with martha beck
and rowan mangan

A podcast for people who are trying to figure it out.

It’s a crazy time to be alive, and a lot of us feel bewildered… a lot! But this could actually be a sign that we’re on the right track.

In this podcast, join Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan for help figuring out everyday conundrums. We do this by re-learning how to connect with our natural instincts in situations where our cultural training can’t help us.

That’s why we’re here. That’s what we’re figuring out. If you’re bewildered, join us!

Latest Podcast Episodes

In this episode, Ro and Martha talk about a disheartening phenomenon that can happen when you bring your truest truth into the world. Instead of positive or negative feedback, some people just won’t get you. This non-response is weirdly [...]

Episode #10

More Than Five Senses

Martha and Ro reveal that they’ve both had “coming out” moments as mystics: people who seek to commune with, unite with, and understand “the mystery.” Both have had many inexplicable experiences, and they sustain a willing suspension of disbelief [...]

When a listener reports that this podcast allows her to “be more eccentrically myself,” Martha and Ro dive into the topic of individual nonconformity. Going out into the world as your full and genuine self, how can you be [...]

Returning to activities that we’ve temporarily abandoned—due to, say, a global pandemic—brings a whole slew of challenges. Do we do things how we used to, even though we’ve changed fundamentally as people? If not, how can we approach our [...]

Episode #7

On Top of Things?

Has anyone ever told you that a particular life-changing app or journaling technique will help you get a handle on everything in your life? If so, Martha and Ro would like to inform you that they were LYING! Life [...]

Episode #6

Comparing Lives

Adulting is hard. So why is everyone on social media doing it SO MUCH BETTER than we are? In this funny and heartfelt episode, Martha and Ro unpack the comparison trap and remind us to define ourselves by ourselves. [...]

Stuff, things, objects, physical belongings. We need them to live our lives, but they can feel like SUCH a burden! Martha and Ro examine our collective desire to accumulate stuff, which conflicts with our instinct to feel wild, unfettered, [...]

Episode #4

The Courage to Rest

How do we justify resting in a world that wants us in constant motion? Martha and Ro address this question with compassion and irreverence, digging into the cultural context of human exhaustion. They explain that we work our fingers [...]

In this episode, Martha and Ro dive into an eternal creative conundrum: how to manage inner criticism. They explore ways to quiet the voice of your destructive inner critic, making way for the discerning inner critic who can improve [...]

Productivity addicts! You don’t have to burn your to-do list … but in this episode of BEWILDERED, Martha and Ro explore the manic edge of productivity fever and how we can all come back to our senses—without having to [...]

In the very first episode of the BEWILDERED podcast, Martha and Ro unpack the importance of embracing our WILDNESS. Now, running naked through the woods has its charms, but wildness takes many forms, including mindful rebellion against conformity. Our [...]

Episode #0

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A podcast for people who are trying to figure it out. Join Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan for help figuring out everyday conundrums. If you’re bewildered, join us!

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