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Life Seasons + Do-Able Goals | 177

Crystal shares why she loved logging a play-by-play day-in-the-life of what’s otherwise a mundane day for her (except that right now, everything is different from her normal). Tsh also shares what she thinks works SO much better than big-huge annual goals, and how you can create a framework that works for you, too. Plus, Tsh chats with a woman who turned her quirky talent into a full-on company! Related AoS Posts: Crystal's day in the life Tsh's thoughts on goals & words-of-the-years Links From This Episode: Crystal on Instagram Crystal's website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Tsh's old day in the life Crystal, on how she prepared for maternity leave End of the year reflection questions (+ Think Days) Stacie Bloomfield's company, Gingiber Gingiber on Instagram The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Like Your Life is open! For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Ep. 177 transcription

1hr 12mins

11 Jan 2019

Rank #1

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Kitchen Basics (1/3) | 149

We thought we’d welcome the fall with getting back to the basics — in this case, in the kitchen. Kendra knows her way around a kitchen and loves being there. But she also loves helping us keep things really simple, so we don’t lose our minds when it comes to just feeding ourselves and our family. She’s got a knack for cooking basics, kitchen set-up, and planning our menus so we eat what we want, without last-minute panic runs to the store or hail-mary it to the drive-thru. Notes From This Episode: Kendra’s blog + podcast, The Lazy Genius Collective Kendra on Instagram Tsh on Instagram and Twitter Kendra's Magic Question Cheatsheet Sign up for Hope*Writers — it closes tomorrow! Kindly leave a review! Become a patron: Support this podcast + get access to my secret show Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here

40mins

13 Sep 2018

Rank #2

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Decluttering + Travel | 186

Crystal's recently learned stuff about herself via something she’s never done before as an adult: decluttering her own closet. She and Tsh talk about discovering personal realizations when you do something as surprisingly vulnerable as weeding out your wardrobe. And to pair Tsh's own recently published Travel Philosophy, she shares what she's learned about herself from the act of travel — things she never realized were true, and little ways she's surprised herself on the road — if you’ve ever traveled (even on small trips), you’ll identify. In the third segment, Tsh talks with listener Caroline Brookfield, a veterinarian: she shares what it’s like when the majority of your patients are dogs and cats. Related Posts: Tsh's Travel Philosophy 5 Things I Learned By Tidying Up, by Crystal Links From This Episode: Crystal on Instagram Crystal's website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Ep. 181: Partial Solutions + Her Good List Crystal's My Good List Stasia's Style School Ep. 74: "Capsule" wardrobes Thoughts on Capsule Wardrobes At Home in the World, by Tsh Oxenreider Sign up for my Travels With Tsh Guides! Caroline's website The Comedy Bible by Judy Carter Subterranean by James Rollins Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Like Your Life is open! For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode

1hr 8mins

15 Mar 2019

Rank #3

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Marriage | 221

Crystal and Tsh are in different stages of their respective marriages, so in this chat, Crystal talks about things she didn’t know about marriage when she was younger — the things MANY of us don’t realize until we live through it in our marriages. And since Tsh and her husband recently celebrated their 17th anniversary, she shares some of the practicals of what’s working for them right now, specifically in regards to communication and having more fun. Related Posts: We Need More Fun, by Tsh Marriage Advice I’d Give My Younger Self, by Crystal Links From This Episode: Crystal on Instagram Crystal’s website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, by John Gottman, PhD Saving Your Second Marriage Before it Starts, by Les Parrott How & Why to Hold a Weekly Marriage Meeting Join Tsh's inner circle & you'll help support her work Sign up for 5 Quick Things, Tsh's free weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode

39mins

15 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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What's Saving My Life | 155

A simple house habit we can all do today, good flowers on the cheap, a great new book, and wisdom beyond their years from young friends? My friend Myquillyn Smith says these little things are making everything better in her life right now. Notes From This Episode: Myquillyn on Instagram Tsh on Instagram and Twitter Pre-order Myquillyn’s fantastic book, Cozy Minimalist Home — comes out soon! When you do, head here to claim fun pre-order gifts Come to The Nest Fest and The Popcast Live (I'll be at both!) Sign up for The Cozy Class The Wondering Years, by Knox McCoy Jeff Bethke’s recent (smart) revelation Too Small To Ignore, by Wess Stafford If you love this show, would you Kindly leave a review? Become a patron: Support this podcast + get access to my secret show Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here

33mins

4 Oct 2018

Rank #5

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My Good List Summer Series (1/5) | 202

We’re starting our summer series called My Good List, where Tsh has asked a few people to share four things in their life that are making everything sweeter: a thing, a habit, a work of art, and a philosophy. In this episode, Tsh chats with Anjuli Pascall, who runs the Instagram account The Moms We Love Club, which is dedicated to raising funds and praying for mothers enduring long-term hardships. She says she started this account because she wishes she could bring dinner or drive these women to appointments, but since she can’t, this account is the next best thing to being in the same town. Links From This Episode: Anjuli on Instagram The Moms We Love Club on Instagram Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Frother PG Tips tea Tidying Up with Marie Kondo Sign up to hear when the Travels With Tsh Guides release Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode You can find new episodes of Simple, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY’.

29mins

5 Jul 2019

Rank #6

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Loving + Skin Care in our 40s | 178

Growing older is a privilege denied to many people; it means we should celebrate the gift it is! In this episode, we’re talking about ways to celebrate birthday milestones in your life — Christine recently wrote a gorgeous essay about what it meant for her to turn 40 not too long ago. Then Tsh shares thoughts on her current beauty and self-care routine, specifically focused on hair and skin. Because after turning 40, it's a gift to prioritize this sort of stuff. Related AoS Posts: Christine's what her 40's are teaching her Tsh's 3 style truths she's embraced Links From This Episode: Christine on Instagram Christine's blog Tsh (me) on Instagram and Twitter Tsh on making friends & partial solutions Tsh, on how to wash your hair without shampoo Tsh, on cleaning your face with oil The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning Sleep, by Max Richter on Spotify Products Tsh uses from Grove Collaborative: Argan Oil shampoo & conditioner by Soapbox, Almond Oil by Jason, and Toner & Scrub by Rooted Hair Butter Madison Reed hair color TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin E TruSkin Naturals Eye Gel TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Naturals Aztec Secret healing bentonite clay mask Microneedle roller Stephanie on Instagram Wonderling Family Airbnb Homeaway Kindly leave a review Become a patron: Support this podcast + get access to my secret show Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Like Your Life is open! For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download this episode's transcript

55mins

18 Jan 2019

Rank #7

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What's Saving My Life (2/4) | 136

Continuing our summer series, What’s Saving My Life, this time it's Haley's turn! Girlfriend is due with baby #4 in about two weeks, and is also dealing the delightful 100+ degree days of central Texas. Grace and peace to her. Links From This Episode: Haleys blog, Carrots for Michaelmas Haley on Instagram and Twitter Tsh (me) on Instagram and Twitter Arnold Palmer: half lemonade, half iced tea (try it in popsicle form!) Thoughts of Dog on Twitter Lily's sugar-free dark chocolate chips Voxer Women’s Work, my other podcast Become a patron: Support this podcast + get access to The WRLD at Home! Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email! For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here

23mins

17 Jul 2018

Rank #8

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YA Books for Adults + Adult Books for YA | 219

Nicole has a fantastic bookstagram account, and she particularly loves reading the Young Adult genre. So in this chat, she and Tsh talk about why so many adults like them love to read YA, along with lots of recommendations for dipping your toes into the YA waters as an adult reader. Tsh then shares a list of adult book recommendations for teens who love to read — books written for adults, but are appropriate enough, and potentially interesting enough, for teen readers. Related Posts: What I Read in October by Tsh On Taking My Reading To The Next Level by Nicole Links From This Episode: Nicole's website Nicole on Instagram & Twitter Tsh on Twitter & Instagram To All the Boys I've Loved Before Trilogy, by Jenny Han Dumplin, by Julie Murphy The Sun is Also A Star, by Nicola Yoon The Hate You Give, by Angie Thomas Looking for Alaska, by John Green The Grisha Trilogy Book Series, by Leigh Bardugo Rainbow Rowell Julie Buxbaum Veronica Roth Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch Red Rising, by Pierce Brown The Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer The Illuminae Files, by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff The Hunger Games Trilogy, by Suzanne Collins Scythe, by Neil Shusterman Charlotte Holmes series, by Brittany Cavallaro Olivia Twist, by Lorie Langdon My Lady Jane, by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl, by Anne Frank A Separate Peace, by John Knowles A Tree Grow in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorainne Hansberry The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald Night, by Elie Wiesel The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin The Help, by Kathryn Stockett Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley The Thursday Next series, by Jasper Fforde The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros Non-YA books to read with teens via Twitter 12 YA Book Series by Tsh Become a patron and help make this show happen Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Kindly leave a review For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode

41mins

1 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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Literary London | 141

A few weeks ago I tried a new thing in my work: I led a group of 6 other women to London, exploring a tiny scratch of the literary soil there — the footsteps of Jane Austen, CS Lewis, Dickens, Shakespeare, Chesterton, and more. It was the most gratifying and fulfilling thing I’ve done in my career in a long while. And I tried this whole beta-test of an experience with a dear friends, Emily P. Freeman, who co-led the group with me. I led the travel logistics, spearheaded the vision of where we went and explored, and why — and Emily led the group dynamics, the conversations we had, helped us think through our next right thing in our work and life. I led the outer work of our time, and Emily led the inner work. In this episode, Emily and I talk about what it was like for the two of us to lead Literary London for the first time. Notes From This Episode: Emily's blog Emily's podcast, The Next Right Thing Emily on Instagram and Twitter Tsh (me) on Instagram and Twitter Literary London (sign up to know when there's another one scheduled!) #literarylondon and #travelswithtsh on Instagram For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here

37mins

16 Aug 2018

Rank #10

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Gathering IRL | 218

Katherine created a mom’s group in her small town, where everyone’s welcome, they provide fabulous childcare, and it’s all about building relationships, not a program. In this chat, she shares the nuts and bolts of how to start something similar wherever you live. And Tsh shares what she’s learned from gathering people for events — for things like week-long adventures in London, and in weekend retreats in her small town, like she’s doing for the first time ever the weekend this episode drops. In all this, there’s a thread: IRL relationships > pixels. Related Posts: IRL Friends by Tsh Creating Community From Scratch by Katherine Links From This Episode: Katherine on Twitter Katherine’s website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Work of the People Literary London The Art of Gathering, by Priya Parker Become a patron and help make this show happen Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Kindly leave a review For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode

46mins

25 Oct 2019

Rank #11

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Slow Living | 147

A few weeks ago, Brooke McAlary asked me to share the mic with her at Book People, a local bookstore here in Austin. She was in town for a book tour for her book, Slow, and she asked if I’d join her on stage to talk about slow living: what it might mean; what it does and doesn’t look like. So, here’s our live chat from just a few weeks ago, when Brooke and I talked with each other (and audience members) about our take on the topic. It was a lot of fun to see her in person again; it’d been years — she’s from Sydney, Australia. (If you’ve read my book, At Home in the World, it was her house we stayed at over Christmas, so it was from her parents where I learned the concept of the Westbrook Effect.) Notes From This Episode: Brooke's new book, Slow Brooke's podcast, The Slow Home Brooke on Instagram and Twitter Tsh (me) on Instagram and Twitter My book, At Home in the World Book People Become a patron: Support this podcast + get access to my secret show Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here

57mins

11 Sep 2018

Rank #12

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Partial Solutions + Her Good List | 181

Crystal and Tsh get into Marie Kondo, a new book they're both excited to read, and something Crystal's been doing weekly with her husband (and then Kyle & Tsh started doing this right after this conversation). And then springboarding off her somewhat-vulnerable post she shared this week, Tsh talks about the beauty of good ol’ partial solutions. To round things out in the third segment, Stephanie and Tsh once more tackle another one of your travel questions. Related Posts: Crystal's Good List Tsh's things she's reading about, learning about, and writing about lately Links From This Episode: Crystal on Instagram Crystal's website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram All of Me, by Chris Baron Outer Order, Inner Calm, by Gretchen Rubin Four Tendencies Quiz Organized Simplicity, by Tsh Oxenreider Tidying Up, Marie Kondo's show on Netflix The Balanced Life Stephanie on Instagram Wonderling Family Tuscany Writer's Retreat Literary London Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email Like Your Life is open! For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download this episode's transcript

50mins

8 Feb 2019

Rank #13

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What's Saving My Life (3/4) | 137

We're keeping on with our summer series, What's Saving My Life. Up this time: it's Erin! Links From This Episode: Erin's blog, Design for Mankind Erin on Instagram and Twitter Tsh (me) on Instagram and Twitter Hackwith V One-Piece Swimsuit Galettes (here's an example) Erin's planner! Magnolia candles Lotta from Stockholm Low Wood Clogs My rekindled enjoyment of sewing! (on my to-try list) Become a patron: Support this podcast + get access to The WRLD at Home! Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email! For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here

19mins

24 Jul 2018

Rank #14

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Kitchen Basics (3/3) | 153

I'm wrapping up my series with Kendra on kitchen basics, and in this one, we're talking about essential tools. There's tons of links for you here, so let's get right to it. Notes From This Episode: Get yourself The Meal Plan! Ep. 149: Kitchen Basics (1/3) Ep. 151: Kitchen Basics (2/3) Kendra’s blog + podcast, The Lazy Genius Collective Kendra on Instagram Tsh on Instagram and Twitter The Lazy Genius Guide to Essential Kitchen Tools The Thrift Store Can Be Your (Nearly Free) Storage Unit The Lazy Genius Cleans the Bathroom Bizarro Meal Prep Our favorite speaker Change Your Life Chicken The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook Bench scraper Big wood cutting board Dutch oven (this is Tsh's favorite brand for the price) A classic KitchenAid mixer (though K & A both have this giant) Parchment paper A good chef's knife Stackable glass containers Gigantic skillet Wooden spoon collection Ramekins Mason jars Instant Pot (this is Tsh's brand that she loves) Ulu (this is Kyle's from Alaska!) A good blender (Tsh has a Blendtec; Kendra has a Vitamix) Silicone spatulas If you love this show, would you Kindly leave a review? Become a patron: Support this podcast + get access to my secret show Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here

54mins

27 Sep 2018

Rank #15

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What's Saving My Life (4/4) | 138

We’re wrapping up our summer series with Kendra, who’s here with me in London as I type this! Before we left, we chatted about what’s saving our life right now. Links from this episode: Kendra’s blog + podcast, The Lazy Genius Collective Kendra on Instagram Tsh (me) on Instagram and Twitter #LiteraryLondon and #TravelsWithTsh! Especially check our Stories on Instagram. Become a patron: Support this podcast + get access to The WRLD at Home! Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email! For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here

16mins

31 Jul 2018

Rank #16

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Friendships + Habits | 195

Friendships: in this chat Tsh and Katherine talk about why we need to take the time for them even when life is busy, plus little ways we can better cultivate them. (The Internet, for all its foibles, can also be a really beautiful breeding ground for cultivating some of our best friends!) They also park a bit on the legacy of Rachel Held Evans, and how our collective mourning of our loss of her has shown us blatantly and beautifully how we really can know each other through the Internet. Then, they get into the tiny little habits serve as anchors in our chaotic days — which is all the more reason we should hold tight to them. And then in the third segment, Tsh talks with her friend Stephanie Langford, who is currently still in Guatemala, as they answer one more of your travel questions. Related Posts: My Good List by Tsh Reclaiming True Friendship in the Age of “Friending” by Katherine Links From This Episode: Katherine on Twitter Katherine’s website Tsh on Twitter & Instagram #becauseofRHE Sarah & Jeff’s remembrance Searching for Sunday, by Rachel Held Evans Hoopla app Simple Ep. 194: Teaching + Nature Compost bin The One Thing That Made It Easy to Stay Healthy by Katherine Morning stretch on YouTube Stephanie on Instagram Wonderling Family website, YouTube channel Sign up for my Travels With Tsh Guides! Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download this episode’s transcript

52mins

17 May 2019

Rank #17

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Body Image + Sabbaticals | 198

Just in time for summer, Tsh and Christine talk about simple (but not always easy) ways to overcome negative body image issues. Then, Tsh shares why and how she’s going on sabbatical for a month in July. In our productivity-obsessed world that’s a petri dish for all sorts of limiting beliefs about why sabbaticals are unnecessary or impossible, they talk about how Tsh has learned to overcome some of that thinking. Related Posts: Why I'm Taking a Sabbatical by Tsh The Liberation of Lake Life (A Body Image Manifesto) by Christine Links From This Episode: Christine on Instagram Christine’s blog Tsh on Twitter & Instagram Teens, Social Media & Body Image Third Love Harper Wilde Roolee Piper and Scoot Madewell Jessica Rey Why Every Leader Needs a Sabbatical Sign up to hear when the Travels With Tsh Guides release Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode You can find new episodes of Simple, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY.’

54mins

7 Jun 2019

Rank #18

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Grown-Upping the Summer (3/4) | 132

Keeping on in our series on making the most of our summer — beyond just making them fun for kids — for the next two episodes, Kendra and I each tap into our wheelhouses and help each other. First up... I'm helping Kendra prep for her family's summer vacation. She admits they don't travel much, and well — we do quite a bit. So in this chat, you'll hear me walk her through the ins and outs of packing, roadtripping, and guesthouse life. Most of all, we get into the most important key to successful family travel: mindset. Because if you go in thinking it'll be just like traveling with only adults, you'll be in for a surprise. But if you're willing to embrace the reality of travel with kids, you might find it's more fun than you imagined. Links From This Episode: Kendra’s blog + podcast, The Lazy Genius Collective Kendra on Instagram Tsh (me) on Instagram and Twitter The Lazy Genius Summer Survival Guide My travel memoir, At Home in the World Literary London! Women’s Work, my other podcast Become a patron: Support this podcast + get access to The WRLD at Home! For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here

40mins

19 Jun 2018

Rank #19

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Fasting, Feasting, & Intuitive Eating | 192

Yep …Our relationships with food. Christine articulates what it means to feast, to embrace a season of coming around the table to share a meal and how that pairs really well when you also embrace more fasting in your life. This is especially great now that we’re in the season of Eastertide. Tsh shares her own personal guidelines with eating, which sounds stoic and hardcore, but it’s not. It embraces a philosophy of feasting as well, and it’s been a mental game changer for her. In the third segment, Tsh talks with Stephanie, who’s currently in Guatemala, as they answer another one of your travel questions. Also: Tsh is closing up her class, The Essentials, for good! As in, it will no longer be open for enrollment ever again. So, if you’d like in, do it now — enrollment closes for the final time on Friday, May 3rd, 2019, so head here snag your spot. Related Posts: How I Menu Plan by Tsh Intermittent Fasting, Feasting, and the Perfect Pesto by Christine Links From This Episode: Christine on Instagram Christine’s blog Tsh on Twitter & Instagram The Essentials class–enroll by next Friday, May 3! Steven’s pesto recipe Christine’s bread recipe Siete Foods What Gathering Around The Table Has Taught Me, by Christine The Four Tendencies Quiz, by Gretchen Rubin Losing 100 Pounds Podcast The Complete Guide to Fasting, by Jason Fung, MD 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating Keto Diet for Beginners What is Mindful Eating Stephanie on Instagram Wonderling Family website, YouTube channel Kyrgyzstan World Nomad Games Sign up for my Travels With Tsh Guides! Kindly leave a review Become a patron Sign up for 5 Quick Things, the weekly email For any links and codes from our lovely sponsors, head here Download the transcript for this episode

1hr 8mins

26 Apr 2019

Rank #20