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We Gotta Talk

By Sonni Abatta

An issues-based, deep dive news and culture podcast where the motto is Real Talk, Big Topics.

Hosted by Emmy-nominated and AP News Award-winning journalist and television host Sonni Abatta, We Gotta Talk features guests on a variety of topics in the news, pop culture, wellness and spiritual space who will inform, entertain and inspire.

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222: Breaking Down Spare: A Therapist Weighs in on the Themes of Prince Harry's Memoir, from the Impact of Childhood Trauma to H & M's Strengths as a Couple
222: Breaking Down Spare: A Therapist Weighs in on the Themes of Prince Harry's Memoir, from the Impact of Childhood Trauma to H & M's Strengths as a Couple
Talk about a juicy deep dive! Psychotherapist, TODAY Show contributor and author of the book "This Book Won't Make You Happy: Eight Keys to Finding True Contentment" Niro Feliciano is here to dive into all the themes from Prince Harry's new memoir, Spare, and there is LOTS to cover: We talk: + Sibling rivalry from childhood through adulthood, and why William and Harry may have a complicated relationship + How a lack of emotion in parental relationships impacts us through adulthood + A woman "taking a man away" from his family, and why women often face this criticism + The impact of Harry's multiple childhood traumas, and how trauma can generally shape children + Harry and Meghan's strengths as a couple Follow Niro on Instagram here, and me on Instagram here. Check out the WGT blog for more posts on interesting topics.
51:29
January 31, 2023
221: Spare-y, Part 3
221: Spare-y, Part 3
It's the final episode of our royal-reading (listening) extravaganza! Join me on a deep dive and dig into the juicy bits of the final part of Prince Harry's memoir, Spare. In this episode we get to all the headlines surrounding "H & M"'s relationship. Among the topics covered: + The "flower girls' dress fight" + Harry needing to ask permission to have a beard + The infamous "frostbitten todger" + What the Queen said when Harry asked permission to propose to Kate + Meg's bad joke + The breakup between H&M and Will & Kate's households ...and more! Send me a message on IG and let me know what you think if you've read or listened to the book!
01:03:39
January 27, 2023
220: This is the Year to Finally Get Your Hormones Balanced, with Founder of Functional Fueling, Lauren Papanos
220: This is the Year to Finally Get Your Hormones Balanced, with Founder of Functional Fueling, Lauren Papanos
It's here! Our yearly episode dedicated to all things hormone health features integrative registered dietician and founder of Functional Fueling, Lauren Papanos. In this episode we talk about why hormones rule everything in our bodies--from our brains to our waistlines--and how to finally get balanced to live your best life. We cover: + How hormones affect your metabolism + Why you SHOULDN'T be intermittent fasting if you're a menstruating woman + Why "hormone balancing foods" alone aren't enough + The importance of strength training for full-body health + What perimenopausal women need to know + Why Lauren doesn't recommend probiotics + What really kicks off hormonal imbalance ...and more! Find out how to work with Lauren here, and follow her on Instagram here. Follow me for more tips and clips here.
45:58
January 19, 2023
219: Spare-y, Part Two
219: Spare-y, Part Two
It's time to dissect another chunk of Prince Harry's new memoir, Spare. From his first girlfriend to his military career to his continued raging hatred of the press, it's a ride! Join me as we totally amateurly psychologically analyze the dear Prince and his closest circle of royal (and non-royal) ne'er do wells. Article mentioned by Emily Giffin can be found here.
45:51
January 18, 2023
218: Spare-y, Part One
218: Spare-y, Part One
A solo deep dive of the first 30 chapters of Prince Harry’s new memoir, Spare. Grab your notepads and lie down on an old dingy couch—we’re playing armchair psychologists today!
35:55
January 13, 2023
217: Using Quantum Physics to Unlock Your Potential, and What is a Soul Blueprint, with Suzanne Adams
217: Using Quantum Physics to Unlock Your Potential, and What is a Soul Blueprint, with Suzanne Adams
Did you know your body emits different energies depending on the mood you're in?  In this episode I'm sitting down with bestselling author and TED Talk speaker, Suzanne Adams, about "high vibe" living and why--even though we're not meant to always be up and happy--everyone is capable of tapping into heightened success and happiness by harnessing it. In this episode we talk: + What is your soul blueprint, and why does it matter? + How do you even figure out what you want? + Praying vs. manifesting + Are we ready for collective awakening? + "Keep your reality away from my fantasy" Click HERE for a free gift when you buy Suzanne's new book, Quantum Vibes, and follow her on Instagram here. Follow me on IG here.
39:06
January 12, 2023
216: More of a Meghan
216: More of a Meghan
In this quick but deep-dive solo episode, we talk about the outrageous allegations Prince Harry is making in his almost-released memoir Spare, and why--if we're being honest--I might be more of a Meghan than a Kate after all. (Just being flip! Duh, I know we can like and respect both of them and don't have to pick sides.) Hop in on the conversation on Instagram.
27:57
January 05, 2023
215: The Year in Wrap! The Best Lessons and Conversations from This Year's WGT Guests
215: The Year in Wrap! The Best Lessons and Conversations from This Year's WGT Guests
Let's wrap 2022! We had an amazing year on WGT with guests that shared some incredible advice and perspective, and today we've bundled it all up for you in one fancy episode. I couldn't include clips from every show, but we covered a range of topics here from superficial to serious, and I promise you'll get some good stuff out of this. Episodes mentioned linked in full below: 199: Fast Fashion is Killing our Planet; Here's How We Can Help 188: How Did Roe Get Overturned? 183: The Conversation about School Shootings I Wish We Didn't Have to Have 191: Good, Glowing Skin Starts in Your Gut, with Dr. Whitney Bowe 197: Don't Run from the Sun! How Sunlight Can Help You Feel Better in Every Way, with Ra Optics Founder, Matt Maruca 200: Sh**-Talking Moms, Divorce and Second Chances, and the Power and Pain of Social Media with Rachel Sobel, of Whine and Cheezits 208: Delay the Smartphone! Half the Story's Larissa May on How to Set Digital Boundaries for Kids and Ourselves 177: 40 and a Facelift: The Plastic Surgery Trends Dr. Lara Devgan is Seeing the Most
54:50
December 28, 2022
214: The Top 15 Most-Used Beauty Products of 2022
214: The Top 15 Most-Used Beauty Products of 2022
It's the end of 2022, and here are the beauty products I reached for the most all year. From skincare to makeup and body care, a list of tried and tested favorites. All linked below! Jordan Samuel Hydrate Facial Serum Dr. Lara Devgan SPF 44 BB Cream Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream Versed Firm Ground Retinol Body Lotion Tatcha The Essence Josh Rosebrook Daily Acid Toner Dime Beauty Eyelash Boost Serum Article about orbital eye area fat loss from using prostaglandin analog-containing lash serums can be found HERE. MERIT Beauty The Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Foundation NARS Afterglow Cheek palette Necessaire The Deodorant Gel Beautycounter The Clean Deo Saie Beauty Airset Loose Setting Powder iS Clinical Cleansing Complex Indie Lee Retinol Alternative Cream Victoria Beckham Beauty Satin Kajal Liner in Cocoa
40:24
December 22, 2022
213: Embrace that JOMO! Bestselling Author Tanya Dalton Helps Us Figure Out What's Worth Your Energy, and What's Not
213: Embrace that JOMO! Bestselling Author Tanya Dalton Helps Us Figure Out What's Worth Your Energy, and What's Not
Be honest: Do you really want to go to that tenth holiday party this season?? Sometimes the joy of missing out--JOMO--overrides the fear of missing out, or FOMO. This week bestselling author and keynote speaker Tanya Dalton is here to tell us why we should embrace that feeling, and runs us through the list of questions to ask ourselves before committing to one more event. We also talk practical ways to make kids more responsible for their own lives, from schoolwork to activities. And yes, you can start with them even before they know how to read! Check out Tanya's bestselling book, The Joy of Missing Out, HERE. Take Tanya's 5-minute productivity challenge HERE--5 minutes to double your productivity, for free! In this episode we talk: + Finding the Future version of you and how to build the bridge from the Current you + Why it’s not about how much you do, but how you do it + The Wayfinding process + Productivity for kids: How to set them up for success with routines and learning + How to handle unexpected changes in your day and routine + Why you should change your To-Do list to a Priority List + The “Purge; Process; Prioritize; Protect; and Propel” Practice Follow Tanya on Instagram. Follow me and the WGT show on Instagram.
40:44
December 15, 2022
212: Justice for Jennifer!! White Lotus and Harry & Meghan Recap
212: Justice for Jennifer!! White Lotus and Harry & Meghan Recap
Join me on a deep dive on two recent TV faves—White Lotus and Harry & Megan—and figuring out why the hell we had to sacrifice Jennifer Coolidge.
40:04
December 14, 2022
211: Working Through Drama and Trauma During the Holidays: Advice from Licensed Mental Health Counselor Justine Carino, Host of Thoughts from the Couch
211: Working Through Drama and Trauma During the Holidays: Advice from Licensed Mental Health Counselor Justine Carino, Host of Thoughts from the Couch
Sure, the holidays are great, but you know what they also are? Super stressful. Family drama and other issues can feel bigger and harder during the holiday season when everyone is forced to be in one space, and that can take the joy out of celebrating. This week I'm hosting a deep dive with licensed mental health counselor and host of the Thoughts from the Couch Podcast, Justine Carino. She's walking us through how to handle all the drama of the holiday season, no matter where it's coming from. In this episode we talk: + How to evolve past the "roles" we tend to play in our family + What to do when you've evolved or changed, but people in your life haven't + When to cut people out of your life + Justine's advice on parent/child difficulty and how to tell if the relationship is worth saving + What is radical acceptance? + Why your relationship with your parents defines your life + How to handle relatives asking personal questions like about future family planning – 25:00 + Dealing with overwhelm and exhaustion during the holidays – 26:30 + Dealing with a negative in-laws experience – 28:00 + Getting more help from your partner – 29:20 + Missing a loved one – 30:25 + Trying not to overeat – 31:45 For more on Justine, click here, and to check out the Thoughts from the Couch podcast, click here.
40:11
December 07, 2022
210: What the Stars Say About YOU in 2023. Astrologer Lumi Pelinku Breaks Down What the Astrological Themes for the New Year for Us, and America
210: What the Stars Say About YOU in 2023. Astrologer Lumi Pelinku Breaks Down What the Astrological Themes for the New Year for Us, and America
Lumi Pelinku is an astrologer, energy healer and transformation. She’s been working in the field over the past 10 years and has partnered with brands such as Well + Good, Brides, Cosmopolitan, Chloe, Shape Magazine, The Observer, Nylon and more. Every year we bring on Lumi to help us make sense of the past year, and look ahead to what to expect in the new year. We talk: + Big themes to expect in the new year for our country + How she predicted a change in women’s rights and issues this past year + Eclipses and what impact they have + The Pluto return for the US and what it means + How astrology works to give us insight into the world and ourselves We also break down, sign by sign, what you can expect in 2023. Here are the time codes to hop to, by sign: Aries – 19:44 Taurus – 21:00 Gemini – 22:10 Cancer – 23:30 Leo – 25:00 Virgo – 26:40 Libra – 27:45 Scorpio – 29:35 Sagittarius – 33:00 Capricorn – 35:31 Aquarius – 36:30 Pisces – 37:49 Follow Lumi on Instagram here, and check out how to work with her here. Follow me on Instagram here.
52:42
December 01, 2022
209: Late in Life Lesbians with Taylor Strecker
209: Late in Life Lesbians with Taylor Strecker
HEY GIRL HEY!!! Chances are you have heard the voice on today's podcast before. Taylor Strecker, host of the Taste of Taylor podcast and the founder and host on the Taylor Strecker Show, is here today on the show after I basically stalked her on a plane from New York to Rome, and boy oh boy am I geeked. Formerly of Sirius' Cosmo Radio and Wake Up! with Taylor, she has become known for her open, bubbly, and simultaneously deeply vulnerable personality, and she has the legions of fans to prove it. In this episode, we talk about how she got her job literally by talking in a bar (!!!), her crazy journey from marriage to divorce to remarrying a woman, and what she's learned since launching her own radio show and leaving traditional media. It's a real and honest conversation, and I'm so honored to host her on the podcast. Follow Taylor on Instagram, check out the Taylor Strecker Show, or listen free to Taste of Taylor.
52:26
November 23, 2022
208: Delay the Smartphone! Half the Story's Larissa May on the How to Set Digital Boundaries for Kids and Ourselves
208: Delay the Smartphone! Half the Story's Larissa May on the How to Set Digital Boundaries for Kids and Ourselves
This week I'm sitting down with the founder of Half the Story, Larissa May, and talking all about our twisted relationship with technology. Sure, it's great to connect with people from all over the world, but when does social media stop being fun and start being damaging? In this episode we talk: + How social media sent Larz spiraling, and the damaging impact it can have on mental health + The best age to get kids a cell phone + How to set proper digital boundaries for kids + How social media messes with our idea of aging + Should we be sharing our kids on social media? + The upside to tech Follow Larissa on Instagram here, and Half the Story here. Another great resource for kids and cell phones is here.
40:40
November 17, 2022
207: Prevent Cancer and Detect It Early, and Why This Doctor Believes in Life After Death, with Oncologist Dr. Laura Vater
207: Prevent Cancer and Detect It Early, and Why This Doctor Believes in Life After Death, with Oncologist Dr. Laura Vater
Did you ever wonder, how can I live longer? What habits should I change to increase my longevity? How do you spot the signs of cancer? This is the episode for you! Gastrointestinal oncologist and author Dr. Laura Vater is here to talk all about preventing disease and caring for yourself. She also dives into her advocacy for fighting for better quality of life for doctors, nurses and medical professionals. In this episode we talk: + What's wrong--and right--about the American medical system + The importance of preventive medicine + The things her longest-living and healthiest patients do + The vitamins you must have in your routine for optimal health + What tests to ask your doctor for + The first signs of pancreatic cancer + The specific cancers that you can detect early + The impact working with some of her dying patients has had on her spirituality + Why sleep deprivation is so bad for doctors and their patients About the Guest: Dr. Laura Vater is a gastrointestinal oncologist, writer, and speaker and the founder of the SMILE Scale™, which is a trademarked tool being used in the US and UK to help patients and clinicians simplify and prioritize health. Follow Dr. Vater on Instagram here, and follow me on IG here. ​
47:30
November 09, 2022
206: Getting Un-Stuck and Defeating Past Traumas to Rise to a Better You, with Cody Isabel
206: Getting Un-Stuck and Defeating Past Traumas to Rise to a Better You, with Cody Isabel
Ever feel like you just can't break your bad habits, or that anxiety rules your life? This episode is for you. Cody Isabel is a coach and co-founder and CEO of Rewrite and Rise, a program helping people to work through trauma and stress to show up as a healthy person. This week he's walking us through re-training our brain to serve us better. I'm talking eliminating anxiety, healing from traumas, and building a future where you feel healthy and successful. Rewrite and Rise uses neuroscience, AI & neuro-technology to objectively measure & improve mental & emotional wellbeing for people struggling with their mental health. In this episode we talk: + How anxiety happens + Re-training our brains for calm and health + How to break unhealthy patterns + The M.E.W.S. process to defeat anxiety on the spot + Why not all inflammation is bad + Identifying a narcissist + What is the Belief Wheel, and how can it help us stop negative thoughts? + Why the great spiritual awakening is just beginning Find Cody on Instagram here, and follow WGT here. The book Cody recommends, Healing Ourselves, can be found here.
48:58
November 03, 2022
205: A Visit with Dr. Lara Devgan: What I Did, What the Office is Like, and the Overall Experience
205: A Visit with Dr. Lara Devgan: What I Did, What the Office is Like, and the Overall Experience
I just visited renowned injector and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lara Devgan in New York City and am sharing all the details! In this special bonus episode, I talk what the process is like; how to book; what injectable procedures I did with her; what the office is like; how much to set aside to book the appointment; HA fillers vs. Sculptra, and more. Foundation brush discussed linked here. Dr. Devgan's BB Cream linked here. Follow Dr. Devgan on Instagram here. Follow me on Instagram here.
26:11
October 28, 2022
204: What's Wrong with "Woke," Anyway? The Conscious Lee is Back to Talk Wokeism, the Ye Controversy, and Moving Beyond the Racial Binary
204: What's Wrong with "Woke," Anyway? The Conscious Lee is Back to Talk Wokeism, the Ye Controversy, and Moving Beyond the Racial Binary
Social media phenom and WGT fave The Conscious Lee is back! As a second-time WGT guest we dive into the Ye anti-Semitism controversy; what wokeism is and why people have such a strong reaction to it; moving beyond the racial binary and more. About the guest: Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in African & African American Studies and a Master’s degree in Human Relations as well as a Master’s degree in Adult Higher Education. He also has Graduate Certificates in Women and Gendered Studies and Human Resource and Diversity Development from the University of Oklahoma. Check him out on Instagram here.
46:33
October 27, 2022
203: Favorites Roundup! What We're Watching, Wearing, Gossiping About and Loving, with Producer Rachel
203: Favorites Roundup! What We're Watching, Wearing, Gossiping About and Loving, with Producer Rachel
It's a FAVORITES ROUNDUP, baby! Producer Rachel and I are here with all of our recent favorites, including TV shows, podcasts, beauty products and fashion. All things mentioned are linked below! Podcasts: Girls Next Level The Argument: Is America Headed for Another Civil War? The Hidden Djinn Underwear: Best wireless/comfort bra: Natori Bliss Perfection Bralette Best thong: Skims Free-Cut Midwaist Thong Gap Body Cotton Bikini Underwear Best Wireless Bra for Daytime: Spanx Bra-llelujah Clothing: Agolde Parker Jean Shorts Levi's 501 Cutoff Jean Shorts Beauty Products: Dr. Lara Devgan BB Cream SPF 44 Beauty Pie Lip Liner and Lipstick Set in Nothing On (must sign in to see discounted price) Follow Rachel on IG here, and me here! Check out the WGT Blog here.
01:09:18
October 19, 2022
202: You Can and Should Ask for More: Why Making More Money, and Having More Abundance, all Starts with Your Energy, with Jocelyn Kelly Reid
202: You Can and Should Ask for More: Why Making More Money, and Having More Abundance, all Starts with Your Energy, with Jocelyn Kelly Reid
Ever feel like you are stuck on the hamster wheel? Lots of hustling, but not really getting anywhere? And moreover, not making the money you deserve to be making? This episode of WGT with manifestation expert, business coach and Blackrock alum Jocelyn Kelly Reid is for you! We cover: * Why money has energy * How to receptive power of feminine energy can welcome more abundance into your life * Ways to tap into your flow * Why you're not getting anywhere just working hard and pushing yourself * The steps to opening your energy field to more money and abundance Check out Jocelyn on IG here, and her website here. Follow me on IG here, and check out the WGT blog here!
47:57
October 13, 2022
201: Is “Dahmer” a Do or a Don’t? Plus Hurricane and Life Catch-up Solo Ep
201: Is “Dahmer” a Do or a Don’t? Plus Hurricane and Life Catch-up Solo Ep
Recapping our experience with Hurricane Ian and… we gotta talk about this Dahmer show. Is it a do or a don’t?? Plus some exciting upcoming WGT guests!
28:08
October 07, 2022
200: Sh**-Talking Moms, Divorce and Second Chances, and the Power and Pain of Social Media, with Rachel Sobel from Whine and Cheezits
200: Sh**-Talking Moms, Divorce and Second Chances, and the Power and Pain of Social Media, with Rachel Sobel from Whine and Cheezits
Welcome to Hurricane Alley! This week on WGT we're waiting out the storm with some great company. I'm welcoming Rachel Sobel from the popular account @whineandcheezits, where we break down all the beauty and pain that is being a woman and mom. From that time she heard another mom talking sh** about her right in front of her face... to the power of showing up vulnerably on social media... to how she got through her divorce and found love again, we are digging into it all. Find Rachel on Instagram here, and check out her podcast here. Follow me on IG here, and check out the WGT Blog here!
51:38
September 28, 2022
199: Fast Fashion is Killing Our Planet. Here's How to Slow the Impact, with Factory45 Founder Shannon Lohr
199: Fast Fashion is Killing Our Planet. Here's How to Slow the Impact, with Factory45 Founder Shannon Lohr
We all love a good deal, but at what cost... to our planet? Some estimates say 85% of all manufactured textiles--i.e. clothing--end up in landfills. Another study by the World Economic Forum says by 2050, there will be more plastics in the ocean than fish, including microfibers shed from manmade fabrics. Up to 20,000 liters of water can be used to make ONE shirt. This week, Shannon Lohr, founder of Factory 45, a company that helps launch sustainable fashion brands, is here to break down what the problem is, and how to buy toward a solution. We talk: + What does "sustainable" mean anyway? + Closed-loop clothing companies and how they help + Is clothing rental a more earth-friendly option? + The secrets to buying less but staying fashionable + Why greenwashing is a thing in fashion + The big big problem of big big clothing companies ...and more. Sustainable brands mentioned: Vetta Sotela Santos Swim Nisolo Cuyana Loti Check out Shannon and Factory 45 here, and follow her on IG here. Follow me on IG here, and check out the WGT Blog here.
38:34
September 23, 2022
198: Designed for Success: Revealing Your Inner Strengths for Work, Love and More with Human Design Coach and Expert, Emma Dunwoody
198: Designed for Success: Revealing Your Inner Strengths for Work, Love and More with Human Design Coach and Expert, Emma Dunwoody
Did you ever ask yourself, Why am I the way I am? What’s holding me back? What are my innate strengths? This week we're diving into the topic of Human design with human design coach and host of The Human Design Podcast, Emma Dunwoody.  She tells us how human design can help us tap into uour inner strengths for work, relationships and more. We’ll cover things like how to unlock inner wisdom, how to let go of old conditioning that’s holding you back, how to use your innate skills to succeed, and more. What human design type are you? What are your strengths? How to encourage each group--Manifestors; Generators; Manifesting Generators; Projectors and Reflectors. Check out Emma's amazing work here, and follow her on Instagram here!
59:17
September 15, 2022
197: Don't Run from the Sun: Ra Optics Founder Matt Maruca on the Health Benefits of Sunlight
197: Don't Run from the Sun: Ra Optics Founder Matt Maruca on the Health Benefits of Sunlight
DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this podcast episode is not intended to be medical advice. Contact your own medical professionals and doctors before making changes to your routine or practices. *** As the founder of eyewear company Ra Optics, Matt Maruca has spent years researching the impact of light on the body's (and mind's) overall health. Spurred on by his own health challenges including gut issues, headaches and allergies, Matt began to research various modalities to help him feel better. He ended up adding light therapy into a long list of holistic modalities and, finding success with it, now tells his story to help others. In this episode we talk about why he doesn't avoid the sun, and the benefits he's experienced from deliberate, measured sun exposure. We cover topics like: + Do we really need to stay out of the sun all the time? + What happens on a cellular level when our skin is exposed to sunlight + A simple "sun diet" that can boost your health + The benefits of exposure to natural light + Why wearing sunglasses can disrupt important cycles in your body Check out Ra Optics here, and follow Matt on Instagram here. Follow me on Instagram here, and check out the WGT Blog here. Books mentioned: Light and Health Embrace the Sun Sauna mentioned: Sauna Space (use code THELIGHTDIET)
01:02:36
September 09, 2022
196: You Can Find Me in Da Carline
196: You Can Find Me in Da Carline
In this solo ep, an honest chat about back-to-school stress; a look ahead at some amazing upcoming guests in WGT Season 3; why Leo can’t keep a girl a day past 25; mean girls at every stage of life; and a beauty product line I’m loving, two months after starting to use it.
30:08
September 01, 2022
195: Demystifying Dinner: Laney Schwartz of Life is But a Dish is Here to Save Us All with Easy, Everyday Recipes
195: Demystifying Dinner: Laney Schwartz of Life is But a Dish is Here to Save Us All with Easy, Everyday Recipes
***Scroll down for DISCOUNT CODE!*** How many times a week do you ask the question, "What should I make for dinner?" For anyone who wants to eat healthy AND keep it simple, Laney Schwartz is here to save us. Food blogger and founder of Life is But a Dish, Laney offers up some simple tips to get inspired to cook, why it DOESN'T have to be hard to make a nightly meal for the kids, and tells us the specific pantry and refrigerator staples we need to always have something on hand for a good, healthy dinner. Click HERE to get $100 off Laney's Cook with Confidence class using code SONNI. Follow Laney on IG here and check out Life is But a Dish. Follow me on IG here and check out the WGT Blog.
42:15
August 18, 2022
194: Life Lately and 5 Big Takeaways from Recent WGT Episodes
194: Life Lately and 5 Big Takeaways from Recent WGT Episodes
We’re back to school and so far only 2 breakdowns! A recap on the summer, core memories of time spent at the Jersey Shore, a look ahead to the new season of WGT and five perspective-changing takeaways from recent episodes.
34:33
August 12, 2022
193: Forget Perfect Timing and Embrace Divine Timing Instead, with Host of The Manifest Edit, Efia Sulter
193: Forget Perfect Timing and Embrace Divine Timing Instead, with Host of The Manifest Edit, Efia Sulter
Efia Sulter, host of The Manifest Edit Podcast, is a mindset and manifestation coach who breaks all the stereotypes when it comes to manifestation. Consider this an Intro to Manifesting for anyone who's been curious about it. We talk: + Why vision boards might not work for you + The craziest thing she’s manifested + Why you shouldn’t ask for “signs” about your relationship + What most people get wrong about manifestation + The one simple step to make manifesting feel more accessible + Accepting the power of the darker side of feminine energy + Why you don’t have to be “high-vibe” all the time when it comes to manifesting, and why ALL emotions are useful in the manifestation process Find Efia online and find out about working with her here, and on Instagram here. More tips, talk and chat on the WGT Blog here, and follow me on IG here!
45:29
August 09, 2022
192: When Life Throws You a Curveball, Wing Out that Eyeliner! Guide Beauty Founder Terri Bryant on a Parkinson's Diagnosis, the Meaning of Empowered Beauty and More
192: When Life Throws You a Curveball, Wing Out that Eyeliner! Guide Beauty Founder Terri Bryant on a Parkinson's Diagnosis, the Meaning of Empowered Beauty and More
This week it's all about empowered beauty. Terri Bryant is a celebrity makeup artist and beauty educator. As someone who's been in the industry for years, she knows the ins and outs of what it takes for someone to look and feel their best. After being diagnosed with Parkinson's, Terri wanted to create a way for everyone to feel empowered in their beauty, so she designed a set of tools and makeup for anyone who's ready to make feeling beautiful, a lot easier. Enter Guide Beauty. These ergonomic eyeshadow brushes and the soon-to-be-cult favorite eyeliner tool (that helps you get the EASIEST and most gorgeous winged eyeliner look) are reinventing what it takes to do your makeup, no matter your ability or experience. She's teamed up with actress Selma Blair to launch this line, and this week we discuss what happens when life throws you and your career a curveball; the meaning of empowered beauty; the future of Guide Beauty and more. Check out Guide Beauty's amazing line of products here. Any questions or feedback? DM me!
42:18
August 01, 2022
191: Good, Glowing Skin Starts in Your Gut, with Dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe
191: Good, Glowing Skin Starts in Your Gut, with Dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe
***Read on for details of a GIVEAWAY!*** Dr. Whitney Bowe is all over the place, talking about good skin. From her regular appearances on Good Morning America to her hundreds of thousands of followers across social media, she can always be counted on for good, solid advice on how to get amazing, glowing skin. I just got the chance to sit down and talk with Dr. Bowe about her revolutionary "3D" approach when it comes to skincare. Basically, the idea is, when you treat your body well from the inside out, your skin shows it. Specifically, it's important to take care of your gut health. In this episode we talk about how her new line, Dr. Whitney Bowe Beauty, addresses your skin both topically and internally, and so much more. We cover: + The impact of antibiotics on your skin and health + Why good germs are *great* for skin + What to do if your child has been on antibiotics lately + The clinical research behind why her products work + What to look for on your skin to tell you if you’re having gut issues + How to encourage good skin health in kids + The drama about "clean beauty" + Her thoughts on chemical vs. physical sunscreens Follow Dr. Bowe on Instagram here and on TikTok here. Follow me and enter for a chance to WIN Dr. Bowe's collection on Instagram here. Check out my full review of the Dr. Whitney Bowe Beauty line here!
53:15
July 26, 2022
190: "I Felt So in Control of My Own Future." Two Women Share their Stance on Abortion Rights in The Roe Series
190: "I Felt So in Control of My Own Future." Two Women Share their Stance on Abortion Rights in The Roe Series
A few weeks back we asked if you wanted to share your beliefs about abortion. Your stories. Why you believe what you believe. We asked, did it ever change? What informed your stance? And what would you want other people to know about *why* you think what you think? This is the second set of audio diaries from The Roe Series. We're still looking for more submissions, so if you'd like to share your beliefs, we'd be honored to include them. To contribute yours, call 407-494-0350. Your identity will be kept anonymous.
07:51
July 20, 2022
189: "Why I'm Pro-Choice." Two Women Share Their Stories and Beliefs about Abortion in our Roe Series Special
189: "Why I'm Pro-Choice." Two Women Share Their Stories and Beliefs about Abortion in our Roe Series Special
A few weeks back we asked if you wanted to share your beliefs about abortion. Your stories. Why you believe what you believe. We asked, did it ever change? What informed your stance? And what would you want other people to know about *why* you think what you think? This is the first set of audio diaries from The Roe Series. We're still looking for more submissions, so if you'd like to share your beliefs, we'd be honored to include them. To contribute yours, call 407-494-0350. Your identity will be kept anonymous.
06:42
July 20, 2022
188: How Did Roe Get Overturned, and What's Next for Abortion Law? The Roe Series, with Constitutional Law Expert Dr. Phillip Munoz of the University of Notre Dame
188: How Did Roe Get Overturned, and What's Next for Abortion Law? The Roe Series, with Constitutional Law Expert Dr. Phillip Munoz of the University of Notre Dame
In this latest episode of The Roe Series, Dr. Phillip Munoz, the Founding Director of the Center for Citizenship and Constitutional Government,  associate professor of political science and concurrent professor of law at the University of Notre Dame weighs in on the Dobbs ruling. Dr. Munoz writes and teaches across the fields of constitutional law, American politics, and political philosophy with a focus on religious liberty and the American Founding. We talk: + How did Roe get overturned? + Was it a mess from a constitutional law perspective to begin with? + What ways can states and/or the country legislate women's health care and abortions from here on out? + The role of precedent in Supreme Court rulings, and why some are upheld and others aren't + How justices are tasked with interpreting the Constitution + The debate over the evolving Constitution, versus reading it as-is ...and so much more. Debate referenced in conversation can be found here.
42:47
July 13, 2022
187: The Roe Series, Part One: Delete Your Period Apps? How the Overturning of Roe Can Impact Women's Health Care, with Women's Public Policy Expert Pavielle Haines
187: The Roe Series, Part One: Delete Your Period Apps? How the Overturning of Roe Can Impact Women's Health Care, with Women's Public Policy Expert Pavielle Haines
In this episode, I'm interviewing Pavielle Haines, assistant professor in the Political Science department at Rollins College, about the potential impact of the Dobbs ruling (i.e. the overturning of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling) on women's health care. We talk: + The specific changes we could see to how your OB/GYN can treat you + Can new laws prevent doctors from providing medically-necessary interventions for complicated pregnancies? + What happens to women with ectopic or medically-distressed pregnancies? + Should you delete period tracking apps? + Will IVF and assisted fertility treatments be banned or impacted by this ruling? + Can birth control be taken away? + The questions you need to ask your OB/GYN and delivering hospital if you're pregnant, or trying to get pregnant + The ripple effect on the economy from this ruling + The barrier to equity that women now face + What don't laws reflect what most Americans believe about abortion? If you'd like to share your views on abortion and how you feel about the Dobbs ruling, you can call 407-494-0350. Your audio may be used in future episodes. Reach out on Instagram here.
48:05
July 07, 2022
186: Introducing The Roe Series
186: Introducing The Roe Series
Over the next several weeks, I'll be sharing interviews about the Dobbs ruling--a decision by the Supreme Court that rules there is no constitutionally-protected right to abortion for American women--reversing decades of what was seen as progress toward bodily autonomy and freedom to make personal healthcare decisions for women. This ruling has sparked intense debate across America. To note: It will not impact abortion access in all states; essentially it gives state the right to determine their own set of laws as to when and if women can get access abortion care. But it is widely accepted that this will limit access to abortion care for a large population of American women. This week I'm starting a series of interviews about this ruling--examining the How and Why this happened; how this can impact women's health care going forward; and, in a series of audio diaries, women sharing their personal stories about why they believe what they do abortion, whether pro-choice or pro-life. I named it The Roe Series as a way of looking back at the era of reproductive choice we just exited, as we move toward an uncertain future. Wherever you stand on this issue, I invite you to listen to the wisdom of our guests, and join me as we learn together what is next. Thanks for taking the time to listen. Please reach out on Instagram if you have any feedback, or email me at sonni@sonniabatta.com if you want to share a story of your own.
06:56
July 06, 2022
185: Indie Lee Knows that Your Spirit is Stronger than Your Fear. The Clean Beauty Pioneer Talks Meditation, Manifesting Yourself Healthy; and Her Reaction to the Clean Beauty Blowback
185: Indie Lee Knows that Your Spirit is Stronger than Your Fear. The Clean Beauty Pioneer Talks Meditation, Manifesting Yourself Healthy; and Her Reaction to the Clean Beauty Blowback
Today’s WGT guest is coming back to the show after her first appearance three plus years ago, because her story is just that good. A doctor told Indie Lee a tumor was growing on her brain, and she should get her affairs in order over the next six months. Over a decade later, Indie tells me how her powerful spirituality and belief in something greater got her not only healthy again, but also spurred her to create one of the most iconic clean beauty brands out there. It’s a deep dive mix of talk on spirituality, health, her entrepreneurial journey, and of course so much talk about beauty products and skin care. In this episode we talk: + How a brain tumor led her to starting a successful business + Her reaction to clean beauty criticism + Indie’s morning routine + Her practice of Buddhism + How her spirituality brought her through health issues + Thoughts on life after death + The power of meditation and positive affirmations Favorite facial SPF products mentioned by Indie: Saie SPF Supergoop SPF EleVen SPF Listen to Indie's podcast HERE. Follow Indie on social media HERE, and follow me HERE. Check out the latest beauty talk, interview roundups, and tons more oversharing over on the WGT blog, HERE.
46:37
June 29, 2022
184: Hot Divorced Mom Summer with Andrea Rappaport
184: Hot Divorced Mom Summer with Andrea Rappaport
Host of How Not to Suck at Divorce, Andrea Rappaport, talks with me about what it’s like overcoming a difficult divorce to be reborn as your baddest self. She gets vulnerable about surviving divorce and then we talk what it means to have a true Hot (Divorced) Mom Summer. Follow Andrea on IG @theandrearappaport and Sonni @sonniabatta!
01:13:06
June 22, 2022
183: The Conversation about School Shootings and Safety I Wish We Didn’t Need, with Security and Threat Prevention Expert Dave Benson
183: The Conversation about School Shootings and Safety I Wish We Didn’t Need, with Security and Threat Prevention Expert Dave Benson
It's sad but true--parents just don't always feel safe sending their kids to school these days. Today, threat assessment and security expert Dave Benson joins me on We Gotta Talk for a special episode on controlling the things we can control to keep our kids safe. From what *exactly* to ask your school principal to ways parents can mobilize to make things safer, it's a major deep dive. We talk: + The exact questions you need to ask your school's principal about safety protocols  + Would gun reform laws actually translate to safer schools?  + How to talk to your kids about school shootings and safety, by age  + Why there's no one way to stay safe in school shootings  + Mental health and school violence  + How parents can help schools keep safe  + Does the media play a role in school shootings?  + "Red flag laws" and how they can keep schools safer  Get in touch with Dave here, or reach out by email at djbensonassociates@gmail.com. Follow me on IG here, and check out the WGT Blog here.
54:49
June 15, 2022
182: WTF is an NFT? Blockchain Baddie Karsen Woods is Here to Break Down If You Actually Need to Invest in Digital Currency (Replay), and a Life Update!
182: WTF is an NFT? Blockchain Baddie Karsen Woods is Here to Break Down If You Actually Need to Invest in Digital Currency (Replay), and a Life Update!
This episode we catch up on life--my run-in with Stephen Jenkins from Third Eye Blind, Andrew gets shaken down by security, and I put my hosting hat back on for a few days. Then, a replay of one of our most popular episodes about tech!  Everyone is talking about NFT's and digital currency these days, but what the heck does it all even mean?! Join me and Karsen Woods as we discuss all things digital currency and more. Topics include: * WTF is an NFT? * What is blockchain technology? * Is Bitcoin worth investing in? * How do you sell your virtual content? * How does all of this fit into the economy and pop culture moving forward? * And why is all of this worth understanding and embracing, like, NOW?? Karsen answers! In this interview with “Blockchain Baddie” Karsen Woods, we talk about virtual currency and why it’s not just the way of the future, but also the present. Follow me on IG HERE, and Karsen HERE, and check out the WGT Blog with tons more talk on life, beauty and more HERE.
58:39
June 10, 2022
181: Meet Me in Italy! Our Trip to Positano and Rome: What to Do and Where to Go
181: Meet Me in Italy! Our Trip to Positano and Rome: What to Do and Where to Go
Ciao! We just got back from our one-year-delayed tenth anniversary trip to Italy, and it was bellissimo! Here's what we did and where we did them. For more on fashion and how to pack carry-on only for your trip, the link to my blog post is HERE. Positano: Hotel: Il San Pietro di Positano; Instagram here Cooking class: Fattoria La Tagliata, Positano; Instagram here Dinner in downtown Positano: Le Sireneuse Charter to Capri: Arranged through Hotel Il San Pietro, but there are many other companies that do this too. Start here for info. Rome: Hotel: Hotel de Russie (they also arranged our bike trip around Rome; highly recommend!) Vatican tour: Tours by Locals
56:40
May 22, 2022
180: A Totally Comfortable, Uncomfortable Conversation about Race with The Conscious Lee
180: A Totally Comfortable, Uncomfortable Conversation about Race with The Conscious Lee
The social media sensation, professor, Oklahoma Universoty debate coach and master edu-trainer The Conscious Lee joins me today for an essential conversation about race. We dive into all the questions you have about race—why it’s so hard to talk about, why you always feel like you’re getting it wrong, the concept of fake white guilt, and why talking is always a way to better understanding. This is the conversation you’ve been wanting to have but haven’t. Conscious is an amazing follow on social; check him out on IG and TikTok @theconsciouslee.
58:58
May 19, 2022
179: This is Your Sign to Start that Business. Leaving Corporate America, Finding Your Secret Sauce, and How to Start Off as an Entrepreneur, with Marketer and Brand Builder, Lindsay Pinchuk
179: This is Your Sign to Start that Business. Leaving Corporate America, Finding Your Secret Sauce, and How to Start Off as an Entrepreneur, with Marketer and Brand Builder, Lindsay Pinchuk
Ever felt like you were ready to leave the 9-5? Have an amazing idea or skill set that you just KNOW could bring you so much joy and even money, if you just found a way to monetize it? This episode is for YOU. Lindsay Pinchuk founded Bump Club and Beyond and within one year, grew it to an over-seven-figure revenue that reached 3 million+ users. Since then she's worked with companies and entrepreneurs to help them tell their stories, and more importantly, be profitable. Her advice has appeared on Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Parents.com, Babycenter.com, “The Doctors,” “Access Live,” The Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business and more. She now hosts the Dear FoundHer podcast and works as a business coach and mentor to entrepreneurs at every point in their careers--from launch to scaling. And today she's lifting the curtain on her best advice for anyone out there who's ready to strike out on their own. In this episode we talk: + How to know when it's time to walk away from your job + Managing parenthood with growing a business + Why, and how, to grow your email subscriber list + The best way to brand yourself + Her favorite email platform + Social media 101 ...and more. Follow Lindsay on IG here, and check out her website here. For more real talk on big topics, check out the WGT blog here, and follow me on IG here.
47:35
April 27, 2022
178: The Work-Life Balance is a Myth. What Corporate America Gets Wrong--and Right--with Working Moms, and How to Start Your Path to Entrepreneurship, with Moms Exit Interview Host, Kim Rittberg
178: The Work-Life Balance is a Myth. What Corporate America Gets Wrong--and Right--with Working Moms, and How to Start Your Path to Entrepreneurship, with Moms Exit Interview Host, Kim Rittberg
Kim Rittberg spent her working life helping to tell other people's stories. As the former head of video for US Weekly, a marketing executive at Netflix, a TV reporter, VP of branded content at Popsugar and more, she was a model employee. Then she became a mom and, like so many women, she realized she needed a change. Kim started on her entrepreneurship journey and now is the founder of Henry Street Media, where she helps companies tell their stories through video. Kim and I talk about what corporate America gets wrong and right when it comes to supporting parents; things that might make the workforce more supportive; her biggest challenges and biggest lessons from working in media; and more. Follow Kim on Instagram here, and check out her website here. Follow me on Instagram here.
45:16
April 14, 2022
177: 40 and a Facelift? Master of Subtle Surgery, Renowned Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lara Devgan, on Surgery Trends, the "Early Facelift," Non-Surgical Options, Why Skincare Routines Matter and More
177: 40 and a Facelift? Master of Subtle Surgery, Renowned Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lara Devgan, on Surgery Trends, the "Early Facelift," Non-Surgical Options, Why Skincare Routines Matter and More
Renowned plastic surgeon and master of the subtle surgery approach, Dr. Lara Devgan, is this week's guest on WGT and she is here to talk all things aging, skin health, plastic surgery and more. Dr. Devgan has earned a reputation for doing incredibly subtle, but incredibly beautiful, plastic surgery work on her patients to give them a refreshed We talk: * Plastic surgery trends * The early facelift--pros and cons * Big booty now, saggy booty later: Why the BBL Butt is on its way out * The benefits of having a solid skincare routine … * Best facial fillers for certain areas of the face … * Lengthening your young-looking years …. * The non-surgical nose job … and more. For anyone who’s ever pondered whether a procedure is right for them, this episode is for you! Follow Dr. Devgan on Instagram and learn more about her skincare line, see her work, and more at @laradevganmd. Follow me on Instagram @sonniabatta and check out the WGT blog at wegottatalk.com/blog.
44:16
April 06, 2022
176: Why Aren’t You Happy? The Keys to Contentment, with Author & Therapist Niro Feliciano
176: Why Aren’t You Happy? The Keys to Contentment, with Author & Therapist Niro Feliciano
Cognitive psychotherapist Niro Feliciano spends her days and her career talking with her patients about this basic, but profound, question: Why aren’t I happy? In her new book, “This Book Won’t Make You Happy,” Niro dives into the root causes of discontent, and the 8 Pillars of Contentment that can help you finally feel peace. We talk: the difference between happiness and contentment; the lesson in resistance; the very human desire to end suffering; the power of faith in healing; what types of connection foster contentment, and more.
01:00:58
March 31, 2022
175: Hack Your Hormones! How Cycle Syncing (R) Can Change Your Life to Lose Stubborn Weight, Say Goodbye to Bad PMS Symptoms, Boost Fertility and Finally Feel GOOD with Bestselling Author, Alisa Vitti
175: Hack Your Hormones! How Cycle Syncing (R) Can Change Your Life to Lose Stubborn Weight, Say Goodbye to Bad PMS Symptoms, Boost Fertility and Finally Feel GOOD with Bestselling Author, Alisa Vitti
You know I am a HUGE advocate for the power of knowledge about hormones, and today's interview has the potential to literally change your life. Stay with me. Did you now that the healthcare model we all are so familiar with was mainly designed around men? Did you know that, if you're a menstruating woman, it's not just your circadian rhythm that governs your body and health, but your infradian cycle too? Did you know that you can powerfully heal yourself from the inside out--fixing PMS symptoms, fatigue, achieving weight loss, beating infertility and more--if you learn how to lean into the various points of your cycle? This episode of WGT is potentially life-changing, and I don't say that in a flippant way. Bestselling author of WomanCode and In the Flo, Alisa Vitti, is here to deep dive with us on why a new approach to tracking your cycle will absolutely revolutionize your health from the inside out. [Scroll down for a deal on how to get free access to Alisa's In the Flo cycle syncing program.] In this episode we talk: * What is cycle syncing, and why are hundreds of thousands of women saying it's changed their lives? * Why intermittent fasting is a big NO for menstruating women * The infradian clock, and how much of our health and life it governs * What disrupts the infradian clock * The four phases of your cycle--follicular, ovulatory, luteal and menstrual--and how to harness the upsides of each one * Why you need to be eating more calories during certain points of your cycle * Using calories strategically to lose weight * The best workouts for each part of your cycle--when to avoid HIIT and heavy-impact training, and when to lean into it * Alisa's favorite new, non-hormonal birth control * How to find a good functional medicine doctor ***DEAL ALERT*** Get a month of FREE access to Alisa's life changing CycleSyncing program by clicking HERE and using code WEGOTTATALKA. (Don't forget the "a" at the end!) Find a good functional medicine doctor here. Follow FloLiving on Instagram here for more hormone knowledge bombs, and Alisa's page here. Check out more on CycleSyncing and Flo Living here. Follow me on Instagram here for more tips, clips and real talk!
59:22
March 24, 2022
174: When--and Should We--Get More Involved in the Ukraine/Russia War? The Latest on Russia/Ukraine with Joan Davison, Rollins College Political Science Professor and Int'l Expert
174: When--and Should We--Get More Involved in the Ukraine/Russia War? The Latest on Russia/Ukraine with Joan Davison, Rollins College Political Science Professor and Int'l Expert
In this breaking news episode of WGT, I sit down again with political science professor and international expert Joan Davison, of Rollins College, to talk about the Ukraine/Russia war. We discuss: * The no-fly zone and why the U.S. and NATO refuse to enact it * The chances of a chemical attack by Russia * How have sanctions worked so far? * Support from Eastern European countries for Ukraine and what it means * When the U.S. has historically gotten involved in war * Zelenskyy's meeting with U.S. Congress and what it could set into motion
57:49
March 16, 2022
173: I Ain’t from Dallas but I D-Town Boogie
173: I Ain’t from Dallas but I D-Town Boogie
It’s a rodeo of a ride on this solo episode of WGT, I recap a girls’ trip to Dallas, complete with a hoe-down on the dance floor; an inferiority complex about my shopping abilities; and a tequila-induced two-day hangover. Also news of some upcoming guests. Yee haw, baby!
28:01
March 12, 2022
172: Stop Self-Sabotage and Find Your Superpower with Mental Fitness Coach, Cassidy Nasello
172: Stop Self-Sabotage and Find Your Superpower with Mental Fitness Coach, Cassidy Nasello
Do you know what your saboteur style is? You know, that thing in your brain that holds you back from fully expressing yourself in the professional or personal space? Everyone has one. This week, mental fitness coach Cassidy Nasello is here to help us break it down and defeat it. We talk about breaking through mental barriers to