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WINGS: Women’s International News Gathering Service is an all-woman independent radio production company that produces and distributes news and current affairs programs by and about women around the world. WINGS programs are used by non-commercial radio stations, women’s studies, and individuals. Programs can be heard on local radio stations, on shortwave, on the internet, and on cassettes. The WINGS Mailing List provides updates on stories and new information about women’s media. “Though I have been involved in women’s issues for years, I was still struck by the contrast of your broadcast to the news we are usually hearing — news reflecting male interests in a basically male world. Women’s affairs are a hidden current in the flow of world events.”– Kristin Reilly, listener, Buffalo, New YorkWINGS Mailing List:E-mail [email protected] to receive periodic e-mail updates about WINGS programs and women’s media issues.

Upcoming episodes

Kids’ Climate Lawsuit September 22, 2018 | 2:30 pm

Twenty-one young plaintiffs are alleging the United States knew since the 1950s that a horrendous climate disaster would be in store from fossil fuel energy and caved to industry, not to implement policies that could avert that.

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UN Reproductive Rights September 29, 2018 | 2:30 pm

The United Nations World Conference on Population and Development, 1994, was a battleground between feminists and the Vatican. Maria Suarez Toro was there as both activist and broadcaster from Latin America. She tells how she and others from Latin America organized around the document that emerged.

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Conflict Is Not Abuse October 6, 2018 | 2:30 pm

This week, we present excerpts from a talk in Vancouver by Sarah Schulman, author of the book Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair.

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Rural Women’s Movement vs Rape Culture October 13, 2018 | 2:30 pm

We present an interview with Sizani Ngubane, co-founder of the Rural Women's Movement based in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa, about the origins of rape culture in her region, its confusion with the traditional cultural practice of ukuthwala, and the delicate process of bringing communities to reject, prosecute and defend against all forms of rape and abduction.

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Asylum Seekers October 20, 2018 | 2:30 pm

The inclusion of life-threatening domestic and gang violence as reasons for seeking asylum abroad is being weakened and effectively deleted by the current US Attorney General. This documentary covers women who have fled Guatemala to try to access asylum in the USA.

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Women’s Work, Part 1 October 27, 2018 | 2:30 pm

This is the first of two half-hours of an extensive interview with Professor Karen Messing about how gendered the most common professions are, what generally-ignored factors cause physical and mental health problems for women at work in various professions, and what can and cannot be changed about this in the contemporary milieu.

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Women’s Work, Part 2 November 3, 2018 | 2:30 pm

This is the conclusion of a 2-part interview with biologist Karen Messing about gendered research on gendered work and its effects on health and stress.

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Recent episodes

“Period Poverty” September 15, 2018 | 2:30 pm

This week's edition discusses how menstruation education and attempts to remedy "period poverty" are catching on around the world.

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The Mothering Economy September 8, 2018 | 2:30 pm

This week, we feature a talk by Genevieve Vaughan at the 2016 conference of the Mothering Institute for Research and Community Involvement in Toronto. Vaughan states that the act of mothering is unilateral gift-giving, and that an infant's experience of being mothered (whether by biological mother or other) builds both the physical brain and the template of what it is to be human.

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Rigoberta Menchu: Addressing the International Indian Treaty Council September 1, 2018 | 2:30 pm

In 1993, the International Year of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchu addressed the International Indian Treaty Council about working together to change the relationships between the nations of the North and indigenous communities around the world. Program updated in 2018.

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Not Prisons: Alternatives To Incarcerating Women August 25, 2018 | 2:30 pm

Twenty years after Australia opened its first private women's prison, activist and lawyer Amanda George told Women on the Line that women in prison are almost all locked up for drug-related crimes, and almost all have suffered traumatic abuse. Rachel Herzing discussed her work with projects training communities and individuals to take responsibility for stopping and preventing violence.

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Accented English August 18, 2018 | 2:30 pm

Everyone has an accent, but some people who think they speak "standard English" discriminate against those who don't sound like them. This is a major problem encountered by immigrants, as well as people of minority races.

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Women of Faith Cry Out for Immigrant Children August 11, 2018 | 2:30 pm

Women religious leaders held a nonpartisan protest rally in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, June 19th, right in front of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE). The next day, President Trump announced he had signed an executive order to end the family separations.

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Trans Inclusive Feminism August 4, 2018 | 2:30 pm

Rousing and reasoned plenary speech by Leslie Feinberg at the 1995 US National Women's Studies Association. Hir early callout for trans inclusion as a tenet of feminism was well received.

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Mother’s Day Bail-Out July 28, 2018 | 2:30 pm

Lively and informative recording of a rally outside Connecticut's only women's prison in May 2018. Groups around the country have been holding Christmas bail-outs and Mother's Day Bail-Outs to free incarcerated women. most of whom are mothers, from pre-trial detention.

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Patriarchy and Aid (Don’t Mix) July 21, 2018 | 2:30 pm

From the podcast series Gender at Work, feminists with experience in United Nations and aid organizations explain how policies to stop discrimination and abuse of privilege fail, and what might discourage the culture of impunity.

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Muslim Divorce Decision – India July 14, 2018 | 2:30 pm

An August 2017 decision found it unconstitutional for a man to divorce his wife just by saying - or texting - the word talaq three times. Women activists say this type of divorce is not in the Koran, which prescribes a slow process with mediation; but the patriarchal religious leadership that controls India's Muslim personal law insists that this tradition is part of religion and cannot be changed.

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