Leah Vincent is a board member of <a href="http://footstepsorg.org/about.php">Footsteps</a> and co-producer of the <a href="http://getsbesser.com/">It Gets Besser</a> project, both of which help support people who have decided to leave ultra-Orthodoxy.
Leah Vincent was born into the Yeshivish community, an ultra-Orthodox sect of Judaism, in Pittsburgh.
"Yeshivish Judaism life is defined by religious law," Vincent tells NPR's Arun Rath. "We keep extra-strict laws of kosher, observe the Sabbath every week, maintain a separation of the sexes and a degree of isolation from the outside world."
When she was 16, she was caught exchanging letters with a male friend. Contact with men is forbidden in her sect, and she was cast out from her community.
Eddie Huang stormed through childhood. He fought bigoted kids, defied stereotypes of the "model minority" and partied hard. But he clung to the delights of his father’s restaurant and the flavors of his mother’s kitchen. Following a stint as a lawyer and a stand-up comic, he returned to his raucous roots, dipped in the flavors of Taiwan, America and the world.
Eddie Huang joins us for a conversation about the first-generation immigrant experience he writes about in his new memoir, “Fresh Off the Boat.”
Marcie Sillman talks with Bryce Andrews about his new memoir "Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West." It's the story of how a Seattle-raised liberal became a Montana rancher and the ethical and cultural transformations he had to make.
Marcie Sillman sits down with Bill Ayers who has written a memoir called "Public Enemy" about the time when the Chicago-based educator was accused of being a terrorist affiliated with then-Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential primary debate.
We talk to a lot of fascinating people on The Conversation: comedians, journalists, politicians, ex-felons, librarians, writers and even pirates. Today, we rebroadcast three interviews with some amazing individuals who have overcome hard times to pursue their dreams.
The Port Of Seattle Has A New Commissioner Stephanie Bowman has been selected to join the Seattle Port, filling the seat Rob Holland vacated. Last month, Courtney Gregoire was picked to replace Gael Tarleton. President of the Port of Seattle Commission Tom Albro explains why these two were selected out of the 35 applicants.
Inside The Emanuel Family Ezekiel Emanuel and his two brothers Rahm and Ari grew up to become powerhouses in their respective careers. Rahm is the mayor of Chicago, Ari is a successful Hollywood agent and Ezekiel is the head of the department of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania. In his new memoir "Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of An American Family," Ezekiel tells the story of his family's history — from his parents early life as political and civil rights activists to the family's modern day successes.
Following The Old Rules The Washington State Constitution is a 19th century document rooted in populist traditions from the era. It still functions today, but there have been significant changes. Over the past decade, state courts have come to rely on the state’s constitutional rather than federal doctrines. This is especially true in the area of individual rights, according to Hugh Spitzer, Constitutional scholar and co-author of the book, "The Washington State Constitution."
Charles Mitchell was a teenage slave of Washington’s surveyor general, James Tilton. In 1860, with the help of the West’s underground railroad, Charles Mitchell escaped to Victoria, British Columbia, and won his freedom. Public historian Lorraine McConaghy tells Ross Reynolds the story and discusses how she came to write her latest book, "Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master."
Madeleine Albright was the first woman to hold the Secretary of State position for former president Bill Clinton. She became known as an advocate for peace in the Middle East and for bringing war criminals to justice. In her new memoir, she chronicles her traumatic early life in Prague during the Nazi occupation, through the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War.
Portland writer Kim Stafford has struggled to make sense out of the suicide of his brother Bret for 25 years. Though Bret was just 14 months older, Kim always looked to his brother as a leader and teacher. When he shot himself at age 40 in 1988, nobody in Bret’s family knew how much he was struggling.
Members of the Stafford family, even their father and famous poet William Stafford, couldn’t bring themselves to speak or write about Bret's loss. It was largely up to Kim Stafford to break the family silence. Kim’s new memoir, “100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared,” is the story of his brother’s life and death and its devastating and transformational effect on Kim and his family.
Seattle writer Domingo Martinez is the author of "The Boy Kings Of Texas," which was recently nominated for the National Book Award. It’s about the cultural tensions he experienced growing up in the border town of Brownsville.
KUOW's David Hyde talks to Martinez about growing up in a border town, his family, why he moved to Seattle, and why he stayed.