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.
Brenden Kumarasamy on competition and communication
When Brenden Kumarasamy was 19, his life goal was to get a lucrative corporate job. When he learned about case competitions, which provided the opportunity to present to business executives, everything shifted. We talk about competition culture and how the experience led him to become an expert communicator with goals even greater than his corporate dreams.
Maynard Okereke on finding his lane
Maynard Okereke was keeping his artistic pursuits away from his engineering job when one day he went into work and found his colleagues listening to his music. That moment sparked his pivot into entertainment and eventually led him to create the Hip Hop Science Show. We get into all things science as we talk about his road to STEM communication, what it means to find your passion, and why everyone should stay curious.
Kate White on seriously listening to her body
In 2016, Kate White was having a lot of pain but at the time she didn't think it was a lot. What happened a few months later made her realize she needed to take her pain seriously and that's when everything shifted. In the presence of her purring cat Penny, we talk about women's health, women's bodies, and how a series of diagnoses finally allowed Kate to understand herself.
Leilani De Nieva on everything supernatural in Pittsburg
In July 2016, Leilani was celebrating her sister's wedding in Pittsburg when she saw God- as in the actor who plays "God" in the television show Supernatural. A superfan of the show, running into the cast leaving a Supernatural convention ended up being an important sign. We talk family, religion, and the power of things we can't see.
Kwazar Martin on his grandmother and art
Growing up in a rough area in Indianapolis, Kwazar Martin's grandmother kept him focused. But after she passed, he strayed from what she taught him. We talk about his journey from prison to art, life and light, and the never ending energy of his grandmother.
Brandon Saiz on getting validation
On episode 36, Brandon Saiz shared a moment about achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He's back to share a new moment that has altered his outlook and how he views his time in the Coast Guard: a recent diagnosis of ADHD. We talk about changing perspectives, new understandings, and finally getting validation.
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!