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22 EpisodesProduced by Deborah Jian LeeWebsite

Kaleidoscope explores life in America at the intersection of faith, identity and social engagement.In intimate conversations with activists, entertainers, authors and spiritual leaders, journalist Deborah Jian Lee unpacks stories about love, life, faith and justice in dangerous times. Prepare to lau… read more

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Mini: That's A Wrap

June 29th, 2018


Kaleidoscope wraps up the season with highlights featuring rebels, squishy feelings, and loads of joy.

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Jade Perry — Reclaiming Self-Care

June 22nd, 2018


Jade Perry is a mystic and activist who writes about the intersections of race, spirituality and chronic illness. As a tarot card reader, emerging …

Mini: Spoon Theory 101

June 15th, 2018


Chronic illness and disability writer, Jade Perry, explains Spoon Theory. The idea offers an effective and important framework for folks in the …

Deborah Jian Lee — “Love & Basketball” [Rebroadcast]

June 1st, 2018


We’ve got a format breaker episode for you. This week, Deborah Jian Lee takes us on a journey through her life, work and the origin story of Kaleidoscope. Buckle up for a wild ride of basketball, heartbreak, and a …

Mini: "I Could Be A Jedi"

May 25th, 2018


A tour through Hollywood moments that have made Kaleidoscope’s diverse audience feel seen and heard. In this episode about representation done right, …

Cindy Wang Brandt — “Mom’s a Heretic”

May 18th, 2018


“Unfundamentalist parenting” advocate Cindy Wang Brandt on deprogramming from toxic parenting culture. Brandt is an author, blogger and founder of …

Mini: #Halp! Toxic Boyhood

May 11th, 2018


A listener sees toxic masculinity in her kid’s friend group and asks for advice. Author, blogger, and founder of an unfundamentalist parenting group, …

Mahdia Lynn – Beach Moments

May 4th, 2018


Trans Muslim activist Mahdia Lynn gets real about her life and work. She unpacks the hard times - mental illness, addiction, and police brutality - …

Mini Episode: The Queer Underground

April 27th, 2018


What’s the story behind Kaleidoscope’s tagline? Every episode ends with, “Let the world see you. When they do, they’ll never be the same.” This mini episode reveals how this quote came from an unrequited love story at …

Deborah Jian Lee – “Love & Basketball”

April 20th, 2018


We’ve got a format breaker episode for you. This week, Deborah Jian Lee takes us on a journey through her life, work and the origin story of Kaleidoscope. Buckle up for a wild ride of basketball, heartbreak, and a …

Mini Episode: #Halp! Hamster Wheel of Despair

April 13th, 2018


Two listeners experiencing terrible times write in seeking guidance on how to survive and move forward when life falls apart.

New York Times best-selling author Kate Bowler, who write about life after her stage four …

Kate Bowler — Rage and Romance

April 6th, 2018


Kate Bowler, Duke Divinity professor and prosperity gospel scholar, wrestled with this theology’s promise of wealth and health after receiving a …

Mini Episode: #Halp! Social Justice Newbie

March 30th, 2018


A listener, "Social Justice Newbie," writes in with post-election regret and a resolve to mobilize her church toward political engagement. But then …

Trauma Laughter

March 23rd, 2018


Michelle Higgins is a church leader and racial justice activist in St. Louis. Her message, that blackness is integral to the church, is often met with apathy, rejection and even death threats by some white evangelical …

Mini Episode: Danny & Rueben

March 16th, 2018


On this mini episode, we’re sharing an extra from Deborah's interview with Danny Cortez.

He’s the Southern Baptist pastor who changed his position on LGBTQ equality in 2013. He came out as LGBTQ-affirming coincidentally …

Danny & Drew Cortez - "Love is a Choice"

March 9th, 2018


This episode features pastor Danny Cortez and his son Drew. In one car ride in 2013, they came out to each other for different reasons, and it turned their world upside down. In conversations with each of them, we learn …

Mini Episode: Intersectionality 101 with AnaYelsi Velasco Sanchez

March 2nd, 2018


In this week’s mini episode, we’re introducing a new special segment. It’s called 101. A 101 is a quick crash course in a word or issue that might be new to some of us. We invite guests who specialize in these topics to …

Mini Episode: #Halp! Racist Relatives and finding $$$

February 16th, 2018


This week on #Halp, Kaleidoscope's advice column, M. Barclay and Eboo Patel answer listener questions about confronting racist relatives and finding …

Mini Episode: Imagining a non-binary world with M Barclay

February 16th, 2018


M Barclay dishes about thrill and awkwardness of dating after coming out as queer, imagining a non-binary world and beach parties.

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Eboo Patel — From Discord to Decency

February 9th, 2018


Eboo Patel is a former faith advisor to President Barack Obama and the co-founder of Interfaith Youth Core, which aims to make cooperation among religions a social norm. In this episode Eboo discusses his challenges …

M Barclay — Breaking the Binary

February 9th, 2018


M Barclay is the first non-binary trans person commissioned as deacon in the United Methodist Church. In this episode, we follow M over their 12 year …

Trailer — Welcome to Kaleidoscope

November 3rd, 2017


A sneak peek into season one of Kaleidoscope.

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