First Name Basis Podcast

By Jasmine Bradshaw

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As parents, we all want to teach our kids to be inclusive, but how? Join Jasmine Bradshaw each week as she gives you the tools and practical strategies that you need to talk to your children about race, religion, and culture. If you are a parent who values inclusion and wants to teach your children how to truly love those who are different from them, this podcast is for you!

Episode Date
3:05 Anti-racism in the Wild

You know that feeling you get when you’re surrounded by pine trees, breathing the crisp mountain air, and feeling the stresses of everyday life slowly melt away? Well, unfortunately that feeling is not afforded to everyone. Studies have shown that BIPOC families do not spend as much time enjoying national parks and public lands as white families do. This fact can be traced back to racism, a lack of representation, and our nation’s history of segregation. In this episode Preethi Harbuck of @localpassportfamily and I unpack the study “People of Color and Their Constraints to National Parks Visitation” and discuss ways that families can make the outdoors more inclusive. 

Connect with Preethi at Local Passport Family 

People of Color and Their Constraints to National Parks Visitation


Great Smoky Mountains National Park Vandalized With ‘Black Lives Don’t Matter’ Sign


9 Rules for the Black Birdwatcher 


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Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN 


Nov 23, 2020
3:04 The Untold Story of Christopher Columbus

The story that we learned about Christopher Columbus could not be further from the truth. He was a colonizer, enslaver, and sex trafficker who committed genocide against Indigenous Peoples. Don’t believe me? Listen in and decide for yourself.


In this episode we discuss:

  • Common myths about Christopher Columbus
  • The 3 reasons why Columbus’ crusade was different from others who had traveled to the Americas 
  • What happened once Columbus arrived 
  • The origins of Columbus Day in the United States
  • Ideas about what we should do in response to this violent history 

**Trigger Warning** Violence against BIPOC

Free Thanksgiving Teaching Resource & Harvest Festival E-book


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Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen (affiliate link) 


Rethinking Columbus


How Columbus Sailed into U.S. History, Thanks to Italians


Who Were the Olmec?


Whose History Matters? Students Can Name Columbus, But Most Have Never Heard of the Taino People


Taino: Indigenous Carribeans 


Christopher Columbus and the Doctrine of Discovery


Resource Guide: Abolish Columbus Day: Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples


UN Definition of Genocide


The History of Columbus Day


Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN

Nov 17, 2020
3:03 The Untold Story of Thanksgiving Replay

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that means that us parents are faced with the question of what to tell our children about this (somewhat controversial) holiday. You probably remember having a part in the annual school play reenacting the “First Thanksgiving” and you know that’s no longer (and never was) appropriate because it paints a pretty inaccurate picture of what happened all those years ago. But if that’s not what happened, what did? In this episode I share what I’ve learned about the untold story of what actually happened during that harvest festival in the autumn of 1621. 

I cover:

-The events leading up to the harvest festival, including the initial meeting between the Europeans and the Wampanoag people 

-The role of Tisquantum (Squanto)

-The festival itself and the events that followed 

-Sarah Josepha Hale-The Mother of Thanksgiving 

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow-an American poet who carefully crafted the romanticized version of the Thanksgiving story

Download the FREE Harvest: Festivals Around the World E-book

Harvest: Festivals Around the World is an interactive ebook that teachers about 4 different harvest festivals. Each page teaches about a different festival and has links to videos, songs, and art that you can enjoy with your kiddos!


Download the FREE resource guide to share with your child’s teacher so that they can accurately teach about Thanksgiving 


Join the First Name Basis Patreon Community


Sources used and articles referenced:

Why I’m Not thankful for Thanksgiving by Michael Dorris

Rethinking Columbus

-This book contains the article: Plagues, Pilgrims, and the Truth About Thanksgiving by James w. Loewen

Beyond Heroes and Holidays

Plimoth Plantation

Podcast: Stuff You Missed in History Class

Episode: Sarah Josepha Hale & Godey's Lady's Book

Sidedoor: A Podcast from the Smithsonian 

Episode: That Brunch in the Forest

The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN

Nov 10, 2020
3:02 Real Talk: Cultural Appropriation & White Supremacy

On the surface cultural appropriation might not seem very harmful, but when you peel back the layers it is clear that cultural appropriation is a function of racism and perpetuates white supremacy. In this episode I have a real and unfiltered conversation about the intersection between cultural appropriation and white supremacy with Michelle Franzoni-Thorley from @florafamiliar

The Spanish Caste System:

The Racial Caste System in Colonial Spanish Mexico


Pride & Anxiety in New Spain


When Worlds Collide: The Caste System

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Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN 

Nov 02, 2020
3:01 Your Top 5 Cultural Appropriation Questions Answered

Cultural appropriation can be so confusing. We all want to learn about and celebrate other cultures while making sure we don’t cross any lines or embrace stereotypes and caricatures. In this episode I answer the 5 most common questions that I get from you about cultural appropriation. We cover everything from authentic cultural artifacts to costumes. This episode will bring you the clarity you need to make sure you are appreciating and not appropriating.


  1. When I ask cultural insiders about appropriation I always get different answers, how do I navigate that?
  2. How do I avoid appropriating when it comes to children's costumes?
  3. When is it acceptable to wear authentic cultural artifacts?
  4. How can I support the Black economy without appropriating?
  5. What do I do if I realize that I've been purchasing appropriated items?


First Name Basis Patreon Community 


First Name Basis Instagram


Season 2 Episode 16, How to Avoid Cultural Appropriation


Think Before You Appropriate 


So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo*


Season 2 Episode 11, Cinco De Mayo Is NOT Mexican Independence Day

Arizona’s ban on Mexican American studies was racist, U.S. court rules

Arizona judge declares ban on ethnic studies unconstitutional


Nothing Like I Imagined (Except for Sometimes) by Mindy Kailing

How to dress your Pākehā child up as Maui or Moana without appropriating Pasifika culture

Please don’t tell your kids they can’t dress as Moana this Halloween


Opposition to my opinion on costumes:

PSA: Don’t Let Your Kids Dress Up In These Costumes

Why your white kid probably shouldn’t dress up as Moana for Halloween


Traditional Cultural Clothing:

Little Koto’s Closet by Emi Ito


Appropriation of Indigenous Culture 

Podcast with Robin Wall Kimmer


The Complicated History of the Moccasin 


4 Ways  to Honor Native Americans Without Appropriating Our Culture 

Alternatives to Freshly Picked Moccasins: 

LL Designs 


*affiliate link


Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams and “Dive Down” by VYEN

Oct 27, 2020
2:28 How To Become An Informed Voter

I have heard from so many of you that this election season has left you feeling confused and overwhelmed. That is completely understandable, 2020 has been a year full of uncertainty and turmoil, to say the least. Even though there is so much going on around us it is critical for all of us to cast our vote and use our voices during this election season. Voting is a precious right and it is our responsibility as citizens to go to the polls with as much information as possible. In this episode I will walk you through my 4 step action plan to become an informed voter! My hope is that after listening to this episode you will feel empowered to confidently complete your ballot and fulfill your civic duty. 

Step 1: Put time on your calendar 

Step 2: Decide on your non-negotiables 

Step 3: Use your voting tools 

Step 4: Write down who you voted for


Download the FREE Voting Action Plan 


Podcast U Free Podcasting Classes


Podcast U Blog Post


Media Bias Chart: Static


Media Bias Chart: Interactive 


3 in 30 Podcast: How to Have Grace-filled Political Conversations 


Dr. Martin Luther King Letter From a Birmingham Jail

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Sep 17, 2020
2:27 Holly's Birth Story Bonus Episode

Our little Holly Jane was born on August 14th and in this episode we share her birth story! It was absolutely magical (even though we are in the middle of a pandemic) and we are so excited to be a family of four. 


CDC-Racial and Ethnic Disparities Continue in Pregnancy Related Deaths


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood

Aug 31, 2020
2:26 My Working Mom: Chasing Her Dreams

Now more than ever women and girls are being encouraged to share their gifts, talents, and intelligence with the world in spectacular ways! So what does it look like to have a wildly successful career all while raising a family? This week on the podcast I sit down with my mom, Dr. Leslie Telfer, a clinical psychologist who spent 30 years working at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Dr. Telfer specialized in serving veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and she shares in the episode that this is no coincidence. Listen to hear how she found her way to psychology and how she balanced working in trauma with being a mother, wife, daughter, and friend. 


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 


Aug 24, 2020
2:25 The Power of Representation with Mijha Godfrey from Jambo Book Club

Representation is critical for all children in all spaces. Children can’t be what they can’t see, so they all need to see and experience people of many different backgrounds leading happy and successful lives. This week on the podcast I have the opportunity to interview Mijha Godfrey, the founder of Jambo Books. Mijha is a former affordable housing developer, lawyer and founder of Jambo Books. Jambo, which means both “hello” and “welcome” in Swahili, is a book subscription service for children aged 0 – 13 where all the books feature lead characters who are children of color.  The stories in Jambo Books focus on the beauty of childhood, the joys of friendship and family, the thrill of new adventures, the wonderful tapestry that is the life of a Child of Color.  


Mijha is passionate about helping parents raise children who won’t need to be taught how to tolerate people who are different from themselves because they will expect and enjoy healthy inclusion. Jambo Book Club members will recognize the same humanity in those who may not share their experiences that they see in those who do. 


During the interview we discuss:

  • The origin story behind the Jambo Book Club
  • The power of representation for all children 
  • The importance of reading books about Children of Color that do not focus on race/social justice and just depict children leading everyday lives
  • The balance between teaching children about the realities of racism while also giving them opportunities to experience joy and just be kids 


Click here to check out the Jambo Book Club!

Jambo Books on Instagram 

Jambo Books on Twitter


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 


Aug 10, 2020
2:24 Cancel Culture Part 3: Removing Statues

Our country is in the midst of a social revolution. People everywhere are standing up and fighting for racial equity and part of the protesting has included taking down statues of people who have had a hand in the oppression of marginalized communities. In this episode we discuss the founding of our country, the violence that accompanied that founding, and why we have to take that violence seriously. Listen to hear a perspective you may not have considered about what these statues represent and how we can change them to better reflect our community as a whole. 


How Slavery Affected African-American Families 


Genetic Consequences of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the Americas 


Slave Nation: How Slavery United the Colonies and Sparked the Ameican Revolution


How the Constitution was Indeed Pro-Slavery


GOP Senator Under Fire For Comment that Slavery was ‘Necessary Evil’


1619 Project


Whose Heritage? 153 Years of Confederate Iconography 


Princeton & Slavery: James Madison


The Founding Fathers and Slavery


Why Thomas Jefferson’s Anti-Slavery Passage was Removed from the Declaration of Independence 


George Washington, Slavery, ‘The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret’ 


Advertisement for the Capture of Ona Judge


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 


Aug 05, 2020
2:23 What Is Cancel Culture And What Do We Do About It?

Cancel culture is difficult to define and widely viewed in a negative light. It could be defined as a modern form of protest or boycott and therefore it has an important role to play in fighting for justice. In this episode we will define cancel culture, discuss when cancellation is called for, and provide suggestions on what to do if you get canceled.

  • Defining Cancel Culture: 
    • Cancelling could mean: getting called out, getting called out publicly, losing social media followers, getting fired, getting boycotted, physical threats, having your statue torn down, etc. 


  • When is cancellation called for?  Where to draw the line
    • Many Americans have a negative view of cancel culture, but some say it is a way to hold people accountable.  
    • Social media has provided a platform to many people who have been denied a platform in the past.  New voices are being heard, especially from people who have been marginalized.  
    • “Everyone thinks there are lines.  The question is where are those lines and who gets to draw them.” - Osita Nwanevu


  • What if I get canceled? 
    • Examine your words/behaviors that are being called out and ask yourself two simple questions: First, were you right or were you wrong? And second, if you were right, is this worth sacrificing for?   


“What It Means to Get ‘Canceled’.”

Lizza, Ryan. “Americans tune in to ‘cancel culture’ -- and don’t like what they see.” Politico, July 22, 2020.

Rowling, J.K., Margaret Atwood, Noam Chomsky, David Brooks, Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie, Gloria Steinem, Fareed Zakaria, et al. “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate.” Harper’s Magazine. July 7, 2020.

Butler, Danielle. “The Misplaced Hysteria About a ‘Cancel Culture’ that Doesn’t Actually Exist. The Root. Oct. 23, 2018.

Owens, Ernest. “Obama’s Very Boomer View of ‘Cancel Culture’”. The New York Times. Nov. 1, 2019.

Further Reading

Binkowski, Brooke, et al. “A More Specific Letter on Justice and Open Debate.” The Objective, July 7, 2020.

Chiu, Allyson. “Wall Street Journal staffers asked the editorial board for more accuracy. The board bemoaned ‘cancel culture.’” Washington Post. July 24, 2020.

Hagi, Sarah. “Cancel Culture Is Not Real -- At Least Not in the Way People Think.”  Time. Nov. 21, 2019.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Instagram

“I think the conversations around cancel culture are missing the point. Powerful people have been ‘cancelling’ for centuries, they just used terms like ‘colonising’ or ‘civilising.’ The ‘cancel culture’ of today is nowhere near as dangerous as ‘cancellation’ has been for millions around the world. What we are seeing now is individuals being forced to be accountable for their actions, called out by folks who traditionally haven’t had much structural power. The reality is that those ‘called out’ individuals may experience discomfort, but materially their lives will remain intact- they will still be able to work and earn money, sell the product,etc."


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood  


Jul 28, 2020
2:22 Cancel Culture Pt. 1: Calling Out, Calling In, & Tone Policing

In this first episode of our 3 part cancel culture series we lay a foundation for the conversation by getting clear about the difference between calling someone out and calling someone in. We get down to the brass tacks of when it is your responsibility to call someone in/out and how to do it. The episode concludes with helpful guidelines about what to do if you get called out for a mistake you’ve made. 


This Book is Anti-Racist By Tiffany Jewell 


Season 2 Episode 21: How You Can Support Anti-racist Educators 


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 


Make sure to tune in next week for the second episode of the series where we break down cancel culture and the effect that it is having on our community and the movement. 


Interested in a collaboration? Please email 

Jul 20, 2020
2:21 How You Can Support Anti-racist Educators

Anti-racism work is critical to creating the community that we all want, and those of us who have been called to lead this movement are carrying a heavy load. In this episode I share a few ways that you can come alongside anti-racist educators and share that load. 


First Name Basis Patreon Community


Invisible Labor: Valuing the Unseen Contributions of Women


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 


Jul 15, 2020
2:20 The Untold Story of the Star Spangled Banner

You think you know the story of Francis Scott Key watching the “rockets red glare” and “bombs bursting in air” as a prisoner on a British warship, but there is a lot to this story that you probably did not learn in history class. In this episode we unpack the man behind the Star Spangled Banner, how it became our National Anthem, and whether it truly represents American values. 


Annotated National Anthem


The Short History of the War of 1812 in Maryland 


Article: Star Spangled Bigotry: The Hidden Racist History of the National Anthem by Jason Johnson 


What So Proudly We Hail, Documentary from Morgan State University 


Francis Scott Key Opposed “Land of the Free”


Where’s the Debate of Francis Scott Key’s Slaveholding Legacy by Christopher Wilson


Star Spangled Banner Born From a Drinking Song 200 Years Ago


The Fight for the Anthem


Oscar Stanton De Priest 


Mississippi Lawmakers Pass Resolution Paving Way to Remove Confederate Symbol from State Flag by Brittany Shammas

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Jun 29, 2020
2:19 The Danger of Spiritual Bypassing

There have been many different types of reactions to the calls for racial justice that are going on in our country right now. If your social media looks anything like mine you’ve probably noticed a lot of spiritual bypassing. Spiritual bypassing is a term coined by psychologist John Welwood in 1984, he describes it as, “a widespread tendency to use spiritual ideas and practices to sidestep or avoid facing unresolved emotional issues, psychological wounds, and unfinished developmental tasks.” 

It is calls for “prayer,” “unity,” and “love” without a commitment to action. It is the message that “we are all different and God loves everyone” and statements like “I’m not listening to the voices of the world anymore, I’m only listening to God.”

Spiritual bypassing may look harmless on the surface, but it is actually a form of violence because it shuts down conversation and allows people to distance themselves from the responsibility they have to be part of the solution, which in turn perpetuates racism. In this episode we discuss how to spot spiritual bypassing, what makes it so dangerous, and what you should do when you see it.  

Human Nature, Buddha Nature: On Spiritual Bypassing, Relationship, and the Dharma by John Wellwood 


Spiritual Bypassing, White Privilege, and Black Lives Matter


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Jun 22, 2020
2:18 What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is the oldest celebration of the abolition of slavery here in the United States. Every year on June 19th families come together to celebrate the resilience of our ancestors who survived and persevered during one of the darkest times of our nation’s history. We take time to reflect on where we are as a family, a community, and a nation and how we can work together to better live out our country’s values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Listen in to hear the history of Juneteenth and how your family can take part in this powerful celebration. 


Make sure to take a photo and use the hashtag #fnbjuneteenth so that we can see how your family is celebrating this powerful holiday!


Join the First Name Basis Patreon Community 


Episode 3: Talking To Your Children About Slavery


Juneteenth Printable Cards & Lemonade Recipe


Juneteenth History


Book: Free At Last! Stories and Songs of Emancipation by Doreen Rappaport* 


Cookbook: Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking by Toni Tipton-Martin*


Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery (the website where you can transcribe the newspaper ads of formerly enslaved people looking for their family members)


NYT Article: Hot Links & Red Drinks: The Rich Food Tradition of Juneteenth


1619 Podcast 


President Lincoln Quotes 


Black Codes


White Savior Complex


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 


*Amazon Affiliate Link

Jun 08, 2020
2:17 Ahmaud Arbrey and George Floyd: Unpacking Racism

Right now our country is reeling from the murders of our Black brothers and sisters. You may be confused by all of the uprising and rebellion, but you need to understand that they, in the words of Dr. King, “...are not the creators of tension” they are “merely bringing to the surface the tension that is already alive.”  Black people have been unfairly killed and systemically disenfranchised since we were kidnapped and brought to this country against our will. 


If you are looking for answers and want to be part of the change you need to build your foundational knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of what racism looks like as a whole. Many people are very confused and believe that racism is simply intentional acts of meanness done to another person based on race, but in reality racism is much more complicated. Racism is made up of three components: implicit bias, overt interpersonal racism, and institutional/systemic racism. These three components work together to create “a system of advantage based on race” (Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, p. 87).


In this episode we unpack each of the three components of racism and analyze how all three of them worked together to contribute to the two tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and many other members of the Black community here in the United States. 


What can you do about all of this?

Vote for candidates who have committed to creating anti-racist policies.


Donate to organizations who have boots on the ground and are working for change. 

Our family chose to donate to Color of Change, a racial justice organization that works to “create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.” 


Make a call:

We learned last night that the responsibility for prosecuting the murderers of George Floyd has been transferred from DA Mike Freeman to Minnesota AG Keith Ellison.  Three of the four murderers have not yet been arrested and he needs to know that we as citizens expect more.   


You can let him know by calling (651) 296-3353 or (800) 627-3529 (Minnesota Relay) or if you're old fashioned send him a letter:


Office of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison

445 Minnesota Street, Suite 1400

St. Paul, MN 55101


Be respectful but firm.  You will probably get a busy signal the first 5 or 6 times you call.  Keep calling.  Even just keeping his line busy sends him a message.  Leave a voicemail if you must.  Then call again.  Call several times a day until he does the right thing.  When the system fails to produce justice let's hold the system accountable.  

If you are listening to this episode at a later date it is important to note that these issues always need our voices and attention. There are so many things you can do to be part of the solution. One of them is to join Color of Change and support their movement to hold local prosecutors accountable.  



White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo 


Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum


Understanding Implicit Bias 


Chipping Away at Implicit Bias


Talking About Race, Being Anti-racist 


How the Coronavirus Pandemic Unmasks Inequality in Our Society


University Of Minnesota Cuts Ties With Minneapolis Police After George Floyd Death


Minneapolis school board, teacher union call on district to cut ties with police


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Jun 01, 2020
2:16 How to Avoid Cultural Appropriation

Celebrating the people around us and their unique cultures can be exciting and incredibly enriching! But where is that fine line between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation? When we take elements of someone else's culture without permission or compensation we can unintentionally cause a great deal of harm. In this episode we discuss four steps you can take to ensure that you are appreciating culture instead of appropriating it. 

  1. Consider the power dynamics at play 
  2. Remember that your impact is greater than your intent 
  3. Be sure that any money you spend is going directly into the pockets of people who are from the culture you are celebrating 
  4. Ask yourself: Do I understand the significance of this cultural artifact/food/art?

Henry Ford English School 


Article about Native American Boarding Schools: Death By Civilization 


So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo


Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad


Pencil Test: Black Hair-Bridging a ‘Code of Conduct’


Texas Teen Banned by High School From Attending Graduation After Refusing to Cut Dreadlocks 


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood

May 26, 2020
2:15 Diversity and Inclusion in LDS Art

Recently the church that I belong to, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, published an announcement that they are going to regulate the artwork that is displayed in our meeting houses. This was an exciting announcement because all of the paintings that they chose depict our Savior, but it was also really disappointing because the artwork is not inclusive of the people in our church. In every painting Jesus is portrayed as a white man and there are very few People of Color. 


Here is the article with the announcement, it includes the approved artwork. 


In this episode Michelle Franzoni Thorley from @florafamiliar and I discuss the importance of making the art in our meeting houses more diverse and inclusive. Michelle shares amazing insight about the power of displaying art that represents the congregation that we hope to have, rather than just showing reflections of those in the congregation who align with the dominant culture. 


We also give ideas about action that can be taken by church members who would like to see more inclusion in LDS art. 


Michelle’s Instagram Platform: @florafamiliar


Michelle’s Article: Diversity in LDS Art


Conversations and Questions About Art at Church by Esther Candari


Latter Day Saint Women of Color Art Scholarship


Vision of the Arts Mother Artist Grant


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

May 20, 2020
2:14 What Is Privilege And What Do I Do With It?

White privilege is one of the strongest pillars that upholds racism. In her article “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” Peggy McIntosh describes white privilege as: “An invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was “meant” to remain oblivious. White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools, and blank checks.”

If you are white there are privileges that you enjoy each and every day because of the color or your skin. These privileges do not mean that your life hasn’t been challenging or that you are not a hard worker, what it means is that the challenges you’ve faced have not been caused by the color of your skin.


Confronting privilege is an uncomfortable process, but when you choose to face that discomfort head on you will find liberation, not only for you but for the People of Color who have been disenfranchised by the system that has granted you privilege. 


In this episode I get down to the brass tacks of white privilege and answer all of your burning questions:

  • What is white privilege? 
  • What are some examples of what white privilege looks like in everyday life?
  • How can you use it to make change?
  • What do you do if someone you know or love denies that they have privilege? 

I encourage you to take a deep breath, listen with an open mind, and lean into the discomfort.

Psychology Today: You are Not a Bad Person: Facing Privilege Can Be Liberating by Dr. Miki Kashtan


Peggy McIntosh: White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

Tiffany Jewell Author of “This Book is Antiracist” Instagram Account


This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell


Britt Hawthorne Anti-bias/Anti-racist Educator Instagram Account


Bettina Love “Hand on the Pole” Video


Harvard Business Review: Use Your Everyday Privilege to Help Others by Dolly Chugh


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

May 18, 2020
2:13 Teaching Our Children About Immigration

Immigration is one of those things that we really struggle to agree on as a country. No matter your feelings or political leanings everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and that is what we need to teach our children.

During this episode we talk to Abraham and Madison Carrasco, a multiethnic family who has gone through the immigration process. Abraham shares the intimate details of migrating from Mexico to the United States on foot. Both him and his wife Madison open up about the hardships that they faced over many years while Abraham tried to get documentation and become an American citizen.

In addition, they share three strategies for talking to our children about immigration: read books about immigration, talk openly about culture, and humanize the issue. 


Madison runs an instagram account called parenting.sinfronteras that promotes bilingualism, multicultural education, and anti-racism. 


No Mas Muertes (No More Deaths): An organization that is working to “stop the deaths of migrants in the desert” 


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

May 11, 2020
2:12 How to Talk to Your Children About Racism

In this episode you will learn the first three things you can do to talk to your children about racism. 

  1. Teach them that race is a social construct that was created to justify slavery 
  2. Teach them about implicit bias (Implicit Association Test)
  3. Teach them how to respond with humility when someone tells them that they have done/said something racist


This episode was originally aired on 3 in 30 Podcast for Moms, I’m so grateful to Rachel Nielson for letting me share it with our First Name Basis family. 


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

May 08, 2020
2:11 Cinco de Mayo is Not Mexican Independence Day

It seems like we need to shout it from the rooftops because most Americans are pretty convinced that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day, and that is just not true. In this episode we dive into the true history of Cinco de Mayo, what it looks like to celebrate respectfully, and things you should avoid during the celebration. 


Cinco de Mayo is the commemoration of Mexico’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. It was an amazing feat for the 2,000 Mexican soldiers to stave off the large army of 6,000 French soldiers. 


NPR: The Real History of Cinco de Mayo

History: Cinco de Mayo


Cinco de Mayo is actually celebrated more in the United States than it is in Mexico! If you want to celebrate that’s alright, just be sure to do so respectfully! Growing up Bilingual has some amazing ideas about what a respectful celebration would look like including: authentic food, crafts, and music. 


Growing Up Bilingual: Teaching Kids the Real Meaning of Cinco de Mayo in a Fun Way 

Growing Up Bilingual: The Best Cinco de Mayo crafts to teach kids about Mexican Culture and Traditions


If you’re planning a celebration please avoid appropriating Mexican culture and perpetuating stereotypes by doing things like wearing a sombrero or fake mustache, using a fake accent, or making up fake Spanish words like ‘cinco de drinko’ or ‘el bruncho.’ It is not at all funny and it’s extremely derogatory. 


There is a special treat at the end of the episode! My friend Catrina Gandara from the Create Joy podcast stopped by to tell us what the real Mexican Independence Day Celebration looks like on September 16th!

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

May 01, 2020
2:10 Let's Talk Language: Black or African-American?

This episode answers the number one question I’ve been asked since starting First Name Basis: How do I know whether to say ‘Black’ or ‘African-American’? I went straight to the source and asked a number of my friends and family how they prefer to identify and why. Listen to hear from:

Mielle Harmon, Harmony Pls Podcast 

Ken Clarke

Ramiah Jackson, Hillsong Church  

Antony Deshay 

Nina Clarke-Telfer 

Laura Schnell 


A Complete History of the Census Race Boxes


The Changing Categories the U.S. Census has used to Measure Race


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Apr 23, 2020
2:09 How to be a Liberator

We had an amazing conversation on Instagram and I really didn’t want you to miss it! I shared a post about resisting the temptation to be seen as a savior and becoming a liberator instead. Then, one of the members of our First Name Basis fam asked what it looks like to be a liberator and we launched into an awesome conversation about 5 things that we can all do to be liberators. 



1. Learn 


  • About the issues facing marginalized communities 
  • About the privileges you hold
  • One of the best places to start is books: 



2. Listen (no matter what it sounds like)


  • Diversify your social networks and your social media 



3. Walk with us and amplify our voices 


  • People with power, privilege and resources are used to their voices being the loudest in the room, to be a liberator you have to be willing to take a back seat and amplify the voices of those in marginalized communities 
  • Speak up when someone makes derogatory comments or jokes, help them understand why what they have done/said is inappropriate (especially on social media)



4. Redistribute your resources 


  • Support businesses owned by People of Color 
  • Support nonprofit organizations that are run by People of Color and are doing the work to support under-resourced communities 



5. Be civically engaged 


  • Keep up with current events
  • Vote for leaders who listen to and support marginalized communities 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Apr 21, 2020
2:08 How The Coronavirus Pandemic Unmasks Inequality In Our Society

I’m sure you’ve seen the headlines, the Black community has been hit the hardest by the coronavirus.

  • Infection rates in Black counties are 3 times that of infection rates in majority White counties.
  • The CDC reports 33% of deaths coming from the Black community, even where they only make up 14% of the population.

This has so many of us asking: Why? Government leaders and physicians have all taken a stab at explaining the reason, but none of them are painting a complete picture. In this episode I break down 5 of the main reasons (health care, housing, food security, jobs, and wealth) our Black brothers and sisters are suffering at rates higher than anyone else in the country so that you can understand what’s really going on here. 


Below are all of the articles, lectures, and podcasts I referenced in the episode:


Stop Blaming Black People for Dying of Coronavirus by Ibram X. Kendi


Bill Cassidy on His States Racial Disparities in Coronavirus Deaths 


Dr. Tom Shapiro Professor at Brandeis University-Our History Lives in Our Homes


An Infographic Explaining Food Deserts in America 


Black and Hispanic Workers Less Able to Work From Home


Dr. William Darity Jr. Professor at Duke-Wealth and Structural Racism


Codeswitch Podcast: Why the Coronavirus is Hitting Black Communities the Hardest


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood

Apr 16, 2020
2:07 The Untold Story of Rosa Parks

What did you learn about Rosa Parks growing up? You may have learned, like I did, that she was a tired seamstress on her way home from work and when a bus driver asked her to give up her seat to a white person it was the last straw so she decided not to stand. Well she was a seamstress, but the true story is so much more exciting than that. Rosa Parks was a high ranking member of the NAACP and her actions were not only planned but part of a larger, multi-organizational strategy. In this episode we talk about all of the events leading up to Ms. Parks’ fateful decision, and one of the unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Claudette Colvin. 

Montgomery Bus Boycott-Stanford 


Claudette Colvin: The 15 Year Old Who Came Before Rosa Parks


Before Rosa Parks There Was Claudette Colvin (NPR)


An Interview with Attorney Fred Gray 


Bus Boycott Took Planning, Smarts


Browder v Gayle

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Feb 28, 2020
2:06 The Untold Story of Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss books are some of the most popular books across the globe, but should it stay that way? In this episode we explore the fact that Dr. Seuss wrote more than just children’s books, he was the author of countless racist comics, ads, and political cartoons. So, as parents who value inclusion, what do we do? The Untold Story of Dr. Seuss details his writings outside of children’s books, the representation of People of Color in children’s books, and what we can do in our homes and classrooms to ensure that we are living up to our values. 


Study: The Cat is Out of the Bag: Orientalism, Anti-Blackness, and White Supremacy in Dr. Seuss’s Children’s Books


The Racist Side of Dr. Seuss You Didn’t Know About


Cat in the Hat Blackface Comparison Photo


Look at The Conscious Kid Story Highlight “Dr. Seuss” for examples of his cartoons, ads, and propaganda  


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Feb 20, 2020
2:05 A Conversation With My Dad About Black History Month

In this episode my dad and I dig deep about the importance of Black History Month. This is one of my favorite conversations I’ve ever had on the podcast because it is just that, a conversation. When I was growing up late night conversations with my dad were some of my most cherished moments. He has a way of building you up and inspiring you, while at the same time keeping it completely real, holding you accountable, and pushing you to do better.We talk about how our country was built on the backs of People of Color, how strong and resilient our communities of Color are even though we continue to face what seem like insurmountable odds, and how you can expose your children to that history, strength, reliance, and love. I am so excited for the First Name Basis fam to have the opportunity to get to know my dad, he is such a huge part of the reason I sit behind the microphone each and every week. 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Feb 13, 2020
2:04 3 Steps To A More Inclusive Bookshelf

The books that we have in our bookshelves speak volumes about who and what we value. In this episode I share the 3 steps to making your child’s bookshelf more inclusive and diverse. 


Step 1: Take inventory of your bookshelf 

Do you have books that are both mirrors and windows? Check out what Rudine Sims Bishop, the mother of multicultural literature, has to say about windows and mirrors. Listen to this ted talk by Grace Lin about the lack of mirror books in her life growing up.


2018 Diversity in Children’s Books Stats

2019 Diversity in Publishing Stats 


Do you have any books that perpetuate stereotypes? Toss them! Be sure that you are reading books by authors who are culture bearers. 


Step 2: Try, try, try new books 

You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a book that is just right for your family. You can find all of my recommendations for inclusive books at 

I also love to follow accounts on social media who share inclusive titles, here are 3 of my favorites: 





Step 3: Purchase the books you love for yourself and share them with others

Buy them for your own bookshelf and consider sending them to school with your child to help create inclusive bookshelves within the classroom as well. 


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Feb 06, 2020
2:03 Bringing Chinese Culture Into Our Homes with Children's Author Andrea Wang

Lunar New Year is right around the corner, what are you doing to teach your children about the traditions and history of this holiday? Listen in to my conversation with children’s author Andrea Wang to learn how we can bring Chinese culture into our homes and get involved with the Chinese community in our area. Not only is Andrea a talented, hilarious writer, she also has two boys and an advanced degree in environmental science. It was such a joy to connect with someone I admire so much! 


In this episode we cover:


Check out Andrea’s Books!

How to get in contact with and keep up with Andrea

The Event Kit & Teacher Guide for The Nian Monster


Attend a Lunar New Year Event


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 


Jan 23, 2020
2:02 3 Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King Day That Honor His Legacy

If creating a society that is just and inclusive is our goal, we need to do more than post a quote and a photo on social media on Martin Luther King Day. In this episode we give you three concrete things you can do on Martin Luther King Day with your family that will truly honor his legacy. 

1-Give your children context about who we are celebrating and why 


The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kid President



My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris*


My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Martin Luther King III*


As Good As Anybody by Richard Michelson*


March: Graphic Novel Series by John Lewis*


First Name Basis Episodes to Help Guide Your Conversations:

Talking to Young Kids About Race


Talking to Older Children About Race


Talking to Your Children About Slavery 


2-Attend An Event

AZ-East Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Festival


AZ-Phoenix Martin Luther King March & Festival 


UT-Service Opportunity Through the University of Utah (Register Here)


UT-Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum MLK Event


ID-Martin Luther King Living Legacy Celebration


3-Support Black-Owned Businesses

Buy From BIPOC


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 


*Amazon Affiliate Link

Jan 16, 2020
2:01 The Untold Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We have the opportunity to celebrate one of America’s greatest heroes this month, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. During the month of January host Jasmine Bradshaw will help you learn about and understand the untold story of Dr. King and give you the tools you need to confidently teach your children about his life and his legacy. 

In this episode she covers:

  • His background and upbringing 
  • His time in college/graduate school
  • How he came to be the spokesperson for the Montgomery Bus Boycott and then go on to be a prominent leader in the Civil Rights movement
  • His influence on the election of President John F. Kennedy 
  • How he was viewed as a threat to the nation and investigated by the FBI
  • His philosophy of nonviolent resistance that carried him through and inspires us all 

The Radical King, edited and introduced by Cornel West*


Podcast: Code Switch, Episode: The Original Blexit

John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Phone Call that Changed History


John F. Kennedy and the Civil Rights Movement


Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail 


MLK’s Speech Attracted Intense FBI Attention


The Threatening Letter Written and Sent to Dr. King from the FBI 



AZ-East Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Festival


AZ-Phoenix Martin Luther King March & Festival 


UT-Service Opportunity Through the University of Utah (Register Here)


UT-Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum MLK Event


ID-Martin Luther King Living Legacy Celebration

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 


*Amazon Affiliate Link

Jan 09, 2020
15: Native American Voices Pt 1

In this episode we interview Ryan Kamper. Ryan is from the Diné (Navajo) Nation. He is of the Folded arms people born for the Anglo-Saxon people, his maternal grandfather is of the Blackstreaked woods people and his paternal grandfather is Anglo-Saxon. Ryan grew up on the reservation and moved to the city when he was 12 years old. He received an Associates of arts from Paradise Valley community college and working towards a bachelor in Technology management. Ryan is currently a Senior Business Systems Analyst working in Higher Education at Maricopa Community Colleges. His current career goals are to finish his bachelor's degree and work toward becoming a software developer his personal goals are to continue preserving family history, culture and traditions of his tribe. In this episode we discuss:

  • Teaching your children about Thanksgiving
  • Ryan’s personal experience with stereotypes and oppression 
  • Cultural appropriation during Halloween and Thanksgiving 
  • How to get involved with the Native American community 
  • Native American cultural values of family, respect for the environment, and the legacy we want to leave on this earth

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Dec 04, 2019
16: Native American Voices Part 2

Michael Bennet is a husband, father of two, and an attorney for the Navajo Nation. 

In this episode he shares:

  • The importance of looking outside yourself to learn about the culture of others 
  • His family’s Thanksgiving traditions and how we can focus on gratitude during the holidays
  • The significance of Navajo language and culture in his own life 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Dec 03, 2019
14: How to Teach Your Children About Thanksgiving

So now that you know the untold story of Thanksgiving how in the world do you teach your children about it!? Don’t worry one bit friend, I have 4 concrete things you can do to make sure you are being honest and inclusive this fall!

1-Tell the real story of Thanksgiving 

I shared everything I know in last week’s episode “The Untold Story of Thanksgiving,” listen here. 

2-Share resources with your child’s teacher 

Download a free resource guide to send to the sweet soul who teaches your little one each day here

3-Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month and there are so many great ways to celebrate:

Some books I recommend:

Tradition & Culture 

Jingle Dancer by Cynthis Leitich Smith

Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child


A story of gratitude 

Thanks to the Animals by Allen J Sockabasin


Hardship faced by the Native community 

When I was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton 

When we were Alone by David Robertson 


4- Research harvest festivals around the world 

Download our free e-book to learn about different harvest festivals from across the globe with your children 


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Nov 21, 2019
13: The Untold Story of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that means that us parents are faced with the question of what to tell our children about this (somewhat controversial) holiday. You probably remember having a part in the annual school play reenacting the “First Thanksgiving” and you know that’s no longer (and never was) appropriate because it paints a pretty inaccurate picture of what happened all those years ago. But if that’s not what happened, what did? In this episode Jasmine shares what she’s learned about the untold story of what actually happened during that harvest festival in the autumn of 1621. She covers:

  • The events leading up to the harvest festival, including the initial meeting between the Europeans and the Wampanoag people 
  • The role of Tisquantum (Squanto)
  • The festival itself and the events that followed 
  • Sarah Josepha Hale-The Mother of Thanksgiving 
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow-an American poet who carefully crafted the romanticized version of the Thanksgiving story

Be sure to tune in to the next episode for tips about how to use the untold story of Thanksgiving to paint a more accurate picture for your children.

Sources used and articles referenced:

Why I’m Not thankful for Thanksgiving by Michael Dorris

Rethinking Columbus

-This book contains the article: Plagues, Pilgrims, and the Truth About Thanksgiving by James w. Loewen

Beyond Heroes and Holidays

Plimoth Plantation

Podcast: Stuff You Missed in History Class

Episode: Sarah Josepha Hale & Godey's Lady's Book

Sidedoor: A Podcast from the Smithsonian 

Episode: That Brunch in the Forest


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Nov 14, 2019
12: The Face of DACA

In this episode we interview Ivan Aragon, a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient. Ivan is from Chihuahua, Mexico and came to the United States with his family when he was 9 years old. He shares his experience growing up as an undocumented immigrant in Phoenix, AZ. Listen to hear:

  • Ivan’s powerful story of hope and hard work
  • The difference between Hispanic & Latinx 
  • The DACA program, it’s requirements, and its impact on his life
  • His experience in one of the top MBA programs in the country 
  • How parents can talk to their children about our neighbors who are undocumented 
  • How families can get involved in the Hispanic/Latinx community 
  • How we can be everyday activists and support people in our community who are undocumented

Song credit "Away" by Geographer and "Beach Disco" by Dougie Wood

Oct 31, 2019
11: How to Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos

In this episode we interview Catrina Gandara, a fellow podcaster who was born and raised in Mexico. Catrina grew up celebrating Dia De Los Muertos and has carried on those traditions with her family, as well as created new, meaningful traditions!

Catrina teaches us: 

  • the history of Dia De Los Muertos
  • the difference between Dia De Los Muertos and Halloween 
  • using Dia De Los Muertos to teach your children about death 
  • creating opportunities for family history work during Dia De Los Muertos 
  • how to appreciate but not appropriate during Dia De Los Muertos

Catrina has developed an AMAZING guide for families who are just getting started with learning about and celebrating Dia De Los Muertos. Find it here. The guide includes recipes, books, movies, and more!

We also chatted about Sol Book Box, an awesome resource that parents can use to teach their children more about Hispanic heritage/ Latinx culture.

And don't forget to check out Catrina's outstanding podcast, Create Joy Podcast. 

Oct 25, 2019
10: Teaching Our Children About the Deaf Community

In this episode we interview Chad Kennedy, a Deaf ASL Professor at BYU and UVU. Chad teaches us the following:

  • His experience at a hearing school vs. a Deaf school
  • His preference for identity-first language
  • How to communicate respectfully with Deaf people if you are hearing
  • Stereotypes about Deaf people
  • Deaf Pride
  • How hearing families can get involved and learn about the Deaf community 

Chad recommended the book "For Hearing People Only: Answers to Some of the Most Commonly Asked Questions About the Deaf Community, Its Culture, and the 'Deaf Reality'"

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Oct 17, 2019
09: Small Wins: Teaching 3rd Graders About Melanin, Race, and Civil Rights


  • This episode is the first of our “Small Wins” series, in which we share stories of how we’ve used the lessons we learn through First Name Basis in real life.  (Have you had a small win lately? Did you check out an inclusive book from the library, talk about race with your young child, or speak up against an inappropriate joke?  Record a voice memo, tell us your story, and send it to for an opportunity to be featured in our next Small Wins episode!)
  • Jasmine tells the story of how she was taught the history of Ruby Bridges when she was in 3rd grade.  It’s difficult history and it wasn’t easy to process especially at such a young age.
  • Now that Jasmine is a teacher herself, she recently had an opportunity to teach her third graders about Ruby Bridges.  It was a redemptive experience to teach her story in a way that acknowledged the painful truth, but also made space for healing and hope. 
  • More info on Ruby Bridges:


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Oct 12, 2019
08: Deaf History & Culture - Why You Shouldn't Ask a Deaf Person if They Can Lipread

In this episode we get a brief overview of Deaf history and culture, including the history of American Sign Language.  Carter begins the episode discussing his background and how he came to know ASL, and he shares an embarrassing story about the time he asked a Deaf person if they could lipread.

Then we talk about the troublesome legacy of Alexander Graham Bell and his impact on Deaf education in America.  

Alexander Graham Bell's Legacy Through Deaf Eyes.

Next, we discuss the history of American Sign Language and Gallaudet University.  From there, we tell the story of the "Deaf President Now" or "DPN" movement.

Brief Summary of the DPN Protests.

Interviews with Dr. I. King Jordan, First Deaf President of Gallaudet University.

We close with some comments on the cochlear implant debate, respectful language, and ideas for how to get involved in the Deaf Community. 

Interested in learning American Sign Language or becoming an interpreter? Click Here or Here or Here (see #42).

Interested in attending Deaf Clubs or events in the Phoenix area? Click Here.

Oct 03, 2019
007: Down Syndrome Awareness and Acceptance

This episode is a treat!  We talk with Carter’s little brother, Parker, who has Down syndrome.  Parker shares some details of his life and what he wants us to know about him.  We also talk with Carter and Parker’s mom, Kay, about what it’s like to raise a child with Down syndrome.  Parker is a cool guy and he and Kay share some great insights.  


Sharing Down Syndrome

Parker’s Pretzels

Welcome to Holland

We’ll Paint the Octopus Red


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Sep 20, 2019
006: Speaking Respectfully About People Who Have Disabilities

This episode is the first in a series called "Let's talk language."  Here, we'll discuss how language can be used thoughtfully to communicate respect. We'll explain the importance of "people first" language vs. "identity first" language. This can be challenging, as not all individuals with disabilities or communities prefer the same thing. It's important to listen to the people you're speaking with and respect their preferences about how they should be referred to.


People First Language by Meriah Nichols 


Autism Self Advocacy Network “Identity First Language” 


Ask an Autistic with Amythest Shaber


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 


Sep 12, 2019
005: Family History Dinner

In this episode you will hear about "Family History Dinner," an activity we developed to appreciate and learn about our own ancestors. This was a special opportunity to connect with our roots and strengthen our understanding of our own culture. We'll walk you through the steps to host your own family history dinner, whether your family is big or small, and whether you are an expert family history researcher or not. We'll end with instructions on how to download printable templates that will make your family history dinner easy as pie!

Sep 05, 2019
004: Using Your Culture to Build Your Child's Sense of Self

Did you know that teaching your children about their heritage can actually build their sense of self? Find out why and learn the vocabulary you need to teach your children about the culture of their ancestors in this episode!


Building a sense of self through culture  


Definitions of nationality, ethnicity, and race


A deep dive into ethnicity


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Aug 22, 2019
001: Talking to Young Kids About Race

Some parents have the mistaken idea that their young children are “color-blind” but research shows that this is not the case. The Life Kit for Parents podcast states, “Kids are not color-blind so we cannot be color silent.” When we choose not to teach our young children about race the world teaches them for us, and surely that is not what we want. If we leave it to society our children will harbor prejudices that can be detrimental to our community.  In this episode we will unpack three strategies that you can use to talk to your young children about race. 


Sources & Links

Lift Kit: Parenting Podcast 


Children Are Not Colorblind: How Young Children Learn Race


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 


Aug 15, 2019
002: Talking To Older Children About Race

You know that it’s time to talk to your older child about race but you haven’t had a minute to sit down and take dive deep, and let’s be honest, you’re a little overwhelmed when it comes to knowing what to say. In this episode you will gain the tools you need to help your child uncover and dispel their implicit biases and understand the importance of practicing humility when having conversations about race. 

Sources & Links


Race is a social construct:

Blumenbach, Friedrich. On the natural variety of mankind

Article discussing Blumenbach vs. modern understanding, Craig Venter/HGP

Article discussing minimal variation between races, or any group of homo sapiens


Implicit Bias 

Definition of Implicit Bias from Ohio State University 


Life Kit: Parenting Podcast

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum explains that racism is like a smog


Implicit Association Test

Scroll to the bottom and click ‘I wish to proceed’

Click the 2nd blue button that says ‘Race IAT’


Strategies to Correct Implicit Bias from the Kirwan Institute 


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Aug 15, 2019
003: Talking to Your Children About Slavery

Although slavery is a dark part of our nation’s history, it is important that we don’t turn our backs on the truth.  This episode identifies some common missteps that parents take when talking to their kids about slavery. It also gives recommendations for teaching your children about this topic in a way that honors the people who endured the atrocities of slavery.


Sources & Links 


Using the most current terminology: enslaved/enslaver


The 1619 Project by the New York Times


Teaching Hard History: American Slavery Podcast


I reference an article about the acts of resistance by enslaved people. The article is: African-American Resistance by Bill Fletcher Jr. 

I found the article in this book.



What is Juneteenth?


How our family celebrated Juneteenth


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written By Himself 

It’s Not so Black and White By Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum


Tongue-Tied: Slavery is a tough subject. These tips will help you teach it well. 


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Aug 15, 2019
000: From Good Intentions to Confident Action: An Introduction to First Name Basis

In this introductory episode Jasmine Bradshaw and her husband Carter tell the story behind First Name Basis. They discuss the importance of teaching your children the value of diversity and inclusion. In addition, they provide three ways that we will work together to fight prejudice in our community. 


Be sure to join the First Name Basis family and subscribe to the show!


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood 

Jul 25, 2019