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Navigated: The Rao Sisters on Holiday Conversations

An illustration featuring many different faces: a young girl with dark skin and braids in her hair, a young boy with blond hair, a teen girl with brown hair and green eyes, a brown dog, a young Black man and an older white woman. These faces are scattered across the illustration, mixed with holly, snowflakes, leaves, acorns, speech bubbles and twigs. The word "Navigated" is in the upper righthand corner.
Charnel Hunter
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Anita has a lot of practice talking about taboo topics with strangers. But when it comes to having these conversations in her own family, especially around the holidays, she gets squirmy like the rest of us. She invites her older sister Priyanka onto the podcast to reflect on tricky — but often inevitable — conversations with family members. Priyanka, a mom and pediatrician, talks about her ongoing journey to broach difficult subjects that come up a lot this time of year: loss, family dynamics and parenting boundaries.

Meet the guest:

  • Priyanka Rao, a mom and pediatrician (and Anita's older sister!), shares her parenting philosophy when it comes to some of the thornier issues that come up around the holidays

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Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.