"The Vegan Italian Chef" Nadia Ellis on the Life, Deconstructed podcast - Life, Deconstructed

Episode 15

Cooking Show Host Nadia Ellis on Leaving Religion, Taking Big Risks & Finding Her Lane

Published on: 5th January, 2021

Nadia Ellis grew up in a religious, tight-knit community in Milan, at once under a microscope, and also an outsider. Several times she picked up, packed up, and started her life anew. Her path? Going from a PhD in discourse analysis - learning the art of persuasion - to hosting her own vegan cooking show shot across Italy. We chat about having the courage to always try new things, keeping your eyes open to unexpected opportunities, and learning that our identity doesn't need to be one thing - or something other people understand. 

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Life, Deconstructed
Intimate, open conversations with inspiring women on doubts, decisions, and success
What's the right path for me? How can I discover and fulfill my own potential? Where's my tribe? Many of us spend years asking ourselves those questions, and don't have easy answers. And that's ok, because the truth is life isn't linear. Think of it like a heart monitor: the sign of life isn't a flat, straight line - it's a constantly fluctuating, vibrant zigzag. But that doesn't mean we have to figure it out alone. Join me for intimate, open conversations with successful women on how they got to where they are, the debates, decisions, and doubts along the way, and what success even means.

About your hosts

Nurit Ben

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For over 12 years, I've worked in news and broadcasting as an anchor, senior producer, and reporter. I started out behind the scenes at the CBS Evening News, did some stints in print at GQ Magazine and the New York Times Magazine, and for the last 7 years was a managing editor and anchor of global evening news programs. In that space I've interviewed thousands of people, from government officials and political candidates to actors and musicians. But I've always been most drawn to how people actually got to where they are; how they figured it out, and how their paths formed behind the scenes, you know, in real life - not just the shiny final packages we see. Those are the conversations we're having here.

Talia Golijov

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Producer
For the past seven years I have worked as a television producer, first at a production company housing the Middle East bureau of several international news channels, and then as a senior producer of the main evening broadcast on an international network. My background is in cultural anthropology and I have a master's degree in conflict resolution and mediation. I’ve been a news junkie and avid podcast listener since the form emerged in the mid-2000s. Throughout the many nights of breaking news about war, political turmoil, and on the rare occasion, peace, what I show on screen often seems at odds with the stories I most want to hear myself - about shared experiences and personal triumphs.