The Cult of Oppressive Positivity

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Trends come and go. Some leave indelible marks upon a culture, and others just fade away. When a trend is couched in terms like “positive psychology” one might expect that any influence it exerts on a culture will be, well…positive. But is there such a thing as too much of a good thing? The contemporary positive psychology movement was founded in the ’80s by Martin Seligman, so you would think he […]

Red Dirt Girls

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For ten days, we are bound by clay, water, sand and straw – in various ratios and textures. Bamboo, tapioca, and cement show up from time to time, but basically, we are women with red hands and feet. Kahlo (as in Frida) is 18 months old. Susan is 77. We are every decade in between. We are Thai, French, Hungarian; Canadian, American, Mongolian. We are Pakistani, raised in Canada, living […]

Dear CEO: Your Feel-Good Diversity Initiative is Undermined By Every Other Way You’re Doing Business

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Last week, I sat in huge ballroom full of entrepreneurs and cringed as a white male CEO gave a TED-style talk on how he solved diversity. Yeah, that happened. You see, he has realized his business – oh! also his industry – oh oh! also his city – were too white and too male, and so he co-launched an initiative to place a one person of color as a paid […]

Featured Artist: Kija Lucas

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Kija Lucas is an artist and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She uses photography to explore ideas of home, heritage and inheritance. Lucas explores how ideas are passed down and how seemingly inconsequential moments create changes that last generations. Lucas received her MFA from Mills College in 2010 and her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area at […]

Featured Artist: Katrina Majkut

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Katrina Majkut, a visual artist and writer, is dedicated to understanding how social traditions impact civil rights. She was listed as one of four international artists starting a new chapter in feminist art by Mic Media and listed as a must-see artist by Hyperallergic magazine. Majkut specializes in feminism and Western wedding traditions, which are addressed in her nonfiction book, The Adventures and Discoveries of A Feminist Bride (Black Rose […]

Past Present: Brett Kavanaugh, Fraternity Hazing, and the Natural Beauty Industry

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In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the drama surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s upcoming Supreme Court confirmation, fraternity hazing, and the booming natural beauty industry. Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: Conservative Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s candidacy is being marred by sexual assault allegations. Natalia recommended Anita Hill’s New York Times’ op-ed about the historical echoes with her own experience. The hazards of fraternity […]

Past Present: Treason, Accents, and Outdoor Play

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In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the definition of treason, the significance of linguistic accents, and a new practice of prescribing outdoor play. Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: President Trump’s behavior at his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin has earned him the epithet of “traitor” by many critics. Niki referenced this article at the Washington Post’s “Made By History” by Gail Savage. Roberto Rey Agudo’s New York […]

Past Present: Democratic Socialists, Court Packing, and Audiobooks

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In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate the rise of Democratic Socialists, plans for packing the Supreme Court, and the increasing popularity of audiobooks. Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: Thanks to the recent upset victory of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez in a New York Democratic primary, socialism appears to be having a new moment in American politics. Justice Anthony Kennedy has stepped down, prompting a conversation about whether “packing” the […]

The Startup Sessions: Learn How To Fall in Love with Your Business Again with Pia Silva

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS “As you increase the profitability of your services, you free up your time and you free up your life.” What if you could work fewer hours while making more money? Pia Silva will describe how to do just that! Pia is a partner and brand strategist at Badass Your Brand and Worst of All Design. She is also […]

Past Present: U.S.-Canada Relations, Kate Spade, and A.P. History

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In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate the historical relationship between Canada and the United States, the legacy of the late designer Kate Spade, and the controversy over proposed changes to an Advanced Placement history course. Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: Relations between longtime allies the United States and Canada appear to be souring after the G7 summit. Natalia cited this article describing […]