ShiftMakers

ShiftMakers

Journalist, author, and activist Marianne Schnall has been in conversation with some of the most iconic influencers in our culture today. The ShiftMakers Podcast brings us on an epic journey that highlights the exclusive insights of various celebrities, luminaries, and movement makers as they share wisdom on how to be an authentic changemaker today. Ultimately, we uncover what it will take to make a positive difference in the world.

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April 20, 2022 24 min

In part two of this conversation with Elizabeth Lesser, bestselling author, speaker, and co-founder of the Omega Institute, she discusses with host Marianne Schnall the connection she sees in our inner world and outer world (1:30), the greatest lesson she has learned through her years at Omega Institute (4:37), her thoughts on the evolution of humanity’s consciousness (7:34), the powerful life metaphor she finds in childbirth (12:4...

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In part one of this two-part conversation with Elizabeth Lesser, bestselling author, speaker, and co-founder of the Omega Institute, she shares with host Marianne Schnall how she uses historical reflection to gain perspective on the current challenges we face (4:52) and the origins of her popular book Broken Open about growing through hard times (11:56). She then elaborates on her recent book, Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the S...

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March 30, 2022 19 min

Madeleine Albright was internationally admired for her confidence, intellect, and sharp wit. She had an inexhaustible ability to connect on the deepest human levels. To celebrate the life and legacy of this history-maker who recently passed away from cancer, host Marianne Schnall reflects on and shares her 2010 interview with Secretary Albright. In this never-before-aired audio, Albright talks about her relatable approach to diplom...

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In honor of Women's History Month and Gloria Steinem's 88th birthday this week, host Marianne Schnall shares a collection of essential, timeless wisdom from her mentor and friend the activist, author, and feminist icon Gloria Steinem. This episode features recordings from interviews with Gloria in 2006, 2012, and 2016 on topics ranging from the present state and future of feminism (2:40), the prospect of a female president ...

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March 16, 2022 8 min

In this bonus episode, Marianne Schnall shares her professional journey of shifting from interviewing celebrities about their fame to instead offering them a space to speak about creating change for the greater good. Beginning with the Women's March in 1992, Marianne has since interviewed over 100 celebrities and thought leaders about activism and their vision for a better world which has led her to publish four books and dozen...

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In this special episode of ShiftMakers, host Marianne Schnall shares the inspiration and advice of thought leaders she has interviewed over the years who reflect on how they find their deepest fulfillment through their activist work, why it’s so important, and how we can all take action to create a better world. Hear wisdom and insights from a variety of celebrities/activists, including Jane Goodall, Natalie Portman, Anita Hill, Gl...

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Justin Baldoni is an actor, director, author, podcast host and founder of the Man Enough Movement, which aims to undefine traditional roles and traits of masculinity to allow men to realize their potential as humans and their capacity for connection. In this honest and thought-provoking conversation with host Marianne Schnall, he discusses his passion for projects that serve as agents of social change and equity, and he delves into...

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Luvvie Ajayi Jones, an internationally recognized author, public speaker, and now podcaster, brings her signature wit and candor to all she does. In this upbeat and lively conversation with host Marianne Schnall, Luvvie discusses the themes in her book Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual, recently released in paperback with a new chapter, the “Truth-telling Guide,” as well as her life habit of courage, how it’s ok to...

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In this special New Years' episode of ShiftMakers, host Marianne Schnall shares wisdom from her archival interviews about the power of inner work to change the world. Interview segments featured include Oprah Winfrey discussing the daily practice of gratitude, Elizabeth Lesser on the impact of discipline, Deepak Chopra's thoughts on creative solutions, Goldie Hawn on quieting the mind, Melissa Etheridge sharing how she embr...

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Dr. Sylvia Earle is an internationally renowned marine biologist, aquanaut, conservationist, and author who has led over 100 underwater expeditions. In this rich conversation with host Marianne Schnall, Sylvia discusses her new book National Geographic Ocean: A Global Odyssey about the power and significance of our planet's ocean from its fundamental importance in shaping our climate to how it supports a multitude of species, i...

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December 15, 2021 29 min

In part two of this candid conversation, activist and artist V (formerly Eve Ensler) discusses with host Marianne Schnall the paradigm shifts she most hopes to see in the world, healing, the importance of community, what she has learned living in nature, the modalities she embraces to keep herself centered in these concerning times, the mandala of humanity, and much more. To purchase tickets for Wild visit the American Repertory Th...

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December 8, 2021 31 min


Activist and artist V (formerly Eve Ensler), opens her new play WILD: A Musical Becoming this week. In part one of this two-part conversation with host Marianne Schnall, V discusses her passionate concern for the future of the planet and her faith in young people as her inspiration for the piece developed in collaboration with Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel, Golden Globe-nominated songwriter Justin Tranter, songwriter Caroline Penn...

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Amy Poehler has numerous titles and accolades next to her name as an award-winning actress, producer, and author. In this electric and humorous interview with Marianne Schnall, Amy speaks about the release of her book Yes, Please which went on to be a New York Times Best Seller. Amy also speaks of her online series and now website 'Amy's Smart Girls' and her passion for feminism.

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In Part 2 of this candid insightful conversation, Anita Hill and host Marianne Schnall pivot to Hill’s personal journey from speaking out thirty years ago to today. She shares her insights and advice for those who feel compelled to stand up for the greater good, the power she finds in struggle, and the healing she harnesses from her community, her family ancestry, and how she stays hopeful and centered.

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October marks the thirty-year anniversary of Anita Hill's landmark testimony in the Clarence Thomas hearings. As a life-long advocate, Hill addresses the unfinished work of ending gender-based violence in her new book Believing. In this illuminating conversation with ShiftMaker's host Marianne Schnall, Anita Hill addresses the collective impact gender violence and sexual harassment have on our society as a whole, and she ch...

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Dolly Parton is internationally known for expressing herself through music. In this interview with Marianne Schnall, the iconic entertainer and business powerhouse offers insight from her heart. She discusses knowing yourself and staying true to that knowledge, the power of positivity, her devotion to literacy, and how she feeds her passions. Dolly also shares the inspirations behind hit songs including "Coat of Many Colors"...

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Media trailblazer, bestselling author, and CEO of Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington is committed to changing the way we work and live in order to reduce stress and improve well-being. She sits with Marianne Schnall to discuss micro steps toward thriving, how to keep returning to your center of peace and wisdom, and what it means to nurture your mental health.

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In this special episode of ShiftMakers, we look at the necessity to face our fears while we pursue greatness. Our host, Marianne Schnall, dives into some of her deepest interviews with Stacey Abrams, Jane Fonda, Amy Poehler, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Anita Hill, Maya Angelou and more to see how these leaders called upon their courage to tackle the unknown during uncertain times.


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Marianne Schnall interviews world-renowned ethologist, environmentalist and trailblazer Dr. Jane Goodall as she reflects on 60 years of groundbreaking research, as well as her ongoing work, and shares her wisdom and insights on the pandemic, the planet, women’s progress, her legacy, and much more.

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Renowned social justice advocate Kimberlé Crenshaw shares her insights on systemic racism and turning this moment of reckoning into transformative change, how to apply intersectional principles to the issues we currently face, the importance of supporting Black female leadership, building an equitable world and more.

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