Anna David's Launch Pad

Anna David's Launch Pad

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One of the definitions of “launch” is to “start of set in motion.” And every creative person has to launch—not only when they start their career but also every project. How do the world’s most successful people—writers, musicians, educators, coaches and the like—do it? What are the steps and secrets to a successful launch? This podcast, hosted by New York Times bestselling author and TEDx speaker Anna David, uses both interviews and first-hand experience to break down what works and what doesn’t when it comes to a launch—so listeners can learn from both the failures and the successes of those who have come before them.


NY Times Bestselling Author Annabelle Gurwitch’s 3 Musts for a Book Launch
Jan 22 • 41 min
Annabelle Gurwitch is an actress, activist, and the author of the New York Times bestseller and Thurber Prize finalist I See You Made an Effort. Her other books include: Wherever You Go, There They Are, and You Say…
How Julie Reisler Used a Structured Plan to Launch Her Second Book
Jan 15 • 35 min
, Life Designer®, TV Host, Author and Global Brand Ambassador, is all about helping you to tune into your intuition to be your You-est You. Julie is the author of the Get a PhD in YOU book series, a multi-time TEDx speaker, the…
What NY Times Bestselling Author Jennifer K. Armstrong Learned About Launches
Jan 8 • 43 min
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is the New York Times bestselling author of Seinfeldia: How the Show About Nothing Changed Everything; a history of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted; and Sex and the…
The Debut of Launch Pad with Dave Chesson
Jan 1 • 45 min
Dave Chesson is the creator of , a website devoted to teaching advanced book marketing which even Amazon KDP acknowledges as one of the best by telling users to “Gain insight from Kindlepreneur on how you can optimize marketing for your…
Transgender Comic Ian Harvie on Life Changes (Re-release!)
Dec 25, 2019 • 48 min
In this episode of the podcast, Ian Harvie joined me on my couch to talk about his childhood in rural Maine, his journey to discovering his true gender identity, his recovery from alcoholism, and his new life in sobriety as a trans comic.
Author Sarah Hepola on Going from Blackouts to Bright Life (re-release!)
Dec 18, 2019 • 66 min
Author Sarah Hepola isn’t just a writer but the author of the biggest book about addiction since A Million Little Pieces (as , this pains me to write but only a little because her book is so God damn good). Hepola’s…
Jemima Kirke on Drinking After Years of Sobriety (Re-release!)
Dec 11, 2019 • 29 min
Actress and artist Jemima Kirke came on the podcast. Yes, those are thrilling words to write. This is not only exciting because she’s luminous, talented and plays Jessa on freaking Girls but also because she has a history with substances…
Moby on Launching Himself Into a New Life (re-release!)
Dec 4, 2019 • 46 min
What is there to say about Moby that hasn’t already been said? The legendary musician, who burst onto the scene with his fifth studio album, Play, is also a DJ, photographer and soon-to-be memoirist (we all know he’s a descendant of Herman…
Georgia Hardstark on Life Before She Became a Famous Murder Obsessive (re-release!)
Nov 27, 2019 • 59 min
Georgia Hardstark has blown up since she and Karen Kilgariff launched the mega popular My Favorite Murder podcast. But what was she up to before that? This episode—a re-release from several years ago—focuses on exactly that. So who is Georgia…
Rich Roll on Recovery, Plant-Based Nutrition, Launching His Podcast and More
Nov 20, 2019 • 72 min
Bestselling author, ultra-endurance athlete, plant-based nutrition advocate and sober father has been hailed as one of the world’s fittest men. He also graduated from Stanford and Cornell Law and built up a successful law practice, all…
Marc Maron on Addiction, Recovery and Launching WTF
Nov 14, 2019 • 52 min
Marc Maron appeared on the podcast in 2017, back when the focus of the show was on addiction and recovery. This re-release covers his life BEFORE Obama strolled over to his garage for an interview, before he was starring on Glow…essentially…
Lewis Howes on Releasing Shame Around His Childhood Secret
Nov 6, 2019 • 56 min
Professional athlete and host of the podcast The School of Greatness is also what’s known as lifestyle entrepreneur. The short version of the story is this: sidelined by an injury while playing professional football, Howes had no money,…
Dr. Neeta Bhushan on Surviving Domestic Violence & Much More
Oct 30, 2019 • 24 min
is a former cosmetic dentist turned best-selling author, international speaker, social entrepreneur, advocate of emotional health, and leadership coach. She helps entrepreneurs own their story, create their message in the form of books to…
Melyna Harrison on Building a 7-Figure Biz After Losing Everything
Oct 23, 2019 • 34 min
is a 7 Figure Entrepreneur and a business coach. While that’s amazing, the craziest part of her story is where she was able to build that from. See, she and her husband were doing just fine—his business was moving along, they had a couple…
Nick Sonnenberg on How ADD Helped Lead Him to Success
Oct 16, 2019 • 36 min
is a serial entrepreneur, business efficiency consultant, Inc. columnist and author of the book Idea to Execution. He is the founder and CEO of Leverage and Efficient Frontier Solutions, as well as co-founder of the Bullseye Mastermind Group. And he’s…
Hal Elrod on Cheerfully Accepting the News He’d Never Walk Again
Oct 9, 2019 • 35 min
After surviving multiple near-death experiences and impacting millions of lives through his books, Hal Elrod is on a mission to elevate the consciousness of humanity, one person at a time. As the bestselling author of one of the highest-rated…
Stephan Spencer on Going From Poverty & Foster Care to Success & Love
Oct 2, 2019 • 46 min
Stephan Spencer is an SEO expert and bestselling author of The Art of SEO, Social eCommerce, & Google Power Search. He founded the SEO agency Netconcepts (acquired in 2010) and is now part of a multi-billion dollar ad agency conglomerate. …
Shauna Faulisi on Turning Disordered Eating Into a Nutrition Business
Sep 25, 2019 • 19 min
Shauna Faulisi is the CEO of , a nutrition and wellness practice that’s gained a loyal online following and high-profile clientele by teaching an accessible approach to holistic health. As a celebrity chef and nutritionist, she’s been featured in…
Emily Fletcher on the Anxiety That Led to Her Meditation Empire
Sep 18, 2019 • 21 min
Emily Fletcher is the founder of and the creator of zivaONLINE, a powerful 15 day training in mindfulness, meditation and manifesting. She is considered the leading expert on meditation for performance and has spoken at Google, Harvard Business…
Emily Lynn Paulson on Sharing Her Story of Addiction & Recovery
Sep 11, 2019 • 55 min
is an author, network marketing leader, certified professional recovery coach, and a member of the long-term recovery community. Formally trained as a chemist and a teacher, she rose to success in the top tiers of a direct marketing skincare company,…
Rory Vaden on the Keys to Success—and The NY Times Bestseller List
Sep 4, 2019 • 42 min
Rory Vaden is the New York Times bestselling author of Take the Stairs. His insights have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNN, Entrepreneur, Inc, on Fox News national television and in several other major media outlets. As a…
Brian Kurtz on Surviving Cancer, a Stroke…and Business
Aug 28, 2019 • 46 min
Brian Kurtz has been a serial direct marketer for almost 40 years. Just how successful has he been at that, you ask? Well, in his first job, company revenues went from approximately $5 million (in 1981) to a high of over $150 million (in 2006). …
Natasha Case on Building the Biggest Female-Owned Ice Cream Biz
Aug 21, 2019 • 24 min
is the CEO and co-founder of Coolhaus, which is the is the leading women-owned ice cream business at grocery stores. If you’re craving it right now, have no fear: it can be found in 7,500+ gourmet grocery stores. She has been named a Forbes…
Suzy Batiz on Surviving Trauma to Build a $500 Million+ Company
Aug 14, 2019 • 29 min
is the founder of and . She experienced some of life’s lowest lows — poverty, sexual and domestic abuse, depression, two bankruptcies and a suicide attempt — which led to what she calls the luxury of losing everything. After harnessing the…
Joe Clark on Finding Friendship, Market Crashes & More
Aug 7, 2019 • 39 min
, CFP, is a Certified Financial Planner and has been in the financial services industry for more than 30 years. He is the Managing Partner of The Financial Enhancement Group, LLC, an asset management and financial planning firm based in central…
Katie DePaola on How Death & Disease Helped Her Build Her Business
Jul 31, 2019 • 36 min
is an entrepreneur, author and the founder of I. Exactly one hundred days after opening her business, Katie’s brother died from an accidental overdose. Also a Lyme Disease survivor, she built her business from her bathtub, taking the company from…
Paul Ollinger on Finding Success After Retiring at 42
Jul 24, 2019 • 43 min
is a nationally-touring stand-up comedian, author, Ivy League MBA, former Facebook sales leader and host of the podcast Crazy Money. What this means, between the lines: he was one of the first 250 Facebook employees, which means that…well,…
Tony Grebmeier on Struggling to Success
Jul 17, 2019 • 44 min
describes himself as a husband and father first and then an entrepreneur, podcast host, journal creator, and host of the BEFULFILLED community. It’s this value system that may be what’s most responsible for his success. While he’s best-known…
Lauren and Anna on What The Words “Struggle” & “Success” Really Mean
Jul 10, 2019 • 37 min
As the podcast moves into this new incarnation, it felt important to really break down what the words “struggle” and “success” really mean. Here’s why: I’ve discussed the podcast’s new focus with people and I keep finding that they assume…
Anna David on Why Light Hustler is Changing to Struggle to Success
Jul 3, 2019 • 6 min
Name change time! Yes, the podcast formerly known as AfterPartyPod, Recover Girl and Light Hustler is now transitioning into Struggle to Success, where I’m going to be interviewing some of the world’s highest achieving people about how they’ve been…
Coach Mike Bayer on Going From Addiction to Dr. Phil & in the Process, Selling 100K Copies of His Book
Jun 5, 2019 • 44 min
Mike Bayer, also known as , is Founder and CEO of CAST Centers and author of the . His career began over 12 years ago as a mental health and addiction counselor. After a residency at The Hazelden Foundation, Mike spent five years in the…
Lifestyle Business Coach Lauren Wallett Sharing the Shameful
May 29, 2019 • 43 min
is a woman of many occupations: business coach, personal coach, writer and my co-host on , among other things. We spend an insane amount of time together and this episode is real fly-on-wall stuff: basically what we talk about when there…
Tech Titan Kevin Chiu on Quitting Drinking & Raising Millions
May 22, 2019 • 32 min
Kevin Chiu is the co-founder of Catalyst, an NYC-based startup that has raised $5.5M from top venture capitalists like True Ventures & Work-Bench to build a customer data platform that helps tech companies reduce user churn and increase product…
SMART Recovery President William Greer on Alternatives to AA
May 15, 2019 • 34 min
In 2014, Willam (Bill) Freer launched the first Family & Friends SMART Recovery meeting in Washington, DC. He was elected to the SMART Recovery Board in 2017 and was named chair of its first Communications Committee. That same year, he became a…
Todd Zalkins on Being the Worst Case Doctors Have Ever Seen
May 8, 2019 • 33 min
Todd Zalkins is an addiction specialist, private counselor, interventionist, and public speaker. The author of the memoir, Dying for Triplicate, Zalkins was the subject of the award-winning documentary The Long Way Back: The Story of Todd…
Meditation Special with Anna David
May 1, 2019 • 18 min
We break from our regular programming of stories and interviews for a guided meditation designed to help you get in your body, breathe and then access the part of you necessary to share your story. If you think you may have a story inside of…
The Sober Glow’s Mia on Gray Area Drinking
Apr 24, 2019 • 22 min
Mia is a teetotaling NYC broad currently living in LA. She gave up drinking in September of 2015 when she finally stopped ignoring the fact that she would never live the life she so craved if she didn’t remove the booze. After nearly 4 years of living…
Ruby Warrington on Being Sober Curious
Apr 17, 2019 • 31 min
is a British writer and thought leader currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Formerly Features Editor on the UK Sunday Times Style magazine, in 2012 she launched , a cosmic lifestyle platform that updates all things “new age” for life in the Now Age. Ruby…
Omar Pinto on SHAIR-ing Sobriety
Apr 10, 2019 • 36 min
Omar Pinto is a Life Transformation Coach, Addiction Recovery Specialist and Lifestyle Entrepreneur who hosts the popular . He took his last drink and hit of cocaine in May 25, 2003. This was the beginning of his journey into personal…
Arlina Allen on Sobriety in Silicon Valley
Apr 3, 2019 • 33 min
Arlina Allen is many things. A Silicon Valley executive, she is also a writer, the host of podcast and the founder of Sober Life School. Sober since 1994, she’s been married for 21 years and is the mother of two teenage boys. In her own…
Anna David on Dating a Newcomer Who May Have Still Been High
Mar 27, 2019 • 11 min
Anna David is a NY Times bestselling author, journalist, occasional TV talking head, coach, creator of this podcast, CEO of Light Hustle Publishing and the person typing these words. This story involves the time she opted to respond to a…
Bucky Sinister on Dating a Mysterious Woman with a Mohawk
Mar 20, 2019 • 12 min
Bucky Sinister s a stand-up comedian and author of nine books, including Black Hole: A Novel and Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freaks and Weirdos. He’s told many stories at numerous shows—including one where he brought…
Lauren Wallett on Flying to America from South Africa for a Date
Mar 13, 2019 • 14 min
Lauren Wallet is an award-nominated actress and director who starred on the South African reality show My Top Billing Dream, has been interviewed on national television since she was nine years old, and ran Star Quality Performing Art School and Fame…
Matt Lieb on Bottoming Out with a Turkey Baster
Mar 6, 2019 • 12 min
Matt Lieb is a comedian, writer, and actor from Los Angeles. As a stand up comedian in San Francisco, he was named one of the “2016 Best Comedians in the Bay Area” by SFist and has performed at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival 2017, SF Skecthfest…
Matt Gallagher on Doing Acid with a Bull
Feb 27, 2019 • 15 min
Matt Gallagher is an actor and comedian who has performed all around New York and Los Angeles. His work can also be seen on CBS, ESPN, The History Channel, and MTV. He created and starred in the popular live storytelling series THE STORY CELLAR with…
Anna David on Babysitting (with) a Movie Star
Feb 20, 2019 • 15 min
Anna David isn’t just the person writing these words. She’s also the NY Times bestselling author of seven books, TV talking head, journalist and blah blah. In this episode (taken from the Light Hustler live storytelling show), she/I tells/tell…
Kane Holloway on Why to Not Drunkenly Steal Your Dad’s Car
Feb 13, 2019 • 16 min
Kane Holloway is a Seattle native who resides in sunny L.A. Kane is a nationally touring comedian, podcast host and he has performed on “Laughs on Fox.” He has appeared on VH1’s “Walk of Shame Shuttle,” “FNX Comedy Experience” and started the…
Debi Hall on Handling the Waves of Sobriety
Feb 6, 2019 • 15 min
A native of West Texas, Debi Hall has appeared on film and performed in Dallas as well as in Story Salon, BackStory, I Love A Good Story in Los Angeles. She’s written story collections for performance, a collection of screenplays and several novels….
Eddie Pepitone on Sobriety During End Times
Jan 31, 2019 • 25 min
Eddie Pepitone has appeared on numerous hit TV shows, including It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Kimmel, Last Comic Standing, Chappelle’s Show and Law and Order. He’s performed at some of the biggest venues in the comedy…
Melanie Vesey on Performing for Drunk Trump Supporters
Jan 30, 2019 • 14 min
Melanie Vessey co-starred with Jim Carrey in Man on the Moon and performs all over at major comedy clubs and festivals. Her comedy special/album #WildAnimal will be available in November. She is also a fierce talent who has been sober over two…
Anna David on Relapsing on 4.5 Hits of Ecstasy
Jan 16, 2019 • 13 min
Anna David is, well, someone who writes about herself in the 3rd person out of the misconception that you will believe someone else is writing this. She writes and , talks on TV and and tells stories about things like relapsing on 4.5 hits of…
Author Kristin Casey on Surviving Addiction and Rock Stars
Jan 14, 2019 • 36 min
is a recovered alcoholic and addict who’s survived clinical depression, numerous addictions, the panhandle of Texas and 17 years of Catholicism. Her first book, Rock Monster, documents a tumultuous six-year relationship with rock legend…
Annie Grace on Gaining Freedom From Alcohol
Jan 9, 2019 • 38 min
Annie Grace is the bestselling author of the hit book, as well as the just-released . Her unique approach has helped thousands of people change their relationship with alcohol by looking at their subconscious beliefs about…
Amy Dresner on When She Thought She Was a Lesbian
Dec 26, 2018 • 17 min
Amy Dresner is a former professional stand-up comic, having appeared at The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and The Improv. Since 2012, she has been a contributing editor of the online addiction and recovery magazine TheFix.com. She’s also written…
Anna David on Her Fictional Alter Ego’s Misadventures [Excerpt from PARTY GIRL]
Dec 19, 2018 • 33 min
Once upon a time, I wrote a book called . I was very proud of it and had high hopes it would be made into an audio book and movie. Alas, those dreams were dashed. But just like the proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes, the dreams are now…
Jessica Sele on Why Men Should Never Tell Women to Smile
Dec 12, 2018 • 16 min
Today’s episode features the very funny Jessica Sele from one of my live storytelling shows. In her own words, Jessica Sele is a “deeply weird human being and stand-up comedian.” She’s performed at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival and SF…
Comedian Matt Gallagher on A Series of Bad, Drug-Related Decisions
Dec 6, 2018 • 17 min
Matt Gallagher is an actor and comedian who has performed all around New York and Los Angeles. His work can also be seen on CBS, ESPN, The History Channel, and MTV. He created and starred in the popular live storytelling series THE STORY CELLAR…
Author Dana Bowman on Trying to be the Perfect Sober Mom
Nov 28, 2018 • 34 min
Dana Bowman speaks and writes about recovery, momhood and beating the perfection myth. An English teacher for over 20 years, she decided to take up a writing at while mothering two babies. A chance submission to Glennon Doyle watched her blog go…
Author Kristin Casey on Surviving Addiction and Rock Stars
Nov 18, 2018 • 36 min
is a recovered alcoholic and addict who’s survived clinical depression, numerous addictions, the panhandle of Texas and 17 years of Catholicism. Her first book, Rock Monster, documents a tumultuous six-year relationship with rock legend and…
Writer and Podcaster Tawny Lara on Documenting Sobriety From Day One
Nov 14, 2018 • 30 min
Tawny Lara is an entrepreneur, writer and public speaker. She’s the founder of ™ and ™ and an award-winning filmmaker of her recovery documentary, . She’s also the co-host (along with previous podcast guest and all-around bad ass Lisa…
Tennis Pro Murphy Jensen on Changing Treatment Success Rates
Nov 7, 2018 • 43 min
Murphy Jensen is an entrepreneur, former professional tennis player and French Open Champion. He’s also the Founder & EVP of Business Development for , an addiction relapse prevention and real-time outcomes data platform that just raised 6…
Recovery Advocate Tim Ryan on Turning Negatives Into Positives
Oct 31, 2018 • 29 min
As one of the world’s leading recovery advocates, Tim Ryan tirelessly tours the country speaking to addicts and their families. The star of A&E’s and bestselling author of , Ryan found recovery in prison and is committed to…
Anna David on Calling the Cops on Yourself
Oct 24, 2018 • 13 min
Anna David is, well, the person writing this. In addition to writing in the third person, she’s the New York Times bestselling author of six books, a contributor to The New York Times, Time, Playboy and more, a and the creator of this…
Super Agent Darren Prince on Bottoming Out at the Top
Oct 17, 2018 • 34 min
Darren Prince is a sports and celebrity agent who has represented Muhammad Ali, Magic Johnson, Pele, Joe Montana, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, Dennis Rodman and Hulk Hogan, among many others. He’s also sober for a decade after a brutal struggle with opiate…
Bucky Sinister on Going to Poetry Readings Wasted
Oct 10, 2018 • 13 min
Bucky Sinister is a stand-up comedian and author of nine books, including Black Hole: A Novel and Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freaks and Weirdos. In this episode (which is from the Light Hustler live storytelling show in LA), he…
Kane Holloway on The Hilarity of Slapping Someone While Drunk
Oct 3, 2018 • 12 min
Kane Holloway is a Seattle native who resides in sunny L.A. Kane is a nationally touring comedian, podcast host and he has performed on Laughs on Fox. He has appeared on VH1’s Walk of Shame Shuttle, FNX Comedy Experience and started the Podaholics…
Eddie Pepitone on How Love Went Out a Long Time Ago
Sep 26, 2018 • 24 min
Eddie Pepitone is the subject of The Bitter Buddha, the critically acclaimed documentary about his life, and is also occasionally a part of his stand-up act. As a comedian and actor, he’s been on WTF and Conan repeatedly, as well as…
Amy Dresner on Getting Into and Out of the Psych Ward
Sep 19, 2018 • 15 min
Amy Dresner is a former professional stand-up comic, having appeared at The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and The Improv. Since 2012, she has been a contributing editor of the online addiction and recovery magazine TheFix.com. She’s also written…
Kristi Coulter on When a Blog Post Turns into a Book Deal
Sep 12, 2018 • 45 min
holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan. She is a former Ragdale Foundation resident and the recipient of a grant from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, The…
Dr. Jamie Marich on EMDR Trauma Therapy
Sep 5, 2018 • 47 min
is an EMDR bad-ass. Sure, that’s a kind of crazy way to identify someone but it’s what our medical consultant (and previous podcast guest) (not to mention everyone else) says about her. Her are her stats: she travels internationally teaching on…
Anna David on Being an Intolerant Ex-Smoker
Aug 29, 2018 • 13 min
Today’s episode features a very special guest: me. Since I’m releasing episodes that contain stories from my live storytelling show and I perform in this show, sometimes these episodes are going to feature—well, me. The story I tell here is…
Gayle Saks on Writing About Recovery as a Counselor
Aug 22, 2018 • 35 min
has been a writer since filling her fourth grade diary with such perfectly crafted sentences as: “Ricky is getting confirmed tomorrow. Since I’m Jewish, I’m not really sure what it does. I should congradulate [sic] him though.” She has…
Dr. Lauren Casey on Falling in Love With a Lifer in Recovery
Aug 15, 2018 • 35 min
Dr. Lauren Casey has a fascinating story. The international recovery coach, award-winning author and public speaker specializing in sex industry work, women’s health, substance abuse and trauma hasn’t just learned her area of expertise by…
Brian Finkelstein on Cocaine and Hookers
Aug 8, 2018 • 13 min
is a writer who has been nominated for two Emmys. He is also a regular performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and is a host/storyteller for The Moth. You can read his story “Perfect Moments” in the Moth’s first book, 50 True…
Ken Garr on Competing in the Special Olympics
Aug 1, 2018 • 14 min
Ken Garr is a graduate of Second City who has performed at The Laugh Factory, MGM Grand and Hollywood Improv, among many other places, and has been seen on Hulu, Playboy and Funny Or Die. His comedy album, So I’m Sitting in Jail, is now available on…
Ally Weinhold On Taking Acid to Get Sober
Jul 18, 2018 • 14 min
Today’s episode features the one and only Ally Weinhold. Ally is a Los Angeles-based comedian, writer, and alcoholic. She hosts a monthly stand up show at Bar Lubitsch, called Awkward & Aggressive and recently co-produced a pilot called Murder…
Having Miraculous Mornings with Joe Polish
Jul 11, 2018 • 57 min
In a rather short period of time, Joe Polish has become one of my favorite people around. The genius marketer (who presides over The Genius Network) and I met in early 2017 and connected over the fact that we were both trying to change the message…
Uncovering Shocking Family Secrets with Tina Alexis Allen
Jul 4, 2018 • 33 min
You could call Tina Alexis Allen an actor. After all, she recently starred in the hit WGN series Outsiders. You could call her a playwright. After all, she wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed solo show Secrets of a Holy Father and the…
Anna David on Her Three Dealers
Jun 27, 2018 • 12 min
Today’s episode features a very special guest: me. Since I’m releasing episodes that contain stories from my live storytelling show and I perform in this show, sometimes these episodes are going to feature—well, me. (By the by, the show, which…
Going From Attorney to Author With David Griggs
Jun 20, 2018 • 32 min
David Griggs has a JD, an MBA and extensive experience representing and advising clients in matters involving employment, contract, regulatory, licensing, eminent domain, business, injury and other areas of law. But that’s not what’s interesting about…
Ally Weinhold on What Happens When You Bring a Homeless Man Home for Dinner
Jun 14, 2018 • 14 min
Today’s episode features the one and only Ally Weinhold. Ally is a Los Angeles-based comedian, writer, and alcoholic. She hosts a monthly stand up show at Bar Lubitsch called Awkward & Aggressive and recently co-produced a pilot…
Laura House on Her Panic Marriage
Jun 6, 2018 • 28 min
If there’s anyone who can make a ridiculous drinking story hilarious, it’s Laura House. A headlining comedian who has performed on HBO, Comedy Central, NBC, she is originally from Texas and moved to LA after starring in MTV’s…
From Raves and Car Stealing to Recovery and Advocacy with Ivana Grahovac
May 30, 2018 • 37 min
Ivana Grahovac is a wonder to behold. And she’s even more wondrous once you know her story. The Director of Advancement for Facing Addiction and former Executive Director for Transforming Youth Recovery wasn’t always the poised spokesperson today. In…
How the Unlucky Get Sober with Kane Holloway
May 25, 2018 • 12 min
Kane Holloway is a Seattle native who resides in sunny L.A. Kane is a nationally touring comedian, podcast host and he has performed on “Laughs on Fox.” In this story, told at the live monthly Light Hustler storytelling show, he talks about a number…
How Getting Sober Sucks and Doesn’t Suck with Jules Posner
May 16, 2018 • 12 min
cut his teeth in his hometown of San Francisco, where he honed his act by yelling over rowdy bar crowds, coffee grinders, and shouty vagrants that have become commonplace in the San Francisco comedy scene. Now based in Los Angeles, he is one of those…
When Your Ex-Boyfriend Takes Out a Restraining Order on You with Ally Weinhold
May 9, 2018 • 14 min
Today’s episode features the one and only Ally Weinhold. Ally is a Los Angeles-based comedian, writer, and alcoholic. She hosts a monthly stand up show at Bar Lubitsch, called Awkward & Aggressive and recently co-produced a pilot called Murder…
Going From Zero to Hero with the Comedian ANT
May 2, 2018 • 32 min
The comedian ANT has been everywhere: a regular on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Tyra Banks Show, he is the only comedian to appear on all five seasons of NBC’s hit series Last Comic Standing. He was the host of VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club…
Anna David on Eating Space Cakes and Losing Her Mind
Apr 25, 2018 • 13 min
Today’s episode features a very special guest: me. Since I’m releasing episodes that contain stories from my live storytelling show and I perform in this show, sometimes these episodes are going to feature—well, me. (By the by, the show, which…
20 Years of Sobriety with John Taylor of Duran Duran
Apr 18, 2018 • 48 min
To say I was excited to interview John Taylor would be the understatement of the century. As an allegedly together adult, I resisted the urge to tell him that my adolescent bedroom was papered with his image (covered in lipstick kisses, despite the…
Greg Behrendt on the Night a Burrito Saved His Life
Apr 11, 2018 • 26 min
Today’s episode features an absolute doll of a human being: . In it, Greg tells a story from the Light Hustler live storytelling show which takes place the last Friday of every other month in LA. His story veers from a night where he was wasted and…
Feeding the Good Wolf with Brad Vos
Apr 3, 2018 • 30 min
Brad Vos is a mental health and addictions recovery advocate who, in his words, “promotes the opportunity, and not the sacrifice, that recovery provides.” Canada-based, he’s someone who’s tried numerous roads to sobriety, including 12-step and SMART…
Ask the Shrink: Can You Tell When Patients Are Lying to You?
Mar 28, 2018 • 7 min
Most every addict who’s been in therapy has lied to their therapist or psychiatrist. The question is…do shrinks know when you’re lying? We asked LA board certified psychiatrist Dr. Josh Lichtman for his take.
How to Balance Work and Life with Recovery Elevator’s Paul Churchill
Mar 27, 2018 • 36 min
It’s hard to picture Paul Churchill as an active alcoholic. He’s nevertheless got the back story to prove it—including years of destructive drinking, a DUI and a suicide attempt. Yet no one could accuse him of resting on his laurels once he…
Ask the Shrink: What Do You Do When a Patient is Treatment Resistant?
Mar 21, 2018 • 7 min
Some people suffer from depression and other mental issues that doesn’t respond to medication. What are they—and their doctors—supposed to do? Double board certified psychiatrist Dr. Josh Lichtman lays out some options.
Natasha Vargas-Cooper on Trying to Seduce a Bipolar Man With a Jesus Complex
Mar 20, 2018 • 12 min
We all have stories. Some of us have funny ones. Others have tragic ones. If you’re Natasha Vargas-Cooper, you have both. If you listen to the podcast regularly, you know about Natasha but for anyone new around here…she is a wondrous sprite who…
Ask the Shrink: How Do We Break Down the Stigma Around Mental Illness?
Mar 14, 2018 • 7 min
Addicts are increasingly more comfortable coming forward and sharing about their problems. But the same doesn’t seem to be true for those suffering from mental illness. What can we do about that? Dr. Josh Lichtman, a Los Angeles-based board-certified…
Losing A Brother to a Heroin Overdose with Stephanie Wittels Wachs
Mar 13, 2018 • 47 min
Stephanie Wittels Wachs has endured something a sister should never have to experience. In February of 2015, she lost her brother Harris to a heroin overdose. Her brother wasn’t some low-bottom, down-and-out guy. Quite the opposite. He was actually…
Ask the Shrink: What is Narcissism and NPD?
Mar 7, 2018 • 7 min
We live in a world where everyone is diagnosing our president as narcissistic. So what, exactly, are we saying and are we allowed to diagnose someone we don’t know based solely on their symptoms? Dr. Josh Lichtman provides some answers.
Ryan Hampton on What Can Happen When People in Recovery Come Together
Mar 6, 2018 • 34 min
You surely know about Ryan Hampton by now. Not only has he become one of the world’s leading recovery advocates, fighting to take down nefarious treatment centers and shady players but he’s also the author of the upcoming book American Fix: Inside the…
Ask the Shrink: How Do You Separate Depression and Anxiety?
Feb 28, 2018 • 8 min
In this episode, I talk to addiction psychiatrist Dr. Josh Lichtman about how depression and anxiety manifest—and overlap.