Sunday Jun 22, 2008

Episode 8 - Glenna

Episode 8 of 24. A reading from the book Policies of Exclusion, Poverty & Health: Stories from the front. Compiled, with Introduction and Reports by Chrystal Ocean. Copyright 2005. [I confess to having favourites. This is one of them. Within the space of a few sentences, Glenna manages to move readers to tears, laughter, fury, and cheer - truly, one feels like slapping a high-five and yelling Go Girl! to the rooftops.] In her mid-fifties at the time of this telling, Glenna has worked since the age of 14. Born into poverty, her tale challenges the common perception that a life in poverty means a life without riches or meaning. Glenna has faced multiple, endless barriers, but these have had less to do with her upbringing, which was warm and supportive, than with how society treats i) people without money, ii) women - especially those without money, and iii) people, particularly of categories i and ii, who speak out against the discrimination. Be prepared: have tissues handy, allow room for pacing, and drink your tea in sips - guffaws can be messy. After listening to this episode, PLEASE RATE and comment. (To do this, you must have the episode window open and scripting must be enabled. If you are reading this from the channel's homepage, click on the episode title to open the new window.) You'll see a comment form at the bottom of the page. To rate, pass your mouse over the stars and click the star representing your choice. Podcast channels with the highest ranking and number of ratings attract more listeners! Regarding comments, I'd be delighted to participate in discussions on the stories, whether on this podcast site or as part of an academic course.

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