Episode of the day: “Sex, Relationships and Asian Daters”

Listen to “Sex, Relationships, and Asian Daters” (32:35)

Podcast: The Mash Up Americans (Episode 28)

I was drawn to this episode because author and psychotherapist Esther Perel’s TED Talk is truly amazing. This interview with her is equally interesting.

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Esther Perel. (Image: from ted.com)

More information:

Esther Perel’s TED Talk

Esther Perel’s book “Mating in Captivity” on Amazon.com


Episode of the day: “The Editor”

Listen to “The Editor” (27:37)

Podcast: Criminal (Episode 49)

Bear with the first few minutes of grotesque violence. This turns out to be an incredible story about self-development, human relations and generosity.

More information:

Article about Robin Woods in the The New Yorker

Woods’ first letter to Stevens. (Image: from The New Yorker)

Episode of the day: “Tell Me I’m Fat”

Listen to “Tell Me I’m Fat” (1:10:32)

Podcast: This American Life (Episode 589)

Great listen for fat and non-fat people. Most of the reflections here apply to an array of natural fragilities of being human and of personal connections.

More information:

Elna Baker website

Roxane Gay website

Jesus. (Painting by Fernando Botero)

Episode of the day: “Wedding Drama, Part 1: Great Expectations”

Listen to Wedding Drama, Part 1: Great Expectations (37:34)

Podcast: Dear Sugar Radio

Even when the topic sounds mundane, I always enjoy listening to the Sugars opinions and perspectives. Listening to this episode, I find fascinating how parents and parents-in-law like to make their sons and daughters weddings about themselves. I wonder what happened during their generation. Were they deprived somehow of the wedding of their dreams?

More information:

“Dealing with Wedding Drama” in The Huffington Post

Vestido De Casamento, Vestido, Saia, Mulher, Noiva
Image: from Pixabay

Episode of the day: “Mind Games 2016”

Listen to “Mind Games 2016” (1:00:05)

Podcast: This American Life (Episode 588)

“Stories of people who try simple mind games on others, and then find themselves in way over their heads.”

More information:

Improv Everywhere website

David Berkeley website

No Pants scene of Improv Everywhere. (Image: improveverywhere.com)

Episode of the day: “Majd’s Diary: Two Years in the Life of a Saudi Girl”

Listen to Majd’s Diary: Two Years in the Life of a Saudi Girl  (33:19)

Podcast: Radio Diaries (Episode 49)

Two very important years in the life of a Saudi girl. Amazing how free-minded and true to herself this girl was. She had her dreams and ambitions, that even in the context of her restrictive culture and religion, she was able to pursue gracefully. I wish you the best Majd Abdulghani! Please keep us updated on your life!

More information:

Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia from Wikipedia

Always been fascinated by the low divorced rates of arranged marriages. Here is a popular article about that Why an arranged marriage ‘is more likely to develop into lasting love’ from the Dailymail.

Majd Abdulghani. (Image: from NPR)


Episode of the day: “Secrets”

Listen to “Secrets” (15:44)

Podcast: Storycorps

Great episode about secrets that are kept to protect relationships and to protect the ones closer to us. Or to protect others from ourselves, or ourselves from our story… You choose!

More information:

Barbara Amaya website

Barbara Amaya’s book “Nobody’s Girl” on Amazon

Barbara Amaya’s book cover. (Image: from Amazon.com)