What's it like to fail? How do we respond when we do? This podcast features honest conversations with cultural and religious leaders about failure, reslience and perseverance.
Conversation with Grail Cafe owner, Sheldrick Holmes
My guest for this episode is Sheldrick Holmes. I don’t know about you, but it seems like every day I read about one of my favorite restaurants or businesses having to close because of the pandemic. It made me curious about how does a restaurant actually make ends meet in times like this? So I reached out to one of my new favorite coffee places in my neighborhood, The Grail Café, which opened just two months before the pandemic hit. They’ve hung in there and I reached out to the owner, Sheldrick Holmes, to share part of his story.
You can learn more about the Grail at www.thegrailcafe.com or on Instagram @thegrail.cafe.
Conversation with church planter Kevin Makins
My guest this week is church planter and pastor Kevin Makins.
Kevin is the founder of Eucharist Church in Hamilton, Ontario, and he recently wrote the book, “Why Would Anyone Go to Church?” The book is a very honest look at how his church came to be and his own personal joys and struggles in that process. We also do some reflections on the state of the church in Canada.
You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @kevinmakins.
Conversation with journalist Derrick Clifton
I’m continuing this little mini-series about journalism as I talk to free-lance journalist, Derrick Clifton. Derrick is a journalist focused on the intersections of identity, culture and social justice issues. Their work has appeared at NBC News Digital, Vice, The Triibe and various other news and culture outlets. They were most recently the communications manager for ProPublica Illinois, the first regional newsroom operation of ProPublica.
Derrick has some engaging and honest things to say about the state of journalism today and their own experience of being a black queer journalist. You can follow Derrick on Twitter and Instagram @DerrickClifton.
Conversation with Medill School of Journalism Dean Charles Whitaker
A common topic for conversation these days centers around what information we’re receiving and whether we can trust that information. Because I have a little background in journalism, information sharing has always been of interest to me so I’m doing three episodes in a row dedicated to this topic. First up is a conversation with Charles Whitaker, the dean of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Before joining the Medill faculty, Charles was a senior editor at Ebony magazine and also worked as a reporter for the Miami Herald and the Louisville (Ky.) Times, He has received commendations for his work from a number of journalism societies, including the National Association of Black Journalists, Society of Professional Journalists and National Education Writers Association.
We had a wide-ranging conversation about the state of journalism today and some of the challenges that journalists—especially journalists of color—face in this new media landscape.
Conversation with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (rebroadcast)
The Democratic National Convention is happening right now so I thought it might be a good time to share the conversation I had in January 2019 conversation with then-mayoral candidate (and now Chicago mayor) Lori Lightfoot.
Conversation with paralympian Susannah Scaroni
Normally right now, many of us would be glued to the TV watching the Summer Olympics, but, of course, it has become one of the many unfortunate pandemic postponements this year. Since 1960, the Paralympics have also been held the same year as the Olympics and they too have been postponed. Today I talk with one of the athletes who would have competed in this year’s competition, Susannah Scaroni.
Susannah is a wheelchair racer with an emphasis on the marathon. She competed in the 2012 and 2016 paralympics and has been one of the world’s elite marathoners for almost 10 years. In this conversation, we talk about her disappointment in not competing in this year’s games, misconceptions about para-athletes and keys to her resilience.
You can follow Susannah on Twitter @KenyanScaroni and Instagram @suscaroni.