It's Your Voice

It's Your Voice

Join Bahia Yackzan, Core Alignment Coach, Emotional Wisdom Trainer, and Diversity Educator for topical interviews that reflect the importance of knowing your heart's truth and aligning it with your mind. A variety of guests will share how focusing on their vision motivates them to stay in-tune with their values and reach out to connect with others. Bahia hosts by asking empowering, challenging, uplifting and timely questions, when clarity, direction and alignment could not matter more. It's Your Voice is broadcast live Wednesdays at 8PM ET. It's Your Voice TV Show is viewed on Talk 4 TV (www.talk4tv.com). It's Your Voice Radio Show is broadcast on W4CY Radio (www.w4cy.com) part of Talk 4 Radio (www.talk4radio.com) on the Talk 4 Media Network (www.talk4media.com). It's Your Voice Podcast is also available on Talk 4 Podcasting (www.talk4podcasting.com).

Episodes

September 24, 2021 50 min
This week, Bahia meets with Jim Picariello, a Maine-based screenwriter, to discuss: his experience trapped in a mind-control cult, how to communicate with loved ones in cultic groups and relationships, and how to help them save themselves by rediscovering their critical thinking skills. For more information visit https://freedomofmind.com and read the book "Combating Cult Mind Control - 25th Edition" by Steven Hassan. Jim c...
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Cultural Practitioner, Diana Almendariz, teaches practices, traditions & life skills in her Native Maidu homeland of Sacramento, where she feels like a refugee. Her grandmother, Bertha Norton (1897-2001), lived through 3 centuries and loved her cultures but not the bias. She stuck with the positive memories of Native people who lived through the chaos. Diana says,“this country should be called the United States and Its Many Sov...
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Carin Lenk Sloane, licensed Marriage and Family Counselor, packs in very useful advice for youth and parents to boost mental well being as many re-enter in person, day-long school for the first time in 18 months. With great empathy Carin notes silver linings rising out of the pandemic and lays out warning signs and effective approaches for responding to mental health challenges. Hear what hugging for seven seconds can do, about pra...
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Céline Cousteau is a socio-environmental advocate, a documentary film director, producer, explorer, artist, often a panelist at the United Nations and author of The World After My Grandfather. We discuss the powerful message of her film, Tribes on the Edge, which underscores that 5% of the global human population protects 80% of the planet’s biodiversity: indigenous people are, to this day, the frontline guardians of the ecosystems...
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Dr. Juan Carlos Ruiz-Guajardo, MS in Applied Ecology, Ph.D. in Evolutionary Ecology, is a consultant for Green Science Games & a co-founder of Genex Evolution, a start up that designs educational content & video games for STEAM. Currently he’s the Cultural & Educational Attache at the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento, promoting the image of Mexico, showcasing the rich, ethnic heritage & practices of MesoAme...
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Lynne Yackzan, O.T. & retired Developer, co-built innovative housing & commercial projects with associates in Davis, CA in the 80s-90s. Once embarrassed by the stigma attached to development, she now feels proud of what she & colleagues accomplished: the first US co-housing model, mixed & affordable housing, a senior citizen complex, college student housing & downtown business growth. She notes how subsequent no...
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August 2, 2021 51 min
Dirk Charley, Tribal liaison & firefighter from South Central Sierra Nevada gives a vital view on Fire as a Tool & Cultural Burning to protect water for all forms of life. Cultural Burning requires extensive skills: horticultural, craft & tool abilities, artistic eyes & great physical endurance. His father, a WWII & Korean War Veteran, founded the Horseshoe Meadow Hotshots who were called across the US & car...
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Hamza El-Nakhal describes Eid al-Adha, the Islamic Festival celebrating Abraham's sacrifice. Hamza, former president of the Islamic Center of Davis, retired professor and a pro-active interfaith community builder, shares his insights and commitment to increase interfaith understanding through the story of Abraham. He also speaks about heartwarming, collective efforts, post 911, that local leaders and members of the three major ...
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Sandy L. Holman's expertise as a systems change agent for over 35 years brings on crystal clarity. She is the Director of the Culture C.O.-O.P. (Caring, Optimistic & Open-minded People) & of United in Unity which promote systemic change, inclusion, equity, cultural competency, diversity & quality education for all. Among her books are We All Have a Heritage, Grandma Says Our Hair Has a Flair, & Grandpa, Is Every...
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Garry Schleifer, CEO & publisher of choice-the magazine of Professional Coaching, ICF certified PCC & CMC, delightfully flows through topics ranging from facets of being bi-lingual, growing up in Canada, the origins of choice, being a member and on the board of the Gay Coaches Alliance to, ultimately, his commitment to continuously expand diversity inclusion and equity practices from just talk into realities in the coaching...
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Peggy Froehlich sheds light on gaining and spreading awareness of the pervasive depth of White dominance. She shares pieces of conversations and books that helped her begin to peel off layers of previously unseen relative privilege. She describes what it's like to venture into the discomfort of facing what's been taken for granted, how she committed to walking through stages of expanding awareness and how this journey has l...
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Yolo County DA candidate Cynthia Rodriguez on police community interaction & responsibilities on both sides. She states the DA's office must tend to "people with mental health disabilities who encounter the criminal justice system and can't be just treated like everyone else...people with first time offenses...people with drug and alcohol problems [that need addressing]" in order to decrease their chances of re-...
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Erin Santos, Fitness Enthusiast & instagram hit for her highly sculpted workout routines, discusses gender fluidity and her transition, as a trans woman. We chat about social constructs of gender and other limiting forms of identity classifications and clarify the distinction between biological sex & gender. While Erin emphasises that everyone's journey is unique she shares some of the deep internal & external strug...
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Spencer Bowen, Communications Manager & Policy Analyst for the City of Woodland, CA describes their evolving model project to provide long-term support for people who are unhoused and experiencing homelessness. East Beamer Way Emergency Shelter & Neighborhood Campus is a comprehensive, multi-stage project overseen by a multiple partner collaboration. Partner "Fourth and Hope" runs the shelter itself. This innovative...
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Scott Stephen Bell, a brilliantly engaging high school teacher & VP, explores the topic of teaching history accurately and inclusively. Because he was born and educated in Canada through 12th grade, I asked if his textbooks were like the ones I read in the US: mostly Eurocentric and told from the White dominant victor's Point of View. We chatted about the importance of distinguishing facts from the interpretation of facts a...
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Elisa Stone, Minister of Congregational Care at Davis Community Church, mother and dedicated anti-racist in church and community, upholds a major role in getting food to people who are hungry. She describes a way of feeding large groups together that levels the field far more than standard approaches. A deep listener and tremendous coordinator, her service is exemplified by a unique program she built, "Integrated Spirituality&#...
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Trenton Yackzan, entrepreneur, innovator, community supporter, father of awesome twins, through tremendous, steadfast work has revamped Sudwerk, a microbrewery established in 1989 by two German descendents who were determined to share the high quality of true German lagers. In 2013 Trent took over with his team and they've pushed boundaries of traditional lager while brilliantly pioneering the craft beer industry. By rebranding...
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Dzokerayi Mu, CEO of Tese, an international foundation that mentors girls and fights forced marriage, also founded Women in Leadership Davis & co-owns a superb Zimbabwean catering business. She is the mother of three aspiring entrepreneurs who are, "foodies themselves, having done their own cooking shows!" Dzokerayi casts her vision both locally and far & shares her expertise in constructive activism, addressing com...
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July 20, 2021 48 min
Tovah Skiles, Spanish teacher, White ally & co-advisor of a Black Student Union describes how she began to educate herself through podcasts, books, & articles on becoming an ally. "A key ingredient is being willing to be vulnerable and to learn. That's what builds empathy. White people need to take responsibility for educating ourselves." She enjoys BSU where Black and Brown students can be the majority, where e...
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Chief of Police Emeritus Calvin Handy speaks on how to instill police accountability based on 30 years of supervising police at UCBerkeley & UCDavis. "The missing link in America's public safety is based on the lack of consistent, standard training on ethics and principles that every officer needs in order to create allegiance to and their role in being a part of communities they serve." A fundamental shift to more ...
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