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Lenya, The One, That Weightlifting Champion 

Lenya performed at a weightlifting competition last week and is here to tell ua all about it. Not only did she tell us about how she won and what it was like, but explained the sport and the competition, how it’s judged, and what comes next.
 
Holidays are coming up, so we discuss what we have planned, and how we plan to not eat too much, famous last words.
 
But don’t think we just forgot about race issues, rounding out the episode we discuss Kyle Writtenhouse’s trial, the murder of Ahmaud Arbery and how that trial is getting less attention, and the overall weight of news today.
 
Alexandra was on a Gen-X trivia night podcast episode you can find here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/who-will-save-generation-x-trivia-game-show/id1550660608
 

 
Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390).
 
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Don’t join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981). We’re probably going to end it and move to TikTok.
 
Email us at [Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com](mailto:Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com)
 
You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com) 
 
Or on Instagram:
* Find Lenya at: [@Lenya_goddess_the_one](https://www.instagram.com/lenya_goddess_the_one)
* And Alexandra at: [@a_xandra17](https://www.instagram.com/a_xandra17) and [@thewritingleap](https://www.instagram.com/thewritingleap)
* And the show is at: [@women_bridging_the_gap](https://www.instagram.com/women_bridging_the_gap/)
 
This podcast was edited by Brendan Hutchins from Podcast Advocate. Go to [PodcastAdvocate.Network](http://PodcastAdvocate.Network) or find him on [Twitter @PodcastAdvocate](https://twitter.com/podcastadvocate) to learn more.

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Get Off My Lawn with Alexandra’s sister Candice D’Italia Gray

Alexandra’s sister, Candice, joins to discuss race and womanhood, in TikTok, in lacrosse, in being a mother, and in growing older. Candice D’Italia Gray is a former fourth grade teacher and reading specialist.  She taught in Inner City Baltimore and Southside Chicago. Twenty years later, her students still contact her and call her the teacher that made them love to learn. Vet tech, animal rescue volunteer, and girls’ lacrosse coach, Candice lives in a predominantly white  community in Wisconsin and raises her two children to not only believe in love and equality for all, but to fight for those values in the face of bias and prejudice. 
What would you do as a mother, raising a middle school girl who wants to do everything she sees on TikTok? Candice tells Lenya and Alexandra all about what she does to protect her daughter, but also allow freedom to explore and experiment. Its a tough balance.
After her son enjoyed lacrosse in school, Candice’s daughter wanted to play too, so Candice learned to coach lacrosse so her daughter could join the girl’s team. Candice explains about sexism, not only in sports, but just in the default way that we all walk through the world.
Ending the episode with a few thoughts on aging, what it feels like, and what wisdom comes with it. 

Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390).
 
**We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends.  **Let us know what topics you want to hear!**
 
Don’t join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981). We’re probably going to end it and move to TikTok.
 
Email us at [Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com](mailto:Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com)
 
You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com) 
 
Or on Instagram:
* Find Lenya at: [@Lenya_goddess_the_one](https://www.instagram.com/lenya_goddess_the_one)
* And Alexandra at: [@a_xandra17](https://www.instagram.com/a_xandra17) and [@thewritingleap](https://www.instagram.com/thewritingleap)
* And the show is at: [@women_bridging_the_gap](https://www.instagram.com/women_bridging_the_gap/)
 
This podcast was edited by Brendan Hutchins from Podcast Advocate. Go to [PodcastAdvocate.Network](http://PodcastAdvocate.Network) or find him on [Twitter @PodcastAdvocate](https://twitter.com/podcastadvocate) to learn more.

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Get Off My Lawn with Alexandra’s sister Candice 

Alexandra’s sister, Candice, joins to discuss race and womanhood, in TikTok, in lacrosse, in being a mother, and in growing older. 
 
What would you do as a mother, raising a middle school girl who wants to do everything she sees on TikTok? Candice tells Lenya and Alexandra all about what she does to protect her daughter, but also allow freedom to explore and experiment. Its a tough balance.
 
After her son enjoyed lacrosse in school, Candice’s daughter wanted to play too, so Candaice learned to coach lacrosse so her daughter could join the girl’s team. Candaice explains about sexism, not only in sports, but just in the default way that we all walk through the world.
 
Ending the episode with a few thoughts on aging, what it feels like, and what wisdom comes with it. 


 
Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390).
 
**We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends.  **Let us know what topics you want to hear!**
 
Don’t join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981). We’re probably going to end it and move to TikTok.
 
Email us at [Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com](mailto:Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com)
 
You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com) 
 
Or on Instagram:
* Find Lenya at: [@Lenya_goddess_the_one](https://www.instagram.com/lenya_goddess_the_one)
* And Alexandra at: [@a_xandra17](https://www.instagram.com/a_xandra17) and [@thewritingleap](https://www.instagram.com/thewritingleap)
* And the show is at: [@women_bridging_the_gap](https://www.instagram.com/women_bridging_the_gap/)
 
This podcast was edited by Brendan Hutchins from Podcast Advocate. Go to [PodcastAdvocate.Network](http://PodcastAdvocate.Network) or find him on [Twitter @PodcastAdvocate](https://twitter.com/podcastadvocate) to learn more.

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A Plan To End Racism with Lenya’s neighbor JC, Part 2

We continue this excellent conversation with JC, Lenya’s neighbor and fan of the show.
 
JC recommends the HBO documentary [Exterminate all the Brutes](https://www.hbo.com/exterminate-all-the-brutes) but warns it is not an easy watch about all the ways we still have slavery in this country.
 
The conversation spans a wide breadth of topics including the housing costs of LA County, to how a middle class person can afford housing, to religion as a salve for the sting of impending death.
 
Reach out and tell us if you want a Women Bridging The Gap TikTok, where we can engage further on conversations about Race and Womanhood. [Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com](mailto:Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com)
 

 
Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390).
 
**We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends.  **Let us know what topics you want to hear!**
 
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Email us at [Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com](mailto:Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com)
 
You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com) 
 
Or on Instagram:
* Find Lenya at: [@Lenya_goddess_the_one](https://www.instagram.com/lenya_goddess_the_one)
* And Alexandra at: [@a_xandra17](https://www.instagram.com/a_xandra17) and [@thewritingleap](https://www.instagram.com/thewritingleap)
* And the show is at: [@women_bridging_the_gap](https://www.instagram.com/women_bridging_the_gap/)
 
This podcast was edited by Brendan Hutchins from Podcast Advocate. Go to [PodcastAdvocate.Network](http://PodcastAdvocate.Network) or find him on [Twitter @PodcastAdvocate](https://twitter.com/podcastadvocate) to learn more.

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Sports and Race with Lenya’s neighbor JC, Part 1 

Fan of the show and neighbor of Lenya, JC joins the ladies to discuss politics, sports, and race throughout the world, and here in the US. As always, Alexandra and Lenya want to pull out the racial linings of every topic, and with JC it’s sports!
 
JC shares some stories of how the NFL fans have split and rejected the NFL because of Colin Kapernick, and Lenya describes what it’s like to see that whole situation unfold as a Black person in America.
 
There was so much great conversation with JC that we’re splitting into two episodes. Listen next week for the rest of this discussion!
 

 
Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390).
 
**We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends.  **Let us know what topics you want to hear!**
 
Join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981)
 
Email us at [Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com](mailto:Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com)
 
You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com) 
 
Or on Instagram:
* Find Lenya at: [@Lenya_goddess_the_one](https://www.instagram.com/lenya_goddess_the_one)
* And Alexandra at: [@a_xandra17](https://www.instagram.com/a_xandra17) and [@thewritingleap](https://www.instagram.com/thewritingleap)
* And the show is at: [@women_bridging_the_gap](https://www.instagram.com/women_bridging_the_gap/)
 
This podcast was edited by Brendan Hutchins from Podcast Advocate. Go to [PodcastAdvocate.Network](http://PodcastAdvocate.Network) or find him on [Twitter @PodcastAdvocate](https://twitter.com/podcastadvocate) to learn more.

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Life and Dogs and Social Media

After a fantastic update on Lenya’s current lift training status, Alexandra and Lenya open up about the dogs they’ve raised, where they got them, what they asked for to get them, and how they lived their lives. 
 
But as these things go, the conversation turned to race, and what is the nature of culture? How do you define culture, and when is it right to question a person’s actions, or their culture? 
 
The episode wraps back to the perils of social media (Hey there, Capitalism, funny I’d meet you here.) and Lenya explains how TiKTok is the only social media platform she even wants to use anymore, and for good reason! Other social media platforms are silencing Black, Brown, and Indigionus voices.
 
And finally, Alexandra ponders where modern kids are learning civics lessons if not from School House Rock anymore. If you’re a parent or in the know, send us an email [Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com](mailto:Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com)
 
[Microaggressions Like Mosquito Bites](https://youtu.be/hDd3bzA7450)
 

 
Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390).
 
**We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends.  **Let us know what topics you want to hear!**
 
Join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981)
 
Email us at [Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com](mailto:Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com)
 
You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com) 
 
Or on Instagram:
* Find Lenya at: [@Lenya_goddess_the_one](https://www.instagram.com/lenya_goddess_the_one)
* And Alexandra at: [@a_xandra17](https://www.instagram.com/a_xandra17) and [@thewritingleap](https://www.instagram.com/thewritingleap)
* And the show is at: [@women_bridging_the_gap](https://www.instagram.com/women_bridging_the_gap/)
 
This podcast was edited by Brendan Hutchins from Podcast Advocate. Go to [PodcastAdvocate.Network](http://PodcastAdvocate.Network) or find him on [Twitter @PodcastAdvocate](https://twitter.com/podcastadvocate) to learn more.

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Home and Away: Racism in Home-buying and Travel

What’s up with Black families being blamed for lowering property values? Lenya took a stroll in a nice Black neighborhood, so she and Alexandra discussed why she would and wouldn’t move out of her nice white neighborhood. Also, Lenya talks about what Black people have to do to sell their homes, and an anecdote from her life where a sale fell through when buyers found out she was Black, but it sold when the buyers didn’t know that.
 
This expands to a conversation about how to stand up for yourself in the face of covert racism. Lenya mentions TikToks like this one: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRTronGQ/ that explain how Black people need to hold their ground.
 
Alexandra checks in about the Tough Mudder she’s preparing for, plus some travel horror stories including a potential stabbing at Disneyland, and white people taking a Black woman’s seat on a plane.
 

 
Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390).
 
**We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends.  **Let us know what topics you want to hear!**
 
Join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981)
 
Email us at [Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com](mailto:Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com)
 
You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com) 
 
Or on Instagram:
* Find Lenya at: [@Lenya_goddess_the_one](https://www.instagram.com/lenya_goddess_the_one)
* And Alexandra at: [@a_xandra17](https://www.instagram.com/a_xandra17) and [@thewritingleap](https://www.instagram.com/thewritingleap)
* And the show is at: [@women_bridging_the_gap](https://www.instagram.com/women_bridging_the_gap/)
 
This podcast was edited by Brendan Hutchins from Podcast Advocate. Go to [PodcastAdvocate.Network](http://PodcastAdvocate.Network) or find him on [Twitter @PodcastAdvocate](https://twitter.com/podcastadvocate) to learn more.

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Sisterhood

Lenya and Alex go deep into “what is sisterhood?” 
 
Alexandra explains how she has no more time for insecure people. Lenya feels empowered and happy when she sees a woman out in her workout catsuit. Together they debate and discuss to get to what sisterhood really means.
 
There’s an acknowledgement that putting yourself out on social media in a manner that shows your true self, and not necessarily your online persona, can come with a lot of backlash, no matter the race. What does sisterhood tell us to do with this situation?
 
Listen in for this and more!
 

 
Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390).
 
**We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends.  **Let us know what topics you want to hear!**
 
Join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981)
 
Email us at [Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com](mailto:Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com)
 
You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com) 
 
Or on Instagram:
* Find Lenya at: [@Lenya_goddess_the_one](https://www.instagram.com/lenya_goddess_the_one)
* And Alexandra at: [@a_xandra17](https://www.instagram.com/a_xandra17) and [@thewritingleap](https://www.instagram.com/thewritingleap)
* And the show is at: [@women_bridging_the_gap](https://www.instagram.com/women_bridging_the_gap/)
 
This podcast was edited by Brendan Hutchins from Podcast Advocate. Go to [PodcastAdvocate.Network](http://PodcastAdvocate.Network) or find him on [Twitter @PodcastAdvocate](https://twitter.com/podcastadvocate) to learn more.

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Kids and Capitalism with Brendan Hutchins

Producer of the show Brendan Hutchins is back to talk about getting his vasectomy reversed, having babies in this current state of the world, and just an update on what’s going on in his world.
 
Very quickly the topic turns to capitalism, as it often does, and we discuss the various things companies do because of the capitalistic incentives that drive all of their actions. There is also good conversation about charging your worth, and Lenya delighted by revealing she recently asked for a raise after starting The No Budget Babe course.
 
We shift over to discussing green energy and electric vehicles. Alexandra expresses she would feel guilty driving a fancy car, and Brendan counters that he just preordered a fancy electric car. Well, fancy and practical. There is a nice conversation about Tesla and never mentioned the CEO.
 
Brendan is getting married, so the ladies ask all about the planning and what’s going to happen, and share horror stories of weddings they’ve attended.
 

 
Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390).
 
**We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends.  **Let us know what topics you want to hear!**
 
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Email us at [Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com](mailto:Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com)
 
You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com) 
 
Or on Instagram:
* Find Lenya at: [@Lenya_goddess_the_one](https://www.instagram.com/lenya_goddess_the_one)
* And Alexandra at: [@a_xandra17](https://www.instagram.com/a_xandra17) and [@thewritingleap](https://www.instagram.com/thewritingleap)
* And the show is at: [@women_bridging_the_gap](https://www.instagram.com/women_bridging_the_gap/)
 
This podcast was edited by Brendan Hutchins from Podcast Advocate. Go to [PodcastAdvocate.Network](http://PodcastAdvocate.Network) or find him on [Twitter @PodcastAdvocate](https://twitter.com/podcastadvocate) to learn more.

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https://episodes.castos.com/60d5656ec50606-09221638/Kids-and-Capitalism.mp4

Ignore The Comments

Go anywhere on any social media platform, you’re going to find trolls, people who want to argue, and spew hate, and worse. What are you supposed to do with all that hate? You’re just trying to post a cute photo, or find out about local politics, or dancing with friends. 
 
Alexandra and Lenya gather to discuss social media, give examples of people who are doing it right and doing it wrong, and wishcast their ideal way to remedy this problem. (Hint: it has to do with education and communication.)
 
But that’s just part 1 of this episode. Part 2 is a check in on the New Year’s resolutions, where Lenya describes how she’s been training and sleeping, and Alexandra covers her workouts and money making plans.
 
Lastly, the ladies have a question for you and would like your input: Should white get a capital W the way that Black is now getting capital B? Alexandra and Lenya have different starting opinions, and we want to keep this discussion going, so join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981) and comment on the post about this episode how you think the capitalization should be, and why.
 

 
Please **rate and review** this podcast if you enjoyed it; reviews greatly help new listeners see this podcast is worth their time. You can find Women Bridging the Gap on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-bridging-the-gap/id1521503012) and [Podchaser](https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/women-bridging-the-gap-1304390).
 
**We want to hear from you!** Let us know how you’re speaking about these issues with your friends.  **Let us know what topics you want to hear!**
 
Join the [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/665585734389981)
 
Email us at [Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com](mailto:Lenya.Alexandra.BridgingtheGap@gmail.com)
 
You can find us at: [WomenBridgingtheGap.com](https://womenbridgingthegap.com) 
 
Or on Instagram:
* Find Lenya at: [@Lenya_goddess_the_one](https://www.instagram.com/lenya_goddess_the_one)
* And Alexandra at: [@a_xandra17](https://www.instagram.com/a_xandra17) and [@thewritingleap](https://www.instagram.com/thewritingleap)
* And the show is at: [@women_bridging_the_gap](https://www.instagram.com/women_bridging_the_gap/)
 
This podcast was edited by Brendan Hutchins from Podcast Advocate. Go to [PodcastAdvocate.Network](http://PodcastAdvocate.Network) or find him on [Twitter @PodcastAdvocate](https://twitter.com/podcastadvocate) to learn more.

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