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Do you ever wonder, "What the f*ck am I doing here? Is this it?" Maybe you've got the car, career, house, family and friends - everything that SHOULD make you happy. But still, there's this tenacious sense of being trapped, stuck, lost. Or just a bit bloody empty. Welcome to the Notcast Podcast! Where two therapist-coaches - AKA thera-coaches - lay bare their psycho-spiritual journey of struggle, strife, and realisation in their soul-search for the keys to a happier, more fulfilling life.
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Ripley's Believe It or Notcast

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

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For over 100 years, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has been the home for the strange, the bizarre, and the unusual—all incredibly hard to believe, but undeniably true. Have you ever wondered what to do if you reeled in the Loch Ness Monster or captured Bigfoot? And just how did conjoined twins Chang and Eng father 21 children? Or how in the world do Japanese game shows get away with some of the insane stunts they do? Join hosts Brent Donaldson and Ryan Clark as they dive into the wonderful worl ...
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Totally done with someone but struggling to speak your truth? Listen in to David and Ami share their understanding of what it takes to get real when you've had enough, speak your truth, and find the peace you're after. Sincerely discussing such topics as: ⭕️ The 'But They Should Know!' fallacy ⭕️ What it REALLY means when the other person needs to …
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Social anxiety got you feeling left out? Listen in to Ami and David share their experience of social anxiety and what it takes to keep your cool around people and create more confidence in your interactions with others. Getting together their ideas on such topics as: ⭕️ How social anxiety can be about 'unclear rules' ⭕️ The 'Game-Changing' self-enq…
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Still holding on to your ex? Listen in to David and Ami share their experience of what it takes to release yourself from the clutches of your past relationship and celebrate your freedom. (Im)parting knowledge on such topics as: ⭕️ The 'easier if you leave them' fallacy ⭕️ How letting go of them is actually letting go of you ⭕️ Can you ever be frie…
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Imposter Syndrome got you feeling like a fraud? Listen in to Ami and David share their experience of Imposter Syndrome and their journey in (not-so-falsely) identifying its tricks and schemes in its various (dis)guises, and how best to stop it swindling you. Exposing the truth around such topics as: ⭕️ The Imposter Cycle: are you an Over-Preparer o…
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GETTING HELP: Where Do I Start? 3 Keys To Finding The Therapist Or Coach That's Right For You Need help with getting help? Listen in to Ami and David assist in sharing their experience of getting started when it comes to reaching out for professional help with mental health, wellbeing, and whatever else you're looking for support with. Lending a ha…
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Childhood playing on your mind? Listen in to Ami and David kick about their ideas and experience of what it takes to break free from the fort of childhood and past experiences, and leapfrog yourself into a more colourful and wondrous future. Toying with such topics of discussion as: ⭕️ The problem with responsibility ⭕️ When understanding your stor…
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Self-sabotage putting a spanner in your works? Eavesdrop on Ami and David as they uncover their experience of self-sabotage and what it takes to subvert its set-backs, steal the success you're after, and really bring the house down. Infiltrating such areas of discussion as: ⭕️ How self-sabotage can be about unmet needs ⭕️ Guy Fawkes: could the sabo…
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Under siege by overthinking? Listen in to hear David and Ami go over (and over) their experience of overthinking, and what it takes to get your thoughts back under control. Overanalysing such topics as: ⭕️ Overthinking as both problem-solving and dissociation ⭕️ Why you're not actually the 'thinker' when it comes to overthinking ⭕️ When overthinkin…
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Lost with lack of purpose? Listen in to hear Ami and David traverse the terrain of their experience of lacking and finding purpose, and what it takes to orient yourself to a more purposeful and meaningful life without things going south. Charting a course through various topics such as: ⭕️ The key components to creating a compelling sense of purpos…
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Lacking cast-iron confidence? Listen in to hear David and Ami Get down to brass tacks on their experience of creating well-wrought confidence without extracting ore under-mining what you already have. Hammering out their ideas on such topics as: ⭕️ The 'leap of faith' fallacy ⭕️ When strong conviction can hold you back ⭕️ The key link between confi…
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Been beguiled by betrayal? Listen in to hear Ami and David inform against their experience of betrayal and broken trust in various relationships, and what it takes to come out of the other side un-defected. Taking a stab at the back and front-end of such topics as: ⭕️ What really makes a person betray? ⭕️ Betrayal vs. self-betrayal ⭕️ Why betrayal …
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Sex got you rubbed up the wrong way? Tune in to hear Ami and David go all the way in sharing their experience of the restraints and restrictions to having mind-blowing sex, and what makes things much harder. Discussing their favourite positions on such topics as: ⭕️ The biggest block to mind-blowing sex in any relationship ⭕️ When performing well i…
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Has the green-eyed monster got you freaking out? Listen in to hear David and Ami take on the behemoth task of sharing their experience of jealousy and how they deal with all the abominations and monstrosities it can create. Hulk-smashing through various topics such as: Demystifying jealousy as a two-part process The weird links between jealousy, st…
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LOVE: Why Haven't I Found My Soulmate? 5 Reasons You Haven't Found True Love Yet Still longing for that one true love? Tune in to hear Ami and David get passionate about their experience of love, what it's all about, what it really means, and the unsuspecting things we fall for on our search for soul-matery. Tenderly tending to such topics as: How …
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Drinking got you shaken or stirred? Listen in to hear David and Ami mull over the conditionals and Absoluts of their relationships with drinking alcohol. Giving it to you straight about how to tell whether you're well under your limit or getting on for the last straw. Taking shots at such topics as: The two key reasons why anyone drinks, Discerning…
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Is loss giving you grief? Tune in to hear Ami and David lose themselves in sharing their experience of loss and grief in various forms and contexts and what it takes to find peace again. Keeping a tight grip on such topics as: the unsuspecting places loss and grief can play out, whether jokes are appropriate and why laughter helps, when surrender i…
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Has your goal-game got you on a losing streak? Listen in to hear David and Ami pass back-and-forth their ideas, experience, and learning around what can be a red-card for setting, working at, and ultimately smashing your goals. Targeting such topics as: the planning-and-preparation trap, the most important commitment to make before committing to yo…
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Feeling too dogged to learn any new tricks? Tune in to hear Ami and David talk through their tussles with the trials and tribulations of personal transformation and change. Refining reflections around such areas as: being a mess-detective and the importance of being wrong, when how can be more helpful than why, and when a trip down memory lane to r…
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Loneliness got you feeling down and left-out? Listen in to hear Ami and David share their experience of emotional isolation and what can keep you apart from feeling a part of things again. Sectioning off such areas for discussion as: how we play disconnect-protect, the loneliness-shame link, and how best to manage if you're an 'I hate people' perso…
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Is your relationship more poison than passion? Tune in to hear David and Ami share how to spot the early warning signs your relationship could be on its way to delivering you a lethal dose. Exposing you to such topics as: the toxicity of toxic descriptions, when testing is most definitely NOT the best strategy, and how knowing where the Four Horsem…
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Heartbreak given you a real beating? Listen in to hear Ami and David scope out their heartbreak heartache and what it takes to get back to a healthy rhythm. Examining such (not so) irregularities as: identity change and the fear of new-found freedom, dealing with those who tell you "plenty more fish in the sea", and what to do if you KNOW they're t…
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Does judgement hold too much jurisdiction over your life? Bear witness to David and Ami deliberate over what it takes to bring the hammer down on judgement and do yourself the justice you deserve. Cross-examining important cases such as: the difference between judgement and discernment, the impossibility of non-judgemental spaces, and the best way …
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Do you wish you could face the world more often without the façade? Listen to Ami and David lift the veil on what it takes to drop the masquerade and be comfortable bringing more of your true self to the party. Facing important topics such as: role discernment from choice versus fear, why it's hard sharing hopes and aspirations at the bus-stop, and…
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Fed up with rejection dejection? Tune in to hear David & Ami pull you in with their warming tales of being cold-shouldered and pushed out, and share how to bounce-back from brush-offs like a boss. From the powerlessness of finger-pointing, anger as a healthy transition, and how to spin rejection like a bad 70s love song. When can rejection actually…
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How people-pleasy are you? Do you find it hard work setting boundaries that actually work? Eavesdrop on Ami and David's exploration on escaping the people-pleasing trap. Learn the difference between boundaries and agreements, when disappointment is the best way forward, and where you sit in the grand hierarchy of supermarket-stock egg-deservedness.…
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Stressed out by stress? Battered by burnout? Listen to David and Ami discuss their take on the counterintuitive ways to de-stress your life. With tales of guilt-avoidance and exhaustion, fully-frazzled frustration, and the challenges of trying to cook like a multi-tasking ninja. Why do you never REALLY get to the end of your to do list? Tune it to …
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"Mirror mirror on the wall, can you take off two stone and make me twice as tall?". Tune in to hear Ami and David reflect on their brain-busting battle with body image issues: from media misrepresentation and Ribena-and-toast for dinner, to eyebrow-plucking perfectionism, weight-lifting to find love, and what to do when even the dog is judging how …
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Always late for the happy train? Listen in as David and Ami share their enlightening discoveries about what happiness really is, why it can seem so elusive, and how we never get to our chosen destination starting with the wrong platform. From the disappointment of Disney to the delights and disillusions of drink and drugs - this one goes full-steam…
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Depression getting you down? Ami and David give a fresh take on what it means to be burdened by the black dog. Sharing their own journey through the darkness, and shining some light on the signposts they've discovered to guide you towards the end of the deep dark tunnel. And all without asking "have you tried exercising?"…
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Relationship trouble? David and Ami share their wisdom and insights about what stops a GREAT relationship in its tracks. Buckle up for an audible rollercoaster ride of their relationship history, lessons learnt, and and what they've found to be THE MOST powerful and important relationship in a person's life... Hold on tight - it’s going to be rip-r…
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What The F*ck Is Coaching? 5 Key Reasons You Don’t Need A Therapist (You Need A Coach). We know you’ve probably heard about Coaching and Therapy, but if you’ve ever wondered, what the f*ck is Coaching and Therapy, and how the hell can it help me? Wonder no more! Join Ami and David as they take a deep dive into their experience of being Coached and …
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Nostradamus has a prediction about it. Christians have a whole book detailing it. And scientists are right now preparing for what they will do when we face their version of it. In fact, they’re so confident they say it’s only a matter of time before the human race may be threatened. This week, we examine theories about the end of the world. Show no…
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Imagine a world where in one second everything changes. The lights go out. Your electronics shut down. And everything with a computer is rendered useless. Will you be ready? Will you know how to survive? This week on the Notcast, we look into the world of doomsday preppers, imagining how life would change for many of us without modern conveniences.…
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While the movies might have you thinking the Ark of the Covenant is a Biblical superweapon, real scholars and holy men have some other ideas about this holy relic. Some believe it's in Ethiopia, while others claim it has remained in the same place for millennia. This week, we talk to three people who have searched for the lost Ark of the Covenant. …
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For decades, people have joined the Ordo Templi Orientis society, which incorporates dark magic and sexual rituals into their presentations. This week, we talk to Marguerite—a magazine writer who snuck into the Ordo Templi Orientis society for a story. It started out innocent enough. Then things got weird. Show notes are on Ripleys.com. You can joi…
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After the War in Europe ended with the fall of Berlin, allied nations began using any means necessary to bring on Nazi scientists to enhance their own military technology. This week on the Notcast, we explore Operation Paperclip, a covert project to bring former Nazi scientists that could have been tried for war crimes to the U.S. in order to build…
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Did you ever have an imaginary friend? Did you ever wish you could make it real? Some people believe they’re doing just that. For centuries, Buddhist mystics have told legends of the Tulpa, or entities that can be “thought” into existence. Now, the practice is becoming more popular thanks to online chat forums. This week, we examine the science and…
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Despite winning four Olympic gold medals and breaking three world records, when Jesse Owens returned home to the United States, he was treated like a second-class citizen. This week on the Notcast, come back to the Berlin Olympics of 1936 as we introduce you to an amazing young track star named Jesse Owens—a track star who wanted to defeat the Nazi…
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Do dryads and tree spirits stalk the Appalachain mountains? Could the biblical Cain stalk the woods of Ohio? This week on the Notcast, we go deep into the woods of North America to confront the menacing and unknown. Brent and Ryan talk to people with firsthand accounts of strange and frightening experiences and ask what it is that makes moments in …
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What if you woke up, but couldn't speak again? What if you could only speak in another accent? From foreign language syndrome to terminal insomnia, and even hiccups lasting for years, medical mysteries afflict people all over the world. This week on the Notcast, we talk to a man who had the hiccups for three years, and to a woman who woke up one da…
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For the past several decades, cows have been found all over the American West mutilated in strange and horrific ways. Often drained of blood, with tongues and sexual organs removed, ranchers, local police, and even the FBI have struggled to explain these mysterious mutilations. This week on the Notcast, we talk to a rancher who witnessed the result…
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Whether it be surviving a fall in the remote mountains of Himalaya, fighting through an inferno engulfing your hometown, or spending a lifetime preaching lightning safety only to be struck yourself, surviving in many situations is not only against the odds, but also takes unbelievable effort, skill, and even luck. This week on the Notcast, we talk …
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After collecting rare artifacts for nearly 80 years, wealthy artifacts broker Forrest Fenn decided to hide a treasure in the Rocky Mountains. He released a cryptic poem, giving people clues as to where they could find it. This week on the Notcast, we talk to two treasure hunters who have been chasing Fenn's buried chest for years, then ask Forrest …
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In the town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, tales of a giant winged figure is said to haunt the rolling hills of an old World War II munitions plant. Its presence has been accompanied by tragedy and the unexplained, but that hasn't stopped people from seeing his glowing red eyes. This week on the Notcast, we talk to people who claim to have seen …
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A long overdue golden age of stuntwomen has taken hold in Hollywood as more female performers are recognized for their massive contributions to movies throughout the decades. This week on the Notcast, Brent and Ryan crash headfirst through a plate of glass into the history of stuntwomen. Meet Heidi Moneymaker, a woman who has flipped cars as a runa…
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Dubbed one of the most haunted places in America, the Waverly Hills Sanatorium saw thousands of tuberculosis patients die as the disease ravaged early 20th-century America. This week on the Notcast, Brent and Ryan take a step inside the now-defunct hospital. They talk about the building's history—including the infamous death chute—and Ryan talks ab…
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