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My name is Lani Parker Pierce, and I want to be a force for positive change. I want to charge at the walls of racism, gender discrimination, LGBTQ+ discrimination, and more.

Determine Our Future Determine Our Future

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

My name is Lani Parker Pierce, and I want to be a force for positive change. I want to charge at the walls of racism, gender discrimination, LGBTQ+ discrimination, and more.

    Tiffany Grant again!

    Tiffany Grant again!

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    Listen to Episode 40: Code switching, with special guest Tiffany Grant, after this one!
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    • 31 min
    What about COVID now? with guest Dr. Katherine Foss

    What about COVID now? with guest Dr. Katherine Foss

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    I’m so excited to have Dr. Katherine Foss back on the show! You’ll remember Katie from Episode 36. Dr. Katherine Foss is a Professor of Media Studies at the School of Journalism and Strategic Media at Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Foss teaches about health communication, television, and gender studies. Dr. Foss’ book, “Constructing the Outbreak: Epidemics in Media and Collective Memory,” analyzes seven epidemics from the past 200 years, and describes how shifts in both medicine and journalism influenced the outcomes of those pandemics. Now that so much has changed in the past two years, not only because of the arrival of COVID, but how much the disease itself has changed, I’m excited to hear what Dr. Foss has to teach us. Katie’s pronouns are she/her/hers, and so are mine. Let’s jump in! Dr. Foss, Katie, thank you so much for joining me again!
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    • 29 min
    Zero waste; how do you do that? (E60)

    Zero waste; how do you do that? (E60)

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    So I hadn’t heard of the “zero waste” concept until recently. It’s getting more popular, with the rise of zero waste shops and markets, the backlash against plastic bags in supermarkets and the rise of so-called “zero waste products.” I thought it would be difficult to figure out what to buy and what to look for, but once I started looking, it’s actually pretty neat and not that hard to find out what you want to know. So I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned with all of you. This episode builds on the things I talked about in E60, Let’s save planet Earth, shall we? Go back and listen to that one, after this one.
    Finding out more ways to help the planet? It’s a big job, but not too hard for us to tackle. Let’s get started.
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    • 12 min
    Robert Smalls

    Robert Smalls

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    In honor of Black History Month, I’m excited to tell you about an extraordinary person. Who else in the same life could start as a slave in the 18th century, then commandeer a ship at the age of 23, to bring 17 passengers from slavery to freedom? Then, serve in the Civil War and be promoted to captain for their bravery and leadership? And they were not done- served in their state assembly, state Senate, then 5 terms in the US House of Representatives. This extraordinary, and not well-known Black historical figure, is former US Representative Robert Smalls.
    Ready to learn more? I definitely was; let’s get started.


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    • 11 min
    Guest Kelly Cooper for more diversity knowledge

    Guest Kelly Cooper for more diversity knowledge

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    Kelly Cooper’s book: “Lead the Change - The Competitive Advantage of Gender Diversity and Inclusion”
    Kelly Cooper is the CEO and founder of the Centre for Social Intelligence. You’ll remember Kelly from Episode 58; I’m so excited to talk again! This has been Kelly’s passion for over 10 years. Before that, environmental work led Kelly into her pursuit of harmonizing care of our environment, the pursuit of diverse, inclusive and open-minded workplaces, and showing executives that taking responsibility for their impact on the environment and diversity and inclusion will positively affect the bottom line of those workplaces. Kelly’s pronouns and mine are she/her/hers. Kelly, thank you so much for joining me again!
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    • 39 min
    Why did the FBI delay the Nassar investigation?

    Why did the FBI delay the Nassar investigation?

    This episode contains explicit language and adult themes.
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    This episode was pretty tough for me to get through; please stop listening if this episode is upsetting you. That is not what I mean to do, so I’m trying to balance between telling all of the truths that we know, while trying not to upset my listeners or cause them anguish. The reason I am trying to tell as many truths as possible, is because silence and cover-ups, as you will hear, is what caused Nassar to continue his behavior for so long in the first place. And although the title of this episode points to the FBI’s delays, they are not the only organization to blame, as we will find out in this episode.
    We all know what Larry Nassar did in his 38-year career for USA Gymnastics, or USAG, while sexually abusing hundreds of young girls and women, one as young as 6 years old. USAG allegedly covered up Nassar’s behavior; we’ll hear about Steve Penny, the President of USAG at the time, and his alleged actions as he awaits trial.
    The FBI delayed their investigation into Nassar, and we don’t have to say allegedly there, because there is a Department of Justice investigation and report to prove it. Nassar also worked for Michigan State University, where there is evidence of a cover-up for his actions there. MSU was forced to settle lawsuits and pay a fine to the US Department of Education for that institution’s involvement in the cover-up of Nassar’s crimes.
    How did so many organizations (USA Gymnastics, US Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the FBI offices in both Indianapolis and Los Angeles, Michigan State University) get this wrong? Understanding that, is a big job. As tough as this episode was for me to research and talk about, let’s get started.
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    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

De'Vannon ,

SO SWEET AND COMPASSIONATE

Lani has created a really great podcast in Determine Our Future! I love how she tackles relevant topics with a very wide range and scope. Lani infuses compassion and empathy as well as her own personal experiences into her show and this makes for a very real and authentic experience! :) :) :)

Dr. Kimya Nuru Dennis ,

Important podcast with important discussions

Lani is inviting to honest discussions that lead to consistent changes to schools, cultures, and societies.

I appreciate Lani having me as a guest and look forward to future episodes.

Thank you,
Dr. Kimya Nuru Dennis

Ruffdog113 ,

Important and practical.

This is a very thoughtful and practical podcast that addresses not only the social divisions that we experience, but also what to do about them. I learned a lot about how to talk to kids about these issues. Great show!!

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