Episode 117: Bikini Body

"You have a bikini, you have a body. You have a bikini body." Can we get an amen? On Episode 117, Leslie and Tesi respond to a listener question about summertime, feeling comfortable in our bathing suits, and enjoying life in the bodies we were born in. The co-hosts discuss modesty, priorities, the culture we live in, and how it impacts the voice within our heads. They ask listeners to think about priorities and peel back the layers to bathing suit insecurities. What begins as a simple listener questions unfolds into a conversation about the culture we live in and a trained, thoughtful Mama Bear's response. Listen in and join the conversation online!


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Episode 116: Sex, God, & Politics with Kara Haug

On Episode 116 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie sit down with Kara Hoag, the founder of Grace Unbound, a resource for those seeking a comprehensive sexuality education that includes the integration of sexuality and theology and aims to wipe clean feelings of shame. The women acknowledge that God created sexual intimacy and celebrate the idea that the human body is beautiful and to be celebrated and enjoyed, and discuss the most effective ways to teach the next generation to engage in healthy and meaningful sexual activity. Through their playful and deeply honest conversation, the women discuss pleasure and the ways in which we can embrace our spiritual self and our sexual self in order to be the full, complete women we were created to be. 

Also discussed:

  • Understanding your own philosophy and experience of sex in order to help you parent your children as sexual beings.
  • How has your history influenced your ideas, values, and preferences in terms of sex?
  • Jesus' ministry was physical. In what ways might Christians appreciate the physicality of their faith?
  • How does a fullness of life in terms of faith and sexuality propel us to kindness?
  • The healing power and prayerful energy of orgasm.
  • How our feelings and cultural narrative of sex infiltrates our politics.
  • The importance of teaching intimacy in our homes.
  • The hope and education involved in teaching our children to experience safe, intimate relationships.
  • Marriage and sex in American culture in 2017.

Learn more about Kara and her ministry, and access all of the great resources she has to offer on her website, Grace Unbound.


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Episode 115: How to Be (and Raise) an Everyday Hero

What makes a human being lay down her life for another? How do we respond to acts of terror? How do we raise our children to lean into love? On Episode 115, Leslie and Tesi discuss the Portland stabbings and contemplate how Mama Bears across the world might turn their anger and confusion into action in their homes and beyond. The sisters talk about what we can learn from the everyday heroes who stood up to terrorism and how we might endeavor to not only be everyday heroes ourselves, but to raise our children to love one another and the world. It's a complex topic in a complex time. The sisters don't pretend to have anything figured out, but hope to learn from the dialogue and their community of Mama Bears. Listen in and join the conversation online!

RELATED LINKS:

Episode 112: What does it mean to resist?

Check out The Vegan Matriarch on instagram and wish Tesi a happy birthday while you're there!


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Episode 114: Choosing Hope After Terror with Sara Bellin

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On Episode 114 of the Mama Bear Dares podcast, Tesi sits down with her friend Sara Bellin for an intense conversation on terror, survival, and finding hope in an uncertain world. When Sara woke up on the morning of March 22, 2016, her life changed forever—she discovered that her husband had been a victim of a terrorist attack at the Brussels airport that occurred while she and their two daughters slept in Michigan. A mother and former expat, Sara has helped her husband recover and faced life with incredible grace and optimism despite having lived through the terrifying event. She and Tesi consider all angles of this harrowing experience: parenting, grief, terror, the human body...even how a delicious meal just might save your life. Listen in as Sara recalls the event that shook her family and shares the meaning she made from it.

Also discussed:

  • Life as an expat
  • Independence: Would you send your 3rd grader to school on the Metro? Are you truly independent? Are you preparing your kids to be independent?
  • Parenting through tragedy
  • How do we live through tragedy and not be fearful?
  • When terror hits home
  • Fear is an illusion; danger is a reality

LINKS:

Parenting Through Tragedy Podcast Episode 44

Search "Sebastien Bellin" on Google for some amazing images of Sara's husband during the attack and throughout his inspiring recovery.


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Episode 113: What Does It Mean To Resist?

Are you guys feeling tired? Do you find yourself pumping your first in the air and yelling "RESIST" at your radio or news feed while making dinner? On Episode 113, Leslie and Tesi discuss the act of resistance, what it means, and how Mama Bears across the world might turn their anger and confusion into action. How do we resist policies and politics that don't align with our values? How do we resist the metaphorical death of kindness? How do we resist alienating others who disagree with us? The co-hosts break down their feelings of discontent and concern and encourage one another to action through tangible steps. The conversation is passionate, but the ultimate aim is to understand the incredibly complex range of human emotions (from anger to apathy) felt in the current climate of American in 2017, to harness those feelings to action, and to inspire the Mama Bear community to do the same. Listen in and join the conversation online!

Also discussed in this episode:

  • What is Facebook activism? What if Martin Luther Kind Jr had a Facebook account? How do we most effectively use social media to resist?
  • How do we handle apathy? What steps do we take on the days we want to give up?
  • How do we move from a loss of hope to a step toward action?
  • How do we avoid characterization and engage with those we disagree with? How do we save kindness?

LINKS:

Episode 109: 13th

Episode 95: Post-March Mama Bear

Check out this website | Text "resist" to 50409 | Search for and join the Wall-Of-Us FB group

Apps: Countable | 5 Calls


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Episode 112: Mind Body Soul with Ashanti Johnson

On Episode 112 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi sits down with Ashanti Johnson, the incredible force behind 360 Mind Body Soul. A wife, mother, and successful business owner and leader in the mindfulness movement, Ashanti dives deep into a conversation with Tesi and Leslie about the layers upon layers of a healthy, full life. The women speak candidly about health not just in terms of weight, but with a nod toward spirituality and personal growth. The conversation is honest, thoughtful, and will inspire listeners to be grateful for all they've been given and motivated to live their best life — mind, body, and soul.

Also discussed in this episode:

  • What does it mean to be healthy? Like, really healthy? How do we reach optimal health in our mind, our body, and our soul?
  • The layers of vulnerability that we all hold on to...
  • The Mindfulness Movement
  • How does prayer and meditation propel you to greatness?
  • The incredible gift of community.
  • How to raise healthy daughters — mind, body, and soul!

LINKS:

Check out this book discussed on the podcast: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Find Ashanti at her website HERE or HERE. Follow her on Instagram HERE and Twitter HERE!


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Episode 111: How She Does It

On this Mama Bear Mini podcast episode, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie grab the mic, pour some coffee (Leslie) and tea (Tesi), and settle in for some sisterly banter. They share a listener story of a woman who was changed profoundly by motherhood and celebrate her transformation, discuss the tragic murder of Jordan Edwards, and encourage one another to push the boundaries of their Mama Bear to cover the vulnerable—no matter what they look or where they come from. Their discussion of what's happening in America, the militarization of our police, and how our Mama Bear might respond is vulnerable, honest, and trusting of the safe space they've carved out in the Mama Bear community. They end the podcast with a discussion of Leslie's new favorite book: I Know How She Does It. Leslie shares excitement over the book, her impressions, as well as some takeaways from author Laura Vanderkam's research and reflection that may be applicable to all of us. Listen in and join the conversation online!

FURTHER RESOURCES:

Find I Don't Know How She Does It: Kate Reddy, Working Mom by Allison Pierce HERE.

I Don't Know How She Does It movie with Jessica Parker can be found HERE.

Find I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time by Laura Vanderkam HERE.

Track your own 168 hours using the template found HERE.

LINKS to other Mama Bear Dares episodes mentioned in the podcast: 13TH

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Episode 110: Remembering What You're Worth

On Episode 110 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi sits down with Michele Cushatt, a wife, mother, and successful author, speaker, and woman unafraid to dig deep in order to uncover life's treasures. Michele's new book, I AM: A 60-day Journey to Knowing You Are Because of Who He Is, explores the soul-deep journey that individuals might embark upon when seeking to discover their true self and encourages women to uncover and embrace the beautiful and unique way that they were made and then cling to the discovery of their real, true self during moments of insecurity. Michele and Tesi speak candidly about the ways in which grave illness prompts big questions as Michele shares how a brutal bout with cancer changed her life and listeners will be inspired by a conversation filled with hard-earned wisdom and an abundance of hope.

ALSO DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Changing the story as parents and refusing to be defined by our past.
  • How books and story can shape a life.
  • We were never meant to build an identity; we were meant to receive it.
  • What are you wrapping your roots around?
  • Why you should arm yourself with truths that you can remember in moments of insecurity.
  • How do we address adult insecurities? How does these play out in our lives online?
  • The joy and freedom in being called to live YOU life and to be YOU.

LINKS:

Want to learn more about Michele? Find her online on her website and on Facebook.
Buy Michele's book, I AM: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is, HERE.

Love the podcast? You'll love the book! Learn about Mama Bear's Manifesto on Episode 66: You Should Do That! and purchase the book HERE.


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Epiosde 109: 13TH

On this Mama Bear Mini episode, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie talk about Ava DuVernay's powerful 2016 documentary 13TH. The two believe everyone should view this thought-provoking, truth-telling, shocking and important film and do their best to encourage listeners to acknowledge its premise: that mass incarceration is modern-day American slavery. Leslie and Tesi discuss highlights of the documentary and emphatically debrief with one another about what they learned. The episode begins with bringing the listener up to speed on the 13th amendment and the moments throughout history (recent history included) that have led to where we land today, in a country that holds 5 percent of the world's population and one-quarter of the world's prisoners, the majority of whom are men of color. The sisters then list a few takeaways that they hope will stick with them (and with listeners) in the coming weeks and months so as not to forget the scope of the problem of mass incarceration and the privatization of prisons that society faces. They end the podcast with a series of suggested responses, encouraging listeners to not only watch the documentary themselves but then be brave in their response. Listen in and join the conversation online!

FURTHER RESOURCES:

Find 13th on Netflix HERE. Learn more about the brilliant Laura DuVernay HERE.

LINKS to other Mama Bear Dares episodes mentioned in the podcast: Brock Turner | Katherine Willis Pershey

Start your reading with the following:

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

(Check out this Mama Bear blog post for more ideas.)

Check out THIS update of the ad discussed in the podcast:


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Episode 108: Learning the Hard Stuff DURING the Hard Stuff

On Episode 108 of the Mama Bear Dares podcast, Leslie sits down with Lisa Leonard, a wife, mother, and successful career woman battling Stage 3 breast cancer. Lisa is beyond generous as she shares the story of her diagnosis, the battle for her health, and the state of her relationships in the midst of sickness. She shares her story with the hope that listeners will will benefit from her truth—that they'll make themselves a priority, be religious about doing a monthly self-check breast exam, and that they'll keep their girlfriends close. Through their conversation, Lisa will inspire listeners with her upbeat spirit, her hope, and the wisdom she's gained from the battle she's fighting.

ALSO DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Preemptive community. Find yours and hold them close. They'll be there when you need them!
  • Watching movies in the middle of an anxious night with a friend.
  • When your femininity hits the floor.
  • This profound idea: When you can't find a reason, find a purpose.
  • GIVE YOURSELF A SELF CHECK EVERY MONTH! (Use THIS as a guide.)
  • If you find yourself with a friend with an illness, Lisa shares ideas on how to ease her suffering.

Check out Lisa's blog HERE.


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Episode 107: Seasons, Strokes, & Snakes

On this Mama Bear Mini episode, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie talk about health, specifically, strokes in women. When Leslie was 26, she suffered a small stroke that changed the trajectory of her life and Tesi and Leslie discuss the incident with the hope of encouraging women to learn the signs of a stroke and to pay attention to their bodies. The two also answer a listener question about the essence of the Mama Bear and how she might emerge while doing the important (and frankly exhausting) work of raising young children. The episode ends with a few laughs and a few truth bombs in the segment Things We Should Probably Feel Guilty About, But Don't. Listen in and join the conversation online!

Ask Us Anything!

A listener asks how she can be of service to the world while simultaneously drowning in diapers. Tesi and Leslie reveal the answer in the first segment. (Side note: We love your questions! Send them our way!)

Let's Talk About Health, Baby:

For more information about Stroke and Stroke prevention, visit HERE.

Image courtesy of the American Heart Association.

Image courtesy of the American Heart Association.


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Episode 106: When the Earth Shakes Underneath You with Shannan Martin

On Episode 105 of the Mama Bear Dares podcast, Tesi grabs the mic and sits down with the fabulous Shannan Martin, former Flower Patch Farm Girl and current mom, writer, and advocate for those on the fringes. Shannan recently released a book called Falling Free: Rescued From the Life I Always Wanted and the two women discuss the book's major themes, which include rethinking the American Dream, giving up the comforts of a solidly middle class life and moving to an under-resourced area, committing to relationships with those to whom you are connect by proximity, and being an advocate for the voiceless when opportunities arise. Through their conversation, Shannan and Tesi will inspire listeners to reflect on their social position in America and the ways in which they interact with their community and the world around them.

ALSO DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • The American Dream...with a dose of Christianity. Can the two be pulled apart?
  • How to talk about adoption
  • What does it look like to walk toward someone else's pain?
  • When you find yourself at the end of yourself, how do you find the footing to move forward?
  • Moving to a new neighborhood that is outside the bubble you've always belonged in
  • What is hospitality? What does it look like? What does it taste like?
  • Choosing an "underperforming" school for your kids
  • Fighting fear

Looking for more? Check out these links:

Find Shannan Martin online:  Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Buy Shannan's book, Falling Free, HERE!

Also mentioned in Episode 106 are the books Radical and The Five Love Languages.


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Episode 105: The Orgasm Gap

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On this Mama Bear Mini episode, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie grab the mic and talk through several ideas and concerns, namely, The Orgasm Gap. The sisters knew that women were paid less in the workplace, but the rewards differ in bedroom as well? This required some conversation. In a lively We Read It, We Loved It, Let's Discuss, the women talk about the article entitled Straight Women Are Having Fewer Orgasms Than Everyone Else and endeavor to figure out why this is so and encourage plentiful orgasms for all. The sisters also spend time pointing out the goodness and hope in the world with one of their favorite segments, WE SEE YOU! They share observations of what they've seen in their own lives and celebrate small acts of bravery and love. The episode ends with an OBSESH SESH in which Tesi and Leslie mention what they're currently loving and leave listeners with a dare for braver, more joyful living.

We Read It, We Loved It, Let's Discuss LINKS:

Check out the article discussed HERE. The Horizontal Tango (Episode 40) can be found HERE.

Obsess Sesh LINKS:

Tesi: Facials, Mrs. Meyers cranberry-scented products (candle, cleaner, soap) , Call the Midwife

Leslie: Life Coaching, Apartment Therapy, Blackish (watching on HULU)

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Episode 104: Provoking People to Good with Heather Avis

Tesi and Leslie were delighted to talk with Heather Avis, a mother, author, and advocate, on Episode 104 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast. Heather's debut book, The Lucky Few, comes out this month and the three women found instant rapport as they discussed writing, travel, everyday miracles, and raising children. Heather is a mom to three kids, two of whom have Down Syndrome, and in addition to her role of meal-maker and child-rearer, she is a writer, speaker, and passionate advocate for her children—and all children—with special needs. The women bond over broken hearts for those living in the margins and share an impassioned Mama Bear belief in stepping up for the underdog.

ALSO DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • The importance of authentic relationships in the pursuit of justice and equality
  • The enormous benefit of stepping outside of your circle in order to understand the world and grow as a human
  • The magic of getting to the other side of "scary" and arriving at beautiful
  • The myth that you have to do something extreme (adopt, go to a developing nation, raise $1 million for charity, etc.) to sit in tension, to grow, or to serve
  • The One Life Factor—each of us can encourage and impact others and move the dial toward love
  • We can move our compassion to action; we can encourage others to move their compassion to action

Looking for more? Check out these links:

Find Heather Avis online:  Website | Book Site | Instagram

Buy Heather's book, The Lucky Few, HERE!

Also mentioned in Episode 104 is the Mama Bear podcast about traveling with kids with Carmen Sagnonvi: Episode 102: See the World with New Eyes

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

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Episode 103: World Water Day with Becky Straw

Photo by Esther Havens

Photo by Esther Havens

On Episode 103 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Becky Straw, co-founder and CEO of The Adventure Project (TAP), shares the empowering work of her organization in the battle towards worldwide justice and equality. Becky, who has been a major player in international aid for over a decade, talks about what her nonprofit is doing to ensure clean water to those who go without and shows us how she has engaged her Mama Bear in battle. Tesi and Leslie listen as Becky shares the origin story of TAP, tells inspiring stories from the field, provides research and observations on global needs and reality, and reveals the importance of the people who tend to be most supportive to the work of TAP. Can you guess who that might be? MOMS and Millennials, of course! Listen in to this Mama Bear Dares episode to be inspired by Becky's heart for social justice and consider joining her this World Water Day!

Looking for more? Check out these links:

Find The Adventure Project and Becky Straw online:  WebsiteInstagram | Facebook

Have a question for Becky? Send her an email at becky@theadventureproject.org

The Adventure Project co-founder Jody Landers was a guest on the Mama Bear Dares podcast. Check her out on Episode 3: Doing It Scared!


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Episode 102: See the World with New Eyes with Carmen Sagnonvi

One Episode 102 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Carmen Sognonvi, founder and publisher of the beautiful and information-rich online destination for luxury family travel, Top Flight Family, shares her belief in traveling with kids. Carmen joins Tesi and Leslie in a discussion of the eye-opening power of traveling with children (whether abroad or in your own state/country), the sense of adventure and curiosity travel nurtures, and the value of time spent together outside your everyday environment. The women reflect on the beauty of exploring different places, people, and culture with kids in tow, discuss the practical tips for making it happen, and dive into the layers of race, gender, economic privilege, and family make-up in the travel sphere.

The women also dive into:

  • The biggest mistakes parents make when traveling with kids, and how to avoid them
  • How families can travel in luxury without the luxury price tag
  • Why co-host Leslie shouldn’t feel shame over having never gone to Disney, and the place of Disney in the American traveler perspective

Looking for more? Check out these links:

Find Top Flight Family and Carmen at the beautiful Top Flight Family website, on Instagram, and Facebook.

Other Mama Bear Dares podcast episodes mentioned on this podcast: Episode 65: Ritual & Parenting | Episode 39: The Eye-Opening Power of Travel | Episode 34: Crossing the Globe with Kids

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

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Episode 101: Overflowing Wisdom from the Mama Bear Tribe

Episode 101 is an all-out celebration!!

Tesi and Leslie take a moment to look back over their first 101 (!) episodes and appreciate all the incredible women who have shared wisdom, knowledge, perspective, and laughs at the microphone over the last year. What an amazing group of women!! The hosts marvel over their good fortune, reminisce about starting the podcast nearly one year ago, look forward to future episodes and growth, and end with a few fun segments, one that Tesi lovingly refers to as "Dreamweaver" and, finally, an "Ask Us Anything" with a question from a reader that has the hosts diving deep for wisdom.

We highlight so many great interviews within this celebratory episode. Listen to the full interviews here (in order of discussion):

Episode 7: The Flow of Generosity with Beth Johnson

Epsidoe 3: Doing It Scared with Jody Landers

Episode 61: Failure Does Not Define Us with Christina Ceranna

Episode 39: The Eye-Opening Power of Travel and Episode 40: On Privilege with Kaitlin Klipsch

Episode 80: Shame is Loud, Truth is Louder with Aubrey Sampson

Episode 17: The Search for Faith, Love, & Justice with Sara Olson-Smith

Episode 49: Mothering & Mental Illness with Cathy Engstrom

Episode 29: All the Women Around the World with Efrancia Nzota

Other episodes mentioned: Episode 10: April Fool's Day | Episode 88: It's Never One Person's Work with Tabitha Mpamira-Kaguri | Episode 55: Motherhood Abroad with Tarin Tesfaye | Episode 35: Nothing of Value Separates Us with Tara Livesay

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Episode 100: Courage Work with Esther Emery

On the 100th (!) episode of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie talk to Esther Emery, author of the beautiful memoir What Falls From the Sky, about motherhood, womanhood, and engaging the Mama Bear in summoning the courage to do what is right for us as individuals. The women discuss what life is like without digital distraction, where personal validation comes from, and recognizing and overcoming the obstacles that keep us from being our very best selves. Leslie and Tesi adore the book and the conversation and think listeners will be fascinated by Esther's story and her wisdom. Listen in as the women unpack What Falls From the Sky and revel in a fantastic Episode 100!

Also discussed:

  • the mother/daughter relationship; recognizing our mothers through maturity as sister and women
  • juggling marriage, career, motherhood, and the great heartbreaks of life
  • finding rest
  • getting swept up in what our culture makes us believe is "enough"
  • stillness, rest, living off the grid

Links: Esther online | Facebook | Esther's TED Talk | Instagram | Twitter | Buy Esther's book HERE | Check out Esther's mom's book HERE

 

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Episode 99: Winter Survival Guide

On this Mama Bear Mini episode, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie talk about the Danish tradition of the "Hygge" as a means of not just surviving winter, but embracing the season and all of its gifts. They extol the benefits of fire and throw blankets in a way that ultimately prepares each of us for action and social change. Hygge sounds a lot like self care, and Tesi and Leslie discuss it's value in their 99th(!) podcast. The episode ends with a rare Pop Culture segment in which Tesi and Leslie spend a bit of time deconstructing all things Super Bowl and the episode ends with a Mama Bear wrap-up and a dare for intentional rest and better living!

LINK LOVE: Learn how to pronounce HYGGE here. | Foodie Comforts of Hygge | NY Times article by Rachel Green | Schuyler Sisters Super Bowl Performance | Clips from Lady Gaga's Performance


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

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Episode 98: In the Room Where it Happens with Kate Segal

On Episode 98 of the Mama Bear Dares podcast, Tesi grabs the mic and sits down in the living room of her new home in her new town and talks to Kate Segal, a mom, spouse, friend, life-long public servant, and former member of the Michigan House of Representatives. What does it take to be a successful politician at the state level? How was she able to mother and serve simultaneously? What's day-to-day life in politics like? How can we, as engaged Mama Bears, make sure our voices are heard? These are just a few of the questions Kate answers as Tesi dives deep into a conversation about democracy and civic responsibility. Regardless of political leanings, listeners will find the honesty and optimism of Kate to be refreshing and her life in the trenches to be fascinating! Perhaps a few will even be inspired to dip their toe into the world of government!

HOW TO ENGAGE IN POLITICS & Run for office

(5 Steps from Kate Segal)

  1. Declare your interest outloud
  2. Check out training programs in your area
  3. Contact your local party
  4. Start going to meetings and following committees
  5. Don't take NO for an answer

Links recommended by Kate: Emily's List for Democratic Pro-Choice Women | National Federation of Republican Women | Emerge America

Have questions for Kate? Email her at katesegal@hotmail.com

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

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