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Love your bitchy self! Join us – Idelisse Malavé and Joanne Sandler the Two Old Bitches (from New York City) – as we celebrate kick-ass, unstoppable women from around the world. Women over 50 tell us how they re-imagine their lives, their bodies, their relationships and their creativity as they go through huge transitions. The 87-year old former dance teacher who lived with Andy Warhol in the 1960s and became an accomplished painter in her 80s; the 79-year old Australian activist who left her country for 44 years and returned in her 60s to create a new love life and home; the 55-year old Indian American feminist who transitions from fierce feminist activist to shamanic healer. Be inspired! Laugh and cry with us! Contact us and let us interview you!

Two Old Bitches: Stories from Women who Reimagine, Reinvent and Rebel Idelisse Malavé and Joanne Sandler

    • Society & Culture

Love your bitchy self! Join us – Idelisse Malavé and Joanne Sandler the Two Old Bitches (from New York City) – as we celebrate kick-ass, unstoppable women from around the world. Women over 50 tell us how they re-imagine their lives, their bodies, their relationships and their creativity as they go through huge transitions. The 87-year old former dance teacher who lived with Andy Warhol in the 1960s and became an accomplished painter in her 80s; the 79-year old Australian activist who left her country for 44 years and returned in her 60s to create a new love life and home; the 55-year old Indian American feminist who transitions from fierce feminist activist to shamanic healer. Be inspired! Laugh and cry with us! Contact us and let us interview you!

    SO5 Episode 07: Chiemi Karasawa – Finding the Power in Sacred Reciprocity

    SO5 Episode 07: Chiemi Karasawa – Finding the Power in Sacred Reciprocity

    If you’ve seen Chiemi Karasawa’s award-winning film “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” you already know that Chiemi is a great storyteller. (If you haven’t, put it at the top of your streaming queue!) Chiemi's story is one filled with magic, mettle and a very healthy dose of hilarity. She landed one amazing job after another upon graduating from college: as script supervisor for lauded directors like Spike Jonze, Jim Jarmusch, Stephen Frears and Martin Scorsese, and then as an independent filmmaker and producer at Isotope Films, the company she founded in 2007. We were delighted by Chiemi’s “industry” stories, moved by her narration of her family's experience in and after the WW II Japanese American internment camps, and spellbound by her brief encounter with on-line dating, leading to her first marriage at 50 this past June. Chiemi likens herself to a “pioneer woman” in how she makes her way through life without a roadmap, on her own terms and relying on the cycle of giving with generosity and receiving with deep gratitude that fuels “sacred reciprocity.

    • 49 min
    SO5 Episode 06: Joanne’s Obsession - An Unforgettable Story of Sexual Harassment at the United Nations

    SO5 Episode 06: Joanne’s Obsession - An Unforgettable Story of Sexual Harassment at the United Nations

    TOB listeners probably know that co-host Joanne Sandler worked at the United Nations for nearly 20 years. One of the many UN stories that fascinated her was a famous sexual harassment case.: Catherine Claxton was a fairly junior UN staff member who brought charges against an Under-Secretary General for grabbing her in his office in 1988 and then blocking her career after she rebuffed him. Catherine’s courage and tenacity in the face of profound intimidation (she and her closest friend were shot at, her apartment was broken into, her office was ransacked, senior women in the UN joined together to support the perpetrator) are the stuff of motion pictures. Catherine passed away in 2009. To make sure that her story is remembered and to honor Catherine’s courage and colleagues who supported her, Joanne and Julie Thompson – another long-time UN staffer –  interviewed scores of people, including her extraordinary pro-bono lawyers – Mary Dorman and Ellen Yaroshefsky. This episode of Two Old Bitches shares a curtain-opener for the 5-part radio series they hope to launch this Spring. While the story is 25-years old – and despite #metoo and Time’s Up -- the wall of patriarchy and privilege that Catherine confronted is almost as impenetrable today as it was then. (And, if you are (or know) a film producer/director, Joanne and Julie want to talk with you!)

    • 28 min
    S05 Episode 05: Julie Cajune – The Sum of Her Stories

    S05 Episode 05: Julie Cajune – The Sum of Her Stories

    "Stories are the way that we make meaning. And so they’re the primary vehicle for all human beings to make meaning of their life and to find their place and relationship with others. All of that is informed through story."
    Julie Cajune is an educator, cultural historian, artist and activist who believes that the challenges we face today “demand that which story nurtures: imagination, compassion, creativity and connection.” A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, she was born and lives today on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Northwest Montana where, straight out of college, she developed and taught their first bilingual education program. Julie went on to run the Department of Education on the reservation, train hundreds of teachers in Montana and lead two major educational projects documenting tribal histories and stories in Montana and across the country. Her passion for storytelling is not limited to the classroom. Julie also created and produced Heart of the Bitterroot, an album of Salish and Pend d’Oreille women’s stories that she collected and enlisted poet Jennifer Green to write. This past September, Julie appeared in the New York premiere of her one-woman show, Belief, based on her own life experiences and the true stories of generations of women in her family. You may have missed the show, but luckily you can catch our brilliant conversation with her now.
     

    • 37 min
    SO5 Episode 04: Lucero Gonzalez – La Feminista Que Si Pudo (Version en español)

    SO5 Episode 04: Lucero Gonzalez – La Feminista Que Si Pudo (Version en español)

    “La única forma que tienes es transitar de tus sueños a tus deseos a la realidad.”
     
    En este, el primer episodio de Two Old Bitches en español, Joanne y idelisse hablan con la fabulosa fotógrafa y activista Lucero Gonzalez. A los 72 años, combina su feminismo, su amor de la libertad y el placer, su arte, su raíces en Oaxaca y su profunda conexión con su familia y amistades en una miríada de proyectos creativos y de cambio social. Hoy en día, Lucero es la curadora del Museo de Mujeres Artistas Mexicanas y la productora de una película sobre El Colectivo de la Revuelta, el primer periódico feminista que estableció con unas amigas en los años 70. Visitamos con Lucero y su pareja, Gonzalo Rocha, en la Ciudad de Mexico este verano pasado. Es nuestro placer compartir esta conversación con Lucero con nuestra audiencia hispanoparlante. (Para disfrutar del Museo virtual visite http://www.museodemujeres.com/en/.)

    • 53 min
    SO5 Episode 04: Lucero Gonzalez – The Feminist Who Could (English version)

    SO5 Episode 04: Lucero Gonzalez – The Feminist Who Could (English version)

    "Moving from dream to desire to reality."
    That describes the life of our magical friend, activist and photographer, Lucero Gonzalez. At 72, Lucero's feminism, her love of freedom and pleasure, her artistry, her Oaxacan roots, and her profound connection to family and friends all blend, beautifully, into an extraordinary range of creative and social justice initiatives that enlighten and challenge us. These days, she spends her time curating the ever-growing virtual Museum of Mexican Women Artists (MUMA) and producing a documentary about the creation of el Colectivo La Revuelta- a feminist newspaper she started with close friends in the 1970s. We visited Lucero -- and her partner of 30+ years, political cartoonist Gonzalo Rocha -- in Mexico City this summer and marveled at the endless joy and generosity they share so willingly.
    We interviewed Lucero in Spanish and so - for another TOB first -- we've produced two episodes. You can listen to Lucero in Spanish or you can listen to the wonderful Sandra Garcia Betancourt (TOB, Episode #2, Season 1) re-enact our conversation in English.
    One way or the other, here's our invitation to spend some time in the light and love that Lucero offers to the world. And be sure to visit her virtual museum (http://www.museodemujeres.com/en/) and stay tuned for her upcoming documentary.

    • 45 min
    SO5 Episode 03: Tish and Snooky Bellomo – Aging Disgracefully (Founders/owners of Manic Panic)

    SO5 Episode 03: Tish and Snooky Bellomo – Aging Disgracefully (Founders/owners of Manic Panic)

    Just because we’re older doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. WE always say we don’t want to age gracefully. We want to age disgracefully!
    Sisters, punk rockers and “accidental entrepreneurs,” Snooky and Tish Bellomo agree, ”If you had told us back in 1977 that doing what we loved and sharing our unique style would influence music, art fashion and beauty for the next four decades, we would‘ve thought you as crazy as us!” As teenagers in the early 70s, Tish and Snooky went from clubbing in the downtown punk scene to performing in “some wacky off-the-wall” shows to joining Blondie as backup singers. In just a few short years, they parlayed their trailblazing style to open Manic Panic, the first punk rock boutique in the U.S. The vivid, rainbow color hair dyes (theirs were always vegan and cruelty-free )  that they created in the 1970s  sparked a hair care revolution and helped celebrities like Cyndi Lauper, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry stand out in the headlines.
    Today Manic Panic is a global, “alternative beauty” business operating in 40 countries. And Snooky and Tish still perform with bands like the Sic F*cks, a punk/glam band they founded with Russell Wollinsky over 40 years ago. Join us to hear about how Tish and Snooky keep paving the path for us to age disgracefully.
     
    For more on Tish, Snooky and Manic Panic, check out: 
    Their newly published book, Manic Panic: Living in Color https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=Manic+Panic&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss_2 The Manic Panic website: https://manicpanic.com More about Tish and Snooky who were featured in the Punk Lust Exhibit at The Museum of Sex (NYC) - https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/inside-museum-sex-punk-lust-exhibit-763725/; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSM0vCzSKYY

    • 42 min

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