SPEAKING

Here are select clips of talks and interviews I've given on gender, ethnic, social class, regional, and national clashes.

TEDx: From Independence to Interdependence

I was chuffed to give a talk about CLASH! at the inaugural TEDx Pacific Palisades, whose theme was “From_____ to _____.”  

MSNBC: The Cycle

I discuss politics, religion, and why migrating from Tennessee to San Francisco makes you lose weight and change your hair. 

3% Conference: How Women Lead

In this panel discussion from the 3% Conference, CEOs Daina Middleton , Dianne Wilkins, Wendy Wallbridge, and I talk with Kelli Robertson about the unique strengths of women leaders.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories

Hazel and I give our tag-team talk as part of the national lab's  "Perspectives on Diversity" series. 

PRI: To the Best of Our Knowledge

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On an episode titled "Split Identities," I discuss how people navigate their many and often conflicting cultural selves.

KERA Dallas: "Think"

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Why do African Americans have the highest levels of self-esteem in the U.S.? Why don’t tiger cubs wither in the grips of their tiger mothers? Is your brain a plant or a computer? I answer these questions and more.

Stu Taylor

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Conservative radio host Stu Taylor and I discussed race, class, and gender. Despite our differences, we did a good job of demonstrating how to negotiate the clash of independence and interdependence.

Burning Bridges

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What are Trump supporters thinking? I ask them on Margaux Avedisian's popular podcast, and then discuss how to respectfully explore our political differences.

WLRN Miami: "Topical Currents"

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Miami public radio’s “Topical Currents” hosted Hazel and me on the eve of the Trayvon Martin case decision. We also had time to talk about less controversial topics, like religion and politics. 

Wisconsin Public Radio: Joy Cardin

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I field caller questions such as “Why can’t we all just get over our cultures and agree to the underlying, fundamental Platonic ideals of truth, beauty, and justice?” and "Are Americans getting ruder?"

Flashback from the Blackboard Jungle

To promote CLASH! I’ve spoken at the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, on dozens of radio and television programs, and on more college campuses than I can count. But Carleton College, tucked among the cornfields of Northfield, Minnesota, holds a special place in my heart. I’ve spoken there twice now, and both times met incredibly thoughtful faculty and students. Here is a video of my first talk there, two years ago. I especially appreciate that the audience laughed at all my jokes.

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