#384 – Women and Wine, Her Best-Kept Secret with Gabrielle Glaser

Gabrielle Glaser


Gabrielle Glaser grew up in Tangent, Oregon, the Grass Seed Capital of the World (pop. 440). She spent her teenage summers driving John Deere combines on her family farm, listening to an unusual mix of local radio programming: the BeeGees, Marvin Gaye, Johnny Cash, and NPR. She was an indifferent member of her local 4-H sewing club, and her nearest neighbors were her grandparents. After high school, she attended Stanford University, where she received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in history.

She started her journalistic career as a news assistant at The New York Times in Washington, D.C.. She worked as a reporter at the Associated Press in Baltimore, Maryland, and Warsaw, Poland. From Eastern Europe, she also reported for The Economist, The Dallas Morning News, The Village Voice, and National Public Radio.

Since the late 1990s, Glaser has examined social, cultural, and national health trends for The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, and The Oregonian in Portland, where she was a staff writer. She worked as a “County Lines” columnist at The New York Times, and her work has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Glamour,Mademoiselle, and ScientificAmerican.com. She taught feature writing at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and won the Missouri Lifestyle Journalism award for her groundbreaking work exploring international and interracial adoption, “Sending Black Babies North.” Before her latest book: Her Best-Kept Secret, she wrote Strangers to the Tribe: Portraits of Interfaith Marriage, and The Nose: A Profile of Sex, Beauty, and Survival. She appears frequently as a commentator and a guest on local and national television and radio.

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  1. Posted January 2, 2014 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    What an inspired choice for an interviewee. What I like about this show is the diversity of guests and the different perspectives they bring.

    Gabrielle covered an incredible array of factors involved in the nature of alcohol consumption particularly as it pertains to women. The history of alcohol use in America was fascinating. I’m sure there are many similarities to where I live in Australia, although there are also many differences.

    I was interested in her comments about AA being a religion and applaud her courage in speaking out about the inconsistencies she saw in the reporting of its apparent success. I have no doubt that it is overall a positive movement but as Gabrielle points out there are many more options available today than when AA first came into existence. I was surprised to hear that Bill W.’s religious conversion experience was the result of hallucinogens.

  2. Katie
    Posted January 23, 2014 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Once again, Dr. David hits it out of the park.
    This interview was fantastic.
    God Bless Gabrielle Glasser.
    As a mother of three I too have noticed a HUGE surge in alcohol centered activities as a means of coping with the huge ‘to do’ lists we all seem to amass.
    Bar breaks during Basketball tournaments, cocktails in styrofoam cups during the day at the pool, and alcohol fueled school fundraisers are the norm these days.
    They’re seems to be this whole culture around ‘mommy needs wine’ as if it’s a joke rather than an epidemic that deserves to be contemplated.
    Also: AA….! Yes, a hundred times yes.
    I am in recovery and have been made to feel as if I am not ‘progressing’ because I have problems with the semantics of the 12 steps and the culture of Alcoholic Anonymous in general. I have found it to be problematic for me precisely because of what Ms. Glasser points out. As a woman, the last thing I want to do is give up my power. Additionally, there are a plethora of people in AA who have cross addictions that are dangerous and damaging, such as sex and love addiction. AA fails to address the primary reasons for using, and thus, has failed for me, as a woman and as a recovering addict.
    I suggest looking into Refuge Recovery, which is a Buddhist based means of recovery. Noah Levine, who is the author of Dharma Punx, and who has brought mindfulness and meditation to a new generation, created this program. I have been attending meetings and am finding such joy in my recovery these days.
    Anyway, I’ve gone on too long.
    I just wanted to say thank you for this interview. Her ideas very much resonated with me.

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