Episodes

Leadership with David Nicholson (BZP016)

On today’s episode, we tackle the huge topic of leadership with Beth’s longtime friend and colleague, former Executive Director of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice, David Nicholson. We take a bit of a “thinking-out-loud” approach to the topic and frame it within the scope of the many kinds of leadership currently on display in this country in different arenas, and about the impact they’re having on the movement moment we’re in.

We talk about how various parts of our identities can impact our individual styles of leadership, how leadership doesn’t always look like or need to look like we might be accustomed to seeing it, and about the role of followers in effective community leadership. We talk about accountability, responsibility, leadership as a relationship with the people we’re leading, accepting feedback and criticism with grace and gratitude, how basing leadership on listening, empathy, and identifying and creating shared values is usually not a terrible place for any leader to start… and we only just scratched the surface!

We also talk briefly about Beth’s just announced Facilitating Cultural Change workshop this coming April. Be sure to check out Beth’s website for more information!

Giving and Financial Wellness with Thrivent Financial (TCP142)

With the season of giving upon us, we sit down with Patti and Madison from Thrivent Financial New Hope Group on Give to the Max Day 2019 to talk about Financial Wellness and setting ourselves up for a lifetime of healthy giving.

The Emerging Narratives of the 2020 Presidential Election with Dave Mann (BZP015)

In this episode, Beth sits down with her longtime friend and colleague, Dave Mann for a chat about the emerging and evolving individual and collective narratives of the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election. We talk about what messaging is gaining traction, what isn’t, and what’s maybe just starting to. We talk about how this election already echos elections past in some ways and about the opportunities that some candidates might have to potentially pull away from the fray by framing their messaging in the values behind their positions on the issues. We talk about why leading with an anti-Trump narrative is a problem, we touch briefly on a few of the candidates who are doing a few things right, and talk about why and how all of this matters in the larger scope of movement building beyond just the upcoming election.

Resources referenced in this episode:

Grassroots Policy Project: https://grassrootspolicy.org/

Building Organizations in a Movement Moment (the article Dave & Beth wrote): https://bethzemsky.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Building-organizations-in-a-movement-moment.pdf

Social Movement Organizational Strategic Planning: https://bethzemsky.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Social-Movement-Organization-Strategic-Planning.pdf

Stewardship, Justice, & Democracy – An example of values based framing from the Land Stewardship Project: https://landstewardshipproject.org/posts/1220

New Social Contract – Organizing by values: https://bethzemsky.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/New-Social-Contract-Organizing-by-values-.pdf

LSP Narrative case study – https://grassrootspolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/ANarrativeOfRuralAbundance.pdf

The Cycle of Abuse with Marissa Melby (DAP021)

We welcome DAP Men’s Program Therapist Marissa Melby as our special guest as we roll up our sleeves and lay the groundwork for our rebooted curriculum series with our first topic, The Cycle of Abuse.

195 Years of Activism Celebration and LGBTQ Task Force Fundraiser (BZP014)

A special bonus on location edition of The Beth Zemsky Podcast featuring Barbara Satin and Rebecca Voelkel. Together, they and Beth celebrate 195 years of collective activism along with a room full of their closest friends while raising funds to support the important work of the National LGBTQ Task Force.

2019 Twin Cities Pride Festival Performer Katie Beth (TCP138)

On location at the Quorum Village at the 2019 Twin Cities Pride Festival with Loring Stage performer and Sunday Headliner, Country Rock artist, Katie Beth. We talk about the challenges she’s faced as a female LGBTQ+ artist in a corner of the music industry that’s striving, yet still just beginning, to embrace equality and diversity among their ranks. We also talk about the power of perseverance when doors are slammed in your face, and about how we can all make a difference in the world by living out loud as our authentic selves.

Success and Reflections on Anti-Pride with Jeffry Lusiak (TCP137)

In this episode we sit down with longtime Minneapolis artist and educator, Jeffry Lusiak. We talk about his experience as a young Queer artist in the Twin Cities at a time when the visibility of the Queer arts scene wasn’t anywhere near what it is today, as well as delve in to his more recent endeavors, his new Success Coaching business and his awesome new podcast, From Here.

An update on Domestic Abuse Project with Amirthini Keefe (DAP020)

Welcome back to the new and improved Domestic Abuse Project Podcast! It’s been a while, but we’re back and better than ever with a new co-host, DAP’s own Director of Client Services, Amirthini Keefe. We’re on location at DAP’s new headquarters in NE Minneapolis to talk about all the new and exciting things that have happened at DAP since our last episode, and to talk about some of the exciting new innovations happening now and coming soon to DAP.

2019 Twins Pride Night Preview with Miguel Ramos (TCP136)

On location at Target Field with a special 2019 Twins Pride Night preview with the Minnesota Twins’ Director of Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, Mr. Miguel Ramos. Miguel shares reflections on last year’s Pride Night and lets us in on how the 2019 Pride Night will be even bigger and better!

2019 Festival Preview with Darcie Baumann, Board Chair of Twin Cities Pride (TCP134)

We sat down last year with Twin Cities Pride Board Chair, Darcie Baumann, to talk directly to the community about issues that had arisen around police involvement with the festival and parade. In this episode, we talk about the work that’s been done and the progress that’s been made towards resolving these issues since that time, and talk about a few specific ways the parade and the park will be different this year.

2019 Festival Preview with Dot Belstler, Executive Director of Twin Cities Pride (TCP133)

An exclusive chat with Twin Cities Pride’s Executive Director about all things festival related, as well as a look back at this year’s 2019 Grand Marshal Reception featuring Mikko Blaze Bordeaux. We also talk to local broadcaster and journalist, Quinn Villagomez, about her work in the new Twin Cities Pride Magazine.

2019 Festival Grounds Preview with Ramona Richardson (TCP132)

On location at Twin Cities Pride HQ for a sit down with Pride’s Festival Operations and Events Coordinator, Ramona Richardson. We talk about everything festival grounds related – from how to become a vendor to where to park your car (or bike), to finding family friendly activities or your favorite sports team, to finding free water stations and port-a-potties, to where to find the beer garden and where to get your poodle massaged. And we only scratched the surface. Be sure to get your copy of this year’s Twin Cities Pride Magazine Pride Guide for a map and even more info about this year’s event.

2019 Pride Guide Preview with John Garland from Gray Duck Media (TCP131)

On location at The Growler/Gray Duck Media HQ for an exclusive sneak preview of the 2019 Twin Cities Pride Magazine Pride Guide with Gray Duck’s Creative Director, John Garland.

2019 Festival Comedy Preview with Sarah McPeck (TCP130)

On location at LUSH for a special 2019 Festival Comedy Preview with the one and only Sarah McPeck! Back by popular demand, get the low down on this year’s edition of the Big Fat Comedy Hour at the Twin Cities Pride Festival and meet a few random cast and crew members from the show, as they pop in to say hi. We check in on the monthly show at LUSH, learn about Sarah’s new weekly show at The Black Hart of Saint Paul, talk Sarah’s surprise hit Rascal Facebook Live series, and find out what’s new with Sarah’s Champagne Jamboree musical comedy duo partner, Amanda Costner.

Barry Karlenzig of Pride Winnipeg (TCP129)

On location at LUSH for a chat with Barry Karlenzig, Vice President of Programming for Pride Winnipeg. We talk about Barry’s involvement with the organization, his involvement with The Imperial Court, some of the ways Canada is leading in the movement for equality, and the emerging acronym “GSRD”, now widely in use in Canada in place of the variations of the LGBTQ acronyms that we use in the States.

Activism and Legacy with Barbara Satin and Rev. Dr. Rebecca Voelkel (BZP013)

Buckle up for an all-star edition of the Beth Zemsky Podcast as Beth welcomes back Rev. Dr. Rebecca Voelkel and welcomes for the first time to the podcast, community icon Barbara Satin. Together, we reflect on their collective 195 years of service and activism as we approach their triple birthday bash and fundraiser for the National LGBTQ Task Force on May 30th, 2019. We talk about what brought each of them to activism so many years ago, some of their earliest activist experiences, how those early experiences shaped who they are now, and their thoughts on the future of the Progressive movement. We talk about the importance of recognizing the shoulders upon which each of us stand in our work, carrying the mantle and memory of those we meet along the way, and the process of realizing and learning to accept our eventual roles as role models to the next generation of activists. We also talk about our tendency to sometimes “silo” ourselves into issues, ideologies, and generations, and about the power in breaking through these barriers. We wrap with thoughts on the legacies that Beth, Barbara and Rebecca each want to leave, along with an assurance that neither one of them is anywhere near finished yet. We also include details about the birthday fundraiser at the end of May and how you can join us to both celebrate and help support the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Carley Knox of the Minnesota Lynx (TCP127)

On location at Minnesota Lynx Headquarters in Downtown Minneapolis with Carley Knox, Lynx VP of Business Operations, for a chat about the Lynx’s President’s Circle initiative, their commitment to Diversity and Inclusion and all things Lynx!

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.