47 episodes

In the Power Done Differently podcast (formally Tell It Like It Is), you’ll meet powerful, passionate women from around the world who are doing power differently. From politicians to artists, entrepreneurs to c-suiters, anti-capitalists to actual royalty, this is no echo-chamber. We explore big things, speak candidly and hold space for disagreement. We laugh with each other and we learn from each other. Because power doesn’t have to corrupt us. It can connect us. It can change everything for the better. And I want you to know that you’re powerful, too. New conversations drop every Tuesday.

Power Done Differently Cassandra Rae Pittman

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    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

In the Power Done Differently podcast (formally Tell It Like It Is), you’ll meet powerful, passionate women from around the world who are doing power differently. From politicians to artists, entrepreneurs to c-suiters, anti-capitalists to actual royalty, this is no echo-chamber. We explore big things, speak candidly and hold space for disagreement. We laugh with each other and we learn from each other. Because power doesn’t have to corrupt us. It can connect us. It can change everything for the better. And I want you to know that you’re powerful, too. New conversations drop every Tuesday.

    Joy Morrissey MP on Finding the Middle Ground After Brexit and Why It’s Time to Make Politics Boring Again.

    Joy Morrissey MP on Finding the Middle Ground After Brexit and Why It’s Time to Make Politics Boring Again.

    For my last episode of the season, I’m joined by my fellow American in London: Joy Morrissey. Joy is the Member of Parliament for Beaconsfield and currently serves as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. I wanted to talk to Joy in part because she has such an incredible story. She’s only the third American-born female MP in UK history, the first to enter Parliament after a general election, and the first to hold a seat in over 80 years. At the 2019 election, Joy unseated Dominic Grieve, the former UK Attorney General who had held the seat for two decades. I also wanted to understand what being a Conservative meant in a post-Brexit context and so that’s exactly what I did. We delve into how she first got involved in politics and why, despite voting Leave in 2016, she once thought she’d be working for the European Commission. We explore healthcare inequality in the US, the rise of nationalism and finding the middle ground in divided political cultures, how women are carrying the uneven burden of child-care in the pandemic, and why it’s well worth time we make politics boring again (along with many other topics along the way). Delivering balanced and intelligent answers to some really quite probing questions, and proving that you can disagree without being disagreeable, Joy is exactly the type of elected official we need more of. So until I see you all again in September with another batch of good troublemakers doing power differently, stay brave, stay kind and stay powerful. You can change everything for the better.

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Author Sophie Williams on Being an Anti-Racist Ally

    Author Sophie Williams on Being an Anti-Racist Ally

    After yet two more police shootings, and video of a black soldier being pepper sprayed, all in less than a week, this was an episode I originally planned to release as part of my next series in September, but I simply couldn't hold this back now. So, joining me on this week’s Power Done Differently is Sophie Williams, an advocate, activist, and author of the books Anti-Racist Ally and the newly released Millennial Black. A Creative Media Producer by trade, having worked on several notable productions including the Crown, Orange in the New Black and The End of The F***ing World, Sophie found herself the voice of a movement after an Instagram post went viral. We delve into all the uncomfortable topics we need to be having right now: We talk about George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Belly Mujinga, Stephen Lawrence, and so many other names that should still be here, how black women have been the backbone of much of social progress, defining what privilege looks like - for people off all ethnicities - and why you need to overcome the need to be liked by everyone. For Sophie, there’s a difference between simply not being racist and actively being an anti-racist. From her TEDTalk, we also discuss the glass cliff, how we all too commonly see it in politics today, and the regressive situation that is bound to happen when under-represented women of colour are placed into that poison chalice position. In her books, one of the suggestions Sophie makes for anti-racist allies is to “just listen” and so that’s exactly what I’ve tried to do, and I hope you will too.

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    Explore Sophie’s work at:
    www.sophiewilliamsofficial.com
    Buy Anti Racist Ally:
    www.sophiewilliamsofficial.com/writing/buy-anti-racist-ally
    Buy Millennial Black:
    www.sophiewilliamsofficial.com/writing/buy-millennial-black
    Why women and people of colour fall off the glass cliff:
    www.youtu.be/5nMbKkgqork 

    • 51 min
    Anti-Brexit Campaigner Gina Miller on Making Nigel Farage Blush and How to Disarm Your Enemies with Kindness.

    Anti-Brexit Campaigner Gina Miller on Making Nigel Farage Blush and How to Disarm Your Enemies with Kindness.

    If you’ve been following the never-ending saga that is Brexit, or even just looked at Twitter at any point during, Gina Miller will be a household name to you. A serial entrepreneur, passionate philanthropist and advocate for responsible capitalism, Gina shot to fame over twice leading successful Supreme Court cases to ensure Brexit be democratically debated in parliament and who, in the process, became something of a favourite punching bag for extreme Brexitiers both online and off. But, if that’s all you know about her: there is so much more. In this episode of Power Done Differently, Gina and I sit down to talk about all things democracy: how the UK’s political system could do with some pretty serious reforms, why the Leave campaign won with emotion, and how she’s been cast aside one too many times for being an outspoken woman of colour. Gina also discusses her approach to befriending her bullies, surviving domestic abuse, how she made Nigel Farage loose his composure on national TV, and why she remains staunchly against looking, sounding, and behaving like a politician. In their review of her debut book, Rise: Life Lessons in Speaking Out, Standing Tall & Leading the Way, The Sunday Times called Gina, “a woman of true grit and courage, of whom we should all - whatever our views on Brexit - be proud.” This episode is a must-listen for anyone devoted to restoring sense, decency and emotional intelligence in politics.

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    Explore Gina's campaigns at:  www.trueandfaircampaign.com and www.messagesoflove.co.uk 

    • 53 min
    BONUS: Former HRH Princess of Luxembourg Tessy Antony de Nassau on Motherhood, Psychedelic Research and Launching a Global NGO.

    BONUS: Former HRH Princess of Luxembourg Tessy Antony de Nassau on Motherhood, Psychedelic Research and Launching a Global NGO.

    You know how leftovers can sometimes be the best bit of a gutsy meal? Well, it’s the same with podcasts - there’s always rich pickings cut in the editing process, and they’re just too good not to share. I simply had to make a bite-sized episode from some of the best bits I cut from my interview with Tessy Anthony de Nassau, UNAIDS Ambassador, Co-Founder of the new feminist clothing line, Human Highness, and (of course) former Princess of Luxembourg. Tessy gave such an honest and candid interview, back during the ‘Tell It Like It Is’ days of the podcast, I couldn’t cram it all into the first one! So stick the kettle on and enjoy 16 minutes of discovering how Tessy learned to play with her children, the logistics of launching free summer schools in Sierra Leone, Uganda and India, and delve further into her research on psychedelic medical treatments - there’s so much more to Tessy than meets the eyes.

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    Find out more about Tessy at: www.tessydenassau.com

    • 16 min
    Best for Britain CEO Naomi Smith on Confronting YouTube’s Radicalisation of Young Men, Racial Injustice During the Northern Ireland Conflict, and What Went Wrong with the Remain Alliance.

    Best for Britain CEO Naomi Smith on Confronting YouTube’s Radicalisation of Young Men, Racial Injustice During the Northern Ireland Conflict, and What Went Wrong with the Remain Alliance.

    Joining me on this week’s Power Done Differently is Naomi Smith, CEO of the pro-Europe campaign group Best for Britain, and co-host of one of my favourite podcasts, ‎OH GOD, WHAT NOW? Naomi has been up close on some of the most significant political failures in the UK over the last decade. She was one of the few who predicted that the last election would end badly for Remainers, but when she tried to warn them, she was shouted down by MPs. So of course we talk about Brexit, the Labour Party and the Lib Dem's, but we also talk about so much more. Naomi gets candid about growing up in Northern Ireland during the troubles, what that can teach us about a post Brexit/Trump world, and how the racial harassment of a classmate by a teacher exposed her to how power can corrupt, and how abusers will use that power. We explore the role big tech has in the radicalisation of young men and directing violence towards women, alongside why most politicians don’t have the real life experience to be good leaders. While Naomi claims she has no interest in running for office again, I can’t help but feel politics would be all the better for having more women like Naomi Smith in power.

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    Keep the UK working with the world at: www.bestforbritain.org 

    • 59 min
    Former Utah State Science Advisor Dr. Carol Curchoe on Redefining IVF Lab Management, Not Fitting Stereotypes, and Why the Politicization of Education Risks Becoming Like the Handmaid’s Tale.

    Former Utah State Science Advisor Dr. Carol Curchoe on Redefining IVF Lab Management, Not Fitting Stereotypes, and Why the Politicization of Education Risks Becoming Like the Handmaid’s Tale.

    Diving right into the controversial topics, renowned biologist, fertility expert, and former Utah State Science Advisor, Dr Carol Curchoe joins me to talk about everything from abortion terminology and vaccine denialism to the challenges of STEM cell research in the US. A high school dropout with a complicated family background, Dr Curchoe didn’t take the usual path to becoming a distinguished scientist and successful start-up entrepreneur. She managed to break the cycle of poverty and become the first in her family to go to college, gaining her GED and working part time as a waitress - something she says should be akin to national service! In this week’s Power Done Differently episode, Dr Curchoe and I delve into her journey from smoking cigarettes in the high school car park to founding ART Compass, a successful startup which modernises the technology IVF labs use for automating data and improving patient care. We also  discuss the importance of mentors, not fitting stereotypes, and the Handmaid's Tale-esque politicization of science education across America. Dr Curchoe is a passionate advocate for taking the pain out of IVF, and that compassion and candour for one of the hardest experiences women will go through really stands out in the interview, so press download and listen now.

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    Explore Dr Curchoe's life changing work at: www.artcompass.io 

    • 1 hr

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