Episode 163: Let's Do Better By Black Mothers & Babies: A Look at Racism in the American Healthcare System

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On Episdoe 163 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie begin with a look at institutional racism in the American healthcare system. They focus on Linda Villarosa's incredible article, "Why American's Black Mothers and Babies are in a Life-or-Death Crisis," in a segment they call "We Read It, We Loved It, Let's Discuss." The two are more than troubled by what Villarosa reports. Not only are shaken by the terrible disparity in death rates between white and black babies and women, but by the fact that this disparity has everything to do with the lived experience of being a black woman in America. Leslie and Tesi talk through this information and dig into the research because they believe the way of the Mama Bear is to learn and then lean in. This episode is about seeing—seeing the struggles of others and then processing them and fighting for change AND seeing the goodness in those around us and acknowledging that beauty. Because of that, the Mama Bears end the episode with a segment called "We See You" where they celebrate the everyday acts of love and kindness put forth by the women around them.

Why America's Black Mothers and Babies are in a Life-or-Death Crisis, by Linda Villarosa

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Episode 162: Sex, God, & Politics with Kara Haug

On Episode 162 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie dig back into the archives for an interview 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 on this episode with Kara:

  • 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

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 160: The Dirt & Dust of Incarceration with Whitney Bolton

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On Episode 160 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie sit down with Whitney Bolton, a listener who reached out to them after viewing the documentary 13TH and then listening to the Mama Bear episode covering that documentary. Whitney is hungry to share with listeners her powerful story about what life is like for women in prison. She and the co-hosts discuss the way the systems in power treat human beings and listen to her real-life account of how the experience of life behind bars changed her and those around her. Whitney asks listeners to look at the "dirt and darkness" of our country's system of incarceration and does so by sharing powerful stories and examples from her own experience.

Click here to listen to the Episode 109 on the documentary 13TH that inspired Whitney to come on the show or find the documentary on Netflix.

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Episode 155: World Water Day (Everything you need to know)

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On Episode 155, Tesi and Leslie get ready for World Water Day by talking about the human impact on one of our most precious resources: water. The co-hosts talk about nature, climate change, abundance, and the dangers of over-consumption. Leslie comes clean about her failed March Spending Freeze and the women drop some comprehensive knowledge about the global water crisis and the tragedy taking place right now in Flint, Michigan. Ultimately, armed with all kinds of facts and stories, the sisters come up with ways to shrink the inequality between those who live in abundance and those who live without the basic necessity of clean drinking water. Listen in!

Scientific Resources / Facts Upon Facts / Further Resources:

National Geographic | World Water Day - UN | Nature.org | WHO | Flint | World Water Stats and Studies 1 | 2 | 3

Read the book: Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

Also read: A Long Walk to Water

Watch the documentary Cowspiracy

Listen to the Rich Roll podcast featuring Dr. Zach Bush

Listen to the Mama Bear podcast on the Water Party

We love these organizations! Consider supporting one or both this World Water Day: Empower Tanzania | The Adventure Project

100% of your donation of these gorgeous earrings and bracelets go directly to clean water solutions in Tanzania. They're cute and for a great cause!

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Episode 154: Period Party! with Lindsay O'Brien

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On Episode 154 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi sit down with artist and activist Lindsay O'Brien who tells her story of The Period Party she hosted in her community to astonishing results. The women discuss the cultural stigma surrounding a woman's natural cycle and how it complicates the life of under-resourced, homeless, or incarcerated women each month. Lindsay sheds light on a seemingly simple issue and encourages others to act on the spark they feel within.

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Episode 151: Female Pain & Female Pleasure

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On Episode 151 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie once again explore sex, politics, and the #metoo movement. In this Mama Bear Mini, the women talk in particular about the nuance of gender roles and expectations in the culture we inhabit and about the discrepancy in everything from science to medicine to the general conversation between male and female sexual health and pleasure. The discussion between hosts is heated, passionate, honest, and vulnerable as the women get curious about female sexual health and pleasure, and the messages we're sending the next generation.

LINKS you should check out:

The Female Price of Male Pleasure | Cliteracy: The Overdue, Under-told Story of the Clitoris | Episode 134: The Birds, the Bees, & Beyond (MeToo) | Episode 38: The Horizontal Tango | Episode 67: Rape Culture and Why We Can't Not Talk About It | Episode 30: Gorilla, Rape Culture, and the Role of Parents

This is Water, by David Foster Wallace. Buy the book or watch the video below:

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Episode 149: Mama Bear Q & A

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On Episode 149 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi take a moment to clean out the inbox and answer a few listener questions ... and tackle a random "interview" with one another! The sisters have been sisters (in-law) for 15 years, but they have never tired of catching up and digging deep to laugh with and learn from each other. Topics span from picnicking with hummus-in-a-can to time management to embracing God-given personalities and individuals qualities. One thing the two of them know for sure: sisterhood is precious and taking the time to talk your friends is crucial to a full and joyful life.

Leslie and Tesi tackle two listener questions:

How do you start a podcast?
How do you do it? I feel like since listening to your podcast I’ve become more engaged in my community and country but I’m exhausted and overwhelmed. How do you not just hide in the corner once you know more and feel all these feelings?

LINKS:

Rich Roll Podcast | Pod Save America | Pod Save the World | Article on Buying Bots

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Episode 146: Love & Resist with Dr. Tara Cousineau

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On Episode 146, Leslie and Tesi fall in love with Tara Cousineau, PhD, clinical psychologist, meditation teacher, well-being researcher, and author of the new book The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and the World (available February 2018). Dr. Cousineau discusses her cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience and teaches simple practices of kindness that can dissolve our feelings of fear and habits of indifference. The women discuss with great enthusiasm and passion the belief that a practice of kindness can revolutionize our lives and just might save the world!

Also discussed in the episode:

  • How to train yourself to respond to the world with kindness
  • A new vocabulary of care: kindsight, kindfulness
  • How to nurture compassion, mindfulness, and social and emotional learning in our everyday lives
  • The neurology of kindness and compassion

Find Tara online: website | facebook | links to articles by Tara | twitter

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Episode 143: Nothing of Value Separates Us with Tara Livesay

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On Episode 143 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie dig back into the archives for an interview with Tara Livesay, a native Minnesotan who has spent the last 10 years living with her family in Haiti. Tara is a mother (by birth and adoption), Certified Professional Midwife, blogger, and advocate for sustainable change throughout the developing world. She and the team at Heartline Ministries spend their days empowering, educating, and encouraging women in Haiti through relational midwifery and a focus on keeping first families together.

Tesi and Leslie loved the time spent with Tara and were blown away by her vulnerability, bravery, and extraordinarily good humor. Listeners will enjoy hearing Tara's fascinating tales of worth, wisdom, and a life well-lived (in Haiti!)... and may even be inspired to think about social change and the ways that they can make waves in their own small corner of the world.

Also discussed on the podcast:

  • A discussion of self worth: What stories do we tell ourselves about what we are and are not capable of? How do guilt and shame inform what's possible in the future?
  • The road to healing — counseling, speaking your truth, being in control of your own narrative
  • The complexity of adoption and its root in loss
  • What does it take to move a family to a developing nation? A discussion of language, community, and living through the unexpected (not to mention an earthquake!)
  • The act of writing as therapy, the responsibility of sharing the story of others, and the privilege of first-person reporting
  • The work of Heartline Ministries and the emphasis on orphan prevention and keeping first-families in tact through empowerment and education
  • The role of deep and trusting relationships during labor and delivery to promote safe birth. (Stayed tuned for Heartline expansion of relational midwifery!)
  • Orphanage tourism and the complex nature of compassion. Who benefits? Who is harmed?

Links:

Tara's Blog | Heartline Ministries | Donate to Heartline

Listen to meditation coach Angie Sands in (Episode 31) .

Empower Tanzania

Momastery + Together Rising + Tara on Momastery

Christian Missionary Alliance

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Episode 141: Loud, Bold, & Joyful with Jamie Bruesehoff

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On Episode 141 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie sit down with Jamie Bruesehoff, a fierce Mama Bear ally and advocate of transgender people. Jamie shares her beautiful story of raising three children, the oldest of whom is a strong and precocious transgirl. She is unabashedly honest about her journey and her advocacy and graciously educates listeners on how to be supportive to the marginalized throughout the globe. The conversation tackles many aspects of being transgender in the United States and is tender, honest, and full of hope. Tesi and Leslie hang on Jamie's every last word as she generously unpacks what it's like to mother a transgender child, explores the ways in which we all might struggle and thrive when our expectations are not met, talks about current state and national laws protecting those in the LGBTQIA community, and opens up about her Christian response our country's much-obsessed over social issues.

Also discussed on this episode:

  • Tempering our maternal expectations and letting our children lead the way
  • Bringing Mama Bear to life and turning her rage to action
  • Definition of gender and sexuality
  • Legal protection for transgender people in the United States
  • Degrees of privilege among the marginalized
  • Humility and grace in advocacy

Love Jamie and want more? Here's where you'll find her:

Website | Twitter | Insta | Facebook

HELPFUL LINKS FROM JAMIE:

BOOKS

Pictures Books:
Red: A Crayon's Story By Michael Hall
I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
It's Okay to Sparkle by Avery Jackson
When Kayla Was Kyle by Amy Fabrikant
Annie's Plaid Shirt by Stacy B. Davids

Middle Grades Fiction:
George by Alex Gino
Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
The Other Boy by M. Hennessey

Young Adult:
Magnus Chase and the Gods Of Asgard by Rick Riordan
Being Jazz: by Jazz Jennings
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
Some Assembly Required: The Not So Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by: Arin Andrews

Adults:
Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son by Lori Duron
Raising Ryland: Our Journey of Parenting a Transgender Child with No Strings Attached by Hillary Whittington
The Gender Creative Child by Diane Ehrensaft
The Conscious Parent's Guide to Gender Identity: A Mindful Approach to Embracing Your Child's Authentic Self by Darlene Tando
The Transgender Child or The Transgender Teen by Stephanie Brill

ORGANIZATIONS

National Center for Transgender Equality is for mama bears interested in staying in the loop advocacy-wise. Their website and social media is a great place to stay connected. They have state by state information available on their website as well. https://transequality.org/

Also, for specifically school related stuff, GLSEN is an incredible resource. They have local chapters and the national organization. They put out really helpful documents and lesson plans for educators, parents, and beyond. www.glsen.org

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Episode 140: Love & Chores

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On Episode 140 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, co-hostesses Leslie and Tesi sit down and discuss a powerful TED Talk given by mama bear Julie Lythcott-Haims that left them both nodding their heads with great enthusiasm. The talk, entitled How to Raise Successful Kids Without Over Parenting, is less than 10 minutes long but drives home something that both hosts believe in their core: Our kids need to be loved and they need to do chores. Tesi and Leslie spend the episode celebrating and dissecting Lythcott-Haims theory and strengthening the message with their own research and experience. They end with a brand-new little segment they aptly titled CHORES OUR KIDS DO THAT DRIVE US RIGHT UP TO INSANE BUT WE LET EM DO IT BECAUSE #INDEPENDENCE. We think you'll love it!

LINKS:

Buy her book, How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, HERE.

Stock up for the holidays and support our work for clean water: BUY JEWELRY HERE!!

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Episode 136: Husbands, Brothers, & Kale

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On Episode 136 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, we revisit a past conversation between Tesi, Jake (Leslie's hubby) and Zach (Tesi's husband) about embracing a plant-based diet. The convo took place while Leslie was in East Africa with the NGO she contracts with, Empower Tanzania. In this one-time-only appearance of male voices on the podcast, Tesi and the pair of brothers discuss their plant-based lifestyle, offer resources for those interested in learning more, and share anecdotes about how becoming vegan has impacted their health and their lives. Finally, in a nod to the ever-present phenomena of "Mommy Guilt," they tackle "Daddy Guilt" and try to determine whether or not it truly exists. (Hint: It does!)

Segments include When You Know Better, You Do Better and Things We Should Probably Feel Guilty About But Don't.

LINKS:

The Rich Roll Podcast

Further reading on processed meats as carcinogens.

Further reading on cancer and lifestyle choices.

Jake's carpentry skills can be revisited on Episode 4: Tackling Man Tasks and in this Blog Post

A Vitamix makes the plant-based lifestyle so much more appealing! It's miraculous!

Jonathan Safron Foer's Eating Animals is fantastic.

Learn more about John Joseph here: Book | Podcast with Rich Roll

Documentaries mentioned: Cowspiracy | Forks Over Knives | Food, Inc. | Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

NY Times article on why dieting never works.

Meditation app Leslie and Tesi use.

Online yoga practice Jake uses.

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Episode 134: The Birds, the Bees, and Beyond (#metoo)

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On Episode 134 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi talk about the recent social media phenomenon #metoo and what it means for them as women, as people in relationship with men, and as mothers. They sift through the collective cultural response, talk about strategies to use to educate their tweens and teens, how to show up for suffering friends, and how to talk to the men in their lives about gender equality, harassment, and assault. Their deeply held belief that we can all do better once we know better is at the forefront of this episode and the two women hope listeners will listen and feel empowered by the conversations on "me too."

Links mentioned in the podcast:

Episode 88: It's Never One Person's Work | Episode 30: Gorilla, Rape Culture, and the Role of Parents | Episode 116: Sex, God, & Politics with Kara Haug | Amy Schumer's "Grape"


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Episode 132: Talking Kids through Tragedy (Again)

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On Episode 132 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi find themselves once again trying to find the language to respond to the events of the world as mothers tasked with helping their children navigate life in America in 2017. The two women offer their experiences in talking to their children ranging in age from young elementary to tweenager to teens. They discuss strategies that will help parents engage their children during anxious times such as the one Americans find themselves in currently after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, after multiple natural disasters, and after Charlottesville. Finally, the women look for HOPE in the midst of heartache and explore one way to keep it alive.


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Episode 130: Hearts A Flutter

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On Episode 130 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi do their best to lighten things up a bit. After an intense week (natural disasters, healthcare, #TakeAKnee), the sisters decide to spend the episode checking in on the lighter side of life and dare their listeners to do the same. They discuss life happenings, what's poking at Tesi at the moment, and Leslie's short foray into Native American healing. The women hope listeners will follow their lead: Grab a girlfriend, discuss the things that move you, and share stories. Doing so will give your Mama Bear the strength to carry on.


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Episode 129: Grief and Goodness with Cari Roberts

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On Episode 129 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie sit down with Cari Roberts, a guest nominated by a listener for her activism, love, and belief in the good. Immediately smitten by Cari's lovely personality, the hosts dive deep into her story, the challenges she's had to overcome, and how she has been changed because of them. The three women discuss everything from the grief that followed the tragic death of Cari's parents to the way we can talk to our teenagers about hard things to raising chickens in the backyard. Somehow, it's a conversation that's simultaneously deep, difficult, and an absolutely delightful.

Also discussed during this episode:

  • Grief
  • Mental illness
  • Suicide and talking about suicide
  • Teaching Children and One Another Kindness
  • Yelp reviews and what they reveal about our humanity
  • How hard things can lead to activisim
  • How children learn what they live

Find 13 Reasons Why HERE and 13 Reasons Why Not Links: Here | Here

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Episode 121: Health, Hope, & How to Talk to Boys

On Episode 121 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie take a moment during the heart of summer to connect and catch up on a few topics that have been grabbing their attention. They answer a listener question about personal growth through podcasting and share the origin story of Mama Bear Dares, discuss an article about the importance of the language we use when talking to our sons, and discuss what's cooking from each of their homes. Listen in to this Mama Bear mini and let join the conversation online!

We Read It, We Loved It:

Check out the article we discuss, Talking to Boys the Way We Talk to Girls, HERE!

Listen to Episode 91: The Reason Behind the Resolution HERE.


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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 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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