Tell Me About Your Mother
By Critical Frequency
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Your mom is likely the first female role model you had--good or bad. Journalist Amy Westervelt talks to a variety of women about what their mothers taught them, connecting these personal histories to the broader story of modern women.
||CleanAuthor Rebecca Traister on Living Feminist Ideals and Who's Allowed to Have a Temper||Author Rebecca Traister's new book Good and Mad looks at how society has handled women's rage throughout history, how it has been punished, and how it has served as a catalyst for political victories and social change. In this episode, we...||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGiphy's Stephanie Weber on Growing Up with a Single Mom Who Taught Her to Navigate Tech, Know Her Worth, and Never Fake an Orgasm||Giphy producer Stephanie Weber moved around a lot as a kid. Her single mom wasn't following men in the 1980s, she was chasing a career as a computer programmer. They were a tight unit then and still are today, but Stephanie sometimes wonders if...||9/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSki Mountaineer Hilaree Nelson (O'Neil) on How Her Mom Inspired Her to Climb Mountains||Legendary ski mountaineer Hilaree Nelson is the first woman to have climbed and ski'd down so many mountains it's hard to count. She was determined to keep it up after having kids, in part because of the impression her mom left on her as a kid. ...||9/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStoryteller Emily Zulauf on Moving Closer to Her Mom, and Why Every Parent Should Have the Race Talk||Emily Zulauf is the Fiction Lead for a new game studio in Seattle, where she tries to come up with cool characters and weird, scifi-y names for things. She was with Pixar Animation Studios for almost eight years, as a Creative Development Associate...||9/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAmy Westervelt on the Mom Who Started It All||After a few requests from listeners, Amy tells the story of her own complicated mother-daughter relationship. This week's episode is sponsored by: Audible -- visit audible.com/TellMe for a free 30-day trial and a free audiobook! Casper - visit...||9/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWriter Sarah Miller on Narcissism, Emotional Distance, and the Unrealistic Expectations We Put on Moms||Sarah Miller is an editor for Popula and a writer (mostly of super smart humor pieces) for The New Yorker, The Cut, and various other publications. In this episode she talks about what she admires about her mom, what she wishes were different, and the..||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJournalist Maya Francis on What Her Mom Has Taught Her About Being a Working Mom and a Black Woman Who Owns Her Story||In the Season 2 closer, we talk to journalist and commentator (and Critical Frequency co-founder!) Maya Francis about her mom being a teen mom long before she had Maya, having siblings who had completely different childhoods from her own, how her...||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAuthor Lauren Muscarella on Maternal Loss||Author Lauren Muscarella lost her mom when she was 20, and says there were aspects of their relationship that she had to work through on her own, long after her mom passed. In this episode we delve into how Lauren did that, why it was so important to...||4/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocumentary filmmaker Amanda Micheli on Feminism, Infertility, and What Family Means||Filmmaker Amanda Micheli found the subject of her latest documentary, Vegas Baby, while researching financing options for her second round of IVF. In this episode we talk about how her upbringing impacted her views on family and relationships, and how..||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLeticia Aguilar Is a Bearcat||In this crossover episode with the Bearcat podcast, we meet Leticia Aguilar and hear how her mom's experience showed Leticia what sort of woman she did and did not want to be. Now she helps other Latina women figure out how to carve out their own paths.||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitComedian Marcella Arguello on Moms, Men, and Machismo||Comedian Marcella Arguello grew up in the rural town of Modesto, Ca where her El Salvadoran parents dealt with plenty of casual racism long before Trump. Marcella learned how to entertain herself as a kid, and how to combine the best of both feminine...||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJournalist Sammy Nickalls on Her Mom and #TalkingAboutIt||Sammy Nickalls (a writer and editor at AdWeek) says her mom has always been super supportive, even when she hasn't totally understood or agreed with her daughter. Sammy started the hashtag #TalkingAboutIt in the wake of her best friend's suicide to...||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComedian Aparna Nancherla on anxiety and comedy||Aparna Nancherla's mom was finishing up her residency as she was having Aparna and her sister. All three women dealt with anxiety and depression at different points in their lives, and for Aparna taking care of her mental health ultimately resulted in..||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHeather B. Armstrong ("Dooce"), Part 2, on Being a Super Public Mom||In part two of our Season 2 opener, writer Heather B. Armstrong (aka "Dooce") opens up about the challenges of living a lot of your private life publicly, how she's navigated writing about family, and how her kids feel about all of it. Check out our...||3/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHeather B. Armstrong, aka "Dooce" on the Wild World of "Mommy" Blogging and Why Her Mom Keeps Her in Utah||Heather B. Armstrong was one of the original "mommy bloggers," drawing an audience of millions with her honest accounting of motherhood back in the early days of blogging. These days she has built a small media empire, but it's still a struggle to...||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGetting to Know Your Mom as a Person, with Renita Parker Mobley||When Renita Parker Mobley heard comedian Sasheer Zamata interviewing her mom on This American Life last year it suddenly made her realize: she'd spent years mad at her mom for leaving her dad and kicking off a messy divorce, maybe it was time to get...||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Samantha Ladwig on Maternal Estrangement||Maternal estrangement impacts tens of thousands of American women, but is still a fairly taboo topic. Writer Samantha Ladwig chronicled her estrangement from her mother in an essay in the June/July 2017 issue of Bust that went viral. In this episode,...||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4: Wesley Allsbrook||Drawing the Mother-Daughter Relationship||8/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3: Alli Maloney||Allison (Alli) Maloney is the news and politics editor for Teen Vogue. Recorded on Mother's Day 2017, in Brooklyn, this episode centers on Alli's story and her complicated relationship with her alcoholic mom who left when Alli was three and never...||6/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2: Porochista Khakpour||Porochista Khakpour is a highly acclaimed author. Her fiction books, Sons and Other Flammable Objects and The Last Illusion, have received and been nominated for various awards and she also contributes essays frequently to a variety of outlets....||5/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1: Ashley C. Ford||Ashley C. Ford is the senior features writer for Refinery 29, and has also written for a wide range of other publications, including The Guardian, Elle, and Teen Vogue. She was raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, by a single mom, after her...||5/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrailer - Tell Me About Your Mother||A New Podcast, Launching May 2017||4/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I love it
Just listened to the first episode and omg I am hooked. I love this so much! Such wonderful storytelling and the music is hauntingly good.
The first episode was a great listen and provided me with perspective on my own relationships. I think this series is going to help make me a better mom and daughter. Thanks to Amy and Ashley for sharing this story with us.
This was seriously one of the most interesting podcasts I've listened to...
In a world dominated by male storytelling, this is a serious breath of fresh air. I found it interesting not only from the perspective of someone who is involved in advocating for women's issues, but also from the perspective of someone who lost their mother earlier in life and has spent considerable time thinking about her influence.
On so many levels, women will find this interesting. If you are a mom, it will make you think about your parenting. If you're not a mom, (and even if you are) you will find yourself thinking about your own answers to Amy's questions.
You'll laugh. You'll cry. It will reach you so deeply the 40 minutes won't seem like enough.
Amy asks great questions, and she really lets her subjects shine. I wholeheartedly recommend this podcast and will be eagerly awaiting the next episode.