During the summer of 2011, after conversations with Sandi Billings (the founder and former producer of Yin Radio) the Women’s Center began serving as the primary producer of a weekly radio program. Each week, Yin Radio is broadcasted locally on KRFP 92.5 FM (at 2:00 pm on Sundays) and syndicated nationally to a dozen different affiliates across the nation.
Our production of Yin Radio launched in August 2011. We saw this opportunity as a unique and special endeavor for the Women’s Center. Historically, the story of women is one that is told and retold by men. A 2010 Women in Media report found 74% of news journalists are men. Yin Radio pushed for change in that dynamic, providing a safe and exhilarating space for women to delve into issues of gender equity, oppression, self-expression and activism through art and music and much more. It offered mentoring opportunities for women to write, host, and produce—encouraging women through outreach and university internships to enter all forms of media. Yin programming told women’s stories while providing unique resources, connections and opportunities for activism and self-expression well beyond the broadcast. Yin draws heavily on the wealth of scholarly resources in our community including faculty and staff at U-Idaho.
Yin Radio provided an outlet for students and the entire campus community to explore in a media setting issues of oppression and interest to women. It also offered the opportunity for students to develop and hone their journalistic skills in the broadcast arena while sharing the research, wisdom and experiences of U-Idaho faculty women in a nationwide theater. Yin Radio podcasts have a long shelf life and can be accessed through our website at www.uidaho.edu/yinradio.
During its 18-month run with the Women’s Center, the show was hugely successful, airing not only locally, but in 15 cities across the nation. However, by the end of the Fall 2012 semester, staff turnover and shifting priorities made it difficult for the Women’s Center to continue producing the show. Following a brief hiatus, the show has since been taken over by two community members, Caitlin Cole and Maree McHugh. Present and former staff members of the Women’s Center have maintained involvement in Yin Radio through an informal consulting and advising relationship with the current producers.
Listen to Past Episodes
December 15, 2012 -- This Is What A (male) Feminist Looks Like -- A University of Idaho linguistics major and human rights activist discusses his views on cultural norms. Music.
December 8, 2012 -- Bad Reputations
-- From Mata Hari to Jane Fonda and Madonna, women around the University of Idaho campus discuss "bad girl" heroines. Music.
December 1, 2012 -- Gloria Steinem On Violence, On Women
-- Feminist and publisher Gloria Steinem answers questions posed from members of the audience of 3,500 at the University of Idaho, Oct. 4, 2012. Steinem was the keynote lecturer for the 2012 Women's Leadership Conference presented by the University of Idaho Women's Center and Athena, UI's women's professional organization. Music.
November 24, 2012 -- Gloria's Top 10 of Feminism
-- Gloria Steinem puts a spin on the Top 10 with her socially-constructed Top 10 List, excerpted from her Oct. 4, 2012 lecture at the University of Idaho Kibbie Dome as the keynote lecture for the Women's Leadership Conference.
November 17, 2012 -- Hooked on Giving
-- The spirit of giving is captured in these revealing conversations with women who dedicate their time to making their corner of the world a better place through giving of their time, money and heart.
November 10, 2012 -- Invisible No More
-- This powerful discussion from the front lines of PTSD and a new generation of veterans explores the military culture, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, sexual assault, barriers to healing and resources for veterans. Music. More resources for veterans to be posted this week.
* Veterans Crisis Line
* The Invisible War
* National Suicide Prevention Hotline
* Tatooed Under Fire
* About PTSD
* The Welcome Home Project
* More about PTSD
November 3, 2012 -- Invasion of the Body Snatchers?
-- A reprise of our November 2011 report on the now hundreds of thousands of writers who "go missing" each November as they battle their own demons to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days by joining the global NaNoWriMo challenge. Music.
* For more details: www.nanowrimo.org
October 27, 2012 -- Breathing Room
-- This week on Yin Radio, musicians Ivy and Joel Ricci share their music and the unique philosophy they live throughout the country through yoga, songwriting and performing. From girl punk to jazz funk, Ivy and Joel are creators and lovers who live on the edge of their comfort zone in the pursuit of personal integrity. Music.
October 20, 2012 -- Model What?
-- A former model, Yin staff and other women discuss the concept of loving your body amid a body-conscious culture for "Love Your Body" month. Music.
October 6, 2012 -- Gloria Steinem: Busting the Binary and Demanding Justice
-- Feminist icon, publisher, writer, activist, trouble-maker. Many labels have been thrown at the co-founder of Ms. Magazine. Her visit Oct 4 & 5 to the University of Idaho campus reveals she is much more than a collection of labels. Above it all, Steinem is one of those rare individuals who is "real." Tune in for Yin Radio's conversation with Gloria, and the view of feminism from campus on the eve of her visit.
September 29, 2012 -- Sisters Doing It For Themselves --
Activists recall the herstory of a legal battle against the University of Idaho for gender equity in 1972 that resulted in Affirmative Action, pay equity and a Women's Center on the UI campus. An overview of the status of equity on campus today is explored. Music.
September 22, 2012 -- In Celebration of the Equinox
-- Poetry, music and memories of autumn fill the hour as we celebrate the first week of fall.
August 18, 2012 -- Women in film, radio and web
-- Yin Radio looks at women and media in three installments on theme of women working with mass media: (1) Women's E News, Rita Henley Jensen (2) Women in Radio, Edie Hilliard (3) Film Making, Denise Bennett. Music by Regina Spektor.
August 11, 2012 -- A Feeling Doesn't Make It Real
-- Mental health therapist, former University of Idaho Violence Prevention Program director, life coach, activist, advocate, friend. Dr. Valerie Russo shares her views on issues ranging from sexual assault prevention on college campuses to women in the workplace. Dr. Russo's decades of experience, both clinical and in the field, inform her views on what individuals can do to effect change and establish a healthy attitude in today's problematic culture.
July 28, 2012 -- Sounds of Summer
-- Women's voices and stories are showcased through classic summer tunes that span decades.
July 21, 2012 -- A Mans World?
-- Stories of women in traditionally male roles. This program is a reprise from March 2009, exploring the working world for women as part of our summer series, "Why Feminism?"
July 7, 2012 -- Feminism: From Theory to Practice
-- Bekah Miller-McPhee was a passionate feminist activist on her college campus. Her journey from theory to practice as an advocate against gender-based violence reveals the complexities of taking theory into the field. Music features Fiona Apple, Natalie Merchant & 10,000 Maniacs.
June 30, 2012 -- Shelley's view
-- Victim’s rights advocate Shelley Meisner shares her view of making positive change through creative healing techniques and the powerful magic that can happen when women connect. Music features Ani DiFranco, the Dixie Chicks.
June 23, 2012 -- Love Story
-- Writer and English professor Joy Passanante reads from her latest work that brilliantly documents the intense and beautiful love affair of her feminist mother and surgeon father during World War II.
June 16, 2012 -- Gender Equity: Women's Centers Lead The Struggle on College Campuses
-- University of Idaho Women's Center Director Heather Shea Gasser discusses how women's centers on college campuses are as relevant as the wage gap is real, but they struggle to survive as critics claim the fight for equal rights is won and done.
June 9, 2012 -- I Am A Feminist
-- Dr. Amy Canfield explains why "feminism" has become a bad word. This broadcast features an interview with Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, authors of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future
. In addition, Dr. Traci Craig invites us all to eat of the "food" of feminism. Finally, Dean of Letters, Arts & Social Science Dr. Kathy Aiken is the first woman in Idaho history to be tenured, named a professor emeritus, serve as department chair and college dean. Listen to her story.
June 2, 2012 Her fight for reproductive rights
-- Jennifer Whitney, a Planned Parenthood field organizer, talks about the life that led to her work and the latest battles her local office is battling in Idaho, namely the fetal ultrasound before abortion bill.
May 26, 2012 Kick it Out! Title 9 rocks sports
-- Women in sports is the focus of this week's broadcast of Yin Radio's summer series: "Why Feminism?" Music.
May 19, 2012 Sister Suffragettes!
-- Yin Radio launches its summer series: "Why Feminism?" with a discussion of the early First Wave feminists and the sacrifices they made to secure the right to vote -- and the right to speak in public. PhD student Jessica Derleth is interviewed.
May 12, 2012 On Mothering
-- The concept of motherhood and the nature of mothering in Western culture is explored through discussion, literature, music.
May 5, 2012 The Price of Genocide
-- Dr. Georgia Johnson, a professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Idaho, discusses the ramifications of Indian schools and other US government policies on Native American culture, families and individuals, with a focus on women.
April 28, 2012 Gender Bender
-- Krista Curl and Jakelyn Finan discuss busting the binary and exploring the concept of gender as a space rather than a dot on a line. Music, literature.
April 21, 2012 Wonder Women! -- Trina Robbins and Kristy Guevara-Flanagan are interviewed about their work. Robbins is a radical feminist cartoonist dating back to the underground Berkeley days, while the new Wonder Woman documentary created by Guevara-Flanagan explores the universe of Wonder Woman through a feminist lens.
April 14, 2012 Fighting for the Forgotten -- As director of Physicians for Human Rights' anti-torture program and as an attorney for Guantanamo Bay detainees, Kristine Huskey has been fighting for basic human rights and social justice since a few months after 9/11, when she took on her first clients. Huskey talks about her work and how she manages to stay with it amid the worst of what human beings are capable of.
April 7, 2012 Men Can Stop Rape -- A powerful discussion with Dr. Keith Edwards, the founder of Menendingrape.com explores the reality of sexual assault as a man's issue, not a woman's.
March 30, 2012 Grateful Live! -- A confirmed pacifist and flower child keeps the '60s alive through a global tye-dye business, a weekly radio program featuring her archives of Grateful Dead live performances and her rabid activism that spans everything from art to medicine and social justice.
March 24, 2012 The Circle of Mentoring --The tradition of mentoring is explored and celebrated through readings and interviews with women who work in college settings around the nation. Music.
March 19, 2012 Queering My Faith -- Mo Hendrickson, a lesbian and devoted Presbyterian, explores her journey of faith in the midst of ostracism by the church while headlines across the globe carry the story of a lesbian who is suing the Catholic Church for denying her communion at her mother’s funeral mass.
March 12, 2012 Active Resistance! -- Grass-roots activists in Moscow, Idaho battle the Megaloads, the oil companies and the Tar Sands environmental nightmare with all they've got. Music.
March 5, 2012 Taking A Stand Against Censorship -- Washington State University student and faculty speak out against Arizona legislation striking out multicultural texts and courses from the college curriculum. Music.
Feb. 27, 2012 Love Your Body! -- We consider the role body image plays in eating disorders during National Eating Disorders Week, providing interviews, resources, literature, music.
Feb. 18, 2012 This Blogging Life -- Today we visit with women who blog, blogs for social change, and the role of blogs in women's lives. Several blogs were mentioned in the show, here's a list for your reference! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your favorite blog and we'll add it to our blog post about the show!
Feb. 11, 2012 "Do Liberal Women Hunt?" - This broadcast of Yin Radio explores the challenges faced by women hunters. A grad student and liberal feminist hunter discusses her experiences and research into the changing face of the hunter as the traditional man’s world of the hunt expands to include women. Literary excerpts and music are included.
Feb. 4, 2012 "The Vagina Monologues" - Yin Radio explores the power of words by celebrating The Vagina Monologues, a play that claims — sometimes shouts — the power of speaking one’s truth, no matter how ugly, no matter how uncomfortable, it makes the rest of the world feel. Music and literature are also included. Warning: This program contains sensitive subject matter that may be triggering to survivors.
Nov. 19, 2011 "The Art of Listening" - This episode of Yin Radio explores the increasingly elusive art of listening. It doesn’t cost a thing — but time. Reconsider the power of listening as Yin Radio explores the value of being in the moment with another human being.
Nov. 7, 2011 - "Have You Heard?" - This episode of Yin Radio celebrates the music and lives of female singer-songwriters. Some you have heard of…. some may be new to you.
Oct. 16, 2011 - "From Silence to Speaking Out" - This broadcast of Yin Radio explores the issue of sexual assault through the lens of survivors, advocates and first responders. Warning: This program contains sensitive subject matter that may be triggering to survivors.