Making The Most of The Time We Have

Join author, educator, and learner, Annmarie Kelly as she laughs, cries, and kvetches with the writers, musicians, entrepreneurs, and wanderers who inspire all of us to reach beyond our divisions and discover what it means to be wild, precious, and brave.

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The Genius of Judy with Rachelle Bergstein

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Rachelle Bergstein is a lifestyle writer, author and editor. Her latest book is The Genius of Judy: How Judy Blume Rewrote Childhood For All of Us...
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Housemates with Emma Copley Eisenberg

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Emma Copley Eisenberg is a queer writer in Philadelphia, where she co-founded Blue Stoop, a community hub for the literary arts. Emma and Annmarie...
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Exhibit with R.O. Kwon

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R.O. Kwon is the author of the nationally bestselling novel "The Incendiaries", which was named a best book of the year by more than forty publica...
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One of Our Kind with Nicola Yoon

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Nicola Yoon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Instructions for Dancing, Everything, Everything, and The Sun Is Also a Star, and she w...
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A Very Inconvenient Scandal with Jacquelyn Mitchard

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Jacquelyn Mitchard is the best-selling author of 23 books, including A Very Inconvenient Scandal, The Good Son, and The Deep End of the Ocean, whi...
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Briefly Perfectly Human with Alua Arthur

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Alua Arthur is the most visible and active death doula working in America today....
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Writing for the Ear

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This past spring, Annmarie gathered with eight local writers to try a podcasting project....
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Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghost with Crystal Wilkinson

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Crystal Wilkinson is the award-winning author of several books including Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghosts: Stories and Recipes from Five Generati...
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Broughtupsy with Christina Cooke

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Christina Cooke was born in Jamaica and is now a Canadian citizen who lives and writes in New York City. BROUGHTUPSY is her debut novel....
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The Familiar with Sarah Kain Gutowski

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Sarah Kain Gutowski is the author of Fabulous Beast and along with interdisciplinary artist Meredith Starr, she’s co-creator of Every Second Feels...
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Faltas with Cecilia Gentili

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Originally from Argentina, Cecilia Gentili came to the U.S. pursuing a safer life as a transgender woman. She lived undocumented for 10 years. Aft...
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Splinters with Leslie Jamison

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Leslie Jamison has written two essay collections, The Empathy Exams and Make It Scream, Make It Burn. She also gained prominence for her critical ...
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Warrior Girl Unearthed with Angeline Boulley

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An enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Angeline Boulley is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in M...
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The Loneliness Files with Athena Dixon

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Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Athena Dixon is a poet, essayist, and editor....
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Niksen: The Dutch Art of Doing Nothing with Olga Mecking

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Olga Mecking is a writer, journalist, and translator based in the Netherlands, and she’s the reporter who made Niksen (“doing nothing”) go viral....
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When They Tell You to Be Good with Prince Shakur

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Prince Shakur’s debut memoir, When They Tell You to Be Good, is a political and personal exploration of his coming of age as a writer and activist...
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The People Who Report More Stress with Alejandro Varela

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Alejandro Varela is the author of THE TOWN OF BABYLON, a finalist for the National Book Award, and THE PEOPLE WHO REPORT MORE STRESS, which The Ne...
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I Fell in Love with Hope with Lou-Andrea Callewaert

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Lou-Andrea Callewaert was a chronically ill child who learned to write through her pain. She’s the author of I FELL IN LOVE WITH HOPE, the story o...
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This Is Salvaged with Vauhini Vara

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Vauhini Vara’s debut novel, THE IMMORTAL KING RAO, has been published around the world, is being adapted for television, and was a finalist for th...
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Radiant Rebellion with Karen Walrond

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Karen Walrond is the author of THE LIGHTMAKER’S MANIFESTO and THE BEAUTY OF DIFFERENT, and she’s out now with a new book, RADIANT REBELLION, in wh...
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The Heart of It All with Christian Kiefer

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Annmarie and Christian talk about love stories, goose attacks, and how any of us manage, in an increasingly divided America, to find a sense of fa...
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In Memoriam: Echo Brown

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On Sept. 16, 2023, one of our beloved guests, Echo Brown, passed away. We were incredibly saddened by the news, this is for her....
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The Leftover Woman with Jean Kwok

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Jean and Annmarie talk about the immigrant experience in this country, the joy of ballroom dancing, and the emotional truth at the core of the bes...
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Alive at the End of the World with Saeed Jones

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Annmarie and Saeed talk about weaving both joy and sadness into poetry and what it means to speak each other’s language in grief....
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That’s a Hard No with Heather Drago

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Annmarie and Heather discuss how to set healthy boundaries, saying NO, and what might be possible when we make a little more room for ourselves in...
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The Way Life Should Be with William Dameron

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Bill and Annmarie talk about second-chance love, the various delights of both fiction and nonfiction, and why Annmarie needs to stop using idunno1...
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Owner of a Lonely Heart with Beth Nguyen

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Annmarie and Beth talk about the uncertainty of growing up without a strong tie to your biological mother, and the way other people can step in to...
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Time’s Mouth with Edan Lepucki

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Annmarie and Edan grapple with fleetingness and nostalgia. What if we could go back in time? What might be better? What might be worse? They also ...
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let's have a House Party with justin a. reynolds

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justin and Annamarie talk about wrangling authors, making the move with Marvel, and the best cereals of our childhood....
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I Kick and I Fly with Ruchira Gupta

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Annmarie and Ruchira talk about her nonprofit Apne Aap, her debut novel I KICK AND I FLY, and what it would take to create a world where no child ...
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Fat Talk with Virginia Sole-Smith

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Annmarie and Virginia talk about how to navigate anti-fat bias in schools, doctor’s offices, and around our dinner tables and how to learn to love...
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Much Ado About Nada with Uzma Jalaluddin

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Uzma and Annmarie talk about writing, rom-coms, and representation, and how important it is to read widely and wisely to learn the multitudes cont...
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Stash: My Life in Hiding with Laura Cathcart Robbins

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Laura and Annmarie talk about Laura’s journey through addiction to sobriety and how she found her way back to her most authentic and vulnerable se...
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Chaos Theory with Nic Stone

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Nic and Annmarie talk about neurodivergence, antiracist teaching, and how to build a connection with absolutely anybody you sit next to on an airp...
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You Could Make This Place Beautiful with Maggie Smith

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Annmarie and Maggie talk about love and divorce, Gen X and mixtapes, and what it’s like to settle into yourself again after coming through a storm...
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I Take My Coffee Black with Tyler Merritt

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Annmarie and Tyler talk about their shared love of musical theater and how to choose love over hate in a world that too often encourages the oppos...
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The Last Beekeeper with Julie Carrick Dalton

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Julie and Annmarie talk about the cuteness of bees, the blessings of loving and supportive parents, and how to open our eyes more fully to the bea...
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Get Out of Your Own Way with Sara Read

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Annmarie and Sara talk about mom guilt, flute-making, and how to reclaim a part of ourselves that has laid dormant for too long....
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I’ll Take Everything You Have with James Klise

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Jim and Annmarie talk about elementary school film strips, high school book clubs, and the importance of young people finding themselves in a stor...
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The Sleep Prescription with Dr. Aric Prather

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Aric and Annmarie talk about the importance of sleep health, strategies for ensuring good rest, and advocating for sleep as a basic human right....
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Change the World One Word at a Time with Kwame Alexander

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Annmarie and Kwame talk about shooting and missing, and how you have to keep playing the game and always keep taking your shot!...
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Somebody’s Daughter with Ashley C. Ford

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Annmarie and Ashley talk about surviving family trauma, setting healthy boundaries, and how to trust the people in our lives to do their own menta...
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Bonus Episode #3 – Gather Your Starlings with Jen Dotsey

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Annmarie and Jen discuss soul friendships, giving grace, how to speak difficult truths, and the ways that our communities can be an antidote to ho...
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Bonus Episode #2 – Lift Up a Friend with Melissa McCaverty

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Annmarie and Melissa discuss the quest for peace, afternoon karaoke, and following your dreams no matter how long it takes....
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Bonus Episode #1 – Relentless Compassion with Sarah Frauenzimmer

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Annmarie and Sarah discuss the therapeutic necessity of self-compassion, the way happiness is often outward bound, and how going to the bathroom a...
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The Emotionally Exhausted Woman with Nancy Colier

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Nancy and Annmarie talk about healthy boundaries, self-care, and how to develop lasting vitality and truth in a world that too often feels like it...
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Listen with Your Heart, with Ryan Lee Wong

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Annmarie and Ryan discuss intergenerational activism, transgender pronouns, the wonder of strip malls, and home....
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How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water with Angie Cruz

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Annmarie and Angie discuss the importance of community, representation in literature, and how magic and connection are possible when we sit and fu...
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Get Smitten in Your Kitchen with Deb Perelman

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In this episode, Deb and Annmarie discuss grandma's cooking, how lasagna might save your marriage, and how shared recipes can foster love, underst...
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Get Lost and Find Adventure with Andrew Sean Greer

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Andrew and Annmarie discuss foiled plans, dashed hopes, and how to discover new longings and brighter dreams when we wander–or even tumble–off the...
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Survive and Thrive with Dr. Ebony Butler

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Annmarie and Dr. Ebony discuss vulnerability, the dangers of diet culture, and how we can destigmatize mental health services in minority communit...
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Our Missing Hearts with Celeste Ng

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In this episode, Annmarie and Celeste discuss banned books, miniatures, and whether the world can, in fact, be divided into Order Muppets or Chaos...
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Thrill, Squelch, and Growl with Ben Percy

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In this episode, Ben and Annmarie discuss Wolverine, sharks, and “cussedness,” how to be stubborn in the face of rejection, and what it takes to p...
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Get Schooled with Stephanie Jankowski

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In this episode, Annmarie and Stephanie discuss back-to-school survival tricks, the value of educating the whole child, and how parents and teache...
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No One Crosses the Wolf with Lisa Nikolidakis

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In this episode, Annmarie and Lisa discuss trauma writing, open-heartedness, talking to horses, and how all of us are imperfect survivors of our o...
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Be a Promised Land with Echo Brown

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Annmarie and Echo discuss inequity, community, and the need to be a promised land for one another....
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Make Me Disappear with Jessica Payne

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Annmarie and Jessica discuss their shared love for the Pacific Northwest, juggling writing and family life, and how any story truly comes to be....
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Be One-in-a-Million with Monica Wood

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In this episode, Monica and Annmarie discuss found families, where stories come from, and why strivers make the world go ‘round....
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Claim Your Inheritance with Teresa K. Miller

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In this episode, Teresa and Annmarie unpack that story, compare family legacies, and ponder what truly makes a life worth living....
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Defy Expectations with Kirstin Chen

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Annmarie and Kirstin chat about luxury purses, fanny packs, daily yoga practice, and the dangers of the model minority myth....
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Travel Through the Pages with Jennifer E. Smith

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Annmarie and Jennifer discuss summoning courage, paying attention to small moments of joy, and how to travel the world both in and out of the page...
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Have a Good Talk with Mira Jacob

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Annmarie and Mira discuss racism, social justice, and how to encourage our kids to ask difficult questions even when we don’t have all the answers...
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Embrace Your Weird with Carrie Harris

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Annmarie and Carrie reminisce about high school hijinks and discuss the importance of unleashing the superhero inside of each one of us....
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Translate Love and Compassion with Haleh Liza Gafori

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Annmarie and Haleh talk about the timelessness of this 13th century mystic, how Rumi’s work offers “liberating and nourishing perspectives” still ...
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Climb Your Mountain with Silvia Vasquez-Lavado

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In this episode, Silvia and Annmarie talk about the healing power of mountain climbing and how women can work through trauma by putting one foot i...
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Unlearn Your Lessons with Elizabeth Lesser

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In this episode, Annmarie and Elizabeth discuss the roles females have played throughout history, religion, and mythology, and how now is time for...
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Surrender and Live with Barb Roose

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Annmarie and Barb reminisce about growing up in a small town and how to move through the Wilderness Season we will all find ourselves in from time...
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We Are All We Need with Bodhi Calagna and Wilson Rodriguez

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Bodhi Calagana and Wilson Rodriguez have something in common: a love of sound. Specifically EDM or Electronic Dance Music. In this episode, Bodhi,...
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Adopt Love and Understanding with Julia Brewer Daily

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n this episode, Annmarie and Julia discuss the heartache, love, and joy involved both in loving a child and letting her go....
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Look to the Future with Laura Maylene Walter

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Annmarie and Laura discuss love and loss and the power of manifesting our dreams through storytelling....
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Keep the Flame Alive with Thrity Umrigar

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At the age of 21, Thrity Umrigar left India to study journalism in the United States. Decades later, she is the acclaimed author of more than a do...
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Embrace Self-Love with Megan Logan

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In this episode we are talking to Megan Logan. Megan is a therapist, mom, and author of the SELF-LOVE WORKBOOK FOR WOMEN....
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Dream with Your Eyes Open with Naki Akrobettoe

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Naki and Annmarie talk about the tricky balance of creativity and parenthood, the need for safe mental health practices, and the power of finding ...
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Never Run Out of Stories with Rebecca Makkai

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Rebecca and Annmarie talk about the parallels and differences between battling Covid today and fighting HIV in the 1980s, as well as the lessons w...
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Make Sense of Your Self with Derdriu Ring

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Derdriu Ring always knew she wanted to act, and when she moved from Ireland to the United States, she continued to make this dream come true....
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Chase Your Dreams with Nayomi Munaweera

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Annmarie speaks with Nayomi about her immigrant childhood, teenage shenanigans, and what it really means to do the sacred work of storytelling....
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Be A Survivor with Jonathan Penner

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Annmarie and Jonathan talk about love stories, the creative life, and what happens after happily ever after....
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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone with Lori Gottlieb

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In this episode, Annmarie speaks with writer and therapist Lori Gottlieb about the power of talk therapy to transform our story....
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Reclaim Your Story with Vanessa Angélica Villareal

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In this episode, Annmarie talks to poet Vanessa Angélica Villareal about owning your truth, storytelling as survival, and the power of Dirty Danci...
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Discover Your Superpowers with Sanyin Siang

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In this episode, we catch up with Sanyin, as she teaches us that when we look for the awesomeness in others, we can also find greatness in ourselv...
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Believe in Doubt with Matthew Paul Turner

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Annmarie and Matthew talk about the importance of uncertainty, questions, and that doubt and belief can work together....
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Dwell in Possibility with Eliese Goldbach

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Eliese Goldbach did something completely out of her comfort zone and it changed her forever....
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Dare to Be Challenged with Mikki Kendall

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Mikki Kendall is a writer, activist, and “occasional feminist” who challenges us to rethink our perspectives on what it means to be a woman....
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Take a Soul Detour with Francisco X. Stork

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Francisco X. Stork spent thirty-three years working at one job, but felt in his heart he was called to pursue another....
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Permission to Fail with Rachel Simmons

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Annmarie talks to author, educator, and executive coach Rachel Simmons about the importance of taking risks and exercising our “failure muscles.”...
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Your Black Friend, Fred Joseph

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Whether he’s empowering kids to see Black Panther or providing food and shelter to families during the pandemic, Frederick Joseph is an agent of ...
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The Last Day Of My First Life, with Katherine Standefer

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When Katherine Standefer woke up in a parking lot with gravel in her forehead, she knew her life would never be the same....
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Just Say YES with Emily Ford

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Annmarie talks to Emily about trail magic, the kindness of strangers, and how all of us are so much stronger than we realize....
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Finding Faith with Bunmi Laditan

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Annmarie and Bunmi discuss normalizing anxiety, how humor can be born from adversity, and how to survive when children turn our worlds upside-down...
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Introducing: Wild Precious Life with Annmarie Kelly

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