52 episodes

Join writer Angela Santillo as she asks one question: What’s a moment that turned your life upside down? Never knowing what her guests will say, the conversation takes twists and turns that go beyond our ordinary stories about big life moments. Impromptu, funny, and always honest, this show explores what really happens after everything changes in an instant.

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Join writer Angela Santillo as she asks one question: What’s a moment that turned your life upside down? Never knowing what her guests will say, the conversation takes twists and turns that go beyond our ordinary stories about big life moments. Impromptu, funny, and always honest, this show explores what really happens after everything changes in an instant.

    52: Stacy Walsh on finding the good

    52: Stacy Walsh on finding the good

    In May 2017, Stacy Walsh (& then write podcast) was home sick on the couch when her Dad called to say her Mom felt like her legs weren't working in the shower.  Later that day her Mom was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor and things rapidly changed.  We talk about how her Mom became a different person, the stress of dealing with stage 4 glioblastoma, and how Stacy has worked to see the good in a bad situation. 

    • 44 min
    51: Hellen Beyioku-Alase on using her voice to help Deaf women in Nigeria

    51: Hellen Beyioku-Alase on using her voice to help Deaf women in Nigeria

    As a Deaf woman in Nigeria, Hellen Beyioku-Alase heard stories about the discrimination in hospitals towards the Deaf community but it wasn't until her first pregnancy that she experienced how bad the problem was. After a difficult birth, she decided to advocate for Deaf women and girls.  We talk about her work to get sign language interpreters into hospitals and what she is doing so all Deaf women know their rights.

    *This interview is conducted with a sign language interpreter 

    • 41 min
    50: Neema Tembele of Tanzania on her unexpected wake up call

    50: Neema Tembele of Tanzania on her unexpected wake up call

    Neema Tembele was bartending when she had her first panic attack.  The painful physical sensations went away once she got to the hospital but the event set her on a new path.  Now the Co-Founder and Data Analytics Director TEWWY, we talk about the challenges and unexpected benefits of her moment and how she is now on a mission to increase mental health understanding and access in her homeland of Tanzania. 

    • 44 min
    49: Bwiite Lydia on fighting for justice in Uganda

    49: Bwiite Lydia on fighting for justice in Uganda

    When Bwiite Lydia was a young girl, she witnessed her widowed grandmother have her land taken by a family member.  The event sparked her desire to support people facing injustice, especially women.  Now a human rights lawyer, we talk about what it takes to fight for her clients and her current role supporting marginalized workers in Uganda. 

    • 34 min
    48: Maureen Ava Mata on finding power in disability in the Philippines

    48: Maureen Ava Mata on finding power in disability in the Philippines

    Maureen Ava Mata was eighteen when she was diagnosed with bone cancer and had to have her leg amputated.  Her new life as a disabled woman changed her outlook, her family, and the views of her community.  Now a cancer survivor, we talk about her mission to challenge misperceptions and advocate for fellow disabled persons in the Philippines.

    This episode is in honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities 

    • 42 min
    47: Anna Xwexx Morena on asylum and being a Ugandan transgender activist

    47: Anna Xwexx Morena on asylum and being a Ugandan transgender activist

    About four years ago, Anna Xwexx Morena sought asylum in Denmark for her safety and the chance to freely express herself.  But the experience was not what she expected and feeling unsafe and used as a transgender woman, she returned to Uganda.  We talk about her mission to help other Ugandan transgender women with their mental health needs, her experience as a grassroots activist, and her vision for the future.  

    This episode is in honor of Transgender Remembrance Day.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

Cgcook38 ,

I want to meet every guest.

I've been binging episodes of this podcast since I found out about it. I've had a struggle trying to corral the things I love about it into coherent thoughts. So here are some bullet points.
- The host is an exceptional listener. Her questions make it clear that she is taking in the guests' words, processing them, seeking what needs clarification (or what interests her), and spitting out just exactly what I want to know about the guest.
- The guests are SO DIVERSE. I have challenged thoughts I have about religion, spirituality, politics, race, gender, disability, family, health,etc etc, over and over again since listening. Such a wide range of humans makes my mental status quo a huge challenge.
- Excellent production.
-Spectacular aesthetics! The sound quality sometimes drops down enough because of the surrounding noises of Central Park or a busy city street enough that I have to drop down from my 1.7x speed, but it's always worth it.

This is such an eye-opening, hope-inspiring podcast. I want MORE!

Susan MF ,

2 Pods Up!

Full disclosure: I am a pre-pod Angela fan, but I stand behind my rave review of her newest venture. Each episode is a surprising treat! It teaches (cat cuddlers?), introduces us to amazing humans (firefighting mom!), and reminds the listener that humans are fascinating and complex creatures. Bravo, Santillo!

alannaoftrebond ,

Fascinating and fun!

If you’re a fan of podcasts that highlight interesting interviews with a variety of people from different backgrounds and industries, then this will definitely be up your alley. It’s always great to find a fresh new podcast. Angela Santillo really is a gifted storyteller, with a great voice, and she has a knack for teasing out really intriguing stories from her interviewees. Frequently, I found myself thinking, “I wish we knew more about...” and before I could finish the thought, Angela was chiming in to ask for exactly that kind of clarification or elaboration or backstory. Highly recommended!

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