People are ready to go deeper, be more truthful, and face challenges that confront us in far more meaningful ways. We need to talk about causes and not just symptoms, face some inconvenient truths, and have more than prepackaged conversations among us.
One question weaves throughout my conversations with guests: how did we get to where we are, and how can we change things now? Listen in as I talk to some of the wisest people I know.
I’ll also answer questions from listeners. Send your questions to Marianne@kastmedia.com
Why Presidential Transitions Are So Important: A Conversation With Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis takes the most left brain issue and gives it right brain impact. That’s exactly what he does in one of Marianne’s favorite books, The Fifth Risk. The book has been called “a love letter to federal workers” by the Washington Post. In this episode, Michael and Marianne explore why a presidential transition, or lack thereof, is so critically important. The book’s major theme is that “a bungled transition becomes a bungled presidency,” a particularly important issue as Trump continues to withhold vital information from the incoming Biden administration.
Who is Nina Turner and Why Do So Many of Us Love Her?
Political powerhouse Nina Turner opens up to Marianne about growing up as a member of the “working poor” and how that fuels her fight for justice today. The two also discuss the importance of electing social justice warriors at the local level, the need for universal healthcare and why reparations are crucial for the nation’s healing.
A Conversation with Andrew Yang
Marianne welcomes her friend Andrew Yang to the podcast this week. They talk election results, the need for direct cash relief and the work that needs to be done as we “battle for the soul of the Democratic Party.”
A Land of Contradictions w/ Guest Anand Giridharadas
Some people talk and all we want to do is listen. Author and journalist Anand Giridharadas is one of those people. His most recent book, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, explores the rigging of the American system and how even the most altruistic billionaires are doing more harm than good while ostensibly “giving back” to society.
The two also dive deep into America’s dark history while acknowledging its light, what Marianne refers to as the “both and” that’s embedded in our country from its founding. Looking to the future, they talk about how the country can move forward and how we can form a more just society for all.
For more information please visit TheMarianneWilliamsonPodcast.com and Anand’s website, Anand.Ly.
The Largest Environmental Disaster You’ve Never Heard Of
Referred to as the “Amazon Chernobyl," it's the largest environmental disaster that you’ve probably never heard of… Billions of gallons of toxic waste dumped into the Amazon by American oil company Texaco (now Chevron), leaving indigenous Ecuadorians living in a sea of pollution.
Caroline Myss: American Archetypes
Author and leader in the higher consciousness movement Caroline Myss applies her wisdom to America’s predicament today. In her first episode, Marianne sits down with her longtime friend for a conversation about America’s psychological dynamics, spirituality, politics, and the oversecularization of our society.