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How to Get Arrested and Destroy Your Fraternity with Travis Jones
Dec 13 • 19 min
Travis Jones is a video editor by day and a storyteller by night. He has performed at The Moth and various other shows around LA. In this episode, he tells arguably the funniest story I’ve ever heard about getting arrested (and I’ve heard a…
From Gutter Punk Rocker to Recovery Hero with Wes Geer
Dec 12 • 37 min
Wes Geer may have once looked like an unlikely recovery hero. The founding member of the band Hed PE, Geer went down the path familiar to many young, wild and crazy dudes in bands…all of which culminated in a trip to rehab in 2004. After finding…
The Shame Behind Male Eating Disorders with Brian Cuban
Dec 5 • 33 min
Brian Cuban is the ideal recovery advocate. Sober since 2007, the attorney and best-selling author of two books about his recovery is willing to talk about something very few men are: struggling with bulimia and anorexia. And not only is he willing to…
Anna David on What Drinking Gave Her (and Then Took Away)
Nov 30 • 12 min
Today’s episode features a very special guest: me. Since I’m releasing episodes that contain stories from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, and I perform in this show, sometimes these episodes are going to feature—well, me. (By the…
Coming Out About Your Addiction with Lawyer Lisa Smith
Nov 28 • 35 min
It’s one thing to be open about your addiction when you’re a writer in LA—aka a person most people assume WOULD be an addict. It’s quite another when you’re a high-powered attorney. But Lisa F. Smith is a trail blazer. The author…
Just How Uncomfortable is Being Sober? As Greg Behrendt Explains, Very
Nov 24 • 15 min
Today’s episode features an absolute doll of a human being: Greg Behrendt. In it, Greg tells a story from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, which takes place every other month in LA, has been an LA Weekly pick of the week and is being…
SheRecovers Co-Founder Taryn Strong on Coming Out as an Addict
Nov 22 • 33 min
Taryn Strong was sitting atop the largest resource for women in recovery and keeping a secret: namely that in between hosting retreats in places like Bali, where she and her mom Dawn Nickel were getting women to open up about their recovery, she was…
The Journal of a Teenage Alcoholic with Lindsay Adams
Nov 21 • 18 min
Lindsay Adams is no joke. Yes, she tells jokes but the seriously funny comic also got sober when she was a teenager after surviving—well, some pretty horrific shit. And she bakes! She has a baking show on something I’m too old to understand…
Getting Sober as a Teen with Lindsay Adams
Nov 17 • 13 min
Lindsay Adams is no joke. Yes, she tells jokes but the seriously funny comic also got sober when she was a teenager after surviving—well, some pretty horrific shit. And she bakes! She has a baking show on something I’m too old to understand called…
Finding the Funny in Binging and Purging with Angela Gulner
Nov 15 • 38 min
Angela Gulner is not your typical actress. For one, the Harvard grad is a multi-talent, having created and starred in the binge-worthy series Binge. Secondly, Binge is about something most people don’t talk about—that is, binging and purging. And…
Jessica Sele on How to Get Wasted and Shame Everyone in the Vicinity
Nov 10 • 12 min
Today’s episode features the very funny Jessica Sele from one of my live storytelling shows, Hammer(ed) Time. In her own words, Jessica Sele is a “deeply weird human being and stand-up comedian.” She’s performed at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival…
Therapist Kelley Kitley on Sharing Your Trauma With Your Clients
Nov 8 • 31 min
Therapist Kelley Kitley could have kept quiet about her own past. She had a thriving practice—first in Santa Monica, then in Chicago—and didn’t need her clients knowing about her own experiences. Instead she decided to spill all…in her memoir,…
Anna David on Smoking Two Packs of Cigarettes a Day
Nov 3 • 15 min
Today’s episode features a very special guest: me. Since I’m releasing episodes that contain stories from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, and I perform in this show, sometimes these episodes are going to feature—well, me. The story I tell here…
Making the Decision to Open Up About Recovery With Garrett Hade
Nov 1 • 32 min
Garrett Hade is a guy who usually sits behind the scenes. As the right (and left) hand(s) of prominent recovery advocate Ryan Hampton, Garrett is the one by Ryan’s side as they travel across the country interviewing people in recovery, visiting jails…
Reminiscing About Your First Intervention with Bucky Sinister
Oct 27 • 12 min
Today’s episode features a truly unique soul: author Bucky Sinister. In it, Bucky tells a story from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, which takes place every other month in LA, has been an LA Weekly pick of the…
Mary Patterson Broome on People Who Ask Her If She Really Needed to Quit Drinking
Oct 25 • 11 min
oday’s episode features one of my very favorite people I know: comedian and writer Mary Patterson Broome. In it, MP tells a story from our live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, which takes place every other month in LA, has been an LA Weekly pick of…
Defying Impossible Odds with John Clint Mabry
Oct 20 • 39 min
What John Clint Mabry has endured would have destroyed most people. John Clint Mabry is not most people. During a tragic car accident when he was 18, he lost both a friend and his leg. The former class clown then got addicted to opiates and thought he…
Sara Benincasa on Having a Panic Attack in Italy
Oct 18 • 16 min
Today’s episode features a woman everyone loves: Sara Benincasa. Benincasa is a screenwriter, recovering stand-up comedian and the author of ”Real Artists Have Day Jobs” (William Morrow 2016); ”DC Trip” (Adaptive…
How to Brew Miracles with Carly Benson
Oct 13 • 42 min
Carly Benson is a sober wundekind. The voice behind the mega popular website Miracles Are Brewing, Benson is a yoga instructor, coach, leader of a monthly group about intentional living, co-founder (with Kelly Fitzgerald) of the Bloom Club, co-host…
Comedian Greg Behrendt on Hanging Out with Crazy People While Under the Influence
Oct 11 • 31 min
Today’s episode features an absolute doll of a human being: Greg Behrendt. In it, Greg tells a story from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time. His story veers from a night where he was wasted and suddenly realized he was hanging out with dudes who…
Comedian Greg Behrendt on Hanging Out with Crazy People While Under the Influence
Oct 11 • 31 min
Today’s episode features an absolute doll of a human being: Greg Behrendt. In it, Greg tells a story from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, which takes place every other month in LA, has been an LA Weekly pick of the…
Wearing a Wire to Bust Drug Dealers with Jesse Heffernan
Oct 6 • 37 min
Jesse Heffernan, the National Outreach and Empowerment Coordinator at Faces and Voices of Recovery, is a Certified Recovery Coach who’s over 16 years sober. I was lucky enough to speak to him about finding a toxic community based on similar…
Laura House on the 4th of July Party That Lasted 3 Days
Oct 4 • 24 min
Today’s episode features the person Louis CK named as one of the funniest female comedians of our time: Laura House. In it, Laura tells a story from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time. Her story covers a 4th of July party she once attended that…
The Two Longtime Friends Behind InTheRooms.com
Sep 28 • 35 min
Kenny Pomerance and Ron Tannebaum, or Mr. Clean and RT, are the recovery titans behind the Facebook-for-recovery website InTheRooms. The two longtime friends—who first met when they were in college—launched their site in 2008, when they were both…
Bucky Sinister (and Urn) on What It Takes to Be a Good Sober Man
Sep 27 • 18 min
Today’s episode features a truly unique soul: author Bucky Sinister. In it, Bucky tells a story from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time. His story is about a friend of his who happened to be “the most batshit crazy person” he knew, the sort of…
From Workaholic to the Inspiring Woman Behind SheRecovers
Sep 21 • 40 min
Dawn Nickel is a legend in the recovery world. The womab behind SheRecovers, Nickel was in recovery a long time and a self-proclaimed workaholic looking for a change when she realized, while sitting on the beach in Mexico, that what she really wanted…
Mary Patterson Broome on Comedy Festival Shenanigans
Sep 20 • 12 min
oday’s episode features one of my very favorite people I know: comedian and writer Mary Patterson Broome. In it, MP tells a story from our live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, which takes place every other month in LA, has been an LA Weekly…
Anna David on Her Three Dealers
Sep 13 • 11 min
Today’s episode features a very special guest: me. Since I’m releasing episodes that contain stories from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, and I perform in this show, sometimes these episodes are going to feature—well, me. (By the…
Recover Girl Talks Creativity: The Language of Recovery
Sep 8 • 6 min
In this episode, Anna David speaks about how discovering the fact that recovery had its own language inspired her to focus her own work on the topic.
Natasha Vargas-Cooper on Taking Ambien in Recovery
Sep 8 • 12 min
Recover Girl takes to the stage again, as I’m giving you another episode featuring a story from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time—which takes place every other month in LA, has been an LA Weekly pick of the week and is being developed into…
From Party Chica to Sober Senorita with Writer Kelly Fitzgerald
Sep 6 • 39 min
Kelly Fitzgerald is probably the most successful sober blogger in the world. The voice behind The Sober Senorita, Fitzgerald launched to internet fame when she wrote a post about being sober a year, which The Huffington Post picked up and posted on…
Going From Gang Member to World Famous Tattoo Artist with Freddy Negrete
Sep 1 • 50 min
Freddy Negrete is inarguably one of the world’s greatest legends in the tattoo world. The former Chicano gang member perfected the art of “prison” black and grey tattoos before going to work for fellow tattoo legends “Good Time” Charlie Cartwright…
Eddie Pepitone on Neighbors Who Smoke Pot and Being Addicted to Self-Improvement
Aug 30 • 19 min
Recover Girl takes a turn this time, as I’m going to start releasing episodes that contain stories from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time. It takes place every other month in LA, has been an LA Weekly pick of the week and is being developed…
Recover Girl Talks Creativity: Why You Never Run Out of Stories
Aug 24 • 5 min
In this five-minute episode, Anna David talks about how new ideas occur to her every time she thinks she’s shared everything she has to say about recovery.
Handling Trauma in Recovery with Buddhist Teacher Dave Smith
Aug 17 • 46 min
Buddhist meditation teacher Dave Smith has been studying the Dharma since 1993 when a series of traumatic incidents (including the death of his sister and girlfriend) motivated him to seek help. Over the next decade, he lived a double life—going on…
Recover Girl Talks Creativity: Deciding to Write About Recovery
Aug 10 • 5 min
In this five-minute episode, Anna David discusses how she gently dipped her toe into the waters of writing about recovery—before ultimately submerging herself.
Embracing Creative Dreams in Recovery With Writer Jenna Hutt
Aug 3 • 45 min
Writer Jenna Hutt always knew she had a story to tell. The Colorado-dwelling wife and mother of one had an inarguably interesting life and had been through struggles she knew could help other people: in the span of three years, her father committed…
Recover Girl Talks Creativity: How “One Day at a Time” Helped Me Write My First Book
Jul 27 • 6 min
In this special five-minute episode of Recover Girl, Anna David discusses how she wanted to write a book her whole life—but didn’t make any progress until she learned that writing worked just like recovery.
Going From Anonymous to Recovery Writer with Mary Patterson Broome
Jul 20 • 41 min
It seems crazy that comedian Mary Patterson Broome hasn’t been on the podcast before. The Alabama-bred lady has performed stand-up comedy at clubs, colleges and many other places for over 11 years. She’s also written for AOL Originals’…
Recover Girl Goes to the Shrink: If You Take an Addictive Medication Enough, Are You Going to Become Addicted?
Jul 13 • 8 min
Dr. Josh Lichtman answers a listener’s question about whether or not you’re guaranteed to become addicted to an addictive medication if you take it enough.
Becoming a Pastor in Recovery with Rock Star Royalty China Isler
Jul 6 • 52 min
China Isler—ne, Kantner—is someone I’ve known for a while…since I was 10, as a matter of fact. This is because we went to the same grammar school and despite the fact that the place where I grew up was somewhat sophisticated and jaded, our…
Recover Girl Goes to the Shrink: If I Take Medication, Am I Still Sober?
Jun 29 • 6 min
A listener was told by her sponsor that because she takes anti-depressants, she isn’t actually sober. Dr. Josh Lichtman gives his take.
Becoming a Writer in Recovery With Paul Fuhr
Jun 22 • 41 min
I’m going to have to be honest here: I’m very invested in Paul Fuhr’s recovery—and it’s not just because I am a selfless person. I’ve gotten to know Paul, you see, because he wrote me a fan email several years ago about this very podcast. How lovely…
Recover Girl Goes to the Shrink: What is Bipolar 2?
Jun 15 • 10 min
A listener’s psychiatrist diagnosed her as Bipolar 2. Then she found out the psychiatrist was wrong. What is Bipolar 2 and how is it different than regular old Bipolar 1?
Quitting Drinking When You’re Not an Alcoholic with James Swanwick
Jun 8 • 47 min
Aussie entrepreneur James Swanwick has been an ESPN anchor on SportsCenter, is the author of ‘Insider Journalism Secrets’ and is the co-founder of international agency, Crocmedia. He has been a print or TV journalist for 20 years, writing for…
Recover Girl Goes to the Shrink: What’s a Co-Occurring Disorder?
Jun 1 • 8 min
Psychiatrist Dr. Josh Lichtman answers the question: what the hell is a co-occurring disorder?
From Homeless Skateboarder to Sober Recovery Advocate with Brandon Novak
May 25 • 41 min
Brandon Novak shouldn’t be alive. The professional skateboarder, New York Times bestseller author and member of the Jackass crew has hit all the pit stops on the way to the bottom: homelessness, multiple trips to rehab, incarceration and the like….
From Homeless to Grammy-Winning Recovery Advocate with Sirah
May 11 • 43 min
In this episode of Recover Girl, Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Sirah, joins me for a brutally honest conversation about her disturbing, crazy, wonderful life of dysfunction, addiction, crime, and music.
Transitioning from Addicted Woman to Sober Man with Ian Harvie
Apr 27 • 47 min
Ian Harvie is the groundbreaking transgender stand-up comedian whom you may have seen in the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning TV series TRANSPARENT. In this episode of Recover Girl, Ian Harvie joined me on my couch to talk about his…
Drinking After Years of Sobriety With Jemima Kirke
Apr 14 • 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 that you…
Having Carrie Fisher Save Your Life with Mara Shapshay
Mar 23 • 44 min
Writer and comedian Mara Shapshay has had a life of inarguable highs and lows: Growing up outside Boston as the daughter of a sex therapist, Shapshay felt alienated as the only Jewish girl at her school (not to mention the only girl whose mother…
Finding Christianity in Sobriety with Author Heather King
Mar 16 • 47 min
Author Heather King puts the rest of us to shame. She’s written so many books she literally has no idea how many. She went through law school pretty much in a black out and managed to ace the bar. And she manages to embody the sort of joy that many…
How Pot Can Help Recovery with Joe Schrank
Mar 2 • 47 min
Interventionist, sober companion, Fix co-founder and former proprietor of Brooklyn’s Loft 107 Sober Living, Joe Schrank is a somewhat controversial figure in recovery circles. While he’s never been afraid to speak his mind, Schrank has just launched…
How Art Helps Addicts with Joe Polish
Feb 16 • 50 min
Marketing guru Joe Polish can’t simply be described as a marketing guru. The founder of ILoveMarketing and the Genius Network, Polish is one of the world’s leading business coaches (this can happen when Richard Branson is one of your clients) and runs…
Finding Recovery After a Scandal with TV Journalist Rob Koebel
Feb 2 • 29 min
Former TV news journalist Rob Koebel’s future looked bright: he’d won an Emmy and worked his way up to being a reporter at a Wisconsin TV station. Then, in 2012, his ex-wife, a news anchor named Christi Paul who had worked for CNN and HLN, released a…
From Addict to Political Advocacy with Ryan Hampton
Jan 19 • 45 min
Ryan Hampton was all set up for a career in politics: he made his first political donation at the age of 12, met Bill Clinton at the age of 13 and worked for Al Gore and Janet Reno while in college. All sounds rosy, yes? Well, the reality is that his…
Special Episode: Writing Issues: Patrick O’Neil
Jan 18 • 8 min
Regular listeners will notice something unusual here: an entirely new show! I am launching a new project, Writing Issues, where I’ll be interviewing authors about their struggles and successes and in order to get it in people’s hands (er, ears), I am…
Special Episode: Writing Issues: Kristen McGuiness
Jan 18 • 11 min
Regular listeners will notice something unusual here: an entirely new show! I am launching a new project, Writing Issues, where I’ll be interviewing authors about their struggles and successes and in order to get it in people’s hands (er, ears), I am…
Going From Teenage Delinquent to Treatment Center Owner with Jamison Monroe
Jan 5 • 66 min
Newport Academy owner Jamison Monroe may look like a successful, dashing Southern gentleman and—well, he is. Not only do we rate Newport as one of the top 10 rehabs in the world but Monroe is a sought-after speaker (yep, that was him at the Aspen…
An Argument For Non-Abstinence with Dr. Adi Jaffe
Dec 22, 2016 • 47 min
Dr. Adi Jaffe is someone who’s well-known in addiction and recovery circles—primarily for his unorthodox approach to recovery. A former meth addict who went to prison for dealing drugs, Jaffe cleaned up his act in rehab and spent three years in…
Getting Sober After a Tragedy with Maurice LaMarche
Dec 8, 2016 • 37 min
Voice actor Maurice LaMarche is someone you’ve heard more times than you’ve possibly heard your own parents. He wasn’t only the voice of the Brain on Pinky and the Brain but won an Emmy for one of the numerous characters he played on Futurama. Then…
Managing OCD and Alcoholism with Joleen Lunzer
Nov 25, 2016 • 37 min
Comedian Joleen Lunzer may hail from Minnesotta but she’s carved her way into the LA comedy scene quite nicely. She was one of three finalists in “Loni’s Laugh Off” and produced the LA comedy show “Dissecting the Set.” The journey to where she is…
From Homeless to Healer with Khalil Rafati
Nov 10, 2016 • 69 min
Entrepreneur Khalil Rafati is arguably the least likely entrepreneur out there. Many years ago, the former heroin and crack addict left Toledo, Ohio after getting into some serious scrapes with the law. He ended up living in a shed in Malibu where he…
Getting Over An Addiction to Money (and Everything Else) With Sam Polk
Oct 28, 2016 • 37 min
Author Sam Polk has had an interesting journey to authorship. The former hedge fund manager had traveled what many would consider the picture perfect upward trajectory journey, escaping the confines of a “Willy Loman-like dad” and landing at Columbia…
From Alcoholism to Alcohol Counselor with Erica Spiegelman
Oct 14, 2016 • 39 min
Addiction and wellness specialist Erica Spiegelman isn’t only the author of the best-selling addiction book Rewired:A Bold New Approach to Addiction & Recovery but also a motivational speaker and counselor. Her focus is on authenticity, in…
Getting Relationships Right With Luke Storey
Sep 16, 2016 • 66 min
Lifestylist Luke Storey is an interesting fellow. A former stylist (he’s dressed everyone you can name and plenty you can’t), he founded the School of Style, a fashion school for stylists (which teaches everything from the fundamentals of the business…
The Double Whammy of Alcoholism & Sex Addiction with Jim Norton
Sep 1, 2016 • 37 min
Comedian Jim Norton may, with apologies to Stern, be a rival for the King of All Media (let’s just call him the Prince). The co-host of the immensely popular Opie with Jim Norton radio show (he replaced Anthony), Norton’s not only been a regular on…
Switching Addictions with Debra DiGiovanni
Aug 19, 2016 • 42 min
Comedian Debra DiGiovanni has had an enviable career: she’s been awarded the Canadian Comedy Award for best female comic for the third time in five years, has been called the “Best Comedian to see after a Messy Break Up” and for three years…
Making Recovery Your Life with Shane Ramer
Aug 5, 2016 • 36 min
Podcaster and musician Shane Ramer has a day job but his passion is recovery—sharing about his journey out of addiction in the hope that he can help others share about theirs. And so one day, he got an idea: why not start a recovery podcast? A month…
A New Way to Work the 12 Steps with Herb K
Jul 22, 2016 • 33 min
Herb K is something of a legend in the recovery community, having discovered a specific way of working the 12 steps in 1988 (when he was four years sober) and then sharing that way with the world. The author of Twelve-Step Guide to Using the…
Giving Up Random Sex in Sobriety with Emily McCombs
Jul 8, 2016 • 40 min
Writer, blogger, Instagram star, adopted mom of the cat that looks like Adam Driver—there are very few media fame boxes Emily McCombs hasn’t checked. The 32-year-old is also the gal who pretty much single-handedly put xo jane on the map back…
The Early Days of Sobriety with Fielding Edlow
Jun 24, 2016 • 50 min
Writer, actor and stand-up comedian Fielding Edlow may claim she didn’t get anywhere in her 20s but she’s more than made up for it since: after her solo show Coke-Free J.A.P. killed at the NYC Fringe Festival, it was developed as a half-hour pilot for…
Surviving Self-Harm with Christina Beck
Jun 10, 2016 • 46 min
Filmmaker Christina Beck’s looks may be deceiving: a picture perfect blonde, Beck grew up in the San Fernando Valley and quit high school to became a punk rocker scenester after a crazy night out in Hollywood seeing the band The Cramps. An all-girl…
Finding Your Biological Father on Facebook with Bill Dixon
May 27, 2016 • 60 min
Comedian and writer Bill Dixon (who’s, by the by, performed in our storytelling show) had a childhood destined to melt the heart of the hardest souls. His parents met in rehab, his dad took off and his mother—after a long struggle with…
Where Buddhism Meets Recovery With Noah Levine
May 12, 2016 • 54 min
Author, counselor and Buddhist teacher Noah Levine is a legend in the Buddhist community—not to mention the recovery one (not to mention the world). The 45-year-old author of Dharma Punx and Refuge Recovery, among other works, got sober at the ripe…
What Happens When Your Dad Directs Your Drug Movie with Nick Reiner and Matt Elisofon
Apr 28, 2016 • 54 min
Writers Nick Reiner and Matt Elisofon, the cowriters of the new addiction and recovery drama Being Charlie, did more than their fair share of research in order to create a compelling, convincing story: the two met when they were roommates at…
Being Agnostic in AA with Joe C
Mar 30, 2016 • 60 min
Author and musician Joe C. is more than a bit of a legend in recovery circles. Sure, he’s been sober for over four decades but that’s not why he’s known. He’s known because he manages to question 12-step without ever attacking it—and he does it…
AfterPartyPod: Being Bipolar with Rob Roberge
Mar 16, 2016 • 58 min
Author and musician Rob Roberge has been prolific for quite a while (five books, guitarist and singer in the band The Urinals, teaching at various universities) but it’s his newest work that’s got people seriously buzzing. Liar: A Memoir chronicles…
AfterPartyPod: Avoiding Road Rage with Danny Nucci
Mar 2, 2016 • 43 min
Actor Danny Nucci may have played characters who were killed off in three major movies of the 90s (Eraser, The Rock, Titanic) but in real life he’s surviving and thriving. Now starring on the ABC Family drama The Fosters (playing Mike Foster, a…
AfterPartyPod: Growing Older in Sobriety with Screenwriter Jeff Roda
Feb 17, 2016 • 56 min
Screenwriter Jeff Roda is not someone who’s going to be bragging about his accomplishments. You will, in fact, have to attempt to drag them out of him—and you still won’t be successful at learning much. Everything about what he’s done career…
AfterPartyPod: Jack Grisham
Feb 4, 2016 • 66 min
Musician, writer and political activist Jack Grisham is a man of many names and even more lives. Perhaps you know him as Alex Morgan or James DeLauge? Maybe you’re familiar with him because he’s the lead singer for the punk band T.S.O.L. or perhaps…
AfterPartyPod: Bob Marier
Jan 20, 2016 • 69 min
Sobriety coach and interventionist Bob Marier has suddenly became the face of sober coachery (a word we just made up). See, coming to represent a fake word is what can happen when you’re hired to work with Toronto mayor Rob Ford, especially when…
AfterPartyPod: Cindy Caponera
Jan 5, 2016 • 70 min
Writer, actress and performer Cindy Caponera launched her career at Chicago’s Second City and wrote for Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 1998, which is to say that she came up with just about everyone, from Stephen Colbert to Will Ferrell to many more…
AfterPartyPod: Vicki Abelson
Dec 22, 2015 • 51 min
Author Vicki Abelson has worn many hats: she’s been an actress, a director, a teacher, a comic, a manager, a (yes I’m still going), fundraiser, a producer, a workshop leader, a private coach and possibly two or three (hundred) other things. The…
AfterPartyPod: Tony Denison
Dec 9, 2015 • 58 min
Actor Tony Denison is best known for his role as Detective Andrew Flynn in The Closer (now called Major Crimes) but was originally launched into the cultural stratosphere back in the 80s when Michael Mann cast him as a mob boss on Crime Story. Over…
AfterPartyPod: Mark Pellington
Nov 25, 2015 • 72 min
Director Mark Pellington started off directing videos for Pearl Jam, U2, Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen, among many other musical icons (his video for Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” is one of the most popular videos of all time and earned him no end of…
AfterPartyPod: Rob Patterson
Nov 11, 2015 • 89 min
Korn and Filter guitarist Rob Patterson isn’t only an incredibly talented musician but also, it turns out, a tech wizard who managed to fix the very recorder used for this interview. His journey to rock stardom started with the metal band Otep but his…
AfterPartyPod: Kristen McGuiness
Oct 28, 2015 • 69 min
Author Kristen McGuiness may claim not to be a writer anymore but the facts don’t lie: the author of the LA Times bestselling book 5150: The Magical Adventures of a Single Life has also been published in The Fix, among other publications, and these…
AfterPartyPod: Sarah Hepola
Oct 13, 2015 • 71 min
Author Sarah Hepola isn’t just a writer but the author of the biggest book about addiction since A Million Little Pieces. Hepola’s memoir, Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget, has been written about in seemingly ever publication…
AfterPartyPod: John Albert
Sep 30, 2015 • 66 min
Writer and musician John Albert did not have a standard trajectory to literary success—in fact he says he became a writer by accident when he submitted information about his amateur baseball team, which was made up of a slew of misfit former…
AfterPartyPod: Steve Goldbloom
Sep 14, 2015 • 65 min
TV host, writer and producer Steve Goldbloom has done a lot in his 31 years on the planet: the Canadian (dual citizenship, yo) created the PBS Digital Studio comedy series Everything But the News, where he documented his misadventures exploring the…
AfterPartyPod: Joseph Naus
Sep 3, 2015 • 64 min
All sober addicts have their stories, some more severe than others. Well, it’s safe to say that author and former attorney Joseph Naus checks all the boxes on the “most severe” scale. Born to a heroin addict mother, Naus managed to rise from poverty…
AfterPartyPod: Jason Smith
Aug 20, 2015 • 77 min
Author Jason Smith is not a writer who languished in obscurity for years as he tried to make sense of his journey through addiction to recovery. The Northern California based former teacher only started writing a mere year ago because he was on an…
AfterPartyPod: Dr. Allen Berger
Aug 6, 2015 • 75 min
Best-selling author and therapist Dr. Allen Berger is a wonder to behold. Not only is he nearly 45 years sober (though he looks no older than 45) and one of the more articulate dudes out there but he’s written many of the classic books about recovery,…
AfterPartyPod: Dave Nadelberg
Jul 23, 2015 • 78 min
Mortified creator Dave Nadelberg is the guy behind—yes—Mortified, a “cultural phenomenon” (per Newsweek) that consists of a live show in cities around the world (from Austin, LA and New York to Amsterdam, London and Guadalajara), two…
AfterPartyPod: Mitchell Sunderland
Jul 9, 2015 • 61 min
Vice writer and editor Mitchell Sunderland is what they mean when they talk about wunderkinds and also what they mean when they talk about human miracles. Okay, so the wunderkind fact: he’s 23 and already the Managing Editor of…
AfterPartyPod: Leonard Buschel
Jun 25, 2015 • 61 min
Reel Recovery Film Festival creator Leonard Buschel has become an advocate for recovery in ways that no one else has—by creating Reel Recovery, which screens movies relating to addiction in Los Angeles, Manhattan, San Francisco and Ft….
AfterPartyPod: Amanda Fletcher
Jun 19, 2015 • 62 min
Writer Amanda Fletcher is more than just a sober warrior. A breast cancer survivor who also manages to remain cheerful about having broken her neck and worn a cervical halo for four months, Fletcher is a brilliant and hilarious writer who has…
AfterPartyPod: Tracy Chabala
May 28, 2015 • 72 min
AfterParty contributor Tracy Chabala not only writes a good, um, 85% of the stories that are now appearing on the site but her work has also appeared in The LA Times, The LA Weekly and Salon. She holds a Masters in Professional…
AfterPartyPod: Richard Rushfield
May 14, 2015 • 68 min
Journalist, author and editor Richard Rushfield is a man of many hats and even more opinions—most of them about relationships. A contributor to Vanity Fair, author of three books and former editor at The LA Times, Gawker,…