And Then Everything Changed
Leaving the Mormon Church featuring Natalie Que

Leaving the Mormon Church featuring Natalie Que

July 7, 2020

Her whole life, Natalie Que had learned to ignore the misgivings she'd felt about the Mormon church in which she'd grown up with her four sisters. And then, at the age of 29, she met a woman who had successfully left the church, and in one afternoon, Natalie's world blew wide open.⁣

She realized that she'd been living her life in contrast to what she truly felt and believed and would never be able to go back. Her new understanding catapulted her apostasy, a massive transition within her marriage, and a deep knowing that her integrity would never let her stay in a religion where she felt had been lied to. ⁣

In this episode, Natalie recounts the rules of her upbringing and how she finally and permanently rejected them, what she and her husband went through when she left, and what she's created for herself and her children now, more than a decade later.⁣


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It Was Always Steven featuring Barbara Majeski

It Was Always Steven featuring Barbara Majeski

June 30, 2020

Financial and home stability eluded Barbara Majeski’s family when she was growing up but even when they were shuffled between parents, she and her three siblings always had great love.⁣

From an early age, Barbara took extra care of her younger brother Steven who was born with a genetically inherited neurological impairment called Fragile X, watching over him and keeping him safe. She was fourteen when urgent family circumstances threatened to separate her from Steven and that’s when she pledged to take care of him and protect him forever, ultimately raising her three children to also look out for him.⁣

Her commitment to Steven anchored her during her fight with stage 3 cancer and inspired her to keep going even when she didn’t think she had anything left. In this episode, Barbara, now cancer-free for four and a half years, shares her and Steven’s story, how serving others has changed her life, and what she’s gained from the most difficult things she’s gone through. ⁣


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Healthcare is a Gender Issue featuring Dr. Shikha Jain

Healthcare is a Gender Issue featuring Dr. Shikha Jain

June 23, 2020

With women physicians losing childcare during the pandemic, gender equity in medicine has taken a giant step back.⁣

Healthcare workers that were once overworked are now exhausted and facing supply shortages. And COVID-19 which should never have been a political issue has become one. The healthcare system needs a reboot, says Dr. Shikha Jain a board-certified hematology and oncology physician and the founder and chair of the Women in Medicine Summit and that reboot needs to be intentional.⁣

She has made it her mission to work toward closing the gender gap in healthcare and nurture voices and organizations that need amplifying. In this episode, Dr. Jain shines a light on the myriad ways equity in medicine needs to improve, offers best practices for staying healthy this summer, and shares non politicized resources for coping with COVID.⁣

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Forgiving the Father Who Left featuring Juan Aleman

Forgiving the Father Who Left featuring Juan Aleman

June 16, 2020

Juan Aleman spent his latchkey childhood missing his father who left when he was a baby. Besides spending a summer here and there with his father all he knew about him were the memories his older sisters shared of a man who had a drinking problem and hurt their mother. ⁣

Juan joined the army and had begun a family of his own when he and his father who was newly sober reconciled. At last, Juan got to know the man who had left him and they forged a close connection in the time they had left together.⁣

In this episode, Juan shares the story of how he forgave his father for leaving, what parenting means to him, and how after years of drinking he got sober himself.⁣

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The Hope for Something Different featuring Lisa Butler

The Hope for Something Different featuring Lisa Butler

June 8, 2020

A feminist before she knew what feminism was Lisa Butler grew up wondering why she and her mother were members of a strict Pentecostal church on the south side of Chicago, one that stripped women of their freedom and asked them to give up their power to the pulpit.⁣

Lisa was a smart and motivated student with dreams for her future but had to put them on hold when she got pregnant at 16. Now a licensed clinical social worker with a special interest in the physical and emotional effects of chronic stress that black women experience living in dangerous neighborhoods, she works in private practice and has also mentored teen moms in Chicago to help them think critically and help better care for themselves.⁣

In this episode, Lisa shares her views on oppression, how a lack of basic resources like jobs, quality healthcare, and education have perpetuated the cycle of poverty, and the work she's doing on What’s Left Behind, her documentary highlighting the moms and families of murdered young people lost to gun violence in Chicago.⁣

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#PodcastBlackout

#PodcastBlackout

June 1, 2020

A reading of some of the names of black people slain by police violence or hate crimes.

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Reinventing Home featuring Rebecca West

Reinventing Home featuring Rebecca West

May 26, 2020

After the breakdown of her marriage, Rebecca West was ready to start her new life but reminders of her previous one filled her home. That’s when she realized she would have to transform her space to break free from her old story and reinvent herself.

 

What began as a fresh interior became a new career, a new relationship, and the conviction that living spaces influence and reinforce what we believe about ourselves and the world and even how other people treat us.

 

In this episode Rebecca shares her own story of self-discovery, what growing up on the move in an army family taught her about home, and offers inspiration for creating an environment that can nurture and support us through times of stress. 

 

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Ending the Blood Donation Deferral Period for Gay Men featuring Lukus Estok

Ending the Blood Donation Deferral Period for Gay Men featuring Lukus Estok

May 19, 2020

As a Coronavirus survivor, Lukus Estok was proud to be able to donate his blood plasma to help search for a cure to Covid-19. 

 

Because the FDA had announced on April 2, 2020, it was updating its guidelines on blood donations from gay men, decreasing the abstinence period for men who had sex with other men from 12 months to 3 months to better meet the demand for blood during the coronavirus pandemic, Lukus was cleared to donate. Abstinent for 3 months, he arrived at the hospital for his appointment eager to contribute his plasma for antibody studies and proud to finally be treated like every other blood donor but was turned away because he was gay. Lukus’ story soon got picked up by Good Morning America, Inside Edition, and The Daily Show and he has found himself very publicly speaking about who he is and why the FDA needs to take a closer look at their blood-donation deferral period for gay men.

 

In this episode Lukus, a returning guest from bonus episode 3, Surviving Coronavirus, joins Ronit to talk about his donation experience, using his newfound platform to effect change and share some very good news.

 

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News! Awards! Thank YOUs!

News! Awards! Thank YOUs!

May 13, 2020

A little message to share some great news, updates on the podcast, and episodes in the works. Plus And Then Everything Changed is now available on iHeart Radio as well as iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Podbean! 

Unschooling Ourselves featuring Akilah Richards

Unschooling Ourselves featuring Akilah Richards

May 12, 2020

The Unschooling Movement might seem new but it is the oldest kind of learning, says Akilah Richards of Fare of the Free Child podcast; one that recognizes learning differences in children and encourages curiosity, empathy, and independence.

 

Whereas traditional school models can rely on conformity, competitiveness, and one-size-fits-all curricula, Unschooling strives to create nurturing spaces where students can be themselves, work in community, and collaborate to pursue the information they need because of their genuine interest. During this pandemic time when kids are trying to navigate remote learning and so many parents are worried about their children falling behind and growing disenchanted with schoolwork, Akilah joins Ronit to talk about what Unschooling looks like, how she and her family have made it work, and how this unconventional model fosters compassion, confidence, and a lifelong love of learning in children. 

 

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