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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? The Call Your Mother team is taking a hiatus for spring break and we will back in a few weeks. 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)

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