The Obvious Question

The Obvious Question

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Get ready to throw your assumptions about disability out the window! In “The Obvious Question,” Madi Lawson, a 21-year-old journalism student who has two rare forms of muscular dystrophy, takes on the assumptions, misconceptions and just plain ignorance others have about people with disabilities. But this isn’t your typical conversation about disability. In this podcast Madi talks with co-host Becky Smith and others about fashion, friendship, dating and more - challenging all the things you thought you knew about disability, but haven’t had the chance to ask about before. You’ll explore the glam and not-so-glam life of the real-life Wheelchair Barbie. So, buckle up - it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.


Can you work?
Feb 17 • 23 min
“It already feels like when I get there and the application isn’t accessible online, that they didn’t want me in the first place.” In this episode, Madi talks with her friend, Gretchen Maune about the difficulties and discrimination that can exist for…
Do you have friends like you?
Feb 8 • 29 min
“Social media allows people that can’t necessarily always leave their homes to be social.” In this episode, Madi addresses the isolation that can come from being the only person you know with a disability, or at least your disability, and about how social…
How can you be a journalist?
Jan 31 • 24 min
“If you were to take the disability out of the equation, would you still have a story?” In this episode, Madi sits down with Mark Hinojosa. He is one of her former professors at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, but more importantly, is one…
How do you travel?
Jan 24 • 29 min
“They Literally Left My Legs in Chicago.” Traveling with a disability is not always the easiest task. There are more barriers and logistics and things – like wheelchairs – can often turn up lost or broken. In this episode, Madi and Becky discuss some of…
Why shouldn’t I say ‘lame’?
Jan 17 • 29 min
Words Matter. There are so many ways that language shapes our perception of others. In this episode, Madi and Becky sit down with Becky’s Dad, Dean Smith. He was a teacher and principal at a school for people ages 5 to 21 with severe cognitive and/or…
What’s wrong with you?
Jan 10 • 27 min
“Pain may be my constant companion since the day I was born .” – Christopher Shannon Since last season, Madi has found out that she is an ever “rare-er” breed of unicorn, as she got a newer and more correct diagnosis in 2019 that – for a while – shook her…
The Obvious Question and Answer Session
Nov 30, 2018 • 32 min
“You can’t be worried about what other people are thinking all the time. “ In this episode, co-hosts Madi and Becky and executive producer Aaron Hay answer a few listener questions during a recent launch party in Columbia and give listeners a look behind…
The Obvious Question
Sep 17, 2018 • 2 min
Get ready to throw your assumptions about disability out the window! In “The Obvious Question,” Madi Lawson, a 21-year-old journalism student who has two rare forms of muscular dystrophy, takes on the assumptions, misconceptions and just plain ignorance…
Can you even have sex?
Sep 17, 2018 • 21 min
“Just call me ‘pretty’.” In this episode, Madi and Becky look at the world of dating, relationships and…sex. Madi sat down with Lexi, one of her best friends who also has SMA, and Lexi’s boyfriend, Tyler, to talk about the way the world perceives their…
Can you even walk a runway?
Sep 17, 2018 • 18 min
When was the last time you saw a model with a disability? Or a person with a disability featured in an advertising campaign? On a runway? Or even a mannequin in a store that showcased a different ability? It might be hard to recall even one. In this…
Do you have any real friends?
Sep 17, 2018 • 16 min
More than once, Madi has been asked if her friends-who look nothing like her-are her sister or caretaker. In this episode, Madi and Becky take a look at the crossroads of friendship and caretakers. Madi talks to her younger roommates, Tonesha and Haley,…
How do you pee?
Sep 17, 2018 • 16 min
There’s no party quite like a pee party. In this episode, Madi and Becky talk all things bathroom with her best friend, Sabrina or “Bean.” These girls have been through it all – the rocky road of high school, prom dress shopping and more bathroom trips…
Can a salon even serve people like you?
Sep 17, 2018 • 15 min
Pink. Blue. Icy Blonde. You name a color, Madi’s hair has been it. But what about finding a salon that can accommodate her needs? In this episode, Madi and Becky explore the multi-colored world of hair salons. Madi and her stylist, Amber, talk about their…
Are you sad because you’re disabled?
Sep 17, 2018 • 24 min
Madi says people often feel sorry for her for the wrong reasons. It’s not the fact that she has SMA or uses a wheelchair that make her sad, it’s the same things as any 21-year-old: boys, school or simply a bad hair day. In this episode, Madi and Becky…