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The Khôra

"Plato proposes that the "Khôra" rests between the sensible and the intelligible, through which everything passes but in which nothing remains. For podcast producers Dr. Stephanie Arel and Jessica Daugherty, The Khôra serves as a holding space, a container for encountering the emotional impact of caring and bearing witness to trauma. We aim to learn from those engaged in practices of care, and who may encounter traumatic circumstances, in order to illuminate strategies for individual growth, especially in situations where life presents stressful circumstances or when others are in need. The ultimate goal is to acknowledge the witness and to make available resources for managing stress and responding to trauma."


Episode 1: Flight Attendant
Released: September 10th, 2021

In this episode, hosts Dr. Stephanie Arel and Jessica Daugherty talk with Cyndi, a flight attendant whose stories of working through hundreds of flights, the 9/11 attacks, and now the Covid-19 Pandemic, reveal that flight attendants are care workers taking on much more than their jobs are understood to entail.

Episode 2: Ordained Clergy
Released: September 30th, 2021

In this khôra we speak with Stephanie Duzant, ordained clergy member and theologian with a background in social work, about advocacy, grief, and practical applications of theological texts to the grief process. Duzant shares with us her tools for modulating stress and the effects of the emotional labor of counseling and advocacy.

Episode 3: Veterinarian
Released: October 22nd, 2021

This khôra features Dr. Courtney Riley, an award winning veterinarian and animal advocate, in an intimate and heartfelt conversation with her sister, Dr. Stephanie Arel and podcast producer Jessica Daugherty. Veterinarians hold a complex role in our society, simultaneously caring for animals and the people who love and rely on them for comfort, companionship, and sometimes survival. But the animal care industry is grueling and emotional, filled with daily ethical dilemmas and long hours. How do veterinarians cope while continuing to offer loving care to our best friends?

Bearing Witness: The Impacts of Memorialization

In this podcast series produced by Andrew W. Mellon Fellow Dr. Stephanie Arel and award winning documentary filmmaker, Jessica Daugherty, we will speak with museum and memorial workers including curators, collectors, writers, and directors about the impacts their work at memorial sites has on communities and themselves to investigate the importance of roles they play in society. 


*If you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts or dealing with suicide, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255 Or visit this site for a list of resources.

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