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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 – Democracy Needs to be Taught! With Timothy Shaffer, PhD

    Reconcile The Aisle – Democracy Needs to be Taught! With Timothy Shaffer, PhD

    “We think about [Democracy] happening someplace else … and how I think about it and encourage students to think about it: it’s there yes … but it’s also in you.” – Timothy Shaffer, PhD

    Today I interviewed Timothy Shaffer, PhD

    Timothy J. Shaffer is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies and director of the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy at Kansas State University. He is also principal research specialist with the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona. Connected to these efforts, Shaffer also serves as the associate editor of the Journal of Deliberative Democracy, as a country expert on deliberative democracy with the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem Institute) research project, and as a co-director guiding the work of the Deliberative Pedagogy Lab, an international project focused on applied scholarship about the ways that deliberation can transform higher education educational approaches and environments.

    As an interdisciplinary scholar and practitioner of deliberative democracy, civic education, and small group communication, Shaffer focuses on the role of civic professionals in institutional settings such as local government, higher education, and non-governmental organizations in relationship with diverse communities. Through his scholarship, he contributes to discussions within fields such as communication studies, higher education, and civic studies where themes of citizenship, professionalism, community, and civic life are explored.

    He received the Early Career Recognition Award from the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement.

    In this episode we speak about:



    * Democracy is more than institutions, it’s also about the individual and a constant practice

    * How Facebook rants are not constructive civil discussion

    * What civility really means

    * People must be able to change your mind is okay

    * The rise in authoritarian is significant and real

    * The idea that colleges make people more liberal is a myth



    To catch up with our guest:



    * Kansas Civic Life Project: www.k-state.edu/icdd/research/kclp.html

    * Twitter: @timothyjshaffer

    * Kansas State Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy: @KSU_ICDD

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Reconcile the Aisle – COVID Planning Over Herd Immunity With Dr. Sema Sgaier of the Surgo Foundation

    Reconcile the Aisle – COVID Planning Over Herd Immunity With Dr. Sema Sgaier of the Surgo Foundation

    “The fundamental principle of a testing desert is: you’re in a county and there’s not a single test site. … About 40% of rural counties in the United States are testing deserts.” – Dr. Sema Sgaier of the Surgo Foundation

    Today I interviewed Dr. Sema Sgaier.

    Dr. Sema Sgaier is Co-founder and Executive Director of Surgo Foundation, a privately funded action tank whose mission is to bring precision to solutions that save and improve lives by integrating behavioral science , data science, and artificial intelligence.  Previously at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she led large-scale health programs in India and Africa. She is faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the department of Global Health at the University of Washington. Her research interests include methodologies to understand human behavior, novel data systems and analytic approaches, and management practices to drive innovation within large-scale global health programs. She was selected as a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society. She is on the board of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Alumni Network. Sema has a PhD in neuroscience.

    In this episode we speak about:



    * How a group of scientists created a tool called CCVI to help governments allocate money and resources for COVID.

    * Testing deserts: what they are and how 40% of rural counties qualify

    * The path from data to white paper in Congress to critical action

    * How you can use the CCVI tool to advocate for your community

    * What herd immunity is and why it’s not the answer for the COVID outbreak

    * COVID vaccines: Will they actually help?



    Then Queens Marie comes up with a plan to get the CCVI in federal hands using toilet paper.

    To catch up with our guest:



    * www.precisionforcovid.org

    * www.surgofoundation.org





    * Twitter:



    * @SurgoFoundation

    * @SemaSgaier

    • 45 min
    Reconcile the Aisle – Books As Activism With Jeannine Cook

    Reconcile the Aisle – Books As Activism With Jeannine Cook

    “To me what movement work means is creativity.” – Jeannine Cook

    Today I interviewed Jeannine Cook,

    For the last 10 years Jeannine Cook has worked as a trusted writer for several startups, corporations, non-profits, and influencers. In addition to a holding a master’s degree from The University of the Arts, Jeannine is also a Leeway Art & Transformation Grantee and a winner of the South Philly Review Difference Maker Award. Jeannine’s work has been recognized by several news outlets including Vogue Magazine, INC, MSNBC, The Strategist, and the Washington Post. She recently returned from Nairobi, Kenya facilitating social justice creative writing with youth from 15 countries around the world. She writes about the complex intersections of motherhood, activism, and community. Her pieces are featured in several publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Root Quarterly, Printworks, and midnight & indigo. She is the proud new shopkeeper of Harriett’s Bookshop in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia.

    In this episode we speak about:

    •    How Harriet’s Bookshop was only open for 6 weeks before the pandemic, yet won the Best of Philadelphia and got a shout-out from Oprah’s Book Club, as well as Usher

    •    How people will read if you give them material they can connect to

    •    Holding up a book is just as impactful of holding up a sign – how Harriet’s Bookshop provides free books and gave them out to protestors

    •    When an idea hits you in your gut, take small steps towards it

    •    How to the community protected Harriet’s Bookshop during the riots and continues to do so as we move towards the election

    Then Melania asks for a book recommendation for Donald.

    To catch up with our guest:

    •    HarriettsBookshop.com

    •    Instagram: @harrietts_bookshop

    • 41 min
    Reconcile The Aisle – The Problem With Empathy With Fritz Breithaupt

    Reconcile The Aisle – The Problem With Empathy With Fritz Breithaupt

    “You’re not a rockstar and I’m not an angel either, and that’s why we need each other, and that’s why we need empathy, actually.” – Fritz Breithaupt

    Today I interviewed Fritz Breithaupt.

    Fritz Breithaupt is a provost professor at Indiana University, Bloomington since 1996, since 2010 as a full professor of Germanic Studies, an adjunct professor of Comparative Literature, and an affiliate professor of Cognitive Science. He co-founded the European Union Center at Indiana University in 2005 and served as its co-director until 2007. In Germany, he is most well known outside of academic circles as a columnist for ZEIT Campus magazine and the author of the recurring feature “Frag den Prof” (“Ask the professor”). In 2009-10, he was the distinguished Remak Scholar of Indiana University. He has twice (in 2003 and 2009) won the grant of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation, which is “granted in recognition of a researcher’s entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.”

    His 2017 book The Dark Sides of Empathy, which we will talk about today, offers an analysis of Donald Trump’s technique to draw empathy to himself. The book appeared on the German bestseller list in February 2017 (Spiegel-Bestseller Liste).

    In this episode we speak about:



    * How empathy is not always a good thing and people can often be oppressed in the process. A healthy dose of cynicism is often good!

    * Emotion sharing does not always lead to empathy.

    * The reaction towards the German Refugee Crisis showed us that empathy isn’t always based in reality.

    * Donald Trump has changed the American dream to be a victim hero.

    * You need to be careful in using empathy in conflict resolution.

    * Sadistic empathy can explain dinner table screaming matches.



    Then my DAD comes in and tells Fritz that he wrote the book of his life.

    To catch up with our guest:



    * www.experimentalhumanities.com

    * Twitter: @FritzBreithaupt

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Reconcile the Aisle – Comedy on Capitol Hill with Mark Eaton of The Capitol Steps

    Reconcile the Aisle – Comedy on Capitol Hill with Mark Eaton of The Capitol Steps

    “We get into this weird thing, that if politicians don’t get made fun of [by The Capitol Steps] they get mad.” – Mark Eaton of the Capitol Steps

    Today I interviewed Mark Eaton of The Capitol Steps.

    The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them.

    The group was born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn’t find three wise men or a virgin. So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and they created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor.

    In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom (“Don’t quit your day job!”), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

    Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 35 albums, including their latest, The Lyin’ Kings. They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard twice a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.

    In this episode we speak about:



    * What motivates the Cap Steps to leave their Senate jobs and become improv comedians.

    * The grossest things that Senators do.

    * How they find ways to perform for people of all political persuasions.



    Then Melania talks to Mark’s impression of Bill Clinton about the best way to sneak around the White House and George W. Bush about the pluses and minuses of a second term.

    To catch up with our guest:



    * www.capsteps.com

    * www.youtube.com/CapitolSteps

    • 36 min
    Reconcile the Aisle – Make the Stage and the Crowds Will Come With Mona Shaikh of Minority Reportz

    Reconcile the Aisle – Make the Stage and the Crowds Will Come With Mona Shaikh of Minority Reportz

    “Somebody described our comedy shows as going to Chippendales because it’s so rowdy. These women don’t want to leave.” – Dannagal Young

    Today I interviewed Mona Shaikh.

    Mona Shaikh is a stand-up comedian, host, emcee and producer of Minority Reportz. She most recently emcee’d the Women’s March in SF in Jan 2019 and made history by being the first South Asian/Middle Eastern Female Comedian to perform in front of over 50,000 people! She’s been featured in LA Times, Newsweek, The Guardian, LA Weekly, New York Post, Huffington Post, Washington Post and BBC. She can also be seen regularly on The Young Turks, The Stephanie Miller Show on SiriusXM and Mo’Kelly Show on IHeartRadio. Mona has also headlined in Dubai, Portugal as well as London. In addition to being seen all around Los Angeles at major comedy clubs as The Comedy Store, Flappers Comedy Club, The Laugh Factory, Ice House Pasadena, Hollywood Improv and many more, she hosted the Hollywood Improv for Comedy Juice night with Dane Cook. She became the first Pakistani female Comedian to be selected for the Laugh’s Factory Funniest Person in the World Competition and made history by becoming the first Pakistani female Comedian to headline Hollywood Improv.

    In this episode we speak about:



    * How Mona creates an environment for diverse communities through her Minority Reportz shows.

    * How Minority Reportz was covered by Hustler Magazine and was going to be the 2020 official comedy show of LA Pride.

    * How a lack of diversity on stages and screens creates a ripple effect in performers career and life.



    And then Melania asks a question, which escalates to Mona and I going on a rant that might get us death threats.

    To catch up with our guest:



    * www.monashaikh.com

    * Buy her album Shaikh It Off on Amazon, Spotify, and Apple Music

    * Twitter and Instagram @monacomedy

    * Watch Mona’s Daily Rants on YouTube: MonaShaikhComedian

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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Kit Krash ,

Empathetic wit!

This is what the world needs now, and Lauren has a zany way to do it. With personalities! This is a great way to rethink the architecture of human existence. Lauren’s characters reflect with the guests like mirrors into the soul. She will sparkle you with her sense of humor and empathetic wit.

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Hi-larious and witty

If you love Lauren’s IG and her Melania parody accounts, you will equally enjoy her witty podcast.

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