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Ep.077 "White Dresses: A Memoir of Love and Secrets, Mothers and Daughters" with Mary Pflum Peterson

Sidetracked Legacies

"Sometimes," my mother went on, "I think of white dresses as a way of starting over. They're sort of a way of wiping the whole slate clean. Just like what happens in the wintertime when the snow comes. It wipes away everything in preparation for a new year, a new spring." --Mary Pflum Peterson (author of White Dresses: A Memoir of Love and Secrets, Mothers and Daughters) Today I'm talking with Beaver Dam, WI native Mary Pflum! Mary began her journalism career in New York at CNN where she had the opportunity to report from Istanbul, Berlin, and Atlanta. She was the CNN Bureau Chief in Turkey, and then she moved on to ABC News/Good Morning America. She is currently a reporter and producer for NBC News.  During her carried and exciting career, she's won 5 Emmies, 2 Edward R Murrows, a Peabody, a DuPont, and a WGA Award. She's covered presidential elections, the Oscars, Hurricane Katrina, the London bombings, royal weddings, the death of Pople John Paul II, and the political rise of Barak Obama. Today, we talk about her amazing book White Dresses: A Memoir of Love and Secrets, Mothers and Daughters. It looks into Mary's complicated--and loving--family through the lens of the white dresses that the women in her family have worn on special occasions.  You can find her and see what she's up to at  http://www.marypflumpeterson.com/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mary.pflum

56mins

7 Jun 2022

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Interview with Mary Pflum Peterson, a multi-award winning television journalist and New York Times bestselling author

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Those of you who know me and my outlook on life in general, will also know that I believe that everything happens for a reason, and out of the darkest places, light emerges and that in time, we will come out of this and be in a better place. It's with those thoughts in mind that I'm pleased to welcome a genuinely inspiring and accomplished woman who has seen and lived through more than her fair share of challenges. Mary Pflum Peterson is a multi-award-winning television journalist and New York Times, bestselling author. Her impressive resume includes stints as a reporter in Istanbul, Berlin, and Atlanta for CNN, where she was an on-camera reporter, and served for two years as the network's Turk Bureau Chief covering everything from earthquakes to unrest throughout the Middle East. Mary then moved on to Good Morning America. She's currently a producer and reporter for NBC News. Mary is also a critically-acclaimed New York Times bestselling author. Her first book, White Dresses: A Memoir of Love and Secrets, Mothers and Daughters, which I fiercely recommend and which we will discuss today, looks at Mary's complicated, yet loving family, through the prism of white dresses that the women in her family wore on significant occasions. Website: http://www.marypflumpeterson.com/ Twitter: @MaryElizPflum Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaryPflumPeterson/

1hr 15mins

29 Jun 2020

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Mothers, Daughters and Mental Health with Mary Pflum Peterson

Mental Health News Radio

Mary Pflum Peterson joins us to talk about her book: White Dresses: A Memoir of Love and Secrets, Mothers and Daughters. She is an advocate for mental illness awareness which she lovingly details in her book and on our show. Join us for a powerful discussion about some areas in mental health, such as hoarding, that are still heavily stigmatized and misunderstood. Mary Pflum Peterson is a multi-Emmy-Award-winning television journalist ... a New York Times bestselling author ... and an acclaimed public speaker.She began her career in journalism at the CNN-New York Bureau at age 20, while still an undergraduate at Columbia University. By age 21, she was conducting her first big interviews with political leaders the likes of Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich. By age 23, she was reporting on-camera around the nation for CNN and filling in as an anchor on CNN Newsroom.Mary went on report internationally, covering everything from Vienna balls to Maltese temples - but calls the time she spent living and working for CNN in Turkey from 1999 to 2002 as the most formative period of her journalism career. In October 2002, Mary returned to the U.S. to work for ABC News/ Good Morning America. Her time at GMA enabled her to cover presidential elections, Oscar races, Hurricane Katrina, the London bombings, royal weddings, the death of Pope John Paul II, and the ascendance of Barack Obama to national political power. It also enabled her to win a spate of awards, including five Emmys, two Edward R Murrows, a Peabody, a duPont, and a WGA Award.In 2016, Mary joined the Today Show, the morning program she grew up watching in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin- and the show she credits for making her want to become a TV journalist.In addition to being a decorated journalist, Mary is also a critically-acclaimed author. In September 2015, her first book, White Dresses: A Memoir of Love and Secrets, Mothers and Daughters, was published by HarperCollins. The book tells the story of Mary's decidedly complicated, yet fiercely loving family, through the white dresses that the women in the family wore on significant days in their lives. The book was critically acclaimed was a New York Times Best Seller.Mary frequently speaks to book and church groups, as well as to public libraries and book store audiences, about White Dresses - and about issues explored within the book, including hoarding, mental illness, nun abuse, and homosexuality. Her talks have been called "candid", "enlightening", "uplifting" and "eye-opening." Mary's mother was a compulsive hoarder - beginning when Pflum Peterson was a child. But no hoarding - no mental illness - hindered Mary's mom's ability to love. And it's that unconditional love that, Mary says, is the thread from which all good things in her life have sprung.www.marypflumpeterson.com

54mins

18 Feb 2019

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Mary Pflum Peterson, White Dresses

Freedom Loves Company

Mary Pflum Peterson is an Emmy Award winning producer for Good Morning America.  She is a driven, highly successful television professional and former reporter for CNN.   Her childhood, however, was complicated.  Her mother suffered an emotional breakdown and took solace in hoarding, filling the house with "treasures."  The bond that held mother and daughter was symbolized by the white dresses that marked important milestones in their lives.  She tells her powerful and important story in White Dresses:  A Memoir of Love and Secrets, Mothers and Daughters.

29mins

15 Nov 2015

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