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Whether you're new to the squad or a certified die-hard, NBC's official Law & Order: SVU Podcast is a celebration of the show's 21 years of groundbreaking storytelling. Hosted by Anthony Roman, we're digging deep into TV’s longest-running primetime drama. Every week, you'll go inside the squadroom for behind-the-scenes episode intel from the cast and crew and learn how inspiration for the ripped-from-the-headlines episodes strikes. And that’s not all! We’ll be rolling out radio-style episode ...
 
Ali Wentworth has become a comedic authority on dissecting the shit show that is modern life. This season Ali speaks with experts, friends, celebrities, and moms about how to grow a teenager in the middle of a pandemic and how to grow your relationships, all of your relationships, including the one with yourself.
 
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Stabler’s back! Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni are celebrating the groundbreaking Law & Order crossover event with a candid discussion about Stabler’s new show, Law & Order: Organized Crime, how reprising their iconic partnership was like getting into a warm bath, and what’s next for Benson and Stabler.…
 
The scientific study of happiness is a relatively new field, but in the past 30 years it has exploded. Fantastic! What have we learned? First off, great news, it turns out that we are NOT completely powerless against our DNA. Sure, our genes play a significant role, but there are many very important areas of our "happiness portfolio" that are compl…
 
Ali is pretty cynical when it comes to meditation. She’s convinced there is nothing that can possibly calm her busy mind. Then there’s Bob. Bob Roth is the transcendental meditation teacher to the stars having taught, among many others, Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman, Tom Hanks and, yes, George Stephanopoulos. He breaks down with Ali the approach, val…
 
Rejoice, Diehards! Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni are together again, and we’re bringing you the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Benson/Stabler reunion 10 years in the making. Hosted by Anthony Roman, this very special episode of the Squadroom will dive into Stabler’s new show, Law & Order: Organized Crime and so much more. Coming April 2…
 
What would you do if you went in for a COVID test and walked out with stage 4 lung cancer? Oh, and no symptoms. The unthinkable has happened to author and actress Annabelle Gurwitch. She opens up to Ali about this emotional and life changing rollercoaster. She tells Ali what she has learned about herself, her friends, and her sense of humor through…
 
Ali gets personal with actress, producer, author, activist and feminist Marlo Thomas about her 40-year marriage to TV talk show host Phil Donahue. It was a marriage she wasn’t looking for and never saw coming, but as Marlo says, “He just became essential and I couldn’t live without him.” Well, it’s one thing to find your irreplaceable person, but h…
 
Ali loves therapy. She’s a huge proponent of it for anyone and everyone and believes in the personal growth made possible just by talking to someone. Of course not all therapists are made alike, so she’s talking to psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb about therapy: what should you look for in a therapist, what to expect out of the relationship, how it ca…
 
This week, Ali explores authentic love with guest Glennon Doyle. Both of their stories suggest that once it hits you it is undeniable, but what happens when that authentic love is with a person that is not at all what you were looking for? What if choosing that person means rocking the boat? The “Untamed” author opens up about the life experiences …
 
What is it about girlfriends? Our friendships are special. Meeting a new soul sister can zap you just like that other lightning bolt when you meet THAT person. Ali and her longtime bestie actress Mariska Hargitay talk about why their relationship is special, but not unusual for women. We need, nurture and support each other in ways guys just don’t.…
 
In the season finale on how to grow a teen in a pandemic, Ali Wentworth speaks with “Girls & Sex” author Peggy Orenstein about positive sexuality in teens. The two discuss virginity, how porn and mainstream media plays into sex education, and how parents can raise sexually healthy kids. Plus, what does “hookup” actually mean in today’s culture? Go …
 
Anna and Audrey, two of Ali Wentworth’s friends, share personal stories and advice from their experience of being around the dark web as teens. Ali then speaks to Julie Cordua, the CEO of Thorn, an international anti-human trafficking organization (co-founded by Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore). Julie chips away at who is most vulnerable to sex traff…
 
This week, Jeanne Blake (founder of Blake Works) speaks with Ali Wentworth about how teens can grow from adversity. The “Words Can Work” author talks post-traumatic growth, and offers three key ways people can foster resilience in the face of the pandemic. Using real life stories from teens in her life, Jeanne shares how parents can help their kid …
 
Jessica Lahey (teacher, NYT bestselling author of “The Gift of Failure”) joins Ali to discuss how parents can help teens learn from failure and rejection to become more resilient and successful people. Jessica outlines parenting styles, praise that’s actually helpful, how boys and girls deal with failure differently, and if it’s ever ok to let kids…
 
Ali Wentworth welcomes Stephen Russell, Ph.D (Regents’ Professor of Child Development) to discuss LGBTQ+ teens. Stephen provides insight into the unique challenges faced by queer youth today and how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting many LGBTQ+ kids in quarantine. They take a closer look at gender identity and expression and Stephen offers ways pa…
 
Dr. Lisa Damour (psychologist and author of “Untangled” and “Under Pressure”) joins Ali to discuss teens and emotional health. Dr. Damour touches on different types of stress and how parents can manage the dreaded meltdowns, instill academic confidence in their daughters, and navigate social turmoil in a socially distanced world. @Mentions & Guest …
 
Dr. Harold Koplewicz, founding president and Medical Director of the Child Mind Institute, joins Ali to discuss the most common mental health disorder in America – anxiety disorders. With the added stressors of today’s climate, Dr. Koplewicz breaks down the impact COVID-19 is having on teens and he outlines ways parents can prevent anxiety from tak…
 
Ali Wentworth speaks with Dr. Jen Ashton (ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent) about teen suicide prevention and healing. Informed by her own experience losing a loved one to suicide, Dr. Ashton shares how families can talk (and keep talking) to their adolescents about the topic. She also briefs parents on suicide prevention resources, and warning…
 
Join Ali Wentworth and clinical social worker Jeanette Friedman as they discuss teens and addiction. The women dive into the effects of drugs, including alcohol, vaping and weed. They also explore how to tell if teenagers are on drugs, how they can get addicted, and how parents can educate their teens about the dangers of substance abuse. Learn mor…
 
Elliott, Ali Wentworth’s eldest daughter, is back this week to provide her perspective on teenage boys. Ali then invites pediatrician and consultant Cara Natterson (author of “Decoding Boys”) to the table. The two discuss how teen sons throughout the world are being affected by this unprecedented time - from their brains and raging hormones to what…
 
Ali Wentworth asks two higher education experts what parents need to know about the new college landscape in light of the pandemic. First,Logan Powell (President of Admissions, Brown University) reveals how universities are adjusting to the ‘new normal’ - from campus de-densification to going test optional. Then, Martin Bonilla (Director of College…
 
Ali Wentworth’s eldest daughter drops in to give her take on social media and Gen Z, then Ali consults with child psychological researcher Dr. Yalda T. Uhls (author of “Media Moms & Digital Dads”) on how to approach parenting in the digital age. The two discuss validation, upward social comparison, and the impact social media is having on teens dur…
 
Ali Wentworth invites bestie and supermodel Brooke Shields to discuss social media and the sexualization of teenage girls. Brooke opens up about her own complicated relationship with sexuality and both women dig into how they’re navigating monitoring their teen daughters’ activity on social media. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.ihe…
 
Showrunner Warren Leight peels back the layers of that Rollisi scene and spills how this week's episode - “The Things We Have to Lose” (Season 21, Episode 20) - was originally going to end. Then, guest star Bea Cordelia talks about subverting trans tropes onscreen and manifesting Lakira's resilience.…
 
"Peter Scanavino is back to answer more fan questions, including one about his favorite Benson and Carisi scene. Then, writer Kathy Dobie talks about shining a light on how drug-facilitated rape makes women feel gaslit by their own bodies for this week's episode - “Solving for the Unknowns” (Season 21, Episode 19). And supervising producer Mark Dra…
 
Demore Barnes talks about pulling back the curtain to Garland's Oz. Then, writers Cheryl L. Davis and Micharne Cloughley discuss how they crafted Garland's inner world for this week's episode - “Garland's Baptism by Fire” (Season 21, Episode 18). And longtime casting directors Jonathan Strauss and Philip Huffman explain how they find the right tale…
 
Peter Scanavino and guest star John Waters discuss the pervasive problem of revenge porn and dodging that generational bullet. Then, writer Brendan Feeney and director Leslie Hope share how they blended the worlds of ballet and revenge porn for this week's episode - “Dance, Lies and Videotape” (Season 21, Episode 17).…
 
Kelli Giddish and guest star Lindsay Pulsipher talk addiction, the power of blood ties and which scene gave them the heebie-jeebies. Then writer Peter Blauner expands on the all-too-relatable theme of pain and how we choose to reckon with it for this week's episode - “Eternal Relief from Pain” (Season 21, Episode 16).…
 
Composer Mike Post reveals the origin of the iconic "dun dun" and how the SVU theme song defines New York City. Then, guest star Radha Mitchell discusses her empowered character and post-Me Too feminism. And writer Lisa Takeuchi Cullen reflects on her final SVU episode "Swimming with Sharks" (Season 21, Episode 15).…
 
Jamie Gray Hyder discusses getting into fighting shape and following your instincts for Kat's big episode "Redemption in Her Corner" (Season 21, Episode 13). Then, co-writers Brianna Yellen and Monet Hurst-Mendoza talk about that Barba check-in and giving the spotlight to the Latinx community for their boxing-centric episode.…
 
Robert John Burke unravels Tucker's devastating fate and the scars police officers carry alongside Peter Blauner - the writer of "The Longest Night of Rain" (Season 21, Episode 12). Then, Holly Robinson Peete talks about her pivotal role as Rachel, and NYPD technical consultant Tim Hardiman discusses keeping SVU real.…
 
Kelli Giddish and Peter Scanavino pull back the layers of the complicated Rollisi relationship. Then, Vincent Kartheiser talks about his Epstein-inspired character in "Can't Be Held Accountable" (Season 21, Episode 9). And Norberto Barba explains how he plays with the edge when directing.
 
Demore Barnes discusses building a bond with Benson and navigating the complicated minefields of the Special Victims Unit. Then, Jonathan Herron talks about the unique challenges of directing “We Dream of Machine Elves” (Season 21, Episode 8). And Monet Hurst-Mendoza and Brendan Feeney explain how they found the nuance in Adam Arkin's charismatic c…
 
New series regular Jamie Gray Hyder discusses finding her place in the well-established SVUniverse and fan-girling over Margaret Cho. Then, Cho talks playing against type for her role as the formidable Mamasan in “Counselor, It's Chinatown” (Season 21, Episode 7). And Kathy Dobie and Lisa Takeuchi Cullen explain how their journalism backgrounds hel…
 
Kelli Giddish joins host Anthony Roman to discuss taking the Rollisi fight a step further for the fans. Then, Anthony chats with Co-Writer/Producer Brianna Yellen about playing with an entirely new structure for “At Midnight in Manhattan” (Season 21, Episode 5), and Costume Designer Juliet Polcsa shares her approach to staying true to the character…
 
Dick Wolf chats with host Anthony Roman about surviving TV's evolving landscape and how he likes to keep his characters strictly professional. Then, Anthony sits down with L. Steven Taylor to discuss the layers of truth behind his character Mathis Brooks' lies. And Monet Hurst-Mendoza and Brendan Feeney - the co-writers of “Down Low in Hell's Kitch…
 
Ariel Winter joins host Anthony Roman to discuss her undying love for the show and Mariska Hargitay, as well as the moral complexity of her character Raegan James from “The Darkest Journey Home” (Season 21, Episode 2). Then, Anthony chats with Showrunner Warren Leight and Executive Producer Julie Martin about why they wanted to focus on trauma-info…
 
Mariska Hargitay and Showrunner Warren Leight join host Anthony Roman to discuss the cultural impact of TV’s longest-running primetime drama. Then, Anthony chats with Peter Scanavino about Carisi's new career move, and Writer Peter Blauner talks SVU's big Weinstein-inspired episode - I'm Going to Make You a Star (Season 21, Episode 1).…
 
Whether you're new to the squad or a certified die-hard, NBC's official Law & Order: SVU Podcast is a celebration of the show's 21 years of groundbreaking storytelling. Hosted by Anthony Roman, we're digging deep into TV’s longest-running primetime drama. Every week, you'll go inside the squadroom for behind-the-scenes episode intel from the cast a…
 
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