RUDE: The Podcast

Alexander’s Pick

”Social justice work comes with its big wins, but it’s also a helluva lot of gruelling, isolating, and exhausting work.

RUDE sprouted from the collective struggle for a more just and inclusive world.

Together, we host topical, re-energizing, forward-thinking conversations. And we want you to be part of it!

Because it’s time to push back.” — RUDE (Alexander’s Pick)

Luis Alberto Urrea — What Borders Are Really About, and What We Do With Them” (On Being)

Kelsey’s Pick

“The wonderful writer Luis Alberto Urrea says that a deep truth of our time is that “we miss each other.” We have this drive to erect barriers between ourselves and yet this makes us a little crazy. He is singularly wise about the deep meaning and the problem of borders. The Mexican-American border, as he likes to say, ran straight through his parents’ Mexican-American marriage and divorce. His works of fiction and non-fiction confuse every dehumanizing caricature of Mexicans — and of U.S. border guards. The possibility of our time, as he lives and witnesses with his writing, is to evolve the old melting pot to the 21st-century richness of “us” — with all the mess and necessary humor required.”

Just Work It

Alexander’s Pick

“A provocative, energizing and uncommon conversation about decent work by and for millennials” — Atkinson Foundation

Apology” (Still Processing)

Alexander’s Pick

“New year, new season.

Kevin Hart. Ellen. Brett Kavanaugh. We live in an age of #SorryNotSorry, prevalent in our pop culture and woven into the fabric of our nation’s founding. But how can we grow into the people we want to become when we can’t acknowledge our mistakes and the effect that they’ve had on others? We invite you to start off 2019 with an apology.” —  Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham, The New York Times

Pádraig Ó Tuama and Marilyn Nelson — Choosing Words That Deepen The Argument of Being Alive” (On Being)

Kelsey’s Pick

“Pádraig Ó Tuama and Marilyn Nelson are beloved teachers to many. To bring them together at the On Being Gathering was a delight and a balm. Marilyn is a poet and professor and contemplative, an excavator of stories that would rather stay hidden yet lead us into new life. Pádraig is a poet and theologian and social healer at Corrymeela in Northern Ireland — “a soft place for hard conversations,” of hostility met in hospitality. They venture unexpectedly into the hospitable — and intriguingly universal — form of poetry that is prayer.”