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Listen! Real Talk with Roops
47 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
Take #29: What's Stopping You from Being Your Most Authentic Self?
Take #29! Welcome to SEASON 3 of Listen, and the first episode of 2022! I chat with my lovely friend Jennifer about what it means to bring your authentic self to life while being conscious and protective of yourself and your energy in the process. We break down honesty, vulnerability, and building trust in and out of the workplace. Welcome to...Listen!
35 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
Take #28: Has Lockdown Ruined All Other Men for Me?
Take #28! Welcome to SEASON 3 of Listen! I chat with my wonderful friend Trevor about post-isolation mental health and social life, our lack of patience nowadays for nonsense, self-care and the importance of rest, and our thoughts as we reenter society and rediscover ourselves. Some of you may notice the title is a little nod to my very first podcast episode, as well as the season 2 premiere episode (Take #15!), both featuring Trevor! We love a good throwback. Welcome to...Listen!
53 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
Take #27: If I Talk about Mental Health, Will the Brown Community Smite Me?
Take #27! Welcome to SEASON 2 of Listen! I chat with an amazing panel of 3 of my South Asian peers. We discuss destigmatizing mental health in the South Asian community, self-esteem, generational trauma, unattainable success, and more! Welcome to...Listen!
56 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Take #26: Permission to Be Human at Work?
Take #26! Welcome to SEASON 2 of Listen! I chat with my lovely colleague Erin about mental health in the workplace, how to avoid burnout, work-life balance, authenticity, and more. We break down our individual mental health journeys at work, de-stigmatizing the conversation, and how we can all prioritize the things that matter most to us. Welcome to...Listen!
41 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Take #25: How Can I Turn Passions into Careers?
Take #25! Welcome to SEASON 2 of Listen! I chat with my awesome friend Lauren about how to intersect your passions with your job. Lauren has taken her creative and outgoing personality and created a successful event and wedding planning business! We break down her journey in choosing a career path and transitioning to entrepreneurship. We also explore her efforts to differentiate herself among her industry, family, and peers. Welcome to...Listen! P.S. Check out Lauren's professional Instagram @lzeventco !!
29 minutes | Feb 14, 2021
Take #24: Was Dating in 2020 Harder than During the Spanish Flu of 1918?
Take #24! Welcome to SEASON 2 of Listen! I chat with my lovely friend Manisha about pandemic relationships and dating, how we're navigating the transition into the "new norm" (truly the most overused term!), and our expectations for interpersonal relationships post pandemic. We break down our individual journeys of love, and where we think the road ahead will lead. Welcome to...Listen!
48 minutes | Jan 30, 2021
Take #23: What's Not to Love about My Mind, Body, and Soul?
Take #23! Welcome to SEASON 2 of Listen! I chat with my radiant friend Tara about body positivity and image, the intentional path of self-love, social media as a platform for vulnerability, and more. We break down our relationships with ourselves - our bodies, our minds, and our fears. Welcome to...Listen!
51 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
Take #22: Can We Please Just Love Ourselves Already? - featuring Mike Johnson!
Take #22! Welcome to SEASON 2 of Listen! I chat with my lovely guest Mike Johnson - an Air Force veteran, bestselling author, fan favorite from Season 15 of The Bachelorette, and exceptional human being. We discuss self-love, compassion, our tips for confidence, positive/negative self talk, growth after pain, and more! Welcome to...Listen!
48 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
Take #21: The Bachelorette Banter - Tayshia / Clare
It's been a hot minute since you guys got one of these...so here's a Bonus Take on the new season of The Bachelorette! I chat with my friend Lauren about the new and unconventional season of The Bachelorette. We go over our feelings about Clare's part of the season, the variety of men we're in love with, the unnecessary drama, and more. As always, we don't hold back on our criticism or unsolicited opinions / predictions. Welcome to...Listen!
59 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
Take #20: Why Can't We All Just Show a Little More Empathy?
Take #20! Welcome to SEASON 2 of Listen! I chat with my new friend Mikie, a biologist, aspiring physician, TikTok icon (@fatherscience), and wonderful human being. We discuss his road to recovery, success in the face of adversity, why college > high school, therapy, TikTok as a platform for destigmatizing mental health and addiction, and more! Welcome to...Listen! [Content warning: Discussions on substance use disorders, language use]
46 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
Take #19: How Do South Asians Fit into the American Political Landscape?
Take #19! Welcome to SEASON 2 of Listen! I chat with an amazing panel of 5 of my South Asian peers. We walk through the South Asian experience, SAs in healthcare, our civic duty and activism, starting difficult conversations at home, and more! Welcome to...Listen!
82 minutes | Jun 13, 2020
Take #18: How Will YOU Show up for the Black Community?
Take #18! Welcome to SEASON 2 of Listen! I chat with an incredible panel of 7 of my Black mentors, friends, colleagues, and educators. They break down the concepts of microaggressions, systemic racism, the current movement, allyship, resources, and more! Welcome to...Listen!
25 minutes | May 1, 2020
Take #17: Should Unsolicited Opinions from Indian Aunties Shape My Career?
Take #17! Welcome to SEASON 2 of Listen! I chat with my awesome friend and future astronaut (no, really!) Lakshmi about the importance of identity and passion in choosing your future career. We break down our individual journeys in navigating our interests and choosing careers that bring us joy and purpose. We also have a message for the graduating generation - we believe in you. Welcome to...Listen!
23 minutes | Nov 23, 2019
Take #16: Can Being a Super Smart Idiot Actually Work in Your Favor?
Take #16! Welcome to SEASON 2 of Listen! I chat with my brilliant friend Harrison about what it means to be a T-shaped person, how you can be a jack of trades but a master of some things properly, and how we try to soak up knowledge every day. We all just want to be better. Better teammates, better communicators, and better people. Welcome to...Listen!
31 minutes | Sep 8, 2019
Take #15: Has Zachary Levi Ruined All Other Men for Me?
Take #15! Welcome to SEASON 2 of Listen! I chat with my wonderful friend Trevor about mental health, Zachary Levi, self love and positive/negative self talk, and our progress in our mental health journey. Some of you may notice the title is a little nod to my very first podcast episode, which also featured Trevor as my first guest! We love a good throwback. Welcome to...Listen!
28 minutes | Jul 7, 2019
Take #14: The Bachelorette Banter - Hometowns
Here's another bonus Take on the new season of The Bachelorette! I chat with my friend Lauren about Hannah's journey to find love. A lot has happened since our Week 1 recap, and we are here to SPILL THE TEA. Hannah's heading into hometowns, so Lauren and I go over the remaining men. We LOVE Tyler and Pete. We are unimpressed with Jed and his recent drama in the press. And finally, we yell about Luke for an unhealthy amount of time. Tune in for unsolicited opinions, final 2 predictions, and our endorsement for the next Bachelor. Welcome to...Listen!
27 minutes | May 23, 2019
Take #13: The Bachelorette Banter - Week 1
Here's a Bonus Take on the new season of The Bachelorette! I chat with my friend Lauren about The Bachelorette, same as we did for The Bachelor. Week 1 was pretty tame - just the intros and a nice cocktail party to get us started. But, it wouldn't be The Bachelorette without some drama!!! Lauren and I go through all of the men and their bios, and we don't hold back on our criticism. We are...quite harsh. But stick around for our unsolicited opinions and predictions. Welcome to...Listen!
21 minutes | May 18, 2019
Take #12: Why Is Game of Thrones One of the Greatest TV Shows of All Time?
Here's a Bonus Take for all you GoT fans! I chat with my wonderful friend Nicole about Game of Thrones. I've only recently started watching (still on season 3, sorry!!), while Nicole has been watching since the beginning. We talk about changes the show has seen since the beginning, character development and arcs, and predictions for the series finale. There are spoilers throughout, of course. I gasp a lot as Nicole warns me about what's to come. Welcome to...Listen!
44 minutes | May 17, 2019
Take #11: In Geek Culture, Are Fandoms Just Really Big Happy Families? SEASON FINALE!
Take #11! We did it, folks! Roops is officially a COLLEGE GRADUATE (!!!), so Season 1 must come to an end. Season 2 will be starting up in the fall, once I start my new job in New York City! Crazy!! This week, I'll be chatting with my wonderful friend Anna about geek culture, fandoms, Game of Thrones (SOME SPOILERS ARE VOICED!), Harry Potter, Avengers: Endgame (WE SAY A LOT OF SPOILERS, A WARNING!!), and other great cultural moments. We discuss how the media we consume as children affects us profoundly, and we explore how geek culture impacts character development. We end the season with a variety of Quick Quips...and they're very bizarre. As always, there's a lot of giggling. Welcome to...Listen! I'll see you guys in the fall. Until then, have a wonderful rest of your week.
39 minutes | Apr 12, 2019
Take #10: What Exactly DID We Learn in College?
Take #10! I chat with my good friend Katie about college, life lessons, and our personal growth and development. It’s fun to see how far we’ve come! As usual, there's a lot of giggling. Welcome to...Listen!
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