Our culture - from the artistic to the political - has been
rocked in the last couple of months. We’ve had many allegations of
misconduct and sexual harassment — mostly on the part of powerful
A striking theme in much of the last few weeks has been that
women, who most often were the targets of abuse, often didn’t speak
up for a long time.
So in this episode, we are taking a look at the idea of
finding one's voice — from a female perspective.
We're listening to the words of Michelle Obama and of Carling
FitzSimmons, founder and director of the all-female a cappella
group La Caccina, whose
album "Open Book" includes the powerful song "We
By the way, if you are in Chicago, you can see La Caccina in
concert by checking out their performance
(Note: The photo of Michelle Obama was by official White House
photographer Joyce N. Boghosian.)
Nova is the host of CultureCast. He has worked on NPR's Arts Desk and public radio's business show Marketplace -- not to mention CNN, Yahoo! News, and, currently, Agence France-Presse. He has covered everything from the economics of emojis to Hollywood awards shows. He is also a trained musician, who spent his childhood practicing while his friends were out riding their bikes.
Loretta Williams is CultureCast's book editor. She's won a bunch of awards, including the prestigious duPont-Columbia Silver Baton and a Peabody. Loretta spent years being deluged with books as books editor at NPR, which as a voracious reader, was akin to manna from heaven. She believes fiction can be just as enlightening as news (sometimes more so), and as an independent editor and producer, she still reads voraciously, while occasionally editing novels.
Sasa (pronounced Sasha) Woodruff is CultureCast's food editor. She is a food correspondent and a producer at LA's prestigious public radio station KCRW. Sasa's six-second Vine films won her Viner of the Year at the Taste Awards. With more than two decades in broadcast news, Sasa has worked for major news outlets including NPR, Public Radio International and American Public Media. She is an avid cook and baker, and when not shooting video or editing audio, you’ll probably find her digging in the garden or figuring out how to make vinegar from scratch.
Kate Concannon is CultureCast's music editor, and just like the rest of the crew - she's an overachiever. Kate's won numerous journalism awards including a prestigious Gracie from the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television. A 25-year veteran of public radio, she was NPR’s Western Bureau Chief until 2010. Kate also worked as a reporter, producer and researcher with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and as a reporter, show producer and editor with the local public radio station in San Diego KPBS-FM.
About the Podcast
A look at our world through the culture and art that define it