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Well, This Isn't Normal
55 minutes | 3 days ago
Rev. Galen Guengerich On The Way Of Gratitude
The Reverend Galen Guengerich, author of "The Way of Gratitude" and senior minister at All Souls Church in NYC, joins Sara to discuss his conversion from Conservative Mennonite youth to progressive Unitarian Universalist pastor, his changed role during the coronavirus pandemic, and his vision of a new spirituality for seekers, questioners, and religious rebels. You can purchase the book at your local independent bookstore or at Bookshop.org. Thank you to the Patreon supporters who make this podcast possible at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa.
21 minutes | 15 days ago
Return To This Moment
A mini episode with breathing exercises designed to help you refocus after a big event (like, you know, an election), a giant rush of emotion, or just a long day. Please support this podcast and Sara's other projects for as little as $1 a month at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa (you'll get a weekly newsletter too.) For more on breathwork and meditation, check out work by Sharon Salzberg, Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama, Ram Dass, and the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance.
26 minutes | a month ago
Relaxation Kit For When You're Freaking Out
Sara takes you through a series of relaxation exercises designed to help on and immediately after Election Day 2020 (and, honestly, kinda whenever you're flipping out). Break glass in case of emergency and use this episode! Thank you to Patreon supporters at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa. Please support RAICES Texas.
36 minutes | 2 months ago
Fred And Me (And You)
Sara just moved 2800 miles, so here's a mini episode featuring an essay about love and history, plus some relaxation exercises for you. Support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa. Thank you to all current Patreon subscribers.
98 minutes | 2 months ago
Chelsea Connor On Mental Health And Adorable Lizards
Scientist, student and #BlackBirdersWeek cofounder Chelsea Connor is back for a second interview. This time she and Sara discuss mental health, cutting off verbally abusive family and friends, why you should just wear a frigging mask, and more. Sara does some relaxing breathwork exercises at the end of the episode. Support Chelsea at Patreon.com/ChelseaArts and support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa. Please support the Loveland Foundation.
61 minutes | 3 months ago
Director Sam Bailey Creates What She Wants To See
Here's the actual, full-length interview with Sam Bailey (Dear White People, Brown Girls, You're So Talented), a critically acclaimed writer, producer, director, once (and maybe future) actress, theatre veteran, and very cool human. She talks to Sara about her incredible career, the Black Lives Matter movement, creativity during the time of coronavirus, what it's like to often be the only Black woman on set, and a lot more. As always, Sara includes some basic breath work for listeners. You can support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa. And check out TheLovelandFoundation.org.
61 minutes | 3 months ago
Season 2 Premiere: Monique Moses of Astronomy Club!
Monique Moses is a Canadian actress, improviser and teacher who co-stars in Netflix's "Astronomy Club," one of Sara's favorite shows of the past 25 years (no, seriously - Sara compares it to "The State," "The Kids in the Hall," and for no reason at all, "My So-Called Life.") Monique is a longtime cast member of the titular sketch team, and she and Sara discuss comedy, acting, Canadian pop culture, Monique's life in the only Black family in her town, Monique's dance career, dealing with the transition to working from home, and much more. You can support this podcast by subscribing and by contributing to Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa.
49 minutes | 5 months ago
Season 1 Finale: Amanda Yates Garcia Will Bewitch You
In the Season 1 finale of the only mental health podcast hosted by an author/comedian and executive produced by a demon queen cat named Polly, Sara Benincasa talks to Amanda Yates Garcia, a.k.a. The Oracle of Los Angeles! Amanda hosts the tarot podcast "Between the Worlds," which she co-created with artist and producer Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs. Amanda is a dancer, essayist, activist, professional witch, and author. She and Sara discuss Amanda's memoir ("Initiated"), art, sexism, feminism, the nuances of Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw's term "intersectionality," white supremacy, trying one's best to be a decent and kind human, dealing with flaws in oneself and in society at large, and much more. Support the podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa. Thanks for your kind reviews and ratings, and we'll see you in Season 2 very soon!
83 minutes | 5 months ago
Chelsea Connor Is The Queen Of Anoles
Meet Chelsea Connor, a young Black scientist and one of the cofounders of #BlackBirdersWeek. Chelsea is from Dominica (Sara pronounces it wrong right off the bat - it's an island country in the Caribbean), and she opens up about experiencing racism at school in the States, dealing with stress and learning differences while pursuing a rigorous academic program, and being a scientist as well as an artist. Check out her stickers at Redbubble.com/people/chelseaherps! There will be a Part II, this young woman is full of stories, life, and learning!
84 minutes | 5 months ago
Armand Cann Is Pro-Turtle, Anti-Racism
Young scientist Armand Cann talks to Sara about his work in biology, his love for wilderness, the importance of connecting with other young Black scientists online as a method of self-care, his experience of racism in the field, the trauma of harassment by racist police, and the magic of J.R.R. Tolkien, Octavia Butler, and other great authors. Check out the #blackbirdersweek hashtag to meet more scientists and learn about their work and their lives. Also, hire this guy - he just finished his M.S. degree! Thanks to all the podcast supporters at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa.
91 minutes | 5 months ago
Sidney Woodruff Tells People Not To Bother The Bears
Sidney Woodruff, 25, does her doctoral studies at UC Davis and conducts research in Yosemite National Park. She talks to Sara about being a young, Black, queer scientist; how she's received as a minority in a lot of professional spaces; the harassment of Black wildlife conservationists; and the vitality of real self-care and checking in on friends and peers. At the end, Sara guides the audience in a basic relaxation exercise. Check out #blackbirdersweek on Twitter and Instagram to read more stories and learn about some excellent wildlife conservationists. Support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa. Many thanks to current and past patrons!
57 minutes | 6 months ago
Giulia Rozzi Is A 1st Generation Spitfire
Sara talks to her longtime friend Giulia Rozzi, a comedian, writer, actress, director and first-generation American. They talk about how sociology influences Giulia's comedy, socially distant protesting while pregnant, summoning Italian lady energy when criticizing racist police (when Karen becomes Karina), whiteness as a construct, and continuing to learn (and unlearn). Also, Sara takes you through a simple relaxation exercise. This podcast is funded by Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa. Thanks to all subscribers and supporters.
121 minutes | 6 months ago
Conner Habib Grew Up With White Supremacists
Conner Habib is a former porn star and sex workers' rights advocate. He's also a Syrian-American kid from rural-ish Pennsylvania. Now a doctoral candidate, Conner talks to Sara from his flat in Ireland about everything from fairy stories to the sex lives of koala to whether or not Canadians are, in fact, real. They also discuss white supremacy and the police. You can support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa. More importantly, please donate to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
34 minutes | 6 months ago
Black Lives Matter
In this short episode, Sara shares some resources by people way smarter than her. She also talks about learning and unlearning racism, trying to be decent, admitting your flaws, working on your own stuff on your OWN time, and the value of listening. "If you need black people to be victims in order to love them, there is something wrong with you." Please donate to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa.
53 minutes | 6 months ago
Brian Koppelman Writes TV, Movies And Songs
"Billions" co-creator and showrunner Brian Koppelman talks to Sara about a creative life, being of service during quarantine, staying grounded, and the magic of "The Artist's Way." You can support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa.
127 minutes | 6 months ago
Val Harvey Walks In Many Worlds
Sara interviews hair and makeup artist Val Harvey, her friend of many years. They talk about religion, racism, flouting societal norms and parental expectations, death, cults, sexism and other light topics. At some point, they do in fact discuss makeup and skincare. Check out Val and her many wonderful beauty adventures on Instagram at MohawkMakeup.
58 minutes | 6 months ago
Stephanie Schriock Knows Some Overqualified Ladies
Sara talks to Emily's List president Stephanie Schriock about electing talented, hardworking, pro-choice Democrat women to offices from the school board up to the White House. They also discuss the fine state of Montana, how you shouldn't go bonkers on the sugar and caffeine even/especially when you're stressed (they've both done this! A lot!) and much more. Check out Emily's List today, and learn more about the great work they do. You can support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa.
33 minutes | 6 months ago
Myq Kaplan Made A New Album
Comedian Myq Kaplan chats with Sara about managing stress, grieving a loss in quarantine, and the strangeness of adjusting to spending zero time on the road doing gigs. You can support this podcast on Patreon. Buy Myq's latest album, A.K.A.
58 minutes | 7 months ago
Casper Kelly Wants To Write Romance Novels
Casper Kelly (Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell, Too Many Cooks) pops in from Atlanta to confess his career aspiration: romance novels. He and Sara dive into the career of political leader, rightful governor of Georgia AND romance novelist Stacey Abrams! Casper is one of the most creatively adventurous writers and producers at work today, and Sara kinda geeks out. You can support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa.
54 minutes | 7 months ago
Ben Mankiewicz Has A Voice For Storytelling
Ben Mankiewicz is the host of Turner Classic Movies, a co-founder of The Young Turks, and a former TV reporter. He talks to Sara about building one's own career, parenting in the time of quarona, how political D.C. kids are (and aren't) like Hollywood kids, and what it's like being from a family with a lot of big personalities. This episodes concludes with a review of a simple breathwork technique called square breathing. You can support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa.
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