First Day Back

First Day Back is a documentary podcast that follows filmmaker Tally Abecassis as she tries to return to her career after having kids. By turns serious, funny, and touching, First Day Back takes a real-life look at motherhood, gender roles, work-life balance, and mom freelancers by following Tally’s story. "A poignant look at motherhood and career" -The Huffington Post, “If you’ve ever dared to create, you shouldn’t miss this one for the world" -The Timbre podcast review site
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May 8, 2016

A short piece for Mother’s Day. Something different that is not part of the First Day Back storyline. Stay tuned for details on Season 2!

Aug 27, 2015

What happens when Tally's life starts mirroring the subject of her film? Also she talks to a 97 year-old woman and a Millennial who both reject the idea of "having it all".

Jul 10, 2015

In this episode, listeners sent in recordings of themselves talking about work, parenthood and, how hard it is to know what to do with your life, with kids or without.

Jun 11, 2015

Tally gets news about her film project, compares notes with a friend who didn’t have kids, and hears about her youngest son’s turnaround.

May 11, 2015

This episode is a little departure. In it, Tally goes looking for a teacher who had a huge impact on her life and career. 

Apr 16, 2015

In this episode, Tally meets her old producer, who cautions her that she is re-entering a different documentary industry than the one she left and Tally’s son Jack throws her a curveball.

Mar 22, 2015

An episode about creativity and insecurity. Questions are raised about Tally's ability to jump back in after 6 years off and she talks to a painter who says some things she is afraid to say.

Feb 23, 2015

What's the difference between taking time off to take care of your kids versus taking that time to travel the world? Tally and her producer discuss it. Also, Patti Smith knows about mothering.

Feb 3, 2015

Tally looks at gender roles in hers and other households and asks her father what feminism means to him. Spoiler alert: he has no clue.

Jan 11, 2015

In which Tally lays out her situation and tries to jump-start her filmmaking career, asking big questions to her family members along the way.