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October 8, 2019
Jordana talks with Sarah Hurwitz who was a speechwriter for both Barack and Michelle Obama and the sparks of meaning Sarah found from her search into Judaism that she details in her new book. Jordana also talks to Shannon about how weighing a baby on a scale is a lot like weighing a turkey, and calls Gram to find out how to make Yom Kippur have any resonance for little kids. Also, there’s talk about scooping bagels.
October 1, 2019
Jordana and Shannon sit down with Mira Jacob, most recently the author of the graphic memoir “Good Talk: A Memoir In Conversations,” to talk about living as a woman of color married to a Jewish man and raising an Indian-Jewish son in 2019 America. Also, she talks about what it’s like to navigate life with Trump-supporting in-laws.
September 24, 2019
Jordana is hosting solo this week, and she’s given a run for her money by her two guests! Sharon Feldstein is mom to actors Beanie Feldstein and Jonah Hill, and Patsy Noah is mom to Maroon 5’s Adam Levine. Noah and Feldstein have redirected their vicarious celebrity spotlight to their initiative Your Mom Cares. Stay tuned to learn about Beanie Feldstein’s “Funny Girl”-themed birthday party!
September 17, 2019
In this week’s episode, Jordana and Shannon sit down with Leslie Shapiro, a suburban Jewish mom of three whose life took a dramatic turn when she went from being a social drinker to becoming an alcoholic. The three talk about Leslie’s struggle with alcohol, its effects on her life and relationships, and her route to becoming a recovering alcoholic with three years plus of sobriety under her belt. Lest you think the episode is all serious, Shannon shares why she loves goat yoga (yes, that’s not a typo), and Gram advocates scream therapy.    Music:  "Voicemail" by Khronos Beats "Funky and Groovy" by Unique Sound "Ambient Magic" by JulioKladNiew "Gentle Talk" by Marscott "Best I Can" by Jasmine Jordan (ft. Habit Blcx)
September 10, 2019
Zibby Owens, host of the terrific podcast, Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Books, talks with Jordana about her love for reading. They also talk about second chances at love and parenting. Jordana talks to co-host Shannon Sarna by phone to catch up after the birth of Shannon’s beautiful baby (mazel tov!). And Gram takes a few seconds to talk about her own experience as a mother of a newborn having a bris. Got a story to share? Email us at callyourmother@kveller.com. We’re waiting to hear from you.
September 3, 2019
The summer is over, and Call Your Mother is back with a new season. Jordana and Shannon talk with Jason Rosenthal on the phone from his office in Chicago. Jason’s wife Amy, wrote a viral Modern Love piece in The New York Times entitled “You May Want To Marry My Husband,” which was published only days before Amy died of ovarian cancer. Jason talks about grief and loss, his new life in the wake of his wife and parenting the couple’s three children. Got a story to share? Email us at callyourmother@kve
August 27, 2019
Jordana and Shannon are on summer break, so we are going back to the beginning and resharing our first-ever episode. Celebrity chef Einat Admony, whose restaurants include Balaboosta and Taim, dishes (see what we did there?) about morning orgasms, likens kids to farts (“You just like your own”), and opines about guilt.Got a story to share? Email us at callyourmother@kveller.com. We’re waiting to hear from you. Or leave us a voicemail at 908-248-4273.
August 20, 2019
Jordana and Shannon are on summer break, so we've gone into the archives and we're resharing this powerful episode. Jen Simon invited herself to peoples’ houses for a single reason: to raid their cabinets for opioids. A middle-class suburban Jewish mom, she didn’t fit the addict stereotype and kept her dependency a secret from friends and family. Jen talks candidly with the Call Your Mother team about coming clean and getting clean.
August 13, 2019
Jordana and Shannon are on break, and we’re re-upping this interview with best-selling author Jennifer Weiner. Jennifer talks about Mrs. Everything, her epic novel that’s been a summer hit. Taking on history, loss, feminism, and more, it's the product of the author’s frustrations with life as an American woman. Jordana and Shannon talk with Jennifer about divorce, writing, and her mother, Fran, who always refused to answer specific questions about her sex life.
July 30, 2019
Feminist filmmaker Shaina Feinberg talks with Jordana and Shannon this week about the blurred line between truth and fiction in her films. The three women discuss representation in movies, dealing with grief through humor, and the intersection between parenting and ambition. And then Jordana reveals her sort-of date with Quentin Tarantino.
July 23, 2019
Get ready for things to get a bit weird. On this week’s episode, Shannon and Jordana talk with one of Israel’s most famous authors, Etgar Keret. Etgar, whose new collection, Fly Already, will be published in the U.S. in September, is best known for his short absurdist short stories. Then Shannon and Jordana call Gram who lectures on the dangers of letting kids drink alcohol.
July 16, 2019
Bat Sheva Marcus has been called "The Orthodox Sex Guru" by The New York Times, but she’s so much more — sure, she’s an Orthodox Jew, but she is also empowering women by giving them the information they need on how to best enjoy sex, in all its various forms. Bat Sheva talks to Jordana and Shannon about vibrators, orgasms, and pleasure in relationships — and how to handle rabbis’ involvement in one’s sex life. This episode is a real pleasure for everyone.
July 9, 2019
Jan Kaminsky is a nurse, a professor, a mother of three and an advocate for equality. With her wife, she runs Rainbow Health Consulting, which helps to educate health providers on how to best care for LGBTQ patients. Jan talks to Shannon and Jordana about how to be more inclusive Since Jordana’s mother has the sheer chutzpah to be away on vacation, Jan steps into the breach, giving Shannon advice on how to handle coed sleepovers at age 7 as well as e-mail invitations sent only to moms, not dads.
July 2, 2019
Jordana and Shannon sit down with social media influencer Ilana Wiles, the mom behind Mommy Shorts and one of the ruling parents of Instagram. The three talk about deciding what to post to social media about their kids and how someone takes a "mommy blog" and transforms it into a lucrative career. Shannon ponders her 2-year-old’s recent breast fixation and “Gram” takes on how new mothers can best handle societal expectations around breastfeeding.
June 25, 2019
We talk to writer Lori Gottlieb, who pens The Atlantic's "Ask a Therapist" column about what it's like to be a therapist in therapy. Shannon and Jordana talk about their adventures (and misadventures) with therapy. But that's not all: The bane of modern parenting — SLIME — and places you don’t want your child to put it is discussed, and since Jordana's mom is on vacation, the team places a call to Shannon's adorable 94-year-old grandmother.
June 18, 2019
Bryce Gruber, a Manhattan mother of five, social media influencer, and founder of The Luxury Spot, comes to chat with Shannon and Jordana. The trio covers everything from Bryce’s appearance on Millionaire Matchmaker, to her marriage to an Israeli she met in shul, to the birth story of her fifth child which almost (literally) killed her.
June 11, 2019
In light of increased restrictions on abortion around the United States, this episode focuses on stories of women who were already mothers when they made the choice to have an abortion. Jordana and Shannon sit down with Shannon Berkowsky, who was a mother of two when her third pregnancy developed problems and she had a second-trimester abortion. Voicemails from listeners tell stories of the various reasons behind their choices to have an abortion.
June 4, 2019
Jordana and Shannon chat with Esther Wojcicki, whose daughters include Susan (the CEO of YouTube), Anne (the CEO of 23andMe), and Janet (a Fulbright-winning professor of pediatrics and epidemiology). Esther talks about growing up in an Orthodox household and how it made her strive to raise successful girls. “Gram” lets Shannon know how to figure out when to let kids stay home from school, and Jordana tells about becoming an inadvertent accomplice to (goldfish) murder.
May 28, 2019
Jordana and Shannon sit down with Mira Jacob, the author of the graphic memoir 'Good Talk: A Memoir In Conversations,' to talk about living as a woman of color married to a Jewish man, and raising an Indian-Jewish son in 2019 America. Also, she talks about what it’s like to navigate life with Trump-supporting in-laws. “Gram” chimes in with her thoughts about abortion, and Shannon shares what she really thinks about what her husband puts on a bagel.
May 21, 2019
Jordana and Shannon talk with Jamie Stelter, New York One’s traffic and transit reporter, about Jamie’s six miscarriages, her struggle to get and remain pregnant, and how she has been outspoken about her fertility struggles on social media and beyond. This episode covers the whole circle of life, from the struggle to become pregnant to...well, we’ll let Shannon surprise you. And Jordana’s mom chats about what to do when you get bad advice.
May 14, 2019
Writer Carla Steckman talks to Jordana and Shannon about losing her not-yet 2-year-old daughter, Talia, to Tay-Sachs Disease, “extreme parenting,” and what we can learn from our own children. Jordana and Shannon catch up after the podcast’s hiatus, about pregnancy (Shannon’s) and escape (Jordana’s).
April 16, 2019
To celebrate Passover, the dynamic duo at Call Your Mother talk with the dynamic duo behind Kveller's very own haggadah. Gabrielle Birkner and Elissa Strauss worked hard to make a haggadah that keeps kids and their parents jazzed and curious about the seder. Then, Marnie Fienberg discusses 2 For Seder, a program she launched to combat anti-Semitism and to honor her late mother-in-law, who was killed in Pittsburgh's Tree of Life shooting.
April 9, 2019
Jill Kargman spares nobody and nothing in her books Momzillas and Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut, and in her late, beloved TV show Odd Mom Out. In real life, too, the actress, comedian, and writer finds very little that's sacred. In a hilarious and wild conversation, Kargman talks about life in DORITO (hint: it's a neighborhood in Manhattan), being shunned at her daughter's ballet class, the problem with traveling by private jet, and how she responded to anti-Semitism at her son's private school.
April 2, 2019
Trans activist Rafi Daugherty joins the Call Your Mother team to talk about his decision to become a single father by choice. Raised a girl, Daugherty started transitioning in his 20s and never gave up his dream to be a parent. He discusses the challenges of single parenthood, how he talks about gender roles with his kids, pizza, and more. Plus Shannon and Jordana weigh in on "Baby Beluga" and Jordana's mom talks about accepting the inevitability of parental fallibility.
March 26, 2019
Best-selling author Jennifer Weiner talks about Mrs. Everything, her epic forthcoming novel. Taking on history, loss, feminism, and more, it's the product of Weiner's frustration with her mother, Fran, who always refuses to answer specific questions about her sex life. Weiner tells the team about her struggle to love her body, why she sometimes rages at her deceased dad, and what she likes about making challah. Plus, Jordana and Shannon get tips on combating sibling rivalry among their kids.
March 18, 2019
Journalist Dahlia Lithwick joins the Call Your Mother team to discuss pre-Passover blowtorching needs; the Jewish ladies on the Supreme Court; and her son's love of bacon. Plus, is Shannon's daughter a sadist? The Call Your Mother team is taking a hiatus for spring break and we will back in a few weeks. This episode was co-produced by Elissa Goldstein and Sara and Ivry.
March 11, 2019
Jordana and Shannon pepper Ophira Eisenberg, the host of NPR’s Ask Me Another, with questions about her rocky road to motherhood, how she decided she wanted to be a comedian (she was only 10!), and when living in the moment is a special kind of hell.
March 4, 2019
A decade ago, Emily Gould’s confessional blogging and New York Times Magazine cover story — with its sexy bedroom portrait — made her the “It” girl of the digital age. One marriage, two children, and nearly three books later (her second novel comes out in the fall), she’s forsaken "telling all" in order to protect her kids’ privacy. She talks about inequities in parenting responsibility and how they hinder womens’ achievements, including her own.
February 25, 2019
Long obsessed with American pop culture, Israeli-born writer Naomi Fry talks about Ben Affleck’s tattoos, Axl Rose’s political awakening, and other phenomena she's covered for the New Yorker. Plus, Shannon tells us about having a “hygge” moment (and what that means).
February 19, 2019
Anti-Semitism, ageism, complaints that she's mocking her late mother — nothing's too precious for comedian Judy Gold. She joins _Call Your Mother_ to discuss coming out, being disinherited, the legacy of Joan Rivers and so much more. Then, Jordana's mother offers her own five cents on what sets Jewish mothers apart.
February 11, 2019
Feminist activist and single mom Rachel Sklar talks about being disrespected, political awakenings, and where "leaning in" falls short. Then Jordana's mom discloses the one failproof item that will get a parent through the night. Music notes: "Voicemail" by Khronos Beats "State of Guanarrrrbara (Electromagnetic Mix)" by Boss Bass "Spills" by Blue Dot Sessions "Best I Can" by Jasmine Jordan (ft. Habit Blcx)
February 4, 2019
Jen Simon invited herself to people's houses for a single reason: to raid their cabinets for opioids. A middle-class suburban Jewish mom, she didn’t fit the addict stereotype, and kept her dependency a secret from friends and family. Jen talks candidly with the Call Your Mother team about coming clean and getting clean.
January 28, 2019
Celebrity chef Einat Admony, whose restaurants include Balaboosta and Taim, dishes (see what we did there?) about morning orgasms, likens kids to farts (“You just like your own”), and opines about guilt. Plus, Jordana describes the ongoing battle with her “feral child” about actually stopping what she’s doing in order to pee.
January 24, 2019
Hosted by Jordana Horn and Shannon Sarna. Call Your Mother takes on the sometimes happy, sometimes trying mess of parenting while Jewish. With equal doses of humor and candor, journalists Horn and Sarna (with eight kids between them) talk with comedians, writers, chefs, and other parents about everything from addiction to flatulence to anti-Semitism and ageism. Nothing's sacred. Nothing's taboo. For insight and perspective on the trials and rewards of being a parent today, tune in to Call Your Mother.
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