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At Dropping In we’ll explore diverse stories about identity. By listening to others talk about their own path, ours becomes less fearful. Where are we now and how do we meet the challenges? Dropping In is a place of discovery. We might believe that our life experiences are uniquely our own. Yet there’s a community of people that are here to bear witness, to relate to, link arms with and support us. They join us on Dropping In, tackling subjects like breaking into your dream business, cultural differences, child abuse, mental illness, shamanism, gender search, religious shunning, and fitting in as a marginalized outsider. These can feel like lonesome tasks. How do others find their power? Listening to their personal truths validates our own. Drop into the conversation to find the common threads, your uniqueness and our shared experience as humans.

At Dropping In we’ll explore diverse stories about identity. By listening to others talk about their own path, ours becomes less fearful. Where are we now and how do we meet the challenges? Dropping In is a place of discovery. We might believe that our life experiences are uniquely our own. Yet there’s a community of people that are here to bear witness, to relate to, link arms with and support us. They join us on Dropping In, tackling subjects like breaking into your dream business, cultural differences, child abuse, mental illness, shamanism, gender search, religious shunning, and fitting in as a marginalized outsider. These can feel like lonesome tasks. How do others find their power? Listening to their personal truths validates our own. Drop into the conversation to find the common threads, your uniqueness and our shared experience as humans.

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United States

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At Dropping In we’ll explore diverse stories about identity. By listening to others talk about their own path, ours becomes less fearful. Where are we now and how do we meet the challenges? Dropping In is a place of discovery. We might believe that our life experiences are uniquely our own. Yet there’s a community of people that are here to bear witness, to relate to, link arms with and support us. They join us on Dropping In, tackling subjects like breaking into your dream business, cultural differences, child abuse, mental illness, shamanism, gender search, religious shunning, and fitting in as a marginalized outsider. These can feel like lonesome tasks. How do others find their power? Listening to their personal truths validates our own. Drop into the conversation to find the common threads, your uniqueness and our shared experience as humans.

Language:

English


Episodes

Sugar Birds; Cheryl Grey Bostrom on Surviving Shame, Guilt & Loss

12/3/2021
Northwest Washington State, 1985 For years, Harris Hayes has taught his daughter, Aggie, the ways of the northern woods. So when her mother’s depression worsens, Harris shows the girl how to find and sketch the nests of wild birds as an antidote to sadness. Aggie is in a tree far overhead when her unpredictable mother spots her and forbids her to climb. Angry, the ten-year-old accidentally lights a tragic fire, then flees downriver. She lands her boat near untamed forest, where she hides...

Duration:00:51:47

Encore Messenger: A Novel @ 16 Podcast Episodes by Liz Keller Whitehurst

11/26/2021
MESSENGER is the story of a mysterious old woman who delivers life-changing messages to seemingly random people all over New York City and Alana, a young journalist determined to uncover Messenger’s story. Who is this mysterious old woman? Why does she give people messages? How does she know what to put in the message? In the surprise ending, Alana discovers what their journey together is really all about and meanwhile there's a love story brewing at Starbucks. (Ha-ha!) Author Liz Whitehurst...

Duration:00:53:50

God Save the Queens: Women in Hip-Hop History with Kathy Iandoli

11/19/2021
The empowerment of women in hip-hop begins with acknowledging their accomplishments. Every history of hip-hop previously published, from Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop Won’t Stop to Shea Serrano’s The Rap Yearbook, focuses primarily on men, glaringly omitting a thorough and respectful examination of the presence and contribution of the genre’s female artists. For far too long, women in hip-hop have been relegated to the shadows, viewed as the designated “First Lady” thrown a contract, a pawn in...

Duration:00:51:50

Losing the Atmosphere: Vivian Conan on Mental Illness & Thriving

11/12/2021
A journey through misdiagnosis, intellectual capabilities and professional accomplishments, this memoir traces Vivian Conan's stages and mis-steps toward wholeness and healing. As a person with mental illness who is competent in the world she inhabits, Vivian tours us through her states, her illusions, and phobias, as she regains autonomy over her wellness. Born in 1940s Brooklyn to a father prone to rages and an emotionally erratic mother, Vivian Conan grew up in two different worlds:...

Duration:00:49:40

Hello, Rest of My Life: Rick Lenz on Time Travel & Love, Etc.

11/5/2021
Hello, Rest of My Life When Danny Maytree, an ambitious young 1970s film actor, met Samantha on a blind date and fell in love, he decided he no longer cared about Tinseltown stardom. He still acted sometimes, but he became a writer too. Now married and in their seventies, they find a dog whose faded tag has the name “Tali” and a Beverly Hills phone prefix from fifty years earlier. Writing a time travel novel in 2021, Danny gets a call from a mysterious, velvet-voiced acting agent. He has a...

Duration:00:48:11

Api's Berlin Diaries: Gabrielle Robinson on Confronting the Past

10/29/2021
After her mother’s death, Gabrielle Robinson found diaries her grandfather had kept while serving as doctor in Berlin 1945—only to discover that her beloved Api had been a Nazi. Api’s Berlin Diaries offers a first hand and personal perspective on the far reaching aftershocks of the Third Reich and the author’s own inconvenient past. Moving and provocative, Robinson’s award winning memoir shows her grandfather’s work as doctor in the devastated Berlin of 1945. But his diary also reveals that...

Duration:00:51:58

Fifty First Dates After Fifty: Carolyn Lee Arnold@Midlife Dating

10/22/2021
When her seven-year relationship with Buddhist beach boy Peter comes to an end, Carolyn, an independent, free-spirited, fiftysomething researcher, challenges herself to go on fifty dates to figure out what the best type of man for her really is—and to find a committed partner. Set in the milieu of a New Age, sexually open community, Fifty First Dates After Fifty traces the adventurous path of Carolyn’s very universal quest for love. Enlisting friends and lovers to support her through the...

Duration:00:50:39

Involuntary Exit: What to Do if You've Been Fired! w/ Robin Merle

10/15/2021
Self-help title turns the trauma of being fired into opportunity An expert’s debut empowers women to be resilient after experiencing job loss New York, NY – A quick-witted and fast-paced self-help book from debut author and rainmaker, Robin Merle, dives into the emotional trauma of women whose job loss wasn’t part of the original plan. Involuntary Exit: A Woman’s Guide to Thriving After Being Fired (She Writes Press, Oct. 19, 2021) is about moving forward, illustrated by women’s remarkable...

Duration:00:52:32

Rea and the Blood of the Nectar: Young Adventure with Payal Doshi

10/8/2021
Rea and the Blood of the Nectar tells the story of Rea Chettri, a 12-year-old girl living a simple, if boring, life on the tea plantations of Darjeeling, India. Without warning, Rea's life gets turned on its head when her twin brother, Rohan, goes missing. Determined to save him, Rea embarks on a secret adventure by portaling into the enchanted world of Astranthia. In this thrilling tale of family and friendship, Rea will have to grapple with dark truths, discover her true self, and save...

Duration:00:54:32

Mercury Boys: Young Adult Fantasy & its Issues w/ Chandra Prasad

10/1/2021
OFTEN USING HISTORY AS A LENS TO GAIN INSIGHT INTO THE ROLES GENDER AND RACE PLAY IN SELF-DETERMINATION, CHANDRA CREATES VIVID CHARACTERS IN STORIES THAT ENGAGE READERS AND INSPIRE DISCUSSION. Prasad says, “I knew from an early age, eleven or twelve, that I wanted to be an author. When I was a child, one of my favorite activities was spending quiet hours in my room writing short stories (come to think of it, that is still one of my favorite activities). I also reveled in make-believe games...

Duration:00:54:00

Creatrix Rising: The Power of Midlife Women w/Stephanie Raffelock

9/24/2021
This week on Dropping In, from the author of A Delightful Little Book on Aging Stephanie Raffleock joins us with her new book Creatrix Rising . Raffelock lays out—through personal stories and essays—the highlights of the past fifty years, in which women have gone from a quiet strength to a resounding voice. Over time, maiden, mother, and crone have represented the three stages assigned to a woman’s life cycle – the limiting categories of both ancient and modern (neo-pagan) mythology. None of...

Duration:00:52:07

Odyssey of Ashes: A Memoir, Love/Loss/Letting Go - Cheryl Krauter

9/17/2021
A chance to finally understand the pain of separation & loss, and how to move through it awaits in this week's Dropping In conversation. Odyssey of Ashes: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Letting Go begins with the sudden death of Cheryl Krauter’s spouse. Five months later, in a stroke of irony and magic, her husband wins a long-desired guided fly fishing trip in a raffle?and Cheryl decides to go in his place, fulfilling a promise to scatter his ashes by a trout stream.Part I of this memoir is an...

Duration:00:55:29

Saturday's Child: A Daughter's Memoir with Deborah Burns

9/10/2021
For anyone who has experienced an enmeshed relationship with their mother, who needs or needed to step out of her shadow, or who yearns or yearned to find herself in spite of it, our conversation with Deborah is for you! A vault of family secrets needed prying open here ~ An only child, Deborah Burns grew up in prim 1950s America in the shadow of a her beautiful, unconventional, rule-breaking mother, Dorothy—a red-haired beauty who looked like Rita Hayworth and skirted norms with a style and...

Duration:00:50:17

America Calling: Rajika Bhandari on Answering the Call

9/3/2021
America Calling : A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility We talk about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as our founding fathers declared, but is it for everyone? Growing up in middle-class India, Rajika Bhandari has seen generations of her family look westward, where an American education means status and success. But she resists the lure of America because those who left never return-they all become flies trapped in honey in a land of opportunity. As a young woman,...

Duration:00:53:04

MODERN MADNESS: An Owner’s Manual & MANIC: A Memoir--Terri Cheney

8/27/2021
COVID-19 has launched a second pandemic: a mental health crisis in America. Since the lockdowns started, calls to suicide prevention hotlines have gone up 1000%; in a recent Census Bureau questionnaire, over one-third of U.S. adults self-identified as clinically anxious or depressed; and experts have predicted that 75,000 additional deaths may be caused by coronavirus despair. There has never been a time in our history when an immediate and in-depth focus on mental health issues was so...

Duration:00:49:41

Silent Winds, Dry Seas: Vinod Busjeet on Colonialism, ID, & Place

8/20/2021
Come with us as we travel to Mauritius, to look at a beautiful turbulent country through the lens of a you boy. In the 1950s, Vishnu Bhushan is a young boy yet to learn the truth beyond the rumors of his family's fractured histories - an alliance, as his mother says, of two bankrupt families. In evocative chapters, the first two decades of Vishnu's life in Mauritius unfolds with heart-wrenching closeness as he battles to experience the world beyond, and the cultural, political, and familial...

Duration:00:53:16

Bitter Magic! What Witches Have to Tell Us -- With Nancy Kilgore

8/13/2021
Have you ever wondered about the nature of witches? Be they modern or historic, witches never fail to compel us -- to curiosity, to reverence, to awe or fear. Even now, why is that? Nancy Hayes Kilgore’s powerful new novel, BITTER MAGIC (Milford House, an imprint of Sunbury Press), is based on the life of Isobel Gowdie, who confessed to witchcraft in Scotland in 1662. During this time, witches were burned at the stake, but the historical record is inconclusive about what actually happened to...

Duration:00:54:31

Making Art in the Middle of Madness: Holly Shaw on Our Creativity

8/6/2021
The Creative Formula: Compose, Choreograph, and Capture Your Masterpiece Do you feel frustrated or hopeless because you know there's great work inside of you, but you can't seem to get it out of your head and onto the stage? This book can help.... Another resource? Holly's podcast on Voice America! An entrancing look at the world of performance and creativity. Learn about the neuroscience of the “it” factor, listen to artists who channel ghosts to create their work, and hear firsthand from a...

Duration:00:50:27

Role Reversal: Care of Yourself & Ageing Parents w/ Iris Waichler

7/30/2021
Are you spread too thin? Mad with confusion? Making decisions for others? Trying to find the time for self-care, their care, family care and staying sane all at once? You're not alone. Designed to help caregivers understand how to cope with and overcome the overwhelming challenges that arise while caregiving for a loved one?especially an aging parent?Role Reversal is a comprehensive guide to navigating the enormous daily challenges faced by caregivers. In these pages, Waichler blends her...

Duration:00:55:05

The Marriage Pass: Briana Cole on How Sex in Open Marriage Works!

7/23/2021
The marriage pass by Briana Cole twists and turns and turns on in unexpected ways! In a smart, sexy spin-off from her Unconditional Series, Briana Cole continues to explore unconventional relationships and question all assumptions about love, lust, and monogamy in this tantalizing drama that takes the what if of a free pass to a whole new level... Can you really have the best of both worlds? He's rich, successful--and has been faithfully married to his longtime girlfriend for nearly one...

Duration:00:49:02