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The Dissenters with Debra Messing and Mandana Dayani

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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, EvaRead more

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Hillary Clinton on Dissent and Democracy

Oct 22 • 50:44

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....

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

Oct 15 • 49:34

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...

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

Oct 8 • 57:33

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

Oct 1 • 01:00:18

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The RBG Tribute Episode

Sep 24 • 01:14:25

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 ...

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

Sep 17 • 01:06:54

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

Sep 10 • 50:18

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. ...

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

Sep 3 • 46:10

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

Aug 27 • 01:02:45

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....

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

Aug 20 • 53:09

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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