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Episode 04: Can we laugh at that?

This week’s episode is a faaaabulous conversation with #1 New York Times best selling author and staff writer on HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John OIiver", Jill Twiss where we talk about why and how we can take the scary world around us and make it a little lighter.


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The topic of making jokes about current events and reframing current events got me thinking really hard. I had to ask myself "what is the 'problem' to take action on"?...and I’ve come to this: for me, the problem is the dark place. Things around us carry a weight and it makes them feel inaccessible, or touchy. It gives them power in a way that I don’t love. So the actions today are built around the idea that we can take away the daunting/scary power of the world’s issues by reframing them in ways that are more consumable. Jokes, children’s books, podcasts. I hope they help! - David


For our #ActionSteps in this episode: 

  1. Get creative. Straight from Jill’s personal process, think of one issue you’re having trouble with. For example, this week, for me, that is Presidential Impeachment. Take 7 minutes and write jokes about. Don’t worry about them being “good” or “bad” – just give it a shot and see what happens.

  2. Check out “The Someone New” by our guest Jill Twiss. It’s a great example of how reframing tricky subject matter make a difference. The book is available in major bookstores like Barnes and Noble and on her website jilltwiss.com

  3. Be an ally. Tying back to last week’s episode about Allyship, don’t forget that, while everyone is allowed to say whatever they want, there is such a thing poor taste. Just because “it’s a joke” doesn’t necessarily make it okay.







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