Mar 8, 2017
As Director of Instruction for the Youth Leadership Initiative at the University of Virginia Center for Politics, it's Meg Heubeck's mission/job to teach civil discourse to those who have yet to vote - our nation's young people. And to that end, Meg has connected with 70,000 teachers across the country, providing them with full lesson plans to help prepare students, as young as kindergarteners, to be active participants in American democracy. In a word, Meg is amazing. Tune in and find out for yourself.
Oct 18, 2016
Meet Ashley Nicole Black, the Emmy-nominated comedy writer/correspondent for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, which in case you didn't know, is not only the first political talk show hosted by a woman, but has THE most diverse writing staff in late night history! Ashley began her comedy career at Second City in Chicago after earning a Masters in performance studies at Northwestern. She dropped out of a PhD program to pursue comedy and the rest is history! Sit back, tune in and let Ashley make your day!
Aug 2, 2016
What's it like working as a foreign correspondent? You're about to find out. Alexis Okeowo spent a good part of her career in Nigeria, Uganda and Mexico freelancing for various publications/organizations, including the New York Times Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Financial Times and the international news agency, Agence France-Press. Alexis, who joined the New Yorker as a staff writer in 2015, is working on a book: A Moonless, Starless Sky: Womoen and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa. She shares the challenges and rewards of global reporting as a woman in what's typically thought of as a man's world.
Jun 21, 2016
Ana Castillo, a poet, award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, editor and playwright, is one of the most celebrated voices in contemporary Chicana literature. In her most recent book, Black Dove: Mama, Mi'jo and Me, she details her life as a single, brown, feminist parent, while at the same time, describes her against-all-odds career as a writer and activist. Join us for an enlightening, eye-opening and fascinating conversation.
Mar 15, 2016
Tahrir Square, the conflicts in Libya, and Syria, the refugee crisis in Europe. Award winning photo-journalist Nicole Tung has shared powerful, poignant, searing images in a career that began shortly after she graduated from college in 2009. Nicole talks openly, honestly, chillingly about her work documenting 'humanity at its worst, its best and everything' in between. No one should miss this conversation.
Feb 9, 2016
She's baaack! It's time for another scintillating, provocative, 'no stone left unturned' conversation with award-winning actress, voice-over artist, comedian and writer Nancy Giles. The winner of 2 Emmys for her on-air commentaries on the acclaimed CBS News Sunday Morning, Nancy, once again, offers her her take on politics, race, pop culture and body image. Sit back, enjoy and get ready to laugh out loud!
Dec 8, 2015
A committed, impassioned and devoted public servant, Democrat Loretta Weinberg has been a major player in New Jersey politics for more than 20 years. She was elected to the State Assembly in 1992; moved to the Senate side in 2005 and has been Majority Leader since 2012. A member of numerous committees, Senator Weinberg's long list of legislative accomplishments includes: sponsoring the New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act, forming the Governor's Advisory Council on Adolescent Pregnancy, and helping to shape a landmark autism research funding bill. At 80, she's got more energy, stamina and grit than people half her age. You'll want to meet this force of nature.
Sep 29, 2015
Believe it or not, only 26.4% of college presidents are women. Venida Chenault, PhD is one of them. A member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi and Kickapoo tribes, she is the President of Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. For more than 117 years, American Indians and Alaska Natives have been sending their children to Haskell, the premier tribal university in the United States. Join us for a fascinating, eye-opening and much needed conversation.
Sep 15, 2015
Ann Jacobs has worked in the criminal justice field on both the local and national level for more than 40 years. Since 2011, she has been the Director of the Prison Re-entry Institute at New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice. At PRI, Ann oversees numerous projects, including the Prison to College Pipeline. During her career, Ann has designed and implemented innovative programs for men, women and families involved in the criminal justice system. Meet this committed, passionate woman on a mission.
May 5, 2015
Attorney and social activist Dorchen Leidholdt is the Director of The Center for Battered Women's Legal Services at Sanctuary for Families in New York City, the largest program of its kind in the country serving domestic violence victims. Since the mid-70s, she's been a leader in the movement against violence against women and is the founder of The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women. You won't want to miss this riveting and eye-opening conversation.