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Stephanie Lepp

How do we change our hearts and minds? What moves us to shift our political worldviews, transcend extremism, and bring our values into the workplace? Reckonings is an exploration of how we look in the mirror, and grow from what we see. ​Guests ...Show More
#25 || Beyond Goliath

43:37 | Aug 8th

He built Facebook’s business model. Then he went on to become the President of Pinterest. And then he realized: he was addicted to his phone. And later: he was complicit in his own – and more broadly, our – addictive relationships with technology. ...Show More
#18 || The defection of a Roger Ailes warrior

40:13 | Jan 4th, 2018

"Very earlier on, Roger called me Ailes Junior. He told my dad, 'I've never met anyone more like me than Joe.'" As the protégé of Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, Joe Lindsley was closer to the man who built Fox News than any Fox executive. He helped w...Show More
#24 || How to turn a monster into an apologist

50:08 | Jul 17th

Reckonings brings you Inflection Point’s conversation with Eve Ensler about her recent *masterpiece* of a book, The Apology. In it, Ensler imagines the apology her father never gave her for the abuse he inflicted on her as a child.
#23.5 || Where is Reckonings going?

08:04 | Jun 11th

Let's take a quick peek behind the curtain on a few things, including the question: where is Reckonings going?
#23 || An uncommon conversation about clergy sex abuse

1:02:43 | May 21st

She was sexually abused by her Catholic school teacher, a former nun. As a young priest, he sexually abused boys in his parish. Buckle your seat belts: this is indeed an *uncommon conversation* about clergy sex abuse. Enormous gratitude to the Nat...Show More
#21 || A survivor and her perpetrator find justice

56:16 | Dec 3rd, 2018

‘I wanted him to be standing with me, and telling our story with me, in a way that didn't just write us into the categories of angelic survivor and evil assaulter. And I think I even told the audience -- if this person comes forward to tell his story...Show More
#20 || A journalist reckons with truth

44:42 | Sep 21st, 2018

Alternative facts. Fake news. How are journalists grappling with this moment?? Dive into one journalist’s reckoning with truth.
#19.5 || Behind The Mic

07:20 | May 1st, 2018

'Behind The Mic' is a series of short pieces I produce periodically, to bring you behind the microphone and reveal a bit of what’s going on back here. This time, I’m pulling the curtain on three things: a new creative adventure, the *kinds* of change...Show More
#19 || How will we become majestic elephants?

59:45 | Mar 24th, 2018

‘I could have been a left-wing guerrilla in Columbia. Whatever would have grabbed me at the right time, I was ready for.’ What ended up grabbing Frank was neo-Nazism. What ended up grabbing Jesse was jihadi extremism. What do we see when we look beyo...Show More
#17 || A paid climate skeptic switches sides

41:51 | Oct 31st, 2017

'I can say to climate skeptics on the right, 'I used to believe what you believe. Hell, I wrote your talking points, and for 20 years, I was there! But let me tell you why I'm not there anymore.'' As the head of the Cato Institute’s climate and envir...Show More
#16 || Two teens overcome bullying

30:58 | Sep 10th, 2017

'When I'm angry and I don't know how to get it out, I take it out on other people. I call people names, I say they're ugly, I talk about the way they dress. And when I get into fighting mode, I just start swinging.’ When she was in high school, Halle...Show More
#15 || From health insurance spin doctor to truth teller

32:37 | Jul 5th, 2017

'I was getting people to make decisions based on misleading information that could have life or death consequences.' That’s Wendell Potter, the former head of public relations for CIGNA. As the executive spin doctor for one of the biggest health insu...Show More
#14.5 || Behind The Mic

09:52 | Jun 13th, 2017

‘Behind The Mic' is a series of short pieces I produce periodically, to share what's going on behind the scenes. This time, I'm bringing y'all behind the microphone on two things: 1) an event Reckonings hosted back in December, inviting voters to tak...Show More
#14 || When her daughter became her son (and vice versa)

33:37 | Dec 24th, 2016

'You have all these plans, all these dreams, and then it hits you: my daughter's no longer a daughter, she's a son.' In struggling to accept her daughter as a transgender man, Rita DiNicola had to surrender dreams of wedding dress shopping and biolog...Show More
#13 || Navigating wealth within cross-class relationships

58:56 | Sep 13th, 2016

'I was taught that money is not something you talk about, because once people know you have it, you’ll get taken advantage of.' Like many young members of the 1%, Michelle inherited immense wealth at an early age. In a separate but parallel tale, so ...Show More
#12 || A conversion on climate change

28:34 | Jun 21st, 2016

"When my son said, 'dad, I'm gonna vote for you, but you're going to clean up your act on the environment,' it wasn't a threat. It was my son saying, 'dad, I love you, and I want you to be what you can be.'" The force that propelled then-Republican S...Show More
#11 || The fracture of a fundamentalist worldview

34:45 | May 24th, 2016

'I don't know if I can convey how comforting it is to believe that you possess the secret to how everything in the universe works. And as a consequence, we had this amazing bonus: we were going to heaven and everyone else was going to hell.' That's h...Show More
#10 || An unlikely friendship transforms the gun debate

37:50 | May 3rd, 2016

"What really blinds people on both sides is thinking that it's either or: either we do nothing and put up with the horrendous tolls of firearm deaths and mass shootings, or we take all the guns away." That's public health expert and former CDC resear...Show More
#9 || Defecting from the Donald

35:09 | Apr 26th, 2016

"One of my co-workers said, 'Trump supporters are without exception the worst people I've ever met, they're almost sub-human.' And I'm standing there thinking, you know, we're friends, but I think I'll keep my mouth shut." That's Alex Mamach, a young...Show More
#8.5 || Behind The Mic

04:22 | Apr 25th, 2016

There's so much that goes on behind the microphone, and I'm going to start bringing you back here. This is the inaugural 'Behind The Mic' piece, stay tuned for more. For this first one: what is Reckonings, and why did I create it?
#8 || Transcending a lineage of violence

34:34 | Jan 21st, 2016

"I called myself a Karma King, because I was distributing the shit that had been given to me." The finale of Season 1 features Daniel Gallant, a former violent extremist turned anti-violence activist, counselor, and scholar. Violence is what he exper...Show More
#7 || Emergence of a conscientious objector

36:44 | Jan 13th, 2016

'I realized that my excuses for justifying war had nothing to do with what we were trying to achieve. I justified war because I wanted to believe that the things I’d done were right, and that my fellow soldiers hadn't died in vain.' Those are the sob...Show More
#6 || From addiction to recovery and beyond

34:59 | Jan 5th, 2016

'My mantra back then was I hate my life...My mantra now is I love my life.' Paige Sargent is a singer and song-writer, who once struggled with alcohol and cocaine addiction. The destruction of her addiction was vast and damaged every part of her life...Show More
#5 pt. 2 || The conscience of a public intellectual

28:45 | Dec 23rd, 2015

'What I regret is not being aware of the extent to which what I was pronouncing as right or wrong for the world was motivated by my own personal issues.' So admits Glenn Loury, prominent academic economist and one of the nation's foremost black intel...Show More
#5 pt. 1 || The conscience of a public intellectual

32:22 | Dec 23rd, 2015

'What I regret is not being aware of the extent to which what I was pronouncing as right or wrong for the world was motivated by my own personal issues.' So admits Glenn Loury, prominent academic economist and one of the nation's foremost black intel...Show More
#4 || Revelations of a tough-on-crime prosecutor

34:00 | Dec 15th, 2015

'I went through 4 years of college, 3 years of law school, and a 2-year judicial clerkship without ever really thinking about the way our criminal justice system functions.' That's the admission of Preston Shipp, a former tough-on-crime prosecutor fo...Show More