A Year of Listening Podcast is designed to reclaim the lost art of civil, compassionate, and nuanced conversation about a variety of polarizing topics. In short, we’re tackling all the topics your mother warned you not to discuss at cocktail parties. The goal of this show is to help people understand the very personal experiences that often guide our beliefs in the hopes that this expands our compassion and empathy for those who believe differently than us. I have no doubt that in every episode a listener will hear something with which he wholeheartedly disagrees. But, I also believe that if one keeps listening, he will also hear something with which he agrees. It is my hope that the conversations in this podcast will give listeners opportunities to keep listening, to practice empathy and to widen the narrow holds we have on our own perspectives to make room for someone else’s.
Episode 82: What I Learned from Listening (Year Two)
It’s the last episode of 2019 and Colleen is sharing what she learned this year from listening to all her guests. This year provided so much food for thought as she listened and learned from a variety of people. Find out what were the most popular episodes and which ones have stuck with Colleen long after the microphone was turned off.
Episode 81: Polarizing Holiday Opinions with Shannon Staley
Happy Holidays! Today Colleen tackles all the most polarizing of holiday issues with her friend Shannon Staley: Elf on a Shelf, appropriate times for decorations, how much glory Santa should get and whether or not Love Actually is a great Christmas movie. This lighthearted discussion will get you into the holiday spirit and perhaps disagreeing vehemently with our opinions. Grab a Mall Santa (the drink invented by Colleen’s siblings: whiskey and hot cocoa) and get ready to have some holiday opinions!
Episode 80: The Upsides and Pitfalls of the Enneagram with Jenn Batchelor and Anna Jordan
In this episode we talk Enneagram, or rather the pros and cons of this ancient self-knowledge tool. Colleen chats with two friends, Jenn Batchelor and Anna Jordan, about why they love the Enneagram, how its current popularity has effected its use, and what can be problematic about the Enneagram. Whether you’ve been doing a deep dive into the Enneagram for months, or you’ve just started wondering what the heck it is, this conversation will help you to understand the highest and best uses of the Ennea
Episode 79: A Conversation About the Role of Government with Mike Lindberg
This week Colleen sits down with her long time friend, Mike Lindberg, to discuss the role of government. Mike and Colleen think differently about a lot and over time they’ve come to realize their differences of opinion may root in what they each believe about the truest and best role of government. So they hashed it out, dialoguing about government overreach, who to trust to solve problems and provide aid, and whether the government or the private sector would be more effective.
Episode 78: A Conversation about "Mismatching" Students to Listen Across Divides
Mismatch is helping teachers connect their students with classrooms across the country and giving students opportunities for discourse about the polarizing issues. On this episode Colleen learns about Mismatch technology with its founder Kristin Hansen and then speaks with educator Kent Lenci about his experience using the technology in the classroom. Kent and Colleen discuss his students' experience and how he helps students foster skills to work with people who think differently than themselves.
Episode 77: Transracial Adoption and Parenting with Anna Jordan
This week’s discussion is about transracial adoption and parenting. Guest Anna Jordan is a writer and educator as well as a mom to three, including a son who came to her family through adoption. Anna and Colleen discuss Anna’s family’s story, the unique challenges that face transracial families, and how the conversation around transracial adoption has changed in the last 30 or so years. They also delve into adoption ethics and what family’s need to consider before diving into transracial adopt
Can I Give This More Than 5 Stars?
I love this podcast. Your latest had me irritated in a good way! I’ll be honest, I always have a very hard time hearing someone share about downward mobility when they grew up middle class but I thought you held that tension in your interview really well. You’re a great host! Can’t wait to hear more!
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This is a brilliant show that sheds light on the 'taboo' topics that normally get overlooked in most conversations. I greatly appreciate how easy going Colleen is and how her guests joyously share their insight. Thank you for unlocking so many doors that are ready to swing open and be heard with ears wide open!
My favorite episodes so far have been: swearing, how to help, and gang leaders as saviors. I love the range of topics and the goal of the podcast which is to listen to opposing views. This can be hard for me so I'm learning a lot. Colleen leads the conversations so well. Keep up this hard and important work!