Jennifer Dieter, Executive Director of The Aliveness Project (TCP125)

On location in St. Paul with Jennifer Dieter of The Aliveness Project. We talk about the history of the organization, the services they provide to the community and how you can get involved in their biggest event of the year, Dining Out For Life, with Super Ambassadors Rebecca Waggoner-Johnson and Eric Zucker.

Our Gay History in 50 States with Zaylore Stout (TCP124)

On location with Zaylore Stout to talk about his background, fighting for justice as his day job and his nighttime hobby, the Anoka-Hennepin School District situation, and his upcoming book, Our Gay History in 50 States.

The Power of Community Spaces in Movement Building with Rox Anderson (BZP012)

In this episode, we sit down with Beth’s longtime friend and comrade Rox Anderson, Director of the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition and Rare Productions. We touch briefly on a few of the complexities surrounding the recent events involving Minnesota State Representative Ilhan Omar and talk about how moments like these can be leveraged by outside forces to create polarization and division between and within various marginalized communities. We talk about Rox’s recently awarded Bush Fellowship, their vision for an LGBTQ Center in Minneapolis, their work addressing inequities within LGBTQ POC communities, a brand new comic book in the works featuring real-life Transgender-identified superheroes and much more. Beth also talks about her next workshop with Phyllis Braxton and reveals some big news about her upcoming birthday bash/fundraiser with a couple of her longtime friends.

Jean Tretter at Pride 2018 (TCP109)

On-location at the Tretter History Pavilion with Jean Tretter. Also included is a chat with some of the student archivists we met at the pavilion this year, as well as quick introduction to the Tretter Collection’s new Curator, Rachel Mattson.

Conversations with Jamal Ansari and Mario Pierzchalski (IMI002)

Conversations with the owner of the highly succesful Mediterranean Cruise Cafe, Jamal Ansari, and Aneta’s longtime friend and mentor, Mario Pierzchalski.

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Healing Justice with Susan Raffo (BZP011)

Happy Hanukkah! In this episode we sit down with Beth’s longtime friend and colleague Susan Raffo to talk about Healing Justice. We talk about its history, how the concept itself is rooted in the ancient wisdom of cultures around the world, and how it’s just recently begun to gain greater visibility in the broader Social Justice movement in the United States, thanks largely to the work of Queer Black women in the South combating the lasting effects of the legacy of slavery.

We talk about how healing has traditionally been understood in Western and American society and offer some alternatives to the parts of this understanding that continue to contribute to the very things we aspire to heal – both on an individual level and collectively. We also discuss a few ways that practitioners of all kinds can integrate Healing Justice concepts into their work and how anyone can implement it in their daily lives.

We also talk briefly about Beth’s upcoming Facilitating Cultural Change workshop and her all new website!

Roll up your sleeves and join us for a deep-dive discussion of a heavy topic that might actually be a lot simpler on some levels than it seems to be, and that in a lot of ways couldn’t be more timely.

Reflections on the Teachings of Rosh Hashana for Movement Builders (BZP010)

In this episode, we talk about the state of our democracy, our world, the challenges our communities are facing from inside and out, and what we as individuals feeling lost in the middle of it all… can do about it. We also talk about how the lessons and traditions from the Jewish High Holidays (and really, most religious traditions) can help us find peace, community, forgiveness, our way back to those we’ve alienated and a calling to be our best selves. We talk about how even with the best intentions, we can often “miss our mark” – as individuals and as a community – and how that’s okay.

We talk about how putting each other through ideological perfection tests is always a losing battle, as everyone of us, at some point, will fail. We also talk about how as bad as things might feel right now, and as much as it might look on cable news like our movements might be starting to fracture from within… things might not actually be as bad as they seem – and it might actually be nothing new.

We also touch briefly on Nike’s “Believe in Something…” campaign with Colin Kaepernick and how its core message reflects something Movement Builders have been saying and doing for a long time.

Join us for a special “thinking out loud” edition of the Beth Zemsky Podcast and let us know how your faith tradition or values frame drives your work and helps you find focus, accountability, forgiveness, a calling to be your best self, and guides you back to others when you fall.

Narrative Strategy with Eleonore Wesserle (BZP009)

In this episode, we talk Narrative Strategy with Beth’s colleague Eleonore Wesserle, Communications Consultant and founder of the new Narrative Strategy Consulting firm Dreams To Power.

We talk about Eleonore’s “Now Wow How” issue framing system and how it can be used to maximize our Movement Building work. We also apply some basic Narrative Strategy concepts to some current events and suggest a few alternatives to some of the dominant Progressive narratives around them employing the “Now Wow How” system.