09/23/2013 Jen Marlowe, interviewed by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! about Troy Davis
“I Am Troy Davis”: Supporters, Family of Georgian Man Executed in 2011 Push to End Death Penalty
“The fight is not over, it’s actually just beginning and we still have a long way to go,” says Troy Davis’ sister, Kimberly Davis, of the family’s battle to prove his innocence and to abolish the death penalty nationally. We also speak to outgoing NAACP president Benjamin Jealous and Jen Marlowe, co-author of the new book, “I Am Troy Davis” with Troy’s oldest sister Martina Davis-Correia, who died in December 2011 after a decade-long battle with breast cancer.
09/17/2013 Gabriel Bol Deng Reflects On The Syrian Refugee Crisis
Gabriel Bol Deng wrote about his experience as a refugee for WBUR:
“Last week, the United Nations reported that the number of Syrian refugees registered in camps has risen above 2 million and that half of these people are children, many of them under the age of 11. As I read about this my thoughts and prayers went to those children, many of whom must be what I once was: a child arriving alone — without parents or other family members — in a foreign country after a long and dangerous journey.”
09/16/2013 Phil Plait, resident of Boulder, shares his perspective on the flooding.
Plil Plait, a Boulder, CO resident, shared his firsthand experience of the recent flooding that devastated the area with Sheree Geo of Truth Frequency Radio. ” I happened to be driving past one northwest of town this morning, so I grabbed my camera and shot some video.” Read the full article Flash Flooding Leaves 3 Dead, Hundreds Evacuated in CO – Strange Weather Pattern.
08/31/2013 Fantagraphics Follies at Bumbershoot this weekend
Fantagraphics was founded in 1976 by Gary Groth and Kim Thompson to launch The Comics Journal, a very opinionated annal of the trade that made the men high-profile critics of their industry. As both editors and writers for the Journal, the two young men had an outsize impact on a moribund business, often disrespecting their elders and picking up many enemies along the way. Vice president and co-publisher Thompson died of lung cancer in June, after more than three decades of partnership with company president Groth. After the death of a co-owner, Fantagraphics faces midlife with a shrug. And a party. Fantagraphics Follies plays Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Seattle Rep. (Bumbershoot: Fantagraphics at Mid-Life by Brian Miller, Seattle Weekly, Aug. 27, 2013)
08/31/2013 HIV-positive AIDS Activist and Former Playboy Bunny Rebekka Armstrong Speaks to the Press
Rebekka Armstrong spoke to the press in front of banners that looked like giant condoms during a demonstration by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation outside the Flynt Publications building on June 7, 2004 in Los Angeles. She is calling on pornography executive, Larry Flynt, to voluntarily adopt a 100% condom use policy in his sexually explicit films. Read the story on 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio website.
08/31/2013 Brazil: The Favela Will Not be Silenced
Jen Marlowe, documentary filmmaker and writer, is in Brazil filming interviews about the security situation and risks faced by HRDs (Human Rights Defenders for Front Line Defenders) for an upcoming video series to launch later in 2013. Read about Jen’s work and the interviews, Brazil: The Favela Will Not be Silenced, featured on Front Line Defenders website.
08/21/2013 Out of Track’s Doping Scandal, Redemption and Progress
M. Nicole Nazzaro writes in her essay published in the New York Times (8/17/2013) about the challenges and progress of the doping culture among international track athletes. Read the story.
08/17/2013 WMFE’s Intersection: Blackfish Audio Interview with Voice of the Orcas
Matthew Peddie of 90.7 News WMFE-FM spoke with Stetson University visiting professor and former SeaWorld trainer Dr. John Jett about his role in the film Blackfish and his experience working with killer whales in captivity. Listen to the audio segment on WMFE’s Intersection.
08/17/2013 Classy Talk with Elissa Washuta
Richard Hugo House–community organization providing support, advice, and programs for writers and learners in the Pacific Northwest–interviewed Elissa Washuta about her fall class Writing Your Darkest Days. Go to Hugo Blog to read about her class, her book experiences and her advice for aspiring writers.