You can receive updates about the Church at...

Duration:00:29:20

WLRN Edition 29: Women in the Labor Movement

9/6/2018
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In honor of all the working women of the world, WLRN's 29th edition is dedicated to women in the labor movement. This month's program starts off with April Neault, the newest member of the WLRN team, introducing herself and the guests on the show. She is followed by WLRN's world news segment as written and presented by Damayanti. Next, enjoy a rousing version of the song "Union Maid" from the New Harmony Sisterhood Band followed by an interview Thistle conducted with Ms. Stephanie Luce,...

Duration:01:01:52

WLRN Music Hour #21: "...And Ain't I a Woman?" For Labor Day 2018 with DJ Phoenixx

9/3/2018
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Playlist: Background music: More than a Paycheck Sweet Honey in The Rock All songs from The New Harmony Sisterhood Band: "Side one" Sojourner Truth Cotton Mill Girls Ballad Working Class Woman Ella Ellison Draglines "Side two" Union Maid Ballad of Joan Little Two O'Clock Lounge Amelia Earhart's Last Flight Unfinished Business All Our Lives Closing song: Stand Up Heather Mae This music hour features the 1977 album "...And Ain't I A Woman?" by The New Harmony Sisterhood Band. Even if you...

Duration:01:07:10

WLRN Music Hour #20: Imagine My Surprise! with DJ Phoenixx

8/8/2018
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Howdy! This week's Women's Liberation Music Hour features Holly Near's 1978 album: Imagine My Surprise!. I love this album because of her songs about womon-centered realities one hardly hears sung anymore: topics like violence against women, women being locked up in psychiatric hospitals and women/lesbians being disappeared and tortured around the world. I also love the liner notes and photos of Holly and the women participating in the album with her. All of her songs are translated into...

Duration:00:54:58

Women & the Environment: WLRN's Edition 28

8/3/2018
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Mother Earth is on the brink of destruction. Modern industry fosters ecological degradation through unsustainable habits of pollution and resource depletion. Male-driven civilization and its treatment of the natural world wreaks havoc all around us, but women hold the power to save life on this planet as we know it. Today's podcast features women who dedicate their lives to seeking and spreading knowledge of sustainable living. In our first interview, Thistle speaks with Susan Griffin,...

Duration:01:21:34

WLRN's 27th Edition: Exploding Notions of War

7/5/2018
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WLRN is back on the scene this first Thursday in July with our feminist anti-war news program in response to all of the war machine worship we have seen this 4th of July season. The show starts with the song Wargasm by L7 and then moves into world news headlines by Maya followed by Buffy St. Marie with her song, The War Racket. The first interview segment is with Cynthia Enloe, professor of Political Science, International Development and Women's & Gender Studies at Clark University. Next,...

Duration:01:06:07

WLRN Music Hour #19: Fury and Cradle Lullabies

7/2/2018
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From Phoenixx: "This month of July, I bring to you fury and lullabies, sisters. Fury. Need I say anything of the what and why?! I have been feeling full of my fury these last few weeks, sisters, and I need a break. A break... and some focus on doing some energetic/magic activism to help the children who have been separated from their parents at the border and subsequently put into emotional isolation. May this hour's worth of music be soothing to your soul and theirs. I honor Dolores Huerta,...

Duration:00:50:00

WLRN Edition 26: Butch Lesbians

6/7/2018
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Happy Pride Month to all the wonderful Lesbians out there! Sister my Sister, you are seen. You are loved! WLRN's June podcast is dedicated to you women who defy the mold. Join us as we focus on Butch Womyn! This month we had the pleasure of speaking with Pippa Fleming, Paula Jellis, and several women who attended the Cinema Systers festival in Paducah, Kentucky. We begin with world headlines by Maya and end with commentary by Sekhmet. Musical selections include "You Can Sleep While I Drive"...

Duration:01:17:06

WLRN Music Hour #18: Dance Party with DJ Phoenixx

6/4/2018
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This month on your Women's Liberation Music Hour, DJ Phoenixx presents songs for your very own Dance Party that include some of her favorite dance music. Being a fan of funk (it's not easy to find female/Feminist funk bands, by the way!), she also likes dancing to Disco. It is hard to find Disco songs that are not misogynist and/or steeped in a male love interest when sung by female artists. Phoenixx did find a couple that she is comfortable offering to us in this context of women's...

Duration:01:02:12

Renée Gerlich as interviewed by Radio New Zealand about breast binding

5/22/2018
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New Zealand feminist Renée Gerlich sent WLRN her copy of this interview. She did it on request for Radio New Zealand - before being told it couldn't broadcast, because it had "simply dropped out of the system". Listen carefully to how the interviewer asks Renée questions and how she responds to them to understand why it is likely this interview was censored. WLRN is committed to giving a platform to women who are silenced and marginalized by other media which is why it is an honor to post...

Duration:00:08:38

"For the Moon" with DJ Phoenixx -- WLRN Music Hour 17

5/21/2018
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Song List: Background- Moon Chant Aco Takenaka Born of Water Lindie Lila Calling The Moon Dar Williams The Moon Was Blue Cris Williamson Many Sister Moons Carolyn Hillyer Moon's Lament Layne Redmond Talking Drums Ariel Kalma Drumming Circle Professor Trance and The Energisers Think Twice (Henrik Schwarz Remix) The Detroit Experiment Rattlesnakes Emancipator Lihkahusat/Entranced Mari Boine By Night Ayla Nereo Bledsung Live at Kuumbwa Polly Wood This week I have composed a love letter, of...

Duration:01:04:47

WLRN Music Hour #16: Pat & Judy with DJ Phoenixx

5/7/2018
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This week's music hour features the poetry of Pat Parker and Judy Grahn on their 1976 Olivia record, Where Would I Be Without You. Hope you enjoy hearing this treasure of Lesbian Feminist spoken word for the first time or the ten thousandth! "Side one" with Judy Grahn: A History of Lesbianism if you lose your lover in the place where The Marilyn Monroe Poem The Common Woman II. Ella III. Nadine IV. Carol V. Detroit Annie VII. Vera She Who parting on the left the woman in 3 pieces one She Who...

Duration:01:00:44

Women's Summer Gatherings: WLRN's 25th Edition

5/3/2018
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Summertime is coming soon, and that means festival season is almost here! Our 25th edition podcast features interviews with the founders of three such events: Michigan Framily Reunion, https://www.michiganframilyreunion.com/ Ohio Lesbian Festival, https://www.facebook.com/OhioWomynsFestival/ and Cinema Systers. https://www.cinemasysters.com/ WLRN would like to welcome our newest member, Maya, who provides headlines for this month. In addition, thanks to Jenna for giving us a complete rundown...

Duration:01:20:08

The Sounds of MichFest 2015: A Radio Documentary on the 40th and Final Fest

4/25/2018
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Thanks to Anonymous, WLRN was able to recover this documentary that aired on October 26th, 2015 from the studios of Madison community radio station WORT 89.9 FM. Shortly after the airing of this documentary, Thistle Pettersen was banned from the radio station due to complaints from trans activists. The documentary itself is not about hate at all, but rather highlights and amplifies the thousands of women's voices that came together every year for forty years on the Land. Enjoy this Labor of...

Duration:00:59:30

November 3rd 2014 Interview with Sheila Jeffreys, Elizabeth Hungerford and Jane Doe

4/21/2018
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Thanks to Anonymous for sending WLRN this sound file from 2014 when Thistle Pettersen interviewed Sheila Jeffreys, Elizabeth Hungerford and Jane Doe on the Access Hour at Madison's community radio station WORT 89.9 FM. The lead-up to this show and the aftermath were notable since trans activists and advocates complained to the station that this show was "trans misogynistic" and full of "hate speech."

Duration:00:59:09

Extended Interview: Maria Klemperer-Johnson of Hammerstone Carpentry and School for Women

4/16/2018
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In this interview, WLRN producer Jenna talks with Maria Klemperer-Johnson, founder of Hammerstone Carpentry and School for Women. Having grown up with a woodworking father and grandfather, Maria found her way back to carpentry after going to college for computer science, and later starting a PhD program in geology. She talks about the the empowerment of being physical; using your body to create; knowing your strengths and limits. Being part of a small percentage of wimmin in the trades, and...

Duration:01:09:56