Beyond Picket Fences Podcast

Episode #34: Can You See Me Now? w/ Marci French

Episode #34: Can You See Me Now? w/ Marci French

Marci French, our very first guest on Episode 02, "Searching For Identity," joins Mandi Benecke and Naomi Marquez again to discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion. We discuss many current event topics including the recent insurrection/attack on the capital, the...

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Episode #32: More Than An Ally w/Michael L. Boucher Jr.

Episode #32: More Than An Ally w/Michael L. Boucher Jr.

Naomi Marquez and Mandi Benecke sit down with Michael L Boucher to discuss his new book, More than an ally: A caring solidarity framework for White teachers of African American students gives White teachers a path to move beyond empathy to solidarity with their students and communities. He explores the concepts of solidarity and allyship, challenging White teachers to abandon solidarity with whiteness and dismantle the systems that alienate, oppress, and incarcerate Black and Brown young people.  

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Episode #30: Health Insurance: Mandi’s Experience w/ Mandi & Naomi

Episode #30: Health Insurance: Mandi’s Experience w/ Mandi & Naomi

Mandi talks about her experience with health insurance and how she’s been denied health insurance, and how there’s a population of Americans that are uninsured for reasons many people aren’t aware of. She uncovers just one piece of our broken healthcare system in America by sharing her first-hand experiences. 

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Episode #29: My Journey, I am a Proud, Gay Pastor w/Timoth Sylvia

Episode #29: My Journey, I am a Proud, Gay Pastor w/Timoth Sylvia

Timoth sits down with Mandi Benecke and Naomi Marquez to tell his story of growing up in a small, rural, Illinois community. Naomi and Mandi ask burning questions to uncover the elephant in the room when it comes to the correlation between religion, judgment, oppression, and how it is impacting our current day society. You won’t want to miss his response!

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