Couples Counseling

August 14, 2017

In this episode, we look at the dynamics of a romantic couple. Issues in a relationship, when left unaddressed, are the biggest enemies of a relationship; compound that with coming from different backgrounds & racial groups, and the destructive force of those issues grows exponentially. Therefore, it is advantageous to develop healthy relationship habits as soon as possible, especially for interracial couples. So we wanted to do a show covering how you go about developing those healthy habits.

Our guest on the show is Alana Ogilvie, MFT, a Marriage & Family Therapist located in Portland, Oregon. She gives us all the "Ins & Outs" of couples counseling. We chat about everything; how she got involved in therapy, things to ask when considering couples therapy, how a typical session works, common pitfalls for couples, intimacy issues, and much more! If you are in a relationship (interracial or not) grab your partner, and listen to this one together!

If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com on our contact page, or our social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter). Also, if you are in the greater Portland area, and you want quality help with your relationship, give Alana a call! She is knowledgeable, professional, and very good at what she does! Check out her website for more info here, www.sextherapyportland.com.

 

 
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The Voltron of Problem Solving

August 1, 2017

In this episode we chat with the creator of our theme music here at The Hamster Village, Kielen King, and his lovely fiancé, Sarah. Our conversations spans many different topics; from tips on how to navigate online dating, to how critical it is to be good at problem solving in a relationship. Sarah talks about learning from her past interracial relationships to prepare her for this one, and Kielen talks about how caring for Sarah as she healed from a traumatic injury taught him how to better put himself in someone else’s shoes. Check it out!

If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com on our contact page, or our social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter). Also, check out Kielen’s great body of work! You can find him at kielenking.bandcamp.com, and starpilotmusic.com. His latest collaboration is “War Music,” and it’s great! You should definitely go give it a listen, as well!

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Seal Team Mixed

July 18, 2017

In this episode, we sit down in an Idaho coffee shop with Kayla & Javier; an interracial couple that truly knows what it means to have eachother's back. We talk about how they connected for years before actually meeting eachother face-to-face, how they had to stand together against opposition to their relationship coming from Kayla's family, and how they learned to live with one another. Our host, Nathan, also briefly touches on negative comments he has recieved for things we talk about on the show.  It is an episode that can touch on many different emotions, and a great listen whether you are in a mixed relationship or not!

We also want to stress that the overall reception/comments toward what we are trying to do here have been full of love, support, and great questions! Please feel free to keep contacting us! We're here to stay! If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com on our contact page, or our social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter).

 

 

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Love And Live

June 22, 2017

“So know your motive, and let your motive be motivation.”

- Oswin Benjamin

 

In this episode, we sit down with Natasha & Larnell Bruce Sr.; an interracial couple out of Vancouver, Washington. If their names seem familiar, it may be because they were in the news recently after their son was the victim of a hate crime, in which he lost his life, in August of 2016. We talk about how they managed to take that act of hate, and turn it into a tool of love and acceptance. The title of this episode, “Love And Live”, is also the title of their new non-profit, aimed at supporting victims/survivors of hate crimes, and discrimination. 

 

We also talk about bringing together a blended household from previous relationships, What they enjoy/appreciate the most about each other, and ideas/hopes they have for future generations free of hate.

 

We should also note, though we didn’t talk about it in the interview it is worth mentioning; Larnell Bruce Jr, saved the lives of 5 different people, with the donation of his organs upon his passing. It is an example of “turning hate into an act of love” that we could not pass up!

If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com or our many social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter).

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In The Middle

May 19, 2017

BROOKLYN STAND UP!

In this episode, we sit down with stand-up comedian Andre McSween, living out of Brooklyn, New York! We talk about living in a predominantly immigrant neighborhood, while being one of the few American-born residents, AND being mixed. With his father being from Trinidad, and his mother being from Costa Rica, feeling "In the middle" has been a dominant theme throughout his life. He talks about the period trips he took, as a child, to visit family in Costa Rica and how that shaped his sense of identity. It is a great episode, that truly illustrates how biracial individuals can struggle with the feeling of not having "a place."

If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com or our many social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter).

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Interracial Inquiries: Overreacting

May 10, 2017

This is a special Q & A segment of The Hamster Village, called “Interracial Inquiries,” where host Nathan Brannon answers a question from you, the listeners! Nathan enlists the help of previous guests, to chime in with their own perspectives and experiences. This is our third installment, and last question with Shain and Sarah; an interracial couple from the episode “Half & Half.” Here is the question that we attempt to answer:

Nathan. My child’s hair & eyes are more like my wife’s (Who is White) than they are like mine. It seems like those features are what garners the most compliments. It feels kind of like a backhanded comment towards me sometimes. I know I shouldn’t take it that way, but I do sometimes. Am I overreacting?"

Give us your thoughts! Write us!

Do YOU have a question? Any questions or comments, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com or our social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter).

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Interracial Inquiries: Grandparent Approval

April 10, 2017

This is a special Q & A segment of The Hamster Village, called “Interracial Inquiries,” where host Nathan Brannon answers a question from you, the listeners! Nathan enlists the help of previous guests, to chime in with their own perspectives and experiences. This is our second-to-last installment with Shain and Sarah; an interracial couple from the episode “Half & Half.” Here is the question that we attempt to answer:

“How would you go about convincing your grandparent to accept the person you are dating, who is of a different race?

Give us your thoughts! Write us!

Do YOU have a question? Any questions or comments, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com or our social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter).

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Interracial Inquiries: Monkey Onesie

March 23, 2017

This is a special Q & A segment of The Hamster Village, called “Interracial Inquiries,” where host Nathan Brannon answers a question from you, the listeners. Nathan enlists the help of previous guests to chime in from their own perspectives as well. For this question, Nathan is joined by Shain Brenden and Sarah Frazier; an interracial couple from the episode “Half & Half.” Here is the question that they attempt to answer:

“Hey Nathan. Can you help me out? My husband & I just had a beautiful baby boy. As a gift, my mother-in-law bought him a baby onesie with a huge MONKEY on the chest. I would be fine with it, if I weren’t one of the only Black people in the neighborhood. I can’t give it back, and I’d be VERY uncomfortable dressing him up in it, and taking him around the town. How would you handle this?”

Give us your thoughts!

Do YOU have a question? Any questions or comments, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com or our many social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter).

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“What Else Ya Got?”

March 9, 2017

"When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time." - Maya Angelou

In this episode, we sit down with biracial comedian & actor, KT Tatara. We follow his life, growing up in a Japanese/White household in Northern Virginia, to an elementary school with children from all over the world, and then to a predominantly White middle/high-school. We talk about the lessons, and skills, that those experiences taught him along the way. We also look at how those experiences molded him into the accomplished comedian & actor that he is today. This is a compelling episode about the benefits of finding the true character in a person beneath their physical appearance, or where they come from!

If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com or our many social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter). Also, if you haven’t already, check out KT’s comedy and acting at www.kttatara.com!

 

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Kujichagulia: “Self Determination”

February 23, 2017

“If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too…” – Rudyard Kipling

 

We decided to title this episode “Kujichagulia,” or “Self Determination.” We sit down with mixed comedian, Matt Duckett, to talk about how he determined for himself who he was, throughout his childhood & young adult life. We look at the role that class (and to a lesser extent, location) plays in racial identity. We also address the long held stereotype that an interracial child equates to the dismissal or weakening of a parent’s heritage. The best part about identity is that WE are the ones that have the power to construct it; all anyone else can do is try to influence our decisions. It’s a phenomenal episode! Check it out, tell your friends, “like” our pages, & subscribe; Podbean, iTunes, Google Play, whatever you use!

Also, check out the comedy of Matt Duckett. He is funny, and does a great job weaving his life with his art; which can sometimes be hard to find these days. If he is in your city, check him out! You can find him at mattduckett.net

If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com or our many social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter).

 

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