Jane Q. Public

Jane Q. Public

Jane Q. Public is a podcast featuring conversations with people across the social and political spectrum about the nature of modernity, our collective concerns as a nation, and the impacts of technology and digital civic culture on American life.

Episodes

March 8, 2023 97 mins

In this episode of the Jane Q. Public podQast, Q speaks with entrepreneur Elijah May. May is the and co-founder Team CMO and Executive Producer of The CMO Show podcast. The two discuss how shitty the job search process is, and then dive into the topic of America's commitment to materialism, why religion isn't helping, and how their Gen X upbringing has defined their identities and search for meaning in middle age.

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In this episode of the podQast, Q talks with Adam P. Knave, an Eisner and Harvey award winning editor and writer who writes prose fiction (Culture’s Skeleton, The Endless Sky, This Starry Deep and others), comics (The Airless Year, The Once and Future Queen, Amelia Cole), stories in Titmouse Vol 2, Heavy Metal, and many more, as well as humor essay collections (NYCWTF, I Slept With Your Imaginary Friend) and used to write columns f...

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October 23, 2022 47 mins

In this episode of the Jane Q. Public podQast, I chat (and fangirl out) with Neda Mo'Money, a hijab-wearing, pole-dancing, social media creator who generously shares her humor, stories of recovery from familial abuse, and wisdom with the world.  Find Neda online:

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October 1, 2022 67 mins
In this episode of The Jane Q. Public podQast, Q talks with Shireen Qudosi, about her new project The Foundation for Human belonging. The two discuss Shireen's vision for 'spiritually feminine leadership', breaking dichotomous frames, and the bittersweet life of following your heart into the unknown. Find Shireen online at:  ...

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September 17, 2022 65 mins

In this episode of the podcast, Q talks with Ari Cohn, Free Speech Counsel at TechFreedom, an organization dedicated to understanding the impacts of technology on our society. They discuss social media's impact on American culture; the importance of protecting first amendment rights to speech, especially in our new communications landscape; and how we can both protect and assert ourselves online.

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September 3, 2022 74 mins

In this episode of The Jane Q. Public podQast, Q talks with her longtime internet colleague and digital marketing guru Rachel Heseltine. They discuss Rachel's Micronation Nobility; grouse in a decidedly Gen X way about other generations; and discuss what it's like to be a trans woman making her way in the world - online and off.

Find Rachel online: Twitter (@YorkshireBorn)

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Rachel Heseltine is the VP of Consumer Growth at Tr...

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August 21, 2022 64 mins

In this episode of the Jane Q. Public podQast, Q talks with her friend and colleague Dr. David Dault about his Catholic faith; the limitations inherent in institutions; and the impact of technology on our public discourse and deliberative democracy.  Find Dr. Dault online at:

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August 8, 2022 54 mins

Season 3 of the Jane Q. Public podcast kicks off with a new format! In this episode, Q welcomes journalist and longtime friend Omar Gallaga to the show to discuss his experience in media before, during and after the digital revolution.

Gallaga is a veteran journalist with more than two decades at The Austin-American Statesman. Today, he is a freelancer with bylines at Texas Standard; Texas Monthly; and The Washington Post. 

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January 16, 2022 63 mins

In this episode, Q talks with Fernanda “Nani” Meier - a catalyst, changemaker and community connector - about her art, the environment and what it's like to lead a truly fabulous life.

Follow Fernanda online:

  • Website: FernandaMeier.com
  • Twitter: @lenubienne
  • Instagram: @lenubienne
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December 31, 2021 55 mins

In this episode Q talks to Shana V. White, and educator and activist, about her love of RomComs, her passion for equitable education, and how she copes with the extraordinary challenges she sees in the world around us. ----------

Shana V. White is currently the Senior Associate, CS Equity and Justice Initiatives at the Kapor Center. Shana is a passionate educator who works as an advocate for marginalized groups in education and has...

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October 2, 2021 52 mins

In this episode of the podQast, Q talks to her longtime friend Maharat Rori Picker Neiss about what exactly a Maharat is; the challenges in leading community during such politically divisive times; and her public support of transgender rights. Find Maharat Rori Picker Neiss online:

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August 17, 2021 61 mins

In this episode, Q chats with her friend Cornell Woolridge about civics, the impact of digital media on our engagement with the political process, and the need to unplug once in a while. Cornell Woolridge, is Founder/President of CivicSolve LLC, a Civic Empowerment Consultant Firm founded in Building Better Communities Through Civic Empowerment.

Raised in the South and educated in the North, Cornell often walks the line between So...

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July 18, 2021 59 mins

In this episode of the podQast, Q talks to her friend and touchstone, Paul-Gabriel Wiener about MST3K, internet culture, coping with disability, and finding community online.

Paul is a general purpose nerd with an overactive immune system just trying to make the world an incrementally better, happier, fairer place. Forecast calls for fog in the morning giving way to clouds and pun with a 40% chance of brain. Find him on:

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July 4, 2021 55 mins
In this episode Q talks with Erin Walter, the front woman for indie rock band Parker Woodland, whose new EP and music video trilogy The World's On Fire (and We Still Fall in Love) came out in 2021, and bassist for queer rock band Butch County. Erin is also a Unitarian Universalist minister based in Austin, TX, a former YMCA director, Zumba teacher, activist, and mom of two.   Erin Walter - personal website Parker Woodland - ba...
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June 20, 2021 58 mins

In this episode of the podQast, Q talks with her friend Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer about identity, belonging, social transformation... and food.

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Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer is the President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Yehuda is a leading thinker and author on the meaning of Israel to American Jews, on Jewish hi...

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May 27, 2021 91 mins

In this episode Q talks to her friend, teacher and mentor, Brie Loskota about how to (realistically!) make a positive impact.

Find Brie online at:

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Brie Loskota is the executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California. Her research explores how religions change and make change in the worl...

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May 9, 2021 97 mins

In this episode, Q talks with her friend Dr. Tiffany Puett about religion, politics, race and her journey to interfaith and diversity work.

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Tiffany Puett is a scholar of American religions and a community educator. As the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life, she researches, develops resources and curriculum, and writes about religious and cultural diversity, equity and...

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April 19, 2021 49 mins

Season 2 of the podQast kicks off with a conversation with Christine Glenn, an executive coach and organizational design consultant who also writes and models in her "spare" time. In this episode Q and Christine discuss the future of feminism.

Find Christine online at ChristineGlenn.com.

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April 3, 2021 62 mins

In this episode Q is joined by her friend Mickey Gomez, a writer and passionate supporter of rescue dogs and libraries. 

Read Mickey's hilarious blog. Follow Mickey on Twitter.

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March 27, 2021 79 mins

In this episode of the podQast, Q is joined by her longtime friend (and notorious character) Cathy Benavides. They discuss Cathy’s family - one of the founding families of Austin, Texas - and her views on art, fashion and social media.

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Cathy is the founder of Cathy360, a small but mighty digital marketing agency. She's a storyteller at heart that loves to help her clients tell their un...

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