Truth Be Told

Truth Be Told

Truth Be Told hosted by Tonya Mosley is an advice podcast that explores how you can be you in a world that doesn’t always want you to be. We’re like the friend you call after a long, exhausting day – the one who will laugh, cry, bitch and moan with you. The one who gets it.Have a question for the show? Email us at truthbetold@kqed.org, call us at (415) 553-2802 or use the hashtag #DearTBT. Follow us at @truthbetoldkqed on Twitter and Instagram.Episode transcript can be found here: shorturl.at/NQV78

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November 19, 2020 40 min
The days are shorter, colder and 2020 isn’t over. Like you, we’re looking for inspiration to sustain us, so we turned to Shannon Lee and Arianna Davis who are passing on the teachings of great icons Bruce Lee and Frida Kahlo — timeless figures that we continually learn from decades after their deaths.  Episode transcript here: shorturl.at/ryzAR
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What’s the world you’re fighting for? We posed this question to some of the most dynamic young voices of our time, including musician Alex Aiono and Good Call NYC founder Jelani Anglin who joined Tonya Mosley to talk about fighting for social justice in the midst of a pandemic and an election year unlike any other. Episode transcript here: shorturl.at/erzE4
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October 22, 2020 33 min
What happens when two badass Black journalists get together to talk about the stakes of this presidential election? Real talk, that’s what happens. On this episode of Truth Be Told, Tonya Mosley checks in with veteran journalist Farai Chideya who believes the fate of this nation depends on women of color -- all it needs is for everyone else to get out of the way. Episode transcript here: shorturl.at/fjuI1
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October 8, 2020 32 min
Here’s a truth: All of us know someone with mental illness, or experience it ourselves. So why are we ashamed to talk about it? Why is there a stigma about it in many communities of color? Author Bassey Ikpi is tired of the secrets and silence. And now more than ever, she says it’s time for us to get real with each other, for the sake of our collective healing.  Episode transcript here: shorturl.at/awKMZ
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September 24, 2020 32 min
How do you educate loved ones about your disability without making them feel like you’re shoving information down their throats? That is this week's question, answered by Alice Wong, founder of the Disability Visibility Project. Alice underscores the connection between disability justice and the Black Lives Matter movement. Episode transcript here: shorturl.at/abxEP
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September 8, 2020 34 min
Chadwick Boseman’s death has raised awareness of colon cancer, but for the men behind TRAPMedicine, Jahmil Lacey and Dr. Italo Brown, it illustrates the healthcare disparities Black people face. Transcript link here: shorturl.at/QSUW3
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At Truth Be Told, we’re all about honoring the wisdom of our peoples, and so is Walter Thompson-Hernández. He's the host of a new podcast, “California Love," a New York Times alum and author of “The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America's Urban Heartland.” This bonus episode is from TBT’s Instagram Live where he joined Tonya to discuss new projects, his dedication to telling honest stories about Blac...
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August 27, 2020 31 min
Trauma, racism, and our bodies — that is what we’re talking about this week. Healer, trauma specialists and author Resmaa Menakem breaks down what is trauma, what it feels like and how racism contributes. Visit our website for more reading and listening, episode transcript and to submit your question: shorturl.at/iHUZ1
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August 13, 2020 41 min
There's no right way to parent during the pandemic. Everyone's situation is unique, which is why we asked two Wise Ones to join us this week to answer your questions about parenting during this tricky time. Nancy Redd, author and mother, and Wajahat Ali, New York Times contributor and father join Tonya Mosley in answering listener questions from parents. Spoiler: No, you’re not failing, so don’t be too hard on yourself.
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July 30, 2020 31 min
How do we fight an enemy like COVID-19 without the power of physical connection - the very force that has bolstered us through tough times in the past? That is the question we are unpacking in this week's episode, prompted by our very own host, Tonya Mosley. She talks with two friends from her hometown Detroit about the heartache of being away from home during the pandemic. And, author Sarah M. Broom joins as a Wise One to shar...
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This week we’re talking about friendships - how to make them better, if it's okay to take breaks and when emotional labor becomes too much. Tonya Mosley is joined by ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ hosts Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman. They share what it was like to write a co-memoir called, “Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close” and offer advice to questions from our listeners. Episode transcript here: shorturl.at/rzKN7
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July 2, 2020 36 min
We're revisiting the first episode of Truth Be Told to take on one of the biggest questions of our time: How can I feel joy when the world is burning? We've witnessed uprisings demand justice for Black lives; we're still living in the grips of a pandemic that is disproportionately hurting communities of color, and every industry is being held accountable for racial justice. It feels like the world is unraveling – and y...
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We’ve got a special bonus in your Truth Be Told feed this week--it’s from our friends at NPR’s It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders. In this episode, Sam talks with author James McBride. McBride is the National Award-winning author of The Good Lord Bird and the best-selling memoir, The Color of Water. His latest book is Deacon King Kong, which is set against the backdrop of 1960s Brooklyn and tells the story of how one man’s decisio...
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How do you maintain a relationship with your homophobic family when you're financially dependent on them? How do you manage these relationships while sheltering-in-place? We talk to a queer college student who's out at school but feels unaccepted at home. Wise One Steven Canals, co-creator of FX's Pose joins us to discuss growing up gay in the Bronx, what character in the show is most like his mother and ways to find co...
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Millions have taken to the streets to protest the police killing of George Floyd and systemic racism that black people are subjected to everyday. Wise One Dr. Eddie Glaude says we are seeing the accumulation of grief, disregard and contempt for black lives. He is the chair of Princeton's African American Studies Department and joins Tonya this week to parse out nationwide actions and to recenter black joy and resilience. Episo...
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We’re making space for something we don’t talk a lot about - the mental health burdens of black men. In this week’s episode, we have three Wise Ones - Bakari Sellers, author and CNN commentator, Karamo Brown from “Queer Eye” and Ron Finley, the Gangsta Gardener. They offer wisdom on meeting the needs of their heart and minds as black men in white America. Episode Transcript here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qlnHaSaoseLFFtcn2Af...
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May 7, 2020 40 min
This Mother’s Day we tackle the complicated relationship some women of color have with their mothers. This episode’s Wise One is Kulap Vilaysack who shares lessons from her experience in mending her relationship with her Lao refugee mother.  Episode transcript here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ub7UippPt6uu1BMTKZGu1Y6hdesnjrDR/view
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April 23, 2020 34 min
Before physical distancing, seeing loved ones through a screen was already “normal” for our producer Isabeth Mendoza. Her dad was deported 11 years ago. Since then, her family was doing their best to cope , but they have not healed. Now, Isabeth wants to work towards a future that she’s always imagined — one where her family is thriving regardless of borders. Wise One and Latinx Therapy founder Adriana Alejandre, LMFT offers some a...
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April 9, 2020 41 min
Wise Ones Virgie Tovar and Chloe Hilliard move in this world as big women. They’ve faced covert fatphobia from doctors and co-workers and even experienced it on dates. Being a fat person of color means confronting the intersection of being unseen and taking up too much space. You don’t have to stand there. Episode transcript here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/114T70aCd17yvEMxL8mMSABwWcrb6uIV7/view
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March 26, 2020 38 min
Public health emergencies hit differently for people of color. Historical trauma and lack of systemic trust all contribute to deep angst. As both a medical doctor and journalist, Dr. Seema Yasmin answers your questions about living in the time of COVID-19 as a person of color, and offers some validation - “We have the right to feel whatever we feel.” Episode transcript here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ustlU9tFXWl2bzoItEJoYhbb...
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