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Episode 125: Our Lives Matter

From Covid-19 to the continued cycle of police violence and political unrest, most people are living with and working through trauma. For today’s episode, we explore ways to manage your mental health by interviewing Marline Francois-Madden, a licensed clinical social worker, advocate, and best selling author. During the episode, we discuss her path to becoming a social worker (42:35), clinical versus macro social work (44:30), and what it means to be a policy-facing therapist (46:10). We also discuss the motivation behind her book, The State of Black Girls (50:35), and the unique issues that youth are facing at the moment (54:55). We then have a conversation about Marline’s approach to balancing multiple commitments and mental health (59:55), her dedication to service during the pandemic (1:07:00), strategies for coping with trauma and grief during the current social and political moment (1:08:06), teletherapy and tips for finding a mental health professional (1:13:00), and ways to practice self-care while social distancing (1:16:15). We close the episode by discussing the importance of finding purpose during the current moment (1:20:35).

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne

03:15 - Most Dangerous Person of the Week

05:45 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

39:35 - Introduction of the Topic

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Episode 124: You Ain’t Black…

For this week’s episode, Ty and Daphne discuss the latest news and events. After catching up on life, they introduce the Most Dangerous Person (MDP) of the week (4:46). The host then discuss “Oh Lawd” news (6:44), including a bombshell about Roe v. Wade (7:05), a Georgia Supreme Court decision about an adoption case (10:40), one woman’s struggle to balance work and family (14:15), and the rising incidences of delivering while Black (19:35). Ty and Daphne then turn their attention to the latest COVID-19 news, including new information about modes of transmission (24:00), updated social distancing guidelines for the summer (28:15), and the potential long-term impacts of the virus on the economy (32:58). The hosts then turn their attention to Democratic politics. Specifically, they have a conversation about Joe Biden’s Breakfast Club interview (40:05), the public response to the “ain’t Black” controversy (47:10), and Amy Klobuchar as Biden’s VP pick (55:45). Ty and Daphne close the episode by discussing the University of California’s decision to drop the ACT and SAT as admission requirements (1:00:45). 

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Episode 123: Teaching While Black in COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated educational inequality in the United States. Today, BhD tackles this issue by interviewing, Keara Williams, a South L.A. high school teacher who made national headlines for going above and beyond to keep all of her students academically engaged during the pandemic. During the episode, we have a conversation about her motivation for becoming a teacher (32:10), her life as a Black educator in South LA (34:26), and the importance of Black educators in the field (36:15). We then have a conversation about academic life for students and teachers during the pandemic (40:35), her approach to keeping students engaged (44:10), and her strategies for balancing life and remote teaching (48:05). We also discuss the factors currently shaping educational inequality (51:15), and the potential long-term impacts of the pandemic on the achievement and attainment of Black and Latinx students (57:15). We close the episode by discussing national education reform (1:00:30), priorities for education spending (1:03:28), and tips for parents adjusting to remote learning (1:07:45). 

Other Topics Include: 

00:30 - Catch Up with Ty and Daphne

06:40 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

26:55 - MDP of the Week 

28:45 - Introduction of the Special Guest 

30:19 - Learn more about Keara Williams

1:14:58 - The Importance of Supporting Black Students 

1:20:50 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview 

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Episode 122: Sick and Tired…

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss recent news, events, and politics. After catching up on life, the hosts discuss “Oh Lawd” news (7:08), including the impact of COVID-19 on the wedding industry  (7:45), racial disparities in COVID-19 policing (13:35), the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the White House (16:00), Trump’s postmaster general appointee (19:20), murder hornets (23:20), the upcoming hurricane season (25:40), and Georgia’s new teen drivers (28:00). Ty and Daphne also discuss the recent controversy over the new Gerber baby (29:15), Nicholas Cage as the Tiger King (32:06), and Tekashi 6ix9ine’s recent live stream (33:50). The hosts then have a conversation about the Ahmaud Arbery case and the collective trauma experienced by the Black community after high-profile shootings (36:03), the role of white allies in combatting injustice (43:00), and what it’s like to be Black in America (47:10). Ty and Daphne wrap up by discussing politics and Biden’s agenda for the Black community (54:25) and potential opposition to policies targeted toward African Americans (1:04:30). 

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Episode 121: Social Determinants of Health

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, our country has been forced to have open conversations about the role of structural racism on health disparities within the African American community. Today, we touch on that subject by interviewing Dr. Kaleea Lewis, a postdoctoral fellow in the Dept. of Public Health and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri. During the episode, we discuss the importance of exploring issues of race in public health (43:30), myths and misconceptions about race and public health (44:25), how racism operates as a social determinant of health (45:45), and solutions to racial disparities in mental health outcomes (48:05). We also have a conversation about Dr. Lewis’ research on perceptions of victim responsibility in sexual assault (50:12), her approach to exploring public health issues (53:02), and her work on how African American women perceive information related to breast cancer and its relationship to the environment (54:42). We close the interview by discussing Dr. Lewis’ emerging research projects (56:50), the role of physicians in perpetuating racial inequality (58:30), how politicians fall short when discussing public health (1:01:20), and public health issues that deserve more attention (1:03:45). 

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Catch Up with Ty and Daphne 

03:03 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

22:55 - Black Representation in the Media

33:25 - BhD’s “Most Dangerous” Person of the Week

38:38 - Introduction of the Topic

41:15 - Learn More about Dr. Kaleea Lewis

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Episode 120: To Vote or Not To Vote

For this week’s episode, Ty and Daphne discuss the latest news and events. They also welcome a special guest to discuss politics and the host’s recent comments on Bernie Sanders. After catching up on life, the hosts discuss “Oh Lawd” news (6:58), including the potentially dangerous decision for businesses to reopen (7:25), the unexpected consequences of the Paycheck Protection Program (10:50), controversial comments from elected officials (14:00), additional protests against shelter-in-place orders (21:35), negative oil prices (25:45), updates from Wuhan (27:35), question marks about Kim Jong Un’s health (28:10), and a state senator’s decision to wear a confederate flag mask (30:05). For the last segment of the episode, Ty and Daphne welcome Dr. Oyindamola Oluwatimi, a computer scientist who specializes in mobile security, to share his take on their recent political analysis (31:24). After discussing life in quarantine (40:15), Oyindamola provides insight into his views on politics and Biden’s candidacy (46:05) and discuss the potential consequences of a Trump vs. Biden presidency (56:10). They then debate the role of the Democratic establishment in the primary race (1:02:10), discuss race and identity politics in the Democratic Party (1:10:05), and have a conversation about the idea of a “big tent” (1:24:50). They close the episode by having a conversation about what the progressive movement can learn from Bernie Sander’s bid for the Democratic nomination (1:36:35) and potential reasons behind generational differences in voting patterns (1:42:40).

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Episode 119: Corona Lovin

In addition to Ty and Daphne’s weekly discussion of the latest news, this week’s episode includes more fun and games. After catching up on life, the hosts discuss “Oh Lawd” news (6:57), including deceased people receiving stimulus checks (7:47), missing stimulus money (9:25), stowaways being thrown overboard due to COVID-19 fears (14:05), recent pushback against shelter-in-place orders (17:30), how the government failed small businesses (20:45), and recent controversial comments from celebrities and politicians (24:45). The hosts also have a conversation about the NY attorney general’s discrimination hotline  (29:15), a racist Tik Tok video (31:10), Netflix’s #BlackAF (35:25), pushback against a Biden presidency (44:33), and the Babyface vs. Teddy Riley Instagram battle (55:05). For the last segment of the episode, Ty and Daphne invite their spouses, Krystin and John, to the show. During this segment, Krystin and John discuss life in quarantine (1:04:47) before answering hilarious questions about their partners in the BhD Newlywed Game (1:08:06). 

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Episode 118: Corona Homies Pt 2

Once again, this week’s episode features a discussion on the latest news as well as fun and games with Ty and Daphne. After catching up on life, the hosts discuss “Oh Lawd” news (7:30), including a bizarre Easter egg hunt (8:00), GOP efforts to reopen businesses and schools (9:50), reduced pollution due to COVID-19 lockdowns (11:55), new regulations on home loans (14:50), and escalating anxiety and violence as the lockdown continues (18:55). They also discuss the toll that COVID-19 is taking on the African American community (21:00), rising discrimination in response to COVID-19 (29:30), new tracking technology related to COVID-19 (31:35), and Bernie Sander’s decision to end his campaign (34:30). For the second half of the episode, Ty and Daphne invite two of their good friends, Ashley Jacobs and Shika Payne, to the show (43:40). During this segment, Ashley and Shika discuss life in quarantine (44:55), share their favorite binge-worthy TV shows (46:52), and play a friendly game of “never have I ever” (53:19). 

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Episode 117: Corona Homies

This week’s episode features a discussion on the latest news as well as fun and games with Ty and Daphne. After catching up on life, the hosts discuss “Oh Lawd” news (7:00), including coronavirus twins (7:27), racist hackers on Zoom (9:00), the USPS financial crisis (11:40), the potential impact of back child support on stimulus checks (15:50), the rise in divorce inquiries during quarantine (19:44), extreme measures to enforce COVID lockdowns overseas (20:40), and rising hate crimes against Asians during the COVID outbreak (22:25). Ty and Daphne then turn to a set of fun and engaging questions aimed at helping listeners to learn more about their interests and backgrounds (27:02). Afterwards, Ty and Daphne welcome two Purdue friends, Dr. Shana Hardy and Dr. Jamel Miller, who provide insight into life during the COVID outbreak (48:40) and play a friendly game of “would you rather” (1:05:05). 

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Episode 116: Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss life, recent news, and politics. After catching up and celebrating Daphne’s recent dissertation defense (00:30), the hosts discuss “Oh Lawd” news (15:20), including an Austin company attempting to dock paychecks because of the stimulus package (15:52), a woman who lied about COVID-19 exposure to get out of work (19:10), people intentionally spreading germs (20:45), lupus patients being denied prescriptions due to COVID-19 related shortages (23:15), and a COVID-related condom shortage (26:30). The hosts then have a discussion about the  health and safety of medical workers after an immunocompromised nurse quit her job due to COVID-19 fears (28:25), a personal coronavirus testing story (34:30), the implications of and response to the PPE shortage in the United States (37:37), the importance of strong leaders during this crisis (41:30), and attempted travel bans between states (44:40). Ty and Daphne wrap up by sharing what you can expect from BhD during the pandemic (50:15). 

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