Cokie Roberts is certainly no stranger to public radio listeners, or anyone who follows politics. Currently a contributor to Morning Edition, in addition to her work for NPR, Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News. In her more than forty years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting.
Cokie Roberts will be the featured speaker next month at The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s "A Conversation With" event, and she joins us this afternoon to discuss her career.
The Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation has worked to ensure the economic self-sufficiency of women in our community for more than 20 years. The Women’s Fund conducts research on the economic empowerment of women in our region and supports programs to improve it.
Born into post-apartheid South Africa, the young women of the townships around Cape Town still face daunting challenges. Their families and communities have been ravaged by poverty, violence, sexual abuse, and AIDS. Yet, as Kimberly Burge discovered when she set up a writing group in the township of Gugulethu, the spirit of these girls outshines their circumstances.
Kimberly Burge, author of The Born Frees: Writing with the Girls of Gugulethu, will be participating at an event tomorrow evening at the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati. The discussion will include guests from local service agencies that work in support of women’s needs, and focus on raising women’s voices at the local, national and international levels.
Former President Jimmy Carter’s latest book, A Call to Action, is an impassioned account of the human rights abuses against women and girls around the world, particularly in religious societies. Howard Wilkinson talked with President Carter, who will be in town tonight for a book-signing event at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. The book-signing, a ticketed event, has been sold out.
It’s always an annual treat when Cincinnati World Cinema brings in the current Lunafest collection. This long-running series of short films by and about women is an excellent way for budding filmmakers to get noticed, and also do some good in the process. As always, a portion of the proceeds from these showings will go to the national Breast Cancer Fund, and locally, to the Eva G. Farris Education Center in Covington.
In any collection of short films, reactions will be different for different people. You may find some inspiring, some funny, some ho-hum. But that’s the luck of the draw, and just like with the British commercial programs, there’s always something new just around the corner. The shortest film is three-and-a-half minutes; the longest eighteen.