Journalist, author, and activist Marianne Schnall has been in conversation with some of the most iconic inﬂuencers in our culture today. The ShiftMakers Podcast brings us on an epic journey that highlights the exclusive insights of various celebrities, luminaries, and movement makers as they share wisdom on how to be an authentic changemaker today. Ultimately, we uncover what it will take to make a positive difference in the world.
Celebrating Jimmy Carter Our Longest Living President
Join host Marianne Schnall for a moving conversation with activist, author, and 39th President of the U.S. Jimmy Carter who shares eye-opening insights and calls to action on what he feels is “the most serious and unaddressed challenge of our time”: the discrimination and abuse of women and girls worldwide. The podcast originally aired in 2020.
Elizabeth Lesser Part 2 - Embracing Change
In part two of this conversation with Elizabeth Lesser, bestselling author, speaker, and co-founder of the Omega Institute, she discusses with host Marianne Schnall the connection she sees in our inner world and outer world (1:30), the greatest lesson she has learned through her years at Omega Institute (4:37), her thoughts on the evolution of humanity’s consciousness (7:34), the powerful life metaphor she finds in childbirth (12:42), her advice on embracing change instead of resisting it and the paradigm shift she hopes to see in the world (22:14).
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Elizabeth Lesser Part 1 - Our Human Story
In part one of this two-part conversation with Elizabeth Lesser, bestselling author, speaker, and co-founder of the Omega Institute, she shares with host Marianne Schnall how she uses historical reflection to gain perspective on the current challenges we face (4:52) and the origins of her popular book Broken Open about growing through hard times (11:56). She then elaborates on her recent book, Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes (14:06), about how our history, belief systems and world could be transformed if we honor women’s voices, stories and perspectives. She also offers listeners one of her favorite personal meditations for standing strong without creating harm (30:40).
*This episode contains explicit language
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Madeleine Albright's Enduring Legacy
Madeleine Albright was internationally admired for her confidence, intellect, and sharp wit. She had an inexhaustible ability to connect on the deepest human levels. To celebrate the life and legacy of this history-maker who recently passed away from cancer, host Marianne Schnall reflects on and shares her 2010 interview with Secretary Albright. In this never-before-aired audio, Albright talks about her relatable approach to diplomacy (6:23), her advice to women (11:17), the source of her energy (15:03) and much more.
Conversation with Madeleine Albright by Marianne Schnal
Gloria Steinem Essential Wisdom Collection
In honor of Women's History Month and Gloria Steinem's 88th birthday this week, host Marianne Schnall shares a collection of essential, timeless wisdom from her mentor and friend the activist, author, and feminist icon Gloria Steinem. This episode features recordings from interviews with Gloria in 2006, 2012, and 2016 on topics ranging from the present state and future of feminism (2:40), the prospect of a female president (11:45), and the power of community (15:14). Additional guests include Luvvie Ajayi Jones, Sylvia Earle, Anita Hill, Justin Baldoni, and Elizabeth Lesser who share what Gloria's iconic phrase "We Are Linked, Not Ranked" means to them (18:11). More at Shift Now, The Shift Network hub. Additional Resources: Gloria Steinem online We Are Linked Not Ranked website for bracelets that were created by Gloria Steinem to benefit the work of Feminist.com, a thriving online community and hub of feminist voices. The bracelets were designed in partnership with Yoko Ono and the Maiden Nation Imagine Project.
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Reflections On Curiosity
In this bonus episode, Marianne Schnall shares her professional journey of shifting from interviewing celebrities about their fame to instead offering them a space to speak about creating change for the greater good. Beginning with the Women's March in 1992, Marianne has since interviewed over 100 celebrities and thought leaders about activism and their vision for a better world which has led her to publish four books and dozens of articles released worldwide.