Episode 193: Food Activism & Climate Change with Helen Defossez

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On Episode 193 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie sit down with Helene Defossez, an an author and activist who leads a group of Mama Bears (les mamans ours!) in her home country of France. The three women jump into a delightful and fierce conversation about food as activism and why eating more veggies and less (or no!) meat is an act of resistance in terms of climate change. The women discuss veganism and the treatment of animals, veganism as an environmental and political practice, and vegetables as a means of improved health. Also discussed is culture and relationship to food and farming practices, compassionate living, and Tesi’s discovery of the garlic press. :-)



Learn more about Helene and find her books on her website. Visit the French Mama Bears on Instagram!

Additional links mentioned in the episode: Cowspiracy | Forks Over Knives | Tesi’s Vegan Pins | The Vegan Matriarch

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Episode 185: Make America Kind Again, Part II

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On Episode 185 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie re-visit the topic of kindness in America in 2018. Not only do they reiterate the importance of modeling kindness and teaching kindness to the next generation, but they also discuss how to live a healthy life of kindness. Thanks to a listener suggestion, they take a look at Brene Brown’s theory that the most compassionate people are the most boundaried and they discuss how to incorporate healthy boundaries in the Mama Bear life. Also discussed is the very real and very sobering fact that America has historically not ever been kind to certain groups of people. They acknolwedge this blindspot and vow to work even harder to steer the ship away from an undeniably sullied past and toward a kinder, gentler future for ALL people.

LINKS:

Go back and listen to MBD Podcast Episode 181: Make American Kind Again, Part I.

Read Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | A summary of Harvard Study mentioned in the podcast can be found HERE | Greater Good in Action findings can be found HERE

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Episode 183: Boys will NOT be boys

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On Episode 183 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie discuss rape culture, toxic masculinity, the Brett Kavanaugh appointment to the Supreme Court, and why they, as fierce Mama Bears, MUST act as cultural disruptors in this moment in time. In other words, they discuss why and how the dangerous old adage “boys will be boys” and everything it stands for must be stopped. The women lament the current state of our culture, but ultimately offer tangible tips on how to talk to the kids in your life about sex, consent, and responsibility, and raise up a new generation that honors the humanity of all.

Links for further study: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Recommended reading: Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein

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Episode 179: Relax & Reflect

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On Episode 179 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie celebrate big birthdays and back to school! This Labor Day Mama Bear Mini is devoted to milestones, lessons learned, and the beauty of taking the time to check in on your own life through a little time and reflection. Tesi and Leslie both share some of the pivotal lessons they've learned over the last decade, enjoy a few laughs, and encourage their listeners to mark moments, check in with friends, and love the life they've been given. Th episode is filled with sisterly advice as the women practice the reflection that they preach.

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Episode 178: Survivor: A Mama Bear Look at Domestic Violence with Autumn Miles

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On Episode 178 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi sit down with the dynamic and inspiring Autumn Miles. Autumn is a speaker, radio host, author, advocate, and survivor of marital physical abuse. The women talk about the #MeToo movement, the role of community (and church) in unhealthy relationships and divorce, and how the world can step up in supporting women in the midst of abuse. Autumn courageously shares her personal story and hard-won wisdom, and gives listeners important information on how to spot domestic violence occurring in the lives of loved ones and how to get help if it's happening to you. Furthermore, the conversation covers the broader theme of recognizing your own belovedness ... something that belongs to each of us and is up to us to claim.

 

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Episode 176: Defining Your Super Power with Dr. Zoe Shaw

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On Episode 176 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi sit down with the dynamic, wise, and absolutely delightful Dr. Zoe Shaw. Dr. Shaw is a mom to five, a psychotherapist, an author, and a radio host who is full of inspiration, energy, and fantastic advice. The sisters relish in their conversation about defining our unique super power and channeling it for the good of the world, saying 'no' in order to define priorities, setting boundaries, parenting teens intentionally, and living our best lives. The Mama Bear spirit is alive in this episode! 

Find Dr. Zoe Shaw and her incredible resources on her website.

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Episode 174: The Changing Self is the Living Self with Rumaisa Rahman Khawaja

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On Episode 175, Tesi and Leslie sit down with Rumaisa Rahman Kahwaja and talk about her life's journey of learning and exploration. Rumaisa constant posture is love and compassion and the sisters love and appreciate the stories she shares about her journey to self acceptance and power. Rumaisa shares how she was mothered by a mother with mental illness, but has used that part of her story to become an phenomenal mother to her own daughter. Rumaisa grew up Muslim in Omaha, Nebraska, and shares how she shared that part of herself while living in New York and working in fashion during 9/11. Rumaisa embodies an incredible spirit and she shares her insight and wisdom on the podcast, inspiring listeners to constant growth, acceptance, and re-invention. Virginia Wolf fans will recognize Ru immediately. She's "a self that goes on changing is a self that goes on living."

Find more of Rumaisa here:

Follow her on FB and Insta | Check out her website HERE | Read THIS POST about growing up with a mother with mental illness

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Episode 173: The High Cost of Poverty

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On Episode 173, Tesi and Leslie discuss the high cost of being poor in America. According to the US Census Bureau, 37 million people are living in poverty in America. Because of this huge number and because of the complexities and myths surrounding America's poor, the two women dig into the research surrounding generational poverty, the small money-saving conveniences that many of us take for granted, energy inequity, the systemic underbelly of economic oppression, and the reasons why we should care. The conversation concludes with action steps and a dare encouraging listeners to pick up a small stone in their local community that will ultimately move mountains in our country and world.

Check out some of the Mama Bear's Research:

U.N. on U.S. Poverty | The Poverty Industry (book) | Why people pay more | History of racist housing policy | Poverty's impact on education | Millions of Americans are one paycheck away from hardship | Paying more for toilet paper and beyond | Does healthier food cost more? | The cost of banking (and an action step)

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Episode 171: JOY as an Act of RESISTANCE

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On Episode 171, Leslie and Tesi discuss embracing and embodying JOY as an act of resistance. They discuss the long history of joy in the face of oppression and encourage listeners to take active steps toward eradicating any guilt associated with experiencing joy amid suffering. After discussing a bit of psychology in cultivating joy, they share personal mantras that encourage joy, and lean on the wisdom of those who have come before us, including Audre Lorde, who said "caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare." The conversation concludes with the sharing of simple joys and a dare to make space for JOY as a profound nod to resistance, justice, and peace.

LINKS: Meet our sister Kait by listening to her MBD podcast episodes here and here. Access the article referenced in the podcast here.

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Episode 170: Let's Dish with Allison Schaaf

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On Episode 170 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi dish with Allison Schaaf, an Austin-based chef who shares wisdom on meal prep and planning, turning a passion into a business, and how to maintain a healthy life balance. Listen in as Leslie reveals her version of a "hot sandwich" and Tesi loses her mind over the mention of honey mustard glaze. The conversation is light, fun, and full of useful tips and worthwhile wisdom.

Also discussed on the podcast:

  • Food brings us together
  • How creative acts fill your soul
  • Starting a business based on passion
  • How place influences ideas
  • Following your intuition
  • A new perspective on balance
  • Practical recipes and meal planning tips (where you'll discover Leslie's take on hot sandwiches)
  • Busy-ness — it's an epidemic — what do we do?!?

Check out Allison's website. You'll find links to her social media, recipes, and all kind of information about her unique business!

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Episode 168: All Bodies Are Good Bodies with Sarah Stevens

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On Episode 168 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie are captivated by Sarah Stevens, a wife, mother, entrepreneur, and founder of The Beautifull Project, a truly extraordinary space where ordinary women are encouraged to tell the truth of their bodies, beauty, and belonging. The conversation ranges from shame to hope, from illness to health, and from obsession to freedom, and works to serve as part of a chorus of courage for women who are tired of shrinking and aim to take up space in this world. Whether in the boardroom, in relationships, or in their own unique physical being, women listening will be inspired to accept their body, claim their innate worth, and fearlessly bring their whole selves to an often hurting world.

Also discussed in this episode:

  • How do we live fully in our bodies?
  • Throwing out the scale and trusting our bodies
  • How to talk to our daughters about bodies
  • The danger of disembodiment
  • The power of our collective stories to heal us collectively

Find Sarah and The Beautifull Project on Facebook, Instagram, and on the website. Links to blogs referenced in the podcast can be found here.


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Episode 166: A Path to Higher Healing with Tatum Drewes

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On Episode 166 of the Mama Bear Dares podcast, co-hosts Leslie and Tesi sit down with Tatum Drewes to talk about health, healing, and helping. Not only is Tatum an inspiring woman, pioneer, and business owner who believes in helping others live their best, pain-free life, but she's also an expert in CBD oil and the medicinal properties of the hemp plant. Tatum owns Higher Healing and is generous in sharing her passion and knowledge as the hosts learn more about this natural healing phenomenon and how much it can benefit women across a country in the midst of an opioid drug crisis.

Find Tatum & Higher Healing online by clicking here.

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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

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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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