Bridget Phetasy admires grit and authenticity. On Walk-Ins Welcome, she talks about the beautiful failures and frightening successes of her own life and the lives of her guests. She doesn’t conduct interviews—she has conversations. Conversations with real people about the real struggle and will remind you that we can laugh in pain and cry in joy but there’s no greater mistake than hiding from it all. By embracing it all, and celebrating it with the stories she’ll bring listeners, she believes that our lowest moments can be the building blocks for our eventual fulfillment.
E187. Inez Stepman Believes You Can't Sit Out The Culture War
Inez Stepman is a senior policy analyst at Independent Women's Forum, has over a decade of experience in education policy, and also handles issues related to the definition of sex in law and culture. She sits down with Bridget to discuss why you can't sit out the culture war in this day and age because it will come through your door, how we get a false sense of security from people who are defecting from the hard, woke Left, when in fact their ideals are being insitutionalized at a rapid pace, why it's going to get worse before it gets better, and the overturning of Roe v. Wade which happened the day they sat down to talk. They cover the legal ground the case was based on, the complexities and nuances of the abortion debate, and where both sides of the debate run into trouble. Check out Inez's podcast High Noon , featuring conversations that make possible a free society.
E186. Blaire White Says Everyone's Just Crazy
Blaire White is a popular YouTuber and media personality. She sits down with Bridget for a frank conversation about being a transgender woman and the problems with the trans movement today. They discuss her personal transition journey and how different it is now than it was in 2014, why she's too Right for the Left and too trans for the Right, why she wouldn't wish gender dysphoria on her worst enemy, how the idea that you must let your child transition or face their suicide is emotional blackmail, how having a transgender child is now becoming a dangerous part of some parents' emotional identities, and the insanity of allowing children to take sterilizing drugs for mostly aesthetic reasons. They also cover how two things can be true at once, why everyone's wrong about all the same shit, they're just wrong in different ways, the women's sports issue, and how a movement that's a threat to women and children is not going to survive in a healthy society. To learn more about Blaire, check out her YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/BlaireWhiteX.
E185. Thomas de Zengotita Explains The Narcissism Loop
Mediated Series - Part 1:
Published in 2005, Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way You Live in It , became Bridget's bible for understanding the changing media landscape and how it is affecting our society and behavior. Now she sits down with author Thomas de Zengotita for a multi-part series discussing the book chapter by chapter. In Part 1 they cover the introduction to the book, how Thomas wound up writing it, his unique JFK assassination story and the insight it gave him into the role public emoting plays in media, the concept of "The Blob", and why the closed loop of being both the celebrity and your own audience in daily life is unprecedented in its power. They also examine the difference between attention and recognition, the realities of QAnon, Princess Diana's funeral, and how fanaticism flourishes in a world of unlimited choices.
E184. Lacey McLaughlin Gives A Damn About People
Lacey McLaughlin is an executive coach who has guided top leaders through challenging workplace scenarios across the aerospace, automotive, entertainment, and technology sectors. She and Bridget discuss how she wound up in her field, the temperament in the corporate world right now, how Covid caused leaders to show up in a new way that's much more human, how norms and expectations have changed around leadership, and what advice she gives now that she wouldn't have given ten years ago. They also cover the Great Resignation, how changing behavior is hard and changing a workplace culture is even harder, how to practice being a good leader, why accountability can be confused with being a bad boss and it shouldn't be, why we're never as smart as we think we are and we have to be okay with getting it wrong, and why Lacey loves coaching boys sports teams. Don't miss her new podcast Unfolding Leadership, where she talks with leaders about how they got to where they are today and the mistakes they made along the way.
E183. Konstantin Kisin Wants To Be Better
Konstantin Kisin (Triggernometry) sits down with Bridget to discuss his new book, An Immigrant's Love Letter To The West . They have a fascinating conversation about their jobs as culture war commentators, how it affects them, how to push back thoughtfully and not wind up in a crazy place, how he processes Ukraine since he has family both there and in Russia, trying to explain to people in the West how people not in the West are thinking, and how to communicate a message that's easier for people to hear. They also cover the best way to be productive, the joys of Substack, where distrust of mainstream media can lead people, why real privilege is 21st century privilege, and countering narratives that are fundamentally destructive to Western civilization.
E182. Grace Lidinsky-Smith Discusses The Gender Lens
Bridget sits down with Grace Lidinsky-Smith, a detransitioned woman, to talk about her experience getting top surgery and then regretting it, the danger of always thinking about everything through the lens of gender, how knitting saved her, and her hard won knowledge that with time and patience things can actually improve. They discuss Grace's wish that therapy had advocated for her to slow down and do some more assessment of her situation, how people with gender dysphoria are being sold a bill of false goods that extreme measures are the solution to complex issues, the huge marketing machine around trans surgeries, and how you can't escape awkwardness when it comes to sex and sexuality no matter how hard you might try. Read Grace's writing on her substack Hormone Hangover.
Highly informative and well balanced exchange of knowledge and information. Engaging, captivating and while listening the time just flies by...Bridgette and her guests give me hope that there are still intelligent people in the world who truly care. Ending with her loving n witty exchange w Maggie is the perfect finish.
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Great show. Always appreciate the open and honest viewpoints. And appreciate that you admit bias, mistakes, etc. Love you latest episode! Love them all!
Nice variety of guests from various factions, ideals and perspectives but but the end of episode “Check in with Cousin Maggie” segment has become my favorite