Well, sort of. So far my podcast lives only on iTunes and the internet (at www.marlomack.com).
Also, a wonderful website called Transom just published a feature about my podcast, and you can find it here: http://transom.org/2014/how-to-be-a-girl/
Transom helps out newbies (like yours truly) in learning the ropes of producing stories for public radio. I wrote a short essay for them about the process of making my podcast. I was really conflicted about the whole podcast project, actually. I agonized for months about whether I should do it, since it meant putting my voice (as well as my daughter’s) on the air for all to hear. I worried that someone would recognize our voices and that my daughter’s identity would be exposed.
In the end, I decided to risk it because I thought that my child would ultimately benefit from living in a world that had “met her” through my podcast. And, of course, I hope it helps others, too. I use a pseudonym and am careful about not saying where we live or anything else that could identify us.
I think it will be OK. Fingers and toes are crossed.
I’m still a little scared, but you can’t live in fear, right? I don’t want my child to do so, and my hope is that this is one way to show her that I’m not about to do so either.