Raquel and Katie talk with Tharanga Goonetilleke, a soprano opera singer and TED Fellow who’s expecting her second baby. Tharanga grew up in Sri Lanka before coming to the U.S. to pursue her musical education. We hear about her first day of school on September 11, and discuss being a brown person in the opera house, real talk about labor & delivery, being pregnant and caring for a toddler while physically incapacitated and only allowed Tylenol, and living your life as you like.
Katie and Raquel sit down with a mother and daughter, Debbie and Bailie Slevin, to discuss Debbie’s new book, UnPregnant Pause: Where Are the Babies? We talk about bad marriages, grandpugs, Sheryl Sandberg, choice moms, passing on dating, unfair biology, asshole doctors, and validating— and celebrating— new generations’ choices.
Katie and Raquel sit down with NYC comic Vicky Kuperman, a newlywed whose GYN, upon learning she was engaged, changed her tune to “you’d make a great mom!” We talk baby pushers, happy marriages, the monotony of pickup and dropoff, advice for women in their twenties, attachment parents, Vicky’s #flawless hair and skin, and things that are *not* our favorite. (music: www.bensound.com)
Katie and Raquel talk with NYC comic Katherine Williams, who’s trying for a baby with her comedian husband (of whom we are big fans). Katherine tells us about growing up a shy tomboy, suddenly losing her mom at 14, and her recent miscarriage; we discuss raising a daughter, staying in the comedy mix, Murphy Brown, and the voice in Raquel’s head.
This week, Raquel and Katie chat with comedian, author, and host of NPR’s Ask Me Another, Ophira Eisenberg, who's imminently expecting her first child. We talk being forced to prioritize, primary caretaking, the Finnish birth box, women’s place in society, a destructive idiot vs. a manipulative bitch, uber births, champagne and oysters in the delivery room, and Saw.
Raquel and Katie talk with their first male guest: Jason Jude Hill, who founded a film company, GrumpyFILMS, with his husband and business partner. We talk aspiring to be DINKs, coming out (both as gay, and as child-free), caring for a bag of flour, and maintaining friendships with your friends who have kids— and building friendships with kids themselves. (music: www.bensound.com)
Raquel and Katie speak with reproductive bioethicist Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D., who talks about living and studying in Ireland, female Viagra, artificial wombs, different types of motherhood, crowdfunding, Richard Simmons, bridesmaids, and baby showers.
This week, Katie and Raquel talk with Miranda Forster, who’s going through the process of starting a family with her poker player wife. We talk babysitting (of course), George Michael, the sperm search, the Real Housewives, and loving your dogs less.
This week, Katie and Raquel sit down with Irene McGee to find out what happens when people stop being polite— and start getting pregnant. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) The comedian, writer, podcaster and former reality star talks about her great-great-grandfather Ira, Lyme disease, frowny faces, motherhood without marriage, building a one-woman show while pregnant, and her uterus’s favorite hobbies (endometriosis and knitting).
Raquel and Katie talk with Nashville native Shonali Bhowmik, a New York singer, filmmaker, actress, comic, playwright... (seriously, the list goes on). We talk about finding your tribe, defining success, being defensive (in a good way!), parents who listen, who'll be there for us when we're old, and each being on our own adventure.(music: www.bensound.com)
Raquel and Katie talk with college counselor Maude, who tells us all about growing up in small-town Tennessee as the youngest of four children, not joining the family funeral business, Barbie's Dream House vs. Barbie's Penthouse, coming around to liking kids (and having a partner who's "clucky" for one), and building her best life. (music: www.bensound.com)
Katie and Raquel talk with Lauren Fahey, New York City schoolteacher and Katie’s current roommate, mere weeks before she leaves to move to London with her fiancé! Lauren tells us about growing up helping with her family’s day care, welcoming her younger sister to the family, and some classic teaching stories, interspersed with lots of discussion about Roald Dahl, Lauren’s French Canadian grand-mère, and what ostriches and dolphins have in common (which: yikes).
Katie and Raquel sit down to chat with Katie’s younger sister, Beth Compa. A lawyer in New Orleans, Beth has always known she wants kids-- from mothering her Cabbage Patch Kids to babysitting. Over the occasional hiss of the air conditioner, we discuss princesses and castles, negotiating career and family, expectations vs. reality, Lionel Messi, and the parents’ impossible dream of drinking coffee and reading the paper, alone, for an hour. (Music: www.bensound.com)
Katie and Raquel sit down in midtown with high-powered business lady Nicole Cramer, who, when not running worldwide advertising creative teams, is constantly working on her own projects. We talk growing up with the actual Supermom, finding one’s passions (plural), dating (or not) in New York, raising a child in the internet age, baking her grandma's cookies, and advice for the next generation.
Katie and Raquel talk with standup comedian and author Selena Coppock, who’s firmly in the no-kids camp. The youngest of three sisters, Selena is the only one without offspring, and she’s been defending her right to a childfree life to her family and friends (and even work acquaintances) ever since she decided to “go public.” We talk about DINKs, children as an acquired taste, working moms, high school, and the philosophy of deciding to decide.
Katie Compa and Raquel D'Apice are starting a podcast: Kid/Life Crisis. Their first guest is Chelsea White, comedian, host, and producer on MTV's Girl Code. Chelsea's known since she was young that she never wants children, yet she continually finds herself defending her decision, or being told, "You'll change your mind." She talks with Katie and Raquel about how it affects friendships, dating, and family relationships, and why she's still sure it's right for her.