Mothers & Daughters Unfiltered

Mothers & Daughters Unfiltered

Mothers & Daughters Unfiltered is an authentically open and humorously candid dialogue on 21st century living between mother-daughter duo, Diane and Natalie. Explore topics that affect women of all walks of life with female leaders, issue experts, and other mothers and daughters. Together we will share perspectives and stories; thus, collaborating in building a community of informed and empowered women of all ages through curious, compassionate and action-oriented conversation.


January 12, 2022 14 min

It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later. Diane and Natalie reflect on their two years working on the podcast together and discuss the bittersweet nature of “pressing pause” on the podcast in 2022.

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In this conversation, Diane and Natalie chat with Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist Judith Ruskay Rabinor, the author of the book, “The Girl in the Red Boots: Making Peace with My Mother.” Both Diane and Judy wrote about their experiences with their mothers and how they impacted their lives—both negatively and positively. Listen as they dive deep into a discussion about understanding their mothers and learning to forgive th...

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A week after Diane’s 16th birthday, her mother announced that she was leaving—and moving into the house next door. She planned to start a whole new life that happened to include a plethora of hot college students she had rented the home to. The shocking revelation changed the trajectory of Diane’s life. 

Diane’s book, “My Mother Next Door” is an exploration of their unusual relationship (and what led Diane’s mother to make the choi...

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October 13, 2021 16 min

In this special episode, Diane shares a test recording of the introduction to her soon to be released narrative memoir, My Mother Next Door. Get a taste of the book and learn about some of the reasons she felt compelled to write it. 

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What is the impact of having a child on your brain and body? How do you navigate postpartum depression? What are some things you should know about pelvic floor dysfunction? These topics aren’t covered as often as they should be by medical professionals. So in this episode of Mothers and Daughters Unfiltered, Diane and Natalie chat with Dr. Amanda Fisher and Denielle Finkelstein about these important topics. 

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    August 11, 2021 40 min

    Diane wanted to record an episode about the dynamic relationship between step-moms and step-daughters and even interviewed a number of them. But as she finished writing her book, “My Mother Next Door,” Diane felt that she should be doing this episode with her very own stepdaughter. One of the topics in Diane's upcoming book is blended families, so she felt that it would be more authentic to share her—and her stepdaughter’s expe...

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    Our last trip before COVID hit was to Cartagena, Colombia. We were extremely lucky to have taken the trip and made it back into the USA before the borders were closed. In this episode of Mothers and Daughters Unfiltered, we have a conversation with our host and guide while we were in Colombia, Natalia Naranjo. She shared her home, restaurants, markets, and gave us a good sense of her culture. This episode shines a light on the diff...

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    Did fashion die out in COVID? According to Alison Bruhn and Delia Folk of “The Style That Binds Us,” people dressed very intentionally—even during COVID. Clothes were still serving a purpose: to soothe. People wore big fluffy robes and slippers or soft sweaters and sweatpants. They choose pieces of clothing that cocooned them in safety and comfort. The world needed comfort in a time where everything was frightening. 

    But what about...

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    May 18, 2021 51 min

    Let’s talk about periods. In conversation with The Organic Project (TOP) Co-Founders, Thyme Sullivan and Denielle Finkelstein, the ladies talk candidly and laugh often about an experience all women share but few talk openly about. Learn about what’s in your tampons and why organic is so important; how you can skip the cardboard and cup while still “saving the planet”; and, when and how you can start the period talk with your daught...

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    April 13, 2021 45 min

    In this episode of Mothers and Daughters Unfiltered, Diane and Natalie speak with Anjali Tamang and Sarah Symons, two women working to fight human trafficking and severe gender violence. Sarah founded Her Future Coalition to fight human trafficking and gender violence. Anjali shares a perspective from the other side of the spectrum—she was trafficked from her home in Nepal to Calcutta, India. 

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    March 10, 2021 51 min

    In their first episode back, Diane & Natalie, speak to humanitarian mother-daughter duo, Maryam & Skylar Montague about feminism, the societal pressures of being a woman in Morocco and the characteristics of true empowerment as brought to life through nonprofit, Project Soar.

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    December 16, 2020 44 min
    The say hindsight is 20/20... so join the mother-daughter duo themselves to rehash their experiences. Diane & Natalie reflect on their personal lives, year one of the podcast together, and the broader cultural effects of the year we will never forget -- 2020.
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    Who are the women in America's correctional institutions? What does it look like behind bars in 2020? Hear from a Correctional Nurse about the realities female inmates are facing and how she chooses to show up with empathy, compassion and humanity.

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    November 11, 2020 31 min

    In the wake of a historic election, resulting in the first ever female vice president elect, Diane & Natalie visit the story of how women gained the right to vote just 100 years ago with children’s book author, Mary Morgan Ketchel, and her mother, Senator Marsha Blackburn. 

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    October 14, 2020 36 min

    Let's discuss the Likability Conundrum: why are women in power portrayed as "aggressive"? Why are outspoken little girls called "bossy"? The ladies dive in with "Bias" documentary filmmaker, Robin Hauser and her daughter, Holland Reynolds.

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    In Episode 21 we explore ‘unconscious bias’ with filmmaker Robin Hauser, producer of the documentary ‘Bias,’ and her daughter Holland Reynolds. Implicit bias: we all have it, so why and how does it define us on a daily basis and impact our relationships at home, in workplaces and in society? We unpack what we learn about our own biases, discuss what we can do better and ask—can humans de-bias their brains?

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    The ladies talk about weddings—the stressors, family dynamics, finances and staying connected to what's important—with mother-daughter duo, Lucy & Cat and NYC wedding planner, Ashley Douglass. 
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    The women discuss how we move through the grief of a losing one’s mother—and how we can keep their memory alive—with Dara Kurtz, author of “I Am My Mother's Daughter: Wisdom on Life, Loss, and Love.” Together we acknowledge the importance of allowing ourselves to grieve, moving through pain, honoring our emotions, and embracing the lessons and traditions passed down from our mothers.

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    Explore how we can better care for new mothers with Ayurvedic Doula & Prenatal Yoga Instructor, Megan Cassamas. In this episode, we dive into the role of the doula, the prevalence of postpartum depression and the ways the ancient science of Ayurveda can nurture the mind, body and soul.

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    The discussion about antiracism with PhD Student and Diversity & Equity Facilitator, Victoria Alexander, continues as the group covers where to start when broaching conversations around race and racism with friends and family.

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