Bonus: Sunstorm Podcast on What You Were Born To Do featuring Chani Nicholas
As a special treat today, we're sharing an episode from Sunstorm , a brand new podcast that we produce with our sisters Ai-jen Poo, Alicia Garza and the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Ai-jen and Alicia are two of the leading activists in America (and amazing Mash-Ups) and the show is all about how women help each other stay joyful and powerful amidst the chaos of life today. In this very first episode of Sunstorm , Astrologer Chani Nicholas joins Alicia and Ai-jen to discuss the intersection of social justice and the stars. They discuss her New York Times-bestselling book, “You Were Born For This,” and what the planets say about this year. She also clarifies the aspects of astrology that people often misunderstand (hint: the stars and planets can guide you, but they can’t do the work for you). Plus: Overcoming self-doubt, finding your true purpose, guilty fashion pleasures, and Chani’s passion for pie. Sunstorm is available wherever you listen to podcasts! Go subscribe to Sunstorm now to get new episodes every Tuesday!
Mash-Up Live: Food Makes Us Happy (& Other Stories)
Live Show from Chicago! We were with a sold out crowd in Chicago talking food and laughing our faces off, as a part of WBEZ's Podcast Passport Series. You'll hear our convo with two guest chefs - Jennifer Kim and Diana Davila - for an interview about using their midwestern roots to explore the foods their parents shared with them. You'll also hear a fantastic set from the hilarious comic Alex Kumin on everything from body hair to the complexities of the American healthcare system. Thanks to WBEZ's Podcast Passport Series and Sleeping Village for making this night happen.
Fatimah Asghar on Our Unseen Identities
Poet and screenwriter Fatimah Asghar is talking to us about why "orphan" is the identifier she relates to the most, and why her idea of home isn't a physical place. Fatimah is having a moment right now….within the past year, the web series that she co-created Brown Girls got picked up by HBO, she released a collection of poetry, and she was chosen as one of Forbes 30 under 30 on their Hollywood and Entertainment list. She also shares her 3 rules of success and has really got us thinking about how we define success. If you don't know Fatimah, now you now, and you will definitely be hearing more from her in the future.
Ai-Jen Poo on How We Make It All Work
“I really believe that care and caregiving can save the soul of the country. Everybody has people that they care about. It totally connects us in this very deep, emotional way.” We agree with Ai-Jen! We had SO MUCH FUN in this conversation. The paid work of caregiving - which is mostly done by mashy women - makes our economy and world move. Ai-Jen Poo is the head of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and one of the organizers of Supermajority. She’s so mashy she even has a hyphen in her name! Ai-Jen tells us what it was like growing up between Taiwan and the US, and how her relationship with her grandparents meant that she never was ashamed of her mashiness. There is a direct line between her mash-up origin story and how she ended up working with domestic workers. For more details and super practical info visit
Alua Arthur On Demystifying Death
“Talking about sex won’t make you pregnant, talking about death won’t make you dead.” We are talking about death on this episode and it is a party! We are going to explore life, love, and family through the lens of death with our incredible guest Alua Arthur. Alua is a Ghanifornian Mash-Up and a death doula, which means that she works with individuals and families to help them through the process of death. We chat with Alua about everything from what to do with your loved one’s magazine subscription after they are gone to what an advanced care directive is and why we need one. She tells us about the cultural differences surrounding death and about her personal journey from being a child missionary to working as a lawyer to now working within the death industry.