Being Alone: Views from a Mormon Feminist & Poet Nikki Giovanni

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Season 19: Episode 14

We are pleased to announce that since we first aired this episode, we were awarded a Gabriel Award, from the Catholic Academy for Communications Arts Professionals.

On this episode, we explore different ways of being alone, in all its glory and its pain. Stephanie Lauritzen is a Mormon and a feminist. Her solitude comes from feeling shut out of a church she believes is dismissive of women.

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Celebrated poet Nikki Giovanni cherishes her alone time and explains why in a conversation that covers everything from her friend Rosa Parks, to Weekend at Bernie's, to really expensive beer.

First up, someone who is feeling a little too alone. Last year, Stephanie Lauritzen sparked headlines all over the world with an event called "Wear Pants to Church Day." It's an issue for some Mormon women; while wearing pants isn't expressly forbidden, Stephanie and many others say it really isn't okay within the church. 

Stephanie with Words.jpgToday, Ms. Lauritzen has more than a dress-code on her mind. She says issues of equality in the Church of Latter Day Saints -- the Mormon church -- go a lot deeper than what-to-wear.  Ms. Lauritzen's story is one that exists in most religions of the world. It's about feeling alone, and a little lonely, in your own community.


Later on the programme, Nikki Giovanni is a celebrated poet and civil rights activist. In one of our most memorable interviews of the year, the truth-teller tells us why she loves being alone.

Hear Nikki Giovanni reading her poem about food and lust, "Still Life With Apron"

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Finally, Barry Martin and Edith Macefield formed an unlikely bond. She was the elderly woman who refused to sell her house to developers, even as they started to build a giant shopping centre around her. He was the man in charge of that construction site. And for two people with apparently opposite goals, they saw things remarkably eye-to-eye.

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