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It's Just You and Me

It's Just You and Me

By Julie Maxwell
A conversation between friends about anything and everything.

I am very biased but I think my people are very interesting people and I want to showcase that. I've already found so much joy in love creating spaces where people feel like they can be vulnerable. And so we talk and then to make the conversation more even, I offer every guest an opportunity to ask me anything that they want at the end of each episode which I am calling my moment of vulnerability. Join me on this journey.

The views, information, or opinions expressed on this podcast are solely those of the individuals involved.
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Dad's journey with AA
On our last pod of the season, Bob (my dad) shares his story of addiction and what AA has done for his sobriety. Resources: Alcoholics Anonymous - Gamblers Anonymous -
June 20, 2021
The world of fan fiction
Jen talks to the pod about fan fiction and I am delighted. Resources: An Archive of Our Own -
June 17, 2021
What is sacred
Amy joins the pod to talk about what sacred means to her and to the people in her life. Resources: Johnnyswim Tiny Desk - Johnnyswin Live from the Backyard -
June 15, 2021
Conservation hunter
John talks about what it's like to be a hunter and conservationist and teaches Julie things she has always wanted to know about guns and hunting. Resources: A Snapshot of the Boone and Crockett Club - Ducks Unlimited - Conserving Wetlands & Waterfowl 25 REASONS WHY HUNTING IS CONSERVATION,are%20more%20than%2030%20million
June 11, 2021
Pandemic wedding
Aydin talks about what it's like to plan and have a wedding during a global pandemic. And we talk about delicious food.
June 04, 2021
Shawn shares what it's like to have OCD and how he manages.  And a sad update to listeners is that Shawn's spider I reference numerous times has died. Resources:
May 27, 2021
A New Yorker in the pandemic
Emy shares what it's been like to live in NYC during the pandemic and then we both share a lot of thoughts about inequality.
May 25, 2021
A conversation about not having children
Nick talks to the pod about being an adult who is married and happy and doesn't have children.
May 18, 2021
Finding your birth family
Ro talks to the pod about being adopted and finding her birth family in her 60s.
May 13, 2021
Political nerd
Mel teaches me what the Overton window is and we talk about conspiracy theories.
May 11, 2021
Internet friends
Eva talks about internet friends and friendships created in virtual spaces.
May 07, 2021
Noah talks about what it means to them to mend their own clothes and how we should all think of our clothes as stories. Follow Noah on insta: @n.r.carsonnelson things Noah referenced: 1. Greenpeace's Detox My Fashion campaign: Is primarily focused on the effects of chemicals used in clothing manufacturing, particularly on waterways but also the larger environment and by proxy the humans who depend on waterways and air (spoiler alert: all of us, but mostly non-white people & those in the Global South). 2. Mend!: A Refashioning Manual and Manifesto by Kate Sekules: 3. Mending Life: A Handbook for Repairing Clothes and Hearts by Sonya & Nina Montenegro:
May 05, 2021
Leaving politics to sell stories
Joel talks about his pivot from being a successful political consultant to opening up a vintage market in his own front yard. Resources Trump, Lesbians & Archery Sycamore Lane Vintage Store
April 30, 2021
Interracial Marriage
Beth talks about what it's like to be in an interracial marriage and raising mixed-raced kids in today's world. Resources: Intermarriage in the U.S. 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia -
April 28, 2021
Uganda, a Fulbright, a pandemic
Lauren talks about her PhD work and the special place Uganda holds in her heart and what it means when you are awarded a Fulbright but a global pandemic hits.
April 22, 2021
Ilyse talks about what it's like to be a killjoy.  And how killing joy can be one of the most radically wonderful things in the world. Check out Ilyse's podcast (with the best Megan Goodwin) on all pod spaces. Keeping it 101: A Killjoy's Introduction to Religion
April 20, 2021
Traveling to Cambodia at the beginning of a global pandemic
Heather talks about the trip her and her husband took to Cambodia right as COVID-19 was becoming a global pandemic.
April 15, 2021
Interfaith activism
Randy talks about interfaith work and always saying yes to things.
April 13, 2021
Teaching in Ferguson
Elly talks about what it's been like for her to begin her teaching career in Ferguson, MO amidst racial tensions.
April 07, 2021
Forrest talks about why he loves to travel and the adventures he has been on.
March 31, 2021
Diagnosis: Uncertain
Emilie talks about what it's like to be in a medical system that can't tell you what might be wrong with you. Resources: The Dress Promised Me Something the Doctors Couldn’t from Modern Love I Won’t Be Your Cancer Poster Child from Huffington Post Everything Happens For A Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler
March 25, 2021
Being a professional musician
Dana talks about what it takes to be a professional musician and why music and the arts are so important. Resources: Chamber Project St. Louis Sunday at Six Recital Series: Dana Hotle, Clarinet
March 23, 2021
Leaving the church
Julie is here with the pod to talk about how she left ordained ministry and her current relationship with all things church. Resources: Struggling with (Non)violence by Julie Marie Todd Just Julie homepage
March 18, 2021
Getting Political
Erin talks to us about what it's like to be politically active, especially over the last few years.
March 16, 2021
Already Toast
Kate shares about her new book, Already Toast, and what it's like to be a caregiver to people you love. Resources: Buy Already Toast: Kate's website: Kate's Twitter: Signup for Kate's newsletter: Kate's latest opinion piece for the New York Times: Kate's latest piece for Time Magazine: Kate's playlist for caregivers going through it: Link to Brad's book:
March 11, 2021
Body image
Amy talks about how she has gotten comfortable in her body and how freeing that has been for her.
March 09, 2021
Dorothy and Elizabeth
Jen talks about our grandmothers, Dorthy and Elizabeth, and shares stories about who they were and how much we are like each of them.
March 04, 2021
Grandma is here to share about her life and we are so thrilled.
March 02, 2021
Laura tells us what it's like to adopt a baby and what a ride it is.
February 25, 2021
So you want to get a PhD
Jana talks about being a life-long learner and lover of all things higher ed.   And as an update, as of February 22nd, Jana has defended her dissertation and is officially a doctoral graduate!
February 23, 2021
The Family Crumb
Annie talks about making bread and The Family Crumb, her cottage bakery in Arkansas. Resources: The Family Crumb Website The Family Crumb instagram (follow for BEST content) Cottage Food Laws by State Cooked series starring Michael Pollan
February 18, 2021
Chosen Families
Taylor talks about what it means to be part of a chosen family and how that has helped them to blossom. Since this recording, Taylor has come out as trans and this recording is using his previous pronouns.  We are so proud of him! Julie shares what its like to move multiple times and why she's done so in her moment of vulnerability.
February 16, 2021
What music means to me
Betsy talks about being a musician and what music does to her soul. Musical resources:  Betsy Lay music The Symphony No. 5 in C minor of Ludwig van BeethovenOp. 67  The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky  Alright, Alright (Seth and China Kent)  Sturgill Simpson  Dolly Parton – Jolene (album)  Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose album review Jason Isbell  Brittany Howard Tiny Desk Concert  Nathaniel Rateliff (feat. Julie Davis) | Early Spring Till (Live Session)
February 11, 2021
Chronic annoyance
Alison talks about what happens when we don't know what's wrong and neither do the doctors.  And how that has changed everything about her life.
February 09, 2021
Old gays
Heike talks about what it's like to be an old gay. Julie talks about her wonder and delight in people.
February 04, 2021
Let's talk about depression
Hannah shares what it's like to live with depression and thrive. Julie shares what she needs most in the coming year. Resources: The Secret Struggle of the Great Ss. Ignatius & Alphonsus: Scrupulosity Urban Village Church
February 02, 2021
Why we should care about Native Plants
Maurya talks to us about what native plants are, why we should care about conservation, and what we can do to save the planet. Julie answers the hard question of if she ever sees herself coming back to Chicago.
January 29, 2021
We are each others business - a discussion about suicide
Erin talks about her suicide attempts and why we should all talk more openly about mental illness and suicide. "We are each other's business; we are each other's harvest; we are each other's magnitude and bond." - Gwendolyn Brooks If you or anyone you love needs help, please visit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 1-800-273-8255.  You are not alone.
January 26, 2021
A journey to Morocco
Katy talks about being in the Peace Corps, what it meant to her and how it changed her life. Julie talks about someone who means a lot to her. Resources: Ait El Farsi, مركز جماعة آيت الفارسي، Morocco‭ Map Peace Corps
January 21, 2021
Let's talk about sex and Catholicism, bebé.
Kahm joins us today to talk all things sex and religious studies, with a focus on Catholicism.  A warning to all that sex, body parts, etc are explicitly but tastefully discussed.  Julie shares her thoughts on her own sexual education in her moment of intimacy.  Resources: Our Whole Lives curriculum
January 19, 2021
Family history
Kathy (Julie's mom) talks about why she's so interested in family history and shares some stories of her adventures in ancestry.  Julie is asked about where she'd want to travel.
January 14, 2021
Tales of a workplace disaster
Samantha joins to pod to bring some brevity to this dark season of the year, sharing stories of the time she was part of a catering staff at some very fancy parties.  It gets really ugly, really quickly. Julie shares her favorite memories of Samantha's husband Bryan.
January 12, 2021
Adult friendships, the agony and ecstasy
Ryan talks about friendship through the years, as a kid and now as an adult. Julie talks about not only coming out but coming out in a pandemic.
January 07, 2021
The Story Our Clothes Tell
Michelle talks about how life changing making her own clothing has been and the stories our clothes share with the world. Julie talks about what it feels like to be a femme plus-sized woman. Resources: Michelle's website (with links to her amazing weekly newsletter and her books) Love to Sew Podcast Lisa Woolfork - Black Women Stitch Blackbird Fabrics Minimalist Machinist Badass Cross-stitch
January 05, 2021
We found love in a dusty place
Nat tells us his love story and what it means to be open to possibility. Julie talks about where she would go if she could go anywhere and what's stopping her.
December 31, 2020
Abby talks about raising chickens and how she was a horse girl. Julie talks about why she's afraid of birds.
December 28, 2020
Coming out to ourselves
Hafsa shares the story of coming out, how it ties into her work as an anthropologist, and what it feels like to be seen as queer. Julie talks about why she's doing this project and what it means to her. Resources: Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals by Saidiya Hartman
December 24, 2020
Chris shares stories about his beloved dog Tuna and what it is like to deal with sudden loss of a companion. Julie answers where is a space that she feels most vulnerable, most like herself. Resources: IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in our Digital Lives by Chris Stedman Bernie Sanders-loving Minneapolis dog goes adorably viral [VIDEO] Jane Sanders meeting Tuna
December 22, 2020
Garbage television that we love so dearly
Ali talks to us about her love affair with television that could be called garbage and what it means to learn from others whose lives are filmed. Julie is asked to recall a ridiculous experience in her moment of vulnerability.
December 17, 2020
A Story About Recovery
Marissa tells us about her journey to sobriety and the value of talking about our dark times. * Julie's moment of vulnerability pushes her to think about what she's afraid of. *A warning to our listening friends, there is discussion of self harm and substance abuse in this episode.
December 15, 2020
Twenty four hours is not enough time
Lindsay talks to us about being a parent, being a teacher, and owning a restaurant during a pandemic. Julie's moment of vulnerability is her sharing how uncomfortable she feels when people tell her how important she is to others.  She's terrible at being uncomfortable.  If you live in near The Bread Company, you need to order food and eat it and think of me.
December 10, 2020
The Life and Times of H. Scott Matheney
Scott talks about who he is, what formed him, how important building community is and where we are going. Julie's moment of vulnerability is to talk about where she finds her sense of peace and power. “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” — Søren Kierkegaard Resources: Love Is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times - Bishop Michael Curry Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Emerging Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith by Sharon D. Parks On Being with Krista Tippett Remembering Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Saint Oscar Arnulfo Romero The Prayer of Oscar Romero World Student Christian Federation God, Neighbor, Empire: The Excess of Divine Fidelity and the Command of Common Good by Walter Brueggemann Biblical Scholar Walter Brueggemann ’55 to Receive Niebuhr Medal The Seven Storey Mountain - Thomas Merton Reverend James Lawson Doing Social Justice Education: A Practitioner's Guide for Workshops and Structured Conversations by D. Scott Tharpe
December 08, 2020
You're the next contestant for the COVID-19 Vaccine Trial
Shini tells me everything I want to know about her taking part in Phase 3 of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial.   Julie shares what coming out has been like in her moment of vulnerability. Resources: Vaccine Science and Safety: Understanding how vaccines work: Straight Talk about Vaccination -
December 01, 2020
Black Motherhood in 2020
Stacie shares what it's like to parent black children in 2020, how motherhood has changed her, and where she finds hope. Julie shares about her faith journey in the moment of vulnerability. Resources: Bluey - Can be watched on Disney Junior via Disney+ and Hulu. Trailer: Mira Royal Detective - Can be watched on Disney Junior via Disney+ and Hulu Diwali: All Ezra Jack Keats books Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
November 24, 2020
It's Just You and Me Trailer
My grandma has always said “it’s wonderful that you have so many friends” and I agree with her. During the pandemic, I realized how much I miss seeing the people who make my life so bright and interesting and I wanted to find a way to introduce all of these stars to the world. And so, I have created this podcast. You, dear listener, will get a chance to be introduced to those who make my world hum with possibility. We will talk about serious things, silly things, sad things, glorious things, things that make us alive. So settle in, it’s just you and me.
November 23, 2020