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Inflection Point

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Introducing: Work in Progress with Sophia Bush

I'm excited to share that a friend of the podcast, Sophia Bush, is launching her own show called "Work in Progress". On the podcast, you'll hear frank, funny, personal, professional, and sometimes even political conversations with people who inspire Sophia about how they've gotten to where they are, and where they think they're still going. She's talked to people like Gloria Steinem, Chelsea Handler, Karamo Brown, Jay Shetty, Katie Couric, Whitney Cummings, Jon Favreau, Sen. Gillibrand, Lisa Ling and many more! It's refreshing to hear that even some of the most successful people out there still feel like a work in progress, and it's interesting to hear what they are still working on within themselves. Sophia's conversations are thoughtful, dynamic, important, and not only will listeners learn more about the guest, but they'll also learn more about Sophia. So here's a clip of Sophia Bush and Chelsea Handler talking about Chelsea's book - "Life Will Be The Death of Me". And...if you like what you hear, go head over to Work In Progress, and subscribe.

The F*ck Mom Guilt World Tour LIVE! With Katherine Goldstein and Hana Baba

The next generation of working mothers is not going to accept the status quo. Unpaid labor, the mental load, and harsh self-judgment could be a thing of the past. But only if we stop feeling guilty and start getting angry, says Katherine Goldstein, creator and host of The Double Shift podcast. We debated these issues and more with Hana Baba, of The Stoop podcast and KALW in this live audience taping from the Betabrand Podcast Theatre on the Bay Area Stop of the Fuck Mom Guilt World Tour. Plus! Lauren shares her 9/11 story. Support the production of Inflection Point with a monthly or one-time contribution! And when you're done, come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions. Subscribe to "Inflection Point" to get more stories of how women rise up right in your feed.

The F*ck Mom Guilt World Tour LIVE! With Katherine Goldstein and Hana Baba

The Reality of a World Post Roe V Wade - A Panel from The Bixby Center for Reproductive Health

In the first half of 2019, State legislatures across the South, Midwest and the Plains enacted 58 abortion restrictions, 26 of which would ban some, most or all abortions--even before most people know they're pregnant. On the brighter side, 93 new laws that expand reproductive healthcare were enacted, including 29 that expanded access to abortion, including NY, Vermont, Maine and Nevada. In the midst of this maelstrom, in June, 2019 I attended a panel put on The Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health--about the threats against Roe v. Wade and what it means for patients. I found the speakers and the content really helpful in wrapping my arms around the state of affairs and wanted to share it with you---so the Bixby Center gave me permission to do just that. The speakers you will hear include Stephanie Toti (who successfully argued Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt in front of the Supreme Court) and now runs the Lawyering Project whose mission is to strengthen protections for reproductive rights under U.S. law and promote reproductive justice), Erin Grant (of the Abortion Care Network, an organization that supports independent abortion providers) and Renee Bracey Sherman (of the National Network of Abortion Funds which works to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access). This panel discussion, "meeting the needs of patients post-Roe v. Wade" was moderated by Dan Grossman a professor at UC San Francisco and the director of their research program Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, which you will hear referred to as ANSIRH. The Bixby Center is part of University of California San Francisco, and they research, train and advocate to advance reproductive health policy and practice worldwide through an evidence-based approach. For those of us who use birth control, let's give them a shout out. Their researchers have played a part in testing every contraceptive method currently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Links to the resources and information shared in the panel and more on this topic, at my website, inflectionpointradio.org. Support the production of Inflection Point with a monthly or one-time contribution! And when you're done, come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions. Subscribe to "Inflection Point" to get more stories of how women rise up right in your feed.

The Reality of a World Post Roe V Wade - A Panel from The Bixby Center for Reproductive Health

Inside The Ferguson Uprising - Sabaah Folayan, Director of "Whose Streets?"

This is a special re-airing in recognition of the 5th anniversary of the Ferguson, MO protests. When Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, MO in August, 2014 and the protests began, Sabaah Folayan felt the media's coverage was overly focused on the looting, rioting and property damage, and not nearly enough on the stories of the people who rose up. So she dropped everything and went to Ferguson to see for herself what was happening on the ground and to talk with the people who live there. The result is her documentary film "Whose Streets?" She shares what it was like to be there and how she made her film in such extraordinary circumstances. We spoke in 2017 when "Whose Streets?" first debuted.

Inside The Ferguson Uprising - Sabaah Folayan, Director of "Whose Streets?"

A Survivor And Her Perpetrator Find Justice- "Reckonings" Guest episode!

On the podcast "Reckonings" host Stephanie Lepp posed the questions: "what does it sound like for a survivor of sexual assault to get her needs met?" "What does it sound like for a perpetrator to take responsibility for his sexual abuse of power?" To answer these questions, Stephanie spoke with a sexual abuse survivor and her perpetrator, who managed to work through it using restorative justice. It's an amazing story, and as part of the Inflection Point summer swap series, here is that Reckonings episode, right here in your feed. For more Reckonings episodes, go to http://www.reckonings.show/episodes/21. And for more on this topic, listen to my conversation with Eve Ensler, activist, author and Tony award winning playwright, about her new book The Apology, in which Eve imagines her father (who has been dead for 31 years) writing a confessional letter to her, seeking forgiveness for sexually and physically abusing her from the time she was 5 years old. Eve hopes that other survivors will find it a release to write apologies as their perpetrators to themselves. And she hopes that the men who recognize themselves in this book will be inspired on their own to begin to come forward in life...'In writing this apology, I moved him from monster to apologist...and in doing that, he lost power over me.' **Thank you to our sponsors! ** NATIVE Deodorant: 20% off your first purchase. Go to nativedeodorant.com and use promo code INFLECTION during checkout. Spotlyte: Spotlyte is your destination for curated, expert content helping you discover how beauty, skincare, and medical aesthetic treatments may fit into your routine. YOU! Become a supporter today—it's tax deductible and you can help us make our next season of episodes. Support here.

Paid Family Leave: We Can Do Better- "The Double Shift" Guest episode!

Welcome to a summer season episode swap featuring Katherine Goldstein of The Double Shift podcast. Earlier in the season, I shared my conversation with Katie Bethell, the founder of Paid Leave for the US--or PLUS, an advocacy group working to win paid leave for everyone--whether you need to care for yourself or others. While Katie and I were talking, another podcast that I follow, hosted by Katherine Goldstein, called "The Double Shift" about working mothers...also did a story--with a woman who decided that the paid leave policy at her workplace was good....but not good enough. I want you to hear what happened when she took matters into her own hands, and how the management team at the New York Times, where she worked, responded. But wait, there's more! You're invited to a live taping with me and Katherine Goldstein of The Double Shift when we appear together live in San Francisco August 15th as part of her "F*ck Mom-Guilt.... World Tour". She will also be in Oakland, August 14th. Click here for tickets! Support the next season of Inflection Point with a tax deductible contribution, click here! *Thank you to our sponsors! * NATIVE Deodorant: 20% off your first purchase. Go to nativedeodorant.com and use promo code INFLECTION during checkout. Spotlyte: Spotlyte is your destination for curated, expert content helping you discover how beauty, skincare, and medical aesthetic treatments may fit into your routine.

Summertime! Summertime! Where we've been...where we're going

I am so glad you're catching our current season about "radicals"-- Radical actions, radical system change and the people who are making it happen right now: In the workplace--if you're still catching up, check out my conversations with Katie Bethel of Paid Leave for the US & Morgan Mercer who is using Virtual Reality to end sexual harassment... Or if government policy is your thing—you'll love hearing from the team experimenting with Basic Income in Stockton, CA...and don't miss Shannon Watts the founder of Moms Demand Action whose gun sense movement used the power of moms to go from from Facebook Page to front page news... And don't miss my live conversations with activists—Gloria Steinem, and with Eve Ensler about the radically transformative power of apology. Plus hear from Jennifer Weiner, whose new book "Mrs Everything" asks who's really making women's choices? Are we--or our system?" All that is in the feed right now! Coming up I have a couple of special summer-swap episodes from podcasters I admire who have covered topics that tie in with what I cover here on Inflection Point. They'll appear in your feed on the same schedule as always--every other Wednesday morning! I have 3 things to ask of you to keep us all rising up: 1) Thinking about women rising up, social change and the quest for equality....What or who do you want to learn about in the next season? How can we help you be the change? Let me know on my contact page at inflectionpointradio.org. Second thing...We are an independent production out of KALW in San Francisco and PRX. That means that MOST of the funding for this show comes from you, my dear listeners. So I'm asking for your support right now to help me produce the next season of Inflection Point with as much as you can give--whether it's $10 or $100 or $1000. Here's how: just go to our support page and give what you can. As a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, your donation is now tax deductible and covers hard costs like studio time, transcripts and editing. If you are already contributing, thank you! If you have a donor-advised fund or employer match, we can accept those contributions too! Third... Not in a position to give money? I get that....Support the show with a review on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or where ever you listen. And last but not least, for the readers out there...I have a whole page on my website featuring the books of people who have been on Inflection Point this season and all seasons past. If you are looking for a good read, you will find it at inflectionpointradio.org/books. With all that teed up for you, it's time for me to take a wee break to reflect on everything we've heard so far, to work on the next season for you--and yes to try and relax for a minute in this crazy time we live in. As always, thanks for listening! This is Inflection Point and this is how women rise up. *Thank you to our sponsors! * NATIVE Deodorant: 20% off your first purchase. Go to nativedeodorant.com and use promo code INFLECTION during checkout. Spotlyte: Spotlyte is your destination for curated, expert content helping you discover how beauty, skincare, and medical aesthetic treatments may fit into your routine. YOU! Become a supporter today—it's tax deductible and you can help us make our next season of episodes. Support here.

Author Jennifer Weiner on Writing a Radical Beach Read

The times, they are a'changin'. This week on Inflection Point, I talk to author Jennifer Weiner about her newest bestselling book "Mrs. Everything". The story is loosely based on Jennifer's own mother, Fran, who got married, had 4 children and ultimately came out as a gay woman after Jennifer and her siblings were out of the house. Spanning two sisters' lives from the 1950s to the night of the 2016 political election, the book raises questions about who is really making women's choices about our own lives...are we? Or our system? How did we get where we are, and how do we move on from here? Jennifer shares the facts behind her fiction, what it takes to write a good sex scene, what hasn't changed since #metoo started, and how the personal becomes political. We spoke at Women Lit, a program of the Bay Area Book Festival on June 22, 2019 in Berkeley, California. *Thank you to our sponsors! * EO Essential Oils NATIVE Deodorant: 20% off your first purchase. Go to nativedeodorant.com and use promo code INFLECTION during checkout. Spotlyte: Spotlyte is your destination for curated, expert content helping you discover how beauty, skincare, and medical aesthetic treatments may fit into your routine. YOU! Become a supporter today—it's tax deductible and you can help us make our next season of episodes. Support here.

How to Fight Like A Mother - Shannon Watts, Moms Demand Action

Meet Shannon Watts, the author of Fight Like a Mother, and the founder of Moms Demand Action, a group that uses research, data, and a little bit of "nap-tivism" to throw their weight and money behind political candidates who are willing to put better gun control laws into action. The kicker? They're winning. In the last election, they outspent even the NRA. Join us this week for a look at why our kids are subjected to violent and traumatizing active shooter drills, and what it takes to pass sensible gun legislation. We talk about the root cause of gun violence, who takes the brunt of the violence when background checks get lax, "losing forward" and the very real and positive change that is starting to take place as we come up to the 2020 elections.

Eve Ensler and the Radically Transformative Power of Apology

This week on Inflection Point, I talk with Eve Ensler, award-winning playwright of The Vagina Monologues, about her new book "The Apology", in which she writes in the voice of her father to apologize to herself--from him--for the years of sexual and physical abuse he perpetrated upon her. Stress warning: This episode contains conversation about sexual assault and violence. You will be blown away by Eve's resilience, by her self-knowledge, by her strength of character, and by her deep well of compassion and empathy. Her ideas for political and social reform, as well as her profound insights into the human soul, make her a true radical, and radically empathetic. This week, we discuss the anatomy of a true apology, and the transformative power that apologies hold for the apologists themselves and their recipients. We discuss why punishment never leads to rehabilitation. We discuss the roots of abuse, and how we can start shifting the paradigm. A must-listen for anyone frustrated at the lack-luster apologies precipitated by the #MeToo movement. A must-listen for anyone infuriated by the Anita Hill and Christine Blasey Ford cases. A must-listen for anyone who needs to apologize for something. A must-listen for anyone who has ever needed an apology, but hasn't yet gotten one. PS I also spoke with Eve in October of 2016, about a year before the #MeToo movement took off. Her words were prescient and I encourage you to listen to that conversation too. Just scroll down the feed. If this conversation is important to you, please support our independent production with a tax deductible donation. Inflection Point is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.

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