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Modern Culture

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Funny Female Memoirs radio segment for Word of Mouth (producer/reporter).

Lena Dunham, creator of the HBO hit series Girls, recently signed 3.5 million dollar book contact for a memoirWhen published, Dunham’s book will share shelf space with bestsellers like Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened:  A Mostly True Memoir and Heather McDonald’s My Inappropriate Life: Some Material Not Suitable For Small Children, Nuns Or Mature Adults. 

Modern Encyclopedias radio segment for public radio’s Word of Mouth (producer).

You may not know it, but that encyclopedia set you grew up with has a radical history.  Published in France in the 1700’s, the original Encyclopédie included 28 volumes with entries written by Voltaire and Rousseau. Its goal was rather lofty: gather the world’s knowledge into one collection and to change how people think; historians link its publication to the French revolution. Since then, there have been several versions of the original from the pedestrian Britannica to crowd-sourced Wikipedia.  And now we have actipedia.com, an open-sourced web site open to any art and activist group who seeks a better vision of society.

Feminist Bootcamp radio segment for public radio’s Word of Mouth (producer).

Feminist Boot Camp

When people talk about boot camp, they are most likely referring to grueling workout routine designed to get people into shape, fast. But when Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner offer their boot camp in New York City, it is not military training or abs of steal that they promise, it’s feminism.


queensThe Queens of Comedy Podcasts radio segment for public radio’s Word of Mouth. (producer/reporter)

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.

Food & Culture

A Food Star is Born,” Bust Magazine, May 2011

If food is the new rock-n-roll, perhaps restaurants are the big arena rock bands—loud and raunchy and headlined by men.  The indie-food movement is more akin to the alternative music scene, where women have long held a place of reverence. More…



“Italian-Japanese Fusion,” “Underground Supper Clubs,” “Women of the Indie Food World,” Word of Mouth, National Public Radio and podcast. 2009-present.

The Power of a Good Meal,” This I Believe, National Public Radio website, October 15, 2009

I believe that food brings people together. It doesn’t have to be local or organic or even gourmet— but real food, made with love, works a subtle, everyday, magic. More…

“Buy Curious:  Wine and the Frugal Gal,” Bust Magazine, Fall 04

Indie Crafting/Kid’s

“Craftivism Manifesto,” Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun, written and edited by Elizabeth Foy Larsen and  Joshua Glenn, Bloomsbury, USA, October 2012

“Trouble in the World of Crafts,” Word of Mouth, National Public Radio and podcast, 2009

What Would Jesus Sell? Crafting and the Handmade Pledge,” Murketing.com,  Jan. 22, 2008



Why Making Stuff Is Fashionable Again: Jean Raila breaks down several theories of why crafting seems to have become ubiquitous overnight.” CRAFT: Make Cool Stuff, 01

“The Punk of Craft:  Doing it yourself may be the ultimate form of rebellion.” CRAFT: Make Cool Stuff, 02.

“Coming Out of the Half-Finished Craft Closet: Jean Railla ponders her half-finished crafts.” CRAFT: Make Cool Stuff, 03.

“Art vs. Craft: Jean Railla looks at art versus craft.” CRAFT: Make Cool Stuff, 04

“Crafting Is for Lovers: Jean Railla of Get Crafty gets over herself when she compares digital home movies to scrapbooking.” CRAFT: Make Cool Stuff, 05.

Get Crafty: Hip Home Ec, Broadway Books/Random House, 2004

“Martha Stewart meets Patti Smith in this essential homemaking manual for the modern-day gal (and guy). With projects ranging from the straightforward to the sublime, as well as a keen sense of both the political and spiritual reasons for why young people are embracing the “New Domesticity,” Get Crafty is the best proof yet that crafting is the new rock-n-roll.” Debbie Stoller, editor, Bust Magazine

A Broom of One’s Own: Discovering, after all these years, the fine art of housework.” Utne Reader, August, 2001

“Say Amen, Somebody: The Church of Craft finds God in Glitter,” Bust Magazine, Spring 2001



Family Fun in Los Angeles, BeautynewsNYC.com, February 2014






Fatherless Brooklyn:  Why today’s women are choosing to have babies alone.” Babble.com, Nov. 6, 2007



“Bringing Up Baby,” Bust Magazine, Winter 03