In an increasingly polarized world, Spirited taps into the wisdom of leaders and activists who will help illuminate how spirituality informs action. Hosted by educator, activist and writer Dr. Simran Jeet Singh, this podcast explores life through the perspectives of diverse spiritual thinkers, practitioners and teachers.
Making Real Change with Shannon Watts
Shannon Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the leading force for gun violence prevention. Moms Demand Action has chapters in all 50 states and a powerful grassroots network that has affected change at local, state, and national levels. You can find more from Shannon in her book,”Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World.”
Embracing “We” with Jagmeet Singh
Jagmeet Singh is the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party. His campaign to become the country’s next prime minister made international news, thanks to his progressive politics, his appearance as a practicing Sikh, and his viral interactions with discriminatory protestors. In 2019, Singh became the first racial and religious minority to lead a major political party in Canadian history. This episode, Simran talks to Jagmeet about how Sikh spirituality guides his personal and political path.
Paying It Forward with Rabia Chaudry
Rabia Chaudry knew she had to use her voice for the greater good when her religious community entered a time of turmoil and discrimination. This episode, Simran talks to Rabia about her advocacy for the Muslim community. Rabia also shares what brought her through an abusive relationship, and the story of watching her friend go to jail for a crime she believes he didn’t commit. That last experience led her to write her 2016 book, “Adnan’s Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial.” You can also hear more from Rabia on her two podcasts, Undisclosed and The 45th.
Bridging Divides with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield believes fanaticism happens when people believe they’re 100% right, 100% of the time. But how can someone be resolute in their faith while avoiding this toxic mindset? Rabbi Hirschfield is a lecturer, religious commentator, and president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. This episode, he shares his journey to faith, his past struggle with fanaticism, and his view on how we can heal divides in our society. You can find more from Rabbi Hirschfield in his book, “You Don’t Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism.”
Manifesting Empathy with Abdul El-Sayed
Abdul El-Sayed is a professor and medical doctor turned politician and civil servant, who has a fantastic new podcast about public health called “America Dissected.” Abdul is also an author. His new book, “Healing Politics,” will be out on May 5, 2020. In this episode, he discusses his grandmother’s wisdom, his journey from healthcare to politics and his hope for the future.
Fighting For Justice with Charlotte Clymer
Charlotte Clymer is a writer, Twitter savant, and one of the most prominent transgender activists in the country. In this episode, she talks about her personal experience with poverty, faith, the US military, and her ongoing fight for trans rights. Charlotte is currently the press secretary for rapid response at the Human Rights Campaign.