Kaleidoscope is a podcast about identity, faith and social engagement in dangerous times.

In intimate conversations with activists, entertainers, authors and spiritual leaders, journalist Deborah Jian Lee unpacks stories about love, life, faith and justice. Prepare to laugh, think and be transformed as we explore the paths our guests have taken to become more true to themselves, more fully awake and more deeply engaged in this wild world.


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DEBORAH JIAN LEE, host and co-founder

Deborah Jian Lee is an award-winning journalist, podcast host and author of the critically-acclaimed book Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism.

She has worked as a staff reporter for the Associated Press, taught at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, and written for Foreign Policy, Slate, The Atlantic, Playboy, Religion Dispatches, Forbes, Marie Claire, SELF, Reuters, GOOD, WBEZ, WNYC and many others. She lives in Chicago.

@deborahjianlee across social media


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ERIN JAMES-BROWN, pastor in residence and co-founder

Hailing from the great state of Texas (and proud of it!), Erin James-Brown serves as a pastor at Urban Village Church in Chicago. In addition to filling her time as a group exercise instructor, a dog owner, and a voracious reader of young adult literature, Erin has also served as a hospital chaplain and as the director of a ministry for youth and children. She is incredibly excited to be working on Kaleidoscope to share stories of love, mercy, and justice in a world that desperately needs to hear a little bit of hope. 

@erinjamesbrown across social media

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ANNIE NGUYEN, producer

Annie Nguyen is a producer at Kaleidoscope and a proud first-generation Vietnamese-American from the Bay Area. Before joining the team, she worked at WBEZ, MPR, and WGBH. She has produced for Making Oprah, Nerdette, and Art Hounds. At one point in time, Annie also was a line cook, library assistant, dog walker, and cheesemonger. In her spare time, Annie bikes, reads and smashes in Catan. 


The BTS Center: season one funding

Sam Wedelich: cover art

Dennis Funk: early Season 1 production