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Born In June Raised In April: What Adoption Can Teach the World
65 minutes | Dec 24, 2022
December 2022: The gift of Nathan Ross
For the December 2022 Episode I welcome dear friend, colleague, and fellow transracial adoptee, Nathan Ross. In this episode we discuss his experiences of family, holidays around this time of year, as well as other parts of the year and we also dive into some of the harder parts of adoption/ foster care as it relates to racial identity development.
80 minutes | Nov 29, 2022
A Journey of Sisterhood and Adoption with Cassandra and Julia
In this November episode April welcomes sisters Cassandra and Julia for a healing and heartfelt conversation about their journey of sisterhood and adoption. This month during National Adoption Awareness Month, we go deep into the importance of knowing where you come from and who you are connected to, the life-long impact of adoption, and the reality that there is no one way to experience adoption.
39 minutes | Oct 25, 2022
Birthdays, Masks, and Bullying: A personal conversation with JuneinApril
It’s another year around the sun…My Birthday month has arrived and I decided to sit down with my producer Kyle Ferreira to discuss all the things October has to teach us! Along with the theme of Birthdays, and with Halloween quickly approaching, Kyle and I dive into what it means to “Wear a Mask” as a cover for what we may be feeling. It’s also National Bullying Prevention Month, and we make room to break down the terrible situation that happened in LA earlier this month, with an elected official making racist remarks about a transracially adopted child.
68 minutes | Sep 29, 2022
September 2022: Talking with Steve Wyche
In September 2022, I sit down with NFL’S Chief National Reporter, Steve Wyche. Although Steve doesn’t have a personal connection to adoption, he does have a personal understanding of what it means to move around the world as a biracial person in America. This month, Steve and I discuss our shared experiences of identity development, our lives growing up, and the incredible impact Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling in protest against police brutality of people of color, has had on the world.
45 minutes | Aug 29, 2022
All things Adoption and Back to School with JuneinApril
In August 2022, I sit down with my producer/nephew, Kyle to discuss all things “Back to School”. We dive into our thoughts around what it was like for us during school, our feeling around this ever growing fear of school shootings, what parents and professionals can do to help alleviate some of their children’s worries, and the importance of connection and validation.
58 minutes | Jul 28, 2022
The intersection of Freedom & Adoption with Milton Washington
In July 2022, I sit with Korean American adoptee, Milton Washington. Orphaned and adopted at the age of eight, and brought to the States at the age of ten, Milton had plenty to say and stories to tell about his experiences in a new family, with a new language and new culture. This month we discuss the intersection between freedom and independence as it relates to adoption, family, and identity.
66 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
June 2022: Fatherhood, Trauma, and Resilience with Derek Clark “The Rapping Dad”
In June 2022 I sit down with author, inspiring motivational speaker, and viral sensation, Derek “Rapping Dad” Clark! Derek and I discuss so much from foster care to fathering with so many poignant moments shared. And of course he wouldn’t be the “Rapping Dad” without dripping a rhyme or two! DISCLAIMER: This episode contains challenging subject matter including violence, suicide, & sexual violence. Viewer discretion advised...
61 minutes | May 30, 2022
Mother's Day and Adoption with Amira Rose Davis
In May 2022 April sits with transracially adopted person, Amira Rose Davis. Amira is the Assistant Professor of History, African American Studies, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University. This month April and Amira discuss the intersections of Mother's Day, Birthdays, and adoption. They also take time to share their thoughts around the recent abortion laws and tragic school shootings.
52 minutes | Apr 27, 2022
April 2022: "Ask Me Anything" Edition
In April 2022, host April Dinwoodie sits down with her producer to answer questions from listeners. This episode April dives into all things identity, family, facing embracing differences and this month's theme of naming & claiming as well as “April showers, bring May flowers”.
54 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
We’re Adopted Lucky Us? A conversation with Susan Ito
In this Women’s History Month episode host April Dinwoodie sits down with an amazing women, writer, editor, performer, teacher and adopted person, Susan Ito. Together they discuss the complex realities around what it means to be lucky in adoption as well as the importance of documenting narratives in adoption.
52 minutes | Feb 21, 2022
Love as a Verb with Hannah Jackson Matthews and Bret Matthews
In a month filled with love and rooted in Black History, I sit down with adult transracial adoptee Hannah Jackson Matthews and her husband, Bret Matthews. Hannah is a writer, educator and a champion of the healing and humanity of transracial adoptees. Together, the three of us discuss the complexities of love, racial identity, relationships, and transracial adoption.
53 minutes | Jan 26, 2022
2022: Reclaiming the Calendar with Adoptee Advocate, Haley Radke
For this January 2022 episode, I sit down with adoptee advocate and the creator and host of the Adoptees On, Haley Radke. Haley and I discuss how we, as adopted persons, often experience the calendar differently than non-adopted persons, and how adoption can teach the world about grief.
50 minutes | Dec 22, 2021
Adoption, Identity & Traditions with La Tika Jeffery
Ending 2021 with someone I deeply cherish, former foster youth, adult adoptee and consultant, La Tika Jeffery. This month we discuss adoption as an adult and how La Tikas life circumstances impact her very clear choice to be a stay at home mom. We also dive deep into breaking old traditions and creating new healthier ones.
13 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
NAAM 2021: Making Room for Adoption at the Family Table
For National Adoption Awareness Month, I highlight some past conversations with guests that remind us of how adoption can show up at our holiday tables, how adopted children may feel the moment they realize they don’t look like their adoptive parents and how we must make room for the uncomfortable visitor of adoption to ensure adoption is experienced at the highest level of elevation.
42 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
Adoption, Identity and the Masks we Wear with Terrence Coffie
It’s October which means one thing, Halloween, candy, and of course costumes and masks. This month, April is joined by the founder of Educate Don’t Incarcerate, a mentoring program that focuses on criminal, juvenile and educational reform, Terrence Coffie. April and Terrence steer directly into how masks have affected their lives growing up adopted or as a foster youth and even now as adults.
50 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
"Back to School" with Nam Holtz
It’s September 2021 and that means Back to School! This month we sit with Korean Transracially adopted person Nam Holtz. Nam produced and directed a documentary film titled “Found in Korea”. The film follows Nam as she journeys back to Korea in search of her culture, roots, and identity. We dive deep into this idea of parents and professionals who are on this journey of better understanding adoption and foster care.
46 minutes | Aug 29, 2021
Talking Trauma and Adoption with Dr. Bruce Perry
In this August 2021 episode we go back to school and continue our journey to better understand adoption with Dr. Bruce Perry. Dr. Perry is co-author along with Oprah Winfrey of “What Happened to You?” a book about the impact of trauma. We dive deep into Dr. Perry’s work with the neurosequential model and the importance of asking “what happened to you?” vs “what’s wrong with you?” specifically related to adoption and identity.
51 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
An Urgent Conversation About Education with Cami Anderson
For this July 2021 episode we steer into an urgent conversation about what is and is not happening in education today. Host April Dinwoodie is joined by 2018 guest Cami Anderson to talk about the future of education and what parents and grown-ups that care about children need to know. Cami’s Thirdway Solutions Group supports policy, government, non-profit, corporate, and philanthropic leaders in pursuit of equity and justice to find innovative solutions to their most vexing challenges.
49 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Surviving the White Gaze with Rebecca Carroll
This month, host April Dinwoodie sits down with culture critic, podcast host, and author of the stunning memoir Surviving the White Gaze, Rebecca Carroll. In this spirited conversation, the two discuss identity, family, difference of race and culture and of course, what adoption can teach the world.
52 minutes | May 7, 2021
All You Can Ever Know about May with Nicole Chung
In this month’s episode, host April Dinwoodie sits down with writer, editor and author of “All You Can Ever Know,” Nicole Chung to discuss adoption, identity, and the mother of all holidays, Mother’s Day!
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