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Backseat Drivers

Ed Proudfoot and Julie Proudfoot

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From the backseat it looks like America is at a crossroads. We drive into stories, incite conversations and indulge in curious games, all to ask the ultimate question – build it up or burn it down? Wednesday's Drop beginning August 23, 2023, is She the People, by Julie Proudfoot. A fierce feminist had faith in the American Dream until Donald Trump and his enablers came to power. She the People comes to terms with the past with both eyes on the 2024 of MAGA, Trumpism, and the threat of the an ...
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Artemisia We Women

Julie Proudfoot & Willow James

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Amplifying women’s voices in our world through performances, discussions and interviews. New Episodes drop on Wednesdays, bimonthly. Audio performances of exciting feminist plays, empowering discussions with our wonderful creative teams and insightful social justice interviews with community leaders who are passionate about making the world better for women.
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Chapter 14: America's Broken Promises SHE THE PEOPLE shares thoughts on America's failure when it comes to inclusion of all citizens in the "inalienable rights" promised by our Constitution. BACKSEAT DRIVERS PODCAST From the backseat it looks like America is at a crossroads. We drive into stories, incite conversations and indulge in curious games, …
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Chapter 9: Meeting Cal Delia wants a cell phone. But Lydia, aka Nanna, gives her a challenge. And off she goes on an adventure in Sunrise Station, aka old folks land. BACKSEAT DRIVERS PODCAST From the backseat it looks like America is at a crossroads. We drive into stories, incite conversations and indulge in curious games, all to ask the ultimate …
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Chapter 13: Putin & Trump Throwback to the invasion of Ukraine, as SHE THE PEOPLE takes a searing look at Putin's plan to destroy their democracy and his sinister partnership with Donald Trump. BACKSEAT DRIVERS PODCAST From the backseat it looks like America is at a crossroads. We drive into stories, incite conversations and indulge in curious game…
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Chapter 12: When Women Go Wrong In Episode 13, SHE THE PEOPLE takes on women who pretend to be "good" while doing terrible things. Feminism is examined through the lens of accountability. BACKSEAT DRIVERS PODCAST From the backseat it looks like America is at a crossroads. We drive into stories, incite conversations and indulge in curious games, all…
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Chapter 8 - The Gecko's Tail The beans get spilled and secrets are revealed. Will this lead seniors to revolt? Listen and find out! Disclaimer: This podcast is for adults only. Not appropriate for listeners under the age of 18. BACKSEAT DRIVERS PODCAST From the backseat it looks like America is at a crossroads. We drive into stories, incite convers…
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Chapter 11: A Smaller Slice of American Pie In Episode 12, SHE THE PEOPLE finds allies who support equal pay for equal work. It's time for women, who lost big during the pandemic, to get their fair share! BACKSEAT DRIVERS PODCAST From the backseat it looks like America is at a crossroads. We drive into stories, incite conversations and indulge in c…
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Chapter 10: Toxic Masculinity For SHE THE PEOPLE, it's time to recognize the price we pay for glorifying violent behavior in America and to celebrate those in our lives who embody tolerance and compassion. BACKSEAT DRIVERS PODCAST From the backseat it looks like America is at a crossroads. We drive into stories, incite conversations and indulge in …
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Chapter 9: Mansplaining SHE THE PEOPLE goes after mansplainers, past and present, making a case for ALL women to be respected and empowered as equal human beings. BACKSEAT DRIVERS PODCAST From the backseat it looks like America is at a crossroads. We drive into stories, incite conversations and indulge in curious games, all to ask the ultimate ques…
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Chapter 7 - Wait, What? Lydia gets a long term house guest; an unexpected gift from Lamonica; a surprise case to solve with Detective Sage. Disclaimer: This podcast is for adults only. Not appropriate for listeners under the age of 18. BACKSEAT DRIVERS PODCAST From the backseat it looks like America is at a crossroads. We drive into stories, incite…
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Chapter 8: More Femmes on the Hill SHE THE PEOPLE makes a case for equal representation in Congress by praising past and present women in leadership in Washington, D.C. BACKSEAT DRIVERS PODCAST From the backseat it looks like America is at a crossroads. We drive into stories, incite conversations and indulge in curious games, all to ask the ultimat…
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Chapter 6 - Tom Petty Care Cindy calls Lamonica and Tad to a post mortem "you failed to sell" meeting and wow, does she have a surprise for them! Disclaimer: This podcast is for adults only. Not appropriate for listeners under the age of 18. BACKSEAT DRIVERS PODCAST From the backseat it looks like America is at a crossroads. We drive into stories, …
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Chapter 7: Roe v. Wade This week, SHE THE PEOPLE takes on the Dobbs Decision; making a compelling case for our Constitutional right to Reproductive Justice. BACKSEAT DRIVERS PODCAST From the backseat it looks like America is at a crossroads. We drive into stories, incite conversations and indulge in curious games, all to ask the ultimate question –…
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Chapter 5 - Pepper Black Lydia and Delia share some theories about the stolen golf cart. Disclaimer: This podcast is for adults only. Not appropriate for listeners under the age of 18. BACKSEAT DRIVERS PODCAST From the backseat it looks like America is at a crossroads. We drive into stories, incite conversations and indulge in curious games, all to…
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Chapter 6 - 2022 She The People struggles through her fear and despair prior to the midterm elections. Mother America's possibilities inspire her to find hope as she recommits to the sacred trust of our democracy - one person, one vote. This podcast is for adults only. Not appropriate for listeners under the age of 18. BACKSEAT DRIVERS PODCAST From…
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Chapter 4: The one in which Lamonica battles D-suite dumbassedness. Lamonica meets the family; Lydia talks turkey; Roger gets a big surprise! Disclaimer: This podcast is for adults only. Not appropriate for listeners under the age of 18. BACKSEAT DRIVERS PODCAST From the backseat it looks like America is at a crossroads. We drive into stories, inci…
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Chapter 5 - She Gave her Life for the Big Lie She The People takes on the Insurrectionists, remembers Ashli Babbitt, and speculates on who was ultimately responsible for the Jan 6 attack on our government. This podcast is for adults only. Not appropriate for listeners under the age of 18. Inciting Conversations Instead of Insurrections BACKSEAT DRI…
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Chapter 3: The one in which Lamonica ducks Tad’s adolescent enthusiasms. Meet Lamonica, Sunrise Station’s Thrive Guide superstar, and her sexually enthusiastic sales partner, Tad. Disclaimer: This podcast is for adults only. Not appropriate for listeners under the age of 18. BACKSEAT DRIVERS PODCAST From the backseat it looks like America is at a c…
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Chapter 4 - The 2020 Election She The People revisits Joe Biden’s victory in 2020, and looks to Mother America’s future through the lens of forgiveness and compassion. This podcast is for adults only. Not appropriate for listeners under the age of 18. Inciting Conversations Instead of Insurrections BACKSEAT DRIVERS PODCAST From the backseat it look…
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Chapter 2: The one where Lydia harasses the welcoming committee. Get ready for Drug Addled Seniors, Hungry Reptiles, and the Sunrise Station Welcoming Committee. Disclaimer: This podcast is for adults only. Not appropriate for listeners under the age of 18. BACKSEAT DRIVERS PODCAST From the backseat it looks like America is at a crossroads. We driv…
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The Dark Years - Chapter 3 She the People survives the Trump Administration by going after his enablers and fighting the good fight for racial and gender equality. Disclaimer: This podcast is for adults only. Not appropriate for listeners under the age of 18. BACKSEAT DRIVERS PODCAST From the backseat it looks like America is at a crossroads. We dr…
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Chapter 1: The one in which Roger Bedell employs tools of last resort. A girl, her grandma and a disillusioned sales rep fight to stay alive in a retirement community. They battle drug-addled seniors, a closed-loop AI surveillance system and a management company hellbent on killing anybody who knows their dirty secret. Unpacking corporate corruptio…
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2016 Election - Chapter 2 She the People relives the horrors of Trump's 2016 Campaign and White House win. Armed with the facts about Con Man's past - his lack of government service or political knowledge; his corrupt business practices; his sexism - She the People reveals the dirty secrets of the MAGA Movement, with an eye on the 2024 Election. BA…
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Feminazi - Chapter 1 She the People takes on Rush Limbaugh and the far right and recalls the challenges we all faced at the start of 2022. She the People is Julie Proudfoot's memoir as a fierce feminist surviving Trump's America with both eyes on the threat of the anti-democracy movement and faith in the resilience of the American Dream. BACKSEAT D…
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Put She in the Constitution - Prologue A fierce feminist had faith in the American Dream until Trump and his enablers attacked our democracy. SHE THE PEOPLE comes to terms with the past with both eyes on the 2024 of MAGA, Trumpism, and the threat of the anti-democracy movement, inciting conversations instead of insurrections. BACKSEAT DRIVERS PODCA…
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On this (final) episode, Julie, Willow and Kelcey gather to bid farewell to the podcast. But, don't worry! The podcast will continue to live on Buzzsprout at eventually, on YouTube. We want to thank each and every guest, actor, director and collaborator who has given us their time and artistry for the past few years. We could not have continued wit…
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Willow James and Julie Proudfoot discuss how hierarchy and scarcity thinking create obstacles to realizing diversity and representation in our world. Interviews and discussions with women from all sectors and four all-new feminist plays offer a deep dive into the challenges women face and the triumphs they achieve despite them. To learn more about …
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We Women is back! Willow and Julie give you a peak into their plans for the 2022 podcast. Women, the obstacles they face, the triumphs they achieve despite them, along with the danger zones of sexism and the glory of women's empowerment. Interviews, discussions and some very special audio performances are the great things coming your way with We Wo…
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Hosts Julie Proudfoot & Willow James come back for their final episode of the season to perform an excerpt from Euripides' Trojan Women.. Afterwards, they talk about the impact of the play on modern times and the horrible cost of war. Thank you for all of your support and we'll see you in 2022! Continue supporting We Women at artemisiatheatre.org S…
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Artistic Director Julie Proudfoot and Podcast Producer and Sound Designer Willow James go LIVE on Artemisia's Facebook page for #GivingTuesday! We talk about the hiring of our Managing Director, the headshot raffle and why it's important to support Artemisia's work of empowering women. Every dollar raised will go to fund our new Managing Director's…
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Julie Proudfoot and Willow James talk tragic heroines! Why they're misunderstood and under appreciated and what we gain as a modern society when we look back on the great leading female characters penned by Euripides. Willow and Julie delve into some controversial and fascinating dramaturgy about this great Greek playwright; offer insight into our …
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For only $10, you can enter into a raffle in support of our fundraiser to hire a Managing Director next year. What will you win? A headshot session package with We Women co-producer and Resident Sound Designer Willow James! This episode, Julie & Willow chat about the fundraiser, Willow's work and how to enter! Visit our website for all info. Suppor…
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Empowering Discussion Close the Book By Susan Glaspell Sept 29 Director Charlique C. Rolle and actors Elissa Wolf, Simon Hedger, Sandy Spatz, Michael Lomenick, Daria Harper, David Goodloe, and Elisabeth Del Toro discuss privilege, women's empowerment and the contemporary themes of Susan Glaspell's 1917 one-act about an elite university family. Mode…
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Audio Performance Close the Book by Susan Glaspell Podcast #141 September 15, 2021 A comedy about an elite family enjoying their status as the power brokers of a University founded by their ancestors. Their grandson, a professor at the University, creates a controversy when he announces his engagement to a beautiful outspoken liberal with gypsy anc…
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Willow James hosts a special episode in response to the Supreme Court ruling to allow the new law banning abortion in Texas to stand. He interviews Julie Proudfoot on her Substack essay "Roe v. Wade." Find out Julie's inspiration for writing the essay and learn about some of the myths around the ruling. Willow and Julie have a dedicated discussion …
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SEPT 1 EPISODE 139 Karen Hawkins SOCIAL JUSTICE INTERVIEW Artistic Director Julie Proudfoot chats with founder & Rebelle-in-Chief of Rebellious Magazine, Karen Hawkins! Listen to this bold and exciting interview about feminism, Karen's career and the challenges of running a feminist organization. ALL WE WOMEN EPISODES FREE TO OUR LISTENERS! Support…
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MEDEA, by Euripides, adapted and performed by Julie Proudfoot, soundscape by Willow James. This adaptation is based on the 1912 translation into English rhyming verse by Gilbert Murray, M.A., L.L.D., who was a professor of Greek at the University of Glasgow & Fellow of New College, Oxford. Sound Designer Willow James and writer and actor Julie Prou…
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Artemisia welcomes four outstanding leaders in the Chicago Community to We Women for this very special podcast episode. Jackie Taylor, the CEO and Founder of Black Ensemble Theatre, Rena Henderson Mason, Founder and Chief Engagement Officer of Bold Agenda, Ilesa Duncan, Artistic Director of Lifeline Theatre, and Dionna Griffin-Irons, writer, produc…
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SUMMER FUN FUNDRAISER Julie Proudfoot & Willow James July 21 Podcast #136 Artemisia Artistic Director Julie Proudfoot is joined by podcast co-producer and resident sound designer Willow James to raise money in support of Artemisia’s #empoweringwomen work. Enjoy this special edition podcast and please consider making a donation to help us meet our $…
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AFTERMATH, by Mary Burrill Set in rural South Carolina, a Black soldier returning from serving his country in World War I discovers that his father has been lynched. Burrill, a Black gay feminist playwright, was part of the Harlem Renaissance and penned social justice plays that fearlessly confronted racial oppression. CAST MAM SUE – RJW MAYS MILLI…
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JUNE 23 GOODS ZOOM ROOM Featuring award-winning playwright, Lauren Ferebee Take a deep dive into the amazing process used to create Artemisia's critically acclaimed virtual world premiere of GOODS, by Lauren Ferebee. Our Guests include Lauren Ferebee (playwright), John Stanley Walch, Assistant Professor of Theatre at University of Arkansas (Lauren'…
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Myesha-Tiara and Willow James team up to talk about the intersection of theatre and community in Chicago. Inspired by We Women audio performances of RACHEL, by Angelina W. Grimke, and AFTERMATH, by Mary Burrill, Willow and Myesha will introduce an exciting new episode coming up at WE WOMEN. Be sure to listen to our audio performance of RACHEL and A…
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Rachel, by Angelina W. Grimké A sensitive and well-educated young Black woman loves children and, when she meets the man of her dreams, is eager to raise a family with him. But her dream of blissful family life is destroyed when she is forced to come to terms with American racism. PLACE & TIME Northern U.S., 1916 CAST MRS MARY LOVING – SHARIBA RIVE…
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Social Justice Interview Tabby Biddle Podcast #131 MAY 12 Julie Proudfoot interviews Tabby Biddle, who has worked at the intersection of women’s leadership, feminine spirituality and social change for nearly two decades. Tabby is the founder of TAB Media, the co-founder of 50 Women Can Change the World in Media & Entertainment, the author of the be…
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Empowering Discussion Bold Stroke for a Wife by Susanna Centlivre Podcast #130 April 28, 2021 We Women Producer and Host Julie Proudfoot moderates a no-holds-barred discussion about gender parity, women's empowerment and feminist sexuality with members of the incredible creative team of BOLD STROKE FOR A WIFE. Director Molly Lyons, Sound Designer W…
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April 14, 2021 A Bold Stroke for a Wife, by Susanna Centilivre A military officer falls madly in love with a young woman and dons four different disguises to convince her powerful and extremely disagreeable guardians to grant him her hand in marriage. PLACE & TIME 18th century England CAST COLONEL FAINWELL – JEFFREY BAUMGARTNER FREEMAN – JOHN HAM S…
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Podcast #128 MARCH 31, 2021 Black Beauty & Black Joy We Women Co-Producer and Artemisia Resident Sound Designer Willow James interviews Carla Stillwell, award-winning actor, playwright and director. Ms. Stillwell is the founder and Executive Director of The Stillwell Institute of Contemporary Black Art on Chicago’s South Side. Its mission is to rec…
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Empowering Discussion Opposing Ophelia by Deneen Reynolds-Knott Podcast #127 March 17, 2021 We Women Producer and Host Julie Proudfoot moderates a BRAVE discussion about beauty, feminism and the freedom to embrace your true self with the incredible creative team of OPPOSING OPHELIA. Playwright Deneen Reynolds-Knott, Director Celeste M. Cooper, Soun…
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