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Every Thursday on ALL EARS filmmaker Abigail Disney will call a bold thinker from the front lines of America’s inequality crisis to debate and explore the problems, perils and maybe even opportunities made possible by the global COVID-19 pandemic. She’ll look to some of the most dynamic and analytical minds to ask: What have we learned? What haven’t we seen yet? What’s around the corner, and how do we seize this moment to come together as a nation and reset economic opportunity for the 99%?
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This week on All Ears Abby is joined by Supermajority co-founder and former President of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards. Cecile and Abby discuss their shared experiences of having a famous parent, and how being middle school activists landed them in the principal’s office. Cecile also talks to Abby about why she’s never run for political office, how Planned Parent animated the Christian Right, the need right now for a women’s stimulus package, and how to organize a diverse coalition of  women to push for childcare- and healthcare-focused policies in response to COVID-19.  EPISODE LINKS:Join Supermajority.comSupermajority: A New Home For Women's Activism (NPR)Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards dies at 73 (Houston Chronicle)Ann Richards’ 1988 Democratic National Convention Speech (YouTube)What a $15 Minimum Wage Means for Women and Workers of Color (National Employment Law Project)Cecile's book, "Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead" (Bookshop.org)
This week on All Ears, Abby talks to U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren about the loss of her eldest brother to COVID-19, one of over 93,000 loved ones lost to the pandemic in this country (as of this episode’s release). As they dig deeper into the origins of the political divide raging between blue and red states, Senator Warren talks about her conservative upbringing and how to maintain relationships even as political viewpoints within families diverge. Both speaking from their own life experiences, Abby and Senator Warren share how family dynamics, work/life balance, and the act of listening can shift perspective across a lifetime.   EPISODE LINKSElizabeth Warren's Brother, Donald Reed Herring, Has Died From Coronavirus (CBS News)Margaret Thatcher: There’s No Such Thing As Society (Margaret Thatcher Foundation)Ronald Reagan, 8/12/86: "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help. " (Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation)1984 Political Ad for Ronald Reagan “Morning in America” (aka “Prouder, Stronger, Better”) (YouTube)Why Fewer Americans Outearn Their Parents (The Atlantic)The Personal Is Political: The Journey Of A Feminist Slogan (openDemocracy)Elizabeth Warren Wants a Wealth Tax. How Would That Even Work? (New York Times)
Join Abby and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker (@darrenwalker), as they discuss modern philanthropy: how it has evolved, how its success is measured, and who it benefits, on both sides of the ledger.Links from this episode's conversation:Darren Walker’s book, From Generosity to Justice: A New Gospel Of WealthThe Gospel of Wealth by Andrew CarnegieThe Highlander Folk SchoolMonticello Is Done Avoiding Jefferson’s Relationship With Sally Hemings (New York Times)NAACP Legal Defense Fund
On our new episode of All Ears, Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price joins Abby from Seattle to talk about his experience as a small business owner in Seattle. Five years ago, Dan made a radical decision to make the base salary $70,000 for every employee at his company, and took a pay cut to do it. It’s been a roller coaster ever since. Also, Dan and Abby discuss their conservative upbringings, how that influenced their work around inequality, and why caring for the well-being of low-wage workers is considered by some to be “un-American”.EPISODE LINKS:Dan on Twitter: @danpriceseattleAbby on Twitter: @abigaildisneyFork Films on Twitter: @ForkFilmsLink to “High income improves evaluation of life but not emotional well-being” by Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton, Center for Health and Well-being, Princeton University Link to Jose Garcia’s Fatman to Batman blog
In the inaugural episode of All Ears, Abby is joined by Columbia University professor and human rights lawyer Terry McGovern to discuss how gender discrimination undermines job security, equal pay, and healthcare for women during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the startling parallels to the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. EPISODE LINKS:Terry on Twitter: @TerryMMcGovernFork Films on Twitter: @ForkFilmsLink to Women and Girls Rising, co-edited by Terry Link to Pray the Devil Back to Hell, produced by Abby, directed by Gini Reticker
Each week on "ALL EARS" filmmaker Abigail Disney will call a bold thinker from the front lines of America’s inequality crisis to debate and explore the problems, perils and maybe even opportunities made possible by the global Covid 19 pandemic. She’ll look to some of the most dynamic and analytical minds to ask: What have we learned? What haven’t we seen yet? What’s around the corner, and how do we seize this moment to come together as a nation and reset economic opportunity for the 99%?
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