In season one of Dare I Say, launching on March 8, International Women's Day, host Olivia Wilde takes us inside the sometimes heated, sometimes vulnerable, and always animated discussions that happen when two women sit down to tackle the most pressing issues we’re facing today. New episodes will be released every Friday.
"Polyester is plastic"
MAXINE AND LINDA
Sixty percent of our clothing ends up in the trash within a year of it being made. Our landfills are filling up, and the countries we rely on to house our trash are refusing it. In this frank conversation, Harper’s BAZAAR’s Digital Features Director, Olivia Fleming, and the founder of New Standard Institute, Maxine Bedat, call in to Los Angeles to speak with Linda Greer, an environmental toxicologist and creator of the NRDC’s Clean By Design program, to discuss the ugly truths behind our beautiful clothing.
Why are there so many chemicals used to make our clothes? Are products made from recycled plastic bottles really good for the environment? How can we get the brands we love to do better?
"More plastics than fish"
MARIA AND CAMILLA
New York produces 12,000 tons of waste every day. Out of that 12,000 tons, only 17 percent is recycled. In this no-nonsense conversation, the founder of no-waste restaurant west~bourne, Camilla Marcus, and the President of the United Nations General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, discuss solutions small and large to plastic pollution. Who is responsible for weaning society off its toxic addiction to plastic? And who should bear the brunt of regulation: consumers, corporations, restaurants, or manufacturers?
"White supremacy is closer to the surface than I ever realized"
JANE & PATRISSE
The movie star, the activist, and the phone call that connected them. Jane Fonda and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors sit down over coffee in L.A. to untangle the harsh realities of racism in America today. What can activists learn from the protest movements of the past? Why do white people need to confront their privilege? What can be done to reform the overcrowded jail system in Los Angeles County? One thing is for sure: 2019 is no time to be tame.
"Courage is contagious"
MARIA & ANA MARIA
Who were those brave women who cornered Senator Flake in the elevator? Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher became famous overnight for sharing a deep, personal secret on national television. In the days and months that followed, the duo became targets of abusive messages and violent threats, highlighting a culture that is founded on keeping women quiet. For Maria, who is just 23 years old, she had never said the term “sexually assaulted” out loud. For Ana Maria, the moment was about reclaiming her shame; it was an example of how women across the country are bringing democracy alive—in hallways, in coffee shops, in airports, and in elevators. In an emotional and poignant conversation, the pair sit down to discuss why it is so important to listen to survivors, and how the conversation around consent needs an overhaul.
Trigger warning: This episode includes conversations about sexual assault.
"Not all curvy women have tried and failed at being skinny"
PRECIOUS & CANDICE
Being curvy is not a political statement, nor is it a last resort. In this passionate and jolting conversation, models Candice Huffine and Precious Lee open up about fashion’s major diversity problem, debunking myths and misconceptions about being curvy, while musing on what a genuine attempt at inclusivity in fashion looks like. Spoiler: it’s not about filling quotas.
Precious was the first black curvy model to appear in Sports Illustrated and Candice was the first curvy model to make the prestigious Pirelli calendar.
"I always ask, ‘boy, girl or trans?’"
LAVERNE & ROSARIO
Remember when you couldn’t say “vagina” on national television? Rosario Dawson does. The actress and activist sits down with Laverne Cox in Los Angeles for an intimate discussion about intersectional feminism, the bonds that unite us, and the silences that break us, in a time when anti-trans legislation is proliferating and civil rights are under attack. Americans can’t afford to be complacent.
"We could go back to a time where thousands of women die"
SARAH & LEANA
Roe v. Wade is teetering. Plans to strip funding to Planned Parenthood are underway. State legislatures across the U.S. are introducing motions to limit women’s reproductive rights and their access to healthcare. It’s only a matter of time before a case wends its way to the Supreme Court, which no longer has a pro-Roe majority. What happens when that day arrives? Sarah Weddington, the lawyer who won the landmark 1973 case to legalize abortion, and Planned Parenthood’s new President, Dr. Leana Wen, weigh in from Texas.
INTRODUCING DARE I SAY
Our host, Olivia Wilde, teases season one of Dare I Say. From Texas and D.C. to Los Angeles and New York, we traveled across the country to sit down with activists who seek the truth, leaders who speak truth to power, and role models who encourage us to live our truth for honest conversations we’d otherwise never be privy to. Whether it’s dissecting the reality behind LGBTQIA rights with Laverne Cox and Rosario Dawson, or delving into the unapologetic lack of diversity in the fashion industry with models Candice Huffine and Precious Lee, our guests say what others don’t dare to.