123 episodes

What does it actually look like to live a purpose-driven life?

How exactly do authors, educators and entrepreneurs make decisions from a meaning-first perspective?

The Make Meaning podcast ponders these questions in conversation with educators, authors, entrepreneurs and leaders around the world.

Host Lynne Golodner is a multi-title author, writing coach, award-winning marketing strategist and inspirational speaker who knows how to ask the right questions to yield rich, inspiring conversations.

Since our first episode on July 9, 2018, we have interviewed more than 100 visionaries. Listen to the latest episodes!

The Make Meaning Podcast Lynne Golodner

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What does it actually look like to live a purpose-driven life?

How exactly do authors, educators and entrepreneurs make decisions from a meaning-first perspective?

The Make Meaning podcast ponders these questions in conversation with educators, authors, entrepreneurs and leaders around the world.

Host Lynne Golodner is a multi-title author, writing coach, award-winning marketing strategist and inspirational speaker who knows how to ask the right questions to yield rich, inspiring conversations.

Since our first episode on July 9, 2018, we have interviewed more than 100 visionaries. Listen to the latest episodes!

    Episode 124 - Dorit Sasson - On the Many Meanings of Home

    Episode 124 - Dorit Sasson - On the Many Meanings of Home

    As a young woman, Dorit Sasson moved to Israel and served in the Israel Defense Forces as a lone soldier. After 18 years, Dorit returned to the United States, and those decisions, along with the details of her life in both places, inspired two memoirs about straddling cultures, languages, and definitions of home.
    In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Dorit speaks with host Lynne Golodner about her books, Accidental Solider and Sand and Steel, which were driven by her determination for self-exploration, observation and a desire to connect. As someone who identifies as Israeli by culture and language, yet never stepped foot in a synagogue while she lived in the Jewish State, Dorit talks with Lynne about the many identities of Israel - a nation, a religion, and a people.
    In this episode, Lynne and Dorit discuss:
    Her journey to Israel and return to the United States Her time serving in the IDF as a lone soldier The close-knit structure of Israeli communities The differences between statehood, identity and culture Israel as the most misunderstood country in the world The beauty of Hebrew Anti-semitism and Anti-Zionism Links and Resources:
    Kibbutz Nahal Brigade Israeli Economy Today History of Israel Israel Population by Religion Israeli Identities Ashkenazi Judaism Mizrahi Judaism Sephardi Judaism Orthodox Judaism Conservative Judaism Reform Judaism Islam Christianity Druze Bedouin Find Dorit Sasson:
    Website
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    • 24 min
    Episode 123 - Karen Baum Gordon - On Surviving the Surviving

    Episode 123 - Karen Baum Gordon - On Surviving the Surviving

    It took 10 years for Karen Baum Gordon to write and publish her memoir, The Last Letter: A father’s struggle, a daughter’s quest, and the long shadow of the Holocaust, under the guidance of a friend who was an editor at McGraw-Hill. The book explores generations of her family through letters, while grappling with the ancestral trauma and psychological legacy of terror, genocide and persecution.
    In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Karen speaks with host Lynne Golodner about the complexities of identity, what inspired her to write a memoir even though she never considered herself a writer, how she understands the legacy of family, and embracing intergenerational love, loss and life.
    In this episode, Lynne and Karen discuss:
    The constant act of becoming The legacy of her grandparents, who perished in the Holocaust The notion of “surviving the surviving” How keeping a journal helps with the writing of a memoir Intergenerational Trauma Antisemitism Being Jewish and American, in what order? Confronting family sadness & how children are impacted, or influenced, by their parents’ pain Combining the quotidian details of her grandparents’ lives, excerpts of their letters and her own ponderings Links and Resources:
    Harvard College Columbia Business School Media Transformation Challenge Program Poynter Institute Baltimore Orioles The Chronicle of the Lodz Ghetto Lodz Ghetto Finding Your Voice at Midlife Rabbi Rick Jacobs Union for Reform Judaism Buchenwald Brooklyn Heights Synagogue Congregation Beth Ahm Your People LLC The Museum of Jewish Heritage Strategic Horizons, Inc. McKinsey & Co. Find Karen Baum Gordon
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    Instagram

    • 25 min
    Episode 122 - Valoree Gagnon and Karena Schmidt - On the Food & Culture of Indigenous Gardens

    Episode 122 - Valoree Gagnon and Karena Schmidt - On the Food & Culture of Indigenous Gardens

    The colonizing of America separated Indigenous people from their nourishing “first foods,” plant and animal species that native communities relied upon for subsistence, ceremony and medicine. More than a decade ago, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC), Michigan Technological University (MTU), and the Western UP Planning and Development Region came together to create a space that celebrated and preserved the knowledge and cultural identity of tribal people living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. From this collaboration came the Debweyendan Indigenous Garden (DIGs), a place to grow foods and medicines and drive the community toward food sovereignty.
    In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, host Lynne Golodner interviews two important DIGs contributors:  Valoree Gagnon, Assistant Professor in the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Tech and Director for University-Indigenous Community Partnerships at the Great Lakes Research Center; and Karena Schmidt, an ecologist with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Natural Resources Department.
    In this episode, Lynne, Val, and Karena discuss: 
    The creation & growth of DIGs How to define native foods  The importance of food sovereignty  The native communities of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula  How to be an ally to Native Americans Loving the land you come from Finding the foods native to your community Your role in achieving food sovereignty Links and Resources: 
    History of First Foods 
    Diabetes & the Native American Diet 
    Remote Indigenous Gardens Network 
    Debweyendan Indigenous Garden
    Keweenaw Bay Indian Community 
    KBIC Natural Resources Department 
    Michigan Technological University (MTU)
    Western UP Planning and Development Region
    Great Lakes Research Center 
    University of Arizona 
    The Seed Keeper
    Elizabeth Hoover, Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States 
    Robin Wall Kimmerer 
    Potawatomi  
    Anishinaabe
    Ojibwe
    Odawa
    Pow Wow
    Michigan Tribes 
    Keweenaw Peninsula 
    Dr. Martin Reinhardt 
    Sean Sherman - the Sioux Chief

    • 25 min
    Episode 121 – Stephanie Steinberg - On Personal Passions & Creating Communities

    Episode 121 – Stephanie Steinberg - On Personal Passions & Creating Communities

    Stephanie Steinberg always knew she wanted to be a writer. From a young age, she chased her creative nature, which led her to become a published author, a successful journalist, and an inspiring entrepreneur. 
    In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Stephanie speaks with host Lynne Golodner about their passion for their alma mater (University of Michigan), Stephanie’s two books, her experience as editor-in-chief of the Michigan Daily at the University of Michigan (where Lynne was a staff writer, many years before Stephanie!), the founding of the Detroit Writing Room and why she believes your best work comes from following your passions. 
    In this episode, Lynne and Stephanie discuss: 
    University of Michigan Football  Her time at the Michigan Daily  What she loves most about writing The development of the Detroit Writing Room  The importance of mentors How she pivoted her business during the COVID-19 pandemic The perks and detriments of virtual meetings  Links and Resources: 
    Detroit Writing Room Bill Vlasic Anna Clark  Writer Wednesday  Laura Berman  Fisher Foundation Coaching Detroit Forward Camps  Sacred Overstreet-Amos Kidsworld Barrie Muzbeck Find Stephanie Steinberg:  
    Website 
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    Find the Detroit Writing Room:
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    • 24 min
    Episode #120 - Jacqueline Suskin - A Poem Every Day

    Episode #120 - Jacqueline Suskin - A Poem Every Day

    Jacqueline Suskin has been a poet all her life. It’s something she was born with, she says, and this passion for poetry has led her to build a career where people pay her to write poems about their experiences, their longings, their celebrations, and their desires.
    In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Jacqueline speaks with host Lynne Golodner about Poem Store, the entrepreneurial venture she created in 2009 by taking a typewriter to public spaces and writing spontaneous poems for payment; her seven books (plus the new one she’s working on); why she believes meaning is a choice and how being able to assign meaning to ordinary objects and experiences is what sets humans apart from every other creature.
    In this episode, Lynne and Jacqueline discuss: 
    Her latest book, Every Day Is a Poem How she works with people in one-on-one sessions What it feels like to write poems spontaneously & for commission Why she never keeps a copy of a commissioned poem How poetry is the conduit we need to ponder the depths in this crazy time How all people experience the same celebrating, grieving, longing and loving, and how everyone wants to connect to these experiences through language Links and Resources;
    Jacqueline Suskin Poem Store Lynne Golodner Lynne’s Finding Your Voice at Midlife Writers Workshop The Hollywood Farmers Market Commune Typing poems in Oakland, California  
    Find Jacqueline Suskin:
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    • 35 min
    Episode #119 - Roots - Israeli-Palestinian - Toward True Peace in the Middle East

    Episode #119 - Roots - Israeli-Palestinian - Toward True Peace in the Middle East

    Noor A’wad and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger may have come to the question of how Palestinians and Israelis can co-exist on land that they both claim as sacred from different perspectives, but through their work with Roots, the Palestinian Israeli Grassroots Initiative for Understanding, Nonviolence and Transformation, they are figuring out a way to share the land while respecting both communities’ claims on it.
    In this first episode of 2022, the Make Meaning Podcast looks at one of the world’s greatest global concerns and begins to make sense of it by speaking to two inspiring leaders in the quest for reconciliation. Noor A’wad is a Palestinian whose family moved to Palestine after the Oslo Accords were signed in the hope that it would be a new opportunity for their family. Growing up in that shattered dream, Noor became a voice for co-existence and understanding.
    Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger made aliyah to Israel from the United States decades ago as a religious Jewish settler in the West Bank. He sought to meet his Palestinian neighbors but found it was nearly impossible to do so, since Israeli military law forbids the two populations from residing or gathering in each other’s communities. He is a founder of Roots as a way to make sense out of a truly perplexing situation.
    In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Noor and Hanan speak with host Lynne Golodner about the work that Roots does to bring together Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank toward building relationships and understanding. Their goal is apolitical – generating dialogue, hosting meetings and summer camps, offering photography workshops and generally building relationships that pave the way for lasting understanding and co-existence.
    In this episode, Lynne, Noor and Hanan discuss: 
    The importance of using the right terminology (it’s not a “conflict” – given the differences in power) The “hubris of exclusivity” How media on both sides (and around the world) are part of the problem That identity is the core of the conflict That today’s situation dates back to 1948 Why a two-state solution is ideal, but not the two-state solution that most people think of The importance of accepting each other’s legitimacy That self-definition and self-determination are essential for lasting peace  
    Links and Resources:
    Roots The Oslo Accords (History.com) The Oslo Accords (U.S. government site) The Second Intifada The West Bank A Land for All  
    Find Roots:
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    Facebook (Noor)
    Facebook (Hanan)
    Instagram (Roots)
    Instagram (Noor)
    LinkedIn (Hanan)

    • 38 min

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M. R. Saferstein ,

Excellent podcast

Lynne Golodner has a comfortable, conversational way of interviewing her guests. In each episode, she asks thought-provoking questions which lead to meaningful discussions. What I like best is that she touches on issues that guide the interviewees to discuss what matters most to them in their lives and why. Each episode is different and results in the listener feeling engaged and enlightened.

Calinatural ,

Informative and Inspiring

What a fabulous podcast. Listening to Period Poverty is a enlightening conversation. Lynne is such a wonderful podcast host asking such important yet accessible questions. This particular episode crosses cultures and reinforces how we need creative and humane policies that benefit all children. Loved this episode!

Jehudemus ,

A lighthouse

Thank you Lynn for being the kind of lighthouse we need! Great guests, great questions, great vibes. And all that in an easily digestible format.

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