In brief: My last regular spot with Ledge.

Overview

With sadness, I post this: my last appearance on Dangerous Conversation. I am overwhelmed with appreciation for my friend Scott Legere who has generously given me the space to say what I think exactly how I think it without censors or interruption. Ledge is moving on to the next chapter in his life and career and I look forward to seeing what form that takes — and hopefully finding out how I can be a part of it.

As always, in this spot we talked about everything from religion and the Pope to our lives and personal beliefs to the election and what’s next for the country. I hope you’ll enjoy this conclusion to a two-year run with Ledge and the boys and that you’ll stay tuned for what might be around the corner. I promise to keep you updated on any future announcements.

To the Radio IO/Bubba Army listeners who have supported me from the beginning, I can’t adequately express my gratitude. You followed, read, re-tweeted, asked questions, got on board and came along for the ride. When I have needed monetary support for clinic defense or backers to stand up to anti-choice wanted posters, you were first in line. I can’t tell you what it has meant to me to have you all stand with, behind, and — at times — in front of me on issues the pundits say you don’t give a damn about. Thank you.

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Category:Dangerous Conversation -- posted at: 9:40am PDT
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Dangerous Conversation -- PLAL Wanted Poster! (03/17/14)

As always, chatting with Ledge was fantastic. He squeezed me in on a busy Monday because of the PLAL wanted poster business and we talked the reality of anti-choice violence. (Yes, we managed to laugh and make it interesting.) This isn’t a long gone history, it’s happening now. If groups feel like they are free to target me, who exactly isn’t a target?

We wrapped up in time to chat BASEBALL and HOCKEY because it’s what we do. So, enjoy that new followers/listeners who thought I was all abortion all the time. And, because it’s the internet this is NSFW — Not Safe For Work — as I do tend to swear when I chat with Ledge. Not gonna lie, it’s one reason I do the show. (Not really, but do I appreciate a non-FCC outlet.)

Much thanks to Ledge for asking how people can support me (link below) and how they could push back against the PLAL. If you want, you can contribute to my Abortion Funds bowl-a-thon by donating in their name! Click here: High Roellers Team, NYAAF

The easy download/stream is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

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Category:Dangerous Conversation -- posted at: 12:35pm PDT
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"Pot, Pope, Pucks and Vaginas" -- Dangerous Conversation, New Media Mondays (01/06/14)

So excited to be back on Dangerous Conversation with Scott Legere! We talked about EVERYTHING in this round of New Media Mondays. We touched on my work with clinic defense programs serving as an escort for patients at reproductive health centers, stopped to praise the Pope (again -- this is becoming a habit), chatted substance preferences and pot prohibition and ended on my BLACKHAWKS!

I got the reprojustice stats from the awesome Guttmacher Institute and the tireless, fountain of knowledge that is Robin Marty.

The clip Ledge played of the awful "Gosh, I never thought about why anyone would have an abortion, but imma try and outlaw it" legislator was from Rachel Maddow via UpWorthy.

The easy download/stream is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

Subscribe to get all my appearances with Hal, Dangerous Conversation and anywhere else I can grab the audio through iTunes at Katie Speak Live Archives.

You can hear Dangerous Conversation LIVE weekdays from 2-6pmEST on Radio IO, Bubba One channel.
If you found this post informative, entertaining, helpful, etc. you can subscribe to the Katie Speak Weekly Mailing which has all my posts, radio segments and activism info. You can also click the support button to keep me speaking and follow me on Facebook and twitter. Thanks!
Direct download: DC_010614_Full.m4a
Category:Dangerous Conversation -- posted at: 6:56pm PDT
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"Papal Praise" -- Dangerous Conversation, New Media Mondays (09/23/13)
Announcement! The Katie Speak Live Archives feed is now on iTunes! Subscribe at Katie Speak Live and never miss my spots with Hal, Ledge and others! (Android/PC compatible versions will always be available at my blog under the "Katie Speak Live!" tab.)

I took my papal praise radio tour on Dangerous Conversation for New Media Mondays. We talked about my piece Oh. My. God. on a shift in culture from the Vatican and its possible effect on Americans no matter their religious heritage. Lee Camp got a mention for being in the "I can't believe I'm praising the pope" predictament along with me: What the Pope has Said That's Too Dangerous to Talk About. Ledge is slightly concerned that Lee's MOC may lead to the apocolypse, so watch at your own risk.

Other topics included optimism for LGBT rights, abortion access, contraception mainstreaming, stem cell research normalization, and -- of course -- masturbation. Ledge gets a bit nostalgic about his seed, so this is for him: the bit from John Fugelsang on the history of the church's stance concerning "spilling your seed" and its centuries-long misinterpretation: "Birth Control vs Fake Christians".

We discuss American Catholics and their incorrect rep as a conservative voting block, me telling the story of the Chicago Police Dept captain who didn't appreciate the 14-Foot guilt Jesus across from a clinic where I escorted. (The particular protest that prompted the erection of the Guilt Jesus is returning and it's nationwide. Follow Robin Marty's blog for info on the "40 Days For Life" invasion coming to your community.)

Of course, not everyone is excited about or gets the nuanced change happening in Vatican politics. I fell required to include at least one dissenting voice. From RH Reality Check: "My Short Lived Hope for a More Compassionate Catholic Church"

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Category:Dangerous Conversation -- posted at: 8:15am PDT
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Breaking Down Privilege: "We are each other's sandpaper" -- Dangerous Conversation, New Media Mondays (07/22/2013)
Announcement! The Katie Speak Live Archives feed is now on iTunes! Subscribe at Katie Speak Live and never miss my spots with Hal, Ledge and others! (Android/PC compatible versions will always be available at my blog under the "Katie Speak Live!" tab.)

"That's how we learn about each other: we are each other's sandpaper," host Scott Legere.

Iman Gandy -- aka The Angry Black Lady -- and I were back on Dangerous Conversation, this time for New Media Mondays. Our first round with Ledge and his on air team lead to a heated debate on reproductive rights. This time we hit on race, gender, privilege and the way they intersect to shape personal experience and public discourse. As always, there was time for sarcasm, laughter, silliniess and profanity. If honesty and directness aren't your thing, you'll want to skip this 75 minutes. If you want to hear sterotypes challenged and debated, check it out and check back for our next appearance.

More from Imani:

Senior Legal Analyst and researcher/writer at RH Reality Check.

Editor and radio co-host at This Week In Blackness

Recent/relevant posts from me can be found at:

Raging Chicken Press, Dominating Democracy and This Week in Blackness, Picketers vs Patients

For those who are new to DC's New Media Mondays, Ledge finds dissenting voices imperative to democratic discourse, so he has a regular rotation of writers and radio/podcast hosts who's viewpoints are as varied as their subjects. I'm honored to be included as the loud, female voice in the crowd. Look for me every six-eight weeks in the 4pmEST hour on RadioIO.
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Category:Dangerous Conversation -- posted at: 9:33am PDT
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"Sailor Female" -- Dangerous Conversation, New Media Mondays (05/20/2013)
Announcement! The Katie Speak Live Archives feed is now on iTunes! Subscribe at Katie Speak Live and never miss my spots with Hal, Ledge and others! (Android/PC compatible versions will always be available at my blog under the "Katie Speak Live!" tab.)

I love doing Dangerous Conversation. Quite simply, it's as much fun to be on as it is to listen. Host Scott Ledger and I agree about half the time and I enjoy both halves. When we disagree, debate is intelligent and constructive -- though often heated and passionate. I have to be caffienated and prepared with my A game.

This particular segment was the roll out for New Media Mondays. Ledge finds dissenting voices imperative to democratic discourse, so he has a regular Monday rotation of writers and radio/podcast hosts who's viewpoints are as varied as their subjects. I was honored to be asked to be a loud, female voice in the crowd. Look for me every six-eight weeks in the 4pmEST hour on RadioIO.

As Kermit Gosnell had just been convicted, we talked a fair amount about the reality of abortion access, my time escorting at women's clinics in Chicago and why prochoice is the real prolife stance. We aren't always this heavy and even with the topic, we always have time for innuendo and silliness. I continue to appreciate how real the show's host and producers are when vacilating between serious and light-hearted. They also never hold back when asking questions from their own perspectives. Ledge discusses a woman in his life terminating a pregnancy and how she felt while asking me about my experience.

And then...the First Amendment. Plenty of time for that every time. On the anniversary of the Chicago NATO conference, I may have had a few words on the police state. In the Venn diagram of liberal--libertarian, there is always common ground in the Constitution.

Oh, and I left in the intro because it's the best I've gotten yet. Glad that my ability to wield profanity is appreciated, almost as much as my speaking my mind with no holding back. I feel the same way about you, gentlemen. 

Direct download: DCNewMediaMonNo1.m4a
Category:Dangerous Conversation -- posted at: 1:06pm PDT
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The AngryBlackLady & I on Dangerous Conversation - 02/2013
Announcement! The Katie Speak Live Archives feed is now on iTunes! Subscribe at Katie Speak Live and never miss my spots with Hal, Ledge and others! (Android/PC compatible versions will always be available at my blog under the "Katie Speak Live!" tab.)

Imani Gandy -- aka The Angry Black Lady -- and I wade into libertarian land for a five-way debate on women's health, access to care, abortion law & point of viability and who has the right to make decisions about "life." Remarkably, Imani keeps her cool while I nearly lose mine... momentarily, of course.

Find everything Imani Gandy at her new home, This Week in Blackness where she blogs and co-hosts amTWIB daily at 9amEST.

Connect to Dangerous Conversation and host Scott Ledger broadcasting live every weekday afternoon.

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Category:Dangerous Conversation -- posted at: 12:32pm PDT
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