6 episodes

Two adult adoptees, Sarah Reinhardt and Louise Browne, delve into all things adoption - from their perspectives as adult adoptees, to DNA testing, to nature vs. nurture and beyond. Adoption has many layers, but one of the biggest curiosities to adoptees when growing up is - why am I the way I am? From physical qualities to personality traits, it’s all an unknown until, and if, the day comes when adoptees and biological families meet. Sarah and Louise, two former business partners who had a successful ice cream truck in Los Angeles, team up again - this time in frank and honest conversations about all things adoption. Both were adopted shortly after birth, but they had very different experiences. Each episode, Sarah and Louise will discuss a chapter from THE PRIMAL WOUND by Nancy Newton Verrier, and then interview other adoptees, along with biological parents who gave their kids up for adoption, adoptive parents, and siblings from both. These will be intimate conversations, but also fun - because Sarah and Louise know how to lighten things up and have a good time. They also have an uncanny ability to get to the heart of a subject with anyone that crosses their path - so conversations will take many turns. Buckle up and come along for the ride!

Adoption: The Making of Me Louise Browne & Sarah Reinhardt

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

Two adult adoptees, Sarah Reinhardt and Louise Browne, delve into all things adoption - from their perspectives as adult adoptees, to DNA testing, to nature vs. nurture and beyond. Adoption has many layers, but one of the biggest curiosities to adoptees when growing up is - why am I the way I am? From physical qualities to personality traits, it’s all an unknown until, and if, the day comes when adoptees and biological families meet. Sarah and Louise, two former business partners who had a successful ice cream truck in Los Angeles, team up again - this time in frank and honest conversations about all things adoption. Both were adopted shortly after birth, but they had very different experiences. Each episode, Sarah and Louise will discuss a chapter from THE PRIMAL WOUND by Nancy Newton Verrier, and then interview other adoptees, along with biological parents who gave their kids up for adoption, adoptive parents, and siblings from both. These will be intimate conversations, but also fun - because Sarah and Louise know how to lighten things up and have a good time. They also have an uncanny ability to get to the heart of a subject with anyone that crosses their path - so conversations will take many turns. Buckle up and come along for the ride!

    Sam

    Sam

    In this episode, Sarah and Louise discuss Chapter Six of “The Primal Wound” by Nancy Newton Verrier, and then they talk to Sam Miller, an adoptee living in Dallas, Texas.

    Raised in the Chicago area, Sam Miller’s father passed away when he was just 3 years old.  Growing up, he didn’t have a close relationship with his mother.  He could never understand how she could be so emotionally distant from her own “flesh and blood.”  In 2014, his intuition that his relationship with his mother was “opaque,” became clear.  He was fatally ill from a genetic condition, his parents were gone, and he found out that not only did they know that he would need a kidney transplant one day, but they refused to tell him that he was adopted.  This conversation touches on that “aha” moment that some of us have when our being adopted suddenly becomes our new identity later in life and concludes with a happy message.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Andrea

    Andrea

    In this episode, Sarah and Louise discuss Chapter Five of “The Primal Wound” by Nancy Newton Verrier, and then they talk to Andrea Ross, author of "Natural Selection: A Memoir of Adoption and Wilderness."

    Adopted at birth, Andrea grew up inhabiting two ecosystems: one was her tangible, adoptive family; the other her birth family, whose mysterious landscape was hidden from her.  In her early twenties, while working as a ranger in Grand Canyon National Park, she embarked on a journey to discover where she came from and, ultimately, who she was. After many missteps and dead ends, she uncovered her heartbreaking and inspiring origin story. She began navigating the complicated turns of reuniting with her birth parents and their new families. By way of backcountry travel in the American West, she also came to define her true identity and place in the world not by adopted nor biological parents, but through an expanded concept of family.

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    • 55 min
    John

    John

    In this episode, Sarah and Louise discuss Chapter Four of “The Primal Wound” by Nancy Newton Verrier, and then they talk to John Frey, who was born in Vietnam and brought to the United States as part of Operation Babylift when he was a year-and-a-half old.  John often struggled with his identity, having been adopted and raised by a White American family while not having any connection to his birth country or culture.

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    • 53 min
    Jean

    Jean

    In this episode, Sarah and Louise discuss Chapter Three of “The Primal Wound” and then they talk to Jean Bliss Baron, who was adopted into a loving family when she was a few months old. She always knew she was adopted, but it wasn’t until she was 65-years-old when her biological family tracked her down through Ancestry.com. 
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    • 44 min
    Louise

    Louise

    In this episode, Sarah and Louise discuss Chapter Two from the book “The Primal Wound”, and then it’s Louise’s turn to tell her adoption story.

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    • 48 min
    Sarah

    Sarah

    Today you’ll meet your podcast hosts, Sarah and Louise.  On this episode we discuss Chapter One from the book “The Primal Wound”, and then we delve into Sarah’s adoption story.

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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

minion65 ,

Every episode is interesting!

I enjoy hearing everyone’s stories, and of course Louise and Sarah’s banter makes it fun and engaging.

Olive👀 ,

Learning so much

These two ladies share such intimate moments of their lives with so much honesty and acceptance it is inspirational. They are discussing their adoption stories which has made me realize there’s so much I need to learn about my own life story. Keep these episodes coming!!!

BriBek ,

So good

This podcast by a couple of adopted women who became friends and ran a business together is personal, warm and smart. I’m not adopted (though there have been times I wish I had been), but this podcast is as valuable for anyone who wasn’t adopted as it would be for adoptees. It’s eye-opening, genuine and entertaining, and Sarah and Louise are lots of fun to listen to. Great show. Definite subscribe.

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