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#1641: A Life In Objects | 51%

On this week’s 51%, we spend time with feminist poet and activist Margaret Randall, she has advice for activists today and a Native American poet says working on her latest volume brought some pain to the surface.

Whether it is one object or several, we all have touchstones. Things that we consider crucial to our life story. My Life in 100 Objects is a personal reflection on the events and moments that shaped the life and work of Margaret Randall. She is a feminist, activist and internationally renowned poet. Through each “object,” in her new book Randall uncovers another part of herself. She begins in a museum in Amman, Jordan, and ends in the Latin American Studies Association in Boston. Interwoven throughout are her most precious relationships, her growth as an artist, and her brave, revolutionary spirit. Randall spoke with 51%’s Elizabeth Hill about what inspired her to tell her life story using a collection of objects.

My Life in 100 Objects is published by NYU Press.

Poet Heid E. Erdrich is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe. She has authored several volumes of poetry. Her latest is called Little Big Bully. KFAI’s Sheila Regan has more.

That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Tina Renick for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio. If you’d like to hear this show again, sign up for our podcast, or visit the 51% archives on our web site at And follow us on Twitter @51PercentRadio This week’s show is #1641.

Photo Courtesy of NYU Press/ Credit Pascual Borzelli.