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DOSPOD E64

Beth Demme Blog

2020 has been a year like no other. It brought us together and tore us apart all at the same time. We endured debates about the efficacy of wearing a mask AND we endured presidential debates. Police misconduct and brutality brought our need for anti-racist ideas to the forefront. And in the midst of it all, we stopped shaking hands, …

DOSPOD E63

Beth Demme Blog

Just as Samuel Moore-Sobel was about to start his sophomore year in high school, his face was burned by sulfuric acid. In a flash, his life was changed forever. Samuel endured many surgeries to address the physical injuries, but soon he realized the emotional trauma he suffered was just as real as the burns on his face. In this episode, …

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Beth Demme Blog

What does it mean to “cancel” someone? Why does it happen and who gets to decide? Steph and I have an honest conversation about canceling, boycotting, and harnessing the power of group think on social media. We talk specifically about JK Rowling and the questions about her support for transgender individuals, but also about the broader question of why people …

DOSPOD E61

Beth Demme Blog

When we are young children, we think our parents are practically super-human. We think they can do no wrong. We think they follow the rules, especially the ones they set. But, at some point, we realize they are just humans who make mistakes and sometimes break the rules—even rules they come up with themselves. When Steph was 14-years old, her …

DOSPOD E60

Beth Demme Blog

Steph and I are joined by Rev. Betsy Ouellette Zierden for an honest conversation about how we tend to hold onto ideas that we know don’t work. Sometimes we have ideas about the Bible, God, our family of origin, or even ourselves that help us for a time, but then get in our way. Steph had to let go of …

DOSPOD E59

Beth Demme Blog

Life is a mixture of the good and bad. Sometimes the tough experiences leave scars—physical and emotional—but those experiences also form who we are. Scars are reminders of the hard moments and tough experiences, but they also prove that we are capable of healing. In Episode 59, Steph and I have an honest conversation about our scars and the gratitude …

DOSPOD E58

Beth Demme Blog

A conspiracy theory used to mean an idea that was completely on the fringe, but today it seems there are a growing number of conspiracy theories and an increasing number of people willing to take them at face value. To explore this phenomenon, Steph and I go inside our own experiences with conspiracy theories. For many years, Steph believed the …

DOSPOD E57

Beth Demme Blog

In Steph’s work as a DIY’er on YouTube she often gets comments telling her to get back in the kitchen. The title Episode 57 comes straight from one of those comments. Steph and I have an honest conversation about what’s at the heart of these comments and why they aren’t okay. Do the men who make these comments realize how …

DOSPOD E56

Beth Demme Blog

In these highly polarized times, can people with completely different political views have an honest conversation? Is there value in this kind of conversation? For this episode, Steph and I invited Steph’s friend Daniel back to the podcast. He’s a conservative with well-researched and strongly-held opinions who was willing to give it a try. We talk about some tools that …

DOSPOD E55

Beth Demme Blog

Sometimes we just have to say it: life is a lot right now. From COVID-19 to the upcoming election, our relationships are strained, our nerves are fried, and our personal emotional reserves are nearly depleted. Differing political viewpoints and differing ideas about public health have always existed, so what is it about this particular season that makes it feel heavier? …