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Dominant Stories is a conversation series that reclaims and rewrites the stories we’ve been told about our bodies, our beauty, our creativity, and our identities. For example, does your inner monologue sound like: “I’m not good enough, pretty enough or thin enough”? How about: “I can’t do that” or “I’m not worthy”? These are what Cultural Expert and host Jess Weiner calls our Dominant Stories - the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves (whether they are true or not). This show has stemme ...
 
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With empathy and a sense of humor about it all, Katie’s Crib keeps it real while providing an indispensable guide for parents trying to find their way. Hosted by actress and mother Katie Lowes, each week the show welcomes guests for open and honest conversations about everything parenting from fertility and postpartum life to the trials and tribulations of raising tiny humans.
 
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Four hilarious and opinionated friends, Ashley Holston, Maame-Yaa Aforo, Shakira Ja’nai Paye and Yazmin Monet Watkins, come together each week for laughs and brutal honesty as they offer their unique perspective and comedic take on the culture.
 
“Bridgerton: The Official Podcast” is your official peek behind the curtain of Shondaland's Bridgerton series. Much like Lady Whistledown we'll gossip about how the show was created and have conversations around Bridgerton’s storyline, music, the costumes and sets, the historical context of the era and so much more!
 
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Years ago, a therapist said in our very first session that there are only two things that we can truly control in our lives - our own perception and our own behavior. That's it. Nothing more than that. Each week, The Laverne Cox Show will feature intimate conversations with folks who help me to see and think differently so that maybe I can act differently. It is my hope that this becomes a place that fosters perspectives that might inspire new behavior in each of us, which in turn gets us cl ...
 
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Georg Honauer was maybe a scientist. He was maybe a goldsmith. He was definitely, a fraudulent alchemist in the service of Frederick I, Duke of Württemberg. And when he couldn't fulfill the sensational promises he made -- turning 2 tons of iron into 2 tons of gold, the duke ordered his execution. Welcome to Criminalia, where all that glitters is no…
 
Imagine one day your local pharmacist is arrested and accused of drinking the blood of infants and flying on the back of a goat to an orgy involving the devil. From the 14th through the 18th century, there were some wild superstitions about witches. The first witch to confess to riding a broom was a man: Guillaume Edelin. But it was Matteuccia di F…
 
It’s not often that one of your childhood friends is a Grammy, Tony, and Emmy award winner. But that is the case with Jess and music director, arranger, and composer— Alex Lacamoire. Alex is best known for his work on Broadway shows like In The Heights, Dear Evan Hansen, and Hamilton. Most recently, Alex composed the score for Netflix’s Vivo and se…
 
More than 500 years after his death, Heinrich Agrippa is considered one of the most influential occult philosophers of the early modern period. But not everyone in his lifetime was pleased with his theories and experimentation. While his work was denounced as heretical, it, and the work of fellow alchemists, laid the foundation for what we now call…
 
You may remember Stacy London, one of America’s foremost style experts and co-host of TLC’s iconic show, “What Not to Wear.” Well now, in the middle passage of her life, Stacy is adding CEO to her resume. After an accomplished career in fashion, Stacy is now CEO of State of Menopause, a lifestyle company that is advocating for the underrepresented …
 
Agnes, also known as Mother Waterhouse, was accused of bewitching to death William Fynne. In the bigger picture, she was accused of using witchcraft to cause illness -- and her 18-year-old daughter was accused of the same crime. Agnes was hanged for a crime you may not guess, becoming the first woman executed for witchcraft in England. Learn more a…
 
In this episode, Jess speaks publicly for the first time in a decade about a subject near and dear to her heart: body positivity in the context of weight loss. This episode tackles the question: “Can you love your body while still desiring to lose weight?” Jess and her guest for this episode, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, have both experienced 100+ lb weigh…
 
A man named Stedelen was accused of practicing witchcraft between the years 1397 and 1406, in Switzerland. His was one of the earliest trials for maleficium and diabolism in Europe, and for certain, in Switzerland – at least according to the historical record. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com…
 
We’ve been collecting questions from you, sweet listener, and in this very special holiday edition of Dominant Stories, Jess and Iskra Lawrence tackle some of your questions: From managing grief during this time of year to managing body image and appearance related comments from your family, this episode is your guide to survive the holidays with y…
 
For centuries according to the historical record, it was midwives who were most often prosecuted for witchcraft. Often in the historical record, midwives were written of as, quote, "unwomanly." And of course not assuming all 16th --century midwives are alike, many were considered suspicious for such things as being unmarried, or for their sexual be…
 
Jess talks with Rachel Bloom, Emmy and Golden Globe winner, and the star and creator of the hit show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. After Rachel’s recent breast reduction surgery and the media’s (false) portrayal of it, they discuss how media tropes and stereotypes can force women into boxes about how they feel about themselves. Jess and Rachel reflect on th…
 
Season 5 is going to be all about witchcraft and alchemy, and the fate of many who practiced such things – or, who maybe didn't. And just like we always do, we'll look at the lives and motivations of some of women and men who were accused of using the so-called 'black arts' throughout the centuries. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.i…
 
One of the problems with uncovering the real stories of pirate legends is that there isn't always much historical evidence about many of them, especially if they never were captured or put on trial. If there is evidence of their lives, the stories often – but not always -- have been embellished. Embellished or not, though, they did all have interes…
 
We all know and love the mind of Shonda Rhimes. She’s the founder of Shondaland and the force behind so many beloved TV series including Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and How to Get Away with Murder + Bridgerton. In this episode, Shonda talks about the intentionality behind her shows and explains how having a diverse cast and crew wasn’t so muc…
 
Charles Vane has been described as good, but unlucky, in his career of piracy during the Golden Age of Piracy. He's often spoken of as being one of the most skilled pirate captains among his peers, which included men such as Blackbeard and Black Bart. He was also known as a cruel and ruthless pirate who tortured and murdered his prisoners. And as c…
 
Hi, Dominant Story fans! We're excited to share the Jill Scott podcast hosted by culture expert Jill Scott. It's a show from iHeartRadio and we think you'll enjoy it too. Don't just take our word for it, though. Check out the trailer and decide for yourself! About the podcast: Jill Scott, Laiya St.Clair, and Aja Graydon-Dantzler are music and enter…
 
You might think that “breaking the binary” is only about breaking the gender binary, but there is so much more to binary thinking. Binary thinking refers to anytime we see the world as one way OR another. Binary thinking allows no room for the in-between. And Dominant Stories thrive on binary thinking. To help us explore how thinking differently ab…
 
We recently talked about Stede Bonnet, a wealthy landowner who ditched it all for a life of piracy. Bonnet though was not the only aristocrat to turn his back on his life for a life plundering the high seas. Jeanne de Clisson is another noble-turned-pirate who got into the revenge business - upon her husband Olivier's execution by the King of Franc…
 
Today’s episode is all about the ritual of beauty. Jess speaks with Ana Flores, speaker and founder of the We All Grow Latina network, about the beauty rituals that were handed down to her as a young woman from El Salvador. Now as a mother herself, Ana is conscious about the beauty rituals and ideas she chooses to hand down to her 14 year old daugh…
 
Sayyida al-Hurra -- which translates roughly as "Lady who is free and independent" in Arabic -- was born as Lalla Aicha bint Ali ibn Rashid al-Alami. Aicha was queen of Tétouan from 1515–1542 -- and she was a pirate queen. And she is considered to be one of the most important female figures of the Islamic West in the modern age. Learn more about yo…
 
In this episode, Jess talks with world renowned poet and speaker, Azure Antoinette, about her Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis. Azure has been called the “Maya Angelou of the millennial generation” by Forbes magazine. She’s a slam poet who has shared a stage with Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love, and Lady Gaga. Her words are like rays of truth and …
 
Stede Bonnet was not really your typical pirate, if there is such a thing. Many pirates, such as unemployed sailors or laborers, chose the lifestyle because they didn't have many options. But Bonnet chose piracy over a wealthy and a respectable life. Was he was just looking for something bigger and more adventurous, or was there more to it? Learn m…
 
Welcome to the season 4 finale of Katie's Crib! To wrap up the season, Katie brings in childhood development and behavior expert Betsy Brown Braun (author, "Just Tell Me What to Say") to provide super quick tips on how to respond to a child's challenging behavior and unexpected questions. Betsy gets to the point in addressing common family topics, …
 
In this episode, Jess speaks with actor Debby Ryan, about her journey growing up as a child star appearing on shows like the Disney Channel series, “Jessie”. Now in her late 20’s, Debby is evolving into an industry powerhouse. She has 10’s of millions of followers online and is transparent about how she navigates living authentically while also liv…
 
When Mary Wolverston married Sir John Killigrew, she married into a pirate family, and was very hands-on with the family business. She would ultimately be accused of preying on shipping vessels that passed along the coastline, arrested, and convicted -- yet not executed. Holly and Maria talk about why. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://ww…
 
Katie and husbands Joe Zee (fashion stylist) and Rob Younkers (fashion design and education consultant) chat about the process of becoming fathers through surrogacy during COVID-19. The two described what it was like getting ready for the birth of their daughter through a surrogate mother who lived hours away. They also explained why they chose sur…
 
In this keystone episode, Jess talks with her friend, psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb to define what ‘Dominant Stories’ are. Lori is a bestselling author turned therapist who's been helping people challenge and change their inner monologues through the lens of storytelling for decades. Lori has a gift for making complex ideas relatable and is the per…
 
Sometimes, and it happens with all scurvy sea dogs, male or female, there just isn't enough evidence left behind to know for certain that a person was a real part of history, or if they're just a fictional composite of several people. And because of that, there are just four confirmed female pirates from the Golden Age of Piracy – and one on that l…
 
Sisanie Villaclara (co-host of On-Air with Ryan Seacrest) stops by Katie’s Crib to share her journey of raising twins and how she prepared them for their future sister. The “Twinning with Sisanie” host described her pregnancies with her two twins, how she found out and healed from PPD, and what she is doing today to manage any tantrums from her chi…
 
In this inaugural episode, Jess talks with her friend, Sara Bareilles, about the connections between our Dominant Stories and our creativity. You may know Sara as the songwriter for the hit Broadway musical, “Waitress”, and you have definitely heard her breakout single, “Love Song”. In this conversation, Sara opens up about how she navigates taking…
 
As long as there have been pirates, there have been people hired to make them stop what they're doing. And, sometimes, those individuals hired to catch pirates are, themselves, pirates. From Woodes Rogers to Benjamin Hornigold, Holly and Maria tell the stories of the influential pirate hunters of the Golden Age of Piracy. Learn more about your ad-c…
 
On this final episode of the season, the one and only Billy Porter talks about his life in show business. He also candidly shares the trauma of his student days at Carnegie Mellon, the AIDS crisis, and bankruptcy, and his evolution into a multi-award winning superstar. Billy has wisdom to share about what it means to be a true artist dedicated to y…
 
Tia Mowry-Hardrict (Sister, Sister; The Game) joins the crib to discuss “The Quick Fix Kitchen,” her new cookbook of yummy kid-friendly recipes! Tia shares how motherhood has changed her, which recipes her family can’t get enough of, and ways to sneak extra nutrients into a classic dish. Later, Katie rolls up her sleeves and out a tortilla to creat…
 
Jess Weiner has over 20 years of experience creating impactful discussions and shifting perceptions around body image, representation, beauty, mental wellness, and self-confidence. She’s helped Fortune 500 companies become more inclusive and culturally fluent, including as a partner behind Dove’s “Real Beauty” campaign, and helping to evolve Barbie…
 
Sir Francis Drake was a politician, a naval officer, a sea captain, an English explorer, and the second person to circumnavigate the globe. He was also a pirate -- disguised as a privateer. Drake considered King Phillip II, the King of Spain, a life-long enemy, and he especially targeted their possessions and colonies. There was a rumor among Spani…
 
On this episode, Jennifer Burton Flier joins Laverne again to go deeper into the Community Resiliency Model and to tie in so many of this season’s episodes on healing. They’re all connected! Laverne and Jennifer go over practical skills that you can use to build your resiliency for this (very) challenging world. Those skills are tracking, resourcin…
 
Kim Van Der Beek, wife of “Dawson’s Creek” actor James Van Der Beek, shares with Katie her personal experience of birthing and raising five children. The former business consultant goes into detail about her five labors, and how she and her family healed from sudden pregnancy losses. Kim also explains why we should help children discover who they a…
 
Henry Every, also known as Henry Avery, Jack Avery or John Avery, as well as Benjamin Bridgeman or Long Ben OR The Arch Pirate or The King of Pirates, was an English pirate who apparently looted names. But he also became the most prosperous pirate when he took down the Gunsway -- it's estimated his treasure would be at least $60 million if not cons…
 
Poor people have always been shamed. Writer, producer and award-winning journalist Mary O’Hara says that’s not new, but the last 40 years of government and corporate interests have created a focused initiative to demonize people who need financial and social assistance. Between the creation of the Welfare Queen trope in the 80’s and vilifying singl…
 
Katie speaks with Lizzie Assa (founder, the Workspace for Children) about teaching kids how to play independently. The parenting strategist outlines the value and importance of independent play, how to end parental burnout, and the difference between close-ended toys and open-ended toys. Plus, have you ever had your child come up to you and tell yo…
 
Hayreddin Barbarossa was a pirate and a privateer. But he wasn't just looting ships and enslaving people. He was a skilled warrior, and an admiral in the Ottoman navy. And he had a certain political sensibility that helped him navigate not just alliances but kingdoms as well. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com…
 
In this episode, Laverne introduces us to her opera singing teacher of 25 years, the celebrated opera lecturer, Metropolitan Opera Broadcast co-host and retired diva, Ira Siff. Ira is the creator of La Gran Scena, the all-male cross-dressed opera troupe that performed internationally for over 20 years to much critical acclaim with a cult-like follo…
 
Theresa Caputo (Long Island Medium) stops by Katie’s Crib to offer insight into how to talk to children about grief, healing, and spiritual guidance. The famous psychic medium discusses the importance of listening to your instincts, why we should not fear death, and how spirituality may come into play when it comes to children and souls. Plus, what…
 
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