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Inflection Point

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On Inflection Point, Lauren Schiller talks with women who have risen to a challenge, stepped up to create change and are ready to tell their stories. Every episode offers experiences and ideas you can apply to your own life. The public radio broadcast airs weekly on KALW and nationwide, and the podcast comes out every other Wednesday. Subscribe to the podcast on RadioPublic, NPR One, iTunesStitcher and more

The program is proudly supported by PRX and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Despite our differences, we can find connections that bring us together.

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What happens when teachers are given the freedom to inspire a lifelong love of learning? 

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

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Can you find compassion in your heart for the haters in your life? 

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"A lot of young girls are often taught to sort of stay quiet or to put other people's needs before ourselves... And if we are to speak up or to stand up for ourselves it could be taken as being bossy or the other b word." - Emily Abad, Director of Programs at The Mosaic Project, an experiential education program addressing issues of diversity, empathy, and conflict resolution.

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Sarah McBride made history as the first transgender person to speak at a national political convention in 2016. 

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For the past decade 96-year-old Betty Reid Soskin has served as the nation’s oldest Park Ranger 

Daniela Petruzalek has made it her mission to make the white cisgender male dominated tech industry truly inclusive.

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An awkward conversation with her white mother about “good white people” inspired Ijeoma Oluo

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Nancy Niemi, Director of Faculty Teaching Initiatives at Yale questions the conventional wisdom that college is a path to gender equality. 

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

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Refugees literally sacrifice everything to keep their families safe. Christina Psarra, head of mission for Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian aid organization, bears witness to their sacrifice and resourcefulness, giving everything she has to help them. Along the way, she's discovered that refugees are not victims--they are survivors and it's her job to help them survive.

With over 300 mass shootings so far this year, you'd think we'd be having a new conversation about guns and gun control. 

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"To change the story, you have to change the storyteller."

A special episode from Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller.

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More women than ever are raising their hands to run for office. But what does it actually take to to win? 

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It begins with the usual, "I met him on the internet..." 

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With the Harvey Weinstein tsunami of sexual misconduct allegations, it has everyone asking, will this be the moment when everything changes? 

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Jennifer Brea was an avid traveler, a Harvard PhD student and a Princeton grad. She was engaged to be married to the man she loved. Then one day she couldn't get out of bed with an illness that went undiagnosed for years. 

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When Bonny Simi was 14 years old, she made a list of life goals --

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From her childhood as a self-confessed gaming nerd to her career as an engineering-inspired artist (or is it art-inspired engineer?), Suz Somersall has made a life of her own design. 

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Ashton Applewhite is on a mission as old as humanity itself -- to change our attitudes about age and ageing. Her book "This Chair Rocks. A Manifesto Against Ageism" has just been released, and her Ted Talk received a standing ovation. She's onto something.

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When she was young Jeannette Walls wanted nothing more than to escape her crazy, chaotic family. 

Whitney Bell got tired of receiving unwanted sexually explicit photos from men, and decided to do something about it. 

Nancy Niemi, director of faculty teaching initiatives at Yale, says the value of a college education is changing for women—especially as men move on to professions that don't require a degree. This week on Inflection Point, host Lauren Schiller talks to Niemi about what else women can do to achieve gender equity.

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Most of us don’t know what to say when we are grieving or how to reach out when the people we love go through something awful. 

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“The biggest trick is how do we teach women at any stage to keep knowing what they want and asking for that,” 

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