Series: A Way Forward

Episode 12: The Modest Fashion Movement

Modesty is not often associated with fashion but it’s a multi-billion dollar movement that’s changing how designers think. Today, I’m talking about the modest fashion movement with Hafsa Lodi, a journalist who’s covered the industry for more than a decade. Can fashion empower women? And what does being “modest” really mean when it comes to…

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Episode 11: The Way of Gratitude

For those who are more spiritual than religious this might be the episode for you. Maaria is talking to Galen Guengerich, senior minister at All Souls Unitarian Church. He says you can find joy, belonging and a sense of purpose, by practicing gratitude. If you’re looking for a deeper meaning to life these days we…

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Episode 10: Difficult Conversations: Estranged Family

10 million Gen X and Baby Boomer parents have estranged adult children. So why don’t we hear more about how to fix broken family ties? Psychotherapist and co-founder of The Reconnection Club Tina Gilbertson has made this her life’s work. In this episode, she talks with Maaria about why parents need to take the lead.

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Episode 09: Balancing Your Talents

What happens when you have many talents but society says choose just one if you want to get ahead? David “Cap D” Kelly shares how he has mastered balancing the passion behind his musical talent with the brilliance that propels his legal career.

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Episode 08: The Missing Stage Of Grief

People around the world are experiencing loss at every level because of the pandemic. But how do we manage it when our typical methods of coping are not available to us? Grief Expert Claire Bidwell Smith talks us through a new way of thinking about grief and the feelings that accompany loss.

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Episode 07: This Is Your Brain On Food

There is a connection between what we eat and how we feel. Psychiatrist, nutrition specialist, and chef, Dr. Uma Naidoo joins Maaria in a conversation about the science behind nutrition and how we can use it to optimize our moods and mental health.

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Episode 06: Rules For Being A Girl

Messages for young, ambitious girls in our culture are conflicted and confusing– “Be yourself…but change how you look if you want to succeed.” In this episode, Maaria and bestselling author Candace Bushnell confront the overarching patriarchal bias that celebrates image over substance, as they discuss Candace’s latest book: Rules for Being a Girl.

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Episode 05: Innovation Through Crisis

As the coronavirus rages on and states scramble to get ahead of it before more lives are lost, bioengineer and educator Matthew Wettergreen remains focused on seizing this crisis as a time for innovation. Maaria gets into the story and inspiration behind the low-cost ventilator created through his senior design course at Rice University.

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Episode 04: The Ethics Behind Tech

Maaria continues the conversation about the impact of TikTok and technology, as a whole, with Tech Ethicist David Ryan Polgar.

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