Season 2, Episode 9: Maya Francis

Journalist Maya Francis grew up with a dad who came on field trips, a mom who went to work, and a grandmother and great grandmother who helped out with both Maya and her cousins. Her mom never made apologies for having a career or living her life and has never felt the need to explain herself to anyone, a trait Maya says has helped her in life too. In this episode we talk about gender roles in the home, black motherhood, and the magic of grandmothers.

Season 2, Episode 8: Lauren Muscarella

Author Lauren Muscarella lost her mom when she was just 20, and had to continue to work through her relationship with her mother for years, without her there to explain anything. In this episode we talk about her mom being ahead of her time as a macrobiotic vegetarian, how the opportunities her mom lacked made her push Lauren to achieve what she couldn't, and how her own grieving process led her to write a book to help guide others through maternal loss (Alice's Law).

Season 2, Episode 7: Amanda Micheli

Documentary filmmaker Amanda Micheli says after watching her mother's tumultuous marriage and subsequent life, she spent most of her life fairly certain that marriage and motherhood were not for her. When she did ultimately get married, in her 30s, it took her years to work up the courage to admit to her husband that she wanted kids. In her film Vegas Baby, Micheli follows a bizarre contest in which couples compete for a free round of IVF; she shot the film while dealing with fertility struggles herself. We get into all of that and more in this episode.

Season 2, Episode 6: Leticia Aguilar

As one of 18 kids growing up in a small town in Mexico, Leticia decided early on that she wanted to have more power than her mother did. In this episode we learn how she did it, and how she teaches other women to empower themselves.

Season 2, Episode 4: Sammy Nickalls

Sammy Nickalls is a writer and editor at AdWeek, and the creator of the #TalkingAboutIt Twitter campaign, which she started to encourage more people to be open about their mental health issues. Sammy is a huge fan of her mom, but also says watching her mother constantly be in service to everyone in the family made her gun shy about becoming a mother herself.

Season 2, Episode 3: Aparna Nancherla

Comedian and actress Aparna Nancherla knew after watching her mom juggle being a doctor and a parent that she didn't want such an intense career. In this episode we talk about growing up in a culture different from your mom's, and how Aparna, her sister and her mother tackled mental health together.

Season 2, Episodes 1&2: Heather B. Armstrong, aka "Dooce"

Heather B. Armstrong was one of the first, and continues to be one of the most popular, mom bloggers. Her website and social channels, under the name Dooce, attract millions of readers each week. In this 2-part episode we talk about how her mom modeled womanhood, leaving the Mormon church, and what it's like to live publicly as a mother.

Episode 6, Season 1: Renita Parker Mobley

When Renita Parker Mobley heard comedian Sasheer Zamata interviewing her mom on This American Life last year it suddenly made her realize: she'd spent years mad at her mom for leaving her dad and kicking off a messy divorce, maybe it was time to get to understand her better as a woman, not just a mom who had failed to live up to Renita's expectations. Here, Renita tells us about her past experiences with her mom and what she's learned about her in the past year.

Episode 4, Season 1: Wesley Allsbrook

Wesley Allsbrook is the artist behind the first-ever illustrated virtual reality Emmy-nomiated film, Dear Angelica, produced by Oculus Story Studio. The film centers on a young woman (played by Mae Whitman) who has recently lost her actress mother (played by Geena Davis); it depicts an idealized relationship, and focuses on the daughter's sense of loss. Wesley feels a similar sense of loss for her mom, who's still alive. 

Episode 3, Season 1: Alli Maloney

Allison (Alli) Maloney is the news and politics editor for Teen Vogue. Recorded on Mother's Day 2017, in Brooklyn, this episode centers on Alli's story and her complicated relationship with her alcoholic mom who left when Alli was three and never truly re-entered her life after that except for the occasional visit or call. Shortly after her mom died in 2013, from alcohol-related cancer of the liver, Alli got sober. Not gonna lie: this one's a tearjerker.

Episode 2, Season 1: Porochista Khakpour

Porochista Khakpour is a highly acclaimed author. Her forthcoming memoir, Sick, chronicles her journey in dealing with late-stage Lyme disease. Porochista immigrated to the United States as a refugee from Iran as a child. In this episode she tells us about navigating the Iranian and American identities with her mother, and how her mother dealt not only with raising an "American" daughter, but also with raising her daughter in far worse financial circumstances than she herself was raised. 

Episode 1, Season 1: Ashley C. Ford

Ashley C. Ford is senior features editor at Refinery 29, and has written extensively for Elle, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, and Teen Vogue. In this episode she talks about being raised by a single mom, dealing with anger, and what has changed--for better and worse--for black mothers in recent decades.