Marilyn Mason, Ph.D., former faculty at University of Minnesota, became involved in movements for democratic participation when she led the Nuclear Free Movement in St. Paul, MN. She was a long term community activist, working with Women Against Military Madness; she committed civil disobedience and served time in jail several times along with other protestors. Her work led her to working with Tibetan refugees; she was Chair of the Tibetan American Foundation; her focus on international work led her to leading study groups in the former Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and China. After many years of international work focusing on women’s rights, she worked with the Fulbright Scholars from many African nations. She has been leading walking safaris in East Africa, working with water projects and women’s organizations for 22 years. The author of Facing Shame: Families in Recovery and Making Our Lives Our Own, she also wrote two other books (www.marilynmason.com). Her recent book, Becoming a Genuine Leader, will be released in October. Marilyn has always been committed to public radio but was especially delighted to learn about KSFR, a true community based public radio station, a rare gem of democracy in America!