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A highlight from Best of: Michael Fanones battle for accountability for Jan. 6
"2021, more than 850 Metropolitan Police officers raced to the U.S. capitol to defend it against the mob instigated by Donald Trump. One of those officers was Michael fanone and what he endured was barbaric. We all watched it live on television, but in his new book, hold the line, the insurrection and one cop's battle for America's soul, officer for known takes us back to that day through his painful experience and urgent perspective. In this conversation, first recorded for a Washington Post live on October 18th, been on talks about his life as an undercover D.C. cop. His unlikely friendship with a crack addicted black transgender woman and why he continues to speak out about what happened on January 6th. There's a part of America that is just never going to accept the reality of January 6th. And frankly, I don't care. What I'm looking for is accountability that I feel like if they're not accountability for those that are criminally culpable, then it's just going to be become part of our political playbook and in future elections when politicians or political parties don't get their way. They're going to resort to violence. To intimidate others. In this job, I get to talk to a lot of people, but I rarely get to talk to a genuine hero. Officer for known, it is my honor to welcome you to Washington Post live. Yeah, I mean, thank you for having me. I appreciate you guys putting me on and let me talk about this. Well, before we talk about your book, I want to talk about you. How are you? I mean, I guess I'm doing well. I'm fortunate to have made a full recovery from the physical injuries I sustained on January 6th. And I think in a lot of ways, I've come to terms with the emotional and psychological injuries I sustained on that day. Now, you've said many times in television interviews and you write in the book, you describe yourself as a redneck who voted for Donald Trump in 2016. Tell us about Michael fanone before January 6th, 2021. Well, I ate sled breezed policing. I was a 20 year veteran of the Metropolitan Police department in Washington, D.C., prior to that. I did a short stint as a United States Capitol police officer. And I loved my job. In 2016, when I voted to support Donald Trump, I did so as a single issue voter and my issue was law enforcement. And I think like many members of the law enforcement military community, we mistook rhetoric for real support. And at the time, I saw a lot of the rhetoric used by members of the Democratic Party. I felt was dangerous, destructive, and I saw it as having resulted in the deaths of quite a few police officers in the wake of Ferguson, Missouri. So I voted for Donald Trump, obviously I regret that decision now. part of writing this book was being as open and transparent as possible so that people could understand my experience and maybe the experience of Americans who supported Trump previously. You know, and I want to get into more about January 6th. But what I found really is a super interesting was how you wrote about your career as a police officer. Your nickname, you got the nickname Spider-Man, not just because of the spider web tattoo that comes up on your neck. I think you wrote in the book, but also because you were known for jumping out of trees and doing all sorts of things to get the perp to get the bad guy. Talk about those years. And you said, you lived and breathed policing. You really loved that job. Yeah, I mean, listen, I joined the U.S. capitol, please, just after 9 11, I think like many Americans, I felt a call to serve in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Washington, D.C., and also in New York. I quickly realized that U.S. capitol police was not the job for me, and so I lateral to the Metropolitan Police department, which for those of you who don't know is the traditional law enforcement agency in Washington, D.C.. Essentially, if you dial 9-1-1, we're the ones that respond. And I mean, I think pretty typical young police officer. I mean, I started my career in my early 20s.
A highlight from Linda Thomas-Greenfields journey from the segregated South to the United Nations
"The global women's summit 2022 was an extraordinary gathering of female leaders from around the world. Hillary Clinton was there. So were Ukrainian First Lady Elena zelenska, congresswoman Liz Cheney, and Iranian journalist masih alinejad. That I got to sit down with the United States ambassador to the United Nations. Linda Thomas Greenfield, our third interview since she assumed the post last year. In this conversation, first recorded at the global women's summit on November 15th, we talked foreign affairs, but I also got ambassador Thomas Greenfield to talk about her role as a diplomat on one of the world's biggest stages and what it's like being a black woman in a world dominated by white men. You know, I never walk into a room feeling as if I'm in the room as a black woman. When I walk into the Security Council, I'm the U.S. permanent representative to the Security Council. Men and ambassador, you've spent more than 30 years as a career diplomat. And these diplomatic circles historically have been overwhelmingly led by white men. What is your experience been like not only as one of America's top diplomats, but as a woman of color, advancing the basic rights of other women around the world. You know, I never walk into a room feeling as if I'm in the room as a black woman. When I walk into the Security Council, I'm the U.S. permanent representative to the Security Council. And that's what I tell young women when I need them. Don't wear other people's problems on your shoulder. You know what you're there to do and do what you are there to do. But we still have an issue in our foreign service. We're still not diverse enough, diversity is our strength. It is important that the face of America is reflected in our diplomatic corps. And I still go to embassies overseas and sit in a country team meeting and see overwhelming white males. As I go over, you know, sometimes I actually will comment. I'll say there's something uncomfortable about this room. There's something that's weird about this room and people will all look around and they never come up with what it is. Like, oh, it's really cold. And usually it is or but other times people will notice. I was at one mission, and we were literally in a room with 50 people, and there were only two women, me and the DCM. The deputy chief of mission. You grew up in the segregated south. Briefly, how has that experience? Informed your work as a diplomat and particularly as the top American diplomat at the UN. You know, I am proud of how I grew up because I think it shows where America has come. How far we've come. And I think it is a sign to the world that while America continues to address these issues. We are addressing them. The fact that I made it to where I made it when I look at where I came, I think, is a message to the world. And it's also a message to other young people who come from diverse and underprivileged backgrounds that where they come from does not necessarily have to define where they're going. And so when you're traveling around the world, do you hear? Do you hear from or do people in other countries come up to you and talk to you about being a symbol to them? They do. And it's very, you know, I felt uncomfortable being a symbol. But also it's a responsibility. And it's a privilege. And it's a bit of a burden being a privilege because you always have to be on your ps and qs. Because the expectations of you are so high. So I always tell young people in particularly young people from underprivileged backgrounds that they have a burden. They have a burden to sometimes overperform, they can never underperform, they can never have a bad day, so that burden can sometimes be overpowering. But they need to know that because their failure, when I went to Louisiana state university, no one thought I was going to succeed. And they were all sitting back. Even people in my own community waiting for me to fail. And so I had that burden. I couldn't have a bad day. I wanted to hang out with my friends and party and get drunk and do all those things. That young people do in college, but I never, ever felt that I could do that. The burden of perfection is burden of perfection. You've noted that women are becoming more political around the world from Iran and Afghanistan to the United States as we've just seen in the midterm elections. What do you attribute that to? Well, it's long overdue. And women have been pushing against those, I would say nil shut doors for a long time. And they just burst through. And they're showing the power that 50% of our populations across the globe were showing the power that we have. And that's important. I didn't want to you gave me the look of thinking that I was going to stop you, but I wasn't. Keep going. If you want to keep going. I'm good. Okay. We have seen incredible protests of overwhelmingly women, young women in Iran. I'm trying to remember the story, the other story, big story that was happening today that one of the protesters was sent to if I'm remembering correctly. Sentenced to death and now there's concern that the same thing will happen to the thousands of others who have been detained or arrested in Iran. What is the U.S.'s message to those young people in Iran? Who are continuing to demonstrate weeks after the initial answer? First, let me just say this person being sentenced sentenced to death is one more of over a hundred people who weren't sentenced, but were killed in the streets. So the death sentence just shows the extent to which this regime will go to stop people from demanding their rights. And what we say to them is we stand with you, we understand, but we also have to understand that these women, these young people, are being extraordinarily courageous. Because they could be sentenced to death. They could be killed in the streets. We've seen the injuries that many of them have suffered. And we need to send a message to them to let them know that we're there for them. We hear them. That their voices are not, while the.
In 'We're Not Broken,' Author Eric Garcia Takes On Myths About Autism
"In the beginning of your book. You mentioned that the writing began in part out of frustration and frustration specifically fueled by how media covers autism. What frustrated you about that. And what were you hoping to do about it in this book so i feel like the frustration i had about the way we talk about autism was that any conversation about autism began and ended with discussion about vaccines. I should say the completely false idea that vaccines caused autism. There is no evidence whatsoever about it and then there was the other part. Which is that if we want to get. We wind up getting past discussing vaccines. There's just a lot of discussion. about curing. autistic people are curing autism or combating autism or fixing autistic people and almost never. Was there any discussion about well. What is it that autistic people need right now. Even if you believe that there should be a cure which i really articulate that. I don't think that there should be cure that there can be a cure for autism. That's something that's a long way down the road and that doesn't really serve autistic people now and i also was frustrated that i felt like almost every discussion about autism focused mostly on white male adolescent boys and i felt like that was a very incomplete. Discussion about autism was a very incomplete excluded. Plenty of autistic people who. Don't that that categorization right right so it. Just it sounds like there's just a lot of myths that get perpetuated through the media which is all too common right and that this in part this was to dispel some of those that have been so pervasive precisely. I think that one of the things that i wanted to do was again to ball from the title of my book. Change the autism conversation to include as many people as possible. Because i felt that there were. There are a lot of pernicious ideas. About what the idea about whether autistic people can live independently or even even if they can't live independently live and they deserve to live in the community rather than institutions or the idea that autistic people can either not work or only work in a very specific sector of science technology engineering mathematics. And i also thought that there were a lot of misconceptions about whether people can have families or have legitimate relationships or legitimate
Who Was Ida B. Wells?
"In today's episode we will be covering the impassioned the influential the inspiring ida b wells ida. B wells was born ida bell wells on july sixteenth eighteen sixty two in holly springs mississippi. Ida was the eldest. Born to james and lizzie wells. Who had seven other children. All were born in slaved as they lived on a plantation in mississippi whom or members of the confederacy during the civil war in the previous episode. We talked a bit about president. Lincoln's revolutionary decision to issue the emancipation proclamation on january. First eighteen sixty three during the civil war ida in her family were officially freed from slavery as they resided in a confederate state before either was one year old immediately following. The war was the pivotal reconstruction period with a divided territories of the union in the confederacy. Determine how they would begin to come back together as a single nation. Ida's parents were dutiful in diligence supporters of african american rights in particular the right to an education. Ida's father james was directly involved in starting in serving on the board of trustees for school for freed african americans that school rushed. College is still a notable inactive university. Today falling under the umbrella of historically black colleges and universities ida would begin her educational career at this school attending in her early teens. Sadly heartbreaking circumstances would find ida early on in life in eighteen seventy eight while visiting her grandmother. I learned harling news. Ida's mother father in her youngest sibling. Just an infant had passed away from yellow fever. Her parents sudden-death turn ida from a teenager with no children into a parent of six suffering from the grief and loss of one's parents. It would be understandable for a child to shy away in resist taking on a role with such incredible responsibility but did ida shy away from her obligation torture family. Absolutely not
Susupect: Neww Podcast Looks at Racial Profiling After Halloween Murder
"Residence of a redman apartment complex. Were throwing a big halloween party with dozens of people in costume mingling drinking and dancing but after the party started to quiet down one of them was murdered in her home. The police spent weeks piecing together. The night with hazy recollections spotty dna evidence and dozens of party photos eventually. They had a suspect. His story kept changing his. Dna was at the crime scene when he finally came in for questioning. The detectives felt like they were breath away from a confession but that didn't happen and so the police decided to focus their attention on another man. A man with a criminal record whose. Dna was also found at the crime scene and he just so happened to be. The only black man at the party suspects starts out as a compelling who done it and then becomes a story about cutting edge forensic science and mislaid justice. It's about race and policing and ultimately the kinds of weighty decisions that cops and prosecutors make every day decisions that once made change lives forever and are almost impossible to
We Need More Honest Teaching of America's Painful History
"Bryan stevenson. Thank you very much for being on the podcasts. For having us down here in your offices at the equal justice initiative here in montgomery alabama. Thank you. It's great to be with you so before we get to the reason why we're actually down here. I want you to define a term that you see when you go to the legacy museum when you go to the national memorial for peace and justice and that is racial terror. Lynchings have that right. Yes that's right so what we're talking about our lynchings. That were designed to terrorize people. Based on their race. I think popular culture. We have a notion that lynchings were what happened when someone was hanged. And of course lots of lynching victims weren't actually hanged. They were drowned. They were beaten to death. They were shot. they were burned alive. And so when we talk about lynchings we're talking about a category of crime. Committed by groups of people and racial terror. lynchings Are murders crimes committed by groups of people of african americans to terrorize the african american community. there was mob violence. There was frontier justice in many parts of this country where there was no functioning criminal justice system. If someone did something violent or broke the law group might come together to exercise punishment against that person and that respect you would see white people hanged. Ut other kinds of people hang but they weren't trying to terrorize the community. It was typically for a well known violent crime around which there was some group consciousness that someone had to be punished. Black people were typically lynched in communities where there was a functioning criminal justice system. There was no need for frontier justice and in fact hundreds were pulled out of jails and courthouses to be lynched and these lynchings were violence directed. Not just at that individual. But at the entire african american community
Walk With Little Amal, a Theatrical Journey Celebrating the Refugee Experience
"Among muniz. Irby i was born in east jerusalem and a tough part of town between between the neighborhood and the shafat refugee camp. I'll mix child that means. My mother is jewish and my father's palestinian so the refugee experience runs very deep in the dna of the family. When my jewish grandparents were fleeing europe because of world war two. They came to palestine and drove the other part of my family into exile. When i was fourteen. I stumbled by accident into a theater show and this rough part of town and i fell in love. I fell in love with a reality that was being created in front of me reality. That was full of possibilities. That was wilder was free. A reality that was an opposite contrast of the harsh reality we were living in and i became a theatre. Practitioner becoming a theatre. Practitioner and palestine is like conjuring water in the desert. We don't have the infrastructure. We don't have the big artistic institutions. What we do have is a need and something to say about the world. We live in taking my shows to communities in refugee camps in palestine. I was always struck by the immediacy of the encounter and that became a very powerful experience for me in two thousand fifteen at the height of the refugee crisis when hundreds of thousands of people were walking across europe with all the pain and the anguish that we saw. I started thinking that maybe we need to create a new model of theater. Maybe we need to take our theater out of the theaters and into the streets. The streets where these people were walking. And i started working with good sean theater company Company that creates theater about the refugee experience together. We created the walk. The walk is a rolling arts festival. That will cross eight thousand kilometers sixty five cities towns and villages in its way and we will create one hundred twenty events of welcome.
Why Racist Policies Not People Are the Problem
"Dr kennedy welcome to the podcast. Oh it's always great. John beyond so the last time you were here you were on with your co editor of four hundred souls community. History of african america sixteen nineteen to twenty nineteen. But i've asked you here so low today because your name was invoked in my interview with a former new orleans mayor mitch landrieu and i thought you know what is a good opportunity to to have dr kennedy on. Here's what mitch said. Dr abram mix kennedy has said something that i had not really thought much about he basically has posited the theory that we've always moved side-by-side good with evil and one overtakes the other from time to time and both are always present. And then mitch goes on to say. And i don't know whether i don't know that he's more right than wrong. But it sure feels like right. Now the forces of what. I would describe as white nationalism white supremacy this notion that somehow whiteness is essential to the future of america for some people who consider themselves to be. Patriots is a very dangerous idea. And this this idea of good and simultaneously basically coexisting in one overtaking. The other i would love for you to since he's attributing it to you talk more about that. Where does that come from. And how does it manifest itself good and evil. Well i mean. I have written about the sort of racial history of this country a history of of of racial progress in an even a history of racists progress. I don't i wouldn't necessarily call it the clash between good and evil because i think it's it's important trustee too complicated even further in that you know you you have people who express sort of or maybe a part of both off forces at different times or or you have people have good intentions but you know it. Has you know a difficult outcome in. And still i don't know if we can essentially call that good or
Andrew Rannells: From Book of Mormon to Modern Love
"So like many people remember seeing seeing the tonys in two thousand eleven and soon after you popped up on girls. Hbo and have gone onto this largely tv and film career. Was that the plan all along. Did you want to transition eventually to tv while you were doing theater and doing the show. No not exactly. I mean i had wanted to be on broadway since i was a kid. And my dream had always been beyond broadway and to be a leading man on broadway and i the opportunity to replace a couple of shows than when i did that a couple times. I was like really like to do a new one. That would be nice. So i took some some time to focus on just trying to find new musicals that that i could come into to new york with and debut on broadway and it happened that it was the book of mormon every few years. There's a broadway show. That sort of attracts the attention of the west coast. It happened with rent in. It happened with certainly with hamilton and the book of mormon was also one of their shows. And if i'm being totally honest. I'd film two seasons of girls and then had done a pilot with ryan murphy for show called the new normal that was picked up and was going to be on. Nbc and i was still doing the book of mormon. While i was doing all of that i was still in the show. I didn't know that. Yeah and i was able to continue to do it. And then it got picked up. And then i had to move. I had to move to los angeles and it was an opportunity. That was too good to not pass up and it was not necessarily. The tv stuff was not necessarily always on my radar. I really just wanted to do theater
Interview With Actor, Designer, Jonathan Bennett and Jaymes Vaughan
"I always have guessed introduce themselves. Would you introduce yourselves sure. I'm jonathan bennett. And this is my fiance. Say your name baby on that. Say out breathing out so they can hear your name. What is your name. Babe james von there. We go so far. It's going great. Yeah it is going great. This is ideal. Because i'm really feel like i'm really capturing something of your dynamic in the the reality between two you are engaged. You're engaged. we are engaged thing. Love that joke. 'cause we're gay and we're engaged sure yet so we're get. Let me explain the joke for you. In case you didn't get i so good good do guy nail i follow. Nailed it very. Yeah jonathan you had kind of a big year. It feels like to me. I'm just an outsider. Looking at your life does that feel true to you. Yeah i mean this is ben. it's not only a big year but super special year like it's just been there so many groundbreaking things that have happened in the past year with us and with just clear visibility in the media and it's been such a. It's almost like when it rains. It pours like we didn't set out to do any of these things but all of a sudden things started happening. And it's kinda snowballed into this movement that we're just so proud of
Equity Is About More Than Just Hiring Diverse Employees
"Renee welcome to washington post live. Hi jonathan. I'm so happy to be here with you. Well i'm happy to have you here. You have consulted for some of the biggest companies in the country and every big company is focused on diversity inclusion and equity or at least. They say they are so. How do you measure the inclusion health of company. What are you look for when you look at well. of course. Most people think demographics in the numbers. And certainly that is very important to look at so you can see sort of where the gaps are but what it's harder to measure is the sense of belonging and inclusion and the ability for people to share their perspectives and have opportunity and to move up and to be compensated so the entire kind of employee life cycle has to be evaluated for you to really know. Is their health. One thing at netflix to that we think about is who speaks and who doesn't in who gets descent and who doesn't those are all aspects of health. That's a really interesting that this focus on sense sense of belonging so to that point of as particularly at netflix who speaks. And and who doesn't who was the was it you. Were you the person who said that. It means something and it might mean something more than you think when you're in a meeting and there's that one person or two people who don't speak ashore and i'm sure i'm not the only person who said who said that the voices so much of the work which to do around inclusion is to remember that their voices we have never heard there are perspectives. That have never been really given air. And if any company wants to move into the future and be resilient incompetent incapable in and relevant right and to serve their constituencies in customers. They've got to be on this journey of inclusion because it's where the innovation is is where the creativity is. It's where the excitement is in so for us as a company. Amine it's easy were trying to entertain the world. We dare not try to do that without getting many more voices than both the entertainment and the tech industries have had over since their inception wife. Frankly
Can Toronto Police Itself out of a Homelessness Crisis?
"Jordan heath rawlings. This is the big story. Leilani fara is a former un special reporter on the right to housing. She is currently the global director of the shift which is a movement to secure the right to housing. So the perfect person to talk about what's going on in toronto recently. Hello alani hi there. Thank you for taking the time. Maybe we could just start for people outside of toronto and people who haven't been following it. Tell me about how the city has been handling encampments of an housed people that have formerly at least existed in parks across the city. Yes so with. The pandemic came actually a significant increase in the number of people living in parks across the city of toronto actually across canada. But we're talking about toronto. So i'll keep. I'll keep my comments there. And there are a number of reasons for that but one of them was of course the downsizing of shelters because of the social distancing rules that were part of the prescription to Try to curb the pandemic and so you know. Big shelters became smaller shelters. So let's say there were thirty beds. It might have gone down to fifteen beds. Hundred beds might have gone down to thirty beds and with nowhere to go. A lot of people ended up in parks. There are other reasons as well. As the pandemic ruled on it became increasingly clear that congregate or you know settings where a lot of people reside were becoming Hotbeds of Spread of covert and so a lot of people. Were thinking wait. I think i'm better off even though as really tough living. It's actually some of the living in parks. I actually might survive in a park. Whereas i may not in a shelter and of course we all know. Shelters are really hard places to live at the best of times so so toronto. The city of toronto saw this steep increase in the number of people living in parks and many parks park cats and bigger parks across the city.
Texas State Rep. Senfronia Thompson Explains Why She Joined the Austin Walkout
"State representative cynthia thompson. Thank you so much. For coming to the podcast. Thank you for having me so at that. Press conference in virginia. You talked about your grandmother and the obstacles she faced when she got the chance to vote what were some of those obstacles. She added by poll tax and she yet to save our money. Nicholson pin is not quarters. You'd be able to purchase a poll tax. And then once she got up old tax she had a long ways to travel to cast that ballot. It was Transportation was nothing like being honest. This debate you had to wait for a bus to another part of the city. A pretty good distance from where she was in over fifteen miles. I'm pretty sure in order attacks. Her ballot and she was only allowed to vote in the general election because she was an african american being black. You couldn't vote in the primaries in texas. I wanted you to start with your grandmother. And i'm gonna do something that a gentleman are not supposed to do. We are not supposed to ask a woman her age that i think it's important for people to understand representative thompson. How old are you. I'm eighty two years old. And i needed people to hear that because the fact that you are talking about your grandmother and the obstacles she faced in voting in that the reason why you and i are talking now is about voting. This is not. This is not history. This is living memory for for you. I would love for you to put in context where we are right. Now as a country when it comes to voting rights we're regressing we regressing back to a place in history where we wanna limit minorities right to participate in that democracy just like. My grandmother was limited in her right to participate in democracy. We're going back to that same stage now so it looks like real just regressing.
The Effects of Trump's Migrant Protection Protocol
"So it's sunday march seven and it's to be eleven. Am and right. Now i'm in the modus mexico I'm in a small plus that is right next to the microphone. Tenting cat mint is. I recorded this audio earlier this year the day after a migrant camp just across from brown so in south texas was cleared out for almost two years it was the home for hundreds of mostly central americans and mexicans seeking asylum in the us most had finally been allowed into the us some were sent to nearby shelter before they can be processed into the country others however were left in limbo. You know what i'm looking inside and it's really really quiet I'm used to you know hearing you know kids families moms dads talking to each other running around playing really really quite now at one point this now. Empty area held more than three thousand asylum. Seekers forced to wait in mexico as their cases made their way or us immigration courts. Historically for decades people had always been allowed to remain in the us while seeking asylum. It's their right under. Us law and international treaty obligations but the trump administration disregarded all of that when it is the remain in mexico policy officially known as the migrant protection protocols or mpp the policy. I rolled out in january of twenty thousand hundred in southern california and slowly spread across the entire southern border. As they walked by the ten are here. They're empty. They see firewood branches. I see little tables. They see shoes. You know that have been left behind. It's kinda crazy that it's like now closed. I met so many families who had been living in this camp without much help from either the mexican or us governments. They injured a hurricane a freeze deaths in the rio grande a pan-demic scorching hundred degree summers extortion and violence from criminal organizations and so much more
Hating Your Body Is Solvable
"Is it important for the plus size community to be able to wear bikinis to be able to wear long story that fits. Why is that important number one. We deserve the same access to the same trends and things that everyone else so does baseline we deserve beautiful bikinis and laundry because everyone has it. And why shouldn't we. But beyond that. I think the bigger mission is to help people feel good in their bodies and we've been told historically as people that we should not feel good in our bodies that we should not show our skin that we shouldn't cover up and hide and be invisible and so a to swim. Soup is the most skinnier ever could probably going to be able to show in public and so that has to be an experience where you feel like you should be seen and should be accepted and should feel good in your skin so like because it also feels unattainable for a lot of us to quote unquote love our bodies all the time and even i definitely don't love my body every single day. I'm not obsessed with it. But it's more about kind of overcoming this culture that tells us we have to hate ourselves and constantly be on a weight loss journey. That's kind of a body. Productivity and fat positively is even more radical. Where in its. I say that ironically like it shouldn't be radical but the idea that you can accept and love your body even if it's fat which in our culture of course the word fat has been so stigmatized so associated with things like lisi or unhealthy or a million other things and so is really this idea. It's like no you can be fat and happy. You can be fat and beautiful. You could be fat and all these other amazing things and to really accept that. And learn that i think is kind of transformative idea and process to go through as somebody who has lived that experience
The (De)Colonizing of Beauty With Sasha Sarago
"Today i would like to talk to you about beauty and how. We've got it all wrong when it comes to our perceptions of women particularly aboriginal women but before i do i would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land in which i stand upon the gotta go people of the urination. I pay my respects to the elders past present and emerging and give thanks to our ancestors who guide and protect us. It was nine hundred ninety. And i was pumped was off to my first birthday party just before i hit the terrible teams no chaperone in. No brady's sister to tag along so she could snitch. I had my cute little outfit on gift in hand. And i was hoping that this little cutie that i liked would show up and i was hoping that this little cutie would ask me this one question. You know that question. That makes you hot. Beat right out to chest. Do you wanna be my girlfriend. Even though i had no business having a boyfriend at that age but it didn't matter because back then it was all about the rush. I never did get asked that question but the question i did get asked was what should background and like any proud. Aboriginal child would declare. I'm aboriginal given the reaction of the room. Being aboriginal was clearly a dirty word and at the tender age of eleven. I was told by my best friend's adult system that i was too pretty to be aboriginal by this time. My mouth is dry. My blood is boiling. And i'm trying so hard to fight back. What feels like an ocean of tears. I calmly joined my circle of friends and begin to fake laugh. At whatever is funny to mass. My embarrassment as i clutch on to my new found complex.
Edafe Okporo: Seeking Asylum in the U.S.
"Law that passed into doesn't fourteen in nigeria. That made same sex relationships illegal. I want definitely get to that but before while you were growing up. But was the general feeling attitude toward gay people. generally jerry's predominantly pit rocky so like men. I supposed to be man. We met a supposed to steer to them. Just like united st sixty years ago but the was put that was done by amnesty international into sanity that shows their ninety. Eight percent of nigerians believed that gay people added costs of the country problem but green up really really young. I was kind of a firm units but because of the kind of violence. I is key that people. Why do you like that. You should play soccer things like that made me kind of change. Our ib to become on the airstream rights to be very very much. And i grew up in a predominantly christina varmints and the christian religion. Don't believe that's should be like if you're gay you are possessed by demonic spirits or something like that says really long way for me to fight true or this kind of towards and really say that i am gay is hard to grow in such kind of cities and things that you're gay while so. When did you start to feel comfortable telling people so people were in closets all his know that it is hard to come out of your closet. It is very difficult. I forward myself almost three years. I did a go. I joined charged seminary. I became a political surpassed like augustine's. You're like i knew him key but i just don't want to believe our gay but one the i was reading on the internet is a quote from make that dr bernard out we give our oppressors biden align ourselves to be ourselves so i ran out undefeated on a was seen to myself. Am i really key things like that. So one day. I went on the internet and i discovered a gated uppercut manager is football in like our earned some parts of africa by the. What's it called. Menachem man jam. Gotcha i emit a guy who to me. If you have feelings florida guys. you'll be. And as i said only g.
Interview With Mitch Landrieu, Former New Orleans Mayor
"Mitch landrieu welcome back to the podcast. Thanks for having me in a continuation of a conversation. You and i have been having for now years and that is our country race. Our country's desperate need for not only racial reckoning but also reconciliation. And i would just love for you to start out by giving your assessment on where we are as a nation right now. Well i think that the word that comes to mind to media sobering and as you said in your question about this continuing conversation that we've been having it occurs to me that this is a conversation that the country's been having with itself sometimes well and sometimes very poorly since the beginning of our time it sure feels like we head backwards right now Bought that i am mindful that we just celebrated the first anniversary of john lewis's death And when people would get down in the dumps and say we haven't made much progress he would admonish us and say i'm evidence that we've made a lot of progress but we still have a very long way to go in. Freedom's not free. You have to work for it every day. I i am a little bit chagrined in not in a good place on why it seems to be so hard for us to do with obviously right for the future of the country but as a practical politician on whose job a used to be to assess. What's possible and what's necessary. It's important for us to realize that we were in. We are in a critical moment that this is a this is a time in. This happens every now and then where the country has to make a decision and that decision really matters about whether you're going to go back whether you're gonna go forward so i believe that we're in this really very difficult struggle where we have to continue to advocate very strong for the very simple idea that we all come to the table. Democracy is equals and that everybody should have a fair shot at the american dream. We don't have it right now. And that there are forces that continued to reject that very idea and that is a very dangerous face to begin.
Family Doctors Want to Come off the Bench for Vaccinations
"Youth rawlings doctor. Liz mega is the president of the -tario college of family physicians. Hello dr mauka. You're very welcome. This is something that a lot of people we've talked to about vaccines. Sit a conversation that we should have at some point. So i'm really glad we're having it. Yeah yeah me too. You know. I think that We're excited to as family doctors to be participating in the vaccination for covid nineteen. I think there's lots lots to dig into their so. I look forward to our conversation about this. So i may be in general pre covid or just leaving cova decide. How much of vaccinating in. Canada is done by family. Physicians typically so the great majority vaccination is done by family doctors in their offices. So we start vaccinating really When we see patients at who were infants rate from the very beginning through childhood and all the way through to those who are quite elderly So that's Reality right across the country that we're doing that there are some Vaccinations that are share. The responsibility with other parts of the health sector so so school-age vaccines happen often around grades. Seven and eight that something at that public health takes the lead on many provinces including in ontario. So those school based vaccines being exception and the flu shot is one where we share with pharmacy. So in the most recent year pre covid family docs gave about fifty five percent of all flu shots. Ontario in the rest were given Through pharmacy and some public health eunice but overall family ox really are the web's leading vaccination for patients from cradle to grave. So if we
Why White Progressives Have Such a Hard Time Confronting Racism
"Robin diangelo. Welcome back to the podcast. Thank you so much for having me. I'm so excited to be with you again. So we talked a year ago. I little bit just a month or so more than a year ago and probably the most memorable moment came at the very end when you made me cry totally took me by surprise but you know it came it. Hit at this time When i think it was just before the killing of george floyd yes and you know i was already dealing with a just a lot of stuff so to have a white person just out of nowhere apologized to me for. Racism was just more than my. My heart could bear in that moment. But you are back because you have what i'm calling part two of your first book which is white Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism. Your new book is nice. Racism how progressive white people perpetuate racial harm. And i remember in our conversation about white fragility. How i think i also thank you for putting doesn't making a point of talking about white progressives and just how and i so agree being a black person and my black friends and i have talked about this. How white progressives can be some of the worst people we have to deal with. Why did you feel is important to and you write about white progressives in white fragility why did you feel. It was important to put the focus. The laser beam focused on white progressives in in nice races waiting for two reasons. One white progresses are my people. I usually progressive. And that's who. I'm around all the time and i think that the patterns and the forms of resistance that you see from people we would not call white. Progressives are pretty easy easy to see pretty explicit. I think it's harder to put your hands on the ways. That folks like me in at racism.
Interview With Jessamyn Stanley, Author of 'Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance'
"How do you explain what yoke means. Right what is it like to practice that love and acceptance every day like. How do you start your day so that you are grounded in the right space night. Goodness well okay. Thank you so much for him. And what i will say in response to. What is yoke yoke is like my american millennial translation of the word yoga yoga meaning union bringing together. And yoke is that. It's just a union. It's bringing together all the different pieces of yourself earned whether that be good or bad or really i think more specifically and more necessarily the ugly seeing every single piece of yourself and not trying to fix it or make it or try to be good or not trying to categorize anything religious. Saying this is who i am. And i'm going to accept every single piece of myself and that is what i have felt that my yoga practice honestly has always been but i think that yoga going it's talking about in the mainstream is always categorized as minutes at this point in whenever we talk about it. It's always like yoga poses in sequences. It's not about this connection to the truth of yourself and relate needing to accept every single facet of yourself and i think of joking as a moment by moment journey that is always evolving in that will it's time just becomes more complex and more decadent honestly but just becomes more journey becomes more intense
Ty Seidule Went From Revering Robert E. Lee to Being One of His Fiercest Detractors
"Ties julie. Thank you so much for. Coming to the podcast. Oh jonathan my absolute pleasure to be here. Thank you for inviting me. I found out about your book. Your book has been out for more than a year. Now right no. It came out the end of january this year. Oh the end of january. This year. Because i got an email from rancher now who is the pulitzer prize winning author of biographies on alexander. Hamilton george washington. The latest one grant and He sent me an email and he said you must read. You must read robert e lee and me by ties egeli. You have to read it It is right up your alley. And i'm so glad he recommended it and i'm so glad i read it because it truly is something i've been dying to read and that is a white southerner taking on race racism but most importantly the myth of the lost cause And so how about we. Just start right at the beginning. Who were you when you were a young kid. Growing up in virginia. Who did you want to model your life after jonathan i. It's crazy to say it. But i wanted to be like robert e lee and i did. My first. chapter book was about robert e lee. My dad taught at a school in northern virginia. Where the descendants of robert e lee were He was the ultimate virginia. Gentlemen and educated christian gentleman and everything in my life in alexandria led me to believe that he was that he was this great person. If it's like that old movie Spinal tap on a scale of one to ten. I would have said lee was in eleven you know and even though i was a good episcopalian went to church every sunday. I was ahead. Acolyte later in high school i would have jesus in the four five six range so it wasn't as though is that i saw lee as good i it was reverential.
Our Mythical Bootstraps
"Of individualism and pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. What do you guys think. I think that this idea of being self made is is one of those things that we present to people. But it's a fantasy world it's amid. That's not how it actually works. I had a friend Her name is liz and she used to always say what her biggest regrets was that she was not born to rich parents and is always funny when she says it but i mean the her statement makes sense. We actually have zero choice and the situation that we are born into and the a lot of the foundations and our life a lot of the the. The trajectory of our life starts at ages that we don't really have the we don't have the ability to really make that many decisions yet but it's really the adults in our lives. That are making the decisions for us. But you have to understand that everyone does not start at the same starting line and we're talking about Being successful we have to really you know. Be mindful that everyone is not you. I think if we start there we can be a lot more empathetic about people's situations and that doesn't diminish your experience it doesn't diminish your experience to say that you had some help along the way or some luck that's a good point like both can be true you can both work really hard and also have a really good support system is another good example of this is a lot of the systems that we have in america. They require you to kinda have that support system. Good example of
The Legacy and the Future of Pride Month
"June twenty eighth nine thousand nine hundred sixty nine fifty two years ago. Police raided the stonewall in a gay bar and the uprising. That followed was led by trans activists. Marsha p johnson and sylvia rivera and it sparked a movement that has continued for decades marsha and sylvia like the trans vibe in lower manhattan at the time. It was real. They were taking up space at the stonewall inn and other places and that's why when the police raided they were like nana. You're not gonna quietest so. The first pride march in new york city was held on the one year anniversary of that uprising at stonewall similar marches went on in chicago san francisco los angeles but the history of that is rooted in resistance towards police violence over the last few years. It's like you know. Hey everybody is celebrating pride there you see. Cvs there you see comcast there you see. At and t. Putting out statements basically professing to be lgbtq allies but still giving money to politicians who are pushing anti lgbtq legislation and this is just three out of the twenty five companies that are actually pushing anti lgbtq federal state politicians. So as june comes to an end can do a little bit of a temperature. Check kinda how are you feeling at this moment in our. I'm wondering how are you thinking about this moment in going forward in two thousand twenty one post pandemic to put it singly. I think that aside from everything i think. That pride is as much about a recommitment to the unfinished business of nineteen. Sixty-nine as it is a celebration celebration has to be a part of any type of commemoration especially for people color. It's how we retain joy in the moments of difficulty but at the same time. I think that we have to recognize that. There's a lot of unfinished business. And specifically when it comes to the intersection of gender identity and race and economic opportunity all of those things that sylvia and marsha embodied in their life of the challenges in the hope that still remains very much on the table. And so i think that's what pride is every year and that's what i look to do with a recommitment
Rashad Robinson Is a Leader Fighting for Equity and Justice
"Rashad robinson. Welcome to the podcast. Thanks for having me. I am so glad we are able to do this conversation one because it's the last possible episode a of pride month but also because of where we are in the country right now and if there is one person to talk to about this sort of inter sexual moment we're in right now in our country. You are that person. So i'm just going to throw out this broad. Brush question to you and ask you. What would you say is the state of our union given the perch that you're in right now. Yeah i mean given the purge. I'm in right now. She's been thinking about this. A lot and i was thinking about this. A lot as we lost congressman. John lewis and thinking about all of the political In policy change that happened during his time. During that era of the sixties the voting rights act civil rights. Act spending time with Congressman john lewis sort of later in his in his tenure. I don't think we're in that same era of big serve structural policy change. I think were in this moment of deep cultural shift. You saw it last summer. When racial justice became a majoritarian issue doesn't mean there isn't backlash. But what. I mean by racial justice becoming majoritarian issues. That many people thought the best we could do in terms of activism at that time was clap outside of our windows are uplift investigative journalism and it was racial justice that moved people to the street. Move people to action led to upticks voter. Registration
Interview With Mae Martin From the Series 'Feel Good'
"We treat yourself. I always guests introduce themselves are now remembering we. Did this. live the live episode. We did it live at the london. Podcast festival yeah. I feel like this is more the the true the true essence of the now. We're getting that's exact now. It's like now we're going to get one but like let's do the real one. Yeah now do the real shot I'm martin i'm a comedian and other often. I'm having a pretty good pretty time in life. It's a nice day. Yeah yeah he's talking to you. I'm going to be talking to you too. You gotta show. You've show that's great. Thanks that's probably. I'm sure there's probably a high crossover between people who listen to your chest. Podcast in and watch your show. That feels like i think you're right. I just straight up black dot just to yeah just a one to one that ven diagram is just a circle. I think and i remember the last time we talked you. Were like so. What have you got going on. And i couldn't. I can say it had been. I wasn't allowed to set but since then done two seasons. Yeah and actually because the second season is just coming out. Now we're like came out last week or something like that timing. I watched it. But i have but i love the first season and i'm very excited to find out what continues to happen. Thanks yeah it's it's it's a rocky road but i think it's a satisfying ending because that's it now. I'm not going to do a third one bedroom. Yeah that's it. We only have just. Yeah just like a love story with the proper ending. That's wonderful. yeah so mean financially not wonderful. But i don't know that's stupid but creatively. It's you know it's cool. Because i think if you if you were to keep just throwing throwing problems at one couple you'd have to like every at the beginning of every season you have to undo all the personal growth that those characters made just eternally and i wanted them to actually grow and then leave them in a pretty good place.