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Vacation Mavens

Kimberly Tate and Tamara Gruber

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Vacation Mavens is a family travel podcast offering destination inspiration and travel tips for traveling with kids. Co-hosted by Family Travel bloggers, friends, and moms Kimberly Tate from Stuffed Suitcase and Tamara Gruber from We3Travel. Each week we chat about our recent travels and interview fellow parents and family travel experts about destinations or travel tips to provide the info you need to jumpstart family vacation planning and tips to get you out the door.
 
Smashing the falsehood and omissions of women of action, warrior women and great queens, past, present and future. Amazons, War Goddesses and Matriarchy. Truths shall be revealed, myths demolished and empires restored. Join us for an exciting ride!
 
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It is a new year and time to start dreaming about planning an amazing family vacation to celebrate getting through the last two years. Since so many of us are in that dreaming stage right now, this week we talk to Tara Cannon, from Pint Size Pilot, to get her recommendations on some epic family vacation destinations and unique hotels for families t…
 
Join Dawn "Sam" Alden as she talks with Vicki Noble about her experience working with Jeannine Davis-Kimball and their journey into the land of ancient women warriors. Sean Marlon Newcombe discusses meeting Dr. Davis-Kimball and her influence on his research. Dr. Kimball was a pioneering archaeologist whose work helped uncover the truth that warrio…
 
Before we look ahead to 2022, we take some time to look back at 2021 and recap some of our favorite travel places and travel products. Tamara's Favorite Things for 2021 This post contains affiliate links, if you click a link and make a purchase, we may make a small commission. All opinions are our own. Products: Peak Design travel tripod https://am…
 
When Betty White died on New Year’s Eve, it was a shocker—even though she was 99 years, 11 months, and two weeks old. It seemed impossible to conceive of living in this world without White, who brought us so much joy via a television career that has spanned the entire length of the medium’s history. We talk about the heartrending outpouring of cele…
 
The new novel Dava Shastri’s Last Day by Kirthana Ramisetti tells the story of an aging music mogul who plans her own assisted death after a devastating cancer diagnosis—but decides to let news of her passing leak a little early so she can read what she assumes will be her glowing obituaries. Instead, she witnesses the public revelation of some of …
 
Join us as we discuss the roles of women in Ancient China with Prof. Ping Yao of Cal State Los Angeles. What were gender relations like in Chine before and during the first dynasties (2700 BC - 221 BC)? What kind of roles did they have in governance, education, warfare and marriage? Sean Marlon Newcombe and Dawn "Sam" Alden co-host.…
 
What is green and blue and volcanic all over? This week on the podcast, Kim and Tamara are joined by Katja Gaskell from Globetotting.com to talk about their recent trip to the Azores in a continuation of our Portugal coverage. The Azores are an archipelago of nine Portuguese islands in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean and they are a unique bl…
 
Celebrating the centennial of Marija Gimbtutas' birth, the Association for the Study of Women & Mythology held a symposium on her life and works. "Make Matriarchy Great Again" inspiration and charter member, Vicki Noble, chaired one of the discussions and joins us to talk about the symposium and the celebration of the life of Marija Gimbutas.…
 
Cruising is making a comeback and this week we talk to couples travel and cruising experts Dan and Mikkel Woodruff to learn about their recent cruise experience. About Dan and Mikkel Woodruff Dan and Mikkel are a husband and wife team who write about couples travel and cruising (with a focus on small format cruises) around the world. Their adventur…
 
They dragged themselves through the streets at dawn and staggered across tenement roofs illuminated just like the men-- but very few of us know the names of these gifted writers. They were the women of the "Beat" literary movement, The Beat Generation, and their contributions to this period of American writing was vast but unheralded. Now it's time…
 
It’s hard to imagine a time when Samuel L. Jackson wasn’t the unassailable pinnacle of Hollywood cool, but cool is made, not born. And that’s where Gavin Edwards’ new biography of the actor, Bad Motherfucker, comes in. Edwards charts Jackson’s rise from his southern upbringing to his radicalization at Morehouse College, through his struggles with a…
 
We continue our discussion of Naomi Alderman's haunting sci-fi novel, "The Power." The story of a dystopian future where women rule, in part two we discuss the dark slide into brutality that the women take once their power spreads.By 34 Circe Salon, 34 Circe Media, Dawn "Sam" Alden, Sean Marlon Newcombe
 
Our 200th episode kicks off a series of podcast episodes covering Kim and Tamara's recent EPIC trip to Portugal. This week we are joined by Kirsten Maxwell, from Kids Are a Trip and Multigenerational Vacations to talk about visiting Porto and the Douro Valley in Northern Portugal. Stay tuned for future episodes on the Alentejo, Algarve and Azores r…
 
Deliberately erased from history, the story of the women of the Mongol Empire was one of tremendous achievement. Genghis Khan encouraged equality of the genders and his daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law took advantage of that to great success. Prof. Jack Weatherford is one of the foremost scholars of Mongol history and a New York Times Be…
 
Decades before it came under Disney control, 20th Century Fox was one of the most respected, innovative movie studios in Hollywood, under the leadership of legendary, complicated, producer Darryl F. Zanuck. The bad: he was a notorious and habitual user of the casting couch, and he was certainly never mistaken as one of Hollywood’s nice guys on any …
 
Lynette Rice has covered Grey’s Anatomy from the beginning: as it became a culture-defining phenomenon in the 2000s, as it faced cast meltdowns and blowups, as it cycled through stars, as it killed off McDreamy, and as it aged into an old reliable in an otherwise uncertain network television landscape (18 seasons and counting!). She delves into it …
 
One of the most original works of the last few decades, Naomi Alderman's "The Power," is a sci-fi dystopian masterpiece. What sets it apart is that in this dystopia, it is the women who seize control and the men who are in fear. There is so much to unpack in this wonderful book, that we are going to stretch the discussion over multiple episodes. Jo…
 
Nichole Perkins knows the power of pop culture: She has seen how Frasier’s Niles Crane inspired her to overcome her own professional hang-ups, how Prince taught her critical lessons about sex, and how Miss Piggy served as both a role model and a cautionary tale about modern femininity. She writes poetically about all of that and more in her essay c…
 
Controlling female sexual behavior is one of the foundations of patriarchy. In cooly efficient Ancient Rome, it was through law, of course, that the restriction of women's sexuality was achieved. Join us as we explore the history and nature of what have been called "The Julian Laws," a series of legislation in the 1st century BC that were meant to …
 
You know how you always hear people talking about getting free stays at hotels or status perks? How do they do that? Find out! This week on the podcast we talk road warrior Ed Pizza from the Miles to Go podcast about the best hotel loyalty programs for families and ways to earn status and free hotel stays. About Our Sponsor: Room Steals Today’s epi…
 
Denzel Washington, Serena Williams, Shark Tank star Daymond John, Mets World Series champ Ron Darling…those are but a few famous names who have entrusted author Daniel Paisner to help tell their personal and professional stories via ghostwritten memoirs. There are few ghostwriters more prolific, and with a more eclectic lineup of subjects, than Pai…
 
Join Sean Marlon Newcombe and Dawn "Sam" Alden as they talk with two women in the world of sports: Jill Morely, a former professional boxer and Emily Halpern, a former professional basketball player (and current jiu-jitsu black belt). What are the challenges that sportswomen face today? Are distorted notions of femininity still affecting how we per…
 
Oh, this was a spirited one! Join Dawn "Sam" Alden and Sean Marlon Newcombe as they discuss a modern romance novel and what it says about gender in entertainment today. A passionate and fun discussion reveals many insights into gender relations in culture and the entertainment that reflects it.By 34 Circe Salon, 34 Circe Media, Sean Marlon Newcombe, Dawn "Sam" Alden
 
This week Kim and Tamara are catching up on their respective August travels. Kim shares what it is like to cross the land border between Canada and the USA right now, plus what you need to know before you go. Meanwhile, Tamara almost made it to the Canadian border on her Western New York road trip, but not quite. She tells us about her eating adven…
 
We all know Cancun, and maybe even the Riviera Maya, Tulum, or Playa del Carmen...but did you know there is so much more to the Yucatan Peninsula? This week we chat with Rossana Wyatt from Life is Full of Adventures to learn more about the Yucatan state of Mexico, Mérida, Mayan ruins, and other things to see on the Yucatan peninsula. ABOUT OUR SPON…
 
TV scholar Kathleen Collins grew up loving television before it was cool—while others fancied themselves sophisticated for digging film and music, she was unapologetically obsessing over Square Pegs. In her book From Rabbit Ears to the Rabbit Hole, she shares her nostalgic journey as a kid growing up with a four-channel, cathode-ray set, to her cho…
 
Wondering what it is like to visit Disneyland now that California is reopened? Want to hear about a fun place to stay near Disneyland that makes a great family vacation? Tune in this week while Kim shares her family's experience in Disneyland and Irvine, California. About Our Sponsor: Room Steals Today’s episode is sponsored by Room Steals. Listene…
 
The sine qua non of this podcast: Matriarchy. What is it and why is it desirable. Dawn "Sam" Alden and Sean Marlon Newcombe have an open and frank discussion on the topic of "matriarchy." This is sure to be a defining episode for this series.By 34 Circe Salon, 34 Circe Media, Sean Marlon Newcombe, Dawn "Sam" Alden, Stephanie Tate
 
James Tate Hill gradually began losing his sight while still in high school—and worked hard to hide this fact from the world well into adulthood. While he employed more practical tactics like filling his bookshelves with the selections he’d first read on tape or arriving to dates early so whoever he was meeting would have to find him, he also disco…
 
A fascinating exploration of the wonderful ancient sagas of the peoples of the Black Sea region and the powerful women that their stories extol. Join us as we talk with John Colarusso, linguistic professor and translator of the Nart Sagas. The "Nart Sagas" are a collection of heroic tales from the Caucasus which are notable for their stories of war…
 
Tamara is just back from a trip to Greece and she tells us all about this dream vacation. Find out what it is like to travel to Greece right now -- plus what to do and where to stay in Santorini and Naxos! ABOUT OUR SPONSOR – ATLAS OCEAN VOYAGES Today’s podcast is brought to you by Atlas Ocean Voyages. If you have ever dreamed of cruising to Greece…
 
Did you know that in 2016, Maryland ranked 4th among the top states with the most human trafficking cases per capita? Although the numbers have slightly decreased since then, Baltimore is still a hotspot for human trafficking. In this episode, host Jan Desper Peters and Dr. Kimberly Gordon-Achebe speak about common misconceptions about human traffi…
 
You know her from roles on Sabrina the Teenage Witch and particularly in Clueless as Cher’s nemesis Amber. Elisa Donovan thought she had her life and career all figured out until her father was diagnosed with cancer at the same time that Sabrina was canceled. In her book Wake Me When You Leave: Love and Encouragement from the Other Side, she tells …
 
Join Vicki Noble as she chats with us about the legacy of her friend, Marija Gimbutas, a woman whose theories on the role of women in the neolithic period and in the creation of civilization are starting to be confirmed by modern DNA and archaeological research. Marija would've been 100 years old this year. Join Sean Marlon Newcombe and Dawn "Sam" …
 
Just a quick pause to let you know about some updates and upcoming events this weekend. We have a new account for donations for the podcast. If you like what you've been hearing, please support the cause. https://www.patreon.com/34Circe Thanks! Also, Vicki Noble tells us about some events that she thinks you all might find interesting. Check out th…
 
Kim is back to traveling and this week she fills us in on her recent Seattle staycation and her mother-daughters trip to Vail, Colorado. About Our Sponsor - Atlas Ocean Voyages Today’s podcast is brought to you by Atlas Ocean Voyages. If you have ever dreamed of cruising to Greece or Egypt, now is the time to book! Atlas Ocean Voyages just introduc…
 
A new series exploring the often overlooked, elided or trivialized misogyny of the founders of Western patriarchy. In the first episode, we set the tone for future discussion by introducing Aristotle's writings on women. Let's just say... he wasn't a feminist. Aristotle was, in many ways, the father of Western science and logic. He shaped the appro…
 
From his clever Vulture.com Real Housewives recaps to his newly launched “The Housewives Institute Bulletin” newsletter, Brian Moylan has certainly earned the nickname bestowed upon him by Kirkus: “The Bard of Real Housewives Drama.” Moylan is with Pop Literacy this episode for a super fun chat about the project that cinched his reality TV literary…
 
This week we dive into Tamara's recent Maine road trip and explore how to get off-the-beaten path in the Downeast Acadia and Maine Highlands regions. ABOUT SAFE TRAVELS KIT Our sponsor this week is Safe Travels Kit. Founded by New York fashion executive and avid globetrotter, Adriana Martone, the Safe Travels Kit is a patent pending, first-to-marke…
 
“Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships, And burnt the topless towers of Ilium-- Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.--" So wrote Christopher Marlowe of one of the most famous names in history: Helen of Troy. But who was Helen and what was life like for women of that era?" Join us as we talk to again with Max Dashu, noted scholar of…
 
His books and lectures on storytelling are so iconic that he was portrayed by Brian Cox in the Oscar-winning film Adaptation, and guest starred as himself in an episode of The Simpsons. This week we’re thrilled to chat with Robert McKee about his newest book, Character: The Art of Role and Cast Design for Page, Stage, and Screen. Joining his classi…
 
Mistress of the Cosmos, Ruler of the House of Light-- This episode, we celebrate the mighty goddess Isis! Join us as we talk with our guest Nancy about the inspiration she draws from this great ancient deity. Isis was revered throughout the ancient world, but what does she have to say for modern people-- Women in particular? Nancy, a Moslem woman o…
 
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