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Forbidden: Too Punk, Too Queer with Carrie Brownstein and Thomas Meinecke

Originally Aired: Monday, October 26, 2020

Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Brownstein and Thomas Meinecke discuss life and art from their lives in the punk scene and LGBTQ communities. Kathy Tu, co-host and co-managing editor of the WNYC Studios podcast Nancy, moderates a discussion on what it means to be heard, loudly.  

Carrie Brownstein is an American musician, writer, actress and comedian. She has been a member of the bands Excuse 17 and Wild Flag, and currently performs and tours with the punk-indie trio Sleater-Kinney. Brownstein wrote and appeared in a series of comedy sketches with Fred Armisen which were then developed into the Emmy Award- and Peabody Award-winning TV series “Portlandia” on IFC. Her memoir, “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl” was published in 2015.

Thomas Meinecke is a German author of five novels, including “Tomboy,” all of which use an innovative writing technique similar to music sampling. When he isn’t busy writing, he plays in the experimental rock band F.S.K. (Voluntary Self-Control) and works as a club DJ in Berlin.


About PEN World Voices Festival 2017

Founded in the aftermath of 9/11 by Salman Rushdie, Esther Allen and Michael Roberts with the aim of broadening channels of dialogue between the U.S. and the world, PEN World Voices is the only international literary festival in America. The 2017 PEN World Voices will take on the subject Gender and Power. At this historic moment of both unprecedented attacks on core freedoms and the emergence of new forms of resistance, the Festival will offer a platform for a global community of writers, artists and thinkers to connect with concerned citizens and the broader public to fight back against bigotry, hatred and isolationism.


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