One Little Victory, painting by Victoria Golding

Her Stories
A (((HearingVoices))) Radio Special

A one-hour radio special for Women's History Month (March), with Guest Host: Dmae Roberts, from

• The Kitchen Sisters at Tupperware® parties.
• A supermarket checker checks out her life.
• Jenafir's sound diary of her Peace Corps years.
• A collage of and about sisters by Dmae Roberts.
• Photographer Anna Lee deals with breast cancer.
• Susan Stone's tale of Ruby and her husbands.
• Poems by Sonia Sanchez, Tracie Morris, Jill Battson and Meryn Cadell.

SHOW DESCRIPTIONS: Segments in the Special (soundfiles=real)

soundfiles Tupperware® by the Kitchen Sisters
(5:23) In 1983 the Kitchen Sisters (Lost & Found Sound) attended that one-time staple of American housewifery: the Tupperware® party. The went to local houses and the national convention. They talked to Tupperware® people. They recorded Tupperware® songs. They cooked up an audio ethnography that still sounds fresh today.

soundfiles Donna Checks Out Her Life by Tom Lopez / ZBS
(4:12) Donna Dollardaze, the supermarket checker, scans the items in her existence. A scene from the ZBS radio soap opera Saratoga Springs, dealing with the lives and loves of the characters in this charming town.

soundfiles Home From Africa by Jake Warga
(20:03) Jenifir returns from Benin with all 13 Symptoms of Chronic Peace Corps Withdrawal. A tale of two selves, mixed with dirt, disease, music, and voodoo. (Details and photos at our collaborators: Edited by Jay Allison. Premiered on PRI/MPR Savvy Traveler.

soundfiles Sisters by Dmae Roberts
(3:05) "I love her, but she still gets on my nerves...." A montage of sisters discussing what it's like to have and be a sister. Premiered on NPR All Things Considered in 1986.

soundfiles Ruby by Susan Stone
(3:05) A new syntax of whispers and words tells the story of a woman and her husbands. "And yes, he did love; and yes, he did sex."

soundfiles Sooner or Later by Ginger Miles
(5:17) A sound-portrait of the producer's friend, Anna Lee, a jazz photographer in lower Manhattan, recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Friends would ask her when she was going to get medical help, her answer was "Sooner Or Later."

Alpha-Hydroxy, painting by Victoria Golding Poems by Sonia Sanchez:
soundfiles Present 1 (2:46)
soundfiles Song #2 (2:46)
Poems by Sonia Sanchez produced for radio by Steve Rowland and mixed by Joe Waters (a commission from WXPN with funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts) with original music by Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Joe Waters. And here's a online bonus, one more poem not in the special:
soundfiles Poem #12 (2:46)

Also in the "Her Stories" Women's History Month radio special: Poems by spoken-word artists Tracie Morris, Jill Battson and Meryn Cadell.

This special was mixed by Robin Wise, with music by Tara Key. Executive Producer is Barrett Golding. Guest Host is Dmae Roberts of where art and stories come together. specials are crafted from new and classic radio shows. Fundors include the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Endowment for the Arts.

WEB RESOURCES: "Her Stories" Producers

URL link Kitchen Sisters- sites: Lost & Found Sound, Tupperware.
URL link Tom Lopez- site: ZBS Media; shows: Saratoga Springs, Jack & Ruby.
URL link Dmae Roberts- sites: MediaRites, Stories1st; how-to: Legacies Handbook.
URL link Jake Warga- shows: When Brian Took His Life, Street Dogs; article: Learning to Bleed.
URL link Susan Stone- site: KPFA Drama & Lit; show: Terra Infirma.
URL link Tracie Morris- poems: United States of Poetry, People's Poetry; prof: Sarah Lawrence College.
URL link Jill Battson- journal: In Africa; interview & reading: Publisher's Online.
URL link Meryn Cadell- site:
URL link Ginger Miles- shows: Hudson River, Rising Daily From The Ashes, Meditations in an Emergency.
URL link Sonia Sanchez- bios: Voices From the Gaps, Academy of American Poets, New Bones; interviews: "As Poets, As Activists", On Martin Luther King Jr.