In our Coaching series, an Irish coach based in Italy will walk us through the ins and
outs of ontological coaching, a Spaniard discusses the common ground between his
music career and his coaching practice, and we’ll listen in on a full coaching session
from start to finish.

Fiona Tucker on Coaching and Conversation

Following stage 4 cancer, an executive decides to revamp her life, get to know herself and discover how she can contribute to the greater good....
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Emilio Arsuaga on Coaching and Perspective

A young man pursues the career he thinks he wants, but begins to feel farther and farther from his center. Feeling he’s lost his way,...
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Listening in on a Real Coaching Session

Are you curious about what coaching is, and how it can help you to open new possibilities in your life? Have a listen to this...
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Our Motherhood series features the founder of MumAbroad.com, the host of the Mamas
in Training podcast, and a life and loss coach who helps families dealing with the loss
of a child.

Carrie Frais on Embracing Motherhood

A British journalist living and raising her children in Barcelona embraces the unknowns of motherhood by founding MumAbroad, one of Europe's leading online resources for...
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Jessica Lorion on Learning to be a Mother

When a young newlywed is diagnosed with an auto-immune disease and her journey to motherhood is put on hold, she decides to look at the...
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Yolanda CastellĂłn on Transforming the Pain of Loss

After experiencing the loss of her first son, just eight days after his birth, a young mother learns to grow around her grief – first...
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In our Wisdom series, we’ll be talking to a retired French professor on the power of letter-writing, the daughter of Scottish immigrants on the road not taken, and a Welsh holistic health counselor on navigating the various stages of menopause.

Diane Charney on the Wisdom of Letters

A lifetime of letter-writing inspires a retired French professor to compile her unsent correspondence to her favorite authors in the book Letters to Men of...
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Marjorie Speirs on Natural Piety

After casting aside the limits imposed by her Scottish immigrant parents and practicing law for decades, a woman embraces the joy she feels while working...
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Sacha Jones on the Conversation around Menopause

A holistic health counselor opens up about menopause, the importance of educating the men in our lives, and removing the taboos around this key transitional...
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In our Activism series, we’ll be talking to a Greek environmental activist now based in New Zealand, a CNN international correspondent whose NGO provides medical care to child victims of war, and an investigative reporter whose book examines a diversity of crimes on the world’s oceans.

Environmental Activist Athena Lambrinidou on Simple Solutions

After falling in love with the internationalism and common humanity of Greenpeace, a young woman returns to her native Greece to advise the government on...
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Arwa Damon on the Power of Kindness

A war correspondent overwhelmed with the pain and suffering surrounding her on assignment in the Middle East takes action by founding INARA - an NGO...
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Ian Urbina on The Outlaw Ocean

A journalist collaborates with artists of all types to get the word out about a wide variety of crimes taking place on the world’s oceans....
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Our Music series features an international teacher who has held band directing positions in Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Italy; a barbershop singer and conductor currently based in Brisbane, Australia; and a British luthier who trained at the Welsh School of Violin Making.

Band Director Brian White on Musical Friendships

As a university student, a young trumpet major is told that if he wants to be a great band director, first he’ll have to become...
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Kelly Shepard on his Barbershop Beginnings

A boy in rural Indiana discovers the joy of singing in a barbershop quartet, and is launched into a life of music. Most of my...
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British Luthier David Milward on Breaking Boundaries

After spending his childhood and young adulthood working with wood, a craftsman is ready for a challenge. When he sees an unvarnished instrument hanging in...
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In our Drawing series, we’ll be talking to an animator and illustrator who got his start with Marvel Comics, an Emmy Award-winning veteran of the animation industry, and a Kenyan artist who is known for his striking works on paper.

Illustrator Lance Tooks on Risking your Comfort

Growing up in a home bursting with creativity – music, literature, theatre and more – a young boy begins to draw and discovers that it...
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Animator Elizabeth Ito on the problem with perfection

After her animated short for Cartoon Network receive overwhelming acclaim and over 5.5 million views on YouTube, a writer and storyteller is asked to bring...
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Onkoba Ongeri Draws on Nature

It was his grandmother who told him to observe nature carefully. Then she named him after his grandfather, who owned his own land and livestock...
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This season we’ll be talking to a woman who created a book subscription company while on lockdown in Spain, a man who writes books about art crime and art history in his adopted country of Slovenia, and a woman based in the Italian countryside, who gets paid to read books all day.

Abbie Hibler on founding Little Readers

A mother based in Spain is offered a monthly book subscription from her children’s grandmother in the US. Offput by the shipping charges and red...
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Noah Charney on the life of a writer in Slovenia

As a young man, author Noah Charney dreamed of living in Europe. Anywhere in Europe. In fact, he tried out life in some six different...
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Barbara Boyd on being a book coach in Italy

She began as a reader on the bookmobile in her small New Jersey town. Her next chapter was as a writer, but these days she...
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The Peace Corps

All of the participants in this series are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, whose personal and professional lives have been unquestionably influenced by their years in the program.

Jennifer Seely on serving in the Peace Corps in CĂ´te d’Ivoire

A young woman volunteers for the Peace Corps straight out of college. The skills she develops there – speaking French, becoming resilient, learning the local...
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Nancy Dimmock on her Peace Corps beginnings in Lesotho

Raised in the Belgian Congo, a young American signs up for the Peace Corps and is assigned to a feedlot project in Lesotho. She plans...
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Kelly Rusch on serving in the Peace Corps in El Salvador

She’s thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. She’s trekked in Nepal with a 3- and 5-yr-old. She’s taught all over the world. But the groundwork for these...
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Americans in Africa

This season’s guests have experienced Africa from many different angles, including mission trips, adoption and conservation work alongside native populations.

Karissa Denae Johnson on her coat of courage

A college senior suffers a stroke just weeks before her graduation. After four years of rehabilitation, she feels called to take a “victory lap,” visiting...
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Rebecca Villarreal on the majesty of the world

Fresh out of college, a young writer accepts a job with an NGO, which takes her to Africa on several trips. The connections she makes...
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Felice Dougherty on life in Ethiopia

A young couple flies to Lesotho to meet the little boy they’ve adopted, but all the clothes they’ve brought will have to wait until he...
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American Teachers Abroad

Our guests have taught from Shanghai and Kazakhstan to Barcelona, Istanbul, Thailand and Taiwan. And they’ve got the stories to prove it.

Willie White on developing lasting relationships through teaching

Five weeks after his 1991 wedding, Willie White and his new bride were working in Saudi Arabia. Over the next 30 years, they would travel,...
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Laura Kitchin on wanting to see the world

When Laura Kitchin decided to move to Barcelona, she knew she would be teaching English there. What she didn’t know was that she would be...
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Matt & Laurel Green on seeing things for themselves

Two 20-somethings with a dream of teaching overseas hop on a plane to Spain and hope for the best. What they find is far more...
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The Children of Immigrants

Our guests also share some of their favorite podcasts, resources and websites.

Bhavneet & Taranjit Athwal on growing up as Sikh Americans

A young Punjabi bride raises her daughters in Maryland under a cloud of fear. As the girls grow up, they embrace their independence while continuing...
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Jacqui Amezcua on growing up Mexican American

As a young girl growing up in LA, Jacqui took it for granted that she was Hispanic. Then came a questioning, a trying on of...
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Phyllis Huang on growing up Taiwanese American

As a child, Phyllis felt embarrassed by the food her mother packed in her lunchbox, and rebelled against the Chinese school she had to attend...
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The Opioid Crisis

This season's interviews include a physician, a survivor of addiction and her daughter. In addition, helpful links are found in the interviews for those seeking help from addiction.

Dr. David Jetmore on the roots of the opioid crisis in America

When Purdue Pharma began to coach physicians to include pain as the fifth vital sign, it led to over-prescription and ultimately, the worst drug crisis...
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Nicole Powers on surviving an opioid addiction

As a young single mother, Nicole Powers slid down a slippery slope from alcohol and pot to an addiction to pain pills after they were...
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Emily Powers on finding compassion

When Emily Powers was in 5th grade, her mother Nicole Powers (S11, E2) turned herself in for forgery, after stealing from her employer to support...
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Our Bodies in Space

Why do we so often turn to food for something other than sustenance? How is trauma carried by the body, and how can it be released? How do our brains create maps of our bodies? This season, we’ll be exploring these questions and many more.

Nutrition Coach Jen Pendleton on the long game

A single mom self-soothes by going through the drive-thru and eating alone in her car, but the pounds pile on. After many failed attempts at...
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Voice and speech coach Lauren Lovett on letting the body lead.

A solid foundation is laid over four years at Juilliard, and incredible experience is gained over 25 years working on the stage and screen. Now,...
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Architect Ana Mombiedro on mapping the body

This interview was a real eye-opener. Ana described what a life-changing experience it was to leave her native Spain for Finland, where she finished her...
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Authors of Young Adult Fiction

Why do our young people need to read books that tackle taboo topics? What is the role of the creative arts in these critical times? How does fear influence our decisions? We’ll be taking a different tack this season, as we share some of our guests’ favorite blogs. Have fun exploring!

Writer Jennifer Niven on Digging Deep

My conversation with Jennifer did not disappoint! Like two Hoosiers sitting around catching up, we touched on lots of subjects, shared some belly laughs, and...
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Writer James Bird on supporting diverse voices

Jennifer Niven thought James Bird would be a perfect fit for The Listen Podcast, and she could not have been more on point! James has...
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Author Michelle Reynoso on the space where magic happens

Michelle and I used to tell other people’s stories as actors in NYC, but she has found her own voice as an author, and she’s...
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A series of interviews focusing on artists and the act of creating through art, community and conservation.

Shelly De Vito on creating space

Ten years ago, Shelly and her husband James set out to create a contemporary arts center. The space they chose is a former 18th century...
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Casey Mallinckrodt on the ethics of conservation

If there is one thing you should know about Casey, it’s that her feelings about art conservation run deep. She is the Objects Conservator at...
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Artist Derick Melander on getting unstuck

Already from a very young age, Derick considered himself an artist. He used to tell everyone around him about his dreams of making it in...
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Spirituality & Religion

Here, we ask ourselves questions such as: How do we communicate with one another? How do our background and our culture define our ways of communication? What is the significance of dreams and visions?

Sarah Ronan, on Converting to Islam

Even though Sarah grew up in a Christian household, she drifted away from religion when she was 17 years old. After years of partying and...
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Arun Deva, on Finding Stillness

Arun’s interview is full of insights on the world we live in. As a yoga therapist and an Ayurvedic practitioner, he sees his craft as...
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UU minister Rachael Hayes on committing to the moment

When we invited Rachael to join us on The Listen Podcast, we had no idea that her interview would be recorded against the backdrop of...
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Writing & Writers

What do successful authors have in common? How do they choose their preferred medium? What inspiration can you draw from them? Listen in on Season Six to find out.

American Devora Rogers on Writing her Novel, The Spanish Painter

“When I was 16, I learned my mother had been lying to me all my life. It was a big and terrible lie, as lies...
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Brooke Berman on Crossing Frontiers to Write in Different Media

Although Brooke was initially trained as an actor, she felt a voice inside telling her that acting was not her calling. Today, she has worked...
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Writer J. Edward Kruft Keeps it Brief

J. Edward Kruft, or Joey, as we prefer to call him, was an actor who became a writer who became a psychoanalyst, who is now...
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This season you will get a peek into the lives of ordinary people who achieved extraordinary things. Are you curious about their fears, their insecurities, and what inspired them to set off on great adventures? Let’s begin!

Estonians Ats & Kätlyn on cycling across Europe and back again

These two adventurous Estonians had the courage to cycle their way around Europe. Starting from their front porch in the middle of the woods, with...
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American Sara Turman on setting sail from France to travel the world

When Sara, an ex-pat living in Paris, falls in love with Peter, an older Brit, they discover a common dream of buying their own boat...
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Americans Thom Sesma and Penny Daulton on Hiking the Camino de Santiago

Thom and Penny are two ordinary people, like you and me, who needed a break from their lives and decided to go and walk the...
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During this season, we ask ourselves questions such as: How do we communicate with one another? How do our backgrounds and our cultures define our ways of communication?

Laura – A Belgian World Traveler

Being born and raised in Belgium, a country with three official languages, has surely shaped Laura’s perception of the world. While growing up, she spoke...
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Jose – A Brilliant Geek Teaching English

Being a native Spanish speaker who learned English while growing up puts Jose in an interesting position: he actually has memories of the learning process!...
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Lidia – a Small-town Girl Interpreting in Germany

As a child, Lidia grew up with a sense of invisibility. She used to be the quiet child at the table and often found it...
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Coming Home

Interviews featuring couples living abroad who came back to their home countries to raise their children.

Javi & Silvia – From Spain to London and Back Again

After living in London for nearly a decade and having a child while abroad, Javier GarcĂ­a Nieva and Silvia MartĂ­nez Andres decided to move back...
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Ernesto & María – One Couple, Two Continents

Ernesto and MarĂ­a, both from Central Spain, met in a research lab in Madrid, where they were carrying out their studies for their respective PhDs....
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Health and Wellness Internationally

Members of the international wellness community talk with The Listen.

Pavan & Olga of Juno Health and Wellness

Our guests for our first interview of Season 2 are Olga and Pavan Gulati, who in 2014 launched Juno Health & Wellness in San Francisco....
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Sacha Jones of Stiggly Holistics

Sacha, who was born in South Wales, moved to New York City at a young age to work as an au pair. There, she discovered...
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Dolka Lina Vazquez of Dolkalicious

Dolka is a cheerful and friendly Colombian woman with a lot of energy! Currently, she teaches Spanish in Richmond, Indiana, but before that, Dolka owned...
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Mothers in Another Land

What are the benefits and challenges of raising a child abroad? What advice can our guests give to mothers in similar situations?

Agnieszka, A Daughter of Poland Mothers in Spain

Dealing with Cultural Clashes – Season 1 kicks off with Agnieszka, a Polish mother who is raising her two young daughters in Cuenca, a small city...
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Sue, A British Animal Lover on Mothering in Spain

More Cultural Clashes – It’s hard to fight old traditions, especially if they are as deeply-rooted as toros (bullfights) in Spain. No one knows better about...
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Michele, A Canadian on Mothering in Three Languages

The Silver Lining – When mothering abroad, it isn’t only about getting one’s point across and getting things done one’s own way. Our Season 3...
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Special holiday episodes, music and timely information.

Dr. David Jetmore on working together to flatten the curve

Just as the second wave of coronavirus seems to be getting under way here in Spain, where...
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Angel From Montgomery

Angel from Montgomery: cover by Kate Jetmore and Fran Cathcart, ca 1992. Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on...
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New Year’s Bonus

New Year’s means music. This week we celebrate with a recording of a live concert from Czech...
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Bonus Christmas Episode

Santa Claus comes in all shapes and sizes. This week, we visit him in an unexpected spot,...
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Bonus: Kate, An American Making Thanksgiving in Spain

For today’s special Thanksgiving Day episode, we’re turning the tables. Kate will be discussing the American traditions...
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