Category Archives: History

Eli Clare – Grappling with Cure

Listen (58 min) White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare’s new book, Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure, questions the typical hostility of the disability movement toward the mythology of The Cure. He explores his rage at the many ways the ‘search … 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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Anne Finger: Soviet Eugenics (Marta Russell Part 2)

Listen 29 min Modern genetics offers parents the dream of choosing the characteristics of their children and aborting those who don’t fit their ideal.  As scientists move in this direction, disabled people are understandably critical.  They cite, for instance, the … Continue reading

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Fundraising and Disability

Listen A hour-long fund drive episode in which we dissect the fascinating intersection of fundraising and disability with Catherine Kudlick, editor of “Telethons: Spectacle, Disability and the Business of Charity” by Paul Longmore. From Jerry Lewis to the cancer survivor … 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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“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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Fading Scars: My Queer Disability History

Listen (29 minutes) We bring you highlights from Corbett Joan O’Toole’s reading from her new memoir, Fading Scars: My Queer Disability History.    A transcript is available here. Arriving in Berkeley among the first wave of people with disabilities, Corbett O’Toole … Continue reading

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Transcript — Fading Scars: My Queer Disability History

ADRIENNE LAUBY: Welcome to Pushing Limits, KPFA’s program by, for, and about people with disabilities. I’m Adrienne Lauby. Local independent scholar Corbett O’Toole has first-hand experience with the creation of the west coast Independent Living Movement.  She brings those early … Continue reading

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The ADA Legacy Bus Rolls On!

Listen (29 min) As the Magna Carta rounds the corner toward its 800th year of existence, The Americans with Disabilities Act, the ADA, (a mere babe of almost 25 years) will celebrate its birth as well.   Photographer Tom Olin has … Continue reading

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