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Diary of a Nation Christina Zlotnick

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Diary of a Nation is a podcast exploring the human experience. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/diaryofanation/support

    E25: Risky Business

    E25: Risky Business

    A New York woman climbed four of the famed Seven Summits but lost her life in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The core body temperature of a New Hampshire man dropped to a record 76 degrees in an unrelated climbing accident that killed his hiking buddy on the same mountain range. 

    Ty Gagne is the author of two books that explored those winter climbing accidents. He's the CEO of Primex, the New Hampshire Public Risk Management Exchange. He's also a certified wilderness first responder. His risk management strategies apply to the outdoors, the office and everyday life. 

    Order Ty's books or read his essays at: fullconditionsnh.com. 


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    E24: Ten in the Pen

    E24: Ten in the Pen

    The following episode contains explicit language and descriptions of disturbing incidents. My guest spent a decade in prison after he accepted a plea deal on drug conspiracy and gun charges. He went from stashing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash under his bed at home to earning a few dollars a day in federal prison while managing over $200 million in military contracts. 

    The United States is the incarceration capital of the world. We're home to just 4% of the global population but nearly 25% of the world's incarcerated. Do Americans commit more crimes than other people, or are other factors at play? Listen as we explore the issue together. 


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    E23: Mushroom Enthusiast

    E23: Mushroom Enthusiast

    In New Hampshire, this summer was a banner season for mushrooms. Enthusiast Christine Gagnon with the Uncanoonuc Foraging Company recently led me on a walk in the woods and schooled me on the science of mushrooms.


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    E22: Revolutions, Romance, Cancer

    E22: Revolutions, Romance, Cancer

    From opposing the death penalty despite the murder of his father to opposing nuclear power to defend the will of the people, the impact of Renny Cushing's activism reaches beyond the borders of his home state of New Hampshire. The state representative continues to dedicate his life to a wide range of social justice issues, but a diagnosis of prostate cancer is now making demands on his time. 
    Photo credit: rennycushing.com. 

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    E21: A Suicide Every 40 Seconds

    E21: A Suicide Every 40 Seconds

    Worldwide, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds. Steve Boczenowski's son, Jeffrey, died by suicide. So did my first boyfriend. Together, Steve and I share our loved ones' stories and discuss how to prevent more suicides. If you're struggling, help is available. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “home” to 741741.


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    • 37 min
    E20: Pet Stories

    E20: Pet Stories

    A Saudi Arabian cat that immigrated to New Hampshire. A rooster that helped a teenager get to college. A dog that evaded cop cars and a helicopter. A raccoon that overstayed its welcome. A poodle with a Tinder profile. Through a series of short stories, this episode explores our bonds with our pets. Some stories are funny. Some are sad. Some aren't even appropriate for children.


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Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

maiahanlon ,

Beautiful People

Christina is shining light on wide ranging, deep topics that we all need to hear about! Thank you for giving us all a chance to hear these wonderful people’s stories!

geer hed ,

Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes

As a lesson in empathy it’s often said: Before you judge a man, walk in his shoes. Episode 16 did just that for me, it forced me to step into the shoes of someone with an addition disease. While I’ve listen to all of Diary of a Nation’s podcasts this is was the most impactful. I’ve had friends, past employees and acquaintances that suffered from addiction yet after listening to this podcast I realized I never really understood the struggle, the pain, the sorrow that comes with addiction. I looked at it as selfish, as a choice, not as a disease. Though I thought I’d been empathetic in the past now know I was not. Empathy is the ability to understand or feel what another is experiencing from within their frame of reference, the capacity to place oneself in another’s position. Christina’s skillful questioning brought out Katie’s experience in such a way that I felt genuine empathy and an understanding for addiction that I never felt before. I felt I walked in Katie’s shoes. It was a very raw story. Very real. Very eye opening.
This is but one of the podcasts I’ve enjoyed by Christina. I’ve yet to be disappointed or end a podcast before finishing. This, I’ll say, is the only podcast I’ve ever listened to twice, back-to-back. Katie is very articulate. Unlike a lot of addiction stories this has a happy ending. Well done. Well done.

I’ll end with comedian Steve Martin’s spin on walking in someone else’s shoes:
Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you'll be a mile​ away and have his shoes.
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jjbooks7 ,

My go-to podcast

This podcast has completely opened my eyes as to the people and the stories that comprise our country. Not only are the stories on the podcast interesting and surprising, but I find that they have allowed me to grow as a person and citizen. Definitely my favorite podcast to-date, great job!

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