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Safe Space is a show about subjects that are hard to talk about–a respectful forum for courageous conversations about difficult subjects in order to reduce stigma, provide education, offer hope and access to resources. It is a space for the in depth discussion of matters that touch hearts and yet feel risky to share; subjects that deserve, but rarely get, thoughtful consideration.

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Safe Space is a show about subjects that are hard to talk about–a respectful forum for courageous conversations about difficult subjects in order to reduce stigma, provide education, offer hope and access to resources. It is a space for the in depth discussion of matters that touch hearts and yet feel risky to share; subjects that deserve, but rarely get, thoughtful consideration.

    Can We Talk: Talking to White Kids About Race & Racism

    Can We Talk: Talking to White Kids About Race & Racism

    Many white parents have never learned how to talk about race and racism with their kids. Silence perpetuates racism—but it can be hard to know how to start. This hour-long program is about talking to white kids about race and racism: how white parents, families, and teachers can learn to show up for racial justice in a way that will make a difference for generations to come. The show explores a wide variety of approaches with kids of all ages.

    Parents, racial justice experts, and teens all provide perspectives on these necessary and challenging conversations, with a focus on how white parents can actively interrupt the racist messages and stereotypes that children as young as three years old are already starting to pick up. We combine compelling storytelling with practical expert guidance to give you tools to start your own courageous conversations.



    Tips & Strategies for Talking to White Kids About Race & Racism (PDF)

    We’d love to hear from you! If you are a parent or teacher, and you have a story about talking to kids about racism—or a comment for one of our guests—please leave us a voicemail at 617-600-8419.

    • 53 min
    Can We Talk: Loneliness

    Can We Talk: Loneliness

    This episode is about loneliness: what it is, why so many of us feel it, and the surprising toll loneliness takes on our physical and mental health. The health effects of chronic loneliness are akin to smoking 15 cigarettes every day—it literally shortens our lives. Yet it can feel vulnerable to name it when we feel lonely. This show examines the risk factors for loneliness, the influence of social media, and how creative approaches to loneliness can leave us more connected and resilient. We also explore why two groups in particular—teens and the elderly—are most at risk for chronic loneliness. We combine compelling storytelling with practical expert guidance to give you the tools you need to start your own courageous conversations.



    Tips & Strategies for Combating Loneliness (PDF)

    We’d love to hear from you! If you have a story about loneliness or a comment for one of our guests, leave us a voicemail at 617-600-8419.

    • 52 min
    Can We Talk: Asking For Help

    Can We Talk: Asking For Help

    This hour-long program is about asking for help: why it’s so hard to admit when we need something from another person, and the surprising effects that sharing our vulnerability can have on our mental health. The episode explores how shame and stigma can prevent us from asking for what we need, why we tend to underestimate the generosity of others, and how asking can make us feel seen in both welcome and uncomfortable ways. Finally, we address the complicated experience of wanting to help to someone who can’t or won’t ask for it. We combine compelling storytelling with practical expert guidance to give you the tools you need to start your own courageous conversations.



    Tips & Strategies for Asking For Help (PDF)

    We’d love to hear from you! If you have a story about asking for help or a comment for one of our guests, leave us a voicemail at 617-600-8419.

    • 52 min
    Can We Talk: Apologies

    Can We Talk: Apologies

    We all make mistakes. Knowing how to mend our relationships is vital to the mental health of our families and communities. This episode is an exploration of apologies: why saying “I’m sorry” can be difficult, and how we can get better at repairing the relationships that matter the most. Through stories, this show addresses apologies after the #MeToo movement, and the pressure to forgive. It also chronicles the many ways a restorative justice process can change the lives of everyone involved. We combine storytelling with practical expert guidance to give you the tools you need to start you own courageous conversations.



    Tips & Strategies for How to Apologize Well (PDF)

    We’d love to hear from you! If you have a story about an apology or a comment for one of our guests, leave us a voicemail at 617-600-8419.



     

    • 52 min
    Yoga After Trauma with Matthew Sanford

    Yoga After Trauma with Matthew Sanford

    For the final show of 2016 and this season of Safe Space Radio, we revisit my 2011 conversation with Matthew Sanford. Matthew is a yoga teacher focusing on trauma recovery. He was paralyzed from the chest down at age 13 in a car accident that killed his father and sister. As a teen, he was encouraged to overcome the silence of his paralyzed body, but he learned that he could listen to it instead. Over time, he began to experience his body's silence as a source of strength and connection. He encourages all of us, as we age, to listen to the increasing silence of our bodies in new ways.

    Talking To Kids About Sex & Sexuality with Layne Gregory

    Talking To Kids About Sex & Sexuality with Layne Gregory

    This week we go back to 2008 and the second episode of Safe Space Radio to revisit a conversation that remains so important to me: how (and when) to talk to your kids about sexuality. My guest Layne Gregory and I discuss the ways our parents were unable to give us the information we needed on the subject. Layne shares the strategies for navigating the subject of sexuality that she used with her own kids and gives 6 basic principles that are important for kids to understand.

Customer Reviews

egdod17 ,

Thank you for this

Superb interviews and discussion-

Lurid Vision ,

Really?

Do you understand the definition of racism? Is racism only towards black people? Terrible message to think that all whites are racist and have a “responsibility” only to fix a racism problem. I am Mexican American and I believe this message is what makes a division. “White Culture” what about just ... be a decent person treat all with respect and be kind without talking about race or color. You are teaching kids to look at color and race and not fixing the problem.

Gratefultoyou ,

Dr Ann Howard

Dr. Ann Howard Is an excellent host for this Podcast. She is a superb listener and companionate human being. She tackles the questions with tact and respect. The subject matter of episodes is exactly what does not get talked about in society, or within oneself, but is healing and transformative and inspiring.

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