Open and honest, this weekly podcast is aimed at amplifying stories of what it means to be human and genuinely heard. It features host Benjamin Mathes, Urban Confessional Founder and speaker, who is joined by new guests each episode to explore issues and current events intersecting with the topic of listening and being heard.
Michael Verde: Expanding DEATH OF A SALESMAN Live!
In this live event, world renowned "reader", Michael Verde uses one of the greatest pieces of American literature to change the way we read, relate to the written word, and expand what is possible for an artist. Somewhere between brain candy and a soul massage, this will inspire you and open your eyes to see what, perhaps, has been there all along.
Seeing Miracles with Dina Shihabi | Episode 214
In this episode, Benjamin sits down with actress, and star of the new Amazon Original series, "Jack Ryan", Dina Shihabi to discuss diversity, equality, and the miracle of being alive. A unique voice in difficult times, Dina offers insight into what it means to know yourself, love those around you, and bask in the miracle of life.
On Life, Love, and Dating in 2018 with Ana Lorena Sanchez | Episode 213
In this episode, Benjamin sits down with actress and cultural influencer, Ana Lorena Sanchez to discuss what life, love, and dating looks like in 2018. The conversation goes to some unexpected places as Ana Lorena opens up about some personal things, and a surprise guest jumps in to reveal something previously unknown about the host. You do not want to miss this podcast!
How to Listen...No, Really, Here's How | Episode 212
In 2012, host, Benjamin Mathes created Urban Confessional: a Free Listening Movement. Since then, the movement has grown to over 80 countries with thousands of volunteers holding signs that say, "Free Listening". In this episode, Benjamin uncovers the secrets to deep listening. Often referred to as a "soft skill", this podcast will show you why listening is actually a "survival skill". Take notes and listen carefully, there's a lot of info in this episode!
The Power of Myth and Metaphor with Michael Verde | Episode 211
In this episode, one of last season most popular guest, Michael Verde, returns to dive deep into the profound effects myths and metaphors have on our lives, literature, and cultural understanding. A self-proclaimed "Reader", Michael is capable of revealing hidden truths embedded into the written word. Pulling from Biblical scripture and classic American Literature, he will open the aperture of what is possible when we allow ourselves to see more, understand more, and read in a new way.
Rap, Religion, and Racism with Agape Dave | Episode 210
In this episode, Benjamin sits down with self described "White, Lutheran, Rapper" and cultural innovator, Agape Dave. Join them as they wade through the muddy waters of cultural appropriation, racism, hiphop, Jesus, and how social anxiety may be cause of modern segregation. In this episode, Agape Dave will give you a 5 step process that will show you how to grow in your understanding of different cultures, discuss the nuances of Whiteness, and shed light on the very things that will bring us all together if we ever develop the courage to let it.