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How Fictional Women Impact Our Culture

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We discuss how the portrayal of fictional women has shifted over time. We talk the best (and worst!) Disney princess movies as well as the new batch of powerhouse female superheros such as Wonder Woman and the women in the Star Wars universe. But, we question whether the increasing acceptance of complex women on screen has actual changed the way we welcome complex women into the real world. 

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At-Home Parenting (with Brock Lusch)

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We share a quick State of the Pod with important updates about the next chapter of The Nuanced Life. Then, we share your commemorations and talk to Brock Lusch, the NOMADad. He's an at-home dad creating community for dads in Cincinnati and online. 

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How Holidays Build Community

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We share another batch of your commemorations before discussing how holidays like Halloween can foster community. We also have a discussion about the best Halloween candies. 

A Theology of Halloween

Inspiration: The Soul of Halloween

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Dealing with Grief (with Megan Devine)

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We start the show, as always, with your commemorations. One in particular, along with some listener feedback, lead us into a deeper conversation about birth control and gynecology in general. Then, we share our amazing conversation with therapist Megan Devine about how we deal with grief.

Resources from Megan:

Inspiration: An Enemy of Envy

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Childhood Anxiety (with Natasha Daniels)

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We talk to therapist Natasha Daniels about kids dealing with anxiety disorders and how to help them cope. Of course, some of Natasha's thoughts and suggestions apply beyond childhood, especially considering the anxiety our modern culture can produce for people of all ages. 

Natasha Daniels website

Natasha Daniels books

Hill Child Counseling

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Women's Healthcare and PCOS (with Amy Medling)

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We share another batch of your commemorations before our conversation with Amy Medling, the PCOS Diva. She shares her experiences and thoughts about women's healthcare and how we can take control of some of the health issues in our lives. 

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Raising Kids in Light of Kavanaugh

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We share a variety of your commemorations, which coincidentally seem to have a theme of gender expectations and parenting. They fit in right in with our main conversation in which we discuss the challenges of raising kids in the age of Kavanaugh, Trump, and the #metoo movement. Culture places all sorts of gendered expectations on our kids and we want to push back on some of them. 

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Modern Homemaking (with Kendra Hennessy)

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We talked to Kendra Hennessy, founder of Mother Like A Boss, about what homemaking means in the modern era. It's not the June-Cleaver-vacuuming-in-pearls image you have. We also share some wonderful feedback from recent episodes.

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Sex and Mismatched Libidos

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In response to an awesome note from a sexually frustrated listener in Canada, we talk about what it's like when sexual partners are not on the same page. It's not abnormal for long-term relationships to go through periods where one partner or the other just isn't feeling it for whatever reason. We talk about what that means physically and emotionally for both partners.

Why Sex Therapists Don't Care About Orgasms

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Time Management with Laura Vanderkam

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Laura Vanderkam, author of Off the Clock and other books, talks to us about time management and how to get the most of the time you have. She also shares why scrubbing your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher is definitively wrong. 

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Spirituality and Healing with Christina Martine

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We share a fresh batch of commemorations. We also talk to author Christina Martine about her book, Fifth Dimensional Healing, and her perspective on spirituality, the feminine divine, and self-healing. 

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#MeToo and the Church

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In light of the recent revelations about the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania and the unfolding situation at Willow Creek Community Church, we discuss the #ChurchToo branch of the #MeToo movement. It comes perfectly on the heels of our discussion with Rachel Held Evans on Pantsuit Politics earlier this week. 

Dr. Susan Reynolds' Twitter thread on Catholic mass

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The Benefits of Caregiving

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After sharing some more of your wonderful commemorations, we jump into a conversation about the benefits of caregiving. Caregiving is a powerful, personal experience that can shape you profoundly and we talk about why that matters so much. Plus, Sarah shares why she doesn't want to vote for anyone who hasn't changed a diaper. 

Let Us Take Care of Each Other

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The Age of Fear

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We share more of your commemorations before launching into a discussion about fear in the modern age. This conversation stems from The New York Times article, "Motherhood in the Age of Fear".

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Sharing the Story of America With Our Kids

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Conversations about 9/11 and children's literature got us thinking about how we are telling the story of America to our children. Listeners Sian and Carissa join us to share their thoughts.

Shelf Awareness

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Sian's Recommended Reading List

Fiction

  • Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin, Atheneum/S&S (2016) - Middle Grade

  • Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes, Little (2016) - MG

  • Somewhere Among by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu, Atheneum (2016) - MG

  • Just a Drop of Water by Kerry O'Malley Cerra, Sky Pony Press (2014) - older MG (10 - 14)

  • Up from the Sea by Leza Lowitz, Crown (2016) - young YA (12 - 14)

  • Truthers by Geoffrey Girard, Carolrhoda Lab (2017) - Young Adult

  • All We Have Left by Wendy Mills, Bloomsbury (2016) - YA

  • The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner, St. Martin's Griffin (2016) - YA

  • The Stranger Within Sarah Stein by Thane Rosenbaum, Texas Tech (2012) - YA

  • Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz, Simon Pulse (2012) - older YA

  • Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera, Whitman (2011) - older YA

Nonfiction

  • Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman, Puffin/Penguin (2002) - picture book; ages 4 - 8

  • Saved by the Boats: The Heroic Sea Evacuation of September 11 by Julie Gassman, Capstone Publishers (2016); picture book

  • America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell by Don Brown, Roaring Brook (2011) - part of Actual Times series; graphic novel format for young readers, 6 - 10

  • Seven and a Half Tons of Steel by Janet Nolan, Peachtree (2016) - ages 7 - 9

  • Ground Zero Dogs by Meish Goldish, Bearport (2012) - part of Dog Heroes series; ages 7 - 12

  • The Red Bandanna by Tom Rinaldi, Viking (2017) - young readers edition; 9 - 12

  • Ground Zero: How a Photograph Sent a Message of Hope by Don Nardo, Capstone (2016) - part of Capstones Captured History series; ages 9 - 12

  • Impact: The Story of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks by Matt Doeden, Capstone Publishers (2015) - MG series

  • The 9/11 Terror Attacks by Valerie Bodden, Creative Education (2015) - series for YA audience

Incidental

  • The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein, Roaring Brook Press (2003); picture book

  • Growing Peace: A Story of Farming, Music, and Religious Harmony by Richard Sobol, Lee & Low (2016) - ages 7 - 12

  • The Goat by Anne Fleming, Groundwood (2017) - MG

  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi, HarperTeen (out October 2018) - YA

Adult "adopted" by YA

  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, HMH (2005)

Backlist children's titles pulled from The Horn Book Guide Online database.

Yoga and Body Positivity with Anna Guest-Jelley

Alli Worthington on Women and Business

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Alli Worthington is an author, executive, business coach and consultant, wife, and mother of five sons. We talked to her about how she got started as an entrepreneur and how she has grown her business. We also talked about integrating faith and business. 

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9/11: Our Post-Trauma Culture

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We share more commemorations from listeners, including thoughts on breastfeeding, parenting, sex addiction, and grief. Talking about grief leads us directly into today's main segment. We ruminate on how we did and did not deal with our grief as a nation and as individuals after 9/11. 

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Another Feedback-palooza

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We love all the feedback we get from listeners. Today, we're sharing your thoughts on all sorts of things including parenting, grief, and friendship. We're also sharing several more of your commemorations. 

Showing Up: The Single Most Important Thing a Friend Can Do

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