UNDISTRACTED with Brittany Packnett Cunningham podcast

UNDISTRACTED with Brittany Packnett Cunningham

The Meteor, Pineapple Street Studios

Brittany Packnett Cunningham is an activist, educator, and popular TV commentator—and a trusted voice for millions of people interested in social justice. Now, with UNDISTRACTED—an original podcast from The Meteor and Pineapple Street Studios—she aims her focus on the most pressing issues of our time through the lens of intersectional feminism. From the latest headlines to deep-dives with today’s most fascinating changemakers, UNDISTRACTED is your weekly guide to the revolution.

44 Episoden

  • UNDISTRACTED with Brittany Packnett Cunningham podcast

    PREVIEW! “BECAUSE OF ANITA,” WITH ANITA HILL, CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD AND MORE

    5:42

    Special for UNDISTRACTED listeners…it’s a sneak peek of the new podcast “Because of Anita”—a four-part series about the legacy of Anita Hill’s testimony in the Justice Clarence Thomas hearings exactly 30 years ago this fall. It’s about truth, gender, race, and power, with new insights and on-the-ground stories from guests like Tarana Burke, Kerry Washington and Professor Hill herself, in her first-ever public conversation with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who testified 27 years after her. From The Meteor and Pineapple Street Studios. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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    BONUS! YOUR UNDISTRACTED HIGHLIGHTS REEL

    7:30

    Forty episodes, baby! With our first season under our belt and a mini-hiatus ahead of us, the UNDISTRACTED team is looking back on some highlights from Season One. Featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones, Rep. Cori Bush and more. See you in the fall! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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    Tarana Burke on Her Powerful New Memoir—And The Future of #MeToo

    57:52

    Season finale! Fifteen years ago, Tarana Burke started using two simple words to empower young Black and brown girls who had experienced sexual violence. Today, MeToo has exploded into a global movement that is both exactly what its founder imagined—and also, as she tells host Brittany Packnett Cunningham, often misunderstood. Now, with her debut memoir “Unbound” about to hit shelves, Burke sits down for an intimate, feature-length interview about the origins of the movement—and her own personal path to liberation. Plus, Brittany and our producers share their own highlights of a jam-packed first season.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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    Pleasure Activist adrienne maree brown On Conflict, Canceling, and Community

    39:33

    As we head into the last stretch of summer, Brittany catches up with the guru of feeling good, writer adrienne maree brown. Together they get into how the philosophy of Pleasure Activism shaped adrienne’s pandemic experience—and why her new book Holding Change has the conflict-resolution skills we all need right now. It’s a spirit-soothing episode about holding each other in hard times. Plus, Brittany brings you the latest Untrending news.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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    Jemele Hill On “The Cursed Olympics”—And Simone Biles Choosing Her Peace

    41:30

    Fresh on the heels of Simone Biles’ decision to put her mental health over Olympic gold, host Brittany Packnett Cunningham sits down with sportscaster Jemele Hill to ask a key question: Can the Olympics be saved? And should they be? Together they get into everything from harsh penalties handed to Black women athletes to the absence of child care to the reasons the Olympics trails the rest of the sports world on equity issues. Plus, Brittany reflects on good strategies to get more people vaccinated and brings us the latest Olympic Untrending News.  Here are some more guidelines on how to talk to unvaccinated loved ones about getting the vaccine: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/talk-about-vaccines.html Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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    The Billionaire Space Race and Patriarchy in Physics, With Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

    37:38

    On Tuesday, Jeff Bezos became the latest contestant in the “billionaire space race,” prompting a million memes—and serious questions about how exactly this makes life better for those of us here on earth. Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein has thoughts on that—she’s a physicist, Black feminist theorist, and cosmos expert, and she sits down with host Brittany Packnett Cunningham to talk about patriarchy in the lab, and how we should be thinking about space. (She also explains dark matter, in case you’ve forgotten—we had.) Plus, Brittany brings the latest Untrending News.  To support voting-rights legislation, you can find your Senator’s number on this sheet: https://www.senate.gov/general/resources/pdf/senators_phone_list.pdf  Or a U.S. Capitol Switchboard operator can also connect you directly with the Senate office. (202) 224-3121 And here’s a script you can use when calling: https://indivisiblesf.org/call-scripts/2021/5/11/senators-support-s1-the-for-the-people-act-in-committee-without-watering-it-down Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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    Connie Walker On Covering the Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

    40:20

    Mass graves found on the sites of former residential schools in Canada. Disturbingly high rates of murder and disappearance for Indigenous women across North America. These headlines have woken many in the U.S. up to the realities Native communities face—but award-winning Cree journalist Connie Walker (host of the podcast Stolen) has spent decades shedding light on these issues. In this episode, she sits down with Brittany Packnett Cunningham to unpack these crimes, their solutions, and what this long-overdue moment of awareness might mean. Plus, Brittany covers the latest Untrending News.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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    Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw On the Truth About Critical Race Theory

    37:18

    In recent months, Republican lawmakers in close to a dozen states have been trying to stop schools from teaching Critical Race Theory—or really any examination of America’s history of oppression. So what is CRT, why are legislators obsessed with it, and how worried should we all be about these attacks on teachers? Law professor Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw has the answers—because she helped develop Critical Race Theory to begin with. Listen as host Brittany Packnett Cunningham sits down with Crenshaw (whom she calls “the godmother of our show”—she’ll explain) to unpack the whole alarming situation. Plus, Brittany brings us the latest Untrending News.  Recorded June 29th Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Finally Fixing the Military’s Sexual Assault Problem

    30:20

    U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been speaking up for sexual assault survivors in the military for the better part of a decade. The military currently “addresses” (or fails to address) thousands of assault claims a year against its personnel keeping the cases outside of criminal courts. But now, the legislation Gillibrand is championing may finally be at a tipping point—with unprecedented bipartisan support from her colleagues. She sat down with host Brittany Packnett Cunningham to explain why the military’s prosecution of assault cases has actually gotten worse over the years, what it’ll take to do better...and whether she’ll ever run for president again. Plus, Brittany brings you the Untrending news. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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    The “Grandmother of Juneteenth” on the Holiday’s Past, Present and Future

    31:14

    This week, Congress voted to designate Juneteenth a federal holiday—something Opal Lee has spent years trying to make happen. The 94-year-old Texas-raised activist and author—known as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth”— even walked from Fort Worth to Washington D.C. to raise awareness about the holiday. And now—156 years after slavery was ended in Texas—her dream of “Juneteenth National Indepedence Day” is coming true. Brittany talks to Miss Opal about her tireless quest, and brings us some summer culture recommendations along the way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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