Active Allyship... it’s more than a #hashtag! Now is the time for honest, unfiltered conversation. For authentic voices and their stories. And for connection. Join Sunni and Lisa as they confront the moment head-on with a podcast that’s as substantive, passionate, and as real as the lives behind the headlines."Active Allyship… it’s more than a #hashtag!" goes beyond the likes, the retweets, and the hashtags, making space for the vital dialogue necessary for racial justice. Allyship calls for self-reflection, support for other perspectives, and hearing other voices. Sunni and Lisa dig deep in each episode, getting to the heart of:* What it takes to be an ally* How racism exists in ways you don’t see* The dos and don’ts of talking to friends and family about racism* How good intentions in fighting for racial justice aren’t always enough* How racist feelings or biases aren’t just reserved for the KKK or hate organizations* Guilt and the myth of the white savior* The steps everyone must take to dismantle systemic racism in everyday life.Allies matter. Together—through honesty, tears, laughter and good faith—we make a difference. The vital healing, collaboration, and uplift humanity needs depends on allies. Are you ready to become an active ally?
EP #66: The Proudest Color with Shelia Modir, PH.D & Jeff Kashou, LMFT
Lisa is hosting solo. She is joined by Dr. Sheila Modir & Jeff Kashou, LMFT. Dr. Modir is a pediatric psychologist at a children's hospital providing therapy to children, adolescents, and young adults diagnosed with a medical and mental health condition. Dr. Modir’s research interests include the impact of racial trauma and risk and resilience factors in the context of this trauma, and she has presented at conferences, spoken on podcasts, and published articles on this topic.
Jeff Kashou is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is a manager of clinical product and service design for a mental health tech company that provides telemedicine to those with serious mental illness. Jeff has also served as a Clinical Director-at-Large on the Board of Directors for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, where he helped lead the association to support the field of Marriage and Family Therapy and those with mental health issues. They both consult as experts in mental health for television productions, including for Disney and Freeform, to ensure the accurate and helpful portrayal of mental illness and treatment in the media.
Book description: The Proudest Color.
For me, brown is more than feeling proud.
It’s the color I see when I see me.
Zahra sees the world in vivid color. When she’s happy, she feels a razzle-dazzle pink in her hands. When she’s sad, she feels a deep blue behind her eyes. But she isn’t quite sure how to feel about the color of her skin. Kids at school tell her she is different, but her mother tells her to be proud! From a diverse team and based on extensive research, The Proudest Color is a timely, sensitive introduction to race, racism, and racial pride.
Ep #65: The Inner Work of Racial Justice with Rhonda V. Magee
Lisa is solo today and is joined by Rhonda V. Magee, author of The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulnes. Rhonda V. Magee (M.A. Sociology, J.D.) is a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco and an internationally-recognized thought and practice leader focused on integrating mindfulness into higher education, law and social change work. A prolific author, she draws on law and legal history to weave storytelling, poetry, analysis and practices into inspiration for changing how we think, act and live better together in a rapidly changing world.
Born in North Carolina in 1967, Rhonda experienced a childhood of significant trauma and challenge. Yet, she was gifted with the insight that through a life of caring engagement, self-development, and service with others, she could find a way up and out. She has dedicated her life to healing and teaching in ways that support others in a journey to wholeness and justice. A student of a variety of Buddhist and other wisdom teachers, including Norman Fischer, Joan Halifax and Jon Kabat Zinn, she trained as a mindfulness teacher through the Oasis Teacher Training Institute of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. She teaches mindfulness-based interventions, awareness, and compassion practices from a range of traditions. A former President of the board of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Professor Magee is a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, where she recently completed a two-year term on its steering council. She is a member of the board of advisors of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness and the board of directors for the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.
A professor of Law for twenty years (tenured since 2004), Rhonda teaches courses dealing civil actions for personal injury and insurance recovery; courses dealing with race and inequality; and a course she co-created on mindfulness and lawyering, Rhonda is experienced in interpersonal dynamics-informed small group facilitation (supported by training, retreats, and practice through a variety of programs, including Stanford University’s Interpersonal Dynamics Facilitator Program and Gregory Kramer’s Insight Dialogue). Rhonda’s teaching and writing support compassionate conflict engagement and management; holistic problem-solving to alleviate the suffering of the vulnerable and injured; presence-based leadership in a diverse world, and humanizing approaches to education. She sees embodied mindfulness meditation and the allied disciplines of study and community engagement as keys to personal, interpersonal, and collective transformation in the face of the challenges and opportunities of our time.
Rhonda has served as a guest teacher in a variety of mindfulness teacher training programs, including those sponsored by the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (2017, 2018), led by Diana Winston, the Engaged Mindfulness Institute, led by Fleet Maull (2017, 2018), and the Center for Mindfulness (2017), led by Saki Santorelli and Judson Brewer. She serves as daylong or retreat co-leader and solo teacher at centers including Spirit Rock Meditation Center, the Garrison Institute, the Shambhala Mountain Center, the Omega Institute, Esalen and New York Insight Meditation Center.
Rhonda is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on mindfulness in legal education, and on teaching about race using mindfulness, including “Educating Lawyers to Meditate?” 79 UMKC L. Rev. 535 (2011), “The Way of ColorInsight: Understanding Race and Law Effectively Using Mindfulness-Based ColorInsight Practices”, 8 Georgetown J. of Mod. Crit. Race Perspectives 251 (2016), “Teaching Mindfulness with Mindfulness of Diversity,” in McCown et al, Resources for Teaching Mindfulness: An International Handbook (Springer, 2017), and “Community Engaged Mindfulness
EP #64: Memoir of Growing Up Undocumented in America with NYC Best Seller Qian Julie Wang.
Lisa is solo and is joined by Qian Julie Wang, author of Beautiful Country: A Memoir. Here is the book description:
In Chinese, the word for America, Mei Guo, translates directly to “beautiful country.” Yet when seven-year-old Qian arrives in New York City in 1994 full of curiosity, she is overwhelmed by crushing fear and scarcity. In China, Qian’s parents were professors; in America, her family is “illegal” and it will require all the determination and small joys they can muster to survive.
In Chinatown, Qian’s parents labor in sweatshops. Instead of laughing at her jokes, they fight constantly, taking out the stress of their new life on one another. Shunned by her classmates and teachers for her limited English, Qian takes refuge in the library and masters the language through books, coming to think of The Berenstain Bears as her first American friends. And where there is delight to be found, Qian relishes it: her first bite of gloriously greasy pizza, weekly “shopping days,” when Qian finds small treasures in the trash lining Brooklyn’s streets, and a magical Christmas visit to Rockefeller Center—confirmation that the New York City she saw in movies does exist after all.
But then Qian’s headstrong Ma Ma collapses, revealing an illness that she has kept secret for months for fear of the cost and scrutiny of a doctor’s visit. As Ba Ba retreats further inward, Qian has little to hold onto beyond his constant refrain: Whatever happens, say that you were born here, that you’ve always lived here.
Inhabiting her childhood perspective with exquisite lyric clarity and unforgettable charm and strength, Qian Julie Wang has penned an essential American story about a family fracturing under the weight of invisibility, and a girl coming of age in the shadows, who never stops seeking the light.
EP #63: Hear My Voice/Escucha mi voz: The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of the United States
Sunni and Lisa are joined by Warren Bidford to talk about her book, Hear My Voice/Escucha mi voz: The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of the United States.
Warren Binford is an international children's rights expert who is both a professor of law and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado. She has traveled to over 70 countries and frequently works with children's organization worldwide to combat some of the toughest issues facing children and families in the 21st century, such as child exploitation and trafficking, children in armed conflict, children and families in migration, and more. She is known for her cross-disciplinary and solution-focused approaches to problems and has helped to build teams of doctors, lawyers, mental health professionals, artists, musicians, the media, documentarians, and others to focus their myriad talents together to help kids. Warren has a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School and a BA in Literature and Psychology, summa cum laude with distinction, and an Ed.M. in Early Childhood from Boston University. A former foster parent and inner-city teacher, she lives with her husband, children, horse, and rabbit in Oregon's Willamette Valley, and spends her free time hiking, backpacking, skiing, snowboarding, and occasionally, climbing mountains.
The moving stories of children in migration—in their own words.
"In Spanish and in English, a devastating first-person account of children’s experiences in detention at the southern U.S. border.... A powerful, critical document only made more heartbreaking in picture-book form." —Kirkus Reviews starred review
Every day, children in migration are detained at the US-Mexico border. They are scared, alone, and their lives are in limbo. Hear My Voice/Escucha mi voz shares the stories of 61 these children, from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Mexico, ranging in age from five to seventeen—in their own words from actual sworn testimonies. Befitting the spirit of the project, the book is in English on one side; then flip it over, and there's a complete Spanish version.
Illustrated by 17 Latinx artists, including Caldecott Medalist and multiple Pura Belpré Illustrator Award-winning Yuyi Morales and Pura Belpré Illustrator Award-winning Raὺl the Third. Includes information, questions, and action points. Buying this book benefits Project Amplify, an organization that supports children in migration.
EP #62: The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream with NYT Best Selling Author David Rubenstein
Lisa is solo today. She is joined by David Rubenstein the New York Times bestselling author of How to Lead and The American Story. He is cofounder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest and most successful private equity firms. Rubenstein is Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an original signer of The Giving Pledge and a recipient of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy and the MoMA’s David Rockefeller Award. The host of The David Rubenstein Show on Bloomberg TV and PBS, he lives in the Washington, DC area.
Lisa asks about his interviews with Henry Louis Gated on Reconstruction, David. W. Blight on Frederick Douglas, Jia Lynn Yang - on the history of immigration, Billie Jean King on activism, and more.
Book description: The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream
The capstone book in a trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of How to Lead and The American Story and host of Bloomberg TV’s The David Rubenstein Show—American icons and historians on the ever-evolving American experiment, featuring Ken Burns, Madeleine Albright, Wynton Marsalis, Billie Jean King, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and many more.
In this lively collection of conversations—the third in a series from David Rubenstein—some of our nations’ greatest minds explore the inspiring story of America as a grand experiment in democracy, culture, innovation, and ideas.
-Jill Lepore on the promise of America
-Madeleine Albright on the American immigrant
-Ken Burns on war
-Henry Louis Gates Jr. on reconstruction
-Elaine Weiss on suffrage
-John Meacham on civil rights
-Walter Isaacson on innovation
-David McCullough on the Wright Brothers
-John Barry on pandemics and public health
-Wynton Marsalis on music
-Billie Jean King on sports
-Rita Moreno on film
Exploring the diverse make-up of our country’s DNA through interviews with Pulitzer Prize–winning historians, diplomats, music legends, and sports giants, The American Experiment captures the dynamic arc of a young country reinventing itself in real-time. Through these enlightening conversations, the American spirit comes alive, revealing the setbacks, suffering, invention, ingenuity, and social movements that continue to shape our vision of what America is—and what it can be.
EP #61: Sunni is BACK! So is Melvin Gravely, II author of "Dear White Friend."
Sunni is back! Since Sunni missed the first interview with Melvin Gravely, II the author of "Dear White Friend" on August 25th, she gets a chance to talk with Melvin about his book.
Lisa stays in the background and Sunni and Melvin have a great conversation that you don't want to miss!
Book description of Dear White Friend: The Realities of Race, the Power of Relationships and Our Path to Equity.
My friend, I do not believe you are a racist.
Melvin Gravely eloquently accomplishes what many have undoubtedly wished to do: talk openly to someone we know about race in the United States today. Gravely uses significant experience as a business and civic leader to express a rare balance in this timely message. Dear White Friend is a forthright, collegial conversation via chapters in the form of letters, each with a combination of personal reflection and meaningful hard facts. Gravely challenges the reader but without judgment or indictment. His depth of thought, deftness of expression, and clear, layman’s terms make for an urgent call to begin to close the gap between races in America. The book presents an invitation to understand three questions at the heart of the issue: What is really going on with race in our country? Why must we care? And what can we do about it together? In the end, Gravely calls on us to ask ourselves, “What is my role in all of this?” After reading Dear White Friend, readers will understand why their answer to his question can change everything.