162 episodes

Less canceling. More curiosity. Each episode delivers an unlikely perspective or paradox to give you a break from the algorithm. Each conversation is wildly different than the last, so bring your ADD & your earbuds & have a look around! I talk about everything from cannabis to cannibalism. Not sure where to start? Try episode 86 with the accidental swingers or 94 with the Irish Catholic comedian who converted to Orthodox Judaism.

Meredith for Real: the curious introvert Meredith Hackwith Edwards

    • Science
    • 4.9 • 84 Ratings

Less canceling. More curiosity. Each episode delivers an unlikely perspective or paradox to give you a break from the algorithm. Each conversation is wildly different than the last, so bring your ADD & your earbuds & have a look around! I talk about everything from cannabis to cannibalism. Not sure where to start? Try episode 86 with the accidental swingers or 94 with the Irish Catholic comedian who converted to Orthodox Judaism.

    Ep. 162 | Why am I Not Happy? Ancient Brains & Modern Emotions

    Ep. 162 | Why am I Not Happy? Ancient Brains & Modern Emotions

    Dr. Loretta Breuning was unconvinced by prevailing theories on human motivation & after researching the animal origins of our brain chemicals, wrote the book Habits of a Happy Brain. Here she shares why we find ourselves saying, “I shouldn’t be so unhappy! I have everything I need” or doing late-night shopping at the expense of your savings account, drinking more than we said we would, or going back into that bad relationship. She breaks down each brain chemical in plain language,  philosophical vs physical happiness, & why our expectation of constant happiness can be a source of chronic distress.
    If you liked this episode, you’ll also like episode 63: NATURAL MENTAL HEALTH HACKS BY MEREDITH
    Guest:  https://innermammalinstitute.org/ | https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorettabreuning/ | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-happy-brain/id1377502232 | https://www.instagram.com/inner.mammal.inst/
    Host:  https://www.meredithforreal.com/  | https://www.instagram.com/meredithforreal/  | meredith@meredithforreal.com | https://www.youtube.com/meredithforreal  | https://www.facebook.com/meredithforrealthecuriousintrovert
    Sponsors: https://uwf.edu/university-advancement/departments/historic-trust/ | https://www.ensec.net/

    • 39 min
    Ep. 161 | Why are there NO Native Archaeologists?

    Ep. 161 | Why are there NO Native Archaeologists?

    Dr. Joe Watkins has been studying archeology for over 50 years. He’s a Senior Consultant at Archaeological and Cultural Education Consultants, in Tucson, Arizona & visiting Professor at the Global Institution for Collaborative Research and Education at Hokkaido University in Japan. He is also a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He was the 2nd native person to be president of the society for American archaeology & serves as a mediator between anthropological disciplines and Indigenous groups. In this episode, he discusses why Native Americans & Archaeologists butt heads, what drew him to archaeology despite social pressure to avoid it & his take on why Native history isn’t taught in high schools.
    If you liked this episode, you’ll also like episode 114: HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M INDIGENOUS? MAN DISCOVERS HE’S NATIVE ROYALTY
    Guest:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1598745697/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_5YHXT56W8R4YTC3GKJDF
    Host:  https://www.meredithforreal.com/  | https://www.instagram.com/meredithforreal/  | meredith@meredithforreal.com | https://www.youtube.com/meredithforreal  | https://www.facebook.com/meredithforrealthecuriousintrovert
    Sponsors: https://uwf.edu/university-advancement/departments/historic-trust/ | https://www.ensec.net/

    • 52 min
    Ep. 160 | Could Magic Mushrooms Cure Addiction?

    Ep. 160 | Could Magic Mushrooms Cure Addiction?

    Psilocybin was approved for research of therapeutic potential in 2021 & Dr. Peter Hendricks is a part of that research. He’s a clinical psychologist and professor in the department of health behaviors at the University of AL Birmingham. Here he shares why psilocybin has historically been taboo, the therapeutic potential, the efficacy of drug prohibition & the CIA’s role in making magic mushrooms mainstream in Western culture.
    If you liked this episode, you’ll also like episode 101: PSYCHEDELIC LAWYER?
    Guest has no social media presence, but would like to bring attention to: https://www.ipci.life/
    Host:  https://www.meredithforreal.com/  | https://www.instagram.com/meredithforreal/  | meredith@meredithforreal.com | https://www.youtube.com/meredithforreal  | https://www.facebook.com/meredithforrealthecuriousintrovert
    Sponsors: https://uwf.edu/university-advancement/departments/historic-trust/ | https://www.ensec.net/

    • 49 min
    Ep. 159 | Is Hawaii Haunted? History, Pele & Pizza

    Ep. 159 | Is Hawaii Haunted? History, Pele & Pizza

    Lopaka Kapanui is a native Hawaiian who was adopted by a non-Hawaiian family & raised Catholic. When he was 7, he died during a medical procedure & his near-death experience left him with some unusual gifts & an open door to connecting back to his culture. He now celebrates over 25 years of owning & operating Hawaii’s only locally-owned ghost tour company, Mysteries of Hawaii. In this episode, he shares the tie between mediumship & Hawaiian culture, his personal journey back to his roots & some ghost stories he’s personally experienced.
    If you liked this episode, you’ll also like episode 51: HAUNTED HOMETOWN?
    Guest: https://www.instagram.com/mysteriesofhawaii/ | https://www.facebook.com/MysteriesofHonolulu/  | https://www.linkedin.com/in/lopaka-kapanui-50357715/ | https://www.mysteries-of-hawaii.com/
    Host:  https://www.meredithforreal.com/  | https://www.instagram.com/meredithforreal/  | meredith@meredithforreal.com | https://www.youtube.com/meredithforreal  | https://www.facebook.com/meredithforrealthecuriousintrovert
    Sponsors: https://uwf.edu/university-advancement/departments/historic-trust/ | https://www.ensec.net/

    • 39 min
    Ep. 158 | What is Medically Assisted Sex?

    Ep. 158 | What is Medically Assisted Sex?

    Trish St John is the founder of Sensual Solutions in Vancouver, Canada, an intimate care service for adults with disabilities. With everyone trying to be more sex-positive, we ask the question, why then is it so uncomfortable to think about someone with a spinal cord injury having sex? In this episode, she shares how she went from HR executive to sex surrogacy agency owner, why we prefer people with disabilities to be asexual, how her service works & how it’s legal.
    If you liked this episode, you’ll also like episode 123: HOW ARE SEX SCENES NOT (KINDA) REAL? PILATES BALLS, YOGA MATS & TRAFFIC LIGHTS
    Guest: https://www.facebook.com/intimacycoaches | http://www.sensualsolutions.ca/ | https://twitter.com/SolutionSensual
    Host:  https://www.meredithforreal.com/  | https://www.instagram.com/meredithforreal/  | meredith@meredithforreal.com | https://www.youtube.com/meredithforreal  | https://www.facebook.com/meredithforrealthecuriousintrovert
    Sponsors: https://uwf.edu/university-advancement/departments/historic-trust/ | https://www.ensec.net/

    • 33 min
    Ep. 157 | Outdoor Counseling? Treating Mental Illness Al Fresco

    Ep. 157 | Outdoor Counseling? Treating Mental Illness Al Fresco

    Jeff Adorador spent his 20s as an outdoor nomad, spending most of his time in nature & able to fit all of his possessions in the back of a truck. In his 30’s he got his Master's Degree in Counseling & in 2004 he combined his passions by founding Earthwalker, a service providing wilderness survival instruction, walk-and-talk outdoor counseling, and wilderness therapy adventures. In this episode we talk about finding your gifts late in life, what it was like going from sleeping under the stars to the fluorescent lighting of a hospital graveyard shift & why getting outside is more than just a good idea.
    If you liked this episode, you’ll also like episode 130: BAREFOOT IN CANADA: REWILDING, BRAIN FOG & STARBUCKS
    Guest: https://www.instagram.com/earthwalkerllc/ | https://earthwalkerllc.com/ | https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC09eX6KD2aiVx7AhZcOMHww/videos
    Host:  https://www.meredithforreal.com/  | https://www.instagram.com/meredithforreal/  | meredith@meredithforreal.com | https://www.youtube.com/meredithforreal  | https://www.facebook.com/meredithforrealthecuriousintrovert
    Sponsors: https://uwf.edu/university-advancement/departments/historic-trust/ | https://www.ensec.net/

    • 35 min

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84 Ratings

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Always a fun listen!

I always enjoying listening. The topics are so engaging. I love that every guest has a completely different and interesting story and Meredith is always a pleasure to listen to!

de56789 ,

Absolutely THE BEST!!

I love everything about this podcast! The topics are so different and interesting. Every episode I hear I learn something new, laugh out loud and go “hmmm” :) Look forward to listening to ALL of them!

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I love the breadth of subjects Meredith covers. She is genuinely curious and super engaging. The episodes feel like a great conversation with good friends.

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