TBD With LDT, Ep. 34: “TBD With Bethany Saint-Smith”

RELEASE DATE: December 12, 2018

Bethany Saint-Smith is a singer-songwriter, a poet, an autobiographer, a mother, a survivor, a force of nature — and a piece of the Universe glowing brightly. Of her singing, The Supreme’s Susaye Greene said, “Bethany has the instincts of an aged American blues singer. There’s a tug in the heart when you hear her sing that grabs you and makes you wonder what she’s lived through. She reminds me of the earthy Odetta of 60’s Folk-rock fame, or of Nina Simone’s scathingly sophisticated perceptions of life.” Bethany and I sit down and discuss life and barriers and human relationships in what will hopefully just be one episode in a series of talks with this incredible artist. Follow her on bethanysaintsmith.wordpress.com and find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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TBD With LDT, Ep. 32: “Religion, Identity, and Letting Your Light Shine” With Jeremiah Ripley

RELEASE DATE: November 14, 2018 (day before my 36th birthday!)

On this episode, I once again sit down with Jeremiah Ripley, a fellow MFA Actor at Cal State LA, and this time we dig deep into matters of queer identity, politics, acceptance, awareness, representation, and more. Progress was made in the midterm elections, but our world still has work to do — and some of that work starts by letting ourselves and one another shine, just like mama Marianne Williamson taught us.

TBD With LDT, Ep. 29: “It Takes A Village”

RELEASE DATE: September 19, 2018

“It takes a village to raise a child,” the old saying goes. In our modern world, we could easily replace “village” with community and the meaning would be largely the same. I’m so grateful to the community that I am a part of, because you all show me that there is empathy and generosity of spirit alive and well in the world. I see my community paying it forward and working together for ongoing growth and progress, and it’s heartening. …I mean, I still don’t know if I’ll ever bring a kid into the world, but I know that if I did, they’d be embraced by these awesome communities that I’m a part of.

TBD With LDT, Ep. 28: “Stretching Helps Us Grow”

RELEASE DATE: September 5, 2018

August 20th marked the beginning of the 2nd year of my MFA, the first semester of the Teacher Training program, and Joel’s first year at CSULA. On August 15th, I got word that my dad had a stroke and was in the hospital. He’s doing okay, all things considered, and these past few weeks have been big ones. Balancing the emotional/mental/physical workload of school is already a big journey; getting to be a part of my Dad’s life during this is a journey all its own. This episode of TBD With LDT talks about stretching — how life stretches us, pushes us, and how growth often comes with growing pains as we stretch through and past the discomfort of unfamiliarity. Join me as I talk about some of the discoveries of the past few weeks. And as always, thank you for listening.

TBD With LDT, Ep. 14 — “EdTA’s Theatre in our Schools”

RELEASE DATE: March 19, 2018

The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) has been posting a series of awesomely inspiring infographics, featuring facts/quotes from articles and studies regarding the positive impact of theatre on students. It is SO inspiring that I’ve dedicated a podcast episode to “Theatre in our Schools,” sharing a few of the EdTA posts with you and discussing the benefits of theatre and of arts education in general. Keep the arts in our schools and enrich the lives of children everywhere!

TBD With LDT, Ep. 10 — “School Days Recollections, Courtesy of StoryCorps”

RELEASE DATE: February 17, 2018

10th episode of TBD With LDT! Too bad my brain is too mushy to enjoy it! I was in need of inspiration, so I turned to Storycorps.org and their question generator…but first I waxed sentimental about what a great organization Storycorps. If you haven’t checked them out– DO YOURSELVES A FAVOR AND GET INTO ‘EM!