The Humanize Podcast

The Humanize Podcast

It’s easy to say you believe in social justice, but engaging in honest conversations about race can be deeply uncomfortable, vulnerable, messy, and complex. Join co-hosts Courthney Russell (social entrepreneur, activist and doctor) and Emily Braucher (keynote speaker and mom) as they take on the kind of interracial dialogue needed to disrupt the current social order and create equity.

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February 03, 2023

S4E18: Tyre Nichols: Is This A Race Thing?

We’re weighing in on the heated debate erupting across our country in the wake of Tyre Nichols murder. Tyre, a black man, was pulled over and subsequently killed by black police officers. Is this racist? Let’s ask better questions.  Our...

January 18, 2023

S4E17: The Dangers of the Hyper Woke w/Dr. Melissa Bird

How does perfectionism undermine our activism? This conversation today is so important. We’re with Dr. Melissa Bird, discussing how our fears of messing up and being judged impedes our activism, and how our shame and guilt are leading us to action...

December 27, 2022

S4E16: Activation & Allyship w/Brenda Herrera Moreno

Anti-oppression work requires great introspection and learning of self and habits. According to Brenda Herrera Moreno, the role that we have to play in combating oppression is equivalent to the life journey of getting to know ourselves better. ...

December 14, 2022

S4E15: Injustice Isn't Elsewhere, It's Here. With Sirad Zahara.

The world is an intense place. We are bombarded with news of tragedies and injustices and many of us wonder, “what can I do?”, before we are swept back into our busy lives. Sirad Zahara joins us today to talk about the injustices that land on our...

November 29, 2022

S4E14: Do Our Stories Do Us Justice? With Adriana Ortiz

How do you tell your own story? Often when we think about our lives we focus on our shortcomings and struggle to see how all the parts of our story are weaved together. Adriana Ortiz believes that understanding our own story is critical to living a...

November 17, 2022

S4E13: Being Influential In Conversation (A Deeper Dive)

Each of us have different strategies when it comes to shifting people’s perspectives. For last week’s guest, Awa Diaw, it can be choosing to end the conversation when it no longer feels productive. For Humanize co-host, Courthney Russell Jr,...

October 28, 2022

S4E12: Race, Culture, and Beyond with Erica Howard and Sage Hobbs

We’ve got a fun role swap for you today: in this episode, we’re bringing you an interview where we had the opportunity to be the guests! We were interviewed by the amazing Sage Hobbs and Erica Howard for their podcast Race, Culture, and Beyond: A...

October 18, 2022

S4E11: Creating Influence Around the Globe with Awa Diaw

We know very well what change still needs to happen around race in the US, but what about abroad? Today we’re bringing you a fascinating and unique perspective on this from Awa Diaw who is not only the Global Diversity and Inclusion Project Manager...

October 12, 2022

S4E10: The Code Switch [A Deeper Dive]

What’s code switching? If you’ve ever found yourself changing who you are as a person in a given situation in order to gain acceptance, you’ve code switched. That need to shift how you show up in the world in order to adhere to a standard set by...

October 04, 2022

S4E9: Why Do We Dehumanize Others?

Sometimes you read or hear about a situation that breaks your heart and you think, “How can those people DO that?! How do they live with themselves? I could never do that!” But could you?   As humans, we’re exploring this idea that we all...

July 26, 2022

S4E8: The Importance of Community in Business w/Imran Rehman

How do we create dialogue when there are such huge power differences in the room? How do we make sure we have different voices at the table and still work together?  Today we sit down with Imran Rehman, CEO of Kokoro, a web based company striving...

July 19, 2022

S4E7: Defining Hope [A Deeper Dive]

We know the important place The 1619 Project takes in DEI work. Nicole Hannah-Jones’ speech at a prominent elite school was canceled, but her message is definitely not. Join us as we break down our previous episode with Nicole and talk about the...