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The Dissenters

with Debra Messing and Mandana Dayani

DEBRA MESSING is an actor, philanthropist and global icon. MANDANA DAYANI is an entrepreneur, attorney and the creator/co-founder of I am a voter. And they are the biggest nerds you’ve never met.
Join them each week as they speak to one of their heroes. Each of these 20 Dissenters just made the decision one day to dissent: to challenge the status quo, stand up to an injustice or make a tremendous difference in their communities. Learn how a stay at home mom took on the NRA and built the largest grassroots movement in our country, and how a college student went on to pass over 30 laws to protect sexual assault survivors (and even got nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize). These Dissenters will give you the courage and hope to find your purpose and chase your passion.
There are heroes everywhere. Discover them. Become one.


Episodes

  • Hillary Clinton on Dissent and DemocracyDebra and Mandana sit down with Hillary Clinton for the season finale of The Dissenters to discuss the importance of dissent, the critical role it plays in democracy, the challenge our country is facing today as dissent is being silenced,...
  • Dr. Edith Eva Eger: The Healing Survivor on Trauma, Healing and ForgivenessDebra and Mandana sit down with the incredible Dr. Edith Eva Eger, a clinical psychologist, author and lecturer. A native of Hungary, Eger is a 93 year old survivor of the Holocaust. In this episode, they will cover Eger’s life,...
  • Jane Fonda: The Climate Crusader on Political Activism, Feminism and Fighting Climate ChangeDebra and Mandana sit down with Jane Fonda, to discuss political activism, feminism and fighting climate change.    Go to to try out your personalized treatment for just $5.   Produced by  
  • Carole Cadwalladr: The Dismantler of Disinformation, on Facebook and the electionThis week’s episode of The Dissenters Debra and Mandana sit down with the dismantler of disinformation Carole Cadwalladr, a world renowned investigative journalist who rose to international prominence in 2018 when she exposed the...
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The RBG Tribute EpisodeThis week’s episode is a special podcast honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Dissenters could not imagine going ahead this week with the scheduled episode as RBG is the inspiration behind the podcast. Her loss cannot be understated. She was the...
  • Lena Waithe: The Truth-Teller, on Breaking the Rules, and MentorshipThis week’s episode of The Dissenters Debra and Mandana sit down with the truth teller Lena Waithe, a multitalented screenwriter, producer and actress and the first ever black women to win an Emmy for comedy writing. She geeked...
  • Cindy Eckert: The Sexual Revolutionist, on owning pleasure and the female sexual revolutionDebra and Mandana sit down with Cindy Eckert to discuss building and selling two pharmaceutical companies for more than $1.5B, including the first ever FDA-approved drug for low sexual desire in women. Investing in other women, the female sexual...
  • Christian Siriano: The Inclusion Pioneer, on Disrupting Fashion, Championing Inclusion, and Changing Runways ForeverDebra and Madnana sit down with Christian Siriano, one of the top runway and red carpet designers in the world about his work as a pioneer in body positivty, runway diversity, and inclusion.     CLEAN Cause is available nationwide at...
  • Preet Bharara: The Guardian of Justice, on a Lifetime of Doing Justice, Being Fired by Trump, and Banned by PutinDebra and Mandana sit down with Preet Bharara to discuss his time as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, as one of the nation's most aggressive prosecutors of crime and public corruption. Preet also discusses being fired...
  • Schuyler Bailar: The Trans Trailblazer, on Why You Should be Intentional About LanguageDebra and Mandana sit down Schuyler Bailar, the first trans athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA D1 men’s team to learn about his journey, how to be more inclusive and why we need to be intentional about language.    Sakara is...
  • Eva Longoria: The Latina Visionary, on the Power and Opportunity of LatinosDebra and Mandana sit down with Eva Longoria to discuss how she became one of the most vocal voices for Latinos around the world, her non-profit foundations, upcoming film projects, and the critical importance of the Latinx vote.   Produced by
  • Mark Bustos: The Humanit-hair-ian, on The Power of KindnessDebra and Mandana sit down with renowned haristylist, Mark Bustos to discuss his travels around the world to provide free grooming services to the homeless, how he founded the #BeAwesomeToSomebody movement, and why all need to be a little more...
  • Kate Roberts: The Women's Health MaverickDebra and Mandana sit down with co-founder of The Maverick Collective and former SVP of Population Services International to discuss how Kate Roberts turned her career as a marketing and advertising executive into an opportunity to end extreme...
  • Jameela Jamil: The Shame Assassin on Fighting Unrealistic Beauty StandardsDebra and Mandana sit down with actress, writer and activist, Jameela Jamil, to discuss how she overcame her eating disorder and went on to build the I Weigh movement and effectively banned the promotion of toxic diet products to minors on social...
  • Ali Wentworth: The Mental Health Champion, on Parenting and ActivismDebra and Mandana sit down with one of their best friends, comedian and author, Ali Wentworth, for an enlightening and hilarious conversation about activism at home, parenting in the age of social media, and fighting mental health stigmas.  ...
  • Patrisse Cullors: The Freedom Fighter and Co-Founder of Black Lives MatterDebra and Mandana sit down with the Co-Founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network and the Founder of grassroots organization Dignity and Power Now to learn about her lifelong commitment to activism, how art inspires her, and her newest passion:...
  • Zach Skow: The Rescue SaviorDebra and Mandana sit down with Zach Skow, the founder of Marley’s Mutts and Pawsitive Change. They discuss how his dogs rescued him from a near-death experience and why he has made it his mission to save what society can often deem “the...
  • Sophia Bush: The Equality WarriorDebra and Mandana sit down with actress and activist, Sophia Bush, to discuss her lifetime of activism, how she uses her platform for good, and how we can all create a tremendous impact.   Produced by
  • Congressman Adam Schiff: The Chairman of Democracy, on Standing up for what is RightDebra and Mandana sit down with the ten-term Congressman to learn about his call to service and commitment to protecting our democracy, at any cost. Congressman Schiff shares some incredible insights into his leadership of the impeachment hearings and...
  • Shannon Watts: The NRA's Worst Nightmare, on Fighting Like a MotherDebra and Mandana sit down with the founder of Moms Demand Action to learn how she has mobilized millions of moms and volunteers across America to bring down the NRA and pass common sense gun safety legislation to protect all Americans.   Produced by
  • Amanda Nguyen: The Civil Rights Astronaut, on Fighting for FreedomDebra and Mandana sit down with Amanda Nguyen, the Harvard student who has helped pass 30 laws to protect over 80 million people and was just nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. After being the victim of a sexual assault crime, Amanda made it her...
  • Meet the Hosts: Debra Messing and Mandana DayaniIn the first episode, Debra and Mandana introduce the inspiration behind The Dissenters and how they built their list of the top 20. They also reveal their personal backgrounds, commitment to activism and some very embarrassing anecdotes.  ...
  • Glennon Doyle: The Love Warrior, on Getting UntamedDebra and Mandana sit down with Glennon Doyle to discuss the power of anger and how to become untamed. They learn how Glennon found her purpose through community, honesty, and love. She also shares how she went on to build a foundation that has raised...
  • The Dissenters TrailerGet a sneak peek of The Dissenters with Debra Messing and Mandana Dayani - premiere episodes launching May 21! 

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