The Art of Brain Injury: A new call-in show on Brain Injury Radio Network

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I’m excited to announce that the Brain Injury Radio Network (BIRN) has signed me on to run a once-monthly call-in streaming radio show! When I first started “Stories from the brainreels,” I kind of thought it might be a call-in show the way BIRN does. But 1:00 pm on a Friday isn’t such a great time to get people to call in. And getting out there on the internet waves all by myself, I really didn’t know how to get the listeners there at a set time. So my show has been all interviews with artists, activists and a few other gems. Most have a brain injury, but some don’t. Nonetheless, I’ve kept listening to BIRN and thinking “I wonder if I could ever handle a weekly three-hour call-in show someday.”

Great news! They’ve given me the chance to run a show, and it’s only two hours and once a month. So it’s the perfect situation. Not too exhausting for me, and a deep connection to a tight, loving, activist community!

The Art of Brain Injury Radio Show Banner shows a photo of a woman with brown hair and a purple shirt, smiling at the camera. There is a sketched brain in the shape of a heart and Brain Injury Radio Network logos. Show details are written in multiple bright colors and a bubbly 1970s font. [Image description: The Art of Brain Injury Radio Show Banner shows a photo of a woman with brown hair and a purple shirt, smiling at the camera. There is a sketched brain in the shape of a heart, and Brain Injury Radio Network logos. Show details are written in multiple bright colors and a bubbly 1970s font.]

Banner details:

Brain Injury Radio: Take your voice back. The silent & voiceless epidemic. The Art of Brain Injury hosted by Cheryl Green. 1st Tuesday of each month. 5:00 pm Pacific Time. www.braininjuryradio.com -855-473-3711

I revived the original name of this documentary film, “The Art of Brain Injury,” for this new streaming radio show. It’ll be focused on art. Whether it’s your personal expression, therapy, political statements, or pure fun, what does art bring to your life? What are you working on? What are your dreams? How can you–as the whole, complete person you are–reach for those dreams? What obstacles can we work together to break down? If someone says you’re voiceless, how can you use art to let them know you are not voiceless? You may have been silenced, but you have a voice.

This show is focused on peers. Anyone at all can and should listen. But the focus is on those of us who have been stuck in the role of patient or stuck in the role of dependent on others or stuck left to fend for ourselves. The arts can be an incredible tool to showing people that we are who we are, and we are wonderful. We are not broken and in need of being fixed by an outside expert. (Of course, if you want rehab, you should get it! I did! But it’s to improve some skills, not to fix a broken-down, less-than person.)

Think about how you can–and do–reach into your community and reach out to other communities. Paint, draw, film, photograph, sing, tell a story. Tell us about the art of living with your brain injury. Tell us about the art you make.

My debut show:  www.blogtalkradio.com/braininjuryradio/2014/02/04/the-art-of-brain-injury–with-cheryl-green

We’re 5:00 — 6:45 pm the 1st Tuesday of the month. Follow the link above to listen online and dial 424-243-9540 to talk, ask questions, and share.