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Reckonings comes from the idea that change in the world happens inside of people. Which begs the question: how do people change? How do we shift our political worldviews, transcend extremism, and overcome addiction? That’s what Reckonings is: an exploration of how people change their hearts and minds. ​ Guests have included a deeply conservative Congressman who made a dramatic shift on climate change, a high-powered health insurance executive turned healthcare reformer, and a white supremacist who became a force for non-violence. If you're new to the show, start with this quick intro: bit.ly/1VypoeX Then go for one of the latest episodes: www.reckonings.show/episodes Reckonings is produced by independent artist Stephanie Lepp.

Reckonings comes from the idea that change in the world happens inside of people. Which begs the question: how do people change? How do we shift our political worldviews, transcend extremism, and overcome addiction? That’s what Reckonings is: an exploration of how people change their hearts and minds. ​ Guests have included a deeply conservative Congressman who made a dramatic shift on climate change, a high-powered health insurance executive turned healthcare reformer, and a white supremacist who became a force for non-violence. If you're new to the show, start with this quick intro: bit.ly/1VypoeX Then go for one of the latest episodes: www.reckonings.show/episodes Reckonings is produced by independent artist Stephanie Lepp.
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Reckonings comes from the idea that change in the world happens inside of people. Which begs the question: how do people change? How do we shift our political worldviews, transcend extremism, and overcome addiction? That’s what Reckonings is: an exploration of how people change their hearts and minds. ​ Guests have included a deeply conservative Congressman who made a dramatic shift on climate change, a high-powered health insurance executive turned healthcare reformer, and a white supremacist who became a force for non-violence. If you're new to the show, start with this quick intro: bit.ly/1VypoeX Then go for one of the latest episodes: www.reckonings.show/episodes Reckonings is produced by independent artist Stephanie Lepp.

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#24 || How to turn a monster into an apologist

7/16/2019
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'In writing this apology, I moved him from monster to apologist…and in doing that, he lost power over me.' That's Eve Ensler, talking about her recent *masterpiece* of a book, The Apology. In it, she imagines the apology her father never gave her for the abuse he inflicted on her as a child. It echoes the imaginary Pope in Reckonings episode #22 — except that Ensler did it for her own father. Ensler was recently interviewed about the book by Lauren Schiller on Inflection Point, and their...

Duration:00:50:07

#23.5 || Where is Reckonings going?

6/11/2019
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Let's take a quick peek behind the curtain on a few things, including the question: where is Reckonings going?

Duration:00:08:03

#23 || An uncommon conversation about clergy sex abuse

5/20/2019
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She was sexually abused by her Catholic school teacher, a former nun. As a young priest, he sexually abused boys in his parish. Buckle your seat belts for an *uncommon conversation* about clergy sex abuse. Enormous gratitude to the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (https://nacrj.org), and to The Gilead Project (https://gileadproject.org) -- a 501(c)3 devoted to healing and preventing sexual abuse.

Duration:01:02:43

#22 || An imaginary reckoning with Pope Francis

2/24/2019
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If the Pope had a reckoning, what would it sound like? And then after you listen.....if you're curious *why* this was made, go to episode #23.5 and scroll to 01:18 for an explanation.

Duration:00:06:44

#21 || A survivor and her perpetrator find justice

12/3/2018
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‘I wanted him to be standing with me, and telling our story with me, in a way that didn't just write us into the categories of angelic survivor and evil assaulter. And I think I even told the audience -- if this person comes forward to tell his story, I hope that you’ll listen to him.’ That’s Anwen, speaking about Sameer. What does it sound like for a survivor to get her needs met? What does it sound like for a perpetrator to take responsibility for his sexual abuse of power? Heartfelt...

Duration:00:56:16

#20 || A journalist reckons with truth

9/21/2018
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Alternative facts. Fake news. How are journalists grappling with this moment?? Dive into one journalist’s reckoning with truth.

Duration:00:44:43

#19.5 || Behind The Mic

5/1/2018
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'Behind The Mic' is a series of short pieces I produce periodically, to bring you behind the microphone and reveal a bit of what’s going on back here. This time, I’m pulling the curtain on three things: a new creative adventure, the *kinds* of change Reckonings is interested in, and how to bring you more stories more often.

Duration:00:07:20

#19 || How will we become majestic elephants?

3/23/2018
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‘I could have been a left-wing guerrilla in Columbia. Whatever would have grabbed me at the right time, I was ready for.’ What ended up grabbing Frank was neo-Nazism. What ended up grabbing Jesse was jihadi extremism. What do we see when we look beyond ideology? This episode was produced with generous support from the Gen Next Foundation (www.gennext.com), which leverages a venture philanthropy framework to build paradigm-shifting social ventures with a wide footprint of impact. Their...

Duration:00:59:45

#18 || The defection of a Roger Ailes warrior

1/4/2018
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"Very earlier on, Roger called me Ailes Junior. He told my dad, 'I've never met anyone more like me than Joe.'" As the protégé of Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, Joe Lindsley was closer to the man who built Fox News than any Fox executive. He helped write Ailes' speeches, sat next to him at executive meetings, and went to church with his family on Sundays. What moved the ambitious twenty-something to abandon the conservative media titan? For a deeper dive into his epic odyssey, check out...

Duration:00:40:13

#17 || A paid climate skeptic switches sides

10/31/2017
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'I can say to climate skeptics on the right, 'I used to believe what you believe. Hell, I wrote your talking points, and for 20 years, I was there! But let me tell you why I'm not there anymore.'' As the head of the Cato Institute’s climate and environmental policy shop, Jerry Taylor was a leading spokesperson for climate skepticism. He waged TV battles against climate activists on the likes of CNN, NBC, and Fox, and says he won all of them. And yet, he's the only paid climate skeptic who's...

Duration:00:41:51

#16 || Two teens overcome bullying

9/10/2017
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'When I'm angry and I don't know how to get it out, I take it out on other people. I call people names, I say they're ugly, I talk about the way they dress. And when I get into fighting mode, I just start swinging.’ When she was in high school, Halley built a reputation for herself as a bully. So did Chris, who even bullied his teachers, going so far as to break one teacher's jaw. Why do we bully? And what moves us to stop?

Duration:00:30:58

#15 || From health insurance spin doctor to truth teller

7/5/2017
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'I was getting people to make decisions based on misleading information that could have life or death consequences.' That’s Wendell Potter, the former head of public relations for CIGNA. As the executive spin doctor for one of the biggest health insurance companies in the country, he was responsible for concocting tales that enabled CIGNA to deny coverage, discredit critics, and otherwise cast the corporate health insurance machine in a positive light. That was until the numbers in his...

Duration:00:32:37

#14.5 || Behind The Mic

6/12/2017
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‘Behind The Mic' is a series of short pieces I produce periodically, to share what's going on behind the scenes. This time, I'm bringing y'all behind the microphone on two things: 1) an event Reckonings hosted back in December, inviting voters to take a post-election stroll in each other’s shoes (short video: bit.ly/2s7OuGD), and 2) the wondrous reason the show has been on hiatus. With that, Reckonings is BACK, and the next episode is imminent…

Duration:00:09:52

#14 || When her daughter became her son (and vice versa)

12/23/2016
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'You have all these plans, all these dreams, and then it hits you: my daughter's no longer a daughter, she's a son.' In struggling to accept her daughter as a transgender man, Rita DiNicola had to surrender dreams of wedding dress shopping and biological grandchildren. Similarly, in accepting her son as a trans woman, Catherine Hyde had to reckon with the fact that — as a tomboy from a young age — she'd always wanted, and believed she'd gotten, a son as her only child. Together, Rita's and...

Duration:00:33:37

#13 || Navigating wealth within cross-class relationships

9/13/2016
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'I was taught that money is not something you talk about, because once people know you have it, you’ll get taken advantage of.' Like many young members of the 1%, Michelle inherited immense wealth at an early age. In a separate but parallel tale, so did Abe. For many years, they didn't talk about their wealth or know what to do with it, and ultimately denied its existence. Being involved in cross-class relationships only thickened the plot. Then Michelle and Abe discovered Resource...

Duration:00:58:55

#12 || A conversion on climate change

6/21/2016
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"When my son said, 'dad, I'm gonna vote for you, but you're going to clean up your act on the environment,' it wasn't a threat. It was my son saying, 'dad, I love you, and I want you to be what you can be.'" The force that propelled then-Republican South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis to shift his position on climate change was, indeed, love. His son and family created a safe environment for him to explore the possibility of changing his views, and loved him unconditionally through what he...

Duration:00:28:33

#11 || The fracture of a fundamentalist worldview

5/24/2016
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'I don't know if I can convey how comforting it is to believe that you possess the secret to how everything in the universe works. And as a consequence, we had this amazing bonus: we were going to heaven and everyone else was going to hell.' That's how Chris Ladd describes his upbringing in a fundamentalist Christian home in East Texas. But that sense that he possessed the secret to how everything in the universe worked? Well, it eventually cracked, shifting his views on women's rights,...

Duration:00:34:44

#10 || An unlikely friendship transforms the gun debate

5/3/2016
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"What really blinds people on both sides is thinking that it's either or: either we do nothing and put up with the horrendous tolls of firearm deaths and mass shootings, or we take all the guns away." That's public health expert and former CDC research director Mark Rosenberg, speaking to one of America’s most polarizing issues. Our country's fierce gun debate pits "both sides" against each other — proponents of stricter firearm regulation against gun rights advocates. But when it comes to...

Duration:00:37:50

#9 || Defecting from the Donald

4/26/2016
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"One of my co-workers said, 'Trump supporters are without exception the worst people I've ever met, they're almost sub-human.' And I'm standing there thinking, you know, we're friends, but I think I'll keep my mouth shut." That's Alex Mamach, a young white Chicago native who grew up in a poor and diverse suburb of Chicago. He gives voice to why millions of Americans support Donald Trump: because Trump speaks to his marginalized constituency in a way that neither party has done in decades....

Duration:00:35:09

#8.5 || Behind The Mic

4/25/2016
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There's so much that goes on behind the microphone, and I'm going to start bringing you back here. This is the inaugural 'Behind The Mic' piece, stay tuned for more. For this first one: what is Reckonings, and why did I create it?

Duration:00:04:22