Dominant Stories is a conversation series that reclaims and rewrites the stories we’ve been told about our bodies, our beauty, our creativity, and our identities. For example, does your inner monologue sound like: “I’m not good enough, pretty enough or thin enough”? How about: “I can’t do that” or “I’m not worthy”? These are what Cultural Expert and host Jess Weiner calls our Dominant Stories - the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves (whether they are true or not). This show has stemmed from Jess’ personal and professional mission to help people challenge the external (and internal) voices that are holding them back from living the life they desire and deserve. Through witty, curious, and hopeful conversations with celebrated guests, we’ll unpack, challenge, and change these Dominant Stories.
Creativity + Dominant Stories w/Alex Lacamoire
Alex on how hearing loss didn’t stop him from creating music as one of the most celebrated orchestrators for Hamilton, In the Heights, + more!
Aging. Period. w/Stacy London
Jess speaks with Stacy London, co-founder and CEO of State of Menopause about the power in challenging your Dominant Stories around aging.
Can I Love My Body And Still Want To Lose Weight? w/Amani Al-khatahtbeh
A nuanced conversation about weight loss and mental health with author and activist Amani Al-Khatahtbeh.
Iskra Lawrence on Body Image + Holiday Dominant Stories
Jess and Iskra answer your questions and offer advice on how to survive the holidays with your sanity intact.
Can I Love My Body and Still Get Plastic Surgery? w/Rachel Bloom and Nadia Craddock
Actress Rachel Bloom discusses her decision to publicly share about her plastic surgery. Can plastic surgery be empowering?
ReWriting Beauty Onscreen w/Shonda Rhimes
Jess speaks with Shonda Rhimes about her work creating characters that have shaped our culture, and the real value of beauty in Hollywood.
5 stars for nuance
Five stars for saying the word ‘nuance’ more than any other podcaster in history.I am a subscriber and I enjoy the show and it’s content, but maybe expand your vocabulary beyond catchphrases of the day.
Breaking the Binary was such a good episode I had to listen twice! The perspectives Addison gave about binary systems was so insightful and made me realize just how many binary thoughts I have on a day to day. The term possibility model given by Nicolette was so inspiring. Thank you Jess for hosting these conversations! You’ve got something pretty great here!
Great episode on talking to inner dialogue
Change Your Story, Change Your Life w/ Lori Gottlieb: This was such a relatable discussion on how we talk to ourselves and how changing our inner dialogue can help heal and move forward. As an early 40 something re-evaluating all things in life, this was incredibly inspirational. I eagerly await each week to see what Jess Weiner will discuss next!!