Episode 52: How to Solve Math Problems
Caroline and Cristen are going to couple's therapy — for math — with educator and stereotype-disruptor, Vanessa Vakharia. Bad-at-math baggage is easy to pick up, and Vanessa's here to teach us how to put it down already. All to find out: What happens when you rewrite your can't-do-math story, even if you're not a "numbers person"?
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