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Alex Wood is a stand-up comedian. He's also a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. On the 1st of every month he's quitting one of his vices while trying to keep his sanity. Over the next year he's quitting; weed, caffeine, chewing his nails, red meat, dairy, cigarettes, porn, social media, credit cards, gossip, smart phone and sugar. Each episode also has an interview with an addict of some kind.
 
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Ernst and Veronika talk to us about their process of composing Expedition Content, the augmented sound piece composed from 37 hours of recordings which document the encounter between members of the Harvard Peabody Expedition, particularly Michael Rockefeller of the Rockefeller family, and the Hubula people of West Papua, at the time Nederlands New …
 
Ruth and Alexandra often find themselves furious about foreigners coming to the "exotic" islands of Indonesia and using the archipelago as a pretty background for their Instagram photos or YouTube vlogs. With Fred Clapp, they share stories of treading responsibly on foreign lands, deromanticizing distant locales, and finding a home halfway across t…
 
Pailin Wedel talks to us about her Emmy-winning, Netflix-acquired film, Hope Frozen, and her work with Al Jazeera across Southeast Asia. We discuss death, the afterlife, the ecosystem of documentary filmmaking and journalistic work in Southeast Asia, and the power of radical hope. -- Pailin Wedel is a journalist and filmmaker best known for directi…
 
Thi My Lien Nguyen talks to us about Viet-Lao identity, the Vietnamese diaspora in Switzerland versus France, Germany, and the U.S., the types of dishes she cooks to honor the dead, working with folklore and foodways, and starting Mili's Supper Club. Plus, Swiss cheese, chocolate cake, the different funeral processions in Indonesia, and more! Thi M…
 
Sim Chi Yin walks us through her ongoing project "One Day We'll Remember": uncovering family secrets, visiting ancestral villages, collecting artefacts and archival materials, and making counter archives with family members and locals from her grandfather's neighborhood in Gaoshang after he was deported from British Malaya for his anti-colonial res…
 
We talk about protest-dressing, dopamine-dressing, performance-dressing, all the subtle and unsubtle ways of sales associates, and more! Xingyun is a freelance researcher and writer who advocates for a more humane fashion system through her work. She studied Fashion Sustainability and Digital Fashion Management at the London College of Fashion and …
 
We talk to Juliette Yu-Ming Lizeray about her adventures with the Cariocas of Brazil, making films with tsunami survivors in Aceh, working with repatriated migrants in Buenos Aires, syncretism between Afro-Cuban religions and Taoism & Buddhism in Cuba, and interviewing the Southeast Asian restauranteurs of New York City. Plus, surprising similariti…
 
Special Holiday Episode! Coinciding with the release of "Happy Stories, Mostly", we talk to Norman Erikson Pasaribu and Tiffany Tsao about their work as translators of each others work and as individual writers themselves. Between Sydney, Bekasi, Bogor and New York, we discuss cultural untranslatability, creating new languages, building new memorie…
 
Nay Saysourinho talks to us about heterotopia, folktales and fairy tales, passive resistance and "passive" choices, motherhood, domesticity, and how she learned to find her voice as a writer from listening to her aunties gossip at home. Plus, the impact of the French language, the bond of la Francophonie, the nonchalance of Laotians, and all the th…
 
Nurdiyansah tells us about his trips across Indonesia to explore how spices from the region hold a multitude of stories that transcend the epochal eras: Dutch colonization, Japanese occupation, the national revolution era, New Order era, Reformasi, and the new digital age. The aroma and flavor of traditional dishes and culinary delights offered him…
 
Brazilian-Indonesian artist Daniel Lie talks to us about the commonalities and distinctiveness between Brazil and Indonesia, two countries that share latitude lines, equatorial climate, lush rainforests enduring rampant deforestation, emerging market economies, class systems, and a long history of US-backed authoritarian regimes. We discuss the ide…
 
Ragil Huda talks to us about his unconventional journey: growing up in a small village in South Sumatra, working with the transgender community in Yogyakarta, attending Islamic boarding schools in both Java and Sumatra, finding the right support system in Penang, his current work as an academic-activist, methods of knowledge production, community b…
 
*Note: At 24:00, what Sarnt meant here is a contemporary ethnic segregation amongst Southeast Asians in middle-class milieus, which happens less in the Berlin environment, in comparison to Bangkok. Historically, however, in West/East Germany there had been huge racial segregation imposed by both states, for example, between migrant "contract" worke…
 
Born in Denpasar, Cynthia Dewi Oka grew up as an ethnic minority and religious minority in Bali and Java. These experiences pushed her family to migrate to Vancouver, Canada, where Cynthia faced a whole other beast of diasporic experiences. Now a poet with three Pushcart Prize nominations, she lives in Philadelphia, where she partnered with Asian A…
 
In the most dangerous part of the world for activists, Mitzi Jonelle Tan continues to mobilize and organize movements for climate justice. She chairs the Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines (YACAP) and works with indigenous leaders in most affected areas. Mitzi talks to us about Duterte's infamous anti-terror bill and war of drugs, the r…
 
In his first interview with a Southeast Asian podcast since the launch of his book, Vincent Bevins answers questions about the topics in "The Jakarta Method," which he wrote after extensive research and interviews with survivors throughout Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the U.S. We talk about everything from specific tactics & operations in Ind…
 
A travelogue exploring the dynamics of ethnic and religious tension throughout the many islands in the Indonesian archipelago, "Race, Islam and Power: Ethnic and Religious Violence in Post-Suharto Indonesia" is a book by Andreas Harsono that summarizes the reality of Indonesia. He talks to us about why this country is so complex to comprehend and s…
 
Most people from Nusantara know the competition between Indonesia and Malaysia, but how many know how this competition even came to be? Maryam Lee breaks it down for us in this episode! With her wisdom, she unpacks the complexities of ethnicity and religion in Malaysian national identity, how political structures today are inherited from colonial w…
 
Abdul Samad Haidari is a Hazara-Afghan journalist turned refugee poet, currently in Indonesia waiting for resettlement. Besides volunteering as a humanitarian-aid worker and teacher, Abdul is the author of the poetry collection “The Red Ribbon,” which is the 3rd best-selling book in Indonesia. Abdul talks to us about his background, his family, his…
 
In this special bilingual episode, Ruth Ogetay gets candid about the history of West Papua, the current plight of Papuans and other ethnic minorities in Indonesia, multilateral relations with other countries, as well as how and why a series of events involving transnational corporate deals led to the current situation concerning West Papua. Origina…
 
Eugenio "Ego" Lemos talks to us about permaculture practices, legacies of occupation, reconciliation and resilience, the dilemma of post-conflict countries, common problems with aid and charity, Indonesian influence versus Australian presence in Timor, East Timor then versus West Papua now, ricenization as a form of cultural destruction, and how so…
 
Silong Chuun talks to us about how distance brings clarity and awareness, reclaiming narratives through his clothing brand "Red Scarf Revolution", creative ways to spark conversations and recontextualize history, parallels between the communist regime in Cambodia then and the capitalist administration in the US today, memoranda of understanding for…
 
Burmese photographer Yu Yu Myint Than talks to us about education before the Saffron Revolution, Burmanization, the conflict in Shan state, dynamics between ethnic minorities, between the camera and the captured, how artists in Myanmar deal with censorship, the ethical dilemmas she faced as a documentary photographer, transnational collaborations, …
 
I read excerpts that were cut from the final draft of my book. My guest this episode, the founder of Lifeboat Counselling Services, it's Jordan Kearns. LCS is an online addiction and mental health counselling service. Jordan discusses the most common mistakes addicts make in recovery, relapsing, seeking help and what it's like to have a family memb…
 
The intro for this episode is a special Mother's Day gift from me to all of your mothers. I talk about missing; comedy, the dog park and my ex. This episode is all about mental health. My guest this episode, from the podcast "Sad in the City" it's: Marisa Bettino. We talk about her Bi-Polar 2 diagnosis and the hilarious struggle that is our mental …
 
My dog is doing better on dating apps than I am. I also succumbed to the pandemic craze of doing something stupid to your hair. This episode is all about inequality. I interview James Kwak author of Economism:Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality. I also interview comedian and friend Peter Anthony about which Billionaires we would execute with a…
 
My guest this episode is legendary boxer, "Irish" Micky Ward. Ward is a 3 time winner of Ring Magazine's "Fight of the Year" and his life is the basis of the Oscar winning movie "The Fighter" starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. As inspiring as his boxing career was, the things he overcame outside of the ring are even more impressive. We talk…
 
Climate change, plastic in the ocean, porn relapsing, honoring Carole Baskin, Amazon's tax avoidance, nail biting, WWE in Saudi Arabia, my dog and so much more in the intro. Then I interview Sarah Buchanan from the non-profit Environmental Defence. We discuss what politicians and society at large could be doing to slow climate change and help out p…
 
I’m on day 1,878 off cocaine day 1,570 off booze, day 1219 off hard drugs, day 1010 off cigarettes, day 704 off amazon, day 539 off plastic water bottles, day 522 off WWE, day 188 off cigars, day 92 off coffee, day 6 off buying anything new, day 6 off online shopping, day 3 off weed and until right now I was 739 days off this podcast. It's been 2 y…
 
I went to a Naloxone workshop that teaches people how to treat opium overdoses. I'm also dealing with some pretty serious injuries before my upcoming fight and I talk about boxing helped get me sober. It's part 2 of catching up with former guests. I talk to; Robbie Stevenson now 6 months clean from Crystal Meth, Shawn who is coming up on two years …
 
There's less than 10 days left before I complete season one of the podcast and my challenge to quit all of my vices. In this episode I catch up with past guests to see how they are doing now in they're sobriety. Joining me; from "Swimming Lessons" is John Mostyn, from "Future Bird" Meg Mackay and from "Our Own Worst Enemy" Marito Lopez.…
 
There's less than two weeks left in season one and an unexpected death nearly pushed me to drink. What would this podcast be without some a near relapse and death? My guest this episode is a talented writer for Vice, Jordan Foisy. He hasn't had a smart phone for two years! We talk about how much better he feels with a flip phone, how confusing it i…
 
I'm 12 days off of my smart phone and I'm reading a book for the first time in longer than I care to admit. I'm sleeping better and my eyes don't feel strained since I'm not staring at a tiny glowing screen for large portions of the day. My guest this episode, Melissa Story! She's 4 months off of rehab and had an outpatient rehab treatment to kick …
 
There's less than one month left in season one and I'm on day 5 off of my smartphone. Another incredibly tempting night, an instant classic heavyweight title fight and a trip to the museum were my last few days in New York. My guest this episode is up and coming comedian, Ana-Marie Stoic. She is 18 months off of booze, with a few slips in there bec…
 
Look, if you aren't a fan of the intros where I'm sad and I feel bad for myself then you should just fast forward through this pity party. BUT if you have your pity party hat on, then this is the intro for you. I hated myself on the Today Show and I almost relapsed because of it. My guest this episode is Ian Fidance. We talk about his addiction to …
 
I'm in New York again because NBC has flown me here to be a guest on the Today Show to talk about the podcast and my addictive personality. Not bad for a podcast that started 11 months ago that took me 1500 takes for the first episode. My guest is ONE of my best friends, Dylan Gott. Dylan is a month off of booze and I couldn't be happier that he ha…
 
February 15th 2018 marks three years since I last did cocaine. It's the longest I've gone in my adult life. I remember the bad times of hard drug addiction, relapses, licking bathroom floors and the positive changes that have happened to me since then. My guest this episode is my good friend, Alexis O. Over the last 8 months she has quit drugs, alc…
 
I'm 10 days off of social media and I feel less like a zombie already. I used my credit card and I'm not happy about it. Although I am happy that Laura and I have found a place to live. My guest this episode is Joel who is 9 months clean from oxycontin, percocet and heroin. We talk about the sports injury that lead to his addiction, his rehab and t…
 
I'm on day 3 off of social media and I am shocked at how difficult it is to quit. I monitored how many times I had an impulse to check Facebook/Instagram/Twitter on the first day and it was 48 times. Yikes. I've also signed up for my first boxing fight and I'm moving in with my girlfriend. My guest this episode is entrepreneur, Allie Sweeting. We t…
 
I somehow got food poisoning with all of my healthy eating. I also got a new tattoo and I was able to break out of a stand-up slump to have a great weekend headlining a club. I've lost 13 lbs. since I quit sugar. My guest this episode is JD(protected for privacy reasons). He's one year off of cocaine. We talk about his darkest time when he did 14 g…
 
I've been hitting Tide Pods 24/7 and the withdrawal is harsh. I also share some sugar-free dishes you can make at home and give advice to the emails I've been getting from across the world to addicts and loved ones of addicts. My guest this episode is international headlining comedian, John Hastings. We talk about his past life as a 340 lbs. man an…
 
The withdrawal of quitting sugar has eased up but I'm dreaming about pizza almost nightly. But there is good news, my article for Vice about quitting addictions saw me receive tweets and emails from people across the world struggling with addiction. My guest this episode from the Brazilian version of "Saturday Night Live" and her stand-up show "Com…
 
I'm on day 3 off of sugar, and I am angry. The withdrawal from sugar is way more intense than I expected. On New Year's Eve I performed on one of the biggest shows of my life and then two days later was consumed with rage over a social media fight. My guest this episode, from Roast Battles on Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live and star of LetterKenn…
 
This past week marked 2 years off of booze. My 31st birthday. And a little known holiday called Christmas. I was awarded a championship belt by my family and almost got into a bar fight in a comedy club. I also brought my girlfriend home for her first Christmas. My guest this episode is veteran Canadian comedian, and one of my best friends, Wafik N…
 
It's December 17th and I just finished headlining some extremely drunk Christmas parties. I was definitely tempted to smoke after. I reached a goal to bench press 200 lbs by the end of 2017, SICK RIGHT?! My guest this episode is Isabelle Zolton. We talk about her 2 years off of sugar. What her diet is like, how she tries to feed her children,how si…
 
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