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Call Your Mother

Call Your Mother

Hosted by all-star Kveller contributors Jordana Horn and Shannon Sarna, Call Your Mother offers a weekly deep dive into the beautiful hot mess that is parenting while Jewish.

Each episode includes an interview with a notable Jewish mom, shedding new light (and hot takes) on everything from addiction and anti-Semitism to sex and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Nothing’s sacred. Nothing’s taboo.

Credits:
Produced by Sara Ivry
Edited by Noah Levinson
Editorial Director is Deborah Kolben
Kveller Editor is Lisa Keys

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Episodes

Episode 1: Macho, Macho Mama

Celebrity chef Einat Admony whose restaurants include Balaboosta and Taim dishes (see what we did there?) about morning orgasms, likens kids to farts (“You just like your own”), and opines about guilt. Plus, host Jordana describes the ongoing battle with her “feral child” about actually stopping what she’s doing in order to pee.

Music
“Voicemail” by Khronos Beats
“Libertad” by Eaters
“Red Hot Mama” by Sophie Tucker
“Best I Can” by Jasmine Jordan (ft. Habit Blcx)

Episode 2: Addicted

Jen Simon invited herself to peoples’ houses for a single reason: to raid their cabinets for opioids. A middle-class suburban Jewish mom, she didn’t fit the addict stereotype and kept her dependency a secret from friends and family. Jen talks candidly with the Call Your Mother team about coming clean and getting clean.

Music
“Voicemail” by Khronos Beats
“Outsider’s Paradox” by Springtide
“Valantis” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Spills” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Best I Can” by Jasmine Jordan (ft. Habit Blcx)

Episode 3: Get It in Writing!

Feminist activist and single mom Rachel Sklar talks about being disrespected, political awakenings, and where “leaning in” falls short. Then Jordana’s mom discloses the one failproof item that will get a parent through the night.

Music
“Voicemail” by Khronos Beats
“State of Guanarrrrbara (Electromagnetic Mix)” by Boss Bass
“Spills” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Best I Can” by Jasmine Jordan (ft. Habit Blcx)

Episode 4: Good as Gold

Anti-Semitism, ageism, complaints that she’s mocking her late mother — nothing’s too precious for comedian Judy Gold. She joins Call Your Mother to discuss coming out, being disinherited, the legacy of Joan Rivers and so much more. Then, Jordana’s mother offers her own five cents on what sets Jewish mothers apart.

Music
“Voicemail” by Khronos Beats
“Bossinha” by Chico Correa and Electronic Band
“The Makings” by Nangdo
“Best I Can” by Jasmine Jordan (ft. Habit Blcx)

Episode 5: Pop Culture Vulture

Long obsessed with American pop culture, Israeli-born writer Naomi Fry talks about Ben Affleck’s tattoos, Axl Rose’s political awakening, and other phenomena she’s covered for the New Yorker. Plus, Shannon tells us about having a “hygge” moment (and what that means).

Music
“Voicemail” by Khronos Beats
“Love of my Life” by BoxCat Games
“Dark Eyes” by Teddy and Marge
“Best I Can” by Jasmine Jordan ft. Habit Blcx

Episode 6: All the Rage

A decade ago, Emily Gould’s confessional blogging and New York Times Magazine cover story — with its sexy bedroom portrait — made her the “It” girl of the digital age. One marriage, two children, and nearly three books later (her second novel comes out in the fall), she’s forsaken “telling all” in order to protect her kids’ privacy. She talks about inequities in parenting responsibility and how they hinder womens’ achievements, including her own.

Music
“Voicemail” by Khronos Beats
“Evidence Song” by The Good Lawdz
“Soulbox” by Dustmotes
“Best I Can” by Jasmine Jordan (ft. Habit Blcx)

Episode 7: Ask Her Another

Jordana and Shannon pepper Ophira Eisenberg, the host of NPR’s Ask Me Another, with questions about her rocky road to motherhood, how she decided she wanted to be a comedian (she was only 10!), and when living in the moment is a special kind of hell.

Music
“Voicemail” by Khronos Beats
“Libertad” by Eaters
“Meeting MT Fox” by Boxcat Games
“Best I Can” by Jasmine Jordan (ft. Habit Blcx)

Episode 8: High Court

Journalist Dahlia Lithwick joins the Call Your Mother team to discuss pre-Passover blowtorching needs; the Jewish ladies on the Supreme Court; and her son’s love of bacon. Plus, is Shannon’s daughter a sadist? This episode was co-produced by Elissa Goldstein and Sara and Ivry.

Music
“Voicemail” by Khronos Beats
“Valantis” by Blue Dot Sessions
“A Farewell to Trends” by Dustmotes
“Best I Can” by Jasmine Jordan (ft. Habit Blcx) (edited)

Episode 9: Who Even Are You, Fran?

Best-selling author Jennifer Weiner talks about Mrs. Everything, her epic forthcoming novel. Taking on history, loss, feminism, and more, it’s the product of Weiner’s frustration with her mother, Fran, who always refuses to answer specific questions about her sex life. Weiner tells the team about her struggle to love her body, why she sometimes rages at her deceased dad, and what she likes about making challah. Plus, Jordana and Shannon get tips on combating sibling rivalry among their kids.

Music
“Voicemail” by Khronos Beats
“Assassin” by Ikebe Shakedown
“Shake It and Break It” by Lanin’s Southern Serenaders
“Best I Can” by Jasmine Jordan ft. Habit Blcx

Episode 10: Call Me Abba

Trans activist Rafi Daugherty joins the Call Your Mother team to talk about his decision to become a single father by choice. Raised a girl, Daugherty started transitioning in his 20s and never gave up his dream to be a parent. He discusses the challenges of single parenthood, how he talks about gender roles with his kids, pizza, and more. Plus Shannon and Jordana weigh in on “Baby Beluga” and Jordana’s mom talks about accepting the inevitability of parental fallibility.

Music
“Voicemail” by Khronos Beats
“I Let” by Sanmi
“Baby Beluga” by Raffi
“Best I Can” by Jasmine Jordan ft. Habit Blcx

Mentioned in the episode:
Keshet
The Kveller Haggadah
Gittel’s Journey

Episode 11: Wheels Up!

Jill Kargman spares nobody and nothing in her books Momzillas and Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut, and in her late, beloved TV show Odd Mom Out. In real life, too, the actress, comedian, and writer finds very little that’s sacred. In a hilarious and wild conversation, Kargman talks about life in DORITO (hint: it’s a neighborhood in Manhattan), being shunned at her daughter’s ballet class, the problem with traveling by private jet, and how she responded to anti-Semitism at her son’s private school. Plus, we learn about the proper size of a bialy and gain more insight into Jordana’s dynamic with her mother.

Music
“Voicemail” by Khronos Beats
“Good Thing” by Ménage Quad
“Best I Can” by Jasmine Jordan (ft. Habit Blcx)

Mentioned in the episode:
Momzillas
The Kveller Haggadah

Episode 12: Out of Egypt

Springtime! Matzah! Saltwater! Sacrificial shank bones! To celebrate Passover, the dynamic duo at Call Your Mother talk with the dynamic duo behind Kveller’s very own haggadah. Gabrielle Birkner and Elissa Strauss worked hard to make a haggadah that keeps kids and their parents jazzed and curious about the seder. Then, Marnie Fienberg discusses 2 For Seder, a program she launched to combat anti-Semitism and to honor her late mother-in-law, who was killed in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life shooting. Plus, Shannon’s daughter makes a surprise appearance and divulges intel about that time her mom almost killed her. Happy Pesach!

Music
“Anna Banana” by Eaters
“Fallen Stars” by Ketsa
“Evidence Song” by The Good Lawdz (edited)
“Voicemail” by Khronos Beats
“Best I Can” by Jasmine Jordan (ft. Habit Blcx)

Mentioned in the episode:
Learn more about 2 For Seder
Check out the Kveller Haggadah

Episode 13: A Mother, Not a Hero

Writer Carla Steckman talks to Jordana and Shannon about losing her not-yet 2-year-old daughter, Talia, to Tay-Sachs Disease, “extreme parenting,” and what we can learn from our own children. Jordana and Shannon catch up after the podcast’s hiatus, about pregnancy (Shannon’s) and escape (Jordana’s).

Music
“Voicemail” by Khronos Beats
“Valantis” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Outsider’s Paradox” by Springtide
“Best I Can” by Jasmine Jordan ft. Habit Blcx

Mentioned in this episode:
-Learn more about Tay-Sachs and what you can do to help families facing genetic diseases at the National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association (Carla is on its board), which is leading the fight to cure Tay-Sachs and other genetic diseases at www.NTSAD.org.
-Ashkenazi Jews in particular, but truly all couples, are encouraged to do genetic screening before having children (as Carla did). You can learn more about what you can and should do at https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/genetic-screening-and-judaism/.
-Carla is at work on a memoir about her experience parenting Talia. You can read more of her work at www.carlasteckman.com and https://thewarmweightoflove.wordpress.com.

Episode 14: Stop and Go

Jordana and Shannon talk with Jamie Stelter, New York One’s traffic and transit reporter, about Jamie’s six miscarriages, her struggle to get and remain pregnant, and how she has been outspoken about her fertility struggles on social media and beyond. This episode covers the whole circle of life, from the struggle to become pregnant to…well, we’ll let Shannon surprise you. And Jordana’s mom chats about what to do when you get bad advice.

Music
“Voicemail” by Khronos Beats
“Puzzle” by Tobu
“Libertad!” by Eaters
“Foolin” by Nangdo
“Best I Can” by Jasmine Jordan ft. Habit Blcx

Mentioned in this episode:
Babyquest provides financial help for fertility treatments, which can be extremely expensive and prohibitive for many: babyquestfoundation.org

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