Episodes
Unshaming returns in Fall 2021! You can #StayUnshaming with us instagram.com/unshaming and unshamingpodcast.com.  Join us for this powerful conversation with host Jor Gonsalves on grief, intuition, validation from social media, and following your dreams. Thank you for a fabulous Season 2. You can support Unshaming at patreon.com/unshaming. 
Published 08/16/21
This episode contains discussion around sexual abuse and suicide. Victoria Lee is a fiction author, PhD Psychologist, and neuroscientist. She also lives with Psychotic Depression. Her work centers around representing people with mental illnesses as folks who have the same hopes and dreams as everyone else. Her new novel, A Lesson in Vengeance.  does just that. If you or someone you know is being or has been sexually abused, and would like help, please find resources below: National Sexual...
Published 08/03/21
What's it like losing a core piece of your identity? Losing a core sense of belonging? Hair. In this episode, we explore these questions through the hair loss journey of Ronald Hinton, who documented his experience in the new documentary My Hair, My Rules. You can stream My Hair, My Rules, here. You can support Unshaming at patreon.com/unshaming. #StayUnshaming with us at instagram.com/unshaming and unshamingpodcast.com. 
Published 07/20/21
The feeling of wanting to leave a relationship when everything you know tells you the opposite. We constantly hear, "follow your intuition," but even is our intuition? For many of us, we've been silencing that gut feeling for so long that we don't even know what it sounds like. Danette May is a best selling author and life coach. She tells her story of rising from her "rock bottom." You can support Unshaming at patreon.com/unshaming. #StayUnshaming with us at instagram.com/unshaming and...
Published 07/07/21
This episode contains candid descriptions of human rights violations against LGBTQ+ people in Chechnya. Listener discretion is advised. Tanya Lokshima is the associate director for Human Rights Watch’s Europe and Central Asia division, based in Moscow. She has extensively covered and exposed the human-rights abuses against LGBTQ+ people in Russia/Chechnya throughout her career. You can follow her work here. Background information: New Yorker article exposing the anti-gay purges in...
Published 06/23/21
This episode contains candid descriptions of sexual abuse and child molestation — listener discretion is advised. In this episode, Shaun T tells his story of surviving child molestation by his mother’s boyfriend. He discusses how he forgave his abuser and ultimately learned to forgive himself. He also shares how his experiences made him a better partner, father, and person. Shaun T is one of the most iconic fitness influencers in the world. His message of trust and believe has flourished into...
Published 06/07/21
What’s it like recovering from a stroke where you lost everything? Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor shares her journey of how experiencing a near-death brain hemorrhage helped her achieve inner peace. Her new book “Whole Brain Living” describes how we can all achieve connectedness, love, and healing by training our brains. Get connected with Dr. Jill below. watch her TED talk herewatch her Oprah interview herepurchase “Whole Brain Living" You can support Unshaming at patreon.com/unshaming....
Published 05/24/21
Why do we fear death and dying so much? What is it like to stare it in the face with a diagnosis of Cancer? In this episode, children's author Sharon Frances and her partner Matthew Rodriguez openly discuss their personal experiences with Cancer. Sharon is a Breast Cancer survivor while Matthew lost his last wife to Throat Cancer. They are the co-founders of the Well Beings Studio, a non profit using the arts to help children with Cancer express themselves. You can read their books...
Published 05/10/21
This episode contains discussion around eating disorders and suicidal thoughts. Millions of men suffer from the pain of body image standards but rarely speak out due to the stigma of weakness attached to asking for help. In this episode, an Unshaming...
Published 04/26/21
Mentalhealth.org reports that 1 in 5 adults feels "disgusting" about their bodies. How do we break free from the toxic cycle of body shaming ourselves? How do create peace with our body image? Allison Ross,  eating and body image therapist and author of...
Published 04/12/21
Shame of Anti-Asian Violence
Published 03/29/21
What is like dismantling everything you believe in for your authentic self? In this episode, we explore the freedom and devastation that comes with relinquishing your former life. A letter from an Unshaming listener, this touching story about choosing...
Published 03/15/21
Quan Huynh murdered another human being in gang related violence and was charged with second degree murder in 1999. He entered prison without remorse and left prison, a changed man. His story is not about his crime though — it's about his transformation...
Published 03/01/21
Unshaming is back with new episodes every other Monday. This is the trailer for the latest episode “Shame of Murder” coming next Monday, March 1, 2021. Quan Huynh was in prison for 22 years for the murder of another man. His story is about hope and...
Published 02/22/21
Barb Zablotoney was crowned Miss Wheelchair Pennsylvania in 2018. After a tragic car accident in 2007 that left her paralyzed from the waste down, she became a fierce advocate for women with disabilities. Although 61 million Americans live with a...
Published 01/09/21
What exactly is failure and why are we so afraid to admit that we've experienced it? Even harder to admit, is that we're currently experiencing some kind of failure. But can our failures teach us something about who we are and what we need? In this...
Published 01/05/21
This episode contains frank discussion about mental and sexual trauma. The Brain and Behavior Research institute estimates that up to 1/20 Americans have Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). If a person experiences 5/9 BPD symptoms, they can be...
Published 01/01/21
34 million Americans are low-income according to the US Census Bureau. What’s life like for them? In this episode, Xiomara Contreras shares her memories of growing up on food stamps and living in a home where she shared a twin bed. When she became a...
Published 12/19/20
This episode contains explicit language about sex and sex work. Host Jor Gonsalves interviews New York City Dominatrix Godess Talia. In what she describes as a career, she defines what a dominatrix is and discusses her business model, her clientele, and...
Published 11/26/20
A deeply underrepresented community: the people who take medication for their mental Illnesses. In this episode, we hear from health coach Claudia Canabal about her depression and decision to medicate for it. Claudia details her internal work to undo...
Published 10/21/20
Can regret actually be productive? Why get stuck on things you can never change? Won't it lead to unhappiness? In this episode with poet/actress/activist Shenny De Los Angeles, we dive into all of these questions and debunk the idea that regret is...
Published 10/06/20
Published 05/26/20
Alisha Gomez-Shah, a 4-year student athlete alum from Northwestern University discusses the shame of being a queer athlete and how toxic masculinity affects everyone. How do we call people in vs call them out? How do we successfully stop homophobia...
Published 05/13/20
Sadasia McCutchen discusses how she overcame her shame of being  a darker skinned black woman. She also explains her belief that your struggle is part of your ultimate path to finding and fulfilling your greatest purpose. #StayUnshaming with us at...
Published 03/30/20
Published 03/30/20