An All Current Events Edition of The Beth Zemsky Podcast (BZP008)

In Episode 8, we talk about the events taking place around immigration, Trump’s performance in North Korea, the trend of celebrities reinforcing polarization by responding to hate with hate, the media’s obsession with the Mueller investigation (to the exclusion of other news), the Right’s most recent attack on pre-existing conditions, the increasing radicalization of the Right at the Primary level, and more.

We also cover the annual “Night of a New Day” event at the Kaleo Center and talk about “The Opposite of Hate”, Beth’s most recent book recommendation.

Commemorating Episode 100 of The Twin Cities Pride Podcast with Lisa Vecoli, Curator of The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota (BZP007)

Welcome to a very special edition of The Beth Zemsky Podcast! For episode 7, we venture deep into the caverns below the University of Minnesota on an epic quest to officially archive the first 6 episodes of The Beth Zemsky Podcast, and to commemorate Episode 100 of The Twin Cities Pride Podcast. For our expedition, we bring along Beth’s longtime friend and colleague, Lisa Vecoli, Curator of The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies, to help us tell the story of how this archive, that documents and preserves LGBT culture and movement building, came into being.

We also talk about the importance of archiving and other forms of cultural work as vital to supporting long-term social change.

We close the episode setting the stage for the next 6 episodes of the Beth Zemsky Podcast by talking a little about where we’ve been so far and about where all of the deep intersectional movement energy in our country right now might be leading us.

Building Relationships Across Polarization (BZP006)

In this episode, Beth talks about the recent Facilitating Cultural Change workshop, her experience at the 30th Annual Creating Change Conference sponsored by the LGBTQ Task Force, the truth behind Trump’s “booming” economy narrative, and other slight-of-hand tactics that the Right continues to engage in behind the smokescreen of the day-to-day distractions and trauma. In the curriculum segment, we talk about Beth’s recent trip to Northern Minnesota to speak with leaders of Rural Non-Profits about doing Equity work in this current polarized climate. We then discuss some concrete tips for building dialogue and relationships with others in a way that undermines the “Us vs. Them” ideology that leads to polarization.

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Intercultural Organizational Development and Systems Change with Phyllis Braxton (BZP005)

Beth and Phyllis talk about how organizations can work towards equity and make a difference in their communities through Intercultural Organizational Development. Along the way, we also briefly discuss Net Neutrality, the CDC’s list of newly banned words, the Alabama Senate race, and reacting to trauma in a polarized world. Beth and Phyllis also share about the importance of practitioners connecting with others in their space and how trainers can elevate their skill sets by taking part in the upcoming workshop Facilitating Cultural Change in January 2018.

Faith-Based Organizing and Graceful Engagement with Rev. Dr. Rebecca Voelkel (BZP004)

A special double-length episode with Rev. Dr. Rebecca Voelkel. Beth and Rebecca reflect on lessons regarding values-based intersectional movement building that they gleaned from their history of faith-based organizing. They also talk about the implications of these lessons for secular organizers in this time of deep polarization, particularly the difference we each can make through Graceful Engagement.