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And Then Suddenly

Join writer Angela Santillo as she asks one question: What’s a moment that turned your life upside down? Never knowing what her guests will say, the conversation takes twists and turns that go beyond our ordinary stories about big life moments. Impromptu, funny, and always honest, this show explores what really happens after everything changes in an instant.

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74: Brenden Kumarasamy on competition and communication
When Brenden Kumarasamy was 19, his life goal was to get a lucrative corporate job. When he learned about case competitions, which provided the opportunity to present to business executives, everything shifted. We talk about competition culture and how the experience led him to become an expert communicator with goals even greater than his corporate dreams.
43:21 6/1/22
73: Maynard Okereke on finding his lane
Maynard Okereke was keeping his artistic pursuits away from his engineering job when one day he went into work and found his colleagues listening to his music. That moment sparked his pivot into entertainment and eventually led him to create the Hip Hop Science Show. We get into all things science as we talk about his road to STEM communication, what it means to find your passion, and why everyone should stay curious.
45:13 5/13/22
72: Kate White on seriously listening to her body
In 2016, Kate White was having a lot of pain but at the time she didn't think it was a lot. What happened a few months later made her realize she needed to take her pain seriously and that's when everything shifted. In the presence of her purring cat Penny, we talk about women's health, women's bodies, and how a series of diagnoses finally allowed Kate to understand herself.
41:27 3/15/22
71: Leilani De Nieva on everything supernatural in Pittsburg
In July 2016, Leilani was celebrating her sister's wedding in Pittsburg when she saw God- as in the actor who plays "God" in the television show Supernatural. A superfan of the show, running into the cast leaving a Supernatural convention ended up being an important sign. We talk family, religion, and the power of things we can't see.
41:16 3/1/22
70: Kwazar Martin on his grandmother and art
Growing up in a rough area in Indianapolis, Kwazar Martin's grandmother kept him focused. But after she passed, he strayed from what she taught him. We talk about his journey from prison to art, life and light, and the never ending energy of his grandmother.
44:33 2/15/22
69: Brandon Saiz on getting validation
On episode 36, Brandon Saiz shared a moment about achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He's back to share a new moment that has altered his outlook and how he views his time in the Coast Guard: a recent diagnosis of ADHD. We talk about changing perspectives, new understandings, and finally getting validation.
38:00 2/1/22
68: Lorna Rose on her unexpected pregnancy
After genetic testing early in her second pregnancy, Lorna Rose learned her baby screened positive for a serious genetic disorder. When told she didn't have to carry the baby, Lorna's reaction to that statement changed her outlook and beliefs. We talk about guilt, high risk pregnancy, and the complexities of motherhood.   Lorna Rose is a Pacific Northwest writer and speaker. Her narrative nonfiction and poetry have been recognized by Pacific Northwest Writers Association and the Oregon Poetry Association, and have appeared in several magazines and anthologies. Lorna also speaks publicly on motherhood, finding resilience through writing, and her experience in AmeriCorps. She is at work on a memoir about going from LA party girl to trail worker in rural Alaska. For more, go to  www.lornarose.com
42:11 1/19/22
67: Jaimie Sherling on getting a late night message
One Friday night, Jaimie Sherling was in bed when she got an Instagram message from a stranger that changed her marriage and home. We talk about all the brutal and beautiful aspects of her moment, from her battle with cancer to her journey becoming a drag queen aficionado.
44:00 1/4/22
66: Marinke van Riet on leading and belonging
Seeing the phrase "nothing about us without us" in action made Marinke van Riet question her actions as a person and as a leader. We talk about her subsequent resignation as director of Voice, why representation matters, the future of international development, and what it means to belong.
41:47 12/15/21
65: Big D on being a biker who empowers the abused
As a Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) volunteer, Big D was working with a child and realized he was where he belonged when he saw the light come back to her eyes. We talk about epiphanies, giving back to the community, and what bikers at B.A.C.A. to help empower abused children.
47:45 12/6/21
64: Melissa Panszi Riebe on the dinner that launched a business
Melissa Panszi Riebe was at a crossroads in her career when she shared her jewelry making dreams with an acquaintance over dinner. The conversation that followed inspired her to launch A D'Zine. We talk about her transition from social worker to maker, the power of jewelry, and running a small business with purpose.
43:14 11/30/21
63: Susan Myhr Fritz on that time in the Berkshires
Susan was a high school junior in Great Falls, Montana when she was accepted into a vocal performance program at Tanglewood in Massachusetts. Being in a new place with fellow creatives changed what she thought was possible. We talk about broadening horizons, the road to writing, and why a teenage moment still matters today. Susan is the first two-time visiting guest on the show! Check out episode 19 for her other moment.
44:12 11/16/21
62: Welcome to Season Three, let's chat shall we?
Welcome to Season Three! It's been a while since I've released an episode and there's a reason for that. So let's catch up and kick off the season with where I've been. It's a story about mental health, long recoveries, and a bit about my audio destroying cat.      
23:09 11/9/21
Season Two: Ending with a thank you
Thirty episodes with guests from around the country and the world, Season Two has been quite the ride. A quick look back at the unexpected moments and a big thank you to the people who shared their stories, the listeners who tuned in, and to the incredible leadership at Voice for partnering with the show for And Then Suddenly; Rising Voices.   And the season ends with a huge thank you to the healthcare workers who impact our lives, with special messages from previous guests Jack Ridl, Becky Curran Kekula, Susan Fritz, Catherine Rondthaler, and Neema Tembele.  Until Season Three, take care and stay healthy!
18:51 5/19/20
60: Elizabeth Howard Phillips & Kenneth Phillips on their bright light
After learning the fifth round of IVF didn't work out, Elizabeth Howard Phillips realized she couldn't keep putting her body through treatments. Less than two years later, Kenneth Phillips found himself nervously driving Elizabeth and their adopted baby away from the hospital. From their hotel room in Florida, we talk about their journey through infertility, the craziness that comes with adopting a baby during a pandemic, and their new bright light Eleanor.  Additional Resources  Connect with Elizabeth Howard Phillips Instagram Facebook 
44:15 4/22/20
59: Ashley Lauren Rogers on taking a stand
Ashley Lauren Rogers was working in the steampunk scene when she learned a friend and colleague was accused of nonconsensual relations with someone else in the community. Seeing how willing people were able to dismiss the claims, her decision to immediately step away from the scene changed everything. We talk about the fantasy of steampunk, what happens when you decide to take a stand, why it's important to believe survivors. Additional Resources  Connect with Ashley: www.ashleylaurenrogers.com Is it Transphobic podcast Right to Play podcast  New Play Exchange: Ashley Lauren Rogers 
40:32 4/15/20
58: Katherine Cooper on the slow burn of 2020
From her grandfather's passing on January 2nd to a friend's death in February to a global pandemic in March, the year 2020 has been a slow moving fire for Katherine Cooper. We talk about how she is navigating this collection of sudden moments during an unprecedented time and what it means to grieve "the right way." Additional Resources Harvard Business Review: "That Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief" Katherine Cooper on Instagram 
40:51 4/6/20
57: Jad Mahmoud Halabi on his Dad's advice
On May 23, 2015, scientist Jad Mahmoud Halabi was at a mall when he learned his Dad passed away.  As his constant support system, his Dad taught him to embrace failure, see the world, and take advantage of every opportunity. Something switched after his passing and Jad decided to live this advice. We talk about what this new outlook is teaching him about his Dad's life, how it is increasing his curiosity, and how it impacts his work in science communication.  Additional Resources  Jad Mahmoud Halabi on Twitter
42:40 3/30/20
56: Paola Irun on turning points
When theater artist Paola Irun's father became ill, she made the choice to end her visa, her time in New York City, and return home to Paraguay. His eventual passing changed everything and sent Paola on a journey to find that "something" that had always been missing.  We talk about how grief led her into the worlds of boxing, yoga, and how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted her art and life in Paraguay.    Additional Resources Paola Irun On Facebook  On Instagram  Her theater company Enborrador On Facebook On Instagram   Translation of opening audio: I live my life the way I can. I do what I can. I go on as I can. But then the universe hits you with something. BAM! And everything stops, everything becomes still, paralyzed, immobile. And I thought about stopping today (March 8th, International Women's Day), because today March 8th everything stopped, the world stopped, women stopped. And then, I told myself … my way of stopping is to make people listen to me, to listen to what I have to say. People need to listen to us. And not just right now but all through the night! …. LISTEN -From the play "NOMBRE" which had to be cancelled due to corona virus pandemic, 4 days after its opening 
47:29 3/24/20
55: Carmel Fauci on meeting her second husband
Carmel Fauci was working in insurance when she met her second husband. He was a charismatic, brilliant underwriter and she learned he was a violent alcoholic right before the wedding. We talk about their relationship, her experience with men as a successful businesswoman, and what happened when she finally met her soulmate.    Additional links Carmel on Facebook 
41:12 3/4/20
54: Jennifer Tan on the journey to Shine
Jennifer Tan was working a demanding job at a management consultancy firm when she had the idea to create a business empowerment program for women. Through a series of events her idea developed into a financial literacy program for domestic abuse survivors. Now the Founder of the Shine Foundation, we talk about her unexpected journey to starting a nonprofit, how social impact work has changed her, and the financial pressures facing survivors.   Additional Resources  Shine Foundation Ladies Get Paid
46:54 2/19/20
53: Jack Ridl on the most important word in the world
Jack Ridl was walking with his 7-year-old daughter when she said "with" was the most important word because people always have to be with something, someone, or themselves. When she added that it meant everyone has to makes sure they have a good "with," Jack's perception of the world changed. We talk about how a simple and profound concept has since shaped his life, health, and poetry.  Additional Resources  Jack Ridl ridl.wordpress.com on Facebook  Saint Peter and the Goldfinch by Jack Ridl (Wayne State University Press)   My Brother—A Star My mother was pregnant through the first nine games of the season. We were 7- 2. I waited for a brother. My father kept to the hard schedule. Waking the morning of the tenth game, I thought of skipping school and shooting hoops. My cornflakes were ready, soggy. There was a note: "The baby may come today. Get your haircut." We were into January, and the long December snow had turned to slush. The wind was mean. My father was gone. I looked in on my mother still asleep and hoped she'd be OK. I watched her, dreamed her dream: John at forward, me at guard. He'd learn fast. At noon, my father picked me up at the playground. My team was ahead by six. We drove toward the gym. "Mom's OK," he said and tapped his fist against my leg. The Plymouth ship that rode the hood pulled us down the street. "The baby died," he said. I felt my feet press hard against the floorboard. I put my elbow on the door handle, my head on my hand, and watched the town: Kenner's Five and Ten, Walker's Hardware, Jarret's Bakery, Shaffer's Barber Shop, the bank. Dick Green and Carl Stacey waved. "It was a boy." We drove back to school. "You gonna coach tonight?" "Yes." "Mom's OK?" "Yes. She's fine. Sad. But fine. She said for you to grab a sandwich after school. I'll see you at the game. Don't forget about your hair." I got out, walked in late to class. "We're doing geography," Mrs. Wilson said. "Page ninety-seven. The prairie." That night in bed I watched this kid firing in jump shots from everywhere on the court. He'd cut left, I'd feed him a fine pass, he'd hit. I'd dribble down the side, spot him in the corner, thread the ball through a crowd to his soft hands, and he'd loft a star up into the lights where it would pause then gently drop, fall through the cheers and through the net. The game never ended. I fell into sleep. My hair was short. We were 8 and 2.         for my mother and my father Jack Ridl First published in The Journal/Ohio State University Subsequently published in Saint Peter and the Goldfinch (Wayne State University Press)   Jack Ridl, Poet Laureate of Douglas, Michigan (Population 1100), in April 2019 released Saint Peter and the Goldfinch (Wayne State University Press, 2019).  Jack’s Practicing to Walk Like a Heron (WSUPress, 2013) was awarded the National Gold Medal for poetry by ForeWord Review./Indie Pub. His collection Broken Symmetry (WSUPress) was co-recipient of The Society of Midland Authors best book of poetry award for 2006. His Losing Season (CavanKerry Press) was named the best sports book of the year for 2009 by The Institute for International Sport, and The Boston Globe named it one of the five best books about sports. In 2017 it was developed into a Readers Theater work. Winner of The Gary Gildner Prize for Poetry, Jack has been featured on public radio (“It’s Only a Game with Bill Littlefield,” “The Story with Dick Gordon,” and Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac.”) Then Poet Laureate Billy Collins selected his Against Elegies for The Center for Book Arts Chapbook Award. He read in NYCity with Billy Collins and Sharon Dolin at Christmas after 9/11. He and Peter Schakel are co-authors of Approaching Poetry and Approaching Literature, and editors of 250 Poems, all from Bedford/St. Martin’s Press. With William Olsen he edited Poetry in Michigan in Poetry (New Issues Press). He has done readings in many venues including being invited to read at the international Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, and was one of twelve people in the arts from around the U.S. invited to the Fetzer Institute for their first conference on compassion and forgiveness. In 2014, Jack received the “Talent Award” from the Literacy Society of West Michigan for his “lifetime of work for poetry literacy,” and The Poetry Society of Michigan named him “Honorary Chancellor,” only the second poet so honored. His poem “Remembering the Night I Dreamed Paul Klee Married the Sky” was selected by Naomi Shihab Nye and featured in The New York Times Sunday Magazine for November 3, 2019. Following the presidential election in 2016 he started the “In Time Project,” each Thursday sending out a commentary and poem. Christian Zaschke, the NYC based U.S. correspondent for the leading German Newspaper Sueddeutsche  Zeitung, wrote a feature about his work. Jack and his wife Julie founded the visiting writers series at Hope College where he taught for 37 years. The students named him both their Outstanding Professor and Favorite Professor, and in 1996 The Carnegie (CASE) Foundation named him Michigan Professor of the Year. Nine of his students are included in the anthology Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25 edited by Naomi Shihab Nye. More than 90 of Jack’s students have earned an MFA degree and more than 90 are published authors, several of whom have received First Book Awards, national honors. In retirement Jack conducts a variety of writing workshops, welcomes readings, holds one on one sessions, etc. For further information about Jack and these activities, check out his website at www.ridl.com.
42:11 2/4/20
52: Stacy Walsh on finding the good
In May 2017, Stacy Walsh (& then write podcast) was home sick on the couch when her Dad called to say her Mom felt like her legs weren't working in the shower.  Later that day her Mom was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor and things rapidly changed.  We talk about how her Mom became a different person, the stress of dealing with stage 4 glioblastoma, and how Stacy has worked to see the good in a bad situation.  Additional Resources Stacy Walsh: Writer, Editor, Maker & then write & then write podcast Episode 17: Expect the Unexpected 
44:52 1/22/20
51: Hellen Beyioku-Alase on using her voice to help Deaf women in Nigeria
As a Deaf woman in Nigeria, Hellen Beyioku-Alase heard stories about the discrimination in hospitals towards the Deaf community but it wasn't until her first pregnancy that she experienced how bad the problem was. After being ignored in the waiting room and a difficult birth, she decided to advocate for Deaf women and girls.  We talk about her work to get sign language interpreters into hospitals and what she is doing so all Deaf women know their rights. *This interview is conducted with a sign language interpreter  Additional Resources Hellen's Transcript All the transcripts for the episodes in "And Then Suddenly; Rising Voice(s)" Deaf Women Aloud Initiative  On Facebook Hellen Beyioku-Alase on Twitter Voice On Facebook  On Twitter   And Then Suddenly; Rising Voice(s) This special series of episodes features conversations with partners from Voice. Based in Africa and Asia, these individuals -often leaders of organizations or small groups- are working tirelessly to ensure that their own voices as well as those they represent are at the table and not on the menu. The moments they share are their very own and the conversations are impromptu and candid. About Voice:Voice is an innovative grant facility that promotes inclusion and diversity in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines and Indonesia. It aims to amplify and connect thus far unheard voices in efforts to leave no one behind based on the principle of Nothing About Us Without Us.  Voice is financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and executed by Oxfam Novib and Hivos. About And Then Suddenly:The podcast about unexpected moments, writer Angela Santillo asks one question: What’s a moment that turned your life upside down?  Never knowing what her guests will say, the conversation takes twists and turns that go beyond our ordinary stories about big life moments.  Impromptu, funny, and always honest, this show explores what really happens after everything changes in an instant.
41:33 1/7/20
50: Neema Tembele of Tanzania on her unexpected wake up call
Neema Tembele was bartending when she had her first panic attack.  The painful physical sensations went away once she got to the hospital but the event set her on a new path.  Now the Co-Founder and Data Analytics Director TEWWY, we talk about the challenges and unexpected benefits of her moment and how she is now on a mission to increase mental health understanding and access in her homeland of Tanzania.  Additional Resources Thrive Global, "One Size Does Not Fit All…"  Neema Tembele on Instagram Tap Elderly Women’s Wisdom for Youth (TEWWY) On Facebook On Instagram On Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN) On Movement for Global Mental Health Support TEWWY on GlobalGiving Voice On Facebook  On Twitter   And Then Suddenly; Rising Voice(s) This special series of episodes features conversations with partners from Voice. Based in Africa and Asia, these individuals -often leaders of organizations or small groups- are working tirelessly to ensure that their own voices as well as those they represent are at the table and not on the menu. The moments they share are their very own and the conversations are impromptu and candid. About Voice:Voice is an innovative grant facility that promotes inclusion and diversity in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines and Indonesia. It aims to amplify and connect thus far unheard voices in efforts to leave no one behind based on the principle of Nothing About Us Without Us.  Voice is financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and executed by Oxfam Novib and Hivos. About And Then Suddenly:The podcast about unexpected moments, writer Angela Santillo asks one question: What’s a moment that turned your life upside down?  Never knowing what her guests will say, the conversation takes twists and turns that go beyond our ordinary stories about big life moments.  Impromptu, funny, and always honest, this show explores what really happens after everything changes in an instant.  
44:20 12/17/19
49: Bwiite Lydia on fighting for justice in Uganda
When Bwiite Lydia was a young girl, she witnessed her widowed grandmother have her land taken by a family member.  The event sparked her desire to support people facing injustice, especially women.  Now a human rights lawyer, we talk about what it takes to fight for her clients and her current role supporting marginalized workers in Uganda.  Additional Resources Human Rights Day Platform for Labour Action (PLA)  On Facebook On Voice Voice On Facebook  On Twitter   And Then Suddenly; Rising Voice(s) This special series of episodes features conversations with partners from Voice. Based in Africa and Asia, these individuals -often leaders of organizations or small groups- are working tirelessly to ensure that their own voices as well as those they represent are at the table and not on the menu. The moments they share are their very own and the conversations are impromptu and candid. About Voice:Voice is an innovative grant facility that promotes inclusion and diversity in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines and Indonesia. It aims to amplify and connect thus far unheard voices in efforts to leave no one behind based on the principle of Nothing About Us Without Us.  Voice is financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and executed by Oxfam Novib and Hivos. About And Then Suddenly:The podcast about unexpected moments, writer Angela Santillo asks one question: What’s a moment that turned your life upside down?  Never knowing what her guests will say, the conversation takes twists and turns that go beyond our ordinary stories about big life moments.  Impromptu, funny, and always honest, this show explores what really happens after everything changes in an instant.
34:13 12/10/19
48: Maureen Ava Mata on finding power in disability in the Philippines
This episode is part of a special series: And Then Suddenly; Rising Voice(s) Maureen Ava Mata was eighteen when she was diagnosed with bone cancer and had to have her leg amputated.  Her new life as a disabled woman changed her outlook, her family, and the views of her community.  Now a cancer survivor, we talk about her mission to challenge misperceptions and advocate for fellow disabled persons in the Philippines. This episode is in honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities  Additional Resources Leonard Cheshire Disability Philippines Foundation Inc. (LCDPFI) on Facebook International Day of Persons with Disabilities Voice On Facebook  On Twitter And Then Suddenly; Rising Voice(s) This special series of episodes features conversations with partners from Voice. Based in Africa and Asia, these individuals -often leaders of organizations or small groups- are working tirelessly to ensure that their own voices as well as those they represent are at the table and not on the menu. The moments they share are their very own and the conversations are impromptu and candid. About Voice:Voice is an innovative grant facility that promotes inclusion and diversity in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines and Indonesia. It aims to amplify and connect thus far unheard voices in efforts to leave no one behind based on the principle of Nothing About Us Without Us.  Voice is financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and executed by Oxfam Novib and Hivos. About And Then Suddenly:The podcast about unexpected moments, writer Angela Santillo asks one question: What’s a moment that turned your life upside down?  Never knowing what her guests will say, the conversation takes twists and turns that go beyond our ordinary stories about big life moments.  Impromptu, funny, and always honest, this show explores what really happens after everything changes in an instant.
42:09 12/3/19
47: Anna Xwexx Morena on asylum and being a Ugandan transgender activist
This episode is part of a special series: And Then Suddenly; Rising Voice(s) About four years ago, Anna Xwexx Morena sought asylum in Denmark for her safety and the chance to freely express herself.  But the experience was not what she expected and feeling unsafe and used as a transgender woman, she returned to Uganda.  We talk about her mission to help other Ugandan transgender women with their mental health needs, her experience as a grassroots activist, and her vision for the future.   This episode is in honor of Transgender Remembrance Day. Additional Resources  Connect with Anna Xwexx Morena on Facebook Invisible Scars: a focus on the mental health of queer people in Uganda Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)  "331 Trans People Killed This Year," Forbes  "Ugandan MPs press for death penalty for homosexual acts," The Guardian Human Rights Day Voice On Facebook  On Twitter   And Then Suddenly; Rising Voice(s) This special series of episodes features conversations with partners from Voice. Based in Africa and Asia, these individuals -often leaders of organizations or small groups- are working tirelessly to ensure that their own voices as well as those they represent are at the table and not on the menu. The moments they share are their very own and the conversations are impromptu and candid. About Voice:Voice is an innovative grant facility that promotes inclusion and diversity in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines and Indonesia. It aims to amplify and connect thus far unheard voices in efforts to leave no one behind based on the principle of Nothing About Us Without Us.  Voice is financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and executed by Oxfam Novib and Hivos. About And Then Suddenly:The podcast about unexpected moments, writer Angela Santillo asks one question: What’s a moment that turned your life upside down?  Never knowing what her guests will say, the conversation takes twists and turns that go beyond our ordinary stories about big life moments.  Impromptu, funny, and always honest, this show explores what really happens after everything changes in an instant.
43:17 11/20/19
46: Mohamed Magassa on representing
Mohamed Magassa was in 7th grade when he got a STEM magazine that showed a picture of a white surgeon.  Without a second thought, he closed the page.  Years later, when he was considering a career in medicine, he thought back to that moment.  Now studying to be a surgeon, we talk about why representation matters and his mission to inspire others in his Bronx community through H.O.O.D. Productions.   Additional Resources H.O.O.D. Productions on Instagram  February-May 2020: H.O.O.D. workshops and programming begins
32:29 11/6/19
45: Amelia Kent on talking about the hard road
At twenty-three weeks, Amelia Kent had a miscarriage and she was faced with an experience and grief people don't know how to talk about.  Wanting to bring a common experience into the open, she shares how the event impacted her relationships, her farm, and why it's important in today's economy to be a farmer talking about personal issues. Additional resources  Amelia Levin Kent  Kent Farms on Facebook Louisiana Farm Life: Amelia Kent - Ivy League Farmer Discusses Mental Health
48:17 10/29/19