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Hold My Umbrella
34 minutes | May 31, 2021
A world without technology
This week we're talking about if the world could progress without technology.Thanks to Aaron Vera, Drew Rogers, and Lance Ruby for our theme music! Follow us on Instagram/HoldMyUmbrella
37 minutes | May 24, 2021
Is peace the answer?
Today's episode is all about peace and war, and a handful of tangents. Is peace the only way to stop war? It's complicated. Listen in for our musings. Thank you kindly to Lance Ruby, Drew Rogers, and Aaron Vera for our awesome theme music. Support us on Patreon.com/HoldMyUmbrella and follow us on Instagram/HoldMyUmbrella
41 minutes | May 17, 2021
Flip a coin
AUDIO QUALITY DISCLAIMER: Our people, we are sorry. Natasha's microphone wasn't recording this entire episode! Oh you have no idea the frustration of this technical faux pas. But we were able to adjust the audio levels so you can hear us both, but you can also hear some buzzing and breathing. Twas the trade off. We hope you still enjoy this episode. We're talking about free will — what it is, if we really have it, and what extent we should possess. Support us on Patreon.com/HoldMyUmbrella and follow us on Instagram/HoldMyUmbrella
35 minutes | May 10, 2021
Brought to you by existential dread
Today we're talking about the age old question - what is consciousness? We talk about the theory of collective consciousness and if we can really be stable when the world is in chaos. Thank you kindly to Lance Ruby, Drew Rogers, and Aaron Vera for our awesome theme music. Support us on Patreon.com/HoldMyUmbrella and follow us on Instagram/HoldMyUmbrella
32 minutes | May 3, 2021
To tell the truth, I'm lying
Welcome back! This week we're talking about if it's possible to live a normal life and not tell a lie. Support us on Patreon.com/HoldMyUmbrella and follow us on Instagram/HoldMyUmbrellaMany thanks to Aaron Vera, Drew Rogers and Lance Ruby for our awesome theme music!
38 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Speak up buttercup
Welcome back friends. This week we're talking about if today's gadgets and apps are taking away emotions AND if our current generation is more or less sensitive than past generations. We discuss the pendulum of sensitivity, cancel culture, and so much more. Support us on Patreon.com/HoldMyUmbrella and follow us on Instagram/HoldMyUmbrellaMany thanks to Aaron Vera, Drew Rogers and Lance Ruby for our awesome theme music!
42 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
How will humans go extinct?
We're talking about the end of times and the many ways in which our species might go extinct. From Yellowstone's volcanic deep terrain erupting, to asteroids, alien takeovers, and more, we perplex. We get silly, of course, don't worry. We're always here to laugh through the doom and gloom. Support us on Patreon.com/HoldMyUmbrella and follow us on Instagram/HoldMyUmbrellaBig thanks to Aaron Vera, Drew Rogers and Lance Ruby for our awesome theme music!
45 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Is it easier to love or be loved?
Today we're diving back into love, and answering — or rather discussing all the possibilities — of the question: is it easier to love or be loved? We're also talking about friendship and what it means to be a true friend. Support us on Patreon.com/HoldMyUmbrella and follow us on Instagram/HoldMyUmbrellaBig thanks to Aaron Vera, Drew Rogers and Lance Ruby for our rockin' theme music!
36 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Do people only love who they think you are?
Thanks for joining us again! Today we're talking about the complexities of love. Most of us wear masks in various settings and hide elements of our true selves. We discuss if it matters that you tell your loved ones everything about you including your deepest secrets. Support us on Patreon.com/HoldMyUmbrella and follow us on Instagram/HoldMyUmbrellaBig thanks to Aaron Vera, Drew Rogers and Lance Ruby for our theme music!
45 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Hi there! Today we're discussing the ins and outs of memory. Why do we forget things we don't want to? And why is it so hard to forget what we actually DO want to forget? From the basics of psychological memory theories to our own experiences, we dive deep and all over the place on this one. Support us on Patreon.com/HoldMyUmbrella and follow us on Instagram/HoldMyUmbrellaBig thanks to Aaron Vera, Drew Rogers and Lance Ruby for our rockin' theme music!
43 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
This week we're discussing what is better: having a broad or a deep knowledge base. You can see from our last season, and even this one, that we are both fans of broad knowledge. Listen in for the full discussion. Support us on Patreon.com/HoldMyUmbrellaFind us on Instagram @HoldMyUmbrella
40 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Is jealousy always bad?
This week we're discussing the nature of jealousy, and Natasha reveals some jealousy she felt toward Kate regarding this podcast! We're getting real this season, and this episode is no exception. Make sure to tune in for our insights on this topic and whether good can come from initial feelings of jealousy. Support the show at Patreon.com/HoldMyUmbrella and find us on Instagram @HoldMyUmbrellaBig thanks to Aaron Vera, Drew Rogers, and Lance Ruby for our theme music!
48 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
This week we're discussing the concept of absolute morality, a classic philosophical question. Join us for the head scratches, laughs, and our songs of the week. Support us if you can at patreon.com/holdmyumbrella and follow us on Instagram @HoldMyUmbrella
39 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
This week we're discussing the world of magical thinking and the philosophical questions: will religion ever become obsolete? & Why are humans so subject to magical thinking? Our discussion includes crystals, chakras, and tarot, and as per usual: a good deal of laughter. Support us on Patreon.com/HoldMyUmbrella and follow us on Instagram @HoldMyUmbrella.
60 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
If we could live 500 years
We're back for season two and we're getting philosophical with questions that make you ponder. We've also launched a Patreon and you can support the show at Patreon.com/HoldMyUmbrellaThere is already extra content for you there. You'll get at least two bonuses with every episode. We are talking about a group of historical philosophical women that can only be heard by our patrons. And we're doing after-show chats where we get even more personal. But don't worry, if you're just here for the episode, it'll still be fun! This week we're "answering" the question, How would humanity change if all humans' life expectancy was significantly increased?Find us on Instagram @HoldMyUmbrella and we'll talk to you soon!
192 minutes | Jan 3, 2021
Season Finale: Welcome to America Part 2
It’s our final episode of the season and we’re wrapping up our walk through the nation’s road to becoming the United States. As we mention tirelessly, indigenous people were here first. You can check out a list of current federal and state recognized tribes here. If you missed the last episode, you’ll want to listen to episode 14 before starting this one. Unless you like starting stories in the middle, we won’t stop you. We have links to many of the events we discussed in the first show, which you can find wherever you enjoy listening to podcasts (Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, etc.) We didn't thoroughly discuss it in these episodes, but it's worth noting: Presidents Washington and Jefferson each owned more than 600 slaves while they were sitting presidents. More resources: Quebec Act Toledo War River Raisin Massacre Battle of the Thames Juan Ponce de LeonTreaty of Paris RailroadsSix Flags over TexasBlack Hawk War Wooly Mammoth Fossils in Iowa The Winnebago War Mexican War of Independence Treaty of Guadalupe HidalgoZebulon Pike Lewis and Clark ExpeditionTreaty of 1818Ewing YoungOregon Trail Black Exclusion LawKansas-Nebraska ActPony ExpressTelegraph The Homestead Act Texas has two national parks - Guadalupe Mountains and Big Bend Maui Accommodations GuideThank you so much for listening to us this season. Your support means so much. Stay tuned for information about our Patreon for season 2 so we can keep doing this thing! Follow us on Instagram @HoldMyUmbrella during our break!
155 minutes | Dec 27, 2020
Welcome to America: Part One
We’re going out strong for our two-part season finale with a walk through the history of America’s origins. Every state was once inhabited by thousands of indigenous people of many different tribes. You can find the list of current federal and state recognized tribes here. Most European colonies were formed after 1600, and by the 1760s, the 13 original colonies were populated with 2.5 million people mostly from England and later Great Britain, France, Spain, and the Netherlands. Indigenous people were forced out of their lands as the newly forming states debated and moved boundaries while vying for statehood. The freshly formed United States soon became an industrial leader and has continued to be a nation filled with entrepreneurship and industrialization. This is a fact filled show that had our brains tired by recording time, which led to some of our best on-air goofiness you won’t want to miss. Of course, the bloody history of our country’s past is not a funny topic, and we don’t make light of the many losses of life. But if you love history and silly banter, this is the show for you. If you’d like to dig deeper, check out: Articles of Confederation Bill of Rights Alexander HamiltonU.S. Slavery Indigenous Peoples of Chesapeake Slavery in New Hampshire Mason-Dixon line Confederacy and UnionThe Louisiana Purchase Cotton Production Manifest Destiny Abraham LincolnThe Civil WarAbolition of Slavery and a Timeline Reconstruction Era Jim Crow laws Civil Rights MovementCommonwealth vs. Jennison Commonwealth vs. Aves Fugitive Slave Act OnesimusMoses Brown The Princeton and Slavery Prject Chicago RiverFind us on Instagram @HoldMyUmbrella and thank you for listening!
46 minutes | Dec 20, 2020
Painted Ladies: Spotlighting Four Feminist Artists
Thanks for tuning in as we discuss four female artists from the past and present. Today we are going to tell the stories of these four inspiring women: Harriet Cany Peale, Sarah Freeman Clarke, Mary Cassatt, and Lorna Simpson. Harriet Cany Peale is our most historic artist, being born in 1799, in Philadelphia. Married to Rembrandt Peale as his second wife, Harriet didn’t stop painting when she wed as most women were expected to do at the time. Her work was exhibited for most of her career and can still be found in galleries like the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Schwarz Gallery and many more.Sarah Freeman Clarke was a creative of many types. Born in Boston in 1840, she painted, illustrated, wrote poetry, sketched, and frequently traveled. There is a Facebook group, Old Marietta, that highlights vintage photos of Marietta, Georgia, where Sarah settled down for a time. The page has spotlighted Sarah numerous times. She knew how to network and had friends in high places like Margaret Fuller and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Sarah’s connection to Emerson influenced her work and style. She traveled to the Great Lakes with Margaret Fuller, sketching and painting landscapes along the route. This became part of Fuller’s Summer on the Lakes collection of poetry, art, dialogues, anecdotes and more. Sarah had accumulated thousands of books throughout her years of travel and opened a catalogue of her books to lend out. Eventually her catalogue merged with the Marietta Library Association and today it is part of the 16 branch Cobb Library System as the Clarke Library. Editor's note: When Kate mentions a president who died after eating too many cucumbers and being cut open, she said William McKinley, but we later learned it was Zachary Taylor. Mary Stevenson Cassatt was born in Boston in 1840, as the daughter of two real estate and investment brokers. The high status she was born into led to many early opportunities to travel and explore artistry. Although women were discouraged from pursuing careers, she enrolled in the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts at 16 years old. She ended up quitting the program to move to Paris after realizing the courses were slow and inadequate. Her portrait titled The Mandoline Player was selected for display by Paris Milan, an exclusive annual exhibition organized by the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. Finally, we discuss modern artist Lorna Simpson who continues to produce art. Lorna’s style and choice of mediums has evolved over the course of her career. She has drawn, painted, photographed and sculpted hundreds of works of art in her lifetime already. As a pioneering feminist, her work raises questions about the nature of representation, identity, gender, race and history. Listen in for her full story! For the first time since we started the podcast, we're plugging ourselves! Kate's mom, Cynthia Mollenkopf, is an artist with work displayed at the Cocoon Gallery in Apex, NC. Kate is a pastry master and you can find her on Instagram @cococake15. Natasha paints and such and her Instagram is @artbynatashahope Thanks for supporting us and this podcast! Enjoy and see you next time!
59 minutes | Dec 13, 2020
In Session: Education Part 2
It’s our first two-parter. There was too much to discuss for just one episode. Make sure to check out Episode 10, In Session: Education Part 1 before this one! This week we’re getting into some dark pipelines found in the education system. We first talk about the realities of structural racism, which is intertwined in many ways that leave minority children to face more extreme challenges to achieving academic success. Through recruitment and hiring practices, there are fewer black educators, leading children without role models to become educators themselves. The Seattle Times project Education Lab examines how these problems are enforced.Kate talks about the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY) and an article written by Rebecca Perez. Perez wrote that even though there have only been two known military generals who have been superintendents of schools, we still use the MBA mentality. She describes this as a mentality “where the skills of management are so generic that one can seamlessly transition from one type of organization to another. Such as here; from militia to education.” Alexandria Ocasio Cortez introduced a pair of amendments to a defense appropriations bill. The amendments would bar the military from using funding to maintain a recruiting presence in US Schools or digital platforms like Twitch. Listen in to hear the current status of these amendments. Kate tells of the issues surrounding JROTC programs and recruiting children into the military at young ages. We respect military members and families, but believe locking young people into this decision can be dangerous. Another pipeline we discuss is the school to prison pipeline, or its more nuanced term, school to prison nexus. Natasha talks about the report Indicators of School Crime and Safety by the Institute of Education Sciences that shows many schools lack adequate mental health services. But school funds are put into school resource officers, who are on-site law enforcement. These SROs have led to more suspensions, expulsions, and arrests. The disproportionate race statistics of current inmates reflects this pipeline/nexus. Black and latinx students are more likely to face negative consequences through this system. A Civil Rights Data Collection on School Discipline highlights these alarming numbers.
75 minutes | Dec 6, 2020
Maternity Leave: Catch Up America
We’re back with another vast topic that has our heads spinning. This week we’re discussing the contrast in maternity leave offerings globally and here in the U.S. We talked with many mothers to hear their parental leave experiences. Kate talks about the varied parental leave policies around the globe. Most developed and even developing nations have better laws in place for new parents than America. The legislative roller coaster that is the Family and Medical Leave Act leaves much to be desired. We talk about the long road it’s taken to have the basic offerings available, and how the pandemic temporarily provided a better plan with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. But these improvements are soon to expire and many parents are forced to save up sick and vacation time for the birth of their child. Some companies offer paternal leave for fathers, but there is no law requiring it. Leading up to this podcast, we talked with mothers who experienced a variety of maternity leave experiences. We were left desperately wanting more for the parents of our future generations. Tune in to hear the full rant and follow us on Instagram @HoldMyUmbrella
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