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Unlocking Us On My Mind: RBG, Surge Capacity, and Play as an Energy Source
September 23, 2020

On My Mind: RBG, Surge Capacity, and Play as an Energy Source

In this episode, I share my thoughts on the power of dissent, what happens when we max out our surge capacity during a crisis, and how time spent without purpose can refuel and reconnect us.

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Avalon McKenzie

Avalon McKenzie

Thank you to Avalon McKenzie for our great Unlocking Us illustration.

Avalon is a designer, illustrator and hand-letterer from Austin, Texas. She studied Communication Design at Parsons The New School for Design. By day, she works as a Global Art Director for Whole Foods Market. Her freelance clients include brands like Victoria’s Secret, Brené Brown, Free People, SXSW, ByGeorge, Eberjey, and Paige. Follow her on Pinterest and Instagram @avalonmckenzie

Carrie Rodriguez

Carrie Rodriguez

Thank you to Carrie Rodriguez who collaborated with Gina Chavez to write and perform our two podcast songs: Muy Podcasty and Oneder.

Carrie Rodriguez, a singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas, finds beauty in the cross-pollination of diverse traditions. A passionate performer, she melds fiery fiddle playing, electrifying vocals and a fresh interpretation of new and classic songs with an “Ameri-Chicana” attitude. Her most recent release, the critically-acclaimed bilingual album, Lola, was named as one of NPR’s top 50 albums of the year. Carrie has performed on stages across North America and Europe for the last decade, as well as on programs such as Austin City Limits, The Tonight Show, A Prairie Home Companion, and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. In the words of author Brené Brown, “She’s the trifecta for me – beautiful singer, soulful songwriter, and kick-ass fiddler.”

Carrie lives in Austin with her husband and musical collaborator Luke Jacobs, and their 4-year-old son Cruz. You can learn more about Carrie at https://www.carrierodriguez.com and on Instagram at @carrierockriguez

Gina Chavez

Gina Chavez photo credit: Jacob Weber

Thank you to Gina Chavez who collaborated with Carrie Rodriguez to write and perform our two podcast songs: Muy Podcasty and Oneder.

Gina Chavez is a radiant, passionate performer and activist. With more than a million views on her NPR Tiny Desk concert, an hour-long PBS special, and a 12-country tour as a cultural ambassador with the U.S. State Department, Chavez is uniting audiences with her genre-bending sound and gutsy voice.

Gina’s music is deeply personal. Her passionate collection of bilingual songs traversing cumbia, pop, and soul take audiences on a journey to discover her Latin roots through music as she shares the story of life in Texas as a married, queer Catholic.

Gina is set to make waves with the release of her new album, La Que Manda (“the woman in charge”), this May. The first single, “She Persisted,” is now available.

Gina lives in Austin with her wife, Jodi Granado. Together, they co-founded Niñas Arriba, a college fund that offers full scholarships to a private, Catholic university for young girls in Soyapango, El Salvador, where they used to live.

Kara Trail

Kara Trail

Thank you to our podcast photographer Kara Trail.

Kara is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin as well as the Art Institute of Houston. She is a native Houstonian and lives there currently with her husband Sam and two teenage sons. In her spare time she loves running (while listening to podcasts), cooking and spending time traveling with family and friends. You can see more of her work @miromaphotography and @saraandkam

Lauren LoGrasso

Lauren LoGrasso

Thank you to Lauren LoGrasso our executive producer.

Lauren LoGrasso is an executive podcast producer and host, singer/songwriter and all-around creative. She’s best known for working on and helping to create shows such as Unlocking Us with Brené Brown, The goop Podcast, Girlboss Radio, Lauren Conrad: Asking for a Friend, Yoga Girl: Conversations from the Heart, Meaningful Conversations with Maria Shriver, Jen Gotch is Ok…Sometimes and her own show, Unleash Your Inner Creative with Lauren LoGrasso. As a singer/songwriter Lauren has played many top venues including The Viper Room, Hardrock Cafe and House of Blues and had her songs featured in multiple award-winning films. Her next Single, “Rise” is out on April 17th and you can hear her full EP (produced by Grammy Award Winner, Jeff Bova) summer 2020. She’s honored to get to work on Unlocking Us and can’t wait to watch the show continue to grow and help people gain a better understanding of themselves and others. Thanks to Brené and the whole team!

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