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Here at Life Kit, we are all about growth and forward momentum – for our audience and for ourselves. So please join us in welcoming our new host mariel segarra Life Kit Neighborhood! A regular host has long been a goal of our show, and we are thrilled to have Segarra lead the way as we enter our next chapter.
Segarra joined NPR from Marketplace, where she covers how money, finance and the economy connects to our daily lives. Over the years, she has been reported Lack of paid family leave in the USrole of Makeup during the pandemic And this shocking experience To return to office in August 2020.
Her interests include yoga, running in her neighborhood park, and finding new ways to get in touch with her Puerto Rican, German and Polish ancestry. He is located in New York City.
I talked to him about his hopes for this new role, his self-care routine, and our joint love Gilmore Girls, This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
What do you like most about Life Kit?
Life Kit is honest and vulnerable. Each episode feels like a pity. The hosts are telling you: You are not alone. We’ve taken the time to find out how to help you. We’ve got your back.
This is a cute way to put it. Any favorite episode?
Lately, episodes have helped me become more present in my body. Episodes on how to take a break from the Internet Reminded me that it’s good to be away from my phone and unavailable sometimes.
Interview with Jenny Odell how to pay attention to your surroundings It was helpful to listen to before leaving on my recent trip to Paris. That episode inspired me to absorb what was in front of me with all my senses, and then let me take you to new places instead of getting stuck in maps or schedules. I was able to appreciate the experience more deeply.
You have reported on money, finance and the economy for over a decade. How did this beat change your perspective on the subject?
It helped me make the most prudent financial decisions even though I didn’t have a lot of money. Suddenly, I could speak the language. For example, things like my health insurance plan started to make more sense to me.
That’s one reason I love talking about money. Now that I have the keys to this locked door – and previously came from a place where I didn’t understand it – I want to help people.
Is there anything from the world you hope to bring to the Life Kit?
I’d love to do a personal finance chain to help people deal with credit card bills or do their own taxes for free using IRS forms, not services like TurboTax or H&R Block. When you fill out your own tax forms, you begin to understand more about how our tax system works and how to save money in the future.
A lot of our episodes are centered around self-care themes. What are your rituals to fill your cup?
I have a morning ritual that includes an ancestral altar in my room that I’m overlooking right now, actually. it is [photos of] Different family members, perfume stopper from my grandmother’s perfume bottle. every morning i say hello [my ancestors], I say their names. My family helps me, and doing this ritual helps me come back to myself.
Any life hacks that you’ve been super into lately?
Carry a zip-lock bag when traveling. You’ll definitely use them – that apple core or your socks that got wet in the rain or other unexpected things that might need to be contained in plastic.
What were you like when you were a kid? Have you always wanted to be a journalist?
I was definitely the kid who would record myself giving fake broadcasts [of the news], I Won This Essay-Writing Contest When I Was In 5th Grade And Got A Gift Certificate [the electronics store] PC Richard & Son. And so I bought a small tape recorder and used it to record interviews with people.
i also saw a lot Gilmore Girls And I thought Rory Gilmore was the best.
I loved that show too. Rory was a great writer and eventually became a journalist.
I thought I’d join my college newspaper like it did, but instead I joined an alt-rock radio station and thus began my audio journey.
And now you are on NPR! What are some career advice that helped you get to this point?
just be yourself. Write like yourself, bring your authentic self when appropriate, and bring out your thoughts, even if they make you feel a little insecure.
Tune in to Life Kit on Monday to watch the first episode of Segarra. And join us in welcoming him to the team. send him a message by email Lifekit@npr.org With the subject line “To Marielle.”
The digital story was edited by Malka Gharib. We’d love to hear from you. leave us a voicemail 202-216-9823or email us LifeKit@npr.org,