164 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 • 86 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. 164 | Should We Care about Iran?

    Ep. 164 | Should We Care about Iran?

    Iran hasn’t always been a conflict zone. 1970s Iran resembled most Western countries. But in 1979, the government changed from a monarchy to a theocracy, causing the mostly secular public to be ruled by radical Muslims. Now the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini has sparked country-wide protests, with Gen Z at the forefront. In this episode, Iranian American Shadi (last name left out for safety) explains in plain language why Americans (& everyone else) should care about the Iranian protests. #womenlifefreedom
    If you liked this episode, you’ll also like episode 48: FORCED MARRIAGE IN AMERICA?
    Guest:  https://www.instagram.com/that_fit_doctor/ | Contact United Nations &  demand action 1-800-367-5437 | Contact UNICEF https://www.ohchr.org/en/contact-us | Contact your representatives https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative 
     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. 163 | The Science of the Friend Zone: Apps, Evolution & Tricky Fish

    Ep. 163 | The Science of the Friend Zone: Apps, Evolution & Tricky Fish

    Dr. Duana Welch is called Dear Abbey on Science. She’s the author of the book, Love Factually, a data-driven, how-to romance book for people looking for lifelong love. In this episode, she uses science to explain the friend zone, how to get out of it & why men propose with a ring, not a potato.
    If you liked this episode, you’ll also like episode 68: CROSS-CULTURAL RELATIONSHIPS? LESSONS OF LOVE FROM YOUTUBE CREATOR DATING BEYOND BORDERS
    Guest:  http://www.lovesciencemedia.com/about | https://www.linkedin.com/in/duana-welch-3a14a0125/ | https://www.facebook.com/LoveFactuallyAuthor
     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/

    • 44 min
    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

Customer Reviews

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86 Ratings

86 Ratings

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