Oh This World

Oh This World

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A podcast for those inclined to take action. Our mission is to help Texans and people across the country hold our leaders accountable, and build an America that leaves no one behind. Join hosts Antoinette Perez and Lucas Schaefer as they explore the be…


#5: OTW Grab Bag — The Rage Line Is Open, RBG, White Fragility Wrap-Up
Sep 21 • 45 min
On today’s episode we discuss the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and its implications, listen and respond to our first Rage Line callers, and offer final thoughts on “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo.We also unveil our OTW Book Club selection…
#4: White Fragility in Media, ft. Angela de Joseph!
Sep 14 • 76 min
This week we’re joined by Angela de Joseph to continue our discussion of white fragility in progressive spaces and to explore how the media covers women of color and race generally. Angela is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, health advocate, and the founder…
#3: White Fragility in Progressive Activism, ft. Alexander Montalvo!
Sep 8 • 72 min
After two weeks apart, Antoinette and Lucas reunite to discuss the news and recent forays into activism. (To see the recent Statesman story that drove Lucas straight up the wall, go here). For our main topic today, Antoinette interviews Fort Worth…
#2: Chipocalypse 2! How TX21 Candidates Have Responded to COVID-19, & Why the GOP Is Desperate to Change the Subject
Aug 31 • 63 min
In this special episode, Lucas looks at how Wendy Davis and Chip Roy - the Democratic and Republican Congressional candidates in TX21 - have responded to COVID-19, and the strategies Rep. Roy and other Republicans are using to distract from their…
#1: All the Bad Whites (Fragility, Supremacy, Privilege, Wine) — plus, introducing our call-in line!
Aug 17 • 73 min
Welcome to Season Two of OH THIS WORLD!This season, we’re focused on the big picture: for the rest of 2020, we’ll be dedicating each month to an urgent issue facing Texas, and America. We’ll interview activists, thinkers and citizens about how to engage…
Season 2 Is On Its Way!
Jul 28 • 9 min
Antoinette and Lucas give a preview into Season 2 of OH THIS WORLD, coming August 2020!
#38: Weekend Grab Bag (Season 1 Finale!)
Jul 3 • 43 min
In our final episode of season 1, we take a look at the week in numbers, talk about what we learned and what surprised us during this inaugural Oh This World season, and share our recs for what we’re listening to, reading and watching to stay grounded…
#37: Chipocalypse Now!
Jul 1 • 59 min
Lucas read every single one of his far-right Congressman’s tweets for a year. On today’s episode he talks about why he did it, what he learned, and how citizen-activists across the country can use those lessons.Before we dive in, Antoinette follows-up…
#36: Confederate Monuments are Finally Coming Down. Now What?
Jun 29 • 55 min
On today’s episode, Antoinette explores ideas that museum curators, journalists and historians have proposed for what to do with Confederate monuments after they’ve been taken down. After a brief follow-up on disinformation and social media nonsense,…
#35: Weekend Grab Bag
Jun 26 • 58 min
We start our grab bag episode, as we do each Friday, with a look at the week in numbers, and the numbers aren’t good, especially here in Texas. After reopening too quickly and without adequate testing, Gov. Greg Abbott is now backtracking: closing bars…
#34: Does Consumer Activism Work? (plus: a disgrace in #TX21)
Jun 24 • 52 min
Today we look at consumer activism: what is it, does it work, and what actions can we all take to hold businesses accountable for their policies?Before we dive into our main topic, Antoinette educates us on the origins of the term “cancel culture,” we…
#33: The Pandemic Is Canceled
Jun 22 • 52 min
Today Antoinette leads a wide-ranging discussion on political accountability and the conservative obsession with “cancel culture.”First, an announcement: our first season of OH THIS WORLD wraps in less than two weeks, on Friday, July 3rd! We’ll be off…
#32: Weekend Grab Bag
Jun 19 • 48 min
Every Friday, we take a look at the week in numbers and offer our recs for what to read, listen to and watch to stay grounded during this unsettling time.To help us understand the numbers for the week we turn to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource…
#31: Down-ballot Frenzy!
Jun 17 • 48 min
Today we look at the importance of some of the elected offices that get less attention during election season, talk about why they’re important in 2020, and what you can do to get involved.To start, we review the importance of the Texas House and State…
#30: Beyond Slacktivism - Effective Social Media Activism
Jun 15 • 51 min
On this episode, Antoinette takes us through her own evolution in thinking about social media activism, explores the pitfalls of the online life, and unveils her strategy for using social media effectively.Before we jump into our main topic for the day,…
#29: Weekend Grab Bag
Jun 12 • 50 min
This week, we have a bevy of follow-ups, as well as our weekly recs for what to watch, listen to, and read this weekend to stay grounded in this unsettling time.We start with a look at the Coronavirus numbers. They’re not great, particularly in Texas,…
#28: In the Middle of a Global Pandemic Is It Necessary For Me To Also Care About The Texas State Board of Education? (Sadly, Yes).
Jun 10 • 51 min
Today Lucas leads a wide-ranging discussion about how the Texas State Board of Education wields significant influence over how history is taught both in Texas and across the country, why it matters, and what we can do about it. First, Antoinette has a…
#27: Making Anti-Racism Every Business’ Business
Jun 8 • 49 min
On today’s episode, Antoinette leads us through the steps we can all take as consumers, employees and business owners to make sure businesses are keeping anti-racism at the forefront of their agendas. First, we get a quick correction on the…
#26.5: Oh This Small World - ATTN: White People, Pt. 2
Jun 7 • 8 min
In this mini-episode, Lucas addresses white people who are supportive of the Black Lives Matter protests but still get skittish when they hear “defund the police.”You can read a copy of the 1928 Koch and Fowler “Master Plan” for Austin here (the part…
#26: Weekend Grab Bag, ft. Matt Oliver!
Jun 5 • 52 min
Activist and musician Matt Oliver is our special guest today to talk about relational organizing. Before Matt joins us, we give an update on the coronavirus numbers for the week. Cases continue to rise faster than ever globally, while the unemployment…
#25: Call Your People In!
Jun 3 • 51 min
After a week of especially horrible police brutality against black Americans, many white allies are showing up for the first time on the shores of Activist Island. Help them dry off, warm up, and find ways to be productive citizens in this new…
#24: Reaching Beyond the Echo Chamber in a Time of Crisis
Jun 1 • 47 min
In this time of pandemic and upheaval, what are the dangers of living in an echo chamber? Are there benefits? How do we break out of them?On today’s show we look at all kinds of echo chambers—from ideological to racial (specifically white people only…
#23: Weekend Grab Bag
May 29 • 42 min
Welcome to our weekend grab bag, where we follow up on stories from throughout the week and talk about what we’re listening to, reading and watching to stay grounded in this unsettling time.As always on Fridays, we start with a look at the numbers from…
#22: Gaslighting!
May 27 • 44 min
In our second episode on combatting disinformation, Antoinette helps us understand the extremely pervasive use of gaslighting from the Trump administration and their allies. We start by explaining what gaslighting is, and Antoinette and Lucas talk about…
#21: Why Aren’t We Collectively Mourning?
May 25 • 50 min
Today we look at why we aren’t mourning COVID-19 deaths collectively, as a nation, why collective mourning is important, and what we can do about it. First, we look at a couple of articles that may be of interest to OTW listeners: an NPR story…
#20: Weekend Grab Bag
May 22 • 54 min
Welcome to our weekend grab bag, where we follow up on stories from throughout the week and talk about what we’re listening to, reading and watching to stay grounded in this unsettling time.We start with a look at the numbers: from both a public health…
#19.5: Oh This Small World - Business Leaders and The Myth of the Middle Ground
May 21 • 5 min
It’s never been American business custom to speak openly about politics. But when business leaders who are progressively minded do speak up, I want truth! I want resonance! I want to feel what they’re saying in my bones!That’s not what we usually get,…
#19: Expanding our Political Imagination
May 20 • 52 min
The COVID-19 catastrophe has highlighted major problems in America that existed well before the pandemic did, from a broken health care system to vast (and rising) inequality. But what if out of this crisis came the chance to create big change? Today…
#18: Our Government Isn’t Holding Corporations Accountable. Can We?
May 18 • 51 min
Today, Antoinette does a deep-dive into how we can hold corporations accountable for their actions in the COVID-19 era.Before we leap into the corporate world, Lucas looks at the latest ways Republicans are distorting information to distract from their…
#17.5: Oh This Small World - No One Is Coming To Save Us
May 16 • 5 min
GOP voter suppression efforts in Texas continue their slog. It would be nice to not think about this for a day, but since we can’t do that, let’s turn our frustration into action and step up for every Texan. Texans, please make two calls on Monday to…
#17: Weekend Grab Bag
May 15 • 53 min
We start our Weekend Grab Bag with some follow-ups on stories throughout the week, including an update to our disinformation episode. Lucas points to two stories related to his Oh This Small World mini-episode addressed to his fellow white people: a…
#16: Disinformation: we can’t avoid it, so now what?
May 13 • 52 min
On this episode, Antoinette and Lucas explore the disinformation that bad actors are spreading about coronavirus, and what all of us can do to combat it. We start by looking at the differences between misinformation and disinformation, and recount our…
#15: How Can We Treat Our Essential Workers as if They’re Actually Essential (Which They Are)?
May 11 • 50 min
In today’s episode we look at what types of work are considered essential, how we treat our essential workers (spoiler: poorly), and what all of us can do to support America’s essential workforce.Before diving in, Antoinette calls attention to an A+…
#14: Weekend Grab Bag, ft. The Mocktale Hour!
May 8 • 42 min
For our weekend grab bag we’re joined by special guest Sunny Merry, co-host of the The Mocktale Hour, a new podcast “for the sober-curious and the alcohol-free.” Before talking to Sunny, Antoinette follows up on her social distancing bonus episode with…
#13.5: Oh This Small World - ATTN: White People
May 7 • 5 min
Hours after the Texas Supreme Court ordered the hairdresser who broke stay-at-home measures released from jail, Lucas has a brief message to share with his fellow white people.This episode was recorded on Thursday, May 7, 2020.
#13: How Can We Communicate Effectively with the Other Side? (& is it even worthwhile?)
May 6 • 49 min
A wide-ranging conversation about how to talk to people we disagree with and if that is a worthy goal in the first place. First, Antoinette gives a quick update on yesterday’s vote-by-mail episode, calling attention to this helpful explainer from the…
#12.5: Oh This Small World - Keep Your Distance!
May 5 • 5 min
When state and local orders on public safety no longer align, confusion is an expected outcome. And folks who have been itching for a “return to normal” might see this confusion as a convenient excuse to make individual decisions that risk everyone…
#12: Vote By Mail: Why We Need It, How to Make It Happen
May 4 • 43 min
Antoinette and Lucas explore why making vote-by-mail accessible to all is so important in the age of COVID-19, and what we need to do to make it happen.Before diving into mail-in voting, we introduce a new feature: Oh This Small World, occasional…
#11.5: Oh This Small World - Cover Your Trap!
May 3 • 5 min
On days when we don’t record, expect the occasional mini-rant or quick call to action from Antoinette or Lucas. Today, on this second day of Texas’ partial “re-open,” Lucas has a thing or two to say about masks and our elected officials (hint: cover…
#11: Weekend Grab Bag
May 1 • 40 min
Every Friday, we follow up on our previous episodes from the week, and talk about what we’re doing to stay grounded in this unsettling time, including sharing what we’re listening to, reading and watching.Today we start with follow-ups on recent…
#10: What the Heck is Greg Abbott Doing? And How Can We Respond?
Apr 30 • 45 min
Antoinette and Lucas look at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to allow some businesses—including restaurants and malls—to re-open at 25% capacity on Friday, why that’s bad for workers and for business owners, and how we can respond.First, Antoinette…
#9: Save the Post Office!, Part Two
Apr 28 • 44 min
Today Antoinette takes us on a deep-dive into the history of the USPS, a vital American institution in financial peril. She focuses on the wild 2006 law that, in addition to COVID-19, has been the reason for many of the post office’s recent…
#8: How Do We Get Out the Vote in November When We Can’t Get Out?
Apr 27 • 43 min
In this episode we explore what each of us can do to secure Democratic victories at all levels in November when we can’t engage in many of the activities - like canvassing - that we would be doing if not for COVID-19. First, Antoinette and Lucas…
#7: Weekend Grab Bag
Apr 24 • 36 min
Every Friday, we’ll follow up on our previous episodes from the week, and talk about what we’re doing to stay grounded in this unsettling time, including sharing what we’re listening to, reading and watching.Today we started with an update from…
#6: Where Are The Tests?
Apr 23 • 28 min
Today’s episode is about how we know when it’s OK to “re-open” society, and what we can do to make sure it’s done safely (hint: we need more tests). First, Antoinette and Lucas explore the GOP’s war on experts, and how misinformation has made it…
#5: Astroturfin’ USA
Apr 22 • 26 min
In recent days, the GOP has tried to paint small protests against stay-at-home measures as a mass movement. In this episode, Antoinette and Lucas look at who’s behind these rallies, what they’re hoping to accomplish, and what we can do about it. After…
#4: Maskmaker, Maskmaker (Make Me a Mask…!)
Apr 21 • 24 min
In Austin, as in many communities around the country, we’re now required to wear a face mask or clothing covering whenever we leave the house. In this episode, we do a deep-dive into all things mask-related, starting with Antoinette’s initial attempts…
#3: Is There a “Right” Way to Get Groceries?
Apr 19 • 21 min
In a functioning democracy, our state and federal leaders might use their platforms to educate Americans about how best to handle and consume food during Coronavirus. They might even dispel misinformation on the topic. But that is neither the Texas nor…
#2: Won’t You Be My Neighbor (From Six Feet Away)?
Apr 19 • 21 min
In this episode, Antoinette and Lucas riff on how we keep time in these uncertain times, before launching into an exploration of mutual aid networks. These are grassroots groups, operating online, that match people looking for support (elderly folks in…
#1: Save the Post Office!
Apr 18 • 30 min
In our inaugural episode we discuss the uncertainty, anxiety and frothing rage that Coronavirus - and our government’s response to it - has provoked, and of our desire to take concrete action to hold our leaders accountable. Across America, there’s no…