Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Venus Sings & Isis Storm Premiere Online Radio Show by Talking Women in Politics and Women in RI
PROVIDENCE, RI - On Monday, September 13, 2010, I entered Faunce Hall at Brown University to debut a new online Radio Show, Venus Sings and Isis Storm Present: Sonic Watermelon(s) on Brown Student and Community Radio "because the world is a big place with big ideas and lots and lots of music."
The show will be broadcasting on Mondays from 4:00-6:00 PM on bsrlive.com, which is part of BSR - Brown Student and Community Radio. Besides the online frequency, BSR broadcasts as WELH Providence, 88.1 FM, every night from 9 PM - 5 AM. But my job on Monday the 13th was to premiere a show that will be the audio stomping ground for Isis Storm, and what better way to do this than by not only playing poetry and music, but taking on the big topic of women in politics and women in RI. I did this by talking with Women's Fund of RI (WFRI) Executive Director, Marcia Cone, PhD.
Hear a podcast of the interview it in its entirety by clicking here.
During our conversation, which was taped just earlier that day in her Providence office, Cone cited a trend in funding cuts that traditionally support women and girls - often what is contrary to what many political figures cite. She also talked about the challenges of getting women to run for office, numbers that have seen few improvements even looking at yesterday's primary elections.
On the other hand, Cone did take the time to celebrate the work WFRI has accomplished, for instance through it's grant-making to organizations and individuals who are making a difference for girls and women in RI. She says the organization will be celebrating a decade of work in the coming months, but in the meantime, she encourages women and community members who are disengaged to talk to each other, investigate issues that matter personally, and get involved.
For more information about Women's Fund of RI, visit www.wfri.org. Keep up with Sonic Watermelon(s) on BSR on www.VenusSings.com or www.IsisStorm.com or every Monday from 4-6 pm on www.bsrlive.com.