UN/ROOTED is a podcast about home... the places we find ourselves living in and moving through, literally and figuratively, expected and unexpected, temporarily and long term. We touch on belonging, homesickness, gentrification, borders, the history of the places we love, and a lot more.
In season one we go on a cross country move, explore homesickness, embrace a new city, weather unexpected surprises, and become comfortable with uncertainty and new transitions. We have conversations about home with friends near and far and hear the home stories of people across the country and the globe.
Cover art by Deborah Lee @jdebbiel
Bonus #2: A Walk in the Desert - Choose Your Own Adventure
The second in a series of guided walks/visualizations in order to help us find calm in the outdoors, during a time when we are collectively staying indoors more than ever due to COVID-19. This visualization takes us to the desert, the desert of your choice.
Bonus: A Walk in the Woods - Alpine Lake
Because of the fact that many of us have to stay indoors right now, staying away from some of our favorite places in nature, here is a guided walk in the woods, to an alpine lake high in the mountains. Similar to a guided meditation, may this bring a bit of calm to your day. May it also bring a bit of the outdoors to you.
Part Six: Making Your Way Home (featuring Gale Straub)
Just after I’d moved to NYC I was looking for things to make the east coast feel like home, so, when my friend Gale Straub invited me on a snowshoeing trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, I clung to the idea like a little life-raft. I talk to Gale about the many things that make up her home, and to her twin sister Lora, who is part of Gale’s home.
Part Five: Homesick (featuring Vanessa Pamela Friedman)
Homesick...in a new home: I move into my new apartment in NYC and a giant wave of homesickness swallows me whole. We bear witness to a love story as Vanessa Pamela Friedman moves to the east coast and writes a million love letters to Portland, OR. My sister Shelly looks into her past and articulates different ways homesickness has appeared in her life.
Part Four: Movement (featuring Mary Ann Thomas)
I don’t love packing or unpacking. But I love the in-between movement, the actual act of moving your body from one place to another. In this episode that touches on my drive from LA to NYC, we find a celebration of motion, movement, moving, migration, and all that comes along with it.
In this episode we talk to writer, long-distance cyclist, and travel nurse, Mary Ann Thomas, a queer brown daughter of Indian immigrants, about home, home in migration, and home in movement.
Part Three: Goodbye
Episode three of UN/ROOTED is a love letter to anyone who has ever had to pack their stuff and move, to anyone who has ever had to watch friends leave, and to all the friendships that can transcend time and space.
I love this podcast! I find myself pondering the questions it asks for myself - namely, how do I define home? The guests are fantastic (loved "Mimi" - the host's grandmother - on the first episode!) and the host, Julie Hotz, is relatable...and honestly, her voice is kind of soothing. More please!
All of it.
Everything about this podcast is perfect. The content. The execution. The detail. The planning. The thought. It’s so obvious and evident in the result. Treasure.
Listen and be moved.
Love this podcast! Hits home everytime. Get it?