Activist Pramila Jayapal is one of the United States’ best thinkers today. An immigrant from India herself, she came to the US at 16, thanks to her parents’ sacrifices, and worked on Wall Street after college, but then turned to issues affecting immigrants, migrants, and America’s diverse populations.
Bad immigration policy disproportionately and adversely affects women, Jayapal argues, and immigration reformers and women’s movement organizations need to unite on the issue. Today, Jayapal chairs the “We Belong Together” campaign on women and immigration (www.webelongtogether.org). Missoula-area activist and author Kay Whitlock converses with Jayapal, and Jayapal’s essay with Gloria Steinem on immigration policy as a women’s issue is read after the conversation. Originally aired June 10, 2014. Produced by Kay Whitlock and Beth Judy, with thanks to Beth Anne Austein.
5/27/14: This week on “In Other Words:” It’s a live music show. Host Ann Szalda-Petree introduces her guest, singer Eden Atwood, to some favorite songs written and performed by women since 2000.
Frequent In Other Words contributor Clark Grant recently moved to Butte to begin a new community radio station. Work is underway to fund and build KBMF 102.5 through the recently formed Butte America Foundation. In the first of (hopefully) many interviews in this series, Clark talks to Jo, a long time resident of Butte and book store owner, Mary, an employee at the bookstore, Dark and Carson; new arrivals to Butte, and Clark is interviewed himself by Ann. Clark asks questions about the history of the area, the present state of the city, thoughts on the Berkeley pit, and what new-comers can contribute to the vibrant culture of Butte.
5/6/14: This week on “In Other Words:” Thanks to the Internet, at the click of a button, we can view photos and articles from around the world. But in the moment the photographer snapped that photo, what was HER experience? In this week’s “In Other Words,” University of Montana student reporters Allison Mills and Madelyn Beck talk with several photojournalists and writers about their recent study-abroad program in India, and the challenges of reporting there. Produced by Allison Mills and Madelyn Beck.
Eden Atwood and Ann Szalda-Petree talk and share transformative and meaningful music – music that we love with a steely white hot passion from a thousand suns. Artists include Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, The Go Gos, Rickie Lee Jones, Ernestine Anderson, Loretta Lynn, Jenn Adams, Darlene Love, and more. Originally aired on Montana Public Radio on April 30, 2014.
We know it’s the hundredth birthday of women’s suffrage in Montana. How did that victory actually come about?
Martha Kohl and producer Beth Judy delve into the details of the huge political effort that was required. Was it all about Jeannette Rankin? Where in the state did suffrage pass and where did it not? Did it succeed by a landslide? (No!) What strategies did suffragists use?
Kohl, with the Montana Historical Society, also talks about the Society’s great website, Women’s History Matters. It celebrates the history of all Montana women, sensitive to the fact that Indian women didn’t win voting rights in 1914–only later. This program aired Apr. 22, 2014.
Jeannette Rankin, Suffragist & First US Congresswoman
Maggie Smith Hathaway
In honor of Women’s History Month, Ann Szalda-Petree plays music related to women gaining the right to vote. Included are songs pro-suffrage and anti-suffrage, some are rare recordings from the Library of Congress Archives.