Episode 1: In their inaugural episode, Amelia and Edan discuss why they’re starting this podcast and what the phrase “Mom Rage” means to them. They talk about how their rage relates to their own upbringings, and why the very word “mom” makes them squirm a little.
Episode 2: Edan tells Amelia why she decided to have a HBAC (home birth after caesarean), and the two discuss whether having a third kid would be a terrible or great idea. Plus, Amelia airs her grievances against Luke Bryan and his dumb country song “Most People Are Good." At minute 26:00, they’re joined by Lilliam Rivera, author of The Education of Margot Sanchez. Lilliam grew up in the South Bronx and now lives in LA with her husband and two daughters. She talks to Edan and Amelia about being a mom who curses a lot, teaching politics and history to her oldest child, and how her daughters inspired her to write a horror story.
Episode 3: Amelia talks about her interest in ritual as a way of healing, specifically in the wake of a difficult visit from her mother. Meanwhile, Edan gets some tough critiques on the decor—or lack thereof—in her daughter's room, which leads to some deep motherly introspection. They're then joined by midwife Kathleen Potthoff (25:30), who explains what a midwife does and how she herself came to this vocation. She also schools Amelia and Edan on vaginal resilience and the infamous anal bulge.
Episode 4: This week, Edan and Amelia talk about how having kids has affected their marriages; Edan shares some advice from therapist Esther Perel. They're then joined by Meaghan O'Connell (26:05), author of And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I was Ready.
Episode 5: This week, Edan gives us an update on Ginger's room and what it's like to parent with a case of pneumonia/strep. Amelia talks about the Francis Weller ritual retreat she went to and why she came back not wanting to give her kids "timeouts" anymore. They're joined by Edan's friend, Brian Duck (25:20) who discusses his and his husband's long journey to becoming fathers.
Episode 6: Edan and Amelia discuss their improved audio! They then revisit the topic of "time outs," which segues into some serious mom rage at the NFL. A listener also emails them about children's birthday parties. At minute 28:45, they're joined by Rachel Gandin Mark to talk about how breastfeeding didn't work for her and why she's pro-formula.
Episode 7: Edan and Amelia discuss their feelings about work: getting paid for it (or not), balancing it with motherhood, and beyond, and then Edan shares stories about the work-life balance from a few moms she knows. At minute 27:20, they interview the anonymous “Mother X” for a candid conversation about becoming a mother when you’re not so sure you want to be one.
Episode 8: Edan and Amelia share their self-care methods. When is self-care a necessity for good parenting, and when can it slide into selfishness? Then, novelist and journalist Margaret Wappler comes on (32:10) to talk about doing "mini" IVF and what it's been like to care for a newborn while grieving her mother's death.
Episode 9: Edan returns from Italy to face some worthwhile criticism she and Amelia got from a listener. Edan talks about her trip and Amelia shares two books she read: Sheila Heti's Motherhood and Edan's Woman No. 17. They're then joined by speech therapist Roisin Ching (32:10), who gives them some dead-simple yet not-often-discussed advice about how to better communicate with your kids and humans in general.
Episode 10: Amelia and Edan discuss how they were raised to think about sex and their own bodies, and how they're approaching these topics with their own kids. They're then joined by Kate Movius (at 34:58), who talks about her first son's autism diagnosis over fifteen years ago and the ways he has shaped who she is today.
Episode 11: Edan and Amelia attempt to answer a listener's question about how to navigate this dark political time. Edan recounts a moment of mom rage and then reads a misogynistic reader review of her book. They're then joined by Darcy Vebber (32:33) whose children are all grown up. Darcy describes what us younger mothers have to look forward to and also one major parenting triumph she still remembers fondly.
Episode 12: Amelia and Edan discuss Edan’s week away and her son’s inevitable future as a computer nerd. Amelia’s feeling some anxiety about Isaac headed to preschool, and she also shares her angst about her old cooking show: In the Kitchen with Amelia and Teddy. At minute 31:18, they talk to...oh you just have to wait and listen to hear what happened to this week’s interview.
Episode 13: Amelia and Edan discuss childcare. Everyone who has a child needs some form of childcare, and yet it feels like people aren't talking about how they're getting it done. They also discuss Mom Lit as a book genre and read two poems. ("Mom" poems?) At minute 32:15, they're joined by lactation consultant and student midwife, Kimberly Durdin, who generously shares the number one thing she does to help mothers struggling with breastfeeding, why women need postpartum support, and so much more.
Episode 14: Amelia and Edan try to answer a listener's question about how they're handling societal gender norms as mothers and parents. At 37:20, they're joined by Amy West, a single-mother-by-choice as well as a clinical child psychologist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and USC School of Medicine.
Episode 15: This week, Amelia can't stop crying about the passing of time and the sweet cruelty of raising babies. Edan discusses her family's childrearing culture and shares the first thing she did as soon as she took Bean home from the hospital seven years ago. At minute 28:03, they talk to Angela Garbes, author of Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy.
Episode 16: Amelia sounds off on a photography book about motherhood, and Edan's feeling rageful in the final week before school starts. Then, they discuss cooking, from how they get dinner done and eaten, to Amelia's sparse refrigerator, to their shared distaste of meal kits like Blue Apron. They're joined by Edan's best friend Diana Samardzic (47:20) who talks about why she plans to only have one kid as well as her career as a clinical psychologist for low-income and underserved clients.
Episode 17: Amelia survived a vacation with her mom, and Edan's son survived a weekend at her dad's. They then play some voicemail messages from listeners expressing their mom rage. At 29:50, they're joined by Miry Whitehill, founder of Miry's List, a nonprofit that helps refugee families feel more welcome in the US. Miry talks about starting the organization as a stay-at-home mother in need of connection and perspective, and what she's learned from the new arrival families she's met. She also tells us what it's like cohabitating and co-parenting with her ex.
Episode 18: Amelia and Edan talk a little bit about parental judgment. Edan struggles to overcome being judgy about kids on screens, and Amelia talks about the judgment she sometimes feels between SAHMs and "working" moms. At 28:45, they talk to the incognito “Anony-Mom” about the struggles she’s had with her older son’s behavioral issues and the way things came to a head with other parents at the end of his first year of TK.
Episode 19: Amelia and Edan start with life updates. For Edan, Ginger started preschool and Bean got sent to the principal's office. For Amelia, Isaac went through binky withdrawal and she lost her mind. At minute 16:00, they set up the interview Amelia (and Matt!) did with her mother, pediatrician Rebecca Bickel, discussing her career, Amelia's childhood, and why the two butt heads so much. Afterward, Edan and Amelia discuss the conversation.
Episode 20: Edan and Amelia talk about screen/phone culture: how they're trying to manage it and what worries them. At minute 36:40, they talk to Kim Brooks about her book Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear.
Episode 21: Edan and Amelia take an episode to think about their larger intentions as parents and set goals for the future. At minute 35:00, they're joined by stylist, artist, and designer Beatrice Valenzuela, who leans heavily on her instincts in all things, including parenting.
Episode 22: Amelia and Edan swap life updates and then grapple with the Brett Kavanaugh hearing. They also listen to some amazing Labia Hotline callers, and read an email from a listener about a new way to think about the burdens of childcare costs. At minute 33:45, midwife Sara Howard details the options for same-sex family planning. She also shares her experience becoming pregnant with twins and birthing them via c-section.
Episode 23: Edan and Amelia wade into the deep waters of where-to-send-your-kids-to-school. Much of the conversation is a way of introducing this week's guest (26:00): Courtney Everts Mykytyn Ph.D, who founded Integrated Schools, "a grassroots movement of, by and for parents who are intentionally, joyfully and humbly enrolling their children in integrating schools."
Episode 24: Amelia recounts getting into it with her mom about Kavanaugh, and Edan recounts her weekend fighting lice. Then they listen to some Labia Hotline callers. At 32:00, they interview yoga teacher, doula, and owner of Moms at Om studio Keya Nkonoki about her life's work helping pregnant women and mothers.
Episode 25: This week, Edan shares her heartache and anxiety over Bean's school troubles, and Amelia talks about what she's read lately; together they discuss the value and drawbacks of political rage. At 34:00, author and grief therapist Claire Bidwell Smith shares what she learned from her own divorce, and also why it's so easy to be anxious and so hard to actually grieve.
Episode 26: Amelia wants to talk about rock climbing and ambition, specifically Edan's "ambition." Then, they both read a few poems that help them metabolize what's going on in the world. At 29:30, they talk with writer Abigail Rasminsky, who recounts what it was like being an expat parent in Vienna, Austria.
Episode 27: Edan talks about her enraging visit to the OB-Gyn and her quest to get menstruating again; Amelia's son Isaac can't stop crying in the mornings and her son Teddy can't wipe his butt properly. At 28:00, we interview writer Lydia Kiesling about her debut novel The Golden State and why she's writing about motherhood, the trauma that is yelling at your own child, and being a feminist on Weight Watchers.
Episode 28: Amelia and Edan discuss some interesting feedback about how extended maternity leave affects women returning to the workforce. They then have an uncomfortable conversation about whiteness and identity. At 28:00, they talk with mother and computer programmer Louise Yang about hypnotizing herself during childbirth, stir-frying her placenta, and why she gets annoyed when people ask if her daughter's a tomboy
Episode 29: Amelia and Edan discuss the results of the Mom Rage sex survey that our intrepid listeners anonymously answered, covering everything from how often sex is happening, to how it feels to be sexual after becoming a parent, to what everyone's turn-ons are. At 58:00, they talk to therapist Camille Campbell about some of the struggles couples might face after having children, and how to best face and repair them.
Episode 30: For their last show of 2018, Amelia has a child-centric performance art idea and Edan witnesses her son lose it in a Target dressing room. They also do a mini-post-mortem on their first season. At 35:00, they talk with pilates and hypopressives instructor Georgia Roberts, who specializes in preparing women for pregnancy, birth, and understanding their post-partum bodies.