Episode 93: Audacious
Season 1, Ep. 93
Edissa Nicolás-Huntsman calls herself an agitator, and activist, and an educator. In this riveting installment of our essays featuring the women of FIERCE: ESSAYS BY AND ABOUT AUDACIOUS WOMEN, Edissa tells us about the inspiration she found from a 19th-century Jewish feminist suffragist, and what she's doing to fight systemic oppression right now.You can find Edissa's blog Karma Compass here, including the Living Artist Project, her work on Unlearning Oppression, and what she's doing to make sure everyone can vote this November here.
Episode 92: Defiant
Season 1, Ep. 92
In the first of five episodes featuring FIERCE: ESSAYS BY AND ABOUT DAUNTLESS WOMEN, award-winning author Meera Nair shares how she's found hope even as she's been living in "the epicenter of the epicenter," the place that for a time, got hit hardest by COVID-19. Read more about Meera and find links to her published work here.Trigger warning: In Meera's discussion of the essay she wrote for FIERCE, she mentions self-harm.
Episode 91: An Open Letter to My Mom
Season 1, Ep. 91
In this open letter to her mom, Laura reflects on what she learned about being a strong woman even in a house that was wary of feminism.
Episode 90: Real Patriotism
Season 1, Ep. 90
On this Independence Day, Air Force veteran Tino Dinh talks about patriotism, and why he thinks it should be an inclusive term. Tino is the child of refugees who nearly died when they fled Saigon during the Vietnam war. He's spent most of his life serving this country--both in the Air Force and as a management consultant who advocates for veterans' benefits and solves problems in what he calls "the plumbing and the guts of the government." You can find Tino here and here.
Episode 89: Family History
Season 1, Ep. 89
As we approach this holiday weekend, Laura looks to Independent presidential candidate Mark Charles to help us celebrate without ignoring our country's complicated family history.Resources from today’s episode:Read UNSETTLING TRUTHS by Mark Charles and Soong-Chan RahRead Mark Charles’s story, “The Dilemma of the Fourth of July,” which I quoted in this episode.Watch this documentary about the Doctrine of Discovery.Watch the Upstander Project's film, Dawnland.Map our your own Genogram.
Episode 88: Temper Tantrum
Season 1, Ep. 88
We all have those times when life is a perfect storm of disasters and we just can't take it anymore. Sometimes it's our kids who have temper tantrums. Sometimes, it's us. Today I share the biggest one we've had yet during this quarantine, and what it's teaching us.
Episode 87: Untouched
Season 1, Ep. 87
Fifteen years ago, the first thing Laura ever published was a short piece of creative non-fiction called "Touched." Today, she responds to that younger version of herself with "Untouched," a reflection on life in a world where she no longer takes touch for granted.You can find the original version of "Touched" at www.shelterinplacepodcast.info, and at The Cricket Online Review, which published it in 2005.