Young, Female, Personal, Controversial
When I first drooled over the Deep Wireless program, one of the keynotes I was most excited for was the one from the CBC Radio host Sook-Yin Lee. Since moving to Chicago, I’ve started listening to her show “Definitely Not the Opera” on WBEZ. It’s pretty good! She is a young host, a female host, and she makes a radio show that’s personal. Can you think of a show like this on the American public radio landscape? Can you?
I became an even bigger fan of Lee a few weeks ago, when I started e-stalking her and learned about the controversy she stirred up in 2003 when she took a role in the Jonathan Cameron Mitchell film “Shortbus.” In the film, she performs non-simulated sexual intercourse and masturbation on screen. This is where the differences between the cultures of American public radio and Canadian public radio feel really tangible to me. Would America ever let Terry Gross’ Fresh Air be clouded by such scandal? Sure, it’s cool for Peter Sagal to have his vices… but, it’s different for women today. Don’t you think?