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What makes sugar, Adderall, tobacco, and alcohol legal while drugs like pot, heroin, cocaine, and meth are not? Is it addictiveness? Impact on health? Racism? In this episode, we talk to Jay Shifman, the host of the Choose Your Struggle podcas
What does gardening have to do with the revolution? It turns out, it has everything to do with it - in this episode, Amirio Freeman, the host of the Loam Listen podcast, talks to us about how Black ecology fosters a sense of connectedness that
It turns out that being a woman sports fan is just like being any other kind of sports fan. They don't need pink jerseys, they just want to feel included. In this episode, we sit down with Keely Dunning, a sports podcaster who has worked in spo
Millennials have a fraught relationship with work. At this point it feels like we could do a compilation of people telling us about the jobs they wish they had been able to have but couldn't for various reasons, whether it be because the lifest
We have a lot of conversations on this podcast about issues which are often moral in nature, such as the Israeli occupation of Palestine and defunding the police but often we aren't talking about the specific moral framework behind our position
Forget about buying a house; that's not even on the radar for most millennials. Let's talk about living with your parents. When the pandemic hit, a lot of people moved home to live with their parents either temporarily to weather the pandemic o
In a continuation of our conversation around disability from last week with Marquis Kearse, we get into what it is like to date while disabled. What are the power dynamics around one person in the relationship feeling like they need to take car
Now that we are headed back to "normal" life, and a lot of people are going back to their workplaces, movie theaters, therapists offices, a lot of disabled people are wondering if we are also going to be making a return to a world of inaccessib
In this episode, we sit down and do some processing about what the past 100 episodes have taught us, and what larger narrative has come out of these conversations we have been having with millennials from across the country during this pandemic
We have been wanting to talk to someone who does social work for a while and finally we got a chance to talk with Destiney Kinsey, a social worker who has worked in all kinds of different settings: she has worked with kids in schools, adults in
This episode is a smorgasboard. We get the change to sit down with Lauren DeVera, a life coach, dancer, and fellow podcaster. We met her because Isabel will be speaking on a panel with her this summer at a podcast conference called Podcast Move
It's a word many people associate with millennials: burnout. But it's a phenomenon that has been around for a long time, but has new manifestations in our world of psychological and social engineering baked into apps like Uber, giving the brain
Richard, from the Fatherhood Episode, is back! And he is talking about being the chair of the Iowa chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. We talk about how scary it is to have Alzheimer's (just imagine people you don't recognize coming into yo
In a continuation of last week's conversation, we talk with Sean Emery about the larger picture: not the specifics of Israel and Palestine, but about the larger global movement going on amongst the working class. It's an exciting time to be a r
Right now there is a violent occupation going on in the West Bank and Gaza. At the time when we were recording this episode, the ceasefire between Hamas and the Israeli military forces had been going on for about 20 minutes. We sit down with ac
So TikTok is low-key the first big manifestation of AI taking over the world. Many of us (though now all, because Deondre' seems to have avoided the TikTok trap) have had those moments during the pandemic when we went down a TikTok wormhole and
On this show we talk a lot about problems that need to be solved and not a lot about how to solve them, which is a criticism my mom brought up to me recently. So in this solo episode, Deondre' and I talk about some of the problems we have talke
Why are relationships are a mid-level marketing scheme? Because the media only ever focuses on getting you into them (the will-she, won't-she flirtation period) and then conspicuously leaves out all mention of the WHOLE REST OF THE PACKAGE. Th
2 weeks ago, we got to talk to Sal, an apprentice training to be a plumber, and now we get to talk about what it's like being a woman in construction. We sit down with Taylor Mount, the co-host of the Honey and Heart podcast, who works in const
In this episode, we sit down with Vanessa, a public school teacher who has been teaching 7th grade language arts throughout the pandemic in Jacksonville, Florida, and has been teaching in-person this whole school year. She says she knows she i
Apprenticeships and trade schools have a marketing problem. Sal, the host of the Fresh Apprentice podcast and a plumbing apprentice, told us that when he was first starting his apprenticeship, he got some flak from his family: "You're going to
In this episode we talk about the process of becoming a father, and we do it with Richard Dedor, who is a gay dad from Iowa who adopted his daughter through a private adoption agency. He talks with us about what the adoption process was like, t
This episode is more of a story than a conversation around a particular topic. But the main theme of the conversation we had with Susan Barnes, a healer, and personal growth facilitator, is how she dealt with the fear of going off the typical "
The Texas blackouts last month were the perfect example of why the go-it-alone mentality can only be viable when things don't go wrong...like when a huge winter storm hits. Then you need help. We talk with a Texas native and the co-host of the
We have been talking to a number of people who have been diagnosed with various mental health issues in their adulthood. All of them have felt that their diagnosis changed their lives for the better, but this is the first time we have talked wi
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