On today’s show, we take a look at the idea of feeling safe.

First, in light of last week’s election results and the flood of emotions many of us are feeling because of it, we spend a little time checking in on how we’re doing, where we are, and what we need right now. Then, on how we can show a little extra love to those who need it, and what signs of love we’ve seen in the past week, despite all the anger and pain in circulation.

After the break, we’re joined by Jane Alison, the novelist and author of the memoir The Sisters Antipodes, for the second of our shows studying relationships with family members. Her stunning memoir tracks an unorthodox childhood following her parents’ befriending another couple with two similarly-aged daughters, and then switching partners. How did growing up on opposite corners of the globe from her father and stepsisters affect her understanding of romantic relationships, family, and self-identity? How did writing the memoir — which often paints Jane and the family that surrounds her in alternatingly sympathetic and brutally honest shadows — affect their adult relationships? Does she regret bringing her story to light on the page?

Jane Alison

Jane Alison