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Brittany Packnett Cunningham is an activist, educator, and popular TV commentator—and a trusted voice for millions of people interested in social justice. Now, with UNDISTRACTED—an original podcast from The Meteor and Pineapple Street Studios—she aims her focus on the most pressing issues of our time through the lens of intersectional feminism. From the latest headlines to deep-dives with today’s most fascinating changemakers, UNDISTRACTED is your weekly guide to the revolution.

UNDISTRACTED with Brittany Packnett Cunningham The Meteor, Pineapple Street Studios

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Brittany Packnett Cunningham is an activist, educator, and popular TV commentator—and a trusted voice for millions of people interested in social justice. Now, with UNDISTRACTED—an original podcast from The Meteor and Pineapple Street Studios—she aims her focus on the most pressing issues of our time through the lens of intersectional feminism. From the latest headlines to deep-dives with today’s most fascinating changemakers, UNDISTRACTED is your weekly guide to the revolution.

    “Every Hashtag is a Human Being”: Honoring the Five-Year Anniversary of #MeToo

    “Every Hashtag is a Human Being”: Honoring the Five-Year Anniversary of #MeToo

    It’s been five years exactly since millions of people, most of them women, stepped forward to say #MeToo. What have we learned since then? In our season finale, host Brittany Packnett Cunningham sits down with Tarana Burke, the woman who started the movement back in 2006, along with playwright/attorney Mary Kathryn Nagle, and organizer/attorney Monica Ramirez. Their conversation is a reflection on our post-#MeToo world—and what we actually owe survivors. But first, as always, your UNtrending news. 

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    • 50 min
    The End of the World as We Know It? Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson Rates our Climate Future

    The End of the World as We Know It? Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson Rates our Climate Future

    The floods, the hurricanes, the wildfires…if you feel like you’re living through a climate apocalypse, you’re not wrong. But it’s not all hellfire, says marine biologist Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson—there are signs of progress if you know where to look. In this episode, the “climate futurist” sits down with host Brittany Packnett Cunningham to give our planet a report card from the point of view of science, policy and climate action. The results? Not what we expected. But first, this week’s UNtrending news.

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    • 39 min
    “You Can’t Win if You Don’t Start”: Rep. Cori Bush on Running for Office—and Making a Difference

    “You Can’t Win if You Don’t Start”: Rep. Cori Bush on Running for Office—and Making a Difference

    Congresswoman Cori Bush doesn’t have the usual political resume: no Ivy League alma mater, no law degree, no generational wealth––but she’s an organizer, a mother, a pastor and a survivor, and she’s brought all those pieces of herself with her to Washington. Host Brittany Packnett Cunningham sits down with Rep. Bush to talk about her brand-new memoir, her harrowing journey to the Capitol, and what it’s really like to survive in politics as a Black woman. But first, this week’s UNtrending news.

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    • 33 min
    Derecka Purnell On Living (and Loving) Outside the Police State

    Derecka Purnell On Living (and Loving) Outside the Police State

    What do Stranger Things, social media and sexual violence all have in common? They all figure into Derecka Purnell’s brilliant world philosophy about abolition—the effort to move beyond police, and the violence too often associated with them. In this episode, host Brittany Packnett Cunningham sits down with her friend, the writer and professor, to hear more. This is a conversation about scaling big ideas down to day-to-day practice. But first, this week’s UNtrending News.
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    • 43 min
    The Queen Died. Now What? Three Brilliant Women on Colonialism and the Future

    The Queen Died. Now What? Three Brilliant Women on Colonialism and the Future

    The funeral is over. The pomp has died down. But the conversations—not just around the monarchy, but around the legacy of imperialism—continue around the world. So host Brittany Packnett Cunningham sits down with three women with different perspectives on the empire: writer Luvvie Ajayi Jones, professor and scholar Caroline Elkins, and the Meteor’s Shannon Melero. Together they get into what the queen represented, what people still don’t understand about colonialism, and their own families and experiences. But first, this week’s UNtrending news. 

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    • 52 min
    The Hidden Latinx Stories We Don’t Hear, with Julissa Natzely Arce Raya

    The Hidden Latinx Stories We Don’t Hear, with Julissa Natzely Arce Raya

    It’s Hispanic Heritage Month! And Julissa Natzely Arce Raya has complicated feelings. The author of You Sound Like a White Girl sits down with host Brittany Packnett Cunningham to talk about why some stories get told so much more than others—and what that costs us. You’ll hear about rebel cheerleaders, solidarity between activists, the pressure to assimilate, and what Julissa learned from her journey through Wall Street. Plus, of course, this week’s UNtrending news. 

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    • 46 min

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I live in Southern Califorina, I’m a African American women 65 years young. I went to see a pulmonologist , having problems with my lungs. I had a test 5 years ago it was abdominal. I also have heart problems. So unfortunately I put the pulmonary problems to the side. I was experiencing some difficulty. So I went to the doctor she referred me. Tech asked me want was my race , I’m think what! He exo if he put down my race as white , the test would should I have a problem. But if he put down I was African American, the test would say I had no problems. I need to remind you , I already have a test multiple test that says I have abdominal lung function. So I said African American, & he was right the results showed normal. When I asked the pulmonologist way the results came out this was he had no answer. I spoke with my cardiologists , she stated that there are test that are racially discriminated against . I’ve experienced racism in the medical community. I wanted to get a African American G P , as well a , GYN African American women . I’m not tech savvy. I’ve asked friends to help me to find African Americans doctors, I have not been successful. I’ve been on this search for over a year & half. Possible can you guide me in the right direction. Or do a segment on finding African American doctors in one’s area city. I enjoy listening to your podcast, watching you on MSNBC. I always tell my friends there goes my girl Brittany. I share your podcast with my friends. You always are so precise and break it down to where it supposed to be. I want to say thank you. I have to say I don’t know how to get your response. Sincerely Elle

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