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A podcast hosted by Robert Smythe and Rafael Mantesso, two autistic artists having fun talking about being neuro-atypical. Only when they were well into adulthood did Mantesso and Smythe learn they are autistic; Mantesso was in his 30s and Smythe in his 50s. Their diagnoses explained a lot, but it wasn't until they met that each finally had the experience of talking to someone who thought just like them. Their freewheeling conversations have helped other people, autistics and neurotypicals alike, understand more about seeing and thinking about the world differently.

Instagram: @ateampodcast

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A podcast hosted by Robert Smythe and Rafael Mantesso, two autistic artists having fun talking about being neuro-atypical. Only when they were well into adulthood did Mantesso and Smythe learn they are autistic; Mantesso was in his 30s and Smythe in his 50s. Their diagnoses explained a lot, but it wasn't until they met that each finally had the experience of talking to someone who thought just like them. Their freewheeling conversations have helped other people, autistics and neurotypicals alike, understand more about seeing and thinking about the world differently.

Instagram: @ateampodcast

    5.1 - 4:20 The gang gets high

    5.1 - 4:20 The gang gets high

    In this conversation, the team celebrates 4:20 and discusses legalizing marijuana (cannabis), the personal meaning of the term disability, the same foods, tarot, and wisdom from growing old.

    Artemis and Daniel the cats
    Artemis - Wikipedia
    Dear Daniel | Hello Kitty Wiki | Fandom

    Link between gut and autism
    Autism spectrum disorder and digestive symptoms - Mayo Clinic

    Autism levels 
    Understanding the Three Levels of Autism

    The social model of disability
    Social model of disability - Wikipedia

    Artist in residence
    Art Demystified: How Do Artist Residencies Work?

    Processing delay
    Understanding, Diagnosing, and Coping with Slow Processing Speed - Davidson Institute

    Cold reading
    Cold reading - Wikipedia

    Micro facial expressions
    Microexpression - Wikipedia

    Tarot cards
    Guide to Tarot: Cards, Spreads, Readings, and More

    Sexual assault or misreading sexual cues due to being autistic
    Girls With Autism Face Three Times the Risk of Sexual Assault | Psychology Today

    Forced adaptation
    Forced adaptation: plant proteins to fight climate change - PMC

    What is autistic masking? - Autism Awareness

    A Clockwork Orange
    A Clockwork Orange (film) - Wikipedia

    CBD vs THC
    CBD vs. THC: What's the Difference?

    Legalized marijuana
    Legality of cannabis by U.S. jurisdiction - Wikipedia

    Strong marijuana strains
    2022's strongest THC indica, sativa, and hybrid weed strains | Leafly

    When The War Was Over - Robert’s play
    When the War is Over

    Wisdom of growing old
    Growing Old – A View From the Inside | Psychology Today

    Info dumping

    • 1 hr 55 min
    4.11 “You might be autistic.”

    4.11 “You might be autistic.”

    In this conversation, Robert and Michael discuss yardsticks for being autistic, invisible handicaps, internalized ableism, grade school troubles, and the strength of having true peers.

    Authority experiments

    The Milgram Shock Experiment: Summary, Results, & Ethics

    Imposter syndrome


    Adaptive skills

    What Are Adaptive Skills? [Definition, Types & Benefits] - LMS Hero

    Pleasantries do not come naturally to NDs

    Stop Asking Neurodivergent People to Change the Way They Communicate

    Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre (2023) - IMDb

    Extraordinary Attorney Woo 

    Extraordinary Attorney Woo - Wikipedia

    It Gets Better ad campaign

    It Gets Better Project - YouTube

    Internalized ableism

    12 Ways Disabled People Experience Internalized Ableism

    Arthur Conan Doyle, Houdini, and Spiritualism - they almost came to blows over a seance

    The Strange Friendship Between Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle | Office for Science and Society - McGill University

    Guggenheim fellowship 1998

    Robert Smythe - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

    • 2 hrs 11 min
    4.9 Riding the Triangle

    4.9 Riding the Triangle

    In this conversation we discuss disengaging from auto pilot, ego flare-ups, the drama triangle, composting consciousness, autistic self-awareness.
    Face blindness: Prosopagnosia - Wikipedia
    Stimming and stim toys: 8 Wearable Stim Toys for Autistic and Neurodivergent People
    Autism levels: Understanding the Three Levels of Autism
    Hyper and hypo: Hyper vs. Hypo - Dictionary.com
    Meltdowns: Autism Meltdowns vs. Tantrums: What's the Difference?
    Justifiable anger, the genius of the body: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/justifiable-anger-bill-crawford-ph-d-/
    Composting consciousness: https://compostingconsciousness.podia.com/
    Polyvagal theory: Polyvagal theory - Wikipedia
    Adam Smith, Mormons golden plate: Golden plates - Wikipedia
    : Running on auto pilot: ON AUTOPILOT | English meaning - Cambridge Dictionary
    Double empathy problem: Double empathy problem - Wikipedia.
    The drama triangle, drop the hot potato: Karpman drama triangle - Wikipedia
    : Self exploration: https://psychcentral.com/blog/self-exploration-getting-to-know-thyself
    Ego flare up: Freud's Id, Ego, and Superego: Definition and Examples

    • 1 hr 58 min
    4.8 The "No" Response

    4.8 The "No" Response

    4.8 The “No” Response
    This conversation is a little different as Robert and Michael wrestle with an idea amidst what we are calling “The No Response”, and Yes they are still friends. In addition, we discuss “Composting Consciousness”, Tango’s new coaching courses, online auctions, and pastry pants.
    Tango has finished writing her first free PDF for her courses.
    How to compost your victimhood, Composting Consciousness
    Composting Consciousness


    Teddy Rosevelt: Why do they exist if they can’t pay minimum wage?
    “No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.”

    President Roosevelt criticized businesses paying low wages to employees during his 1933 statement on the National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA). NIRA allowed the government to regulate businesses to combat deflation and stimulate a better economic situation.


    Neurodivergent Lou - autistics think we’re solving the problem but we become hated at work. Autistics become the point person for noticing bad management at work.

    SVB  bailout
    A bailout or not? Did the federal government bailout Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank? - ABC News

    Free market capitalism
    What Is Free-Market Capitalism? Definition & Examples | Shortform Books.

    Devon Price: Laziness Does Not Exist & Unmasking Autism; Principia Discordia


    Blind Boy podcast

    Behind the Bastards, podcast on history, History of Canada

    Thunder Bay podcast in Canada, different cultural perspective on the world

    Vesta Board


    DSM diagnosis is of a traumatized autistic person; autistic response to trauma

    • 2 hrs 7 min
    4.7 Brave Enough

    4.7 Brave Enough

    In this conversation, we discuss burnout, self-care, boundaries, Adderall, and tattoos as totems.
    IG neurodivergent lou
    Lou🌈 ♾ (@neurodivergent_lou) • Instagram photos and videos
    What does burnout look like?
    Losing skills we used to have
    Feeling low/experiencing anxiety
    Increased sensory issues
    Taking more time to process information than usual.
    Developing physical pain/illness
    Loss of ability to communicate
    Lack of motivation
    Difficulties with concentration
    Autistic traits become more obvious
    Memory issues
    Laziness does not exist
    Laziness Does Not Exist: Price Ph.D., Devon: 9781982140113: Amazon.com: Books
    Tango's chronic pain is part of her PTSD
    Chronic Pain and PTSD: Evolving Views on Their Comorbidity
    Savior mode: I can fix it, I can help....best way to burn out
    The Savior Complex | Psychology Today
    survival self-care
    Survival Mode Self-Care
    The Language of Emotions by
    The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You - Kindle edition by McLaren, Karla. Health, Fitness & Dieting Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
    Anger is a boundary alarm
    Boundaries and Anger | CPTSDfoundation.org
    Enabling behavior
    Enabler: Definition, Behavior, Psychology, Recognizing One, More
    Krebs cycle
    Krebs Cycle - Definition, Products, and Location | Biology Dictionary
    Adderall is speed
    Adderall: Side effects, dosage, with alcohol, and more
    Twig Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster
    Urban Dictionary: tweaker
    meth addict
    Methamphetamine - Wikipedia
    Twerking - Wikipedia
    Ritalin: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects & Warnings - ADHD
    sci-fi series about a leper
    The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever : Lord Foul's Bane', 'Illearth War' and 'Power That Preserves
    Dysphoria: Signs, Types, Causes, Treatment, Coping

    • 1 hr 55 min
    4.6 Meet the Team: Tango Fae Batelli

    4.6 Meet the Team: Tango Fae Batelli

    This is a conversation from our second season that we never actually aired, but we want you to hear it so you can get to know Tango Fae Batelli, one of our co-hosts. Tango is the founder of AutiComm, a peer-to-peer community of autistic folks, which is why we asked her to talk to us. In this conversation, we talk about feeling good about being autistic, the Double Empathy Problem, “not looking autistic,” fawning vs. masking, the different experiences of autistic males and females, and the different flavors of autism.

    Feeling good about being autistic
    Do Autistic People Feel Empathy: Myths & Facts You Need To Know
     Divergent from the norm - hyper or hypo version of the norm
    Autistic Stories give us the gestalt of autism
    Double Empathy Problem
    Double empathy problem - Wikipedia.
    Mykola Bilokonsky
    How to speak respectfully about autism
    How To Talk About Autism Respectfully · Public Neurodiversity Support Center
    32 competing thoughts/losing track
    Posing for painters
    17:00 “you don’t look autistic”
    Official diagnosis issues
    25:49 what comes to mind when you hear someone is autistic
    Miss Manners - Miss Manners | Columns | ArcaMax Publishing
    29:00 clip:Tango: Triple major with one being Theater major with concentration in playwriting
    Chronic pain “I’m not dying I’m just autistic”
    Compounded trauma and stress
    Polyvagal theory - Polyvagal theory - Wikipedia
    31:45 Tango’s Theory of autism
    Processing through the ladder
    Taking care of my autistic nervous system
    Mistaken thought that it all ends with the diagnosis: stop autisming
    Map analogy
    Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid – Quote Investigator

    Look at how autism is portrayed in film and tv
     Different flavors of autism
    Prevalence of neurodiversity 
    Hannah Gadsby: Douglas - Wikipedia
    52:20  Introductions
    58:00 I found my map of weirdness
    The different experiences of autism between male and female
    Female autism: boys and girls are socialized differently; little girls play social roles and have scripts - learning the strategy to fawn
    Boys are told what not to do: don’t cry, etc.
    Buffet of comorbidities
    Comorbid Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster
    Adhd and autism
    ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder - CHADD
    Hypermobility disorder

    • 2 hrs 21 min

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