Acclaimed author Lise Pearlman joins Big Blend Radio to discuss her comprehensive biography, “Call Me Phaedra: The Life and Times of Movement Lawyer Fay Stender.”
Fay Stender was an extraordinary personality and giant in her field. A middle class child prodigy, she abandoned the concert piano to become a zealous advocate for society’s most scorned and vilified defendants, from the Rosenberg espionage case in the early ’50s to Black Panther leader Huey Newton and revolutionary prisoner George Jackson, in the late ‘60s and early ’70s. Call Me Phaedra examines Stender’s life, from her childhood to her amazing legal successes in a hostile environment, her pioneering work for prison reform, and her bitter falling out with the infamous radicals whom she molded into Movement icons.
Lise Pearlman is a retired judge and the prize-winning author of “The Sky’s the Limit: People v. Newton, The Real Trial of the 20th Century” and “American Justice on Trial: People v. Newton” as well as a critically-acclaimed third history book “With Justice for Some: Politically Charged Criminal Trials of the Early 20th Century That Helped Shape Today’s America”.
Featured music is “Freedom Has a Way” by South African musician, James Saunders.