Mom's a dyke: interview with Gloria Wilson by Chana (Karen) Wilson

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Mom's a dyke: interview with Gloria Wilson by Chana (Karen) Wilson
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KPFA's Chana (Karen) Wilson's interviews her mother, Gloria Wilson. The two women are both lesbians, and the interview focuses on Gloria's coming to identify as a lesbian and the multiple psychiatric hospitalizations she endured to "treat" her depression and homosexuality. Music breaks: Elizabeth Cotton "Going Down the Road Feeling Bad"; Alix Dobkin "A Woman's Love"; Suzanne Shanbaum "Damn Crazy Feeling" (recorded at KPFA); Suzanne Shanbaum "The Fury" (recorded at KPFA); Nina Simone "O-O-h Child".

Note from producer: "In 1974, my mother, Gloria Wilson, visited me in Berkeley. I was a member of the collectively produced radio show "Lesbian Air," on KPFA-FM in Berkeley which had begun in 1973, premiering as one of the first lesbian radio shows in the country. "Fruit Punch," the gay male counterpart to "Lesbian Air," began on KPFA at the same time. My mother stayed with me in my lesbian collective household, sleeping on our frigid, unheated back porch, chipper and uncomplaining. (I was 23, my mother was 52) My housemates loved her: the hip lesbian mom, happily eating our vegetarian meals and sharing our feminist vision. She agreed to my interviewing her at the KPFA studios." See more about Chana and Gloria Wilson here:

Date Recorded on: 
1974 (day unknown) at KPFA
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KPFA, 1974 (day unknown)
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1 reel (53 min.) : 7 1/2 ips, mono.
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Los Angeles : Pacifica Radio Archives, 1974
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