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The HERsay Podcast elevates the voices of women. We build community and foster understanding among women of every age, race, religion, and lifestyle by sharing stories, advice, opinions, and having the conversations that help move us forward.


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The HERsay Podcast elevates the voices of women. We build community and foster understanding among women of every age, race, religion, and lifestyle by sharing stories, advice, opinions, and having the conversations that help move us forward.




HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble May Book Picks

Get your May book picks fix with our new HSPx BN episode! Caroline roadtripped to the BN store in Dewitt, NY to chat with guests Lauren Youngs and Liz Loftus about our May titles spanning New Fiction, Personal Finance, Travel and Home. Listen now, and visit us on Instagram to tell us what YOU're reading. Proceeds from books purchased through HERsaypodcast.com this month go to Alliance of Moms, supporting young moms in the foster care system. HSP x BN May Book Picks: Go As A River by Shelley Read Love Your Home Again by Ann Lightfoot and Kate Pawlowski Financial Feminist: Overcome The Patriarchy'd Bullsh*t T Master Your Money And Build The LifeYou Love by Tori Dunlap Italy Is My Boyfriend by Annette Joseph 100 Things To Do In Syracuse Before You Die by Linda Lowen


HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble April Book Picks

Find your spring reading inspiration in our newest HERsay Podcast x Barne & Noble Book Picks episode! Guest Terri Rogers from Barnes & Noble in Webster, NY, chats with Caroline about our April selections, from the New Fiction, Romance, Mystery/Thriller, and Cooking sections. Listen now, and visit us on Instagram to tell us what YOU're reading. Proceeds from books purchased through HERsaypodcast.com this month go to United Against Book Bans, a national initiative to empower readers everywhere to stand together in the fight against censorship. HSP x BN April Book Picks: Sea Change by Gina ChungThe Writing Retreat by Julia BartzThe Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu MandannaBaking By Feel: Recipes To Sort Out Your Emotions (Whatever They Are Today?) by Becca Rea-Tucker


HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble March Book Picks

We're celebrating Women's History Month with an extra helping of feminist and female-empowered titles in our HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble March Book Picks episode. Guest Brigette Meskell, from Barnes & Noble in Webster, NY, chats with Caroline about this month's selections, including a century-spanning vampire tale, a memoir of same-sex relationship abuse, a deep-dive into the many faces of love, and why cats are so often associated with women. Listen now, and visit us on Instagram to let us know what YOU're reading. Proceeds from books purchased through HERsaypodcast.com this month go to She Should Run, working to dramatically increase the number of women running for public office. HSP x BN March Book Picks: The God of Endings by Jacqueline Holland In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks Cat Call: Reclaiming the Feral Feminine by Kristen J. Sollee Music credit: Tall Journey by Blue Dot Sessions


HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble December Book picks

All year long we look forward to the festivity and fun of December. And although it feels like there’s less time than ever to squeeze in some quality time for reading, December brings us lots of reasons to seek out a good book - whether its for us (because, hello, we deserve it), or as a gift for those we love and appreciate, or even to have on-hand for that last-minute, unexpected gift-exchange. This month’s HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble book picks includes new fiction, biography, psychology (because, hello, family get togethers), home decorating, a cookbook, and gift ideas for kids and grownups alike. Check out our complete list of book picks at hersaypodcast.com. Proceeds from books purchased through our website go to SeekHer Foundation, supporting the mental health issues unique to women though empowerment and advocacy. Today I’m talking with Lindsey Eklund from Barnes & Noble in Pittsford New York.


HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble November Book Picks

In November, we’re preparing for the season of showing our love and appreciation for others with food, with gifts, and of course with the time spent on getting it all done. It’s a busy time of year for sure, but all the more important that we carve out some time for ourselves to enjoy a book that nourishes the mind and spirit. In today’s episode, host Caroline Elliott discusses our November HERsay Podcast x Barnes and Noble Book picks with Molly Norris, from Barnes & Noble in Greece, NY. Proceeds from books purchased through HERsaypodcast.com this month go to “Get Her There”, an initiative of The Obama Foundation’s Girls Opportunity Alliance, empowering adolescent girls with the resources they need to fulfill their potential. HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble November Book Picks Bliss Montage by Ling Ma Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel How To Keep A House While Drowning: A Gentle Approach to Cleaning and Organizing by KC Davis Communion: The Female Search for Love by Bell Hooks Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out by Angela Liddon Where You Are Is Not Who You Are: A Memoir by Ursula Burns Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer


HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble October Book Picks

October reading is what dreams are made of. The back-to-school rush is over and we’re in the groove of a new routine… shorter and chillier days call for an extra latte, tea, or glass(es) of wine… and - can you hear it? - it’s the sound of the short-lived quiet before the holiday storm. For this month’s HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble October Book Picks episode, we have spooky stories, cooking inspiration, lessons from the universe, and more! In today’s episode, host Caroline Elliott talks with Barnes & Noble’s Clare Hilton about this month’s titles, featuring women authors and/or amazing female protagonists (have YOU ever considered the Milky Way as a woman? It just makes sense!). Proceeds from books purchased through hersaypodcast.com this month go to the Foundation for Women Warriors, enhancing the wellbeing of women veterans and military women transitioning back into civilian life. Get your cozy on and listen now! HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble October Book Picks: Babel: An Arcane History by R.F. Kuang The Lost Girls of Willowbrook by Ellen Marie Wiseman I Used To Have A Plan: But Life Had Other Ideas by Alessandra Olanow Hunt, Gather, Parent by Michaeleen Doucleff, PhD The Milky Way: An Autobiography of Our Galaxy by Moiya McTier Half-Baked Harvest Everyday: Recipes for Balanced, Flexible, Feel-Good Meals by Tieghan Gerard The Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook by Bridget Thoreson Moldilocks and the Three Scares by Lynne Marie There’s A Ghost In This House by Oliver Jeffers


HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble September Book Picks

In September, we're excited about all things hygge! If you’re looking to get cozy with a good book this month, listen to today's HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble book picks episode, featuring six excellent titles and book convo with our host Caroline Elliott, and Lauren Pollock from Barnes & Noble in Webster, NY. Proceeds from purchases made at hersaypodcast.com in September go to Blessings In A Backpack. Our HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble September book picks: When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab Moody Bitches by Julie Holland, MD The Art of Escapism Cooking by Mandy Lee Know My Name by Chanel Miller In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney


HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble August Book Picks

We’re making sure you have plenty of options for your final weeks of summer reading with our HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble August book picks! Before the season changes and the festive holiday planning begins, listen to Caroline’s conversation with Barnes & Noble's Katie Bretz about the books women will love spanning the genres we know women care about the most. From new fiction, biography, self-improvement, romance, home decorating, business, and gift books for the young people in our lives, there’s something for everyone to cap off summer reading in the hammock, poolside, beachside, or bedside! Proceeds from books purchased through HERsayPodcast.com this month go to Girls Inc. August titles: How To Be Eaten by Maria Aldemann; Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey; Natural Disaster: I Cover Them. I Am One. by Ginger Zee; Anxiously Attached by Jessica Baum; Feels Like Home by Lauren Liess; Be: A Not Bulls**t Guide to Increasing Your Self Worth and Net Worth by Being Yourself by Jessica Zweig; In Defense of Witches by Mona Chollett; The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson; Nana’s Garden by Larissa Juliano; Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun by Tolá Okogwu; As Old As Time by Liz Braswell; and Adulting: How to Become a Grownup is 535 easy(-ish) Steps by Kelly Williams.


HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble July Book Picks

WARNING: You're gonna need a bigger shopping cart! Our HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble July book picks are here and, take it from us, it's going to be hard to keep your reading list short. July brings some extra time to hunker down with a good story, expert advice, and inspiration for your summer to-do list. Need a book for young people in your life? We've got you covered there, too. Listen to Caroline's conversation with Barnes & Noble's Diana Davis to scratch the surface of our July picks. Proceeds from books purchased through hersaypodcast.com go to Planned Parenthood Action Fund, promoting and protecting reproductive rights nationwide. Listen now!


Ep. 20 HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble June Book Picks

Host Caroline Elliott discusses our June book picks with Barnes & Noble's Terri Rogers. This month's titles include: New Fiction Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus Iona Iverson's Rules for Commuting by Clare Poole Beach Read Birds of California by Kate Catugno Self Improvement/Psychology The High 5 Habit by Mel Robbins Parenting Forever Boy: A Mother's Memoir of Autism by Kate Swenson (Auto)Biography Fly Girl: A Memoir by Ann Hood Children's Picture Book The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn Chapter Book (middle grades) Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by A.F. Steadman Young Adult The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson College Prep The Freshman Survival Handbook by Nora Bradbury-Haehl


HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble May Book Picks

For this month’s HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble Book Picks episode, Caroline talks with Barnes & Noble’s Vi Everley about May’s selections. Titles include The Helm of Midnight (new fiction), Explorer’s Guide to the Adirondacks (travel), A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD: Embrace Neurodiversity, Live Boldly, and Break Through Barriers (women’s health), Cooking for Wizards, Warriors and Dragons: 125 unofficial recipes inspired by The Witcher, Game of Thrones, The Broken Earth and Other Fantasy Favorites (cooking,) Gold Dust Woman: The Biography of Stevie Nicks (biography), and Dare to Lead (business).


HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble April Book Picks

In April, Springtime has arrived, and with warmer weather comes our desire for creativity and a re-focus on physical and mental health. Join Caroline and B&N's Sara LaFaro for this fun and informative discussion our book picks for April. Each month, the HERsay Podcast partners with Barnes & Noble to select books that speak to what's on the minds of women. This month's picks: Remarkably Bright Breatures by Shelby Van Pelt; Mating In Captivity by Esther Perel; The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine; Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life by Marta McDowell; Born A Crime by Trevor Noah (for it's amazing female characters); and The Pepper Thai Cookbook by Pepper Tiegen.


HERsay Podcast x Barnes & Noble February Book Picks

February is an especially great month for hunkering down with a good book. This month we're sharing four titles we think you'll love, as we also celebrate Lunar New Year, Valentine's Day and Black History Month. In today's episode, host Caroline Elliott talks with Barnes & Noble's Clare Hilton about this month's picks: Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman, and Kindred by Octavia Butler.


Open Mic: Our New Year Message from the Voice of a New Generation

Happy New Year everyone! We want 2022 to be a year of connection, being our best selves, and doing our part to create a brighter future for generations to come. For this Open Mic New Year message, we asked 17-year-old social activist Lola DeAscentiis to share her vision for how we all can help create the future that her generation wants and needs in the new year and beyond. What's your wish for 2022? What would you most like to see change? Share your voice at hersaypodcast.com or visit us on Instagram at @hersay_podcast. Lola DeAscentiis is a high school senior in Rochester, NY. She is co-President of the Upstate NY Girl Up Coalition, a division of the UN Women’s international Girl Up Campaign, Communications Director for the New York Youth Climate Leaders, and a member of the leadership team for the Rochester Youth Climate Leaders. In her spare time, she is also an interpreter at the National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House. You can find her on both Twitter and Instagram at @Lola.Deascentiis Song: Borough by Blue Dot Sessions


She Succeeded: Get Ready to Re-ignite Drive & Achieve Your Goals in 2022

The path to pursuing our goals and dreams is rarely a smooth, easy, or linear one. When we know what we want and have the passion, plan, and tools to achieve it, it feels like nothing can stop us. But when unforeseen challenges and obstacles test our resilience, we need to take a moment to re-calibrate and create a new plan for achieving our goals. For many of us, 2021 has been a year of regaining our footing after the uncertainty of lockdowns, perhaps riddled with stops and starts, and getting back to a new sense of normal in a world that seems to be evolving faster than ever. If this sounds familiar to you, you may be looking to get back on track in 2022 to pursue the goals, passions, and dreams you’ve had to put on hold, maybe even defining new goals to pursue and achieve in the coming year. In this episode of our series She Succeeded (and You Can, Too!), we’re talking with Dr. Dravon James, author of Freedom is Your Birthright and host of the Everyday Peace radio show, who shares tangible steps we can take every day to re-focus, re-ignite our drive, and make our goals and dreams a reality in the new year. Let's do this! Song: Borough by Blue Dot Sessions


Callings: Daystar Rosalie Jones - “Making Spirit Visible” Through Native Modern Dance

During National Native American Heritage month, the HERsay Podcast is shining a spotlight on a trailblazing woman who, for over 40 years, has been sharing the stories and spirit of Indigenous people in a most unique way - through modern dance. Daystar Rosalie Jones is the founder and Artistic Director of Daystar Contemporary Dance Drama of Indian-America, recognized as the first native modern dance company in the United States. Daystar was born on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana, and in 2021 is celebrating 41 years of the Daystar Dance Company “Making Spirit Visible”. She is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, author, and winner of the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Learn more and purchase tickets to the gala performance of Daystar Contemporary Dance-Drama of Indian America’s Stories from Turtle Island in Rochester, NY from December 3-5. Song: Borough by Blue Dot Sessions


Need This Now: HSP x Barnes & Noble October Book Picks

This one is for our book lovers! Each month, the HERsay Podcast partners with Barnes & Noble Booksellers to assemble a list of books we think women will love, informed by what’s happening in our lives and in the world right now. Our lists feature empowered and empowering women characters, women authors sharing unique stories, and books to help us get things done, help us be our best selves, and inspire the happiness we all deserve. In this episode, we’re sharing Caroline’s fun and SPOOKY conversation with Barnes & Noble’s Kasia Zubrzycki about our October selections, featuring spine-tingling fiction, literary fantasy, Halloween crafts, decor, and even trivia to share with kids. Be sure to listen ALL the way to the end to get the clue you need to enter our book giveaway at the end of the month! Song: Borough by Blue Dot Sessions


HERsay Today: Crafting the Modern Disney Princess with Osnat Shurer

In a world filled with influencers today, it would be hard to name one person with more enduring influence and impact on the aspirations of young girls than the Disney Princess. But we, and Disney Animation, have come a long way since the first Disney Princess, Snow White, graced the big screen in 1937 singing “Someday My Prince Will Come” and keeping house for the seven dwarves while they went off to work. Today’s Disney princesses are embarking on their own “hero’s journeys”, saving their kingdoms from destruction, and learning valuable lessons along the way. In this episode in our HERsay Today series, we’re talking with Osnat Shurer, producer of Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon, released earlier this year, and also of Moana, released in 2016. Osnat shares how Disney’s newest princesses and role models, 18-year-old Raya and 16-year-old Moana, were created and how Osnat herself rose to be the ideal leader for these films. Song: Borough by Blue Dot Sessions


Callings: Counseling Life & Death In Nursing Homes During COVID

More than 186,000 residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have passed away during the COVID-19 pandemic, accounting for approximately one-third of all U.S. COVID-related deaths. As new information, rules, and regulations were filtered into nursing homes beginning in March 2020, staff were tasked with not only the medical treatment of residents but also the emotional and spiritual support of residents and families as sickness and death loomed larger than ever, and in-person contact with loved ones abruptly diminished. Sister Mary Lou Mitchell became Director of Pastoral Care at St. Ann’s Community, a network of senior care facilities in New York State, back in 2006. In today’s episode, Sister Mary Lou discusses her experience leading the support of residents, families, and staff throughout the pandemic, and helping to create closure and peace for all after the many changes and losses endured throughout that. Song: Borough by Blue Dot Sessions


So, Now What?: Getting Unstuck with Barb Klein

And we’re back! But…We’ve made it to the finish line of the COVID-19 pandemic, and while we’re working toward creating a new sense of “normal”, things are definitely not as they were before March 2020. We’re kicking off Season 2 of the HERsay Podcast with the series “So, Now What?” to help us all figure out how best to move forward after the many changes and challenges that the last year and a half brought on for women. Barb Klein is a certified life coach, addiction recovery coach, and author of 111 Invitations: Step Into the Full Richness of Life. In today’s episode, Barb shares her advice for moving forward after career changes, mothering changes, and changes in our own mental health, so that we can reconnect with our own happiness, get unstuck, and step confidently into our next new chapter. An early-bird registration discount is available now for Barb’s next Women’s Renewal Retreat until July 31st. Song: Borough by Blue Dot Sessions