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Empowerment Starts Here is a podcast that explores power, social change and disrupting the margins.
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In this episode, the informant talks about the capital required for parents to enroll their children in charter public schools and the ways in which this requirement violates the tenets of free education.  In the close out, the host adds to the conversation by talking about democratic education from the angle of property, privilege and power.  Visit empowermentstartshere.net (2019 Reflections) to access the show notes. 
Ep53- The Case of EduColor

Ep53- The Case of EduColor

2019-05-3001:13:18

In the recorded conversation, the Informant talks about public school employment for educators of color and how it differs from what their white counterparts experience. He also talks about educators of color only being allowed to teach in under-resourced schools and finally, he talks about different access points to privilege and power.   In the close out of the episode, the Hosts talks about her views on traditional and charter public schools. Through this closing, she sets context for the next two cases.    For more information about this episode and the Informant, please visit the show notes. 
Ep52- The Case of Racism

Ep52- The Case of Racism

2019-05-0100:43:57

Contrary to public treatment, racism is not just about the n-word. It is also not just about blatant discrimination on the grounds of color.  In this episode, the host talks about the subtleties of racism at the interpersonal level relating to legitimacy, authority and the control of resources.   For a full description and the show notes, please click here.
In the Case of Black Love, the informants talk about happiness, love, sex, sexuality, sexual assault, black men, black women, black consciousness, R. Kelly, Judge Kavanough, polyamory and monogamy, white patriarchy, black matriarchy, and much, much more!  In the close out, the host talks about the causal relationship (made throughout the conversation) between black men and black love.
Ep50- The Case of Words

Ep50- The Case of Words

2019-04-0301:19:39

In this episode, the informant shares insight on words and the human experience those words represent. She talks about writing, publishing and the development of the mind. In the close out, the host talks about a mental function called chunking and how it is essential for experts and the highly creative mind.
Ep49- The Case of Sex

Ep49- The Case of Sex

2019-03-2001:06:01

In this episode, the informant and host talk about sex from a sociological perspective.  Together, they interrogate ideas on sex as an act of pleasure, the right to have pleasurable sex, and the dignity of sex as related to being human.  They also talk about parenting in the development of healthy sexual identities and the role that church plays in the creation of those identities as well.     In the close out, the host explores sexual self schemas and the cognitive dissonance that occurs when new sexual schemas are understood through pre-existing paradigms.  
The Sunken Place is a term/metaphor borrowed from Jordan Peele's movie, Get Out.  In this episode, the host proposes four conditions that creates this condition. Instead discussing racism, as was the premise of Peel's interpretation of the Sunken Place, she explores how other conditions in the physical, social and political world also creates causes disunity with one's sense of self.   To access show notes, visit web page:  https://empowermentstartshere.net/2019/03/05/ep48-the-case-of-the-sunken-place/
To be critical is to understand all events, experiences and phenomenon by examining their relationship with the social world.  One who is critical accepts the social world as a series of interconnecting systems ...usually enacted to maintain current distributions of power.  In this episode, the hosts considers how two seemingly similar people can have different comfort levels with critical theory.  In short, she attempts to answer the question, what actually makes one critical?  In talking about marginalized bodies, childhood trauma, dominant wiring for intuition, and academic training for higher order processing and abstract thinking, she explores four possibilities for a critical orientation.   To access show notes and more information about this episode, visit:  https://empowermentstartshere.net/2018/ 
In this episode, the informant talks about three levels of power shifting:  the power shift that happens at the classroom level when whiteness is de-centered in the literature read by black and brown students; at the local level when gentrification takes over black and brown communities; and at the global level when white Americans must confront their relevance (or lack thereof) in a global economy. 
In this episode, four ESH returns come back to talk about a common theme they share: being white, male and privileged.   In this conversation is Chris Thinnes from Ep03 (The Case of Allyship in Context); Peter Anderson from Ep09 (The Case of Gradelessness); Dr. Paul Thomas from Ep10 (The Case of Critical Literacy) and Justin Schleider from Ep24 (The Case of Learning and Moving).    
In this episode, the informant models what it means to be unapologetic around issues relating to women.  She talks boldly about birth control, about abortions as a reproductive right, about being child-free, and about her relationship with women of color and queer women.  Also in this conversation, you will learn that it is quite difficult to talk about gender without talking about race.   For more details and resources mentioned in this conversation, visit our webpage.  
In this episode, the host talks about property, power and prestige as conditions of social class; about class inconsistency and class stratification; and about the consequences of a social class system.  To access detailed notes for this episode along with a list of the resources mentioned, click here.  
In this episode, the informant talks about being black at school as a psychosocial phenomenon impacting black students and families, black educators, and black community stakeholders.  She also talks about the nonprofit and for-profit organization that fuels her work and the dynamic challenges of monetizing social justice and providing services to schools for a fee. To access more notes and resources discussed in this episode, please visit:  https://empowermentstartshere.net/2018/10/23/the-case-of-being-black-at-school-ep42/
In this episode, Dr. Marachi offers a critique on standardized testing as part of a larger phenomenon of big data and predictive analytics.  She talks about testing as relating to resource distribution and data mining; about power holders as test makers and the design and coding of tests to keep them secure as power holders; and about social justice and 21st century learning promises as marketing tools and distractions to the real agenda for social maintenance—not social change. To access more notes and resources mentioned in this episode, visit: https://empowermentstartshere.net/2018/10/16/the-case-of-standardized-tests-ep41/  
In this episode, the informant talks about individualism versus collectivism (in terms of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness); about traditionalism versus innovation (in terms of critical pedagogy and rejecting the middle as the naming of the case); and about the English language as a power tool of culture and privilege (in terms of intrapersonal power as culpable in creating a dominant mindset and universal standard in education). To access more notes and resources mentioned in this episode, please visit:  https://empowermentstartshere.net/2018/10/09/the-case-of-rejecting-the-middle-ep40/ 
This case explores three themes extracted from Senate hearings around the Supreme Court vacancy and the allegations levied against Judge Kavanaugh: body and space; power-over; and the contested nature of the invisible.  In this episode, the conversation is more academic (ish) than newsworthy.  Whereas other programs have discussed Judge Kavanaugh in terms of upper-case P Politics (rule of law, advice and consent, and FBI investigations), this episode explores  lower-case p (interpersonal politics relating to gender, race, emotions, structural power, latent power and psychological trauma).  
In this episode, we spend a good chunk of time talking politically about giftedness, about the federal definition provided for gifted and talented programming, and about the ways in which capitalism and commercialism make space for some gifts while ignoring/invalidating others. To access show notes and resources discussed in the episode, please visit the show's webpage. 
In this episode, the informant talks about medicine and the health profession in terms of how prepared it is (or not) in dealing with communities of color.   To access show notes and resources mentioned in the episode, visit the webpage.
In this episode, the informant talks about socioeconomic conditions of fathering and challenges faced by black, low-income dads (unemployment, housing and mental health).  In the closeout, the host talks about the physiological impact of children (even adult children) when neglected by a parent during childhood. To access show notes and resources mentioned in the episode, please click here. 
When you have multiple access points to powerlessness, the work of social change can seem impossible—even secondary to the work of survival.  But nonetheless, there are those of us fighting for our wholeness, fighting for our humanness, all while trying to pursue a vision for a better tomorrow for us all.  This episode talks intimately about the work social change from the margins.  Please visit our webpage to access more information about this case as well as the resources mentioned in the episode.
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