Episode | January 14th, 2019 | 28 mins 44 secs
consumption, drinking, dryjanuary, mindfulness
Leslie talks about his decision to forego alcohol for "Dry January."
Episode | December 30th, 2018 | 1 hr 13 mins
Last thoughts on the Identity series and 2018.
Episode | December 18th, 2018 | 1 hr 16 mins
How to do we help our kids answer the "Who Am I?" questions with clarity and authenticity?
Episode | December 11th, 2018 | 1 hr 6 mins
christianity, identity series, parenting, spirituality
In this episode, we talk about our spiritual identities. After 15 years of marriage, do we still share the same spiritual identity? Are we still even spiritually compatible?
Episode | November 26th, 2018 | 57 mins 48 secs
In this episode, we talk about Laura’s response to the “Who Am I?” question. Since she’s white, her answer doesn’t start with race; it’s about roles and responsibilities.
Episode | November 19th, 2018 | 54 mins 33 secs
Leslie looks into his mixed heritage, with some racial history lessons on the side.
Episode | November 12th, 2018 | 1 hr 13 mins
coming of age, mental health, politics, voting
Bullet points on life since Easter, and some feedback from listeners. Also, thank you to our veterans; we will Never Forget.
Episode | October 31st, 2018 | 1 hr 10 mins
In this episode, Leslie goes through his ballot, following Laura’s Voters’ Guide. Laura talks about her research for the Guide and Leslie adds his own research and opinions to the conversation. We have two important races that will have repercussions for the whole country: Please donate to Kate Brown for Governor and Jamie McLeod-Skinner for U.S. Representative!
Episode | October 28th, 2018 | 50 mins 25 secs
In this episode, we learn about why the 2018 midterms are so important, how to be an informed voter, and what all we can do to get out the vote for 2018. Laura walks us through her strategy and approach to researching candidates and ballot measures. We also talk about reasonable shortcuts to take if you don’t have the time or inclination to do the research yourself.
Episode | April 1st, 2018 | 41 mins 8 secs
In this episode we commiserate with all our friends and listeners who’ve struggled through Easter this year. In the process, we take a hard look at what Easter means to us, the doubts we have, and what we wish Easter meant to more people, especially the broken. We talk about our religious upbringing and Jesusy stuff in an exploratory, not preachy way, but the topic is what it is, if you need to avoid it.
Episode | January 29th, 2018 | 49 mins 50 secs
In this episode, we talk about Laura’s plans for a sabbatical. She’s finished her year-long coaching certification courses, but instead of diving straight into paying work, she has found she needs to take a step back and do a lot of internal work first. There’s a lot of vulnerability and rawness in this episode, and of course Laura cries. Hopefully it encourages you to look at the roles you play in your life, and how to embody more healthily and authentically the inescapable ones.
Episode | December 31st, 2017 | 1 hr 37 mins
allies, white fragility
In this episode, we talk about an interaction Leslie had on Facebook with a frustrated guy he went to highschool with. Leslie runs through the interchange and interjects his thoughts and experiences. Laura follows up with what she’s learned about being a white person in the comments. The point of this exercise is to discuss what makes a good social media ally, and how we can improve from where we’re at.
Episode | December 10th, 2017 | 1 hr 8 mins
consent, family, kids, metoo, taxes
We take a personal look at the rapidly changing view of sexual harassment and assault in the USA, starting with our own experiences. We want to know how it impacts our partnership, how we should be talking about #MeToo with our kids, and what we can practically do to improve women’s rights. Leslie updates us on the Tax Reform Bill and we talk about our new show artwork, The Heart Switch!
Episode 69: Things We’re Thankful for, Like Successful Family Vacations, but We also Talk about Tax Reform
Episode | November 21st, 2017 | 49 mins 12 secs
family vacation, holidays, politics, taxes
In this episode, We talk about our family vacation to the Great Wolf Lodge, vacations for depressed parents, Magda’s holiday sanity project called Coffee & Eggnog, the Holiday Survival Plan, and some other random things that are making life easier or bringing us joy.
Episode | November 5th, 2017 | 1 hr 3 mins
activism, parenting, politics, social justice
This is the third and final part of the Awkward Social Justice series. In this episode, we talk about how to take everything we’ve discussed in the first two episodes of this series and channel those things into meaningful action and change. We’re taking the ideological to the practical. We’re newbies at activism, but our gifts are connecting and synthesizing resources, so we’re going to put our efforts out into the world to effect change within our sphere of influence. At root and most simply, that’s what activism really is. Check out our extensive resource list in the show notes!
Episode | October 16th, 2017 | 54 mins 18 secs
family, marriage, politics, social justice
This is part 2 of the Awkward Social Justice series, where we explore our history as non-activists; trace our inroads into civic engagement and social justice issues; and finally offer a encouragement and resources for others who are just getting started. In this episode, we talk about learning to live justly: the point where we began to put our Awareness to work into engagement and taking Action. Laura talks about the 2 year gap between her big tipping point (Ferguson, 2014) and when she graduated from signal boosting to civic action. Leslie talks about his gradual evolution and a few key moments that have changed his trajectory significantly. This is an invitation to observe where you are in this process, and to be deliberate about the next steps in your own evolution. There are some great resources in the Show Notes to help you do some heavy thinking (mostly on racial injustice, as that remains a theme that is personal for us), and we are always an email away.