First Day Back
By Tally Abecassis
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First Day Back is a documentary podcast that follows filmmaker Tally Abecassis as she tries to return to her career after having kids. By turns serious, funny, and touching, First Day Back takes a real-life look at motherhood, gender roles, work-life balance, and mom freelancers by following Tally’s story. "A poignant look at motherhood and career" -The Huffington Post, “If you’ve ever dared to create, you shouldn’t miss this one for the world" -The Timbre podcast review site.
||Clean#10 Special: On Death and Space Clouds||A short piece for Mother’s Day. Something different that is not part of the First Day Back storyline. Stay tuned for details on Season 2!||5/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9: Generations||What happens when Tally's life starts mirroring the subject of her film? Also she talks to a 97 year-old woman and a Millennial who both reject the idea of "having it all".||8/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8: Your Stories||In this episode, listeners sent in recordings of themselves talking about work, parenthood and, how hard it is to know what to do with your life, with kids or without.||7/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7: Good News, Bad News||Tally gets news about her film project, compares notes with a friend who didn’t have kids, and hears about her youngest son’s turnaround.||6/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6: Searching for Sally||This episode is a little departure. In it, Tally goes looking for a teacher who had a huge impact on her life and career.||5/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5: Curveball||In this episode, Tally meets her old producer, who cautions her that she is re-entering a different documentary industry than the one she left and Tally’s son Jack throws her a curveball.||4/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4: Fear and Insecurity in Las Vegas||An episode about creativity and insecurity. Questions are raised about Tally's ability to jump back in after 6 years off and she talks to a painter who says some things she is afraid to say.||3/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3: Patti Smith Made Me Feel Better||What's the difference between taking time off to take care of your kids versus taking that time to travel the world? Tally and her producer discuss it. Also, Patti Smith knows about mothering.||2/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2: This Discussion is Retro||Tally looks at gender roles in hers and other households and asks her father what feminism means to him. Spoiler alert: he has no clue.||2/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1: Getting Back Out There||In which Tally lays out her situation and tries to jump-start her filmmaking career, asking big questions to her family members along the way.||1/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
No better timing!
I came across Tally’s podcast at the most pivotal moment in my life over the past 3 years - just as I, too, was getting ready to go back to work. The struggles we have as mothers is real, and it’s desperately refreshing to listen in on another parent’s thoughts and feelings around making that huge decision: do I go back? Or stay home? Tally’s story telling style is seamless and comforting, and she is more relatable than many moms I actually know! So glad I stumbled on this series when I did, and I can’t wait to hear what she brings for season 2!
One of my favourites
Wonderful podcast! Beautifully put together, very touching and thoughtful. Love love love
Love this podcast
I really enjoy hearing Tally share her parenting dilemmas and delights. I enjoy it so much I should stop listening at work. Because tears.
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