Caption: Raging Grannies Show Their Stuff, Credit: Ruth Robertson
Image by: Ruth Robertson 
Raging Grannies Show Their Stuff 

Raging Grannies

From: Catherine Girardeau
Length: 04:17

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This story highlights the women who inspired documentary filmmaker Pam Walton's latest film, "Raging Grannies: The Action League." Interviews with the filmmaker and her San Francisco Bay Area senior citizen peace activist documentary subjects paint a vivid picture of the tactics and antics these handbag-wielding, bonnet-wearing grannies use to bring attention to injustice, wherever they find it.

_grannies_in_street233x233_small Using interviews, film sound, and recordings from the Raging Grannies street demonstrations, this feature showcases an important new film about dynamic, active, activist older women who aren't afraid to speak out against injustice in spirited, theatrical street protests. In the process, they turn stereotypes about women and aging on their heads.

Some of the characters in the film and this radio story are:

•Granny Ruth, 57, has raised two children, and she and her husband, a Silicon Valley executive, live in Palo Alto. Granny Ruth is a tireless organizer -- she sometimes stays up until 4 or 5 a. m., searching the Internet, organizing gigs, writing songs, and planning skits.

• Granny Gail, 70, is a retired French teacher who taught at Stanford University. Ruth and Gail are the dynamos behind the Action League's very busy agenda.

Piece Description

Using interviews, film sound, and recordings from the Raging Grannies street demonstrations, this feature showcases an important new film about dynamic, active, activist older women who aren't afraid to speak out against injustice in spirited, theatrical street protests. In the process, they turn stereotypes about women and aging on their heads.

Some of the characters in the film and this radio story are:

•Granny Ruth, 57, has raised two children, and she and her husband, a Silicon Valley executive, live in Palo Alto. Granny Ruth is a tireless organizer -- she sometimes stays up until 4 or 5 a. m., searching the Internet, organizing gigs, writing songs, and planning skits.

• Granny Gail, 70, is a retired French teacher who taught at Stanford University. Ruth and Gail are the dynamos behind the Action League's very busy agenda.

Broadcast History

"Crosscurrents", KALW 91.7 FM San Francisco: June 24, 2009
AARP Radio, "Prime Time Postscript", July 7, 2009

Timing and Cues

03:54 - Outcue:
"I'm Catherine Girardeau in San Francisco."
03:56-4:15: MUSIC (for host outtro or fade-out)

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Like many activist groups, the San Francisco Raging Grannies use songs and street theater to shine the spotlight on issues they care passionately about. But unlike most other activist organizations, the Raging Grannies are all women between the ages of 50 and 90.

Veteran documentary filmmaker Pam Walton's latest film follows The Raging Grannies Action League as they stage outrageous, theatrical protests — often in crazy hats, aprons, and boas - to bring attention to injustice, wherever they find it. Producer Catherine Girardeau
(jeer-ar-DOE) has the story.

OUTRO:

Related Website

http://pamwaltonproductions.com/index.shtml, http://www.peninsularaginggrannies.org/Raging_Grannies/Home.html