August 24, 2008

Gigi Durham, author of The Lolita Effect

This week our guest is Gigi Durham, author of The Lolita Effect: The Media Sexualization of Young Girls and What We Can Do About It. Durham's work centers on media and the politics of the body, with an emphasis on gender, sexuality, race, and youth cultures. Her work has appeared in leading academic journals, including Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication Theory, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, and Women's Studies in Communication. She is the co-editor, with Douglas M. Kellner, of Media and Cultural Studies: KeyWorks.


August 17, 2008

Dave Zirin, author of A People’s History of Sports in the United States

This week our guest is Dave Zirin. Zirin, Press Action's 2005 and 2006 Sportswriter of the Year, has been called "an icon in the world of progressive sports" and Robert Lipsyte says he is "the best young sportswriter in the United States." His column, Edge of Sports, appears on Sports Illustrated's website, si.com. He is also the host of XM satellite's weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio.

Zirin is, in addition, a columnist for SLAM Magazine, the Progressive, and the Philadelphia Weekly; a contributor to the Nation Magazine, and a regular op-ed writer for The Los Angeles Times.

Zirin's next book, out this summer, is A People's History of Sports in the United States, part of Howard Zinn's People's History series for the New Press. He is also the author of Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports (with a foreword by the immortal Chuck D.). His first book What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States (Haymarket Books) has entered its second printing and is available in stores and at haymarketbooks.org. He is also the author of The Muhammad Ali Handbook, published for MQ Publications.


August 03, 2008

Jennifer Pozner, Executive Director of Women in Media & News

This week our guest is Jennifer Pozner, Executive Director of Women in Media & News (WIMN), a national media analysis, education and advocacy group. Pozner founded Women In Media & News in 2001 to increase women's presence and power in the public debate through media analysis, education, advocacy and reform.



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