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*NOTE: Reckonings is on hiatus while I look for a home for the show. If you have ideas, be in touch: stephanie@infinitelunchbox.com. In the meantime, enjoy Reckonings-related media! Check out Deep Reckonings: deepreckonings.com and Infinite Lunchbox: bit.ly/influnch.* How do we change our hearts and minds? What moves us to shift our political worldviews, transcend extremism, and bring our values into the workplace? Reckonings is an exploration of how we look in the mirror, and grow from what we see. ​Guests have included a deeply conservative Congressman who made a dramatic shift on climate change, a white supremacist who managed to transcend a life of hate, and a national reporter whose crisis of conscience led to a new understanding of objectivity. If you're new to the show, start with this quick intro: bit.ly/1VypoeX Then go for the latest episodes: www.reckonings.show/episodes Reckonings is produced by independent artist Stephanie Lepp.

*NOTE: Reckonings is on hiatus while I look for a home for the show. If you have ideas, be in touch: stephanie@infinitelunchbox.com. In the meantime, enjoy Reckonings-related media! Check out Deep Reckonings: deepreckonings.com and Infinite Lunchbox: bit.ly/influnch.* How do we change our hearts and minds? What moves us to shift our political worldviews, transcend extremism, and bring our values into the workplace? Reckonings is an exploration of how we look in the mirror, and grow from what we see. ​Guests have included a deeply conservative Congressman who made a dramatic shift on climate change, a white supremacist who managed to transcend a life of hate, and a national reporter whose crisis of conscience led to a new understanding of objectivity. If you're new to the show, start with this quick intro: bit.ly/1VypoeX Then go for the latest episodes: www.reckonings.show/episodes Reckonings is produced by independent artist Stephanie Lepp.

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*NOTE: Reckonings is on hiatus while I look for a home for the show. If you have ideas, be in touch: stephanie@infinitelunchbox.com. In the meantime, enjoy Reckonings-related media! Check out Deep Reckonings: deepreckonings.com and Infinite Lunchbox: bit.ly/influnch.* How do we change our hearts and minds? What moves us to shift our political worldviews, transcend extremism, and bring our values into the workplace? Reckonings is an exploration of how we look in the mirror, and grow from what we see. ​Guests have included a deeply conservative Congressman who made a dramatic shift on climate change, a white supremacist who managed to transcend a life of hate, and a national reporter whose crisis of conscience led to a new understanding of objectivity. If you're new to the show, start with this quick intro: bit.ly/1VypoeX Then go for the latest episodes: www.reckonings.show/episodes Reckonings is produced by independent artist Stephanie Lepp.

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English


Episodes

#29 || DEEP RECKONINGS

9/16/2020
If Brett Kavanaugh, Alex Jones, and Mark Zuckerberg had a crisis of conscience, what would they say? Reckonings presents Deep Reckonings — a project that uses deepfakes to take Reckonings in a *fictional* direction, and imagine public figures having a reckoning. Watch the full series and learn more about the project: deepreckonings.com This is the last Reckonings episode for a while, and maybe...the last episode.

Duration:00:06:05

#28 || How To Tackle Trump's Lies

6/23/2020
How do we cover the communications of a president who lies, especially when those lies can be fatal? The traditional rituals of journalism don't really work with a president who doesn't tell the truth, and so, what can we do instead? Reckonings presents Infinite Lunchbox on the topic of how to tackle Trump's lies — aka *post-truth jujitsu*. NOTE: Infinite Lunchbox is better viewed than heard — watch this episode on YouTube: bit.ly/posttruthjujitsu Show Notes: • Jay Rosen on switching to...

Duration:00:17:22

#27 || How do people change?

6/16/2020
How do we change our hearts and minds? What moves us to shift our political worldviews, transcend extremism, and make other kinds of transformative change? That's the $64 million dollar question that gave birth to Reckonings. And that's the question I explore with lessons learned *from* Reckonings -- in this bonus episode with Inflection Point's Lauren Schiller. Check out additional interviews featuring yours truly: reckonings.show/press.html Connect: • Inflection Point — a show about how...

Duration:00:41:22

#26 || Biden, #MeToo, and Growing in Public

6/9/2020
Joe Biden stands accused of sexual assault. And the Democratic Party leadership, which had been loud in its support for #MeToo, is suddenly……..silent. But, is it possible to support Biden's candidacy without abandoning #MeToo? Can we take Tara Reade's allegation seriously while deeming Biden a worthy candidate for president?? In this bonus episode of Reckonings -- alas, no -- we're not doing a restorative justice dialogue between Joe Biden and Tara Reade. What we're doing is being...

Duration:00:14:58

#25 || Beyond Goliath

8/8/2019
He built Facebook’s business model. Then he went on to become the President of Pinterest. And then he realized: he was addicted to his phone. And later: he was complicit in his own — and all of our — addictive relationships with technology. How does an architect of Facebook’s business model grapple with the impact of what he built? What is he doing to help us renegotiate our relationship with technology? This is the odyssey of Moment CEO Tim Kendall. SF BAY AREANS: Tim Kendall and...

Duration:00:43:36

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

7/16/2019
'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
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
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
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
Sameer met Anwen freshman year. He was into her, and they started seeing each other. Then one night, after a fraternity party, Sameer convinced Anwen to come home with him — which is when he coerced her into sexual activity. Their senior year, Anwen invited Sameer into a process of restorative justice. This story features *both* Anwen and Sameer, talking about how they worked through sexual assault using restorative justice. What does it sound like for a survivor to get her needs met? What...

Duration:00:56:16

#20 || A journalist reckons with truth

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

Duration:00:44:41

#19.5 || Behind The Mic

5/1/2018
'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
‘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
"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
'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
'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
'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
‘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
'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
'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