"If I were to become involved with a man, then I would be expected to leave. That's how I got my lot here, because the prior owner got in love with a man so she gave up her land."
Slide show from NY Times about a Lesbian community in Florida started in the 1970's. "[A] matriarchal community, where no men were allowed, where even a male infant brought by visitors was cause for debate."
A humorous take on a dark subject. After a prostate exam, what if you pretend to cry and tell the doctor that you feel used and that you know he won't call you ever again?
Not you average public radio story...
Producer: Larry Massett, Jeff Metcalf
A couple weeks ago we linked to the NY Times audio slide show about a lesbian-only community. This week the New Yorker takes on the the lesbian separatists of the 70's. I guess covering radical dykes is suddenly en vogue in the New York press??
Story of a woman who pretended to be a man and fought in the civil war.
And this piece about modern gender reassignment - The Evolution of Y - makes a nice companion.
An interview with a tall woman about a book she wrote about tall and the fact that tall people make more money. That begs a question they did not address: How much of the pay discrepancy between men and women can be ascribe to height - and vice versa.
Just came across this BBC doc from February that shines a light on a issue that is not often taken seriously.
"Since it's difficult to accept the the idea of male victims, those suffering from domestic abuse can find themselves wrongly accused as the abuser."
Doc features a male victim who was arrested 23 times in one year.
For men, more $$ = more dates - at least in online dating.
Columbia Business School behavioral economist who used to run a speed dating service: "Yes if you want to put it very coarsely - and maybe you shouldn't put this on the air - the gold digger stereotype holds true."
On the other hand "There is no amount of money that will make an undesirable women attractive on these sites."
An MQ2 project receiving funding from the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), "In Verse is a collaboration between poets, photographers and radio producers to create a new model of storytelling in journalism. "
The project will be featured in Virginia Quarterly Review and on Studio 360.
Here is an audio slide show sneak peak. It's one of three that can be found here.
An extraordinary series of interview about men who've volunteered for chemical castration. In one possibly upsetting interview, a sex offender discusses how he chose it, and life now. Also, a man who was not a sex offender but physically castrated himself to reduce his testosterone fuelled aggression.
– Audio Documentary London Bureau
Playtime: 52 minutes 12 seconds
A beautiful work, Middle C musically and emotionally follows the change from girl, to woman, to man, for a singer.
Middle C is produced by the CBC as part of the Global Perspective series. Slightly different versions are airing on the participant broadcasters.
Audio Documentary Europe
Playtime: 26 minutes 29 seconds
While the furrowed brows of the BBC World Service are on holidays, they've let the creatives loose, with great effect. Two engaging documentaries about UK citizens who have been put somewhere difficult. Philip McTaggart's son committed suicide, changing his life. Mary Thida Lun's mom fled the Khmer Rouge, and now has a daughter serving in war zones as a British civil servant. Big topics, in a manner more full of human contradiction and personality than we usually hear on the BBC World Service.
Audio Documentary Europe
Playtime: 22 minutes 29 seconds
Marking International Woman's Day, "A Woman of No Consequence" from the CBC. Told in a simple manner, this story is at times sad, at times reaffirming. The ordinarly-extraordinary story and sonic qualities of the protagonist's voice lift it above a straightforward interview, to something musical and moving.
Connor Walsh, AD, London.