Lauren Schiller is a radio producer and the creator and host of "Inflection Point" on NPR, and a VP of a Berkely advertising firm. Prior to creating "Inflection Point," Schiller was an audio producer for Salon, and in 2008 she created one of the first female-led podcasts. For Women's History Month 2015, she partnered with KALW to produce "Inflection Point" to share stories and insights we can apply to our own lives. Schiller received a B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College, while interning at a news radio station in Poughkeepsie reporting on local arts.
On Inflection Point, we’ve documented the changes for women between two major milestones here in the US: From right before we thought we’d see our first woman President with Hillary Clinton, to today, when we might see our first VP woman of color, with Kamala Harris. Inflection Point is one of the only nationally syndicated radio shows and one of the first podcasts ever dedicated exclusively to featuring conversations with women about how we build power, what we do with it when we have it, and what still stands in our way. This August, we’re making a change too. Listen to find out more or go to our website for the transcript. Watch the video with photos! In Love and Action, Lauren
What makes a boy a “boy” and a girl a “girl”? And why from the womb are we so obsessed with gender and why just by virtue of being male or female society expects us to behave or dress certain ways, or use certain bathrooms? Or fit into other so-called norms. That’s a lot of pressure on a kid, especially if your biological identity--the sex you were assigned at birth--differs from your gender identity or gender expression. Today, as part of the Inflection Point summer swap series you’ll hear from Donna Cleveland, the host of a new podcast called Thread the Needle that explores the meeting place between feminist ideals and the realities of women’s lives. In this episode, Donna looks into the suicide of a 14-year-old trans boy from her own small hometown and asks the question—What does our society need to understand about gender and how it influences our sense of self in order to better support our trans community, friends and family? Before you listen, Donna wants to make sure you know that this story includes discussion of suicide and other self-harming behavior.
An awkward conversation with her white mother about “good white people” inspired Ijeoma Oluo to take on the unenviable task of writing one of the most user-friendly books on race of our time: “So You Want To Talk About Race.” In plain language, Ijeoma has confronted deeply uncomfortable questions surrounding racial injustice from the school-to-prison pipeline to the Black Lives Matter movement to white feminism and intersectionality. In our conversation recorded in 2018, Ijeoma wakes me up to the fact that solidarity between all women cannot happen until white cis women hold themselves accountable to the ways they have benefitted from systems of oppression. Most importantly, Ijeoma offers practical, everyday actions that you can do today to help dismantle the system of racism.
Is the body positivity movement a good thing or a bad thing in the quest for equality? Ruth Whippman joins Lauren to uncover the debate. Support our production with a monthly or one-time donation. And when you’re done, come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions.
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