Tell Us The Truth

Tell Us The Truth

Tell Us The Truth is a podcast series that provides a safe space for open dialogue about systemic racism and inequity, and what we can do collectively, as a society, to bring about change. You'll hear honest discussion and frank answers from private citizens, elected officials, lawyers, community partners, youth and more. Tell Us The Truth is executive-produced and hosted by E. Duke Bennett, produced and engineered by Michael Pelosi and is in partnership with WBZ NewsRadio in Boston.


July 27, 2023 58 mins
Episode 77: Ned Blackhawk

Professor Ned Blackhawk is here to Tell Us The Truth about his incredible new book The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of American History. Listen as Ned
  • Ned's preferred term to be identified as - American Indian
  • Why he wrote about five centuries of Native and non-Native histories, from Spanish colonial exploration to the rise of Native American self-determination in ...
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Episode 77: Elizabeth Benedict

Mental Health Advocate, Cancer Survivor and Author Elizabeth Benedicat is ready to Tell Us The Truth about her new book Rewriting Illness: A View of My Own. Listen as Elizabeth opens up about
  • Her personal experiences being a Cancer Survivor,
  • Warlike metaphors used to describe cCancer,
  • How Doctors fears influence their comments on patients
  • Whether or not the fear of waiting to find out you have Cancer ...
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May 15, 2023 59 mins
Tell Us The Truth Episode 76: Reem Abdellatif

Reem Abdellatif is an Egyptian American, former Award Winning Journalist and a Trauma Informed Coach. Listen as Reem opens up about her experiences covering the Arab Spring, Structural Racism around the World, working with Survivors of Trauma and more. Reem also holds nothing back sharing thoughts on whether Women should be treated equal to Men, especially in leadership, within Muslim So...
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April 28, 2023 61 mins
Episode 75: Alexandra Allred

Sports Legend Alexandra Allred Tells Us The Truth about her latest book When Women Stood: The Untold History Of Females Who Changed Sports And The World. Listen as Alex details being a founder of the US Women's Bobsled Team, Competing while 4 months Pregnant and how Alex's health and fitness were studied and used to write the Olympic Guidelines for pregnant athletes. Alex also details how it felt to inte...
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Episode 74: The Endangered Species Act Turns 50

The Endangered Species Act turns 50 years old this year and Lowell Baier joins Tell Us The Truth to help us celebrate. Listen as Lowell relies on his more than 58 years of experience as a practicing attorney, environmental historian and author to detail the importance of doing what we can to ensure the overall health of our Nation and World's Bio-Diversity. Lowell holds nothing back...
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January 27, 2023 47 mins
Episode 73: Dr. Deborah Dash Moore

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is Friday January 27th this year, and Dr Deborah Dash Moore of the Posen Library is back to help us remember. Listen as Dr. Debroah details why it is important to never forget the Holocaust, the significance of Memorial Days in general, various parts of the world the Jewish Diaspora have settled in and much more. Dr. Deborah also shares how Jewish cuisine ha...
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December 31, 2022 60 mins
Episode 72: Ariana Jasmine :

Ariana Jasmine is an Iranian American Activist who has built such a strong following online she's in the Top 1% of all Twitch streamers. Listen as Ariana details how coping with her Mother's terminal illness inspired Ariana to use social media to bring awareness to oppressed people around the world including in the United States and Iran. What have been Ariana's highest highs and greatest challenges with...
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December 11, 2022 64 mins
Episode 70: Sonali Dev & Sara Polton:

Sonali Dev is an award winning author who has built an excellent reputation for relatable storytelling. Her latest book, The Vibrant Years, is already so well regarded it has been selected as the first book to be published by "Mindy'sBook Studio"; a publishing company created by Award Winning Actress Mindy Kaling. Listen as Sonali details what it feels like to be featured by Mindy's Book Studi...
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November 15, 2022 59 mins
Episode 69: Online Privacy Civil Rights

Should your Online Privacy be a Civil Right? Legal expert and UVA scholar Danielle Citron believes so, and in her new book The Fight For Privacy: Protecting Dignity, Identity and Love in the Digital Age, Danielle explains why in detail. Did you know there are States that don't have Revenge Porn laws? Imagine someone gains possession of an intimate photo of your or a loved one and shares it wi...
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October 7, 2022 53 mins
Episode 68: Divided We Fall

Former Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve, Alice Rivlin, began working on her book "Divided We Fall: Why Consensus Matters" back in 2017. In may of 2019, Alice passed away before the book was completed and published. Motivated to ensure Alice's final days were not lost, her Son Allan and his wife Sheri completed Divided We Fall and in this conversation you'll hear about that experience. How were they able...
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August 1, 2022 59 mins
Episode 67: Roe V. Wade

In the Wake of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe V. Wade, Investigative Reporter and Author Joshua Prager joins Tell Us The Truth to discuss his new book THE FAMILY ROE: An American Story.

Listen as Josh details the real people behind Roe V. Wade and how the story of Norma McCorvey, aka "Jane Roe" , has ignited a fierce debate regarding Pro Life and Pro Choice that continues to affect the entire nation ...
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Episode 66: Ira Shapiro & Ari Rabin-Havt

Author and Political insider Ira Shapiro is making waves with his latest book The Betrayal: How Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans Abandoned America. Listen as Ira details how the Senate responded to the challenges posed by the Trump administration and its prospects under President Biden. What was the one betrayal that Ira feels is the greatest committed by Mitch McConnell and Senate...
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Episode 65: Mary Ellen Iskenderian & Dr. Jeff Schnader

Women’s World Banking CEO Mary Ellen Iskenderian is making a strong statement with her new book There’s Nothing Micro About a Billion Women: Making Finance Work for Women. In this exclusive conversation, listen as Mary Ellen explains how access to reliable internet, legislation and general attitudes toward women around the world have contributed to why Finance has not wo...
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Episode 64: Mary Ann Sieghart & Queen Marie.

Acclaimed Journalist, Editor and Author, Mary Ann Sieghart, dives deep into key themes from her new book The Authority Gap: Why Women are Still Taken Less Seriously Than Men, and What We Can Do About It. Listen as Mary Ann details what she discovered while examining the wide-ranging implications of critical gender bias. Why are we as a society still failing to close the gender pay and ge...
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Episode 63: Dr. Pauline Boss & Brian Eskow

Renowned Grief Counselor and Psychologist Dr. Pauline Boss has built a career legacy on challenging status quo thinking while she's made it her business to help people deal with grief as a result of various times of loss. In her new book: The Myth Of Closure: Ambiguous Loss in a Time of Pandemic and Change, Dr. Boss asks “How do we begin to cope with loss that cannot be resolved?” During...
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Episode 62: Racial Equity, The Equal Act & Holocaust Remembrance Day

Prison Reform Advocate DeJarion Nichols & Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) President Kevin Ring believe in Racial Equity in Sentencing. In this incredible conversation, listen as both DeJarion and Kevin make the case for "The Equal Act", legislation that looks to end the disparity in sentences for offenses involving crack versus powder cocaine. How have b...
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Episode 61 : Professor Erwin Chemerinsky

Erwin Chemerinsky is the Dean of UC Berkeley School of Law and in his new book, Presumed Guilty: How the Supreme Court Empowered the Police and Subverted Civil Rights. Listen as Professor Chemerinsky details how Police are nine times more likely to kill Black men than they are other Americans, nearly one in every thousand Black Men will die at the hands of an officer and so much more. Profess...
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Episode 60 : Glynda Carr & Howard W. French

Glynda Carr is the CEO Co-Founder of Higher Heights For America; An organization focused on growing Black Women’s political power from the voting booth to elected office. Listen as Glynda deep dives into the fact Black women remain severely underrepresented as officeholders at the statewide executive level, how the Election of Ayanna Pressley into Congress served as a "Blueprint" for what ...
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November 18, 2021 52 mins
Episode 59 : Veterans Day with Marine Jerad Alexander

It's Veterans Day & United States Marine Corps Veteran Jerad Alexander joins Tell Us The Truth to highlight his new book Volunteers: Growing Up in the Forever War. Listen as Jerad details stages in his life including growing up on Military bases raised on masculine fantasies of heroism and patriotism, to becoming a Marine and serving from 1998 - 2006 to writing about much of wha...
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Episode 58 : Joseph Ellis & George Chip Greenidge

Pulitzer Prize Winning historian & author of the new book " The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773-1783" ,Joseph Ellis, pulls no punches while detailing the importance of knowing your history in order to understand what's happening in the present. In this exclusive conversation Joseph draws parallels between the American Revolution and the War
in Afghanistan. Ho...
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