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Let’s talk about what’s killing us, the stuff that’s hard to comprehend and getting worse every day. Join host Stephanie Wittels Wachs, as she confronts massive epidemics with humanity, wit, and a quest for progress. While Season 1 chronicled the opioid crisis in America, Season 2 delves into the growing suicide rate, telling real stories, talking to experts, and asking everyone along the way, "How did we get here, and what could we have done differently?"
 
How do we unlearn negativity and learn to love ourselves and each other? What’s the first step towards becoming more empathetic? Listening. Academic, TED alum, and advocate Sinéad Burke leads candid conversations to create a classroom in podcast form with diverse, notable guests who explain what it’s like to be them. They challenge us to confront our biases, deepen our humanity, and feel empowered to impact and be ourselves in the world around us. Let’s go!
 
Therapy is great—some might argue necessary—but have you ever sat on your therapist's couch and thought, “Just tell me what to do!” An expansion of her wildly popular daily FB series #cawfeetawk, Tell Me What to Do connects Bravo star and best-selling author Jaime Primak Sullivan with listeners who are ready to sweep their mess out from under the rug and get real, practical, no-nonsense advice about life-ing, wife-ing, mom-ing, and the bullsh*t we call balance. This is the audio advice colum ...
 
If you have a heart attack, you go to the hospital. Kid is sick? Call the pediatrician. So why do the rules change when it comes to addiction? When you or a loved one needs immediate help, it’s hard to know where to go or what to do. Start here. Join Dr. Nzinga Harrison, a physician board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine, who believes in a comprehensive, compassionate approach to treating addiction. Whether it’s heroin, pain pills, alcohol, meth, food, sex, or anything under th ...
 
Why, in a country as prosperous as the United States, are millions of people just trying to get by? What would it take to change that and realize the promise of a healthier and fairer country for all? Join Julián Castro as he reimagines America in conversation with real people all over the country who are struggling, aspiring, and trying to reach their dreams. Drawing on his own experiences -- growing up in a low-income household, becoming Mayor of San Antonio, leading Housing and Urban Deve ...
 
We are now in the early stages of something we’ve never seen before: a global pandemic. In addition to our health, social isolation and economic uncertainty have left us scrambling to understand our new normal and wondering what the future holds. From his own bubble, health care leader, turnaround expert and #stayhome architect Andy Slavitt is making it his mission to give Americans critical information in real-time but also hope for a path forward. He reminds us of what we can achieve and t ...
 
We get better instructions for putting together furniture than we do for raising actual human beings. And that doesn’t even account for how to do it amid a global pandemic and civil/political unrest. That’s why Season 2 of Good Kids features a compelling mix of perspectives on child-rearing — from parents and experts, authors and actors, to "good" kids themselves — imparting wisdom for a brief, but potent, 10(ish) minutes each week. Good Kids isn’t just another parenting podcast. It’s an all ...
 
When it comes to policing in America, a seemingly impenetrable system stands in the way of ending police violence. Join host and actor Jay Ellis (Insecure, Top Gun: Maverick, Mrs. America) as he seeks to explore the untold story of policing. Jay’s mission: demystify police union contracts, separate truth from fiction, and deliver some concrete steps that can end violent police misconduct across the United States. In this four-part series, Jay seeks the guidance of academics, data scientists, ...
 
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On paper, forgiveness seems pretty simple — someone hurts you, they ask for forgiveness, you grant it, onwards and upwards. In reality? It can be a whole other story. This week Jaime talks about how forgiveness is as hard as it is important. And she answers listener questions about forgiving a parent, forgiving a spouse, and forgiving oneself. FYI:…
 
Stacey Abrams and Angela Lang are no strangers to voter suppression. In their respective states of Georgia and Wisconsin, they have seen communities of color disproportionately silenced time and again by restrictive voting measures. This week we sit down with each of them to talk about knocking on doors, getting out the vote, and what it means to h…
 
Andy calls up The New York Times White House correspondent Michael Shear, one of three journalists who tested positive for COVID-19 in the days following the superspreader event in the Rose Garden. Shear recounts what happened to him, his experience covering the Trump administration's pandemic response, and what he thinks might happen after the ele…
 
Our mental health is getting beat up during this pandemic: anxiety, depression, substance abuse and suicidal ideation are all on the rise. Andy talks about it with two inspiring guests: Stephanie Wittels Wachs, the host of Last Day, and Gary Mendell, the founder of Shatterproof. Both have moving personal stories and are out to change how stigma, me…
 
On this roundup episode, Adela is joined by Paul Kondo, creator behind Podcast Gumbo (a weekly podcast discovery newsletter and a quick fun weekly podcast). Paul also curated the podcast listening list for PBC in September on the theme of Freedom of Speech. Find the full show notes on the web at: https://podcastbrunchclub.com/freedomofspeech-roundu…
 
Arguing is an inevitable, even healthy, part of life with a partner. The disagreements can be small (you don’t agree on the best way to load the dishwasher) or they can be big (one of you wants to take a job across the country and the other wants to stay put). And they can be anywhere in between. This week Jaime talks about the ground rules she and…
 
We open Season 2 of Last Day with a tale of two Kevins. One is Sergeant Kevin Briggs, also known as the guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge. The other is Kevin Berthia, an Oakland native who drove to that bridge on March 11, 2005 with the intent of ending his life. This week, we tell the larger story behind a moment of intervention — what led up to …
 
We open Season 2 of Last Day with a tale of two Kevins. One is Sergeant Kevin Briggs, also known as the guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge. The other is Kevin Berthia, an Oakland native who drove to that bridge on March 11, 2005 with the intent of ending his life. This week, we tell the larger story behind a moment of intervention—what led up to it…
 
We open Season 2 of Last Day with a tale of two Kevins. One is Sergeant Kevin Briggs, also known as the guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge. The other is Kevin Berthia, an Oakland native who drove to that bridge on March 11, 2005 with the intent of ending his life. This week, we tell the larger story behind a moment of intervention—what led up to it…
 
Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney chronicles the United States' failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic in his brand new film, Totally Under Control. Andy and Alex cover what went wrong and why. Hear the first draft of history get underway even as we live it. Keep up with Andy on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt. Follow Alex G…
 
We open Season 2 of Last Day with a tale of two Kevins. One is Sergeant Kevin Briggs, also known as the guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge. The other is Kevin Berthia, an Oakland native who drove to that bridge on March 11, 2005 with the intent of ending his life. This week, we tell the larger story behind a moment of intervention—what led up to it…
 
We open Season 2 of Last Day with a tale of two Kevins. One is Sergeant Kevin Briggs, also known as the guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge. The other is Kevin Berthia, an Oakland native who drove to that bridge on March 11, 2005 with the intent of ending his life. This week, we tell the larger story behind a moment of intervention—what led up to it…
 
June Diane Raphael, actress, writer, and co-founder of The Jane Club, opens up about her own struggle with new motherhood. “It was very painful for me because I didn't feel like I had a lot of support.” She tells the story of her first week on the set of Grace and Frankie when, at just 10 weeks postpartum, she wound up with a *very painful* clogged…
 
Who will win? How is it likely to happen? What matters in the last two weeks? What would a contested election and a transition look like? And how would that affect the management of the pandemic? Andy calls the one political expert who can help answer these questions: Rahm Emanuel, the former mayor of Chicago and President Obama's first chief of st…
 
Bisexuality has slowly become more recognized and in the mainstream, but that doesn’t make it any less confusing. Internally, there’s a LOT going on and externally, it may not always feel safe to ask questions. But don’t worry, because Jaime is here. In this episode, she shares her own journey around her bisexuality. She also encourages a listener …
 
After George Floyd’s death, Americans grappled with 8 minutes and 46 seconds of police brutality caught on tape. Protests erupted across the country as Americans took to the streets to declare “Black Lives Matter.” As a country, we had to reckon, again, with the idea that not all law enforcement believes this slogan to be true. Policy analyst and C…
 
Andy has an exclusive interview with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to break down what's at risk if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice: the ACA, LGBTQ rights, women's rights, and labor rights. Senator Schumer provides insights on Mitch McConnell, a contested election scenario, and the health consequences of a hear…
 
Nic Stone, best-selling young adult author, says she never saw characters like herself in books growing up. That’s why she’s on a mission to make sure every child feels represented by the books on their bookshelf. Her latest book, Dear Justyce, tells the story of a Black boy who ends up in juvenile detention after confessing to the murder of a poli…
 
We all want to know what’s next so Andy calls up Zeke Emanuel, someone who spends a lot of time thinking about just that. Zeke was a special advisor to President Obama and now advises Vice President Joe Biden's coronavirus task force. Andy and Zeke look ahead at what might happen with COVID-19 in the late fall and winter, at what we hope to learn a…
 
It’s our first ever “Ask Me Anything” episode! This week, Nzinga answers a range of listener questions. A mom wants to know if her daughter has to be ready for treatment. Another woman asks if she's addicted to toxic relationships and emotional uproar. And what is the best way a daughter can get her 77 year old mother into a treatment program durin…
 
A discussion with Tim O’Brien, the creator behind Shaping Opinion. Podcast Brunch Club members worldwide listened to and discussed “The 1st Amendment: 45 Words that Shaped America” from Shaping Opinion in September 2020 when the theme of the podcast listening list was FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Find the full show notes on the web at: https://podcastbrunchc…
 
If you struggle with body image issues, you aren’t alone. A recent study found 20%-40% of women are dissatisfied with their bodies. And of course there is a spectrum; wishing your nose was a little smaller is very different than having multiple rhinoplasties to “fix” it. This week Jaime gets into her history with body dysmorphia and disordered eati…
 
This episode brings us to a mobile home park in Waukee, Iowa, where we meet 93-year-old Arletta Swain and her neighbor Matt Chapman. These manufactured housing communities were one of the last remaining affordable housing options in the US - at least they were, until private equity firms came into the picture. Today, we talk to the two neighbors ab…
 
Andy starts with an update on President Trump’s health and the impact of what’s happening at 1600 Superspreader Avenue with Dr. Bob Wachter. Then, Connecticut senator and ACA advocate Chris Murphy discusses the future of the ACA, what the COVID-19 outbreak among Republican senators means for the Amy Coney Barrett hearings, the looming election, and…
 
Climate activist and founder of Plus 1 Vote, Saad Amer, talks about his leap from nature lover to climate activist at just 14 years old. Frustrated with the lack of meaningful climate action from lawmakers, Saad came up with a simple solution: “Let’s get rid of them.” That’s why Saad is encouraging you (yes, you) and all your friends -- "your smart…
 
Andy calls up Rajiv Shah, who is leading an initiative in the US to fix our pandemic response. Rajiv is president of the Rockefeller Foundation and former head of USAID, where he led the response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Keep up with Andy on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt. Follow Rajiv Shah on Twitter @rajshah and Instagram…
 
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