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Paid Leave For All - Katie Bethell Is Seizing the Moment to Fight for Radical Policy Change

America is one of only two countries in the world where you can be fired for taking a day off in order to give birth (let that sink in for a moment). As it stands, paid leave policy varies from company to company, state to state, but on a national level, there is no policy in place, no minimum requirements or baseline standard that applies to everyone. And it's not just about moms—this lack of policy also has greater repercussions for how we define a family, in a political sense, and the relationship between the family and the workplace—men included. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand are both bringing attention to these issues, running on platforms of universal childcare, and paid medical and family leave. Katie Bethell, founder and executive director of Paid Leave for the US (PLUS), joins us this week to give us the alarming stats, talk nerdy government logistics, and offer some extremely practical advice on how we can use this particularly potent moment to push for political change. Join us this week on Inflection Point for a look at radical change in action, one decision at a time. We are independently produced and supported by listeners like you. Make a tax deductible donation to support our production today at Thank you!

Paid Leave For All - Katie Bethell Is Seizing the Moment to Fight for Radical Policy Change

BONUS: Introducing Unladylike

Here's a new podcast for you: Unladylike is a show about gender rules and the people who break them. Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin tackle life's important questions through their trademark obsessive research, stories from rule-breakin' ladies, and a solid dose of delightful feminist rage. Find Unladylike now in your favorite podcast app.

The End of Human Trafficking May Begin With Radical Empathy - Julia Flynn Siler

In 19th Century San Francisco's Chinatown only 1 in 10 people were women, and most of them were forced into prostitution, trafficked by criminal tongs. In today's episode, meet the Scottish sewing instructor Donaldina Cameron and the women she collaborated with and helped escape from sex slavery between 1870 and 1930. This week, Julia Flynn Siler talks with Lauren about her new book "The White Devil's Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco's Chinatown". Prepare yourself for bomb scares and bubonic plague quarantines, court cases and crowdfunding efforts. Join us in what is, ultimately, a conversation about standing up to a broken society, and how women can help women rise up. Recorded at the Bay Area Book Festival in May 2019 as part of their Women Lit programming.

The End of Human Trafficking May Begin With Radical Empathy - Julia Flynn Siler

A Radical Plan To End Poverty: Just give people money

This week, we hear about a radical idea to end poverty: Universal Basic Income. Lauren talks to the team behind an experiment with Guaranteed Income taking place in Stockton, CA the one-time foreclosure capital of America where 1 in 4 people live below the poverty line. Featuring conversations with Mayor Michael Tubbs, Natalie Foster of the Economic Security Project, and the co-principal investigators on this experiment: Dr. Amy Castro Baker of the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Stacia Martin West of the University of Tennessee. Guaranteed Income and Universal Basic Income—where money is given with no strings attached represents a radical shift in the way we think about the social contract. Could this be what a Feminist Economy looks like? Special thanks to Mia Birdsong for providing voices of Stockton residents, from her "More Than Enough" Podcast. Additional thanks to First Lady of Stockton, Anna Tubbs and Sukhi Samra, Executive Director of SEED. Learn more about the Stockton Demonstration.

Can Virtual Reality End Real-World Sexual Harassment? - Morgan Mercer

In the post-#MeToo era, men who would never consider saying a harassing word or venture a grope are now asking themselves "can I hug a co-worker anymore?" **** "Can I put my arm around someone in a photo?" "Can I have dinner with a female co-worker...alone?" For the most part, workplace sexual harassment training includes the same rote video, awkward role-playing scenarios or yawn-inducing speaker, and is not remotely equipped to end a culture of enabling harassers or dismissing claims. What kinds of training tools will create a true change in workplace culture? The kind that helps workers and supervisors comprehend the nuances of what sexual harassment looks like and how the power dynamics of workplace sexual harassment can damage the careers and well beings of those harassed? Morgan Mercer, CEO of enterprise training platform Vantage Point, believes the answers to these questions, as well as more nuanced insights about the nature of workplace sexual harassment, lies in virtual reality. Listen to my convo with Mercer as we discuss why corporate sexual harassment training has for the most part failed women, and how immersive experiences like virtual reality may be the key to unlocking empathy, action and change. Support our production at

A Radical Shift in How We Raise and Treat Boys - Dr. Michael Reichert

Last season on Inflection Point, we explored the concept of empowerment for women. And one of the many things we learned is that we can't hope to achieve equality if only one gender is doing the work. Since I recorded that episode a new report came out from the American Psychological Association about the harms of 'traditional masculinity.' Yet not everyone is ready to accept this finding. So... what else needs to change in our culture, to enable boys and men to see women as their equals, and for women to see men as our allies? My guest today is Dr. Michael Reichert, a psychologist with a specialty in work with men and boys, author of the new book, "How to Raise a Boy" and the co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Boys' and Girls' Lives, which is connected to the University of Pennsylvania. The study of gender--especially masculinity--as a social construct is "radical" because it challenges the entrenched belief that "boys will be boys." Then again, it was considered radical to study the earth's orbit around the sun because it challenged entrenched belief that the earth was the center of the universe. But it turns out that boys--like most humans--are just really really good at adapting to their environment we adults create for them. So...while we are spending lots and lots of time and energy 'empowering' women---are we writing off the good that men are capable of because we believe 'that's just how they are' or can we help empower men as well--but in a new way? That will take a radical shift in thinking. Contribute to our production at

How Radical Change Happens - Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl

Times like these call for radical ideas. But is being a radical a positive thing? And if so, why are so many radicals seen as dangerous? In the first episode of the new season of Inflection Point: RADICALS, we'll define what it really means to be a radical, look at some of the lasting change radicals have made throughout our history, and examine how those ideas went from unthinkable to mainstream. I invited Rad Women book series' creators Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl to talk about how to spot a radical, because if anyone knows what a radical looks like and what it takes to be one, it's them. We're celebrating our 4 year anniversary of elevating women's voices! Support the production of Inflection Point by clicking this link here. Thanks!

Gloria Steinem & Favianna Rodriguez at the Castro Theatre

This special episode features my live conversation with activist, writer and feminist organizer, Gloria Steinem and Oakland-based artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez. This special episode features my live conversation with activist, writer and feminist organizer, Gloria Steinem and Oakland-based artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez. The legendary Gloria Steinem is the author of several best-selling books, was a founding editor of and political commentator for New York Magazine and a founding editor of Ms. Favianna Rodriguez's art and collaborative projects address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. Favianna is also the Executive Director of CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights. Gloria, Favianna and I spoke on stage at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco on February 21st, 2019 as part of Women Lit, a program of the Bay Area Book Festival. Gloria's book of essays--now in its third edition--and the occasion for our conversation--is called "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions"--and there is no better or more timely theme! In this conversation we talked about the ongoing fight for equality, how much has changed--or not--since Gloria wrote those essays between the 1960s and the 1990s...and how to create the future we envision! This live event was made possible in part by EO essential oils bath and body care products and of course, my home station KALW in San Francisco, and PRX. Giving is a radical act. Help keep these podcasts

Radical Resilience: Comedian Katie Goodman on the Power of Improv to Come Up With Radical Ideas

This season I'm introducing you to the radical geniuses who are reshaping the systems as we know them. But according to today's guest, we can all be radical geniuses by embracing a mindset of flexibility and resilience. Katie Goodman is a professional improviser and a comedian. Over the last twenty years her team has taught about 10,000 people from individuals to corporate groups how to use the tools of improv comedy in everyday life. Today, we'll talk about how the powers of imagination, collaboration and "yes, and" can give us a new way of responding to problems the world throws at us. Subscribe to "Inflection Point" to get more stories of how women rise up right in your feed. Here's a radical idea: contribute to Inflection Point and help us keep telling more stories! 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. Thank you to our sponsors their support! PACT organic clothing: Go to and enter the code Inflection at checkout for 25% off your first order. Zola wedding planning website: Get $50 off your registry on Zola, go to Warby Parker: Try on frames for free with Home Try-On! Go to so they know you heard about it here.

Radical Resilience: Comedian Katie Goodman on the Power of Improv to Come Up With Radical Ideas

Inflection Point Season 9 Trailer: Meet the Radicals

This season Lauren will to introduce you to the "radical" people who are reshaping the systems as we know them--to get us closer to an equal society. First episode of the season comes out 2/13. New episodes every other Wednesday. Contribute to the production of Inflection Point at You contribute. We produce more shows. Awesomeness ensues.

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