Episode 42: Hamilton & Hip Hop for Moms

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Following co-host Leslie's obsession with the story of Hamilton and the music of Lin Manual Miranda, she and Tesi jump in and discuss the phenomenon that so many mamas love! Episode 44 unpacks Hamilton's brilliance and explores the reasons why we believe that the rap and hip hop in the show has struck a chord with so many of our Mama Bears. Tesi and Leslie invite their resident music-loving, trend-finding influencer and sister Kait to the room where the podcast happens. Together, the trio dives into the power of music and its incredible ability to influence our culture and define generations. The episode ends with Kait's suggestions for Hamilton-lovin' mamas who want to expand their musical palette and step into the story-telling brilliance and sound of rap and hip hop.

If you love Hamilton, Mama Bears, be sure to check out these artists:

  1. Outkast
  2. Chance the Rapper
  3. Kendrick Lamar
  4. Nicki Manaj
  5. Santigold
  6. Beyonce
  7. Noname Gypsy

LINKS:

Outkast | Chance the Rapper | Kendrick Lamar | Nicki Manaj | NoName Gypsy | Santigold 

Also mentioned is the forthcoming Hamilton Mixtape

We also discuss Kanye. If you're not already a fan, start with The College Dropout.

Poet Aubrey Ryan talks about art as activism and understanding on Episode 33: Poetry for the People. Listen HERE.

Hamilton the Musical's official website

Lin Manuel Miranda on TWITTER

If you find the story and history of Hamilton interesting, Leslie recommends all of these:

Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton

Hamilton: The Revolution

Revolutionary Mothers by Carol Berkin


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Episode 33: Poetry for the People

On Episode 33, co-hosts Leslie and Tesi tackle the topic of poetry in the modern world by interviewing award-winning poet and mother-of-two Aubrey Ryan. Aubrey shares her experience with poetry and the way it impacts her everyday, all the while helping to demystify the sometimes intimidating art form. The women spend an hour together admiring the poetry in our world while viewing it from unexpected angles: poetry as medicine, writing as healing, and verse as activism. Listeners will hear the words of poets who have you woven truths together and may pause to take in the power of language, lingering over the mystery and beauty of the ways that we, as human beings, communicate. Tesi, Leslie, and their guest talk about being alive to the extraordinary in the ordinary and then telling of the discovery in magnificent and creative ways. All of this to say, as Aubrey Ryan does in Episode 39, "Hey, world! Poetry is not hard!"

Also discussed on this episode:

  • Poetry is democratic

  • Can poetry be medicine? How does it heal? Who does it heal?

  • Poetry as a response to societal ills and cultural happenings

  • How does one create a livelihood as an artist?

  • Hitting rock bottom and stepping back into the light

  • Types of poetry and the use of poetry as a tool of empowerment and social change

OBSESS SESH:

Medela Breast Pump | Cold Mountain | Taproot Magazine

LINKS:

At the beginning of the podcast, Leslie reads Late Hours by Lisel Mueller from Alive Together

Gervase Kolmos and the "me too" factor can be found in Episode 27

Where you can find Aubrey:

Midwest Writing Center

Check out Aubrey's chapbook of poems, published by Phantom Press: A Good Beast

A list of poets mentioned:

Mary Oliver | Rumi | Lin Manual Miranda | Nikki Giovanni (On Being Podcast) | Wendell Berry Gary Snyder | Bill Moyers | B.H. Fairchild | Jason Robert Brown


Mama Bears, we’re online! Here’s where you can find us:

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and let us know what you’re thinking!

Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes. We are having so much fun podcasting and really appreciate you listening!!

Help support Mama Bear Dares by shopping with us! Here are our affiliate links:

Do your Amazon shopping here. It costs you nothing and we get a bit of change from Amazon with each purchase! Yay!

Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at www.audible.com/mamabeardares.

Thanks, as always, to Wunderkind for the beats!