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Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller is one of the only nationally syndicated radio shows and one of the first podcasts ever dedicated exclusively to featuring conversations with women about how we build power, what we do with it when we have it, and what still stands in our way. In every episode … read more

180 Episodes | 2015 - 2020

Dear Listeners, Supporters, and Friends

August 26th, 2020


On Inflection Point, we’ve documented the changes for women between two major milestones here in the US: From right before we thought we’d see our first woman President with Hillary Clinton, to today, when we …

"So You Want To Talk About Race" author, Ijeoma Oluo

July 22nd, 2020


An awkward conversation with her white mother about “good white people” inspired Ijeoma Oluo to take on the unenviable task of writing one of the most user-friendly books on race of our time: “So You Want To …

Feminist Detective: The Case of Body Positivity - with Ruth Whippman

July 8th, 2020


Is the body positivity movement a good thing or a bad thing in the quest for equality? Ruth Whippman joins Lauren to uncover the debate.

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A Conversation To Do the Dishes By - Eve Rodsky, author of "Fair Play" returns!

May 20th, 2020


Could the Covid-19 pandemic be the inflection point that marks the end of the gendered division of labor at home? Now that we are all …

How To Get Through The Worst, Together--Dr Kelsey Crowe

April 29th, 2020


I think we can all agree, it’s been a rough spring with COVID-19 taking over our lives. You may know someone who’s sick, or who’s lost a …

"Surround yourself with people who believe in you" - Solo Swimmer Kim Chambers

April 15th, 2020


Marathon Swimming Hall of Famer Kim Chambers is only the sixth person ever to complete the Ocean’s Seven challenge... solo. That's seven …

TOOLKIT w/ Rhiana Gunn-Wright: How you can change systems that create climate change

April 3rd, 2020


In this Toolkit, learn how you can change systems that create climate change.

How To Plug Into The Green New Deal - Rhiana Gunn-Wright

April 1st, 2020


Meet the woman who helped develop The Green New Deal--and how you can make a difference in the climate crisis. Rhiana Gunn-Wright is the …

TOOLKIT w/ Heather McTeer Toney: How to fight for climate safety and clean energy

March 20th, 2020


Learn what you can do right now to make a difference on climate and energy.
Heather was the first African-American, first female and youngest mayor of Greenville, MS and is now field director for Moms Clean Air …

Meet the Climate Activist Leading the Charge for Children's Health - Heather McTeer Toney

March 18th, 2020


Meet Heather McTeer Toney, the National Field Director at Moms Clean Air Force, which fights for climate safety to protect our children's health. She shares how her two terms as the first African-American, …

TOOLKIT w/ Isha Clarke: How to reverse the climate crisis

March 6th, 2020


Isha Clark is a high school senior and a youth organizer with Youth vs. Apocalypse, a Bay Area youth climate justice organization. In this …

How Isha Clarke is Organizing Youth for Climate Justice

March 4th, 2020


Isha Clarke is an activist with Youth vs Apocalypse. You may know her from a viral video where she asked California Senator Dianne Feinstein to move the Green New Deal forward; she helped organize the youth …

How Actor Amber Tamblyn Created Her Own Role: Feminist Activist

February 19th, 2020


In this episode we’ll hear how Amber Tamblyn went from being an actress to being an activist--defining her own role in the feminist …

How Seane Corn Brings the Principles of Yoga into Activism

February 5th, 2020


Seane Corn helps people who are committed to social change understand that to dismantle the systems that create oppression, you've got to dismantle the systems that exist within yourself. This world-renowned …

How A'shanti Gholar is Getting More Women of Color in Office

January 22nd, 2020


A’shanti Gholar is the founder of the Brown Girl's Guide to Politics and the national political director for Emerge America--a national …

Feminist Detective: The Case of the Unfunny Women

January 15th, 2020


A new scientific study shows that men are funnier than women. In this Feminist Detective segment, special guest, author and journalist, Ruth Whippman and Lauren get to the bottom of this finding and seize the …

Gail Collins and the Adventures of Older Women in American History

January 8th, 2020


Jane Fonda. Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Nancy Pelosi. Elizabeth Warren. Maxine Waters. Are "older" women taking over? By 2034 there will be more …

How To Make America a Democracy Again - Dan Pfeiffer

December 18th, 2019


Dan Pfeiffer, co-host of Pod Save America, former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and author of the book, "Yes We (Still) Can: …

How Eve Rodsky Is Ending Gendered Division of Labor at Home

December 4th, 2019


When Eve Rodsky found herself sobbing on the side of the road over a text from her husband about blueberries, she knew something had to change. Hence began her seven year quest to create a more equitable …

Feminist Detective - The Case of the Missing Apology

November 27th, 2019


Journalist and author Ruth Whippman joins me to seek out sexism in all its tiny guises so we can make big changes. This week we dig into why …

How Tiffany Shlain Turns Off Tech to Turn On Creativity and Activism

November 20th, 2019


Tiffany Shlain is the author of "24/6. The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week". She is also the founder of the Webbys, Character Day and the creator of a number of films. In today's episode Tiffany brings it …

Feminist Detective - The Case of The Fleabag Crowdfunder

November 8th, 2019


Introducing a NEW Inflection Point segment called “Feminist Detective” in which journalist and author Ruth Whippman joins me to seek out sexism in all its tiny guises so we can make big changes. This week we …

Candace Bushnell Answers: "Is There Still Sex In The City?" Live On Stage

November 6th, 2019


Candace Bushnell gave us a reason to sit on our couch every week to soak in the stories of the women--and men--of the 90s television …

TOOLKIT w/ Jessica Reaves: How to end to misogyny

October 25th, 2019


Jessica Reaves, the Editorial Director at the Center on Extremism at the Anti-Defamation League shares tools for parents, educators and law …

Jessica Reaves of Anti-Defamation League Calls Out Misogyny as Extremism

October 23rd, 2019


We're hearing more from and about American extremist groups lately, like white supremacists and Incels. One thing their members have in common is misogyny. Today's guest is Jessica Reaves, the Editorial …

TOOLKIT w/ Stephanie Lepp: How to make positive societal change

October 11th, 2019


In this toolkit we learn how personal change can lead to positive societal change. Featured guest: Stephanie Lepp, the creator and host of …

How Stephanie Lepp Makes Room for a Reckoning

October 9th, 2019


Stephanie Lepp is the creator and host of a podcast about how people change their hearts and minds-- it’s about people who decided on their own to completely change their world views. It’s about people who took …

How Kate Black is Getting More Women in Office

September 25th, 2019


Former Chief of Staff for EMILY's List, Kate Black, just published her first book, written with the actress June Diane Raphael. It’s called “Represent The Woman's Guide to Running for Office and Changing the …

TOOLKIT w/Kate Black: How you can get more women in office

September 25th, 2019


Hear what Kate Black, co-author of “Represent The Woman's Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World” says are the most important things you need to know before you run for office, what you must know …

Season 10 Trailer: Rule Breakers and Action Takers

September 24th, 2019


Meet the women taking charge and leading change on issues like putting more women in office, voting rights, reproductive rights, white supremacy and misogyny, and the climate crisis. And look for our shorter …

Introducing: Work in Progress with Sophia Bush

September 18th, 2019


I’m excited to share that a friend of the podcast, Sophia Bush, is launching her own show called “Work in Progress”. On the podcast, you’ll hear frank, funny, personal, professional, and sometimes even …

The F*ck Mom Guilt World Tour LIVE! With Katherine Goldstein and Hana Baba

September 11th, 2019


The next generation of working mothers is not going to accept the status quo. Unpaid labor, the mental load, and harsh self-judgment could …

The Reality of a World Post Roe V Wade - A Panel from The Bixby Center for Reproductive Health

August 28th, 2019


In the first half of 2019, State legislatures across the South, Midwest and the Plains enacted 58 abortion restrictions, 26 of which would …

Inside The Ferguson Uprising - Sabaah Folayan, Director of "Whose Streets?"

August 21st, 2019


This is a special re-airing in recognition of the 5th anniversary of the Ferguson, MO protests.

When Michael Brown was shot by a police …

A Survivor And Her Perpetrator Find Justice- "Reckonings" Guest episode!

August 14th, 2019


On the podcast “Reckonings” host Stephanie Lepp posed the questions: “what does it sound like for a survivor of sexual assault to get her …

Paid Family Leave: We Can Do Better- "The Double Shift" Guest episode!

July 31st, 2019


Welcome to a summer season episode swap featuring Katherine Goldstein of The Double Shift podcast.

Earlier in the season, I shared my …

Summertime! Summertime! Where we've been...where we're going

July 29th, 2019


I am so glad you’re catching our current season about “radicals”-- Radical actions, radical system change and the people who are making it happen right now:

In the workplace--if you’re still catching up, check …

Author Jennifer Weiner on Writing a Radical Beach Read

July 17th, 2019


The times, they are a’changin’. This week on Inflection Point, I talk to author Jennifer Weiner about her newest bestselling book “Mrs. Everything”. The story is loosely based on Jennifer’s own mother, Fran, …

How to Fight Like A Mother - Shannon Watts, Moms Demand Action

July 3rd, 2019


Meet Shannon Watts, the author of Fight Like a Mother, and the founder of Moms Demand Action, a group that uses research, data, and a little …

Eve Ensler and the Radically Transformative Power of Apology

June 19th, 2019


This week on Inflection Point, I talk with Eve Ensler, award-winning playwright of The Vagina Monologues, about her new book “The Apology”, …

Paid Leave For All - Katie Bethell Is Seizing the Moment to Fight for Radical Policy Change

June 5th, 2019


America is one of only two countries in the world where you can be fired for taking a day off in order to give birth (let that sink in for a …

The End of Human Trafficking May Begin With Radical Empathy - Julia Flynn Siler

May 22nd, 2019


In 19th Century San Francisco's Chinatown only 1 in 10 people were women, and most of them were forced into prostitution, trafficked by criminal tongs. In today’s episode, meet the Scottish sewing instructor …

A Radical Plan To End Poverty - The Stockton Experiment

May 8th, 2019


This week, we hear about a radical idea to end poverty: Universal Basic Income. Lauren talks to the team behind an experiment with Guaranteed Income taking place in Stockton, CA the one-time foreclosure capital …

Can Virtual Reality End Real-World Sexual Harassment? - Morgan Mercer

April 10th, 2019


In the post-#MeToo era, men who would never consider saying a harassing word or venture a grope are now asking themselves “can I hug a …

A Radical Shift in How We Raise and Treat Boys - Dr. Michael Reichert

March 27th, 2019


Last season on Inflection Point, we explored the concept of empowerment for women. And one of the many things we learned is that we can’t hope to achieve equality if only one gender is doing the work. Since I …

How Radical Change Happens - Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl

March 13th, 2019


Times like these call for radical ideas.

But is being a radical a positive thing? And if so, why are so many radicals seen as dangerous?
In the first episode of the new season of Inflection Point: RADICALS, …

Gloria Steinem & Favianna Rodriguez at the Castro Theatre

February 27th, 2019


This special episode features my live conversation with activist, writer and feminist organizer, Gloria Steinem and Oakland-based artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez.

The legendary Gloria Steinem is the …

Radical Resilience: Comedian Katie Goodman on the Power of Improv to Come Up With Radical Ideas

February 13th, 2019


This season I’m introducing you to the radical geniuses who are reshaping the systems as we know them. But according to today’s guest, we can all be radical geniuses by embracing a mindset of flexibility and …

Season 9 Trailer: Meet the "Radicals" on Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller

February 11th, 2019


This season Lauren introduces you to the “radical” people who are reshaping the systems as we know them--to get us closer to an equal society.

New episodes every other Wednesday.

Support our production with a …

“Let it be messy. Be uncertain." And other advice for 2019

January 30th, 2019


As we finish up the first month of 2019 and embark upon the rest of what will no doubt be a tumultuous year, let’s hear some words of wisdom …

“Don’t cry, strategize” How Khalida Brohi is fighting honor killing in rural Pakistan

January 16th, 2019


Khalida Brohi was a teenager when she learned that her uncle had murdered her cousin to restore his family’s honor. Her cousin’s crime: falling in love with a boy who she wasn’t betrothed to marry.

Since 2008, …

How tyrants rise to power, "Divide and Conquer" filmmaker Alexis Bloom

January 2nd, 2019


Fox News has paid out hundreds of millions of dollars to silence women who were sexually harassed and assaulted while working there. The …

The reality of rising up: patriarchy is the problem, not men

December 19th, 2018


After asking the question all season: "Does all this female empowerment we’re striving for really lead to actual power?" The kind of power that puts women in charge of our bodies, our workplaces, our laws, and …

“Put down your male fragility”: Scene On Radio’s John Biewen & Celeste Headlee

December 5th, 2018


What’s going on with men? Why is it so hard to negotiate the gender power dynamic in everyday situations, like work meetings? Can …

More than power poses: why self-empowerment is a myth and what we can do instead - Ruth Whippman, author

November 21st, 2018


Author Ruth Whippman has been studying the self-improvement industry for years. She’s come to the conclusion that empowerment feminism is, well, BS.

According to Ruth, systemic change doesn’t come from trendy …

“Algorithms of Oppression” - Dr. Safiya Noble on the embedded misogyny and racism of search engines

November 7th, 2018


Dr. Safiya Noble was studying Library Science when an academic colleague suggested she google ”black girls.” The top search results were …

There Is No Peak Fury - Rebecca Traister, Author of "Good And Mad: The Revolutionary Power Of Women’s Anger"

October 24th, 2018


There’s a reason that women are angry. Since the founding of this country, we have been faced with men in power who are set on shutting us …

Running For Office In the Era of #MeToo: Minnesota State Representative Erin Maye Quade

October 10th, 2018


At age 32, Minnesota State Representative Erin Maye Quade is positioned to be at the forefront of a wave of progressive political leaders …

Death by Diversity Initiative & The Myth of Meritocracy - Dr. Barbara Adams

September 26th, 2018


Organizational psychologist Dr. Barbara Adams says there is transformational power for everyone in diversity and inclusivity, but …

A Boardroom Of Our Own - Julia Rhodes Davis, and The Partnership on AI

September 12th, 2018


Ask any woman who’s sat through a long meeting surrounded by men, and she could tell you how exhausting it can be: we struggle to make …

Inflection Point Season 8 Trailer: "Empowerment"

September 8th, 2018


It’s 2018 and women are more empowered than ever. But how do we turn that into actual power?

We’re living in the era of the Women’s March, …

A Brief But Spectacular Conversation - Special Live Episode

August 29th, 2018


After Brief But Spectacular creator Steve Goldbloom filmed 94-year-old retired English teacher Flossie Lewis and “Black Girl Magic” poet …

Stitch Fix Founder Katrina Lake Gives the C-Suite a Makeover

August 15th, 2018


At age 35, Stitch Fix founder Katrina Lake became the youngest female founder and CEO to take a company public in 2017. Stitch Fix is now …

When Teachers are Trusted to Teach - Gabrielle Howard, Saint Ann's School

August 1st, 2018


What happens when teachers are given the freedom to inspire a lifelong love of learning? In this episode, I talk with Gabrielle Howard, who …

How Kids' Books Inspire Activism - Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl

July 18th, 2018


Now and then a “girl power” book pops up that is truly inspiring and, better yet, timely. And even better, written by actual feminists, …

What Trans Women Can Teach Cis Women (and vice versa) - Daniela Petruzelak, Diversity Activist

July 4th, 2018


Daniela Petruzalek is an accomplished software engineer from Brazil, who started working with computers at the age of 14. She’s always tried to fit into the male dominated field, but it was in direct conflict …

What Happens When Sexual Assault Goes Unpunished: Sarah Delia, “She Says”

June 20th, 2018


When radio journalist Sarah Delia heard a story about the sexual assault of one of her station’s listeners, “Linda” (not her real name), she …

Are We Teaching Girls Too Much Empathy? -Emily Abad, The Mosaic Project

June 6th, 2018


Empathy is often seen as the magic bullet against intolerance. But when we take on too much empathy for others it can be difficult to create …

How to Age Without Apology - Nina Collins, author of "What Would Virginia Woolf Do?"

May 23rd, 2018


What's so monumental about turning 40 that women need their own Facebook group? Turns out--pretty much everything. From discussing fashion …

Do Haters Deserve Our Compassion? - Sally Kohn, author of "The Opposite of Hate"

May 9th, 2018


Can you find compassion in your heart for the haters in your life? Should you? CNN political commentator and first-time author Sally Kohn …

"I am powerful by just living" - Sarah McBride, LGBTQ activist & author of "Tomorrow Will Be Different"

April 25th, 2018


Sarah McBride made history as the first transgender person to speak at a national political convention in 2016. As of 2018, more than half …

Is 'Girl Power' Creating a Mental Health Crisis? - Rachel Simmons, author "Enough As She Is"

April 11th, 2018


For many girls today, the relentless pursuit of accomplishment is fueled by harsh self-criticism and an acute fear of failure. Rachel Simmons has been researching young women for two decades, and her research …

Why Rosie the Riveter is "Not my icon” - Betty Reid Soskin, National Park Service

March 28th, 2018


For the past decade, 96-year-old Betty Reid Soskin has served as the nation’s oldest Park Ranger, where she gives talks at the Rosie the …

My Privilege Wakeup Call with Ijeoma Oluo, author of "So You Want To Talk About Race"

March 14th, 2018


An awkward conversation with her white mother about “good white people” inspired Ijeoma Oluo to take on the unenviable task of writing one of the most user-friendly books on race of our time: “So You Want To …

Inflection Point Season 7 Trailer "Uncomfortable Conversations"

March 10th, 2018


Conversations with women rising up and making history—and how you can too.

It’s time for some tough conversations about what women are up against right now and what to do about it.

So how can everyday women …

How Girls Change The World - Paola Gianturco & Alex Sangster

February 28th, 2018


There are girls all around the globe addressing tough issues that no young person should have to deal with--but must, by the luck of where …

How To Take Your Reproductive Destiny Into Your Own Hands - Author Rachel Lehmann-Haupt

February 14th, 2018


Why should biology decide when--or how--you'll have a baby? And what do advances in medical science mean for the feminist movement? As …

How To Welcome A Refugee-Christina Psarra, Doctors Without Borders

January 31st, 2018


What can women refugees teach us about how to rise up? Christina Psarra, head of mission for Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian aid …

How To Bring Joy Into The Resistance - Paola Mendoza and Sarah Sophie Flicker, The Women's March

January 17th, 2018


If there was ever a time when we need to consistently keep our souls replenished for the fight against injustice, it would be now. Hear how …

How To Question The True Value Of A College Degree-Nancy Niemi, Yale University

January 3rd, 2018


As more and more women graduate from college and even surpass their male peers in levels of education, men are finding other means for …

How To Turn Your Dreams Into Reality - Bonny Simi, President of JetBlue Ventures and Olympic Athlete, and...

December 20th, 2017


When Bonny Simi was 14 years old, she made a list of life goals--to be a pilot, go to college, be a TV broadcaster, be an Olympic athlete …

How To Redesign How Girls Learn STEM - Suz Somersall, KiraKira

December 6th, 2017


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 …

How To Reinvent Journalism - Cristi Hegranes, Global Press Institute

November 22nd, 2017


Cristi Hegranes wanted to be a foreign correspondent since the time she was six years old. Within days of achieving her dream job, after all …

How To Be A Tech Founder - Live at Women In Product Conference, Silicon Valley

November 15th, 2017


This fall, I was invited to moderate a panel for a conference put on by Women In Product, a non-profit formed to create a strong community of women builders and leaders in the tech industry. My panel included …

How To Get Even More Women In Office - Kate Black, EMILY's List

November 8th, 2017


More women than ever are raising their hands to run for office. But what does it actually take to to win? And what will be different when they do? Kate Black, now at the FCC, recorded with me in August when she …

How To Hit Back At A-holes, Psychos, Trolls and Pervs - Part 2 Carrie Goldberg, Sexual Consent and Internet Abuse Lawyer

November 1st, 2017


In part 2 we hear the personal story that started it all for sexual consent and internet abuse lawyer, Carrie Goldberg. And it begins with …

How To Hit Back At The "Harveys" - Part 1 Carrie Goldberg, Sexual Consent and Internet Abuse Lawyer

October 25th, 2017


With the Harvey Weinstein tsunami of sexual misconduct allegations, it has everyone asking, will this be the moment when everything changes? And if it is, what will it take to balance the power between …

How To Fight An Invisible Illness - Jennifer Brea, "Unrest"

October 11th, 2017


Jennifer Brea was an avid traveler, a Harvard PhD student and a Princeton grad. She was engaged to be married to the man she loved. Then one …

How To Flip The Script on D*ck Pics (Part 1) - Whitney Bell

September 27th, 2017


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 …

How To Flip The Script on D*ck Pics (Part 2) - Whitney Bell

September 27th, 2017


Part 2 of our conversation…To hear about Whitney Bell’s gallery show “I Didn’t Ask For This: A Lifetime of Dick Pics” please check out “Part 1.” In this episode, we move onto the response Whitney got from an …

How To Get Through The Worst — Together, Kelsey Crowe, Co-Founder Help Each Other Out

September 13th, 2017


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 …

How To End Ageism - Ashton Applewhite, Author and Activist

August 30th, 2017


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. …

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

August 16th, 2017


When she was young, Jeannette Walls wanted nothing more than to escape her crazy, chaotic family. She grew up in poverty, in a crumbling …

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

August 2nd, 2017


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 …

How To Negotiate Like a Woman-Leanne Meyer, Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business

July 19th, 2017


“The biggest trick is how do we teach women at any stage to keep knowing what they want and asking for that,” says Leanne Meyer, Program Director of the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for …

How Femininity Can Save Humanity-Nina Simons, Co-Founder Bioneers

July 5th, 2017


What if the root of all the world’s problems is the imbalance of masculinity and femininity in our leadership? Nina Simons, co-founder of

How To End Structural Racism In Tech-Laura Weidman Powers, Code2040

June 28th, 2017


Laura Weidman Powers is co-founder and CEO of Code2040, an organization focused on ending structural racism in America by smoothing the …

How To Beat Perfectionism-Patti Niemi, San Francisco Opera Orchestra

June 26th, 2017


What if the thing you really love to do makes you so anxious it gets in the way of doing your job? For Patti Niemi, a percussionist, her first experience with anxiety cropped up while in her second year at at …

Developing More Women in Tech - Deb Liu, Facebook

March 27th, 2017


As one of few female executives in technology, Deb Liu is working to address the challenges that women in tech are facing-- both on …

Bringing The Birth Control Pill Over-the-Counter, Samantha Miller

February 27th, 2017


Samantha Miller is leading the only pharmaceutical company whose mission is to bring the birth control pill over the counter-- with their …

"Gendered Language At Work" - OpEd by Deb Liu, Facebook

February 21st, 2017


Deb Liu, VP of Platform and Marketplace at Facebook challenges all of us to think about the words we use every day.

She Brought A Sex Toy To A Gun Fight - Jessica Jin

February 13th, 2017


Jessica Jin led the protests against the campus carry gun law at University of Texas at Austin last fall by, as she says, "fighting absurdity with absurdity."

Hard-Won Advice From Corporate Trailblazers - Joann Lublin, Wall Street Journal

January 31st, 2017


Joann Lublin is the management news editor at the Wall Street Journal and the author of the new book "Earning It. Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World." Her finding? Gender …

Defending The Women's March on Washington - Rhea Suh, NRDC

January 17th, 2017


We're back! The National Resources Defense Council has signed on as a partner to the Women's March on Washington. The president of the NRDC, Rhea Suh talks with Lauren about about why the Women's March matters …

Why Are We So Unhappy?

November 17th, 2016


Ruth Whippman's new book is "America the Anxious. How The Pursuit Of Happiness Is Making Us A Nation of Nervous Wrecks." How's all the meditation and yoga working for you? Our conversation was recorded live at …

Could This Game Create World Peace?

November 17th, 2016


Donna Jaffe and her team at Peaceable Kingdom develop cooperative games for kids. We discuss what her games could teach the adults, too.

Negotiating in "man pants"

November 17th, 2016


Megan Tan, the host of the "Millennial" podcast, on how she learned to negotiate.

Tiffany Shlain, Getting to "50/50"

October 30th, 2016


Tiffany Shlain's new film "50/50" shares the story of what the world used to look like and can look like with true equality. Tiffany has been nominated for an Emmy for her filmmaking, she's founder of the Webby …

Violence Against Women Isn't A Women's Problem - Eve Ensler

October 19th, 2016


Eve Ensler, the creator of The Vagina Monologues, VDay and One Billion Rising shares her work to end violence against women, and what the …

Dr. Alison Crossley, The Gender Revolution on College Campuses

October 19th, 2016


Dr. Alison Dahl Crossley is the Associate Director of Stanford's Clayman Institute for Gender Research. She has a book coming out this spring called "Finding Feminism: Millennial Activists and the Unfinished …

Jess McIntosh, Hillary for America

October 17th, 2016


Jess McIntosh has worked to get pro-choice female Democrats elected while at on the team at Emily's List. She was the spokesperson for Al Franken's senatorial campaign and at the time of this interview, the …

Anna Lappé, Food Fighter

October 13th, 2016


James Beard Leadership Award winner Anna Lappé has spent most of her career as a sustainable food advocate. We talk big food and marketing to kids--and the implications for the health of our planet and people.

Why The Right Is So Angry - Arlie Hochschild

October 6th, 2016


Arlie Hochschild has been called "one of the most imaginative and productive feminist sociologists of the last thirty years." Lately she's …

Manipulating Our Way To World Peace - Margarita Quishuis, Stanford

September 30th, 2016


The Stanford Peace Innovation Lab says there is a way to achieve world peace by 2037 using persuasive technology and 'behavior design' …

Joan Blades & John Gable, Team Up on AllSides For Schools

September 26th, 2016

27:54 co-founder and liberal activist, Joan Blades has teamed up with Republican John Gable on an initiative called AllSides for …

"Rad Women Worldwide" author Kate Schatz

September 26th, 2016


Meet the author of "Rad Women Worldwide," Kate Schatz. She tells us why she is vocal about being a feminist, and we discuss how her books are changing perceptions about who gets to go down in history as …

What's Stopping Diversity in STEM

September 12th, 2016


How do you change the face of technology? Roz Hudnell is VP of Corporate Affairs at Intel, and President of Intel Foundation. She is also …

"Art Thinking" author Amy Whitaker

September 12th, 2016


How do we make space for innovation in our personal and professional lives? Move from a productivity-based metric to one that makes room for other measures of success. Amy Whitaker has written the book "Art …

How to End The "Lady Tax" - Vivien Labaton, Founder of Make It Work

September 5th, 2016


Vivien Labaton founded advocacy organization "Make It Work" to influence policies in support of paid family leave, equal pay and affordable …

Nancy Santiago Negrón, Opportunity Finance Network

August 3rd, 2016


Building communities up through a lending network started during the Civil Rights Movement. Nancy Santiago Negrón of the Opportunity Finance Network shares why it took three calls from the White House for her …

Simine Vazire, Associate Professor of Psychology, UC Davis

August 3rd, 2016


Simine Vazire is a founder of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science. She shares why the methods and practices in …

Reshma Saujani, Why We Need Girls Who Code

June 17th, 2016


When it comes to girls who code must it be "perfection or bust"? Only about a quarter of computer professionals are women--and that's actually down from 1990 when it was 36%. Girls Who Code is a non-profit …

Dr. Amanda Foreman-"The Ascent of Woman"

June 10th, 2016


Award-winning historian Dr. Amanda Foreman argues that a history that pushes women to the margins is an untruth that must be challenged. To this end, she created the four-part documentary series "The Ascent of …

Ilyse Hogue, The Fight For Reproductive Rights

June 3rd, 2016


Will the debate over reproductive freedom ever end? Ilyse Hogue, the President of NARAL Pro-Choice America joins Lauren to discuss why we continue to have a clash of world-views.

Shannon Cohn, The Cost of Endometriosis

June 3rd, 2016


Filmmaker Shannon Cohn says after breast cancer, endometriosis is "the last great health taboo" and has made a film called "Endo-What?" to change the narrative--and help women and healthcare practitioners …

Peggy Orenstein - "Girls and Sex" Pleasure? It's Complicated

May 27th, 2016


Birds do it. Bees do it. But we definitely don't want to think about our teens doing it. But eventually, do "it" they will. For her new book, "Girls and Sex. Navigating the Complicated New Landscape" Peggy …

Antonella Vitale, The Sicilian Practice of Fuitina

May 27th, 2016


The central tenet of today's women's movement is equality--in wages, treatment, opportunity. But what about in love and sex? Antonella Vitale is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Center, City University of New …

Kerri Hoffman, CEO of PRX--The future of podcasting

May 21st, 2016


What does the future look like for how audio content gets distributed--and heard? And what will it take to make podcasting and broadcasting a sustainable business for producers? Kerri Hoffman, who has been with …

Dr. Rosina Racioppi, Women Unlimited Inc. - Fostering Female Talent

May 16th, 2016


What's the secret to successfully developing the next generation of women leaders? The President of Women Unlimited, Inc. Dr. Rosina …

Jennifer McCrea, Why Fundraising Isn't Always About the Money

May 16th, 2016


The goal of fundraising is to raise funds right? Fundraising expert and non-profit leader Jennifer McCrea says "money is just gas in the car."

Julie Norem, The Positive Power of Negative Thinking

May 9th, 2016


Why is everyone so gung ho on having an optimistic attitude? It turns out that pessimism can be a good thing. Find out why. Julie Norem is a …

Diana O'Brien, Impacting Autism

May 9th, 2016


Conversations about Autism are often focused on what people can't do. But joy and fulfillment and meaning come from what you're good at and …

Sabrina Moyle and Tess Darrow-Write On Campaign

April 21st, 2016


We may be staying in touch more frequently thanks to technology, but what are we missing out on by not writing more letters? Sabrina Moyle, …

Dava Newman, The Journey to Mars

April 21st, 2016


Dr. Dava Newman is the Deputy Administrator of NASA. She is ushering in the next mission to Mars. Will this be one giant step for women... And a giant leap for womankind?

Caroline Paul, "The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure."

April 18th, 2016


Have you ever thought about climbing the Golden Gate Bridge untethered, for fun? Caroline Paul has. In her latest book, "The Gutsy Girl: …

Nancy Lublin: Turn Your Smartphone Into a Lifesaving Device

April 11th, 2016


Crisis Text Line has processed over 14 million messages to date with trained volunteers who support people in crisis who text the word …

Jo Boaler, Revolutionizing Math Education at Stanford

April 11th, 2016


Professor Boaler is challenging the notion of "being gifted" at math. Her most recent book is "Mathematical Mindsets," and she recently founded a math resources website,

Delaney Ruston, "Screenagers" How Screen Time Affects Teen Brains

March 25th, 2016


What's all that screen time doing to our childrens' brains? Lauren's guest Delaney Ruston is a primary care physician and filmmaker who explores these questions with her own daughter in the new film …

Annie Leibovitz - Women:New Portraits

March 25th, 2016


In her world exhibition, "Women:New Portraits" Annie Leibovitz updates the photos from the book she published in 1999 with Susan Sontag, …

Diane Loviglio, Style Delivered to your Door

March 21st, 2016


Why would you open your door to a stranger with an armful of clothing? Diane Loviglio, the co-founder of Boon + Gable, is attempting to …

Talia Milgrom-Elcott: How to Find 100,000 STEM Teachers

March 15th, 2016


There is a STEM teacher shortage in K-12 education--resulting in an education gap that may leave many students under-prepared for our …

How To Build It Yourself- Maria Klemperer Johnson, Hammerstone Carpentry School for Women

March 11th, 2016


In the trades, most workers--carpentry and otherwise, are still men. Lauren's guest Maria Klemperer-Johnson thinks that this state of …

Sara Schaer, founder of Kango transportation & babysitting

March 7th, 2016


Kango was founded on the premise that it's perfectly logical to outsource your kids' transportation, along with childcare. She shares how they go the extra mile to ensure a safe experience, and why you don't …

Teresa Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women

February 29th, 2016


Many groups still feel excluded from the feminist movement. Teresa shares how feminism can be a value everyone can share--across races, sexuality, economics.

Laura Walker: How WNYC is Helping Women Find Their Voice

February 23rd, 2016


What does it mean to be an 'agent of change'? Lauren talks with Laura Walker, the President and CEO of New York Public Radio about their …

Parisa Rouhani--The "End of Average"

February 23rd, 2016


Parisa Rouhani is the co-founder of the Center for Individual Opportunity and is studying the intersection of neuroscience, technology and …

Farmgirl Flowers' Christina Stembel is Giving the Flower Industry a Refresh

February 23rd, 2016


It turns out that at least 80% of cut flowers sold in the US are shipped from overseas. Christina Stembel, the founder of Farmgirl Flowers …

Mary-Louise Parker on her new memoir, "Dear Mr. You."

February 23rd, 2016


You might think from your mailbox that letter-writing is on the wane. But a new memoir by Mary-Louise Parker may just revive the art.

Alison Levine, Polar Explorer

February 23rd, 2016


Meet Alison Levine, one of the few Americans to complete the Adventure Grand Slam--climbing the 7 highest peaks in the world, and skiing to …

Gloria Feldt, Founder of Take the Lead Women

February 23rd, 2016


On Why Having It All Is Bad for Self-Esteem--and how women can reach leadership parity by 2025.

Sonja Perkins, Venture Capitalist: The Secret to Getting Funded

February 23rd, 2016


Founder of Broadway Angels, an *all-women* investing group, and named one of Worth Magazine's 2015 100 most powerful people in global …

Lina Nilsson, Bio-chemical Engineer

February 23rd, 2016


Lina Nilsson is a bio-chemical engineer, and was the Innovation Director for the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley. She wrote an Op-Ed in the NYTimes called "How to Attract Female Engineers" …

Gloria Steinem, "My Life on the Road"

February 23rd, 2016


On her new book, the influence of her dad on her life, and the best retort she ever learned. Plus she shares her advice on how to start a movement, and hypothesizes on why it's been so hard for some to picture …

Mia Birdsong--Redefining Solutions

February 23rd, 2016


The poverty level for American families has hovered at 25% for decades, in spite of billions of dollars spent. Mia Birdsong of Family Story, …

Pam Scott, Philanthropist--Redefining Solutions

February 22nd, 2016


Pam Scott is a philanthropist who brings her corporate experience to sub-Saharan Africa: using human-centered design to reduce unwanted teen pregnancy from 50% to a 'new normal.'

Abby Falik, Global Citizen Year

February 22nd, 2016


Why taking a "bridge year" between high school and college is worth it.

Susanne Reber, CIR--Investigating Journalism

February 22nd, 2016


Meet the co-Creator and Executive Editor of Reveal, the investigative radio show from the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR).

Sarah Silverman--Challenging Assumptions

February 22nd, 2016


Sarah Silverman--standup comedian, writer and TV star--has shocked many an audience with her outrageous humor. Now she stars in the new dramatic film "I Smile Back," in which she plays a tragically troubled …

Karuna Jaggar, Breast Cancer Action--Fighting the Cause of Cancer

February 22nd, 2016


The causes of cancer seem to be everywhere. From makeup products, to the clothes we wear, and the furniture we buy. And even if it has a pink ribbon on it to support breast cancer awareness, Karuna Jaggar of …

Anne-Marie Slaughter--Redefining Equality

February 22nd, 2016


The Atlantic article author of "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" continues the conversation in her new book "Unfinished Business." She …

Simone Marean, Girls Leadership--Redefining Equality

February 22nd, 2016


Simone Marean, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Girls Leadership shares how to set your daughter up for success--without burdening her with a fear of failure.

Claire Herminjard, CEO Mindful Meats--Capitalism with a Conscience

February 22nd, 2016


Claire Herminjard, the founder of Mindful Meats, who left a career in tech to address the problems she saw with Factory Farmed meat.

Susan Griffin-Black, CEO of EO--Capitalism with a Conscience

February 22nd, 2016


Meet Susan Griffin-Black, the founder and co-CEO of EO Products, a trailblazer in the mainstreaming of natural and organic body care products

Dr. Allyson Hobbs of Stanford, on Racial Passing

February 22nd, 2016


Allyson Hobbs, an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Stanford University and the author of "A Chosen Exile. A History of Racial Passing in American Life." Hobbs argues that what is missing from …

Joelle Emerson--The Value of Diversity

February 22nd, 2016


Lauren talks with Diversity Consultant Joelle Emerson.

Noel Wise - What it Takes to Become a Judge

February 22nd, 2016


What it takes to become a judge--and what it takes to keep order in the court. Alameda County Superior Court judge Noel Wise.

Lily Tomlin as Grandma

February 22nd, 2016


The 2015 film “Grandma” stars Lily Tomlin in the dramatic title role.

Patrice Martin--Designing the Future. For Humans.

February 22nd, 2016


Patrice Martin is the Co-Lead and Creative Director of

Pro Soccer Player Brandi Chastain, yes that Brandi Chastain

February 22nd, 2016


In this episode Lauren talks with Brandi Chastain of World Cup fame about how sports can affect girls and their lives.

Anya Fernald started Belcampo Meat Company to raise the quality and locality of the meat we eat

February 22nd, 2016


Anya Fernald started Belcampo Meat Company to raise the quality and locality of the meat we eat.

Mariam Naficy -- Reinventing Retail

February 21st, 2016


Host Lauren Schiller talks with Mariam Naficy, Founder and CEO of Minted, a marketplace of independent artists.

Kara Goldin's 'Hint' for your health

February 21st, 2016


Kara Goldin started Hint Water to replace 'sugar-free' beverages and encourage more water consumption.

The Power of Sport - Missy Park, CEO and Founder of Title Nine

February 21st, 2016


Missy Park, founder of Title Nine shares how sports can affect outcomes for girls in life and in business.

Sharon Miller--Can't A Girl Get A Break?

February 21st, 2016


Lauren speaks with Sharon Miller, the CEO of Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center.

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty for Millions of Women--Erin Ganju

February 21st, 2016


Erin Ganju of Room to Read is a social entrepreneur breaking the cycle of poverty for millions.

Kristin Richmond and Kirsten Tobey are creating a revolution in food service

February 20th, 2016


"Inflection Point" host Lauren Schiller talks with Revolution Foods co-Founders Kristin Richmond and Kirsten Tobey.

Lindsey Turrentine,

February 20th, 2016


Women hold only 9% of management positions, and account for only 14% of senior management positions at Silicon Valley startups. Meet the …

Alex Bernadotte helps students succeed in college

February 19th, 2016


"Inflection Point" host Lauren Schiller talks with Alex Bernadotte, Founder of Beyond 12 who shares how she is helping underserved students …

How To Give Work Instead of Aid - Leila Janah, Samasource

April 10th, 2015


Leilah 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 …

Caterina Fake of Findery & Flickr

March 6th, 2015


Women hold only 9% of management positions, and account for only 14% of senior management positions at Silicon Valley startups. Meet the …

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