Make Meaning Podcast Episodes
Category: Relationships


Episode 108 – Lynne & Dan Golodner and Alisa Peskin-Shepherd – The pandemic’s impact on relationships

The past year was a challenge in so many ways, and relationships were impacted in many ways by long lockdowns, economic turbulence, and the need to work at home while guiding children in doing school remotely. But there was a sunny side for some relationships as couples settled in to more time together without the distractions of “normal” life. While some relationships reached a breaking point during the coronavirus pandemic, many grew stronger. Research shows trends in both directions, with a flurry of quarantine babies and a backlog of divorce cases facing the courts. In the latest episode of the […]

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Crystal Blanchette

Episode 104 – Crystal Blanchette – How to make food your friend

Sometimes meaning comes out of the tiny obligations and routines of daily life. We find meaning in the mundane as easily as preparing a meal and sitting down with people we love to enjoy it. As a celebrity chef, author of two books and mom to two young children, Crystal Blanchette is dedicated to making meal prep easy and making food a priority, not a chore. In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Crystal speaks with host Lynne Golodner about her internship at Lucas Films, her career cooking for such celebrities as, Prince, George Lucas, Mike Tyson, […]

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Katie Yamasaki

Episode 103 – Katie Yamasaki – How to make murals for community expression

A mural cannot be a band-aid on a society that puts Black and Brown people at the bottom every single day,” says Katie Yamasaki, muralist and children’s book artist who uses art as a platform to build dialogue and tell stories of communities. In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Katie speaks with host Lynne Golodner about her early influences (including her famous grandfather, architect Minoru Yamasaki, who designed the World Trade Center), collaborating with former students and incarcerated mothers on important mural projects, and how she always cobbled together jobs to make ends meet so she could […]

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Episode 55 – Understanding Adolescence with Lisa Damour

While many adults might dismiss teens as not-quite-ready to meet the real world, Lisa Damour, clinical psychologist, author, and this week’s guest on the Make Meaning podcast, knows that adolescents have the ability to perceive situations with clarity and accuracy often missed by adults. Adolescence is the age where true passion and natural talent develop, sowing seeds of purpose that provide life direction. Listen as Lynne and Lisa discuss how understanding adolescence can not only help us guide young people to find their purpose but might also shine light on finding our own. Lisa Damour writes the monthly Adolescence column for the New York Times, is a regular contributor to CBS News, operates a […]

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Episode 46 – Creating Communities with Amy Haimerl and David Dwaihy

When was the last time you felt welcome – like an “us”, not a “them” – among strangers? Have you experienced people of different walks of life coming together from different origins, united by a common purpose? These are the kinds of experiences and spaces that Amy Haimerl, founder of Shady Ladies Literary Society, and David Dwaihy, co-owner of Detroit City Football Club, are creating. They joinedLynne recently for a special episode of the Make Meaning podcast, recorded live at the Motor City Woman’s Podcast Brunch as part of the Detroit Podcast Festival. Amy and David share a purpose: creating common ground for people from diverse backgrounds to connect over shared interests. […]

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Episode 43 – Rising Above with Natasha Guynes

Natasha Guynes understands all too well the inspirational power of a story. For years, she hid her own, fearful it would destroy the successful career she had built on Capitol Hill. This week on the Make Meaning podcast, Natasha talks with Lynne Golodner about her journey through homelessness and addiction, how supportive mentors helped her break down walls of shame and isolation, and how she helps vulnerable young women do the same. Bravely sharing her story gave Natasha the confidence to create HER Resiliency Center. She finds meaning by using her past to help others build futures. Hear Natasha’s story […]

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Episode 35 – Purposeful Third Spaces with Lyndsay Edmonds

This week on the Make Meaning podcast, Lyndsay Edmonds, founder and owner of Harless and Hugh Coffee and the Public House, both in Bay City Michigan, talks about what it means to create “third spaces” for people to gather. Inspired by time spent in Southeast Asia, Lyndsay has developed an appreciation for people, their differences and similarities, and the community spots that cultivate connections through conversations. “I specialize in giving people spaces to be themselves,” says Lyndsay. “It’s mainly done through conversation – just being really open and listening to the community and what they think and need.” Learn more about how Lyndsay makes meaning through these purposeful third […]

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