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The award winning Brain Candy Podcast is Candy for Your Left Brain and Your Right Brain. Hosts Sarah Rice and Susie Meister from MTV's The Challenge discuss what gets their wheels turning in the worlds of pop culture, literature, science, and psychology. They will share their favorite insights on everything from reality TV to quantum physics. So enjoy some candy for your noggin with the Brain Candy Podcast.
 
Christi Lukasiak was one of the original Dance Moms, the fierce and funny mom who wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. Now, a few years older and wiser, Christi Lukasiak is still fierce and funny. In her new podcast, Christi's Couch, she gets candid about her experiences, gives advice about growing up, and encourages you to become the best version of yourself, while having a little fun along the way. Each week, Christi will chat with experts, entertainers, celebrities, boss babes, and also a few ...
 
Enjoy sessions from past events like Code Media and the renowned Code Conference, along with other interviews hosted by Recode journalists. Featured episodes include candid conversations with comedian Chelsea Handler, entrepreneur and "Shark Tank" star Mark Cuban, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
 
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Today we revisit the Framing Britney documentary and the reason society loathes beautiful women. We discuss the doxxing of a paramedic who had an OnlyFans account. Susie describes the strangest TEDTalk she's ever seen that wants to change the alphabet song. We learn about a relative of former President Warren G. Harding who wants to exhume his body…
 
If you've ever felt stressed out that you have no work/life balance, this is the episode for you! Intuitive Energy Healer, Val Mya, takes a seat on the couch and reveals the three things that everyone needs to have in their lives. Lean in and pay attention, you need this! Val's IG Val's website Christi's IG Christi's Couch IG Christi's TikTok Chris…
 
Today we find out about Sarah's secret art collection. Susie discusses life at the Playboy Mansion, and why it's not all it's cracked up to be. We discuss the complexities of paparazzi, fame, and mental health. We talk about the documentary Fake Famous, which unpacks & exposes influencer culture. We learn why spinach reveals how much we don't know …
 
Today we find out why one thing is still coming between Susie & Sarah. Hear about the woman who mistook Gorilla Glue for hair gel, & it did not end well. Sarah reveals how dentists know you are sexually active, and now we're convinced we're doing *it* wrong. We hear why your income can change the hormones you secrete when you're pregnant, & we're f…
 
Today we find out why Sarah wants to get to know Rhen better, and she thinks everyone should "interview" their partners. We find out why you should trust your gut when it comes to creeps and predators. Hear the CrAzY details about a new sex doll for women that has Susie feeling a little judge-y and confused. Learn what women prefer in their sex dol…
 
Taking a seat on the couch this week is none other than Christi’s husband, Marc. Fiercely private, he has never spoken publicly about Dance Moms, raising children in the public eye or what it’s like to really live with Christi. Hear why we never saw him on camera and what he did during all that time without his family at home. Settle in, this is a …
 
Today we discuss the passing of Dustin Diamond aka Screech from Saved By the Bell, and how his career had difficulties and trauma. Susie tells us amazing facts about the ways humans smell, how we're far better at it than we realized, and it's traumatic when we lose our sense of smell. We discuss a recent retraction by Food & Wine magazine, and deba…
 
Today we find out why the Pixar documentary did not sit right with Susie, but a new one helped her see the light at the end of the patriarchal tunnel. We talk about why comedy is so male-dominated, and it's more obvious than ever. Susie describes a new show on Hulu that blew her mind. We learn the history of bubble wrap. We discuss the complexities…
 
No one has ever made such a huge impact in three minutes of television as Minister Dawn. You remember her from the very first episode of Dance Moms and she's never talked publicly about what went down that day....until now. Hear HER side of the story, find out what infamous quote she's actually responsible for and what the moms were like behind the…
 
Today we get an update on the ghost in Susie's house, and Sarah gives advice on how to make friends with her? We hear about signs from the dead, and how to watch for them. We discuss the surprising stats on fertility during COVID, and why they're calling it a "baby bust." Sarah talks about her latest Netflix obsession, and why she "loves love." Hea…
 
Today we hear why Susie's mom is fine with the Biden situation--for now. We debate whether it's strange for kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart to be on Masked Singer. Susie talks about a cool study on aging goths, and the ways that their sullen expressions of emotion make them healthier. We learn the history of peanut butter, and it's weirder than…
 
This week, social media brand manager Veronique Conus takes a seat on Christi's Couch. Veronique was at the forefront of some of the earliest social media deals (Kim's very first Twitter deal? V was there!). Hear some of the most epic stories of influencer bad behavior and where the industry is headed. Christi's IG Christi's Couch IG Christi's TikT…
 
Today we hear why Susie & Sarah get embarrassed by music. Sarah gets emotional about the movie Promising Young Woman, and learn why the movie gets it right about sexual assault. We find out the history of swear words, and Sarah shares why she has a new perspective on the word "bitch." Plus, we talk to Chris Hansen of To Catch a Predator about his w…
 
Today Sarah blows Susie's mind when she reveals that scientists have discovered identical snowflakes. Susie discusses the History Channel survival-based show, Alone, and how it reveals the foibles and victories of the human spirit. We hear why there is a sperm donor shortage, and Susie hilariously forgets that cis men typically don't have wombs. We…
 
Today we hear why Sarah is at her wit's end about her living situation and she is getting litigious. We also realized that there's a small chance that Wes might be her landlord. She describes how her love of plants might get her out of this sticky situation. We discuss the difficulties of living with someone during lockdown. Sarah describes the sci…
 
This week, Tik Tok star Chloe Xandria takes a seat on Christi's Couch. After going viral (and getting death threats!) for a tik tok supporting her body, Chloe's story was picked up by news magazines around the globe. Hear why she thinks it's important to normalize average bodies and how social media plays an part. Follow Chloe on IG Chloe's TikTok …
 
Today we find out what your musical preference says about your personality. Susie explains recent Twitter drama involving a dad, a can of beans, and people who think he's abusive. And Sarah agrees! We hear about a man who got so mad at his town that he created a tank and bulldozed the whole town. Susie shares a story of a toymaker who invented 800 …
 
Today we hear how Sarah is coping with the death of Alex Trebek, and who she thinks should replace him. We hear her theory about why Ken Jennings is a creep. Sarah reveals why Pythagorus was afraid of beans and refused to consume them. We learn the scientific explanation for deja vu, and it explains why you can't predict what will come next during …
 
This week, Jade Luna takes a seat on Christi's Couch. The renowned astrologer delves into our current fascination with Western astrology and why Eastern astrology is much more precise. After accurately predicting the 2020 global pandemic, see what Jade feels 2021 will bring. Follow Jade on Facebook Learn more at: www.asterianastrology.com…
 
Today we get some documentary recommendations from Susie including one that shows how a serial killer was unstoppable because the cops were sexist. We debate whether one couple should be fined for destroying their son's porn collection. Susie reveals what happens with illegible mail. We hear about snacks from 79AD, the real reason chess sets are so…
 
Today we find out why Sarah is ready for a big change in her life. We learn why sometimes our brains just want to complete patterns, but we think it wants something else. We hear why Susie was touched by the movie Soul. Hear Sarah's thoughts on The Vow--the series about the Nexium cult, and our thoughts on whether cults will thrive in the digital a…
 
On the couch this week, we have one of our MOST highly anticipated guests: Cathy Nesbitt-Stein, owner of Candy Apples Studio. Yes, THAT Cathy. She and I discuss overcoming old rivalries, behind-the-scenes scoop from Dance Moms and our first impressions of each other. Cathy also chats all things Vivi-Anne, who is now a thriving teen. Trust me, this …
 
Today we find out why Smokey Robinson is definitely not Jewish and the Soup Nazi can finally make a living. We hear about a neighbor dispute about the Gilligan's Island theme song. They took spiders to space & found out why they need light more than we realized. Sarah teaches us how to survive an avalanche. Scientists claim crabs have the right ide…
 
On our final episode of 2020 (thank heavens that's over!) we're posting the audio from our live event at the University of Pittsburgh. We talk with Larry Brilliant, M.D., and epidemiologist who worked on the team that eradicated smallpox. He is an expert on pandemics and has a life like Forrest Gump. We find out his thoughts on COVID-19, his advice…
 
Today we get all wound up about the Wall Street Journal op-ed which told Dr. Jill Biden to drop the "doctor" title even though she has a doctorate. Sarah discusses a humungous spider that some people adopted. We find out who discovered the treasure hidden by Forrest Fenn, & why the hunt captured the attention of so many. We hear about "repairabilit…
 
This week we're joined on Christi's Couch by geek chic, book nerd, Brain Candy Podcast Host, and smart gal PhD, who made a TV career out of finishing first, Susie Meister. We discuss the evolution of reality TV and the challenges of being a cast member on a hit show. Susie also shares her secrets to staying focused on your goals in a world of const…
 
Today we discuss those dudes who wear shorts no matter how cold it is. Susie reveals why she thinks there's a ghost in her house. We learn why being a hermit might actually bring you closer to God. Susie shares what people eat as comfort foods around the world, and we learn a little too much about what Sarah's grandma made her eat when she was sick…
 
Today we talk about why reality tv doesn't really feature underdogs. Sarah has a theory about sports, and she's really worked up about it. We discuss how YouTubers are trying to be athletes. Susie learns what questions you should ask a prospective therapist before you go, & why it's ok to leave your therapist if you're unhappy. We hear about a raci…
 
On the Couch for the first time! We're joined by special, and magical guest, psychic medium and aura reader, Mystic Michaela. She talks about techniques to improve self awareness, personal development and emotional growth, by understanding relationships and the people around you. She identifies the personalities in my family, and explains how each …
 
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