Meredith for Real: the curious introvert

Meredith Hackwith Edwards

Less canceling. More curiosity. Each episode explores the questions people think, but don't ask, due to cultural hypnosis or being taboo. The mission here is to inspire curiosity by exploring nuance & breaking free from the bubble of the algorithm.

Each conversation is wildly different than the last, so bring your ADD & your earbuds & have a look around!

You'll hear subjects like mental health, health & wellness, biohacking, adult friendship, finances, science & technology, true stories, cults, sex & relationships, introversion, psychedelics & ADHD.

Not sure where to start? Try episode 86 with the accidental swingers or 94 with the Irish Catholic comedian who converted to Orthodox Judaism.

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Episodes

Ep. 242 | American Healthcare System: Is there Hope?
Jun 3 2024
Ep. 242 | American Healthcare System: Is there Hope?
Send us a Text Message.Dr. John Abramson was a family physician for 20 years who left his practice in 2002 to devote himself to researching the commercial takeover of medical knowledge. He has since served as an expert in medical litigation, served as a consultant to the FBI & US Dept of Justice & authored two books – Overdosed America & Sickening. In this episode, he shares how the power of public conversation could be the key to sustainable change in the American medical system. He also explores why your doctor is a captured agent, answers the question, are Americans too lazy for healthy lifestyle changes?, the drug that that killed more Americans than the Vietnam War & the specific wording you’ll need at your next doctor’s appointment to help your doctor help you.If you liked this episode, you’ll also like episode 176: HEALTH & WELLNESS MIXTAPE: HEART DIESEASE, STRESS REDUCTION & EMF SAFETYRequest to join my private Facebook group to give your opinion & participate in giveaways https://www.facebook.com/groups/mfrcuriousinsiders/ Guest: https://a.co/d/9cgu9CiHost:  https://www.meredithforreal.com/  | https://www.instagram.com/meredithforreal/  | meredith@meredithforreal.com | https://www.youtube.com/meredithforreal  | https://www.facebook.com/meredithforrealthecuriousintrovertSponsors: https://www.jordanharbinger.com/starterpacks/ | https://uwf.edu/university-advancement/departments/historic-trust/ | https://www.ensec.net/
Ep. 241 | Stranded Abroad: Reindeer, Yak Yogurt & Thriving in Discomfort [REMASTERED]
May 27 2024
Ep. 241 | Stranded Abroad: Reindeer, Yak Yogurt & Thriving in Discomfort [REMASTERED]
Send us a Text Message.Breanna Wilson is a freelance travel writer & photographer who found out her travel plans got Corona canceled mid-flight & ended up being stuck in the country of Georgia. She shares how her first trip to Mongolia started with a photo on Instagram, agreeing to ride wild horses & what it’s like to live with nomadic Mongolian families. She also digs into how to discover your own threshold of certain vs uncertain & thrive in uncomfortable moments. This episode originally aired September 28, 2020.If you liked this episode, you’ll also like episode 85: TAIWAN VS USA: DRINKING, DATING, COMMUNICATION, FAMILY & FOODRequest to join my private Facebook group to give your opinion & participate in giveaways https://www.facebook.com/groups/mfrcuriousinsiders/Guest: https://breannajwilson.com/  |  https://breannajwilson.contently.com/ | https://www.facebook.com/meanwhile.in.mongolia/  | https://www.facebook.com/breannajwilsontravels | https://www.instagram.com/MeanwhileinMongolia/  |  https://www.instagram.com/breannajwilson/Host:  https://www.meredithforreal.com/  | https://www.instagram.com/meredithforreal/  | meredith@meredithforreal.com | https://www.youtube.com/meredithforreal  | https://www.facebook.com/meredithforrealthecuriousintrovertSponsors: https://www.jordanharbinger.com/starterpacks/ | https://uwf.edu/university-advancement/departments/historic-trust/ | https://www.ensec.net/
Ep. 239 | Does Diet Matter if You Have to Take Insulin Anyway?
May 13 2024
Ep. 239 | Does Diet Matter if You Have to Take Insulin Anyway?
Send us a Text Message.Dr. Andrew Koutnik is a diabetes researcher who's lead 2 NASA investigations, a project for the United States Special Ops Command and assisted on projects for department of defense, DARPA and the Office of Naval Research. He's also a type 1 diabetic.He's currently a research scientist at the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute and actively investigating the role of lifestyle interventions and carbohydrate restriction in both diabetes management and prevention. In this episode you’ll hear what blood sugar and heart attacks have in common, why most doctors are not recommending lifestyle changes, artificial pancreas, low IQ and diabetes, keto food labels & artificial sweetenersIf you liked this episode, you’ll also like episode 113: NUTRITOUS FOOD; NOURISHING MINDSET – ANCESTERAL OBSERVATIONS OF A GLOBETROTTING NUTRITIONISTRequest to join my private Facebook group to give your opinion & participate in giveaways https://www.facebook.com/groups/mfrcuriousinsiders/Guest: https://twitter.com/AKoutnik | https://www.instagram.com/andrewkoutnikphd/Host:  https://www.meredithforreal.com/  | https://www.instagram.com/meredithforreal/  | meredith@meredithforreal.com | https://www.youtube.com/meredithforreal  | https://www.facebook.com/meredithforrealthecuriousintrovertSponsors: https://www.jordanharbinger.com/starterpacks/ | https://uwf.edu/university-advancement/departments/historic-trust/ | https://www.ensec.net/
Ep. 238 | Is Confidence an *Outside* Job (& Can You Gain it While Getting Older)?!
May 6 2024
Ep. 238 | Is Confidence an *Outside* Job (& Can You Gain it While Getting Older)?!
Send us a Text Message.Kimmy Seltzer is a mental health therapist turned confidence counselor, stylist & dating strategist. In this episode she shares how her own hot mess moment & an encouraging retail employee helped her transform the way she saw herself as well as the paradox of building the experience of confidence when you don’t have any experience being confident, making style upgrades without feeling fake, costume confidence & even body dysmorphia & face fillers.If you liked this episode, you’ll also like episode 6: FORMER MENNONITE TURNED FASHION DESIGNER: REINVENTING YOURSELFRequest to join my private Facebook group to give your opinion & participate in giveaways https://www.facebook.com/groups/mfrcuriousinsiders/ Guest: https://www.kimmyseltzer.com/style | https://www.kimmyseltzer.com/podcast/ | https://www.instagram.com/kimmyseltzer/ | https://www.facebook.com/kimmyseltzer | https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimmyseltzer/ Host:  https://www.meredithforreal.com/  | https://www.instagram.com/meredithforreal/  | meredith@meredithforreal.com | https://www.youtube.com/meredithforreal  | https://www.facebook.com/meredithforrealthecuriousintrovertSponsors: https://www.jordanharbinger.com/starterpacks/ | Ready to shop better hydration, use my special link https://zen.ai/meredithforrealthecuriousintrovert1 to save 20% off anything you order |  https://uwf.edu/university-advancement/departments/historic-trust/ | https://www.ensec.net/
Ep. 237 |Black Man Who Attends KKK Rallies: Race & Friendship
Apr 29 2024
Ep. 237 |Black Man Who Attends KKK Rallies: Race & Friendship
Send us a Text Message.Daryl Davis is a musician & author. He’s also a black man who chooses to be friends with Klansmen. Over his lifetime, he has inspired over 200 Klu Klux Klan members to give up their robes. In this episode he shares about the boyscout parade where he got a race reality check, FBI files, the connection between travel & racism, his first encounter with a klansmen, his first KKK friend & true transformation in the age of cancel culture.Today he’s going to share how this came about and his hopes for real progress in America. If you liked this episode, you’ll also like episode 134: HE VOTED OBAMA & JOINED THE KKK: the How & the Why (PART 1)Request to join my private Facebook group to give your opinion & participate in giveaways https://www.facebook.com/groups/mfrcuriousinsiders/Guest: https://www.daryldavis.com/ | https://twitter.com/RealDarylDavis | https://www.instagram.com/realdaryldavis/ | https://www.facebook.com/DarylDavisRaceReconciliatorHost:  https://www.meredithforreal.com/  | https://www.instagram.com/meredithforreal/  | meredith@meredithforreal.com | https://www.youtube.com/meredithforreal  | https://www.facebook.com/meredithforrealthecuriousintrovertSponsors: https://www.jordanharbinger.com/starterpacks/ | Ready to shop better hydration, use my special link https://zen.ai/meredithforrealthecuriousintrovert1 to save 20% off anything you order |  https://uwf.edu/university-advancement/departments/historic-trust/ | https://www.ensec.net/
Ep. 236 | Are Erections the 6th Vital Sign? Smart (cock) Ring
Apr 22 2024
Ep. 236 | Are Erections the 6th Vital Sign? Smart (cock) Ring
Send us a Text Message.Elliot Justin, MD is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians & worked in Emergency Medicine for 26 years. He’s now the CEO of Firm Tech, a medical technology start up. He & his team have developed a smart watch for your penis to help men assess ED & cardiovascular risk. In this episode, he explains the connection between frequency of nocturnal erections & cardiac event risk, why knowing your data matters, how the device works, data privacy concerns, sleep quality, venous insufficiency & medications that might be sabotaging your sex life.If you liked this episode, you’ll also like episode 158: WHAT IS MEDICALLY ASSISTED SEX?Request to join my private Facebook group to give your opinion & participate in giveaways https://www.facebook.com/groups/mfrcuriousinsiders/ Guest: https://myfirmtech.com/ | https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100094146871492 | https://www.instagram.com/myfirmtech/ | https://www.linkedin.com/in/elliot-justin-md/ Host:  https://www.meredithforreal.com/  | https://www.instagram.com/meredithforreal/  | meredith@meredithforreal.com | https://www.youtube.com/meredithforreal  | https://www.facebook.com/meredithforrealthecuriousintrovertSponsors: https://www.jordanharbinger.com/starterpacks/ | Ready to shop better hydration, use my special link https://zen.ai/meredithforrealthecuriousintrovert1 to save 20% off anything you order  https://uwf.edu/university-advancement/departments/historic-trust/ | https://www.ensec.net/
Ep. 233 | Pulling Back the Curtain on Podcasting (Behind the Scenes)
Apr 1 2024
Ep. 233 | Pulling Back the Curtain on Podcasting (Behind the Scenes)
Send us a Text Message.This episode is a relaxed hybrid conversation/interview with Scott Johnson, the host of What Was That Like, a true crime fan favorite with over 10 million downloads. Scott recently invited me to co-host a weekly segment on his show, so I this episode is an introduction to him and a behind the scenes from both of us on what it takes to make a great podcast. You’ll hear how Scott vets his guests, Podcaster pet peeves, what episodes we’ve recorded, but Not aired, topics too taboo for our shows & how podcasting has changed our minds.If you liked this episode, you’ll also like episode 119: INTERVIEWS THAT CHANGED MY LIFERequest to join my private Facebook group to give your opinion & participate in giveaways https://www.facebook.com/groups/mfrcuriousinsiders/ Guest: https://whatwasthatlike.com/ | https://www.facebook.com/WhatWasThatLike | https://www.instagram.com/wwtl_podcast/WWTL episodes mentioned: Jen, episode 1 - Jennifer caused a fatal accident https://WhatWasThatLike.com/01 Travis, episode 30 - Travis lost his son https://WhatWasThatLike.com/30 Mark, episode 5 - Mark gave his kidney to a stranger https://WhatWasThatLike.com/05 Stacy, episode 157 - Stacy gave away her kidney https://WhatWasThatLike.com/157 Laura, episode 151 - Laura's pain became her purpose https://WhatWasThatLike.com/151Other podcasts mentioned: Serial https://serialpodcast.org/ | School of Podcasting https://schoolofpodcasting.com | Jordan Harbinger Show https://jordanharbinger.com | Birth As We Know It https://birthasweknowitpodcast.comHost:  https://www.meredithforreal.com/  | https://www.instagram.com/meredithforreal/  | meredith@meredithforreal.com | https://www.youtube.com/meredithforreal  | https://www.facebook.com/meredithforrealthecuriousintrovertSponsors: Ready to shop better hydration, use my special link https://zen.ai/meredithforrealthecuriousintrovert1 to save 20% off anything you order  https://uwf.edu/university-advancement/departments/historic-trust/ | https://www.ensec.net/
Ep. 232 | How Do You Know If You’re In a Cult? [REMASTERED]
Mar 25 2024
Ep. 232 | How Do You Know If You’re In a Cult? [REMASTERED]
Send us a Text Message.If you watched the Netflix special (un)well, you may have seen Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Rachel Bernstein, in the episode on Tantric Sex. She is a mental health professional specializing in cult psychology, manipulators & systems of control. In this episode, we discuss what defines a cult, who is most vulnerable to cult recruitment & a gut-wrenching listener question. She also tackles Scientology, gangs & Jehovah’s Witnesses & even MLMs.This episode originally aired on November 16, 2020.If you liked this episode, you’ll also like episode 134: HE VOTED OBAMA & JOINED THE KKK: THE HOW & THE WHY (PART 1)Request to join my private Facebook group to give your opinion & participate in giveaways https://www.facebook.com/groups/mfrcuriousinsiders/Guest: https://www.patreon.com/join/indoctrination | Support After Manipulation (SAM), a ZOOM support group for people who have been in cults, in manipulative relationships, and other environments that enforce intense amounts of control. Concerned friends and family of those in these environments are also welcome to attend. Every other Wednesday from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm PST. $50 per group session. To register please contact Rachel at bernsteinlmft@gmail.com | https://twitter.com/RBernsteinLMFT | https://www.instagram.com/indoctrinationpodcast/ | http://www.rachelbernsteintherapy.com/ | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/indoctrination/id1373939526Host:  https://www.meredithforreal.com/  | https://www.instagram.com/meredithforreal/  | meredith@meredithforreal.com | https://www.youtube.com/meredithforreal  | https://www.facebook.com/meredithforrealthecuriousintrovertSponsors: Ready to shop better hydration, use my special link https://zen.ai/meredithforrealthecuriousintrovert1 to save 20% off anything you order  https://uwf.edu/university-advancement/departments/historic-trust/ | https://www.ensec.net/
Ep. 230 | Can a Sexless Marriage Survive?
Mar 11 2024
Ep. 230 | Can a Sexless Marriage Survive?
Send us a Text Message.What exactly is considered "sexless"? What are we counting as sex? What would cause someone to not want to have sex all of a sudden?These are all questions I unpacked with Xanet Pailet. She was a successful healthcare lawyer married to an attorney with two children. She lived in a beautiful home in NYC as well as a sexless marriage. At age 45 and no sex for over 15 years, she considered sex as something she was just done with. Now she is a full time intimacy educator with a fulfilling sex life. You’ll hear about resentment caused pain, the stuck place of indifference, what men are afraid of, medical procedures that can cause painful sex & listener Q & A from my Facebook group.Request to join my private Facebook group to give your opinion & participate in giveaways https://www.facebook.com/groups/mfrcuriousinsiders/If you liked this episode, you’ll also like episode 214: WHAT ARE THE RULES OF MONOGAMY? THE PSYCHOLOGIST SWINGERRequest to join my private Facebook group to give your opinion & participate in giveaways https://www.facebook.com/groups/mfrcuriousinsiders/ Guest: https://www.passionateintimacyretreats.com/ |https://www.powerofpleasure.com/ | https://www.instagram.com/xanetpop/ | https://twitter.com/powerofpleasure | https://www.facebook.com/xanetpop Host:  https://www.meredithforreal.com/  | https://www.instagram.com/meredithforreal/  | meredith@meredithforreal.com | https://www.youtube.com/meredithforreal  | https://www.facebook.com/meredithforrealthecuriousintrovertSponsors: https://uwf.edu/university-advancement/departments/historic-trust/ | https://www.ensec.net/
Ep. 229 | Is Your Happiness Being Politicized? Culture, Cortisol & the Brain
Mar 4 2024
Ep. 229 | Is Your Happiness Being Politicized? Culture, Cortisol & the Brain
Send us a Text Message.Dr. Loretta Breuning is a PhD researcher & author. Since becoming unconvinced by prevailing theories on human behavior, she has researched everything from monkeys to the mafia. Now she’s not only helping people hack their brain, she’s shedding light on how the altruistic outlook may be popular, but ultimately damaging.In this episode, she explains WHY we believe that if we are unhappy something is wrong, how simply “getting back to nature” can backfire, the problem with happiness studies & (this is important) how to start your own happiness plan.If you liked this episode, you’ll also like episode 162: WHY AM I NOT HAPPY? ANCIENT BRAINS & MODERN EMOTIONSRequest to join my private Facebook group to give your opinion & participate in giveaways https://www.facebook.com/groups/mfrcuriousinsiders/Guest: https://innermammalinstitute.org/ | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-happy-brain/id1377502232 | https://www.instagram.com/inner.mammal.inst/ | https://innermammalinstitute.org/course/ | https://www.facebook.com/LorettaBreuningPhD | https://twitter.com/lbreuningHost:  https://www.meredithforreal.com/  | https://www.instagram.com/meredithforreal/  | meredith@meredithforreal.com | https://www.youtube.com/meredithforreal  | https://www.facebook.com/meredithforrealthecuriousintrovertSponsors: https://uwf.edu/university-advancement/departments/historic-trust/ | https://www.ensec.net/
Ep. 228 | Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk: Purity Culture & Finding Your Weirdos [REMASTERED]
Feb 27 2024
Ep. 228 | Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk: Purity Culture & Finding Your Weirdos [REMASTERED]
Send us a Text Message.The highlight of teenage Tony Dushane’s existence was the short car ride with his crush as they were dropped off to preach door to door. In this episode, he shares the negative impact purity culture within the Jehovah’s Witness community had on his family, the awkward moments he can laugh at (& made a film from) & the advice he would give if he had a teenager.This episode originally aired July 5, 2021.If you liked this episode, you’ll also like episode 191: DISENTANGLING FAITH FROM RELIGIOUS TRAUMARequest to join my private Facebook group to give your opinion & participate in giveaways https://www.facebook.com/groups/mfrcuriousinsiders/Guest: www.tonydushane.com | http://www.drinkswithtony.com/  | https://www.instagram.com/tonydushane/ | https://www.youtube.com/user/DrinksWithTony | https://www.facebook.com/Confessions-of-a-Teenage-Jesus-Jerk-93141619869/Novel Writing Workshop via Zoom March 18 - May 6, 2024 6pm Pacific / 9pm Eastern - $375 https://www.tonydushane.com/novel/Screenwriting Workshop online asynchronous April 8 - June 3, 2024 - $475 https://www.tonydushane.com/screenplayFeature Film I at UCLA online asynchronous April 10 - June 18 - $720 https://www.uclaextension.edu/writing-journalism/screenwriting/course/feature-film-i-script-x-4101Host:  https://www.meredithforreal.com/  | https://www.instagram.com/meredithforreal/  | meredith@meredithforreal.com | https://www.youtube.com/meredithforreal  | https://www.facebook.com/meredithforrealthecuriousintrovertSponsors: https://uwf.edu/university-advancement/departments/historic-trust/ | https://www.ensec.net/