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How To Reinvent Journalism - Cristi Hegranes, Global Press Institute
Cristi Hegranes wanted to be a foreign correspondent since the time she was six years old. Within days of achieving her dream job, after all the traditional training, she realized she was the wrong person for the job. The right person? The women who actually live in the countries usually covered by outsiders. So she decided to train women journalists and give them a platform to tell the stories of their own communities. As she says, "To change the story, you have to change the storyteller." Inflection Point is brought to you by FreshBooks—spend less time dealing with invoices and expenses, and more time changing the world. Get your first 30 days free with no obligation at freshbooks.com/inflection and enter “Inflection Point” in the how did you hear about us section. And—Women’s voices have never been more vital. Your monthly support will make them be heard. Become an Inflection Point patron today. Thank you!
Dr. Alison Crossley, The Gender Revolution on College Campuses
Dr. Alison Dahl Crossley is the Associate Director of Stanford's Clayman Institute for Gender Research. She has a book coming out this spring called "Finding Feminism: Millennial Activists and the Unfinished Gender Revolution."
How To Build It Yourself- Maria Klemperer Johnson, Hammerstone Carpentry School for Women
In the trades, most workers--carpentry and otherwise, are still men. Lauren's guest Maria Klemperer-Johnson thinks that this state of affairs can and should change--so she's opened a carpentry school for women called "Hammerstone" in Trumansburg, NY.
Manipulating Our Way To World Peace
The Stanford Peace Innovation Lab says there is a way to achieve world peace by 2037 using persuasive technology and 'behavior design' techniques that incentivize collaboration over conflict and peace over destruction. Co-Director Margarita Quihuis shares how this vision is playing out.
The Power of Sport - Missy Park, CEO and Founder of Title Nine
Missy Park, founder of Title Nine shares how sports can affect outcomes for girls in life and in business.
How To Get Even More Women In Office - Kate Black, EMILY's List
More women than ever are raising their hands to run for office. But what does it actually take to to win? And what will be different when they do? Kate Black, now at the FCC, recorded with me in August when she was Chief of Staff for EMILY's List, an organization that helps pro-choice, Democratic women run for office. And she has her own story of awakening to the fact that we need more women in office.
Sabrina Moyle and Tess Darrow-Write On Campaign
We may be staying in touch more frequently thanks to technology, but what are we missing out on by not writing more letters? Sabrina Moyle, the founder of Hello Lucky! And Tess Darrow, the founder of Egg Press are determined to bring back letter-writing, with their Write_On campaign.
Mia Birdsong--Redefining Solutions
The poverty level for American families has hovered at 25% for decades, in spite of billions of dollars spent. Mia Birdsong of Family Story, offers a new perspective--redefine the definition of a 'traditional family.'
Sarah Silverman--Challenging Assumptions
Sarah Silverman--standup comedian, writer and TV star--has shocked many an audience with her outrageous humor. Now she stars in the new dramatic film "I Smile Back," in which she plays a tragically troubled housewife.
A Brief But Spectacular Conversation - Special Live Episode
After Brief But Spectacular creator Steve Goldbloom filmed 94-year-old retired English teacher Flossie Lewis and “Black Girl Magic” poet activist Mahogany L. Browne, their short segments on PBS NewsHour went unexpectedly viral. Although they come from entirely different backgrounds, the two women share a deep passion for language and an appreciation of its power to heal and to harm. Join our live conversation, recorded at the Commonwealth Club to learn how, despite our differences, we can find connections that bring us together. 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. Subscribe to “Inflection Point” to get more stories of how women rise up right in your feed!
Kerri Hoffman, CEO of PRX--The future of podcasting
What does the future look like for how audio content gets distributed--and heard? And what will it take to make podcasting and broadcasting a sustainable business for producers? Kerri Hoffman, who has been with PRX since their early days, has just been named CEO. She shares her vision.
Anna Lappé, Food Fighter
James Beard Leadership Award winner Anna Lappé has spent most of her career as a sustainable food advocate. We talk big food and marketing to kids--and the implications for the health of our planet and people.
Running For Office In the Era of #MeToo: Minnesota State Representative Erin Maye Quade
At age 32, Minnesota State Representative Erin Maye Quade is positioned to be at the forefront of a wave of progressive political leaders representing a new generation of voters.   She made history while running in the Twin Cities suburbs as a deeply progressive, biracial, openly queer, anti-gun violence, anti-racist, pro-social justice candidate. There’s no doubt she’ll rise high and go far. The question is: as an unprecedented amount of women run for office and have a good chance of winning, will the powers that be yield to the kind of change politicians like Erin will bring to office? Or will they double down and fight dirty?
What Trans Women Can Teach Cis Women (and vice versa) - Daniela Petruzelak, Diversity Activist
Daniela Petruzalek is an accomplished software engineer from Brazil, who started working with computers at the age of 14. She’s always tried to fit into the male dominated field, but it was in direct conflict with who she really was, even growing up. The thing is, Daniela has lived most of her life as a male. But three years ago, she took the leap to transition to her true female self and had to fight her own internal prejudices. And not only that, she was now competing in that same very male field, but as a woman. Daniela has made it her mission as a trans woman, to make the white, cisgender male dominated tech industry truly inclusive. Join the conversation when you join our “Inflection Point Society” Facebook Group— for everyday activists who want to make extraordinary social change through everyday actions. Listener support is the engine that keeps us rolling! Consider supporting at inflectionpointradio.org/contribute.
Are We Teaching Girls Too Much Empathy? -Emily Abad, The Mosaic Project
Empathy is often seen as the magic bullet against intolerance. But when we take on too much empathy for others it can be difficult to create emotional boundaries when it comes to our own needs. At the same time, when we put up emotional walls, we’re judged as being selfish, cold or “bossy.”**  ** Emily Abad is someone who was raised to always put others’ needs ahead of her own and not speak up for herself. She’s always struggled to find that perfect balance between empathy and assertiveness. When her religious father refused to accept her after she came out as gay, she was at a loss as to what to do. Then she began working with kids at the Mosaic Project, an experiential education program addressing issues of diversity, empathy, and conflict resolution. Hear how teaching kids the power of speaking their truth from a place of love helped Emily to find her own voice. This episode is brought to you in part by Banish skin care. Get $10 for a limited time when you use the code INFLECTION. And, Commonspace, a podcast featuring live storytelling and conversation. Season two is rolling out right now. 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. Support Inflection Point with a monthly or one-time contribution at inflectionpointradio.org to keep women’s stories front and center.
When Teachers are Trusted to Teach - Gabrielle Howard, Saint Ann's School
What happens when teachers are given the freedom to inspire a lifelong love of learning? In this episode, I talk with Gabrielle Howard, who recently retired as the head of the Lower School at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, where she worked for 35 years. We’ll talk about why she dedicated her life to fostering a love of learning in young children, why she let them swear in her office, how a school without grades can produce high-achieving graduating classes time and time again, and the deep value of listening to kids. Support Inflection Point with a monthly or one-time contribution at inflectionpointradio.org/contribute. Join our Facebook group for everyday activists at inflectionpointsociety.com.
The reality of rising up: patriarchy is the problem, not men
After asking the question all season: "Does all this female empowerment we’re striving for really lead to actual power?" The kind of power that puts women in charge of our bodies, our workplaces, our laws, and our futures... And asking people working in politics, business, tech and media who have a lot to say about empowerment to weigh in on these questions, I have an answer--sort of! Spoiler alert: the answers they gave led to more questions. But really, really important questions. Listen to this season wrap-up to find out what needs to happen next in the quest for equality. 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. Subscribe to “Inflection Point” to get more stories of how women rise up right in your feed on Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher and NPROne. (Please note, this episode was marked explicit because there are three unbleeped swear words.)
How To Hit Back At The "Harveys" - Part 1 Carrie Goldberg, Sexual Consent and Internet Abuse Lawyer
With the Harvey Weinstein tsunami of sexual misconduct allegations, it has everyone asking, will this be the moment when everything changes? And if it is, what will it take to balance the power between harassers and their victims? And what about the enablers--Is this all one big conspiracy? I talk with sexual harassment and internet privacy lawyer Carrie Goldberg to find out. Inflection Point is brought to you by FreshBooks—less time dealing with invoices and expenses, and more time to change the world. Get your first 30 days free at freshbooks.com/inflection and enter “Inflection Point” in the how did you hear about us section. And—Women’s voices have never been more vital. Your monthly support will make them be heard. Become an Inflection Point patron.
How To Question The True Value Of A College Degree-Nancy Niemi, Yale University
As more and more women graduate from college and even surpass their male peers in levels of education, men are finding other means for achieving career success. Nancy Niemi, Director of Faculty Teaching Initiatives at Yale questions the conventional wisdom that college is a path to gender equality. Women now need more degrees than ever just to compete because in spite of all this education, institutional sexism is still prevalent. Her book is called, “Degrees of Difference.” Inflection Point is brought to you by FreshBooks—spend less time dealing with invoices and expenses, and more time changing the world. Get your first 30 days free with no obligation at freshbooks.com/inflection and enter “Inflection Point” in the how did you hear about us section. Tired of the patriarchy? This will perk you up! Become an Inflection Point monthly Patron (er, Matron!) today! Thank you!
Inside The Ferguson Uprising - Sabaah Folayan, Director of "Whose Streets?"
This is a special re-airing in recognition of the 5th anniversary of the Ferguson, MO protests. When Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, MO in August, 2014 and the protests began, Sabaah Folayan felt the media’s coverage was overly focused on the looting, rioting and property damage, and not nearly enough on the stories of the people who rose up. So she dropped everything and went to Ferguson to see for herself what was happening on the ground and to talk with the people who live there. The result is her documentary film “Whose Streets?” She shares what it was like to be there and how she made her film in such extraordinary circumstances. We spoke in 2017 when "Whose Streets?" first debuted.
The End of Human Trafficking May Begin With Radical Empathy - Julia Flynn Siler
In 19th Century San Francisco's Chinatown only 1 in 10 people were women, and most of them were forced into prostitution, trafficked by criminal tongs. In today’s episode, meet the Scottish sewing instructor Donaldina Cameron and the women she collaborated with and helped escape from sex slavery between 1870 and 1930. This week, Julia Flynn Siler talks with Lauren about her new book “The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown”. Prepare yourself for bomb scares and bubonic plague quarantines, court cases and crowdfunding efforts. Join us in what is, ultimately, a conversation about standing up to a broken society, and how women can help women rise up. Recorded at the Bay Area Book Festival in May 2019 as part of their Women Lit programming.
There Is No Peak Fury - Rebecca Traister, Author of "Good And Mad: The Revolutionary Power Of Women’s Anger"
There’s a reason that women are angry. Since the founding of this country, we have been faced with men in power who are set on shutting us down, and shutting us out. Revolutionary fury isn’t just for the founding fathers. And ladies, even though we’ve been stewing in our ever-growing anger for the past 242 years, we have just begun to fight. Listen to my conversation with Rebecca Traister, author of the New York Times Bestseller, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger. This conversation was recorded live in Berkeley, CA on October 10th, 2018 as part of Women Lit, a program of the Bay Area Book Festival. Want to show your support for Inflection Point? Here are few ways: Financial: Go to inflectionpointradio.org/contribute. Emotional: Come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions. Sensational: Subscribe to “Inflection Point” to get more stories of how women rise up right in your feed on Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher and NPROne. And give us a 5 star review!
Author Jennifer Weiner on Writing a Radical Beach Read
The times, they are a’changin’. This week on Inflection Point, I talk to author Jennifer Weiner about her newest bestselling book “Mrs. Everything”. The story is loosely based on Jennifer’s own mother, Fran, who got married, had 4 children and ultimately came out as a gay woman after Jennifer and her siblings were out of the house. Spanning two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the night of the 2016 political election, the book raises questions about who is really making women’s choices about our own lives...are we? Or our system? How did we get where we are, and how do we move on from here? Jennifer shares the facts behind her fiction, what it takes to write a good sex scene, what hasn't changed since #metoo started, and  how the personal becomes political. We spoke at Women Lit, a program of the Bay Area Book Festival on June 22, 2019 in Berkeley, California. *Thank you to our sponsors! * EO Essential Oils NATIVE Deodorant: 20% off your first purchase. Go to nativedeodorant.com and use promo code INFLECTION during checkout. Spotlyte: Spotlyte is your destination for curated, expert content helping you discover how beauty, skincare, and medical aesthetic treatments may fit into your routine. YOU! Become a supporter today—it’s tax deductible and you can help us make our next season of episodes. Support here.
A Survivor And Her Perpetrator Find Justice- "Reckonings" Guest episode!
On the podcast “Reckonings” host Stephanie Lepp posed the questions: “what does it sound like for a survivor of sexual assault to get her needs met?” “What does it sound like for a perpetrator to take responsibility for his sexual abuse of power?” To answer these questions, Stephanie spoke with a sexual abuse survivor and her perpetrator, who managed to work through it using restorative justice. It's an amazing story, and as part of the Inflection Point summer swap series, here is that Reckonings episode, right here in your feed. For more Reckonings episodes, go to http://www.reckonings.show/episodes/21. And for more on this topic, listen to my conversation with Eve Ensler, activist, author and Tony award winning playwright, about her new book The Apology, in which Eve imagines her father (who has been dead for 31 years) writing a confessional letter to her, seeking forgiveness for sexually and physically abusing her from the time she was 5 years old. Eve hopes that other survivors will find it a release to write apologies as their perpetrators to themselves. And she hopes that the men who recognize themselves in this book will be inspired on their own to begin to come forward in life...'In writing this apology, I moved him from monster to apologist…and in doing that, he lost power over me.' **Thank you to our sponsors! ** NATIVE Deodorant: 20% off your first purchase. Go to nativedeodorant.com and use promo code INFLECTION during checkout. Spotlyte: Spotlyte is your destination for curated, expert content helping you discover how beauty, skincare, and medical aesthetic treatments may fit into your routine. YOU! Become a supporter today—it’s tax deductible and you can help us make our next season of episodes. Support here.
Candace Bushnell Answers: "Is There Still Sex In The City?" Live On Stage
Candace Bushnell gave us a reason to sit on our couch every week to soak in the stories of the women--and men--of the 90s television culture-changer "Sex and the City". Candace has written a number of books since then and her newest book is called "Is There Still Sex in the City?" This October I teamed up with Women Lit of the Bay Area Book Festival to have an on-stage conversation with Candace Bushnell, hosted by INFORUM at The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. Bushnell kicked off the evening with an update about what she’s been up to lately, and then we got to sit down and talk--friendships, love, loss and dating over 50. Support the Inflection Point Campaign for Action with a tax-deductible donation: bit.ly/inflectionpoint
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Podcast Details
Started
Mar 6th, 2015
Latest Episode
Nov 27th, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
220
Avg. Episode Length
30 minutes
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