Beyond the Norm
Episode #34: Can You See Me Now? w/ Marci French
Marci French, our very first guest on Episode 02, “Searching For Identity,” joins Mandi Benecke and Naomi Marquez again to discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion. We discuss many current event topics including the recent insurrection/attack on the capital, the arrest and release of Kyle Rittenhouse, and the multitude of murders including Tamir Rice, George Floyd,…
Episode #33: My Lupus Journey: Pain, Surgeries, & Victories w/ Cassidy Bowie
Having been diagnosed with lupus in 2004, Cassidy Bowie didn’t have a clue what she was in for. Her mom has lupus, but you never truly understand until you walk a mile in the shoes of someone with chronic illness. Her journey has had some really high highs and some really low lows, but through…
Episode #32: More Than An Ally w/Michael L. Boucher Jr.
Naomi Marquez and Mandi Benecke sit down with Michael L Boucher to discuss his new book, More than an ally: A caring solidarity framework for White teachers of African American students gives White teachers a path to move beyond empathy to solidarity with their students and communities. He explores the concepts of solidarity and allyship, challenging White teachers to abandon solidarity with whiteness and dismantle the systems that alienate, oppress, and incarcerate Black and Brown young people.
Episode #31: A Wife's Story: My Husband Suffered From PTSD w/ Jeanine Underwood
Jeanine Underwood is a daughter, sister, aunt, mother, and the wife of a police officer. Jeanine is a committed philanthropist focusing on helping people and helping to bring awareness to alcoholism/addiction and PTSD. Jeanine believes there is much work to be done to help our servicemen and women and our police officers, with mental health,…
Episode #30: Health Insurance: Mandi's Experience w/ Mandi & Naomi
Mandi talks about her experience with health insurance and how she's been denied health insurance, and how there's a population of Americans that are uninsured for reasons many people aren't aware of. She uncovers just one piece of our broken healthcare system in America by sharing her first-hand experiences.
Episode #29: My Journey, I am a Proud, Gay Pastor w/Timoth Sylvia
Timoth sits down with Mandi Benecke and Naomi Marquez to tell his story of growing up in a small, rural, Illinois community. Naomi and Mandi ask burning questions to uncover the elephant in the room when it comes to the correlation between religion, judgment, oppression, and how it is impacting our current day society. You won't want to miss his response!
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These ladies are talking about intimate and vulnerable concepts in all the right ways! As a listener, I feel like I’m sitting in the room with them just hanging out and hearing stories and ideas I can relate to on a personal level, no matter who or what the topic of conversation may be!
Can I give 6 stars?? Mandi and Naomi have provided a platform for women to connect, unite and relate and no topic is off limits. Listening to each episode is a treat. More, please!
I always appreciate those who are both gifted in story telling as well as those who work to bring story tellers together. Naomi and Mandi do this so well. And the stories that are shared, the dialogue that results from it are truly authentic.