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Where You Are
34 minutes | Nov 29, 2021
Just Me! Talking About Education …
My guest cancelled! So I decided to talk for a few minutes about education—from a little bit about my time teaching at a military college, to my current job, to the challenges of teaching online. Join me for a shorter episode than usual. After this, I’ll take a break for the holidays, but I’ll be back in January for the rest of Season Three!
58 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
In my 35th episode, I speak with Alaina Browning, one of my favorite colleagues. Alaina shares her experiences as a librarian in both public and academic libraries. This semester, Alaina started a creative writing group at our college, where she offers weekly guidance and support to student writers, so we also talk about her background as a writer (she’s up every day around 4:00 a.m. and recently finished a 400-page novel). As the conversation nears its end, we also discuss Alaina and her husband’s plans to adopt a child this year. You will enjoy getting to know Alaina, so take a listen to the 35th episode of Where You Are!
60 minutes | Nov 1, 2021
Lori and Sabrina Gogal-Smith
This is one of my favorite discussions I’ve had in a while. Lori and Sabrina share some great stories about their 2014 marriage in Maryland, their experiences attending college in Tennessee, and their hopes and dreams for the future. Along the way, we touch on quite a range of topics: Santa Clause, America, intersectionality, and more! You are going to love these two women. They are perceptive, engaging, and fun; so come hang out with us for an hour!
57 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Brylee Smith and Alexa Waid
Brylee and Alexa plan to launch their own podcast focusing on mental health. The two met recently in class at a community college in Alabama, and they found that they have many things in common. In this episode, we discuss their experiences and struggles with mental health; then, they explore possible directions for their podcast, which they plan to begin soon! Please note that we cover topics such as depression, anxiety, and suicide in this episode. As well, the discussion should be taken as an honest conversation sharing experiences, but none of us is a professional! If you have mental health problems, please talk to a doctor so that you can work toward a diagnosis and proper treatment. Here are some resources in or around Walker County, Alabama, where I work and these students attend college:Northwest Alabama Mental Health CenterHealth Action Partnership, Walker County, AL: Mental Health Support & Referral Resources For support elsewhere in the U.S., consider the following:National Alliance on Mental IllnessSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration And, as always, please remember the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Internationally, consider this link: United for Global Mental Health
49 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Take a listen to my wonderful conversation with Ally Stephens, a former student. Ally is so funny, intelligent, and kind; I’m so grateful to have had her on the show. In this interview, she shares some of her life experiences and what she has learned along the way. We also talk about her love of plants and Harry Styles.
41 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Join me this week as I reflect on where I am; Fox joins me, as well, for a little conversation. Enjoy the episode!
41 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
In this episode, I interview Kevin King, founder of The King’s Canvas, an organization in Montgomery, AL that provides “opportunity and access for underdeveloped and underexposed artists.” The King’s Canvas uplifts not only the individual artists but also the community at large; take a look for yourself: “Vaccine-inspired murals destined for Montgomery neighborhoods unveiled at King's Canvas”; “The King’s Canvas tells a Montgomery neighborhood’s story in vibrant color”; “King's Canvas to host 2nd annual 'BBQ & Brushes' fundraiser, honoring bus boycott anniversary”. It was an honor to hear Kevin describe his work, and I’m sure you will all enjoy this interview.
53 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Keith O. Williams
Season Three kicks off with Keith O. Williams, candidate for Birmingham City Council, District 6. Keith discusses his plans for District 6, as well as his experiences as a candidate. In addition, he provides interesting historical background for the communities he represents. You can learn more about Keith’s campaign at his website, keithowilliams.info, as well as his Facebook page, Keith O. Williams - Political Candidate.
47 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Season Two Finale with Fox and Jimmy
In the final episode of Season Two, Fox and I look back at all of the guests we have had this season, as we discuss what we have learned from this year’s journey with the podcast. We also talk about plans for next season. Fox has a few new episodes of his podcast, The Audio Parlor, coming out soon, so he previews those a little, too. Thanks to everyone for listening this season! We will be back in August with a brand new season!
49 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Revisited and Remastered: Jonathan Sweatt
Fox and I decided to revisit and remaster our interview with Jonathan Sweatt from Season One (we’ve added a new introduction). Jonathan directed Small Mouth Sounds for Theatre Downtown in Birmingham, AL last year, just before the pandemic. In fact, it was the last show Fox and I saw before quarantine, and what a wonderful show it was. In this interview, Jonathan talks about his experience directing the show. I wanted to share this interview to celebrate and uplift local theater and all the wonderful people involved in it who have been affected by the pandemic. Live theater is one of the things I miss the most; I can’t wait until it comes back!
47 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
My guest on the latest episode of Where You Are is Natalya Winters, a colleague of mine who not only excels as a mentor and leader in education but also shines brightly in her everyday life by intentionally creating safe spaces around her for meaningful conversation and encouragement. You can find her at her Instagram handle, @healingisthegoal, where she hosts a weekly live Instagram called Cue the Confetti: Safe Space Conversations. In these live videos, Natalya shares her platform with others in order to explore the world through the experiences of those who have inspired her. But in this episode of Where You Are, we turn the tables on Natalya as we explore her world! Natalya reminds us of the power of vulnerability, transparency, and intentionality as she discusses surviving domestic violence, working as an advocate and mentor, living in America in the 21st century, exploring her own inner world, and being a mother. Every time I talk to Natalya, I come away with a feeling of connectedness and warmth, and I always learn something new that I feel makes me a better person; I know that you will have the same experience. Please enjoy this interview with Natalya Winters, and go check her out on Instagram at @healingisthegoal. You won’t regret it!
55 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Ashley Harlan Kitchens
The latest episode of Where You Are debuts tomorrow with my special guest, Ashley Harlan Kitchens. Formerly in advertising, Ashley is now a full-time college English instructor at a community college in Alabama. Her passion and creativity inspire me, and I think you will be inspired, too. Every year, Ashley collaborates with instructors across disciplines to create a museum (on campus, pre-pandemic and online, post-pandemic). Students then contribute to that museum with their class projects. Last year's theme was pirates! I admit I was selfish in this interview; I asked a lot of questions about Ashley's grading process, how she creates assignments, and how she manages work-life balance (she does and doesn't, by the way!). As an English instructor myself, I often find myself struggling with maintaining balance, so it was great to hear Ashley's advice. In addition to being a great teacher and leader at her college, Ashley also lives life to the utmost outside the classroom. She is an aerialist, which takes lots of training and strength. This was an hour well-spent for me, and I know that you all will enjoy it, too. If you have teacher friends, share it with them, too. Ashley is the type of teacher who inspires all of us teachers to be strive to be better.
32 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
"Vacated"--YouTube Content Creator
I'm excited to share my interview with YouTube content creator, Vacated. Only 15 years old, "Vacated," has created a lasting presence on YouTube that started with Let's Play content and has evolved into a video essay format. It was a pleasure talking to Vacated about his creative process. I think everyone will enjoy this interview!
34 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
Sam Badger is running for Tuscaloosa City Council District 5. Sam lives in Alberta City and attends the University of Alabama, where he majors in political science and economics. At the age of 19, has taken the initiative to run for office so that he can represent his community. I found him on Facebook Live one day, where he often makes impromptu, live videos highlighting his daily experiences knocking on doors in Alberta City. Over the course of his campaign, he has logged hours listening to his fellow residents describe the problems and concerns they have—everything from infrastructure to public safety to economic development. I am struck by the power of his message and by his tirelessness. This is what we need more of in this world if you ask me: principled, passionate people willing to run for local offices in order to represent the real needs of their communities. The election is on March 2, and I think Sam has a fighting chance because he is building strong relationships and name-recognition by getting out there and putting in the legwork. He also has endorsements from West Alabama Labor and the UAW local 112 Mercedes. He challenges Kip Tyner, who has held the seat for more than 20 years. If you would like to learn more about Sam after listening to this interview, you can catch him on Facebook Live or at his website, recently launched, which is badger4citycouncil.com. And there you will find the ways you can contribute to his campaign if you are so inclined.
58 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
I look forward to y'all hearing my conversation with my friend, Misty Haynes! She is an integral part of the Salon & Spa Management Program at Bevill State Community College with a loving, kind soul. I always love hearing about the many interesting experiences she has had in life and what they have taught her.
26 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
Tionna Taite, Editor-In-Chief, 1956 Magazine Catch the latest episode of my podcast, Where You Are, tomorrow! In November, I sat down with Tionna Taite, editor-in-chief of Nineteen Fifty-Six, a new digital magazine at The University of Alabama that "celebrates Black excellence, culture, and students." Tionna talks about how she developed and executed the idea, her background that led her to this point in her life, the legacy of the magazine, and where she wants to be in the future. She is a highly motivated person with clear vision, and I find her approach to life very motivational. I think you will enjoy this interview. Please support Nineteen Fifty-Six! You can read it online HERE. Follow 1956Magazine on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
61 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
Check out the latest episode of my podcast with my special guest, Janina Nobles. Janina runs the Child Development program at the college where we work, a program that continues to grow and thrive. I have gotten to know and admire Janina over the last few years as a colleague and friend, so I wanted to have her on the show to share what a great experience it is to get to know her. She is funny, multi-talented, smart, sincere--just beautiful, inside and out. The whole point of this podcast is to share with the world people who are lights in their communities, their workplaces, their world. And Janina is a light! I hope you'll listen as we discuss...well, pretty much everything! You can listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Stitcher. If you will, please like and subscribe (and leave a review!). I don't make money off the podcast; it's a passion project. But I do want to continue to grow the audience so that more people can meet the people I find interesting and amazing! Thanks, y'all.
61 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
Chelsey Freeman Long and Lily Hayley
Catch the latest episode of Where You Are tomorrow with two very special guests! First up, my amazing niece, Chelsey Freeman Long, who talks about her love of music, her education and future plans, and a lot of other things. I love my niece so much; she is smart, funny, loving, and independent. I can still remember when her parents brought her home from the hospital as a tiny little baby. She was born premature and spent quite a while in the NICU; in fact, she talks in the interview about how this might have influenced both her love of music (her parents made sure she had music playing in the NICU) and her independence. It was so much fun being able to have her on the podcast. Next up is a wonderful former student and (now) friend, Lily Hayley. Lily discusses her current career and her future plans, along with life during the pandemic. While she works in advertising/public relations, she also has great talent as an actress, and we talk about that, as well. Actually, I directed Lily in a production of The Merchant of Venice, so I know first-hand how talented she is. All in all, this is one of my favorite episodes because I get to talk to two wonderful, intelligent young women whom I admire a lot. Oh, and I always have a blast when I talk to either of them! Thanks to both for being on the podcast.
62 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
In the latest episode, I sit down for a fascinating discussion with Quentin Harrison, "music commentator, historian, journalist, and critic." His series of books, Record Redux, highlights female musicians who have made important contributions to the world of pop, and his writing style engages as much as it instructs and critiques. In addition to his books, Quentin contributes frequent reviews to Albumism.com. I think you'll enjoy this conversation about music, culture, race, politics, and more. For more about Quentin, check him out on Twitter @TheQHBlend, on Instagram at retromodernfly, and buy his books on Amazon.
49 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
Join me in a conversation with the amazingly talented artist and musician, Stacy Beam! I really enjoyed my time with Stacy, and I know you will, too. You can find Stacy’s work online at stacybeam.com, on Instagram at stacybeamfineart, and on Facebook at Stacy Beam Fine Art.
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