Mental Illness- City SMSL013



Jessica starts off the series on Mental Illness with an interview with, Lauren Turner, a psychiatric social worker for the Department of Mental Health in Los Angeles County.  The two discuss services available for youth suffering from severe mental health issues and what obstacles they encounter coming out of a system that provides more assistance for kids than young adults. They also speak on how an urban environment can directly affect one’s mental health.

The interview was conducted on the phone so we apologize for the poor quality.

Kyler picks up the next episode after investigating how rural Colorado is looking to help an increase of farmers looking for mental health services.


So you live in the city-SMSL012



The interviewer becomes the interviewee.  Kyler askes Jessica what life is like in a big metropolitan area, especially one as spread out as Los Angeles.  They discuss a variety of topics; from raising kids to safety and diversity.

Jessica follows up with Kyler about a couple of things regarding technology and WiFi.

Next month, we’ll be back talking about a current topic.


So you live in the country-SMSL011



Jessica and Kyler turn on each other… well to interview.  This month we try something different.  Kyler’s busy schedule has opened an opportunity for the siblings to interview each other about their respective lifestyles.  In part one, Jessica asks Kyler what is like to live in the country?  Where do you buy clothes? How do your kids trick-r-treat?  What are the benefits and challenges of living in a small community?

Next time the tables will turn and Jessica will speak on living in a large city.


Gun rights Pt 3- SMSL010



Kyler and Jessica are back to wrap up what they’ve learned from their conversations on gun rights and gun control.  They seem to agree that the problem is of course once again bigger than the weapons themselves.  The Parkland, Florida students have successfully made the issue something our representatives must answer to.  So now the questions is – what happens next?  Will we see this issue taken up by those running in November?


Gun rights (and schools) Pt 2- SMSL009



Saturday, March 24th is the March for our Lives.  We have been overwhelmed and impressed by the students of Parkland who refuse accept complacency rather than action in the fight for gun control measures.  For part two in our Gun Rights series, we sat down with educators Tom Tichy, Milcah Hawk and Steve Lange, to hear their thoughts on mass school shootings, teachers with guns and efforts to keep their students and themselves safe. Everyone agreed the most important thing we can do is vote.


Gun rights Pt 1- SMSL008



As promised we started talking to folks in our area about guns.  Do they have guns in their home?  Do they feel safe on the street in their towns?   Do they trust that law enforcement can protect them and their property?  We’ve once again split this topic into parts.  Our first episode explores two perspectives we may be more familiar with, the rural hunter and someone who experienced an act of random violence in the big city.  Both John and Chris give heartfelt and thorough explanations as to why they believe as they do about gun rights.  In Part 2, we will sit down with some teachers in our areas to hear what they think about school safety and mass shootings.


Where do you get your NEWS?- SMSL007



Jessica and Kyler ask a small group of people about where they get their news.  Our hosts assumed that your age might determine where you find out about current events.  So they decided to ask the same questions to three age groups: those in their 20’s,  30-40’s, and 50 and above.  Take a listen to see how Twitter, fake news, and a free press all shape the group’s thinking of the media.


The #MeToo Movement Pt3- SMSL006



Part 3, of our #MeToo series, is a discussion between our hosts about what they have gathered from talking to women about the movement. Kyler states that his interview gave him an understanding of the issue that he could never have understood before. They agree that their conversations instilled that this problem is a cultural reckoning that has seeped into greater issues of power, morality and gender roles. Listen in as they break down what their guests agreed upon and how they saw the issue slightly differently.


The #MeToo Movement Pt2- SMSL005



Kyler interviews Wendi Seger, a  local restaurateur and business consultant in the small town of Alamosa, Colorado. Wendi shares how personal experiences led her to join the many women exclaiming #metoo on facebook. The reaction she received on social media and in the local beauty shop surprised her a little. This moment of national discussion has made her want to grow the conversation in her community and hopefully that starts now by speaking on the pod.


The #MeToo Movement Pt 1- SMSL004



The siblings try to unpack the #metoo movement that has gripped the nation for the last four months.  Each sat down with some local women to listen to what they thought about the moment and how the energy behind it has informed their thoughts on sexual harassment.

In Part 1, Jessica asks her book club, which is comprised of four professional women from a variety of fields (tech, sales and education), to share their experiences with harassment and if the movement has struck a cord.  Please excuse the clinking glasses.  As with most book clubs, there’s always wine.