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Women’s Space Radio Show with host Elaine B. Holtz and guest Cynthia Leung and Sarah Shrader on Sonoma County Museum’s summer exhibit Grass Roots on the history of Cannabis, and Shelly Browning on Public Banking, has been uploaded to web archive. The show was recorded, broadcast in the North Bay and streamed worldwide over Radio KBBF 89.1 FM  on Monday 6/24//19 at 11 AM (repeats at 11 PM) and repeat broadcast in Petaluma and streamed worldwide over Radio KPCA 103.3 FM on Wednesday 6/26/19 at 11 AM.

Visit the show’s web archive page to listen to the audio recording:



Grass Roots Cannabis Exhibition
at the Sonoma County Museum
Public Banking Needs in Santa Rosa


Featuring Guests

1. Cynthia Leung, Director of Public Programs and Tours

2. Sarah Schrader, Chair, Americans for Safe Access

3. Shelly Browning, Co-founder, Friends of Public Banking Santa Rosa


Announcements (Click for links below)


 Our Featured Guests

1. Cynthia Leung describes the Sonoma County Museum exhibit on the history of the human use of Cannabis and traces its spread around the world to the different continents, with special note of its arrival in California and the eventual popularity of the Emerald Triangle of Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity Counties for its cannabis strains favored by users for it medicinal and recreational use.  The exhibit features posters and drug store potions sold before the prohibition of cannabis in some states, including California and then the Federal Government in 1937. A couple of live plants under lights and AI controlled water and temperature are featured, so visitors know this is not an abstract but real subject. .Cynthia talks about the conception of the exhibit that is curated by Eric Stanley, Associate Director and History Curator, and Brian Applegarth. Cynthia discovered it was good environment to talk about cannabis and drug use in general to her children.

About our Guest:  Cynthia Leung has worked at the Museum of Sonoma County since 2013. She has worked as a Visitor Services and Volunteer Coordinator, and presently is now working as the Museum’s Director of Public Programs and Tours. Cynthia manages the educational arm of the Museum, which includes school and private adult tours, the Museum’s outreach programs, including Art4Kids program, and the Museum’s public programs.Cynthia also organizes the Museum’s annual Dia de los Muertos exhibit.

Guest Links: https://museumsc.org/

Guest Event Link:  Grass Roots Exhibition https://museumsc.org/grass-roots/


2.  Sarah Schrader contributed to museum’s exhibit  on the history of the medical use of cannabis.  She share how she came to advocate for patient’s rights with American for Safe Access, a national lobbying organization founded in 2002 to ensure safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research.

About our Guest:  Sarah Schrader is the Chapter Chair of Americans for Safe Access. The Chapter holds meetings the first Thursday of the month at the Arlene Francis Center.

Guest Links:

Americans for Safe Access – Sonoma County Chapter www.safeaccessnow.org/sonoma_county_asa_chapter

Guest Event Link:  Grass Roots Exhibition https://museumsc.org/grass-roots/


3.  Shelly Browning shares her journey in discovering the importance of public banking, drawing upon experiences as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Tunisia, the Occupy Movement arising as the Recession began in 2008 and later in business.  Shelliey talks of the public bank that was formed in North Dakota by farmers striving for economic parity with neighboring states. She encourages us to contact our California State Senator to support public banking coming forth as bill AB857, which the city of Santa Rosa supports through a resolution it just passed. Shelley talks about the benefits of public banking if Santa Rosa would bank with it rather than with its present banker Chase Bank, which is the largest lender to Big Oil.

About our Guest: Shelly Browning is the owner and operator of a local sign language interpreting agency. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology and an MA in English as a Second Language. She has been actively involved in the Public Banking movement for the past 7 years. She helped to establish the Friends of Public Banking Santa Rosa and is actively involved with the statewide California Public Banking Alliance, which is a coalition of public banking activists in cities from San Diego to Eureka working collectively to create socially and environmentally responsible city and regional public banks.

Guest links:  Friends of Public Banking Santa Rosa http://www.publicbanksantarosa.org/

California Public Banking Alliance (CPBA) https://californiapublicbankingalliance.org/



June 16 – September 15, 2019, Grass Roots – Cannabis from Prohibition to Prescription, Museum of Sonoma County, 425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa  https://museumsc.org/grass-roots/


Saturday, June 29, 6-8:00 PM, North Bay Jobs with Justice: Honoring the Work of Marty Bennett, Petaluma Veterans Building – 1094 Petaluma Blvd. S. – Petaluma  https://unionhall.aflcio.org/nblc/events/honoring-work-marty-bennett?fbclid=IwAR23hW_STl9WSLKHoyci5bVmTZhHDXOlE_mwMwcHMoxumNH4gJlWwKcB-qc


Music Selections:

The Opening and Closing Theme song is with permission of the Composer and Singer Alix Dobkin:

The Woman in Your Life is You by Alix Dobkin from the album Living with Lavender Jane (Women’s Wax Works) – www.alixdobkin.com

Anniversary Song sung by Dinah Shore from the album Best of the 40’s (2014 Soul Vibes)

Whose The Pusher Now sung by Ellen Buckstell from the album Legalize It: It’s Natural (2012 Ellen Bukstel)


For music purchasing opportunity:

Link to Spinitron.com Playlist of the Women’s Spaces Show