32 episodes

We discuss how regular women become Athenas by working hard, persevering through the challenges in their lives and contributing to a better world.

MODERN ATHENAS Modern Athenas

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

We discuss how regular women become Athenas by working hard, persevering through the challenges in their lives and contributing to a better world.

    MODERN ATHENAS Episode 32: Service with a Smile / The Theater of Waiting

    MODERN ATHENAS Episode 32: Service with a Smile / The Theater of Waiting

    Debra Ginsberg knows most everyone assumes that if you are a waitress or waiter you are just passing through before you move onto a real career. But as Debra tells us in her book, waiting, being a waitress is a career. From details of a restaurant's nightly theatre, to personal moments of victory, and everything in between, Debra takes us into the world of the kitchen, the wait staff, management, and of course, the customer.

    INDEX
    0:00 Intro and Background of the Book
    1:37 The Tip
    7:33 Structure of the Kitchen
    12:27 Waiting as a Profession
    19:32 Mentors: Belinda
    24:02 Relationship with the Chef
    27:46 Customer Service
    33:35 The Theater of Waiting
    39:50 Debra’s Son, Blaze
    44:31 Out of Context
    48:43 Burnout
    53:17 Debra Walks Away
    58:16 Final Thoughts and Next Episode

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    MODERN ATHENAS Episode 31: Rebuilding after September 11, 2001 / How a Pub Became a Community

    MODERN ATHENAS Episode 31: Rebuilding after September 11, 2001 / How a Pub Became a Community

    In an unassuming stucco building on a quiet piece of the Hudson River in upstate New York, there is a general store with a small pub in the back. The locals call it the Little Chapel on the River. Author Gwendolyn Bounds introduces us to all the "parishioners" and the two generations of the Guinan family who keep it feeling like home in Garrison, NY. The pub becomes Wendy's new community after 9/11, when she locates from lower Manhattan to Garrison.

    INDEX
    0:00 Intro and Background of the Book
    1:24 Garrison, Guinan’s & The Little Chapel on the River
    8:01 September 11, 2001 and the Move to Garrison
    13:41 The Guinan Family
    22:40 Wanting to Belong
    33:13 509ers
    37:08 When You Know You Are a Part of a Community
    40:39 Characters: William Fitzgerald and Ed Preusser
    46:45 Stealing Time
    49:25 Final Thoughts and Next Episode

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    • 54 min
    MODERN ATHENAS Episode 30: More than a Game, A Sisterhood / The Bridge Ladies

    MODERN ATHENAS Episode 30: More than a Game, A Sisterhood / The Bridge Ladies

    This episode is the first of a series that focus on women that contribute to our personal toolkit: ways to navigate life’s challenges, tips on how to find those people who you can lean on and guide you, inspiration to persevere through challenges, how to be brave, courageous, and never quit.

    In The Bridge Ladies, Betsy Lerner brings us into her mother's bridge group, a group of women who have been playing bridge together every week for fifty-five years. The women have crossed through the decades together, watching each other's children be born, grow up, and have families of their own. Now, as the women move into the next phase of their lives, they are confronting the deaths of their spouses, their own mortality, and what the fifty five years of weekly bridge games mean to each of them.

    INDEX
    0:00 New Series of Episodes
    2:56 Intro to The Bridge Ladies, Debby’s Personal Story
    6:10 Demographics
    10:20 The Pot Roast Friendship
    14:25 The Bridge Club - Logistics
    19:06 A Mother’s Critique
    22:27 Jackie’s Lunch
    25:55 Choosing a Husband
    33:47 Maintaining Family Traditions
    41:16 Reflecting on Death
    46:00 Maybe It is Just Bridge After All
    51:55 Final Thoughts and Next Epsiode

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    • 54 min
    MODERN ATHENAS Episode 29: Vera Atkins, the Real Ms. Moneypenny / Spymistress & Secret Agent

    MODERN ATHENAS Episode 29: Vera Atkins, the Real Ms. Moneypenny / Spymistress & Secret Agent

    In this podcast, we will be discussing the book Spymistress: The True Story of the Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War II, by William Stevenson. We meet Vera Atkins, a British spy. Vera’s work has never been given the same spotlight as that of other spies or resistance fighters who were part of the war effort. Perhaps that is because she was a woman in a man’s world, or perhaps it is due to a controversy that surrounds her involving the collapse of one of the networks of spies in France. Either way, what there is no controversy about is that she was one of the most important Allied spies and that she was indirectly and directly responsible for the training and success of many of the resistance fighters in German-occupied France.
    On a more humorous side note, it is also believed that Vera is the basis for the Miss Moneypenny character in Ian Flemming’s James Bond novels.

    INDEX
    0:00 Intro and Background of the Book
    1:41 F-Section and the Controversy
    7:10 The Controversy
    14:16 It Takes a Special Breed
    18:08 Connections
    22:00 Biuro Szyfrow (Cipher Bureau)
    30:19 Battle of Taranto
    32:35 Adapting to Your Environment
    36:02 Making Decisions
    40:42 Courage
    43:27 Final Thoughts and Next Episode

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    • 47 min
    MODERN ATHENAS Episode 28: Feminist Fight Club / Eliminating Self-Sabotage in the Workplace

    MODERN ATHENAS Episode 28: Feminist Fight Club / Eliminating Self-Sabotage in the Workplace

    We have explored the stories of many Modern Athenas throughout history. In this podcast, we thought we would take a bit of a different approach and talk about the book Feminist Fight Club, by Jessica Bennett. The book started as a monthly huddle of a group of women in a friend’s apartment burning off steam about their frustrations with their sexist male co-workers.
    Jessica blends the stories of the group with some research, statistics, and advise in a humorous way that empowers women to take on the sexist behavior and to destroy the self-sabotage that we engage in on a daily basis.

    INDEX
    0:00 Intro and Background of the Book
    1:39 The Enemy: The Stenographucker
    7:56 The Enemy: The Lacthater
    15:05 The Saboteur: The Doormat
    23:45 The Saboteur: The Credit Defaulter
    29:01 The Saboteur: The Womenemy
    34:42 The Saboteur: The Burnout
    40:48 The Saboteur: The Nervous Rambler
    46:15 The Trap: Bitchy, Bossy, Too Ambitious
    51:25 The Trap: She’s Too Nice To Lead the Team
    56:14 Verbal Tripwire: The Over-Apologizer
    1:00:16 Final Thoughts and Next Episode

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    MODERN ATHENAS Episode 27: Powerbrokers in Israel & the Palestinian Territories / The Friendship of Ruth and Raymonda

    MODERN ATHENAS Episode 27: Powerbrokers in Israel & the Palestinian Territories / The Friendship of Ruth and Raymonda

    In this podcast, we will be discussing the book An Improbable Friendship, by Anthony David.
    Friendships can happen in the most unlikely of places, in the most unlikely of times. Like romance, it is hard to predict who our friends will be, and even harder to ignore forces that make a friendship blossom. Such is the case of Ruth Dayan, an Israeli Jew, and Raymonda Tawil, a Palestinian Christian. If you asked either of the women if they thought when they first met after the Six Days War in 1967 that they would be lifelong friends, both would laugh and then make a dig at the other’s culture and politics, while professing their admiration for each other. That is their friendship—born out of conflict and forged through decades of turmoil and heartbreak, the two women have a deeply rooted respect and love for each other that transcends borders, religion, and nationalism. Each of them a power broker in a male-dominated society, their intertwined stories are ones of strength and determination. These Modern Athenas demonstrate that no matter a woman’s identity, we all want to create meaning and purpose for ourselves and in our world.

    INDEX
    0:00 Intro and Background of the Book
    1:17 Overview of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
    3:18 Ruth Dayan
    8:!5 Raymonda Tawil
    13:40 1967: Their Paths Cross for the First Time
    18:52 April 1973: Kamal Nasser
    21:39 1974: Ruth Travels the World on Behalf of Maskit and the World Craft Council
    23:25 The Tree Planting in the Peace Forest of Neve Shalom
    26:59 The Two-Staters
    28:36 Secret Backchannel
    34:37 Rabine is Assasinated
    40:04 Ruth Meets Arafat: 1999
    41:45 Raymonda’s Power
    43:15 The Jordanian Funeral
    44:37 The End of Arafat
    46:38 The Walls
    48:27 The Book
    51:05 Outro and Next Episode
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    • 51 min

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