51% Show #1216

Nov 2, 2012

Women like to connect. They are communicators. And nothing has opened up the world to women with a drive to write than the blog. In just a few minutes, you can set up a page and soon you’re talking with the rest of the world. Nora Ephron’s last project was a film based on  blogger Julie Powell’s book about her attempt to make every recipe in Julia Childs’ classic French cookbook. Now Luisa Weiss, better known to bloggers as The Wednesday Chef, has a book out called My Berlin Kitchen, the story of her attempt to integrate her childhood in Berlin and in New York, as well as her connections to Italy. It is, of course, a love story as well as a book with recipes.

Ready to write yet? 

November is National Novel Writing Month, sometimes known as NaNoWriMo. All over the world, writers register at the NaNoWriMo website and solemnly vow they’ll try to write a short novel in just one months. Last November, in a studio loft on the Chicago's Northwest side, writers of all levels came together for WRITE-INs – an effort to jump start each other to success completing 50-thousand words in a month. David Bernier reports.

I looked – I didn’t find Reid Stone’s novel anywhere, though I did find a book about 51 dates in 50 weeks.  Ah, the frustration of finding out somebody else had your idea.  Want to join in? Check out nanowrimo.org.

The shooting of 14 year old Malala Yousufzai by the Taliban, and the Taliban’s promise that they would continue to target the young girl they call a spy for the West has focused world attention on Pakistan. Malala’s crime? She spoke out in favor of education for girls. Carla Goldstein, Director of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center has some thoughts on why today’s turbulence needs the women’s movement.

When you think of the original abolitionists and suffragettes, do you think of the name Lucy Stone? Gilles Malkine has the story of a woman who inspired the early suffragettes.

That’s our show for this week.  Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance.  Our theme  music is by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio.  Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock.