I’m Mallory Kasdan: writer, voice actor and mom, and I’m podcasting with with Moms I’d Like (to) Know. My guests are sharp, groovy women, passionate about art, culture, career and mothering. We want to talk about NOT having it all. Not even close.
Dr. Lanie Kasdan Francis joins Mallory in the MILK Studio. Lanie is an Oncologist, board certified in hematology and medical oncology and practices at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hillman Cancer Center.
Lanie is the founder and director of the Wellness Integrative Program Oncology at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, where she embraces a holistic approach to care in the context of conventional cancer therapy. She was appointed by the state of Pennsylvania to the Medical Marijuana Task Force, and is a certifying provider. Lanie is Associate Medical Director, Medical Oncology for UPMC International, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Lanie is the mother to three boys, a fitness enthusiast and Mallory’s younger sister. Follow her at @integrativecancerdoc on Instagram.
Caroline Schrank of Down to Earth Funerals joins Mallory in the MILK Podcast studio during The Loss Season.
With a background in fashion photography production, event and party planning, and the mother of two boys, Caroline Schrank was no stranger to handling details. But when both of her parents died within a few years of each other, she plunged deeply into the world of death, dying, and funerals. Caroline went back to school to become a funeral director, and Down to Earth Funerals, or DTE, was born.
As a Funeral Director, Caroline aims to take the confusion and complexity out of end of life planning. Her goal is to educate and inform people that death and funerals aren’t “one size fits all,” and that there are options and ways to enhance life beyond loss. She and Mallory talk about their own wishes, about handling bodies, mitzvahs and wanting to connect with loved ones who have passed.
Follow Caroline at http://www.dtefunerals.com/
Clinical Psychologist Molly Millwood joins Mallory in the MILK Studio to discuss her new book "To Have and To Hold: Motherhood, Marriage and the Modern Dilemma."
When Molly first became a mother, she was fully prepared for what she would gain: an adorable baby, hard won mothering skills, and a chaotic, beautiful life. But what she was not prepared for – and what she did not expect – was what she would lose: aspects of her identity, a baseline level of happiness, a general sense of well-being. And though she had the benefit of a supportive partner during this transition, she also envied and at times resented the fact that the disruption to his life seemed to pale in comparison.
As a psychologist, Molly knew her experience was a normal response to a life-changing event. But without the benefit of such a perspective, many of the patients she treated in her private practice grappled with guilt, self doubt, and fear, and suffered the dual pain of not only the struggle to adjust but also the overwhelming shame for struggling at all.
In her book, Molly surveys the complex terrain of new motherhood, exploring the ways it affects women psychologically, emotionally, physically and professionally, as well as how it impacts their partnerships.
Molly Millwood holds a Ph.D in clinical psychology with advanced specialized training in marital therapy and intimate relationships. She is a licensed psychologist in private practice, where she is particularly known for her work with couples and with women navigating the transition to parenthood. Molly lives in Vermont with her husband and two children. Find her at www.mollymillwood.com
Chanel Reynolds joins Mallory in The MILK Studio to talk about a personal tragedy, and what came afterwards for her family. In July of 2009, Chanel got the call we all fear: her young, athletic husband Jose had been struck by a van while cycling. One week later, she removed him from medical support and drove home to tell their five-year old son. In the wake of his sudden death, Chanel realized that she was completely unprepared for what came next: financially, emotionally and practically. She totally did not have her shit together. Through her grief, Chanel realized how many other people, just like her, also didn’t have their shit together, in terms of wills, passwords, creating emergency funds, and knowing loved ones’ plans and desires for when they died. So she launched a site, based on her experiences, called, what else? "Get Your Shit Together,” which exploded, and begat a book filled with super practical advice and BFF tough love.
“What Matters Most: The Get Your Shit Together Guide to Wills, Money, Insurance and Life’s What-Ifs,” is important and perfectly voiced – a missive that will motivate parents and non-parents alike to prepare for life’s curveballs. Chanel and Mallory talk a lot about parenting young children through this kind of tragedy, how to lean on friends, and how to slowly work your way through grief. Chanel lives in Seattle with her kids, and speaks regularly at events and conferences nationwide about parenting, estate planning, grief, loss, and shit like that. Follow her at chanelreynolds.com.
Writer Emily Rapp Black joins Mallory in The MILK Studio, to talk about the loss of her son, how her childhood was shaped by physical trauma and disability, and about the concept of resilience. Emily is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir and The Still Point of the Turning World. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, O the Oprah Magazine, Brain.Child, The Wall Street Journal and others. Emily is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California-Riverside, where she teaches creative nonfiction and medical narratives. She is actively engaged in conversations surrounding disability, medical narratives, pediatric palliative care, inequities in health care delivery, and the literature of embodiment, trauma, and recovery. Emily’s book, Sanctuary, is a reexamination of the word resilience, is forthcoming from Random House in 2020 and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Cartography for Cripples, which examines the intersection of art, disability, and sex through the life and work of Frida Kahlo, is also coming in 2020. Emily lives in Southern California with her daughter and husband. Check her out at www.emilyrappblack.com
MILK Podcast: Moms I'd Like to Know is back for season 2. Host Mallory Kasdan is taking a look at loss and how it seeps into every aspect of motherhood. We're talking about loss of control, loss of self, loss of temper, stories of losing loved ones and how we get through it. It's MILK Podcast: The Loss Season, and it's coming soon.
Comedian Ana Gasteyer joins Mallory in the MILK Studio. Best known for her incomparable work on Saturday Night Live from 1996 - 2002, Ana brought iconic characters like “Delicious Dish” NPR radio host Margaret Jo and middle school music teacher Bobbi Moughan-Culp to life, and created spot-on impressions of Martha Stewart, Celine Dion and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Ana has since worked steadily in film, television, theater and voiceovers while raising her family, and can currently be seen in Maria Bamford's Netflix series “Lady Dynamite” and in TBS's acclaimed series “People Of Earth.” She recorded her debut album I'M HIP, which is now available on iTunes, continues to tour the country with her live cabaret style show, and is currently working on a jazzy, holiday album in time for next Xmas. Ana and Mallory talk for this special holiday episode about the pressure and pleasure of gifts, the vulnerability of failure, and how messing up a lyric while performing the National Anthem can be applied to parenting.
Alexis Barad-Cutler joins Mallory in the MILK Studio. Alexis is a writer and the founder of Not Safe For Mom Group, a digital community for mothers to tell their stories and express unfiltered feelings without judgement. Through #NSFMG, Alexis has opened a frank, vulnerable dialogue that moms have been craving. Alexis also creates content for sites like Mindr, Fatherly, Beyond Mom, Hey Mama, and Well Rounded — among other outlets that cater to the parenting set. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, and their two young boys — who not only provide endless material for her writing, but also inspire her undying affection for dirty martinis. Find her @notsafeformomgroup on Instagram.
Rabbi Leora Kaye is the Director of Programs at URJ, Union for Reform Judaism, and she joins Mallory in the MILK Studio. They discuss Anti-Semitism, parenting while Jewish, and how we can be more inclusive as Jews and as humans. As a Rabbi, Leora seeks ways to expand people's understanding of Judaism, encouraging them to approach their spiritual lives on their own terms. Leora's work experience spans the Jewish world and includes education, programming, and filmmaking. She first combined her interests in media and ethics by working on the Sundance award-winning documentary Blue Vinyl. She went on to work as the rabbinic consultant for Shalom Sesame, and has been an adviser on many other media projects. As Director of Community Engagement at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Leora spearheaded innovative initiatives including the synagogue's groundbreaking conversion program. She also served as the Youth Director of Temple Israel in Boston and as Associate Director of Programming for Synagogue 2000. In her current position at the URJ, Leora is responsible for creative advancement of the core priorities of the Reform Movement: Tikkun Olam, Strengthening Congregations, Audacious Hospitality, and Youth. Leora graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and received rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. She and her husband Doug Gordon, a writer and television producer, live in Brooklyn with their children, Galit and Zeb. She is on twitter @LeoraKaye.
Activist Carly Roney joins Mallory in the MILK Studio. Carley is an entrepreneur and co-founder of The Knot, NYC's most successful early Internet company. She led The Knot from it’s early days as a wedding website to a multi-platform, multi-brand billion dollar company called XO Group. Outside of XO, Carley has focused her expertise in branding, content, and community building to support female-founded start-ups and progressive causes. Carley sits on the Board of Directors of fashion disruptor Rent The Runway, as well as non-profits Power of Two, Project Entrepreneur, and Brooklyn Community Foundation. She is a huge fan and advisor to female-led political community organizing start-ups Motivote and Sister District. She lives in Brooklyn with her family and wants you to VOTE.
Description: Peloton indoor cycling instructor Christine D’Ercole joins Mallory in the MILK Studio for part two of a MILK/Peloton series on motivation and self-care for moms. Christine is a decorated track racer who brings that expertise to every class. Grounded in science, music, grit and grace, Christine believes that as a rider you have two tools at your disposal: your breath and your inner monologue. Christine has been an actress, a model and a bike messenger prior to becoming a fitness professional, and conducts workshops on positive self talk in addition to the empowerment work she does on the bike for other riders. Her mantra is “I am I can I will I do.” She and Mallory talk about making mistakes in motherhood and about keeping your hand on other people's backs. Check https://christinedercole.com/ and @IAMICANIWILLIDO on instagram. And check out @onepeloton
Peloton indoor cycling instructor Jenn Sherman joins Mallory in the MILK Studio for part one of a MILK/Peloton series on motivation and self-care for moms. Jenn is an experienced fitness professional who become Peloton’s first instructor over 5 years ago. The company has since blown up, reinventing fitness with live & on-demand boutique studio classes you can take anytime on a bike, treadmill, or with a Peloton app. Jenn and Mallory talk about the company’s backstory, about finding your “thing” after having kids, and being a woman over 40 in the fitness world. Jen is a mom to two teenagers, and brings a no BS approach to every ride she does. Don’t f*&k with her playlists, her love of summer camp, her sports teams or her tribe. Check her out @pelotonjenn on instagram, and at www.onepeloton.com.
Author Nina Lorez Collins joins Mallory in the MILK Studio. Nina is the author of “What Would Virginia Woolf Do: And Other Questions I Ask Myself as I Attempt to Age Without Apology. In her forties, Nina found herself awash in a sea of hormones. As symptoms of perimenopause set in, she began to fear losing her health, looks, sexuality and sense of humor all at once. Craving a place to discuss her questions and concerns, and finding none, Nina started a Facebook Group with the ironic title “What Would Virginia Woolf Do?” and that forum has grown exponentially into a place where women – with strong opinions and humor – share their private selves with bravery and with truth. WWVWD has morphed into an on and offline community, and into Nina’s funny and informative book. Nina is a lifelong New Yorker, graduate of Barnard College, and holds a masters degree from Columbia University in the field of Narrative Medicine. She enjoyed a long professional career in book publishing, both as a literary scout and then as an agent. She has four nearly grown children and lives in Brooklyn, where she is a trustee of the Brooklyn Public Library. Check out her book, FB group, IRL meetups , podcast and more at www.TheWoolfer.com
Activist Sara Berliner is the founder of “Vote Like A Mother,” and she joins Mallory in the MILK Studio. VLAM is an organization that sells ethnically sustainable merch with a wink, benefits mom run organizations, and acts as a filter for activism. Sara is also a children’s media executive, content curator, and mom. Her career has been focused on storytelling across platforms and genres, launched from a Harvard degree in Folklore & Mythology, with criss-crossing paths through puppet theater, documentary film, the music industry, festival production and live events, children's book publishing and TV animation, and digital apps. Sara has told stories with collaborators like Todd Oldham, Julianne Moore, Sesame Street, Warner Bros., the Harry Potter film team, Disney, DreamWorks, Mattel, Highlights for Children, Scholastic, National Geographic, Penguin Random House, and Nickelodeon. After 15+ years creating children’s content, Sara founded Vote Like a Mother in March of 2018, making parenthood and empathy a lens for political engagement. Born in Chicago, Sara lives in New York with her husband and two kids. Find her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @votelikeamother, and at votelikeamother.org.
Kimberly Peeler-Allen has been working at the intersection of race, gender and politics for almost 20 years, and she joins Mallory in the MILK studio. Kimberly is the Co-founder of Higher Heights, a national organization building the political power and leadership of Black women from the voting booth to elected office. A highly skilled political fundraiser and event planner, Kimberly ran her firm Peeler-Allen Consulting, LLC from 2003 to 2014, the only African American full-time fundraising consulting firm in New York State. Prior to that, she served as the deputy finance director for the 2002 gubernatorial campaign of H. Carl McCall. In 2014, Kimberly served as finance director for Letitia James’ successful bid to become Public Advocate of the City of New York and the first African American woman elected citywide in New York’s history. In 2018, Kimberly was selected as one of the Roddenberry Fellowship's 20 established and emerging activists. She runs Higher Heights with co-founder Glenda Carr, and runs her family with her entrepreneur husband. Check out at www.higherheights.com for more information.
Journalist Angela Garbes joins Mallory in the MILK Studio. Angela is a Seattle based writer specializing in food, bodies, women’s health, and issues of racial equity and diversity, and is the author of “Like A Mother: A Feminist Journey through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy,” As a new mother in 2014, she wrote a piece for The Stranger, called “The More I Learn About Breast Milk, the More Amazed I Am.” The story became the publication’s most read piece in its twenty-four year history, and the inspiration for “Like A Mother.” An experienced public speaker, frequent radio and podcast guest, and event moderator, Angela grew up in a food obsessed immigrant Filipino household and now lives in Seattle with her husband and daughters. Find her on twitter @AngelaGarbes
Journalist Katie Rosman is in the MILK Studio with Mallory. Katie is a reporter for The New York Times, where she covers popular culture for Styles, and a a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal. She is author of “If You Knew Suzy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Reporter’s Notebook," which marries a daughter's to truly know her late mother with a reporter’s attention to detail, humor, and pathos. Katie and Mallory talk about the democratization of media, getting harassed online by Katy Perry fans, and about how a bad death can overshadow a good life. Katie is a yogi, DIY crafter, and a mom of 2. Originally from Michigan, she lives in New York with her family. Find her @katierosman and Katherine Rosman at the New York Times.
Rosyln (Roz) Neiman joins Mallory in the MILK Studio. Rosyln is a real estate sales professional with 31 years of experience with The Howard Hanna Agency in Pittsburgh. Roz was voted best realtor in Pennsylvania and one of the top realtors in the United States by The Wall Street Journal. Born in "the ‘burgh," Roz has been married to her high school sweetheart, Sandy Neiman, for 51 years. They have three grown children and three grandchildren. Roz hung with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band throughout the 1980’s and 90’s, when Sandy managed sax player Clarence “The Big Man” Clemmons, while building her own career and raising her family. On this Mother’s Day edition of MILK, Mallory talks to Roz about Mallory’s mom, Judi, and how Roz saw their lifelong friendship, They laugh and remember the good moments at Parkway Cabana Club, and the sad ones too. Check out Roz at HowardHanna.com
Songwriter and Podcast Host Cathy Heller joins Mallory in The MILK Studio. Cathy’s passion is helping others to realize their passions, and her podcast “Don’t Keep Your Day Job,” is hugely popular. Each week, Cathy interviews guests like Jonathan Adler, Bobbi Brown, Jenna Fischer and other creative powerhouses, who share their successes and how they arrived where they are, inspiring her listeners to make money doing what they love. Cathy is a songwriter, and started out pitching her own music in the film and television world. She has licensed her songs over hundreds of times to to film, television and commercials, and has been featured in Billboard, LA Weekly, and Variety. She went on to start her own licensing company, Catch The Moon Music and helps represents other songwriters as well. With the “Don’t Keep Your Day Job” podcast and on-line community she has created, Cathy acts as mentor, coach, and friend to her listeners. We talk multi-tasking mamas, marriage, authenticity, guilt, expectations and making others feel valued. Cathy lives in Los Angeles with her family, where she gets to write songs outside on her guitar! Find her out at www.CathyHeller.com
This moment is a turning point for normalizing cannabis, and Allison Gordon is in the MILK Studio with Mallory to tell us why women are posed to take the lead in the industry. Alison is the CEO of 48North Cannabis Co., a medical cannabis company based in Toronto. Named one of Canada’s Top 10 Marketers by Marketing Magazine, Alison has been celebrated for her unique ability to shift public opinion and consumer behavior in the right direction. As a co-founder and EVP at Rethink Breast Cancer for 13 years prior to joining the medical marijuana industry, Alison is credited with growing a new generation of young breast cancer supporters -- a previously untapped demographic compelled by her ground-breaking communication and branding expertise. Alison’s extensive work with patients, physicians and government, coupled with her entrepreneurial approach and marketing experience, has uniquely positioned her in the marijuana industry. Allison lives in Toronto with her family. Follow her @cannabisculturalist on Instagram.
Designer and author Bonnie Siegler is in the MILK Studio with Mallory. Bonnie has written two new books, Signs of Resistance, a visual history of protest in America, and Dear Client, a how-to book about working successfully with creative people. Bonnie founded and runs the award-winning design studio Eight and a Half, and was voted one of the fifty most influential designers working today by Graphic Design USA, She is best known for her design work for Saturday Night Live, the Criterion Collection, HBO, Late Night with Seth Meyers, StoryCorps, Participant Media, and Newsweek. Most recently, she was the creative director of the Trump parody autobiography “You Can’t Spell America Without Me” by Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen and created the main title sequence for Will & Grace. She has taught at the graduate level for many years at the School of Visual Arts and Yale University, conducted workshops at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Rhode Island School of Design and judged design competitions all over the place. On the day after the National School Walkout Against Gun Violence, and a few days before The March for Our Lives, Bonnie and Mallory talk about pussy hats, Trump obsessions, memes, fonts, "Our Bodies, Ourselves," being a mother, and fear of failure. Check out Bonnie's work at 8point5.com
Journalist Rona Kobell is in the MILK Studio with Mallory. Moved by the trauma of the Parkland, Florida shooting, Rona and Mallory collaborated on a print piece about their high school classmate Karen Hurwitz, who was murdered when they were seventeen years old. Rona began her career covering crime in rural Missouri and later Pittsburgh, and was on the staff of the Baltimore Sun from 2000 to 2009. After a journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan, she moved on to the Chesapeake Bay Journal, a monthly newspaper focusing on America’s largest estuary. There, she started a monthly radio show, “Midday on the Bay,” broadcast for five years on Maryland’s largest NPR station. Rona also freelanced for several publications, including Grist, Slate, Modern Farmer, and The Washington Post. Now a science writer at the University of Maryland’s Sea Grant College, she lives north of Baltimore with her husband, also a journalist, and two children. Follow Rona @RKobell on Twitter, and read the piece that prompted this episode at https://www.milkpodcast.com/blog/2018/2/28/milk-guest-post-journalist-rona-kobell-on-a-17-year-old-life-lostmilkpodcast.com/blog
Cartoonist and physician Dr. Grace Farris M.D. is in the MILK Studio with Mallory. Dr. Farris graduated from Brown Medical School and completed her internal medicine residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She practiced as a hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and was a fellow in bioethics at Harvard Medical School in 2016. In 2017, Dr. Farris joined the Icahn Mount Sinai School of Medicine as assistant professor and Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at Mount Sinai West. In addition, Grace draws the most excellent, New Yorker-ish cartoons and shares them on Instagram -- about momming as a doctor and woo-hooing at every Soul Cycle around NYC. It is a spot on, self-deprecating (because look at her resume!) look at life as a curious NYC transplant, a physician who is often mistaken for a nurse, and as a #boymom. Check her out @coupdegracefarris on Instagram and @gracefarris on Twitter.
Voiceover actress and fashion consultant Jen Cohn joins Mallory in the MILK Studio. Jen’s versatile voice can be heard on hundreds of commercials, cartoons, video games, promos, industrials, and books on tape. She currently is the voice of Pharah from the video game Overwatch, which has a passionate and enormous fan base. When Jen isn't running around talking into microphones and schmoozing, or hanging out with her husband and son, she can be found obsessively researching new concept stores, hunting for the best Japanese nail salons, swooning over and interviewing emerging designers, and plotting her next trip to Paris. Check her out, especially her boot collection, @FashionDilettante on Instagram and @heyitsjencohn on Twitter.
Jennifer Steinman Sternin is an award-winning filmmaker with over 20 years of experience in television and film, and she joins Mallory in the MILK Studio. Jennifer talks about trusting the creative process to do its magic, growing up with strong female entrepreneurial artists as role models, becoming a single mother by choice, and how that decision changed her life and her work. She has a beautiful story about finding love at the perfect time, and how hitting milestones out of order has made perfect sense in her life. Jennifer is currently working on a film with percussionist Sheila E., and another project with Ilhan Omar, the first Somali American Muslim woman to be elected to a state legislature in Minnesota. She lives in the Bay Area with her family. Check her out at JenniferSteinman.com.
Rebecca Soffer joins Mallory in the MILK Studio to talk about her book, “Modern Loss: Candid conversations about grief. Beginners welcome.” Rebecca is the CEO and co-founder of the website Modern Loss, which she founded with co-author Gabrielle Birkner. A former producer for the “The Colbert Report,” Rebecca is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of loss and resilience, and contributes regularly to books, magazines and other media. Blurbed by everyone from Mindy Kaling to Stephen Colbert to Anna Sale, “Modern Loss” is practical, surprising, and filled with the darkly humorous and tender details of death's inevitability. Rebecca talks about her own messy story of loss, and how she lives her life as a mom, wife, and journalist with as much richness as possible. Check out modernloss.com.
Sally Hubbard, Creator and Host of “Women Killing It” Podcast, joins Mallory in the MILK Studio. Through interviews and real-life storytelling, Sally’s mission is to create a movement of women celebrating successes and inspiring one another. Sally attended NYU Law School and later became an investigative journalist, striving to uncover just how do successful women do it? Inspired by stories of shattering the proverbial “glass ceiling,” Sally looks to reveal playbook for how women can kill it in their careers. She and Mallory talk, at the tail end of 2017, about the reckoning of male sexual assaulters and harassers, how to keep up the good fight as an activist, and how flexibility in the workplace is good for all of us. Check out Sally, and her fabulous feminist positive podcast at www.womenkillingit.com.
Jancee Dunn joins Mallory is in the MILK Studio to talk about her latest book, "How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids." Jancee is the New York Times bestselling author of five books, including a memoir of her years at Rolling Stone, a book she co-wrote with Cyndi Lauper, and a children’s book, "I'm Afraid Your Teddy Is In Trouble Today," about stuffed animals up to no good. Her essay collection, "Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo?" was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Vogue, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Parents. Check her out at JanceeDunn.net
Ada Calhoun joins Mallory in the MILK Studio. Ada is the author of “Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give,” a funny and poignant personal examination of marriage. In addition to this essay collection and her first book “St. Marks is Dead,” Ada writes for The New York Times, The New Yorker.com and Oprah.com about MILKy topics like Gen X female mid life crises, gentrification, and loss – many of Mallory’s favorite dinner party topics. Check her out at AdaCalhoun.com.
Nicole Alifante joins Mallory in the MILK Studio. Nicole put a successful acting career on hold to raise her son, and is now pursuing music with a new sense of purpose. She and Mallory discuss epiphanies about racism and privilege, actively participating in local politics, and finding peace in writing songs and collaboration. Nicole’s new album, “La La La,” is available on iTunes and shows her soulful range as an original songwriter and singer. More at NicoleAlifante.com
Actress Amy Hargreaves joins Mallory in the MILK Studio. Currently starring in the popular “13 Reasons Why” series and in Showtime’s “Homeland,” Amy is also appearing in two fall films, “Super Dark Times” and “Wonderstruck.” Amy’s first audition was an open call for Broadway’s “Annie” at age 12, and she has worked in commercials, voiceovers, film, television and theater jobs, ever since. Amy talks with Mallory about navigating motherhood and performing, how expressing sexuality in her acting career helped her get roles as she got OLDER, and the harassment and assault issues that are rocking the entertainment world.
Note to Self Podcast Host Manoush Zomorodi joins Mallory in the MILK Studio and they talk being frazzled, switching between mom and non-mom identities, and how business trips are cool but are certainly not yoga retreats. In her new book, "Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self," Manoush details how we can free ourselves from our devices by seeing boredom as a gift. This episode recorded at the Werk It Women’s Podcast Festival, produced by WNYC Studios.
Author Stephanie Gangi joins Mallory in the MILK studio to talk about her compulsively readable literary ghost story, “The Next.” Gangi's first novel, written at age 60, is a sexy, satisfying, whirlwind tale of a lover scorned, and of mothers, daughters, sisters, cancer, death, social media ... all with a killer soundtrack. Stephanie is fierce, funny, beautifully present, and her writing is thrilling and deep.
Youth Coach Taayoo Murray joins Mallory in the MILK studio to discuss how she and her kids set and meet goals, her work/mom ephiphany, and her book and coaching program “Making Me Happen.” Taayoo is motivated, positive, and ready to help tweens, teens and the parents who love them with academics, behavior, athletics, and personal goal setting. She is lovely to talk parenting with -- and she has a great laugh! Check her out at taayoomurray.com and Making Me Happen on Facebook.
Journalist Judith Newman joins Mallory in the MILK studio to talk about her new book "To Siri With Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and The Kindness of Machines." Judith is the author of You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman, a columnist for The New York Times Book Review and a regular contributor to The New York Times Style section and People. A contributing editor to Prevention, she also writes for National Geographic, AARP, Vanity Fair, and many other publications. She and her sons live in Manhattan.
Lisa Greenwald joins Mallory in the MILK studio to talk about writing books for tweens and teens, fitting it all in as a mom and a writer, and not feeling guilty all the damn time. Hard! She has 2 new books out this summer, “Kale, My Ex, and Other Things to Toss in a Blender,” which is her first young adult novel, and “11 Before 12,” which is part one of a middle grade duology. Lisa takes questions from a tween superfan, talks about writing books during nap and school time, and finding pleasure and inspiration by watching people. Check her out at lisagreenwald.com.
Julia Fierro joins Mallory in the MILK studio to talk about her riveting new novel, “The Gypsy Moth Summer,” as well as her first book, “Cutting Teeth.” A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Julia founded The Sackett Street Writers’ in 2002, a creative home to more then 3500 writers n NYC, Los Angeles and Online. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Glamour, Poets and Writers, and many other publications. Julia speaks frankly about anxiety and the OCD behaviors she tackles to write, and how motherhood intersects with her writing mind. Julia is a great champion of her students and colleagues, a supportive wife to another writer who “gets it,” and a mom to 2 super readers. She recently relocated from her beloved Brooklyn to Los Angeles, and likes to generalize about that.
Filmmaker and Producer Susannah Ludwig joins Mallory in the MILK studio to talk about making joyful documentaries, applying her producer hat to love, and embracing the darkness of uncertain health. We talk anxiety and positivity, and how those factors shape us as mothers and daughters. Susannah is optimistic, really likes making lists, is driven in life and in love, and shines as a mom and as a human.
Personal Stylist Alyssa Dineen joins Mallory in the MILK studio to talk about how clothes can make the (+40) woman. Many of Alyssa's personal styling clients are mothers looking to find an identity post kids, and she shows them how to approach getting dressed for this phase of life. They talk about raising confident daughters, dressing and dating after divorce, and good, quality basics. Check out her latest venture: www.stylemyprofile.com Alyssa is talented, smart and absolutely knows what you should wear to that thing.
Dr. Alison Hall is in the MILK studio with Mallory, continuing a conversation about work, family and passion from MILK Episode 11 with Alison's daughter, Juliana. Alison has made incredible sacrifices while leading by example in her own fascinating career. She attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, and afterwards did participant observation fieldwork in Italy, studying the world’s oldest voluntary collective farms. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology, and worked as a lecturer teaching a wide variety of anthropology courses. She then went on to a career as a Museum Director at The Arkansas Museum of Science and History, The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium on Long Island, and The Children’s Museum of Arkansas. Upon retirement from museum work, she taught at the University of Central Arkansas, and won two university research grants to revisit her Italian research in 2010 and 2012. In 2015 she retired from teaching in order to help her daughter pursue a demanding career in medicine, and now divides her time between Brooklyn (where she cares for three grandsons aged 4, 7, and 10 years old) and Arkansas (where she manages the finances of her husband’s law firm). She has served on boards of Women’s Action for New Directions, Heifer International, Arkansas Sustainability Network, and the Arkansas chapter of the A.C.L.U. She is still actively engaged in what has become a lifelong pursuit of political and community activism. Between all that, she is finishing up her book about Italian collective farming that she began researching in the 1970's. Amazing.
Dr. Juliana Sanchez Gebb is in the MILK studio talking to Mallory on International Women's Day. Juliana is an attending high-risk obstetrician in the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and a mother to three boys. She has a notable commute from New York for her intense job, and manages childcare with help from her own mother, Alison Hall. Juliana has found a creative way to further her career and cultivate her specific medical interests, while relying on her mom and husband for support. She doesn't make it look easy, because its not! She’s lovely and calm, but also enjoys trolling the current POTUS on Twitter.
Novelist Lucinda Rosenfeld joins Mallory in the MILK studio to talk about her latest novel, CLASS. A satirical look at life in Brooklyn's bubbly cauldron of privilege, need, guilt and self-righteousness, the book GOES THERE, and is an unflinching and funny look at a rather familiar liberal community. They discuss Lucinda's longevity as a writer, working through the losses of their mothers, sexuality and being seen as a woman over 40, sisters, and the power of being twenty something. Lucinda is sharp, hilarious, and candid both in her writing and in what she shares with Mallory as a MILK.
A mini episode -- a monologue actually. Remembering Amy Krouse Rosenthal, author, creator, filmmaker, connector, mother, wife, daughter and friend. She wrote things, she read things, she made things and she did things, so many wonderful things. She even made Mallory a portable radio out of a milk carton once. She was a herself a MILK and should have been on this podcast.
Allison Task joins Mallory in the MILK Studio to talk about her career path from the early, heady dot com days, to cooking, writing cookbooks and TV hosting, and now to career and life coaching. Longtime friends Mal and Al remember their first year sharing a one bedroom apartment in NYC, and Allison tells stories about working for (and working out with) Martha Stewart. We find out the benefits of parents defining exactly what they are looking to accomplish, especially when we feel like we can barely keep it all together. And we go meta when Mallory gets coached by Allison -- goals are stated and no doubt Allison will make Mallory accountable.
Julie Scelfo, journalist and author of “The Women Who Made New York" is in the MILK studio with Mallory. A collection of written portraits of the Nasty Women who built this city, illustrated with flair by artist Hallie Heald, TWWMNY is a must read at this moment in history. Julie tells some choice anecdotes about MILKy women featured in the book – activists like Margaret Sanger and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, artists like Joan Rivers and Yoko Ono, and writers like Joan Didion. We discuss why media literacy and empathy matter so much right now, and how Julie is driven to tell stories about how we all live.
Illustrator Samantha Dion Baker creates a page a day of hand drawn images and words in a series of beautiful sketch journals she then shares with her massive Instagram following. She's in the MILK studio talking about discipline, intimacy and catharsis, drawing garbage cans and coffee cups and always having her notebook and her tools with her while trying to watch her kids play soccer.
Photographer Marsha Lebedev Bernstein on receiving fashion advice from her deceased mother, the constant urge to take pictures on the street, and instilling confidence in tween girls and senior citizens -- in the MILK Studio with Mallory.
Actress, Show Host, Real Estate Agent and mom Kelly Deadmon is in the MILK studio with Mallory, talking about nude scenes with Joshua Jackson on The Affair, how becoming a mom messed with her body and mind, and how humor is a salve.
Writer, editor and athleisure lover Elizabeth Wallace is in the MILK studio with Mallory. Liz is the co-author of the forthcoming book The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Family, and the Path to Building a Life (Viking, 2018). Wallace worked for over a decade as an editor at fashion magazines including Vogue, Lucky, Nylon, InStyle, Seventeen, and Us Weekly. She is now a freelance writer who contributes regularly to Architectural Digest and Domino, and has been published in The Atlantic, Lenny, Refinery29, Travel + Leisure, Departures, and Redbook. In addition to her work in editorial content, Wallace collaborates on advertising campaigns and branded content for fashion, automotive, healthcare, food/spirits, and financial clients. Find her @lizardwallace on Twitter and Instagram.
Author/teacher/mother Amy Shearn in the house with Mallory. She multitasks like a mofo with heart, mind, and fantastic sense of humor. Her past novels include "The Mermaid of Brooklyn" and "How Far is the Ocean From Here." She is really fun to follow on social media but somehow gets A LOT done in a day.
Prema Yoga's Amanda Harding is in the studio with Mallory. They talk glitter jars, meditation, anxiety, and moving towards action. Amanda elegantly handles motherhood, her business, and creating a community within a community with grace and beauty, and Mallory loves getting to interview her yoga teacher.
Mallory sits down with chanteuse Jamie Leonhart, the inaugural MILK Podcast guest, to talk about her recent one-women show, Estuary, which inspired Mallory to start MILK. Jamie talks working out her stuff on stage with her husband/musical director, how she balances her love of music with the love of her son, and how train rides along the river are perfect spots for meditating.