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My Privilege Wakeup Call with Ijeoma Oluo, author of "So You Want To Talk About Race"

An awkward conversation with her white mother about “good white people” inspired Ijeoma Oluo to take on the unenviable task of writing one of the most user-friendly books on race of our time: “So You Want To Talk About Race.” In plain language, Ijeoma has confronted deeply uncomfortable questions surrounding racial injustice from the school-to-prison pipeline to the Black Lives Matter movement to white feminism and intersectionality. In our conversation, Ijeoma helps me to understand the...


New Season Trailer

It’s time for some tough conversations about what women are up against right now and what to do about it. So how can everyday women and men rise up and make true equality happen? On Inflection Point I’m joined by experts and policy makers; authors and activists who are pounding on doors and breaking them down...And calling it out when something’s not right. These are the tough conversations women are having, but everyone needs to hear. On Inflection Point you’ll hear honest, powerful...


How Girls Change The World - Paola Gianturco & Alex Sangster

There are girls all around the globe addressing tough issues that no young person should have to deal with--but must, by the luck of where and when they were born. Things like child marriage, sex trafficking, limited access to education, and poverty. Over 100 of these girls who have decided to do something about the problems in their community are featured in a new book called "Wonder Girls: Changing Our World." It was written by photojournalist Paola Gianturco and her 11 year old...


How To Take Your Reproductive Destiny Into Your Own Hands - Author Rachel Lehmann-Haupt

Why should biology decide when--or how--you'll have a baby? And what do advances in medical science mean for the feminist movement? As journalist Rachael Lehmann-Haupt investigated new reproductive technologies, she was faced with her own, personal 'ticking biological clock.' She tells us how she came to her own decision about having a child, and shares the pros and cons of having a baby on your own. Her book is “In Her Own Sweet Time”. Love hearing from the women I talk with on...


How To Welcome A Refugee-Christina Psarra, Doctors Without Borders

What can women refugees teach us about how to rise up? Christina Psarra, head of mission for Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian aid organization, bears witness to their sacrifice and resourcefulness, giving everything she has to help them. Along the way, she's discovered that refugees are not victims--they are survivors and it's her job to help them survive.


How To Bring Joy Into The Resistance - Paola Mendoza and Sarah Sophie Flicker, The Women's March

If there was ever a time when we need to consistently keep our souls replenished for the fight against injustice, it would be now. Hear how Women’s March artistic director, Paola Mendoza and strategic advisor and national organizer Sarah Sophie Flicker use the power of art and culture in activism, and what they learned in documenting The Women’s March for the newly released book, "Together We Rise." As national organizers for The Women’s March and leaders of The Resistance Revival Chorus,...


How To Question The True Value Of A College Degree-Nancy Niemi, Yale University

As more and more women graduate from college and even surpass their male peers in levels of education, men are finding other means for achieving career success. Nancy Niemi, Director of Faculty Teaching Initiatives at Yale questions the conventional wisdom that college is a path to gender equality. Women now need more degrees than ever just to compete because in spite of all this education, institutional sexism is still prevalent. Her book is called, “Degrees of Difference.” Inflection...


How To Turn Your Dreams Into Reality - Bonny Simi, President of JetBlue Ventures and Olympic Athlete, and...

When Bonny Simi was 14 years old, she made a list of life goals--to be a pilot, go to college, be a TV broadcaster, be an Olympic athlete and to build a log cabin. Today, she's achieved 4 of the 5 of them and she founded JetBlue Ventures to massively improve the travel experience. She may be the 'most interesting woman in the world.' And I wanted to know how she did it. Inflection Point is brought to you by FreshBooks—spend less time dealing with invoices and expenses, and more time...


How To Redesign Your Life - Suz Somersall, KiraKira

From her childhood as a self-confessed gaming nerd to her career as an engineering-inspired artist (or is it art-inspired engineer?), Suz Somersall has made a life of her own design. She's now the founder of KiraKira, a learning program that makes girls feel confident and excited about creating new products using 3D printing, design-thinking and STEAM concepts. We’ll hear how while living as on a remote Japanese island with her husband fighting halfway across the world, Suz redefined her...


How To Reinvent Journalism - Cristi Hegranes, Global Press Institute

Cristi Hegranes wanted to be a foreign correspondent since the time she was six years old. Within days of achieving her dream job, after all the traditional training, she realized she was the wrong person for the job. The right person? The women who actually live in the countries usually covered by outsiders. So she decided to train women journalists and give them a platform to tell the stories of their own communities. As she says, "To change the story, you have to change the...


How To Be A Tech Founder - Live at Women In Product Conference, Silicon Valley

This fall, I was invited to moderate a panel for a conference put on by Women In Product, a non-profit formed to create a strong community of women builders and leaders in the tech industry. My panel included four female founders of technology companies: Cheryl Contee of Fission Strategy, Heather Fernandez of Solv, Selina Tobaccowala of Evite and Gixo and Aarthi Ramamurthy of Lumiod. You’ll hear what surprised each of them about starting a company, the pros and cons of running a company...


How To Run For Office - Kate Black, (then) Chief of Staff at EMILY's List

More women than ever are raising their hands to run for office. But what does it actually take to to win? And what will be different when they do? Kate Black, now at the FCC, recorded with me in August when she was Chief of Staff for EMILY's List, an organization that helps pro-choice, Democratic women run for office. And she has her own story of awakening to the fact that we need more women in office.


Bonus: How To Hit Back At A-holes, Psychos, Trolls and Pervs - Part 2 Carrie Goldberg, Sexual Consent and Internet Abuse Lawyer

In part 2 we hear the personal story that started it all for sexual consent and internet abuse lawyer, Carrie Goldberg. And it begins with the usual, "I met him on the internet..." Carrie shares how she fights back against perpetrators of revenge porn and other sexual misconduct, as well as how victims may actually come out the other side with more power. Inflection Point is brought to you by FreshBooks—spend less time dealing with invoices and expenses, and more time changing the world....


How To Hit Back At The "Harveys" - Part 1 Carrie Goldberg, Sexual Consent and Internet Abuse Lawyer

With the Harvey Weinstein tsunami of sexual misconduct allegations, it has everyone asking, will this be the moment when everything changes? And if it is, what will it take to balance the power between harassers and their victims? And what about the enablers--Is this all one big conspiracy? I talk with sexual harassment and internet privacy lawyer Carrie Goldberg to find out. Inflection Point is brought to you by FreshBooks—less time dealing with invoices and expenses, and more time to...


How To Fight An Invisible Illness - Jennifer Brea, "Unrest"

Jennifer Brea was an avid traveler, a Harvard PhD student and a Princeton grad. She was engaged to be married to the man she loved. Then one day she couldn't get out of bed with an illness that went undiagnosed for over a year. Until finally she started to meet other people--mostly women--who had the same problem: a misunderstood illness, generically described as "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" or what used to be called "hysteria." To take control of her life--and to be taken seriously, she...


How To Flip The Script on D*ck Pics (Part 1) - Whitney Bell

Whitney Bell got tired of receiving unwanted sexually explicit photos from men, and decided to do something about it: She gathered 200 of these images and put them on display in an art gallery show entitled "I Didn't Ask For This. A Lifetime of Dick Pics." This is “Part 1” of our convo. Be sure to listen to Part 2 for more about her feminist activism.


How To Flip The Script on D*ck Pics (Part 2) - Whitney Bell

Part 2 of our conversation…To hear about Whitney Bell’s gallery show “I Didn’t Ask For This: A Lifetime of Dick Pics” please check out “Part 1.” In this episode, we move onto the response Whitney got from an article she wrote about abortion for Teen Vogue; why she posed for Playboy and how she handles the backlash from her feminist activism.


How To Get Through The Worst — Together, Kelsey Crowe, Co-Founder Help Each Other Out

Most of us don’t know what to say when we are grieving or how to reach out when the people we love go through something awful. Dr. Kelsey Crowe’s own experiences with grief helped her realize that so many people suffer alone because the people around them don’t know what to do or say. So Kelsey actually shifted her career focus to understand what grieving people want, and what they don’t. She surveyed 900 people about their experiences with grief, founded Help Each Other Out to provide...


How To End Ageism - Ashton Applewhite, Author & Activist

Ashton Applewhite is on a mission as old as humanity itself -- to change our attitudes about age and ageing. Her book is "This Chair Rocks. A Manifesto Against Ageism," and her Ted Talk received a standing ovation. She's onto something. This week on Inflection Point, she talks with Lauren about how she plans to end what she calls "the last acceptable prejudice."


How Jeanette Walls Claimed Her Truth - Author, "The Glass Castle"

When she was young, Jeannette Walls wanted nothing more than to escape her crazy, chaotic family. She grew up in poverty, in a crumbling home, where her parents couldn’t always put food on the table. They moved from place to place and school to school. After putting her past behind her to become a successful journalist and author, Walls finally revisited her upbringing in her memoir, “The Glass Castle.” Now it’s been adapted into a film, and this was my chance to talk with her about how...


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