Hey, Jen Cooper
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Hey, who's that introducing you to new people and bringing their stories straight to your ears? It's me, Jen Cooper. Each week we'll meet someone new and talk about the things that bring us closer to each other as humans. We'll cover topics like journey, community, embarrassing moments, and love. In a world of disconnected bits, this podcast is an exercise in discovering what holds us together.
||Explicit28: The Beauty of Odd Flowers & Our First Anniversary Episode!||This podcast is one year old! Can you believe it!? I’m thrilled to share this very special birthday episode with today’s very special guest, Andrea Boston. She’s a storyteller who asks the question: How can we turn the things that...||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit27: Refugees Welcome||Sara Waire was born in the middle of the Cambodian jungle as her family fled the Khmer Rouge. On this podcast, she shares the harrowing tale of what it took for her family to find a safe home and what...||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit26: The Art of Living Forward||Hey there and welcome to episode 26! You’re in for a massive treat today. We’re talking with Dani Yarusso. Dani is the entrepreneur behind Arrow, the destination yoga adventure company. Arrow combines the healing art of self-(re)discovery with the m||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit25: Radical Self-Care and a Fresh Start||Amy Newman’s road to embracing radical self-care wasn’t easy. In fact, it took a moment of breaking to realize that the life she was living—one focused on perfection and grinding and saying yes to everything—was hurting her. She needed a...||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOn Juggling Day Jobs and Dreams||In this episode, we chat with the brilliant and hilarious Baltimore-area writer Andy Hastings. He shares his experience as a 20-something who’s not a digital native, the drain of affective labor, and the books that rocked his world. We also...||7/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAnd I Think to Myself What a Wonderful Neurodiverse World||Who are we? How do we identify? And who gets to decide our layers? Today I’m joined by Jen Johnson, artist, advocate, professor, and mom to an awesome autistic kid! It’s a conversation that’s a beautiful celebration of art, voice,...||6/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWelcome to the Podcast! It’s the first show I should have done…||Hello and welcome to episode 22! This is actually the first show I should have done. It’s also my first unscripted solo show. This was wildly uncomfortable for me to record and, you know what? I don’t mind you knowing...||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitShe Was Fighting Herself to Live, Now She’s Living||Christie Jones is a brilliant artist and calligrapher who’s recently opened her very own studio in Patchogue, Long Island. It’s been a dream come true. But the road to living the life of her dreams hasn’t been easy. She’s battled...||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitParenthood: The Good, The Honest, and What Comes Next?||You ever meet someone and just know you’ll be friends? Well that’s what happened with today’s guest. My friend Bhek Simmons and I bonded during a parade through a town where both of us felt like outsiders. And because we’re...||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOh, Those Family Ties||What makes a family? If you grew up watching 80s sitcoms, you might think it was mom and dad saying the exact right thing at the exact right time. And that any challenge you faced as a family could be...||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA Woman of Words: An Interview with Writer, Filmmaker, and Rocker, Rahne Alexander||Unbeknownst to her, today’s guest was one of the original inspirations for the podcast. Rahne Alexander is an artist-activist who writes, sings, and if that wasn’t enough, she’s also a filmmaker. She’s thoughtful, fierce, and one hell of a story||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhat Happens When Two People Put Down their Phones and Start Getting Real||This is the true story, of two strangers, standing in line at a donut shop, who agree to sit down in a house and have their conversation taped. Find out what happens, when two people put down their phones and...||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFinding Your Edge||Jennifer Calderon is a photographer in Los Angeles and a Live a Great Story ambassador. Her work includes gorgeous shots of celebrities, filmmakers, families, people on a journey, and general California cool. For years, she’s chosen a word around the.||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHeck Yeah You Can! Some Brilliant Thoughts on Confidence||Today’s show is dedicated to confidence! Like everything else, it’s simply a skill. And because it’s a skill, you know what that means? That means, dammit, we can learn it! Tami Hackbarth is the 100% guilt-free self-care coach. She’s taken...||3/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIt’s All a Matter of Perspective||Welcome to an episode dedicated to shifts in perspective. Kelly Ramundo is a masterful writer and storyteller. After graduating from Harvard, she moved to Madrid and eventually landed a job at El Pais, the main paper there. She was settled...||2/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWomen of a “Certain” Age||There’s a weird message embedded deep in our psyches about women and aging. This isn’t new. It’s been around forever. You know the line: A woman never reveals her age. Well, in this episode we’re burning that whole concept down....||2/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWitchy Woman||Welcome to the good vibes episode! I thought we could use some goodness right now with all the bizarro (and quite frankly terrifying) things happening lately. Am I right? That’s why I asked my friend and artist, Melanie Biehle to...||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Sweet Stuff||Food, glorious food! Economies have been built on it, revolutions started over it, and national identities formed by it. I mean, have you seen the Great British Bake Off? Food gives us life so it seems only fair we dedicate...||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTell Me A Story||Today’s show is dedicated to sharing personal stories. They’re the ones you remember. They’re the ones you hold onto. They’re the very thing that can break down walls between us revealing what’s really on the other side. In this episode...||12/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLove is in the Air||Philosophers study it. Poets write about it. Crooners sing about its ability to bewitch, bother, and bewilder us all. Today, we’re talking about life and, yes, love with artist and documentarian Carla Joelle Brown. Her latest project is a love...||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFrankly, My Dear, You Should Give a D*mn||The rules of polite engagement say you should avoid talking about three things: money, religion, and politics. But what if the human disconnect we’re feeling can be reversed by talking about and understanding politics in a different way? Not as...||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Art of Giving Yourself Permission||From the time we’re little, we’re taught we need to ask permission for the most basic things in life. But what about when we’re grown? That’s when, hopefully, we discover that the only person we need permission from to show...||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Future is Female||We’re celebrating the “bad” women we love! I’d say they’re the ones who don’t fit the mold, but they go beyond that and break it. And no matter your gender, we all benefit from those who embrace their fierce feminine...||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGolden Repair: A Journey Towards Healing||The Japanese have a practice of art called kintsugi. Translated, it means golden repair. Artists take pieces of broken pottery and make it whole again by fusing them together with gold. The idea being that the scars of the pottery...||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGather Round! Some Thoughts On Community||Of course everyone wants to feel that they’re loved and belong. We’re hardwired to be social creatures. So if all this is tattooed on our DNA, why is it so hard to find our people sometimes? I talk with cultural...||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWell, That Was Embarrassing||Most of us avoid putting ourselves in embarrassing situations, but it’s inevitable — at some point, we’re definitely going to feel embarrassed. In this episode, I talk with Justine Hebron about this universal emotion and what it can teach us...||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGrowing Pains||There’s no shortage of pinspirational quotes about the beauty of growing, but growth isn’t always elegant and most of the time it downright hurts. Sabrina Depestre and I talk about the messy bits of transformational change and what’s helped as...||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA Lesson in Losing Yourself and Finding Your Way||At 22, Ivey Smith was living as a model in New York City. She was on a path to become a supermodel. For those on the outside looking in, Ivey’s life looked pretty great; like glossy magazine cover great. However,...||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
A friend listening in
As I write this review, I am quite aware of my bias. As I was fortunate enough to be a guest, interviewed for her episode called, “The Sweet Stuff”. Nevertheless, I am and continue to be enamored, thrilled and inspired by Jen! She is such a gifted creative. From writing, conceptualizing and producing original content, to talking and sharing with you all, each Thursday through her podcast. Just an all around amazing person, let’s be honest! I am lucky and grateful to call her a friend! My take away from each episode (no matter the subject) is enlightenment and hopefulness. And, I’m sure that’s why you guys listen in every Thursday too!
Come for the Stories, Stay for the Connection
Love all the powerful and unique stories collected here. If you want to hear human stories that you can’t get anywhere else, this is the place for you!
What brings us together...
This series is so refreshing. If you feel like your soul needs some healing after a rough year, this podcast is your new best friend. Jen brings really interesting and varied voices together in a way that leaves you feeling like no matter your background, we are all connected, and we need that connection. More!