Soundwaves of Belonging

Intimate and irreverent conversations with fellow bridge builders

What does it mean to belong? Join Annahid as she hosts conversations with thought leaders in justice, equity, diversity and inclusion about belonging—to the world around us, to the communities we live in and to one another—in a deeply divided world.

Tune in for episodes featuring intimate, irreverent and real conversations about belonging with guests like Jesse Wente, Mark Shapiro, Loretta J. Ross, Judy Rebick, Parker Palmer and more.

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  • On Change: Lessons from Feminism Past

    Legendary Canadian feminist Judy Rebick joins host Annahid Dashtgard for a conversation between two close friends. We spent the episode reflecting on Judy’s remarkable history, the anger and activism (including where anger is helpful and where it’s not), the necessary ability to work across differences to bring about political change and more.

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  • On Reverence: To Bee or Not To Bee

    Canadian writer Jenna Butler and host Annahid Dashtgard discuss finding a sense of belonging to the land we inhabit as first generation immigrants AND as settlers on stolen Indigenous territory. We also talk about what bees have to teach us humans, what being mixed-race means in a time where racism is such a charged topic….and the lost power of reverence. 

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  • Annahid Dashtgard and Parker Palmer on Soundwaves of Belonging podcast.

    On Purpose: Learning to Listen to Life

    Visionary, leader and “spiritual giant” Parker Palmer joins host Annahid Dashtgard to talk about how to make activism and social change efforts stick. We talk about whether consciousness is housed in the brain or in the field between us, the transformative power of listening, and why learning is a form of liberation.

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  • Soundwaves of Belonging — On Identity: Mixed Race, Memoir & Mental Health with Hollay Ghadery and Annahid Dashtgard

    On Identity: Mixed Race, Memoir and Mental Health

    Author Hollay Ghadery joins host Annahid Dashtgard to talk about what it means to grow up mixed race and mixed culture, finding a sense of belonging through creativity and how much our families actually read of what we write. We also touch on the connection between being mixed race and mental health, and whether recovery is really ever possible…or even desirable.

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  • On Body: My Revolution is Brown and Beautiful Annahid Dashtgard with Farzana Doctor, Author and Psychotherapist

    On Body: My Revolution is Brown and Beautiful

    Psychotherapist and critically-acclaimed writer Farzana Doctor joins host Annahid Dashtgard to speak about belonging in bodies rejected by the society, how the body doesn’t lie, and how learning to love our own bodies can be the most revolutionary act.

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  • On Ancestry: Calling In the Calling Out Culture. With Annahid Dashtgard and Loretta J. Ross.

    On Ancestry: Calling in the Calling Out Culture

    Legendary activist, public intellectual, author and recipient of the 2022 MacArthur Foundation “genius” award Loretta J. Ross and Annahid Dashtgard talk the fuzzy line between trauma and activism, calling in vs. calling out and how belonging can only be found in community—the ones we come from or the ones we make.

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  • On Racism: Cheerleading Women of Colour at Work

    Deepa Purushothaman is the author of The First, The Few, The Only: How Women of Color can Redifine Power in Corporate America and the first woman of colour to make partner in the Deloitte’s history. In this episode, we talk race and power in the workplace, growing up brown in small white towns, and why white women are sometimes the biggest barrier to women of colour succeeding at work. 

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  • On Difference: Books, Blackness and Belonging

    Kwame Scott Fraser is a former United Nations peacekeeper and the current President and CEO of Dundurn Press, one of the largest independent publishers in North America publisher of my upcoming book Bones of Belonging. In this episode we talk our common struggles with racial discrimination, why language and stories matter and what’s dangerous about publishing someone like Jordan Peterson.

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