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 Writers Voice 
 and Michael Downing: SPRING FORWARD
 Weekly Program
 Marge Piercy, Michael Downing
 Francesca Rheannon  
 For non-profit use only.
Marge Piercy talks about SEX WARS, her novel of the first American feminist movement.
Also, Michael Downing on SPRING FORWARD: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time.
Theme: Dave Brubeck, "Cassandra", Telarc 2004
Break: Dixie Chicks, "I Hope", Sony, 2006
March 8 is International Women's Day, observed since 1909. It arose from a time of extraordinary activism around the issue of equal rights for women, the era of the first American feminist movement, with such leaders as Susan B. Anthony, Victoria Woodhull and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. These historical figures are some of the major characters in Marge Piercy's latest work of fiction, SEX WARS: A NOVEL OF THE TURBULENT POST-CIVIL WAR PERIOD, in which Piercy explores the changing attitudes toward women, minorities, religion, and sexuality.
And it's time again for Daylight Savings Time. Popularly billed as a measure to benefit the nation�s farmers, DST actually was instituted for the benefit of big business, according to Michael Downing. His book, SPRING FORWARD, unravels the worldwide confusion occasioned by decades of clock manipulation. Both funny and informative, it deconstructs the history and controversy around this most strange idea.

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00:54:43 English 2007-03-02
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