Ep.1667: Mothering Adult Children Ep.1668: Brilliant Disguise

May 29, 2024
Hosted by Kathryn Zox

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Kathryn interviews Author Judith R. Smith PhD.Recently featured in the NY Times and The Wall Street Journal, Dr. Judith R. Smith coined the term "difficult adult child” to describe the strain of dealing with issues such as serious mental health, chronic unemployment, and substance abuse disorder in one’s adult children. She brings to life the conflicts that arise for mothers who are confronted with the unexpected, burdensome, and even catastrophic dependencies of their adult children. Through real stories of mothers and their challenging adult children, this book offers relatable, provocative, and, at times, shocking illustrations of the excruciating maternal dilemma: Which takes precedence—the needs of the mother or of the distressed adult child? She is a New York City based psychotherapist, professor, and researcher on women’s issues as they age.Kathryn also interviews Author Susan Kellam.People like to think of themselves as capable of making rational decisions for their careers and personal lives – but life does not usually follow a straight line. Journalist Susan Kellam shares her memorable career covering, and helping shape, rock-and-roll history, interspersed with family memories as she searches for the reasons her brother took his own life at age thirty-nine. Her book is a reflective, entertaining, poignant, and moving look back at a remarkable life juxtaposed with one that was cut too short. She started her career at Rolling Stone magazine when typewriters were still being flung across offices. Eventually leaving the rock-and-roll world for straight journalism, she received a 1985 Folio Award for a three-part series in The NY Times, "Battling for a Prize: Radio Station License." Her work has also appeared in The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, Congressional Quarterly, The Baltimore Sun, and numerous other places. The Obama administration tapped her to edit the Economic Report of the President for the four years of his second term; the Biden administration did the same for his first year.

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Kathryn Zox

Kathryn Zox is your social worker with a microphone™. She has been producing and hosting The Kathryn Zox Show Lunchtime Talk in Albany, NY for over five years and is excited about bringing her show from the capital of NY State to the Nation's Capital. She has also recently been a co-host and featured life expert on Doug Stephan's syndicated Good Day Show. Kathryn's interviewed thousands of guests including lifestyle experts, celebrities, authors, lawyers, psychiatrists, physicians and dieticians. At Albany Medical College she has trained doctors and medical students to communicate effectively with their patients. She's an actor who can be seen on the Sopranos and Law and Order and even admits to modeling for AARP! She has Masters' Degrees in Social Work and Counseling Psychology and is a graduate of the New School of Radio and Television. Much background for her show comes from traveling the world and raising three boys now in their twenties - a rock star, an actor and a film maker. There's also one ex-husband, one boyfriend, two brothers and an aging mom!

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