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Published: Mar 5, 2014 10:40:53 PM Lindsey Campbell 2011
Hipmama.com Radio presents: This Manic Mama is hosted by Lindsey Campbell. TMM features conversations with activists, authors, musicians, artists, filmmakers and other parents of interest focusing on balancing creativity and parenting in their lives. TMM is committed to dissecting the tangle of intersections that limit and aim to define us, such as: age, race, sex, class, gender and sexuality; exposing corruption of political and corporate systems; exploring environmental issues; opening critical dialogues; and proposing solutions to action.
  • Mar 5, 2014 10:40:53 PM

    This Manic Mama returns with an interview with documentary filmaker Dina Fiaconaro about her new documentary Women and Meds.

    Women and Meds is a documentary about women with mental illness who are faced with choices about having children and medication.

    Hipmama.com Radio is hosted by Lindsey Campbell, and produced by Bee Lavender. Special thanks to Marisa Anderson for our great music.

     

    **correction: I say that Edmonton is the largest city "this far north", what I meant was the largest this far north in North America. I didn't mean, the whole world.**

  • Jul 3, 2013 11:29:47 PM

    This Manic Mama retuns! Wow, it's been a while!

    Unexpected Skype issues forced me to take a hiatus. I thought that while I was visiting my parents I might as well interview my mom, A Shard of History author JY Lilly (a.k.a. Lillian, a.k.a. Mom).

    J.Y. Lilly hails from Edmonton Canada. She is entering the Fantasy genre with her first book “A Shard of History : Moment of Truth” on a dare to herself. She is a mother, grandmother, and wife. She is also a painter and artist in her own right. J.Y. is now in the process of completing the second installment of her “A Shard of History” trilogy.

  • Feb 14, 2013 6:23:28 PM

    Happy New Year!

    This Manic Mama returns with an interview with Leslie McCollom of Preschool Gems. You can also follow Preschool Gems on Twitter

    Thanks to Leslie, producer Bee Lavender and HipMama.com, and Marissa Anderson for the music! 

  • Dec 19, 2012 8:30:00 PM

    Rachel Reynolds sent HipMama.com this beautiful audio autobiographical essay on pregnancy called Ultrasound. Rachel took some time to talk about creating the piece and her interest in oral history as a feminist practice. She is Educations Programs Manager for the (In)Visible Memoirs Project, a literary outreach program that nurtues aspiring writers in underserved communities.

    Hipmama.com Radio is hosted by Lindsey Campbell, and produced by Bee Lavender. Special thanks to Marisa Anderson for our great music.

  • Dec 18, 2012 11:56:00 PM

    This Manic Mama welcomes back Maria Flores, high school friend, and mama-entrepeneur. Maria is creator of the Coverboo, a clever nursing cover disgused as a lovely scarf! 

    Maria's offering listeners 15% off Coverboos until Dec 31st, 2012. Enter promo code: TMM at the checkout!

    Hipmama.com Radio is hosted by Lindsey Campbell, and produced by Bee Lavender. Special thanks to Marisa Anderson for our great music.

  • Dec 12, 2012 4:24:00 PM

    This Manic Mama talks to documentary filmmkaer Luci Westphal about her film All's Well and Fair. All's Well and Fair is an interactive web series in 19 episodes, and is also available as a stand alone 90 minute DVD. AWF documents the lives of 3 single punk rock moms during the 1990s and then revisits them ten years later. 

  • Nov 16, 2012 7:00:50 PM

    This Manic Mama is Back with an interview with Ilima Considine of The Sexbots. Ilima is a single mother with 2 children living in Portland, OR. The Sexbots new album Love Hotel is available now. Check out the entire album in music video form! That's right, watch the album! A video for every song.

    This Manic Mama is produced by HipMama.com.

  • Jul 21, 2012 11:26:50 PM

    This Manic Mama returns with an interview with Save The Date's Jennifer Gilbert. Jennifer is a highly successful entrepeneur, a great mother, and the author of a gripping new book I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag

    Hipmama.com Radio is hosted by Lindsey Campbell, and produced by Bee Lavender. Special thanks to Marisa Anderson for our great music.

  • Jun 4, 2012 8:07:04 PM

    TMM returns! This episode features an interview with mom/musician Polly Paulusma. After two albums with Bjork's One Little Indian label Polly has recently released her third album Leaves From the Family Tree on her own label Wild Sound. 

    Two of Polly's songs are featured on this episode, Don't Ask Me, and Last Week Me off her new album Leaves From the Family Tree.

    Thanks to our producer Bee Lavender, and Marisa Anderon for the music.

  • Apr 27, 2012 5:48:00 PM

    This Manic Mama talks to Rad Dad, author/performer, Shawn Taylor about all his amazing work. Author and wellness educator Mary Ellen Ruggerio talks about her new chidlren's book Little Lotus Learns about Wellness

  • Apr 12, 2012 7:25:46 PM

    This Manic Mama talks to author Sophia Van Buren about being a Non-Custodial Mother

    Hipmama.com Radio is hosted by Lindsey Campbell, and produced by Bee Lavender. Special thanks to Marisa Anderson for our great music.

  • Mar 29, 2012 10:27:00 PM

    This Manic Mama talks to author, activist, teacher, and mother Gayle Brandeis. TMM correspondant Muriel Green reports on The Hunger Games. 

    Hipmama.com Radio is hosted by Lindsey Campbell, and produced by Bee Lavender. Special thanks to Marisa Anderson for our great music.

  • Mar 16, 2012 5:41:00 PM

    TMM talks to bon vivant, famous authoress, and occasional mermaid Carolyn Turgeon about her new novel. The Next Full Moon is a tale of friendship, family, magic, and growing up.

    Hipmama.com Radio is hosted by Lindsey Campbell, and produced by Bee Lavender. Special thanks to Marisa Anderson for our great music.

  • Mar 1, 2012 9:53:30 PM

    This Manic Mama recaps her exhaustive exploits at Walt Disney World and Universal Florida. Phew! 

    TMM talks to documentary film producer Meg Merill about her film Play Again. Play Again investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature. Play Again follows 6 teens who spend 5-15 hours a day interacting with screens, a into the wilderness for a camping trip. 

    Hipmama.com Radio is hosted by Lindsey Campbell, and produced by Bee Lavender. Special thanks to Marisa Anderson for our great music.

  • Feb 9, 2012 6:48:53 PM

    Canadian author Barabara Stewart talks about her book Campie (Heritage House, 2010), the story of when it falls apart and Eat, Pray, Love-ing it isn't an option you can always head north.

    Hipmama.com Radio is hosted by Lindsey Campbell, and produced by Bee Lavender. Special thanks to Marisa Anderson for our great music.

  • Jan 26, 2012 4:00:49 PM

    Happy New Year! This Manic Mama is back with an interview with the raddest of rad dads Tomas Moniz about his award winning zine, and subsequent book, Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood. There is a call for submissions for the next issue of Rad Dad, the theme is Bad Parent and Riot Parent: a celebration of 20 years of Riot Grrl. The deadline is April 1st.  

    Special thanks to our producer Bee Lavender, musician Marisa Anderson for our great music, and Aubrey Cook for our new logo!

  • Dec 15, 2011 6:28:23 PM

    This Manic Mama talks to documentary filmmaker Suzan Beraza about her most excellent films Uranium Drive-in (2012), and Bag It (2010). TMM urges you to think about a bit about ways to change the way we deal with wrapping, waste, and packaging particularly at this time of the year. For more ideas of what you can do to avoid single-use plastic and other wasteful products check out Bag It: Get Involved

    This Manic Mama is pleased to welcome new correspondent Kia Moteverde. Read Kia's blogs: Unraveling Patterns; Past, Present & Knitted, Riled Up Tales, and Green Mountain Mama's Nest.

     

    Special thanks to our producer Bee Lavender, musician Marisa Anderson for our great music, and Aubrey Cook for our new logo!

  • Dec 1, 2011 4:44:00 PM

    Mike Park has been on the punk scene for twenty-five years, keeping it real and selling over 1,000,000 albums from a label located in his parents garage. Rocker, impresario, indie music heavyweight, and now a proud dad: This Manic Mama talks to Mike about parenting, music, and his new album SMILE.

    TMM is proud to welcome correspondent media Muriel Green to the team. Muriel's first story, for TMM, is on DC Comics' new 52 Wonder Woman. Check out Muriel's awesome Docu-Minutes.

    Thanks to Mike Park, our producer Bee Lavender, Marisa Anderson for the music, and Aubrey Cook for the logo.

    *correction Muriel has a degree in Theatre and Film, not History and Film.

  • Nov 18, 2011 1:28:00 AM

    This week This Manic Mama talked to the fabulous Muffy Bolding. Muffy is a mother, actor, writer. Her writing can be found in the book Mamaphonic: Balancing Motherhood and Other Creative Acts and on hipmama.com, and you should check out her hilarious blog The Withered Debutante. She is also the screenwriter of such horror gems as, Gingerdead Man 2: The Passion of the Crust (2008), and Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver (2011).

    Special thanks to Muffy, Marisa Anderson for the music, our producer Bee Lavender and hipmama.com, and Aubrey Cook for the logo.

  • Nov 4, 2011 9:22:04 PM

    Adam Pertman is the exectutive director of the Evan B Donaldson Adoption Institute, a Pulitzer prize nominated (former) journalist, author of two new books, and a father. Adam took time to talk to This Manic Mama about the changing face of the Adoption system in North America, and his books Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families – and America and Adoption by Lesbians and Gey Men: A New Dimension in Family Diversity. Read more on Adam's blog adampertman.com, or find him on The Huffington Post.

    Thanks to Adam, our producer Bee Lavender and Hipmama.com, Marissa Anderson for the music, and Aubrey Cook for the logo.

  • Oct 20, 2011 6:11:22 PM

    This Manic Mama takes it old school and chats with High School friend Maria Flores, mama to Noah. Maria is the creator of CoverBoo Couture nursing covers. Special thanks to Hipmama.com Radio producer Bee Lavendar, and Marisa Anderson for the music.

  • Oct 6, 2011 1:56:47 PM

    Thia Manic Mama talks to Nicole Chaison, author of Hausfrau Muthah-zine and the book The Passion of the Hausfrau. Her book has also been turned into a one-woman play, of the same name. Nicole lives with her two kids in Portland, Maine where she teaches writing and literature.

    Thanks to Nicole, our producer Bee Lavender and Hipmama.com, Marissa Anderson for the music, and Aubrey Cook for the logo.

  • Sep 23, 2011 4:05:00 AM

    Where and how we give birth is often the first - and sometimes most controversial - choice we make as mothers. This week TMM talks to Christa Craven about her book Pushing for Midwives: Homebirth Mothers and the Reproductive Rights Movement.

    Christa Craven is a professor of anthropology with a focus on women, gender, and sexuality studies. Her book examines the economic and political relevance of the reproductive rights movement for scholars, activists, and parents.

    This Manic Mama is produced by Bee Lavender. Special thanks to Marisa Anderson for our great music.

  • Sep 15, 2011 1:27:00 AM

    After 4 days chock full of cinema Lane Scarberry joins This Manic Mama for a post-festival wrap up, to discuss a whirlwind 14 films at the 38th Telluride Film Festival! Highlights include Steve McQueen's incredibly brave new feature Shame (2011, UK); Lynne Ramsay's bold new work We Need to talk About Kevin, starring the incredible Tidla Swinton (2011, UK); and Bela Tarr's kafkaesque new feature The Turin Horse (2011, Hungary).

    Always, special thanks to our producer Bee Lavender, Marisa Anderson for the music, and Aubrey Cook for the graphics and logo.

  • Sep 10, 2011 1:28:00 AM

    This Manic Mama returns with a conversation with Maria Bustillos, mother and author of Act Like A Gentleman, Think Like a Woman and Dorkismo: The Macho of the Dork.

    Special thanks to Marisa Anderson (of Rock and Roll Camp for Girls, Evolutionary Jass Band, and The Dolly Ranchers) for our music! Check out Marisa's second solo album The Golden Hour.

    The show is produced by Bee Lavender. Logo and graphics by Aubrey Cook.

  • Aug 24, 2011 11:04:00 PM

    Stacy Dymalski is an author, filmmaker, stand-up comedian, public speaker, and band mom. TMM talks to Stacy about parenting teenage jazz musicians, comedy, and her latest book Confessions of a Band Geek Mom.

    Check out Stacy's film Jupiter's Landing.

    Special thanks to Marisa Anderson (of Rock and Roll Camp for Girls, Evolutionary Jass Band, and The Dolly Ranchers) for our music! Check out Marisa's second solo album The Golden Hour.

    The show is produced by Bee Lavender. Logo and graphics by Aubrey Cook.

  • Aug 18, 2011 2:06:00 AM

    Ina May Gaskin is an author, activist, innovator, founding member of The Farm, and the modern mother of authentic midwifery. Through her personal practice and writing Ina May Gaskin has been at the forefront of an international movement to promote safe natural childbirth.

    Hipmama.com Radio talks to Ina May about forty years of delivering babies and her new book, Birth Matters: a Midwife's Manifesta

    Please check out The Dramatic Struggle for Life on youtube.com (as per Ina May's recommendation) and check out  The Business of Being Born, a documentary on home birth and midwifery, by RIcki Lake and Abby Epstein (2008).

    Special thanks to Marisa Anderson (of Rock and Roll Camp for Girls, Evolutionary Jass Band, and The Dolly Ranchers) for our music! Check out Marisa's second solo album The Golden Hour.

    The show is produced by Bee Lavender. Logo and graphics by Aubrey Cook.

  • Aug 11, 2011 6:28:00 AM

    This week This Manic Mama talks to tattoo artists and children's book author Levi Greenacres about his new book Mommy's New Tattoo

    Please check out Bee Lavender's piece " A Letter from London" on Hipmama.com, Penny Red's essay Panic on the Streets of London, and here is the BBC piece with Darcus Howe on the riots.

    Thanks to Bee, Hipmama.com, Marissa Anderson for the music, and Aubrey Cook for the logo.

  • Aug 4, 2011 3:02:00 AM

    This Manic Mama double interview episode! TMM talks first to mama, librarian Sarah Dentan about life in the library. Then, stay tuned for a conversation with Kyle Seaman of the incentive-based task program for families HighScore House. Sign up with invite code "hipmama" now!

    Thanks to our producer Bee Lavender and Hipmama.com, Marissa Anderson for the tunes, and Aubrey Cook for the logo.

  • Jul 28, 2011 4:08:00 AM

    This week TMM talks to her old friend, Cole Caljouw. Cole is a 34 year old FTM trans, mom of two, step dad to two more. Cole has been galavanting Canada's North and West with his family, before entering his first year of Law school at the University of Victoria.

    On trans identites and issues check out Professor Judith Jack Hallberstam's page and the awesome Drag King Book.

    Want more? check out the TransAlberta site for a comprehensive overview of the Female to Male path.

    Special thanks to our producer Bee Lavender and Hipmama.com Radio, Aubrey for the logo, and Marisa Anderson for the music!

  • Jul 21, 2011 3:45:00 PM

    This week on Hipmama.com Radio, This Manic Mama talks to Sarah Talbot and Yantra Bertelli, co-editors of the book My Baby Rides the Short Bus: The Unabashedly Human Experience of Raising Kids with Disabilities (PM Press: 2009). Sarah and Yantra live in Washington state with their exceptional children, one of whom is both deaf and autistic. More of their writing can be found in the book Breeder: Real Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothers, now celebrating it's 10th year in publication!

    Special Thanks to guests Sarah and Yantra, HipMama.com Radio producer Bee Lavender, Aubrey Cook for the logo and Marisa Anderson for the music.

  • Jul 14, 2011 8:10:47 PM

    Man-eaters: Monstrous femininity in Bad Teacher and Horrible Bosses

    In my most recent This Manic Mama podcast I failed to address the aggressive female sexuality that is present in both the Cameron Diaz vehicle Bad Teacher (Jake Kasdan, 2011) and Seth Gordon’s Horrible Bosses (2011). At times these types of tropes and representations are so blatant to me that I forget to comment aloud. Female body humor has been pushing Hollywood’s boundaries recently. In Bridesmaids (Paul Feig, 2011) the humor tends to shy away from the sexual, sticking to gross out gags more common in raunchy adolescent comedies such as the Austin Powers franchise. I stress that I found Bridesmaids to be rife with adolescent humor because while the film has been likened to The Hangover films (Todd Philips, 2009/2011); The Hangover(s) push the boundaries of heterosexual middle-class sexuality and masculinity through a series morally questionable events, whereas in Bridesmaids the girls get group diarrhea in the street wearing very expensive gowns.

    Bad Teacher is most notably well-cast! Seriously, no one could do this film better than exactly whom was cast. Cameron Diaz is a tour-de-force as the very very bad teacher Elizabeth Hasley. Elisabeth ‘teaches’ junior high school English which is to say she guides them through a well-rounded catalogue of pedagogical themed movies, “Seriously you guys don’t know Stand and Deliver?! C’mon, Edward James Olmos? Lou Diamond Philips?...” (I cackled aloud at this part recalling seeing Stand and Deliver in a junior high school classroom and to this day know all the dialogue to John Waters Cry Baby (1989) thanks to Ms. Styles 7th grade social studies class).

    Elizabeth is certainly nice to look at and the camera is not afraid to oogle her—there were even a few boner jokes thrown in for good measure.  The carwash montage is a piece cinematic mastery perfectly balancing satire with blatant scopohilia. Here’s what’s interesting and why I didn’t balk at Elizabeth’s aggressive sexuality: there is almost no nudity (naked breasts at the surgeons office) and no actual sex in this film. Though the dialogue is highly suggestive, and Elizabeth’s lines get filthier and filthier as the plot (er..) thickens, Bad Teacher is not offensive. Elizabeth makes some curious and unconventional choices as a teacher but just as any decent Hollywood comedy goes, Elizabeth learns that breast implants will not make her happy and that while gym teacher (Jason Segel) may not be rich and handsome, he is funny and he knows how to please a woman.

    Elizabeth’s sexuality is framed ‘naughty’ through comedic oppositions; primarily in contrast to uptight goody-two-shoes teacher Amy, played to perfection by the hilarious Judy Punch, and seriously naive substitute teacher Scott played by Justin Timberlake. In one awkward scene Scott dry humps Elizabeth through two pairs of jeans. Elizabeth has a seriously foul mouth and she smokes pot, but the major drama of the film surrounds Elizabeth’s ruthless plot to buy herself some nice new tatas (read: breast implants). She does not sexualize her students, she does not pimp anyone, she does not give the kids drugs or alcohol though she is intoxicated at her desk on a regular basis. Bad Teacher earns its R rating for language and (soft) drug use. On the other hand, Horrible Bosses employs aggressive female sexuality to put a twist on sexual harassment in the work place. I have to say that for this reason I appreciated Jenifer Anniston’s Dr. Julia Harris D.D.S. Not unlike Diaz, Anniston is certainly nice to look at—and honestly, both characters are not only well written and funny, Diaz is pushing 40 and Anniston is 40 something, so you GO girls!

    Julia is also foul-mouthed however she is markedly more sexual and thus considerably more dangerous. Pited against her puny, neurotic dental assistant Dale Arbus (Charlie Day) Julia is a ferocious man-eater.  While Elizabeth is an unsuccessful gold-digger, Julia is a sexual predator and a sexual offender. And, the definition of sexual offender here gets deliciously sticky, and once more Horrible Bosses gets kudos. Early on in Horrible Bosses it is revealed that Dale has a difficult time finding work because he once was arrested for pissing after dark in a playground and is thus on the sexual offenders registry. This is not only the source of many jokes throughout the film, it also functions to complicate common assumptions about sexual offenders primarily that men are the perpetrators and women are the victims. It’s generally not sufficient to turn a trope on it’s head and Horrible Bosses does not stop there. Julia not only molests her patients when they are under-anesthesia, she blackmails Dale coercing him to have sex with her. Dale does indeed feel violated—obviously Dale is willing to murder her to make it stop!—and the film does not shy away from labeling Julia a sexual predator. While Julia blackmails and takes advantage of her patients under sedation she is not violent—while both women are aggressive neither Elizabeth nor Julia are violent.

    In Horrible Bosses the men repeatedly makes reference being raped—by Julia as well as in prison—and I think that it doesn’t hurt to remind the general public of these facts in a gentle and humorous way.  This is played for cheap laughs mainly through the squeamishness of their collective vanilla masculinity, hardly a stretch and probably why I liked Bad Teacher more than Horrible Bosses, on the whole. The fear of rape in prison joke is pretty old, and while it does present the opportunity to consider different types of masculinity, prison rape is always framed as a more violent type of rape (as though there are variations), and as not sexual (read: not homosexual), and that is a problem. I think that all rape is violent and when it’s presented as sexual (which is most common in heterosexual —man on woman— representations of rape on film) things get murky. Rape is indisputably gendered where the victim is effectively feminized whether it be through violence or sexuality, or both. So when the rapist is female and the victim is male...well, you'd think head's could actually burst from all that confusion. Needless to say, it’s dangerous to frame rape as sexual and unfortunately Hollywood rarely gets this right. Case in point: men WANT to be raped by hot women and that kind of rape is more sexy and less violent/men do not want to be raped by other men, that is downright violent and unsexy. Get it?

    Thankfully, I’m not here to tell you about any rape scenes, as there are none; I’m here to tell you that sometimes I like a good comedy about a sexy bad girl. There’s nothing wrong with playing naughty, no children were harmed in the making of these films. Frankly, I’m glad there are some decent roles for actresses out there. Diaz, Punch, and The Office’s Phyllis Smith have ample great material to work with and are a pleasure to watch in these plum roles in Bad Teacher while Anniston runs circles around Horrible Bosses mediocre script—the whole film felt a bit stiff. Check ‘em both out: Bad Teacher and Horrible Bosses.

  • Jul 14, 2011 5:35:00 PM

    Today on Hipmama.com Radio: This Manic Mama talks to Meghan Huppuch, Nefertiti Martin, Benita Rivera, and Susan Mosher about Girls for Gender Equity (GGE), a non-profit organization based out of Brooklyn, New York that is commited to the well-being of urban girls, and their book Hey Shorty! A Guide to Combating Sexual Harrasment and Violence in Schools and on the Streets.

    Special thanks to Mandy Van Deven co-author of Hey Shorty! for facilitating this conversation, our lovely producer Bee Lavender, and Marisa Anderson for the music.

    Want more? Check out the Hey Shorty! documentary trailer

  • Jul 7, 2011 4:27:00 PM

    In the latest episode This Manic Mama continues the Mamaphonic series, talking to writer Lisa Peet about the evolution of her art, self, motherhood, and organic creative practices.

    Want more? Check out Lisa's blog Like Fire

    Read Size 10 by Lisa Peet on HipMama.com

    For more information about Mamaphonic, click here.

    Want to talk about it? Check out the forums.

    Special thanks to our producer Bee Lavender, musician Marisa Anderson for our great music, and Aubrey Cook for our new logo!

    Listen on iTunes

    TMM

  • Jul 1, 2011 6:07:00 PM

    This Manic Mama returns with Maia Rossini, former editor of Hipmama.com and co-editor of Mamaphonic: Balancing Motherhood and Other Creative Acts. Currently Maia works as a screenwriter and leads an idyllic life in upstate New York with her husband and two kids. Maia and TMM talk about the book, creativity, and raising children.

    Want more? Check out an excerpt from the book:

    Singing Things You Can't Speak: an Interview with Corin Tucker.

    For more information about Mamaphonic, click here.

    Want to talk about it? Check out the forums.

    Special thanks to our producer Bee Lavender, musician Marisa Anderson for our great music, and Aubrey Cook for our new logo!

    Listen on iTunes

    TMM

  • Jun 16, 2011 3:11:00 PM

    This Manic Mama talks to three Other single-moms about how to deal with tween daughters, absentee dads and Father's Day. Returning to the program are: Erinn Speilberger of Overland Park, Misouri and Francisca Ortega channel producer of MomHouston.com and 25-95.com, two Houston Chronicle blogs; and new to TMM is Rosie Allain of Albequerque, New Mexico who is single mama to 10 year old Cheyenne.

    Check out Lucy Walker's documentary feature Wasteland (2010) about Brazilian artist Vic Muniz's work and the transformative power of art.

    Special Thanks to HipMama.com Radio and our producer Bee Lavender, musician Marisa Anderson for our great music, and our TMM guests for another great show and thanks to Aubrey Cook for our new TMM logo! 

    Happy Father's Day, Everyone!!

  • Jun 9, 2011 1:03:00 PM

    This Manic Mama talks to former Bitch publisher Debbie Rasmussen about her Fly Away Zine Mobile and the Orderly Disorder: Zinester Librarians in Circulation, summer 2011 tour.

    Debbie is combining her childhood dream of being a trucker with her grownup dream of spreading the values of cooperation, love, and critical thinking by turning her tiny truck into a tiny zine mobile. She’s an organizer, facilitator, accordion player, the former publisher of Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, and an avid furniture rearranger who would love to help you organize your space better. Though her own form of self-publishing has evolved from zines to blogs and videos, her heart will always be rooted in the world of print. (shamelessly stolen from Debbie's Zinester Librarian bio)

    Also, TMM encourages an exploration of what Happiness means to you and how to acheive it. 2011 is the year of LOVE and Happiness.  Check out the documentary feature Happy (Roko Belic, 2011) and the heartwarming short doc, Mr. Happy Man (Matt Morris, 2011). For more information in FLOW, read the book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihayli Csikszentmihalyi.

    This Manic Mama is proud to announce it's partnership with HipMama.com; TMM is a HipMama.com production and the official podcast of HipMama.com. Special thanks to Marisa Anderson (of The Dolly Ranchers, Evolutionary Jass Band, and Rock and Roll Camp for Girls) for our new music! Check out Marisa's second solo album The Golden Hour for our new music!

  • May 31, 2011 11:03:00 PM

    This Manic Mama returns with a special Mountainfilm episode broadcast from beautiful Telluride, Colorado. Today's TMM features Goldman Environmental Prize recipient, mother, and mountaintop removal activist, Maria Gunnoe.

    Maria Gunnoe is a mother of three from Boone County, West Virginia--one of the most active coal mining regions in the United States. She began fighting mountaintop removal in her area in 2004 and has been featured in several documentary films on the subject, including On Coal River (Adams Wood and Francine Cavanaugh, 2010) which was screened at Mountainfilm in Telluride, Colorado this past week. Maria took time from her busy schedule to talk to This Manic Mama about her inspirational fight to save her home, culture and community as well as working to save the environment from the devastating effects of “clean coal” and mountaintop removal. Check out episode 12 now!


    “The people of Appalachia have sacrificed everything including their lives for energy in America. We must put a stop to mountaintop removal coal mining and transition to renewable energy to allow us our homeland security and to preserve our rightful place and culture in the mountains.” --Maria Gunnoe

    For more information or to to help/donate to save Blair Mountain and the town of Twilight, West Virginia check out the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition.

    Special thanks to Mountainfilm in Telluride!

  • May 19, 2011 6:06:15 PM

    This Manic Mama takes the time to talk about all the things she's reading and watching now. Tina Fey's Bossypants is absolutely hilarious as well as astute and enlightening. I'm listening Fey talk about being a woman and the boss of important entertainment people and projects. Meanwhile, Bridesmaids is pretty much a hoot but could've tried a wee bit harder, it lacked depth but the casting was great. It felt like no one quite knew how to be as crass and vulgar as their bromance counterparts and it wasn't the lack of body humor. Good physical humor and Kristen Wiig is brilliant. Rose Byrne was effectively hateable as Helen, whom I wanted to pop in the face and John Hamm was delightfully douchebaggy.

    The Secrets in Thier Eyes (Juan Jose Campanella, 2009) won last year's Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and is now out on DVD. The film is about a legal counsellor who is reflecting on a life changing case and its lasting effects on his life. The film is very touching and delicate while it also provides an interesting connection worth thinking about: the Women in Refrigerator's trope as unpacked by the incerdible Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency.

    Finally, check out Manic by Terri Cheney. Cheney's brave account frighteningly accurate so far. This is the best bipolar memoir I've ever come across so far.

    TMM will be on hiatus until June while Lindsey is away volunteering for the 32nd Telluride Mountainfilm Festival in Colorado.

  • May 12, 2011 3:20:00 AM

    Today on This Manic Mama Lindsey's own dad, Papa J (aka. John Campbell, CFO for AlarmCap), explains some stuff about Canadian politics in this post-election discussion. TMM's featured conversation is with Heather Joy Jackson of Grand Forks, North Dakota and single-mama grad student to Lyricah, 9. Heather studies Counselling and Women's studies and hopes to work with women dealing with issues, such as eating disorders, as well as with queer youth. Read Heather's opinion editorial for Dakota Student.

    Film Collection Says: Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971) starring Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort is my all time favorite film. I defy you to watch it and not become infected by Maude's indomiatble spirit. This film is a joy, it will move you. I promise. If it doesn't your heart is surely made of stone. If you want to sing out, sing out!

  • May 8, 2011 3:07:00 AM

    Happy Mother's Day! On this special episode of This Manic Mama Lindsey talks to new, first-time mom Farren Hawkes and baby Desmond.

    Don't forget to check out Farren's Blog!

  • May 5, 2011 3:55:00 PM

    This Manic Mama talks to Mamaschizzle an East Bay single mama. We go waaayyy back! 

    Film Collection Says: True Stories (David Byrne, 1986) one of my most favorite films!

    CORRECTION: Gilles Duceppe was leader of the Bloc Quebecois not the Partis Quebecois.

  • Apr 28, 2011 3:35:00 PM

    This Manic Mama is back with a new episode! Today TMM talks to Erinn Speilberger of Kansas and single mama to Riley.

    Fim Collection, Say What?    This week I discuss the new animated feature from the creators of The Ice Age and Robots, Rio and I happen to mention the dashing Brazilain actor Rodrigo Santoro (do yourself a favor and check him out!) as well as some Brazilian cinema:

    Carandiru (Hector Babenco, 2003)

    Behind the Sun (Walter Salles, 2001)

    (Oh, and I when I talk about Manon and Michelle in Les Bons Debarras I meant undivided attention not undevoted--that makes no sense)

    Here are some books by celebrities with bi polar/manic depression:

    A Brilliant Madness by Patty Duke

    Changing My Mind by Margaret Trudeau

    An Unquiet Mind by Kay Jameson

    The Best Awful and Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

  • Apr 14, 2011 3:39:00 PM

    This Manic Mama has a special guest and introduces a new segment "Film Collection Says." The first installment says...Cold Souls (Sophie Barthes, 2009). Cold Souls is a dark comedy about actor Paul Giamatti (as Paul Giamatti) rehearsing a production of Anton Chekov's Uncle Vanya. 4/5

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  • Apr 7, 2011 7:55:00 PM

    This Manic Mama talks with mama Kat Gordon of Minneapolis about mothering, mental health and Charlie Sheen. Things get giggly, fun was had by all!

    Do you have a story about bullying, advice, know of a useful book/website/resource? Tell me about it!

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  • Mar 31, 2011 3:58:00 PM

    This Manic Mama talks with Stephanie Sylverne-Randolph of Chicago; mom of 3 and episode recap writer for Teen Mom 2 on MomHouston the Houston Chronicle's Mom Blog site.

    This week we talk about MTV's Teen Mom, teen mothering and its intersections with sexuality, class and race.

    To check out Stephanie's Teen Mom 2 episode recaps on MomHouston

    The books we discussed are:

    Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage and There Are No Children Here

     

     

  • Mar 24, 2011 7:16:00 PM

    This week This Manic Mama talks with longtime friend, former co-La Leche League leader and mother of 5 Kirsten Goa.

    For more information on local food systems, sustainability and social action check out the Great Edmonton Alliance

    To learn more about breastfeeding or for breastfeeding support and information go to La Leche League International

    If you are interested in midwifery and homebirthing, we talked about the Association for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth and Birth Issues

    Finally, check out Marilyn Waring's book Counting for Nothing: What Men Value and What Women are Worth

     

     

  • Mar 17, 2011 7:08:00 PM

    March 17th 2011

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    Today's show features TMM's conversation with Francisca "Frankie" Ortega, producer of the Houston Chronicle's parenting website MomHouston.com and mom to 12 yr-old Tay. On this episode you will also hear about the new animated feature Mars Needs Moms.

     

    Mamas, we want to know: How do YOU do it?

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  • Mar 11, 2011 6:34:00 PM

    This Manic Mama's first episode!

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