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Playlist: General Stuff that Tickles Me

Compiled By: Rogi Riverstone

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Stuff that keeps me goin'.

The Obama Speech Suite [Obama 2008 Speech and Music Mix-28:00]

From Paul Ingles | 27:55

Clips from Barack Obama's2008 victory speech are mixed with Obama campaign trail song favorites and others that underline his remarks.

Obama_small Clips from Barack Obama's 2008 victory speech are mixed with Obama campaign trail song favorites and others that underline his remarks. Songs are heard in their entireties. U2- Beautiful Day Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come Graham Nash - We Can Change The World John Lennon - Power To The People James Taylor - Shed A Little Light David Crosby - My Country Tis of Thee Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered 28:00 - No Breaks

Saffire's Final Album

From WXPN | Part of the Blues File series | 03:36

Saffire The Uppity Blues Women have decided to bring their band's career to a conclusion. Their new, and final, album is "Havin' The Last Word."

Saffire_small After twenty years, Saffire The Uppity Blues Women have decided to disband. The trio, consisting of Ann Rabson, Gaye Adegbalola and Andra Faye, have given us uniquely entertaining feminist blues, with old songs and originals. Their final album shows that it's not lack of energy or ideas that is making them quit.

I've Got A Question For You (Dollar Story)

From Zak Rosen | 02:53

Making cold calls in search of warmth

Default-piece-image-1 Dollar Storeys is a public audio project that invites producers, artists, writers and radio fans of all experience levels to submit finished audio stories clearly based on one of three specific dollar store items (bike bell, mouse traps, mug with feminist quote) and lasting 2:30 ? 3:00 (min) in length. For ideas, I called a random assorment of peple in a Detroit phonebook, hoping they had something to say about the items.

This I Believe - Gloria Steinem

From This I Believe | 05:11

In the debate between nature and nurture, Gloria Steinem believes we are asking the wrong question.

Tiblogobluesmallrgb_small HOST INTRO: Gloria Steinem's mother was a newspaperwoman and her grandmother a suffragette, so her path in journalism and activism was perhaps preordained. Heredity aside, her course has been guided by a complex set of experiences. Her current philosophy recognizes that complexity. These days, she says she is guided by the principle of Balance, which, by its nature, does not align with one side or another. Here is Gloria Steinem with her essay for This I Believe. ESSAY TEXT: Is it nature or is it nurture, heredity or society? In that great debate of our time, conservatives lean toward the former and liberals toward the latter. I believe both are asking the wrong question. I believe it's nature and nurture, and this is why. I didn't go to school until I was 12 or so. My parents thought that traveling in a house trailer was as enlightening as sitting in a classroom, so I escaped being taught some of the typical lessons of my generation - for instance, that this country was ?discovered? when the first white man set foot on it, that boys and girls were practically different species, that Europe deserved more textbook space than Africa and Asia combined. Instead, I grew up seeing with my own eyes, following my curiosity, falling in love with books, and growing up mostly around grown-ups - which, except for the books, was the way kids were raised for most of human history. Needless to say, school hit me like a ton of bricks. I wasn't prepared for gender obsessions, race and class complexities, or the new-to-me idea that war and male leadership were part of human nature. Soon, I gave in and became an adolescent hoping for approval and trying to conform. It was a stage that lasted through college. I owe the beginnings of re-birth to living in India for a couple of years where I fell in with a group of Gandhians, and then I came to the Kennedys, the civil rights movement and protests against the war in Vietnam. But most women, me included, stayed in our traditional places until we began to gather, listen to each other's stories and learn from shared experience. Soon, a national and international feminist movement was challenging the idea that what happened to men was political but what happened to women was cultural. That the first could be changed but the second could not. I had the feeling of coming home, of awakening from an inauthentic life. It wasn't as if I thought my self-authority was more important than external authority, but it wasn't less important either. We are both communal and uniquely ourselves, not either-or. Since then, I've spent decades listening to kids before and after social roles hit. Faced with some inequality, the younger ones say, "It's not fair!" It's as if there were some primordial expectation of empathy and cooperation that helps the species survive. But by the time kids are teenagers, social pressures have either nourished or starved this expectation. I suspect that their natural cry for fairness - or any whisper of it that survives - is the root from which social justice movements grow. So I no longer believe the conservative message that children are naturally selfish and destructive creatures who need civilizing by hierarchies or painful controls. On the contrary, I believe that hierarchy and painful controls create destructive people. And, I no longer believe the liberal message that children are blank slates on which society can write anything. On the contrary, I believe that a unique core self is born into every human being; the result of millennia of environment and heredity combined in an unpredictable way that could never happen before or again. The truth is, we've been seduced into asking the wrong question by those who hope that the social order they want is inborn, or those who hope they can write the one they want on our uniquely long human childhoods. But the real answer is a balance between nature and nurture. What would happen if we listened to children as much as we talked to them? Or what would happen if even one generation were raised with respect and without violence? I believe we have no idea what might be possible on this "Space Ship Earth."

Queer Queers

From Outright Radio | Part of the Outright Radio Series 2000 series | 29:43

Two woment that don't fit in the box of Queer

Default-piece-image-2 Joan Schuman talks with two women who defy all assumptions regarding what it means to be "queer." Ren Volpe is known as Ren the Femme Auto Mechanic, and is about to have a baby; Selah Marthat not only shares parenting with her bi boyfriend, she also teaches erotic studies to women. Neither fit into the box of what it means to be lesbian, bisexual, or queer.