First Name Basis Podcast

By Jasmine Bradshaw

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As parents, we all want to teach our kids to be inclusive, but how? Join Jasmine Bradshaw each week as she gives you the tools and practical strategies that you need to talk to your children about race, religion, and culture. If you are a parent who values inclusion and wants to teach your children how to truly love those who are different from them, this podcast is for you!

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4.14 Listen to This Before Your Holiday Dinner
16:22

The holiday season can be a beautiful time of celebration, but if we’re being honest, it can also be extremely stressful — especially when it comes to spending time with family members you disagree with.

 

I get asked all the time questions like “What should I do about family members who say things that uphold white supremacy?” or “What should I do when family members say racist things?”

 

My dear friend Jalynne Geddes gave me some advice about how to approach these situations that entirely changed my perspective, and I want to share that advice with you, too: If you can’t change their heart, your presence might change their behavior.

 

In this episode, I unpack that advice as well as discuss:

  • What you can do in these situations if you are BIPOC.
  • What you should do if you hold white privilege or have close proximity to white privilege.
  • Suggestions for keeping yourself safe and maintaining boundaries.

 

I hope this holiday season can be a joyful time for you and your family, as well as one where you can feel safe. Thanks for being part of the First Name Basis fam. We’re sending you our love.

 

Want to help your kids center Indigenous Peoples this Thanksgiving?

 

Thanksgiving is coming up, and it's our chance to teach our kids the true history of Thanksgiving. Visit firstnamebasis.org/thanksgivingresources and drop your email to get some ideas of how to center Indigenous Peoples sent straight to your inbox.

 

Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced In The Episode

 

First Name Basis Podcast: Season 2, Episode 14: “What Is Privilege And What Do I Do With It?”

 

First Name Basis Podcast: Season 4, Episode 8: “Can We Talk About White Privilege?”

 

First Name Basis Podcast: Season 3, Episode 9: “Racism 101”

 

First Name Basis Podcast: Season 2, Episode 22: “Cancel Culture Pt. 1: Calling Out, Calling In, & Tone Policing”

 

Nov 23, 2021
4.13 How To Center Indigenous Peoples During Thanksgiving
32:50

I made my “Untold Story of Thanksgiving” episode to help me — and hopefully you — understand the true, accurate history. As I think about the episode, I think it does a good job at correcting the history, but it still centers on the colonizers. 

 

Because of that, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can better make Indigenous Peoples the center of our conversations and learning around Thanksgiving, and I knew just the right person to turn to to help me.

 

On this week’s episode, my dear friend Jalynne Geddes joins me to help unpack what we can do to center Indigenous Peoples. Jalynne is Nehiyaw from the Beardy’s and Okemasis Cree Nation and is the creator behind the Nehiyanahk Creations on Instagram, where she shares her work as an activist both through words and through her beautiful beadwork. 

 

In this episode, you’ll learn more about how our Indigenous brothers and sisters feel about Thanksgiving, how to center them during this time and how we can teach our kids about this as well.

 

I hope by the end of this you have a clear understanding of what you can do in your family to decanter colonizers and instead give your focus to Indigenous Peoples this Thanksgiving.

 

Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced In The Episode 

 

First Name Basis Podcast: Season 3 Episode 3: “The Untold Story of Thanksgiving”

 

Jalynne Geddes’ Instagram @nehiyanahk_creations

 

Mark Ruffalo’s land acknowledgement at the Emmy’s

 

Want to teach help your kids center Indigenous Peoples this Thanksgiving?

 

Thanksgiving is coming up, and it's our chance to teach our kids the true history of Thanksgiving. Drop your email here to get some ideas of how to center Indigenous Peoples sent straight to your inbox.

 

Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN

 

Nov 16, 2021
10.12: 3 Things I Wish White Moms Knew About Black Motherhood
41:58

Every mother experiences motherhood differently — no two journeys are the same. And there are some things that Black mothers experience that mothers who hold white privilege don’t fully understand.

 

We need to take the time to listen to the Black moms in our community to learn how we can use our power to change the systems that are oppressing them and their children.

 

I invited my friend Sheryl Ellsworth onto the podcast this week to share her experience as a Black mom raising two ADORABLE Black children. In this conversation, Sheryl shares three things she wishes white mothers knew about what it’s like to be a Black mom to Black children:

 

  1. Black mothers are raising children with rules from an unwritten rule book.
  2. There’s a constant battle for Black mothers between preparing their kids for the racist experiences they will encounter while also preserving their joy.
  3. White moms need to invest in and focus on anti-racist education.

 

Beyond Sheryl’s first-hand knowledge as a Black mother, she also has crucial insight gained as a former educator who now works as a project manager for a pipeline that is trying to increase BIPOC representation in her state (Utah) and is seeking to make it an inclusive place for BIPOC families to live, work and raise their kiddos.

 

I hope this episode gives you a chance to reflect on the privileges you hold and how you can use your privilege to dismantle racist systems.

 

Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN

 

Nov 09, 2021
4.11 Our Kiddos Are Going to Change the World
26:32

In many ways, Emi Kim is what you might consider a typical 9-year-old. When she grows up, she wants to be a scientist or president of the United States, but for now, she loves to swim and sketch — and fight racism.

 

And fight racism she has. 

 

When Emi noticed that her school library was lacking diverse books, she decided to do something about it. She led her whole family in hosting a lemonade stand to raise money to buy books with diverse characters for her school library, and her first lemonade stand raised more than $750!

 

“I’m changing the world one lemonade stand at a time,” Emi said.

 

Emi’s commitment to anti-racism is nothing short of inspiring. To hear of someone so young making such a big difference gives me the chills, but even more than that, it gives me hope.

 

Our kiddos are going to change the world, and if we do our part now to raise them to be anti-racist and inclusive, they are going to change the world into a much better place.

 

Listen to the episode to hear all of Emi’s story. I can guarantee you’ll leave fired up and ready to follow Emi’s example to make a positive change.

 

Ally Elementary 

Parents have been asking for a practical, interactive way to implement the anti-racist strategies that I lay out in the First Name Basis Podcast. So this October we are launching “Ally Elementary: Anti-Racist Education For Families." 

 

During this five-week program parents will work together with their children to create a culture of anti-racism in their home, and I will be there to guide them every step of the way. We will use hands-on activities to teach our children about everything from the untold story of how race was created to how they can disrupt racism in their everyday lives. I am so excited to watch the families in our community make a meaningful transformation and improve their communities through anti-racist action. Click here to invest in Ally Elementary for your family!



Free Class! Ally ABCs: 3 Simple Ways to Embed Anti-Racism Into Your Family Culture

 

If you’re ready to reignite your fire for anti-racism or deepen your commitment to the movement this class is for you, and Tuesday, Nov. 2, is your last chance to catch it! During this free online class we will work together to create a plan that you can use to bring your kiddos along on this anti-racist journey. Click here to choose a time that fits best with your schedule and sign up today



Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN

Nov 02, 2021
4.10 The Memory That I Can’t Shake: The Why Behind Ally Elementary
31:38

ALLY ELEMENTARY IS HEEEEERE! Pop all of the confetti cannons in the world because I am so dang excited to share this transformational program with you and your family! In this episode you’ll hear the real reason I created Ally Elementary for all of us and a SNEAK PEAK of one of the lessons! Press play and celebrate with me! 



Ally Elementary 

Parents have been asking for a practical, interactive way to implement the anti-racist strategies that I lay out in the First Name Basis Podcast. So this October we are launching “Ally Elementary: Anti-Racist Education For Families." 

 

During this five-week program parents will work together with their children to create a culture of anti-racism in their home, and I will be there to guide them every step of the way. We will use hands-on activities to teach our children about everything from the untold story of how race was created to how they can disrupt racism in their everyday lives. I am so excited to watch the families in our community make a meaningful transformation and improve their communities through anti-racist action. Click here to invest in Ally Elementary for your family!



Free Class! Ally ABCs: 3 Simple Ways to Embed Anti-Racism Into Your Family Culture

 

If you’re ready to reignite your fire for anti-racism or deepen your commitment to the movement this class is for you! During this free online class we will work together to create a plan that you can use to bring your kiddos along on this anti-racist journey. Click here to choose a time that fits best with your schedule and sign up today



Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN

Oct 26, 2021
4:9 Is Reverse Racism Real?
26:48

Have you ever heard a white person claim that they’ve experienced “reverse racism”? I sure have! Let’s break this down together because I’ve heard from many of you that you’re not sure how to respond when someone pulls the reverse racism card. 

 

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • The difference between bias, prejudice, and discrimination 
  • How to analyze a situation to determine whether or not it is racism
  • How to respond when someone says that racism goes both ways




Free Class! Ally ABCs: 3 Simple Ways to Embed Anti-Racism Into Your Family Culture

 

If you’re ready to reignite your fire for anti-racism or deepen your commitment to the movement this class is for you! During this free online class we will work together to create a plan that you can use to bring your kiddos along on this anti-racist journey. Click here to choose a time that fits best with your schedule and sign up today

 

Ally Elementary 

Parents have been asking for a practical, interactive way to implement the anti-racist strategies that I lay out in the First Name Basis Podcast. So this October we are launching “Ally Elementary: Anti-Racist Education For Families." 

 

During this five-week program parents will work together with their children to create a culture of anti-racism in their home, and I will be there to guide them every step of the way. We will use hands-on activities to teach our children about everything from the untold story of how race was created to how they can disrupt racism in their everyday lives. I am so excited to watch the families in our community make a meaningful transformation and improve their communities through anti-racist action.

Click here to the waitlist!

 

Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced In The Episode 

First Name Basis Podcast, Season 3 Episode 9: “Racism 101”

 

First Name Basis Podcast, Season 2 Episode 7: “The Untold Story of Rosa Parks”

 

Stanford, Montgomery Bus Boycott



Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN

Oct 19, 2021
4:8 Can We Talk About White Privilege?
31:51

But really, can we? I know y’all are seeing it too. You’ve shared with me that once you know what to look for you’ve started to see it all over the place. Okay so now you know it’s there but what do you do about it? 

 

In this episode we break down three super cringey examples of white privilege that I’ve seen in the last week. Tune in to hear how those of you who hold white privilege can respond in these racist situations. 

 

Race Talk Roadmap

 

Our Race Talk Roadmap is the tool you need to begin conversations about race and racism with your children! We have a list of three tips for parents of older children and a list of three tips for parents of younger children. Visit firstnamebasis.org/racetalk to get the Race Talk Roadmap sent straight to your inbox.

 

Ally Elementary 

Parents have been asking for a practical, interactive way to implement the anti-racist strategies that I lay out in the First Name Basis Podcast. So this October we are launching “Ally Elementary: Anti-Racist Education For Families." 

 

During this five-week program parents will work together with their children to create a culture of anti-racism in their home, and I will be there to guide them every step of the way. We will use hands-on activities to teach our children about everything from the untold story of how race was created to how they can disrupt racism in their everyday lives. I am so excited to watch the families in our community make a meaningful transformation and improve their communities through anti-racist action.

Click here to the waitlist!

 

Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced In The Episode 

 

First Name Basis, Season 2 Episode 14: What Is Privilege And What Do I Do With It? 

This episode will help give you the background information you need to understand privilege. I suggest listening to this episode before you dive into our conversation about white privilege. 

 

First Name Basis, Season 3 Episode 21: How To Teach Media Literacy To Our Children with Tori Nelson of Kid Nuz 

 

Ad Fontes Media: Interactive Media Bias Chart 

 

James Johnson is an award winning Tlingit artist and wood carver, check out his work here

 

Don’t Touch My Hair” children’s book by Sharee Miller

 

First Name Basis Bookshop 


Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN 

Oct 12, 2021
4:7 The Untold Story of Christopher Columbus
01:12:52

We need to stop celebrating Columbus Day — immediately.

 

The story that we learned about Christopher Columbus could not be further from the truth. He was a colonizer, enslaver, and sex trafficker who committed genocide against Indigenous Peoples. Don’t believe me? Listen in and decide for yourself.

 

By celebrating Columbus Day, our country has erased the history of Native Americans, and now is the time to give it back by celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

 

In this episode, you’ll learn about:

  • Common myths about Christopher Columbus
  • The 3 reasons why Columbus’ crusade was different from others who had traveled to the Americas 
  • What happened once Columbus arrived 
  • The origins of Columbus Day in the United States
  • Ideas about what we should do in response to this violent history 

 

Race Talk Roadmap

 

Our Race Talk Roadmap is the tool you need to begin conversations about race and racism with your children! We have a list of three tips for parents of older children and a list of three tips for parents of younger children. Visit firstnamebasis.org/racetalk to get the Race Talk Roadmap sent straight to your inbox.

 

Ally Elementary 

Parents have been asking for a practical, interactive way to implement the anti-racist strategies that I lay out in the First Name Basis Podcast. So this October we are launching “Ally Elementary: Anti-Racist Education For Families." 

 

During this five-week program parents will work together with their children to create a culture of anti-racism in their home, and I will be there to guide them every step of the way. We will use hands-on activities to teach our children about everything from the untold story of how race was created to how they can disrupt racism in their everyday lives. I am so excited to watch the families in our community make a meaningful transformation and improve their communities through anti-racist action.

Click here to the waitlist!

 

Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced In The Episode 

 

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen (affiliate link) 

Rethinking Columbus

How Columbus Sailed into U.S. History, Thanks to Italians

 

Who Were the Olmec?

 

Whose History Matters? Students Can Name Columbus, But Most Have Never Heard of the Taino People

 

Taino: Indigenous Carribeans 

 

Christopher Columbus and the Doctrine of Discovery

 

Resource Guide: Abolish Columbus Day: Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

 

UN Definition of Genocide

 

The History of Columbus Day

Oct 05, 2021
4:6 How To Respond To Stereotypes Against Asians
42:41

Books are such a powerful teaching tool because they give us glimpses into experiences beyond our own — which is something children’s book author Andrea Wang is an expert at.

Andrea’s books are beautiful for many reasons — they’ll make you laugh, they’ll make you cry, and they’ll help you better understand Chinese and other Asian cultures. I can’t recommend her picture books and middle grade novels enough for you and your kiddos.

Andrea previously joined me on the podcast to discuss how we can bring Chinese culture into our homes, and she graciously agreed to speak with me again, this time to unpack two specific Asian stereotypes and how we can teach our children to be in solidarity with the Asian community and push back against these stereotypes.

 

In this conversation, Andrea and I discuss:

  • Asian stereotypes surrounding food and how we respond to them.
  • Stereotypes about Asian names and how we can be more sensitive.
  • Her recent books — “Watercress” and “The Many Meanings of Meilan.” 
  • How children’s books can serve as a springboard for teachable moments.
  • How Andrea’s books include relatable experiences.
  • Andrea’s hope for her books to show common humanity among races.

 

Race Talk Roadmap

Our Race Talk Roadmap is the tool you need to begin conversations about race and racism with your children! We have a list of three tips for parents of older children and a list of three tips for parents of younger children. Visit firstnamebasis.org/racetalk to get the Race Talk Roadmap sent straight to your inbox.

 

Ally Elementary 

Parents have been asking for a practical, interactive way to implement the anti-racist strategies that I lay out in the First Name Basis Podcast. So this October we are launching “Ally Elementary: Anti-Racist Education For Families." 

During this five-week program parents will work together with their children to create a culture of anti-racism in their home, and I will be there to guide them every step of the way. We will use hands-on activities to teach our children about everything from the untold story of how race was created to how they can disrupt racism in their everyday lives. I am so excited to watch the families in our community make a meaningful transformation and improve their communities through anti-racist action.

Click here to the waitlist!

 

Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced In The Episode 

First Name Basis Podcast, Season 2, Episode 3: “Bringing Chinese Culture Into Our Homes

 

Andrea Wang’s website

Andrea Wang’s Instagram

Andrea Wang’s Twitter

Andrea’s books:

 

Uzoamaka Aduba talks about the importance of her name 

 

A Different Pond” by Bao Phi and illustrated by Thi Bui

 

AsianAm TikTok creator Kim Saira on James Corden late show, calls 'Spill Your Guts’ racist

Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN 



Sep 28, 2021
4:5 Culture Is Not A Costume: Cultural Appropriation And Halloween
40:25

Can you believe that Halloween is just around the corner?

 

I know some of you super-prepared parents out there are already getting costumes put together for your kiddos, and you may be wondering about cultural appropriation as you're looking through the shelves and online at all the costume options.

 

I get asked all the time about how to avoid cultural appropriation with Halloween costumes, and it’s actually a topic I’ve covered in the past. In Season 3, Episode 2 of the First Name Basis Podcast — “Your Top 5 Cultural Appropriation Questions Answered” — I answered two questions about how to avoid cultural appropriation at Halloween. 

 

Because this topic is sort of hidden in that episode, I decided to take pieces of that episode, add a bit more info, and make one episode — a one-stop shop for you to get all of your costume questions answered.

 

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Indigenous appropriation on Halloween and how these costumes put Indigenous women in danger.
  • How you can avoid appropriation in Halloween costumes.
  • When it is appropriate to wear cultural artifacts.



Race Talk Roadmap

 

Our Race Talk Roadmap is the tool you need to begin conversations about race and racism with your children! We have a list of three tips for parents of older children and a list of three tips for parents of younger children. Visit firstnamebasis.org/racetalk to get the Race Talk Roadmap sent straight to your inbox.

 

Ally Elementary 

Parents have been asking for a practical, interactive way to implement the anti-racist strategies that I lay out in the First Name Basis Podcast. So this October we are launching “Ally Elementary: Anti-Racist Education For Families." 

 

During this five-week program parents will work together with their children to create a culture of anti-racism in their home, and I will be there to guide them every step of the way. We will use hands-on activities to teach our children about everything from the untold story of how race was created to how they can disrupt racism in their everyday lives. I am so excited to watch the families in our community make a meaningful transformation and improve their communities through anti-racist action.

Click here to the waitlist!

 

Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced In The Episode 

 

First Name Basis Podcast: Season 3, Episode 2: “Your Top 5 Cultural Appropriation Questions Answered” 

 

These costumes objectify Native American women. Retailers won’t stop selling them” by Nadra Nittle, Vox

 

Our Society Can Never Really Eradicate Patriarchy or Sexual Violence When We Permit Violence Against Indigenous Women,” by Dani M., Wear Your Voice 

 

Yandy Responds to New Times Article, Says Costumes ‘Pay Homage’ to Native Americans” by Molly Longman, Phoenix New Times

 

Yandy Finally Got Rid Of An Offensive Costume. So Why Are Some Protesters Still Angry?” by Molly Longman, Refinery29

 

Corinne Grey Cloud’s Instagram account

 

How to dress your Pākehā child up as Maui or Moana without appropriating Pasifika culture” by Emmaline Matagi, The Spinoff

 

Please don’t tell your kids they can’t dress as Moana this Halloween” by Preeti Varathan, Quartz

 

PSA: Don’t Let Your Kid Dress Up In These Costumes” by Rachel Garlinghouse, Scary Mommy

 

Why Your White Kid Probably Shouldn’t Dress Up As Moana For Halloween” by Eden Hagos, Today’s Parent

 

Little Koto’s Closet Blog



Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN 

Sep 21, 2021
4:4 Oh No! My Child Said Something Racist
37:58

Your kiddo just said something racist. 

Trust me, as a parent myself, I can feel your pain, hear your groans of embarrassment and sense your anxiety. 

But what do you do now?

If you are here listening to this podcast and participating in this community, I know you are working toward creating an anti-racist and inclusive world for your kids. But guess what? Despite our very best efforts, sometimes kids — and, let’s be honest, even we as adults — make prejudiced comments. 

Yes, these comments need to be addressed. We can’t just sweep them under the rug and pretend they didn’t happen, or else growth and change in our communities will never happen. Although making mistakes ourselves or hearing our little ones make mistakes may feel like the end of the world, it doesn’t have to be if we use these moments as teaching opportunities.

The First Name Basis Podcast is here to help. In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why it is important to teach our children about who they are and where they come from and that differences are normal.
  • The 5 B’s of how to respond to kids when they say something racist (Be proactive, be calm, be curious, be clear, be reflective).
  • How to apply the 5 B’s using a specific example.
  • How to keep the conversations going so you can continue to learn together as a family.

 

Race Talk Roadmap

 

Our Race Talk Roadmap is the tool you need to begin conversations about race and racism with your children! We have a list of three tips for parents of older children and a list of three tips for parents of younger children. Visit firstnamebasis.org/racetalk to get the Race Talk Roadmap sent straight to your inbox.

 

Ally Elementary 

Parents have been asking for a practical, interactive way to implement the anti-racist strategies that I lay out in the First Name Basis Podcast. So this October we are launching “Ally Elementary: Anti-Racist Education For Families." 

During this five-week program parents will work together with their children to create a culture of anti-racism in their home, and I will be there to guide them every step of the way. We will use hands-on activities to teach our children about everything from the untold story of how race was created to how they can disrupt racism in their everyday lives. I am so excited to watch the families in our community make a meaningful transformation and improve their communities through anti-racist action.

Click here to the waitlist!

 

Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced In The Episode 

 

First Name Basis Podcast: Season 1, Episode 4: “Using Your Culture to Build Your Child’s Sense of Self

 

Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves,” by Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards

 

Britt Hawthorne’s website

 

Tiffany Jewell’s website

 

Start Here, Start Now” by Liz Kleinrock 

 

Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN

Sep 14, 2021
4:3 Black Lives Matter And The Family Pt. 2: Over-Policing & Mass Incarceration
44:14

Debunking the myth that Black Lives Matter is trying to destroy families is such an important topic, we’re spending our second week in a row talking about it.

 

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to last week’s episode — “Black Lives Matter And the Family Part 1: Enslavement” — I would encourage you to check out that one first. 

 

In Part 1, we talk about what Black Lives Matter has actually said about the family, how it's been misinterpreted and how enslavement has affected the history of Black families in our country. In essence, it’s an explanation of the historical context of what we’re seeing in the Black family, whereas Part 2 focuses on a system that is happening in the present day — a system that is negatively affecting the Black family as we speak.

 

That system is the over-policing of Black and brown communities and mass incarceration.

 

In this episode — “Black Lives Matter and the Family Part 2: Over-Policing and Mass Incarceration” — we look at:

 

  • Why we see an overrepresentation of Black and brown people in jail and in prison.
  • How sentencing disparities further harm Black families
  • How the law has criminalized the actions of Black people in a way that it has not done for people who hold white privilege.
  • How myths about Black fathers are just that — myths.

 

My hope is that by the end of these two episodes you can see what I see: that Black Lives Matter loves families so much, that they want lots of different people from lots of different types of families to have the same access to opportunity.

 

Race Talk Roadmap

 

Our Race Talk Roadmap is the tool you need to begin conversations about race and racism with your children! We have a list of three tips for parents of older children and a list of three tips for parents of younger children. Visit firstnamebasis.org/racetalk to get the Race Talk Roadmap sent straight to your inbox.

 

Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced In The Episode 

 

First Name Basis: Season 2, Episode 5: “A Conversation With My Dad About Black History Month

 

First Name Basis Podcast, Season 3, Episode 29: “Critical Race Theory In Schools

 

Demilitarize Our Neighborhoods,” Black Lives Matter

 

Federal Militarization of Law Enforcement Must End,” Charlotte Lawrence and Cyrus J. O’Brien, ACLU

 

Maybe America Is Racist,” Michael Harriot, The Root

 

Militarization and police violence: The case of the 1033 program,” Research & Politics

 

The Black Family In The Age of Mass Incarceration” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic

 

Debunking the most pervasive myth about black fatherhood” by German Lopez, Vox

 

What Is the 'Success Sequence' and Why Do So Many Conservatives Like It?” by Brian Alexander, The Atlantic

 

James Baldwin and Paul Weiss Debate Discrimination In America,” The Dick Cavett Show

 

The Nuclear Family Was A Mistake” by David Brooks, The Atlantic 


Ask Politifact: Does Black Lives Matter Aim To Destroy The Nuclear Family?” by Tom Kertscher and Amy Sherman

 

Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN 

Sep 07, 2021
4:2 Black Lives Matter And The Family Pt. 1: Enslavement
24:24

The summer of 2020 was difficult and emotionally taxing for So. Many. Reasons. But one of the hardest things for me was hearing white parents say that they could not support Black Lives Matter because they believed that Black Lives Matter wanted to destroy families, which simply is not true.

Where does this myth come from? Why would anyone think Black Lives Matter doesn’t support families?

It pretty much all stems from one quote on the organization’s website that was misinterpreted and misunderstood.

I’ve heard from a lot of you saying that you need help understanding this topic. There is so much to dissect that I decided to break it down into two episodes: “Black Lives Matter and the Family Pt. 1: Enslavement” and “Black Lives Matter and the Family Pt. 2: Over-Policing and Mass Incarceration.”

 

In Part 1, you will learn:

  • What Black Lives Matter actually said and how it’s been misinterpreted.
  • More about the history of Black families in our country.
  • How enslavement affected Black families.

 

Season 4 Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN 

 

Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced In The Episode 

First Name Basis Podcast, Season 3, Episode 9: “Racism 101

How Slavery Affected African American Families” by Heather Andrea Williams from UNC Chapel Hill 

The Enslaved Family,” National Humanities Center 

The Nuclear Family Was A Mistake” by David Brooks in The Atlantic

 

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Aug 31, 2021
4:1 (Not So Micro) Aggressions
40:08

Microaggression may have “micro” in its name, but that doesn’t mean these assaults are small. Two women I admire so much for their anti-racism work explain it like this:

“There’s nothing micro about micro aggressions” — Britt Hawthorne, anti-racist educator 

“Microaggression, macro effect.” — Alex Scott, creator of Ditto Kids Magazine 

According to a paper by researchers at the Teachers College at Columbia University and published in American Psychologist, “Racial microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color. Perpetrators of microaggressions are often unaware that they engage in such communications when they interact with racial/ethnic minorities.”

 

See? “There’s nothing micro about microaggressions” because “microaggression, macro effect.” 

 

In this episode of the First Name Basis podcast you will learn:

  • The three different types of microaggressions — microassault, microinsult, microinvalidation.
  • Specific examples of what these racial assaults look like.
  • What affect microaggressions have.
  • What you can do — whether you are a white person or a BIPOC — to respond to microaggressions. 

 

Season 4 Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN 

 

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Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced In The Episode 

First Name Basis Podcast, Season 3, Episode 22: “The Danger of Gaslighting

 

First Name Basis Podcast, Season 2, Episode 16: “How to Avoid Cultural Appropriation

 

First Name Basis Podcast, Season 3, Episode 29: “Critical Race Theory In Schools

 

First Name Basis Podcast, Season 2, Episode 22: “Cancel Culture Part 1: Calling Out, Calling In, and Tone Policing

 

First Name Basis Podcast, Season 3, Episode 9: “Racism 101

 

Racial Microaggressions In Everyday Life,” by researchers at the Teachers College at Columbia University, published in American Psychologist

 

Conflicted: How Black Women Negotiate Their Responses to Racial Microaggressions At A Historically White Institution,” by Dr. Angel Jones

 

Daily Positive Affirmations For When Black Lives Forget That They Matter

 

“How Slavery Made Its Way West," by Tiya Miles, 1619 Project Magazine

 

Embracing Equity




Aug 24, 2021
3:29 Critical Race Theory In School
59:20

It’s basically impossible to open your news app without seeing a headline about Critical Race Theory, but what is it? Could you explain it to a friend if they asked you for guidance? Could you give examples of how the laws in our country affect different groups of people based on the color of their skin? This episode will give you the tools and confidence you need to have these crucial conversations with the people you love. 

In this episode you will learn:

  • the basics of Critical Race Theory
  • how “neutral” laws have a racial impact 
  • how to respond when someone is against CRT 
  • common myths about CRT 
  • how you can support teachers &  get involved in your local school district 

 

I’ve heard from hundreds of you that the people in your life are skeptical about what it might look like to teach children to use their critical thinking skills to examine race. Let’s work together to move closer to our values of inclusion, equity, and justice. 

 

Season 3 Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN 



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Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced In The Episode 

 

Season 3, Episode 9: Racism 101

 

Critical Race Theory: An Introduction by Richard Delgado

 

Sylvia Duckworth worked with Dr. Angel Jones & Dr. Kate Slater to put together resources that explain CRT

 

Undistracted Brittany Packnett Cunningham’s Podcast, Kimberlé Crenshaw On The Truth About Critical Race Theory

 

Season 2 Episode 12: How To Talk To Your Children About Racism 

 

Federal Probe of American Indian Boarding Schools Reflects Dark Chapter in US History 

 

Season 3 Episode 19: How You Can Help Stop Voter Suppression

 

Maybe America Is Racist by Michael Harriot 

 

The Stanford Open Policing Project 

 

Rates of Drug Use & Sales By Race 

 

This Book is Anti-racist by Tiffany Jewell

 

Langston Hughes “Let America Be America Again”

 

We Need To Teach The Truth About Systemic Racism, Say Educators 

 

Turning Equity Lens On Schools Exposes White Unhappiness by Maureen Downey 

 

Right-wing Legislators Are Trying to Stop Us From Teaching For Racial Justice. We Refuse. By Rethinking Schools

 

Zinn Education Project #teachtruth Campaign

 

Zinn Education Project: Teachers Defy GOP Bills To Ban History Lessons

Jul 20, 2021
3:28 A Real-life Anti-bias Teachable Moment
13:55

In this episode I walk you through the anti-bias approach that I took when my daughter came up against something in one of her library books that didn’t align with our family values. Listen in for a concrete example of what it looks like to talk to your children about bias. 

 

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Jul 06, 2021
3:27 Anti-racist Education At Home And In The Classroom
43:34

We want our children to embrace anti-racist education both at school and at home, but what does that actually look like? In this episode I interview Alexandria Scott, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Ditto Kids Magazine, an anti-racist magazine for kiddos. Alex and I chat about everyday anti-racism and how us parents can incorporate anti-racism into our interactions with our children. We also spend some time unpacking the partnership between parents and teachers. We give concrete action steps for approaching your child’s teacher about creating a school environment that strives to be anti-racist and inclusive. We are both anti-racist educators and mamas who want you to have the tools you need to make change in your community. 

 

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Ditto Kids Mini-units for the classroom

 

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Season 3 Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN 

 

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Jun 29, 2021
3:26 What is Juneteenth and How Can I Celebrate?
49:48

Juneteenth is the oldest celebration of the abolition of slavery here in the United States. Every year on June 19th families come together to celebrate the resilience of our ancestors who survived and persevered during one of the darkest times of our nation’s history. We take time to reflect on where we are as a family, a community, and a nation and how we can work together to better live out our country’s values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Listen in to hear the history of Juneteenth and how your family can take part in this powerful celebration. 

 

Make sure to take a photo and use the hashtag #fnbjuneteenth so that we can see how your family is celebrating this powerful holiday!

 

Bite-sized Black History Summer Sale 

 

Juneteenth Printable Cards & Lemonade Recipe



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Episode 3: Talking To Your Children About Slavery

 

Juneteenth History

 

Book: Free At Last! Stories and Songs of Emancipation by Doreen Rappaport* 

 

Cookbook: Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking by Toni Tipton-Martin*

 

Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery (the website where you can transcribe the newspaper ads of formerly enslaved people looking for their family members)

 

NYT Article: Hot Links & Red Drinks: The Rich Food Tradition of Juneteenth

 

1619 Podcast 

 

President Lincoln Quotes 

 

Black Codes

 

White Savior Complex

 

*Amazon Affiliate Link

 

Jun 15, 2021
3:25 Your Loving Day Stories
30:31

54 years ago today Richard and Mildred Loving won their landmark Civil Rights case against the state of Virginia. Because of the Lovings states were no longer permitted to create racist laws that would prevent couples from marrying one another because of the color of their skin. Unfortunately, this right was not extended to ALL couples until 2015 when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of LGBTQ+ couples and their right to marry. Every year on June 12th interracial couples across the US honor the sacrifice of Richard and Mildred and celebrate Loving Day. This year we asked YOU to answer one important question: What does Loving Day mean to you? In this episode you will hear interracial couples from all across the country share the importance of Loving Day and what it means to them and their families. If you’re anything like me you’ll need a few tissues for this one. Happy Loving Day!

 

Free Loving Coloring Page 

 

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Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams,” “Dive Down” by VYEN, and “Blue Dream” by Cheel 

Jun 12, 2021
3:24 The Loving Story
17:25

Richard and Mildred Loving never expected to be Civil Rights icons, they simply wanted to love one another and grow their beautiful family. Listen in to hear how the Lovings took their interracial love story to the Supreme Court and abolished racist marriage laws across the country. Be sure to download the free Loving coloring page that goes along with the episode at firstnamebasis.org/loving

Free Loving Coloring Page 

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Jun 09, 2021
3:23 One Year After The Murder of George Floyd
22:52

Today, Tuesday, May 25th marks one year since George Floyd was brutally murdered by the police in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Here are 3 things you can do to show solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement and remember George Floyd and others who have been murdered by the police. 

  1. Listen to Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd: Unpacking Racism (Season 2, Episode 17)
  2. Take some time today to have a moment of silence for George Floyd, his family, and the many others who have been murdered and brutalized by the police. 
    • How has your life changed since George Floyd was murdered?
    • What have you learned about antiracism in the last year and how have you turned that learning into action? Or if you haven’t taken action yet, what are some ways that you plan to take anti-racist action? 
    • What conversations have you had with others about racism? How do you feel about those conversations, is there anything you would do differently next time? 
    • How are you redistributing your time and your resources to help fight for Black liberation? 
  3. Reflect on your anti-racist journey by answering the following questions

 

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What Is Privilege and What Do I Do With It (Season 2, Episode 14)

 

 

Loving Day Episode

We need your help with our Loving Day episode! June 12th is Loving Day, the celebration of when the Supreme Court made it legal for straight, interracial couples to get married in all 50 states. Unfortunately, interracial LGBTQ+ couples were excluded and could not marry one another until 2015. We want to celebrate Loving Day with all of you! If you’d like to be included in our Loving Day episode email a voice memo to hello@firstnamebasis.org

In your voice memo include the following:

  • Your name & the name of your partner 
  • Where y’all are from 
  • Answer this question: What does Loving Day mean to you?

I can’t wait to celebrate your magical love! Please send your voice memo by Saturday June 5th 2021.

“Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN

May 25, 2021
3:22 The Danger of Gaslighting
40:59

I think we can all agree that gaslighting is the wooooorst. When you share a vulnerable or tough experience with someone and they respond in a way that makes you feel like you’re being dramatic and overreacting it really hurts. In this episode I cover the many ways that people gaslight one another, where the term comes from, why people engage in gaslighting, how to respond when someone is gaslighting you, and of course what to do if you realize that you’ve gaslighted someone else. I also share a few examples of times that I have been racially gaslighted, oof. If you need a little validation you’ll find it here. Don’t worry you’re not losing your mind, you’re being gaslighted. 

 

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Solidarity for Palestine Action Items:

  1. Email your reps and tell them to end U.S. complicity in Israel’s abuses of Palestinians.
  2. Donate to provide emergency aid to Palestinians 
  3. Tell someone you love what you’ve learned about Palestine and the extreme power imbalance, created directly by U.S. aid, that has displaced and killed hundreds of Palestinians this week. The Israeli government is spreading misinformation about their aggressions, we have to act now.



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The Hidden Victims of Gaslighting (BBC Article)

 

This Book is Anti-racist by Tiffany Jewell 

 

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

 

Racial Gaslighting with Dr. Rose Ernst and Angelique M. Davis

 

Season 2 Ep 22: Cancel Culture Pt. 1: Calling In, Calling Out, & Tone Policing

 

Season 2 Ep 19: The Danger of Spiritual Bypassing 

 

“Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN 

May 18, 2021
3:21 How To Teach Media Literacy To Our Children
35:40

One of the most common questions you asked during the last election was, “how do I teach my children media literacy,” and I found the perfect person to be our guiding light. After 27 years as an Emmy award winning journalist, Tori Nelson founded KidNuz. KidNuz “delivers current events in a kid-friendly package, sparks curiosity, and gets them asking critical questions.” Tori shares her expertise about everything from choosing solid sources to talking to our children about media bias. This conversation will leave you feeling confident and hopeful that our children will be prepared to seek out the facts and reject misinformation. 

 

Listen to KidNuz!

 

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Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN 

May 10, 2021
3:20 5 Tips For Talking To Children About News
29:39

Current events are always tough, and it seems like they’ve been especially brutal and heart-breaking lately. Here are 5 tips for talking to children about the hard things going on around them and what they hear on the news. 

  1. If you can, prepare for the conversation with another adult 
  2. Start by asking open-ended questions
  3. Tell the truth, age appropriately 
  4. Center the conversation around your values
  5. Help them feel safe 

 

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Kids Health: How to talk to your child about the news

 

10 Ways To Talk to Kids About Events In The News

 

KidNuz: Daily news podcast for kids

 

CNN 10: Daily current event update for older children 

 

Talking To Kids About The Violence At The US Capitol 

 

How To Talk To Kids About Current Events And What They See On The News

 

Lifekit For Parents Podcast: What to Say When The News Is Scary

 

“Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN 

Apr 27, 2021
3:19 How You Can Help Stop Voter Suppression
57:15

Are you fed up with voter suppression? Me too. This episode not only breaks down what’s going on with voter suppression but also gives action steps for what we need to DO about it. 

Listen to hear: 

  1. What’s going on with voter suppression in Georgia (and other states) 
  2. A mini untold story of the history of voter suppression in the United States 
  3. How we are going to work together to help stop voter suppression. 

 

Join us at the For the People Action Hour Event

Monday, April 12th, 2021 from 9-10am PT

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Resources, Articles, Books, & Podcasts:

 

Ballotpedia, Party Control of Georgia State Government 

 

Georgia Governor Signed a Voter Suppression Law Under a Painting of a Slave Plantation by Will Bunch 

 

Waiting to Vote-The Brennan Center

 

Georgia Lawmaker Charged With 2 Felonies After Knocking on Governor’s Door

 

A National Campaign to Restrict Voting-The Daily 

 

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

 

Sign up for Dr. Heather Cox Richardson’s Newsletter

 

Dr. Heather Cox Richardson 3/25 Newsletter 



Dr. Heather Cox Richardson 3/28 Newsletter 

 

The One Thing I Wish You Knew About Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.- First Name Basis

 

Military Reconstruction After the Civil War

 

Watch the Mormon Women for Ethical Government Conference: Be The Change: Becoming the Principled Citizens and Peacemakers Our Nation Needs Now

 

Congress Must Pass the ‘For The People Act’

 

The For The People Act is America’s Next Great Civil Rights Bill

 

Georgia’s Proposed Voting Restrictions Will Harm Black Voters Most 

 

Annotated Guide to the For The People Act of 2021

 

67% of Americans Support the For The People Act 

 

Ballotpedia, Automatic Voter Registration

 

Locked Out 2020: Estimates of People Denied Voting Rights Due to a Felony Conviction 

 

Stop Jim Crow 2.0

 

Vote Save America 



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Apr 08, 2021
3:18 For Those of Us Who Need A Little Bit of Hope
10:42

Things have felt heavy lately and I thought we all might need a little hope. This is the audio from an IG live that I shared last week. Take some time to reflect on what it means to be an abolitionist and what that looks like in your life. Love y'all so much!

"Don't get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble." John Lewis 

Justice in America with Clint Smith & Josie Duffy Rice

Mariame Kaba and Prison Abolition 

 

Season 3 Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN 

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Apr 06, 2021
3:17 Ask Dr. Leslie Telfer (aka my mom)
47:52

You asked, she answered! Last time I had my mom, Dr. Leslie Telfer, on the podcast you had SO MANY great questions for her! After she shared about her 30 year career as a psychologist who specialized in PTSD you wanted to know more. I asked her all of your burning questions about the parenting style her and my dad used, the way that she was able to balance her profession and her family, and strategies for finding your passion and purpose when you’re a busy mom. I’m super biased, but my mom is pretty dang cool. Tune in, I think you’ll find some nuggets of advice that you really love. 

 

Season 2 Episode 26: My Working Mom, Chasing Her Dreams with Leslie Telfer PhD, Clinical Psychologist 

 

Women’s History Month Series:

Season 3 Episode 15:  A Survival Guide for Women in Male-Dominated Spaces with Nina Clarke-Telfer, Electrical Engineer

 

Season 3 Episode 16 PSA: Women’s History Isn’t Just For Women

 

Invest in Bravery Mag a magazine that highlights women from history and empowers our children to be their own kind of brave! Grab one for yourself or gift a subscription to someone you love!

 

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About Progress with Monica Packer, Do Something!



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Mar 24, 2021
3: 16 PSA: Women’s History Isn’t Just For Women
30:59

In this episode I interview Ashley Aikele and Elyse Beard, the founders of Bravery Magazine. Bravery Magazine is my favorite tool for teaching women’s history, each issue introduces real role models and aims to empower kids to “be their own kind of brave.” We dig into the origin story of Bravery Magazine, the importance of intersectionality, and the myth that feminism hurts men and boys. One of the most powerful moments of the interview is when Ashley and Elyse open up about what they’d tell their younger selves about womanhood. This episode will give you everything you need to confidently respond when someone says that women’s history is just for women. 

Invest in Bravery Mag for yourself or gift a subscription to someone you love!

 

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Season 3 Episode 15:  A Survival Guide for Women in Male-Dominated Spaces with Nina Clarke-Telfer, Electrical Engineer

 

Season 2 Episode 26: My Working Mom, Chasing Her Dreams with Leslie Telfer PhD, Clinical Psychologist 

 

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Mar 16, 2021
3:15 A Survival Guide for Women in Male-Dominated Spaces
46:08

Women are tasked with navigating male-dominated spaces each and every day. As an electrical engineer my sister, Nina Clarke-Telfer, knows how frustrating it can be to fight for the respect she deserves and be taken seriously. Not only is she a woman in an industry where women comprise only 13% of the workforce, she is a mixed Woman of Color. She has had to learn what it takes to carve out a place for herself and make her voice heard and she is sharing her best tips with us. This episode highlights four things we can do to help ourselves and our daughters navigate spaces that were not created with us in mind. 

  1. Make your voice heard
  2. Build confidence and resilience 
  3. Encourage our daughters to explore potential career paths 
  4. Create opportunities for exploration for our daughters 

Down with the patriarchy, am I right ladies!? 

 

Women In Engineering By The Numbers

 

Women of Color in the Engineering Workplace

 

Check out Bravery Magazine, a magazine that highlights women from history and empowers our children to be their own kind of brave

Enjoy 20% off of back issues and recurring subscriptions the week of 3/8/21 with code IWD2021

 

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Mar 09, 2021
3:14 The Untold Story of Fried Chicken
31:05

We’re all familiar with the stereotype that Black people love fried chicken. It has been used to degrade, dehumanize, and uphold racism. But where does this stereotype come from? And why was fried chicken singled out? In this episode we explore the answers to both of these questions and show the role that fried chicken has played in perpetuating white supremacy. 

 

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Articles, Books, & Podcast Episodes: 

Code Switch: Where did that fried chicken stereotype come from?

“Writing History With Lightning:’ The Birth of a Nation at 100

‘The Birth of a Nation’; The 1915 Film screened at the White House Depicting Blacks as Savages

Prejudgements of Those Who Eat ‘Healthy’ vs ‘Unhealthy’ Food for Breakfast 

Jubilee Cookbook by Toni Tipton-Martin 

‘The Fried Chicken Capital:’ Where Racial Progress Began Along the Rails 

Season 3: Episode 11 The One Thing I Wish You Knew About Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Season 3: Episode 24 Cancel Culture Pt. 3: Removing Statues 

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN 

Feb 17, 2021
3:13 Bringing Chinese Culture Into Our Homes
52:58

Since the start of the pandemic the Asian-American community has faced heightened discrimination, racism, and violence. In this episode I give concrete examples of what it looks like to stand up against this racism and how we can model these anti-racist actions for our children. We then transition into my conversation with children’s author Andrea Wang to learn how we can bring Chinese culture into our homes and get involved with the Chinese community in our area. Andrea shares ideas for learning about and celebrating Lunar New Year. Not only is Andrea a talented, hilarious writer, she also has two boys and an advanced degree in environmental science. It was such a joy to connect with someone I admire so much! 

 

During our conversation we cover:

 

Check out Andrea’s Books!

How to get in contact with and keep up with Andrea

The Event Kit & Teacher Guide for The Nian Monster

PBS Documentary: The Chinese Exclusion Act

 

Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus by Learning For Justice 

How To Respond To Coronavirus Racism 



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Feb 10, 2021
3:12 How To Celebrate Black History Month
24:04

Are you feeling a little overwhelmed when it comes to celebrating Black History Month? In this episode I share the key to a meaningful Black History Month celebration. If you’re not sure where to start, listen in for some concrete steps you can take to foster a love for Black History and culture in your home and classroom. This episode also includes a sneak peek of the Bite-sized Black History program

 

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Feb 01, 2021
3:11 The One Thing I Wish You Knew About Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
20:24

Unfortunately, Dr. King's dream has not yet come true. In this episode I explain the second phase of his dream that we are still working on today.

 

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Jan 18, 2021
3:10 The Untold Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
42:25

We have the opportunity to celebrate one of America’s greatest heroes this month, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. During the month of January host Jasmine Bradshaw will help you learn about and understand the untold story of Dr. King and give you the tools you need to confidently teach your children about his life and his legacy. 

In this episode she covers:

-His background and upbringing 

-His time in college/graduate school

-How he came to be the spokesperson for the Montgomery Bus Boycott and then go on to be a prominent leader in the Civil Rights movement

-His influence on the election of President John F. Kennedy 

-How he was viewed as a threat to the nation and investigated by the FBI

-His philosophy of nonviolent resistance that carried him through and inspires us all 

 

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The Radical King, edited and introduced by Cornel West*

 

Podcast: Code Switch, Episode: The Original Blexit


John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Phone Call that Changed History

 

John F. Kennedy and the Civil Rights Movement

 

Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail 

 

MLK’s Speech Attracted Intense FBI Attention

 

The Threatening Letter Written and Sent to Dr. King from the FBI 



Season 3 Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN 

 

*Amazon Affiliate Link

 

Jan 12, 2021
3:09 Racism 101
40:37

If someone asked you “what is racism” how would you respond? Would you be able to help them understand the different ways that racism rears its ugly head in our society? In this episode we are getting back to basics and breaking down the three components of racism: implicit bias, overt interpersonal racism, and systemic racism. I will teach you how to spot each of these components in your everyday life and illustrate how they work together to form the system of oppression that we are fighting so hard to dismantle. 



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This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell

 

Understanding Implicit Bias-Kirwan Institute

 

Talking About Race-National Museum of African-American History & Culture

 

Woman Accuses Teen of Stealing Her Phone

 

Man who is shopping at Old Navy is accused of stealing a jacket 

 

Black man renting an Air bnb, white couple walks in and questions him 

 

How COVID 19 Unmasks Inequality In Our Society-First Name Basis Podcast, Season 2 Episode 8

 

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

 

Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN 

Jan 07, 2021
3:08 Jesus Had Brown Skin
27:30

When we really take a moment to step back and think it’s easy to agree that Jesus had brown skin because he was from the Middle East. If that’s the case, why is Christ so often depicted as white with light skin, hair, and eyes? In this episode we uncover the roots of white Jesus and explain the impact this depiction has made on us and our communities. 

 

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Where Did ‘White Jesus’ Come From?

 

‘Color of Christ’: A Story of Race and Religion in America Terry Gross interview with Edward Blum

 

How Jesus Became White And Why It’s Time To Cancel That by Emily McFarlan Miller

 

Cancel Culture Part 3: Removing Statues (First Name Basis Podcast)

 

What’s The Difference Between Puritans and Pilgrims?

 

The Harlem Renaissance 

 

Colonel Henry Stanley Todd, The Priory, and the Nazarene

 

Psychologist Simon Howard from Marquette University

 

Dylann Roof Appeals Death Penalty in South Carolina Church Massacre 

 

Archaeologists In Turkey Believe They Are Digging Up The Original Santa Claus

 

Megyn Kelly: Jesus & Santa Are White

 

Diversity & Inclusion In LDS Art (First Name Basis Podcast Season 2 Ep 15)

 

Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN 

Dec 28, 2020
3:07 Service, Not Saviorism
51:21

Are you serving or trying to save? In this episode I unpack white saviorism and the detrimental effect that it has on communities in our backyard and across the globe. If you want to transform your good intentions into confident action consider these 5 reflection questions:

  1. Is the organization I’m partnering with led by BIPOC?
  2. Where am I on my anti-racism journey? What preconceived notions do I have about the community I am serving? 
  3. When and how am I going to learn about the history of the community I am serving? 
  4. What is my attitude towards the people I am working with? 
  5. What am I going to do if my service begins to look more like saviorism? 

 

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Sources:

What Is A White Savior Complex

Me & White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Britt Hawthorne Patreon Community 

The White Savior Industrial Complex by Teju Cole

No White Saviors 

“Kill the Indian, Save the Man” Captain Richard H. Pratt

How the US Stole Thousands of Native American Children

LDS Indian Placement Program

Things No One Tells You About Going On Short-term Mission Trips

When Helping Hurts

 

Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN

 

Dec 15, 2020
3:06 Our Thoughts on President Oaks & Elder Cook's General Conference Talks *BONUS EPISODE*
50:55

You asked and we answered! Carter and I are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and in the most recent General Conference Church leaders began to speak more directly about racism, unity, and inclusion. Many of you asked us to share our reactions to two talks in particular, so in this episode we break down our thoughts and feelings about President Oaks & Elder Cook's General Conference talks. We also answer three of your questions:

  1. How do we "point out the mess" without invalidating the good?
  2. How do we give mercy to leaders trying their best?
  3. Is the Church making progress? How should it move forward?

President Oaks: Love Your Enemies 

Elder Cook: Hearts Knit in Righteousness and Unity 

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Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN 

Nov 28, 2020
3:05 Anti-racism in the Wild
34:34

You know that feeling you get when you’re surrounded by pine trees, breathing the crisp mountain air, and feeling the stresses of everyday life slowly melt away? Well, unfortunately that feeling is not afforded to everyone. Studies have shown that BIPOC families do not spend as much time enjoying national parks and public lands as white families do. This fact can be traced back to racism, a lack of representation, and our nation’s history of segregation. In this episode Preethi Harbuck of @localpassportfamily and I unpack the study “People of Color and Their Constraints to National Parks Visitation” and discuss ways that families can make the outdoors more inclusive. 

Connect with Preethi at Local Passport Family 

People of Color and Their Constraints to National Parks Visitation

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Vandalized With ‘Black Lives Don’t Matter’ Sign

 

9 Rules for the Black Birdwatcher 

 

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Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN 

 

Nov 23, 2020
3:04 The Untold Story of Christopher Columbus
01:07:10

The story that we learned about Christopher Columbus could not be further from the truth. He was a colonizer, enslaver, and sex trafficker who committed genocide against Indigenous Peoples. Don’t believe me? Listen in and decide for yourself.

 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Common myths about Christopher Columbus
  • The 3 reasons why Columbus’ crusade was different from others who had traveled to the Americas 
  • What happened once Columbus arrived 
  • The origins of Columbus Day in the United States
  • Ideas about what we should do in response to this violent history 

**Trigger Warning** Violence against BIPOC

Free Thanksgiving Teaching Resource & Harvest Festival E-book

 

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Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen (affiliate link) 

 

Rethinking Columbus

 

How Columbus Sailed into U.S. History, Thanks to Italians

 

Who Were the Olmec?

 

Whose History Matters? Students Can Name Columbus, But Most Have Never Heard of the Taino People

 

Taino: Indigenous Carribeans 

 

Christopher Columbus and the Doctrine of Discovery

 

Resource Guide: Abolish Columbus Day: Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

 

UN Definition of Genocide

 

The History of Columbus Day

 

Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN

Nov 17, 2020
3:03 The Untold Story of Thanksgiving Replay
38:05

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that means that us parents are faced with the question of what to tell our children about this (somewhat controversial) holiday. You probably remember having a part in the annual school play reenacting the “First Thanksgiving” and you know that’s no longer (and never was) appropriate because it paints a pretty inaccurate picture of what happened all those years ago. But if that’s not what happened, what did? In this episode I share what I’ve learned about the untold story of what actually happened during that harvest festival in the autumn of 1621. 

I cover:

-The events leading up to the harvest festival, including the initial meeting between the Europeans and the Wampanoag people 

-The role of Tisquantum (Squanto)

-The festival itself and the events that followed 

-Sarah Josepha Hale-The Mother of Thanksgiving 

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow-an American poet who carefully crafted the romanticized version of the Thanksgiving story



Download the FREE Harvest: Festivals Around the World E-book

Harvest: Festivals Around the World is an interactive ebook that teachers about 4 different harvest festivals. Each page teaches about a different festival and has links to videos, songs, and art that you can enjoy with your kiddos!

 

Download the FREE resource guide to share with your child’s teacher so that they can accurately teach about Thanksgiving 

 

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Sources used and articles referenced:

Why I’m Not thankful for Thanksgiving by Michael Dorris

Rethinking Columbus

-This book contains the article: Plagues, Pilgrims, and the Truth About Thanksgiving by James w. Loewen

Beyond Heroes and Holidays

Plimoth Plantation

Podcast: Stuff You Missed in History Class

Episode: Sarah Josepha Hale & Godey's Lady's Book

Sidedoor: A Podcast from the Smithsonian 

Episode: That Brunch in the Forest

The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN

Nov 10, 2020
3:02 Real Talk: Cultural Appropriation & White Supremacy
49:45

On the surface cultural appropriation might not seem very harmful, but when you peel back the layers it is clear that cultural appropriation is a function of racism and perpetuates white supremacy. In this episode I have a real and unfiltered conversation about the intersection between cultural appropriation and white supremacy with Michelle Franzoni-Thorley from @florafamiliar

The Spanish Caste System:

The Racial Caste System in Colonial Spanish Mexico

 

Pride & Anxiety in New Spain

 

When Worlds Collide: The Caste System

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Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN 

Nov 02, 2020
3:01 Your Top 5 Cultural Appropriation Questions Answered
45:22

Cultural appropriation can be so confusing. We all want to learn about and celebrate other cultures while making sure we don’t cross any lines or embrace stereotypes and caricatures. In this episode I answer the 5 most common questions that I get from you about cultural appropriation. We cover everything from authentic cultural artifacts to costumes. This episode will bring you the clarity you need to make sure you are appreciating and not appropriating.

 

  1. When I ask cultural insiders about appropriation I always get different answers, how do I navigate that?
  2. How do I avoid appropriating when it comes to children's costumes?
  3. When is it acceptable to wear authentic cultural artifacts?
  4. How can I support the Black economy without appropriating?
  5. What do I do if I realize that I've been purchasing appropriated items?

 

First Name Basis Patreon Community 

 

First Name Basis Instagram

 

Season 2 Episode 16, How to Avoid Cultural Appropriation

 

Think Before You Appropriate 

 

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo*

 

Season 2 Episode 11, Cinco De Mayo Is NOT Mexican Independence Day

Arizona’s ban on Mexican American studies was racist, U.S. court rules

Arizona judge declares ban on ethnic studies unconstitutional

 

Nothing Like I Imagined (Except for Sometimes) by Mindy Kailing

How to dress your Pākehā child up as Maui or Moana without appropriating Pasifika culture

Please don’t tell your kids they can’t dress as Moana this Halloween

 

Opposition to my opinion on costumes:

PSA: Don’t Let Your Kids Dress Up In These Costumes

Why your white kid probably shouldn’t dress up as Moana for Halloween

 

Traditional Cultural Clothing:

Little Koto’s Closet by Emi Ito

 

Appropriation of Indigenous Culture 

Podcast with Robin Wall Kimmer

 

The Complicated History of the Moccasin 

 

4 Ways  to Honor Native Americans Without Appropriating Our Culture 

Alternatives to Freshly Picked Moccasins: 

LL Designs 

Wiwinu

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Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams and “Dive Down” by VYEN

Oct 27, 2020
2:28 How To Become An Informed Voter
28:50

I have heard from so many of you that this election season has left you feeling confused and overwhelmed. That is completely understandable, 2020 has been a year full of uncertainty and turmoil, to say the least. Even though there is so much going on around us it is critical for all of us to cast our vote and use our voices during this election season. Voting is a precious right and it is our responsibility as citizens to go to the polls with as much information as possible. In this episode I will walk you through my 4 step action plan to become an informed voter! My hope is that after listening to this episode you will feel empowered to confidently complete your ballot and fulfill your civic duty. 

Step 1: Put time on your calendar 

Step 2: Decide on your non-negotiables 

Step 3: Use your voting tools 

Step 4: Write down who you voted for

 

Download the FREE Voting Action Plan 

 

Podcast U Free Podcasting Classes

 

Podcast U Blog Post

 

Media Bias Chart: Static

 

Media Bias Chart: Interactive 

 

3 in 30 Podcast: How to Have Grace-filled Political Conversations 

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Letter From a Birmingham Jail




Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Sep 17, 2020
2:27 Holly's Birth Story Bonus Episode
33:23

Our little Holly Jane was born on August 14th and in this episode we share her birth story! It was absolutely magical (even though we are in the middle of a pandemic) and we are so excited to be a family of four. 

 

CDC-Racial and Ethnic Disparities Continue in Pregnancy Related Deaths

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood

Aug 31, 2020
2:26 My Working Mom: Chasing Her Dreams
46:45

Now more than ever women and girls are being encouraged to share their gifts, talents, and intelligence with the world in spectacular ways! So what does it look like to have a wildly successful career all while raising a family? This week on the podcast I sit down with my mom, Dr. Leslie Telfer, a clinical psychologist who spent 30 years working at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Dr. Telfer specialized in serving veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and she shares in the episode that this is no coincidence. Listen to hear how she found her way to psychology and how she balanced working in trauma with being a mother, wife, daughter, and friend. 

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

 

Aug 24, 2020
2:25 The Power of Representation with Mijha Godfrey from Jambo Book Club
31:49

Representation is critical for all children in all spaces. Children can’t be what they can’t see, so they all need to see and experience people of many different backgrounds leading happy and successful lives. This week on the podcast I have the opportunity to interview Mijha Godfrey, the founder of Jambo Books. Mijha is a former affordable housing developer, lawyer and founder of Jambo Books. Jambo, which means both “hello” and “welcome” in Swahili, is a book subscription service for children aged 0 – 13 where all the books feature lead characters who are children of color.  The stories in Jambo Books focus on the beauty of childhood, the joys of friendship and family, the thrill of new adventures, the wonderful tapestry that is the life of a Child of Color.  

 

Mijha is passionate about helping parents raise children who won’t need to be taught how to tolerate people who are different from themselves because they will expect and enjoy healthy inclusion. Jambo Book Club members will recognize the same humanity in those who may not share their experiences that they see in those who do. 

 

During the interview we discuss:

  • The origin story behind the Jambo Book Club
  • The power of representation for all children 
  • The importance of reading books about Children of Color that do not focus on race/social justice and just depict children leading everyday lives
  • The balance between teaching children about the realities of racism while also giving them opportunities to experience joy and just be kids 

 

Click here to check out the Jambo Book Club!

Jambo Books on Instagram 

Jambo Books on Twitter

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

 

Aug 10, 2020
2:24 Cancel Culture Part 3: Removing Statues
37:31

Our country is in the midst of a social revolution. People everywhere are standing up and fighting for racial equity and part of the protesting has included taking down statues of people who have had a hand in the oppression of marginalized communities. In this episode we discuss the founding of our country, the violence that accompanied that founding, and why we have to take that violence seriously. Listen to hear a perspective you may not have considered about what these statues represent and how we can change them to better reflect our community as a whole. 

 

How Slavery Affected African-American Families 

 

Genetic Consequences of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the Americas 

 

Slave Nation: How Slavery United the Colonies and Sparked the Ameican Revolution

 

How the Constitution was Indeed Pro-Slavery

 

GOP Senator Under Fire For Comment that Slavery was ‘Necessary Evil’

 

1619 Project

 

Whose Heritage? 153 Years of Confederate Iconography 

 

Princeton & Slavery: James Madison

 

The Founding Fathers and Slavery

 

Why Thomas Jefferson’s Anti-Slavery Passage was Removed from the Declaration of Independence 

 

George Washington, Slavery, ‘The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret’ 

 

Advertisement for the Capture of Ona Judge

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

 

Aug 05, 2020
2:23 What Is Cancel Culture And What Do We Do About It?
25:34

Cancel culture is difficult to define and widely viewed in a negative light. It could be defined as a modern form of protest or boycott and therefore it has an important role to play in fighting for justice. In this episode we will define cancel culture, discuss when cancellation is called for, and provide suggestions on what to do if you get canceled.

  • Defining Cancel Culture: 
    • Cancelling could mean: getting called out, getting called out publicly, losing social media followers, getting fired, getting boycotted, physical threats, having your statue torn down, etc. 

 

  • When is cancellation called for?  Where to draw the line
    • Many Americans have a negative view of cancel culture, but some say it is a way to hold people accountable.  
    • Social media has provided a platform to many people who have been denied a platform in the past.  New voices are being heard, especially from people who have been marginalized.  
    • “Everyone thinks there are lines.  The question is where are those lines and who gets to draw them.” - Osita Nwanevu

 

  • What if I get canceled? 
    • Examine your words/behaviors that are being called out and ask yourself two simple questions: First, were you right or were you wrong? And second, if you were right, is this worth sacrificing for?   

Sources

“What It Means to Get ‘Canceled’.”

Lizza, Ryan. “Americans tune in to ‘cancel culture’ -- and don’t like what they see.” Politico, July 22, 2020.

Rowling, J.K., Margaret Atwood, Noam Chomsky, David Brooks, Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie, Gloria Steinem, Fareed Zakaria, et al. “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate.” Harper’s Magazine. July 7, 2020.

Butler, Danielle. “The Misplaced Hysteria About a ‘Cancel Culture’ that Doesn’t Actually Exist. The Root. Oct. 23, 2018.

Owens, Ernest. “Obama’s Very Boomer View of ‘Cancel Culture’”. The New York Times. Nov. 1, 2019.

Further Reading


Binkowski, Brooke, et al. “A More Specific Letter on Justice and Open Debate.” The Objective, July 7, 2020.

Chiu, Allyson. “Wall Street Journal staffers asked the editorial board for more accuracy. The board bemoaned ‘cancel culture.’” Washington Post. July 24, 2020.

Hagi, Sarah. “Cancel Culture Is Not Real -- At Least Not in the Way People Think.”  Time. Nov. 21, 2019.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Instagram

“I think the conversations around cancel culture are missing the point. Powerful people have been ‘cancelling’ for centuries, they just used terms like ‘colonising’ or ‘civilising.’ The ‘cancel culture’ of today is nowhere near as dangerous as ‘cancellation’ has been for millions around the world. What we are seeing now is individuals being forced to be accountable for their actions, called out by folks who traditionally haven’t had much structural power. The reality is that those ‘called out’ individuals may experience discomfort, but materially their lives will remain intact- they will still be able to work and earn money, sell the product,etc."

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood  

 

Jul 28, 2020
2:22 Cancel Culture Pt. 1: Calling Out, Calling In, & Tone Policing
26:31

In this first episode of our 3 part cancel culture series we lay a foundation for the conversation by getting clear about the difference between calling someone out and calling someone in. We get down to the brass tacks of when it is your responsibility to call someone in/out and how to do it. The episode concludes with helpful guidelines about what to do if you get called out for a mistake you’ve made. 

 

This Book is Anti-Racist By Tiffany Jewell 

 

Season 2 Episode 21: How You Can Support Anti-racist Educators

 

Firstnamebasis.org 

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

 

Make sure to tune in next week for the second episode of the series where we break down cancel culture and the effect that it is having on our community and the movement. 

 

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Jul 20, 2020
2:21 How You Can Support Anti-racist Educators
17:37

Anti-racism work is critical to creating the community that we all want, and those of us who have been called to lead this movement are carrying a heavy load. In this episode I share a few ways that you can come alongside anti-racist educators and share that load. 

 

First Name Basis Patreon Community

 

Invisible Labor: Valuing the Unseen Contributions of Women

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

 

Jul 15, 2020
2:20 The Untold Story of the Star Spangled Banner
32:29

You think you know the story of Francis Scott Key watching the “rockets red glare” and “bombs bursting in air” as a prisoner on a British warship, but there is a lot to this story that you probably did not learn in history class. In this episode we unpack the man behind the Star Spangled Banner, how it became our National Anthem, and whether it truly represents American values. 

 

Annotated National Anthem

 

The Short History of the War of 1812 in Maryland 

 

Article: Star Spangled Bigotry: The Hidden Racist History of the National Anthem by Jason Johnson 

 

What So Proudly We Hail, Documentary from Morgan State University 

 

Francis Scott Key Opposed “Land of the Free”

 

Where’s the Debate of Francis Scott Key’s Slaveholding Legacy by Christopher Wilson

 

Star Spangled Banner Born From a Drinking Song 200 Years Ago

 

The Fight for the Anthem

 

Oscar Stanton De Priest 

 

Mississippi Lawmakers Pass Resolution Paving Way to Remove Confederate Symbol from State Flag by Brittany Shammas



Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Jun 29, 2020
2:19 The Danger of Spiritual Bypassing
21:01

There have been many different types of reactions to the calls for racial justice that are going on in our country right now. If your social media looks anything like mine you’ve probably noticed a lot of spiritual bypassing. Spiritual bypassing is a term coined by psychologist John Welwood in 1984, he describes it as, “a widespread tendency to use spiritual ideas and practices to sidestep or avoid facing unresolved emotional issues, psychological wounds, and unfinished developmental tasks.” 

It is calls for “prayer,” “unity,” and “love” without a commitment to action. It is the message that “we are all different and God loves everyone” and statements like “I’m not listening to the voices of the world anymore, I’m only listening to God.”

Spiritual bypassing may look harmless on the surface, but it is actually a form of violence because it shuts down conversation and allows people to distance themselves from the responsibility they have to be part of the solution, which in turn perpetuates racism. In this episode we discuss how to spot spiritual bypassing, what makes it so dangerous, and what you should do when you see it.  



Human Nature, Buddha Nature: On Spiritual Bypassing, Relationship, and the Dharma by John Wellwood 

 

Spiritual Bypassing, White Privilege, and Black Lives Matter

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Jun 22, 2020
2:18 What is Juneteenth?
41:28

Juneteenth is the oldest celebration of the abolition of slavery here in the United States. Every year on June 19th families come together to celebrate the resilience of our ancestors who survived and persevered during one of the darkest times of our nation’s history. We take time to reflect on where we are as a family, a community, and a nation and how we can work together to better live out our country’s values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Listen in to hear the history of Juneteenth and how your family can take part in this powerful celebration. 

 

Make sure to take a photo and use the hashtag #fnbjuneteenth so that we can see how your family is celebrating this powerful holiday!

 

Join the First Name Basis Patreon Community 

 

Episode 3: Talking To Your Children About Slavery

 

Juneteenth Printable Cards & Lemonade Recipe

 

Juneteenth History

 

Book: Free At Last! Stories and Songs of Emancipation by Doreen Rappaport* 

 

Cookbook: Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking by Toni Tipton-Martin*

 

Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery (the website where you can transcribe the newspaper ads of formerly enslaved people looking for their family members)

 

NYT Article: Hot Links & Red Drinks: The Rich Food Tradition of Juneteenth

 

1619 Podcast 

 

President Lincoln Quotes 

 

Black Codes

 

White Savior Complex

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

 

*Amazon Affiliate Link

Jun 08, 2020
2:17 Ahmaud Arbrey and George Floyd: Unpacking Racism
44:20

Right now our country is reeling from the murders of our Black brothers and sisters. You may be confused by all of the uprising and rebellion, but you need to understand that they, in the words of Dr. King, “...are not the creators of tension” they are “merely bringing to the surface the tension that is already alive.”  Black people have been unfairly killed and systemically disenfranchised since we were kidnapped and brought to this country against our will. 

 

If you are looking for answers and want to be part of the change you need to build your foundational knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of what racism looks like as a whole. Many people are very confused and believe that racism is simply intentional acts of meanness done to another person based on race, but in reality racism is much more complicated. Racism is made up of three components: implicit bias, overt interpersonal racism, and institutional/systemic racism. These three components work together to create “a system of advantage based on race” (Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, p. 87).

 

In this episode we unpack each of the three components of racism and analyze how all three of them worked together to contribute to the two tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and many other members of the Black community here in the United States. 

 

What can you do about all of this?

Vote for candidates who have committed to creating anti-racist policies.

 

Donate to organizations who have boots on the ground and are working for change. 

Our family chose to donate to Color of Change, a racial justice organization that works to “create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.” 

 

Make a call:

We learned last night that the responsibility for prosecuting the murderers of George Floyd has been transferred from DA Mike Freeman to Minnesota AG Keith Ellison.  Three of the four murderers have not yet been arrested and he needs to know that we as citizens expect more.   

 

You can let him know by calling (651) 296-3353 or (800) 627-3529 (Minnesota Relay) or if you're old fashioned send him a letter:

 

Office of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison

445 Minnesota Street, Suite 1400

St. Paul, MN 55101

 

Be respectful but firm.  You will probably get a busy signal the first 5 or 6 times you call.  Keep calling.  Even just keeping his line busy sends him a message.  Leave a voicemail if you must.  Then call again.  Call several times a day until he does the right thing.  When the system fails to produce justice let's hold the system accountable.  



If you are listening to this episode at a later date it is important to note that these issues always need our voices and attention. There are so many things you can do to be part of the solution. One of them is to join Color of Change and support their movement to hold local prosecutors accountable.  

 

Links:

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo 

 

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum

 

Understanding Implicit Bias 

 

Chipping Away at Implicit Bias

 

Talking About Race, Being Anti-racist 

 

How the Coronavirus Pandemic Unmasks Inequality in Our Society

 

University Of Minnesota Cuts Ties With Minneapolis Police After George Floyd Death

 

Minneapolis school board, teacher union call on district to cut ties with police

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Jun 01, 2020
2:16 How to Avoid Cultural Appropriation
47:23

Celebrating the people around us and their unique cultures can be exciting and incredibly enriching! But where is that fine line between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation? When we take elements of someone else's culture without permission or compensation we can unintentionally cause a great deal of harm. In this episode we discuss four steps you can take to ensure that you are appreciating culture instead of appropriating it. 

  1. Consider the power dynamics at play 
  2. Remember that your impact is greater than your intent 
  3. Be sure that any money you spend is going directly into the pockets of people who are from the culture you are celebrating 
  4. Ask yourself: Do I understand the significance of this cultural artifact/food/art?



Henry Ford English School 

 

Article about Native American Boarding Schools: Death By Civilization 

 

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

 

Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad

 

Pencil Test: Black Hair-Bridging a ‘Code of Conduct’

 

Texas Teen Banned by High School From Attending Graduation After Refusing to Cut Dreadlocks 

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood

May 26, 2020
2:15 Diversity and Inclusion in LDS Art
37:19

Recently the church that I belong to, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, published an announcement that they are going to regulate the artwork that is displayed in our meeting houses. This was an exciting announcement because all of the paintings that they chose depict our Savior, but it was also really disappointing because the artwork is not inclusive of the people in our church. In every painting Jesus is portrayed as a white man and there are very few People of Color. 

 

Here is the article with the announcement, it includes the approved artwork. 

 

In this episode Michelle Franzoni Thorley from @florafamiliar and I discuss the importance of making the art in our meeting houses more diverse and inclusive. Michelle shares amazing insight about the power of displaying art that represents the congregation that we hope to have, rather than just showing reflections of those in the congregation who align with the dominant culture. 

 

We also give ideas about action that can be taken by church members who would like to see more inclusion in LDS art. 

 

Michelle’s Instagram Platform: @florafamiliar

 

Michelle’s Article: Diversity in LDS Art

 

Conversations and Questions About Art at Church by Esther Candari

 

Latter Day Saint Women of Color Art Scholarship

 

Vision of the Arts Mother Artist Grant

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

May 20, 2020
2:14 What Is Privilege And What Do I Do With It?
49:05

White privilege is one of the strongest pillars that upholds racism. In her article “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” Peggy McIntosh describes white privilege as: “An invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was “meant” to remain oblivious. White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools, and blank checks.”

If you are white there are privileges that you enjoy each and every day because of the color or your skin. These privileges do not mean that your life hasn’t been challenging or that you are not a hard worker, what it means is that the challenges you’ve faced have not been caused by the color of your skin.

 

Confronting privilege is an uncomfortable process, but when you choose to face that discomfort head on you will find liberation, not only for you but for the People of Color who have been disenfranchised by the system that has granted you privilege. 

 

In this episode I get down to the brass tacks of white privilege and answer all of your burning questions:

  • What is white privilege? 
  • What are some examples of what white privilege looks like in everyday life?
  • How can you use it to make change?
  • What do you do if someone you know or love denies that they have privilege? 

I encourage you to take a deep breath, listen with an open mind, and lean into the discomfort.



Psychology Today: You are Not a Bad Person: Facing Privilege Can Be Liberating by Dr. Miki Kashtan

 

Peggy McIntosh: White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack



Tiffany Jewell Author of “This Book is Antiracist” Instagram Account

 

This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell

 

Britt Hawthorne Anti-bias/Anti-racist Educator Instagram Account

 

Bettina Love “Hand on the Pole” Video

 

Harvard Business Review: Use Your Everyday Privilege to Help Others by Dolly Chugh

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

May 18, 2020
2:13 Teaching Our Children About Immigration
53:03

Immigration is one of those things that we really struggle to agree on as a country. No matter your feelings or political leanings everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and that is what we need to teach our children.

During this episode we talk to Abraham and Madison Carrasco, a multiethnic family who has gone through the immigration process. Abraham shares the intimate details of migrating from Mexico to the United States on foot. Both him and his wife Madison open up about the hardships that they faced over many years while Abraham tried to get documentation and become an American citizen.

In addition, they share three strategies for talking to our children about immigration: read books about immigration, talk openly about culture, and humanize the issue. 

 

Madison runs an instagram account called parenting.sinfronteras that promotes bilingualism, multicultural education, and anti-racism. 

 

No Mas Muertes (No More Deaths): An organization that is working to “stop the deaths of migrants in the desert” 

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

May 11, 2020
2:12 How to Talk to Your Children About Racism
40:41

In this episode you will learn the first three things you can do to talk to your children about racism. 

  1. Teach them that race is a social construct that was created to justify slavery 
  2. Teach them about implicit bias (Implicit Association Test)
  3. Teach them how to respond with humility when someone tells them that they have done/said something racist

 

This episode was originally aired on 3 in 30 Podcast for Moms, I’m so grateful to Rachel Nielson for letting me share it with our First Name Basis family. 

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

May 08, 2020
2:11 Cinco de Mayo is Not Mexican Independence Day
20:23

It seems like we need to shout it from the rooftops because most Americans are pretty convinced that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day, and that is just not true. In this episode we dive into the true history of Cinco de Mayo, what it looks like to celebrate respectfully, and things you should avoid during the celebration. 

 

Cinco de Mayo is the commemoration of Mexico’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. It was an amazing feat for the 2,000 Mexican soldiers to stave off the large army of 6,000 French soldiers. 

 

NPR: The Real History of Cinco de Mayo

History: Cinco de Mayo

 

Cinco de Mayo is actually celebrated more in the United States than it is in Mexico! If you want to celebrate that’s alright, just be sure to do so respectfully! Growing up Bilingual has some amazing ideas about what a respectful celebration would look like including: authentic food, crafts, and music. 

 

Growing Up Bilingual: Teaching Kids the Real Meaning of Cinco de Mayo in a Fun Way 

Growing Up Bilingual: The Best Cinco de Mayo crafts to teach kids about Mexican Culture and Traditions

 

If you’re planning a celebration please avoid appropriating Mexican culture and perpetuating stereotypes by doing things like wearing a sombrero or fake mustache, using a fake accent, or making up fake Spanish words like ‘cinco de drinko’ or ‘el bruncho.’ It is not at all funny and it’s extremely derogatory. 

 

There is a special treat at the end of the episode! My friend Catrina Gandara from the Create Joy podcast stopped by to tell us what the real Mexican Independence Day Celebration looks like on September 16th! 

firstnamebasis.org

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

May 01, 2020
2:10 Let's Talk Language: Black or African-American?
20:00

This episode answers the number one question I’ve been asked since starting First Name Basis: How do I know whether to say ‘Black’ or ‘African-American’? I went straight to the source and asked a number of my friends and family how they prefer to identify and why. Listen to hear from:

Mielle Harmon, Harmony Pls Podcast 

Ken Clarke

Ramiah Jackson, Hillsong Church  

Antony Deshay 

Nina Clarke-Telfer 

Laura Schnell 

 

A Complete History of the Census Race Boxes

 

The Changing Categories the U.S. Census has used to Measure Race

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Apr 23, 2020
2:09 How to be a Liberator
28:20

We had an amazing conversation on Instagram and I really didn’t want you to miss it! I shared a post about resisting the temptation to be seen as a savior and becoming a liberator instead. Then, one of the members of our First Name Basis fam asked what it looks like to be a liberator and we launched into an awesome conversation about 5 things that we can all do to be liberators. 

 

 

1. Learn 

 

  • About the issues facing marginalized communities 
  • About the privileges you hold
  • One of the best places to start is books: firstnamebasis.org/books 

 

 

2. Listen (no matter what it sounds like)

 

  • Diversify your social networks and your social media 

 

 

3. Walk with us and amplify our voices 

 

  • People with power, privilege and resources are used to their voices being the loudest in the room, to be a liberator you have to be willing to take a back seat and amplify the voices of those in marginalized communities 
  • Speak up when someone makes derogatory comments or jokes, help them understand why what they have done/said is inappropriate (especially on social media)

 

 

4. Redistribute your resources 

 

  • Support businesses owned by People of Color 
  • Support nonprofit organizations that are run by People of Color and are doing the work to support under-resourced communities 

 

 

5. Be civically engaged 

 

  • Keep up with current events
  • Vote for leaders who listen to and support marginalized communities 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Apr 21, 2020
2:08 How The Coronavirus Pandemic Unmasks Inequality In Our Society
34:56

I’m sure you’ve seen the headlines, the Black community has been hit the hardest by the coronavirus.

  • Infection rates in Black counties are 3 times that of infection rates in majority White counties.
  • The CDC reports 33% of deaths coming from the Black community, even where they only make up 14% of the population.

This has so many of us asking: Why? Government leaders and physicians have all taken a stab at explaining the reason, but none of them are painting a complete picture. In this episode I break down 5 of the main reasons (health care, housing, food security, jobs, and wealth) our Black brothers and sisters are suffering at rates higher than anyone else in the country so that you can understand what’s really going on here. 

 

Below are all of the articles, lectures, and podcasts I referenced in the episode:

 

Stop Blaming Black People for Dying of Coronavirus by Ibram X. Kendi

 

Bill Cassidy on His States Racial Disparities in Coronavirus Deaths 

 

Dr. Tom Shapiro Professor at Brandeis University-Our History Lives in Our Homes

 

An Infographic Explaining Food Deserts in America 

 

Black and Hispanic Workers Less Able to Work From Home

 

Dr. William Darity Jr. Professor at Duke-Wealth and Structural Racism

 

Codeswitch Podcast: Why the Coronavirus is Hitting Black Communities the Hardest

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood

Apr 16, 2020
2:07 The Untold Story of Rosa Parks
36:54

What did you learn about Rosa Parks growing up? You may have learned, like I did, that she was a tired seamstress on her way home from work and when a bus driver asked her to give up her seat to a white person it was the last straw so she decided not to stand. Well she was a seamstress, but the true story is so much more exciting than that. Rosa Parks was a high ranking member of the NAACP and her actions were not only planned but part of a larger, multi-organizational strategy. In this episode we talk about all of the events leading up to Ms. Parks’ fateful decision, and one of the unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Claudette Colvin. 



Montgomery Bus Boycott-Stanford 

 

Claudette Colvin: The 15 Year Old Who Came Before Rosa Parks

 

Before Rosa Parks There Was Claudette Colvin (NPR)

 

An Interview with Attorney Fred Gray 

 

Bus Boycott Took Planning, Smarts

 

Browder v Gayle

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Feb 28, 2020
2:06 The Untold Story of Dr. Seuss
29:18

Dr. Seuss books are some of the most popular books across the globe, but should it stay that way? In this episode we explore the fact that Dr. Seuss wrote more than just children’s books, he was the author of countless racist comics, ads, and political cartoons. So, as parents who value inclusion, what do we do? The Untold Story of Dr. Seuss details his writings outside of children’s books, the representation of People of Color in children’s books, and what we can do in our homes and classrooms to ensure that we are living up to our values. 

 

Study: The Cat is Out of the Bag: Orientalism, Anti-Blackness, and White Supremacy in Dr. Seuss’s Children’s Books

 

The Racist Side of Dr. Seuss You Didn’t Know About

 

Cat in the Hat Blackface Comparison Photo

 

Look at The Conscious Kid Story Highlight “Dr. Seuss” for examples of his cartoons, ads, and propaganda  

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Feb 20, 2020
2:05 A Conversation With My Dad About Black History Month
54:58

In this episode my dad and I dig deep about the importance of Black History Month. This is one of my favorite conversations I’ve ever had on the podcast because it is just that, a conversation. When I was growing up late night conversations with my dad were some of my most cherished moments. He has a way of building you up and inspiring you, while at the same time keeping it completely real, holding you accountable, and pushing you to do better.We talk about how our country was built on the backs of People of Color, how strong and resilient our communities of Color are even though we continue to face what seem like insurmountable odds, and how you can expose your children to that history, strength, reliance, and love. I am so excited for the First Name Basis fam to have the opportunity to get to know my dad, he is such a huge part of the reason I sit behind the microphone each and every week. 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Feb 13, 2020
2:04 3 Steps To A More Inclusive Bookshelf
24:17

The books that we have in our bookshelves speak volumes about who and what we value. In this episode I share the 3 steps to making your child’s bookshelf more inclusive and diverse. 

 

Step 1: Take inventory of your bookshelf 

Do you have books that are both mirrors and windows? Check out what Rudine Sims Bishop, the mother of multicultural literature, has to say about windows and mirrors. Listen to this ted talk by Grace Lin about the lack of mirror books in her life growing up.

 

2018 Diversity in Children’s Books Stats

2019 Diversity in Publishing Stats 

 

Do you have any books that perpetuate stereotypes? Toss them! Be sure that you are reading books by authors who are culture bearers. 

 

Step 2: Try, try, try new books 

You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a book that is just right for your family. You can find all of my recommendations for inclusive books at firstnamebasis.org/books 

I also love to follow accounts on social media who share inclusive titles, here are 3 of my favorites: 

Hereweeread

Parenting.Sinfronteras

Inclusivestorytime

 

Step 3: Purchase the books you love for yourself and share them with others

Buy them for your own bookshelf and consider sending them to school with your child to help create inclusive bookshelves within the classroom as well. 

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Feb 06, 2020
2:03 Bringing Chinese Culture Into Our Homes with Children's Author Andrea Wang
38:04

Lunar New Year is right around the corner, what are you doing to teach your children about the traditions and history of this holiday? Listen in to my conversation with children’s author Andrea Wang to learn how we can bring Chinese culture into our homes and get involved with the Chinese community in our area. Not only is Andrea a talented, hilarious writer, she also has two boys and an advanced degree in environmental science. It was such a joy to connect with someone I admire so much! 

 

In this episode we cover:

 

Check out Andrea’s Books!

How to get in contact with and keep up with Andrea

The Event Kit & Teacher Guide for The Nian Monster

 

Attend a Lunar New Year Event

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

 

Jan 23, 2020
2:02 3 Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King Day That Honor His Legacy
25:03

If creating a society that is just and inclusive is our goal, we need to do more than post a quote and a photo on social media on Martin Luther King Day. In this episode we give you three concrete things you can do on Martin Luther King Day with your family that will truly honor his legacy. 

1-Give your children context about who we are celebrating and why 

Videos: 

The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kid President

 

Books:

My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris*

 

My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Martin Luther King III*

 

As Good As Anybody by Richard Michelson*

 

March: Graphic Novel Series by John Lewis*

 

First Name Basis Episodes to Help Guide Your Conversations:

Talking to Young Kids About Race

 

Talking to Older Children About Race

 

Talking to Your Children About Slavery 

 

2-Attend An Event

AZ-East Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Festival

 

AZ-Phoenix Martin Luther King March & Festival 

 

UT-Service Opportunity Through the University of Utah (Register Here)

 

UT-Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum MLK Event

 

ID-Martin Luther King Living Legacy Celebration

 

3-Support Black-Owned Businesses

Buy From BIPOC

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

 

*Amazon Affiliate Link

Jan 16, 2020
2:01 The Untold Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
41:20

We have the opportunity to celebrate one of America’s greatest heroes this month, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. During the month of January host Jasmine Bradshaw will help you learn about and understand the untold story of Dr. King and give you the tools you need to confidently teach your children about his life and his legacy. 

In this episode she covers:

  • His background and upbringing 
  • His time in college/graduate school
  • How he came to be the spokesperson for the Montgomery Bus Boycott and then go on to be a prominent leader in the Civil Rights movement
  • His influence on the election of President John F. Kennedy 
  • How he was viewed as a threat to the nation and investigated by the FBI
  • His philosophy of nonviolent resistance that carried him through and inspires us all 

The Radical King, edited and introduced by Cornel West*

 

Podcast: Code Switch, Episode: The Original Blexit


John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Phone Call that Changed History

 

John F. Kennedy and the Civil Rights Movement

 

Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail 

 

MLK’s Speech Attracted Intense FBI Attention

 

The Threatening Letter Written and Sent to Dr. King from the FBI 

 

Events:

AZ-East Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Festival

 

AZ-Phoenix Martin Luther King March & Festival 

 

UT-Service Opportunity Through the University of Utah (Register Here)

 

UT-Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum MLK Event

 

ID-Martin Luther King Living Legacy Celebration

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

 

*Amazon Affiliate Link

Jan 09, 2020
15: Native American Voices Pt 1
52:39

In this episode we interview Ryan Kamper. Ryan is from the Diné (Navajo) Nation. He is of the Folded arms people born for the Anglo-Saxon people, his maternal grandfather is of the Blackstreaked woods people and his paternal grandfather is Anglo-Saxon. Ryan grew up on the reservation and moved to the city when he was 12 years old. He received an Associates of arts from Paradise Valley community college and working towards a bachelor in Technology management. Ryan is currently a Senior Business Systems Analyst working in Higher Education at Maricopa Community Colleges. His current career goals are to finish his bachelor's degree and work toward becoming a software developer his personal goals are to continue preserving family history, culture and traditions of his tribe. In this episode we discuss:

  • Teaching your children about Thanksgiving
  • Ryan’s personal experience with stereotypes and oppression 
  • Cultural appropriation during Halloween and Thanksgiving 
  • How to get involved with the Native American community 
  • https://www.powwows.com/
  • Native American cultural values of family, respect for the environment, and the legacy we want to leave on this earth 

firstnamebasis.org

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Dec 04, 2019
16: Native American Voices Part 2
34:32

Michael Bennet is a husband, father of two, and an attorney for the Navajo Nation. 

In this episode he shares:

  • The importance of looking outside yourself to learn about the culture of others 
  • His family’s Thanksgiving traditions and how we can focus on gratitude during the holidays
  • The significance of Navajo language and culture in his own life

firstnamebasis.org 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Dec 03, 2019
14: How to Teach Your Children About Thanksgiving
26:51

So now that you know the untold story of Thanksgiving how in the world do you teach your children about it!? Don’t worry one bit friend, I have 4 concrete things you can do to make sure you are being honest and inclusive this fall!

1-Tell the real story of Thanksgiving 

I shared everything I know in last week’s episode “The Untold Story of Thanksgiving,” listen here. 

2-Share resources with your child’s teacher 

Download a free resource guide to send to the sweet soul who teaches your little one each day here

3-Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month and there are so many great ways to celebrate:

Some books I recommend:

Tradition & Culture 

Jingle Dancer by Cynthis Leitich Smith

Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child

 

A story of gratitude 

Thanks to the Animals by Allen J Sockabasin

 

Hardship faced by the Native community 

When I was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton 

When we were Alone by David Robertson 

 

4- Research harvest festivals around the world 

Download our free e-book to learn about different harvest festivals from across the globe with your children 

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Nov 21, 2019
13: The Untold Story of Thanksgiving
32:25

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that means that us parents are faced with the question of what to tell our children about this (somewhat controversial) holiday. You probably remember having a part in the annual school play reenacting the “First Thanksgiving” and you know that’s no longer (and never was) appropriate because it paints a pretty inaccurate picture of what happened all those years ago. But if that’s not what happened, what did? In this episode Jasmine shares what she’s learned about the untold story of what actually happened during that harvest festival in the autumn of 1621. She covers:

  • The events leading up to the harvest festival, including the initial meeting between the Europeans and the Wampanoag people 
  • The role of Tisquantum (Squanto)
  • The festival itself and the events that followed 
  • Sarah Josepha Hale-The Mother of Thanksgiving 
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow-an American poet who carefully crafted the romanticized version of the Thanksgiving story

Be sure to tune in to the next episode for tips about how to use the untold story of Thanksgiving to paint a more accurate picture for your children.

Sources used and articles referenced:

Why I’m Not thankful for Thanksgiving by Michael Dorris

Rethinking Columbus

-This book contains the article: Plagues, Pilgrims, and the Truth About Thanksgiving by James w. Loewen

Beyond Heroes and Holidays

Plimoth Plantation

Podcast: Stuff You Missed in History Class

Episode: Sarah Josepha Hale & Godey's Lady's Book

Sidedoor: A Podcast from the Smithsonian 

Episode: That Brunch in the Forest

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Nov 14, 2019
12: The Face of DACA
28:27

In this episode we interview Ivan Aragon, a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient. Ivan is from Chihuahua, Mexico and came to the United States with his family when he was 9 years old. He shares his experience growing up as an undocumented immigrant in Phoenix, AZ. Listen to hear:

  • Ivan’s powerful story of hope and hard work
  • The difference between Hispanic & Latinx 
  • The DACA program, it’s requirements, and its impact on his life
  • His experience in one of the top MBA programs in the country 
  • How parents can talk to their children about our neighbors who are undocumented 
  • How families can get involved in the Hispanic/Latinx community 
  • How we can be everyday activists and support people in our community who are undocumented  

firstnamebasis.org

Song credit "Away" by Geographer and "Beach Disco" by Dougie Wood

Oct 31, 2019
11: How to Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos
30:18

In this episode we interview Catrina Gandara, a fellow podcaster who was born and raised in Mexico. Catrina grew up celebrating Dia De Los Muertos and has carried on those traditions with her family, as well as created new, meaningful traditions!

Catrina teaches us: 

  • the history of Dia De Los Muertos
  • the difference between Dia De Los Muertos and Halloween 
  • using Dia De Los Muertos to teach your children about death 
  • creating opportunities for family history work during Dia De Los Muertos 
  • how to appreciate but not appropriate during Dia De Los Muertos

Catrina has developed an AMAZING guide for families who are just getting started with learning about and celebrating Dia De Los Muertos. Find it here. The guide includes recipes, books, movies, and more!

We also chatted about Sol Book Box, an awesome resource that parents can use to teach their children more about Hispanic heritage/ Latinx culture.

And don't forget to check out Catrina's outstanding podcast, Create Joy Podcast. 

Oct 25, 2019
10: Teaching Our Children About the Deaf Community
18:20

In this episode we interview Chad Kennedy, a Deaf ASL Professor at BYU and UVU. Chad teaches us the following:

  • His experience at a hearing school vs. a Deaf school
  • His preference for identity-first language
  • How to communicate respectfully with Deaf people if you are hearing
  • Stereotypes about Deaf people
  • Deaf Pride
  • How hearing families can get involved and learn about the Deaf community 

Chad recommended the book "For Hearing People Only: Answers to Some of the Most Commonly Asked Questions About the Deaf Community, Its Culture, and the 'Deaf Reality'"

 

firstnamebasis.org

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Oct 17, 2019
09: Small Wins: Teaching 3rd Graders About Melanin, Race, and Civil Rights
23:07

 

  • This episode is the first of our “Small Wins” series, in which we share stories of how we’ve used the lessons we learn through First Name Basis in real life.  (Have you had a small win lately? Did you check out an inclusive book from the library, talk about race with your young child, or speak up against an inappropriate joke?  Record a voice memo, tell us your story, and send it to hello@firstnamebasis.org for an opportunity to be featured in our next Small Wins episode!)
  • Jasmine tells the story of how she was taught the history of Ruby Bridges when she was in 3rd grade.  It’s difficult history and it wasn’t easy to process especially at such a young age.
  • Now that Jasmine is a teacher herself, she recently had an opportunity to teach her third graders about Ruby Bridges.  It was a redemptive experience to teach her story in a way that acknowledged the painful truth, but also made space for healing and hope. 
  • More info on Ruby Bridges:

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Oct 12, 2019
08: Deaf History & Culture - Why You Shouldn't Ask a Deaf Person if They Can Lipread
21:29

In this episode we get a brief overview of Deaf history and culture, including the history of American Sign Language.  Carter begins the episode discussing his background and how he came to know ASL, and he shares an embarrassing story about the time he asked a Deaf person if they could lipread.

Then we talk about the troublesome legacy of Alexander Graham Bell and his impact on Deaf education in America.  

Alexander Graham Bell's Legacy Through Deaf Eyes.

Next, we discuss the history of American Sign Language and Gallaudet University.  From there, we tell the story of the "Deaf President Now" or "DPN" movement.

Brief Summary of the DPN Protests.

Interviews with Dr. I. King Jordan, First Deaf President of Gallaudet University.

We close with some comments on the cochlear implant debate, respectful language, and ideas for how to get involved in the Deaf Community. 

Interested in learning American Sign Language or becoming an interpreter? Click Here or Here or Here (see #42).

Interested in attending Deaf Clubs or events in the Phoenix area? Click Here.

Oct 03, 2019
007: Down Syndrome Awareness and Acceptance
21:11

This episode is a treat!  We talk with Carter’s little brother, Parker, who has Down syndrome.  Parker shares some details of his life and what he wants us to know about him.  We also talk with Carter and Parker’s mom, Kay, about what it’s like to raise a child with Down syndrome.  Parker is a cool guy and he and Kay share some great insights.  

 

Sharing Down Syndrome

Parker’s Pretzels

Welcome to Holland

We’ll Paint the Octopus Red

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Sep 20, 2019
006: Speaking Respectfully About People Who Have Disabilities
18:31

This episode is the first in a series called "Let's talk language."  Here, we'll discuss how language can be used thoughtfully to communicate respect. We'll explain the importance of "people first" language vs. "identity first" language. This can be challenging, as not all individuals with disabilities or communities prefer the same thing. It's important to listen to the people you're speaking with and respect their preferences about how they should be referred to.

 

People First Language by Meriah Nichols 

 

Autism Self Advocacy Network “Identity First Language” 

 

Ask an Autistic with Amythest Shaber

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

 

Sep 12, 2019
005: Family History Dinner
24:04

In this episode you will hear about "Family History Dinner," an activity we developed to appreciate and learn about our own ancestors. This was a special opportunity to connect with our roots and strengthen our understanding of our own culture. We'll walk you through the steps to host your own family history dinner, whether your family is big or small, and whether you are an expert family history researcher or not. We'll end with instructions on how to download printable templates that will make your family history dinner easy as pie!

Sep 05, 2019
004: Using Your Culture to Build Your Child's Sense of Self
14:01

Did you know that teaching your children about their heritage can actually build their sense of self? Find out why and learn the vocabulary you need to teach your children about the culture of their ancestors in this episode!

 

Building a sense of self through culture  

 

Definitions of nationality, ethnicity, and race

 

A deep dive into ethnicity

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Aug 22, 2019
001: Talking to Young Kids About Race
17:22

Some parents have the mistaken idea that their young children are “color-blind” but research shows that this is not the case. The Life Kit for Parents podcast states, “Kids are not color-blind so we cannot be color silent.” When we choose not to teach our young children about race the world teaches them for us, and surely that is not what we want. If we leave it to society our children will harbor prejudices that can be detrimental to our community.  In this episode we will unpack three strategies that you can use to talk to your young children about race. 

 

Sources & Links

Lift Kit: Parenting Podcast 

 

Children Are Not Colorblind: How Young Children Learn Race

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

 

Aug 15, 2019
002: Talking To Older Children About Race
27:20

You know that it’s time to talk to your older child about race but you haven’t had a minute to sit down and take dive deep, and let’s be honest, you’re a little overwhelmed when it comes to knowing what to say. In this episode you will gain the tools you need to help your child uncover and dispel their implicit biases and understand the importance of practicing humility when having conversations about race. 


Sources & Links

 

Race is a social construct:

Blumenbach, Friedrich. On the natural variety of mankind

Article discussing Blumenbach vs. modern understanding, Craig Venter/HGP

Article discussing minimal variation between races, or any group of homo sapiens

 

Implicit Bias 

Definition of Implicit Bias from Ohio State University 

 

Life Kit: Parenting Podcast

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum explains that racism is like a smog

 

Implicit Association Test

Scroll to the bottom and click ‘I wish to proceed’

Click the 2nd blue button that says ‘Race IAT’

 

Strategies to Correct Implicit Bias from the Kirwan Institute 

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Aug 15, 2019
003: Talking to Your Children About Slavery
21:40

Although slavery is a dark part of our nation’s history, it is important that we don’t turn our backs on the truth.  This episode identifies some common missteps that parents take when talking to their kids about slavery. It also gives recommendations for teaching your children about this topic in a way that honors the people who endured the atrocities of slavery.

 

Sources & Links 

 

Using the most current terminology: enslaved/enslaver

 

The 1619 Project by the New York Times

 

Teaching Hard History: American Slavery Podcast

 

I reference an article about the acts of resistance by enslaved people. The article is: African-American Resistance by Bill Fletcher Jr. 

I found the article in this book.

 

 

What is Juneteenth?

 

How our family celebrated Juneteenth

 

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written By Himself 

It’s Not so Black and White By Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

 

Tongue-Tied: Slavery is a tough subject. These tips will help you teach it well. 

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Aug 15, 2019
000: From Good Intentions to Confident Action: An Introduction to First Name Basis
09:58

In this introductory episode Jasmine Bradshaw and her husband Carter tell the story behind First Name Basis. They discuss the importance of teaching your children the value of diversity and inclusion. In addition, they provide three ways that we will work together to fight prejudice in our community. 

 

Be sure to join the First Name Basis family and subscribe to the show!

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Jul 25, 2019