By Amelia Morris and Edan Lepucki: Writers and mothers
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Mom Rage is a podcast dedicated to expanding the conversation about motherhood.
||ExplicitREDUX: Snack Trays (ep. 15)||Amelia can't stop crying about the passing of time and the sweet cruelty of raising babies. Edan discusses her family's childrearing culture and shares the first thing she did as soon as she took Bean home from the hospital seven years ago. At minute...||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitREDUX: White, What a Fright (ep. 8)||Edan and Amelia share their self-care methods. When is self-care a necessity for good parenting, and when can it slide into selfishness? Then, novelist and journalist Margaret Wappler comes on (32:00) to talk about doing "mini" IVF and what it's...||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSeason Finale||For their last show of 2018, Amelia has a child-centric performance art idea and Edan witnesses her son lose it in a Target dressing room. They also do a mini-post-mortem on their first season. At 35:00, they talk with pilates and hypopressives...||11/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLet's Talk About Sex||Amelia and Edan discuss the results of the Mom Rage sex survey that our intrepid listeners anonymously answered, covering everything from how often sex is happening, to how it feels to be sexual after becoming a parent, to what everyone's turn-ons...||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUncomfortable Conversations||Amelia and Edan discuss some interesting feedback about how extended maternity leave affects women returning to the workforce. They then have an uncomfortable conversation about whiteness and identity. At 28:00, they talk with mother and computer...||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGummy Bears and Dirtbags||Edan talks about her enraging visit to the OB-Gyn and her quest to get menstruating again; Amelia's son Isaac can't stop crying in the mornings and her son Teddy can't wipe his butt properly. At 28:00, we interview writer Lydia Kiesling about her...||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJoy is Coming||Amelia wants to talk about rock climbing and ambition, specifically Edan's "ambition." Then, they both read a few poems that help them metabolize what's going on in the world. At 29:30, they talk with writer Abigail Rasminsky, who recounts what it was..||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitShowing Weakness on the Playground||Edan shares her heartache and anxiety over Bean's school troubles, and Amelia talks about what she's read lately; together they discuss the value and drawbacks of political rage. At 34:00, author and grief therapist Claire Bidwell Smith shares what...||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMay You Live with Ease||Amelia recounts getting into it with her mom about Kavanaugh, and Edan recounts her weekend fighting lice. Then they listen to some Labia Hotline callers. At 32:00, they interview yoga teacher, doula, and owner of Moms at Om studio Keya Nkonoki about..||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBack to School Special||Edan and Amelia wade into the deep waters of where-to-send-your-kids-to-school. Much of the conversation is a way of introducing this week's guest (26:00): Courtney Everts Mykytyn Ph.D, who founded Integrated Schools, "a grassroots movement of, by and..||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Portrait of a Lady as a Mom||Amelia and Edan swap life updates and then grapple with the Brett Kavanaugh hearing (the morning after it happened). They also listen to some amazing Labia Hotline callers, and read an email from a listener about a new way to think about the burdens...||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Heart of Te Fiti||Edan and Amelia take an episode to think about their larger intentions as parents and set goals for the future. At minute 35:00, they're joined by stylist, artist, and designer Beatrice Valenzuela, who leans heavily on her instincts in all things,...||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitScreen Rage||Edan and Amelia talk about screen/phone culture: how they're trying to manage it and what worries them. At 36:40, they talk to Kim Brooks about her book Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear. https://www.momragepodcast.com ...||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA Very Special Episode||Amelia and Edan start with life updates. For Edan, Ginger started preschool and Bean got sent to the principal's office. For Amelia, Isaac went through binky withdrawal and she lost her mind. At minute 16:00, they set up the interview Amelia (and...||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWelcome to Holland||Amelia and Edan talk a little bit about parental judgment. Edan struggles to overcome being judgy about kids on screens, and Amelia talks about the judgment she sometimes feels between SAHMs and "working" moms. At 28:45, they talk to the incognito...||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThis is the Antidote||Amelia survived a vacation with her mom, and Edan's son survived a weekend at her dad's. They then play some voicemail messages from listeners expressing their mom rage. At 29:50, they're joined by Miry Whitehill, founder of Miry's List, a...||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLiving in the Rut||Amelia sounds off on a photography book about motherhood, and Edan's feeling rageful in the final week before school starts. Then, they discuss cooking, from how they get dinner done and eaten, to Amelia's sparse refrigerator, to their shared distaste..||8/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSnack Trays||This week, Amelia can't stop crying about the passing of time and the sweet cruelty of raising babies. Edan discusses her family's childrearing culture and shares the first thing she did as soon as she took Bean home from the hospital seven years ago...||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThinkers and Tryers||Amelia and Edan try to answer a listener's question about how they're handling societal gender norms as mothers and parents. At 37:20, they're joined by Amy West, a single-mother-by-choice as well as a clinical child psychologist and Associate...||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhere Are Your Kids Right Now?||Amelia and Edan discuss childcare. Everyone who has a child needs some form of childcare, and yet it feels like people aren't talking about how they're getting it done. They also discuss Mom Lit as a book genre and read two poems. ("Mom" poems?) At...||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFail Better||Amelia and Edan discuss Edan’s week away and her son’s inevitable future as a computer nerd. Amelia’s feeling some anxiety about Isaac headed to preschool, and she also shares her angst about her old cooking show: In the Kitchen with Amelia and...||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhat Would Lao Tzu Do?||Edan and Amelia attempt to answer a listener's question about how to navigate this dark political time. Edan recounts a moment of mom rage and then reads a misogynistic reader review of her book. They're then joined by Darcy Vebber (32:33) whose...||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBig Labia Energy||Amelia and Edan discuss how they were raised to think about sex and their own bodies, and how they're approaching these topics with their own kids. They're then joined by Kate Movius (at 34:58), who talks about her first son's autism diagnosis over...||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWorkshopping||Edan returns from Italy to face some worthwhile criticism she and Amelia got from a listener. Edan talks about her trip and Amelia shares two books she read: Sheila Heti's Motherhood and Edan's Woman No. 17. They're then joined by speech therapist...||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhite, What a Fright||Edan and Amelia share their self-care methods. When is self-care a necessity for good parenting, and when can it slide into selfishness? Then, novelist and journalist Margaret Wappler comes on (32:10) to talk about doing "mini" IVF and what it's...||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThis Woman's Work||Edan and Amelia discuss their feelings about work: getting paid for it (or not), balancing it with motherhood, and beyond, and then Edan shares stories about the work-life balance from a few moms she knows. At minute 27:20, they interview the...||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWitnessing Pain||Edan and Amelia discuss their improved audio! They then revisit the topic of "time outs," which segues into some serious mom rage at the NFL. A listener also emails them about children's birthday parties. At minute 28:45, they're joined by Rachel...||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitShameful Crying||This week, Edan gives us an update on Ginger's room and what it's like to parent with a case of pneumonia/strep. Amelia talks about the Francis Weller ritual retreat she went to and why she came back not wanting to give her kids "timeouts" anymore....||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitErotic Energy||This week, Edan and Amelia talk about how having kids has affected their marriages; Edan shares some advice from therapist Esther Perel. They're then joined by Meaghan O'Connell (26:05), author of And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before...||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOfrendas||This week, Amelia talks about her interest in ritual as a way of healing, specifically in the wake of a difficult visit from her mother. Meanwhile, Edan gets some tough critiques on the decor—or lack thereof—in her daughter's room, which leads to...||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitQualifying for Sainthood||In this episode, Edan tells Amelia why she decided to have a HBAC (home birth after caesarean), and the two discuss whether having a third kid would be a terrible or great idea. Plus, Amelia airs her grievances against Luke Bryan and his dumb country...||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to Mom Rage||In their inaugural episode, Amelia and Edan discuss why they’re starting this podcast and what the phrase “Mom Rage” means to them. They talk about how their rage relates to their own upbringings, and why the very word “mom” makes them...||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
I might not be a mom, but I am a dad with a 2yo and have been enjoying listening to these two cool women’s conversations and processing, as I often find myself relating a lot to the things they discuss- frustrations with family, the political climate, technology, the day to day stuff that dominates the life of a parent, etc.
I have tried to find podcasts about parenting from a progressive left perspective, and while this podcast isn’t expressly that, it kind of ends up filling that niche for me. Since the hosts are both smart (and therefore progressive;) and pretty critical thinkers.
They have had a great roster of guests on for interviews. I usually start each episode just planning on listening to their check in for the first 20-30 minutes and then turning it off as I’m not usually in the mood for listening to an interview, but end up listening to the end because the interviewees have all been rad women with interesting stories/view points.
Also listening to this podcast as a guy, gives me perspective and appreciation into some of the issues my partner (and mother of my child) goes through. They are also super consistent with their releases every week, which has made this one of the podcasts I have grown to look forward to and depend on. Highly recommended.
Refreshing take on motherhood
Podcasts about parenthood often tend either toward the preachy or overly complaining. Not so with Mom Rage. Amelia and Eden’s honest, funny, intelligent discussions highlight the fact that you can desperately love your kids and want to “do it right” but also harbor some pretty intense rage - toward your children maybe, but also your own upbringing and parenting culture at large. Their guest interviews have all been great, too!
Real talk about being a mom, and not only a mom
Disclosure: The hosts are friends but I mean every word I’m about to write. I love the bracing honesty of this show. Edan and Amelia aren’t trying to portray themselves as perfect moms with all the answers, or moms whose entire identities hinge on their kids. They are refreshingly straight about their annoyances, challenges, and fears around motherhood without shortchanging the profound meaning and joy motherhood can bring. And I love the theme song from Amelia’s pint-sized punks!