By Kate Leismer
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A storytelling and interview podcast about big turning points, events, and life changes that set us on a path to becoming someone else, or maybe just getting closer to who we are.
||CleanEpisode 10 - Jason Snell (Part II)- Recovery, Reparations, and Redemption||Part 2 of an interview with Jason Snell about the death and destruction caused by addiction, overdose, and loss. Part II details his recovery, return to innocence, reparations, and his own redemption.||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9 - Jason Snell (Part I) - Back From the Edge||“I was looking at the world and it started to flatten out and I realized, this is what it’s like to die. Everything starts to lose meaning....it just becomes a flat image.”||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 - Julia Kratz - Our Bodies: Addiction, Escape, and Sexuality||This episode is about the relationship between sexuality and eating disorders, the power of women’s sexuality versus objectification, addiction, transcendence of the mind and body, and the healing power of embodiment.||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 - Cedric Till - Beyond the Mask of Toxic Masculinity||Photo Credit: Megan Spencer The inner-lives of men have always been mysterious to me. What is it is like to perform masculinity? What does the pressure of being a man feel like? I’ve never been forced into a physical altercation or had to defend myself with strength, or had my self-worth measured by my perceived strength, dominance, or income. Of course, it’s true that women are forced to perform femininity and are judged in a host of other ways, but it led me to this question: what qualities are associated with gender and how does it impact the way we learn to express ourselves, or limit our potential to evolve? With the rise of the #metoo campaign, a spotlight has been focused on toxic masculinity, but rarely do we investigate the internal struggles of being a man in a culture that rewards aggression and dominance. My guest today is Cedric Till, a spoken word artist and storyteller who wrote to me about his transformation in the last years, after surviving childhood trauma, a diagnosis of ADHD, and institutionalized living for his violent behavior. What got my attention was how he described his transformation as it related to connecting to a female energy, deriving strength in feminine qualities and relationships, and how finding language and voice through rapping and poetry made him more vulnerable. Before recording this, I thought, let's do a show about overcoming toxic masculinity, but it is actually about something else. Listen to the whole interview, because his transformation was actually so much more powerful, and one we can all learn from.||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6- Lisa - Severance||How do we sever ourselves from family to become whole?||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5 - Larry Tee - Manifest||How to we learn to move on and start over in the face of challenges?||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4- Ally - Freedom||Why a "trophy wife" left it all behind and what it means to balance personal freedoms and security in relationships, and in life.||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 - Sam Clayton - Homecoming||An honest talk about life as an openly gay Mormon, why Sam loves cults, and the spirituality of travel.||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2- Susie Kahlich- Superpowers||Susie Kahlich and Kate talk about violence against women, #metoo, the night she almost lost her life, and getting back up.||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 - Kate Leismer- Reckoning||Stories about your host and an introduction to the show.||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeaser Episode||Here's an intro to our new show and why you don't want to miss out on these stories!||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I can’t wait for more!
A truly unique and engaging listen
Kate is a wonderful storyteller- you can read some of her earlier work at her blog: Wayward Betty. But the podcast About Face has started off with a powerful and personal story of Kate’s own About Face. If you are anything like me, you will laugh, you will cry, and you will connect with a friend who is trying to face this world and find their own path. The questions she asks may not have answers, but you will enjoy the journey she takes you on. Well worth a listen. 5 Stars!
This first episode was told with raw intense emotion, and it’s riveting nature allows for the listener to forget what they are doing and become engaged in Kate’s story .... Well Done!! Can’t wait for more...