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  • Growing up in Austria-Hungary, Hedy Lamarr had two great passions: acting and inventing. She’s best known for her work in Hollywood, stunning American audiences with her beauty and compelling dramatic talents. But recently she’s earned recognition for her technological contributions as well. She and her friend, the composer George Antheil, received a patent for radio-frequency technology that is now valued at over 300 Billion dollars. Because of Hedy, your family can safely send secure text messages and access WIFI.

    Our narrator this episode, actress Tatiana Maslany, has also found success on screen. She received an Emmy and was nominated for a Golden Globe after her incredible performance in the “Orphan Black” television series. This summer, she’ll star in HBO’s limited series, “Perry Mason.”

    This podcast is an expansion of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. If you enjoyed learning about Hedy, visit our website at www.rebelgirls.com to pick up more stories about incredible women. Use promocode REBELPODCAST to get 15% off your first purchase!

    Credits:

    The podcast is a production of Rebel Girls and Boom Integrated, a division of John Marshall Media. It’s based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.

    Our Executive Producers are Elena Favilli and Joy Fowlkes. This season was produced by John Marshall Cheary, Sarah Storm, and Robin Lai. This episode was written by Joy Fowlkes and edited by Pam Gruber. Maithy Vu proofread. Original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi who has also sound designed this episode. Mattia Marcelli is the sound mixer. Special thanks to Grace House for always going above and beyond!

    References

    Camhi, Leslie. (2017, December 3). Hedy Lamarr’s Forgotten, Frustrated Career as a Wartime Inventor. The New Yorker. Retrieved from https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/hedy-lamarrs-forgotten-frustrated-career-as-a-wartime-inventor

    Cheslak, Colleen. (2018). Hedy Lamarr (1914–2000). National Women’s History Museum. Retrieved from https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/hedy-lamarr

    Dean, Alexandra (Director). (2017). Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story [motion picture]. United States: Reframed Pictures.

    Diamond, Anna. (2017, November). Why Hedy Lamarr Was Hollywood’s Secret Weapon. Smithsonian. Retrieved from https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hollywood-secret-weapon-180965209/

    George, Alice. (2019, April 4). Thank This World War II-Era Film Star for Your Wi-Fi. Smithsonian. Retrieved from https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/thank-world-war-ii-era-film-star-your-wi-fi-180971584/

    Hedy Lamarr. Encyclopaedia Britannica. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/biography/Hedy-Lamarr

    Hedy Lamarr. Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedy_Lamarr

    Horowitz, Kate. (2017, August 1). 8 Dazzling Facts about Hedy Lamarr. Mental Floss. Retrieved from https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/502950/8-dazzling-facts-about-hedy-lamarr

    Lichtenbaum, Elisa. (2018, April 25). 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Hollywood Star and Inventor
    Hedy Lamarr. PBS: American Masters. Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/blog/7-things-didnt-know-hollywood-star-inventor-hedy-lamarr/

    Oullette, Jennifer. (2012, January 9). Hop, Skip and a Jump: Remembering Hedy Lamarr. Scientific American. Retrieved from https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cocktail-party-physics/hop-skip-and-a-jump-remembering-hedy-lamar/

    Wallmark, Laurie. (2019). Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life: Hollywood Legend and Brilliant Inventor. New York, NY: Sterling Children’s Books.

    Werft, Meghan. (2017, April 25). Hollywood Star Hedy Lamarr Was a Genius, But the World Only Saw Her Beauty. Global Citizen. Retrieved from https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/hedy-lamarr-genius-only-seen-for-beauty/

  • This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Ruth Reichl who narrated the previous episode about Julia Child. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out. Ruth reveals how her partner supported her when she had career opportunities and her desired last meal!

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    About Reichl:
    Ruth Reichl, Gourmet's editor in chief, is the author of the best-selling memoirs Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples, and Garlic and Sapphires, and the forthcoming Not Becoming My Mother and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way. She is executive producer of the two-time James Beard Award-winning Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie, which airs on public television across the country, and the editor of the Modern Library Food Series. Before coming to Gourmet, she was the restaurant critic for the New York Times, receiving two James Beard Awards for her work. She lectures frequently on food and culture.

    Credits:

    This episode of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is produced by Elena Favilli, Joy Fowlkes, John Cheary, Sarah Storm and Robin Lai. Sound design and original theme music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Mattia Marcelli was the sound mixer. Special thanks to our credit readers and interviewers.

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  • Podcast Description:

    Once upon a time, there was a towering girl who would inspire a culinary revolution in America. Her name was Julia. Julia was a spy during World War II, but when she met her husband abroad--she withheld one important secret: she did not know how to cook. She soon enrolled as the first woman to attend Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. She learned how to cook delicious food, bake extravagant cakes, and create tasty recipes. Julia changed the face of cooking in America forever.

    About the Narrator:

    Ruth Reichl, Gourmet's editor in chief, is the author of the best-selling memoirs Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples, and Garlic and Sapphires, and the forthcoming Not Becoming My Mother and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way. She is executive producer of the two-time James Beard Award-winning Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie, which airs on public television across the country, and the editor of the Modern Library Food Series. Before coming to Gourmet, she was the restaurant critic for the New York Times, receiving two James Beard Awards for her work. She lectures frequently on food and culture.

    Credits:

    The podcast is a production of Rebel Girls and Boom Integrated, a division of John Marshall Media. It’s based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Our Executive Producers are Elena Favilli and Joy Fowlkes. This season was produced by John Marshall Cheary, Sarah Storm, and Robin Lai. This episode was written by Joy Fowlkes and edited by Pam Gruber. Grace House proofread. Original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi who has also sound designed this episode. Mattia Marcelli is the sound mixer.

    Sponsored by: www.rebelgirls.co

    Use promocode REBELPODCAST to get 15% off your first purchase!

    Resources:

    Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child by Noel Riley Fitch

  • This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Kit Deslauriers who narrated the previous episode about Junko Tabei. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out. Kit reveals how she first felt when she arrived on the summit of Everest as well as the importance of taking care of our planet.

    Sponsored by:

    www.rebelgirls.co

    Use promo code REBELPODCAST to get 15% off your first purchase!

    About Deslauriers:

    Kit DesLauriers is the first person to ski the Seven Summits and the first woman to ski Everest. She is a two-time World Freeskiing Women’s Champion, earned a 2015 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award, and was elected into the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019.
    Credits:

    This episode of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is produced by Elena Favilli, Joy Fowlkes, John Cheary, Sarah Storm and Robin Lai. Sound design and original theme music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Mattia Marcelli was the sound mixer. Special thanks to our credit readers and interviewers.

  • Once upon a time there was a girl who climbed to the very top of the world. Her name was Junko Tabei. In fourth grade, her teacher Watanabe-Sensei takes her class on a trip to a mountain. It’s bigger than any Junko’s ever seen, and she’s determined to make it to the top.

    After the trip, Junko becomes a mountaineer in body and spirit. She climbs snowy mountains, rocky mountains, and even faraway mountains outside of her home country of Japan. She joins climbing clubs and befriends fellow climbers as passionate as she is. Then, Junko meets her biggest challenge yet: the tallest mountain in the world.

    About the Narrator:

    Kit DesLauriers is the first person to ski the Seven Summits and the first woman to ski Everest. She is a two-time World Freeskiing Women’s Champion, earned a 2015 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award, and was elected into the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019.

    Credits:

    The podcast is a production of Rebel Girls and Boom Integrated, a division of John Marshall Media. It’s based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.

    Our Executive Producers are Elena Favilli and Joy Fowlkes. This season was produced by John Marshall Cheary, Sarah Storm, and Robin Lai. This episode was written by Joy Fowlkes and edited by Pam Gruber. Maithy Vu proofread. Original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi who has also sound designed this episode. Mattia Marcelli is the sound mixer.

    Sponsored by: https://www.rebelgirls.com

    Use promocode REBELPODCAST to get 15% off your first purchase!

    Resources:

    Honouring High Places: The Mountain Life of Junko Tabei by Junko Tabei

  • Rebels! I’m pleased to announce that Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: the podcast will return on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

    In celebration of the newly published chapter book, Dr. Wangari Maathai Plants a Forest, we’re rereleasing her podcast episode from season one. If you enjoyed listening to her story and want to dive deeper, visit www.rebelgirls.com to purchase a copy of the illustrated chapter book.

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    When lakes started to dry up and streams seemed to disappear, a woman decided to bring the forest back and planted a million trees. Wangari Maathai is the founder of the Green Belt movement in Africa and the recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize. In this episode, you will learn about one of the most inspiring activists and environmentalists of our time.

    The host of this episode is the American philanthropist Melinda Gates.

    This episode was produced by Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli, written by Annalisa Merelli, with sound design by Elettra Bargiacchi.

    This show is sponsored by the globally bestselling book series "Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls". Go to www.rebelgirls.com and get your copy with a 15% discount, using promo code REBELPODCAST.

  • This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from May Boeve who narrated the previous episode about Katia Krafft. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out!

    Boeve reveals how she first cultivated an interest in climate change, the incredible humans who are working to create positive change, and the risk involved with her daily responsibilities!

    Sponsored by:

    www.rebelgirls.co

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    About Boeve:

    Self-proclaimed activist May Boeve is the Executive Director of 350.org, an international climate change campaign. Founded in 2008, 350.org strives to generate the sense of urgency required to tackle the climate crisis through creative communications, organizing, and mass mobilizations.

    Boeve has been active in the climate movement since her days at Middlebury College. In 2006, she co-founded and led the Step It Up 2007 campaign, which brought together communities from 1,400 places for a National Day of Climate Action. Four years later, Boeve was handcuffed and arrested in front of the White House while protesting the Keystone XL pipeline. Through it all she has maintained her commitment to fighting for what’s right, and in 2015 Time Magazine recognized her as a “Next Generation Leader.”

    Boeve is a tireless advocate for the environment and is the co-author of the book Fight Global Warming Now.

    Credits:

    This episode of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is produced by Elena Favilli, Joy Fowlkes, and Meg Murnane. Sound design and original theme music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Mattia Marcelli was the sound mixer. Special thanks to Clio McClure for coordinating our credit readers and interviewers.

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  • Once upon a time, a girl dreamed of sailing down a river of lava. Her name was Katia. Katia became fascinated with volcanoes when she first saw them on-screen at a small French movie theater as a teenager. So, she set out to study them, capturing their magnificent beauty and power through the lens of her camera. With her daredevil husband Maurice by her side, Katia visited over half of the world’s active volcanoes, sailed a boat into a lake of acid, and even escaped out a second-story window into a pile of volcanic ash.

    About the Narrator:

    Self-proclaimed activist May Boeve is the Executive Director of 350.org, an international climate change campaign. Founded in 2008, 350.org strives to generate the sense of urgency required to tackle the climate crisis through creative communications, organizing, and mass mobilizations.

    Boeve has been active in the climate movement since her days at Middlebury College. In 2006, she co-founded and led the Step It Up 2007 campaign, which brought together communities from 1,400 places for a National Day of Climate Action. Four years later, Boeve was handcuffed and arrested in front of the White House while protesting the Keystone XL pipeline. Through it all she has maintained her commitment to fighting for what’s right, and in 2015 Time Magazine recognized her as a “Next Generation Leader.”

    Boeve is a tireless advocate for the environment and is the co-author of the book Fight Global Warming Now.


    Credits:


    This episode of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is produced by Elena Favilli, Joy Fowlkes and Meg Murnane, with writing by Grace Boyle and narration by May Boeve. Jestine Ware edited all scripts and Janice Weaver fact-checked all scripts. Sound design and original theme music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Mattia Marcelli was the sound mixer. Special thanks to Clio McClure who coordinated all credit recordings and narrator donations.


    Sponsored by: www.rebelgirls.co

    Use promocode REBELPODCAST to get 15% off your first purchase!

    Resources:
    Volcano! Nature’s Inferno (film by National Geographic)
    The Volcano Watchers (1987 film, PBS)
    101 Awesome Women Who Changed Our World by Julia Adams
    Stories of a Passion: Katia and Maurice Krafft by Madeleine Conrad
    Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu and Montana Kane
    Katia & Maurice Krafft by Alexandre Schohn (blog post)
    Kraft or Alsatian Spouses and Volcanoes by Frédéric Urban (blog post)

  • This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Tanja Babich who narrated the previous episode about Carmen Amaya. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out!

    Cruz reveals how she optimizes her schedule to be an early morning news anchor, her superpower, and how she deals with criticism!

    Sponsored by:

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    Use promocode REBELPODCAST to get 15% off your first purchase!

    About Babich:

    Tanja Babich gives the term “early riser” a run for its money, waking up at 2:30 AM each weekday morning to deliver the day’s headlines at ABC 7 Chicago. Her work has afforded her the opportunity to do aerial stunts in an F-16 fighter jet, cover President Obama’s 2009 inauguration, and trail Pope Francis on his first trip to the United States. But the job she is most proud of is mom to two fierce and fun little girls...with one more daughter on the way!

    Tanja was born in Canada to immigrant parents from Serbia and Chile. She speaks four languages and finds tremendous joy traveling to cities near and far with her husband Paul and her rebel girls.

    Credits:

    This episode of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is produced by Elena Favilli, Joy Fowlkes, and Meg Murnane. Sound design and original theme music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Mattia Marcelli was the sound mixer. Special thanks to Clio McClure for coordinating our credit readers and interviewers.

  • Once upon a time, there lived a flamenco dancer who could break floorboards with her feet. Her name was Carmen. Everywhere she went, audiences were awed and shocked by her masterful dancing and the fury of her feet. She belonged to the Romany, a group of people in Europe known as gypsies and treated as outsiders. But Carmen would not allow her family to suffer prejudice and ignorance. Family was everything to her, and every penny she made, from dancing at taverns or in small market squares to performing in Carnegie Hall, went to support the people she loved most. The world would come to know Carmen Amaya as “The Gypsy Queen.”

    About the Narrator:

    Tanja Babich gives the term “early riser” a run for its money, waking up at 2:30 AM each weekday morning to deliver the day’s headlines at ABC 7 Chicago. Her work has afforded her the opportunity to do aerial stunts in an F-16 fighter jet, cover President Obama’s 2009 inauguration, and trail Pope Francis on his first trip to the United States. But the job she is most proud of is mom to two fierce and fun little girls...with one more daughter on the way!

    Tanja was born in Canada to immigrant parents from Serbia and Chile. She speaks four languages and finds tremendous joy traveling to cities near and far with her husband Paul and her rebel girls.

    Credits:

    This episode of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is produced by Elena Favilli, Joy Fowlkes, and Meg Murnane, with writing by Francesca Cavallo and narration by Tanja Babich. Jestine Ware edited all scripts and Janice Weaver fact-checked all scripts. Sound design and original theme music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Mattia Marcelli was the sound mixer. Special thanks to Clio McClure who coordinated all credit recordings and narrator donations.

    Sponsored by: www.rebelgirls.co

    Use promocode REBELPODCAST to get 15% off your first purchase!

    Resources:
    Carmen Amaya (La Nueva Alboreá)
    Carmen Amaya Queen of the Gypsies (2004 film)
    Program Offered by Carmen Amaya by John Martin (New York Times)
    The Dance: Spanish by John Martin (New York Times)
    Home for Carmen (New York Times)
    Carmen Amaya to Dance Here (New York Times)
    Carmen Amaya, Queen of the Gypsies by Keri Lynn Engel (Amazing Women in History)
    Centennial Special: Carmen Amaya (Del Flamenco)
    Biography of the Dancer Carmen Amaya (Tablao Flamenco Cordobes)
    Carmen Amaya, moria en Bagur, Girona el 19 de noviembre de 1963 (CataCultural)
    Carmen Amaya. Bailaora (Global Flamenco)

  • This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Jackie Cruz who narrated the previous episode about the Mirabal Sisters. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out!

    Cruz reveals what it was like growing up in the Dominican Republic, her experience surviving a car accident, and more!

    Sponsored by:

    www.rebelgirls.co

    Use promocode REBELPODCAST to get 15% off your first purchase!

    About Cruz:

    Actor, musician, activist and feminist Jackie Cruz currently stars as “Marisol ‘Flaca’ Gonzales" on Netflix's critically-acclaimed series, “Orange Is the New Black.” The original series created by Jenji Kohan that became an awards magnet, will soon release the 7th and final season this year. A three-time SAG Award winner, Jackie Cruz was named one of the "Top Latino Powerhouses under 40" by The Hollywood Reporter in 2013. Cruz was also included on Latina Magazine’s 30 Under 30 List in 2015. Born in New York City, Cruz spent her childhood between New York, Los Angeles, the Dominican Republic and Miami. She often says that she carries a little piece of each city with her. Raised by her mother and aunts, Jackie’s first love was always music. Landing a principal title in “Orange is the New Black,” was a launching pad for her career. Cruz draws strength from a near fatal car accident that almost left her paralyzed. She overcame brain surgery, a coma and a collapsed lung, but remained unwavered in her determination to not let anything stand in the way of her dream to become a musician.Through her voice and remarkably strong social media presence, Jackie continues paving the way for Latina women in entertainment. Cruz strongly promotes the inclusion of all women. She works hard to break down gender driven barriers through her own production company, Unspoken Film. Jackie’s mission is to create and produce work under her production company that speak to inclusivity topics and Latina representation. Jackie has discovered the importance of inclusion and uses her platform to send a message that more Latinas need recognition and opportunities in Hollywood. Now recognized as a popular singer and songwriter, her music career continues to evolve. She has new music releasing mid-March and hopes that through her music and film work will continue to create better pathways within the entertainment industry for people of Hispanic background.Jackie currently resides in both Los Angeles and New York City.

    Credits:

    This episode of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is produced by Elena Favilli, Joy Fowlkes, and Meg Murnane. Sound design and original theme music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Mattia Marcelli was the sound mixer. Special thanks to Clio McClure for coordinating our credit readers and interviewers.

  • Once upon a time, four sisters led their country to freedom. Their names were Minerva, Patria, Maria Teresa, and Dedé. Though they lived in a beautiful country, it was ruled by a cruel and arrogant dictator. Minerva wanted to do something about the injustices she saw, so she recruited her sisters, hosted secret meetings, and gathered weapons for a revolution. Tragically, three of the sisters did not live to see their plan enacted. But Dedé lived on to tell the story of her three brave sisters known as Las Mariposas, The Butterflies.

    About the Narrator:

    Actor, musician, activist and feminist Jackie Cruz currently stars as “Marisol ‘Flaca’ Gonzales" on Netflix's critically-acclaimed series, “Orange Is the New Black.” The original series created by Jenji Kohan that became an awards magnet, will soon release the 7th and final season in 2019.

    A three-time SAG Award winner, Jackie Cruz was named one of the "Top Latino Powerhouses under 40" by The Hollywood Reporter in 2013. Cruz was also included on Latina Magazine’s 30 Under 30 List in 2015.

    Born in New York City, Cruz spent her childhood between New York, Los Angeles, the Dominican Republic and Miami. She often says that she carries a little piece of each city with her. Raised by her mother and aunts, Jackie’s first love was always music. Landing a principal title in “Orange is the New Black” was a launching pad for her career.

    Cruz draws strength from a near-fatal car accident that almost left her paralyzed. She overcame brain surgery, a coma and a collapsed lung, but remained unwavered in her determination to not let anything stand in the way of her dream to become a musician.Through her voice and remarkably strong social media presence, Jackie continues paving the way for Latina women in entertainment. Cruz strongly promotes the inclusion of all women.

    She works hard to break down gender driven barriers through her own production company, Unspoken Film. Jackie’s mission is to create and produce work under her production company that speaks to inclusivity topics and Latina representation. Jackie has discovered the importance of inclusion and uses her platform to send a message that more Latinas need recognition and opportunities in Hollywood.

    Now recognized as a popular singer and songwriter, her music career continues to evolve. She has new music releasing mid-March and hopes that through her music and film work, she will continue to create better pathways within the entertainment industry for people of Hispanic background. Jackie currently resides in both Los Angeles and New York City.

    Credits:

    This episode of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is produced by Elena Favilli, Joy Fowlkes, and Meg Murnane, with writing by Corinne Purtill and narration by Jackie Cruz. Jestine Ware edited all scripts and Janice Weaver fact-checked all scripts. Sound design and original theme music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Mattia Marcelli was the sound mixer. Special thanks to Clio McClure who coordinated all credit recordings and narrator donations.


    Sponsored by: www.rebelgirls.co

    Use promocode REBELPODCAST to get 15% off your first purchase!

    Resources:
    In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
    A Museum of Repression Aims to Shock the Conscience by Randal C. Archibold (New York Times)
    The Three Sisters, Avenged: A Dominican Drama by Larry Rohter (New York Times)
    I Shot the Cruellest Dictator in the Americas (BBC)
    Rafael Trujillo (History.com website)
    80 Years On, Dominicans And Haitians Revisit Painful Memories Of Parsley Massacre (NPR)
    Last Surviving Mirabal Sister, Doña Dede, Dead at 88 by Franklin Garcia (Huffington Post)

  • This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Marcy Vaj who narrated the previous episode about Bebe Vio. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out!

    Vaj reveals how her violin bow has become her personal weapon, how feminism has changed as she's grown older, and more!

    Sponsored by:

    www.rebelgirls.co

    Use promocode REBELPODCAST to get 15% off your first purchase!

    About Vaj:

    MARCY VAJ is a busy violinist/violist, composer, personnel manager/contractor, and teacher. She has co-produced and orchestrated several albums and written countless arrangements. She received orchestration credit on "Prince of Egypt" and "Antz." Her credits include scoring the documentary "California Women Get The Vote" (2011) and the award-winning short film "Click Three Times." Since 2000, she has been a member of Composers Ensemble LA (CELA), a 12-piece composer/player workshop that writes concert pieces for the group. Marcy is a founding and touring member of The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

    She was Sir Paul McCartney’s concertmaster for the 2012 Grammys, has a solo on the last albums of Glenn Frey (of the Eagles) and Charlie Haden (of Quartet West), and one on, Turkish piano star Kerem Gorsev’s in 2015. She also soloed in 12 chamber concerts in La Sainte Chappelle, Paris, served as concertmaster for the San Diego Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Thomas Conlin and the Zachery Opera Awards under Frank Fetta. Her string quartet is featured on the Paul Williams DVD, "I’m Going Back There Someday." In 2011 and 2012, she soloed and played principal in a chamber orchestra in London's Royal College of Music for the week of the Royal Wedding and again for the week of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

    As a violinist/violist, she has accumulated hundreds of film credits including: TED, Ice Age, The Flintstones 1 & 2, Nutty Professor 1 & 2, Are We There Yet, Shrek, Armageddon, As Good As It Gets, and Matilda.

    She is an adjunct professor of violin/viola at Santa Monica College and also teaches privately.

    Credits:

    This episode of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is produced by Elena Favilli, Joy Fowlkes, and Meg Murnane. Sound design and original theme music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Mattia Marcelli was the sound mixer. Special thanks to Clio McClure for coordinating our credit readers and interviewers.

  • Once upon a time, there was a girl who wielded a sword. Her name was Beatrice Vio or “Bebe” for short. When Bebe was just 11 years old, she came down with a severe case of meningitis. She survived a quadruple amputation, forcing her to relearn almost everything. But Bebe wanted more than just to walk or brush her teeth—Bebe wanted to fence again. And beyond that, Bebe wanted to win. Using prostheses of her own invention, Bebe fenced all the way to the paralympic games.

    About the Narrator:

    MARCY VAJ is a busy violinist/violist, composer, personnel manager/contractor, and teacher. She has co-produced and orchestrated several albums and written countless arrangements. She received orchestration credit on "Prince of Egypt" and "Antz." Her credits include scoring the documentary "California Women Get The Vote" (2011) and the award-winning short film "Click Three Times." Since 2000, she has been a member of Composers Ensemble LA (CELA), a 12-piece composer/player workshop that writes concert pieces for the group. Marcy is a founding and touring member of The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

    She was Sir Paul McCartney’s concertmaster for the 2012 Grammys, has a solo on the last albums of Glenn Frey (of the Eagles) and Charlie Haden (of Quartet West), and one on, Turkish piano star Kerem Gorsev’s in 2015. She also soloed in 12 chamber concerts in La Sainte Chappelle, Paris, served as concertmaster for the San Diego Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Thomas Conlin and the Zachery Opera Awards under Frank Fetta. Her string quartet is featured on the Paul Williams DVD, "I’m Going Back There Someday." In 2011 and 2012, she soloed and played principal in a chamber orchestra in London's Royal College of Music for the week of the Royal Wedding and again for the week of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

    As a violinist/violist, she has accumulated hundreds of film credits including: TED, Ice Age, The Flintstones 1 & 2, Nutty Professor 1 & 2, Are We There Yet, Shrek, Armageddon, As Good As It Gets, and Matilda.

    She is an adjunct professor of violin/viola at Santa Monica College and also teaches privately.


    Credits:

    This episode of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is produced by Elena Favilli, Joy Fowlkes, and Meg Murnane, with writing by Abby Sher and narration by Marcy Vaj. Jestine Ware edited all scripts and Janice Weaver fact-checked all scripts. Sound design and original theme music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Mattia Marcelli was the sound mixer. Special thanks to Clio McClure who coordinated all credit recordings and narrator donations.

    Sponsored by: www.rebelgirls.co

    Use promocode REBELPODCAST to get 15% off your first purchase!

    Resources:
    I Have a Dream by Bebe Vio
    Uncontested: The History of Bebe Vio (Mercedes-Benz)
    Interview with Bebe Vio by Chiara Barzini (Vogue)
    What This Princess Did After She Lost The Use Of Her Legs Inspired Obama To Meet Her by Deborah Dirani (HuffPost)
    A Selfie with President Obama: Beatrice Vio Defies White House Protocol with a Smile (L’Italiano Americano)
    Prosthetic FAQs for the New Amputee (Amputee Coalition)
    Paralympics website

  • This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Justina Machado who narrated the previous episode about Celia Cruz. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out!

    Machado reveals the way she cultivated her personal style as well as how she finds hope in the current political climate.

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    About Machado:

    A talented and versatile actress, Justina Machado continues to endear audiences and earn critical acclaim with each new role.

    Machado can currently be seen starring as the lead in Netflix’s highly-reviewed reimagining of Norman Lear’s ONE DAY AT A TIME opposite Rita Moreno. The series follows three generations of a Cuban-American family living under one roof. Machado stars as Penelope, a newly-single war veteran, raising her two children with the help of her mother (Moreno). Machado appeared opposite Gina Rodriguez in the fourth season of the CW comedy series, JANE THE VIRGIN, and voiced the character Carmen in Disney’s animated series, ELENA OF AVALOR.

    Machado is perhaps most well known for her role as “Vanessa Diaz” in HBO’s SIX FEET UNDER, which ended its five-season run in 2005 with an impressive accumulation of award nominations and wins including a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

    On the big screen, Machado has been seen in THE PURGE: ANARCHY, which was released by Universal in 2014. Additional film credits include THE ACCIDENTAL HUSBAND opposite Uma Thurman, Bernard Tevenier’s IN THE ELECTRIC MIST opposite Tommy Lee Jones, and the independent film PEDRO, which debuted at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.

    Her television credits include QUEEN OF THE SOUTH, GREY’S ANATOMY, WELCOME TO THE FAMILY, PRIVATE PRACTICE, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, DEVIOUS MAIDS, SWITCHED AT BIRTH, THE FOSTERS, and MURDER POLICE.

    On the stage, Machado made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, as well as the world premiere production of A FREE MAN OF COLOR directed by George Wolfe at the Lincoln Center Theater. Machado also starred opposite Marc Feuerstein in Neil Labutte’s SOME GIRLS at the Geffen Theater.
    Born and raised in Chicago as the eldest of five children in a family of Puerto Rican descent, Machado started acting upon graduating from high school. Her stellar performances on stage at the Latino Chicago Theater paved the way for her now burgeoning career.

    Credits:

    This episode of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is produced by Elena Favilli, Joy Fowlkes, and Meg Murnane. Sound design and original theme music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Mattia Marcelli was the sound mixer. Special thanks to Clio McClure for coordinating our credit readers and interviewers.

  • Once upon a time, a girl learned to sing before she could talk. Her name was Celia. She began singing to her siblings and cousins at bedtime, but a voice like that needed to be shared. Everywhere she went, she sang. She sang when she was in pain and she sang when she felt incredible joy—shouting an exuberant “¡Azúcar!” to her adoring fans. In glittering gowns and extravagant, ruffled ensembles, Celia filled the airwaves with her unique sound. Her talent earned her the name “The Queen of Salsa” as she spread Cuban music throughout the world.

    About the Narrator:

    A talented and versatile actress, Justina Machado continues to endear audiences and earn critical acclaim with each new role.

    Machado can currently be seen starring as the lead in Netflix’s highly-reviewed reimagining of Norman Lear’s ONE DAY AT A TIME opposite Rita Moreno. The series follows three generations of a Cuban-American family living under one roof. Machado stars as Penelope, a newly-single war veteran, raising her two children with the help of her mother (Moreno). Machado appeared opposite Gina Rodriguez in the fourth season of the CW comedy series, JANE THE VIRGIN, and voiced the character Carmen in Disney’s animated series, ELENA OF AVALOR.

    Machado is perhaps most well known for her role as “Vanessa Diaz” in HBO’s SIX FEET UNDER, which ended its five-season run in 2005 with an impressive accumulation of award nominations and wins including a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

    On the big screen, Machado has been seen in THE PURGE: ANARCHY, which was released by Universal in 2014. Additional film credits include THE ACCIDENTAL HUSBAND opposite Uma Thurman, Bernard Tevenier’s IN THE ELECTRIC MIST opposite Tommy Lee Jones, and the independent film PEDRO, which debuted at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.

    Her television credits include QUEEN OF THE SOUTH, GREY’S ANATOMY, WELCOME TO THE FAMILY, PRIVATE PRACTICE, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, DEVIOUS MAIDS, SWITCHED AT BIRTH, THE FOSTERS, and MURDER POLICE.

    On the stage, Machado made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, as well as the world premiere production of A FREE MAN OF COLOR directed by George Wolfe at the Lincoln Center Theater. Machado also starred opposite Marc Feuerstein in Neil Labutte’s SOME GIRLS at the Geffen Theater.
    Born and raised in Chicago as the eldest of five children in a family of Puerto Rican descent, Machado started acting upon graduating from high school. Her stellar performances on stage at the Latino Chicago Theater paved the way for her now burgeoning career.

    Credits:

    This episode of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is produced by Elena Favilli, Joy Fowlkes, and Meg Murnane, with writing by Tori Telfer and narration by Justina Machado. Jestine Ware edited all scripts and Janice Weaver fact-checked all scripts. Sound design and original theme music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Mattia Marcelli was the sound mixer. Special thanks to Clio McClure who coordinated all credit recordings and narrator donations.


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    Resources:
    Celia Cruz: At the Top of Salsa by John Pareles (New York Times)
    Celia Cruz, Petite Powerhouse of Latin Music, Dies at 77 by John Pareles (New York Times)
    Amid the Gravestones, a Final Love Song by Emily Brady (New York Times)
    Celia Eterna by Achy Obejas (Chicago Tribune)
    Celia Cruz: The Voice From Havana (NPR)
    Celia Cruz's “Son Con Guaguancó” And The Bridge To Fame In Exile (NPR)
    Celia Cruz's Manager on What Fidel Castro's Death Would Mean to Her: Exclusive by Omer Pardillo Cid (Billboard)
    All Havana Broke Loose: An Oral History of Tropicana by Jean Stein (Vanity Fair)
    An El Nuevo Herald photographer’s tale: My moment with Celia Cruz BY C.M. Guerrero (The Miami Herald)
    Una leyenda para toda la vida (The Orlando Sentinel)
    Pedro Knight by Sue Steward (The Guardian)

  • This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Amy Landecker who narrated the previous episode about Corrie Ten Boom. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out!

    Landecker reveals the guiding principles her parents communicated to her during her unconventional childhood, the meaning of resistance and more.

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    About Landecker:

    Amy Landecker is known for her portrayal of Sarah Pfefferman on the award-winning Amazon original series "Transparent." Other TV credits include: Season 3 of "Sneaky Pete," recurring opposite Giovanni Ribisi, "Room 104," "Louie," "Revenge," "House M.D.," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and "House of Lies."

    Upcoming feature projects include the UNTITLED ROGER AILES PROJECT from Director Jay Roach and Academy Award winning screenwriter Charles Randolph as well as Netflix’s UNTITLED HENRY & REL SCI-FI PROJECT where Landecker will star opposite Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

    Additional film credits include: A KID LIKE JAKE, an independent drama also starring Jim Parsons; BEATRIZ AT DINNER, opposite Salma Hayek and John Lithgow; THE HUNTER'S PRAYER; BABYSITTER; THE MEDDLER with Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne; PROJECT ALMANAC; ENOUGH SAID with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini; ALL IS BRIGHT with Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd; Joel and Ethan Coen's A SERIOUS MAN and DAN IN REAL LIFE with Steve Carell, among others.

    In 2017 Landecker made her directorial debut with "Transparent: The Lost Sessions," a 10-episode offshoot of comedic shorts for Funny or Die using Jill Soloway's world of the Pfeffermans and cast of characters surrounding the often-dysfunctional family.

    Amy Landecker began her career in Chicago as an intern at the Steppenwolf Theatre, where she later went on to perform, in addition to The Goodman and the Public Theatre in NY. She won an Obie Award for her work in Tracy Lett's BUG at the Barrow Street Theatre.

    Credits:

    This episode of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is produced by Elena Favilli, Joy Fowlkes, and Meg Murnane. Sound design and original theme music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Mattia Marcelli was the sound mixer. Special thanks to Clio McClure for coordinating our credit readers and interviewers.

  • Corrie Ten Boom / Watchmaker & Resistance Worker / Holland
    Once upon a time, a girl risked everything to do what was right. Her name was Corrie. From the time she was a small child, Corrie learned two things from her parents: how to make a broken watch tick and how to care for people in need. Her family always took in those less fortunate than themselves, so when Jewish people knocked on their door asking for sanctuary, Corrie knew just what to do. Her courage saved more than 800 people from persecution during WWII.

    About the Narrator:

    Amy Landecker is known for her portrayal of Sarah Pfefferman on the award-winning Amazon original series "Transparent." Other TV credits include: Season 3 of "Sneaky Pete," recurring opposite Giovanni Ribisi, "Room 104," "Louie," "Revenge," "House M.D.," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and "House of Lies."

    Upcoming feature projects include the UNTITLED ROGER AILES PROJECT from Director Jay Roach and Academy Award winning screenwriter Charles Randolph as well as Netflix’s UNTITLED HENRY & REL SCI-FI PROJECT where Landecker will star opposite Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

    Additional film credits include: A KID LIKE JAKE, an independent drama also starring Jim Parsons; BEATRIZ AT DINNER, opposite Salma Hayek and John Lithgow; THE HUNTER'S PRAYER; BABYSITTER; THE MEDDLER with Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne; PROJECT ALMANAC; ENOUGH SAID with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini; ALL IS BRIGHT with Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd; Joel and Ethan Coen's A SERIOUS MAN and DAN IN REAL LIFE with Steve Carell, among others.

    In 2017 Landecker made her directorial debut with "Transparent: The Lost Sessions," a 10-episode offshoot of comedic shorts for Funny or Die using Jill Soloway's world of the Pfeffermans and cast of characters surrounding the often-dysfunctional family.

    Amy Landecker began her career in Chicago as an intern at the Steppenwolf Theatre, where she later went on to perform, in addition to The Goodman and the Public Theatre in NY. She won an Obie Award for her work in Tracy Lett's BUG at the Barrow Street Theatre.


    Credits:

    This episode of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is produced by Elena Favilli, Joy Fowlkes, and Meg Murnane, with writing by Corinne Purtill and narration by Amy Landecker. Jestine Ware edited all scripts and Janice Weaver fact-checked all scripts. Sound design and original theme music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Mattia Marcelli was the sound mixer. Special thanks to Clio McClure who coordinated all credit recordings and narrator donations.

    Sponsored by: www.rebelgirls.co

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    Resources:
    The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom with John and Elizabeth Sherrill
    Corrie Ten Boom’s Prison Letters by Corrie Ten Boom
    Corrie Ten Boom Museum Website (www.corrietenboom.com)

  • This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Lowri Morgan who narrated the previous episode about Aisholpan Nurgaiv. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out!

    Lowri reveals her motivations for being an ultramarathon runner, what she listens to along the way and more.

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    About Lowri:

    Lowri Morgan is an accomplished broadcaster, ultra-athlete and motivational speaker. She has competed in some of the toughest endurance races in the World, lived with indigenous tribes and become one of just 100 people to dive to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to visit the wreck of Titanic. As a result she has won numerous awards including: Best Presenter and Producer (BAFTA Cymru), the Spirit of the Festival Award (Celtic Media Festival), and winner of the Media Category (National Adventure Awards).

    Credits:

    This episode of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is produced by Elena Favilli, Joy Fowlkes, and Meg Murnane. Sound design and original theme music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Mattia Marcelli was the sound mixer. Special thanks to Clio McClure for coordinating our credit readers and interviewers.

  • Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived where snowy peaks scraped the sky. Her name was Aisholpan. For generations, Kazakh nomads in Mongolia raised golden eagles to hunt. Aisholpan’s father was one of the best eagle hunters, so she asked him to teach her everything he knew. Despite the danger, she caught and trained her own eagle in the icy Altai mountains. She became the first woman to enter the Golden Eagle competition—and win!—inspiring female eagle hunters for years to come.



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    About the Narrator:

    Lowri Morgan is an accomplished broadcaster, ultra-athlete and motivational speaker. She has competed in some of the toughest endurance races in the World, lived with indigenous tribes and become one of just 100 people to dive to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to visit the wreck of Titanic. As a result she has won numerous awards including: Best Presenter and Producer (BAFTA Cymru), the Spirit of the Festival Award (Celtic Media Festival), and winner of the Media Category (National Adventure Awards).


    Credits:

    This episode of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is produced by Elena Favilli, Joy Fowlkes, and Meg Murnane, with writing by Alexis Stratton and narration by Lowri Morgan. Jestine Ware edited all scripts and Janice Weaver fact-checked all scripts. Sound design and original theme music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Mattia Marcelli was the sound mixer. Special thanks to Clio McClure who coordinated all credit recordings and narrator donations.

    Resources:
    The Eagle Huntress (2016 film)
    When the Hunt is Over: Culture and Conservation in Kazakh Eagle Falconry by Nolan Ebner (Independent Study Project Collection)
    Eagle Huntresses Challenge the Patriarchy in Mongolia by Zigor Aldama (Post Magazine)
    Mongolia’s Lost Secrets in Pictures: The Golden Eagle Hunters by David Baxendale (Lonely Planet)
    Kazakhstan’s Eagle-Hunters by Ian MacWilliam (BBC)