THIS IS US: The Add Water and Stir Podcast Recap

‘This Is Us’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 13

Did Kevin fool you too by leaving both Sloane and Olivia in the dust? Why doesn’t Randall have any friends…is it ‘racial’? Were Jack and Rebecca wrong for letting Kevin keep all the kids at his party, leaving Kate to sob alone?  Where did William get the money for all these new clothes?  Is Duke a fat camp predator, preying on thick chicks in their most vulnerable state? Most importantly, where the heck was Beth going?

Listen to our thoughts on ‘This Is Us” Season 1, Episode 12:

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Mimi and ABM from the Add Water and Stir Podcast recap NBC’s hit series, “This Is Us” with added commentary about race, class, privilege,  adoption and a bit of humor.  Join the conversation on our Facebook page and check out our entire podcast catalog at addwaterandstirpodcast.com.

THIS IS US: The Add Water and Stir Podcast Recap

‘This Is Us’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 12

Who is the heck is Fireman Joe and why should we care? Did Rebecca really duct tape flip-flops to her feet?  Will Nancy’s elderly bed head hair entice Dr. K over for a Netflix and chill session?  Is the newborn baby Randall a “magical negro” or perhaps Moses in the Exodus story?   Did we really need this episode?

Listen to our thoughts on ‘This Is Us” Season 1, Episode 12:

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Mimi and ABM from the Add Water and Stir Podcast recap NBC’s hit series, “This Is Us” with added commentary about race, class, privilege,  adoption and a bit of humor.  Join the conversation on our Facebook page and check out our entire podcast catalog at addwaterandstirpodcast.com.

THIS IS US: The Add Water and Stir Podcast Recap

‘This Is Us’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 11

Does Jack really sign papers for housing TWICE without his wife’s input? Is Olivia’s new blonde wig enough to convince Kevin to dump Sloane? Can Toby stop talking about sex for ONE minute? Is William’s boo Jesse going to be the next person to move in Randall’s house?

Listen to our thoughts on ‘This Is Us” Season 1, Episode 11:

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Mimi and ABM from the Add Water and Stir Podcast recap NBC’s hit series, “This Is Us” with added commentary about race, class, privilege,  adoption and a bit of humor.  Join the conversation on our Facebook page and check out our entire podcast catalog at addwaterandstirpodcast.com.

THIS IS US: The Add Water and Stir Podcast Recap

‘This Is Us’ Recap: Season 1 Catchup

Our first show is a recap of the first half of the series, episodes 1-10. While there are multiple story lines, we focus mainly on Randall, a transracial adoptee, and how meeting his birth father impacts the entire family.

Listen to our thoughts on the first half of ‘This Is Us” Season 1:

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Mimi and ABM from the Add Water and Stir Podcast recap NBC’s hit series, “This Is Us” with added commentary about race, class, privilege, adoption and a bit of humor.  Join the conversation on our Facebook page and check out our entire podcast catalog at addwaterandstirpodcast.com.

Parenting Plans for 2017

On the first episode of 2017, Mimi and ABM return from their holiday break to discuss what’s in store for their families for the year. The ladies shied away from setting New Year’s resolutions due to the poor success rates associated with keeping those resolutions. Instead, ABM and Mimi set larger goals for their families for 2017. They discuss their family plans for the year, and note the differences in their family goals based on the ages of Hope and Nana. Spoiler alert–both families have goals related to weekend activities, but they could not be more different!

During the show’s second segment, ABM and Mimi dish about all the plans they have for Add Water and Stir for 2017! There will be a new podcast website, more interviews on topics you want to hear about, guest blogging opportunities, and the return of quarterly live shows! There will also be new show segments and lots of great content on the Add Water and Stir page on Facebook. The ladies hope to make Add Water and Stir your primary source of information on adoption and raising healthy well-adjusted children of color.

Of course, they kick off the new year with a Wind Down segment about the San Francisco phenomenon “Cutty Bangs.”

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Mimi and ABM’s 2016 Reflections

On this episode of Add Water and Stir, Mimi and ABM take some time to reflect on the 18 episodes of the podcast they published in 2016. The show grew tremendously this year thanks to great listeners and great individuals who were willing to take time to share their stories and wisdom.

Shows included lots of truth telling about Mother’s Day, parenting guilt, adoption disruption and self-care. New voices were welcomed to the show to discuss fatherhood, transracial adoption, LGBT families and how to find safe places for support online. ABM and Mimi also talk about one of their most powerful episodes of the year, Episode 50, Yield to Adoptee Voices, which included four adult African American adoptees discussing their life experiences. The ladies share few giggles along the way as they recall past Wind Down segments that discussed “Hall Passes” and schnacks. It was a great year.

Looking forward the Mimi and ABM provide a few recommendations and briefly discuss some future plans for Add Water and Stir. The show will resume episodes after the holidays!

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Yield to Adoptee Voices Redux

On this episode of Add Water and Stir, Mimi and ABM continue to commemorate National Adoption Awareness Month in the US.

This episode is a replay of Episode 033: Hope Shares Her Script, which is a great opportunity to hear a young adoptee talk about her time in foster care and the process of being adopted.  You get to hear Hope share what we should know about children in foster care as well as her advice and encouragement to kids who need loving homes.

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Yield to Adoptee Voices

On this episode of Add Water and Stir, Mimi and ABM commemorate National Adoption Awareness Month in the US.

Rather than making the special episode adoptive parent-centric, the ladies were fortunate to have several adoptees who were willing to share their stories. So, they yielded the floor to these courageous guests.

Adoptees S.M, Kara, Barbara, and Michael were each asked to frame their stories based on four questions: What was positive about their adoptions, what was not positive about their adoptions, what advice they would give adoptive and hopeful adoptive parents and what advice they would give to their fellow adoptees. These Add Water guests shared their joys, their hurts, their challenges and their triumphs. They dispensed important advice for all of us to consider as we embark on our lives as parents and as adoptees.

ABM and Mimi would like to thank our guests for participating in this episode and sharing their experiences with us.  We have additional material from some of our guests and we hope to bring more of their voices to our listeners at a later date.

The ladies round out the show with recommendations for finding other adoptee voices and the launch of a new page to access links to various sources of adoptee voices.

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ABM & Mimi Talk Issues and Early Voting

On this episode of Add Water and Stir, Mimi and ABM get back to basics by catching up on a few adoption and diversity topics. The ladies gave themselves 5 minutes to dive into 4 topics. ABM explores the discourse that holds up adoption as an alternative to abortion and how that positions birth mothers as providers of children to prospective adoptive families. The ladies envision a world where families have the support they need to embrace parenting their children. They also explore how the use of the term “orphan” may be overused in adoption, and how its use positions adoptive parents as saviors and inappropriately erases the existence of birth families.

Mimi tackles diversity in movies and TV through the lens of Tim Burton’s  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Netflix’s Luke Cage. Both have been criticized for their relative lack of diversity–one having almost all White actors, the other featuring nearly all actors of color. Mimi also kicks off a discussion about Halloween costumes which results in the Add Water team giving some guidance on avoiding cultural appropriation.

During the Wind Down the ladies chat about what they’re watching on TV and things quickly devolve into a hall pass “dibs” feud over actor Mahershala Ali, who currently stars in Netflix’s Luke Cage. Mimi recently abandoned her long time hall pass, Don Cheadle and ABM called dibs on Ali despite not abandoning her long time hall pass, Lenny Kravitz.

Mahershala Ali

Mahershala Ali

Since it’s election season, they decided to put it to a vote: Who gets to call dibs on Mahershala Ali? Cast YOUR early vote below!

Mimi and ABM also shout out some fans of the show and offer some recommendations to round out the show!

Show Notes

LGBT Adoptive Families – An Interview with Sammie Mendez

One of the hallmarks of the Add Water and Stir podcast is to embrace diversity and different kinds of families. Our greatest effort has been to support families and children of color lead healthy, well-adjusted lives. To that end, we are delighted to dive into a discussion about LGBT families.

On this episode, ABM and Mimi are delighted to welcome Sammie Mendez from the blog, The Chronicles of a Non-Belly Mama, to the show.  Sammie lives with her wife and 4 children in NY. She actually became a “belly mama” last year, so we’re eager to hear about the future of name of the blog. One of her children is currently in the process of being formally adopted by the family. Sammie chats about interracial relationships, transracial adoption, assisted reproduction, you name it, they talk about it. You’ll love Sammie’s positive energy and fun-loving approach to life and family!

As protests continue in Charlotte, North Carolina, the ladies forgo the Wind Down as they mourn the recent deaths of Terrance Crutcher and Keith Scott, both killed by police this month. Mimi and ABMr round out the episode with a few recommendations and shout outs.

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