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The Call with Erica Williams Simon

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Do you want to step up and do something epic? Follow your dreams, take action, change the world? In The Call, former political strategist Erica Williams Simon hosts intimate conversations with women who have answered their own call. What are the cost...Show More
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Episode 031: Sarah Jones

49:58 | Sep 18th, 2018

The last episode of Season 3 features Erica in conversation with the wonderful writer and Tony Award-winning performer Sarah Jones, recorded live in front of an audience. Sarah talks to Erica about the journey to create her own lane for herself and a...Show More
Episode 030: Jameela Jamil

54:42 | Sep 11th, 2018

This week Erica Williams Simon talks with Jameela Jamil. The star of 'The Good Place' is an activist against hate speech toward women, particularly where bodies and weight are concerned, and they spend the episode talking about body image, success an...Show More
Episode 029: Rebecca Cokley

48:41 | Sep 4th, 2018

This week, host Erica Williams Simon chats with Rebecca Cokley, Director of the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American Progress. They talk disability policy, fighting for justice for all, raising woke children and balancing motherho...Show More
Episode 028: Glennon Doyle

58:47 | Aug 28th, 2018

This week, host Erica Williams Simon sits down with writer and activist Glennon Doyle. Together they talk about the balancing act of sharing your true self without tipping into depreciation, and striving for your best without focusing on perfection.
027: Dascha Polanco

40:07 | Aug 14th, 2018

In this episode, host Erica Williams Simon sits down with Orange is the New Black star Dascha Polanco. They talk about representation, the hustle and only moving forward.
026: Gabi Gregg

1:00:24 | Aug 7th, 2018

The Call is back with another fantastic, utterly beguiling, awe-inspiring guest: blogger and fashion entrepreneur Gabi Gregg. Gabi and Erica talk about failure, fashion and creating your own career path.
025: Samhita Mukhopadhyay

38:08 | Jul 31st, 2018

This week's guest is writer and editor Samhita Mukhopadhyay. After stints at Feministing and Mic and writing her book, she took over the Executive Editor role at Teen Vogue. In this episode she talks about her path to Teen Vogue and offers up some se...Show More
024: Janet Mock

47:38 | Jul 24th, 2018

Janet Mock is a New York Times best-selling author as well as a writer, producer and director on FX's Pose. In this episode of The Call, Janet and Erica talk about the importance of telling your own individual story. They cover Janet's path from prin...Show More
023: Clemantine Wamariya

40:58 | Jul 17th, 2018

Clemantine Wamariya is a storyteller and writer. She first burst onto the scene with an appearance on the Oprah Show in 2006, where she was reunited with her family after the Rwandan genocide. In her new memoir, "The Girl Who Smiled Beads," she dives...Show More
023: Franchesca Ramsey

1:01:49 | Jul 10th, 2018

In this episode of The Call, I talk to Franchesca Ramsey (aka Chescaleigh), about activism, hustling and not being so hard on yourself. She also chats about her new book, Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist. ...Show More
Season Three Trailer

05:05 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Allow me to play the role of the waiter who is here to serve you an exciting appetizer — The Call is almost BACK!!! Episode One airs Tuesday, July 10 but this teaser offers up a few bon mots from upcoming guests like Franchesca Ramsey, Gabi Fresh and...Show More
022: Angela Yee

57:31 | Jan 9th, 2018

Angela Yee, co-host of the nationally syndicated, wildly popular radio show, The Breakfast Club, is the final guest of The Call's Season 2. In this episode, Yee talks about what she's learned about negotiation, how she refused to be the "female sidek...Show More
021: Tarana Burke

49:47 | Jan 2nd, 2018

In this episode of The Call, Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo organization, tells the real story behind the movement in an effort to bring the focus back to its original intent: healing. She also talks about the danger of the hashtag, why she feel...Show More
020: Melina Matsoukas

49:56 | Dec 26th, 2017

In this episode of The Call, I sit down with Melina Matsoukas, director of HBO's Insecure and "Thanksgiving," the Emmy Award-winning episode of Master of None, not to mention director of Beyoncé's "Formation" and Rihanna's "We Found Love." We talk ab...Show More
019: Adrienne Maree Brown

52:45 | Dec 19th, 2017

Adrienne Maree Brown is the author of a book I recommend so often I might as well put it in my email signature: Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds. She's a Detroit-based writer, activist, facilitator, poet, and avid sci-fi fan. In thi...Show More
018: Amanda Nguyen

39:35 | Dec 12th, 2017

This week I sat down with Amanda Nguyen, activist, future astronaut and founder of Rise, a national civil rights nonprofit that helps survivors of sexual assault. After being raped in college, Amanda discovered just how few rights victims of sexual a...Show More
017: Nina Jacobson

35:35 | Dec 5th, 2017

On this week's episode of The Call, Erica sits down with Nina Jacobson, the powerhouse Hollywood executive and producer responsible for The Hunger Games to Princess Diaries to American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson. As one of a handful of fe...Show More
016: Krista Tippett

1:00:15 | Nov 28th, 2017

In this episode of The Call, Erica Williams Simon speaks with award-winning radio show host Krista Tippett about the difference between religion and spirituality, why we should all be kinder to ourselves and what she would say to Donald Trump if she ...Show More
015: Hebh Jamal

48:32 | Nov 14th, 2017

Despite garnering attention for organizing a city-wide protest to fight Trump's proposed Muslim ban, 17-year-old activist Hebh Jamal isn't interested in being a "famous activist." She thinks the focus on her is a distraction from the issues at hand. ...Show More
014: Latham Thomas

49:44 | Nov 7th, 2017

In this episode of The Call, Erica sits down with Latham Thomas, wellness expert, doula and author of “Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen Within." They talk about birthing dreams, how to lean into the louder, les...Show More
013: Ashlee Marie Preston

52:05 | Oct 31st, 2017

This week's episode of The Call features trans activist Ashlee Marie Preston, who was thrust her onto the national stage after a video of her went viral. In it, she confronts Caitlyn Jenner for her public support of Donald Trump despite his administr...Show More
012: Melody Ehsani

39:59 | Oct 24th, 2017

Behold, the first episode of The Call, Season 2. Host Erica Williams Simon speaks with designer Melody Ehsani about her mystical “call” moment, how her former fear of being single forever used to stop her growth, and what Ehsani named the self-doubti...Show More
Season Two Teaser

05:02 | Oct 19th, 2017

Behold! A sneak peak into Season 2 of The Call. You'll hear about what our Season 1 guests have been up to, who you can look forward to this season (like designer Melody Ehsani and Latham Thomas, the doula who delivered DJ Khaled's Instagram-famous b...Show More
011: Erica Williams Simon

48:50 | May 23rd, 2017

We turn the tables on host Erica Williams Simon in this special episode of 'The Call.' Listen as MR President Kate Barnett interviews Erica about her life and career changes. This episode of The Call was produced and edited by Kate Barnett.
010: Bevy Smith

53:19 | May 16th, 2017

On this week's episode, Erica sits down with bold, vivacious media personality Bevy Smith to talk about reinventing your life and the business advice she wishes she'd received 20 years ago. The Call is produced and edited by Samara Breger and Kate B...Show More
009: Mara Hoffman

54:28 | May 9th, 2017

Designer Mara Hoffman discusses how she got her start, the moment she decided to radically shift her business to be more environmentally sustainable and more. The Call is produced and edited by Samara Breger and Kate Barnett.
008: Yvonne Orji

55:38 | May 2nd, 2017

Actress and comedian Yvonne Orji has received accolades for her role as Molly on the hit HBO show Insecure. This week, Erica sits down with Yvonne to discuss the power of humor and #blackgirlmagic. The Call is produced and edited by Samara Breger.
007: Roxane Gay

31:32 | Apr 25th, 2017

What makes a woman "difficult"? This week, Erica sits down with fabulous writer Roxane Gay to discuss her new book, 'Difficult Women,' and life post-election. The Call is produced and edited by Samara Breger.
006: Lena Waithe

45:46 | Apr 18th, 2017

Erica sits down with writer, producer and actor Lena Waithe whose original, hour-long drama, 'The Chi', is being executive produced by Common and was just greenlit by Showtime. You may have already seen her as the breakout star on Aziz Ansari’s 'Mast...Show More
005: dream hampton

52:36 | Apr 11th, 2017

Erica sits down with filmmaker, activist and your favorite rapper’s favorite writer dream hampton to talk about the cost of telling the truth, never being too afraid to fight and that one time she was cursed out by Nina Simone. The Call is produce...Show More
004: Tiffany Dufu

55:56 | Apr 4th, 2017

"Chief Leadership Officer" and author Tiffany Dufu shares how to tap into your own leadership potential, find mentors and sponsors, and stay true to your purpose. The Call is produced and edited by Samara Breger.
003: Wendy Carrillo

46:04 | Mar 28th, 2017

Erica Williams Simon sits down with Wendy Carrillo. The Call is produced and edited by Samara Breger.
002: Sally Kohn

42:37 | Mar 21st, 2017

Erica Williams Simon sits down with Sally Kohn. The Call is produced and edited by Samara Breger.
001: Jenna Wortham

40:01 | Mar 14th, 2017

Erica Williams Simon sits down with Jenna Wortham. The Call is produced and edited by Samara Breger.
Introducing: The Call

06:27 | Mar 7th, 2017

Do you want to step up and do something epic? Follow your dreams, take action, change the world? In The Call, former political strategist Erica Williams Simon hosts intimate conversations with women who have answered their own call. What are the cost...Show More