Category Archives: Arts

Neil Marcus – In Memoriam

Neil Marcus leaning against a dark reflective background, on which we see his reflection. Courtesy of Neil Marcus and Gary Ivanek. Today we celebrate the life of actor and playwright, Neil Marcus who died last November.  Born with dystonia, a … Continue reading

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“Golem Girl” with Riva Lehrer

Listen, Friday, January 28, 2:30 pm PST on  KPFA Riva Lehrer is an artist, writer and curator who focuses on the socially challenged body.  She is best known for representations of people whose physical embodiment, sexuality, or gender identity have … Continue reading

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“Plain Jane – The Shockumentary”

Jane Hash Today’s show features Plain Jane: The Shockumentary, a film by Jane Hash, who is anything but plain. Join host Mark Romoser as he talks with Jane Hash. Find out why it’s called the Shockumentary. Spoiler alert: Mermaids are … Continue reading

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“Such a Pretty Girl” with Nadina LaSpina (funddrive edition)

For this program, we bring back long-time disability activist, Nadina LaSpina, to talk more about her memoir, Such a Pretty Girl: a Story of Struggle, Empowerment, and Disability Pride. LaSpina has worked with several disability activist groups including ADAPT, Disabled … Continue reading

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Tell Me The Number Before Infinity

Listen (59 min)Becky and Dena Taylor’s book tells the story of a girl with a quirky mind, an eccentric family, and oh yes, a disability. Born premature, Becky was given the usual prognosis “probably going to be blind, deaf and … Continue reading

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Envisioning a S.F. Disability Center

Listen (28 min) Sometimes it seems as though every community in the world has a community and cultural center here in the Bay Area. But what about the disability community? The Paul K. Longmore Institute at San Francisco State is … Continue reading

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Hearing Loss with Punk Rocker, Kathy Peck

Listen (29 min) You remember when the Bay Area was filled with the sounds of punk rock?  So does our guest Kathy Peck.  She played bass for the San Francisco all-woman band The Contractions.  Surprise!  All those loud shows led … Continue reading

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Disability in Film with Movie Critic Kristen Lopez ~ Part Two

Listen  (29 min) Movie goers are often subjected to portrayals of people with disabilities that reinforce the many stereotypes about them. But film critic Kristen Lopez says some films are bucking this trend and sees hope on the horizon.  Hosts … Continue reading

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Disability Goes To The Movies

Friday, March 15, 2:30 pm, KPFA radio Is disability as portrayed in American popular cinema slowly transforming itself? Are filmmakers getting away from the good old days when a person with a disability was often viewed as a friendly, intellectually-challenged … Continue reading

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“Lab Girl” with Hope Jahren

Listen (59 min) Hope Jahren, author of the best selling memoir, Lab Girl, joins us for an hour of discussion about mental illness, plants, and the life of a woman scientist. Shelley Berman, Josh Elwood, Sheela Gunn-Cushman, Adrienne Lauby and … Continue reading

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