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Born In June Raised In April

April shares her very personal experience as a transracially adopted person growing up in New England and explores adoption in all its many layers. Each episode is anchored in the months of the year, connecting poignant holidays, rituals, rites of passage, and celebrations to the meaning of legacy, family, and identity. We follow her as she gains understanding of both the beauty and complexity of adoption through interviews and reflections.
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Oct 15, 2018

This October, host April Dinwoodie welcomes another member of the extended family of adoption; singer, songwriter, author, and fellow Scorpio, Zara Phillips.  Zara’s life is a testament to never giving up, the search for identity, and the healing power of community. 

Sep 17, 2018
One of the best ways to learn about the many layers of adoption is by listening to those closest to the adoption experience.  In a "June in April" podcast first, host April Dinwoodie welcomes brothers Michael and Mark to the show.    Michael and Mark are both adopted but do not share a biological connection.  Both were born in Tokyo, Japan, adopted into the United States and raised outside of Seattle, Washington.  Listen as we explore what it means to them to be brothers, the culture of family, their unique identities and so much more!  

 

Aug 6, 2018
This August host April Dinwoodie welcomes another member of the extended family of adoption, creative powerhouse Rock Wilk.  Rock is an award-winning performance artist, writer, composer, musician and adopted person. April and Rock share an in depth conversation about growing up adopted and the many many layers of beauty and complexity that comes with it.  

 

Jul 3, 2018
With “Independence Day” as a backdrop, July is the perfect time to discuss both the personal elements of independence and identity and the bigger broader concepts of freedom related to the adoption experience.  Today, working to truly move in a spirit of independence around access to information and healthy identity development is urgent work. Host April Dinwoodie and her guest Tim will explore all of this and more in this episode of Born in June, Raised in April.  
Jun 8, 2018

Taken from his mother at age three, Steve Klakowitz lived a terrifying existence.  Caught in the clutches of a cruel foster family and subjected to constant abuse, Steve finds his only refuge in a box of books given to him by a kind stranger.  In these books, he discovers new worlds he can only imagine and begins to hope that one day he might have a different life – that one day he will find his true home.  This June, our host April Dinwoodie sits down with Steve Pemberton to talk Father’s Day, family and faith and his book and film “ A Chance in the World”. 

May 9, 2018

 

Mother’s Day can bring complicated thoughts and feelings, especially for for those of us in the extended family of adoption.  This May, our host April sits down with transracially-adopted person Rachel Nordlinger to talk about their shared experiences surrounding adoption, identity and family.  

Apr 23, 2018

April Dinwoodie welcomes Cathleen Trigg-Jones for a very deep and personal conversation about facing and embracing the beautiful and challenging realities of adoption throughout our lives. From birthdays to identity and differences of race, class and culture to relationships and the search for identity, we cover it all in this April episode!  In the end though, it all comes back to love.

Mar 25, 2018

April reflects on adoption and women's history month this March. 

Feb 16, 2018

It’s February and as a transracially adopted person, the convergence of Black History Month and Valentine’s Day is powerful and punctuating all at once. As an adult, I have come to understand that any shot I have at truly deep, romantic love is wrapped up in my ability to understand my full identity and love my whole self.  Heck, isn’t that true for all of us adopted or not? Listen this month as I talk with dear friend, ex-boyfriend and meditation guru Light Watkins about relationships, family, differences of race class and culture and identity.  

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