By Deborah Jian Lee
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A podcast about identity, faith and social engagement in dangerous times. In intimate conversations with activists, entertainers, authors and spiritual leaders, journalist Deborah Jian Lee unpacks stories about love, life, faith and justice. Prepare to laugh and be transformed as we explore the paths our guests have taken to become more true to themselves, more fully awake and more deeply engaged in this wild world.
||CleanMini: That's A Wrap||Kaleidoscope wraps up the season with highlights featuring rebels, squishy feelings, and loads of joy.||6/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJade Perry — Reclaiming Self-Care||A mystic and activist talks about the fluidity of chronic illness, an experimental strip class, and her boss grandmother.||6/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMini: Spoon Theory 101||Writer Jade Perry on Spoon Theory and chronic illnesses.||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeborah Jian Lee — “Love & Basketball” [Rebroadcast]||Deborah Jian Lee takes us on a journey through her life, work and the origin story of Kaleidoscope.||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMini: "I Could Be A Jedi"||A tour through Hollywood moments that have made Kaleidoscope’s diverse audience feel seen and heard.||5/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCindy Wang Brandt — “Mom’s a Heretic”||“Unfundamentalist parenting” advocate Cindy Wang Brandt on deprogramming from toxic parenting culture.||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMini: #Halp! Toxic Boyhood||A listener sees toxic masculinity in her kid’s friend group and asks for advice. Author, blogger, and founder of an unfundamentalist parenting group, Cindy Wang Brandt, offers guidance.||5/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMahdia Lynn – Beach Moments||A trans Muslim activist talks about surviving police brutality, forming a mosque and shaping a movement that offers safety, freedom and liberation for LGBTQ Muslims.||5/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMini Episode: The Queer Underground||An unrequited love story set against the backdrop of an anti-queer campus inspired Kaleidosope’s tagline - we reveal how.||4/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeborah Jian Lee – “Love & Basketball”||Deborah Jian Lee takes us on a journey through her life, work and the origin story of Kaleidoscope.||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMini Episode: #Halp! Hamster Wheel of Despair||A cancer survivor and bestselling author advises two listeners on how to survive and move forward when life falls apart.||4/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitKate Bowler — Rage and Romance||A history professor and author grapples with her stage four cancer diagnosis and opens up about her colorful, resilient, and unconventional post-diagnosis life.||4/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMini Episode: #Halp! Social Justice Newbie||A trained activist and church leader advises a "social justice newbie" on how to mobilize a politically disengaged church.||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrauma Laughter||A church leader and racial justice activist in St. Louis receives backlash from the broader faith community, and grapples with how to move forward in the face of adversity.||3/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMini Episode: Danny & Rueben||On this mini episode, we’re sharing an extra from Deborah's interview with Danny Cortez. This is the story of the first time Danny did something he never expected to do.||3/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDanny & Drew Cortez - "Love is a Choice"||After a conservative pastor and his son come out to each other for different reasons, their world comes undone, but together they rebuild something new and deeply authentic.||3/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMini Episode: Intersectionality 101 with AnaYelsi Velasco Sanchez||In this week’s mini episode, we’re introducing a new special segment called 101, a crash course in terms or issues that may be new to you. Today, AnaYelsi Velasco Sanchez talks intersectionality.||3/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMini Episode: #Halp! Racist Relatives and finding $$$||This week on #Halp, Kaleidoscope's advice column, M. Barclay and Eboo Patel answer listener questions about confronting racist relatives and finding money for good causes. Learn more about the show at kscopepod.com and don't forget to foll...||2/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMini Episode: Imagining a non-binary world with M Barclay||M Barclay dishes about thrill and awkwardness of dating after coming out as queer, imagining a non-binary world and beach parties. Learn more about the show at kscopepod.com and don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.||2/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEboo Patel — From Discord to Decency||Interfaith leader Eboo Patel on growing up Muslim in America and creating space for pluralism in partisan times.||2/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanM Barclay — Breaking the Binary||M Barclay is the first non-binary trans person commissioned as deacon in the United Methodist Church.||2/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrailer — Welcome to Kaleidoscope||A sneak peek into season one of Kaleidoscope.||11/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Deborah is such a fantastic interviewer. These are exactly the kinds of conversations we need to be having more of today.
Going Deep in Faith and Identity
I listen to a lot of podcasts and they scratch a number of different intellectual "itches" – science, poetry, current events, faith, etc. The gift of this podcast is that it takes so many of the identity and faith conversations that seem to only exist on parallel tracks, and invites us to stand thoughtfully at the intersections of where they meet. I'm looking forward to the authentic, reflective, critically-engaged conversations of faith that are to come.
Fascinating look at faith from the margins
Debbie is a superb journalist who uses her inique insight to discuss complicated issues of contemporary faith with grace and nuance.