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Our Favorite Moments

About the Episode

This is a special two-part episode, highlighting the Rebel Girls team’s favorite moments from the podcast.

If you want to share your own favorite moments, and possibly be featured in one of our episodes, submit to podcast@rebelgirls.com.

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Transcript

PART 1

Camille Stennis:

Today is a special day, rebels, because we’re pulling back the curtain on our very own team that brings you your favorite podcast to share our favorite moments from the show. I’m Camille Stennis, audio producer and sound designer.

Isaac Kaplan Woolner:

And I’m Issac Kaplan Woolner, audio producer for the podcast.

Camille Stennis:

In this episode, we are going to share moments when robots are created, when women become leaders and stand up for what is right.

Isaac Kaplan Woolner:

We love to share these stories with you and love to use music and sound effects to bring them to life. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoy making the podcast.

Isaac Kaplan Woolner:

All right, rebels, let’s get this show on the road.

Camille Stennis:

Hey, Isaac.

Isaac Kaplan Woolner:

Hey, Camille. What are you doing? Sounds wild in here.

Camille Stennis:

Oh, you know, just making another amazing podcast episode. They take a lot of work. In fact, I was just thinking about one of my favorite moments from the entire show, when Frieda Belinfante’s orchestra gave their first concert. Let’s take a listen to that moment, narrated by Lea DeLaria.

Lea DeLaria:

At the beginning of the performance, Frieda stepped up onto the conductor’s podium. She gave a slight bow to the audience, and then she turned to her musicians. She raised her baton and with a wave of her arms, the music began. Her musicians moved their fingers and bows with brilliant precision.

Camille Stennis:

Now that? That was a real treat to put together. How about you, Isaac? What has become one of your favorite moments from working on the show?

Isaac Kaplan Woolner:

Oh man, I have so many favorite moments from the show. One that comes to mind is the incredible moment where a young Ruby Bridges, the first black girl to integrate an all white school in Louisiana, passed through the crowd of angry racist protestors. These protesters waited for Ruby every day as she got to school and Ruby bravely persisted. Let’s listen to that amazing moment narrated by Marley Dias.

Marley Dias:

But she continued to look up at the faces of the adults who had been screaming at her for all these months. Later, when Mrs. Henry asked her what she was saying to the mob, Ruby told them she wasn’t saying anything to them.

Marley Dias:

“I was praying for them,” Ruby told Mrs. Henry. She shared with her teacher that every day as she pulled up to school, she prayed that God would forgive the white people for their anger. She’d forgotten to say her usual prayer in the car that day so she made sure to do it before she entered the school.

Camille Stennis:

Oh, yeah. Love the episode, so inspirational. You know what? All of this reminiscing has got me fired up. Let’s ask the rest of the team. I’m sure they’ve got some really good answers.

Speaker 5:

Hi, rebels. I’m Mighty Vu, assistant editor at Rebel Girls. My favorite moment is from the Yoky Matsuoka episode. There’s a moment where you just know it’s the start of something incredible. The combination of the suspense in the writing, the amazing narration by Merritt Moore, and the super cool sound design gets you so excited for what Yoky is about to accomplish. I think we can all relate to that magical spark when you get a good idea, so I wanted to share that feeling with you, and here is that rebel moment.

Merritt Moore:

As Yoky strove to strengthen her body, a strange vision floated up before her. She saw it when she closed her eyes and she sketched pictures of it in her notebooks. A friendly robot, smiling at her, tennis racket in hand. The perfect opponent, the perfect coach, a robot that knew exactly what she needed for each day of practice. With the push of a few buttons, it could nudge her beyond her limits exactly in the way she needed it to and with a push of a few other buttons, she could program it to go easy on her when she just wanted to have some fun. In her sketchbooks, she wrote its name in big block letters, “My Tennis Buddy,” and she began to wonder, “What if I could build a robot like that?”

Camille Stennis:

All right, let’s see who’s next?

Abby:

Hey, rebels, I’m Abby, one of the writers at Rebel Girls. My favorite moment is from the Frida Kahlo episode. First of all, I love Pamela Adlon’s voice, so anything she says makes me happy. I love the moment where she describes their crazy house with the footsteps and Diego going up and down, knocking on her door. And of course I love her describing Diego’s huge pink underwear. Here is that very special moment.

Pamela Adlon:

In 1934, Frida and Diego’s new house in Mexico City was ready. It was actually two houses connected by a bridge. The big pink house was Diego’s. The small blue one was Frida’s.

Pamela Adlon:

Frida often treated a Diego like a big baby. She bathed him, put toys for him in the tub, and laughed at the huge pink underwear that needed to be custom made because Diego was far too big for standard sizes. They fought as energetically as they laughed. When Diego made Frida mad, she locked the door at the end of the bridge, forcing Diego to go downstairs and knock on the main door. Frida’s servant would tell him she did not wish to see him and back upstairs he’d go, begging for her forgiveness behind her locked door.

Camille Stennis:

All right, rebels. Thank you for joining us today. We have one more team member before closing out the show.

Abby:

Hi rebels, I’m Tara Cola, product manager for the Rebel Girls app. My favorite moments are from the Queen Nanny episode. I love how this episode discusses history and British colonialism through Nanny’s resistance. Listening to this story for the first time really inspired me because it made me realize that even in the face of huge challenges, there are always ways to push back that sometimes we just aren’t taught in our history classes. I can still imagine Nanny creating Nannytown and protecting a world that she wanted. Here’s a rebel moment from that episode.

Funmilola Fagbamila:

Some say that Nanny also had a little bit of magic. Soldiers whispered to each other about Nanny’s pot, a big cauldron on a mountain path near a steep precipice. It was magic they said. A giant pot of water boiled constantly though there was no fire underneath.

Funmilola Fagbamila:

“Did you see that?” the soldiers would whisper to one another. Time and time again, a young soldier would creep to the edge to look down and the sight of the swirling bubbling cauldron would so overwhelm him that he would faint tipping over the mountain side, lunging into Nanny’s pot and die.

Funmilola Fagbamila:

The pot wasn’t truly boiling. It was an optical illusion, a hollowed out stone where the rushing rivers ran together far below making the water look as if it were boiling, but that was part of Nanny’s magic. She understood the land so well that it was as if she could command it to do her very bidding.

Camille Stennis:

Thank you to the Rebel Girls team for sharing their favorite moments and for all of their hard work that makes this show possible.

Isaac Kaplan Woolner:

And thank you, Camille, for producing and sound designing this episode. Make sure all you wonderful listeners tune in next time for part two of our team’s favorite moments. And remember your favorite moment can be featured in an episode as well. If you submit to podcast@rebelgirls.com.

Camille Stennis:

That’s P-O-D-C-A-S-T@rebelgirls.com. And if you love these stories, don’t forget to rate and review the show and share it with your friends. Until next time, stay rebel.

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PART 2

Speaker 1:

Hey rebels. This episode is part two of our team’s favorite moments from the show. If you haven’t heard part one yet, make sure to give that episode a listen first.

Elena Favilli:

Hello rebels I’m Elena Favilli, co-founder and chief creative officer at Rebel Girls. My favorite moment is from the opening of the Frida Kahlo episode. The opening of this episode does a great job in introducing all the main themes of Frida’s life, the blue house, her fun and rebellious attitude, her family, Mexico Revolution, and the image of Frida and her sisters singing revolutionary songs inside a closet at the top of their lungs with La Cucaracha starting to play in the background is stylistically very Rebel Girls.

Speaker 1:

Here’s the moment from the Frida Kahlo episode read by Pamela Atlin.

Pamela Atlin:

Once upon a time in a small town on the outskirts of Mexico City, there was a girl who lived in a blue house. Her name was Frida.

Pamela Atlin:

From the outside, Frieda’s blue house was a common stucco building with bright blue walls, tall windows and green shutters, but past the entrance a world of wonder awaited. Tropical plants, fountains, a small pyramid decked with pre-Colombian idols, birds singing and in the house a big, heavy and dark wooden closet inside which Frida and her little sister sang revolutionary songs at the top of their lungs.

Pamela Atlin:

It was an exciting and dangerous time in Mexico. A revolution had started. The zapatistas fought fiercely to overthrow the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz and to establish a constitutional republic. At four, Frida had chosen the side she’d be on. The revolutionaries.

Pamela Atlin:

Frida was a rebel. Her mom took her to church, but every time she managed to escape and spent entire afternoons wandering the courtyards of Coyoacán, where she ate cherries and quinces from all the trees she could find. When Frida turned six though, her life changed abruptly. She contracted polio and was bedridden for months. Polio was a serious disease, potentially lethal, and at first it seemed to tarnish Frida’s adventurous spirit. Soon however, it became clear that freedom would not be tamed so easily.

Speaker 1:

Next up is Katie Springer, the head of audio development here at Rebel Girls. Katie, what’s your favorite moment from the podcast?

Katie Springer:

I have so many favorite moments from this podcast, but I had to choose just one, so I went with the very beginning of the Anna May Wong episode, all the way to the end of the first scene, where we meet our incredible narrator for this episode, Anne Makosinski. She was so connected to the story and was so excited to read you all the story of Anna May Wong, so it was a really fun episode for all of us to be a part of. And the thing that I love so much about this particular part, the beginning here of Anna May Wong is it really just exemplifies what she is all about, this fire and drive and curiosity. It’s moments like this that just make me love this podcast. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Here’s a little piece of the magic.

Anne Makosinski:

Once upon a time, there was a girl who would become a queen of the silver screen. Her name was Anna May. Anna May grew up in the early 1900s in Los Angeles, California, where her father owned a laundry shop just a few blocks from Chinatown. She often helped out at her father’s laundromat, along with her brothers and sisters. She delivered clean clothes all over LA and labored over the hot iron, the steam making her sweat.

Anne Makosinski:

One day, after receiving a big tip from a delivery, Anna May bought a ticket to the cinema. As the lights went down and the screen lit up, she fell instantly in love. From then on Anna May went to the movies whenever she could. When she wasn’t buying movie tickets, she was skipping school to watch movies being filmed in her neighborhood. When she got home, she often acted out the parts in front of a mirror. One moment she could be found sobbing over the death of her beloved, the next she was cackling like a villain.

Anne Makosinski:

One day, all that practice would off and Anna May would sky rocket to movie stardom.

Haley Dapkus:

Hi, Rebels. I’m Haley Dapkus the production manager here at Rebel Girls. My favorite moments are from the episode about Malala Yousafzai. Malala has always had one goal to ensure that girls everywhere can get an education. She has had to overcome great obstacles, but she has maintained a deep hope despite it all. In this episode, we get to hear in her own words, how she believes that anybody can make a difference, no matter who you are, where you come from, and what your dreams may be. Malala is changing the world and she believes that we can too.

Speaker 1:

And now here’s a bit of that episode on Malala read by Zainab Salbi.

Zainab Salbi:

The room was packed with diplomats and almost 1000 youth activists from around the world. As Malala spoke, the audience hung on her every word.

Malala Yousafzai:

Malala Day is not my day.

Zainab Salbi:

She said.

Malala Yousafzai:

Today is the day of every woman, every boy, and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights.

Zainab Salbi:

Malala told the story of what happened nine months before.

Malala Yousafzai:

They thought that the bullet would silence us but they failed. And out of that, silence came thousands of voices. The terrorist thought that they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear, and hopelessness died. Strength, fervor, and courage was born.

Speaker 1:

Thank you to the Rebel Girls team for sharing their favorite moments and for all of their hard work that makes this show possible. This episode was produced and sound designed by me, Camille Stennis. And remember, your favorite moment can be featured in an episode as well. If you submit to podcast@rebelgirls.com, that’s P-O-D-C-A-S-T@rebelgirls.com. And if you love these stories, don’t forget to rate and review the show and share it with your friends. Until next time, stay rebel.

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