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Hosted by Gen X moms, Kaanji Irby and Tara Campbell. These two women- one Black and one White- come from different worlds, but have become close friends through their shared experiences as suburban ‘boy moms,’ working women in male-dominated workplaces, and their love of 90s hip-hop. Listen in as they chat with each other and connect with guests about parenting and pop culture and the tragedies and triumphs of motherhood with honesty, empathy and humor.
 
In an age when saying the wrong thing in a Twitter post could leave you ghosted by onetime friends—or worse—we find our country torn apart at the political seams. But things don’t need to be this way. Constructive social discourse is not dead, it just needs a little resuscitation. From CurtCo Media. ​ Consider Meet Me in the Middle your political rehab. Each week, Ed Larson (Pulitzer Prize winning historian, author, and world-wide lecturer) invites guests from across the ideological spectrum ...
 
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This week, Kaanji and Tara untangle issues of beauty standards and Black hair discrimination in America. Listen as Kaanji talks about her and her son's Black hair care journey. Tune is as our hosts talk about cultural appropriation and how it differs from cultural appreciation. Connect with us: Clubhouse: @Kaanji and @Taraallyce Become a Podcast Pa…
 
Can working moms have it all? This episode, Kaanji and Tara are joined by Whitnee Hawthorne of The Savvy Working Mom to talk about the challenges working moms face and how to find balance in it all. Whitnee shares her experiences and advice for working moms as they navigate their changing priorities and work to define a life that brings joy. Join u…
 
Many mothers instinctively feel a need to put their children first - before other relationships and themselves. This episode, Kaanji and Tara share the challenges that they have had with prioritizing their marriages during motherhood, and some ways that they have learned to make time and space for their partners. Join us for the conversation. Conne…
 
We are wrapping up another month and our hosts discuss how fast the holiday season is approaching. As they discuss Thanksgiving and gathering with friends and family, they each share which celebrity moms they would invite to their holiday dinner table - and why. Kaanji begins the episode with a mea culpa, and both hosts agree on one celebrity they …
 
Netflix's most-watched series has many parents asking: should I let my kids watch? This week, Kaanji and Tara discuss this pop culture phenomenon, why it's so popular with kids, and how parents can assess and discuss age-appropriate viewing for our kids. Send us a voice mail via our producer ( joeysalvia@yahoo.com) to ask us a question, suggest a f…
 
This week, our hosts talk about a less controversial F word - forgiveness. They each share how important learning to forgive has been in each of their lives and how they are working to foster the practice with their kids. It's also a special celebratory episode as Kaanji and Tara share some big podcast milestones and welcome their new listeners!…
 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. One in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. This week we reshare an episode from October 2020, a powerful conversation with mom, runner, and coach, Shaluinn Fullove. Her story of being a previvor reminds us how…
 
This week, our hosts each review their top 5 pop culture picks of the season. Their lists almost completely diverge and cover a wide spectrum of options - TV, movies, books and even social media picks. Tara has a pick that Kaanji is completely confused by, but there is one pop culture phenomenon they both completely agree on. Connect with us: Clubh…
 
This week, we are joined by Brenna Vivier, a mother of 3 who shares her story of navigating "invisible" illness and how she has found peace in the chaos through a regular mindfulness and meditation practice. Brenna talks to us about being an empty nester, her new book, Water Stops, and we all reminisce about spending our early mornings in a dark ro…
 
This week, we are joined by Jessica Jackley, Founder of Alltruists, a company that provides a monthly subscription box that provides resources for families to engage in issues and volunteer in small, but impactful ways. Jessica tells us how this idea was formed from both her aspiration to share her love of giving with her kids and all of those pand…
 
How much time is too much screen time? How old should kids be when they get cell phones? This week, we dive into a discussion on how we can manage our kids' non-educational screen time and the ways that we have been challenged to monitor their usage of devices and computers. Listen for some tips on realistic screen time solutions, and listen as our…
 
This week, we are joined by Nadine Fonseca, Founder and CEO of Mighty Kind, a publication company dedicated to providing anti-bias resources for parents and kids. Nadine talks about how Mighty Kind focuses on kindness and compassion as the foundation for anti-bias learning, and why discussing these issues with our kids is more important than ever. …
 
This week, Kaanji andTara discuss their changing relationships with their pre-teen sons and share how they are working to keep those bonds strong as their kids grow into adulthood. As usual, our hosts look to pop culture to help, as the conversation views parent/child relationships through the lens of some well-known movies. Listen as Kaanji shares…
 
This week, listen to a throwback episode from October 2020, when our guests sat down and chatted with child counselor Jenny Gomez about how to talk to our kids about anxiety-inducing events like puberty and political unrest. The conversation is as relevant in 2021 as it was when it first aired. Stay tuned for tips on how to navigate challenging con…
 
Our hosts are back from a hiatus to kick off Season Two. The discussion centers on self care, how they replenish their spirits in this season, and how they cultivate their children's well being. Kaanji and Tara share their tips for changing your environment, disengaging from screens, and avoiding the overscheduling trap. Listen to the end for Kaanj…
 
What will it take for Dems to connect with black & brown voters? How can Dems keep Republicans from branding them, radicals? What can Dems do better to keep the house? All this and more is discussed on the season finale of Politics: Meet Me in the Middle. Bill and Jane are joined by Lanae Erickson (Senior Vice President for the Social Policy Progra…
 
It's our podcasting 1 year anniversary and we are celebrating with this hilarious and introspective episode featuring clips and highlights from this year's favorite moments and guests. If you have been listening since day one or this is your first day listening, you will be entertained by this week's episode. Connect with us: Clubhouse: @Kaanji and…
 
There are ways to improve the relationship between Russia and the United States, but it's going to be a long road. This week Timothy Frye continues his look at the possibilities of joint gains and the mutual benefits of better political relations between the two countries. Timothy Frye is the Marshall D. Shulman Professor in Political Science at Co…
 
This week, we discuss the transformation that comes along with parenting, and Kaanji and Tara share how their lives and personalities have changed since they have become parents. Listen to learn more about our hosts' teenage personalities and the most positive ways that motherhood has shaped their identities. Connect with us: Clubhouse: @Kaanji and…
 
This week, Kaanji and Tara talk about double standards, unfairness, and injustices. From small daily moments like missing out on a piece of pizza to larger social debates such as Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension to the Olympics, unfairness is a constant in life, yet difficult for kids to understand. Stay tuned to hear the tough life lessons that K…
 
Timothy Frye kicks off our series on US-Russia relations. Timothy Frye is the Marshall D. Shulman Professor in Political Science at Columbia University and Co-Director of a research laboratory at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He worked for the US Information Agency in the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, advised the Russian Securities an…
 
In the spirit of Independence Day, Kaanji and Tara talk about the importance of independence in a context separate from this national holiday—raising children. They share their personal challenges and successes when it comes to raising independent children, and talk to their intern Pip about a path of independence leading up to her college years. C…
 
We love intentionally, we learn intentionally, we live intentionally, but sometimes, we forget about parenting intentionally. This week, Kaanji and Tara create a roadmap for anyone who wants to parent with intentionality. They discuss their experiences and share simple, mindful ways to approach this parenting style. Listen to the end to find out wh…
 
Bill Curtis, Jane Albrecht, and Ted Lieu continue their discussion with Congressman Ted Lieu about cybersecurity and the potential threats to America’s infrastructure. According to Lieu, the Trump Administration did not take cybersecurity as seriously as it should have, even eliminating government cybersecurity positions. The new administration see…
 
How do you give and receive love to your kids and your loved ones? This week, we talk about all things love - Loving Day and love languages. We begin with an important discussion on Juneteenth and then share how we honor our kids' and partners' love languages and explain why we should all follow the Platinum Rule. 5 Love Languages Test: https://www…
 
Bill Curtis, Jane Albrecht, and Congressman Ted Lieu discuss computer hackers, cyber warfare, America's infrastructure, and how we can keep our country safe from these attacks. This is part one of our two-part series on cyber security with Representative Ted Lieu. Congressman Ted W. Lieu represents California’s 33rd Congressional District. Serving …
 
This week, Kaanji and Tara sit down with Jessica Nazario, who discusses the steps she has taken to transition back into the workforce after taking a sabbatical to stay home with her children. Jessica shares her insights and offers suggestions for any mom who may be looking to re-enter the workforce. Listen to the end to find out the Bday gift Kaanj…
 
Nowadays there's not much that enflames passions more than a conversation about gun safety, the NRA, and the "right to bear arms." In this episode, Constitutional law professor Eugene Volokh goes toe-to-toe with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Ed Larson and host Bill Curtis as they argue what the framers meant when they crafted the second amendmen…
 
What's the cure for the summertime blues that affected many of us last summer? This week, we talk about plans for summer 2021 - the camps, the vacations, and the workload! We share some of our memories of past summers and discuss how we plan and prepare for summer break. Listen to the end to find out our hosts' dream vacations and why they may do a…
 
Bill Curtis and Jane Albrecht continue their discussion on cybersecurity with author and tech-wiz, David Holtzman. What’s a Zombie Bot? Has a Trojan attacked your computer? How can we protect ourselves from Hackers? This episode will both scare and enlighten you to all matters of personal and business cybersecurity. David Holtzman is a world-class …
 
Our Gemini twin co-hosts, Kaanji and Tara, invited you to join their Birthday Extravaganza this week. Join this fun-filled episode as they talk about how they celebrate their birthdays, birthday celebrations from their past and for their kids, and the one gift that Kaanji has outlawed in her house and why. Listen to find out what Kaanji gifted Tara…
 
Bill Curtis and Jane Albrecht discuss cybersecurity with author and tech-wiz, David Holtzman. They dive deep into the Colonial Pipeline Hack, ransomware, and Solar Winds. You’ll learn about the capabilities of Russia, China, and other nations in the cyber-wars. Do you want to know what Zero Day means, who’s DarkSide, Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear?... wh…
 
This week, Kaanji and Tara discuss The Sandwich Generation, a term used to describe women who are both raising young children and taking on the additional responsibilities of caring for their aging parents. They each discuss the additional responsibilities they are taking on with their mothers, and how that affects their own mental health. Kaanji r…
 
This episode is going to be a little different. We're going to focus on trending topics in the news and social media, mostly political Twitter, and then ask our host, who'll be playing a guest this episode, about his thoughts, feelings and opinions on some of these topics. Plus, later, we'll do a get to know Bill a bit more with the producers Light…
 
As May in Mental Health Awareness Month, Tara and Kaanji discuss the importance of having open conversations about mental health and getting the help you need. They talk about their own mental health struggles and what has helped them, the different messages they received growing up about therapy, and they share ideas for their listeners on how to …
 
Bill and Jane sit down with economist, Stephanie Kelton for a comprehensive conversation about the federal budget, inflation, jobs, revamping the debt system, the power of the purse, and the US economy. Stephanie is a leading authority on Modern Monetary Theory, a new approach to economics that is taking the world by storm. She is considered one of…
 
Tara and Kaanji discuss whether Mother's Day should be an official holiday or whether it's time to cancel this century-old celebration. They talk about the contradicting origin tale and reflect on their own experiences, expectations and attitudes around Mother's Day and how - or if - they "celebrate" it in their households. Connect with us: Clubhou…
 
It's the second half of Bill Curtis and Jane Albrecht's conversation with Bill Kristol, and they cover just about everything under the political sun. Jane and Bill ask about the Republican's inability to think for themselves when it comes to outlandish conspiracy theories, getting rid of the filibuster, and dissecting Biden's infrastructure plan...…
 
Kaanji and Tara discuss why work life balance doesn't exist and how they handle being working mothers. They share the stress of being pulled in many different directions and how they keep their priorities in check. The conversation takes a vulnerable turn as they uncover a glaring discrepancy between their experiences over the last year, but they f…
 
Bill Curtis and Jane Albrecht discuss the insurrection, Trump-ism, and the Biden infrastructure plan with political commentator, Bill Kristol. William Kristol is Editor-at-Large of The Bulwark. He was a founder of The Weekly Standard, and is a regular guest on leading political commentary shows. Prior to his work at The Weekly Standard, Kristol led…
 
On this poignant episode, Kaanji and Tara share their initial reactions and thoughts on George Floyd's murder and the guilty verdict handed down against his killer. Their conversation centers on how their lives have been forever changed by George Floyd's murder in May 2020, and how they have talked to their adolescent sons about the murder, racial …
 
Michael Steele joins Bill Curtis and Jane Albrecht to discuss what changes need to be made in the Republican (and Democratic) Party. Michael Steele the former RNC Chairman, former Lt. Gov. Maryland, political analyst for MSNBC, and host of The Michael Steele Podcast. When he was elected Lt. Governor of Maryland in 2003, Michael Steele made history …
 
How can we raise our kids to be as strong as possible while shielding them from the harsh realities of a (sometimes) cruel and unequal society? In this episode, Kaanji and Tara discuss how their childhood traumas and experiences impacted their parenting choices and have taught them to be resilient adults. They share how they have learned to teach t…
 
CEO of Liberty Hill Foundation, Shane Murphy Goldsmith, joins Bill Curtis and Jane Albrecht to talk about her story, dream job as an activist, reforming the police, social imbalance, what brought her to her current position in life, and how LHF is making LA a better place for all. Episode Timestamps 2:05 Shane’s Origin Story 4:41 Community 5:36 Gan…
 
What's it like to raise a Muslim child in American society? This week, we are joined by Dr. Shazia Anwar, a physician, certified life coach and community builder. Listen in as Kaanji and Tara have an enlightening and honest conversation with Shazia about the challenges, opportunities and pressures of raising Muslim children in America, misconceptio…
 
Bill Curtis and Jane Albrecht invite Congressman Ted Lieu to the show to discuss the aftermath of the insurrection, his personal feelings on January 6th, 2021, and breaking down the Biden Infrastructure Plan. Episode Timestamps: 1:57 Following up after the storming of the Capitol 3:00 Details on the day of the insurrection 3:57 The fear Ted felt 4:…
 
This week, we are joined by Kelly Walker, host of the sports-focused podcast, Hustle & Pro. We chat about why involving our kids in youth sports benefits their overall development, how to navigate challenges of a demanding extracurricular schedule, and finding the right activity for your kids. Listen as Kelly bravely shares her personal antiracism …
 
Kaanji and Tara welcome Connection Coach Emily Siegel to the podcast this week to talk about the importance of friendships and connection. They discuss their difficulties with creating new friendships and why connected relationships are so important to all of us. They discuss how to build a friend circle when you’re new in town and how vulnerabilit…
 
Economist and Professor Ioana Elena Marinescu returns for part 2, with hosts Bill Curtis and International Trade Attorney Jane Albrecht, to discuss where the US currently stands economically, where it will stand in a post-COVID world, and the arguments for and against raising the minimum wage. Episode Timestamps: - :30 Minimum Wage - 1:54 Differenc…
 
Kaanji and Tara have a vulnerable conversation this week about their complicated relationships with food and their bodies. Listen as they each share their stories of when they first internalized the idea that they weren't enough as they were and how having adolescent kids is shining a light on a lifelong struggle. They discuss radical self love, pa…
 
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