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Women Bridging the Gap

Welcome to Women Bridging the Gap, a free-wheeling, conversation podcast co-hosted by Lenya Wilson, a Black woman and Alexandra D’Italia, a white woman. As two women over 50 who are still dreaming, planning, and working,...more

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Episode 37

September 01, 2021

The Olympics

Alex and Lenya have more to discuss about the Olympics!   Some people are saying they only turn on the Olympics to watch the Black athletes. What does this mean to them, and to the Black Community? Does it help? What if someone were to just watch the white athletes?    There’s more discussion about the media and their portrayal of Black olympians. And why, even though the Black equestrian community is growing, are there no Black equestrians at the Olympics?   This, and much more. Subscribe and tell your friends. --   Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390).   **We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends.  **Let us know what topics you want to hear!**   Join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981)   Email us at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])   You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com)    Or on Instagram: * Find Lenya at: [@Lenya_goddess_the_one](https://www.instagram.com/lenya_goddess_the_one) * And Alexandra at: [@a_xandra17](https://www.instagram.com/a_xandra17) and [@thewritingleap](https://www.instagram.com/thewritingleap) * And the show is at: [@women_bridging_the_gap](https://www.instagram.com/women_bridging_the_gap/)   This podcast was edited by Brendan Hutchins from Podcast Advocate. Go to [PodcastAdvocate.Network](http://PodcastAdvocate.Network) or find him on [Twitter @PodcastAdvocate](https://twitter.com/podcastadvocate) to learn more. ...

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Episode 36

August 25, 2021

The Delta Variant

Welcome back to our virtual living room, because we have a lot of race and womanhood to discuss. Alexandra and Lenya are back for a new season with guests and hard topic discussions, unafraid to say what they think and discussing what it all means. This episode covers the ostracization of Olympic athletes like Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka, and how when they try to do the right thing for them, their team, and their country, they get ridiculed and worse in the press, all for trying to do a thing while being a Black woman. And it doesn’t just stop with the Olympics for athletes, but they also discuss how contestants on the British Bake Off, and F1 racing, and anyone on the internet can be subjected to anonymous hateful comments in the name of “free speech”, and there’s a nice rant about how social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and even TikTok delete posts and shadowban Black, Asain, and Indiginous creators, while condoning and allowing the hurtful posts against them. We still have a long uphill battle against us, but we’re here to talk about it, and we’re happy to have you with us! -- Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390). **We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends.  **Let us know what topics you want to hear!** Join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981) Email us at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) ...

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Episode 35

June 02, 2021

Boobs and What Your Mother Didn't Tell You

Lenya and Alexandra are back on their own again to focus on getting deep and gritty and talk about boobs, what their mothers never told them, and more. They discuss how sports bras, and bras in general, never fit right, either too big or too small, and if you want them to match your outfit, good luck. They both talk about when they first got their boobs, how their boobs affected them and the other girls around them in school, and how they have grown through the years. If you have boobs, come for the commiseration and to hear other stories about how difficult boobs can be. If you don’t have boobs, you need to listen to understand and get the full story about how difficult and othering and ostracizing boobs can be. This is stuff your mother never told you. -- Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390). **We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends. **Let us know what topics you want to hear!** Join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981) Email us at [[email protected]com](mailto:[email protected]) You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com) Or on Instagram: * Find Lenya at: [@Lenya_goddess_the_one](https://www.instagram.com/lenya_goddess_the_one) * And Alexandra at: [@a_xandra17](https://www.instagram.com/a_xandra17) and [@thewritingleap](https://www.instagram.com/thewritingleap) * And the show is at: [@women_bridging_the_gap](https://www.instagram.com/women_bridging_the_gap/) This podcast was edited by Brendan Hutchins from Podcast Advocate. Go to [PodcastAdvocate.Network](http://PodcastAdvocate.Network) or find him on [Twitter @PodcastAdvocate](https://twitter.com/podcastadvocate) to learn more. ...

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Episode 34

May 19, 2021

In Conversation with Conner Gorry

This week we are in conversation with Alexandra’s long time friend Conner Born and raised in New York, Conner first came to Cuba in 1993 while finishing a Master’s degree in political science. In 2002, she moved to Havana permanently where she is an accredited journalist and freelance writer covering the Cuban health system, current events, the reform process, travel and tourism, and anything else that piques my interest – from dubious fashion and biotech to fidelity and the Harley biker scene. Conner writes books, essays and bad poetry...Available at your local independent bookseller (and also the online behemoth). Her blog [Here is Havana](https://hereishavana.com) has been called the best, no-punches-pulled writing about the island. In August 2013, she founded [Cuba Libro](Cubalibrohavana.com), the only English language bookstore/coffee house on the island, and a pioneer in ethically and socially responsible business practices. Conner reveals what it’s like to live as an outsider, and an insider, in Cuba, how the culture of beauty is so different, and how they embrace the full figured beauty, including cellulite and other things shunned by the American eye. She explains how the embargoes placed by the US have inhibited residents from getting the body care products they need, and now the Black community are making business to get some products in, and teaching classes on how to best use what is available. Links: [Cuba Libro](Cubalibrohavana.com) [Here is Havana](https://hereishavana.com) [Latin American medical school in Cuba](https://medicc.org/ns/wp-content/cache/all/ns/elam/index.html) -- Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390). **We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about ...

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Episode 33

May 12, 2021

Can you be friends with a racist? With Brendan Hutchins

Can you be friends with a racist? What seems like it could be a simple yes or no question has layers and layers of unpacking and questions to be able to give a good answer. There’s context and understanding and compassion and self-preservation and self-care and so much more to consider. The audiosmith for this podcast, Brendan Hutchins, returns to join the conversation about race, religion, and much more with Alexandra and Lenya. The main topic is that Lenya has a colleague at work that voted for Trump in 2020, and is now unsure about how she feels in their relationship, but they have such a good time working together and there haven’t been issues of racism in the workplace. Do you have a similar situation or topic you want to discuss, openly or anonymously, join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981) or [email us](mailto:[email protected]) and we’ll consider it for a topic on the show. -- Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390). **We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends. **Let us know what topics you want to hear!** Join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981) Email us at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com) Or on Instagram: * Find Lenya at: [@Lenya_goddess_the_one](https://www.instagram.com/lenya_goddess_the_one) * And Alexandra at: [@a_xandra17](https://www.instagram.com/a_xandra17) and [@thewritingleap](https://www.instagram.com/thewritingleap) * And the show is at: [@women_bridging_the_gap](https://www.instagram.com/women_bridging_the_gap/) This podcast was edited by Brendan Hutchins from Podcast Advocate. Go to [PodcastAdvocate.Network](http://PodcastAdvocate.Network) or find him on [Twitter @PodcastAdvocate](https://twitter.com/podcastadvocate) to learn more. ...

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Episode 32

May 05, 2021

In Conversation with Sarah Khan, comedian and former law student

Grab your favorite cocktail or drink and sit back with Lenya and Alexandra as they talk to Sarah Khan about why she left law school to become a therapist and comedian. Sarah joins the podcast to talk about rebellion, from religion, and from this misogynistic society. All three share their most embarrassing vomit stories, as well as commiserate about men, relationships, dating, family, and more. Sarah Khan is a Pakistani-Muslim, 1st generation, Los Angeles Native. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Political Science from UCLA and is a recent law school drop-out. Six weeks into law school, she made the jump without a parachute, and decided to do a solo (first time) trip to New York City. During her trip, she realized she wanted to help people in a more direct, immediate, and intimate way and is now pursuing a master’s in marriage and family therapy. Besides her educational pursuits, she works for a nonprofit org helping other people find jobs by day, and practices her stand up comedy routines by night. [Sarahkhancomedy on Insta](https://www.instagram.com/sarahkhancomedy/) -- Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390). **We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends. **Let us know what topics you want to hear!** Join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981) Email us at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com) Or on Instagram: * Find Lenya at: [@Lenya_goddess_the_one](https://www.instagram.com/lenya_goddess_the_one) * And Alexandra at: [@a_xandra17](https://www.instagram.com/a_xandra17) and [@thewritingleap](https://www.instagram.com/thewritingleap) * And the show is at: [@women_bridging_the_gap](https://www.instagram.com/women_bridging_the_gap/) This podcast was edited by Brendan Hutchins from Podcast Advocate. Go to [PodcastAdvocate.Network](http://PodcastAdvocate.Network) or find him ...

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