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Paradoxia: the podcast

Paradoxia: the podcast

By Rachel Vinciguerra
This podcast is about the paradoxes we hold as people—the gray areas, the cognitive dissonance. What does it mean to be a feminist and watch The Bachelor? To be politically-engaged and take time away from the news? Each episode I interview someone about the paradoxes they hold and how they reconcile. ‘Cause “we contain multitudes,” right?
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S2. E3. Reframe History: African American Art, Stories & History with Shelli Reeves

Paradoxia: the podcast

S2. E3. Reframe History: African American Art, Stories & History with Shelli Reeves

Paradoxia: the podcast

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S2. E7. Alternative Therapy, Internal Family Systems & Accepting All the Pieces with Emma Donovan
In this episode, Rachel talks with Emma Donovan, alternative therapist and inner work educator. Emma shares about her journey and the framework of internal family systems for integrating the parts of ourselves. They discuss Emma’s experience with yoga, therapy, coaching and working with clients and with herself to lead a life that feels whole.  Host: Rachel Vinciguerra Guest: Emma Donovan Show Notes Emma's Websites: www.alternativetherapystl.com and www.theinnerworkhub.com Emma's Instagram: @innerworkgirl Greta Thunberg Article: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/02/greta-thunberg-responds-to-aspergers-critics-its-a-superpower Vinyasa Yoga School: https://vinyasayogatraining.com New Life Foundation: https://www.newlifefoundation.com/th/ Liz Gilbert on Super Soul Sunday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqTZVc3yYxU Sukha and Sthira: https://charleyoga.com.au/sukha-sthira-yoga/ Get Connected: Email me, Rachel, with thoughts and ideas for future episodes: paradoxiathepodcast@gmail.com and follow @paradoxiapodcast and @rachelvinciguerra on Instagram. You can also visit my website at rachelvinciguerra.com for more information. 
50:30
March 23, 2021
S2. E6. T.rexcellent: Dinosaurs, Theater, and Interpretation with Andrew Rossi
In this episode, Rachel talks with Andrew Rossi, News Director at the Bighorn Radio Network in Cody, WY, and formerly lead interpreter at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center. Andrew shares about how he has brought together his interest in dinosaurs and science and his passion for theater and performance. They discuss Andrew's philosophy around education and museums and his latest project. Host: Rachel Vinciguerra Guest: Andrew Rossi *Marked explicit for a couple minor curse words.*  Show Notes Wyoming Dinosaur Center: https://wyomingdinosaurcenter.org Bighorn Radio Network: https://mybighornbasin.com T.rexcellent YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCECnl9xQDftBF040Jm-l11Q T.rexcellent Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/trexcellent65  Disney Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, https://movies.disney.com/the-good-dinosaur Hello Neighbor Network: neighbornetwork.io Get Connected: Email me, Rachel, with thoughts and ideas for future episodes: paradoxiathepodcast@gmail.com and follow @paradoxiapodcast and @rachelvinciguerra on Instagram. Find additional information on my website: rachelvinciguerra.com
59:42
March 16, 2021
S2. E5. Medical Design & Illustration: Art, Science & Women's Health with Haley Fig Barber
In this episode, Rachel talks with Haley Fig Barber, a medical illustrator and designer from Ohio. Haley shares about how her interests in art and science led her to this unique career path. They discuss Haley's work to bring more accuracy, diversity, and equity to medical design with a focus on women's health and a new children's book project that Haley and Rachel collaborated on. Host: Rachel Vinciguerra Guest: Haley Fig Barber Show Notes Haley’s website: Haleyfigbarber.squarespace.com Instagram: @a.little.fig Ohio Wesleyan University: owu.edu Mary Canary & the Worried Felling: Rachel.vinciguerra/author Get Connected: Email me, Rachel, with thoughts and ideas for future episodes: paradoxiathepodcast@gmail.com and follow @paradoxiapodcast and @rachelvinciguerra on Instagram or visit my website rachelvinciguerra.com
43:52
March 09, 2021
S2 E4. Blanket and Board: Food, Friendship, Connection with Tierra Thorne and Colleen Peddycord
In this episode, Rachel talks with Tierra Thorne and Colleen Peddycord, two social workers who started a luxury picnic business. They share about how the organization got started and their commitment to equity and being a values-driven organization in everything they do. They discuss their friendship and being one of a small group of minority-owned businesses making a difference in Pittsburgh. Host: Rachel Vinciguerra Guest: Tierra Thorne and Colleen Peddycord Show Notes Blanket and Board, https://www.blanketandboard.com (social media: @blanketandboard) University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work, https://www.socialwork.pitt.edu Get Connected: Email me, Rachel, with thoughts and ideas for future episodes: paradoxiathepodcast@gmail.com and follow @paradoxiapodcast and @rachelvinciguerra on Instagram
45:27
March 01, 2021
S2. E3. Reframe History: African American Art, Stories & History with Shelli Reeves
In this episode, Rachel talks with Shelli Reeves about her work with Reframe History. Shelli shares about her path and mission to create space and platforms for African American stories that are often distorted by our society. They discuss Shelli's recent exhibit, The Rise of Black Glenville, and the value of democratizing history so it's accessible to everyone and each person can see their story represented. Host: Rachel Vinciguerra Guest: Shelli Reeves Show Notes Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51152447-caste Third Space Action Lab, https://3rdspaceactionlab.co Start with Why by Simon Sinek, https://simonsinek.com/product/start-with-why/ Ohio Wesleyan University, https://www.owu.edu Twitter and Instagram: @shelli_reeves Email: shelli.reeves@reframehistory.org Sign up for Shelli’s email list: reframehistory.org Get Connected: Email me, Rachel, with thoughts and ideas for future episodes: paradoxiathepodcast@gmail.com and follow @paradoxiapodcast and @rachelvinciguerra on Instagram. Find my website at: rachelvinciguerra.com
01:07:09
February 23, 2021
S2 E2. Italian Dance: History, Creativity and Community with Anna Harsh
In this episode, Rachel talks with Anna Harsh, Director of Allegro Dance Company, choreographer, and podcaster. Her touring dance company performs authentic Italian traditional dances and has toured the USA and Italy. Anna shares about facilitating creation, community, and history through her journey creating an Italian dance company. They discuss the many hats that Anna wears as Director and how her passions have led her to new connections and communities.  Host: Rachel Vinciguerra Guest: Anna Harsh Show Notes Allegro Website: https://allegrodancecompany.net Anna's Podcast "The Dance Floor": https://anchor.fm/anna-harsh Get Connected: Email me, Rachel, with thoughts and ideas for future episodes: paradoxiathepodcast@gmail.com and follow @paradoxiapodcast and @rachelvinciguerra on Instagram
41:13
February 16, 2021
S2 E1. YOGAMOTIF: Art, Yoga, & Healing with Alecia Dawn Young
In this episode, Rachel talks with Alecia Dawn Young. Art, social justice, reproductive justice, serving black women, and wellness have been through lines in her work for Alecia's entire life. In 2018 she combined these threads when she created YOGAMOTIF – exploring creativity as a wellness practice through #yogapaintparty workshops and, now, prenatal yoga. Alecia shares about her work supporting healing and creation through yoga, art, and prenatal yoga centering Black women. They discuss Alecia’s work, lessons learned, and the paradoxes we face in U.S. society celebrating our bodies and listening to their innate wisdom.  Host: Rachel Vinciguerra Guest: Alecia Dawn Young Show Notes YOGAMOTIF (https://yogamotif.com and https://www.instagram.com/yogamotif/) Yoga Roots on Location (https://www.yogarootsonlocation.com) Get Connected: Email me, Rachel, with thoughts and ideas for future episodes: paradoxiathepodcast@gmail.com and follow @paradoxiapodcast on Instagram. Find more on my website: rachelvinciguerra.com
01:05:14
February 09, 2021
Season 2 Trailer: Integrating a Whole
Each episode for season two, Rachel talks to multi-passionate people who have brought together aspects of themselves or their passions in life that might be unexpected. In this trailer, she shares the inspiration for Season 2 and some words of advice from the first three episodes.  Get Connected: Email me, Rachel, with thoughts and ideas for future episodes: paradoxiathepodcast@gmail.com and follow @paradoxiapodcast on Instagram rachelvinciguerra.com
10:53
February 04, 2021
S1 E10. Political Action & Personal Rest: Holding Paradoxes this Political Season with Morgan Overton
In this episode, Rachel talks with Morgan Overton, a Pittsburgh-native, artist, organizer, and Policy Associate for the Women's Health Activist Movement Global. Morgan shares about her work in politics and community organizing. They discuss the upcoming presidential election and how we can both support politicians with policy ideas we believe in and hold them accountable. Morgan reflects on how her artwork has been at the intersection of political engagement and her own wellbeing particularly in her portrait of Antwon Rose II. Morgan shares her advice for using your talents to advance change while also taking the time you need to care for yourself. Host: Rachel Vinciguerra Guest: Morgan Overton Show Notes Mo in the Studio (Etsy): https://www.etsy.com/shop/MoInTheStudio @mointhestudio (Instagram) Antwon Rose II Portrait by Morgan: https://www.instagram.com/p/BvcST_HgVj8/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Young Democrats of Allegheny County: https://m.facebook.com/YDofAlleghenyCo/ Pittsburgh's Gender Equity Commission: https://pittsburghpa.gov/gec/ 1Hood Media: https://www.1hood.org Get Connected Email me, Rachel, with thoughts and ideas for future episodes: paradoxiathepodcast@gmail.com and follow @paradoxiapodcast and @rachelvinciguerra on Instagram
50:27
September 22, 2020
S1 E9. Avoiding the Single Perspective: Openness to Nuance While Abroad with Kelsey Ullom
In this episode, Rachel talks with long-time friend Kelsey Ullom about the intricacies of perception, learning, and service while abroad. Kelsey shares some frameworks for how universities, students, and lifelong learners can think about their travel that allows for more complex thinking and the importance of sharing a honest view of a place that doesn't draw on stereotypes when you return. Rachel and Kelsey talk about some examples of single-minded and open-minded thinking from their time in Haiti.  Show Notes Nadinne Cruz and Community-Based Learning, https://ccel.umn.edu/nadinne-cruz The Dali Lama and Emotional Disarmament, https://www.dalailama.com/news/2020/prayer-is-not-enough-the-dalai-lama-on-why-we-need-to-fight-coronavirus-with-compassion White Fragility, Dr. Robin DiAngelo, https://www.robindiangelo.com/publications/ Write to Be https://writetobe.org No White Saviors Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/nowhitesaviors/ Campus Compact Fair Trade Learning, https://compact.org/global-sl/ftl/ Get Connected Email me, Rachel, with thoughts and ideas for future episodes: paradoxiathepodcast@gmail.com and follow @paradoxiapodcast and @rachelvinciguerra on Instagram
51:17
September 15, 2020
S1 E8. Homophobia & Racism: Intersectional Experiences of Gay Male Sexual Assault Survivors of Color with Dr. Daniel Jacobson López
Rachel talks with Dr. Daniel Jacobson López, a Postdoc at the University of Pittsburgh who's work is centered on enhancing and developing trauma-informed, culturally-relevant and evidenced-based health care services for gay male sexual assault survivors of color. Dr. Jacobson López is also the first Latino PhD graduate from Pitt's School of Social Work and the first Chair of Diversity and Inclusion for Pitt's Postdoc Association. They discuss Danny’s experience being a part of a Zoom call with Latinx scholars that was "zoombombed" by a white supremacist. Danny shares about his research around the experiences of gay male sexual assault survivors of color and how racism and homophobia intersect in the ways these folks do or don't receive care and support in healthcare settings. *This episode is marked explicit for discussion of sexual assault.* Host: Rachel Vinciguerra Guest: Dr. Daniel Jacobson López Show Notes Danny's Bio: https://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/daniel-jacobson Pittsburgh Action Against Rape: https://paar.net/ RAINN: https://www.rainn.org/ Anti-Defamation League: https://www.adl.org/ To report a zoom bombing incident or hate crime: ic3.gov Get Connected Danny's Email: daj57@pitt.edu Danny's Twitter: @danjlopez8 Email Rachel, with thoughts and ideas for future episodes: paradoxiathepodcast@gmail.com Follow @paradoxiapodcast and @rachelvinciguerra on Instagram Website: rachelvinciguerra.com
54:25
August 11, 2020
S1 E7. Representation & Pushback: Trans Representation and the film "Disclosure" with Jam Hammond
Rachel talks with Jam Hammond, a social justice advocate living in Pittsburgh working with the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations and Sisters PGH and a transman. They discuss the new Netflix documentary Disclosure which is the first documentary film of its kind to document trans representation in film and television from the perspective of transpeople. Jam shares his own experiences watching film and television covered in the documentary and the paradox of increased representation and increased violence that the documentary explores as well as some of the challenging intersections feminism has had in media with trans inclusion.  *This episode is marked explicit for some discussion of sexual intercourse in the films and television shows presented in Disclosure.* Host: Rachel Vinciguerra Guest: Jam Hammond Show Notes Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations: https://pittsburghpa.gov/chr/ Disclosure Film: http://www.disclosurethemovie.com/about Sisters PGH: https://www.sisterspgh.org/ Gender Awareness in Pittsburgh Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVS43UjYH_M Get Connected: Email Rachel, with thoughts and ideas for future episodes: paradoxiathepodcast@gmail.com Follow @paradoxiapodcast and @rachelvinciguerra on Instagram Website: rachelvinciguerra.com
01:01:58
July 22, 2020
S1 E6. Hope & Truth: Emergency Medical Care During COVID-19 with Megan Cook
Rachel talks with Megan Cook, an emergency medicine resident at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Megan shares about her work as a doctor during COVID-19 and the tension between truth and hope that all doctors manage. They discuss Megan’s experiences in the emergency room with COVID patients and how she personally manages the complexity of this time both as a resident and in her personal life. Host: Rachel Vinciguerra Guest: Megan Cook Show Notes TIMES “TV Doctors’ Confusing Rule in the Coronavirus Pandemic” https://time.com/5828108/tv-doctors-coronavirus/ NYT “Black Coronavirus Patients End Up in Hospitals More Often, Study Finds” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/23/health/coronavirus-black-patients.html UN Women. “COVID-19: Emerging Gender Data and Why It Matters.” https://data.unwomen.org/resources/covid-19-emerging-gender-data-and-why-it-matters Unlocking Us. "Brene Brown on Comparative Suffering"  In Shock by Rana Awdish This American Life. "The Reprieve." Get Connected: Contact Megan with questions: cook.megan.r@gmail.com Email Rachel, with thoughts and ideas for future episodes: paradoxiathepodcast@gmail.com Follow @paradoxiapodcast and @rachelvinciguerra on Instagram Website: rachelvinciguerra.com
45:46
July 07, 2020
S1 E5. "Holding Opposites" with Creativity during COVID-19 with Rukmini Poddar
Rachel talks with Rukmini Poddar, a NYC-based artist, designer, and illustrator, about her watercolor artwork illustrating emotions. Rukmini talks about her work at the intersection of emotional wellness and creative storytelling. They discuss Rukmini’s recent piece on paradoxes called “Holding Opposites” during COVID-19 that has reached tens of thousands in the last couple of weeks and how creativity can be healing and connecting when we are dealing with emotional tension and duality. Host: Rachel Vinciguerra Guest: Rukmini Poddar Show Notes Rukmini's Website: https://dearruksi.com/ Rukmini's Instagram Pages: @rockinruksi @dearruksi Richard Rohr's Falling Upward: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9963483-falling-upward Get Connected: Email Rachel, with thoughts and ideas for future episodes: paradoxiathepodcast@gmail.com Follow @paradoxiapodcast and @rachelvinciguerra on Instagram Website: rachelvinciguerra.com
43:02
April 21, 2020
S1 E4. Yoga During COVID-19: Anxiety Overwhelm & Finding Center
Rachel talks with Laurel Chiapetta about how COVID-19 has had the effect of both inducing very real anxiety and turmoil for many, while simultaneously slowing us down and quieting the noise. Laurel shares about the difficult decision to close her physical yoga studio space and they discuss their experiences of both and how they have connected in new ways to their yoga practices during the requirement to stay at home during this pandemic and the impact that this situation has had on yoga studios, instructors, and in-home practices. Host: Rachel Vinciguerra Guest: Laurel Chiapetta Show Notes Get Connected with Laurel at Yoga U PGH: https://www.yogaupgh.com/ and Pittsburgh Yoga Council  Email Rachel, with thoughts and ideas for future episodes: paradoxiathepodcast@gmail.com Follow @paradoxiapodcast and @rachelvinciguerra on Instagram Website: rachelvinciguerra.com
45:40
April 07, 2020
S1 E3. Social Media: Connective & Isolating with Priyanka Srinivasa
Rachel talks with Priyanka Srinivasa about social media and how it can be both connective and isolating especially during the time of COVID-19. They discuss examples of both isolation and connection and how they navigate this dichotomy. They discuss authenticity on social media, selfies, and how they promote their own healthy use of social media platforms. Host: Rachel Vinciguerra Guest: Priyanka Srinivasa Show Notes Social Network Sites and Well-Being (2019) https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0963721417730833 The FOMO is Real: How Social Media Increases Depression and Loneliness (2018) https://www.healthline.com/health-news/social-media-use-increases-depression-and-loneliness Facebook's Red Notifications: Obsessive, Addictive Tiny Red Dots: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/rewired-the-psychology-technology/201803/obsessiveaddictive-tiny-red-dots Facebook Beta-Tests Controls that Turn off Those Angry Red Dots https://www.engadget.com/2019-06-25-facebook-red-notification-badges-toggle-menu.html Gen Z and Feminism: How Social Media Has Reshaped Feminism (2018) https://www.cfr.org/blog/how-social-media-has-reshaped-feminism (Pri's reference to a Plan International study was from an InterAction conference in 2019) Social Media Use and Depression and Anxiety Symptoms (2019): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5904786/ Teens and Their Experiences on Social Media (2018): https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2018/11/28/teens-and-their-experiences-on-social-media/ Get Connected Pri’s Instagram: @world.before.her, #IWillGoOut https://www.facebook.com/iwillgoout/ Email Rachel, with thoughts and ideas for future episodes: paradoxiathepodcast@gmail.com Follow @paradoxiapodcast and @rachelvinciguerra on Instagram Website: rachelvinciguerra.com
49:37
April 07, 2020
S1 E2. The Bible: Specific & Universal, Inclusive & Exclusive with Carrie Thompson
Rachel talks with Carrie Thompson about the Bible and its paradoxes through the words of Rachel Held Evans in her final book “Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again.” They discuss how the Bible can be specific and universal, how it has been used for exclusion and inclusion, and the ways it exists and has been read as both feminist and non-feminist. Host: Rachel Vinciguerra  Guest: Carrie Thompson Show Notes "Inspired" by Rachel Held Evans: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36576151-inspired Rachel Held Evans Obituary in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/04/us/rachel-held-evans.html Get Connected Carrie's Pitt Law: Pittsburgh Legal Income Sharing Fund (PLISF) plisf.org  Email Rachel, with thoughts and ideas for future episodes: paradoxiathepodcast@gmail.com Follow @paradoxiapodcast and @rachelvinciguerra on Instagram Website: rachelvinciguerra.com
45:11
March 24, 2020
Season 1 Intro: Why Paradoxia?
Host: Rachel Vinciguerra In this brief intro, Rachel explains what prompted the idea for this podcast from both personal experience and noticing what has been happening in our communities, our society, and the media around cancel culture and how we negotiate learning about sexual assault allegations for societal figures. Show Notes/Links Michael Jackson's life showed us the journey from abused to abuser How to Discuss Kobe Bryant's Rape Case After Tragic Death Babe.net's Aziz Ansari Story and the controversy around it explained Myth's Obscure Voodoo, Source of Comfort in Haiti Email me, Rachel, with thoughts and ideas for future episodes: paradoxiathepodcast@gmail.com and follow @paradoxiapodcast on Instagram
13:12
March 04, 2020
S1 E1. Place Identity: East & West Coast with Juliet Montrone
Rachel talks with her childhood friend Juliet about what it has meant to her to be attached to two places: Massachusetts, where she was born, and California, where she has lived for the past eight years. They discuss place identity and the different ways our relationships, rituals, and connections to those places shape who we are and how we understand ourselves and the world.  Host: Rachel Vinciguerra Guest: Juliet Montrone Show Notes  People, Place, Space (digital resource/book) There, There by Tommy Orange (novel) Home by Warsan Shire (poem) Hello Neighbor (Pittsburgh nonprofit) Get Connected Juliet’s Twitter: @jmontrone  Email Rachel, with thoughts and ideas for future episodes: paradoxiathepodcast@gmail.com  Follow @paradoxiapodcast and @rachelvinciguerra on Instagram Website: rachelvinciguerra.com
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February 19, 2020
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