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The Motherly Podcast features honest conversations about modern motherhood with inspiring leaders—who also happen to be mothers. These incredible women, like Kristen Bell, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, and Gabrielle Union, are helping to redefine motherhood, using their voices to uplift women with practical ideas and expert insights. The Webby Award winning podcast is hosted each week by Liz Tenety, an award-winning journalist and co-founder of Motherly.

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195 Episodes
In this episode, Liz speaks with Taraji P. Henson, best known for her roles in Empire, Hidden Figures, The Color Purple, and so many other incredible TV shows. Taraji is also the founder of The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (named after her late father), a nonprofit organization that works to eradicate the mental health stigma in Black communities and the author of a new children’s book, You Can Be a Good Friend No Matter What, that addresses the topic of bullying. Taraji opens up about her journey as a single mother navigating Hollywood, why she wrote her new book, and why she started her foundation. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
In this episode, comedian, writer, and podcast host Ophira Eisenberg, who you may know from hosting NPR's Ask Me Another, The Moth, and her comedy podcast called Parenting is a Joke shares her the story of her decision to have her eight-year-old son after she was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer and talks about the complex relationship that we as mothers often have with our creativity and how she finds space for it. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
In this conversation, Liz speaks with supermodel, designer, author, and entrepreneur Ashley Graham, about her new debut children’s book, A Kid’s Book About Beauty, why Ashley didn’t feel beautiful as a kid, and how she instills confidence in her children. They also talk all about Ashley’s journey to accepting her post pregnancy body, stretch marks, saggy belly, and all. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Liz speaks with Caitlin Murray, who you may know from her hilarious Big Time Adulting social media accounts, podcast, and the catch-phrase “get yourself a little snack.” Caitlin tells us the story of how she started sharing on Instagram and talks about the challenges she faced as a mom caring for a son who had recently been diagnosed with Leukemia and a young toddler and baby on the way. She also explains why she’s really excited about this next phase in motherhood, when she actually gets to enjoy spending time with her kids instead of just caring for them. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Lisa Damour is a mom of two and a clinical psychologist and author who specializes in helping teenagers and their parents navigate the often tumultuous phase of life. Lisa co-hosts the Ask Lisa podcast, is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, including her newest book, The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable, and Compassionate Adolescents. In this conversation, Lisa talks about the phases of childhood and adolescence, how parenting our teens can actually trigger our own childhood memories, and also shares some exciting news about a movie she worked on – Inside Out 2 – which is in theaters June 14. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Neha Ruch is a mom of two and the founder of Mother Untitled, a platform that provides resources for ambitious women who took a career pause to have children and who want to reenter the workforce. In this episode, Neha and Liz open up  about their own personal ambitions, how having children invited them to downshift their careers, and reexamine their identities that were really part of our success in the corporate world. They also talk about how the unpaid labor of stay at home mothers is still labor and the societal shifts needed to support working moms. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Cleo Wade is the mom of two and New York Times bestselling author and poet whose work explores hope, resilience, and the power of love. She just published her newest book, May You Love and Be Loved, which is a heartfelt lyrical picture book that's really a love letter to the potential of the future and to her kids and her own kids. In this conversation, Cleo opens up about what inspired her book, the childhood experience that introduced her to poetry, and how motherhood has evolved her creativity as a writer and artist.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
In honor of Earth Day, here’s a special episode with Julia Rockwell, the author of Mothering Earth: A Busy Parents Guide to Saving the Planet. In this conversation with Liz, Julia explains why she chose to make eco-conscious life changes and offers practical tips on how busy parents can start living a more sustainable life. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Sharon Mazel is the mom of four, a grandmother, an author, journalist, parenting and pregnancy expert, and a coach — and her latest book, Bite Sized Parenting, provides easily digestible guidance to support parents through the intensity of that first year of your baby’s life. In today's conversation, Sharon talks about the overwhelming amount of parenting information out there today and how parents can navigate all of that to make informed decisions that are the best choice for their family and their specific needs.  She also talks about the pressures of social media and unrealistic expectations. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Jaclyn Lindsey is the founder of, a non-profit that takes an evidence-based approach to build programs, partnerships, and products that empower people to choose kindness. Jaclyn and Liz talk about some of the challenges modern parents face when teaching their children to choose kindness and some of the tools and programs Jaclyn’s helped create for schools. Jaclyn also gives some helpful tips on how parents can help their children better understand and communicate their feelings. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
In this conversation, Liz speaks with life doula Brandi Sellerz-Jackson, the author of the book, On Thriving: Harnessing Joy Through Life’s Great Labors. Brandi shares lessons from her work as a doula and talks about the life changing journey of motherhood, the importance of self-care, and why it is so important to heal childhood trauma. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Liz speaks with Anne Cutler, a cybersecurity expert and a mom of two about digital safety and the emergent things we all need to be thinking about when keeping our kids safe. Anne is the director of communications for Keeper Security and her company recently ran a survey of parents about their practices around how to keep their kids safe online – their results showed that most of us have a long way to go. In this conversation, Anne also shares practical online safety tips and talks about why parents need to have an open dialogue with kids about online safety. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
For the first time in history, women are binge drinking more than men. To find out why, Liz speaks with Annie Grace, author of The Alcohol Experiment and This Naked Mind, two bestselling books that provide tools to help people take an unbiased look at their relationship with alcohol and addiction. Annie explains how the alcohol industry has pivoted from targeting men to women, pitching alcohol as “mommy’s little helper” to escape from the stress of motherhood. Annie and Liz also discuss their own personal relationships to alcohol and talk about how our society could better support moms when it comes to their relationship to drinking and their wellbeing. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Mom of four, Amber Venz Box, is the Co-Founder and President of LTK, an app that has revolutionized the online shopping industry by connecting brands and creators and helping creators monetize their businesses. In this conversation, Amber shares her thoughts on the future of the influencer economy, how she navigates motherhood and her career, and offers great style tips for busy moms. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
In this episode, Amanda Seyfried – who is best known for her work on Mean Girls, Mamma Mia!, Les Misérables, and her Emmy Award-winning turn in the Dropout – opens up about how she manages her mental health as the mother of two, why she left the city for a more simple, grounded life on a farm, and why she started her new sustainable playhouse company, Make It Cute, with her two childhood best friends. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Abha Bhattarai is an economics reporter for the Washington Post, where she's been covering the economics of childcare. In this conversation, Abha and Liz talk about the current state of the childcare crisis in the United States, how the landscape of working motherhood has shifted since the pandemic, and what Abha sees as the future of mothers and work. Abha also shares how her background as the daughter of immigrants and her experiences as a working mother, have helped to shape how she sees and reports on the American economy. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Welcome back to the Motherly Podcast – to kick off this season, Liz speaks with Dr. Aliza Pressman, developmental psychologist, popular podcast, and mother of two teenagers. Aliza has a new book, The Five Principles of Parenting: Your Essential Guide to Raising Good Humans and in today’s conversation she covers some of the topics in the book – and dives deep into the culture of motherhood and martyrdom, why self-compassion is as important for your kids as for you, and when to rely on the science of parenting and when to trust your gut. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
In this interview, Serenity Carr, the Founder and CEO of Serenity Kids, discusses how her journey into motherhood was interwoven with the founding of her baby food company. Inspired by her own process of healing lifelong ailments through dietary changes, Serenity and her co-founder husband, Joe, focus on nutrient-dense ingredients and protein, sourced from regenerative agriculture. She also discusses the importance of honoring natural rhythms, both in terms of seasonal cycles and personal well-being. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
In this episode, Liz talks to Ruth Veloria, a mother of four and Chief Strategy and Customer Officer at the University of Phoenix. They discuss the first annual Mothers Overcome More (MOM) report, which the University of Phoenix launched in partnership with Motherly. The report studies the very specific barriers that moms face in building their careers. Ruth also talks about her own journey as a working mother, as well as the invaluable skills people gain through motherhood – and how they can use those skills to grow their careers. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
 In this episode, Liz talks to renowned sportscaster and television personality, Erin Andrews. Erin talks all about her fertility journey and juggling the demands of new motherhood with her busy career. She also tells Liz about her new sports fan gear and fashion line just for women – and now babies! – called WEAR and why she started it. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Comments (3)

Clara Olivera

great episode! may I suggest a guest?

Nov 21st

Andrea Shimkus

Senator Duckworth may have paved way for women who breastfeed but she should have no say in regards to unborn children and infant care. It is disgusting that a mother of two children supports not just abortion but late-term abortion, or in other words: to not give medical care to infants to live that are born after 21 weeks and a failed abortion as opposed to an infant born after 21 weeks but not attempted to abort and given medical care to live.

Mar 5th
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