About the show

Host Carleena Angwin interviews guests with hands-on or misunderstood professions who shed light on the human experience, and ordinary people who have overcome adversity. Through personal stories of grit, determination, and perseverance, we find common ground. When choosing guests and topics, Carleena draws from her experiences growing up in a rural, working-class town, serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer, studying narrative journalism, and addressing public health concerns in Tennessee.

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Episodes

  • Anthony Kane: Eulogizing a Career in Death Care

    April 16th, 2019  |  1 hr 4 secs
    anthony kane, carleena angwin, death care, embalming, funeral, funeral director, mortality, ptsd, the carleena show

    Anthony Kane is a licensed funeral director and death expert based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Today on the show, Anthony discusses the changing funeral industry, the families and funerals he thinks about years later, PTSD in the funeral business, and his evolving perspectives on embalming. This is a fascinating discussion and we decided to record a Part Two soon. Stay tuned and send me any questions you have for Anthony. Visit the Contact page on my website https://carleena.net/ .

  • Robyn Udemans: Aswat: Voices of Arabia

    April 10th, 2019  |  40 mins 28 secs
    aswat voices of arabia, carleena angwin, robyn udemans, saudi arabia, south africa, the carleena show

    Robyn Udemans is a South African woman who has been living in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for 17 years. Knowing very little about life outside her compound’s walls, Robyn decided it was time to change that. The result is a podcast called Aswat: Voices of Arabia, which serves as a platform for the women of Saudi Arabia to share the stories of their lives, aspirations, and achievements at a time when restrictions on women have been easing.

    Connect with Robyn https://voicesofarabia.xyz/

  • Tiffiany Portacio: Leaving for the Peace Corps

    March 22nd, 2019  |  20 mins 55 secs
    chicago, colombia, community health, miami, paraguay, peace corps, usf

    Tiffiany Portacio is leaving the United States soon and moving to Paraguay, where she will begin a two year commitment as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Tiffiany reached out to me a year ago when she was deciding if she should she apply to the Peace Corps or not. Today on the show, I ask Tiffiany to bring us back to that moment of uncertainty and walk us through her decision to apply.

    /// The Carleena Show Podcast https://carleena.fireside.fm/ /// Ordinary People Share Their Hero’s Journey /// Hosted and Produced by Carleena Angwin /// Subscribe to the podcast on YouTube: https://bit.ly/2AzCFib /// Editing and Graphic Design by http://stevenllorca.com/ ///

  • Dr. Kurt Michael: School Mental Health Partnerships in Rural Appalachia

    March 7th, 2019  |  50 mins 44 secs
    13 reasons why, american association of suicidology, anxiety, appalachia, appalachian state university, behavioral activation, carleena angwin, cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive restructuring, crisis text line, depression, handbook of rural school mental health, kurt michael, national suicide prevention lifeline, north carolina, teens, the carleena show, therapy

    Dr. Kurt Michael is a professor of psychology at Appalachian State University, a practicing Licensed Psychologist, and a crisis intervention and suicide prevention consultant on the national level. Today, Kurt discusses the research connecting Netflix’s television series "13 Reasons Why" with a significant increase in the use of the crisis text line: 741741. We also discuss an initiative to bring mental health services to thousands of rural North Carolina public school students.

    The Carleena Show Podcast https://carleena.fireside.fm/ /// Ordinary People Share Their Hero’s Journey /// Hosted and Produced by Carleena Angwin /// Subscribe to the podcast on YouTube: https://bit.ly/2AzCFib /// Editing and Graphic Design by http://stevenllorca.com/ /// Connect with Dr. Kurt Michael https://psych.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/kurt-d-michael /// Handbook of Rural School Mental Health, available here: https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319647333 ///

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK [8255]) is a United States-based suicide prevention network of 161 crisis centers that provides a 24/7, toll-free hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

  • Steve Kaplan: The Comic Hero's Journey

    March 2nd, 2019  |  1 hr 12 secs
    40 year old virgin, bridesmaids, carleena angwin, chris vogler, comedy, comic hero's journey, disney, groundhog's day, hbo, hero's journey, hollywood, joseph campbell, mental health, mike birbiglia, screenwriting, sony, stand up, steve kaplan, the big sick, the carleena show, writing

    Steve Kaplan is a comedy consultant for HBO, Disney, DreamWorks, Sony, and many other media companies. He teaches his signature Comedy Intensive Workshops around the world, and is the author of The Hidden Tools of Comedy and The Comic Hero's Journey. Today on the show, Kaplan explains how the Comic Hero's Journey differs from the classic Hero's Journey. “Characters in comedies don’t want to change. They want to stay the same,” Kaplan says. We also discuss drawing from personal experiences to create comedy.

    Connect with Steve Kaplan https://www.kaplancomedy.com/

    The Carleena Show features in-depth conversations with guests from around the world. Host Carleena Angwin is a writer, public health professional, and former Peace Corps Volunteer based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. https://carleena.fireside.fm/

  • Andrea Layne: Journey of a First Responder

    January 29th, 2019  |  40 mins 24 secs
    ada county, andrea layne, carleena angwin, first responder, hero's journey, idaho, mental health, paramedic, the carleena show

    “This job will change you. You won’t look at life the same. We see people at their worst. But we also see people at their best.” Andrea Layne is a battalion chief with Ada County Paramedics in Idaho. After 30 years as a first responder, Andrea is retiring in April.

  • Kevin Hines: Suicide Survivor, Storyteller & Film Maker

    January 10th, 2019  |  35 mins 15 secs
    be here tomorrow, brain health, carleena angwin, cnqr, golden gate bridge, kevin hines, suicide the ripple effect, the carleena show

    Two years after Kevin Hines was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (19 years of age), he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. The fall would break his body, but not his spirit. Today, Kevin is a brain/mental health advocate, award-winning global speaker, bestselling author and documentary filmmaker who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live.

    During our conversation, we focus on the last few years of his journey, traveling to high school auditoriums, military bases, health care facilities, and national news outlets to share his story and start a conversation about suicide prevention and mental health. I ask Kevin why his story resonates with so many people. I ask him to share insights and experiences with the unique communities he interacts with and what the media, government officials, and health care professionals can do to help prevent suicides. Connect with Kevin Hines http://www.kevinhinesstory.com/

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK [8255]) is a United States-based suicide prevention network of 161 crisis centers that provides a 24/7, toll-free hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

    The Carleena Show features in-depth conversations with guests from around the world. Host Carleena Angwin is a writer, public health professional, and former Peace Corps Volunteer based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. https://carleena.fireside.fm/

  • Christopher-Charles Chaney: Mama Peaches and Me: Caregiver Journey

    December 28th, 2018  |  1 hr 23 mins
    alzheimer's, caregiver, caregiving, carleena angwin, christopher-charles chaney, dementia, mama peaches and me, the carleeena show

    Christopher-Charles Chaney spent years caring for his mother, Mama Peaches, who passed in 2016 after suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. It was his love and struggles as a former caregiver that inspired him to journal his experiences on Facebook in 2015 and write his first award-winning caregiving book, Mama Peaches and Me: Wit and Wisdom for Worn-out Caregivers.

    Connect with Christopher-Charles Chaney https://www.chaneyspeaks.com/home

  • Brin-Jonathan Butler: Making Use Of A Broken Compass

    December 10th, 2018  |  2 hrs 25 mins
    brin-jonathan butler, carleena angwin, cuba, fidel castro, hazlitt, jack nicholson, mike tyson, new york city, the carleena show, the domino diaries, the hero's journey, vancouver

    Brin-Jonathan Butler discusses his journey from his hometown in Vancouver to Cuba in his early twenties to train with Olympic boxers, write their stories, and film a documentary called Split Decision. In today's episode we discuss: finding community, pilgrimage, identity, obsession, and more. We also talk about Brin's new article, Giving Up The Ghost, which will be published in Hazlitt Magazine in February.

    Brin-Jonathan Butler has written for Esquire, Bloomberg, ESPN Magazine, Al Jazeera, Harper’s, The Paris Review, Salon, and Vice. His first book "The Domino Diaries: My Decade Boxing with Olympic Champions and Chasing Hemingway's Ghost in the Last Days of Castro's Cuba" was shortlisted for the PEN/ESPN Award for literary sports writing and a Boston Globe Best Book of 2015. His work has also been a notable selection in both Best American Sports and Best American Travel Writing multiple times.

    Connect with Brin-Jonathan Butler on Twitter: https://twitter.com/brinicio

    The Carleena Show features in-depth conversations with guests from around the world. Host Carleena Angwin is a writer, public health professional, and former Peace Corps Volunteer based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. https://carleena.fireside.fm/

  • Zibin Guo: Wheelchair Tai Chi to the Department of Veterans Affairs

    November 28th, 2018  |  49 mins 22 secs
    acupuncture, adaptive tai chi, applied tai chi ji, carleena angwin, chattanooga, chinese medicine, department of veterans affairs, harvard medical school, hero's journey, hrsa, joseph campbell, medical anthropology, paralympic games, paralympics, tai chi, tai chi chuan, tai ji, the carleena show, utc, veteran, veterans, zibin guo

    Dr. Zibin Guo is a medical anthropologist and internationally known Tai Chi Master. In today's episode, Dr. Guo describes his journey, which began as a young martial artist in China during an era of cultural revolution and uncertainty. With the encouragement of a couple students, Zibin left China in his twenties and travelled to the United States to begin a new life in academia. "I began teaching adaptive tai ji by accident," Dr. Guo says. "That was my moment of enlightenment." The chance encounter propelled him on a new course and within a few years, he developed wheelchair Tai Chi Chuan, which he debuted at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. Eight years later, Zibin received a major grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and began traveling to VA facilities across the country to train staff in wheelchair tai chi. Zibin details what medical anthropology and wheelchair tai chi have in common and how he incorporates the hero's journey in his program.

    The Carleena Show Podcast https://carleena.net/ | Ordinary People Share Their Hero’s Journey | Hosted and Produced by Carleena Angwin | Watch episodes on YouTube: https://bit.ly/2AzCFib | Video Editing and Graphic Design by http://stevenllorca.com/ | Connect with Zibin Guo http://appliedtaiji.com/

  • Stephen Gerringer: Mythologizing Life, Joseph Campbell, and the Hero's Journey

    November 20th, 2018  |  2 hrs 6 mins
    carleena angwin, carleena show, chris vogler, esalen institute, george lucas, hero's journey, joseph campbell, joseph campbell foundation, mythic salon, mythological toolbox, practical campbell, stephen gerringer, the carleena show

    For the past 15 years, Stephen Gerringer has collaborated with the Joseph Campbell Foundation (JCF) —a global community of artists, scholars, writers, educators, and questers—to preserve, protect, and perpetuate the work of Joseph Campbell.

    Hour 1: Stephen takes us back to his formative years and highlights the turning points that led him to the work of Joseph Campbell.

    Hour 2: Stephen provides a brief biography of Joseph Campbell and details how the story sequence of events Campbell coined The Hero’s Journey applies to ordinary people.

    Connect with Stephen Gerringer and the Joseph Campbell Foundation https://www.jcf.org/

    The Carleena Show features in-depth conversations with guests from around the world. Host Carleena Angwin is a writer, public health professional, and former Peace Corps Volunteer based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. https://carleena.fireside.fm/

    Correction: When discussing young Joe's readings on American Indians, Stephen mentioned "Fraser Boas." He meant to say Franz Boas, considered "the father of American anthropology".

  • Behind The Scenes

    November 16th, 2018  |  1 hr 9 mins
    benjamin david, bridget frank, carleena angwin, chattanooga, dameon berry, fallen five, goucher college, guests, hero's journey, interviewing, interviews, interviews with exes, max baldwin, mfa, mfa nonfiction, nonfiction, our hero within, podcasting, rayna dubose, reading between the ink, shannon gilmore, sherry campbell, steven llorca, the carleena show, veronica slack, virginia tech, welcome home, writing

    In this episode, I answer listener questions, recap episodes 5-13, share how I met each guest and what broader societal questions their episode posed. I talk about my podcasting process and mention how a mentor from Goucher College's MFA Nonfiction program helped shape my thinking.

    The Carleena Show features in-depth conversations with guests from around the world. Host Carleena Angwin is a writer, public health professional, and former Peace Corps Volunteer based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. https://carleena.fireside.fm/

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