I try not to “do” regret, but I admit to having one regret about episode 4.
My guest was my dear friend Lauryn, who is a brilliant educator, social justice warrior, proud Latina, badass single mom and a doctoral student to boot. (She’s obviously not the regret; she’s Wonder Woman.) While we were recording and chatting about Cuban artists and anti-nuclear war protests, her sweet little son came into the room to check on her and said, “I love you, Mommy.”
“I love you too, baby!” she told him. Then she helped settle him in the other room and returned to our conversation.
I’m always amazed when I spend time with parents by how easily they are able to switch between adult and child conversations, how seamlessly they multitask. Lauryn, was clearly used to constant interruptions. This was one of several we edited out. But I wish I hadn’t edited out her son’s spontaneous declaration of love. It was such a pure, beautiful expression of connection between a mother and son, and one that clearly happens between them multiple times a day. It warmed my icy cold heart and made me so proud of my friend and the sweet, nurturing son she is raising.
But enough about the parts of this episode you can’t hear—the parts you can are pretty great too. We had a good squee over the latest on Parker Curry, the little girl who first stole America’s heart when she was photographed staring at the painting of Michelle Obama in the National Portrait Gallery. Parker’s mom helped her dress as Michelle for Halloween, complete with a custom-made dress that looked just like the one in the portrait, and Michelle herself gave Parker a shout out on Twitter. Adorable and empowering!
We pivoted to jolly ol’ England and a decades-old story about a collective of activist women who camped out at a military base to protest nuclear weapons—for 20 YEARS. You read that right. The story of the Greenham Common Peace Camp is amazing, and you have to listen/read about it for yourself. It will blow your mind.
This week’s Dear Feminist Hotdog question came from a women who works in IT and is sick of having her job explained to her by men. (We had LOTS to say on that topic—surprise!) We then inducted two new women—both artists—into the HHOF: Mona Haydar and Carmen Herrera. Mona is a Syrian-American rapper, poet and activist who is challenging the way the world perceives Muslim women with her intersectional art. Carmen is an accomplished Cuban-born painter who, at age 100, finally got the gallery show she deserved after putting up with decades of sexism in the art world. “Inspiring” doesn’t even come close to describing these women.