2012 has been a fantastic year for funny ladies on television. Comedians Chelsea Handler, Whitney Cummings, Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler and Joan Rivers all star in their own shows. A number of lesser known laugh-out-loud women are reaching new audiences with self-produced podcasts, and networks are paying attention.
Jean Railla, a writer and cultural observer based in New York City tells us more.
Pop culture has a pretty good store of gleeful nuns along with plenty of repressed, vindictive sisters and mothers superior. The stereotypical nun is neither action hero, rockstar or Klan fighter. That’s why we found a recent list of gutsy nuns in Mental Floss so intriguing.
Clay Wirestone is a freelance writer who compiled a list of some of history’s bravest and boldest nuns for the December issue.
Three women with vastly different jobs each take microphone and recorders in hand to chronicle their daily work. A pastor from a Chicago church, a seasonal farm worker, and a longtime judge all tell their own stories and reflect on what their work means to them.
Roller derby continues to explode in popularity nationwide…in New Hampshire, numerous home and travel teams have formed over the past few years… boasting names like the Queen City Cherry Bombs and the Legis-Lashers. In the early stages of the boom, we sent intern Erin Gleason to learn more about its appeal…Check out the link to Erin's original post.
Maggie Koerth-Baker is a science journalist, author, and blogger for Boing-Boing, where she usually writes about the convergence of science and technology with culture. But it was a blog she posted recently, which diverged from her typical subject matter, which prompted us to ask her to return as a guest to the program.
Sip a glass of Italian wine tonight with dinner. Savor its full-bodied flavor, or its delicate notes of plum or cherries. If you really concentrate, you might detect another subtle but important flavor - equality. Italian women are revolutionizing the way vino is made, promoted and sold. And women in corporate boardrooms might not be a new phenomenon; their entrance in the world’s male-dominated cantinas and vineyards is, especially as they’re making changes that are nothing to sniff at. Nancy Greenleese reports.