51% #1595: Domestic Violence; Body Armor For Women; Lost Keys | WAMC

51% #1595: Domestic Violence; Body Armor For Women; Lost Keys

Feb 19, 2020

On this week’s 51%, we hear from an author about domestic violence, learn about a proposal to provide female service members with proper-fitting body armor and Dr. Jeri Burns returns with an essay.

Andrea Harrington is a district attorney in Massachusetts, and she launched the Berkshire County Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force in April 2019. The task force unveiled its first initiative in the fall – a community read of Rachel Louise Snyder’s “No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us.” Snyder – a reporter whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post and on This American Life – appeared in Berkshire County recently to talk about the book. She spoke with 51%’s Josh Landes about what compelled her to focus on domestic violence. 

The 2019 "No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us” is due out in paperback in June.

A U.S. Senator is co-sponsor of a measure to help equip female service members with proper fitting body armor. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, says poorly-fitting body armor is a leading cause of preventable injury for service members, especially women and men with non-standard body types.

There’s a whole generation of female rock ’n’ roll  and punk musicians… bands like Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney say they were inspired by a little-known punk band from the 1970s - The Slits. Well, the drummer for The Slits lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Her name is Paloma McLardy. She’s better known as Palmolive. Producer Andrea Betanzos recently caught up with her to talk about old times and find out what she’s up to now.

To find out more about Palmolive and The Slits, you can check out the documentary, Here to Be Heard: The Story of the Slits. And take a listen to The Raincoats’ self-titled debut album from 1979.

This piece came to us through our production partners at Atlantic Public Media through their media training program, The Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole. Andrea Betanzos is a graduate of the workshop and you can find out more about that program at Transom.org

And now writer Dr. Jeri Burns ponders lost and found.

Dr. Jeri Burns is a storyteller, writer and educator living in New York's Hudson Valley. You can find her at storycrafters.com. Burns also is an adjunct professor in the Department of Communication at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

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