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Audrey Smith

Producer, "Embodied"

Audrey Smith is a writer, educator, and temporary producer of "Embodied" based in Greensboro, NC. She holds a Master's degree in Secondary English Language Arts Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2018) and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from Oregon State University (2021).

Audrey's nonfiction writing has previously appeared in DASH Literary Journal, Hippocampus Magazine, and Nat. Brut. As the queer daughter of a gynecologist and a Methodist minister, she's no stranger to taking on the taboo.

  • Although references to hair-pulling can be found as far back as ancient Egypt, the hair-pulling disorder known as trichotillomania is still riddled with shame, misconceptions and lack of awareness.
  • Anita agrees to a suggestion posed by a listener: Explore why the hair-pulling disorder trichotillomania is so taboo. She talks with an artist who started pulling their hair more than two decades ago but only recently told her parents…after publishing part of their story in a national news outlet. A psychologist on the front-lines of studying trich treatment talks about the importance of acceptance; and a hairstylist with trich takes us into why her salon is a safe haven for other folks with hair loss.
  • Friendship breakups can be just as painful as romantic ones, and we don’t talk about them nearly enough.
  • Anita got friend dumped for the first time in 6th grade, and she's still not over it. She talks to folks about the distinct pain of a platonic breakup and gets some tools for building strong friendships, setting boundaries and figuring out when it's time to let go.
  • With the help of two relationship advice columnists, Embodied responds to listener stories about ending romantic relationships.
  • Anita has no qualms about being an armchair therapist for friends going through a breakup. But sometimes she wonders how her advice aligns with what relationship experts say. Advice columnists Meredith Goldstein and Stacia Brown give guidance on breaking up "well," going no-contact, navigating social media and finding the right breakup anthem for the moment.
  • Since the term “hookup culture” first became part of our collective vocabulary, we’ve been led to believe that casual sex is the standard for young people. But while it’s true that hooking up might be the norm on some campuses or in certain small communities, this idea of an overarching, large-scale hookup culture doesn’t appear to exist – at least not in the way we once thought.
  • Anita is confused about hook up culture. Is it a thing, and if so, who makes the rules? She talks to a recent college grad about her research on the sex lives of her peers, plus a therapist who shares her take on why it doesn't feel as liberating as we think it should. Then she dives into Celibacy TikTok — a space where Gen Zers are committing to being sex-free.
  • When you’ve spent your whole life immersed in a religion, what happens when you begin to question the tenets of your faith?
  • When it comes to addressing the mental health concerns of new parents, the most common response is silence.