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Born In June Raised In April: What Adoption Can Teach the World

April shares her very personal experience as a transracially adopted person growing up in New England and explores adoption and all its many layers. Each episode is anchored in the months of the year, connecting poignant holidays, rituals, rites of passage, and celebrations to adoption, identity and family. We follow her as she opens up a conversation about the beauty and complexity of adoption through interviews and reflections.
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Jun 8, 2021

This month, host April Dinwoodie sits down with culture critic, podcast host, and author of the stunning memoir Surviving the White Gaze, Rebecca Carroll. In this spirited conversation, the two discuss identity, family, difference of race and culture and of course, what adoption can teach the world.

May 7, 2021

In this month’s episode, host April Dinwoodie sits down with writer, editor and author of “All You Can Ever Know,” Nicole Chung to discuss adoption, identity, and the mother of all holidays, Mother’s Day!

Apr 24, 2021

This month host April Dinwoodie welcomes her sister Dawn for a conversation that is as beautiful and authentic as their bond. From being dressed as twins as little girls to finding even more love and connection as adults, these sisters have so much to share about how together the navigated adoption and differences of race.

Mar 25, 2021

In this poignant episode of Born in June, Raised in April, host April Dinwoodie sits down with attorney turned nonprofit executive and transracially/transnationally adopted person Julie Young. Together they discuss the concept of luck from the perspective of an adopted person and the realities of complicated beginnings as women. They also make space to process the tragic shooting in Atlanta of 6 Asian women.

Feb 27, 2021

In the first episode of season 6 host April Dinwoodie sits down with adopted persons Christian and Anni to discuss all things love and adoption. This is the first time that April has been in conversation with a couple that shares the experience of being adopted and it was such a joy to have them on. Christian slid into Anni’s DMs and the rest is history...

Jan 27, 2021

Kicking off the new year, April Dinwoodie sits down with transracially adopted person and host of Los Angeles’s Good Day LA, Michaela Pereira.  In a deeply personal and spirited conversation the soul sisters in adoption reflect on the search for belonging, the importance of representation, and the both/and of adoption.

Dec 9, 2020

With 2020 FINALLY coming to a close I sit down with my executive producer and nephew, Kyle Ferreira to wrap up the year focused on making and breaking traditions. We discuss how the pandemic is forcing us to change what we may have done for generations and how this may be a pivotal time for parents to incorporate new traditions. Also, ‘tis the season, so I made a little wish list!

Nov 10, 2020

In this November episode, host April Dinwoodie sits down with former foster youth, adoptive dad, founder of Comfort Cases and author of Forever Family: Fostering Change One Child at a Time, Rob Scheer. April and Rob discuss the challenges Rob faced within his family of origin and as youth in foster as well as the power and importance of names and holiday traditions. This conversation inspires us to steer into both family and adoption to experience the beauty and joy of living with eyes and hearts truly wide open.

Oct 27, 2020

Inspired by young people, host April Dinwoodie takes time to expand on her answers to poignant and powerful questions posed by students following a virtual school assembly.

Sep 25, 2020

In September 2020, on the continued path of learning from those closest to adoption and foster care we are doing something different as we welcome a father who was adopted and the biological son he raised.  Sitting down with Kevin Booker Sr. and Kevin Booker Jr. we opened up a real and honest dialogue about the ever-changing dynamic of family and how adoption impacts individuals and family systems for generations.

Aug 19, 2020

Host April Dinwoodie sits down with education professional, arts enthusiast, and transracially adopted person Kendra Anderson to talk adoption, identity, and family. There is so much for society to learn, those closest to the experience need the mic, and everyone else needs to listen and take really good notes!

Jul 14, 2020

In the spirit of freedom and independence, host April Dinwoodie shares her very personal thoughts on adoption, family, and differences of race and culture at the intersection of a pandemic and the urgent momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Jun 27, 2020

With the recent murders of Breanna Taylor, Ahmand Arbery, and George Floyd Host April Dinwoodie is joined by Emmy and Peabody award winning filmmaker Phil Bertelsen to have a conversation about transracial adoption, identity, family, and Black Lives Matter.

ADVISORY: In this episode, the "N" Word is used once in the context of a personal experience

May 9, 2020

In this special Mother's Day episode, host April Dinwoodie sits down with her mom Sandra for another conversation about adoption, identity, and family and to answer questions from listeners.

Apr 25, 2020

Host April Dinwoodie and guest April Michelle Rivera-Curtis have a powerful conversation about very personal experiences of adoption, foster care, identity, and family as well as our current shared experiences during a global pandemic.

Mar 11, 2020

In this March episode, host April Dinwoodie sits down with healing guide and reiki master, Graciela Asher to discuss what it means to be lucky, the importance of recognizing all women connected to our lives, and of course adoption.

Feb 25, 2020

In this February episode, host April Dinwoodie sits down with biracial, transracial adoptee and cancer survivor, Hilary North-Ellasante. Meaning is often connected to identity and life experience and these aspects of ourselves impact the ways we move through the world. Listen as the two discuss all things love as it relates to their adoption experience.

Jan 25, 2020

In this January podcast producer Kwam Green has an intimate conversation with host April Dinwoodie about her inspiration for the podcast, her personal and professional life and of course love!

Jan 14, 2020

In this special advocacy edition, April sits down with Tim Monti-Wohlpart to talk about the years long fight for adoptee equality in New York State and the passage of the bill allowing adult adopted persons access to their original birth certificates beginning January 2020.

Dec 21, 2019
In this December episode, host April Dinwoodie sits down with longtime friend and adopted person Tony Shellman.  After many years of crossing paths professionally, it is only fitting that the two finally take some time to be in conversation about adoption, identity, and family in the same month that Tony joined his family of experience so many years ago.  
Nov 6, 2019

In this special November episode, host April Dinwoodie welcomes award-winning Chef, Restaurateur, Author, and Co-Owner of Red Rooster Harlem, Marcus Samuelsson and guest-host Louis Johnson Jr., Trend Specialist at Harlem Haberdashery and Accessory King, for a poignant conversation about shared connections, differences of race, class, and culture, and the importance of family! 

Oct 8, 2019

In this October episode, host April Dinwoodie sits down with transracially adopted person Marcus Schmidt to talk about all things adoption, identity, and family.  Even though they are generations apart, they both share October birthdays and the challenges of navigating differences of race, class, and culture related to adoption. 

Sep 17, 2019

In this episode host April Dinwoodie sits down Allison Trevino adopted person, birth parent and doctoral candidate to talk about the many intricate layers of the adoption that have impacted her life and how she has turned her experience into a fierce commitment to research on fathers.

Aug 7, 2019

In this August episode, host April Dinwoodie sits down with Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao for a very intimate conversation about the impact of adoption on her life, and how her professional motivations were fueled by her experiences.

Jul 4, 2019

In this July episode, host April Dinwoodie and guest Ridghaus explore the complicated themes of freedom and independence connected to adoption and the ability to fully realize our whole identities as adopted persons.

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