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Conversation Balloons

18 EpisodesProduced by Conversation BalloonsWebsite

Host Leah Farish interviews experts and friends about all things generational.No matter your age or stage, whether you're growing or growing old, you wonder at, fume at, or love someone in another generation. It might be workplace issues, raising kids, or caring for an elder--We're here to bring und… read more

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When "OK, Boomer" Hits Different w/ Robert Petterson

November 9th, 2022


How can grandparents stay close and connected to grandchildren who are being raised with different values?  Legacy Imperative, headed by Dr. Robert Petterson,

inspires and guides grandparents in maintaining warm …

Faith @ work w/ Tom Lutz

November 2nd, 2022


Tom Lutz hangs with Leah to talk about Millennials in the workplace, why people of no faith should listen to him, burnout and vision, why Pope John …

Making Hash of Our Kids w/ Ken Finn

October 19th, 2022


Medical marijuana and recreational cannabis are big business, and they want your kids to consume.  Ken Finn, MD, a board-certified pain management …

How An Old Church Building Helps Young Souls w/ Blake Schwarz

October 5th, 2022


It's estimated that $4 trillion of church real estate will be distressed in the next 40 years.  About 70 churches close every week. But Blake Schwarz, a former Presbyterian church staffer, sees rich opportunity to …

Connection and Closure w/ Jessica Moffatt

September 21st, 2022


A megachurch pastor shares practical wisdom about visiting the elderly and ill, deriving joy and benefit from times that many people find uncomfortable.  Skills for such times with the aging, infirm, or dying can be …

A Global View of the Generations w/ Dr. Peirong Lin

September 7th, 2022


Dr. Peirong Lin is Deputy Secretary General for the World Evangelical Alliance.  Fortunately for our show, she's also a humble and wise conversationalist.  Peirong talks about her upbringing in Buddhism, her view of …

Yummy or Yucky? w/ Callie Farish

August 30th, 2022


Award-winning national culinary consultant Callie Fowler Farish talks about the many factors that combine to make a school lunch what it is. In …

Are You Wiser Than a 5th Grader? w/ Kids

August 10th, 2022


Three 10 to 11-year-olds reveal what they think about bad teachers, getting scared at night, forgiveness, Greek mythology, graphic novels, Kindles, …

Career Compass: Steering Students into Their Ideal Vocations w/ Tami Peterson

July 27th, 2022


Tami Peterson evolved from high school guidance counselor to a life architect.  From her deep experience in charting college plans and beyond, Tami …

A Poet from the Projects w/ Lennell Haley

July 13th, 2022


Lennell Haley recounts a life story that includes molestation and assault, but also hope and beauty.  If you want to hear what a Black woman's heart …

Good Taste: Influencing Our Kids Through The Meals We Feed Them

June 29th, 2022


An award-winning chef and kitchen designer gets personal with Leah about food, family, and table manners.  In this episode, Callie Fowler Farish of …

No One Trafficks Trash w/ Kristin Weis

June 1st, 2022


Fighting the trafficking and sexual exploitation of our precious children: this is Kristin Weis's mission at the Demand Project.  She and Leah talk …

God, Grades, and Graduation w/ Ilana Horwitz

May 18th, 2022


Professor of Jewish Studies Ilana Horwitz's recent book God, Grades, and Graduation looks at whether students do better in school when they believe …

Unfriendly Wager: Gambling on Our Kids w/ Les Bernal

May 3rd, 2022


What do the state of Michigan, ESPN, Indian tribes, LSU's sports program, and Caesar's in Las Vegas have in common?  According to Les Bernal of, they want you and your kids to gamble.  He …

Seniors on Sunday w/ Jessica Moffatt

April 20th, 2022


Pastor of a Methodist megachurch, Jessica tells stories about and muses upon the elders among her congregation.  Leah asks how older Christians are …

The Multi-Generational Workplace w/ Tim Elmore

April 20th, 2022


Leah picks the lively brain of Tim Elmore, founder and CEO of Growing Leaders, an Atlanta organization taking leadership principles to the next generation.  We get vivid portrayals of Gen Z, Millennials, and Boomers: …

Emerging Adults and Babes in Keyboardland w/Diane Beals

April 20th, 2022


Diane Beals, PhD, a specialist in childhood language acquisition, and Leah reminisce about studying emerging adulthood--whether males age 18-21 feel …

Millennial Pachyderms w/ Josh Lewis

April 20th, 2022


Josh Lewis, host of Saving Elephants podcast, which connects Millennials to conservative ideas, joins Conversation Balloons to bring us up to speed on conservatism's younger adherents--and why there are not enough of …

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