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The Call with Erica Williams Simon

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Do you want to step up and do something epic? Follow your dreams, take action, change the world? In The Call, former political strategist Erica Williams Simon hosts intimate conversations with women who have answered their own call. What are the costs and challenges of taking the leap, of living you… read more

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Episode 031: Sarah Jones

September 18th, 2018


The last episode of Season 3 features Erica in conversation with the wonderful writer and Tony Award-winning performer Sarah Jones, recorded live in …

Episode 030: Jameela Jamil

September 11th, 2018


This week Erica Williams Simon talks with Jameela Jamil. The star of 'The Good Place' is an activist against hate speech toward women, particularly …

Episode 029: Rebecca Cokley

September 4th, 2018


This week, host Erica Williams Simon chats with Rebecca Cokley, Director of the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American …

Episode 028: Glennon Doyle

August 28th, 2018


This week, host Erica Williams Simon sits down with writer and activist Glennon Doyle. Together they talk about the balancing act of sharing your true self without tipping into depreciation, and striving for your best …

027: Dascha Polanco

August 14th, 2018


In this episode, host Erica Williams Simon sits down with Orange is the New Black star Dascha Polanco. They talk about representation, the hustle and …

026: Gabi Gregg

August 7th, 2018


The Call is back with another fantastic, utterly beguiling, awe-inspiring guest: blogger and fashion entrepreneur Gabi Gregg. Gabi and Erica talk about failure, fashion and creating your own career path.

025: Samhita Mukhopadhyay

July 31st, 2018


This week's guest is writer and editor Samhita Mukhopadhyay. After stints at Feministing and Mic and writing her book, she took over the Executive …

024: Janet Mock

July 24th, 2018


Janet Mock is a New York Times best-selling author as well as a writer, producer and director on FX's Pose. In this episode of The Call, Janet and Erica talk about the importance of telling your own individual story. …

023: Clemantine Wamariya

July 17th, 2018


Clemantine Wamariya is a storyteller and writer. She first burst onto the scene with an appearance on the Oprah Show in 2006, where she was reunited with her family after the Rwandan genocide. In her new memoir, "The …

023: Franchesca Ramsey

July 10th, 2018


In this episode of The Call, I talk to Franchesca Ramsey (aka Chescaleigh), about activism, hustling and not being so hard on yourself. She also chats about her new book, Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and …

Season Three Trailer

July 3rd, 2018


Allow me to play the role of the waiter who is here to serve you an exciting appetizer — The Call is almost BACK!!! Episode One airs Tuesday, July 10 …

022: Angela Yee

January 9th, 2018


Angela Yee, co-host of the nationally syndicated, wildly popular radio show, The Breakfast Club, is the final guest of The Call's Season 2. In this …

021: Tarana Burke

January 2nd, 2018


In this episode of The Call, Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo organization, tells the real story behind the movement in an effort to bring the focus back to its original intent: healing. She also talks about the …

020: Melina Matsoukas

December 26th, 2017


In this episode of The Call, I sit down with Melina Matsoukas, director of HBO's Insecure and "Thanksgiving," the Emmy Award-winning episode of Master of None, not to mention director of Beyoncé's "Formation" and …

019: Adrienne Maree Brown

December 19th, 2017


Adrienne Maree Brown is the author of a book I recommend so often I might as well put it in my email signature: Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds. She's a Detroit-based writer, activist, facilitator, …

018: Amanda Nguyen

December 12th, 2017


This week I sat down with Amanda Nguyen, activist, future astronaut and founder of Rise, a national civil rights nonprofit that helps survivors of …

017: Nina Jacobson

December 5th, 2017


On this week's episode of The Call, Erica sits down with Nina Jacobson, the powerhouse Hollywood executive and producer responsible for The Hunger …

016: Krista Tippett

November 28th, 2017


In this episode of The Call, Erica Williams Simon speaks with award-winning radio show host Krista Tippett about the difference between religion and …

015: Hebh Jamal

November 14th, 2017


Despite garnering attention for organizing a city-wide protest to fight Trump's proposed Muslim ban, 17-year-old activist Hebh Jamal isn't interested …

014: Latham Thomas

November 7th, 2017


In this episode of The Call, Erica sits down with Latham Thomas, wellness expert, doula and author of “Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous …

013: Ashlee Marie Preston

October 31st, 2017


This week's episode of The Call features trans activist Ashlee Marie Preston, who was thrust her onto the national stage after a video of her went viral. In it, she confronts Caitlyn Jenner for her public support of …

012: Melody Ehsani

October 24th, 2017


Behold, the first episode of The Call, Season 2. Host Erica Williams Simon speaks with designer Melody Ehsani about her mystical “call” moment, how …

Season Two Teaser

October 19th, 2017


Behold! A sneak peak into Season 2 of The Call. You'll hear about what our Season 1 guests have been up to, who you can look forward to this season …

011: Erica Williams Simon

May 23rd, 2017


We turn the tables on host Erica Williams Simon in this special episode of 'The Call.' Listen as MR President Kate Barnett interviews Erica about her life and career changes.

This episode of The Call was produced and …

010: Bevy Smith

May 16th, 2017


On this week's episode, Erica sits down with bold, vivacious media personality Bevy Smith to talk about reinventing your life and the business advice …

009: Mara Hoffman

May 9th, 2017


Designer Mara Hoffman discusses how she got her start, the moment she decided to radically shift her business to be more environmentally sustainable and more.

The Call is produced and edited by Samara Breger and Kate …

008: Yvonne Orji

May 2nd, 2017


Actress and comedian Yvonne Orji has received accolades for her role as Molly on the hit HBO show Insecure. This week, Erica sits down with Yvonne to …

007: Roxane Gay

April 25th, 2017


What makes a woman "difficult"? This week, Erica sits down with fabulous writer Roxane Gay to discuss her new book, 'Difficult Women,' and life …

006: Lena Waithe

April 18th, 2017


Erica sits down with writer, producer and actor Lena Waithe whose original, hour-long drama, 'The Chi', is being executive produced by Common and was just greenlit by Showtime. You may have already seen her as the …

005: dream hampton

April 11th, 2017


Erica sits down with filmmaker, activist and your favorite rapper’s favorite writer dream hampton to talk about the cost of telling the truth, never being too afraid to fight and that one time she was cursed out by Nina …

004: Tiffany Dufu

April 4th, 2017


"Chief Leadership Officer" and author Tiffany Dufu shares how to tap into your own leadership potential, find mentors and sponsors, and stay true to your purpose.

The Call is produced and edited by Samara Breger.

003: Wendy Carrillo

March 28th, 2017


Erica Williams Simon sits down with Wendy Carrillo.

The Call is produced and edited by Samara Breger.

002: Sally Kohn

March 21st, 2017


Erica Williams Simon sits down with Sally Kohn.

The Call is produced and edited by Samara Breger.

001: Jenna Wortham

March 14th, 2017


Erica Williams Simon sits down with Jenna Wortham.

The Call is produced and edited by Samara Breger.

Introducing: The Call

March 7th, 2017


Do you want to step up and do something epic? Follow your dreams, take action, change the world? In The Call, former political strategist Erica …

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