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51% Show # 990


Albany, NY – BILLBOARD - Susan Barnett(1:02) (Music Out)
Elise Shine always knew she was adopted. When she was in her thirties, she finally decided to look for her birth mother. She was stunned to discover that she had an identical twin sister...and they'd been separated as part of a secret study. Elise and her sister, Paula Bernstein of New York, spoke with Joe Donohue about their book, Identical Strangers.

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Identical Strangers: A memoir of twins separated and reunited is published by Random House.(9:09)(MUSIC BRIDGE)

SHOW BREAK - Coming up on 51%... an author shares her feelings about her birth mother's re-entry into her life. And we'll hear one mother's story of finding her daughter.
If you missed part of our show, you can listen to 51% anytime. Just download our podcast at wamc.org or call 1-800-323-9262 to order a CD - you'll need to know the program number. This week's show is #990.
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When author Jana Wolff published Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother ten years ago, it was hailed as a myth-busting work...a sometimes harsh look at what really goes through a woman's head when she chooses to adopt a child. Jana Wolff lives in Hawaii now, and she spoke with 51%'s Glenn Busby.

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Jana Wolff's Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother is published by Vista Communications.

Finally today, we have a new regular feature here on 51%. It's called the ArtSpace, and it's devoted to women in the arts.
Our first guest is Rebecca Moore. She's been a part of the NYC avante garde art scene since she was a child. She is the daughter of FLUXUS photographer Peter Moore and art historian Barbara Moore. FLUXUS combines different media and humor to create simple but powerful works. Some of Yoko Ono's work is inspired by the FLUXUS philosophy. Moore's records have been called 'stranger than Bjork and more unsettling than Cat Power. Those are both considered compliments. But her music has, in recent years, been taking a back seat to her activism. She's one of the organizers of takeittothebridge.com, a group advocating artists' rights and protesting the gentrification of the city which is taking over rehearsal and performance spaces.

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Rebecca Moore's albums are available on cdbaby.com...and for more information on efforts to keep the arts and diversity in NY, go to takeittothebridge.com. TheLOCO.org, a group she founded on for the Lower East side neighborhoods, and the HOWL festival at howlfestival.com