WBEZ | weight http://www.wbez.org/tags/weight Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Is it Time to Set Weight Minimums for the Fashion Industry? http://www.wbez.org/news/it-time-set-weight-minimums-fashion-industry-114262 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/models-1_custom-2e0304d6b0093acd429c1d8f404727de948a3b07-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res460682807" previewtitle="The problem of dangerously thin standards for fashion models has been debated for years."><div data-crop-type="" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="The problem of dangerously thin standards for fashion models has been debated for years." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/12/22/models-1_custom-2e0304d6b0093acd429c1d8f404727de948a3b07-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 415px; width: 620px;" title="The problem of dangerously thin standards for fashion models has been debated for years (.Marcin Kilarski/EyeEm/Getty Images)" /></div><div><div><p>You may have heard some of the fashion industry horror stories.</p></div></div></div><p>Models eating tissues or cotton balls to stave off hunger. Models collapsing from malnutrition-induced heart attacks just seconds after they step off the runway. Even models growing a layer of downy fuzz as their bodies try to keep warm.</p><p>Excessively skinny models have been a point of controversy for decades, and two researchers say their body mass should be a workplace health and safety issue. In an&nbsp;<a href="http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2015.302950">editorial&nbsp;</a>released Monday in the&nbsp;<em>American Journal of Public Health</em>, Katherine Record and S. Bryn Austin make their case for government regulation of the fashion industry.</p><p>The average international runway model has a body mass index under 16 &ndash; low enough to indicate starvation by the&nbsp;<a href="http://apps.who.int/bmi/index.jsp?introPage=intro_3.html">World Health Organization&#39;s standard</a>. And they&#39;re not just worried about the models themselves, but about the legions of women their images influence.</p><div id="res460690275" previewtitle="Isabelle Caro advocated for changes in the modeling industry to reduce the risk of anorexia. She died of the disease in 2010 at age 28."><div data-crop-type="" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Isabelle Caro advocated for changes in the modeling industry to reduce the risk of anorexia. She died of the disease in 2010 at age 28." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/12/22/models-21-a8a231c2210dd47fbbdbf804fafe4249d80c3572-s400-c85.jpg" style="height: 404px; width: 540px;" title="Isabelle Caro advocated for changes in the modeling industry to reduce the risk of anorexia. She died of the disease in 2010 at age 28. (Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)" /></div><div><div><p>&quot;Especially girls and teens,&quot; says Record, who is a deputy director with the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. &quot;Seventy percent of girls ages 10 to 18 report that they define perfect body image based on what they see in magazines.&quot; That&#39;s especially worrying, she says, given that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/2012/spotlight-on-eating-disorders.shtml">anorexia results in more deaths than any other mental illness</a>, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.</p></div></div></div><p>Record and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/sydney-austin/">Austin</a>, a professor of social and behavioral sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, want the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.osha.gov/">Occupational Safety and Health Administration</a>&nbsp;to step in and create worker protection standards like it does for other dangerous industries. It&#39;s commonly known that certain diseases are linked with occupations, they argue, like lung disease in coal miners. &quot;Professional fashion models are particularly vulnerable to eating disorders resulting from occupational demands to maintain extreme thinness,&quot; they write.</p><p>Their suggestion is to prohibit agents from hiring models with a BMI below 18. By that standard, a 5-foot-9-inch model would need to weigh at least 122 pounds. &quot;Which is still quite thin,&quot; Record notes, but not dangerously so.</p><p>In April,&nbsp;<a href="http://time.com/3770696/france-banned-ultra-thin-models/">France passed law</a>&nbsp;setting lower limits for models&#39; weight. Agents and fashion houses who hire models with a BMI under 18 could pay $82,000 in fines and spend up to six months in jail. Israel also has BMI restrictions for models, and local initiatives regulate models in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-fashion-anorexia-idUSL1924991520061219">Milan</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6103615">Madrid</a>. Those bans were imposed in 2006, after the high-profile&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/20/world/americas/20iht-models.3604439.html">deaths of two models, Ana Carolina Reston and Luisel Ramos</a>. In 2010 French model&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/31/world/europe/31caro.html">Isabelle Caro</a>, who&#39;d campaigned to curb anorexia, died of the disease at age 28.</p><p>Regulating the fashion industry in the United States won&#39;t be easy, Record says. She likens the task to taking on Big Tobacco. But with the new rules in France, U.S. support could make a difference. A designer can&#39;t survive without participating in Paris Fashion Week, she says, adding, &quot;Our argument is that the same would be true of New York Fashion Week.&quot;</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/12/22/460682633/is-it-time-to-set-weight-minimums-for-the-fashion-industry?ft=nprml&amp;f=460682633" target="_blank"><em> via NPR</em></a></p></p> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 16:27:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/it-time-set-weight-minimums-fashion-industry-114262 Zoe Saldana and the great weight debate http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-05/zoe-saldana-and-great-weight-debate-107260 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" getty="" into="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/urt7.jpg" star="" style="float: left;" title="Zoe Saldana at the premiere of &quot;Star Trek Into Darkness.&quot; (Getty Images)" trek="" /><em>Allure </em>magazine is feeling the <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/05/zoe-saldana-allure-weight-reveal-stirs-uproar/" target="_blank">backlash</a> after printing the weight of <em>Star Trek Into Darkness </em>star Zoe Saldana on the cover of their June issue.&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;115 lbs of grit and heartache&quot; reads the headline. And many people <a href="http://girlsguideto.com/articles/wtf-allure-prints-zoe-saldana-s-weight-on-the-cover" target="_blank">did not like it</a>.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/allure-magazine-backlash-over-zoe-saldanas-weight-2013-5" target="_blank">News outlets</a>&nbsp;from Yahoo to The Cut have called out the headline as &quot;bizarre and unnecessary,&quot; saying that &quot;everytime we seem to be making progress in the way women are portrayed in magazines, somehow we take a step back.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">But Saldana had no qualms about <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/allure-magazine-backlash-over-zoe-saldanas-weight-2013-5" target="_blank">stripping down</a> for <em>Allure</em>, both in posing for semi-nude photos inside the magazine and in unabashedly revealing her digits on the cover:</div><blockquote><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;I think it would have been wrong if they were lying about my weight,&quot; Saldana told the <a href="http://www.today.com/style/zoe-saldanas-weight-revealed-magazine-cover-1C9928678" target="_blank"><em>Today</em></a> show Thursday, &quot;This is how much I weigh, it&#39;s something I can&#39;t control, it&#39;s who I am. I&#39;ve always been a very thin frame, I was a ballet dancer. I don&#39;t think it was to make an issue of my weight. I think it was to say for a lightweight person, I seem to be really strong-minded.&quot;</div></blockquote><div class="image-insert-image ">Ah, so what <em>Allure</em>&nbsp;<em>meant</em> to say was that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/allure-magazine-backlash-over-zoe-saldanas-weight-2013-5" target="_blank">powerhouses</a>&nbsp;often come in small packages. It&#39;s a message that tries to be girl-power positive (don&#39;t underestimate the gorgeous 5&#39;7&#39;&#39; knockout just because she&#39;s thin!) but unfortunately sounds much more like the glorification of an ideal body type than anything else.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Would <em>Allure</em> print the weight of a plus-size actress (say, &quot;215 lbs of grit and heartache&quot;) on the cover of their magazine? I highly doubt it.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saldana may just be small-boned and naturally thin; however, nobody should <em>aspire</em> to be 115 lbs, or any other number that a fashion magazine splashes across its front page as beauty personified.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">On the whole, men tend to be more comfortable discussing weight with each other, especially in regards to how much they can bench, eat or drink under the table in a given night. Women, on the other hand, usually approach the subject with an unspoken vow of secrecy and a sting of self-evaluation that&#39;s sometimes hot to the touch.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">For example, one woman may coyly mention, &quot;I weigh ___ pounds&quot; to her girfriends, and their internal reactions could vary wildly: from sighs of relief (&quot;Phew, I weigh less&quot;) to surges of panic (&quot;I weigh so much more than she does&quot;) to eye rolls of annoyance (&quot;Ugh, why is she telling us her weight? I don&#39;t want to hear it.&quot;)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Perhaps the responses we&nbsp;<em>should&nbsp;</em>have to such a disclosure are &quot;<a href="http://www.xojane.com/issues/zoe-saldana-star-trek-allure-cover-and-the-radical-possibilities-of-disclosing-your-weight" target="_blank">Who cares</a>?&quot; and &quot;<a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/419645/allure-defends-zoe-saldana-weight-reveal-cover-other-media-outlets-sound-off" target="_blank">As long as she&#39;s healthy, why should it matter</a>?&quot; After all, most of us feel comfortable talking about sexual preferences and how much our apartments cost with people we barely know; so why is weight still considered a &quot;do not discuss&quot; topic outside of trusted confidantes?</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Do these numbers really have such a powerful hold on us that we can&#39;t bring ourselves to speak them aloud?&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Ultimately, the decision to share your weight or keep it to yourself is a personal one, and should be free of shame on both sides. If Saldana is fine with telling people her&nbsp;weight, and feels no shame in it, then good for her. If other women want to shout their numbers from the rooftops, then they should feel free to do so.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">As long as we don&#39;t define ourselves by how much we weigh, or determine our self-worth by something so arbitrary as an ever-fluctuating number on a scale, then we can just <em>be&nbsp;</em>and let societal pressures fall by the wayside.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Or as <a href="http://jezebel.com/5986705/11-reasons-why-jennifer-lawrence-is-your-bff-in-your-head" target="_blank">Jennifer Lawrence</a> and I tend to do, deflect all weirdly body-focused questions with &quot;I love french fries&quot; and call it a day.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. Follow her on <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a> or <a href="http://hermionehall.tumblr.com" target="_blank">Tumblr</a>.&nbsp;</em></div></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-05/zoe-saldana-and-great-weight-debate-107260 The Jen Larsen Interview http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-03/jen-larsen-interview-106374 <p><p>Today I speak with beloved blogger Jen Larsen, whose recently-published memoir&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Stranger-Here-Weight-Loss-Surgery-Transformed/dp/1580054463">Stranger Here</a>&nbsp;</em>details&nbsp;her experience losing almost 200 pounds via surgery &ndash; and her discovery that weight loss is not a magic bullet for happiness.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/jenlarsen%20photo.jpg" style="float: left; height: 363px; width: 300px;" title="Jen Larsen (Kristin Guthrie Brandt)" />Larsen was the featured blogger at Condé Nast&#39;s now-defunct&nbsp;<em><a href="http://bellaonthebeach.wordpress.com/2008/12/31/have-you-heard-the-terrible-news-about-elastic-waist/">Elastic Waist</a>, </em>and her columns have been syndicated on Yahoo!&#39;s Shine Network for Women. She is a contributor to <a href="http://www.bfdblog.com/"><em>Big Fat Deal</em></a>, a blog about weight in popular culture. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Word Riot, Emprise Review, and South Loop Review<em>,</em> among other publications. You can read a lot more about and from her <a href="http://jenlarsen.net/">here</a>.</p><p><strong>Why did you use a pseudonym when writing for <em>Elastic Waist</em>?</strong><br /><br />I was ashamed of being fat in the first place, and then I was ashamed of having felt so fat that I needed surgical intervention to fix myself. I was still at the point where I was half-convinced that weight loss surgery was the easy way out, that I was lying to people in real life about how and why I was losing weight. I couldn&#39;t stand the idea of someone knowing any of it, because it felt like they&#39;d have a brutal, painful insight into me and parts of my psychology that I never wanted anyone to have access to.</p><p>It&#39;s so much safer to write under a pseudonym, and it helped me for a long time. I was able to be as honest as felt possible, and as true to myself and the story as I could. Of course, it became a fairly open secret not so long out, with all my friends and half my family reading. But I still clung to the name out of a sense of comfort.</p><p><strong>It has to be more difficult now, with your book out there in the world, but do you have days when you simply don&rsquo;t think about food, weight or size? What is going on that prohibits you from thinking about those issues on those days?</strong><br /><br />I wish I could say every day was sunshine, and every day I am just me, Jen, out in the world being Jen-like. But I think about it every day. I think about how my jeans fit and if my boobs are going to go off and disappear on me. I think about what other people think about my body, and if they think it&#39;s OK. But I&#39;m happy to report that it&#39;s not a grinding, endless chorus in my head; they&#39;re fleeting thoughts that I chase down and kill as quickly as possible. I&#39;m getting better at it.</p><p>Food, though . . . food I rarely think about, and that&#39;s always been the problem. My weight came from my food issues &ndash; not so much binge eating as endless, mindless, thoughtless consumption. Which pissed me off. Who wants to be an evil, f*cked-up cliche of the fat person used to dismiss and ridicule all fat people? I still struggle to be mindful about food, even though I kind of hate the word &quot;mindful&quot; because it makes me feel like I smell like patchouli and whole wheat flour. That&#39;s also something I&#39;m working on getting better at.</p><p>One thing about the weight loss surgery: It forces me to be more aware when I&#39;m eating mindlessly. My little stomach fills up quickly and I go oh, right, why don&#39;t we cut that out? But it doesn&#39;t always work, because the complex emotional insanity around food is an incredibly powerful force.</p><p><strong>The Internet can be great at bringing people with weight issues together, but there&rsquo;s a lot of disturbing and negative crap out there, too. What do you think are some of the worst weight and body image trends online?</strong><br /><br />The &quot;obesity epidemic&quot; shrieking is hideous. Oh, we&#39;re worried about the children! It&#39;s about health! Right. . . .&nbsp;</p><p>I guarantee you there&#39;s not a person on earth who has ever said, &quot;Oh wait, I&#39;m fat and that offends your aesthetic sensibilities? SH*T LET&#39;S GET ON THAT RIGHT NOW,&quot; and goes and subsists on carrots for the rest of her days.&nbsp;</p><p>Let&#39;s turn the conversation away from shaming fat kids. Let&#39;s talk about that mindfulness thing. Let&#39;s talk about good food that isn&#39;t processed crap, about not feeling shame for eating, and about exercising to feel good about our bodies and to be as active, strong and bear-wrestlingly fit as we want to be. That would be rad.</p><p>I&#39;d also really, really love to stop talking about our flaws. It&#39;s supposed to be a radical thing to say, &quot;Well, you are beautiful despite your flaws! Love your flawed body, with all its flawed flaws and ugly bits!&quot; The definition of &quot;flawed&quot; here is &quot;not the body of an airbrushed swimsuit model.&quot; Your legs must be This Length to be unflawed and your ass This Wide and your t*ts This Perky; otherwise you have to force yourself to love those sad little misfits, and hope that someone else will accept them, too.&nbsp;</p><p>The fact that this is pushed as a positive, uplifting message &ndash; that pisses me off. How about we talk about how our bodies are awesome and how we need to have all sizes, shapes, scars, lengths and heights represented, so no one feels like there&#39;s only one real model of the human body, and all the rest are defects?</p><p><strong>If you could go on a food binge right now without any physical consequences, what would you ingest?</strong><br /><br />I guess I lied when I said my weight loss surgery doesn&#39;t always stop me from eating beyond the point of comfort. The idea of a real-live food binge made me kind of cringe &ndash; the physical and emotional consequences and then the endless, sweaty nap. It is hard to pretend there aren&#39;t physical consequences. But I do like Oreos an awful lot.</p><p><strong>Why do you think some people are so gullible about weight loss promises? Before I went to therapy I tended to believe anything that said &ldquo;results guaranteed!&rdquo; But I was infinitely more skeptical about anything else that made fishy promises like that.</strong><br /><br />The promise of weight loss is paired with the promise of happiness. It&#39;s supposedly a real, tangible path to actual happiness. Can&#39;t you see the lights shining bright in the eyes of the After Photo people? There&#39;s physical proof of the result: They are skinny and grinning, and you look at that, like,&nbsp;<em>I could be skinny and grinning</em>, and you believe it could actually happen. The Before and After Photos were what sold me on weight loss surgery. Those were the most powerful promises.</p><p><strong>As you spend more time in your &quot;new&quot; body, do you find that it&rsquo;s harder to recall life pre-surgery? If so, is that a good or a bad thing?</strong><br /><br />I remember what it&#39;s like every single time I notice a specific difference between then and now. I still think about it when I go through a turnstile. It&#39;s a flash of a memory, having to turn sideways to fit through. I remember when I&#39;m on an airplane and the seats are narrow but I fit with room. I remember when I do my laundry and the pants still seem impossibly small. I try not to forget. I don&#39;t want to forget the person I was, especially because I was so cruel to her.</p><p><strong>I&rsquo;m curious whether you made a conscious decision to use <a href="http://media1.s-nbcnews.com/j/MSNBC/Components/Photo/_new/100419-jen-larsen-hlg-12p.grid-6x2.jpg">the two pictures I see in your interviews and online</a>.&nbsp;In your &ldquo;before&rdquo; photo you look like a wilder, more outgoing person than the &ldquo;after.&rdquo;</strong><br /><br />You are the first to notice that! Yes, I was really glad to use that &quot;before&quot; photo, because I was so tired of people assuming Before is bad and After is awesome. I wanted to use a Before photo that wasn&#39;t a cliche, that didn&#39;t pander to the idea that all the smiling has to start happening in the After photo. The fact that I look kind of terrified in the After photo is actually kind of an accident. I am really not good at taking posed pictures without looking stiff and awkward.</p><p><strong>Did you view overweight people differently after you lost weight?</strong><br /><br />There was a point, not too long after I got the surgery, about 80 pounds down, that I was struck with this exhilaration. I felt lighter, like there was nothing better than that, and everyone should feel that way. And sometimes, sometimes I wanted to tell other overweight people about it. <em>Not</em> say, &quot;You are overweight and you MUST be unhappy and HERE is a way to fix it.&quot; But to say, &quot;Look, if you are sad and you think it&#39;s your weight, if you feel like you&#39;re trapped in your body, I found out about this thing. Let me tell you about this thing I am experiencing, these feelings I am feeling. I need to share this with you.&quot;</p><p>Now that I&#39;ve experienced [life] in all the sizes you can be on the spectrum, I am angry for hating myself when I was fat, and for assuming everyone felt exactly the same. I don&#39;t assume that someone who is fat hates themselves the way I did. I don&#39;t think we were all in this together. I don&#39;t ever want to assume that I can decide how someone ought to feel in their body and what they ought to do about it. And it pisses me off that it happens so often &ndash; strangers deciding how other strangers ought to look and ought to feel.</p><p><strong>I used to think that once you hit a certain weight you never had to worry about it again. I would look at thin girls and figure they lived on easy street and never had to torture themselves over whether or not to eat the cookie. Then there are starlets who blatantly lie and act like staying thin involves nothing more than the occasional hike in the canyon. </strong></p><p><strong>But we don&rsquo;t think twice about going to work on days we don&rsquo;t want to, or walking the dog when we don&rsquo;t feel like it and so on.&nbsp;</strong><strong>Why do you think struggling with making choices in terms of weight gets such a bad rap?</strong><br /><br />I think because weight and size have become so inextricably linked to your worth as a person, your moral strength and fortitude. You&#39;re told, &quot;You want to be thin? Well you have to be disciplined. Those girls who don&#39;t freak out about cake? It&#39;s because they&#39;re stronger than cake and smarter than cookies. They&#39;re not as weak as you, with your craving for ice cream, you sad person. Your weakness shows in the size of your thighs and your envy of people who are more successful than you.&quot; (In this scenario, success = thin, natch.)</p><p>&quot;Good people don&#39;t have issues with food because food isn&#39;t an issue. Your failings are the issue.&quot;</p><p>Etc., etc. flames on the side of my face, etc.</p><p><strong>What did you feel most vulnerable about when you put the book out?</strong><br /><br />The mistakes I made. The book is essentially a catalog of the stupid sh*t I thought and the stupid sh*t I did and the ways I screwed up. It is also essentially an apology to the people I love and the people I hurt. And, I suppose, to myself.</p><p>Still, to this day (I guess not so many days later and it is likely to change, I hope) every time someone whose opinion is important to me reads [the book], I cringe a little, waiting for their opinion of me to change. My boss is threatening to read it right now. That&#39;s all kinds of nervewracking.</p><p><strong>Does the book make you feel differently about food or weight? Do you feel more accountable, or is it time to celebrate?</strong><br /><br />I spent about two years writing the book and I thought a whole lot about my own story. Then I sent it off to the publisher and decided not to think about it at all. And then the book comes out and I have to talk about it every day, and it&#39;s becoming less and less about my own story and more and more about the issues of size and weight and self-acceptance and happiness and health. It&#39;s become this thing that&#39;s so much more important than just me and my feelings about weight loss surgery. I feel more accountable in that when people say, &quot;Yes, what you said resonates with me and I am trying to be happy.&quot; I want to not disappoint people. I want to keep trying to be happy alongside them.</p><p><strong>How many tattoos do you have, where are they and which one is your favorite today?</strong><br /><br />I have six tattoos! A beautiful sparrow on my foot, which nearly made me pass out and is still not colored in to this day; a stylized distelfink on my right calf; an anchor with a yellow rose on my inside right forearm, for my dad; a foo dog on my left forearm; a pirate ship on my right upper arm; and my pirate flag, on the back of my neck. I have a handful more planned. Right now and always, my favorite is my foo dog, which makes me feel fierce. But I love them all.</p><p><strong>What are you working on now that is not <em>Stranger Here </em>related?</strong><br /><br />I meant to be a novelist, not a memoirist, so I am working on a few of novels: one young adult, two literary-flavored but with fantastical elements. And I want to write a book of hilarious essays, not just about food and body issues. Though food and body issues are pretty hilarious.</p><p><strong>How does it feel to be the 342nd person to be interviewed for Zulkey.com/WBEZ?</strong><br /><br />It feels pretty goddamn awesome, since I&#39;ve been a fan of the site and the site-writer for years. Thank you so much for having me!</p></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 08:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-03/jen-larsen-interview-106374