The Loud Women's Club

The Loud Women's Club

The Loud Women’s Club podcast is a celebration of the opinionated. Hosted by Melissa Huston, we find and support our voices by discussing the timely issues of society, culture, and politics. Welcome to the club.

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June 19, 2021 57 min

For centuries women have adorned their skin with cosmetics to alter their appearance.  Is it personal preference or societal pressures that cause us to layer on the products? Are we compelled to conform to beauty standards or are we empowered to reject the pressures to look a certain way?

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If you hear someone say something racist....do you call them out on it? What if friend makes a sexist joke on social media? Or what if your boss is making wildly inappropriate comments? When is it the right time to say something? The Loud women talk about speaking out, and how sometimes that comes at a cost....a privilege not everyone can afford. 

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June 5, 2021 67 min

The Loud Women prove that civil discourse is still possible when debating guns in America. We examine the nuances of gun regulation and legislation all while having differing opinions on gun ownership. Please note this episode touches on gun violence and suicide. The suicide prevention hotline is 800-273-8255. 

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As we crawl our way out of a pandemic, many women are concerned about social re-entry. It's hard enough to navigate the world of adult friendships without the added pressures of technology, social media, and plain being out of practice. This week the Loud Women are joined by friendship coach Danielle Bayard Jackson who gives us insight on maintaining those important connections.

 
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Cancel culture has permeated our society. From abandoning brands, boycotting sports, and notifying employers of abhorrent on-line behavior. It appears on both sides of the issues and is supported by our access to social media. Is it aggressive and combative? Or is it simply time to hold people accountable?

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May 15, 2021 59 min

With COVID restrictions beginning to lift, many women are thinking about taking a trip. But would you take a vacation alone? From trekking cross country, to dining alone; the Loud Women talk about their comfort levels when it comes to solo travel. 

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May 7, 2021 61 min

It's Mother's Day weekend and the Loud Women are talking about self-care. From reading a good book, receiving therapy, going to the gym or taking a trip to Target....self-care is self-defined, and even more important during a pandemic. 

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May 1, 2021 70 min

On the heels of the Derek Chauvin trial, the Loud Women look back at the history of police reform, and contemplate what it would take to make a better future.?

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April 24, 2021 56 min

The Loud Women discuss hair and dress codes in the work place. From locks to panty hose...what's appropriate, what's appropriation, and what is just too much to ask in the time of COVID. #yogapants

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April 17, 2021 50 min

Approximately 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted while in college. Emerald Fennell's Oscar nominated thriller "Promising Young Woman" is a comedic, tragic and poignant take on blame and rape. Warning, this episode talks about sexual assault. If you or someone you know needs support, 1-800-656-4673. 

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April 10, 2021 87 min

The Loud Women are joined this week by a special guest, Beca's sister. Claire is in recovery after battling a 22 year-long eating disorder. The women share their own experiences with toxic diets, health struggles, and depression. This is a very open and honest episode and may be triggering as we discuss eating disorders and suicide. If you find yourself in need of assistance please reach out to the National Eating Disorders Hel...

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April 3, 2021 69 min

From lack of pockets to lack of "Fs"....the Loud women talk about what it means to be a woman in 2021: The unrealistic expectations,  the fear of failure, the fragility of our bodies, and the ability to still find time for joy. 

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March 27, 2021 68 min

Sex trafficking happens in our own back yard, and there are very few targeted resources available to the young people who are exploited. We are joined by Gillian Wood, the founding director of Resilience Rising which combats the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the United States by providing residential and mentoring programs with opportunities for safety, healing, and empowerment.

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March 20, 2021 69 min

What do you get when you mix Sharon Osbourne, Tucker Carlson and WAP? A discussion that will make you clutch your pearls! We're focused on media and pop culture this week. Hang on for the ride.

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March 13, 2021 57 min

For centuries women have adorned their skin with cosmetics to alter their appearance.  Is it personal preference or societal pressures that cause us to layer on the products? Are we compelled to conform to beauty standards or are we empowered to reject the pressures to look a certain way?

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March 6, 2021 64 min

Tammy Payne is now 6 years out from her initial diagnosis of stage 4 breast cancer. Through her blog, she is open and honest about her struggles and triumphs. From unexpected physical tolls, to the emotional and financial costs, to friendship and working through treatment. 

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Dr. Janus Adams is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, historian and author. She is a pioneer of African-American and women's programming.  What better person to join the Loud Women to discuss teaching black history.  Plus, Nicole's tribute to actress Cicely Tyson.

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February 13, 2021 69 min

The collective loss experienced in the past year has forced many of us to confront grief. This week, the Loud Women talk with Jill McClennen, a death doula, who helps people process and even prepare for loss and death. Plus, a Loud Woman in History who became an advocate in the civil rights movement after  the brutal murder of her son. 

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February 6, 2021 62 min

This week the Loud Women have a lot on their minds. Kids going back to school, a slow vaccine role out, and upcoming Valentine's Day. Plus our Loud Women of the week honors the late Cloris Leachman. 

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January 30, 2021 58 min

Dr. Janja Lahlich is an expert on the sociology of cults. In fact, she once belonged to one. This week we examine why people join cults; and ask if those who stormed the Capitol in the name of Trump qualify as cult followers. 

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