The Nasiona Podcast amplifies the voices and experiences of the marginalized, undervalued, overlooked, silenced, and forgotten, as well as gives you a glimpse into Othered worlds. Hosted, edited, and produced by Julián Esteban Torres López.
Design Thinking & Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Deconstructing Dominant Cultures Series)
Most environments are not designed to include and value everyone because they fail to center the concerns of those in the bottom rungs of our class and caste systems. I speak with Vanessa Weathers, Founder & Principal Consultant at Conscious Employee Experiences, to further explore design thinking and its relationship to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We critique the desire to build teams based on cultural fit; and we dissect the difference between managers and leaders. Musical guest: Mallika Vie.
The Philosopher of Authenticity: Fernando González (Deconstructing Dominant Cultures)
Given the centering of Euro and Anglo authors, thinkers, artists, etc., our education systems in the US and Canada are still forms of colonial assimilation and propaganda. In the spirit of decolonizing our education, we introduce you to Fernando González, the philosopher of authenticity. To learn more about one of Colombia’s most influential and controversial writers, we speak with Gustavo A. Restrepo Villa, executive director of the nonprofit dedicated to preserving and amplifying Fernando González’s
Intersecting Oppressions of Race, Disability, and Mental Health During COVID-19 (Disability & Mental Health Series)
As a Black-Filipino United Statesian man with multiple sclerosis, Joe Sparkman talks about the “Scarlet Letter” of his diagnosis, the challenges he has faced getting a job, interactions he has had with doctors, and how his life and mental health have been impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a candid conversation about the realities and the insidious nature of intersecting systems of oppression in the United States.
Mobs, Insurrections, & the Radicalized (Deconstructing Dominant Cultures Series)
In the US, we’ve been radicalized to assume ourselves as great, at our detriment. Our superiority complex will be our downfall if we do not course-correct immediately. A turbulent future is here and on the horizon. The intensity of that turbulence will depend on how we prepare and act today. On today’s episode, I share an editorial I wrote following the January 6th insurrection at the US Capitol, and play an audio story that takes you through the different turbulences and warnings of the 20th century.
Kwatsáan: Ancestral Land, Myths, & Reparations (Deconstructing Dominant Cultures Series)
Deborah Taffa, a citizen of the Quechan (Yuma Indian) Nation, shares two personal essays.
In Act 1, she tells the story of a Native woman who leaves her ancestral land and lands in Missouri, where a disappearing lake and the confusion of a binational marriage force her to examine the relationship between motherhood and community.
In Act 2, she speaks of a daughter’s familial connections to the land. Taffa reflects on healing and prayer, her tribal myths, and the injustice of tourism in her homeland
In Between: Races, Languages, & Religions (Being Mixed-Race Series)
"When you're mixed-race, someone's always telling you who you're not." That's the first line from Tamara Jong's personal essay, "In Between," which succinctly captures the essence of what it means to be mixed-race. Tamara Jong is a Canada-born mixed-race writer and cartoonist of Chinese and European ancestry. In November of 2019, Julián Esteban Torres López spoke with Tamara about her experience of being in between races, languages, and religions, and her journey to find a footing, identity, and commun
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Well thought out and beautifully executed content. Each episode offers something thought provoking with a side of soul searching. Truly a tremendous podcast.
Love hearing about experiences that don't resemble my own. The Nasiona offers a peek into so many different worlds