The SHAMEBOOTH podcast explores the science, psychology, and just general fucked-upness behind one of the most intense and isolating emotions a person can feel, anchoring each episode with the voices of real people who stepped into the haint blue safe space itself.
From comedians to therapists, sociologists to actors, we delve into this dynamic and universal condition with the hope to inspire listeners to free themselves of the shackles of shame and be free.
Episode 3: Taking it to the streets at the Women’s March
In this episode, we take it to the streets, speaking with men and women at the 2nd annual Women’s March in San Francisco where people come to voice their shame about our administration and in finding like-minded people around them, feel empowered and a little bit freer.
Episode 2: Tarana Burke, Time Magazine’s Silence Breaker and founder of #MeToo
When Tarana Burke was in her early 20s and director of a youth camp, one of her girls told Tarana her story of having been sexually abused. Tarana was frozen and speechless, not knowing what to say or do but inside herself, she heard the words ‘me too’ and later created the hashtag on Twitter, giving girls and women a voice. Fast forward to today, in the wake of Harvey Weinstein and countless others, and #metoo has gone viral with millions of people posting it on social media and creating an unprecedented movement. Tarana Burke was just named one of Time Magazine’s People of the Year and the movement is building momentum every day. Paula spoke with Tarana to learn more about the history of #metoo, where it is now and where we go from here.
Episode 1: How shame came to be SHAMEBOOTH with Paula Williams
Paula Williams was struggling: Her kids were having a challenging time in school and she found that when she would see fellow moms, she would run for the hills, doing her damnedest to hide her shame and her self. Then one day she decided she would share what was going on, that she would stop hiding and show the bits that seemed hard or unapproachable. What she discovered was that in her sharing, in shedding her shame, she gave others the chance to do the same. And thus, SHAMEBOOTH was born, an installation, and now a podcast, where people share their stories of shame and, in the process, feel liberated, offering others the same. Here, Paula shares her story, the founding of SHAMEBOOTH, and her vision to free the whole world of shame