Midway | Podcast
By Barbara Paulsen
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I quit my dream job at National Geographic. My son is leaving for college next year. What now?
||Clean#6: "You Have To Let Go"||I’ve been dreading my son Miro leaving home for college. Now the moment has finally arrived—and I'm surprised by my reaction.||10/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5: I Need a Friend||Today’s show is about friendships—how they help shape who you are, and why they can be so hard to navigate and keep going. Midway in the journey of our life, I came to myself in a dark wood, for the straightforward path had been lost. — Dante's Inferno Midway's Independent Cafe Tour of DC Producer Barbara Paulsen and Middlebury College Intern Sara Hodgkins worked on the 5th episode—on friendship—in coffee shops all around the district: Big Bear Cafe in Bloomingdale; Open City at the National Cathedral; Tryst in Adams Morgan; and Coffee Nature in Tenleytown. Many thanks to Sara for her amazing insights and wise counsel on how to shape this story!||7/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4: Getting In||This episode of Midway is about the Great American College Application Process, the parents' edition. When your kid applies to college, it can feel like the end of your child rearing, the last time they'll ever need your help, the final verdict on how well you've done as a parent. It stirs up a lot of emotions. So this is the story of my son Miro applying to college, but it's also the parallel story of my own, sometimes frantic, quest to figure out what I'm going to do as an empty nester.||5/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3: Mother Road Trip||My family travels 2,000 miles from Oklahoma to California to witness the drought that's taken hold of the American Southwest and California—and to get closer as a family. Any parent of a teenager can get wistful about what’s been lost. When they were younger, they drove you round the bend with all their need. Now they don’t need you and it’s not like you want them to—but there’s a closeness that is lost. At 16, my son Miro spent a lot of time in his room listening to music, and when he came out I usually pounced on him with questions and reminders. I didn't like the pattern we’d fallen into. Part of the reason I'd quit my job was that I wanted to try to regain some of the intimacy that had slipped away while I’d been so focused on work, and he’d grown into a teenager all of a sudden. But was that still possible? To find out, my family of three did what so many Americans do when they’re looking for answers: We took a road trip out West. We drove from Oklahoma to California—retracing the journey taken by the Joad family in the Grapes of Wrath. This podcast is the story of that trip, told in 4 chapters for each state we passed through. It’s the story of the people and places we encounter over the course of a 2,000-mile trek across the southwest—which happens to be in the midst of an historic drought. But like a||3/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2: I Quit||One spring day I woke up on my birthday and realized it was time to quit my dream job. Midway through the journey of our life, I found myself in a dark wood. For the straightforward path had been lost. — Dante's Inferno||1/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1: No Road Map||Episode 1 -No Road Map||1/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
An honest and fascinating look at what comes next for women at turning points in their lives. I’M at that point, and love the idea of having companions along the way as I try to figure it out. This podcast is like that, a friend who will push you forward, pull you back, and jostle you out of complacency. Love it.