October 2022

October 2022

The first episode of Season 2 of the podcast The Grit Factor, retitled Facing the Wind, is out, and Amy McGrath is first up! You’ve read about her already in the Grit Factor, as well as national news, and now she’s back with a whole new set of projects working, as always, to defend our democracy. I’m really excited to bring this your way as one of our original Grit Factor leaders— with a completely different and important conversation touching elections, grit (of course), and mental health.

We’ve been working on this season for months, and we’re broadening the conversation this season in ways I know you will both appreciate and benefit from. But it still seemed right to start with a classic.

If you’re still catching up, Amy McGrath is a retired US Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel raised in Kentucky. McGrath was the first woman to fly a combat mission for the Marine Corps, as well as the first to pilot the F/A-18 on a combat mission. She is also a political candidate from Kentucky, and author of Honor Bound: An American Story of Dreams and Service.

In this episode, we talk about the overall change in politics over the years, and how the average person is affected though mainstream news and media. We also talk about ways the war has been marketed towards citizens (minute 33), and what the future may hold for democracy.

Give yourself the gift of listening in to our conversation— and forward it along to whoever might enjoy or benefit! (if you haven’t yet, please SUBSCRIBE and rate the podcast! Thank you!)

(Also for your listening pleasure: I talked to the National Association of Women Lawyers about The Grit Factor HERE, and to Sky Island Journal about my recent poem published HERE.)


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