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We have become a collective of voices of lived experience, progressive ideas, creatives, artists, activism, and amplification of women, LGBTQIA+, black, brown, and everything in between.
Shining spotlights onto the issues surrounding us right here, but honestly they are relatable and sister to the stories and issues everywhere in the world. We have SUCH inspiring, creative, brilliant minds within our own communities. And we are sharing them> Sometimes snarky, sometimes dead serious, sometimes both. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/midwest-misfits/support

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We have become a collective of voices of lived experience, progressive ideas, creatives, artists, activism, and amplification of women, LGBTQIA+, black, brown, and everything in between.
Shining spotlights onto the issues surrounding us right here, but honestly they are relatable and sister to the stories and issues everywhere in the world. We have SUCH inspiring, creative, brilliant minds within our own communities. And we are sharing them> Sometimes snarky, sometimes dead serious, sometimes both. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/midwest-misfits/support

    Sonita Buddi, Founder of Brighten our Futures

    Sonita Buddi, Founder of Brighten our Futures

    Sonita Buddhi is changing the childcare game with a BIG idea! A non-profit child care center with a sliding scale so that when a person makes enough money to not need government subsidy they don't immediately jump to the full price negating any improvement in income and sending them right back to having no extra money. How can anyone get ahead with that model???

    Along with tiered cost structures, a food pantry, quarterly family meals, classes for education and self-improvement, child care scholarships will eventually be available for single parents, and then she and Beaufield Berry Fisher run a Food Insecurity page connecting those who can give with those who need. Even if they can collect $10 they pool the money to serve who they can. It's a loving beautiful harmony of the community taking place. It also breaks down the barrier that middle-income families making $40k-50k/ yr are often those who are experiencing food insecurity.

    Food Insecurity Connection:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/497249491675731

    Brighten Our Futures:

    https://www.brightenourfutures.com/

    NOISE Article with Susie Buffett:

    https://www.noiseomaha.com/profiles/2020/12/11/susie-buffett-addresses-the-role-her-sherwood-foundation-and-rh-land-management-play-in-north-omaha-property-acquisitions

    Other Countries Child Care/ Family Leave Status:

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/25/health/child-care-parenting-explainer-intl

    https://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a27496656/3-women-on-what-its-actually-like-to-have-universal-childcare/

    https://www.moms.com/us-daycare-costs-compared-other-countries/

    https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/04/these-countries-have-the-most-expensive-childcare/

    https://www.unicef.org/press-releases/sweden-norway-iceland-and-estonia-rank-highest-family-friendly-policies-oecd-and-eu

    https://hechingerreport.org/how-7-countries-are-supporting-child-care-and-families-during-the-pandemic/

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    • 45 min
    Bonus Fry: Matt Gaetz is About to Get What's Coming

    Bonus Fry: Matt Gaetz is About to Get What's Coming

    Colleen and Leah hop on for a quick chat about some current events.  It's been a while since we have freestyled and a lot has happened in the past couple of months.  Colleen opens up about what has been happening inside her bubble and shares the difficult journey she and her family have been navigating this past year.  

    Oh and we also rip on Matt Gaetz because, well, he deserves it.  Join us, won't you?

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    • 41 min
    Part Two: We Talk Environmental Racism, Economic Stability, & Community with Naomi Hattaway, Amanda and Kiley Petersmith

    Part Two: We Talk Environmental Racism, Economic Stability, & Community with Naomi Hattaway, Amanda and Kiley Petersmith

    Back at it with part two of our conversation on the FIVE giant factors in everyone's health and welfare (Social Determinants) chat. Amanda discusses the marriage equality heart to heart she had with one of her dear friends, which is literally why we do this podcast. Hopefully, if you don't have someone in your life who will give you these first-hand perspectives, we bring them to your ears. 

    We talk about living with disability, reaching marginalized communities, and the paradox of philanthropy. Philanthropy that is religious-based is shunning to entire communities. Those who shun LGBTQIA+ are missing out on brilliant minds and opportunities because no one is going to apply for jobs where they are openly and actively discriminated against unless they are desperate. 

    Environmental racism is rampant in Omaha particularly in the realm of lead poisoning that continues to plague our neighborhoods and a disproportionate amount of marginalized folks. 

    Here are links to articles on lead pollution and environmental racism:

    https://northomahahistory.com/2016/04/18/a-history-of-lead-poisoning-in-north-omaha/

    https://www.douglascountyhealth.com/27-children/lead/131-your-guide-to-the-omaha-lead-superfund-site

    https://www.ketv.com/article/lead-plant-poisoned-omahas-soil-epa-concerned-cleanup-efforts-will-hold/29779146

    Omaha is Super Charitable BUT It Comes with Purse Strings Attached to People and What THEY Want:

    https://www.omahachamber.org/wedontcoast/we-live/philanthropic/

    https://omahafoundation.org/news/omaha-donors-among-most-generous-in-the-nation/

    Philadelphia's Lead and Water Problems:

    https://www.phillymag.com/citified/2016/02/21/philadelphia-lead-poisoning/


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    • 43 min
    What's All the Buzzzz About Social Determinants of Health??

    What's All the Buzzzz About Social Determinants of Health??

    Hey Midwest Misfit Listeners! Today Naomi Hattaway who is currently running for Omaha City Council is Co-Hosting with Colleen! Naomi is an all-around awesome human and today we are talking with two other special people: Amanda and Kiley Petersmith. Amanda is a seasoned Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Boystown Pediatrics and Kiley is a nurse currently working on her doctorate and is the Director of Community Engagement at Methodist College, currently leading the way to get invisible homeless populations vaccinated against Covid. She also leads the mobile lead screening and diabetic clinic that serves marginalized communities. 

    Today we are talking about Social Determinants of Health which is an obnoxious name that nobody readily understands its meaning. It is looking at the societal environments and communities that determine the health, wellness, risk of disease and injury based on the environments humans are exposed to and are not based on individual determinants like genetics and behavior of a person. It is looking at the environment at which one works, lives, and plays in and how that factors into the health of people within those environments. 

    Where one is born, raised, works, lives, and plays exposes them to toxins like lead or unsanitary and unsafe conditions outside of themselves. The cost of ignoring these crucial factors is both fiscally enormous and morally corrupt. We need the general public and legislators to understand all the ways in which we can improve the health and well-being of our individuals, communities, and society. 

    You can read about Kiley's awesome work vaccinating marginalized communities here:

    https://www.wowt.com/2021/02/24/methodist-oha-dchd-team-up-to-vaccinate-invisible-populations/

    You can support and learn more about Naomi Hattaway here: 

    https://www.naomiforcitycouncil.com/  

    https://twitter.com/NaomiHattaway?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/naomihattaway

    Learn about Amanda Petersmith here:

    https://www.boystownpediatrics.org/physicians/amanda-petersmith

    https://www.happylittletreephotography.com/petersmithfamily


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    • 49 min
    The Good Life, If You Can Keep It: Nathan Leach, Executive Director of Nonpartisan Nebraska

    The Good Life, If You Can Keep It: Nathan Leach, Executive Director of Nonpartisan Nebraska

    Today we bring you another episode of the Good Life if you can keep it with hosts Erica Schauer and Wes Dodge.

    In this episode, Wes and Erica have a conversation with Nathan Leach regarding Non-partisan Nebraska, an organization that attempts to take the party toxicity out of the state legislature.   Nathan Erica and Wes also discuss the general dysfunction of the legislature and how we can attempt to change it.
    You can find Nonpartisan Nebraska at https://www.facebook.com/NonPartisanNebraska/

    This is the last episode you will hear on the Misfits feed so we really encourage you to subscribe to The Good Life, If You Can Keep It on Apple, Spotify and wherever you like to listen. Check out our show notes for links.

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    • 58 min
    Meet Sylvia Stone, 24-year-old Breast Cancer Survivor

    Meet Sylvia Stone, 24-year-old Breast Cancer Survivor

    Hey Misfits! Today we are talking with Sylvia Stone. Sylvia is a 24-year-old car lover, videographer, and breast cancer survivor. When she is not trying to change the world teaching one self-exam at a time, you can find her snuggling her cats, Pickle and Pumpkin, or playing animal crossing with her husband. Today she is telling us all about her cancer journey and if it is one thing she has learned it is that no one is too young for breast cancer. She is working toward changing the world through genetic screenings and monthly self-exams. Here is Sylvia’s story.

    Thanks for listening to this episode of Midwest misfits. For more on some of the organizations mentioned today check out these links below:

    For The Breast of Us

    Livestrong.org

    American Cancer Society

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