In the Season 1 finale of the only mental health podcast hosted by an author/comedian and executive produced by a demon queen cat named Polly, Sara Benincasa talks to Amanda Yates Garcia, a.k.a. The Oracle of Los Angeles! Amanda hosts the tarot podcast "Between the Worlds," which she co-created with artist and producer Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs. Amanda is a dancer, essayist, activist, professional witch, and author. She and Sara discuss Amanda's memoir ("Initiated"), art, sexism, feminism, the nuances of Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw's term "intersectionality," white supremacy, trying one's best to be a decent and kind human, dealing with flaws in oneself and in society at large, and much more. Support the podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa. Thanks for your kind reviews and ratings, and we'll see you in Season 2 very soon!
Meet Chelsea Connor, a young Black scientist and one of the cofounders of #BlackBirdersWeek. Chelsea is from Dominica (Sara pronounces it wrong right off the bat - it's an island country in the Caribbean), and she opens up about experiencing racism at school in the States, dealing with stress and learning differences while pursuing a rigorous academic program, and being a scientist as well as an artist. Check out her stickers at Redbubble.com/people/chelseaherps! There will be a Part II, this young woman is full of stories, life, and learning!
Young scientist Armand Cann talks to Sara about his work in biology, his love for wilderness, the importance of connecting with other young Black scientists online as a method of self-care, his experience of racism in the field, the trauma of harassment by racist police, and the magic of J.R.R. Tolkien, Octavia Butler, and other great authors. Check out the #blackbirdersweek hashtag to meet more scientists and learn about their work and their lives. Also, hire this guy - he just finished his M.S. degree! Thanks to all the podcast supporters at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa.
Sidney Woodruff, 25, does her doctoral studies at UC Davis and conducts research in Yosemite National Park. She talks to Sara about being a young, Black, queer scientist; how she's received as a minority in a lot of professional spaces; the harassment of Black wildlife conservationists; and the vitality of real self-care and checking in on friends and peers. At the end, Sara guides the audience in a basic relaxation exercise. Check out #blackbirdersweek on Twitter and Instagram to read more stories and learn about some excellent wildlife conservationists. Support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa. Many thanks to current and past patrons!