How To Fight An Invisible Illness - Jennifer Brea, Creator & Director of “Unrest”

It took Jennifer Brea over a year of seeing doctors and getting second, third and fourth opinions to even land on a diagnosis for a disease that suddenly left her bedridden for days, weeks, months–sometimes unable to turn on a light or even listen to music because of unbearable pain. Was the reluctance to diagnose Jennifer due to a lack of knowledge about a condition that affects millions of people in the US–mostly women? Or were there other, unstated prejudices standing in the way of Jennifer getting treatment?

To show the world that this is a real disease with a truly debilitating impact on her life–not just in her head–and to inspire the medical community to take the lead on finding answers–Jennifer created a film, mostly from her bed, out of the videos she captured of herself, others like her and the few experts there are. Her film is called "Unrest."

Photo by Sam Heesen

Photo by Sam Heesen

How to turn your dreams into a reality- Bonny Simi, JetBlue Ventures

Do you need to be superhuman to accomplish everything you wanted to do in life when you were a teenager? According to Bonny Simi, Olympian, sports reporter, airline pilot and JetBlue Technology Ventures' President, you don’t need to have superpowers--you just have to make friends with failure. Hear how one woman has turned a list she made when she was 14 into a lifetime of barrier-breaking achievements.

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Bonny Simi

Leila Janah & Erin Ganju: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty for Millions of Women





Erin Ganju believes that world change starts with educated children. I spoke with her in 2015 when her goal was to reach 10 million children. Just two years since she and I spoke on this show, Room to Read has now reached 11.6 million children with quality education. And, they will be reaching their 20,000th school community and 50,000th adolescent girl with their Girls’ Education Program
Leila Janah founded Samasource to connect the poorest people in developing countries to digital work through a pioneering approach she calls “impact sourcing.” We spoke in 2015 and we’re re-releasing this episode now because she’s written a book based on her experiences called Give Work. You’ll also hear her talk about Samahope, which merged last year with Johnson & Johnson’s CaringCrowd platform.

Leila Janah and Erin Ganju are social entrepreneurs breaking the cycle of poverty for millions and this is one of my favorites from the archives.

How To Flip The Script On D*ick Pics-Whitney Bell, Feminist Activist

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Whitney Bell got tired of receiving unwanted sexually explicit photos from men, and decided to do something about it: She gathered 200 of these images and put them on display in an art gallery show entitled "I Didn't Ask For This. A Lifetime of Dick Pics." Her conversation with Lauren provides interesting insights into post-modern sexualized male aggression & how women can respond.

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How To Redesign Your Life - Suz Somersall of KiraKira

From her childhood as a self-confessed gaming nerd to her career as an engineering-inspired artist (or is it art-inspired engineer?), Suz Somersall has made a life of her own design. She's now the founder of KiraKira, a learning program that makes girls feel confident and excited about creating new products using 3D printing, design-thinking and STEAM concepts. This week on "Inflection Point," Suz shares how, despite a career full of pivots, one's life can ultimately lead in the same direction all along. 

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How To End Ageism - Ashton Applewhite, Author & Activist

Ashton Applewhite is on a mission as old as humanity itself -- to change our attitudes about age and ageing. Her book is "This Chair Rocks. A Manifesto Against Ageism," and her August, 2017 Ted Talk received a standing ovation. She's onto something. This week on Inflection Point, she talks with Lauren about how she plans to end what she calls "the last acceptable prejudice."

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How Jeannette Walls Claimed Her Truth - Author, "The Glass Castle"

When she was young Jeannette Walls wanted nothing more than to escape her crazy, chaotic family. She grew up in poverty, in a crumbling home, where her parents couldn’t always put food on the table. They moved from place to place and school to school. After putting her past behind her to become a successful journalist and author, Walls finally revisited her upbringing in her memoir, "The Glass Castle." Her book was recently adapted into a film, and this week on “Inflection Point,” Walls discusses her unusual upbringing and how she rose out of a seemingly impossible situation. 

Jeannette Walls on the set of "The Glass Castle" photo by Jake Giles Netter

Jeannette Walls on the set of "The Glass Castle" photo by Jake Giles Netter

How Sabaah Folayan Is Changing The Narrative of Ferguson, Director of "Whose Streets"

When Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, MO in August, 2014 and the protests began, Sabaah Folayan felt the media’s coverage was overly focused on the looting, rioting and property damage, and not nearly enough on the stories of the people who rose up. So she dropped everything and went to Ferguson to see for herself what was happening on the ground and to talk with the people who live there. The result is her documentary film Whose Streets? She shares what it was like to be there and how she made her film in such extraordinary circumstances. Whose Streets comes out August 11th.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

How A College Degree Won't Close The Gender Gap - Nancy Niemi, Yale

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As more and more women graduate from college and even surpass their male peers in levels of education, men are finding other means for achieving career success. Nancy Niemi, Director of Faculty Teaching Initiatives at Yale questions the conventional wisdom that college is a path to gender equality. Women now need more degrees than ever just to compete because in spite of all this education, institutional sexism is still prevalent. Her new book is Degrees of Difference.

How to Get Through The Worst, Together - Dr. Kelsey Crowe, Co-founder of Help Each Other Out

Most of us don’t know what to say when we are grieving or how to reach out when the people we love go through something awful. Dr. Kelsey Crowe’s own experiences with grief helped her realize that so many people suffer alone because the people around them don’t know what to do or say. So Kelsey actually shifted her career focus to understand what grieving people want, and what they don’t. She surveyed 900 people about their experiences with grief, founded Help Each Other Out to provide empathy bootcamps, and wrote a book about what she learned. The title of her book sums it up: There is No Good Card For This: What To say and Do When Life Is Scary, Awful and Unfair to People You Love. Lauren talks with Kelsey about what she learned and how we can all help each other out.

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