|Posted by Jcorriere on March 24, 2014 at 3:05 PM|
Tonight is the night of the monthy radio show I write. This month, in honor of National Women's History Month, we've got the stories of the strong women of Jonesborough. When we perform at the International Storytelling Center at 7PM, audiences can expect to hear stories about a local woman who travelled into the deep jungles of the Amazon, with her guide being the same companion of noted anthropologist, Napoleon Chignon. Janet Browning met and traded with the Yanamamo people, a stone age tribe that has not yet invented the wheel, whose numbering system is 1,2, and more than 2, and who still drink from teh bones of their dead. We will also hear from a local woman who once shared the stage with Isadore Demskey, who would later change his name to Kirk Douglas. We've got stories from teachers at the old segregated school, who taught 4 grades in one classroom, and a community matriarch, whose husband was voted into office as the first black alderman of Jonesborough on the same night that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Their son would later grow up to become the first black mayor of this town. If it sounds like I'm excited by tonight's show, I am! And many of the storytellers are coming to the performance tonight, including three of hte four ladies I just mentioned! Don't worry, if you miss the live production, you will be able to hear it online soon. THe show is taped and edited for later broadcast on NPR. I'll let you know the air date!