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UPDATE: Reckonings is on indefinite hiatus. To pick up where the show left off, follow Stephanie Lepp on Twitter: @stephleppABOUT THE SHOWHow do we change our hearts and minds? What moves us to shift our political worldviews, transcend extremism, and make other kinds of transformative change? ​Recko… read more

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Trump concedes. Fake news?

December 18th, 2020


For the last episode of Reckonings, none other than: Donald Trump. This episode is part of Deep Reckonings — a series of explicitly-marked deepfake videos that imagine Mark Zuckerberg, Brett Kavanaugh, and other public …


September 16th, 2020


If Brett Kavanaugh, Alex Jones, and Mark Zuckerberg had a crisis of conscience, what would they say? Reckonings presents Deep Reckonings — a project …

#28 || How To Tackle Trump's Lies

June 23rd, 2020


How do we cover the communications of a president who lies, especially when those lies can be fatal? The traditional rituals of journalism don't really work with a president who doesn't tell the truth, and so, what can …

#27 || How do people change?

June 16th, 2020


How do we change our hearts and minds? What moves us to shift our political worldviews, transcend extremism, and make other kinds of transformative …

#26 || Biden, #MeToo, and Growing in Public

June 9th, 2020


Joe Biden stands accused of sexual assault. And the Democratic Party leadership, which had been loud in its support for #MeToo, is …

#25 || Beyond Goliath

August 8th, 2019


He built Facebook’s business model. Then he went on to become the President of Pinterest. And then he realized: he was addicted to his phone. And later: he was complicit in his own — and all of our — addictive …

#24 || How to turn a monster into an apologist

July 17th, 2019


'In writing this apology, I moved him from monster to apologist…and in doing that, he lost power over me.'

That's Eve Ensler, talking about her …

#23.5 || Where is Reckonings going?

June 11th, 2019


Let's take a quick peek behind the curtain on a few things, including the question: where is Reckonings going?

#23 || An uncommon conversation about clergy sex abuse

May 21st, 2019


She was sexually abused by her Catholic school teacher, a former nun.

As a young priest, he sexually abused boys in his parish.

Buckle your seat …

#22 || An imaginary reckoning with Pope Francis

February 24th, 2019


If the Pope had a reckoning, what would it sound like?

And then after you listen.....if you're curious *why* this was made, go to episode #23.5 and …

#21 || A survivor and her perpetrator find justice

December 3rd, 2018


Sameer met Anwen freshman year. He was into her, and they started seeing each other. Then one night, after a fraternity party, Sameer convinced Anwen to come home with him — which is when he coerced her into sexual …

#20 || A journalist reckons with truth

September 21st, 2018


Alternative facts.

Fake news.

How are journalists grappling with this moment??

Dive into one journalist’s reckoning with truth.

#19.5 || Behind The Mic

May 1st, 2018


'Behind The Mic' is a series of short pieces I produce periodically, to bring you behind the microphone and reveal a bit of what’s going on back …

#19 || How will we become majestic elephants?

March 24th, 2018


‘I could have been a left-wing guerrilla in Columbia. Whatever would have grabbed me at the right time, I was ready for.’ What ended up grabbing …

#18 || The defection of a Roger Ailes warrior

January 4th, 2018


"Very earlier on, Roger called me Ailes Junior. He told my dad, 'I've never met anyone more like me than Joe.'" As the protégé of Fox News chairman …

#17 || A paid climate skeptic switches sides

October 31st, 2017


'I can say to climate skeptics on the right, 'I used to believe what you believe. Hell, I wrote your talking points, and for 20 years, I was there! But let me tell you why I'm not there anymore.'' As the head of the …

#16 || Two teens overcome bullying

September 10th, 2017


'When I'm angry and I don't know how to get it out, I take it out on other people. I call people names, I say they're ugly, I talk about the way they dress. And when I get into fighting mode, I just start swinging.’ …

#15 || From health insurance spin doctor to truth teller

July 5th, 2017


'I was getting people to make decisions based on misleading information that could have life or death consequences.' That’s Wendell Potter, the …

#14.5 || Behind The Mic

June 13th, 2017


‘Behind The Mic' is a series of short pieces I produce periodically, to share what's going on behind the scenes. This time, I'm bringing y'all behind the microphone on two things: 1) an event Reckonings hosted back in …

#14 || When her daughter became her son (and vice versa)

December 24th, 2016


'You have all these plans, all these dreams, and then it hits you: my daughter's no longer a daughter, she's a son.' In struggling to accept her …

#13 || Navigating wealth within cross-class relationships

September 13th, 2016


'I was taught that money is not something you talk about, because once people know you have it, you’ll get taken advantage of.' Like many young members of the 1%, Michelle inherited immense wealth at an early age. In a …

#12 || A conversion on climate change

June 21st, 2016


"When my son said, 'dad, I'm gonna vote for you, but you're going to clean up your act on the environment,' it wasn't a threat. It was my son saying, 'dad, I love you, and I want you to be what you can be.'" The force …

#11 || The fracture of a fundamentalist worldview

May 24th, 2016


'I don't know if I can convey how comforting it is to believe that you possess the secret to how everything in the universe works. And as a consequence, we had this amazing bonus: we were going to heaven and everyone …

#10 || An unlikely friendship transforms the gun debate

May 3rd, 2016


"What really blinds people on both sides is thinking that it's either or: either we do nothing and put up with the horrendous tolls of firearm deaths …

#9 || Defecting from the Donald

April 26th, 2016


"One of my co-workers said, 'Trump supporters are without exception the worst people I've ever met, they're almost sub-human.' And I'm standing there thinking, you know, we're friends, but I think I'll keep my mouth …

#8.5 || Behind The Mic

April 25th, 2016


There's so much that goes on behind the microphone, and I'm going to start bringing you back here. This is the inaugural 'Behind The Mic' piece, stay tuned for more. For this first one: what is Reckonings, and why did I …

#8 || Transcending a lineage of violence

January 21st, 2016


"I called myself a Karma King, because I was distributing the shit that had been given to me." The finale of Season 1 features Daniel Gallant, a …

#7 || Emergence of a conscientious objector

January 13th, 2016


'I realized that my excuses for justifying war had nothing to do with what we were trying to achieve. I justified war because I wanted to believe …

#6 || From addiction to recovery and beyond

January 5th, 2016


'My mantra back then was I hate my life...My mantra now is I love my life.' Paige Sargent is a singer and song-writer, who once struggled with …

#5 pt. 2 || The conscience of a public intellectual

December 23rd, 2015


'What I regret is not being aware of the extent to which what I was pronouncing as right or wrong for the world was motivated by my own personal issues.' So admits Glenn Loury, prominent academic economist and one of …

#5 pt. 1 || The conscience of a public intellectual

December 23rd, 2015


'What I regret is not being aware of the extent to which what I was pronouncing as right or wrong for the world was motivated by my own personal issues.' So admits Glenn Loury, prominent academic economist and one of …

#4 || Revelations of a tough-on-crime prosecutor

December 15th, 2015


'I went through 4 years of college, 3 years of law school, and a 2-year judicial clerkship without ever really thinking about the way our criminal …

#3 || Mother of an ISIS militant

December 8th, 2015


"He wanted a purpose." Those are the words of Christianne Boudreau, whose son Damian left Calgary for Syria, to join ISIS. She raised him Christian, but he was convinced by Islamic State recruiters to take up jihadism. …

#2 || White-collar criminal turned whistleblower

December 1st, 2015


'The top executives from Enron, WorldComm, and ADM — we went to jail for narcissism.' Mark Whitacre was the FBI informant in one of the biggest price-fixing cases in US history, against global food conglomerate Archer …

#1 || Drug cop turned drug war critic

November 17th, 2015


"When you call something a war, everyone believes that they're a warrior." Neill Franklin is a former Maryland State Police Major, who oversaw 17 …

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