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The Dissenters with Debra Messing and Mandana Dayani

Best friends and super-nerds, Debra Messing and Mandana Dayani meet 20 of their heroes. Each episode, they learn about the journeys each of these Dissenters took to find their purpose and how they found the courage to dissent. Guests include: Hillary Clinton, Jane Fonda, Patrisse Cullors, Eva Longoria, Adam Schiff, Jameela Jamil and Sophia Bush.

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Best friends and super-nerds, Debra Messing and Mandana Dayani meet 20 of their heroes. Each episode, they learn about the journeys each of these Dissenters took to find their purpose and how they found the courage to dissent. Guests include: Hillary Clinton, Jane Fonda, Patrisse Cullors, Eva Longoria, Adam Schiff, Jameela Jamil and Sophia Bush.

Hillary Clinton on Dissent and Democracy

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Debra and Mandana sit down with Hillary Clinton for the season finale of The Dissenters to discuss the importance of dissent, the critical role it plays in democracy, the challenge our country is facing today as dissent is being silenced, and what this means against a backdrop of the rise of fascism and nationalism in this country and around the world.

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Oct 22 2020

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Dr. Edith Eva Eger: The Healing Survivor on Trauma, Healing and Forgiveness

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Debra and Mandana sit down with the incredible Dr. Edith Eva Eger, a clinical psychologist, author and lecturer. A native of Hungary, Eger is a 93 year old survivor of the Holocaust. In this episode, they will cover Eger’s life, experiences in Auschwitz, healing from the trauma, and important lessons she would like to share. Debra and Mandana also discuss the alarming rise of antisemitism in the United States and around the world and raise awareness about the consequences of antisemitism when left unchecked.

Produced by Dear Media. 

Oct 15 2020

49mins

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Jane Fonda: The Climate Crusader on Political Activism, Feminism and Fighting Climate Change

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Debra and Mandana sit down with Jane Fonda, to discuss political activism, feminism and fighting climate change. 

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Produced by Dear Media. 

Oct 08 2020

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Carole Cadwalladr: The Dismantler of Disinformation, on Facebook and the election

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This week’s episode of The Dissenters Debra and Mandana sit down with the dismantler of disinformation Carole Cadwalladr, a world renowned investigative journalist who rose to international prominence in 2018 when she exposed the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal. 

Produced by Dear Media. 

Oct 01 2020

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The RBG Tribute Episode

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This week’s episode is a special podcast honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Dissenters could not imagine going ahead this week with the scheduled episode as RBG is the inspiration behind the podcast. Her loss cannot be understated. She was the architect of equal rights in our country. Debra and Mandana sit down with Glennon Doyle, Sophia Bush, and Shannon Watts. Each spoke passionately and eloquently about RBG, and each gave a unique perspective.

Produced by Dear Media. 

Sep 24 2020

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Lena Waithe: The Truth-Teller, on Breaking the Rules, and Mentorship

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This week’s episode of The Dissenters Debra and Mandana sit down with the truth teller Lena Waithe, a multitalented screenwriter, producer and actress and the first ever black women to win an Emmy for comedy writing. She geeked out over her love of TV, and was so honest about her journey getting there and how it makes her feel.     

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Produced by Dear Media. 

Sep 17 2020

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Cindy Eckert: The Sexual Revolutionist, on owning pleasure and the female sexual revolution

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Debra and Mandana sit down with Cindy Eckert to discuss building and selling two pharmaceutical companies for more than $1.5B, including the first ever FDA-approved drug for low sexual desire in women. Investing in other women, the female sexual revolution and owning pleasure. 

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Produced by Dear Media.

Sep 10 2020

50mins

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Christian Siriano: The Inclusion Pioneer, on Disrupting Fashion, Championing Inclusion, and Changing Runways Forever

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Debra and Madnana sit down with Christian Siriano, one of the top runway and red carpet designers in the world about his work as a pioneer in body positivty, runway diversity, and inclusion.    

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Produced by Dear Media.

Sep 03 2020

46mins

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Preet Bharara: The Guardian of Justice, on a Lifetime of Doing Justice, Being Fired by Trump, and Banned by Putin

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Debra and Mandana sit down with Preet Bharara to discuss his time as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, as one of the nation's most aggressive prosecutors of crime and public corruption. Preet also discusses being fired by Trump, banned by Putin, and what it means to actively "do" justice.

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Produced by Dear Media

Aug 27 2020

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Schuyler Bailar: The Trans Trailblazer, on Why You Should be Intentional About Language

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Debra and Mandana sit down Schuyler Bailar, the first trans athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA D1 men’s team to learn about his journey, how to be more inclusive and why we need to be intentional about language. 

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Produced by Dear Media. 

Aug 20 2020

53mins

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Eva Longoria: The Latina Visionary, on the Power and Opportunity of Latinos

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Debra and Mandana sit down with Eva Longoria to discuss how she became one of the most vocal voices for Latinos around the world, her non-profit foundations, upcoming film projects, and the critical importance of the Latinx vote.

Produced by Dear Media. 

Aug 13 2020

44mins

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Mark Bustos: The Humanit-hair-ian, on The Power of Kindness

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Debra and Mandana sit down with renowned haristylist, Mark Bustos to discuss his travels around the world to provide free grooming services to the homeless, how he founded the #BeAwesomeToSomebody movement, and why all need to be a little more compassionate.

Produced by Dear Media. 

Aug 06 2020

38mins

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Kate Roberts: The Women's Health Maverick

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Debra and Mandana sit down with co-founder of The Maverick Collective and former SVP of Population Services International to discuss how Kate Roberts turned her career as a marketing and advertising executive into an opportunity to end extreme poverty. They also discuss how she built Youth AIDS and her trips with Debra to Africa.

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Produced by Dear Media. 

Jul 30 2020

59mins

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Jameela Jamil: The Shame Assassin on Fighting Unrealistic Beauty Standards

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Debra and Mandana sit down with actress, writer and activist, Jameela Jamil, to discuss how she overcame her eating disorder and went on to build the I Weigh movement and effectively banned the promotion of toxic diet products to minors on social media platforms.

Produced by Dear Media. 

Jul 23 2020

41mins

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Ali Wentworth: The Mental Health Champion, on Parenting and Activism

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Debra and Mandana sit down with one of their best friends, comedian and author, Ali Wentworth, for an enlightening and hilarious conversation about activism at home, parenting in the age of social media, and fighting mental health stigmas.

Produced by Dear Media. 

Jul 16 2020

42mins

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Patrisse Cullors: The Freedom Fighter and Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter

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Debra and Mandana sit down with the Co-Founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network and the Founder of grassroots organization Dignity and Power Now to learn about her lifelong commitment to activism, how art inspires her, and her newest passion: jail reform.

Produced by Dear Media. 

Jul 09 2020

39mins

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Zach Skow: The Rescue Savior

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Debra and Mandana sit down with Zach Skow, the founder of Marley’s Mutts and Pawsitive Change. They discuss how his dogs rescued him from a near-death experience and why he has made it his mission to save what society can often deem “the throwaways.”

Produced by Dear Media. 

Jul 02 2020

47mins

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Sophia Bush: The Equality Warrior

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Debra and Mandana sit down with actress and activist, Sophia Bush, to discuss her lifetime of activism, how she uses her platform for good, and how we can all create a tremendous impact.

Produced by Dear Media.

Jun 25 2020

48mins

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Congressman Adam Schiff: The Chairman of Democracy, on Standing up for what is Right

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Debra and Mandana sit down with the ten-term Congressman to learn about his call to service and commitment to protecting our democracy, at any cost. Congressman Schiff shares some incredible insights into his leadership of the impeachment hearings and how we create a more united nation moving forward.

Produced by Dear Media. 

Jun 18 2020

47mins

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Shannon Watts: The NRA's Worst Nightmare, on Fighting Like a Mother

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Debra and Mandana sit down with the founder of Moms Demand Action to learn how she has mobilized millions of moms and volunteers across America to bring down the NRA and pass common sense gun safety legislation to protect all Americans.

Produced by Dear Media. 

Jun 11 2020

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Perfect

By egreen18 - May 22 2020
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These two are perfect together. It is so inspiring and I can’t wait for more.

Way to Go!!

By mauricettepiton - May 22 2020
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Such a great podcast! They’re open, honest, vulnerable, and genuine! Keep it up!!