The Heart of It
Hosted by Estée Lalonde
In the prologue of the pilot episode of her new podcast, Estée Lalonde describes the first time she partook in a protest. She explains how her naivety and her desire to be apart of the crowd led her protest against abortion, a cause she didn't understand at the time and later in life would find herself supporting the opposite side. Lalonde goes on to describe another protest that made a lasting impression on her life: the 2017 Women's March in London. The pilot episode of The Heart of It goes on to explore the cause and purpose of a protest and what causes people, who feel so strongly about a cause, to rise up and voice their opinion.
In the wake of the horrific and vile Virginia white supremacy protest turned riot this past weekend, Lalonde's words on protesting becomes even more relevant. Why do people protest? How do people feel so strongly about something to rally around, or in the case of the neo-Nazis riot for, their cause? Are people simply following the crowd and doing what everyone else is doing, like 15-year-old Estée, or is this cause truly something they believe in and are willing to fight for, like 26-year-old Estée? But the most important question Lalonde explores is "does what you're doing feel right and justified?"
Lalonde spends the majority of the episode reflecting on her experience marching for women's rights in the heart of London, a cause she believes in passionately and completely. She reflects on how it felt to be apart of something so empowering and inspiring. She also interviewed Nina Donovan, the 19-year-old poet behind Ashley's Judd's speech Nasty Woman at the Washington Women's March, about how it feels to express yourself through words, her thoughts on the current political climate, and the lasting legacy of the women's equal rights movement.
Lalonde and Donovan's conversation about the Women's March and the feminist movement in general brought a chill up my spine and put a lump in my throat. The conversation between the two women was empowering and inspiring. I found myself moved almost to tears a number of times whiles listening to Lalonde's stories. What makes The Heart of It so powerful is the way Lalonde is able to so elegantly and passionately speak about what she believes in and defend the causes she thinks will change the world for the better.
Lalonde's podcast, besides being high-quality, enticing content, is my inspiration this week because it's a reminder that we need to speak up for what we believe to be right, but also speak up for causes that foreshadow a brighter future for the many, not just the few. Lalonde's podcast is gripping, passionate, and relevant, and, quite frankly, I can't wait to hear more from one of my favorite nasty women.
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