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RAD is celebrating Women’s History Month with a series of guest posts featuring stories from the  #NPRchives handpicked by #NPRwomen.

First up, NPR’s Melissa Block:

I was a late-blooming Yankee fan:  I got hooked on Yankee baseball in the mid-1990s, soon after I moved to New York to report for NPR. Pretty soon, I’d gin up any reason to go cover something Yankee-related. So imagine my joy as I was watching a ballgame one night and first heard the unmistakably loud and dramatic strike calls of umpire Jim Joyce exploding out of my TV.  This was a story tailor-made for radio. Pretty soon, I was up at Yankee Stadium, talking with Joyce about the art of calling balls and strikes, and about the life of an umpire. Nearly two decades later (!), this is still one of my all-time favorite stories. I was reminded of it last week, when I heard the news that Jim Joyce will be hanging up his umpire shoes after 30 years in the majors. Dang. I’ll sure miss that voice.

Take a listen to the 1998 Morning Edition story featuring Jim Joyce’s unmistakable voice.

Image: Melissa Block holding artwork painted by her mother, Sally Block. (From Melissa: “It’s a photo collage showing former Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter making one of his incredible acrobatic throws to first.”) 

Credit: Wanyu Zhang/NPR


We’re spotlighting Tribeca selections helmed by women directors every day of Women’s History Month.

We begin with a seminal independent film that received a retrospective screening in 2009. The female gaze is front and center in Bette Gordon’s Variety (1983), a crafty, neon-bathed noir about a curious ticket-taker at a Times Square porno palace who takes a precarious liking to her new profession. Haven’t seen this masterpiece yet? Fix that immediately.

Man charged with hate crime in beating of 2 transgender women at NY McDonald’s

  • A Long Island man who beat two transgender women Friday outside a McDonald’s in Queens, New York, has been rrested and charged with a hate crime.
  • According to DNA Info, 38-year-old Patrick O'Meara was reportedly heckling passersby at random before he spotted the women, who were entering a McDonald’s in Queens’ Jackson Heights neighborhood late Friday afternoon.
  •  O'Meara allegedly called them “bitches” and “faggots,” throwing one woman to the ground before proceeding to punch and kick her.
  • DNA Info reported O'Meara “briefly left the scene and returned with a cane,” which he used to hit the other woman, cutting her hand. One of the victims also fractured her ankle during the attack, per the report.
  • Upon his arrest, O'Meara told the police the women had “assaulted” him, but one witness disputed that account. “He was harassing everybody that was walking by, but when the trans women walked by he clearly was infuriated,” Maria Munoz told DNA Info. Read more (3/19/17 6:36 PM)

Check out these female artists, now in their 70s, 80s, and 90s that we should have known about a looong time ago. Behold their artistic works. 

Starting from the top row, going left to right

Carmen Herrera: The 99 year old is known for her abstract geometric style 

Agnes Denes: At 83 years, Denes is known for her works which integrate philosophy, math, science, and map projections. 

Dorothea Rockburne: After getting her start in mathematics, Rockburne discovered a unique expression on geometric abstraction. 

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Iranian artist mixes Persian geometric with Abstract Expressionism

Lorraine O’Grady: The rock critic turned artist 

Etel Adnan: The artist with small, but powerful abstract works

Joan Semmel: An artist of figuration, beautifully capturing human nudity 

Rosalyn Drexler: Known for her brightly colored, cartoon/film-noir paintings

Judith Bernstein: Best known for her in-you-face approach to gender politics

Faith Ringgold: An artist of “story quilts”

Michelle Stuart: A earth artist who creates land-art based work