#77 | Super Normal: How to Rewire Your Brain, Speak the Fuck Up, and Tell Diverse Stories with Samantha Sedlack
About This Episode
Sam Sedlack was raised in upstate New York. She began her career in media at fifteen, participating in the youth radio program at WJFF. She attended college at Hofstra University and quickly worked her way to Program Director of Music where she was nominated for CMJ Rookie of the Year. After several internships and jobs in the media, Sam felt disheartened by the exploitation of marginalized identities, and she started the Super Normal podcast.
“Everytime I meet someone through the podcast, I absorb a little bit of who they are. I am rewiring myself every day.”
Join us for an educational talk on media literacy, the queer community, and the struggles of building a podcast from the ground up. Sam will share her views on fake news, social media journalism, and the treatment of minorities in the media, as well as her experiences with toxic work and the steps she took to change her circumstances.
“I do not think it is acceptable to tell anyone, especially women and girls, that they need to be mistreated and that is part of the gig.”
The Super Normal Podcast has been built on Sam’s belief that the best media comes from organic conversations, not scripted questions and responses. In a world of giant media conglomerates that tightly control what journalists and broadcasters can say, the natural flow Super Normal is a breath of fresh air.
“Even if you don’t agree with the way someone lives their life, you should still learn about that person, because that can help you learn about yourself.”
Sam’s main goal is to educate people, including herself, and to help expose people to stories that are diverse and often ignored by larger media outlets. In this episode, Sam will teach us how she juggles three jobs, is feeling successful even on days when her chronic illness makes life harder, and how she rewires her brain every day and opens herself up to the stories of her unique collection of podcast guests.
“It would be really fucking boring if we were all the same.”
*The Super Normal is currently on hiatus
Tools & Resources Mentioned
- Google Calendar – Google Calendar is a time-management and scheduling calendar service. With Google’s free online calendar, it’s easy to keep track of life’s important events all in one place.
- Reminders – Monthly reminder application with notifications before due. Suitable for credit card payment reminder, monthly loan payment reminder, monthly bills, birthdays and many others. Reminder dates are shown in calendar date individually. Assign any dates to be reminded. It will trigger the alarm before the due date at given dates. It should remaining day due before the due date reach. Use it to remember all your monthly payment commitments.
- Recovery Record – Recovery Record is the smart companion for managing your journey to recovery from eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. This app is also intended for people with general eating, weight and shape concerns. Use for self-help or link with your treatment team’s Recovery Record Clinician App to stay connected, co-manage recovery and achieve your goals.
- Humira Complete – With HUMIRA Complete, answers to your questions about HUMIRA, treatment-related resources, and encouragement are ready for you when you need them.
People/Blogs to Follow
- Leyna Bloom – Leyna Bloom, also known as Leyna Ramous, is an American fashion model, dancer, and transgender activist. Bloom grew up in Chicago, Illinois. Her mother was a Filipina immigrant, and her father was an African American artist and activist.
- Jazmyne Jay – Jazzmyne Jay, BuzzFeed Boldly (now As/Is) producer, is the kick-ass woman behind “Feed Famous” — a contest to find the next social media star! You may also remember her from her iconic videos: “I Wore A Bikini To The Beach For The First Time” and “We Dressed As Our Closeted Selves For A Day.”
- Cali Wolf – Cali shares her journey to finding a deeper understanding of her identity as a Native American woman and a part of the Lakota Sioux tribe.
- https://twitter.com/MunroeBergdorf?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5EauthorMunroe Bergdorf – Munroe Bergdorf is a British activist and model. Bergdorf was the first transgender model in the UK for L’Oréal although after a racial row she was dropped by L’Oréal.
- Kelsey Darragh – Kelsey Darragh is a Video Producer and Development Partner at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. Joining the company in early 2015 Kelsey has helped quickly build one of the most popular growing Facebook pages, SOML (rated #15 most viewed as of Jan. 2016), a female-driven comedy page. With over 13.9 million average video views, Kelsey aims to write, direct, and produce content focused on shareability and impact for females like her; ambitious, messy, and unafraid.
- Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson – It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Samuelsson’s journey, from his grandmother’s kitchen to his arrival in New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally come together at Aquavit, earning him a New York Times three-star rating at the age of twenty-four.
- Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl – Ruth Reichl, world-renowned food critic and former editor in chief of Gourmet magazine, knows a thing or two about food. She also knows that as the most important food critic in the country, you need to be anonymous when reviewing some of the most high-profile establishments in the biggest restaurant town in the world—a charge she took very seriously, taking on the guise of a series of eccentric personalities.
- Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry – Set in mid-1970s India, A Fine Balance is a subtle and compelling narrative about four unlikely characters who come together in circumstances no one could have foreseen soon after the government declares a ‘State of Internal Emergency’. It is a breathtaking achievement: panoramic yet humane, intensely political yet rich with local delight; and, above all, compulsively readable.
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