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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The month of June holds so much additional meaning within the extended family of adoption! In this episode, host JuneinApril welcomes adopted person and Child Behavior Expert Bryan Post for a discussion of the beautiful and often complicated reality of Father’s Day, as well as the significance of birthdays, the importance of supporting families and children that are experiencing trauma, and the added layers of what differences of race and culture can bring to adoption.
In this May podcast, host April Dinwoodie welcomes transnationally adopted person and artist Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez to her home in Harlem to have a conversation about the meaning of Mother’s Day, navigating two mothers, what mother country means to him, his art, and so much more.
For this April 2019 podcast, host April Dinwoodie answers questions sent in from some of her past guests. In this very intimate episode, April shares her deep and personal thoughts and feelings about the many layers of adoption, and how her experiences have shaped her identity, what she values, and her most important relationships.
In recognition of Women’s History Month, this March we are celebrating all of the amazing women that have been interviewed on the podcast over the years. There are so many moving and meaningful moments from these fierce women!
As the podcast begins its 4th year, host April Dinwoodie welcomes “DMC” and his wife Zuri McDaniels to talk about their journey together. With St. Valentine’s Day and Black History Month as a backdrop, the couple shares the many layers of their love and commitment, and how adoption and family matters are embedded in their lives.