NEWBURYPORT – Award-winning poet and teacher Rhina Espaillat visits WJOP’s Morning Show on Friday, Dec. 6, to discuss her recently concluded Lifelong Learning Lyceum class, “Wise, Wonderful, Willful Women.” 

Host Mary Jacobsen will interview Espaillat about the women whose achievements her class explored, ranging from the Grimke sisters and Dorothy Day to Rachel Carson, Ida O’Keefe (sister to Georgia), Suzanne Valadon, the Suffragettes, the Virgin Mary, and St. Teresa of Avila, among others.

Espaillat will discuss the women’s accomplishments in fields including science, math, the arts, and government, as well as the ways in which their discoveries and inventions were often stolen, unrecognized, or forgotten.

She will also describe techniques students in her class employed to “communicate” with these historic figures and establish their relevance to their personal lives and present times.

In “Books from Off the Beaten Path,” Melinda Everett will review Steven King’s latest novel, “The Institute.” She will also explore why the novel, “The Andromeda Strain,” is still with us after 50 years. And she will review “Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered, a “dual memoir” written by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, cohosts of the podcast, “My Favorite Murder.” 

The Morning Show airs Fridays from 8 to 9 a.m. on WJOP (FM 96.3). Each Friday’s Morning Show will be broadcast again on WJOP the following Tuesday at 4 p.m. and Wednesday at 3 p.m. Podcasts of each show are available after broadcast on the Sound Cloud at by clicking on the cloud icon. 


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