The Humanize Podcast

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We’re weighing in on the heated debate erupting across our country in the wake of Tyre Nichols murder. Nichols, a black man, was pulled over and subsequently killed by black police officers. Is this racist? Let’s ask better questions. Listen to hear us talk about: - Was this interaction racist?…

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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. In our conversation today, Brenda explains how white supremacy invisibilizes and intentionally…

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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 own doorstep, and…

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How do you tell your own story? Often when we think about our lives we focus on our shortcomings & 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 successful life, and she…

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Each of us have different strategies when it comes to shifting people’s perspectives. For our last guest, Awa Diaw, it can be choosing to end the conversation when it no longer feels productive. For Humanize co-host, Courthney Russell Jr, it’s diving even deeper into the heat. Join us as we…

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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 Naked Conversation Series to explore…

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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 for Microsoft, but a Black woman…

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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 others is unfortunately…

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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 have the capacity to disconnect from…

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Show notes: 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 to effect…

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We know the important place The 1619 Project takes in DEI work. Nikole 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 Nikole and talk about the importance of using our platforms to enact…

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Learning From the Controversial Speech Cancellation at Middlesex School How do we distinguish between sadness and remorse and individual guilt? How do we teach the youth that you can feel shame for something your country did, without feeling responsible? We have all heard about the controversy surrounding Nikole Hannah-Jones and…

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Show notes: How do we distinguish between sadness and remorse and individual guilt? How do we teach children that you can feel shame for something your country did, without feeling responsible? We have all heard about the controversy surrounding Nikole Hannah-Jones and The 1619 Project. Now you can hear directly…

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90% of the profits from Idelette’s book, Recovering Racists, is going to different communities of color that have been oppressed and discriminated against. And she's doing a beautiful job of just asking where this money should go. This question got us on the topic of reparation and how it’s synonymous…

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After being set up to live with privilege in South Africa, unsure of the world she was grown up in, our guest and author of the book Recovering Racists, Idelette McVicker, speaks to us about feeling like her soul was forgotten once she discovered the truth. She shares what it…

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So many times since we started this podcast, we have been here discussing mass shootings and how we can really affect change. Here we are again. Today in the wake of the Buffalo grocery store shooting, we sit down and talk about the ongoing gun violence in the US and…

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June 6, 2022

Welcome to Season 4!

Whhhhatttt??? It seems like we just started Humanize, but somehow we are already back for Season 4! We have lots in store for you today, including an update on what we have each been up to and a preview of what we have planned for this season. We’re looking into…

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Have you ever been on the receiving end of a supposedly well-intended — but actually incredibly offensive — comment, question, or microagression? Well today's guest, Nadia Ali, knows this feeling all too well. Nadia is the CEO and founder of Idea Labs in Action (@idealabsinaction), a mission driven consulting firm…

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The intersection between toxic masculinity and white supremacy is one that deserves another look, don’t you think? On today’s episode we dive back into the ideas discussed last week with artist, poet, and educator, Kyle ‘Guante’ Tran Myhre (@guantesolo). Join us as we further explore the violence of normality, the…

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Poetry and art can move us in a way that lectures or courses cannot, am I right? THIS is why today’s guest loves this medium and uses it so powerfully in his social activism work, particularly around white supremacy and toxic masculinity. In this episode, we’re joined by poet, educator,…

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When you hear a lot of conversations around racism and white supremacy, it can be easy to assume that it’s just a Black and white thing. But we don’t believe that’s true, and in today’s episode we’re debriefing last week’s conversation with Dr. Reiland Rabaka where we discussed this as…

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What exactly IS radical inclusivity and what does it have to do with Critical Race Theory? On today’s episode we’re excited to be joined by Dr. Reiland Rabaka to dive into this with us and explain how radical inclusivity goes beyond race. Dr. Rabaka is a professor at the University…

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Today we draw inspiration and guidance to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His words resonate across decades in profound ways. Looking at a lot of what’s going on in the US, particularly in the last couple of years, can feel hopeless. So how do you find hope in hopeless…

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On December 30th, 2021, the most destructive wildfire on Colorado's history ripped through Boulder County, where @emily_braucher lives. The way in which the community has responded to support fire victims has been both incredible and troubling. Today we examine the question of our future: How we can create climate related…

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