122 episodes

I started this podcast because I was tired of being stereotyped as lazy, triggered and entitled. I wanted to give voice to a different kind of millennial and invite us to write a new story - one of a generation willing to challenge the status quo, embrace nuance and paradox, and reject PC-culture. This podcast isn’t about finding answers, it’s about asking the right questions. How can we reinvent ourselves and the narratives we’ve been expected to inherit? How can we take ownership over the ways we participate in our own suffering? How can we move beyond victimization and into empowerment? How can we fix ourselves to fix the world? It’s time for new dreams, new stories and new futures…

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A Millennial's Guide to Saving the World Anya Kaats

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 248 Ratings

I started this podcast because I was tired of being stereotyped as lazy, triggered and entitled. I wanted to give voice to a different kind of millennial and invite us to write a new story - one of a generation willing to challenge the status quo, embrace nuance and paradox, and reject PC-culture. This podcast isn’t about finding answers, it’s about asking the right questions. How can we reinvent ourselves and the narratives we’ve been expected to inherit? How can we take ownership over the ways we participate in our own suffering? How can we move beyond victimization and into empowerment? How can we fix ourselves to fix the world? It’s time for new dreams, new stories and new futures…

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    #122 Reclaiming Curiosity and Connection in Dangerously Divided Times with Mónica Guzmán

    #122 Reclaiming Curiosity and Connection in Dangerously Divided Times with Mónica Guzmán

    Mónica Guzmán is an author, journalist, and bridge builder. She is the Director of Digital Storytelling at Braver Angels, a nonprofit working to depolarize America, and author of the book “I Never Thought Of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times”. Móni and her parents immigrated to the US from Mexico when she was a teenager. Móni is a liberal, but her parents voted for Trump… twice. Our conversation focuses on the importance of curating connection to those we disagree with, and the practice of maintaining curiosity about ideas and opinions we don’t understand. We speak about how to prioritize trust above “truth,” the polarizing role of the media, and the danger of getting sucked into ideological silos. Móni explains how it is possible to remember that we are all smarter and more capable than what they want us to believe, but only when we make space for and reclaim vulnerable conversations, and a connection to one another.

    Mónica’s book recommendation: The Collected Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Find Mónica on Twitter, Instagram, and ReclaimCuriosity.com

    Click here to learn more about Contact Beyond Contact.

    Click here to sign up for the Sex at Dawn Retreat this September in Montana, hosted by Chris Ryan, Cameron & Melayne Shayne, and me! (Only two spots left).

    Songs featured: “Moving” by Eskimotion, “Back to You” by Benjamin Gordon, and “Going Home” by Ásgeir

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    • 1 hr 54 min
    #121 Celebrating Unpopular Opinions and the Fluidity of Identity with Lenore Black

    #121 Celebrating Unpopular Opinions and the Fluidity of Identity with Lenore Black

    Lenore Black, a fan favorite of the show, returns for a second episode. It’s an understatement to say that a lot has changed in the year and a half since Lenore and I first connected, both personally and collectively. We speak about Lenore’s move from New York City to Joshua Tree, which was as much an inner journey as an outer journey. Lenore shares why she decided to reevaluate her career, her connection to herself and to nature, and the identity she held onto for years as a bisexual, queer, kinky, non-monogamous woman. We speak about the importance of avoiding political and ideological silos, and why it’s vital that we approach ourselves and the world with curiosity, empathy and a willingness to have our minds changed in ways we might not expect.

    Click here to listen to the first podcast episode Lenore and I recorded together.

    Find Lenore on Instagram and on Substack

    Songs featured: “Desert Solitaire” by Greta Morgan, “Ends of the Earth” by Lord Huron, and “Meanwhile Back in the City” by The Presidents of the United States of America

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    • 1 hr 47 min
    #120 Growing Up Maasai in a Complex, Changing World with Elia Edward Mollel

    #120 Growing Up Maasai in a Complex, Changing World with Elia Edward Mollel

    Chris and I had the pleasure of spending ten days with Elia on our trip to Tanzania last month, and sat down to record a podcast with him at Lake Eyasi. Elia is half Maasai, and spent much of his childhood being raised by his Maasai grandfather. He has a great deal of knowledge and insight about the complexities and conflicts between the Maasai and the “modern world,” because that complexity informs his life and identity. In this conversation we speak about his experience learning about wildlife, the land, astronomy and what it means to mature as a man within his Maasai community, and the shift into his adult life as a safari guide. We speak about Maasai culture and tradition, climate change, spirit animals, tourism, education, and population growth. Elia gives some unique and important context to the experience of coming from and living in two very different worlds.

    Get in touch with Elia through Gladiola Adventure.

    Songs featured: “Korobela” and “Asante Sana” by The Soil

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    • 1 hr 28 min
    #119 Rerooting our Stories and Rewilding our Mythology with Sophie Strand

    #119 Rerooting our Stories and Rewilding our Mythology with Sophie Strand

    Sophie is a writer based in the Hudson Valley who focuses on the intersection of spirituality, storytelling, and ecology. We speak about personal and collective mythologies and how so many of our stories have been deracinated from their roots in ways that perpetuate harm. We discuss the importance of rerooting and rewilding these narratives by listening with our whole bodies, and becoming aware of how our individual story is a part of an overarching ecological matrix. We touch on how we’ve both worked to reframe our own sensitivity and illness, and the complexities of Psilocybin, masculinity, Jesus, spirituality and magic.

    Find Sophie at and on Instagram, on Substack and check out her course with Advaya. Pre-order her book The Flowering Wand: Rewilding the Sacred Masculine.

    Sophie’s Book Recommendations: When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut and Inflamed by by Rupa Marya and Raj Patel

    Songs featured: “Gold Star Mothers” by Hammock, “Meet The Moonlight” by Jack Johnson, and “Dust” by Ryan Montbleau

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    • 1 hr 43 min
    #118 Anti-Racism 2.0: Reclaiming Love and Rejecting Division with Chloé Valdary

    #118 Anti-Racism 2.0: Reclaiming Love and Rejecting Division with Chloé Valdary

    Chloé is a writer and entrepreneur whose company, Theory of Enchantment, offers an alternative to conventional anti-racism training. Instead of focusing on dualistic thinking and division, Chloé’s company embraces and promotes love and compassion. We speak about the importance of accepting and embodying our own individual complexities and polarities as a means to accept others. We discuss the West’s (and our own individual) obsession with controlling and predicting, which inevitably leads to abuses of power. We also talk about meaningful relationship as an antidote to power grabbing, the importance of channeling anger as opposed to identifying with it, and how real change will require that we get back into our bodies and feel our feelings.

    Find Chloé at TheoryofEnchantment.com, Instagram, and Twitter, and listen to her podcast The Heart Speaks

    Chloé’s Book Recommendations: The Way of Woman by Helen Luke and The Master and His Emissary by Iain McGilchrist

    Songs featured: “Dreamer” by Arisha Badru and “You Make Loving Fun” by Fleetwood Mac

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    • 1 hr 33 min
    #117 In the Shadow of the Healer: A Solo Episode

    #117 In the Shadow of the Healer: A Solo Episode

    This episode has been a long time coming. If you’re a regular listener of MGSW, you know that I’m incredibly interested in exploring power dynamics, shadow, and spirituality, especially when all three become interwoven. I share my reflections about the podcast Cover Story, which uncovers abuses of power within the growing industry of psychedelic therapy. I also discuss Power in the Helping Professions by Adolf Guggenbühl-Craig, and reflect on how power is wielded within various forms of “therapy”. How might “healers” project the wounded pole of the wounded healer archetype onto their patients, thereby avoiding their own? What are the dangers of silencing genuine questions and concerns during campaigns to gain cultural acceptance of something that’s been historically demonized? Why are we more willing to discuss abuses of power when the abuses involve sex and drugs? How have nuanced conversations and opinions been replaced by false binaries and “you’re with me or against me” reactive assumptions? I discuss all of these questions and more.

    Song featured: “Waterfalls” by Ten Fé

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    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
248 Ratings

248 Ratings

AssociatorExtraordinaire ,

So thoughtful and nuanced

Anya handles myriad topics with extremely thoughtful precision that I find very impressive. Meaningful conversations can feel fraught because of not wanting to offend anyone, but Anya’s care shines insight and curiosity about so many fascinating topics. Highly recommend!

kjs94123 ,

Very well done content

Good stuff

myk 💃🏼 ,

i recommend this show to everyone

I first heard Anya on Lindsey Lockett’s show and i knew immediately that i had to hear more of what she had to say. I think i binged 20 episodes that week and continue to listen to the back log almost everyday. This show is such a breath of fresh air; it’s amazing to find a place that is such an expression of healthy conversation and perspectives. I’m so grateful for all of the love and energy that Anya puts into this show. It’s thought prolong to the point that i often have to pause the show to contemplate the bigs thoughts that arise. Thank you Anya for doing what you do ♥️

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