51% Show #1347

May 15, 2015

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On this week’s 51%, a deaf woman expresses her love of music and misconceptions, and we’ll hear from filmmaker, writer, and artist Miranda July about her first novel and then a snippet about Muppet feminism.

From jazz to hip hop - Louisa Petcure, finds herself wrapped up in music. But she hears the music differently than someone who is not deaf.  Marcia Adair reports for DW from Hamburg, Germany. 

Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist, and writer. Her collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. She wrote, directed, and starred in the feature films The Future and Me and You and Everyone We Know. And now she has penned her first novel, The First Bad Man, and she spoke about it with 51%’s Joe Donahue.  

NEW YORK (AP) — A prestigious award from the Brooklyn Museum in New York honors women who have made outstanding contributions in their fields. This year's surprise honoree is ... Miss Piggy. The Muppets character joins a distinguished list of recipients of the Sackler Center First Awards, including former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. The Daily Beast recently called Miss Piggy "The Gloria Steinem of the Muppet World." She will be interviewed at the June 4 ceremony by the feminist herself. The museum's Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art was founded by its namesake. Sackler says Miss Piggy embodies "spirit, determination and grit" and has taught millions important lessons about overcoming obstacles. Miss Piggy — known for her French affectation — declared: "Moi is thrilled." Kermit the Frog will also attend.  

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