This week on The Leftscape, Mary McGinley speaks with historian and performer Carol Simon Levin. After minoring in Women’s History at Cornell University, Levin wasn’t yet on her current path of immersion and fascination with the topic. It was a chance meeting at the gym and a conversation about Emily Roebling that led to more and more research, a book, and her one-woman performances that bring to life women from history, many of whose stories have been hidden from view. This discussion winds through stories of important and influential women including Jeannette Rankin, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Katie Stanton, and Alice Paul. Thoughts on the voices of women of color and racial divisions within the feminist movement then and now recur throughout, and invite deep, ongoing conversation and analysis.
In the news, the U.S. government shutdown was still in full swing. Problems are still very much present, from missed paychecks to missing personnel in national parks. A federal judge has ruled against a citizenship question on the 2020 census, and we all learned that the FBI opened an inquiry into whether or not Donald Trump was at any point working on behalf of Russian interests, in addition to the investigation pertaining to before the 2016 election. In Leftscape news, Wendy Sheridan announces her Kickstarter project – a set of 12 limited edition, politically-themed postcards, (Post)Cards Against Fascism. Hurry if you want to support this limited-time expression of art meets activism!
Noted celebrations include National Opposite Day and National Meat Week. Silly holidays aside, on January 27th, we have the deeply solemn Holocaust Remembrance Day. Also this week, The Leftscape sends out birthday love for Alicia Keys, Etta James, Ellen DeGeneres, Harriet Tubman, Oprah Winfrey, and Robin Renée remembers musician and friend, Warren Zevon.
The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “’Her Stories’ with Carol Simon Levin (Episode 32).”