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.
Season Two: Ending with a thank you
Thirty episodes with guests from around the country and the world, Season Two has been quite the ride. A quick look back at the unexpected moments and a big thank you to the people who shared their stories, the listeners who tuned in, and to the incredible leadership at Voice for partnering with the show for And Then Suddenly; Rising Voices.
And the season ends with a huge thank you to the healthcare workers who impact our lives. Until Season Three, take care and stay healthy!
Elizabeth Howard Phillips & Kenneth Phillips on their bright light
After learning the fifth round of IVF didn't work out, Elizabeth Howard Phillips realized she couldn't keep putting her body through treatments. Less than two years later, Kenneth Phillips found himself nervously driving Elizabeth and their adopted baby away from the hospital. From their hotel room in Florida, we talk about their journey through infertility, the craziness that comes with adopting a baby during a pandemic, and their new bright light Eleanor.
Ashley Lauren Rogers on taking a stand
Ashley Lauren Rogers was working in the steampunk scene when she learned a friend and colleague was accused of nonconsensual relations with someone else in the community. Seeing how willing people were able to dismiss the claims, her decision to immediately step away from the scene changed everything. We talk about the fantasy of steampunk, what happens when you decide to take a stand, why it's important to believe survivors.
Katherine Cooper on the slow burn of 2020
From her grandfather's passing on January 2nd to a friend's death in February to a global pandemic in March, the year 2020 has been a slow moving fire for Katherine Cooper. We talk about how she is navigating this collection of sudden moments during an unprecedented time and what it means to grieve "the right way."
Jad Mahmoud Halabi on his Dad's advice
On May 23, 2015, scientist Jad Mahmoud Halabi was at a mall when he learned his Dad passed away. As his constant support system, his Dad taught him to embrace failure, see the world, and take advantage of every opportunity. Something switched after his passing and Jad decided to live this advice. We talk about what this new outlook is teaching him about his Dad's life, how it is increasing his curiosity, and how it impacts his work in science communication.
Paola Irun on turning points
When theater artist Paola Irun's father became ill, she made the choice to end her visa, her time in New York City, and return home to Paraguay. His eventual passing changed everything and sent Paola on a journey to find that "something" that had always been missing. We talk about how grief led her into the worlds of boxing, yoga, and how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted her art and life in Paraguay.
I so very much want this program to be available to everyone. It most certainly belongs on NPR. Nothing resembles it. Angela makes sure to explore the unrecognizable complexities of what profoundly changes a person, and without a twitch of sensationalism. Her empathy is truly exceptional and leads her to bring out what we would likely never realize, in turn uniting us in difference and expanding all that within us is humane. After just one program, we cannot help but wonder, when seeing another person, what might have suddenly changed their entire way of being.
And Then Suddenly is not only riveting, it is that rare experience that expands and never leaves your consciousness.
Windows into big moments in everyday lives
This is such a great premise for a podcast. Angela’s guests speak eloquently about how their transformational moments lead to clarity and growth — and her relaxed, compassionate interviewing style helps make those conversations so insightful and inspiring. Highly recommended.
— David from the podcast “For Keeps”
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!