Empowerment Starts Here

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The ESHpodcast

The Next Episode Scheduled to be Released…

Tuesday, 9/26/17: The Case of Strengths and Being. In this episode (Ep07), Empowerment Starts Here with Kathleen Devine. You will learn about the positive charge of knowing and walking in your strengths and consider the social structures that prevent us from living strength-based lifestyles.  This is a great episode for those who better want to understand ways of being beyond the margins.

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Recent Episodes… 


Tuesday, 9/19/17: The Case of Hating High School. In this episode (Ep06), Empowerment Starts Here with Nikhil Goyal. You will learn about Nikhil’s advocacy for a progressive learning model, how his disconnect with high school sent him searching for progressive education, and how different levels of social capital determine how students are treated in the schooling process.

Tuesday, 9/12/17: The Case of Passion and Pursuit. In the episode, Empowerment Starts Here with Roger Harris and Joshua Howard. In it, you will hear Roger and Josh talk about their life’s purpose as they understand it and how they had to negotiate this purpose with their parents, their peers, and their own person (selves).  You also hear how the power of tradition or the power of culture serves to challenge them and makes it difficult for them to be their authentic selves.  Finally, you hear how these young men have a firm handle on both the passion of the calling and the pragmatics of the pursuit.  They talk openly about faith, higher education, and community.

Tuesday, 9/5/17: The Case of Critical Self Reflection (Ep04). In this episode, Angela (the host) flies solo where she talks about what, why and how to critically self reflect (as informed by Stephen Brookfield, Jack Mezirow, and John Dewey). She also shares her practice of Critical Self Reflection as both an individual and an organizational leader.

Aug 20, 2017 The Case of Critical Literacies (Ep03)

In the episode, Empowerment Starts Here with Chris Thinnes. In it, he speaks transparently about his shift in allyship… going from working with people (specifically students) of color to talking within his own family and other whites within his personal and professional networks. Chris also talks about experiencing rage that is designated to those who are considered race traitors and finally, he talks about democracy as a performance when outcomes and decisions are determined before taking a seat at the decision making table.

Aug 20, 2017 The Case of Inclusive Faith (Ep02)

In the episode, Empowerment Starts Here with Rev. Gwen Thomas. In it, she speaks passionately about the value of not only welcoming people in their differences but celebrating them in their differences. She gives a thoughtful run down on the Bible passages that are typically used to deny LGBT persons their full humanity and then advocates the idea of a radical Jesus that comes to give it back to them. Finally, she talks (along with the host) about the paradox of the black church that both comforts and harms those that have been racially oppressed.

Aug 23, 2017 The Case of Being Black, Female and Human  (Ep01)

In this episode, Empowerment Starts Here with Angela Walker. In it, she talks about the vocation to be human (as defined by Paulo Freire in the Pedagogy of the Oppressed [1970]). In the conversation, Angela Walker (the Informant) and Angela Dye (the Host) talk about agency, about giftedness, about the body as all experiences of being. The greatest value of this conversation is a consideration of what it means to be dehumanized (by way of various forms of oppression) as well as the rights and responsibilities to be fully human.

About the Podcast

The ESHpodcast mainly has  two formats. The primary format is guest-centered. In this format, a guest, acting asthe Informant, will share their knowledge about a specific case of power (knowing power, doing power, or being power) and then join the host in a conversation about power and social change.

There are two segments to the show. In the first segment, the listener learns about the guest and the general nature of The Case as a concept or activity.  In the second segment, the listener learns about layers of power in our society and explores how these layers help or hinder The Case.

Power as a concept is connected to each case initially by the host.  Through her working knowledge of power, she selects cases that she believes tells a story (directly or indirectly) about power and social change.  Then, through the recorded interview, she tries to bring out the dynamics of power by her facilitation of the conversation.
While the nuance of power can only be revealed by The Informant (the interviewee), the pure analysis of power may not come until the end of the show or sometimes in the solo episode (discussed more below) where the host will talk about power as a concept more so than as an experience (as captured through the interviews/individual cases).   Please know that guests do not carry the burden of driving the conversation about power!

The second format for the show (approximately once a month) is where the host flies solo.  She works to synthesize her learning about power through previous guests and apply to some larger purpose for knowing, doing and being power.

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