The Humanist Hour #85: Katha Pollitt
A new episode of the Humanist Hour is available for listening. Keep reading to find out about the guest on this month’s show.
In this month’s podcast, Todd Stiefel and co-host Jamila Bey welcome Katha Pollitt, the recipient of the American Humanist Association’s 2013 Humanist Heroine Award at the American Humanist Association 72nd Annual Conference held May 30-June 2, 2013 in San Diego, CA.
Jamila Bey, co-host
Jamila Bey is a journalist based in Washington, D.C., where she hosts the weekly radio show: SPAR with Jamila Bey, which airs on AM 1390 in Washington and AM 1430 in New York City. She is also a member of the American Atheists Board of Directors, a contributor to the Washington Post blog, “She the People,” and was a frequent guest on the MSNBC show “Up With Chris Hayes.”
Katha is a feminist poet, writer and essayist focusing her wit on political and social issues, including abortion rights, racism, welfare reform, feminism, and poverty.
Her bimonthly column, “Subject to Debate,” appears in The Nation magazine, where she began contributing in 1980. Her column won the National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary in 2003. Her 1992 essay on the culture wars, “Why We Read: Canon to the Right of Me…” won the National Magazine Award for essays and criticism, and she won a Whiting Foundation Writing Award the same year. In 1993 her essay “Why Do We Romanticize the Fetus?” won the Maggie Award from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She has written two books of poetry, Antarctic Traveller, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories, Virginity or Death!: And Other Social and Political Issues of Our Time, and The Mind-Body Problem. Her work has been included in multiple anthologies and she has been a guest on numerous national TV and radio programs.
Links from this month’s episode:
- Book: The Mind-Body Problem by Katha Pollitt
- Book: Antarctic Traveller by Katha Pollitt
- Book: Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories by Katha Pollitt
- Virginity or Death!: And Other Social and Political Issues of Our Time by Katha Pollitt
Music from this month’s episode (in order of appearance):