Jul 11, 2023


Around the Web, Around the World

A Little Bit Culty

Behind the “Reality:” Jessica Willis Fisher on her Childhood Abuse

While in their youth, Jessica Willis Fisher and her eleven siblings were thrust into the spotlight for being the perfect musical family. Having achieved nation-wide fame on America’s Got Talent, the Willis Fishers scored their own reality show in 2015, letting cameras into their pristine and heavily Christian home to document the daily lives of a happy, smiley family trying to make it in the famously non-toxic (just kidding) entertainment biz. So when allegations of child abuse and molestation broke out against the family’s patriarch, Toby Willis, Americans and onlookers across the globe were in disbelief. How could this family, which had been put on a pedestal and idolized extensively as “picture perfect,” possess such insanely disturbing secrets?

Because the world is fucked up, hellooo! But our listeners already knew that.

On today’s episode, Jessica joins us to discuss her story, as well as parallels she sees between her family and others that shared the reality show spotlight. She’s begun releasing new music again as a form of healing—you can check out her album Brand New Day here. You can also read her memoir, Unspeakable: Surviving My Childhood and Finding My Voice, here.

Please note, this series includes details of sexual abuse. Listener discretion is strongly advised. If you, or someone who know, is a survivor of sexual assault, abuse, grooming, child abuse, or human trafficking, RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Hotline offers support at 800.656.HOPE (4673).

Episode available since July 10, 2023

Herbal Radio

Native California Herbs & 5 Elements, with Athene Eisenhardt | Tea Talks with Jiling

Dr. Athene Eisenhardt, Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, found her path in life by way of the plant world. Working professionally as a field botanist for Yosemite National Park led her to begin wildcrafting and using native California plants as medicine, and to study the Taoist 5 elements in nature. She maintains a private practice in Oakland, California, offering 5 Element Acupuncture and Integrative Herbalism. Athene is also on the Herbology faculty at the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, CA.

Athene and Jiling discuss:

  • The Five Elements of East Asian medicine
  • How the five flavors relate to the Five Elements
  • Examples of native California plant and Five Elements’ interrelationships
  • How climate informs plant intelligence
  • Ethical harvesting of native plants
  • Some of Athene’s favorite plant meditations!

Visit Athene Eisenhardt at AthenEisenhardt.com

Jiling Lin is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac) and herbalist in Ventura, CA. Visit Jiling at JilingLin.com, Instagram @LinJiling, and Facebook @JilingLAc. Get her free Nourishing Life (養生) template, Five Phases (五行) outline, or sign up for her newsletter here.

Episode available since Jul 7, 2023

Navigating Narcissism with Dr. Ramani

What is Coercive Control? With Dr. Christine Cocchiola

Dr. Christine Cocchiola, a trained therapist and social worker specializing in abusive relationships and coercive control, reveals it took decades for her to realize she was trapped in a toxic, controlling and abusive marriage for nearly 30 years.

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Guest Bio:

Dr. Christine M. Cocchiola, DSW, LCSW is a Coercive Control Educator, Researcher & Survivor. She is a college professor teaching social work for the last 20 years and a social justice advocate for a local domestic violence agency, since the age of 19. Her expertise is in the areas of coercive control and the traumatic experiences of adult and child victims, diligently supporting these vulnerable populations. Dr. C., a Founding Member of the International Coercive Control Conference and a Board Member of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, has supported codifying coercive control, writing numerous policy briefs supporting these efforts.

Episode available since July 6, 2023

Voices of the Sacred Feminine

Demeter by Robin Corak

The beauty and power of goddesses and myths has long been a driving force in our guest, Robin Corak's life. She is the author of Persephone: Practicing the Art of Personal Power and now, Demeter. Robin will share with listeners both the known and unknown myths of Demeter, such as those where she exhibits her anger and bengeance. She'll explain how working with Demeter can help us with issues of grief and loss as well as the role Demeter might play in modern day social justice efforts. We'll also delve into the "mother wound" and what Demeter can teach us about this type of wound.

Robin is a certified End of Life doula and has several years of experience with modalities such as Reiki, coaching and tarot reading. She writes a blog for Agora Patheos entitled "Phoenix Rising". Passionate about helping others achieve their full potential, Robin is also the CEO of a large, non-profit social services organization in washington state.

Wed, July 12, 2023 at 02:00 pm [Eastern]


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