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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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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.

Jun 16, 2019

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.

May 13, 2019

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.

Apr 18, 2019

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.

Mar 18, 2019

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!

Feb 14, 2019

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. 

Jan 12, 2019
Your host, April Dinwoodie and guest Kwam Green come together to talk about complicated family structures and experiences, and how we have the ability to reconfigure and build our own families, as well as choosing what traditions and legacy’s to honor, and what we can let go.  This episode expands the conversation, and opens up even more lessons we can learn when we have an open and authentic conversation about our families.
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