UTR: A Slight Change of Plans with Maya Shankar

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There is one guarantee in life: everyone will experience change. And while many life changes require planning, there are also those that enter our lives in an unexpected, dramatic way. 

A Slight Change of Plans with Maya Shankar features guests whose lives were suddenly changed and explores their messy, complex, and personal stories. 

Maya shares that her own grieving process led to the birth of her podcast. At a time when she was unable to make sense of the world, she wanted to connect with others who might be grieving, as well.

Listening to Maya’s trailer, I was captivated. As a teenager, she was accepted to Julliard and chosen to work under Itzhak Perlman. Her dreams of becoming a violinist were coming true. Suddenly, the course of her life changed, and instead of being a concert violinist, Maya became a Rhodes Scholar, earning her Ph.D. in cognitive science. Her accomplishments include serving as a senior advisor to President Obama and as the first Behavioral Science advisor to the United Nations. 

Maya launched her podcast during COVID lockdown, and she accurately describes it as “a show about who we are and who we become in the face of a big change.”

Maya has featured big-name guests like Hillary Clinton, Kacey Musgrove, and Tiffany Haddish, and the podcast has earned the title of Apple Podcast’s Best Show of The Year 2021!


January 2022 Issue

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