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The Round Table provides a platform for conversation and engagement of civically-minded young people from different parts of the country. We strive to model civil dialogue across various divides--socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, political, and regional. We aim to challenge norms and represent all kinds of diversity--especially of perspective and ideas--enabling listeners to “hear” our thinking.

The Round Table is 100% created and edited by young people committed to building a more just and joyous world.

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The Round Table provides a platform for conversation and engagement of civically-minded young people from different parts of the country. We strive to model civil dialogue across various divides--socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, political, and regional. We aim to challenge norms and represent all kinds of diversity--especially of perspective and ideas--enabling listeners to “hear” our thinking.

The Round Table is 100% created and edited by young people committed to building a more just and joyous world.

    A Voice for the Voiceless

    A Voice for the Voiceless

    At this week’s Round Table, Emily, Emmanuel, Hannah, and Heba spoke with the esteemed Erika Howard, Director of Impact Strategy and External Relations for FRONTLINE. Through her pivotal role at FRONTLINE, Erika leads the charge in using documentary filmmaking as a catalyst for societal change and meaningful dialogue.



    With a career spanning impactful roles at POV/American Documentary and now at FRONTLINE, Erika brings a wealth of experience and insight to the table. From crafting innovative film campaigns to forging partnerships with community organizations, universities, and beyond, Erika's dedication to amplifying diverse voices and sparking vital conversations is truly inspiring.



    As Erika shares her perspectives on the relevance of investigative journalism in today's world and why staying informed is crucial for all citizens, especially those who are civically engaged, we explored the intersection of civic learning, education, and journalism. She also discussed how FRONTLINE is pioneering efforts to engage younger generations through their new platform, FRONTLINE Short Docs.



    But the conversation doesn't stop there. Erika sheds light on the pressing issue of misinformation and disinformation, offering actionable insights on how we can combat it together. Furthermore, we delve into the importance of uplifting the voices of young people in discussions about the future of democracy.



    Prepare to be inspired and enlightened as we discuss an engaging exploration of truth, impact, and the power of storytelling. Take the initiative to engage in meaningful discussions with peers and family members, sharing insights gained from this episode to promote media literacy and informed discourse within your community. Thank you for listening!


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    • 41 min
    Having A Touch Of Humanity Can Get You A Long Way

    Having A Touch Of Humanity Can Get You A Long Way

    At this week's Round Table, Emily, Emmanuel, and Hannah spoke with KJ Mauwong and Sean Schrader, Podcast Fellows of the Democracy Group.. Through their distinct paths and shared commitment to service, they embody the essence of leadership, empathy, and the power of collective action. 



    As the discussion delved into the intricacies of community engagement, KJ and Sean illuminated the importance of aligning areas of passion with opportunities for impact. They emphasized the transformative power of grassroots mobilization and collective action, highlighting the myriad ways in which individuals can contribute to positive change within their communities. From volunteering at local organizations to spearheading grassroots initiatives, KJ and Sean emphasized the importance of active citizenship and civic participation in shaping the future we envision.



    KJ and Sean instilled us with a renewed sense of purpose and agency through their unwavering commitment to promoting civil discourse and community engagement. Their stories served as a powerful reminder that true change begins with each individual's willingness to listen, learn, and engage with empathy and compassion. Reflecting on the profound impact of our shared values, KJ and Sean left an indelible mark on our hearts and minds, igniting a spark of hope and possibility for a more inclusive and equitable future.



    Though their journeys may diverge in circumstance and experience, KJ and Sean are united by a common thread—their unwavering belief in the power of community, empathy, and collective action. As you delve deeper into their stories, you too will appreciate the resilience, compassion, and indomitable spirit that defines their respective paths. Through their voices, we find inspiration, courage, and the unwavering resolve to build a brighter tomorrow for all. Thank you for listening!


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    How we pursue the common good together

    How we pursue the common good together

    At this week's Round Table, Hannah and Heba spoke with Caleb Christen of the InterMovement Impact Project, a dedicated advocate for democracy and civic health. Hailing from the heartland of Wisconsin, Caleb's journey is a testament to his unwavering commitment to service and systems change.

    Caleb's illustrious career spans over 16 years of distinguished service in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps. From overseeing operations across Europe and Southwest Asia to mentoring judges in Afghanistan, Caleb's leadership left an indelible mark on the global stage.

    In a bold move to safeguard democracy in a new capacity, Caleb transferred from the Navy Reserves in 2020 and  into academia, entering into the hallowed halls of the Duke Divinity School and the University of Oxford's Said Business School. Recognizing the need for systems change, Caleb, along with systems change strategist Walt Roberts, co-founded the Inter-Movement Impact Project (IMIP).

    IMIP is not just an organization; it's a force for collective impact. Caleb introduced us to the groundbreaking concept of "local democracy hubs." These hubs, incubated through IMIP's flagship project, the "Local Intersections Project," serve as beacons of holistic support for community needs and priorities.

    Caleb also has a deep passion for the role of youth in building power and movement capacity, feeling strongly that movements, unlike traditional organizations, should not limit participation based on age. He believes that the dynamic energy of youth, coupled with their mastery of social media, can revolutionize the landscape of American democracy and civic health.

    Whether you're curious about volunteering, supporting projects, internships, or informal movement building, Caleb will have a wealth of insights for you. We’re thrilled to have you join us for a riveting conversation with a visionary leader who is shaping the future of democracy, one local democracy hub at a time. Thank you for listening!


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    • 27 min
    Am I Being A Golden Rule Voter?

    Am I Being A Golden Rule Voter?

    At this week’s Round Table, Amelia, Emily, Hannah, and Heba engaged in a profound conversation with distinguished guest Emma Addams, Co-Executive Director of Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG). Emma provides invaluable insights into the mission and principles of the organization, which is dedicated to inspiring women of faith to advocate for ethical government, transcending partisanship. Through her leadership, Emma aims to create a collaborative space where women contribute to the complex symphony that is our democracy. 

    Emma brought a wealth of experience to our conversation, having navigated the realms of contracts negotiation, corporate transactions, and investor relations in Boston and Silicon Valley. Her journey from building and running large piano studios to her current role in Omaha, Nebraska, has uniquely prepared her for the dynamic and collaborative nature of Mormon Women for Ethical Government’s work.

    In our discussion, Emma shared insights on being a principled voter, transcending partisan boundaries to embrace a broader political identity,. We explore the nuances beyond the conventional Republican and Democrat labels, delving into the spectrum of political ideologies and the role of temperament in shaping our political engagement. We also talked about the art of building peace within the complexities of democracy. Emma shared her insights on advocating for justice while adhering to the golden rule, emphasizing intentional efforts to de-escalate conflicts and promote reconciliation.  

    Inspired by the wisdom shared in today's episode with Emma Addams, let's take uplifting strides towards a brighter democratic future. Embrace principled voting as a powerful expression of your values, fostering unity beyond political divides. Strengthen media literacy, engage in enriching cross-generational conversations, and let faith–however you define it– guide your journey to actively contribute to shaping a more harmonious and inclusive democracy. Thank you for listening!


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    • 26 min
    We're Exposed To Different Slices Of Information Each Day

    We're Exposed To Different Slices Of Information Each Day

    At this week’s Round Table, Emily, Emmanuel, and Hannah spoke with distinguished Professor Tania Israel of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Israel is not only a beacon of knowledge but a transformative figure in the field. Holding a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, a Masters in Human Sexuality Education, and a B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies, she is at the forefront of academia. As a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Past-President of the Society of Counseling Psychology, her expertise has been sought after by esteemed institutions, including the Institute of Medicine, Congress, and even the White House.

    As our conversation unfolded, it became evident that Professor Israel's expertise extends far beyond academic realms. As the Director of Project RISE at the University of California Santa Barbara, Professor Israel heads a research team dedicated to developing and studying interventions that support the psychological health of LGBTQ individuals and communities, and her passion for this work and for inclusivity shone throughout our conversation. Her TED Talk on bisexuality has captivated many, showcasing her ability to communicate complex topics with clarity and insight.

    We discussed the challenges of remaining optimistic and resilient in politically polarized times. Professor Israel shared strategies for cultivating the necessary resilience, drawing from her extensive background in psychology. Her words provided a comforting guide for listeners grappling with the emotional toll of contemporary political climate. Professor Israel also illuminated the various ways individuals can engage in elections beyond the act of casting a vote, from community involvement to advocacy.

    We hope you find our exploration of political polarization, resilience, and civic engagement both enlightening and inspiring. Let's carry forward the wisdom shared by Professor Israel in the face of political differences. Let's strive for understanding, empathy, and respectful dialogue. Let's nurture our optimism and resilience, recognizing that collective action can drive positive change. Let’s remember that our engagement matters, not just at the ballot box but in our communities, conversations, and informed choices. Thank you for listening!


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    Having the right mindset is the biggest thing

    Having the right mindset is the biggest thing

    At this week’s Round Table, Emmanuel and Emily spoke with Casey Vincelette, Program Administrator in the New York State Commission on National and Community Service and veteran Americorps member, who shared powerful insights and experiences about her life and personal growth through service.



    The mantra "It's not just about me" serves as a guiding principle in Casey's life, influencing her decisions and actions. We explore the profound impact of being part of something bigger than oneself, as Casey reflects on her time with Teach for America and her current role with the New York State Commission on National and Community Service. Casey expanded to share the broader perspective she’s gained through community service and the ripple effects that individual contributions can make to collective goals.



    “Defining success” took center stage in our conversation as we dissected the conventional norms and societal expectations that often shape our perceptions. Casey shared her unique perspective on carving out one's path to success, emphasizing the importance of authenticity and resilience. We hope our discussion will inspire listeners to reflect on your OWN definitions of success and challenge the notion that there is a one-size-fits-all approach.



    Within our conversation, we also delved into the often-neglected terrain of mental health and challenges experienced, both personally and within the educational context. We explore the significance of having open and honest conversations about mental health, breaking down stigmas, and fostering environments that support well-being–we all feel that being involved with service plays a huge role in our mental health and well being. From navigating the complexities of teaching in underserved communities to weathering the storms of the pandemic, we appreciated Casey's vulnerability and resilience immensely.



    We’re excited for you to join us on a transformative journey through the depths of community service, mental health, and personal success alongside the inspiring Casey Vincelette. Thank you for listening!




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    • 46 min

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