Julie Lythcott-Haims is a lot of things. She’s a daughter. She’s a mother. She’s the former Dean of Freshman at Stanford University and a Ted Talk speaker. She holds several degrees including a Law Degree from Harvard. The identity that didn’t come as easy to her was that of black woman. In her memoir, Real American, Julie gives us her evolution of how growing up in a mixed race household and in many all white settings meant learning about and loving herself as a black woman would take some time. In How To Raise An Adult, Julie turned her Stanford experience and her mind for research into a manifesto for modern parenting.
The people at Vote Together have spent the past couple of years studying ways to increase voter turnout. One way they’ve found to get people to the polls is to change the culture around voting. By making the experience more communal and celebratory, they’re finding voter engagement improves. I spoke with Vote Together’s Director Angie Jean-Marie who shared with me why this cause became so important to her.
Some people are performers, and some people are cultural touchstones. Britney Spears has gone beyond singer/dancer/actor/talent judge to permanent icon status. I’ve had a long love affair with Britney, so I was thrilled to find the podcast We Need To Talk About Britney. Actor and writer, Jen Zaborowski hosts the show, and talks not only about Britney’s work, but also how Britney’s life in the public eye mirrors so much of our culture at large.
On this episode, Ahmed Best and I continue our discussion about Star Wars. We talk about how the backlash Ahmed experienced is both similar and different to what Loan Tran (originally known to audiences as Kelly Marie Tran) experienced with The Last Jedi. We also talk about how excited we are for Andrew Gillum’s campaign for Governor in Florida and how we believe displaced Puerto Ricans might save us all. We love our Puerto Rican sisters and brothers!
Trigger Warning: Suicide
In July, my friend Ahmed Best revealed that in his darkest days he contemplated taking his own life. The pendulum of his career has been nothing short of extraordinary. He got his big break performing in the cast of Stomp The Musical which led to an offer to play a first-of-its-kind character in the Star Wars prequels. His character, Jar Jar Binks, would lead the way for the development of motion capture technology in film, but he would also become the punching bag for everything fans didn’t love about the movies. Ahmed was in the precarious position of being associated with a character who both was and wasn’t him.
When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, my heart dropped, and I wasn’t alone. Millions of women who have marched, organized, and donated saw their civil rights being swept away by the recommendation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh from our current administration. Women’s health is not the only issue in grave danger if Kavanaugh gets the seat. Immigration, LGTBQ rights, and almost every facet of American life will be affected. We’re being told Kavanaugh is a foregone conclusion. What you will hear in this show is that IT IS NOT. But we need your help. Please listen to and share this episode featuring the Los Angeles stop on the Rise Up For Roe Tour. The arguments that this is the most important issue, and we can win are compelling.
One of my favorite things is to see is when a friend keys into their passion. This has been the case with my friend and repeat guest, Nina Manni. She left her comedy career behind when she realized it wasn’t making her happy. What DID make her happy was traveling all over the world for CHEAP, but doing it well. Once she figured out how to do it, she wanted to help others do it too. She’s got some great tips for everyone!
If you have ever felt like therapy was not for you, this episode is for you. I wanted to open up a little about my experience with therapy, and eliminate some of the stigma around it. It was the perfect time to give you a talk with Matt Marr. Matt is a therapist, an actor, and hosts The Dear Mattie Show.
Do you know who holds office for your district in the House of Representatives for your State? If you don’t, you’re not alone. With the country so hyper focused on national politics, it might seem tedious to focus on local government. However, no one is having a greater impact on your daily life than your locally elected officials. Not to …
Raise your hand if you need a mental health break. I know I do. If this is you too, I highly recommend checking out the Netflix film, Ibiza. It stars Gillian Jacobs (Community), Vanessa Bayer (SNL), Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens), and Richard Madden (Game Of Thrones). I loved the movie so much, I asked screenwriter Lauryn Kahn to talk …
You may know Jamie from the Martha Stewart Show, The Today Show, and as New York Magazine’s “Best Baby Gear Expert.” Not only is he a childless gay man leading conversations about breastfeeding and baby wearing, but he’s also built a rabid and devoted social media following of hundreds of thousands of people who tune in for his thoughts on cocktails and horror films. During our talk, he tells his coming out story, which really moved me. We also got into the theme of authenticity came up over and over as the stepping stones to his success. I’m so honored to be his friend and the first girl to buy his booze.
One of my favorite parts of the United State Of Women Summit was attending the Athletes As Activists panel. It was organized by Dr. Kimberly Clay who created Play Like A Girl. It’s a wonderful organization that supports girls in both sports and STEM. Dr. Clay and I quickly bonded over our love for Mississippi since she’s from Batesville, and I went to Ole Miss a few miles down the road. The panel was informative, heartwarming, and filled me with determination to keep sports as a part of my daughter’s life where I had let them go in my own. Liz Loza of Yahoo Fantasy Sports (and previous Enthusiasm Enthusiast guest on Feminism And Football) was a wonderful moderator.
I was introduced to Intuitive Eating through listening to The BodyLove Project with Jessi Haggerty. It’s been a formative influence on me, as it has been for so many others who listen to her show. I was honored when Jessi agreed to talk with me about her experience as a Registered Dietitian, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Certified Personal Trainer, and Health At Every Size practitioner. Jessi not only helps her clients understand and love their bodies, but she teaches personal trainers how to motivate their clients without focusing on weight, shame, and judgement. I think you’ll love hearing from her as much as I do. We share a love of dogs with people names and a love for shirts that say IDGAF ABOUT YOUR DIET SUSAN.
Some women are earth shakers, and on this show, I’m grateful to speak with lots of them. In this case, there was a magnitude 5.3 earthquake while I was interviewing registered dietician and author, Elyse Resch. I think it was a sign!
Are you addicted to your phone? Do you want to sleep better? How much of your joy or pain is related to social media? These are the questions Thrive Global is aiming to help you navigate. Callie Schweitzer is the Chief Content Officer for Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington’s new company. I loved hearing about the behind the scenes of a company that strives to improve our lives.
n the 3rd and final episode in our women’s health series, Dr. Sherry answers your questions about the elusive G spot, the benefits of working with a primary care physician vs. an ob/gyn, pelvic floor exercises to help prevent incontinence, and the REAL DEAL with vaginal rejuvenation! The Mona Lisa isn’t just a painting in the Louvre. It is a laser that might improve sex, help juice up your vagina (especially if you’re a breast cancer survivor), and make your fear of sneezing in public a thing of the past.
This time, we’re tackling fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum depression. Thank you so much to listeners from all over who have been submitting questions for us to discuss. We are so grateful for your honesty! We also talk about how pornography is changing the way people view their bodies and how children and teens are harmed by over-exposure to porn at a young age.