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On Good Authority: Publishing the Book that Will Build Your Business

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There are people who launch books and end up just having a nice thing to put on their shelves. Then there are people who launch books that transform their careers—and lives. As a former member of the first group, Legacy Launch Pad publisher and New York Times bestselling author Anna David strongly u… read more

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Make Sure You're Writing the Right Book with Nicole Kalil

March 29th, 2023


Nicole Kalil is someone who practices what she preaches.

A fugitive of the C-suite at a Fortune 100 company, she has coached hundreds of women in …

Using Affiliates to Launch a Book with Matt McWilliams

March 22nd, 2023


Matt McWilliams is the go-to affiliate guy, which means he's very good at helping people—including Tony Robbins and Dean Graziosi, Shark Tank's Kevin Harrington and Lewis Howes—get their networks on board to help them …

The Business Transforming Book with Tamar Hermes & Carla Moreno

March 15th, 2023


Tamar Hermes is a real estate investor with more than 20 years' experience and the CEO of Wealth Building Concierge. Carla Moreno is a serial entrepreneur, realtor and real estate investor who has more than a decade of …

Get Over Yourself and Pay for Media with Jay Jay

March 8th, 2023


Jay Jay is tired of people thinking they just deserve media attention.

A former magician who now helps personal brands become seen as the number one in their industry, he's also tired of publicists overpromising and …

How to Manifest a Today Show Appearance with Rachel Luna

March 1st, 2023


Rachel Luna kinda defies explanations and bios.

But if you're going to make me put her into one of these boxes, FINE! Here goes: she's an international speaker, podcast host, former U.S. Marine and cancer thriver. In …

Without Readers, You've Written a Journal

February 22nd, 2023


Journals are awesome. Been using 'em since I was six. I've even published a few myself.

But the difference between the journals I've published and the books I've written is that the journals are not meant to be read by …

Sanity in the Time of Social Media

February 15th, 2023


Social media sucks.

It's also wonderful.

And it's my opinion that you need it if you're going to build your authority around a book.

This episode breaks …

Get Clear (And Not in a Scientology Sort of Way) Before You Write

February 8th, 2023


If someone asks you why you're writing your book and your answer is "To help people," go volunteer.

It's much easier, less time consuming and less …

Why Rose-Colored Publishing Glasses Will Bite You in the Ass

February 1st, 2023


You're not a delusional person.

At least not usually.

But you may be one when it comes to publishing.

And that's why I made this episode.

It's based on the book I'm currently writing and it's about the delusions I see …

Getting Book Launch Support From Your Peeps with Amber Vilhauer

January 25th, 2023


Amber Vilhauer is a leading digital strategist but she's so much more.

The founder of NGNG (No Guts No Glory) has come up with a system more ingenious than any I've ever seen when it comes to helping authors corral …

What a Book Coach Does—and How to Become One—with Jennie Nash

January 18th, 2023


Jennie Nash is the book coach whisperer.

Or at least that's what I've named her after talking to her. The founder and CEO of Author Accelerator, a company that trains, certifies and supports book coaches so they can …

How to Launch a Book by Giving First with Kay Allison

January 11th, 2023


Kay Allison is a former Senior Vice President at a global ad agency who increased her income by six, met and married a man she’s still crazy about 21 years later, helped Fortune 200 companies generate two billion in new …

Where Experts Say Publishing is Heading in 2023

January 4th, 2023


The new podcast name debuts with a first-of-its-kind (at least for me) episode: a compilation of thoughts from the different publishing experts who have been on the show.


I was able to get both recorded and written …

How to Make Writing (or Finishing) Your Book Your NY's Resolution

December 28th, 2022


This solo episode is all about how you can make writing (or finishing) your book your New Year's Resolution.


The main points are:


  • Give yourself …

Why Authors Should Be Using Pinterest with Roseanne Cheng

December 21st, 2022


Roseanne Cheng is the author of six books, including The Evergreen Author: Master the Art of Book Marketing and Portable Magic: How to Write and Publish a Great Book. The co-founder of Evergreen Authors—an online …

How Authors Can Master TikTok with BookTok Sensation Shelby Leigh

December 14th, 2022


If you hear words (but are they words really?) like "TikTok" and "BookTok" and go, "Ugh" or "I'm too late" or "I'm too old" or anything of the sort, …

Launch a Podcast to Find Your Readers with Whitney Gossett

December 8th, 2022


Whitney Gossett is a woman after my own heart.


A former literary agent who has sold numerous books to Big 5 publishers (including 26 New York Times

Why Publicists Suck with Christina Nicholson

November 30th, 2022


Christina Nicholson has seen all the bad publicity pitches.


A former TV anchor who hit "delete" faster than publicists could send her terrible …

Publishing in the Time of Cancel Culture with Tony Lyons

November 23rd, 2022


Tony Lyons, the CEO of Skyhorse Publishing, is not one to shy away from controversy.


He's known, in fact, for picking up books from other publishers when the authors are "cancelled."


I'll be honest...I was scared to …

Trademark Trouble with Brian Sachetta

November 16th, 2022


Brian Sachetta is the author and owner of “Get Out of Your Head,” a brand and book series that seeks to help folks overcome anxiety and depression.


Why to Ignore the Muse with Robert Greene

November 9th, 2022


Of all the interviews I've done, the one I'm asked about perhaps the most often is with the iconic Robert Greene.


This, of course, is not surprising. Greene is an icon in the writing world—as adored by rappers as he …

Why a Book Is the World's Best Business Card with Chris Voss

November 2nd, 2022


Chris Voss is someone who seems to have popped up out of nowhere before beginning to appear everywhere.


A former hostage negotiator, Voss watched his New York Times bestselling book, Never Split the Difference, become …

How to Fix a Broken Book: Misty McAfee

October 26th, 2022


Misty McAfee is an author, marketer, real estate agent and delightful human. She's also someone who has some writing out there that could be …

How to Sell 1000s of Books Before Even Writing it with Dan Nicholson

October 19th, 2022


Dan Nicholson graduated summa cum laude from Seattle University with degrees in accounting and information systems before completing a fellowship at …

How to Fix a Broken Book: John Checki

October 12th, 2022


Did you launch a book and have it not go according to plan?


That's what happened to John Checki, which is why he's the ideal person to feature on my new type of episode, "How to Fix a Broken Book."


He released …

How Authors Can Avoid Getting Sued with Maria Riegger

October 5th, 2022


Many authors are afraid of getting sued.


Many authors are confused about copyright. (It's legit confusing.)


Many authors don't know that they …

"My First Launch" (Round Table!)

September 28th, 2022


Oh, wait a treat this one is!


Here you're getting four for the (free!) price of one: a round table interview with four of my clients at ONCE: Barbara Legere, Tamar Hermes, Chris Joseph and Lauren Schwarzfeld on the …

How to Make Your Book Into a Podcast with Jeremy Enns

September 21st, 2022


Jeremy Enns is the founder of Podcast Marketing Academy, the only growth-focused podcast education platform for experienced creators, brands and marketers looking to build long-term, sustainable audience growth systems.

The Big Mistake You Need to Avoid with Craig Stanland

September 14th, 2022


Boy, does Craig Stanland have a story to tell.


It starts with the FBI knocking on his door, followed by two years in prison.


But that's not …

Author Newsletter Musts with Holly Darling

September 7th, 2022


Holly Darling is the owner of Holly Darling HQ, a business that focuses on helping authors create and implement their email marketing strategies to …

The Secret to Getting Amazon Reviews for Your Book with Craig Tuch

August 31st, 2022


Craig Tuch is doing God's work.


At least when it comes to the author who really wants Amazon reviews.


See, Tuch started a company called Hidden Gems that, among other author services, provides a way for authors to …

How a Book Can Make You $5 Million with Rich Goldstein

August 24th, 2022


Rich Goldstein is a patent attorney, speaker, host of the Innovations and Breakthroughs podcast and, most relevantly for this show, the author of the …

What You NEED If You Don't Want Your How-To Book to Fail

August 17th, 2022


This solo episode is material from the book I'm currently writing (working title The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Preparing, Promoting and Profiting from …

You’re Going About Promoting Your Book on Podcasts all Wrong with Alex Sanfilippo

August 10th, 2022


Alex Sanfilippo is the host of the top-rated podcast Podcasting Made Simple, the founder of, a software company focused specifically on the podcasting industry and the co-creator of PodMatch, a service that …

The 5 Most Common Questions of First-Time Authors

August 3rd, 2022


Today, in this solo episode, I'm answering the five most common questions first-time authors have. They are:


  • Do I need a copyright for my book?

11 Reasons Every Entrepreneur Should Launch a Book

July 27th, 2022


This solo episode is focused on 11 reasons every entrepreneur should launch a book. They are:


  • Less money spent on ads
  • Less money and time spent on …

The 7 Biggest Mistakes First-Time Authors Make

July 20th, 2022


This solo episode is focused on the seven biggest mistakes first-time authors make. They are:


  • Skimping on cover design
  • Not optimizing book …

Why You Need to Make Sure Your Readers Aren’t Broke with Scott Duffy

July 13th, 2022


Scott Duffy is an entrepreneur and business strategist. He is listed as a “Top 10 Speaker” by Entrepreneur and has been named one of the “Top …

How to Get Over Yourself and Just Promote Your Book with Jerry Stahl

July 6th, 2022


Jerry Stahl is the iconic author of Permanent Midnight (made into a movie starring Ben Stiller), among nine other books (among them, OG Dad, Pain Killers, I, Fatty, Perv, Plainclothes Naked, Happy Mutant Baby Pills, Bad …

The Business of Being a Writer with Jane Friedman

June 29th, 2022


Jane Friedman has an icon in the publishing space. With over two decades of experience in the business, she is truly considered the world's leading …

How to Make Your Book Into a TEDx Talk with Bridget Sampson

June 22nd, 2022


Bridget Sampson is a Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies, the author of Communication Secrets for Success and the co-author of Communication Training and Development. She's also a TEDx speaker who helps other …

The Secret to Getting Media Attention with HARO Creator Peter Shankman

June 15th, 2022


Peter Shankman is many things, among them a five-time best selling author, entrepreneur and corporate in-person and virtual keynote speaker who focuses on customer service. But in this episode I got him speaking about …

Approaching Your Book Like It's a Business with Bonnie Habyan

June 8th, 2022


Bonnie Habyan is a communications marketing professional with an MBA in banking and finance. She's been a news reporter, a wedding DJ and even a Miss …

Write a Letter to Your Future Reader with Elizabeth Lyons

June 1st, 2022


Elizabeth Lyons is the creator of the Book Writing Accelerator and a five-time author whose first book, which she wrote because she couldn't find …

How to Sell Over 10 Million Copies (and Have Your Books Made Into Movies) with Ben Mezrich

May 25th, 2022


Ben Mezrich has sold over 10 million copies of his books.


And, by the way, that’s not even the impressive part. The impressive part is that he …

Making Books Into Movies with Warner Bros Studio Head Mike DeLuca

May 18th, 2022


Mike De Luca has, arguably, more experience than anyone else out there when it comes to turning books into movies: three of the four times he's done it (for The Social Network, Moneyball and Captain Phillips), he has …

How Paul Angone Got a Book Deal and Sold Over 100k Books

May 11th, 2022


Paul Angone had an extremely unusual journey to success as an author.


First, he tried to sell a book. For eight years. Nary a bite.


Then a blog …

Making a Newsletter Into a Book with Jeff Kober

May 4th, 2022


While Jeff Kober is a terribly successful actor—having appeared on The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, Shameless, New Girl, NCIS: Los Angeles,  Law …

Writing a Book in Public with Jesse J. Anderson

April 27th, 2022


Jesse J. Anderson's journey to bookdom is unlike any other guest I've had on the show. 

For one, he's not launching a book to help build his …

Yes, You Can Sell Your Book as a Series of NFTs

April 20th, 2022


Elle Griffin is the Editor-of-Chief of Utah Business and a freelance journalist and co-founder of Cryptopia, a web3 festival that debuted in 2022.


But I most wanted to talk to her about how she's brought her books …

Is Making an NFT Out of Your Book Ridiculous?

April 13th, 2022


Lee Richter is a business, leader, visionary and entrepreneur since the 1990’s who has built and sold several multi-million dollar companies. Lately …

How You Can Write a Book Everyone Recommends with Rob Fitzpatrick

April 6th, 2022


This may be the most useful podcast I've ever released. That's because it's with a guy who's an expert on something EVERY author wants: getting …

Creating the Biggest Audience Possible with Becky Robinson

March 30th, 2022


Becky Robinson has helped launch over 150 books. Now she's launching her first traditionally published book of her own—and it's all about having a lasting impact on your readers.


How to Figure Out Your Business Book: Case Study Tim Westbrook

March 23rd, 2022


Listen in on my "booktervention" with rehab owner Tim Westbrook about the book he needs to write—and how it will grow his business.


Lesbians Gone Viral with Zara Barrie & Dayna Troisi

March 16th, 2022


GirlZ Interrupted co-hosts and authors Zara Barrie and Dayna Troisi on how to turn an online audience into an audience that buys and reads your book.



Finding the People Who "Get" Your Message with Veronica Valli

March 9th, 2022


Listen in on my conversation with Soberful author and recovery addict Veronica Valli as we discuss listening to that inner voice that tells you that …

How Authors Can Get Media Attention with Kristin Marquet

March 2nd, 2022


In this episode, we discussed how authors can get booked on TV and featured in interviews, the secret websites that showcase what sources journalists are looking for and why it's crucial to figure out your angle.

WANT 7 …

Become the First Author People Find by Overhauling Your Google Presence with Josh Greene

February 23rd, 2022


Josh Greene helps companies manage how they’re found online. In this episode, we discussed the three steps you should take right now if you want to …

Talking About Your Book on TV and Podcasts with Media Coach Susan Harrow

February 16th, 2022


Susan Harrow is a world-renowned media coach, marketing strategist and author of the best-selling book, Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul

Make Your Book into a Talk and Get Speaking Gigs with Topher Morrison

February 9th, 2022


Topher Morrison has tips aplenty when it comes to authors getting booked to speak and it makes sense: he is, after all, the founder of Personofi, a firm that specializes in brand messaging for small business owners. He …

Writing a Book About Your Greatest Passion with Robert Sikes

February 2nd, 2022


Robert Sikes is one of the sweetest men you'll ever encounter.

And that may not be obvious when you first look at him.

Because, you see, he's a …

Is Angela Lauria Right When She Says That Book Quality Doesn’t Matter?

January 26th, 2022


Dr. Angela Lauria is a big believer in using your book to build and grow a business. So why does she say that those who hire you won't ever read your book?



Can Being a Part of an Anthology Help Build My Business?

January 19th, 2022


As an entrepreneur, you might think the best way to build your brand is to write and publish your own book. But have you considered participating in …

Writing (and Not Publishing) Four Books with Joe DeMaria

January 12th, 2022


Listen in on my "booktervention" with the genius entrepreneur Joe DeMaria about why on earth he hasn't published a book yet. Recorded on the Wisdom app!

Should I Hire a Company to Write and Publish My Book?

January 5th, 2022


A book is an excellent way to build your brand. But what if you're not a writer? In this premiere episode of the Entrepreneur Publishing Academy podcast I discuss why hiring a company to write and publish it for you is …

2021's Most Popular Topics: Media Attention, Book Relaunches & Book Parties

December 29th, 2021


It wouldn't be a year-end episode without some sort of a year-end summary. So please enjoy this compilation of 2021's three most popular Launch your …

Do I Have to be a Famous Author to Do a Book Store Reading?

December 22nd, 2021


In this episode, I discuss how you can have your reading at a book store even if you're not a famous author. I also offer other creative ideas and venues you may not have considered that will make your reading a fun and …

Is Creating T-Shirts and Other Swag for My Book a Good Idea?

December 15th, 2021


To swag or not to swag, that is the question—for authors looking for a marketing edge when releasing their books. In this episode, Anna draws on her experiences with the S-word, when it worked and when it didn't.



What Makes a Great Book Cover?

December 8th, 2021


In this episode, Anna draws on her years of experience as an author and publisher to walk you through every aspect—design, story, marketing, cost, …

What 5 Books Do You Need to Read This Month?

December 1st, 2021


What are the five books Anna recommends this month to Portland's KATU viewers? Find out in this audio version of the TV segment.



Writing about Sex Addiction with Brianne Davis

November 24th, 2021


In this episode, actor Brianne Davis tells all about her roman a clef, The Secret Life of a Hollywood Sex and Love Addict, and how it’s launched her …

The Jeff Garlin Book Soup Event!

November 17th, 2021


Listen in on the hilarious virtual event Jeff Garlin and I did with Book Soup and find out why one of the key elements of getting a movie made is to first write the book.



The Secret to Writing Success: Finding a Mentor with Ashlea Hearn

November 10th, 2021


Ashlea Hearn is a recent college graduate, a 1st Lieutenant in the Army Reserves and the author of Genesis Mortalis, Book 1 of the Take It Trilogy.

Brian Meeks on How NFTs Fit Into the Writing World

November 3rd, 2021


Brian D. Meeks writes under his name and the pen name Arthur Byrne. He’s currently working on his 20th novel and has six non-fiction titles, including Mastering Amazon Descriptions: An Author’s Guide. Additionally, he …

Ed Kressy on Meth Psychosis and Landing Big Blurb-ers

October 27th, 2021


Ed Kressy has a much crazier story than your average addict with a crazy story. He also got a much bigger blurb-er than the average author. We got into both of those things in this episode.


What I Learned From the Party Girl Re-Launch

October 20th, 2021


Ohhhhh, does your own book launch teach you some lessons and that goes double when it's a re-launch like my recent one for Party Girl.

In this episode, I broke down what went right (fun events out of town, asking …

Erika Schickel on How Friends Make Your Launch

October 6th, 2021


Erika Schickel author of You’re Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom (2007) and whose work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Tin House and Salon, discusses the launch of her new book The Big …

Party Girl Excerpt, Chapter 3

September 29th, 2021


In this episode, I read the final excerpt from my recently re-released first book, Party Girl.




Party Girl Excerpt, Chapter 2

September 22nd, 2021


In this episode, I'm giving you another excerpt from my recently re-released first book, Party Girl.



Party Girl Excerpt, Chapter 1

September 15th, 2021


In this episode, listen to the first chapter from my recently released first novel, Party Girl.



Mimi MacLean on Being a Bad Ass Entrepreneur and Author

September 8th, 2021


Mimi MacLean is an angel investor who focuses on female-led companies with something to say. A mom of five, she’s also a CPA, a Columbia Business …

What to Do 60 Days, 30 Days and 7 Days Before Your Launch

September 1st, 2021


What you do after you've written your book can be just as crucial to its success as writing it. In today's episode, I'll walk you through what to do 60 days, 30 days and 7 days before your launch.



Sarah Alaimo on Going From "I Can't Write a Book" to Launching Her Book

August 25th, 2021


Career happiness coach Sarah Alaimo wasn't planning to write a book, let alone release it. So how did she come to launch her debut memoir? Listen to this episode to find out!



How Do I Re-Launch a Book?

August 18th, 2021


Re-launching your book once it's been traditionally published can be more complicated than you may imagine. In this episode, I walk you through how I did it for my first book, Party Girl.



How Do I Throw a Book Launch Party?

August 11th, 2021


Your party, no matter how awesome, won't help with book sales. Chances are, you'll actually be giving books away! So why do it? In this episode, we explain why it's worth it.



10 Free Ways to Promote a Book

August 4th, 2021


From creating graphics to reaching out to the media, there are numerous ways to bring attention to your book without spending a dime. We go into a bunch of them in this episode.



What Are the Exact Steps to Publishing a Book?

July 28th, 2021


The crucial steps to publishing a book are writing, editing, cover design, layout and back end Amazon wizardry. This episode walks you through them all.


How to Get on Podcasts to Promote Your Book with John Corcoran

July 21st, 2021


In this episode, John Corcoran explains how you can promote your book on podcasts, when you should be reaching out and why having your own podcast is …

How Did Alex Strathdee Get 40,000 Students to Read His Book?

July 14th, 2021


Alex Strathdee is no ordinary writer. That's because he's as much an entrepreneur as he is a writer. And it's how he got 40,000 students to read his first book.



How Does an Author Build a Newsletter List?

July 7th, 2021


A newsletter list is the single most important tool a writer can have when launching a book. But how do you get started—and what do you do once you …

How Does Pat Flynn Launch a Book?

June 30th, 2021


Pat Flynn is one of the kings of the marketing world and that showed in the way he launched his 2016 Wall Street Journal bestseller, Will it Fly?

Because he’s very open about the methods he used, I was able to do …

How Does John Lee Dumas Launch a Book?

June 24th, 2021


The king of podcasting is also quite kingly when it comes to launching a book. This episode breaks down how he blew his most recent release up.



How to Land a Book Deal With Rea Frey

June 16th, 2021


Oh, do I have a great guest for you today. Rea Frey is the award-winning bestselling author of three suspense novels and four nonfiction books with …

How Long Does It Take to Publish a Book?

June 9th, 2021


Obviously, the length of time it takes to write and launch a book varies from writer to writer; Anthony Burgess wrote A Clockwork Orange while Junot Diaz took a decade to write The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

And …

Do People Look Down on Self-Publishing?

June 2nd, 2021


One thing I need to tell you right off: there was no bigger snob about self-publishing back in the day than the person writing this post. My, how times have changed. This episode breaks down how.



What Do I Need to Know to Record an Audiobook?

May 26th, 2021


The audiobook market is a $1.2 billion business but recording and launching your own isn't as easy as you may think. This episode breaks down the sound requirements, what it takes out of you and whether or not you …

What's the Difference Between a Ghostwriter, Editor & Coach?

May 19th, 2021


Do you need a ghostwriter, editor or coach—and what's the difference between those three, anyway? I answer all that and more in this episode.


How Can I Use Social Media to Promote My Book?

May 12th, 2021


Social media isn't just for influencers who are shamelessly hawking products. It's actually an amazing tool for authors—provided they follow certain …

How Do I Get My Book Made Into a Movie?

May 5th, 2021


Hollywood is not just going to come banging down your door unless you have a crazy number one bestseller that everybody wants. In this episode, I …

What Does an Author Website Need?

April 28th, 2021


You need an author site and they are so easy to create. But what should be on it?



Can I Get Sued for Writing About Someone?

April 21st, 2021


Are you at risk when you write something less-than-flattering about someone in your memoir? Well, sure. Anyone can sue anyone for anything and even if they don't have a case, you probably don't want to have to deal with …

Do I Need an Agent and If So, How Do I Get One?

April 14th, 2021


If you're trying to publish your book the traditional way, you need an agent. The good news: agents want to find the diamond in the rough. The bad news: They're hammered with a lot of potential diamonds. Here's how you …

How to Get an Influencer to Promote Your Book with Jess Lahey

April 7th, 2021


Jess Lahey can talk about so many things so brilliantly that interviewing her felt a bit like walking through an outlet mall: so many choices and they all look so good!

But really, here's what you need to know: She's a 

How to Crowd Fund Your Book Launch with Jesse Krieger

March 31st, 2021


Jesse Krieger knows his way around a book launch. His company, Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press, has published over 100 books in six years. Now he's teaching authors how to raise money for their book launches.

In this …

How Do I Avoid Hiring the Wrong Editor for My Book?

March 24th, 2021


Unlike doctors, editors do not need a license or even a degree and there are thousands, if not tens of thousands, people out there calling themselves …

Samantha Perkins on the Anxiety of Launching Your First Book

March 17th, 2021


Samantha Perkins had all the anxiety that any first-time author has.

Except she had more.

Her book, after all, is about anxiety—well, anxiety that …

How Do I Get Reviews for My Book?

March 10th, 2021


Readers are a thousand times more likely to buy your book if it has more than a handful of reviews. Here are the secrets to getting people to come …

How Do I Get Media Attention From My Book?

March 3rd, 2021


It's actually quite self-obsessed of us to believe our book is newsworthy to anybody; you need to give the media a reason to cover you.

Here's how.



How Do I Figure Out the Core Audience for My Book?

February 24th, 2021


Remember that the riches are in the niches and go find that rabid group that will become advocates for your book. This episode breaks down how.



How Do I Make Money From My Book (Aside From Through Book Sales)?

February 17th, 2021


I didn't make a lot of money from book sales but I've probably added a hundred thousand dollars to my bottom line as a result of the book. This is …

How Do I Use My Book to Get Email Subscribers?

February 10th, 2021


With newsletters, you are offering readers opportunities to do what they want to do—whatever it is that had them buy your book and then sign up for your list. So how do you use your book as an opportunity to get them to …

How Do I Use My Book to Get Speaking Gigs?

February 3rd, 2021


If an event organizer is considering two different people to speak on a certain topic and one of those people has a book and is a bestselling author, that person is going to get the gig. But it is not as simple as …

How Do I Get Blurbs for my Book?

January 27th, 2021


Blurbs, also known as endorsements, are one of the most misunderstood aspects of publishing. Authors tend to prioritize these so much when they need to be asking themselves if they've ever bought a book because of who …

How Do I Use My Book to Get on Podcasts?

January 20th, 2021


Podcasts are one of the best ways an author can reach an audience (as you well know, you podcast listener, you!) But how do authors get on them? Well, there are definitely right and wrong ways to pitch yourself and this …

How Do I Get Clients From My Book?

January 13th, 2021


Experienced authors know that very few of us make money from book sales. Some know, however, that it's quite possible to make a lot of money if you use your book to build your business. Since most businesses don't exist …

Marleen Seegers on Selling the Foreign Rights to Your Book

January 6th, 2021


Marleen Seegers is the co-founder of 2 Seas Agency, which sells the foreign rights of books by authors such as James Altucher. She's also the host of …

How a Book Can Transform Your Business with Gene Moran

December 30th, 2020


Gene Moran has helped myriad clients navigate the murky waters of federal sales. As the Founder and President of Capitol Integration and an active …

How Do I Get People to Buy My Book?

December 23rd, 2020


Whether authors go traditional or indie, we are all faced with the same issue: getting people to actually buy our books. In this episode, I get into …

How Do I Make My Book a NY Times Bestseller?

December 16th, 2020

It's the question I'm asked more than any other. In this episode, I get into: 
  • Why is it So Hard to Get on the New York Times Bestseller List?
  • How …

Should I Give Up on Traditional Publishing?

December 9th, 2020


Today I'm going to dispel some publishing myths and maybe discourage you a little bit, all in the name of showing you how you can launch a book that will build your brand and your business. But first we have to dispel …

Katie DePaola on Building Your Brand with a Book

December 2nd, 2020


This is an exciting time for the podcast for several reasons, at least one of which is that WE HAVE A NEW NAME! Yes, this has happened before. Oh yes, AfterPartyPod, Recover Girl, Light Hustler, Struggle to Success and …

How Do I Get My Book in Book Stores?

November 25th, 2020


Today's episode is another one of those Q&A things, where I'm answering either questions people have sent me about writing and publishing or questions that I'm asked over and over. Today's question is: how do I get …

How Do I Build Up My Profile Enough for a Publisher to Want Me?

November 18th, 2020


The word profile used to mean what we looked like from the side. Nowadays it means what we look like online.


And for better or worse, this has become increasingly important when it comes to selling and promoting a …

How and When Do I Come Up With a Title?

November 11th, 2020


Rather than interviewing a guest or breaking down an expert author's way of launching a book, this week I'm answering the question: How and when do I come up with a title?


The biggest problem I see with authors and …

How Do I Become a Better Writer?

November 4th, 2020


Rather than interviewing a guest or breaking down an expert author's way of launching a book, this week I'm answering the question: How do I become a better writer?


The short answer is: write. The longer answer is: …

How Long Should a Book Be?

October 28th, 2020


Rather than interviewing a guest or breaking down an expert author's way of launching a book, this week I'm answering the question: How long should a …

A Play-by-Play Breakdown of How James Altucher Launches a Book

October 21st, 2020


There's no one like James Altucher. Now I get that there's no one like any of us but there's REALLY no one like James Altucher. The hedge fund manager, podcaster and author of over 20 books has one of the most unique …

Having Curbed Enthusiasm for Publishers with Jeff Garlin

October 14th, 2020


Do you really need me to tell you who Jeff Garlin is? Well, the simple way to handle that is to tell you that he stars on arguably the most adored show of all time (Curb Your Enthusiasm) as well as one of the most …

A Play-by-Play Breakdown of How Rachel Hollis Launches a Book

October 7th, 2020


Today I'm doing one of those breakdowns of how the experts launch their books (check out my previous one on Tim Ferriss here). And this episode analyzes the moves made by the icon to middle-aged women across the globe: …

A Play-by-Play Breakdown of How Tim Ferriss Launches a Book

September 30th, 2020


Tim Ferriss needs no introduction. He not only hosts one of the world's most successful podcasts and maintains one of the world's most successful …

Getting Over 5000 Media Hits with Cameron Herold

September 23rd, 2020


Cameron Herold is the Founder of the COO Alliance & Second In Command Podcast as well as the author of five books and an international public …

Chris Joseph on Publishing a Book About His Recovery From Cancer

September 16th, 2020


In the last 33 years, Chris Joseph has started and managed three environmental consulting businesses, launched two fan-funded music record companies …

Getting Hollywood's Attention with Sex and the City's Cindy Chupack

September 9th, 2020


Cindy Chupack is a TV writer/producer whose credits include Sex and the City, Better Things, Divorce, Modern Family, Everybody Loves Raymond and I’m Dying Up Here.  She recently directed her first feature, Otherhood, …

Rebekah ("Bex") Borucki on Going From Food Stamps to Author and Coach

September 2nd, 2020


Rebekah “Bex” Borucki, founder of BEXLIFE® and the BLISSED IN® wellness movement, is a mother of five, meditation guide, birth doula, mentor for …

Meghan Daum on What Happens When Your First Book Becomes a Cult Classic

August 26th, 2020


Meghan Daum is the author of six books, most recently The Problem With Everything: My Journey Through The New Culture Wars. An opinion columnist for 

Robert Greene on Using Power and Seduction to Launch a Book

August 19th, 2020


Holy sh*t, it's Robert Greene on the podcast!


Yes, THE Robert Greene came on the show and he talked about the subjects he knows more about than …

The Oprah Effect with Greg Behrendt

August 12th, 2020


Greg Behrendt is the #1 New York Times best-selling co-author of He’s Just Not That Into You and It’s Called A Breakup Because It’s Broken. He's appeared on every TV show known to man, including Oprah, The Tonight Show

Jason Pinter on His Journey From Editor to Writer to Publisher

August 5th, 2020


Jason Pinter has had a Byzantine journey through publishing—first as an editor, then as an internationally bestselling author of seven novels and two …

Anna David (That's Me!) on Making Your Message Your Business (Final Excerpt From My New Book)

July 29th, 2020


Here we are at the final week of excerpts from my new book. This one is the final chapter, Making Your Message Your Business. It's all about the ways you can take that memoir you made out of your mess and create …

Anna David (That's Me!) on Always Remembering You’re The Messenger (Excerpt 2 From My Book)

July 22nd, 2020


This week's episode features a very special guest: me. I got such a great response to last week's episode that I decided to release a few more excerpts from my new book. This week, it's the 13th chapter, which is …

Anna David (That's Me!) on Launching a Book (Excerpt From MY Book)

July 15th, 2020


This week's episode features a very special guest: me. Yes, it's me giving you an exclusive excerpt from my new book. It's the 12th chapter of the book and definitely the meatiest. It's also the most relevant for you …

Blog Your Way to Book Success with Derek Murphy

July 8th, 2020




Derek Murphy is a USA Today bestselling author with a PhD in Literature, who’s been featured in CNN, writes fantasy …

Why to Read Those A**hole Amazon Reviews with Jay Abraham

July 1st, 2020


Jay Abraham is the world's highest-paid marketing consultant, a proven business leader and top executive coach in the United States.


As Founder and …

How to Make Your Book Not Suck with Adam Carolla

June 24th, 2020


Adam Carolla is, well, Adam Carolla. The comedian, actor, radio personality, television host and NY Times best-selling author also hosts a podcast …

Neal Pollack on Working with Big Publishers, Indie, Amazon—and Everyone in Between

June 17th, 2020


Neal Pollack, whose alter ego is "the Greatest Living American Writer,"  is the author of 11 books of fiction and nonfiction.


His latest, Pothead

Tyler Wagner on How to Hit the WSJ and USA Today Bestseller Lists

June 10th, 2020


Tyler Wagner is the founder of, where he helps people become successful authors.    More specifically what that means is that he …

Jeff Goins on How Real Artists Don't Need to Starve

June 3rd, 2020


Jeff Goins is a writer, keynote speaker, and award-winning blogger with a reputation for challenging the status quo. He is the best-selling author of five books, including The Art of Work, which landed on the best­ …

Chris Voss on How to Negotiate a Book Launch

May 27th, 2020

Chris Voss may be the coolest guy in the world.


The former lead international kidnapping negotiator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as …

Nancy Levin on The Role Boundaries Play in a Book Launch

May 20th, 2020


Nancy Levin knows book launches from every angle. The best-selling author of five books was the Event Director at Hay House for 12 years where she oversaw events for mega bestselling authors Gabby Bernstein, Wayne Dyer …

Scott Carney on Switching From Traditional to Self Publishing

May 13th, 2020


Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney had a blow-out success with his traditionally published book What Doesn’t Kill Us—it was a 

Gina DeVee on Finding Gratitude When Your Book Comes Out a Terrible Time

May 6th, 2020


To call Gina DeVee a queen is an understatement.


No, Gina is the QUEEN of Queens everywhere.


Her journey from struggling psychotherapist (who lived at home with her parents) to globetrotting entrepreneur has led her …

Joel Stein on How a People Pleaser Can Promote a Book

April 27th, 2020


Joel Stein wrote a weekly column for Time magazine for 20 years, was a columnist for Entertainment Weekly and the Los Angeles Times and is the author …

Jen Gotch on How to Pivot Your Book Promotion in a Pandemic

April 22nd, 2020


Jen Gotch is one of those people who seems to stumble toward success. She's the first to admit that she figures everything out as she goes along—and it all seems to work out far better than it does for those with …

Create a 7 Million Dollar Franchise from One Book with Mike Koenigs

April 15th, 2020


Mike Koenigs is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, co-host of Capability Amplifier podcast with Strategic Coach founder Dan Sullivan and 13-time …

Crashing Past the Gatekeepers with Nicolas Cole

April 8th, 2020


Nicolas Cole is an author and the #1 personal development writer on the internet with more than 75,000,000 views on his work.   Cole rose to …

Why Book Sales Don't Matter with Matt George

April 1st, 2020


Matt George is the kindest man alive.


Don't believe me? Well, consider this. The Peoria, Illinois-based writer, speaker and CEO of the Children’s Home Association of Illinois is the former Executive Director of the …

The Live Show With Paul Shirley

March 25th, 2020


After graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in mechanical engineering, Paul Shirley embarked on a nine-year professional basketball …

Why Publishers Suck with David Nihill

March 18th, 2020


Originally from Dublin Ireland, David Nihill is the founder of FunnyBizz Conference, bestselling author of Do You Talk Funny?, winner of San Francisco International Comedy Competition, runner up in the Moth’s largest US …

Re Perez on Using Pre-Launch Bonuses to Boost Pre-Orders

March 11th, 2020


Re Perez is a seasoned Brand Strategist, International Speaker, Author and CEO of Branding For The People.


He's also someone I met last year and adored from the get go.


As the founder of a leading branding agency …

Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone to Promote Your Book with Dan Peres

March 4th, 2020


Dan Peres was editor in chief of Details for fifteen years, starting in 2000, when the title relaunched under his leadership. During his tenure, the magazine won many awards, including two National Magazine Awards. …

Why to Avoid Traditional Publishing with Courtney Friel

February 26th, 2020


Courtney Friel is best known for her work as a news anchor at KTLA in Los Angeles, where she also hosts the video podcast “Keepin It Friel: Conversations on Recovery.” She previously worked as a national correspondent …

Multiple New York Times Bestselling Author Gigi Levangie on The New Vs. the Old Ways of Launching

February 19th, 2020


Gigi Levangie is the New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including the recently released Been There, Married That. She's also the …

How to Master Book Ads with Nicholas Erik

February 12th, 2020


Nicholas Erik is a science fiction and fantasy author who also writes in-depth marketing guides; this is, in fact, how I discovered him...when I …

How You Can Get Banks, Home Depot and Walmart to Help You Launch a Book

February 5th, 2020


Jane Ubell-Meyer is an award-winning entrepreneur and former television/film producer (TV credits include Good Morning America and Entertainment Tonight, among many others).

  She taught at New York's Fashion Institute …

When Your Launch Doesn't Go as Expected with New York Times Bestselling Author Lori Gottlieb

January 29th, 2020


Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, which is being adapted as a television …

NY Times Bestselling Author Annabelle Gurwitch's 3 Musts for a Book Launch

January 22nd, 2020


Annabelle Gurwitch is an actress, activist, and the author of the New York Times bestseller and Thurber Prize finalist I See You Made an Effort. Her other books include: Wherever You Go, There They Are, and You Say …

How Julie Reisler Used a Structured Plan to Launch Her Second Book

January 15th, 2020


Julie Reisler, Life Designer®, TV Host, Author and Global Brand Ambassador, is all about helping you to tune into your intuition to be your You-est …

The Truth About Traditional Publishing with NYT Bestselling Author Jennifer K. Armstrong

January 8th, 2020


Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is the New York Times bestselling author of Seinfeldia: How the Show About Nothing Changed Everything; a history of The Mary Tyler Moore ShowMary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted; and Sex and the …

Make Sure Your Book is Muzzy Approved with Dave Chesson

January 1st, 2020


Dave Chesson is the creator of, a website devoted to teaching advanced book marketing which even Amazon KDP acknowledges as one of the best by telling users to “Gain insight from Kindlepreneur on how …

Transgender Comic Ian Harvie on Life Changes (Re-release!)

December 25th, 2019


In this episode of the podcast, Ian Harvie joined me on my couch to talk about his childhood in rural Maine, his journey to discovering his true …

Author Sarah Hepola on Going from Blackouts to Bright Life (re-release!)

December 18th, 2019


Author Sarah Hepola isn’t just a writer but the author of the biggest book about addiction since A Million Little Pieces (as a fellow author of a …

Jemima Kirke on Drinking After Years of Sobriety (Re-release!)

December 11th, 2019


Actress and artist Jemima Kirke came on the podcast. Yes, those are thrilling words to write. This is not only exciting because she’s luminous, talented and plays Jessa on freaking Girls but also because she has a …

Moby on Launching Himself Into a New Life (re-release!)

December 4th, 2019


What is there to say about Moby that hasn’t already been said?

The legendary musician, who burst onto the scene with his fifth studio album, Play, is also a DJ, photographer and soon-to-be memoirist (we all know he’s a …

Georgia Hardstark on Life Before She Became a Famous Murder Obsessive (re-release!)

November 27th, 2019


Georgia Hardstark has blown up since she and Karen Kilgariff launched the mega popular My Favorite Murder podcast.

But what was she up to before that?

Rich Roll on Recovery, Plant-Based Nutrition, Launching His Podcast and More

November 20th, 2019


Bestselling author, ultra-endurance athlete, plant-based nutrition advocate and sober father Rich Roll has been hailed as one of the world’s fittest …

Marc Maron on Addiction, Recovery and Launching WTF

November 14th, 2019


Marc Maron appeared on the podcast in 2017, back when the focus of the show was on addiction and recovery. This re-release covers his life BEFORE …

Lewis Howes on Releasing Shame Around His Childhood Secret

November 6th, 2019

Professional athlete Lewis Howes and host of the podcast The School of Greatness is also what’s known as lifestyle entrepreneur. The short version …

Dr. Neeta Bhushan on Surviving Domestic Violence & Much More

October 30th, 2019


Dr. Neeta Bhushan is a former cosmetic dentist turned best-selling author, international speaker, social entrepreneur, advocate of emotional health, and leadership coach.   She helps entrepreneurs own their story, …

Melyna Harrison on Building a 7-Figure Biz After Losing Everything

October 23rd, 2019


Melyna Harrison is a 7 Figure Entrepreneur and a business coach. While that's amazing, the craziest part of her story is where she was able to build that from.   See, she and her husband were doing just fine—his …

Nick Sonnenberg on How ADD Helped Lead Him to Success

October 16th, 2019


Nick Sonnenberg is a serial entrepreneur, business efficiency consultant, Inc. columnist and author of the book Idea to Execution. He is the founder …

Hal Elrod on Cheerfully Accepting the News He'd Never Walk Again

October 9th, 2019


After surviving multiple near-death experiences and impacting millions of lives through his books, Hal Elrod is on a mission to elevate the …

Stephan Spencer on Going From Poverty & Foster Care to Success & Love

October 2nd, 2019


Stephan Spencer is an SEO expert and bestselling author of The Art of SEO, Social eCommerce, & Google Power Search. He founded the SEO agency …

Shauna Faulisi on Turning Disordered Eating Into a Nutrition Business

September 25th, 2019


Shauna Faulisi is the CEO of Soul Wellness Method, a nutrition and wellness practice that's gained a loyal online following and high-profile …

Emily Fletcher on the Anxiety That Led to Her Meditation Empire

September 18th, 2019


Emily Fletcher is the founder of Ziva Meditation and the creator of zivaONLINE, a powerful 15 day training in mindfulness, meditation and …

Emily Lynn Paulson on Sharing Her Story of Addiction & Recovery

September 11th, 2019


Emily Lynn Paulson is an author, network marketing leader, certified professional recovery coach, and a member of the long-term recovery community. …

Rory Vaden on the Keys to Success—and The NY Times Bestseller List

September 4th, 2019


Rory Vaden is the New York Times bestselling author of Take the Stairs. His insights have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNN, Entrepreneur, Inc, on Fox News national television and in several other …

Brian Kurtz on Surviving Cancer, a Stroke...and Business

August 28th, 2019


Brian Kurtz has been a serial direct marketer for almost 40 years. Just how successful has he been at that, you ask? Well, in his first job, company …

Natasha Case on Building the Biggest Female-Owned Ice Cream Biz

August 21st, 2019


Natasha Case is the CEO and co-founder of Coolhaus, which is the is the leading women-owned ice cream business at grocery stores. If you're craving …

Suzy Batiz on Surviving Trauma to Build a $500 Million+ Company

August 14th, 2019


Suzy Batiz is the founder of Poo~Pourri and supernatural. She experienced some of life’s lowest lows — poverty, sexual and domestic abuse, depression, two bankruptcies and a suicide attempt — which led to what she …

Joe Clark on Finding Friendship, Market Crashes & More

August 7th, 2019


Joseph A. Clark, CFP, is a Certified Financial Planner and has been in the financial services industry for more than 30 years. He is the Managing Partner of The Financial Enhancement Group, LLC, an asset management and …

Katie DePaola on How Death & Disease Helped Her Build Her Business

July 31st, 2019


Katie DePaola is an entrepreneur, author and the founder of Inner Glow Circle. Exactly one hundred days after opening her business, Katie’s brother …

Paul Ollinger on Finding Success After Retiring at 42

July 24th, 2019


Paul Ollinger is a nationally-touring stand-up comedian, author, Ivy League MBA, former Facebook sales leader and host of the podcast Crazy Money.   …

Tony Grebmeier on Struggling to Success

July 17th, 2019


Tony Grebmeier describes himself as a husband and father first and then an entrepreneur, podcast host, journal creator, and host of the BEFULFILLED community.   It's this value system that may be what's most …

Lauren and Anna on What The Words "Struggle" & "Success" Really Mean

July 10th, 2019


As the podcast moves into this new incarnation, it felt important to really break down what the words "struggle" and "success" really mean.   Here's why: I've discussed the podcast's new focus with people and I keep …

Anna David on Why Light Hustler is Changing to Struggle to Success

July 3rd, 2019


Name change time! Yes, the podcast formerly known as AfterPartyPod, Recover Girl and Light Hustler is now transitioning into Struggle to Success, where I'm going to be interviewing some of the world's highest achieving …

Coach Mike Bayer on Going From Addiction to Dr. Phil & in the Process, Selling 100K Copies of His Book

June 5th, 2019


Mike Bayer, also known as Coach Mike, is Founder and CEO of CAST Centers and author of the Best Self: Be You, Only Better.   His career began over 12 years ago as a mental health and addiction counselor. After a …

Lifestyle Business Coach Lauren Wallett Sharing the Shameful

May 29th, 2019


Lauren Wallett is a woman of many occupations: business coach, personal coach, writer and my co-host on SHE-E-O, among other things.   We spend an insane amount of time together and this episode is real fly-on-wall …

Tech Titan Kevin Chiu on Quitting Drinking & Raising Millions

May 22nd, 2019


Kevin Chiu is the co-founder of Catalyst, an NYC-based startup that has raised $5.5M from top venture capitalists like True Ventures & Work-Bench to build a customer data platform that helps tech companies reduce …

SMART Recovery President William Greer on Alternatives to AA

May 15th, 2019


In 2014, Willam (Bill) Freer launched the first Family & Friends SMART Recovery meeting in Washington, DC. He was elected to the SMART Recovery Board in 2017 and was named chair of its first Communications …

Todd Zalkins on Being the Worst Case Doctors Have Ever Seen

May 8th, 2019


Todd Zalkins is an addiction specialist, private counselor, interventionist, and public speaker.   The author of the memoir, Dying for Triplicate, Zalkins was the subject of the award-winning documentary The Long Way …

Meditation Special with Anna David

May 1st, 2019


We break from our regular programming of stories and interviews for a guided meditation designed to help you get in your body, breathe and then …

The Sober Glow's Mia on Gray Area Drinking

April 24th, 2019


Mia is a teetotaling NYC broad currently living in LA. She gave up drinking in September of 2015 when she finally stopped ignoring the fact that she …

Ruby Warrington on Being Sober Curious

April 17th, 2019


Ruby Warrington is a British writer and thought leader currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Formerly Features Editor on the UK Sunday Times Style magazine, in 2012 she launched The Numinous, a cosmic lifestyle platform …

Omar Pinto on SHAIR-ing Sobriety

April 10th, 2019


Omar Pinto is a Life Transformation Coach, Addiction Recovery Specialist and Lifestyle Entrepreneur who hosts the popular SHAIR podcast.   He took …

Arlina Allen on Sobriety in Silicon Valley

April 3rd, 2019


Arlina Allen is many things. A Silicon Valley executive, she is also a writer, the host of The ODAAT Chat podcast and the founder of Sober Life …

Anna David on Dating a Newcomer Who May Have Still Been High

March 27th, 2019


Anna David is a NY Times bestselling author, journalist, occasional TV talking head, coach, creator of this podcast, CEO of Light Hustle Publishing …

Bucky Sinister on Dating a Mysterious Woman with a Mohawk

March 20th, 2019


Bucky Sinister s a stand-up comedian and author of nine books, including Black Hole: A Novel and Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, …

Lauren Wallett on Flying to America from South Africa for a Date

March 13th, 2019


Lauren Wallet is an award-nominated actress and director who starred on the South African reality show My Top Billing Dream, has been interviewed on …

Matt Lieb on Bottoming Out with a Turkey Baster

March 6th, 2019


Matt Lieb is a comedian, writer, and actor from Los Angeles. As a stand up comedian in San Francisco, he was named one of the “2016 Best Comedians in the Bay Area” by SFist and has performed at the Bridgetown Comedy …

Matt Gallagher on Doing Acid with a Bull

February 27th, 2019


Matt Gallagher is an actor and comedian who has performed all around New York and Los Angeles. His work can also be seen on CBS, ESPN, The History …

Anna David on Babysitting (with) a Movie Star

February 20th, 2019


Anna David isn't just the person writing these words. She's also the NY Times bestselling author of seven books, TV talking head, journalist and blah blah.   In this episode (taken from the Light Hustler live …

Kane Holloway on Why to Not Drunkenly Steal Your Dad's Car

February 13th, 2019


Kane Holloway is a Seattle native who resides in sunny L.A. Kane is a nationally touring comedian, podcast host and he has performed on "Laughs on …

Debi Hall on Handling the Waves of Sobriety

February 6th, 2019


A native of West Texas, Debi Hall has appeared on film and performed in Dallas as well as in Story Salon, BackStory, I Love A Good Story in Los …

Eddie Pepitone on Sobriety During End Times

January 31st, 2019


Eddie Pepitone has appeared on numerous hit TV shows, including It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Kimmel, Last Comic Standing, Chappelle’s Show and Law and Order. He’s performed at some of the …

Melanie Vesey on Performing for Drunk Trump Supporters

January 30th, 2019


Melanie Vessey co-starred with Jim Carrey in Man on the Moon and performs all over at major comedy clubs and festivals. Her comedy special/album #WildAnimal will be available in November.   She is also a fierce talent …

Anna David on Relapsing on 4.5 Hits of Ecstasy

January 16th, 2019


Anna David is, well, someone who writes about herself in the 3rd person out of the misconception that you will believe someone else is writing this. She writes books and articles, talks on TV and stages and tells …

Author Kristin Casey on Surviving Addiction and Rock Stars

January 15th, 2019


Kristin Casey is a recovered alcoholic and addict who’s survived clinical depression, numerous addictions, the panhandle of Texas and 17 years of …

Amy Dresner on When She Thought She Was a Lesbian

December 26th, 2018


Amy Dresner is a former professional stand-up comic, having appeared at The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and The Improv. Since 2012, she has been a contributing editor of the online addiction and recovery magazine …

Anna David on Her Fictional Alter Ego’s Misadventures [Excerpt from PARTY GIRL]

December 19th, 2018


Once upon a time, I wrote a book called Party Girl. I was very proud of it and had high hopes it would be made into an audio book and movie. Alas, …

Jessica Sele on Why Men Should Never Tell Women to Smile

December 12th, 2018


Today’s episode features the very funny Jessica Sele from one of my live  storytelling shows.

In her own words, Jessica Sele is a “deeply weird human being and stand-up comedian.” She’s performed at the Bridgetown …

Comedian Matt Gallagher on A Series of Bad, Drug-Related Decisions

December 6th, 2018


Matt Gallagher is an actor and comedian who has performed all around New York and Los Angeles.  His work can also be seen on CBS, ESPN, The History …

Author Dana Bowman on Trying to be the Perfect Sober Mom

November 28th, 2018


Dana Bowman speaks and writes about recovery, momhood and beating the perfection myth. An English teacher for over 20 years, she decided to take up a writing at while mothering two babies. A chance …

Author Kristin Casey on Surviving Addiction and Rock Stars

November 18th, 2018


Kristin Casey is a recovered alcoholic and addict who's survived clinical depression, numerous addictions, the panhandle of Texas and 17 years of …

Writer and Podcaster Tawny Lara on Documenting Sobriety From Day One

November 14th, 2018


Tawny Lara is an entrepreneur, writer and public speaker. She’s the founder of SobrieTea Party™ and Readings on Recovery™ and an award-winning filmmaker of her recovery documentary, Fixed Up. She's also the co-host …

Tennis Pro Murphy Jensen on Changing Treatment Success Rates

November 7th, 2018


Murphy Jensen is an entrepreneur, former professional tennis player and French Open Champion. He’s also the Founder & EVP of Business Development for WEconnect Recovery, an addiction relapse prevention and real-time …

Recovery Advocate Tim Ryan on Turning Negatives Into Positives

October 31st, 2018


As one of the world’s leading recovery advocates, Tim Ryan tirelessly tours the country speaking to addicts and their families. The star of A&E’s Dope Man and bestselling author of From Dope to Hope: A Man in …

Anna David on Calling the Cops on Yourself

October 24th, 2018


Anna David is, well, the person writing this. In addition to writing in the third person, she's the New York Times bestselling author of six books, a contributor to The New York Times, Time, Playboy and more, a writing …

Super Agent Darren Prince on Bottoming Out at the Top

October 17th, 2018


Darren Prince is a sports and celebrity agent who has represented Muhammad Ali, Magic Johnson, Pele, Joe Montana, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, Dennis Rodman …

Bucky Sinister on Going to Poetry Readings Wasted

October 10th, 2018


Bucky Sinister is a stand-up comedian and author of nine books, including Black Hole: A Novel and Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, …

Kane Holloway on The Hilarity of Slapping Someone While Drunk

October 3rd, 2018


Kane Holloway is a Seattle native who resides in sunny L.A. Kane is a nationally touring comedian, podcast host and he has performed on Laughs on …

Eddie Pepitone on How Love Went Out a Long Time Ago

September 26th, 2018


Eddie Pepitone is the subject of The Bitter Buddha, the critically acclaimed documentary about his life, and is also occasionally a part of his stand-up act. As a comedian and actor, he’s been on WTF and Conan …

Amy Dresner on Getting Into and Out of the Psych Ward

September 19th, 2018


Amy Dresner is a former professional stand-up comic, having appeared at The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and The Improv. Since 2012, she has been a contributing editor of the online addiction and recovery magazine …

Kristi Coulter on When a Blog Post Turns into a Book Deal

September 12th, 2018


Kristi Coulter holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan. She is a former Ragdale Foundation resident and the recipient of a …

Dr. Jamie Marich on EMDR Trauma Therapy

September 5th, 2018


Dr. Jamie Marich is an EMDR bad-ass. Sure, that's a kind of crazy way to identify someone but it's what our medical consultant (and previous podcast …

Anna David on Being an Intolerant Ex-Smoker

August 29th, 2018


Today’s episode features a very special guest: me. Since I’m releasing episodes that contain stories from my live storytelling show and I perform in this show, sometimes these episodes are going to feature—well, me.

The …

Gayle Saks on Writing About Recovery as a Counselor

August 22nd, 2018


Gayle Saks-Rodriguez has been a writer since filling her fourth grade diary with such perfectly crafted sentences as: “Ricky is getting confirmed …

Dr. Lauren Casey on Falling in Love With a Lifer in Recovery

August 15th, 2018


Dr. Lauren Casey has a fascinating story. The international recovery coach, award-winning author and public speaker specializing in sex industry work, women’s health, substance abuse and trauma hasn’t just learned her …

Brian Finkelstein on Cocaine and Hookers

August 8th, 2018


Brian Finkelstein is a writer who has been nominated for two Emmys. He is also a regular performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and is a …

Ken Garr on Competing in the Special Olympics

August 1st, 2018


Ken Garr is a graduate of Second City who has performed at The Laugh Factory, MGM Grand and Hollywood Improv, among many other places, and has been …

Ally Weinhold On Taking Acid to Get Sober

July 18th, 2018


Today’s episode features the one and only Ally Weinhold.

Ally is a Los Angeles-based comedian, writer, and alcoholic. She hosts a monthly stand up …

Having Miraculous Mornings with Joe Polish

July 11th, 2018


In a rather short period of time, Joe Polish has become one of my favorite people around.

The genius marketer (who presides over The Genius Network) …

Uncovering Shocking Family Secrets with Tina Alexis Allen

July 4th, 2018


You could call Tina Alexis Allen an actor. After all, she recently starred in the hit WGN series Outsiders.

You could call her a playwright. After …

Anna David on Her Three Dealers

June 27th, 2018


Today’s episode features a very special guest: me. Since I’m releasing episodes that contain stories from my live storytelling show and I perform in this show, sometimes these episodes are going to feature—well, me. (By …

Going From Attorney to Author With David Griggs

June 20th, 2018


David Griggs has a JD, an MBA and extensive experience representing and advising clients in matters involving employment, contract, regulatory, …

Ally Weinhold on What Happens When You Bring a Homeless Man Home for Dinner

June 14th, 2018


Today’s episode features the one and only Ally Weinhold.

Ally is a Los Angeles-based comedian, writer, and alcoholic. She hosts a monthly stand up …

Laura House on Her Panic Marriage

June 6th, 2018


If there’s anyone who can make a ridiculous drinking story hilarious, it’s Laura House. A headlining comedian who has performed on HBO, Comedy …

From Raves and Car Stealing to Recovery and Advocacy with Ivana Grahovac

May 30th, 2018


Ivana Grahovac is a wonder to behold. And she's even more wondrous once you know her story.

The Director of Advancement for Facing Addiction and …

How the Unlucky Get Sober with Kane Holloway

May 25th, 2018


Kane Holloway is a Seattle native who resides in sunny L.A. Kane is a nationally touring comedian, podcast host and he has performed on "Laughs on …

How Getting Sober Sucks and Doesn't Suck with Jules Posner

May 16th, 2018


Jules Posner cut his teeth in his hometown of San Francisco, where he honed his act by yelling over rowdy bar crowds, coffee grinders, and shouty …

When Your Ex-Boyfriend Takes Out a Restraining Order on You with Ally Weinhold

May 9th, 2018


Today’s episode features the one and only Ally Weinhold.

Ally is a Los Angeles-based comedian, writer, and alcoholic. She hosts a monthly stand up …

Going From Zero to Hero with the Comedian ANT

May 2nd, 2018


The comedian ANT has been everywhere: a regular on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Tyra Banks Show, he is the only comedian to appear on all …

Anna David on Eating Space Cakes and Losing Her Mind

April 25th, 2018


Today’s episode features a very special guest: me. Since I’m releasing episodes that contain stories from my live storytelling show and I perform in this show, sometimes these episodes are going to feature—well, me. (By …

20 Years of Sobriety with John Taylor of Duran Duran

April 18th, 2018


To say I was excited to interview John Taylor would be the understatement of the century. As an allegedly together adult, I resisted the urge to tell …

Greg Behrendt on the Night a Burrito Saved His Life

April 11th, 2018


Today’s episode features an absolute doll of a human being: Greg Behrendt.

In it, Greg tells a story from the Light Hustler live storytelling show …

Feeding the Good Wolf with Brad Vos

April 3rd, 2018


Brad Vos is a mental health and addictions recovery advocate who, in his words, "promotes the opportunity, and not the sacrifice, that recovery provides." Canada-based, he's someone who's tried numerous roads to …

Ask the Shrink: Can You Tell When Patients Are Lying to You?

March 28th, 2018


Most every addict who's been in therapy has lied to their therapist or psychiatrist.

The question shrinks know when you're lying? We asked LA board certified psychiatrist Dr. Josh Lichtman for his take.

How to Balance Work and Life with Recovery Elevator’s Paul Churchill

March 27th, 2018


It’s hard to picture Paul Churchill as an active alcoholic. He’s nevertheless got the back story to prove it—including years of destructive drinking, …

Ask the Shrink: What Do You Do When a Patient is Treatment Resistant?

March 21st, 2018


Some people suffer from depression and other mental issues that doesn't respond to medication. What are they—and their doctors—supposed to do?

Double board certified psychiatrist Dr. Josh Lichtman lays out some options.

Natasha Vargas-Cooper on Trying to Seduce a Bipolar Man With a Jesus Complex

March 20th, 2018


We all have stories. Some of us have funny ones. Others have tragic ones. If you're Natasha Vargas-Cooper, you have both.

If you listen to the …

Ask the Shrink: How Do We Break Down the Stigma Around Mental Illness?

March 14th, 2018


Addicts are increasingly more comfortable coming forward and sharing about their problems. But the same doesn't seem to be true for those suffering from mental illness. What can we do about that?

Dr. Josh Lichtman, a …

Losing A Brother to a Heroin Overdose with Stephanie Wittels Wachs

March 13th, 2018


Stephanie Wittels Wachs has endured something a sister should never have to experience.

In February of 2015, she lost her brother Harris to a heroin …

Ask the Shrink: What is Narcissism and NPD?

March 7th, 2018


We live in a world where everyone is diagnosing our president as narcissistic. So what, exactly, are we saying and are we allowed to diagnose someone …

Ryan Hampton on What Can Happen When People in Recovery Come Together

March 6th, 2018


You surely know about Ryan Hampton by now. Not only has he become one of the world's leading recovery advocates, fighting to take down nefarious treatment centers and shady players but he's also the author of the …

Ask the Shrink: How Do You Separate Depression and Anxiety?

February 28th, 2018


In this episode, I talk to addiction psychiatrist Dr. Josh Lichtman about how depression and anxiety manifest—and overlap.

Developing Healthier Relationships with Laura McKowen

February 27th, 2018


I've long admired Laura McKowen.

The sober mama is a prolific writer (you can see her many posts over at, podcaster (for years she …

Ask the Shrink: Do You Send Every Addicted Patient to AA?

February 22nd, 2018


AA is a controversial topic within recovery circles. Some are all for it, some violently opposed.

So where does a prominent addiction psychiatrist …

Bucky Sinister on How Addicts Are Scared of All The Wrong Things

February 20th, 2018


Bucky Sinister is a poet, self-help author and comedian, he has published four books of poetry and two self-help books, including Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfists, Freaks, and Weirdos. His journalism, …

Making Sense of Sexuality in Recovery with Jen Matesa

February 13th, 2018


Jen Matesa is a recovery powerhouse.

Unafraid and unapologetic, she speaks out about two "s"'s that scare some others—namely, Suboxone and sex.

She's …

Laura House on Going From Bible Loving Texan to Drunk Foreign Exchange Student

February 6th, 2018


If there’s anyone who can make a ridiculous drinking story hilarious, it’s Laura House. A headlining comedian who has performed on HBO, Comedy …

Getting off Fentanyl But Continuing to Do Drugs with Drew Grant

January 30th, 2018


I first met Drew Grant through friends, when we both lived in New York. She was a young, dynamic, cool, talented writer who'd worked at Salon and The …

Coming Back From Darkness with Sean Paul Mahoney

January 23rd, 2018


Sean Paul Mahoney isn’t your average bear.

He isn’t your average human, either.

That’s because he’s much funnier than your average human.

As a blogger

How to Combat a Tech-Related Addiction with Gabe Zichermann

January 16th, 2018


Gabe Zichermann is an unlikely hero in the addiction recovery world as he literally spent the first half of his career making sure we got hooked on tech. The world’s foremost expert and public speaker on the subject of …

Why AA Doesn't Work with Producer Scott Steindorff

January 2nd, 2018


Prolific TV and movie producer Scott Steindorff has convinced authors like Philip Roth and Gabriel Garcia Marquez to give up the film rights for …

Becoming Accountable with Sober Evolution’s Austin Cooper

December 31st, 2017


Austin Cooper didn’t want to live anymore.

Like many people suffering from addiction, he was at the too-scared-to-live, too-scared-to-die crossroads. He’d forgotten that he had people who loved him.

When those loved …

Surviving Columbine and Finding Recovery with Austin Eubanks

December 26th, 2017


Austin Eubanks shouldn't be alive. And he certainly shouldn't be thriving.

An injured survivor of the Columbine High School shooting, Eubanks was …

Drunken Escapades with Comedian Jodi Miller

December 21st, 2017


Jodi Miller is what they call bust-a-gut funny (do they call it that or did I make that up?).

She's also, as they say, blue. So if you're prone to blushing, you may want to skip this one.

If, on the other hand, you …

Launching the Global Recovery Movement with Greg Williams

December 19th, 2017


Filmmaker and Facing Addiction co-founder Greg Williams puts most recovery advocates to shame. And he’s one of the most humble people you’ll ever meet.

Here’s how the story goes: Williams got sober and was doing just a …

How to Get Arrested and Destroy Your Fraternity with Travis Jones

December 13th, 2017


Travis Jones is a video editor by day and a storyteller by night.  He has performed at The Moth and various other shows around LA.

In this episode, he tells arguably the funniest story I've ever heard about getting …

From Gutter Punk Rocker to Recovery Hero with Wes Geer

December 12th, 2017


Wes Geer may have once looked like an unlikely recovery hero.

The founding member of the band Hed PE, Geer went down the path familiar to many young, …

The Shame Behind Male Eating Disorders with Brian Cuban

December 5th, 2017


Brian Cuban is the ideal recovery advocate.

Sober since 2007, the attorney and best-selling author of two books about his recovery is willing to talk …

Anna David on What Drinking Gave Her (and Then Took Away)

November 30th, 2017


Today's episode features a very special guest: me. Since I'm releasing episodes that contain stories from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, and I perform in this show, sometimes these episodes are going to …

Coming Out About Your Addiction with Lawyer Lisa Smith

November 28th, 2017


It’s one thing to be open about your addiction when you’re a writer in LA—aka a person most people assume WOULD be an addict.

It’s quite another when you’re a high-powered attorney.

But Lisa F. Smith is a trail blazer. …

Just How Uncomfortable is Being Sober? As Greg Behrendt Explains, Very

November 24th, 2017


Today's episode features an absolute doll of a human being: Greg Behrendt.

In it, Greg tells a story from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) …

SheRecovers Co-Founder Taryn Strong on Coming Out as an Addict

November 22nd, 2017


Taryn Strong was sitting atop the largest resource for women in recovery and keeping a secret: namely that in between hosting retreats in places like Bali, where she and her mom Dawn Nickel were getting women to open up …

Getting Sober as a Teen with Lindsay Adams

November 17th, 2017


Lindsay Adams is no joke.

Yes, she tells jokes but the seriously funny comic also got sober when she was a teenager after surviving—well, some pretty horrific shit. And she bakes! She has a baking show on something I'm …

Finding the Funny in Binging and Purging with Angela Gulner

November 15th, 2017


Angela Gulner is not your typical actress.

For one, the Harvard grad is a multi-talent, having created and starred in the binge-worthy series Binge. …

Jessica Sele on How to Get Wasted and Shame Everyone in the Vicinity

November 10th, 2017


Today's episode features the very funny Jessica Sele from one of my live  storytelling shows, Hammer(ed) Time.

In her own words, Jessica Sele is a "deeply weird human being and stand-up comedian." She's performed at the …

Therapist Kelley Kitley on Sharing Your Trauma With Your Clients

November 8th, 2017


Therapist Kelley Kitley could have kept quiet about her own past.

She had a thriving practice—first in Santa Monica, then in Chicago—and didn't need …

Anna David on Smoking Two Packs of Cigarettes a Day

November 3rd, 2017


Today's episode features a very special guest: me. Since I'm releasing episodes that contain stories from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, and I perform in this show, sometimes these episodes are going to …

Making the Decision to Open Up About Recovery With Garrett Hade

November 1st, 2017


Garrett Hade is a guy who usually sits behind the scenes. As the right (and left) hand(s) of prominent recovery advocate Ryan Hampton, Garrett is the one by Ryan's side as they travel across the country interviewing …

Reminiscing About Your First Intervention with Bucky Sinister

October 27th, 2017


Today’s episode features a truly unique soul: author Bucky Sinister.

In it, Bucky tells a story from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) …

Mary Patterson Broome on People Who Ask Her If She Really Needed to Quit Drinking

October 25th, 2017


Today's episode features one of my very favorite people I know: comedian and writer Mary Patterson Broome.

In it, MP tells a story from our live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, which takes place every other month in …

Defying Impossible Odds with John Clint Mabry

October 20th, 2017


What John Clint Mabry has endured would have destroyed most people.

John Clint Mabry is not most people.

During a tragic car accident when he was …

Sara Benincasa on Having a Panic Attack in Italy

October 18th, 2017


Today's episode features a woman everyone loves: Sara Benincasa.

Benincasa is a screenwriter, recovering stand-up comedian and the author of "Real Artists Have Day Jobs" (William Morrow 2016); "DC Trip" (Adaptive …

How to Brew Miracles with Carly Benson

October 13th, 2017


Carly Benson is a sober wundekind. The voice behind the mega popular website Miracles Are Brewing, Benson is a yoga instructor, coach, leader of a …

Comedian Greg Behrendt on Hanging Out with Crazy People While Under the Influence

October 11th, 2017


Today’s episode features an absolute doll of a human being: Greg Behrendt.

In it, Greg tells a story from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, 

Wearing a Wire to Bust Drug Dealers with Jesse Heffernan

October 6th, 2017


Jesse Heffernan, the National Outreach and Empowerment Coordinator at Faces and Voices of Recovery, is a Certified Recovery Coach who's over 16 years sober.

I was lucky enough to speak to him about finding a toxic …

Laura House on the 4th of July Party That Lasted 3 Days

October 4th, 2017


Today's episode features the person Louis CK named as one of the funniest female comedians of our time: Laura House.

In it, Laura tells a story from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, which takes place every …

The Two Longtime Friends Behind

September 28th, 2017


Kenny Pomerance and Ron Tannebaum, or Mr. Clean and RT, are the recovery titans behind the Facebook-for-recovery website InTheRooms. The two longtime …

Bucky Sinister (and Urn) on What It Takes to Be a Good Sober Man

September 27th, 2017


Today’s episode features a truly unique soul: author Bucky Sinister.

In it, Bucky tells a story from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) …

From Workaholic to the Inspiring Woman Behind SheRecovers

September 21st, 2017


Dawn Nickel is a legend in the recovery world. The womab behind SheRecovers, Nickel was in recovery a long time and a self-proclaimed workaholic …

Mary Patterson Broome on Comedy Festival Shenanigans

September 20th, 2017


oday's episode features one of my very favorite people I know: comedian and writer Mary Patterson Broome.

In it, MP tells a story from our live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, which takes place every other month in …

Anna David on Her Three Dealers

September 13th, 2017


Today's episode features a very special guest: me. Since I'm releasing episodes that contain stories from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, and I perform in this show, sometimes these episodes are going to …

Natasha Vargas-Cooper on Taking Ambien in Recovery

September 8th, 2017


Recover Girl takes to the stage again, as I'm giving you another episode featuring a story from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time—which takes place every other month in LA, has been an LA Weekly pick of the …

Recover Girl Talks Creativity: The Language of Recovery

September 8th, 2017


In this episode, Anna David speaks about how discovering the fact that recovery had its own language inspired her to focus her own work on the topic.

From Party Chica to Sober Senorita with Writer Kelly Fitzgerald

September 6th, 2017


Kelly Fitzgerald is probably the most successful sober blogger in the world. The voice behind The Sober Senorita, Fitzgerald launched to internet …

Going From Gang Member to World Famous Tattoo Artist with Freddy Negrete

September 1st, 2017


Freddy Negrete is inarguably one of the world's greatest legends in the tattoo world. The former Chicano gang member perfected the art of "prison" black and grey tattoos before going to work for fellow tattoo legends …

Eddie Pepitone on Neighbors Who Smoke Pot and Being Addicted to Self-Improvement

August 30th, 2017


Recover Girl takes a turn this time, as I'm going to start releasing episodes that contain stories from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time. It takes place every other month in LA, has been an LA Weekly pick of …

Recover Girl Talks Creativity: Why You Never Run Out of Stories

August 24th, 2017


In this five-minute episode, Anna David talks about how new ideas occur to her every time she thinks she's shared everything she has to say about recovery.

Handling Trauma in Recovery with Buddhist Teacher Dave Smith

August 17th, 2017


Buddhist meditation teacher Dave Smith has been studying the Dharma since 1993 when a series of traumatic incidents (including the death of his sister and girlfriend) motivated him to seek help. Over the next decade, …

Recover Girl Talks Creativity: Deciding to Write About Recovery

August 10th, 2017


In this five-minute episode, Anna David discusses how she gently dipped her toe into the waters of writing about recovery—before ultimately …

Embracing Creative Dreams in Recovery With Writer Jenna Hutt

August 3rd, 2017


Writer Jenna Hutt always knew she had a story to tell. The Colorado-dwelling wife and mother of one had an inarguably interesting life and had been …

Recover Girl Talks Creativity: How "One Day at a Time" Helped Me Write My First Book

July 27th, 2017


In this special five-minute episode of Recover Girl, Anna David discusses how she wanted to write a book her whole life—but didn't make any progress …

Going From Anonymous to Recovery Writer with Mary Patterson Broome

July 20th, 2017


It seems crazy that comedian Mary Patterson Broome hasn't been on the podcast before. The Alabama-bred lady has performed stand-up comedy at clubs, …

Recover Girl Goes to the Shrink: If You Take an Addictive Medication Enough, Are You Going to Become Addicted?

July 13th, 2017


Dr. Josh Lichtman answers a listener's question about whether or not you're guaranteed to become addicted to an addictive medication if you take it enough.

Becoming a Pastor in Recovery with Rock Star Royalty China Isler

July 6th, 2017


China Isler—ne, Kantner—is someone I've known for a while...since I was 10, as a matter of fact. This is because we went to the same grammar school …

Recover Girl Goes to the Shrink: If I Take Medication, Am I Still Sober?

June 29th, 2017


A listener was told by her sponsor that because she takes anti-depressants, she isn't actually sober. Dr. Josh Lichtman gives his take.

Becoming a Writer in Recovery With Paul Fuhr

June 22nd, 2017


I'm going to have to be honest here: I'm very invested in Paul Fuhr's recovery—and it's not just because I am a selfless person.

I've gotten to know …

Recover Girl Goes to the Shrink: What is Bipolar 2?

June 15th, 2017


A listener's psychiatrist diagnosed her as Bipolar 2. Then she found out the psychiatrist was wrong. What is Bipolar 2 and how is it different than …

Quitting Drinking When You’re Not an Alcoholic with James Swanwick

June 8th, 2017


Aussie entrepreneur James Swanwick has been an ESPN anchor on SportsCenter, is the author of ‘Insider Journalism Secrets’ and is the co-founder of international agency, Crocmedia. He has been a print or TV journalist …

Recover Girl Goes to the Shrink: What's a Co-Occurring Disorder?

June 1st, 2017


Psychiatrist Dr. Josh Lichtman answers the question: what the hell is a co-occurring disorder?

From Homeless Skateboarder to Sober Recovery Advocate with Brandon Novak

May 25th, 2017


Brandon Novak shouldn’t be alive.

The professional skateboarder, New York Times bestseller author and member of the Jackass crew has hit all the pit …

From Homeless to Grammy-Winning Recovery Advocate with Sirah

May 12th, 2017


In this episode of Recover Girl, Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Sirah, joins me for a brutally honest conversation about her disturbing, …

Transitioning from Addicted Woman to Sober Man with Ian Harvie

April 28th, 2017


Ian Harvie is the groundbreaking transgender stand-up comedian whom you may have seen in the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning TV series 

Drinking After Years of Sobriety With Jemima Kirke

April 14th, 2017


Actress and artist Jemima Kirke came on the podcast. Yes, those are thrilling words to write. This is not only exciting because she’s luminous, talented and plays Jessa on freaking Girls but also because she has a …

Having Carrie Fisher Save Your Life with Mara Shapshay

March 23rd, 2017


Writer and comedian Mara Shapshay has had a life of inarguable highs and lows: Growing up outside Boston as the daughter of a sex therapist, Shapshay …

Finding Christianity in Sobriety with Author Heather King

March 16th, 2017


Author Heather King puts the rest of us to shame. She's written so many books she literally has no idea how many. She went through law school pretty …

How Pot Can Help Recovery with Joe Schrank

March 2nd, 2017


Interventionist, sober companion, Fix co-founder and former proprietor of Brooklyn's Loft 107 Sober Living, Joe Schrank is a somewhat controversial figure in recovery circles. While he's never been afraid to speak his …

How Art Helps Addicts with Joe Polish

February 16th, 2017


Marketing guru Joe Polish can't simply be described as a marketing guru. The founder of ILoveMarketing and the Genius Network, Polish is one of the …

Finding Recovery After a Scandal with TV Journalist Rob Koebel

February 2nd, 2017


Former TV news journalist Rob Koebel's future looked bright: he'd won an Emmy and worked his way up to being a reporter at a Wisconsin TV station. …

From Addict to Political Advocacy with Ryan Hampton

January 19th, 2017


Ryan Hampton was all set up for a career in politics: he made his first political donation at the age of 12, met Bill Clinton at the age of 13 and …

Special Episode: Writing Issues: Patrick O'Neil

January 19th, 2017


Regular listeners will notice something unusual here: an entirely new show! I am launching a new project, Writing Issues, where I'll be interviewing …

Special Episode: Writing Issues: Kristen McGuiness

January 19th, 2017


Regular listeners will notice something unusual here: an entirely new show! I am launching a new project, Writing Issues, where I'll be interviewing …

Going From Teenage Delinquent to Treatment Center Owner with Jamison Monroe

January 5th, 2017


Newport Academy owner Jamison Monroe may look like a successful, dashing Southern gentleman and—well, he is. Not only do we rate Newport as one of …

An Argument For Non-Abstinence with Dr. Adi Jaffe

December 22nd, 2016


Dr. Adi Jaffe is someone who's well-known in addiction and recovery circles—primarily for his unorthodox approach to recovery. A former meth addict who went to prison for dealing drugs, Jaffe cleaned up his act in rehab …

Getting Sober After a Tragedy with Maurice LaMarche

December 8th, 2016


Voice actor Maurice LaMarche is someone you've heard more times than you've possibly heard your own parents. He wasn't only the voice of the Brain on Pinky and the Brain but won an Emmy for one of the numerous …

Managing OCD and Alcoholism with Joleen Lunzer

November 25th, 2016


Comedian Joleen Lunzer may hail from Minnesotta but she's carved her way into the LA comedy scene quite nicely. She was one of three finalists in …

From Homeless to Healer with Khalil Rafati

November 10th, 2016


Entrepreneur Khalil Rafati is arguably the least likely entrepreneur out there. Many years ago, the former heroin and crack addict left Toledo, Ohio …

Getting Over An Addiction to Money (and Everything Else) With Sam Polk

October 28th, 2016


Author Sam Polk has had an interesting journey to authorship. The former hedge fund manager had traveled what many would consider the picture perfect …

From Alcoholism to Alcohol Counselor with Erica Spiegelman

October 14th, 2016


Addiction and wellness specialist Erica Spiegelman isn't only the author of the best-selling addiction book Rewired:A Bold New Approach to Addiction …

Getting Relationships Right With Luke Storey

September 16th, 2016


Lifestylist Luke Storey is an interesting fellow. A former stylist (he's dressed everyone you can name and plenty you can't), he founded the School …

The Double Whammy of Alcoholism & Sex Addiction with Jim Norton

September 1st, 2016


Comedian Jim Norton may, with apologies to Stern, be a rival for the King of All Media (let's just call him the Prince). The co-host of the immensely …

Switching Addictions with Debra DiGiovanni

August 19th, 2016


Comedian Debra DiGiovanni has had an enviable career: she's been awarded the Canadian Comedy Award for best female comic for the third time in five years, has been called the “Best Comedian to see after a Messy Break …

Making Recovery Your Life with Shane Ramer

August 5th, 2016


Podcaster and musician Shane Ramer has a day job but his passion is recovery—sharing about his journey out of addiction in the hope that he can help others share about theirs. And so one day, he got an idea: why not …

A New Way to Work the 12 Steps with Herb K

July 22nd, 2016


Herb K is something of a legend in the recovery community, having discovered a specific way of working the 12 steps in 1988 (when he was four years sober) and then sharing that way with the world. The author of

Giving Up Random Sex in Sobriety with Emily McCombs

July 8th, 2016


Writer, blogger, Instagram star, adopted mom of the cat that looks like Adam Driver—there are very few media fame boxes Emily McCombs hasn't …

The Early Days of Sobriety with Fielding Edlow

June 24th, 2016


Writer, actor and stand-up comedian Fielding Edlow may claim she didn't get anywhere in her 20s but she's more than made up for it since: after her …

Surviving Self-Harm with Christina Beck

June 10th, 2016


Filmmaker Christina Beck's looks may be deceiving: a picture perfect blonde, Beck grew up in the San Fernando Valley and quit high school to became a …

Finding Your Biological Father on Facebook with Bill Dixon

May 27th, 2016


Comedian and writer Bill Dixon (who's, by the by, performed in our storytelling show) had a childhood destined to melt the heart of the hardest …

Where Buddhism Meets Recovery With Noah Levine

May 12th, 2016


Author, counselor and Buddhist teacher Noah Levine is a legend in the Buddhist community—not to mention the recovery one (not to mention the world). …

What Happens When Your Dad Directs Your Drug Movie with Nick Reiner and Matt Elisofon

April 28th, 2016


Writers Nick Reiner and Matt Elisofon, the cowriters of the new addiction and recovery drama Being Charlie, did more than their fair share of research in order to create a compelling, convincing story: the two met when …

Being Agnostic in AA with Joe C

March 30th, 2016


Author and musician Joe C. is more than a bit of a legend in recovery circles. Sure, he's been sober for over four decades but that's not why he's known. He's known because he manages to question 12-step without ever …

AfterPartyPod: Being Bipolar with Rob Roberge

March 16th, 2016


Author and musician Rob Roberge has been prolific for quite a while (five books, guitarist and singer in the band The Urinals, teaching at various …

AfterPartyPod: Avoiding Road Rage with Danny Nucci

March 2nd, 2016


Actor Danny Nucci may have played characters who were killed off in three major movies of the 90s (Eraser, The Rock, Titanic) but in real life he's surviving and thriving. Now starring on the ABC Family drama The Fosters

AfterPartyPod: Growing Older in Sobriety with Screenwriter Jeff Roda

February 17th, 2016


Screenwriter Jeff Roda is not someone who's going to be bragging about his accomplishments. You will, in fact, have to attempt to drag them out of …

AfterPartyPod: Jack Grisham

February 4th, 2016


Musician, writer and political activist Jack Grisham is a man of many names and even more lives. Perhaps you know him as Alex Morgan or James …

AfterPartyPod: Bob Marier

January 20th, 2016


Sobriety coach and interventionist Bob Marier has suddenly became the face of sober coachery (a word we just made up). See, coming to represent a fake word is what can happen when you're hired to work with Toronto mayor …

AfterPartyPod: Cindy Caponera

January 6th, 2016


Writer, actress and performer Cindy Caponera launched her career at Chicago's Second City and wrote for Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 1998, which is to say that she came up with just about everyone, from Stephen …

AfterPartyPod: Vicki Abelson

December 23rd, 2015


Author Vicki Abelson has worn many hats: she's been an actress, a director, a teacher, a comic, a manager, a (yes I'm still going), fundraiser, a producer, a workshop leader, a private coach and possibly two or three …

AfterPartyPod: Tony Denison

December 10th, 2015


Actor Tony Denison is best known for his role as Detective Andrew Flynn in The Closer (now called Major Crimes) but was originally launched into the …

AfterPartyPod: Mark Pellington

November 25th, 2015


Director Mark Pellington started off directing videos for Pearl Jam, U2, Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen, among many other musical icons (his …

AfterPartyPod: Rob Patterson

November 11th, 2015


Korn and Filter guitarist Rob Patterson isn't only an incredibly talented musician but also, it turns out, a tech wizard who managed to fix the very recorder used for this interview. His journey to rock stardom started …

AfterPartyPod: Kristen McGuiness

October 28th, 2015


Author Kristen McGuiness may claim not to be a writer anymore but the facts don't lie: the author of the LA Times bestselling book 5150: The Magical Adventures of a Single Life has also been published in The Fix, among …

AfterPartyPod: Sarah Hepola

October 14th, 2015


Author Sarah Hepola isn't just a writer but the author of the biggest book about addiction since A Million Little Pieces. Hepola's memoir, Blackout: …

AfterPartyPod: John Albert

October 1st, 2015


Writer and musician John Albert did not have a standard trajectory to literary success—in fact he says he became a writer by accident when he submitted information about his amateur baseball team, which was made up of a …

AfterPartyPod: Steve Goldbloom

September 14th, 2015


TV host, writer and producer Steve Goldbloom has done a lot in his 31 years on the planet: the Canadian (dual citizenship, yo) created the PBS …

AfterPartyPod: Joseph Naus

September 3rd, 2015


All sober addicts have their stories, some more severe than others. Well, it's safe to say that author and former attorney Joseph Naus checks all the boxes on the "most severe" scale. Born to a heroin addict mother, …

AfterPartyPod: Jason Smith

August 20th, 2015


Author Jason Smith is not a writer who languished in obscurity for years as he tried to make sense of his journey through addiction to recovery. The Northern California based former teacher only started writing a mere …

AfterPartyPod: Dr. Allen Berger

August 6th, 2015


Best-selling author and therapist Dr. Allen Berger is a wonder to behold. Not only is he nearly 45 years sober (though he looks no older than 45) and …

AfterPartyPod: Dave Nadelberg

July 23rd, 2015


Mortified creator Dave Nadelberg is the guy behind—yes—Mortified, a "cultural phenomenon" (per Newsweek) that consists of a live show in cities …

AfterPartyPod: Mitchell Sunderland

July 9th, 2015


Vice writer and editor Mitchell Sunderland is what they mean when they talk about wunderkinds and also what they mean when they talk about human miracles. Okay, so the wunderkind fact: he's 23 and already the Managing …

AfterPartyPod: Leonard Buschel

June 25th, 2015


Reel Recovery Film Festival creator Leonard Buschel has become an advocate for recovery in ways that no one else has—by creating Reel Recovery, which screens movies relating to addiction in Los Angeles, Manhattan, San …

AfterPartyPod: Amanda Fletcher

June 19th, 2015


Writer Amanda Fletcher is more than just a sober warrior. A breast cancer survivor who also manages to remain cheerful about having broken her neck …

AfterPartyPod: Tracy Chabala

May 28th, 2015


AfterParty contributor Tracy Chabala not only writes a good, um, 85% of the stories that are now appearing on the site but her work has also appeared …

AfterPartyPod: Richard Rushfield

May 14th, 2015


Journalist, author and editor Richard Rushfield is a man of many hats and even more opinions—most of them about relationships. A contributor to Vanity Fair, author of three books and former editor at The LA Times, Gawker

AfterPartyPod: Shadoe Stevens

April 30th, 2015


Radio host, actor, TV personality, author and artist Shadoe Stevens possesses one of the most recognizable voices in the world, having hosted American Top 40 from 1988-1995. He was also the announcer on The Late Late …

AfterPartyPod: Amber Smith

April 16th, 2015


Model, actress and Celebrity Rehab star Amber Smith is far more than just a pretty face (and words can't describe how) spectacular body. Rather than …

AfterPartyPod: Dr. Drew

April 3rd, 2015


This one was a long-time coming. Dr, Drew Pinsky, the board certified internist/addiction medicine specialist and one of the kindest men in the world, graces the podcast this week. The co-host of Loveline since its 1984 …

AfterPartyPod: Kevin Pereira

March 18th, 2015


TV host, podcaster, mini mogul and wunderkind Kevin Pereira isn’t only potentially the sweetest man alive but also one of the more accomplished. He …

AfterPartyPod: Mishka Shubaly

March 7th, 2015


Author and musician Mishka Shubaly isn't only the author of seven bestselling Kindle Singles. (If you don't know what these are, Google Kindle Singles, where you'll also learn that almost all the publications who have …

AfterPartyPod: Dr. Pat Allen

February 20th, 2015


Relationship expert and licensed Marriage, Family and Child counselor Dr. Pat Allen has been a legend in the psychology field for over three decades. …

AfterPartyPod: Katie Rubin

February 5th, 2015


Actress, comedian, solo show performer, writer and healer (yep, you read that right) Katie Rubin is no ordinary hyphenate. Not only has she toured …

AfterPartyPod: Ritch Shydner

January 22nd, 2015


Comedian Ritch Shydner isn't exactly just a comedian. Yes, he's appeared on The Tonight Show, Letterman and Leno a bunch of times. Sure, he's had HBO specials. Yep, he played Al Bundy's coworker on Married With …

AfterPartyPod: Ethlie Ann Vare

January 15th, 2015


Writer Ethlie Ann Vare is a woman of many hats: a prolific TV and film writer, she's also the author of Love Addict: Sex, Romance and Other Dangerous …

AfterPartyPod: Aaron Akins

January 9th, 2015


Musician Aaron Akins has opened for Bob Hope, contributed to various projects for Russell Simmons Television and performed everywhere from a festival …

AfterPartyPod: Patrick O'Neil

December 18th, 2014


Author Patrick O'Neil is not only one of AfterPartyChat's most talented authors; he's also a former roadie, author of the forthcoming memoir Gun Needle Spoon and alumni of what he calls "several bad bands." And boy did …

AfterPartyPod: Patty Powers

December 11th, 2014


Recovery coach and one of the stars of the A&E show Relapse, Patty Powers has led what in any context or circles would be called an interesting …

AfterPartyPod: Ronnie Marmo

December 4th, 2014


Actor and director Ronnie Marmo may be a soap star but the truth is he's so very much more. Sure, he played Ronnie Domestico for three years on General Hospital (yeah, the character was written for him) but his main …

AfterPartyPod: John Griffiths

November 27th, 2014


Us Weekly TV critic John Griffiths is on the public awareness task force for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and is the founder and president of the Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics …

AfterPartyPod: Mo Gaffney

November 20th, 2014


Actress Mo Gaffney was on the seminal show Absolutely Fabulous and rest assured she is absolutely fabulous. After launching to stardom with the …

AfterPartyPod: Tommy Rosen

November 13th, 2014


Yoga and recovery expert Tommy Rosen is, despite his serenity, not a man who sits still very long. The Hatha and Kundalini yoga teacher (who's been sober for 23 years) has been one of the pioneers of the yoga-recovery …

AfterPartyPod: Lisa Sunstedt

November 6th, 2014


Comic Lisa Sundstedt has not only written on and produced such TV shows as Girls Behaving Badly, The Chelsea Handler Show and Chelsea Lately but she’s also the creator of the longest-lasting all female comedy show in …

AfterPartyPod: Sarge Pickman

October 30th, 2014


Comedian Sarge Pickman is less a comedian who talks about his recovery and more a recovering addict who incorporates his comedic gifts into the work that he does. While he started off working the comedy circuit in LA …

AfterPartyPod: Claude Shires

October 23rd, 2014


Comedian and entrepreneur Claude Shires is no ordinary comedian or entrepreneur (um, to start with, you don't see that hybrid too often, amIright?) The Florida-reared husband and father was sent to a year-long treatment …

AfterPartyPod: Alice Carbone

October 16th, 2014


Writer Alice Carbone has not been afraid to explore the dark side—in her blog, her podcast and her essays for AfterPartyChat. But as her more recent pieces have shown, she explores the lighter side just as poignantly. …

AfterPartyPod: Moby

October 7th, 2014


For reals, what is there to say about Moby that hasn't already been said? (Well, there's one thing that's at least never been in print: How f-ing psyched are you that he agreed to do AfterPartyPod?)

The legendary …

AfterPartyPod: Jeff Ullrich

October 3rd, 2014


Earwolf co-founder Jeff Ullrich is something of a podcast legend—ever since he and Scott Aukerman created the podcast network Earwolf in 2010. Now …

AfterPartyPod: Mike Gaffney

September 25th, 2014


Comedian Mike Gaffney is a bit of an anomaly—a guy who got his start doing recovery-oriented comedy and has been able to build a solid career from …

AfterPartyPod: Mick Betancourt

September 17th, 2014


Comic, TV writer and podcaster Mick Betancourt is, to put it mildly, a survivor. The host of a popular podcast, Betancourt endured a childhood that …

AfterPartyPod: Caleb Bacon

September 10th, 2014


TV writer and podcaster Caleb Bacon is not only on the writing staff of Vince Vaughn's TBS show Sullivan & Son and the host of the popular Man …

AfterPartyPod: Alonzo Bodden

August 31st, 2014


Comedian Alonzo Bodden is far more than just the winner of the third season of Last Comic Standing. The former aircraft mechanic had no idea he even wanted to pursue comedy until he got sober over two decades ago and …

AfterPartyPod: Morgan Walsh

August 21st, 2014


Actress Morgan Walsh may look like the very picture of innocence but it took quite a journey for her to earn her sobriety. Now married to Veep star …

AfterPartyPod: John Heffron

August 13th, 2014


Comedian John Heffron may have been introduced to the world at large when he won the second season of Last Comic Standing but he's been in the comedy …

AfterPartyPod: Amos Pizzey

August 3rd, 2014


Musician and entrepreneur Amos Pizzey is a one-man powerhouse: the son of women's refuge movement founder Erin Pizzey, Amos ended up joining Culture …

AfterPartyPod: Bennett Yellin

July 30th, 2014


The co-writer of Dumb and Dumber, Bennett Yellin is far more than a guy who can make the masses giggle until they burst. The writer of a slew of other comedies, Yellin may have gotten on the map when Dumb and Dumber …

AfterPartyPod: Mike Carano

July 28th, 2014


Podcaster, photographer and best observational living comedian who's not a comedian Mike Carano has shared his unique personality with the public in myriad ways: through his photographs of comedians, his five-minute …

AfterPartyPod: Stefani Wilder-Taylor

July 23rd, 2014


Writer, comedian, podcaster, TV host and all-around delight Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is one of the greatest lessons out of there for those who like to booze to the point of unmanageability and don't see any problem with …

AfterPartyPod: Mark Ebner

July 23rd, 2014


Author and journalist Mark Ebner puts the F in fearless reporter. Not afraid to get his hands dirty, the guy who took on Scientology has gone on to …

AfterPartyPod: Craig Gass

July 7th, 2014


Comedian Craig Gass is known for his ridiculously spot-on celebrity impressions (seriously, his Gene Simmons is so accurate that Gass actually …

AfterPartyPod: Natasha Vargas-Cooper

June 30th, 2014


Writer Natasha Vargas-Cooper has accomplished more in 30 years than some do in a lifetime. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from UCLA with a double …

AfterPartyPod: ANT

June 23rd, 2014


The comedian ANT may have legally changed his name from Anthony but that is hardly the most unique fact about him. The veteran of Last Comic Standing (six of the show's seven seasons) is also a TV show host who puts …

AfterPartyPod: Laura House

June 17th, 2014


Comedian and TV writer Laura House has starred in MTV's iconic Austin Stories, written on Blue Collar TV, The George Lopez Show, Samantha Who? and Mom

AfterPartyPod: Amber Tozer

June 8th, 2014


Comedian Amber Tozer is so much more than a comedian. Sure, she's performed stand-up all over the world, been featured on Last Comic Standing and stars in the hit web series nitTWITS but she's also written on the …

AfterPartyPod: Brent Bolthouse

June 2nd, 2014


Nightlife impressario Brent Bolthouse has ruled the LA social landscape for the past few decades, helping to put such classic clubs as the Roxbury, …

AfterPartyPod: Ben Mandelker

May 19th, 2014


Blogger and screenwriter Ben Mandelker is one of the most quick-witted people out there. He created and then sold the website TVgasm years ago (he …

AfterPartyPod: Georgia Hardstark

May 19th, 2014


TV personality Georgia Hardstark is one half of the dynamic duo known as Alie and Goergia but she's a fascinating woman all on her own. People came to find out about her after she and Alie Ward made a video of …

AfterPartyPod: Jesse Joyce

May 16th, 2014


Comedian Jesse Joyce is a New York-based comedian who's appeared on Comedy Underground with Dave Attell, @Midnight, Last Comic Standing and Red Eye (among many others), has written on numerous Comedy Central roasts and …

AfterPartyPod: Dr. Stephen Dansiger

May 1st, 2014


WTF regular and clinical psychologist Dr. Stephen Dansiger has lived many lives while the rest of us were inhabiting only one: once a CBGB regular …

AfterPartyPod: Susanna Brisk

April 22nd, 2014


Author, comedian and actress Susanna Brisk is an outrageous Aussie with a penchant for the shocking. Her AfterParty stories have documented her feelings about sex and mental health and her memoir, I'll Be The Death of Me

AfterPartyPod: Janie Haddad Tompkins

April 12th, 2014


Actress Janie Haddad Tompkins has appeared in more TV shows than could fit in this space—Desperate Housewives, Criminal Minds, Monk, Happy Endings

AfterPartyPod: Lewis Howes

April 12th, 2014


Professional athlete Lewis Howes and host of the podcast The School of Greatness is also what's known as lifestyle entrepreneur. The short version of …

AfterPartyPod: Marc Maron

April 12th, 2014


The legendary comedian and host of the immensely popular WTF podcast needs no introduction but we're giving him one anyway: he's spent a couple …

AfterPartyPod: Brian Finkelstein

March 20th, 2014


Storyteller Brian Finkelstein is an Emmy-nominated writer, a regular performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) in LA and the host of the LA …

AfterPartyPod: Sara Benincasa

March 12th, 2014


Writer and comedian Sara Benincasa is a memoirist, a novelist, a performer, a delight and also completely open about her issues with mental health. After having her first panic attacks as a child, the New Jersey-reared …

AfterPartyPod: Dave Anthony

February 28th, 2014


Comedian, actor, writer and podcaster Dave Anthony is the first non-alcoholic guest as AfterPartyPod opens up to welcome not just addicts but also …

AfterPartyPod: Eddie Pepitone

February 22nd, 2014


Comedian Eddie Pepitone is a national treasure to the part of the nation that knows him. This was the theme of The Bitter Buddha, the critically acclaimed documentary about his life, and is also occasionally a part of …

AfterPartyPod: Jason Wahler

February 21st, 2014


Hills and Laguna Beach star Jason Wahler played up his reality star bad boy image to the extreme by getting arrested multiple times (in multiple …

AfterPartyPod: Rich Roll

February 10th, 2014


Bestselling author, ultra-endurance athlete, plant-based nutrition advocate and sober father Rich Roll has been hailed as one of the world's fittest …

AfterPartyPod: Riki Rachtman

January 13th, 2014


TV and radio host Riki Rachtman may have the tattoos and rocker guy persona of a tough guy but make no mistake—he's a sweetheart. The host of MTV's Headbangers Ball and former owner of the Cathouse club, Rachtman now …

AfterPartyPod: Kristen Johnston

January 13th, 2014


Actress and author Kristen Johnston needs no introduction but we're giving her one anyway: the Emmy award-winning star of Third Rock From the Sun who's now starring on TVLand's The Exes (Wednesdays at 10 pm!), Johnston …

AfterPartyPod: Mackenzie Phillips

January 2nd, 2014


Mackenzie Phillips had, from the outside, the most glamorous childhood that could be imagined: the daughter of the Mamas and Papas lead singer John …

AfterPartyPod: Jerry Stahl

December 18th, 2013


Permanent Midnight author Jerry Stahl is, bar none, this generation's king of junkie lit. Dark and hilarious, Permanent Midnight was an insta-classic that was made into a movie with Ben Stiller as the lead and Stahl has …

AfterPartyPod: D.H. Peligro

November 8th, 2013


Dead Kennedys drummer D.H. Peligro has been to rehab 31 times. He's also been in the Red Hot Chili Peppers, lived with a whole bunch of crazy addicts …

AfterPartyPod: Michael Des Barres

November 7th, 2013


Musician and actor Michael Des Barres has had many lives: he's been in bands with John Taylor and Steve Jones, performed at Live Aid, co-written hit songs ("Obsession," which Animotion made famous, and which Des Barres …

AfterPartyPod: Jake Fogelnest

November 6th, 2013


Comedian Jake Fogelnest was more successful at 14 than many of us will ever be: his public access TV show, Squirt TV, had a cult following that …

AfterPartyPod: Josh Leonard

October 21st, 2013


Actor and director Josh Leonard (though he'd introduce himself to you as Joshua) launched into the spotlight as one of the stars of The Blair Witch Project. After a bit of a wayward youth (getting in trouble for having …

AfterPartyPod: Carrie White

October 11th, 2013


Author Carrie White has lived many lives. The first female hairdresser to the stars, White tended to the tresses of everyone from Ann Margaret and Elvis to Sharon Tate and Elizabeth Taylor. And she did it all on …

AfterPartyPod: Jennifer Gimenez

October 11th, 2013


Actress and reality star Jennifer Gimenez first worked as a teenage model before acting alongside Johnny Depp in Blow and Cameron Diaz in The Sweetest Thing. But many first came to know her when she was the house …

AfterPartyPod: Danielle Stewart

October 4th, 2013


Comedian Danielle Stewart will say anything any time, anywhere. And so her conversation with AfterPartyChat's Anna David covered addiction, yes, but also jealousy, hope, Facebook, sex addiction and more. Arguably NSFW …

AfterPartyPod: John DeVore

September 27th, 2013


Writer and editor John DeVore was a great drunk, as AfterPartyChat's Anna David well knows, since she logged many (sober) hours with him while he was still boozing and the two were living in New York. Now sober over …

AfterPartyPod: Paul Gilmartin

September 19th, 2013


Comedian and Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast host Paul Gilmartin is, to some, the affable longtime co-host of TBS' Dinner and a Movie. But to …

AfterPartyPod: Claudia Lonow

September 10th, 2013


Prolific television producer and former actress Claudia Lonow has been the force behind Rude Awakening, How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest …

AfterPartyPod: Jeff Kober

September 5th, 2013


Actor and meditation teacher Jeff Kober has been in every TV show you've ever seen (China Beach, Star Trek, Law and Order, Sons of Anarchy and trust us, that's only the beginning) and is one of LA's most revered …

AfterPartyPod: Nic Sheff

August 29th, 2013


Best-selling author of Tweak, staff writer for The Killing and the beautiful boy of his father David Sheff's best-selling book, Nic Sheff has written …

AfterPartyPod: Craig Shoemaker

August 22nd, 2013


Comedian Craig Shoemaker talks to AfterPartyChat's Anna David about his 20+ years of sobriety, forgiveness, his penchant for being nude and the healing energy work he does. Spoiler alert: they almost have a fight!

AfterPartyPod: Sam Lansky

August 14th, 2013


Writer Sam Lansky has managed to pack seven rehabs, five years of sobriety and thousands of brilliant words into his 24 years and here he tells AfterPartyChat's Anna David all about it.

AfterPartyPod: Alexis Neiers

August 7th, 2013


Bling Ring member (Emma Watson played her in the Sofia Coppola movie) and reality TV star Alexis Neiers talks to AfterPartyChat's Anna David about …

AfterPartyPod: Greg Behrendt

July 28th, 2013


Comedian, best-selling author, musician and Walking The Room podcast co-host Greg Behrendt talks to AfterPartyChat's Anna David about addiction, relapse and how sobriety helps you give relationship advice.

AfterPartyPod: Jimmy Pardo

July 23rd, 2013


Comedian and Never Not Funny host Jimmy Pardo talks to Anna David about drinking too much, gossiping about other people and the would-be spin-off …

AfterPartyPod: Pat O'Brien

July 14th, 2013


Radio and TV personality, sportscaster, author and sober alcoholic Pat O'Brien talks to AfterPartyChat's Anna David about the bottles of wine that …

AfterPartyPod: Carlos Herrera

June 30th, 2013


Comedian Carlos Herrera joins AfterPartyChat's Anna David and Laura House to discuss addiction, quitting smoking, whether or not Favoriting someone's …

Transitioning From Addicted Woman to Sober Man with Ian Harvie

January 1st, 1970


In this episode of Recover Girl, Ian Harvie joined me on my couch to talk about his childhood in rural Maine, his journey to discovering his true …

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