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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 AnneMarie Slaughter, are helping to redefine motherhood, using their voices to uplift women with practical ideas and expert insights. Hosted each week by Liz Tenety, an award-winning journalist and co-founder of Motherly.

50 Episodes
In this episode, Liz talks to Nic Stone, the bestselling young adult author of Dear Martin and the recently released Dear Justyce about creating a new narrative, not just in her fiction, but also through motherhood. Nic also talks about the pressures she initially put on herself for not being the stereotypical mom and explains how she managed to write her first book in the chaos of early motherhood.
Baby2Baby Co-CEOs Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein talk to Liz about why they started their nonprofit that provides children who are living in poverty with basic necessities such as diapers, clothing, and school supplies. They also explain why COVID-19 has created a greater need than ever for supplies for families and offer guidance on what we can all do to help.
In this episode, Liz speaks with actress Candace Cameron Bure about her faith-based approach to raising her kids, why love and kindness are so core to her life philosophy, and what she learned from her "Full House" castmates. Candace also talked about the worthlessness she initially felt after she took a break from work to focus on raising her children and what she learned from that experience.
To kick-off Season 5 of the podcast, Liz speaks with actress, activist, and author Alyssa Milano about her #metoo tweet that helped to ignite a movement, how she learned to let things roll off her back, and why she’s so passionate about helping working mothers. Alyssa also talked about her COVID-19 diagnosis in March and shared how her children’s clear-eyed views of the world inspire her.
Amanda Sudano Ramirez, one half of the musical duo, JohnnySwim, and star of an upcoming reality show on Joanna and Chip Gaines’ Magnolia Network, talks about what she’s learned about embracing chaos from life on the road touring with kids, how she and her husband juggle being both musical partners and parents, and why “home” will always be her family.
Liz speaks with comedian Gina Brillon, just a few weeks before the birth of her son, to discuss her Amazon Original comedy special titled, The Floor is Lava, what pregnancy has been like during COVID-19, and why it has always been so important for her to find the humor in even the toughest moments.
Liz talks to Rachel Hollis, bestselling author, motivational speaker, blogger, podcast host, and mom of four about her new book Didn’t See That Coming, her recent divorce, and how she overcame her childhood trauma. Rachel also shares tips on how women can maintain an identity outside of motherhood and marriage.
Liz checks in with popular YouTube host, Dzung Lewis to discuss her new cookbook Honeysuckle. Dzung shares tips on how to cook for kids, talks about her eclectic food influences, and explains about how food has become a way for her to share her Vietnamese culture and her husband’s Korean culture with their children.
Mutha Founder and TV personality Hope Smith talks to Liz about IVF, her surrogacy pregnancy, the group of foster children she and her husband have taken under their wing, and what motherhood—in all its incarnations—has taught her about unconditional love and acceptance. She also explained why her pregnancies inspired her to become a certified doula.
Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, licensed Psychologist, speaker, and host of the popular podcast, Therapy for Black Girls, offers Liz tips on how to cope with the parenting stress of COVID-19. She also explains why every mama should have their own “coping kit.”
Liz speaks with actress and math writer Danica McKellar about how math helped her find her own identity after her time on Wonder Years and why being friends with your own kid isn’t so bad. She also talks about how to encourage math skill in young girls who may be discouraged at an early age.
Liz speaks with Vrbo’s Melanie Fish about her zig-zagging career path after kids, how she caught the travel bug at an early age, and why it is so important for mothers and families to take a break right now, whether it is renting a home on a lake or a solo drive around the block.
Liz speaks with Meena Harris, lawyer and founder of the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign. Meena talked about what she learned from growing up in a family of strong, tight-knit women and why she wrote her children's book Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea, which is based on the story of her mother, Maya Harris and her aunt and Vice-Presidential nominee, Kamala Harris. This episode is sponsored by Highlights. For more information on all their great products please visit
In this episode, Liz talks to Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson, founders of the Kind campaign, an internationally recognized nonprofit that brings awareness and healing to the negative effects of girl-against-girl bullying. They talk about their mission, what they’ve learned from a decade of speaking to young kids on the topic, and the separate but related problem of mom-shaming. This episode is sponsored by Highlights. This episode is sponsored by Highlights. For more information on all their great products please visit
Liz speaks with actress and activist Jurnee Smollett -- star of Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, Eve’s Bayou, the hotly anticipated HBO show Lovecraft Country -- about mom guilt, why she chooses stories that re-examine the legacy we’ve all inherited, and how growing up in a big and unconventional family influenced her approach to motherhood.This episode is sponsored by The Mothery Shop --curated must-haves for motherhood. Listen to the episode for a discount.
Host Liz Tenety speaks with Jenn Sherman — Peloton’s very first cycling instructor — about finding joy in her second career and taking care of her teenagers in quarantine. Jenn also shared motivating and encouraging tips for mama’s who struggle with finding time in their day to exercise.
Host Liz Tenety checks in with Ai-jen Poo, the co-founder and Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, a non-profit with the goal to bring quality work, dignity and fairness to the growing number of caregivers in America. Together they discuss Ai-jen’s work, her idea of care squads, and what we can all do, as mothers, to begin to correct a system that isn’t working well for anyone.
Host Liz Tenety kicks off Season 4 of the podcast with an interview with Glennon Doyle, New York Times bestselling author, philanthropist, and mother of two. Glennon talks about her latest book, Untamed, her relationship with her wife, soccer icon Abby Wambach, and why we need to reframe how we talk about step-parenting. Glennon also reads an excerpt from her book. This episode is sponsored by Highlights. For more information on all their great products please visit
Eliza Blank is the founder and CEO of The Sill, a NYC-based indoor plant company focused on connecting people to plants and the outdoors. In this episode, Eliza talks to Liz about how growing plants and being a parent are not all that different, why teaching kids to connect to nature is absolutely vital, and she suggests fun gardening activities parents can do with their children.
Danielle Duboise, Cofounder of Sakara Life, the organic, plant-based food delivery service and lifestyle brand, sat down with Liz to talk about Sakara Life’s mission to change how you think about food and nourishing yourself. She also shared easy healthy eating tips, talked about what motherhood has taught her about empathy and grace, and explained why being healthy doesn’t have to mean giving up the occasional pizza or onion bagel.
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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