With Both Feet

January 16, 2017

Author Antonio Machado once said "Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking." Likewise, My mom used to say, "the only way to know you like ketchup on your burger, is to try one with mustard."

When we chose to move in a direction that is new or foreign to us, it can be so easy to talk ourselves out of going any further. It's in our nature; we feel compelled to weigh the things that we possess (our knowledge up to that point) against the prospect of having that taken away or destroyed. Unfortunately, growth does not come about this way. Venturing into the unknown does not only open us up to the prospect of unforseen rewards, it also helps to put that which is already known into perspective. Ask any pioneer, in any field, and they will tell you that they didn't get where they are by going through life fearful of what may come, but by jumping into the unknown "with both feet!"

In this episode, we sit down with Fran & Simon; a first-time interracial couple out of New Jersey. We explore how this "both-feet" mentality has underscored their entire relationship. We also look at how it has created a wealth of wonderful experiences not only for eachother, but for each of their families. This episode is filled with optimism, and is a perfect way to start of 2017.

 

Also, thanks to composer Kielen King for creating new music for the Hamster Village! He's great, and you should definitely check him out at www.starpilotmusic.com!

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Olga & Mark

May 9, 2016

 In this episode, we sit down with Mark (Irish/Norwegian) & Olga Sanchez-Saltveit (Latina, Columbia). Of course we talk about HOW they met, which is another very interesting online-dating story, but we also dig into WHY they met. We explore their childhoods & family dynamics; what influences growing up made them open to relationships outside of their race? With both of them being in the entertainment industry (Olga as an actress/theater director, and Mark as a stand-up comedian), we explore how the skills gained from their relationship overlap with their craft, and visa-versa. Also, there is such a thing as Norwegian Language Camp, did you know that?! Oofta!

Remember, you can always send questions, comments, or your own personal stories to our contact page on www.thehamstervillage.com, or find us on our Facebook page and Twitter (@hamstervillage)! We also have a Patreon page, if you would like to support The Hamster Village!

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Carl & Sarah

April 26, 2016

In this episode, we sit down with Carl & Sarah; another couple out of Seattle, Washington! They met through online dating, and talk about what it was like getting to know each other before actually meeting. We also talk about them raising a child together along with children from their past relationships, and contrasts social acceptance of their relationship between Seattle, New Orleans (Where Carl is from), and Germany (Where Carl was stationed in the military). Also, are black dudes familiar with Brie? We see if this one is, in this episode! Take a listen! Tell your friends!

Remember, you can always send questions or comments to our contact page on www.thehamstervillage.com, or find us on our Facebook page and Twitter (@hamstervillage)! We also have a Patreon page, if you would like to support The Hamster Village!

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Manny and Crystal

April 12, 2016

In this episode, we sit down with Manny and Crystal; an interracial couple out of Seattle, with Manny originally being from Oakland, and Crystal from Wyoming. We chat about the changing climate towards interracial couples in America, as well as what happens when you take two families who are complete opposites, fly them to the Bahamas, and get them drunk! Take a listen, it's hilarious!

Remember, you can always send questions or comments to our contact page on www.thehamstervillage.com, or find us on our Facebook page and Twitter (@hamstervillage)! We also have a Patreon page, if you would like to support The Hamster Village!

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Matt & Paul

April 4, 2016

In this episode, we sit down with our first same-sex interracial couple; Matt & Paul. We talk about the fairly unusual way they met, acceptance of family members, respecting the culture of others, and dealing with same-sex issues vs interracial issues. It's really great, take a listen!

Remember, you can always send questions or comments to our contact page on www.thehamstervillage.com, or find us on our Facebook page and Twitter (@hamstervillage)! We also have a Patreon page, if you would like to support The Hamster Village!

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Seth & Shelly

March 21, 2016

In this episode, we sit down with Seth & Shelly; Shelly being from Brooklyn, and Seth from Yamhill, Oregon.They have a lot to say about being exposed to different cultural habits, how they met over such vast distances, how great their In-Laws are, and how much they learn from each other.

Also, you know that idea we have been talking about where we do an ancestry search for our guests? Well, Shelly & Seth already did it! They talk about how it worked & how great it was, and now we're even more fired up about the idea! Take a listen!

Lastly, check us out at www.thehamstervillage.com, or our Patreon page(to donate) here!

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Reese and Emmanuel

February 16, 2016

In this episode, we sit down with Reese & Emmanuel; and interracial couple out of Boise, Idaho. The land of potatoes! They are not only an interracial couple, but their parents (on both sides) are interracial couples. We talk about how that dynamic affected their outlook on different cultures, and ultimately brought them together. We also talk about how effective salmon can be as a courting tool, and Nathan finally gets to use a Katt Williams quote! Take a listen! Tell your Friends!

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Daniel

February 8, 2016

In this episode, we are on location with Daniel Martin Austin; comedian, artist, musician! We talk about all the different places he's lived, and how they different in terms of unspoken relationship rules. We also talk about raising a biracial child in these days & times, and how big a part the parenting-dynamic plays in the child's self-identification later on in life. Lastly, Nathan's mind is blown by new information about lice. Tell your friends!

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Jon Washington

February 1, 2016

In this episode, we talk with Portland-based comedian Jon Washington. We cover, having to prove that you belong, and how family & music molded the person that he is today. Tell your friends!

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Julia & Jeremiah

January 1, 2016

In this episode, we sit down with Julia Ramos & Jeremiah Coughlan! They are two hilarious comedians in Portland, Oregon who also happen to be in an interracial relationship with each-other. With Jeremiah being White, and Julia being half Mexican/half Native-American, they talk about the work it takes to understand the others background, cooking for each-other, and getting to know large families on both sides. They also give great relationship advice in general. Take a listen, tell your friends!

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