SHAMEBOOTH is a podcast about getting proud.
Through recordings from our art installation, interviews with brave people doing brilliant things and chock full of other sneaky peaks and goodies, we help you answer the question what if? What if I was enough, what if I could feel proud even about the things I thought were mistakes, and what if I did it with playfulness and joy. What if? Come on, what’s the story you want to tell about yourself to yourself. Here’s your chance to flip the script.
Unplugged with Tiffany Shlain
Emmy-nominated filmmaker, renowned public speaker, and writer Tiffany Shlain is no stranger to technology. Not only is she founder of the Webby Awards and co-founder of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, but much of her work interweaves humanity’s relationship to technology. Not to mention her husband, Ken Goldberg, is a roboticist at UC Berkeley. And part of technology’s power, Tiffany says, is our ability to turn it off. So, she does turn it off - her phone, her computer - every Saturday with her family, in what they call a “Technology Shabbat,” and they’ve been doing this for the past 10 years. She even wrote a book about it, called “24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week.” And let’s be real: turning off technology feels more important - and also harder to do - NOW more than ever before. In this episode of SHAMEBOOTH, Tiffany details the impact her childhood has on her current path and mothering approach, how “Tech Shabbats” have transformed her life, and why you might want to follow suit and do the same.
Shameless with Nadia Bolz-Weber
Nadia Bolz-Weber is a bad ass: A Lutheran pastor and the founder of House for All Sinners & Saints in Denver, the author of three (!) New York Times Bestsellers, she has a podcast, a huge following and she just doesn’t look like your typical pastor. One of her books, Shameless, got us running to her because we know how deep the connection between shame and religion can be and we want to get that shame right out of the way! We spoke with Nadia from her home. We spoke about her early days in the church, the paths she took that led her in other directions, and how she found her way back.
The Apology with Eve Ensler
Eve Ensler is most well known for The Vagina Monologues, a play she created that has been performed around the world countless times. She’s also a feminist, activist and author. We spoke about her groundbreaking, heart wrenching book, The Apology. Written by her, channeling her father, it is an apology, one she never received from him but that wrote in his voice, for the years of sexual and physical abuse he inflicted upon her. Unflinching, healing, excruciating, revelatory, bold, brutal, and written with, as Anita Hill states, with unflinching candor and immeasurable grace. I had the honor of speaking with Eve Ensler. It was right before Covid hit and she was at home in the woods. We spoke about feminism, genocide and the power of calling men in instead of calling them out.
Courage with Debbie Millman
Debbie Millman’s resume is impressive, to say the least: Designer, artist, brand consultant for some of the most recognizable companies, author of six books, host of the first-ever and longest-running design podcast, Design Matters. It’s easy to think someone this accomplished had it all handed to them. But with Debbie, you’d be wrong. She struggled through and survived a deeply challenging childhood, which she first revealed, candidly and unexpectedly, on the Tim Ferris podcast. Her healing process has been a long one, and perhaps her most impressive quality is her courage in the face of it all. Time and time again, she has proven that’s she’s not afraid to reinvent herself, to evolve. Exhibit A: After being married to a man for a number of years, Debbie came out of the closet in her fifties and is now engaged to woman… but not just any woman: author Roxane Gay.
Boys & Sex with Peggy Orenstein
New York Times bestselling author and journalist Peggy Orenstein has spent a good part of her career focusing on girls and young women in groundbreaking books like Cinderella ate my Daughter and the infamous, Girls & Sex. As the #metoo movement was ramping up and boys and men were being taken to task, Orenstein wanted to hear from them, to better understand what boys were feeling and thinking and how was this movement, and our social climate, shaping the way in which they were understanding their sexuality and expressing it. She interviewed dozens of boys, from young adolescence to young adulthood, and realized that they were ready to talk and what they had to say may surprise readers and listeners. Boys & Sex was just published and Orenstein shares the insights she gleaned from the research and one big take away: Talk to your kids about sex. They’re ready. So should you be.
Best of 2019
This year has been an amazing one in the world of SHAMEBOOTH. We are approaching our 24th podcast episode, we produced a portable booth that Paula has been lugging around with her around the country (and soon to the border), we have presented at national events, had a two week residency in San Francisco and now we even have a shop where you can get SHAMEBOOTH merch (get your FUCK SHAME buttons before they’re all gone). Let’s just say we are kicking shame in the booty. This episode is our End of Year episode. Sounds a bit strange to call it a best of but it’s a listening experience not to be missed that brings together excerpts from the podcast, clips form the booth and other goodies. Dive in and get shame free in the new decade.