February in Podcastland

Here are the deets on the podcast episodes that you may have missed while you were frozen solid last month. Thanks, polar vortex! And even though our snow blower has seen an unusual amount of action this season, I STILL cannot manage to start the blasted thing by myself. Grrrr.

Kara Wilson is raising an absolutely hilarious six-year old daughter who has Asperger's, and pens a fantastic blog called Karacteristic: Stirred, Not Shaken. I read her short story, Welcome to Asperger's Island at the end of the episode- story time!

Liz Mortati (<--SUPER nice lady!) founded and directs The Art Department in Portland, Maine - they provide art therapy and working space to adults with disabilities, and sell the artists' work in their gallery space. We chat about art therapy, outsider art, and how working with artists with disabilities has changed her.

Andrew Solomon is way over my pay grade, but delightfully and unexpectedly agreed to my interview request anyhow. Yay! He's a New York Times bestselling author who spent an entire decade researching his award-winning book, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity. And honestly? I'm so anxious that I don't even laugh until the very end of the interview (this is unusual for me, nervous laughter being my forte). 

Margret Ericsdottir is an amazing mom, autism activist and filmmaker from Iceland whose teenage son, Keli, has nonverbal autism. Margret's moving documentary, A Mother's Courage, follows her quest to understand autism, and ultimately leads to her son being able to communicate via a letter board. Initially thought to be mentally disabled with the intelligence of a two year old, Keli is now a mainstreamed high school student with a 3.9 GPA. Margret and actor Kate Winslet co-founded the nonprofit The Golden Hat Foundation, and we learn about that as well.

Enjoy! :)

Kelley

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