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"Women Rabbis"

All Things Considered, June 2, 2002 · This week marks the 30th Anniversary of the ordination of the first American woman rabbi, Sally Priesand. Jacki Lyden and Pamella Nadell, Director of Jewish Studies at American University explore women rabbis and their struggle to reach the ministry. Pamela Nadell is the author of a new book called Women and American Judaism.



KEEPERS OF THE FLAME: All Things Considered, May 21, 2000 · Yazd, Iran is often called the pearl of the desert, a silk road city with a 13th Century Mosque visited by Marco Polo. This city of adobe mud roofs and earthen wind towers is also the spiritual home of Zoroastrians. Back as early as the 7th Century, the Prophet Zarathustra was one of the first to preach the belief in one God. Join Jacki Lyden as she journeys through the ancient fire temples of Yazd and the surrounding villages to search for the last vestiges of the Prophet Zarathushtra.


"A Sister Coping with September 11th"

Sept. 7, 2002—After the World Trade Center attacks shook New York and the world, Suzanne McCabe had the task of writing about the tragedy for Junior Scholastic magazine, of which she is the editor.  It was especially difficult for Suzanne, given that her brother Michael McCabe, and his friend, Michael Tucker, were killed in the attacks, and given that more than 140 people in her home county of Monmouth, N.J., had also been killed.  Over the past year, Suzanne has devoted part of the magazine to interviews with the children in her community who had lost loved ones. Theirs are tales of sorrow and hope. Talking to the kids has helped McCabe herself to cope with her loss.  Recently, McCabe and NPR’s Davar Ardalan retraced part of the journey McCabe took that first week and over the course of the year—a trip that begins on the commuter ferry from New Jersey to Manhattan that Suzanne was taking at 8:48 a.m. on Sept. 11. 


"Voices of Youth in Foster Care"

MAX MORAN All Things Considered, May 19, 2001 · 25-year-old Max Moran is a former foster child and outspoken advocate for foster care reform in New York City. Weekend All Things Considered first met Max two years ago; he’s now poised to graduate from Hunter College in New York with a Master’s degree in social work. Audio: 


"Resilient Youth in Foster Care"

WUNIKA’S STORY All Things Considered, November 20, 1999 · So many of the headlines these days tell of senseless violence by teenagers, but there are untold stories of teenagers who struggle to create sense out of otherwise chaotic lives. Jacki Lyden traces the story of a remarkable young woman who has set herself apart by opening up her troubled world with words. In a series of four inter-related essays, Wunika Hicks explores her life and comes to terms with the abuse, neglect and abandonment she experienced as a young child. (21:00)


"Immigrant Women and Abuse"

September 10, 2000—This week the Senate takes up the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which extends legal protection to immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence. ??Immigration to the U.S. is at its highest level in a decade, with more people arriving from a wider range of countries. Increasingly, they are women and young children. ??Under current law, immigrant women who marry U.S. residents have little control over their own immigration status, meaning they’re often unable to leave an abusive spouse. ??According to the NOW Legal Defense Fund for Immigrant Women, 60 percent of marriages in which a husband has control over his wife’s legal status in this country involve abuse. The problem afflicts immigrant women from all ethnic and national backgrounds. Audio: 


"Alton Brown"

June 30, 2002—Alton Brown uses all kinds of strange implements for cooking: hair dryers, telephone books, trash cans. But, he says, “The brain is the most important tool in cooking.” On his TV show Good Eats, which airs on The Food Network, Brown emphasizes the science of cooking, but he does it always with tasty results in mind. It is science in service of culinary art. For All Things Considered,, Brown recently met with NPR’s Korva Coleman <> in a Washington, D.C., backyard to show off some of his more entertaining techniques and to talk about his new book, I'm Just Here for the Food: Food + Heat = Cooking. "I'm like a really goofy home ec teacher," he says. Audio:


"National Story Project - Coney Island"

All Things Considered, July 1, 2000 · It’s the first Saturday of the month and we’re taking you to Coney Island, on the ocean in Brooklyn, New York. At the turn of the century, Coney Island was synonymous with summer, a summer replete with Ferris wheels and merry-go-rounds, sea breezes and hot dogs. It inspired everything from overtures to picnic baskets, fireworks and, of course, the telling of tales. For decades, Americans shared each other’s lives at Coney Island, took their families and sweethearts for a day out. And though it’s a much changed place, we thought it would be a wonderful setting for July’s stories written by you and read by writer Paul Auster.
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"Remembering the Moon Landing"

All Things Considered, July 24, 2004 · When Ohio native Neil Armstrong landed on the moon 35 years ago this week, Americans gathered around their televisions to watch. John Smith was a teenager in the summer of 1969 and lived about 20 miles from Armstrong’s family. He made an audio recording of the landing and offers a personal recollection.


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