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First Day Back

25 EpisodesProduced by Stitcher and Tally AbecassisWebsite

First Day Back is a documentary podcast series about people facing and trying to overcome life’s most challenging moments.  Each season, host and creator Tally Abecassis tells the story of someone attempting their own personal comeback.In 2019, First Day Back is back. On May 3rd 2017, comedian Jason… read more

25 Episodes | 2015 - 2019

S1E1: Getting Back Out There

January 11th, 2015

In which Tally lays out her situation and tries to jump-start her filmmaking career, asking big questions to her family members along the way.

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S1E2: This Discussion is Retro

February 3rd, 2015

Tally looks at gender roles in hers and other households and asks her father what feminism means to him. Spoiler alert: he has no clue.


S1E3: Patti Smith Made Me Feel Better

February 23rd, 2015

What's the difference between taking time off to take care of your kids versus taking that time to travel the world? Tally and her producer discuss it. Also, Patti Smith knows about mothering.


S1E4: Fear and Insecurity in Las Vegas

March 22nd, 2015

An episode about creativity and insecurity. Questions are raised about Tally's ability to jump back in after 6 years off and she talks to a painter who says some things she is afraid to say.


S1E5: Curveball

April 16th, 2015

In this episode, Tally meets her old producer, who cautions her that she is re-entering a different documentary industry than the one she left and …

S1E6: Searching for Sally

May 11th, 2015

This episode is a little departure. In it, Tally goes looking for a teacher who had a huge impact on her life and career.

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S1E7: Good News, Bad News

June 11th, 2015

Tally gets news about her film project, compares notes with a friend who didn’t have kids, and hears about her youngest son’s turnaround.

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S1E8: Your Stories

July 10th, 2015

In this episode, listeners sent in recordings of themselves talking about work, parenthood and, how hard it is to know what to do with your life, with kids or without.

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S1E9: Generations

August 27th, 2015

What happens when Tally's life starts mirroring the subject of her film? Also she talks to a 97 year-old woman and a Millennial who both reject the …

S1E10: On Death and Space Clouds

May 8th, 2016

A short piece for Mother’s Day. Something different that is not part of the First Day Back storyline. Stay tuned for details on Season 2!

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Coming Soon: First Day Back Season 2

April 4th, 2017

First Day Back returns this season with the story of Lucie and Gerry, lovebirds who were together for 13 years. Until the fall of 2010, when Lucie accidentally shot and killed him. And here's the thing.

She has no memory …

S2E1: Lovebirds

April 11th, 2017

Lucie and her husband Gerry were together for 13 years. People called them lovebirds. Until the fall of 2010, when she shot and killed him. And here's the thing: Lucie has no memory of killing him.

This season on First …

S2E2: The Prelim

April 18th, 2017

Lucie is charged with first-degree murder after police arrive at her home and find her husband shot dead. She hires a top lawyer, but there’s one …

S2E3: The Transition House

April 25th, 2017

Once Lucie gets her day parole from prison, she has one foot in the correctional system and the other in the regular world. She gets tiny rations of …

S2E4: Lucie Island

May 2nd, 2017

Even as Lucie reconnects with family and spends more time outside the transition house, she finds herself increasingly isolated.


S2E5: The Doubters

May 9th, 2017

Six years after Gerry’s death, close friends from Lucie’s past make a startling accusation. How will Lucie cope?

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S2E6: The Refuge

May 16th, 2017

Lucie obsesses over Gerry’s death, her regret about what she did and her inability to remember what happened the night she killed him. How will she find some sliver of peace? Her search for forgiveness leads her to an …

Season 3 Update, and Introducing Dear Franklin Jones

February 28th, 2018


We are hard at work on season 3 and are following another story that is unfolding as we speak. In the meantime, if you like First Day Back, check out …

Introducing First Day Back Season 3

January 9th, 2019


First Day Back returns this season with the story of Jason Weems, one of Baltimore’s biggest comedians. Jason’s life changed on May 3, 2017 when just minutes into a set, he had a severe asthma attack.

It was so bad, his …

S3E1: The Attack

January 23rd, 2019


What happens on stage to set in motion comedian Jason’s Weem’s first day back story? On May 3, 2017, Jason collapsed at a Philadelphia comedy club …

S3E2: Almost Famous

January 30th, 2019


 How do you build a career in comedy? Jason takes us through his journey and how a childhood filled with health issues drove his desire to be the funniest man in the room.

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S3E3: Absolute Certainty

February 6th, 2019


Twelve years into his comedy career, what keeps Jason hopeful that his big break will still happen? We get a peek inside his creative process and …

S3E4: Pulling for Every Breath

February 13th, 2019


It seems like asthma is always with Jason Weems. In this episode, Jason's constantly being confronted by health scares - on stage, at home, even with his family. But at every turn, he surprises Tally with his resiliency.

S3E5: The Countdown

February 20th, 2019


There’s one month to go before Jason is set to perform his new special and the pressure is on. It’s a mad dash to sell tickets, finalize his set, and get everything in order to film and shoot the special. Will Jason …

S3E6: Unknown

February 27th, 2019


We follow Jason in the hours leading up to the taping of his much-anticipated special. The excitement builds as his friends and family all gather at …

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