Chaos in the Heartland: Unraveling Oklahoma's Political Storm
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1d ago
In this episode, Karen engages in a candid conversation with Preston about the dynamic political landscape of Oklahoma, with a keen focus on its impact on public education. They delve into the emergence of populist Republicans and the resultant turbulence in Oklahoma's political sphere. The discussion sheds light on pressing issues within the state's school system, including funding challenges and administrative dysfunction within the State Department of Education. As they explore the intricacies of navigating public discourse, the conversation pivots to the hurdles of speaking up at school me ..read more
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The Intersection of Comedy, Advocacy, and Democracy with Steve Hofstetter
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5d ago
In this captivating episode, Karen dives deep into the world of comedy with the renowned comedian, Steve Hofstetter. Together, they embark on a fascinating exploration of how comedy intertwines with advocacy and democratic ideals. With his trademark wit and astute observations, Hofstetter offers invaluable insights into the dual role of comedy as a form of escapism and a powerful instrument for addressing pressing social issues. The conversation brims with anecdotes as Hofstetter shares his encounters with hecklers and reflects on the significance of allyship within the LGBTQ+ community. They ..read more
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Turning the Page in Forsyth Georgia: The Fight Over Literature and Liberty
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by Karen Svoboda
2w ago
In this episode Karen and Renee sit down and discuss the issue of book bans in Forsyth County, Georgia, and the efforts to challenge and address these bans. Their conversation highlights the role of the local school council in reviewing book challenges and the targeting of LGBTQ and diverse literature. They explore the tactics of groups like 'No Left Turn in Education' and the impact of their actions on school board meetings. Renee emphasizes the importance of context in understanding literature and the need for parents and educators to work together in shaping education. They touch on the p ..read more
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Democracy on the Brink: Reverend Amore on Oklahoma's Spiritual Crossroads
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3w ago
In this episode, Karen sits down with Reverend Amore and she discusses the challenges to democracy in Oklahoma and the weaponization of spirituality and the Bible. She highlights the juxtaposition of the Black Lives Matter movement and the January 6th insurrection, as well as the impact of Ryan Walters, the state superintendent of education, on the school system. Despite these challenges, Reverend Amore remains hopeful and emphasizes the importance of love, compassion, and standing up for justice. Conversation Highlights: Oklahoma has a rich history in the fight for democracy, including t ..read more
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Book Bans and Brave Librarians: Fighting for Freedom of Expression in Virginia
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by Karen Svoboda
1M ago
In this episode, Karen sits down with Lisa, the executive director of the Virginia Library Association, about the attack on democracy and the challenges faced by libraries and schools in Virginia.  They discuss the vulnerability of school librarians, the evolution of attacks on books, and the rise of social media and misinformation.  Lisa shares examples of sexually explicit labeling and the importance of librarians' expertise in book selection.  They also discuss the Unite Against Book Bans campaign and the value of collaboration with parents.  Conversation Highlights L ..read more
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Lights, Camera, Activism: How '1946' is Sparking a Movement for Change
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by Karen Svoboda
1M ago
In this episode of the Defense of Democracy podcast, Karen sits down with Sharon Rocchi Roggio, the producer of the documentary film '1946'.  The film explores the history and impact of the word 'homosexual' in the Bible and how it has been used to marginalize the LGBTQ+ community.  Sharon shares her personal experiences growing up in a religious household and the importance of dialogue and relationship in navigating differing perspectives.  She discusses the reception of the film and the partnership between Defense of Democracy and '1946' in organizing film festival events a ..read more
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Mobilizing for Trans and Queer Rights in Your Neighborhood
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1M ago
In this episode, Karen talks with Erin, an advocate for the trans and queer community. They discuss the challenges faced by trans and queer youth, the targeting of marginalized communities, and the importance of local engagement in fighting discriminatory laws.  Erin shares stories of hope and resilience, highlighting the progress made by trans individuals and the power of community support.  They also discuss the upcoming elections and the potential impact on trans rights.  The episode concludes with a call to action for listeners to get involved in local politics and support o ..read more
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Courageous Voices: Fighting Book Bans and LGBTQ+ Censorship in Tennessee
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1M ago
In this episode Karen sits down with Tiffany Fee, founder of the Rutherford County Library Alliance. They discuss the attacks on public libraries and the cancellation of Pride events in Rutherford County, Tennessee.  Tiffany highlights the challenges faced by the school district, including overcrowding and the need for diversity and inclusivity in curriculum and clubs. She emphasizes the importance of running for school board to protect the school system and support marginalized communities.  Tiffany encourages individuals to use their voices and be courageous in the face of opposi ..read more
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Defending Education: Inside Oklahoma's Battle Against Defunding
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by Karen Svoboda
1M ago
In this episode, Karen sits down with Sean and discusses his involvement in defending Oklahoma's education system. Sean highlights the challenges faced by the state's schools and the impact of defunding.  Sean shares his concerns about Ryan Walters, the Secretary of Education, and his controversial actions. He emphasizes the importance of organizing and taking action to protect education.  Sean explains the role of Defense of Democracy in advocating for change and the power of showing up and making a statement. He also discusses the use of privilege and humor as weapons in the figh ..read more
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Rebelling Against Religious Extremism: A Hot Conversation with Satanic Temple Activists
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by Karen Svoboda
2M ago
In this episode, Karen sits down with Andy and June to talk about their involvement with the Satanic Temple and their efforts to combat religious extremism in public schools. They discuss the non-theistic beliefs of the Satanic Temple and clarify that they do not worship Satan. They also highlight the challenges posed by the Good News Club, a Christian evangelical organization, and the importance of providing alternative viewpoints through the After School Satan Club. Their conversation emphasizes the need for parents and community members to speak up and take action to protect religious fre ..read more
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