A young Belfast woman talks frankly about life with ME (or chronic fatigue syndrome) in the first half of the show. She discusses how the illness arrived, how it induced swearing and rattiness from her, and what the trade-offs have been. Also: whether she wants people to push her in the wheelchair, her plans for family or nunhood, and how she’s found men look at women in a chair.
In the second half, foster mother Susan Hagan talks about all the babies that have come in and out of her home. She, along with her husband and family, has been fostering newborns for the past seven years through a Pittsburgh agency. The babies stay for a weeks or months, and Susan describes what life with them (and without them) is like — including the health concerns, naming choices, attachment issues, and relationships with birth and adoptive parents.
Quilts meet politics as Roberta Bacic takes on us a tour of Chilean wall hangings made during women under the Pinochet dictatorship. The quilts are not typical ones – they show village life in all its complications, including the violence, activism, and family life during the 1970s and 80s. The arpilleras have travelled around the world, having been sold and exported in order to raise money for women in Chilean villages and also to tell their stories to the outside world.
See more of the quilts here: http://www.derrycity.gov.uk/museums/quilt.asp
Video of a presentation from Roberta at INCORE on the Magee Campus of University of Ulster is here: http://www.incore.ulst.ac.uk/Seminars/CAIN_13-03-08-RB_ref.html
And more quilt exhibtions can be seen here:
Ross Hamilton Cleary, the son of The Singing Priest of Ireland, Father Michael Cleary, speaks alongside filmmaker Alison Millar about the new documentary ‘At Home With the Clearys’. Ross and Alison discuss the scandal that arose when Fr Cleary’s secret relationships were revealed, what life has been like for the family since, and how the film has been received in Ireland.
In the second half of the show, the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Dr Monica McWilliams, talks about the upcoming Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland — how the process has developed, why it is necessary, and what the future holds for it.
The program visits Kentucky’s Creation Museum and interviews Dr David Menton, who lectures there. He belongs to Answers in Genesis, a Creationist group working to publicize and explain the ‘Young Earth’ view of the origin of the universe, which follows a strict interpretation of the Bible. Dr Menton discusses how he reconciles Creationism and science; how the museum was established in the face of local protests; how he deals with people who criticize and mock Creationists; and why he believes that dinosaurs and humans walked the Earth together.