Category Archives: Story Telling – Disability

Non-Violent Direct Action Protest and Disability

Listen (28 min) ADAPT is a dynamic direct action group that blocks streets, sits in at the offices of D.C. politicos, and raises hell about the rights of disabled people. They bring hundreds of people with disabilities to their national … Continue reading

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Interdependence with A.J. Withers

Listen (29 min) The Independent Living Movement got people out of institutions and inspired many of us to believe we could live without doctors, parents and others defining our lives.  But, no one is completely independent and, while it might … Continue reading

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Summer Camps for People with Disabilities

Listen (29 min) Suzanne Stoltz, a many-year participant at a MDA camp, charts the political underbelly of the disability summer camp experience.   Summer camp for kids is usually perceived as a fun time where participants socialize, play, run, and … Continue reading

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Donna Williams on Autism

Listen (29 min) In the 1960s ‘autism’ was deemed ‘childhood psychosis’ and the incidence of autism was thought to be around 4 in 10,000 children.   Today, up to 1 in 88 children are presently diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Polly … Continue reading

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Maytte Bustillos: Living with Brain Cancer

Listen  29 minutes Maytte Bustillos was given two years to live after the discovery of a cancerous tumor in her brain (Oligodendroglioma).  Now, seven years and three craniotomies later, she talks to Shelley Berman about her fitness routine, mothering a … Continue reading

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Paying the Price for Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson

Listen, 59 min We talk to S. Brian Willson who put his body in front of a train carrying illegal weapons to the Nicaraguan Contras — and the train ran over him.   It all went down in the California … Continue reading

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Black Kripple Delivers Poems and Lyrics

Listen 59 min We’re high on poetry this week… stories of disabled people told to the beat of the heart. And, we’re focusing on black and brown people with disabilities because we’re hosting Leroy F. Moore Jr., and his new … Continue reading

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Parinda Wanitwat: Living with Food Addiction

Listen 29 min We all know what someone who lives with an eating disorder looks like:  Young, white and skinny!  Right?  But, as KPFA’s host physicist, Michio Kaku, says so often, “Hold on just a minute.”  In actuality, research says … Continue reading

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“Telethons” with Catherine Kudlick

Listen (29 min) Catherine Kudlick visits Pushing Limits to discuss “Telethons,” a book by the late Paul Longmore. There have been several disability-related, day long fund-raisng extravaganzas in the latter part of the 20th century; but these faded away from … Continue reading

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Queer Disability History with Corbett O’Toole

Listen 59 min Corbett Joan O’Toole’s new memoir, Fading Scars: My Queer Disability History, is arguably the best history to come out of the Disability Rights Movement of the past four decades. She joins us in the studio for a … Continue reading

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