This week on Here After with Megan Devine:
Neurodivergence & Being Seen, Not Shamed with Lauren Ober, host of “The Loudest Girl in the World”
Look, life is weird and difficult. Social situations are hard to navigate. The world is too loud or too scratchy. You’re too loud or too bright or just “too much.” And then, a new diagnosis helps you understand all that friction in a new way. It doesn’t magically make things better, but it does make things…. Different.
On today’s Here After with Megan Devine, Lauren Ober joins us to talk about The Loudest Girl in the World and her journey to understand what it means to be on the autism spectrum, living life as a newly diagnosed autistic person.
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In this episode we cover:
- How childhood experiences of shame and “othering” create lifelong ripples
- Why personality is a work in progress
- Can our definitions of “acceptable” grief expand to include a lot more of everyday life?
- What it means to be on the autism spectrum and how to live life as a newly diagnosed autistic person
- The accidental activist: how just living your life in full view helps people you don’t even know
About our guest:
Lauren Ober is a podcast host and producer, currently in production on a show about Koko the signing gorilla. Her latest podcast, The Loudest Girl in the World, is the story of Lauren’s journey to understand what it means to be on the autism spectrum and how to live life as a newly diagnosed autistic person.
Lauren hosted Spectacular Failures, one of TIME magazine’s top 10 podcasts of 2019, and NPR’s The Big Listen, a nationally distributed broadcast about podcasts. She’s an award-winning public radio reporter, producing stories for outlets like NPR, 99% Invisible, and Criminal.
Listen to Lauren’s podcast The Loudest Girl in the World
Alice Wong’s Disability Visibility Project
Follow Lauren on Twitter @OberandOut
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