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Welcome to Unapologetic & Uninterrupted, the podcast that empowers you to live a life of authenticity, freedom, and joy ON PURPOSE! I'm Dr. Michelle Sadrena Pledger, your companion on this transformative journey. Join me as we explore the mindsets, skill sets, and toolsets needed to embrace your enoughness wholeheartedly. In each monthly episode, we dive into the strategies and ways of being that lead to love and liberation. Whether you're seeking personal growth, dismantling societal norms, ...
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Broken Pledge

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Each year for at least the last two decades a fraternity pledge has died in this country. And every year the rinse-and-repeat cycle of freshmen hitting campus and being hazed by their peers goes unchanged. Broken Pledge is the story of how a teenager goes off to college and dies. It exposes the underbelly of a system that allows fraternities and universities to protect their brands instead of standing up for victims.
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