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Lauren LoGiudice and her characters interview experts to figure out if it's possible to have meaningful dialogue about difficult subjects again

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Lauren LoGiudice and her characters interview experts to figure out if it's possible to have meaningful dialogue about difficult subjects again

    Reconcile The Aisle – The Conservative/Liberal Divide With Dannagal Young

    Reconcile The Aisle – The Conservative/Liberal Divide With Dannagal Young

    “I’ve been asked over the years a lot for the potential of humor to bridge these divides and I have not figured out a way it work. …. Unless you’re someone who is willing to targets the machinery that creates the division in the first place.” – Dannagal Young

    Today I interviewed Dannagal Young.

    Dannagal G. Young (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, 2007) is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Delaware where she studies the content, audience, and effects of political humor. She has authored over forty academic articles and book chapters exploring themes related to political entertainment, media psychology, public opinion, and misinformation. Her latest book “Irony and Outrage” examines satire and outrage as the logical extensions of the respective psychological profiles of liberals and conservatives (Oxford University Press, 2020: available here).

    Young is a Research Fellow with the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication and was awarded the University of Delaware’s Excellence in Teaching Award  in 2014. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center and an Affiliated Researcher with the University of Arizona’s National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD).  Young is also a co-editor on the 2019 NICD volume: “A Crisis of Civility: Political Discourse and its Discontents”

    In this episode we speak about:



    * How our media landscape is a direct consequence of changes in media legislation.

    * The coronavirus response is actually the opposite of how we’d expect conservative and liberals to act.

    * Comedians more often lean left and yet conservatives think that liberals can’t take a joke.

    * People’s perception of how they get information and what they know are often different.

    * Because of how liberals and conservatives are oriented affects the type of programming they seek out.

    * True satire comes from people without a stake in the system.

    * We no longer have a mass media to unite people so we have to find other ways to unite people.



    Then my character Melania Trump asks how we can make Donald more funny.

    To catch up with our guest:



    * Read her book Irony and Outrage: The Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter in the United States

    * Follow her @dannagal

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Reconcile the Aisle – Call-Out Culture With Loretta Ross

    Reconcile the Aisle – Call-Out Culture With Loretta Ross

    “Call-out culture impoverishes our pools of meaning because we don’t get to share what everybody is thinking. Because some people are intimidated by the brutality with which an unfolding thought is received.” – Loretta Ross

    Today I interviewed Loretta Ross.

    In this episode we speak about:

    How her years of activism have given her a perspective on call-out culture

    Call-out is a civil rights strategy for people in power that are inaccessible. If you have access to people you have a lot of choices before calling people out.

    Calling out is splintering our potential for change because it is horizontally targeted. And it is moving people who don’t completely agree with us to the right.

    How opting not to call people out doesn’t mean letting people off the hook; every call out opportunity is also a call in opportunity.

    We will never 100% agree on all issues. 90% can often be good enough. We should focus on calling in the 75%.

    We should adjust our strategies according to the percentages above and our relationship with that person.

    How we can woo people back to the progressive movement who have been burnt by call outs.

    The viral nature of social media allows call outs to explode.

    Who gets canceled is a matter of power and privilege.

    Then my character Judy asks about ageism and connecting with younger activists.

    To catch up with our guest:

    www.lorettaross.com

    For booking contact Jean Caiani at Speakout (www.speakoutnow.org) jean@speakoutnow.org or (510) 601-0182.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Reconcile the Aisle – Heroin, Hooking, and Happiness With Mary Goggin of Runaway Princess

    Reconcile the Aisle – Heroin, Hooking, and Happiness With Mary Goggin of Runaway Princess

    “I have choices. I’m responsible for my happiness.” — Mary Goggin

    Today I interviewed Mary Goggin, the creator of the solo show Runaway Princess.

    In this episode we speak about:

    Mary’s journey through drinking and hooking to become a working actor in NYC.

    How Mary found her calling, the desire to share her story in the internationally touring show Runaway Princess.

    How you have to go from being the writer and the actor in a solo show, especially when the subject matter is emotionally charged.

    Queens Marie and Melania Trump come in ask questions about sex work. [EP117]

    To catch up with our guest:

    runawayprincessplay.com

    Instagram.com/marypat218

    Twitter.com/marypat218

    Facebook.com/runawayprincessplay

    www.fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/runaway-princess

    • 37 min
    Reconcile the Aisle – Publishing Unique Voices With Rick Kaempfer and David Stern of Eckhartz Press

    Reconcile the Aisle – Publishing Unique Voices With Rick Kaempfer and David Stern of Eckhartz Press

    “Everyone has a story to tell and when its your personal story you’re selling yourself, too. And that, to me, is a very easy sell.” — Rick Kaempfer

    Today I interviewed Rick Kaempfer and David Stern of Eckhartz Press.

    Rick Kaempfer is the co-founder and publisher of Eckhartz Press. In addition to being the publisher, he is the author of several Eckhartz Press releases, inclucing “EveryCubEver”, “Father Knows Nothing”, “Records Truly Is My Middle Name” (with John Records Landecker) and “The Living Wills” (with Brendan Sullivan), Rick has been published several times before (including a novel “$everance” and a how-to-book about radio called “The Radio Producer’s Handbook”). He was also a member of the media for more than twenty years as the producer of two highly acclaimed radio shows (Steve Dahl & Garry Meier and John Records Landecker), and still covers the industry as the media critic for the Illinois Entertainer. He has watched the media landscape change over the past thirty years from a front row seat, and is excited to use that experience as the publisher of Eckhartz Press.

    David Stern is the co-founder and publisher of Eckhartz Press, and the author of “The Balding Handbook”. After a 20+ year sales and marketing career, and a ten year stint as a principal in a Chicago advertising agency, Stern comes to Eckhartz Press uniquely qualified to tackle the realities of an ever-changing publishing landscape. He and Kaempfer have been collaborating in one form or another since they met at the University of Illinois in the early 1980s (when both must have been mere children). Stern is also one of the officers of Eckhartz Press’ parent company Just One Bad Century, Inc, and proud to call himself a life long (“City Boy”) Chicagoan.

    In this episode we speak about:

    Publishing unique voices allows diverse people to have a platform

    Tips for first-time authors

    Everyone needs an editor

    Changes in listening media (radio, podcasts, etc.) that affect what information people receive and who gets to share their message [EP116]

    To catch up with our guests:

    Minutia Men podcast on The Radio Misfits Network

    EckhartzPress.com

    • 26 min
    Reconcile the Aisle – Restorative Justice With Gina M. Hill

    Reconcile the Aisle – Restorative Justice With Gina M. Hill

    “Restorative justice is about healing. And healing in communities.” — Gina Hill

    Today I interviewed Gina Hill.

    Gina M. Hill is currently the Lead Administrator at the Oakland Emiliano Zapata Street Academy High School and a trainer with RJTI – Restorative Justice Training Institute founded by Rita Renjitham Alfred. Gina M. Hill has been an educator in Oakland, California public schools for over twenty years as a Teacher/CTM, after school Program Coordinator and Administrator. As Principal at Street Academy, she led the school wide implementation of restorative justice and dynamic mindfulness to create an intentional school culture aiming to resist institutionally racist norms that ultimately funnel our most vulnerable youth into the school-to-prison pipeline. In her spare time she enjoys samba dancing and yoga.

    To catch up with our guest:

    www.oaklandstreetacademy.org

    www.rjtica.org

    In this episode we speak about:

    How restorative justice is an alternative model to working with students in schools on behavior

    The pattern of suspension rates following incarceration rates, and how restorative justice addresses that problem

    Then Carmella comes in and wonders if restorative justice methods can stop her family from fighting over the dinner table. [EP115]

    • 44 min
    Reconcile the Aisle – Vulnerability in the age of social disconnect with Richard W. Gretzinger

    Reconcile the Aisle – Vulnerability in the age of social disconnect with Richard W. Gretzinger

    “Everybody has a uniqueness to them and I try to celebrate that.” — Richard W. Gretzinger

    Today I interviewed Richard W. Gretzinger

    Here’s more about him and his project The Vulnerability Project in his own words:

    The subject of my latest work is vulnerability. This is not a mid-life crisis, although sometimes it feels that way. It is my attempt to use photography to examine how vulnerability leads to connection in a disconnected world.

    So far I have been overwhelmed with the responses I have received and the amazing individuals I have met. I’ve photographed many people from all walks of life, and I will continue because I am finding that photography is just the means; what is most fulfilling are the intimate conversations about life, fears, regrets, love and joy. I see so much beauty in this world and in each person I photograph. So, as I continue my work I am revealing more about myself and the way art affects people.

    ​Part of me being vulnerable is to allow a place for others to comment and continue the conversation. At a recent gallery show I included a way for this to happen–a mirror, some pens and post-it notes. To my surprise, the reactions and the thoughts on vulnerability were many. Some of the notes brought me to tears.

    To catch up with our guest:

    @vulnerability_photo_project

    www.richgretz.com

    In this episode we speak about:

    How he went about creating a photography project that celebrates vulnerability

    What he does to bring vulnerability in the online space so people can go offline and have more empathy for others

    The lessons he’s learned about vulnerability have translated to his work as a cinematographer

    How he captures vulnerable moments and what he thinks about when he selects photos.

    Queens Marie asks a question about how to trust people when the world seems full of stupidmotherfuckingpieceofshitassholes. She wonders if being vulnerable will get her a boyfriend – and contemplates starting JuicyGuidoButNice.com [EP114]

    • 54 min

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