September 3, 2008

Jessica Phillips with a Young Feminist’s Take on Sarah Palin

Palin, Palin, Palin. The mainstream media is obsessed and the feminist blogosphere has been very interested in the choice of Sarah Palin as McCain's running mate. On many feminist blogs you'll see questions like "Is Sarah Palin a feminist?" or "Can someone who was given a free ride break a glass ceiling?" and an old favorite "Can someone who doesn't support reproductive choice be a feminist?" The Palin pick may cause a feminist identity crisis just as the Obama-Clinton primary season did.

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June 2, 2008

Home sweet home!

Hello everyone,

Jessica here, happy to be back in the good old USA. Nothing like two weeks out of the country to make you appreciate home again. Even if you have a wonderful time, as I did during the past two weeks in Vietnam, it is good to come home again. But enough of that; I have so much more to tell you about my trip.

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May 29, 2008

Vietnam Update

Hello friends,

Jessica here with an update from Vietnam.

The past few days have been among the strangest, most challenging and most wonderful of my entire life. There is no way I could even begin to do them justice in this blog post. All I can do is bring you a basic outline of what has transpired over the past few days and promise you that soon after I return home we will begin work on a documentary to bring you this amazing story.

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May 26, 2008

Another update from Vietnam

Greetings from Pleiku

I am sitting on my bed under a mosquito net in Pleiku, Vietnam, and I finally have a few spare moments to update you on the latest adventures of your favorite globe-trotting producer. Click "Read More" below for stories and pictures.

May 22, 2008

Hello from Hanoi!

Hello from Hanoi!

Well I see that my coworker Justin is trying to outdo me with multiple blogs from his trip to West Virginia. Since it is only 5:30 am at home and he is sure to be asleep, I will take this opportunity to do a little reporting of my own! Click "Read More" below for stories and pictures.

April 21, 2008

4/21 Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to the Center for Emerging Media's new website!

We're so excited to bring this to you after working on it for a month and a half. This website brings together in one place all our various projects, and also incorporates an interactive forum for our listeners to interact with each other. If you have any questions about how to use this website or where something is located, leave a comment below or send me an email at To navigate the website, pay attention to the top menu bar. That will be your number one place to go once you know what you wanted to do. Do you want to read the blog? Click on "Blog". Do you want to listen to CEM programs? Click on "Programs". And so on. Once you make a decision, depending on what you click on, the right column will give you more options. For example, if you click on Programs, the right column will show you what programs we have available for you to listen to. If you click on Blog, the right column will show you archived entries and tags. Just click around and get to know the site. Please let us know if you have any problems or questions about how this works! We look forward to seeing you all in the forums and on this blog! -Jessica
February 21, 2008

2/21 Child Brides; Stolen Lives


Sunam is only 3 years old. She is dressed up in her bridal outfit as she prepares to marry her 7 year old cousin. Photo Credit: Farzana Wahidy/AP. We have brand new content for you from the Center for Emerging Media! Stream the podcast here. (Or just right click on that link, and choose "Save Link As."  This will download it onto your computer.  Thanks to our intelligent reader Ron Counsell for figuring this one out!) Program length is 39: 21. Female genital mutilation. Sex slaves. Human trafficking. These are the topics that journalist Maria Hinojosa thought of when she was deciding which global women's issue to focus on for a special episode of NOW, the acclaimed PBS program. But a phone call to a source set her straight. The biggest issue facing women globally is not genital mutilation, or slavery. It is the millions of women that are forced to marry as children. 51 million girls under the age of 18 are married. According to a report by the International Center for Research on Women, that number will rise to 100 million by the end of this decade. Marc and Maria sat down and talked about her documentary Child Brides; Stolen Lives which premiered on PBS in 2007. You can stream that interview here. (Program length is 39: 21) Want to watch the documentary? Visit the website of Now on PBS. Under the cut...resources and pictures! Here are a couple of the girls you will meet in this documentary and interview Habi habirecovering.jpg Habi lives in Niger. She will tell the story of how she came to be incontinent as a result of being married as a child. Mamta mamtaupdate.jpg Mamta was only 7 when she was married to a man she had never met. She is afraid of her husband. Other resources
Child Brides from New York Times by Stephanie Sinclair
Several months ago, the New York Times Magazine published a stunning series of pictures of child brides in Afghanistan with their husbands. Here is a link to that article and slideshow. One photo is above. Ghulam Haider, 11, is to be married to Faiz Mohammed, 40. She had hoped to be a teacher but was forced to quit her classes when she became engaged. Photo Credit: Stephanie Sinclair for the New York Times The International Center for Research on Women has a wealth of information about child marriages. Visit their online exhibit Too Young To Wed: Child Marriage in their Own Words. Let us know what you think of the interview.


February 21, 2008

Share your CAB meeting reflections

I want to thank all of you who came to the CAB meeting tonight.  I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to see your faces and hear your thoughts. I see some people already made post-CAB comments in the previous post, so I imagined others would follow suit, and I wanted to make a place for all the post-CAB comments.  So feel free to share your impressions, feelings, thoughts in this post. I am sure Marc will write something to you tomorrow. -Jessica
February 20, 2008

New Links

Hi everyone, Please note the new header tab above with the words "Protest Links".  If you go there, you'll find links to the following sites: *Marc Steiner is not involved with these websites.  We’re just linking to them!*  Bring Marc Steiner Back-A website with information on how to get in touch with underwriters, Community Advisory Board Members, WYPR Board of Director members, and essays on why this firing is important to YOU. Save Steiner Show-a website run by local activists with information on how to join the daily demonstrations outside of WYPR. Bring Marc Steiner Back petition-Sign a petition decrying this move by WYPR. Wear protest threads-Link to a Cafepress store where a listener has set up a tshirt shop supporting Marc Steiner  Support Steiner on Facebook-On Facebook? Join this group to show your support. Have fun, kids. -Jessica
February 15, 2008

2/15 Marc on Norris again!

Don't miss Marc on the Ed Norris Show on 105.7 WHFS FM today from 10:30-11:30. He's joining them for their news roundup. Call and be part of the show at 410-481-1057 or email -Jessica
February 14, 2008

2/14 New Poll

Happy Valentines Day, everyone. I hope you all have a wonderful day! New Poll! Poll: Are you going to the Feb 20th Community Advisory Board Meeting? Here is a picture of the Heart Nebula. Isn't it beautiful? If you like this kind of stuff, I highly recommend you hightail it to the Walters Art Museum, where they have a whole exhibition of photographs from the Hubble Telescope.
February 13, 2008

2/13 I read the news today, oh boy…

Big news out today. Looks like Maryland will have two new faces in our Congressional delegation (unless Wayne Gilchrist and Albert Wynn choose to run as Independents and win). What are your thoughts? This could be the first competitive general election the Eastern Shore has seen in a couple decades. Does a Democrat have a chance on the Shore or is state senator Andy Harris going to sweep into office? What about Republican challengers to Donna Edwards?And of course, Obama wins in Maryland. Did you vote yesterday? I am still registered in Worcester County. I tried to travel home yesterday to vote. I meant to get an absentee ballot, but in the craziness that was my life the past two weeks, I plumb forgot. So I set out for Ocean City at 3:30 yesterday. I hit a wall of traffic several miles from the Bay Bridge and sat there until 6 pm, at which point I realized there was no chance I was going to make it home in time to vote. I won't make the same mistake in November! This is what we had planned to be discussing for the noon hour on the Steiner Show today. Since we're not there, give us your thoughts HERE. -Jessica