22 episodes

Permission to Speak is a fun and fiery romp through how we talk and what our voice says about us with Samara Bay, speech coach to the stars and public speaking adviser back when there was a public to speak in. Each week she interviews people who specialize in how we use our voice and people in the public eye who are USING it—what it took to find their voice, when it still wavers, the crap comments they’ve gotten for being too loud or too soft or too millennial or too anything because PEOPLE HAVE OPINIONS, and how to give ourselves permission to speak like we belong in rooms of power just as we are. Let’s destabilize the patriarchy together! Let’s talk about deep AF societal dysfunction and how it plays out on our bodies and voices, but, like, have fun doing it! Hi. This is for you.

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Permission to Speak is a fun and fiery romp through how we talk and what our voice says about us with Samara Bay, speech coach to the stars and public speaking adviser back when there was a public to speak in. Each week she interviews people who specialize in how we use our voice and people in the public eye who are USING it—what it took to find their voice, when it still wavers, the crap comments they’ve gotten for being too loud or too soft or too millennial or too anything because PEOPLE HAVE OPINIONS, and how to give ourselves permission to speak like we belong in rooms of power just as we are. Let’s destabilize the patriarchy together! Let’s talk about deep AF societal dysfunction and how it plays out on our bodies and voices, but, like, have fun doing it! Hi. This is for you.

    How to Inspire Hope with Ilyse Hogue

    How to Inspire Hope with Ilyse Hogue

    Samara chats with the president of NARAL Pro Choice America about what public speaking and leadership even mean (hello, AOC), how to find hope in a dystopia, and what it is to know our history—her new book tells the story of the politicization of abortion, and how WE can change the narrative. 
    Host: Samara Bay
    Executive producers: Catherine Burt Cantin & Mark Cantin, Double Vision doublevisionprojects.com
    Producers: Samara Bay, Sophie Lichterman and the iHeart team
    Theme music: Mark Cantin

    Ilyse on IG: @ilyseh
    NARAL on IG: @prochoiceamerica
     
    Buy The Lie That Binds: barnesandnoble.com/w/the-lie-that-binds-ilyse-hogue/1137333853?ean=9781947492509
     
    More of Ayanna Pressley’s video: theglowup.theroot.com/exclusive-rep-ayanna-pressley-reveals-beautiful-bald-1841039847
     
    Email us at permissiontospeakpod@gmail.com – where do you need more permission?
     
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    • 54 min
    How to Be Yourself with Ashley Nicole Black

    How to Be Yourself with Ashley Nicole Black

    Samara chats with the writer, comedian, and actress known for “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” and “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” about how to play and trust our instincts like we did when we were kids, who the gatekeepers of funny are, and why ideas are like toilet paper.
     
    Host: Samara Bay
    Executive producers: Catherine Burt Cantin & Mark Cantin, Double Vision doublevisionprojects.com
    Producers: Samara Bay, Sophie Lichterman and the iHeart team
    Theme music: Mark Cantin
     
    Follow Ashley: @ashnb1 on IG and @ashleyn1cole on Twitter
     
    Ashley’s segment with Stacey Abrams: youtube.com/watch?v=zQ_newQ5exo
     
    Ashley as Trinity: youtube.com/watch?v=pULIUqK8Bt4
     
    Ashley as The Most Annoying Girl: youtube.com/watch?v=GYsRMi92jX4&t=26s
     
    Email us at permissiontospeakpod@gmail.com with any questions or thoughts about speaking up and using your voice. We're here for you.
     
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    How to Check Your Bias: Women’s Voices with Amanda Montell

    How to Check Your Bias: Women’s Voices with Amanda Montell

    Samara chats with the author of “Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language” about the subtle ways our speech differs from men’s, and why. This is a conversation about how we talk, how we get judged, how we judge others, and what needs to change (and doesn’t!) so we can show up in the world as ourselves.   
    Host: Samara Bay
    Executive producers: Catherine Burt Cantin & Mark Cantin, Double Vision doublevisionprojects.com
    Producers: Samara Bay, Sophie Lichterman and the iHeart team
    Theme music: Mark Cantin
    “Wordslut” by Amanda Montell (new in paperback): indiebound.org/book/9780062868886
    Amanda on IG: @amanda_montell
    “Joining the Resistance” by Carol Gilligan: indiebound.org/book/9780745651705
    “Boys & Sex” by Peggy Orenstein: indiebound.org/book/9780062666970

    Email permissiontospeakpod@gmail.com with any questions about your voice and Samara will answer 'em in our next mailbag episode! 
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    How to Check Your Bias: Black Voices, with Dr. Anne Charity-Hudley

    How to Check Your Bias: Black Voices, with Dr. Anne Charity-Hudley

    For this first pod in a special Permission to Speak series on “non-standard” English (ie. how you probably speak... ehem), Samara chats with the linguist and scholar about African American English: why Black kids internalize shame about how they sound from an early age, what “standard English” even is and who the heck decided, and how all of our assumptions around speaking "correctly" play out on the grand scale (hiring practices, college admissions, policy) and on the small scale (within our friend circles, who we choose to read and admire and trust). This is the pod on antiracism you didn't know you needed.
     
    More on Dr. Charity-Hudley: @acharityhudley on IG, annecharityhudley.com

    Her Slate piece: slate.com/human-interest/2014/10/english-variation-not-related-to-intelligence-code-switching-and-other-ways-to-fight-linguistic-insecurity.html

    Antiracist action if you're in CA -- learn more about ACA5, on the ballot this November, and consider a YES vote: latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-11/skelton-aca5-affirmative-action-proposition-209-california

    Nell Painter: nellpainter.com
     
    Kristin Linklater: linklatervoice.com
     
    Killer Mike’s speech: youtube.com/watch?v=kSWasOhArfM
     
    MLK’s final speech: youtube.com/watch?v=FmkwI5ItCFk
     
    Bessie Smith: npr.org/2018/01/05/575422226/forebears-bessie-smith-the-empress-of-the-blues
     
    David Crystal: thriftbooks.com/a/david-crystal/237279/
     
    More on honoring native lands: usdac.us/nativeland
     
    Send Samara any questions about your voice for our next mailbag episode at PermissiontoSpeakPod.com or on IG @permissiontospeakpod
     
    And of course, please pass this along to anyone who could use it. If you’re feeling extra spicy, we’d be grateful if you left us a review or rated us on Apple Podcasts or the iHeartRadio app, and subscribed for your weekly dose of Permission to Speak :)
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    • 58 min
    How to Own the Room with Viv Groskop

    How to Own the Room with Viv Groskop

    Samara chats with the UK author, comedian, and pod icon who says “be your own version of what you think an adult should look like and sound like, and only you get to decide what that is.”
    They talk the Buddhism of speaking in public, surprising lessons everyone can take from standup and improv, and tips for owning all the rooms, which, spoiler: is about the sizzle, not the composition of the sausage. 
     
    Follow Viv: @vivgroskop, vivgroskop.com/
    Her latest books:
    penguin.co.uk/books/111/1117056/how-to-own-the-room/9781787631120.html
    penguin.co.uk/books/1118966/lift-as-you-climb/9781787633049.html
    abramsandchronicle.co.uk/book/9781419742989-au-revoir-tristesse/
    Her masterclass on How to Cope with Uncertainty at Work:
    youtube.com/watch?v=Og7ZAdenTaI
    Follow Jameela Jamil: @jameelajamilofficial
    Mary Portas’ book, Work like a Woman: penguin.co.uk/books/111/1115457/work-like-a-woman/9781784163624.html
    Mary Beard’s book, Women & Power: wwnorton.com/books/9781631494758
    Tig Notaro’s standup: 
    youtube.com/watch?v=LSo380S8Dng
    youtube.com/watch?v=V97lvUKYisA&t=102s
    More on honoring native lands: usdac.us/nativeland

    ****What’s going on with your voice these days? Send Samara a question for our next mailbag episode at PermissiontoSpeakPod.com or on Instagram @permissiontospeakpod****
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    • 1 hr
    How to Give a Speech Like Michelle Obama with Sarah Hurwitz

    How to Give a Speech Like Michelle Obama with Sarah Hurwitz

    Samara chats with one of the all-time greatest speechwriters (she wrote for Barack and then Michelle all eight years they were in the White House, and before that Hillary!) and gets loads of delicious tips on world-changing speechwriting and room-changing delivery: what it really means to show not tell, how to start and how to structure the damn thing, and Sarah’s best advice for sounding like a real person up there and not “disembodied authority voice.” Plus they discuss her latest book on Judaism and how to be a good human.
     
    Anne Deavere Smith’s book Talk to Me: penguinrandomhouse.com/books/168772/talk-to-me-by-anna-deavere-smith/
    Sarah Hurwitz’s book Here All Along: penguinrandomhouse.com/books/572627/here-all-along-by-sarah-hurwitz/
    More on Martin Buber: brainpickings.org/2018/03/18/i-and-thou-martin-buber/
    More info on honoring native lands: usdac.us/nativeland

    ****How’s it feeling to speak up these days? Let us know at PermissiontoSpeakPod.com or on Instagram @permissiontospeakpod****
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    • 1 hr 10 min

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