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Episode 4: Let’s Get Personal

Content warning: This episode includes a brief reference to abuse/assault; it also includes slightly graphic details re: the effects of mental issues.  If these topics will be emotionally difficult or harmful for you, we suggest you refrain from playing this episode.

On this episode, we discuss our dealings with mental imbalances, how those things have affected us, and the measures we’ve taken (and are still trying to take) to get through life with those cards we’ve been dealt.

We both share our coming out stories, and it gets pretty personal.  We found it pretty therapeutic to record this episode, and our hope is that some of the things we discuss will help listeners not feel alone; on the flipside, if these issues are unfamiliar to some of our listeners, we hope this sheds some light on what these experiences are like.

Thank you very much for listening; we went a little long on this episode (hint: keep listening after the outro music for a little bonus material).

Also, as promised, here’s the YouTube video we mentioned during the episode – she’s hilarious and fun, and will explain a reference we made (her entire channel is hilarious, on that note).

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Episode 3: Feeling Overwhelmed

On this episode, we talk about listener feedback we’ve gotten and how we intend to implement the suggestions we’ve received!

Then, Ellie starts explaining the complexity that is Lebanon, and Alia explores the factors that have led Saudi Arabia to be such a closed society.  Both of us are reminded just how daunting these topics are, which makes it clear how important it is to keep learning and talking about these topics over many episodes in the future.

During this episode, we point to a wonderful Facebook post that our friend brought to our attention; with the permission of the poster, we are sharing that here: Look up Sophia Kass Martinkus to see the March 11th post – it’ll bring you some hope!

Also, cats!   

Books mentioned are as follows (in order):

The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Saud by Robert Lacey

Inside the Kingdom by Robert Lacey

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