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The Telos Channel, hosting the suite of Telos podcasts | Undaunted: In our divided and dangerous world, how can we choose peace? Join us on our journey to find answers, guided by radical peacemakers and their stories from the front-lines. When conflict seems intractable, these conversations give us the courage to choose a different way—a way of justice, healing, and hope. | The Check-in: an every-other-week deep dive into headlines from Israel/Palestine and across the world, where we wade into the complexity of seemingly intractable conflict to discover the power of peacemaking to heal us, our community and our world.

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The Check-in: Campus Protests, Antisemitism, and Advocacy
May 17 2024
The Check-in: Campus Protests, Antisemitism, and Advocacy
With the nation embroiled in debates over the campus protest movement, we sat down with a few experts and eye witnesses to discuss: what are our misconceptions about the protests, how can we become better advocates for the flourishing of all (including our local neighbors), and how might we respond to our own communities’ divisions while keeping our focus on what’s happening in the region? This episode has two parts: In the first, we speak with internationally renowned expert Rabbi Jill Jacobs,  CEO of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. Rabbi Jacobs provides an important perspective on understanding Zionism from the Jewish context, and how to identify and resist antisemitism in our communities. It is a helpful conversation to ground us as we discuss the protests. The second part is a conversation with Greg Khalil, Sarah Sturm, and Marina Klimchuk, a former Telos team member who’s spent time living in Israel and journalist who reported from the encampments at Columbia and UCLA. We discuss misconceptions of the protests, inclusive and exclusive language, discursive policing, and how we might keep our focus on the very urgent matter of the events in Gaza today.It’s a long one, but we think you’ll enjoy the extra time to dive into the topics of today’s episode. --Leave a rating and review on Apple podcasts or SpotifyIf you’re enjoying the podcast, become a monthly donor to Telos!Subscribe to the Telos NewsletterRead and share the Principles and Practices of Peacemaking Follow Telos on Instagram @thetelosgroupLearn more about T'ruah
The Learning Corps: The Descendants Project
May 1 2024
The Learning Corps: The Descendants Project
Welcome to the Learning Corps podcast, the newest show on the Telos Channel! Together, we’ll excavate the core issues of conflict with experts from around the world, to uncover the path forward toward creative action in our communities. In this Learning Corps conversation, we were joined by Dr. Joy Banner, the  Co-Founder and Co-Director of The Descendants Project. The Descendants Project is a nonprofit foundation founded to preserve and protect the health, land, and lives of the Black descendant community located in Louisiana’s River Parishes. Many of the folks on our ReStory US experience visit these parishes and hear from Dr. Joy Banner, who is the former Director of Communications and descendant of people enslaved at Whitney Plantation, the only plantation museum in Louisiana that centers the lives of the enslaved.We explore who these descendant communities are, as well as how they’ve been disproportionately impacted by environmental policies that have their legacies in slavery. But we also center the resilience and resources of this community,  the strategic actions they are taking to advocate for themselves, and how we can come alongside them in their healing and flourishing. Links:Leave a rating and review on Apple podcasts or SpotifyIf you’re enjoying the podcast, become a monthly donor to Telos!Subscribe to the Telos NewsletterRead and share the Principles and Practices of Peacemaking Follow Telos on Instagram @thetelosgroupJoin the Telos Learning Corps for more of these conversations and community collaboration calls with the Telos network--Learn more about The Descendants ProjectRead about the Wallace Grain ElevatorFinancially Support The Descendants Project Follow the Descendants Project on Instagram
The Check-in: What's Iran Got To Do With It...Part 2
Apr 22 2024
The Check-in: What's Iran Got To Do With It...Part 2
After Israel’s strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Iran launched a barrage of 300 missiles at Israel from sites around the Middle East. While around 99% of the projectiles were intercepted before landing, the retaliatory response represented an escalation in a moment already fraught with risk of greater war. Then, overnight last Friday, Israel responded with a strike near an Iranian nuclear site, raising concerns that the region could be on the brink of massive violence.In this episode, we explore the complex relationship between Israel and Iran, how the recent strikes factor into Washington’s relationship to the actors and what’s happening in Gaza, and what it all means for us—those of us who care to see the human rights of all people honored in the region. In order to provide a range of perspectives on the issue, we brought on guest expert Joe Cirincione to discuss. Joe is the Former Director for Non Proliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where he closely tracked Iran’s nuclear program and then, as the President of Ploughshares Fund, played a key role in the campaign for the Iran Deal, which rolled back Iran’s nuclear weapons development program. Joe is an internationally recognized expert on the issue and offered invaluable insights for us on this episode.Leave a rating and review on Apple podcasts or SpotifyIf you’re enjoying the podcast, become a monthly donor to Telos!Subscribe to the Telos NewsletterRead and share the Principles and Practices of Peacemaking Follow Telos on Instagram @thetelosgroupRead Joe’s substackRead Nicholas Kristoff in the New York Times, as mentioned by Joe: Gaza is Biden’s War Now
The Check-in: What’s Iran Got To Do With It...Part 1
Apr 11 2024
The Check-in: What’s Iran Got To Do With It...Part 1
After an Israeli strike killed IRGC leaders in Syria, the region has waited with baited breath for a response from the Iranian regime. Could regional war be on the horizon?We explore:What (and who) is a proxy? How does the US-Israel alliance shape Iran’s engagement in the region? What does the strike mean for the ongoing negotiations to end the war? We hear the perspectives of two accomplished guest experts from DAWN: Democracy for the Arab World Now, a human rights organization founded by the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 to promote the rule of law and democracy across the Middle East, just before his murder in Turkey. Joining us were Sarah Leah Whitson, DAWN’s Executive Director, and Omid Memarian, DAWN’s Director of Communications and an Iranian journalist. Both have impressive resumes in human rights work in the region and offer a helpful perspective on the current moment. There’s more to explore on Iran, so stay tuned for further conversations with more perspectives, and send us your questions from this episode to address in a follow-up conversation coming soon.UPDATE: See our follow-up episode, posted April 22, for more perspective and conversation. Leave a rating and review on Apple podcasts or SpotifyIf you’re enjoying the podcast, become a monthly donor to Telos!Subscribe to the Telos NewsletterRead and share the Principles and Practices of Peacemaking Follow Telos on Instagram @thetelosgroupRead more about DAWN’s work
The Check-in: A World-Famous Mugshot, an Ordinary Hero
Jun 27 2023
The Check-in: A World-Famous Mugshot, an Ordinary Hero
You may not know it, but you’ve probably seen Joan Trumpauer Mulholland’s mugshot. Or the back of her head in the world-famous photo of the Woolworth’s sit-in in Jackson, MS as civil rights activists were harassed and assaulted by a mob of white segregationists. Joan was an activist in the Civil Rights movement who by the age of 23, had spent two months on death row at Parchman prison for participating in the Freedom Rides of 1961, had been nearly killed by the Klan in Mississippi, and had stood her ground for justice at countless sit-ins, protests, and rallies. Despite coming from a wealthy, white family in the South, she knew the world would only become a more just place if she accepted her call to become a peacemaker and advocate on behalf of her disenfranchised neighbors. And she has inspired generations of others behind her to believe in their agency too. As her son has pointed out, she was and is an “ordinary hero.”In this special ‘live” episode, we get to hear from Ms. Mulholland herself on the events of her life and how she found the courage to be a peacemaker time and again. We were also joined by her son Loki, who is now an accomplished educator, filmmaker, and advocate for justice himself, on the work they are doing together today to “educate to end hate.” We loved getting to hear from these two, and were so inspired by their courage and humility. Read and share the Principles and Practices of Peacemaking Follow Telos on Instagram @thetelosgroupIf you’re enjoying the podcast, become a monthly donor to Telos!Leave a rating and review on Apple podcasts or SpotifySubscribe to the Telos NewsletterResources Mentioned:Learn more about the murders of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman, the three civil rights workers killed in MississippiGet Back to the Counter: Seven Lessons from Civil Rights Icon Joan Trumpauer Mulholland by Loki MulhollandThe Joan Trumpauer Mulholland FoundationWatch An Ordinary Hero, on Joan’s life, produced and directed by Loki Mulholland