Respect Circles - The Podcast

Respect Circles - The Podcast

In a world that can feel divided, we want to bring people together – to learn, to listen with our hearts, and to begin to see each other again. Our vision is to foster and elevate respect and learning while we talk about the real issues of the day. Join hosts Stephanie Colegrove and Alpheaus Johnson as we invite people in to share their stories and their vision. Together we’ll get inspired to take action as we create a movement of change…one conversation at a time.

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November 24, 2021 37 min

We often hear that it’s important to live with gratitude, but with everything that is happening in our daily lives, how many of us actually stop to do this? As we’re preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving here in the United States, we thought it would be timely to take a pause and reflect on what we’re grateful for. We also reveal what the holiday means to us, and share some research that we’ve discovered on the benefits of a consiste...

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On today’s episode we’re exploring what code-switching is all about, and what happens when people feel the need to change their language and behavior to fit into certain environments. We’ll be talking about why code switching is practiced, the danger that exists when people feel that it’s needed, and what we all lose out on when people can’t show up as their authentic selves. As we continue to raise issues of diversity, inclusion, ...

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November 10, 2021 50 min

Today we explore a topic that has become a point of controversy in the U.S. and one we believe we can all benefit from understanding more broadly. Critical Race Theory, or CRT, is a graduate-level academic concept that is more than 40 years old, created by legal scholars in the late 1970’s. We both feel that we can use this week’s episode as an opportunity for all of us to learn more about CRT and discuss what it is and what it is ...

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November 3, 2021 38 min

After what we’ve all been through collectively these past few years, today we wanted to have a discussion about hope, and the immense power that it can bring to our lives. In this episode, you’ll not only hear what hope means to each of us, but we share some practical ways in which you can start living a life filled with more hope at this very moment.

We’re also pleased to share that listeners can now leave us a voicemail! Please d...

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We’ve received some great feedback on our recent episode, Becoming A Deliberate Listener, where we spoke about the importance of listening and really being present with people. Today we’d like to take that conversation just a little deeper, and talk about the need to suspend judgment and focus on what we can learn from the person in front of us, even if we don’t agree. We explore examples of high profile individuals who have spoken...

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Looking back over the past 25 years or so, we have seen significant change in both the demographics in our country and the communities in which we live. Today, we scratch the surface on what has shifted for men in America and begin to explore what is driving behavior, especially in the last couple of years. This episode is a look at how to be better, both as men, women, and the mentors of the next generation, so that we can form a ...

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October 13, 2021 38 min

Today’s topic can dramatically improve the quality of our conversations and, in turn, our personal and professional relationships. In this episode, we discuss the importance of becoming a better listener, because so often we jump to our own biases and form judgments before truly processing what the other person is saying. What might be possible if we just listened more? Let’s find out!

We’re excited to announce that listeners can n...

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Today we are excited to bring you another installment of our “Spotlights on Extraordinary People”, where we have conversations with people in our communities, and more importantly, share how they are making a difference in the world. Everyone has a story and we can’t wait to share this one with you.

This episode features Vivian Doctora, an inspiring mother and wife who quite literally took a leap of faith to start her own business,...

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Today we are excited to begin what we’re calling our “Spotlights on Extraordinary People.” Where we’ll have conversations with people in our communities, and in yours and, more importantly, we’ll share how they are making a difference in the world. Everyone has a story and we can’t wait to share some of them with you.

We’re so honored to introduce you to today’s guest, because she is someone who is using what she has learned on own...

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September 22, 2021 25 min

The topic we are venturing into today has really been on our hearts and minds, and the question is: why are people so angry at this point in time? Where do we draw the line between people being angry because they feel like their individual rights are being stepped on, and what’s needed to serve the greater good?

This episode is an invitation for each of us to have courage in speaking up about what we feel is not right, and to have ...

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This is a very special episode for us, as we’re recording it on the 20th anniversary of the events of September 11th, 2001 - a day that changed all of our lives. In this episode, not only do we want to reflect and share both of our own experiences from 9/11, but we also reveal some of the meaning that came out of that day for us.

As always, we invite and welcome your input! Send us your thoughts on what you like about the podcast, ...

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For Episode 2 of Respect Circles, we’re bringing you our very first guest, and we are so excited to be introducing you to her today. Dr. Alesia Johnson, or “Lisa” as she usually is called, has been an important part of Respect Circles since the beginning, and she always brings such wisdom and depth to our conversations (Lisa also happens to be AJ’s sister!)

Lisa is a product of Richmond City Public Schools and retired from teaching...

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September 1, 2021 24 min

It’s the very first episode of Respect Circles: The Podcast, and we’re so excited to be starting this journey with you. Today you’ll learn what this podcast is really about, a little bit about us, and why we felt compelled to start a podcast at this time. Behind it all, we want this to be a place where we can come together and talk about things in an authentic, and sometimes messy, way, in a safe place, and to learn to listen for u...

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In a world that can feel divided, we want to bring people together – to learn, to listen with our hearts, and to begin to see each other again. Our vision is to foster and elevate respect and learning while we talk about the real issues of the day. Join hosts Stephanie Colegrove and Alpheaus Johnson as we invite people in to share their stories and perspectives. Together we’ll get inspired to take action as we create a movement of ...

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