14 episodes

Get ready to throw your assumptions about disability out the window! In "The Obvious Question," Madi Lawson, a 21-year-old journalism student who has two rare forms of muscular dystrophy, takes on the assumptions, misconceptions and just plain ignorance others have about people with disabilities. But this isn't your typical conversation about disability. In this podcast Madi talks with co-host Becky Smith and others about fashion, friendship, dating and more - challenging all the things you thought you knew about disability, but haven't had the chance to ask about before. You'll explore the glam and not-so-glam life of the real-life Wheelchair Barbie. So, buckle up - it's gonna be a bumpy ride.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 51 Ratings

Get ready to throw your assumptions about disability out the window! In "The Obvious Question," Madi Lawson, a 21-year-old journalism student who has two rare forms of muscular dystrophy, takes on the assumptions, misconceptions and just plain ignorance others have about people with disabilities. But this isn't your typical conversation about disability. In this podcast Madi talks with co-host Becky Smith and others about fashion, friendship, dating and more - challenging all the things you thought you knew about disability, but haven't had the chance to ask about before. You'll explore the glam and not-so-glam life of the real-life Wheelchair Barbie. So, buckle up - it's gonna be a bumpy ride.

    Can you work?

    Can you work?

    “It already feels like when I get there and the application isn’t accessible online, that they didn’t want me in the first place.” In this episode, Madi talks with her friend, Gretchen Maune about the difficulties and discrimination that can exist for people with disabilities when looking for employment – and how struggling to get appropriate accommodations can sometimes make figuring out how to accomplish something more difficult than the task itself. Gretchen offers interesting insight into

    • 23 min
    Do you have friends like you?

    Do you have friends like you?

    “Social media allows people that can’t necessarily always leave their homes to be social.” In this episode, Madi addresses the isolation that can come from being the only person you know with a disability, or at least your disability, and about how social media can play a role in allowing folks to connect across the county and world. Madi speaks with two of her best friends, Kayleen and Noelle. She met both of these women through social media, even though they live states apart. Madi adds that

    • 29 min
    How can you be a journalist?

    How can you be a journalist?

    “If you were to take the disability out of the equation, would you still have a story?” In this episode, Madi sits down with Mark Hinojosa. He is one of her former professors at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, but more importantly, is one of her best friends. Madi and Mark have had many long conversations because they have both chosen similar careers and are living through similar experiences – Madi, of course, has muscular dystrophy and Mark currently has “terminal, but

    • 24 min
    How do you travel?

    How do you travel?

    “They Literally Left My Legs in Chicago.” Traveling with a disability is not always the easiest task. There are more barriers and logistics and things – like wheelchairs – can often turn up lost or broken. In this episode, Madi and Becky discuss some of the experiences Madi has had with the airline industry, with ground transportation and more. And they take a look at how experiences like these impact the ability of those with disabilities to travel.

    • 29 min
    Why shouldn't I say 'lame'?

    Why shouldn't I say 'lame'?

    Words Matter. There are so many ways that language shapes our perception of others. In this episode, Madi and Becky sit down with Becky’s Dad, Dean Smith. He was a teacher and principal at a school for people ages 5 to 21 with severe cognitive and/or physical disabilities for many years. They spoke about ableist language and the way that influences, both consciously and subconsciously, people’s view of those with disabilities and what they are capable of doing. For those not familiar, ableist

    • 29 min
    What's wrong with you?

    What's wrong with you?

    “Pain may be my constant companion since the day I was born .” – Christopher Shannon Since last season, Madi has found out that she is an ever “rare-er” breed of unicorn, as she got a newer and more correct diagnosis in 2019 that – for a while – shook her sense of identity. Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy. In this episode, Madi sits down with Christopher Shannon who has a different, but similarly rare collagen disorder. They spoke about some of the ways the medical system interacted with

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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51 Ratings

51 Ratings

jazzybelle0298 ,

The Obvious Review

This podcast is so needed, and I treasure it. Informational, down-to-earth, and fun!

~(bookworm79)~ ,

Love it!

What a fantastic podcast! Definitely a big fan! I’m so glad to have downloaded this and look forward listening to more! Keep up the great work!

krisw10 ,

Love it!

I absolutley love this podcast. I’ve been following you on Instagram for a long time because your makeup skills are flawless...I had a feeling you would be making a difference and here you are doing just that!

My favorite podcast interview was with your hairstylist. I love the connection you both have, and how you’ve built an instant friendship!

Keep rocking it, I can’t wait to listen to more stories and becomes more educated on “ the obvious question”

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