Bay Baes

September 22, 2017

"...Many people ask me why get married. I was 77, Thea was 75, and maybe we were older than that at that point, but the fact is that everybody treated it as different. It turns out marriage is different...It's a magic word. For anybody who doesn't understand why we want it, and why we need it, it is magic..."

 - Edith "Edie" Windsor

In this episode we chat with Deborah & Schon; a same-sex, interracial couple in the Oakland Bay Area. They have been together for 35 years, and married for 30! How did they make it longer than a lot of hetero-couples? After being married for 30 years, how did it feel to finally have the government recognize their union? We take a look at these questions, as well as many others! We talk about their experiences being together in the Midwest (where they met) where diversity is a challenge, versus the very diverse California Bay Area. We also talk about never apologizing for who you are, and why it is so important to put your true self “on the table” up front.

In addition to all that, we honor the late Edie Windsor, one of the strongest forces behind the legalization of same-sex marriage; may Edie’s spirit, and passion for making this a better world, live on in all of us!

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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First Date Gamble

September 8, 2017

In this episode, we sit down with Rico & Mimi; an interracial couple out of Portland, Oregon. The couple has been friends with our host, Nathan, for years. Even with that, there were still things Nathan found out about them in the interview that he never knew! One of the first stories is how Rico put his last five dollars into a poker machine, in order to have enough money for the first date that he had just asked Mimi on; it’s a hilarious & heartwarming story that anyone can connect with! They even help us out with an Interracial Inquiries question. We chat about how to navigate the landscape of social circles that may not be on board with your interracial relationship. We also talk about ways that you can help your partner when they are overwhelmed and advice for other (or prospective) mixed couples out there! Take a listen, tell your loved ones, tell your friends!

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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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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