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 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 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 133: Progress Over Perfection in Parenting with Heather Chauvin

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On Episode 133 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi sit down with the dynamic Heather Chauvin. A mom, thought leader, podcaster, and altogether wise women. Heather's mission is to "crack women open to their deep potential and help them create the life their soul craves" and the conversation recorded in this interview reveals just that. The women talk about their journeys to motherhood, the strength we each hold within, and ultimately point to the power of mindfulness and meditation as a transformative parenting technique for all involved. The conversation is honest and hopeful— so much so that listeners will feel inspired to take back their joy in parenting.

ALSO DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • How becoming a parent might shift your world
  • The power that stems from self acceptance and believe
  • Meditation and mindfulness; meditation and mindfulness in kids
  • Paying attention to the thing you don't have time for

Looking for more? Check out these links:

Find Heather online:  Website

Listen to Heather's podcast, Mom is in Control.

Find Heather's interviews with other mindful parenting experts HERE.

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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 131: The Power of Proximity with Shannan Martin

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On Episode 131 of the Mama Bear Dares podcast, Tesi grabs the mic and sits down with Shannan Martin, a mom, writer, and advocate for those on the fringes. Shannan makes her second appearance on the podcast and she and Tesi continue their conversation about Shannan's her book Falling Free: Rescued From the Life I Always Wanted through a discussion of community, neighborliness, committing to relationships with those to whom you are connected by proximity, and being an advocate for the voiceless when opportunities arise. Through their conversation, Shannan and Tesi will inspire listeners to reflect on the meaning of kindness, 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:

  • What does it mean to be a neighbor? What do we gain by cultivating community?
  • The value of entering into relationships...even when it's awkward
  • The constant struggle and gift of listening to the voice of God in our lives
  • 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?

Looking for more? Check out these links:

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

Find Shannan online:  Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Buy Shannan's book, Falling Free, HERE!

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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 124: Bend Toward Justice: Charlottesville

On Episode 124 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi find themselves recording on Sunday evening (just hours before the episode drops), processing the violence and hatred on display in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. The two sisters offer a raw reaction to America in 2017 and try to find a way forward. As Leslie and Tesi rehash the raw emotion and extreme sadness of the weekend, they implore listeners to make the connection between overt racism and the systematic encounters that people of color face every single day in America and to amp up their outrage and pour it into social action. They offer resources and make suggestions on how to respond, listing everything from using JOY as resistance to SHOWING UP at peace rallies to DONATING to the Charlottesville NAACP or Meals on Wheels program. One thing they know for sure: They will not be silent and will not allow hate to grow.

Helpful Links*

Books. More Book. More Books.

Article: How White People Can Support People of Color Right Now

People to follow on Twitter: Sister Helen Prejean

*We will add to this list throughout the week.

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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 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 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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Episode 96: Why (not) me? with Devon Schaaf

On Episode 96 of the Mama Bear Dares podcast, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie sit down with Devon Schaaf to talk about mission, motherhood, and the indescribable grace that Devon has shown the world after losing an infant and a nearly full-term baby. The honesty, optimism, and quiet fortitude that Devon reveals during this interview will inspire listeners to reflect on their own lives as well as the incredible resiliency of humanity. Tesi and Leslie loved getting to know this remarkable Mama Bear who turned her grief into a salve for others and know that listeners will too!

Other topics discussed:

  • Expectations and grace
  • The art of mentorship
  • Allowing someone else's hindsight to be your foresight
  • Missional living
  • Building community through grief and loss

Find Devon here: Website | Facebook

Other Helpful Links: Podcast Episode 53 with Liv Ryan | Episode 89 : Creating Your Family Brand | On Fire by John O'Leary


So many give-aways!

(Enter now...we'll draw on January 31st for the following!)

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Thanks to Wunderkind for the fabulous beats!