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Episode 1: Chelsea White
RAISED BY A HOLOGRAM
Katie Compa and Raquel D'Apice's first guest is Chelsea White, comedian, host, and producer on MTV’s Girl Code. Chelsea’s known since she was young that she never wants children, yet she continually finds herself defending her decision, or being told, “You’ll change your mind.” She talks with Katie and Raquel about how it affects friendships, dating, and family relationships, and why she’s still sure it’s right for her.
Episode 2: Jennifer Dziura
Katie and Raquel talk with Jennifer Dziura of GetBullish.com, which provides business and career advice to young women. Jen is also mom to an 11-month-old. We cover “normal” pregnancy symptoms, customized sonograms, “the M-word,” gender expectations, time management, and preparing for a baby in an expensive city– without waiting too long.
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Episode 3: Melissa Friedman
DUH... THEATER PARENTS!
Katie and Raquel talk with Raquel’s sister-in-law, Melissa Friedman. Melissa and her husband live in New York City, running a nonprofit theater company (EpicTheatreEnsemble.org) and raising their eight-year-old daughter. We talk master plans, only children, improv with a three-year-old, raising a feminist daughter in a sea of pink, handling the teen years (and whether it’s possible), and watching her child develop from an offshoot of herself and her husband into her own person.
• Check out Epic Theatre Ensemble
Episode 4: Leslie Russell
BY ARTIST NAME
Katie and Raquel talk with Leslie Russell, Raquel’s sister-in-law’s sister-in-law (we promise this is the last time we interview Raquel’s relatives for at least a while). Leslie is a wedding planner extraordinaire, and a VERY pregnant mom-to-be (since we talked, she’s delivered a baby girl)! We talk about subway etiquette, sleepwalking, relationships with and without kids, having an actual Supermom, and the scariest late-night Google searches.
Episode 5: Virginia Sole-Smith
MERMAIDS, MATERNITY & MARIE ANTOINETTE
Raquel and Katie with freelance writer Virginia Sole-Smith at her home in the Hudson Valley, where she lives with her husband and their daughter, Violet. Virginia gives us the scoop on 18th-century fertility statistics, endometriosis, and working from home with a kid, and shares her own story of a medical emergency as a new mom.
Episode 6: Jess Wood
FETAL BABY GIRAFFE WITH ALL THE BONES TAKEN OUT OF ITS NECK
Katie and Raquel chat with fellow comedian Jess Wood, aka “Jess, our friend who got shot in a drive-by." Jess essentially raised herself (…and her mom) among the hippies in Los Angeles’s Topanga Canyon, where she ran with punk-rock kids, deadheads, and L.A. gangs before acting and doing comedy. We go delightfully off-topic as the episode title reveals itself..
Episode 7: Selena Coppock
SOMETHING TO DO, SOMEONE TO LOVE, SOMETHING TO HOPE FOR
Katie and Raquel talk with standup comic and author Selena Coppock, who’s firmly in the no-kids camp. The youngest of three sisters, Selena has had to defend that decision to her family and friends (and even work acquaintances) ever since she decided to “go public.” We talk about DINKs, the work world, parenting as an acquired taste, and the philosophy of deciding to decide.
Episode 8: Nicole Cramer
KNOWING YOUR PATH
Katie and Raquel sit down in midtown with high-powered business lady Nicole Cramer, who, when not running worldwide advertising creative teams, is constantly working on her own projects. We talk growing up with the actual Supermom, finding one’s passions (plural), dating (or not) in New York, raising a child in the internet age, and advice for the next generation.
Episode 9: Beth Compa
THE BEGINNING OF FUN
Katie and Raquel sit down to chat with Katie’s younger sister, Beth Compa. A lawyer in New Orleans, Beth has always known she wants kids– from mothering her Cabbage Patch Kids to babysitting. Over the occasional hiss of the air conditioner, we discuss princesses and castles, negotiating career and family, expectations vs. reality, Lionel Messi, and the parents’ impossible dream of drinking coffee and reading the paper, alone, for an hour.
Episode 10: Lauren Fahey
Katie and Raquel talk with Lauren Fahey, New York City schoolteacher and Katie’s current roommate, mere weeks before she leaves to move to London with her fiancé. Lauren tells us about growing up helping with her family’s day care, welcoming her younger sister to the family, and some classic teaching stories, interspersed with lots of discussion about Roald Dahl, Lauren’s grand-mère, and what ostriches and dolphins have in common.
Episode 11: Asie Mohtarez
NO ROOM IN MY BRA
Katie and Raquel visit with fellow standup comic Asie Mohtarez, who’s expecting her first kid in December. We talk back-fat, boobs, burps, the pill, dating, parallel lives, and how to be a creative *and* a mom in New York.
Episode 12: Maude Bond
Raquel and Katie talk with college counselor Maude, who tells us all about growing up in small-town Tennessee as the youngest of four children, not joining the family funeral business, Barbie’s Dream House vs. Barbie’s Penthouse, coming around to liking kids (and having a partner who’s “clucky” for one), and building her best life.
Episode 13: Shonali Bhowmik
GO FOR IT
Raquel and Katie talk with Nashville native Shonali Bhowmik, a New York singer, filmmaker, actress, comic, playwright… (seriously, the list goes on). We talk about finding your tribe, defining success, being defensive (in a good way!), parents who listen, who’ll be there for us when we’re old, and each being on our own adventure.
Episode 15: Irene McGee
This week, Katie and Raquel sit down with Irene McGee to find out what happens when people stop being polite— and start getting pregnant. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) The comedian, writer, podcaster and former reality star talks about her great-great-grandfather Ira, Lyme disease, frowny faces, motherhood without marriage, building a one-woman show while pregnant, and her uterus’s favorite hobbies (endometriosis and knitting).
Episode 16: Miranda Forster
(YA GOTTA HAVE) FAITH
Katie and Raquel talk with Miranda Forster, who's preparing to embark on the journey of starting a family with her poker-playing sometimes-lawyer wife. We talk babysitting, siblings, George Michael, the search for the perfect sperm, the Real Housewives, and working on loving your dogs less.
Episode 17: Elizabeth Yuko
THE KIDS' TABLE
Raquel and Katie speak with reproductive bioethicist Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D., who talks about living and studying in Ireland, female Viagra, artificial wombs, different types of motherhood, crowdfunding, Richard Simmons, bridesmaids, and baby showers.
Episode 18: Jason Jude Hill
Raquel and Katie talk with their first male guest: Jason Jude Hill, who founded GrumpyFILMS, inc with his husband and business partner. We talk aspiring to be DINKs, coming out as gay vs. as child-free), caring for a bag of flour, maintaining friendships with your friends who have kids— and building friendships with kids themselves.
Episode 19: Ophira Eisenberg
This week, Raquel and Katie chat with comedian, author, and host of NPR’s Ask Me Another, Ophira Eisenberg, who’s imminently expecting her first child. We talk being forced to prioritize, primary caretaking, the Finnish birth box, women’s place in society, a destructive idiot vs. a manipulative bitch, Uber births, champagne and oysters in the delivery room, and the Saw movies.
Episode 20: Katherine Williams
This week, Katie and Raquel talk with NYC comic Katherine Williams, who’s trying for a baby with her comedian husband (of whom we are big fans). Katherine tells us about growing up a shy tomboy, suddenly losing her mom at 14, and her recent miscarriage; we discuss raising a daughter, Murphy Brown, staying in the comedy mix, and the voice in Raquel’s head.
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Episode 21: Vicky Kuperman
FEAR, BURDENS, AND OXYTOCIN
Katie and Raquel sit down with NYC comic Vicky Kuperman, whose GYN, upon learning she was engaged, changed her tune to “you’d make a great mom!” We talk baby pushers, therapization, quality of life, happy marriages, pickup and dropoff, Vicky’s #flawless hair and skin, advice for women in their 20s, attachment parents, and things that are *not* our favorite.
Episode 22: Bailie & Debbie Slevin
Katie and Raquel sit down with a mother and daughter, Debbie and Bailie Slevin, to discuss Debbie’s new book, UnPregnant Pause: Where Are the Babies? We talk about bad marriages, grandpugs, Sheryl Sandberg, choice moms, passing on dating, unfair biology, asshole doctors, and validating– and celebrating– new generations’ choices.
Episode 23: Tharanga Goonetilleke
AS YOU LIKE
Raquel and Katie talk with Tharanga Goonetilleke, a soprano opera singer and TED Fellow who’s expecting her second baby. Tharanga grew up in Sri Lanka before coming to the U.S. to pursue her musical education. We hear about her first day of school on September 11, and discuss being a brown person in the opera house, real talk about labor & delivery, being pregnant and caring for a toddler while physically incapacitated and only allowed Tylenol, and living your life as you like.
Episode 24: Margaret Champagne
NOW IS THE ENVY OF THE DEAD
Katie and Raquel talk with actor and comic Maggie Champagne, who in the past week attended both a fertility doctor appointment and a baby shower, about planning to get pregnant at 40. We discuss escaping her small southern hometown, making it in New York, changing priorities, our deathbeds, and maternal (and paternal) instinct.
- Follow Maggie on Twitter
Episode 25: Sadie Dingfelder
Katie and Raquel travel to D.C. to sit down with Sadie Dingfelder, reporter and humor writer for The Washington Post. We discuss earnest six-year-olds, going from zero to grandma, giving birth to kittens, face blindness, rebellion, and kids’ birthday parties.
Episode 26: Michelle Thaller
AN ODD LIFE
This week, Katie and Raquel get to talk with Dr. Michelle Thaller, a NASA astrophysicist and all-around coolest person we have ever met. We talk about growing up learning dairy science, space camp, the human race as a superorganism, equality in parenting, what we can’t not do in our lives, and accepting ourselves.
Episode 27: Blair Koenig
Blair Koenig, author and curator of the hilarious blog STFU, Parents, talks with Katie and Raquel about growing up in Atlanta, living the Brooklyn hipster struggle, giving her mom a trophy baby, and how trying for a baby is like “throwing herself into a tornado,” even though she’s always wanted kids.
Episode 29: Caitlin Loughlin
NOT ABOUT YOU
Raquel and Katie chat with Caitlin Loughlin, a former entomologist and schoolteacher, about going through a cancer diagnosis as a teen, dissecting grasshoppers, Jimmy John’s, army ants, day care, and mosquito abatement.
Episode 30: Tovah Close
Katie and Raquel speak with actor and dialect coach Tovah Close about small-town Oklahoma, the NYC performer hustle, waitressing during the impending apocalypse, nannying, singleton babies, Raquel’s second baby, and story hour for adults.
Episode 34: Rebecca Vigil
PRESENCE AND PRESENTS
Musical improviser Rebecca Vigil joins Katie and Raquel to talk about growing up between two families, not talking to her parents, winning $100,000, New York as rehab, Camp Unwanted, rolling the dice on birth control, and the value of a happy childhood.
- Check out Rebecca's award-winning improvised show, Your Love, Our Musical
Episode 36: Jennifer Leigh
Katie and Raquel sit down with Katie’s college friend Jennifer Leigh. For years she leaned against having kids because of a demanding job and genetic concerns, but inspired by her best friends, the pendulum swung the other way; she decided that she wants to be a mom, and froze her eggs— a.k.a. a “call option” on a child.
Episode 37: Luke Younger
DADDIES CAN CRY, TOO
Katie and Raquel talk with Luke Younger (only the second man to do the podcast– his struggle is somewhat real) about preparing for two kids under two, the first six months, witnessing the birth of his son, being an older brother, and following your dreams.
Episode 39: Kat Burdick
A POSSESSED JELLO-O MOLD
Katie and Raquel chat with comic Kat Burdick about Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, getting kicked out at 17 with her dog, being a better partner than no one, and getting pregnant an entire generation later than her mother did.
Episode 40: Katie and Raquel
THE EPISODE THAT SUCKS
For our first episode back, Katie and Raquel sit down with each other to debrief over a few months’ worth of travel, world political developments, decisions and brand-new humans. (And introducing the new “Live Diaper Change” segment, featuring our special guest host, Raquel’s second baby!)
Episode 41: Leighann Lord
PERSON WITH PARENTS
Katie and Raquel welcome first post-election guest Leighann Lord, comic, author, podcaster, host, and daughter-on-call. We talk about role reversal, wanderlust, being raised feminist (by a mom who wasn’t), maternal instinct, Golden Girls roommates, our Hogwarts houses, and glass-half-empty living.
Episode 43: Heather Fink
A CERTAIN FLAVOR OF LADY
Katie and Raquel sit down with comedian and filmmaker Heather Fink to discuss middle-school makeovers, the meaning of family, women on set, making her own feature film, and the whys/why nots on having kids.
Episode 44: Lauren Vino
CAN I SPEAK TO YOUR MANAGER?
Katie and Raquel chat with Lauren Vino, comedian and dad blogger (really!) about fighting in public, parents who are still married, her dad’s band practice, babysitting, breaking an engagement, wanting kids, platonic parenting, and her type.
Episode 46: Sharron Paul
THE BLACK CUSACKS
Katie and Raquel welcome Sharron Paul, standup comic, actress and cohost of Katie’s other podcast, to tell us about growing up as part of an extended family (including Team Sameface), emergency nannying, thinking with her uterus, cat fights, bologna, and LendingSnatch.com.
Episode 49: Michelle D
TOP OF THE ROLLER COASTER
Katie and Raquel chat with Katie’s coworker Michelle, in town after recently moving across the country solo to start a family. We discuss support networks, Kandinsky references, donor interviews, Grade AA eggs, pregnancy, and taking the leap.
Episode 50: LaKendra Tookes
EVERYTHING TAKES A VILLAGE
This week, Katie and Raquel talk with comic, actress and writer LaKendra Tookes (follow her on Instagram, America!) about SNL, Drake, Scary Spice, insta-vestigations, young parents, being a white guy magnet, wanting kids, and being part of the village.
Episode 51: Anonymous
Katie and Raquel talk with their first-ever anonymous guest about speaking anonymously, her career as a doula, psychedelics, relationships, gender, and Duran Duran.
Episode 52: Irene McGee, Part 2
LIVING APART TOGETHER
Katie and Raquel sit down for their first follow-up episode with Irene McGee, who’s come a long way since she was a guest on episode 15, to talk about raising her young daughter Renie in New York City with her “nusband.”
Episode 54: Anathea Simpkins
RAISED BY HIPPIES
Katie and Raquel chat with Anathea Simpkins about growing up in Miami and on Cape Cod, raising children in New York, divorce, IVF, bleeding gums, and owning a cabin.
Episode 55: Marcella Arguello
REMEMBER WHAT YOU KNOW
Standup comic Marcella Arguello once wanted to be a schoolteacher with six children. While helping raise her nieces and nephews and focusing on comedy, she swore off the idea of kids, but decided recently that it could be great. We talk about experience with kids, falling in and out of love, strict parents, being Latina and child-free (so far), Uma Thurman, and how men are dumb.
Episode 56: Laura Norkin
WHAT IN THE SAMHILL
Katie and Raquel sit down with Laura Norkin, writer and editor with a focus on parenting, to discuss being raised under a red pen, Thomas the Tank Engine (and Percy), lying to our children, nipple confusion, and inner voices.