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The Other F Word: Conversations About Failure

Hosts: Morgan Simpson: Filmmaker/Actor, Sara Singer Schiff: Journalist/Radio Producer, Melissa Brohner-Schneider: Marriage and Family Therapist - Producer: Bipasha Shom

The Other F Word is taking the shame out of Failure. Join us as we explore what makes us human. Messy, funny, tragic, inspiring stories about failure.
Rebecca Kitt on Navigating the Challenges of Divorce

56:04 | Jun 19th

Rebecca Kitt shares her story about her problematic marriage and the challenges she faced throughout her divorce. Failure became a constant theme that led her to feel overwhelmed and defeated, and yet she persevered and found strength she didn’t know...Show More
Bill Watterson on Balancing Passion with Making a Living

49:42 | Jun 5th

Director and former musician and actor Bill Watterson shares his struggle of ambition and a passion to create art with the ability to make a living at what he loves. In this honest discussion, Bill tackles important questions about following his drea...Show More
Michele Filgate on Our Relationships with Our Mothers

39:17 | May 22nd

Author and editor  Michele Filgate discusses her recent anthology “What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About” which grew out of her essay of the same name. Michele was abused by her step father growing up but she and her mother never talked about it, lea...Show More
Jeff Goldman on OCD

46:57 | May 8th

Hollywood executive Jeff Goldman describes how he is challenged by living with severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). He struggled throughout his childhood with undiagnosed OCD that controlled much of his life and often left him feeling like a f...Show More
Judith Viorst on Decades of Wisdom

57:10 | May 1st

Prolific author of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction, poetry, musicals, and countless magazine articles, Judith Viorst shares her journey through many decades of both success and failure. Known for her bestselling adult book “Necessary Los...Show More
Kimberly Chambers on Realizing Unimaginable Dreams

57:42 | Apr 24th

As a record breaking and award winning open-water marathon  swimmer, including the Ocean's Seven, which consists of seven long-distance open-water swims, Kim Chambers shares what it’s like to conquer goals she never thought she could attain. After su...Show More
Elizabeth White on Reinventing Yourself After 50

48:01 | Apr 17th

Entrepreneur, consultant and author of the book “55, Underemployed and Faking Normal”, Elizabeth White describes how she went from a Harvard MBA and a hugely successful business career, to being "55, underemployed and faking normal”. She describes he...Show More
Linda Grasso on Breaking Barriers

40:54 | Apr 3rd

Editor-In-Chief of Ventura Blvd Magazine and Host of the Podcast SheSez, Linda Grasso speaks about her career in journalism, including longtime correspondent, anchor and host for E! Entertainment TV and the struggles she faced navigating the industry...Show More
Veronica Kirin on Post Traumatic Stress Injury

37:17 | Mar 27th

Entrepreneur, coach and author of “Stories of Elders”, Veronica Kirin shares her fascinating story of experiencing an anticipated tsunami while working as a humanitarian aid in a coastal Village in Samoa in 2009. Despite the fact that the tsunami nev...Show More
William Deresiewicz on The Current College Crises

46:06 | Mar 20th

Author and essayist William Deresiewicz discusses his book “Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life” and the current college admissions scandal. William got his Bachelor's, Master's and PhD from Columb...Show More
Dr. Pamela Ebstyne King on Positive Youth Development

44:49 | Mar 13th

A Professor of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Dr. King’s focus is on human thriving and spiritual development, especially in the context of our youth. Her combination of intellect, sensitivity, and wit takes the topics of spirituality, re...Show More
Matt Abrams on OxyContin Junkie to Yale Graduate

53:13 | Mar 6th

A Writer with a Doctorate in Art History, Matt Abrams shares his epic story of early drug use, which led to dropping out of high school,  running away from home, drug smuggling and dealing. After many of his junkie friends landed themselves in jail o...Show More
Steve Burrows on Saving His Mother

46:42 | Feb 27th

Steve Burrows, filmmaker and comedian, speaks about the making of his HBO documentary “Bleed Out”, the story of his mom, who went in for a routine hip replacement surgery and came out with permanent brain damage after a week long coma that changed he...Show More
Barbara Brown Taylor on Sitting in the Darkness

41:24 | Feb 20th

Barbara Brown Taylor is an Episcopal priest, college professor and NYTimes best-selling author of numerous books including “Leaving Church” and “Learning to Walk in the Dark”. Her latest "Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others" from HarperOne ...Show More
Susan and Douglas Segal on Trauma and Triumph

56:54 | Feb 13th

Author Douglas Segal of the recently published book “Struck: A Husband’s Memoir of Trauma and Triumph” and his wife Susan Segal, share their terrifying story of Susan and their daughter’s tragic near fatal head on collision with a bus and Susan’s jou...Show More
Jessica Winther on the Pressure to be a Perfect Parent

51:46 | Feb 6th

Jessica Winther is an Actress, Comedian and Writer and shares her journey of trying to be a perfect parent and how her son’s chronic illness launched her into the reality of the imperfection of parenting. Revealing her painful journey, she uses humor...Show More
Marianne Power on Her Self-Help Journey

54:44 | Jan 30th

London based journalist Marianne Power talks about her recent book “Help Me! One Woman’s Quest to Find Out if Self Help Can Really Change Your Life!” Her journey of reading one self help book a month for one year and living by the rules of these book...Show More
Brooke Smith on Figuring out Failure

53:41 | Jan 23rd

Actress Brooke Smith from "Grey's Anatomy" and "Silence of the Lambs" shares how she overcame childhood traumas in part by just “showing up” in spite of her overwhelming emotions. She also talks about her own challenges as an adult, both in work and ...Show More
Jonathan Fields on the Good Life Project

50:48 | Jan 16th

Jonathan Fields is the best selling author, entrepreneur,  and founder of The Good Life Project, an online and educational program aimed at helping people live a better life, both personally and professionally.  He is also the host of the world famou...Show More
Tommy Tomlinson on the Search for his Best Self

45:10 | Jan 9th

Tommy Tomlinson, journalist and author of “The Elephant in the Room” speaks about his struggle with weight and his chronicle of profound self-discovery and weight loss. After his sister died from complications of obesity, Tommy knew that at 460 lbs h...Show More
Liz Pryor on the Shame of Teenage Pregnancy

58:17 | Dec 19th, 2018

Author, speaker, relationship and life advice expert Liz Pryor opens up about her experience of getting pregnant at 17 and being sent away to a home for pregnant teens by her mother. Liz describes the shame her parents felt about her pregnancy and ho...Show More
Jia Jiang on Rejection

43:40 | Dec 12th, 2018

Jia Jiang is an entrepreneur, author and TED speaker who adapted the card game “Rejection Therapy” and created a blog, products and services to further explore rejection. He talks about how the experience of rejection is universal amongst all human b...Show More
Gwyn McColl on Her 72 Hour Experience in a Psychiatric Hospital

1:01:38 | Dec 5th, 2018

Actress, writer and mother Gwyn McColl describes her harrowing yet eye opening experience of enduring a 5150 - the official legal code for restraining someone involuntarily for 72 hours due to erratic and potentially dangerous behavior. Gwyn’s story ...Show More
Jace Downey on Sex Addiction

57:21 | Nov 28th, 2018

Jace Downey, Recovery Empowerment Specialist, shares her powerful story of struggling with sex addiction. After repressing her early experience of sexual abuse, she assumed she was just born broken and spent much of her early life looking for ways to...Show More
TOFW Team on Holiday Failures

30:12 | Nov 21st, 2018

Melissa, Morgan, and Sara talk about the upcoming holidays and the many failures that often come along for the ride. Whether it be unmet expectations for perfection, family dynamics and tension, or a sense of loneliness and sadness that often come as...Show More
A.J. Jacobs on Going Outside of Your Comfort Zone

49:31 | Nov 14th, 2018

A.J. Jacobs is a New York Times best selling author, most recently of the book “Thanks a Thousand” a chronicled journey thanking everyone who was involved in the making of his morning cup of coffee.  A.J. joins us to talks about his varied lifestyle ...Show More
A.N. Turner on Internet Addiction

39:46 | Nov 7th, 2018

Author A.N. Turner talks to us about internet addiction and specifically, internet porn addiction. Turner who is still a young man in his early 20’s, describes how he became addicted to online porn and how it took over his life, interfering with his ...Show More
Drea Guertiz on Finding Light in the Darkness

47:29 | Oct 31st, 2018

Drea Guertiz, journalist and author of “Eyes Without a Face” speaks about her journey from depression to hope and wholeness. Born in Columbia, she shares her family history of suicide and her own experience of struggling with deep depression. Hitting...Show More
Angela King On Life After Hate

49:40 | Oct 24th, 2018

Angela King is the program director of Life After Hate, a non-profit organization that helps people extricate themselves from hate groups and turn their lives around. Angela shares her deeply personal experience of being raised by extremely strict an...Show More
Alexia Vernon on Developing a Resiliency Muscle

52:04 | Oct 17th, 2018

Alexia Vernon, leadership and women’s speaking coach and author of “Step Into Your Moxie” shares her journey of finding her voice and self confidence after experiencing harrowing moments in her past. In an articulate and vulnerable voice, Alexia shar...Show More
Alethea Black on Her Journey to Health

39:16 | Oct 10th, 2018

Alethea Black, author of “You’ve Been So Lucky Already” shares her story of navigating through chronic illness that had no cure for years. This experience of failure on a bodily level led to crushing fatigue, profound loss of joy and a deep worry tha...Show More
Dr. Paige Church on Being a Doctor and a Person with a Disability

44:43 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Born with spina bifida, a chronic spinal disability that she tried to hide for most of her life, Dr. Church went on to become a pediatric specialist who treats kids with the same condition. Growing up without much language on how to talk about and pr...Show More
Preston Pollard on Moving Towards Your Dreams

48:36 | Sep 26th, 2018

Preston Pollard is a skateboarder, life coach and motivational speaker who shares his journey of growing up in Alaska and struggling to find his identity. As a black child, he was pressured to play basketball and football but Preston was drawn to ska...Show More
Rowan Hooper on How Superhumans Deal with Failure

40:51 | Sep 19th, 2018

Rowan Hooper, evolutionary biologist and author of the new book “Superhuman-Life at the Extremes of our Capacity” shares the awe-inspiring stories of people who have reached extraordinary places in their lives in terms of human achievement. Each chap...Show More
The Sklar Brothers on Laughing Through Failure

58:43 | Sep 12th, 2018

Twin brothers and comics Randy and Jason Sklar share their experiences of failure amidst their successful careers as writers, actors, stand-up comedians and hosts of the podcasts "View from the Cheap Seats" and "Dumb People Town". With brilliant humo...Show More
Patti Grabel on Starting Anew After Raising Kids

53:28 | Sep 5th, 2018

Mother, wife, writer, producer and ultimately artist Patti Grabel describes the long journey she followed to find herself and follow her passions after focusing solely on her family for many years. Patti paid attention to some things she was struggli...Show More
Mike Downey on Grit

50:47 | Aug 29th, 2018

Mike Downey, a serial entrepreneur and intrapreneur, explores his early failures as a child and the impact they had on his development into adulthood. With humor and great insight, Mike shares his varied stories of things not going his way and the sh...Show More
Tessa Fontaine on Mother-Daughter Relationships

49:19 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Tessa Fontaine is the author of “The Electric Woman”, a story about her complex relationship with her mother and her parallel experience of traveling with America’s last Sideshow. Tessa shares her remarkable journey of pain and loneliness growing up ...Show More
Jed Davis and Scott Casperson on Dating in Mid-Life From The Male Perspective

1:01:43 | Aug 15th, 2018

Jed Davis is in sales and Scott Casperson is a children’s picture book author. Jed and Scott are friends, in their mid-life, and have never been married. Both men are looking for love. In a funny, honest, and thought provoking conversation, they shar...Show More
Dima Ghawi on Escaping Oppression and Inspiring Others

52:59 | Aug 8th, 2018

Dima Ghawi is a leadership speaker, executive coach  and author of “Breaking Vases”, a story of the pressure for submission and perfection by her Middle Eastern culture and her terrifying escape to save herself. Dima speaks honestly about her journey...Show More
Rachel Simmons on Failing Well

42:51 | Aug 1st, 2018

Rachel Simmons, Leadership Development Specialist at Smith College and author of numerous books including most recent “Enough As She Is”, speaks about her Failure Initiative “Failing Well’ with college students at Smith College.  For many high achiev...Show More
Amy Smith on Finding Her Voice

50:57 | Jul 25th, 2018

Life coach and founder of website Joyjunkie, Amy E. Smith, speaks candidly about growing up in a religious family and feeling like a failure in the eyes of her parents because she didn’t share their core values.  After living for years with fear and ...Show More
Glynnis MacNicol on Things No One Tells You

48:33 | Jul 18th, 2018

Journalist and cofounder of the women’s networking group The Li.st, Glynnis MacNicol speaks about her revelatory new memoir, “No One Tells You This”, an honest exploration about being single, childless and happy. Glynnis shares how she approached her...Show More
Dan Freedman on Step-Parenting

55:44 | Jul 11th, 2018

Dan Freedman shares his journey of parenthood, first as a typical father of 2, then a single father of 3, and now as a father of a blended family of 5. His story is one fraught with layers of loss and struggle, as well as deep connection and love. Af...Show More
Tiffony Jacobs and Kanya Sim on the Power of a Mentor

56:45 | Jun 27th, 2018

Tiffony Jacobs and Kanya Sim are writers, speakers, entrepreneurs, and members of the original Freedom Writers, a group of high school students led by teacher Erin Gruwell, who inspired her struggling students to share their personal stories through ...Show More
Jon Acuff on Setting Goals for Success

50:11 | Jun 20th, 2018

Jon Acuff is an entrepreneur, speaker, and New York Times Bestselling author of six books including his most recent “Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done”. He speaks from personal experience of his own struggle to finish anything, referring to his ...Show More
Sara Quits the Podcast

25:00 | Jun 13th, 2018

This week’s episode focuses on what’s happened recently, behind the scenes of the podcast, and how it pertains to success and failure.  Issues of self doubt, shame, the need for honest communication, and the pressure for perfection are some of the ho...Show More
Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola on the Challenges of Relationships

1:07:35 | Jun 6th, 2018

Authors, relationship experts and married couple Greg Behrendt (He’s Just Not That Into You) and Amiira Ruotola share their advice on what it takes to stay happily married. They dispel many myths about relationships through honest revelations about t...Show More
Michelle Carlson On How We Can Help Teens Navigate Failure

46:43 | May 30th, 2018

Michelle Carlson, Executive Director of TEEN LINE, a teen-to-teen national hotline, shares her expertise and insight on at-risk adolescents and the issues teens are dealing with. From stress and anxiety to depression and suicidal thoughts, teen calle...Show More
Romona Robinson on Faith

41:40 | May 23rd, 2018

Eight time Emmy Award Winning News Anchor Romona Robinson and author of the book A Dirt Road to Somewhere talks about her struggle to overcome multiple life obstacles, starting with surviving a childhood of extreme poverty, to picking the wrong kind ...Show More
Richard Rayner on Overcoming His Criminal Past to Becoming a Hollywood Success Story

42:41 | May 16th, 2018

Richard Rayner, author of “The Blue Suit” shares the tale of his complicated relationship with his father, who embezzled money, faked his own death and then disappeared when Richard was just 10 years old. After being gone for years, his father return...Show More
Meg Conley on Connecting through Failure

47:17 | May 9th, 2018

Meg Conley, writer and speaker,  known for her HuffPost article “We Ask Our Kids the Same Three Questions Every Night”, shares how this nightly ritual has created and sustained an ongoing conversation that connects their family in a deep way.  In a r...Show More
P. Charlotte Lindsay on Dating in Mid-Life

52:58 | May 2nd, 2018

P. Charlotte Lindsay, writer, and single mom, speaks openly, honestly and with great insight and humor about her experience in the world of post divorce dating. P. Charlotte talks about being in the “invisible years” of mid life and feeling flawed, b...Show More
Captain Scott Kelly on Space Travel

31:16 | Apr 25th, 2018

Captain Scott Kelly is a former NASA astronaut who spent almost a year on the International Space Station and 520 total days in space, which is beautifully chronicled in his book Endurance.  Captain Kelly’s path to outer space wasn’t an easy one, as ...Show More
Becca Stevens on Healing

47:06 | Apr 18th, 2018

Rev. Becca Stevens is an Episcopal priest, author, and founder of Thistle Farms, a non-profit residential center that heals, empowers and employs women who are survivors of human trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. Her call to help and heal oth...Show More
Ed Begley Jr and Rachelle Carson-Begley on Recovery

43:42 | Apr 11th, 2018

Actors, environmentalists and married couple Ed Begley Jr and Rachelle Carson share their unique stories of struggling for years with alcoholism and addiction and how they came to a place of sobriety over more than 30 years ago. Using honesty and hum...Show More
Ruth Whippman on America the Anxious

44:19 | Apr 4th, 2018

On the heels of last week’s episode on Happiness, we offer a different glimpse into the struggle to be happy. British author, journalist, and documentary film-maker Ruth Whippman, speaks about her newest book “America the Anxious” and the pressure Am...Show More
Gretchen Rubin on Happiness

50:11 | Mar 28th, 2018

Best selling author, blogger, and host of her own hugely popular podcast on happiness, Gretchen shares her research and theory on finding happiness. In this conversation, she starts by sharing how her early career failures, while disappointing at the...Show More
Shannon Cason on Gambling Addiction

39:01 | Mar 21st, 2018

Shannon Cason is an award winning storyteller best known for his work on The Moth, Snap Judgement, and his own podcasts Homemade Stories and The Trouble. Shannon shares his shocking story of how he stole $50,000 and gambled it all away in one day. In...Show More
Cathy Schenkelberg on Scientology.

53:02 | Mar 14th, 2018

Cathy Schenkelberg, actor and former Scientologist, shares her experience with the Church of Scientology in a gut wrenchingly honest and simultaneously humorous way in her one woman show Squeeze My Cans: Surviving Scientology.  Cathy’s story is a fas...Show More
Judy Batalion on Hoarding

42:29 | Mar 7th, 2018

Judy Batalion, author of “White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess In Between” speaks honestly about her childhood experience of growing up with a mother who was a compulsive hoarder.  Before hoarding became a psychiatric di...Show More
Karen Walrond on the Beauty of Being Different

43:24 | Feb 28th, 2018

Karen Walrond, recovering lawyer, leadership coach, photographer and author of "The Beauty of Different: Observations of a Confident Misfit", joins us to share her journey of celebrating uniqueness. Karen was born in Trinidad and moved back and forth...Show More
Morra Aarons-Mele on How Personality Types Deal with Anxiety

35:52 | Feb 21st, 2018

Morra Aarons-Mele, author  of “Hiding in the Bathroom”, who also has a podcast of the same title, shares her practical road map for driven and ambitious people who are also introverts. Morra speaks about years of faking an extroverted shell to keep u...Show More
David J. Flood on Inspiring our Youth

45:04 | Feb 14th, 2018

Kids today are under more stress then they’ve ever been- from intense academic expectations to round the clock social media pressures, and the impact is clear: child and teen suicide rates, depression and anxiety are all on the rise. And yet, as diff...Show More
Dr. Tina Payne Bryson on How to Move Our Brains Through Failure

59:42 | Feb 7th, 2018

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is a Psychotherapist, Founder/Executive director of The Center for Connection in Pasadena, and the co-author (with Dr. Dan Siegel) of The Yes Brain as well as two New York Times best-selling books, The Whole Brain Child and No-D...Show More
Shalini Vadhera on the Journey of a Female Entrepreneur

40:16 | Jan 31st, 2018

Passionate about bringing products to the world to help people feel a sense of confidence through beauty, Shalini’s story is one of struggle, perseverance, success and failure. From being bullied as a child for her ethnicity to being sexually harasse...Show More
Cathy Heller on Pursuing Your Dream Career

1:14:10 | Jan 22nd, 2018

Singer, songwriter and host of the podcast “Don’t Keep Your Day Job”, Cathy Heller, has mastered the ability to figure out what she wants to do, how to make it happen and - best of all - get paid for it.  Cathy’s relentless search for authenticity in...Show More
Dese’Rae L. Stage on Suicide

50:47 | Jan 17th, 2018

Dese’Rae is a photographer, writer, advocate and founder of LiveThroughThis.org, an on-line collection of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors.  At a time in society when suicide is on the rise, and yet, still very evocative and difficu...Show More
Jean McCutcheon on Why New Year's Resolutions Fail

46:37 | Jan 11th, 2018

Psychotherapist and life coach Jean McCutcheon joins us to talk about the pressure to make and keep New Year's resolutions, and how the failure to do so can leave people feeling discouraged and overwhelmed for the year to come. Jean speaks about the ...Show More
Krista Parkinson on Failing to get Married

46:42 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Successful Hollywood executive and one-time Mormon, Krista Parkinson talks about her struggle to find love. Krista grew up a strict Mormon but when she moved to Los Angeles and started working in the entertainment business, her two worlds came into c...Show More
Samuel West on The Museum of Failure

23:20 | Dec 20th, 2017

Bored and tired of the worship and glorification of success, Sam West founded the Museum of Failure in Sweden last summer, to take away the stigma of failure and instead see it as an integral part of progress. The Museum of Failure has come to Downto...Show More
Fr. Greg Boyle on Healing Homies

47:52 | Dec 13th, 2017

Fr. Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention rehab/re-entry program in the world, speaks about his work of rehabilitating and healing gang members. Through the 18 month intensive program, rival gang members and enemies...Show More
Kathleen Trotter on Finding your Fit

34:04 | Dec 6th, 2017

Fitness expert, personal trainer and author of “Find your Fit” shares her wisdom about the many possibilities of failures that happen in the world of health and fitness. She explores the pressure for perfection and how this contributes to complete ov...Show More
David Raether on Becoming Homeless

45:14 | Nov 29th, 2017

Author and TEDTalk presenter David Raether, a former tv writer and father of 8, shares his rivetting story of becoming homeless. David had a thriving career as a comedy writer in tv, but took time off to care for his 8 children after his wife found h...Show More
Dr. Kristin Neff on Self Compassion

43:48 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Kristin Neff, Ph.D, professor, researcher, and author, best known for her TED talk and book titled Self-Compassion, talks about how self compassion is a necessary ingredient to enduring failure. Simply put, being a kind and unconditional friend to yo...Show More
Torrey Drake on Bullying

46:37 | Nov 15th, 2017

Filmmaker and personal trainer Torrey Drake shares his painful past of being bullied as a child, starting in middle school and continuing on through high school.  Torrey describes the years of physical, emotional, and mental violence and aggression h...Show More
Bette Alkazian on Marriage

45:29 | Nov 8th, 2017

Bette Alkazian, a Marriage and Family Therapist, shares her personal and professional insight into the world of marriage. Bette talks about the incredible pressure for marriage to work, and when it fails, the shame that is so often experienced.  Her ...Show More
Tom Papa on Finding the Comedy in Failure

47:26 | Nov 1st, 2017

Tom Papa is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, radio personality and podcaster. Through humor and wit, tom shares his journey navigating the world of stand up comedy and the inevitable feelings of failure that come along with the job. www....Show More
Dr. Dan Siegel on the Brain, the Mind, and Adolescent Anxiety

1:00:41 | Oct 25th, 2017

Dr. Dan Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute. He has written numerous best selling books and lectured around the world on his work in the field of interpersonal ...Show More
BJ Miller on Dying

45:07 | Oct 18th, 2017

Dr BJ Miller, hospice and palliative care specialist, shares his personal and professional insights into the world of dying. At age 19, BJ had a near death experience that left him with one arm amputated below the elbow and both legs amputated below ...Show More
Sammy Rangel on Forgiveness

53:58 | Oct 11th, 2017

As an author, social worker, peace activist, speaker, and trainer, Sammy Rangel joins us to share his profound story about forgiveness. His early life was filled with horrendous experiences of abuse and neglect, leading to violent years spent in and ...Show More
Anthony Benenati on Sitting in Failure

49:27 | Oct 4th, 2017

L.A. based Yoga teacher and entrepreneur, Anthony Benenati, talks candidly about his journey from success to failure, where he currently sits, in a period of questioning and uncertainty, after selling his successful yoga studio to a larger corporatio...Show More
Barbara Rose Brooker on Ageism

35:52 | Sep 27th, 2017

At 80 years old, author, performer, age activist Barbara Rose Brooker explores the topic of age discrimination in her book "The Viagra Diaries", soon to be a tv show, Huffington post column titled Boomer in the City, her blog, and one women shows. Sh...Show More
Summer Sanders on Failing Her Way to Gold

31:41 | Sep 22nd, 2017

Champion swimmer and 1992 Olympic gold medalist, Summer Sanders shares her journey on how she learned to reap the rewards of failure and become a champion. As early as 15 years old, Summer experienced pivotal moments of failure, including losing a ra...Show More
Bryan Behar on Failing Imperfectly

59:09 | Sep 14th, 2017

Comedy writer on the sitcom Fuller House and blogger for the Huffington Post, Bryan Behar brings humor and insight to his many experiences of failure. From childhood to adulthood, personally and professionally, Bryan shares his stories of struggling ...Show More
Amy Ferris on the Mess of Midlife

51:21 | Sep 6th, 2017

Editor, screenwriter, and the author of the book Marrying George Clooney: Confessions from a Midlife Crisis, Amy Ferris talks candidly and with humor, about the struggle of midlife and menopause and the need to connect with others to get through the ...Show More
Amy Ferris on the Mess of Midlife

0:00 | Sep 6th, 2017

Editor, screenwriter, and the author of the book Marrying George Clooney: Confessions from a Midlife Crisis, Amy Ferris talks candidly and with humor, about the struggle of midlife and menopause and the need to connect with others to get through the ...Show More
So Far So Good

27:39 | Aug 30th, 2017

The Other F Word hosts talk about what they've learned so far. www.theotherfwordpodcast.com
Martin George on Fitness Failures

48:44 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Personal trainer and longtime group fitness teacher at Barry's Bootcamp in Los Angeles, talks about all things fitness, that relates to failure. Whether it's finding ways to motivate, push through the discomfort, get around an injury, or get out of y...Show More
Epic Parenting Fails

55:28 | Aug 16th, 2017

A live conversation with the elementary school parents at Valley Charter on the struggles of raising kids. www.theotherfwordpodcast.com
Nguyen Tran on Failing Upwards

40:17 | Aug 9th, 2017

Restaurant owner and recent author of "The Adventures of Starry Kitchen", Nguyen Tran, talks about his entrepreneurial path, which started with an illegal, underground restaurant in his North Hollywood apartment, which quickly became the #1 Asian fus...Show More
Robin Finn on the Pressure for Perfection in Parenting

46:33 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Author, parenting advocate, creativity coach, and spiritual seeker Robin Finn talks about her journey as a mom. From raising kids with ADHD, to tolerating felling inadequate as a mom, to feeling judged by others, she found a way to warrior through it...Show More
Sam Lamott on the Truth of Being Human

58:43 | Jul 26th, 2017

Sam Lamott, artist, writer, son of well known author Anne Lamott, talks about living and writing from a place of truth and vulnerability, after experiencing so much pain and struggle in his life. Whether it be failed relationships, addiction, depress...Show More
Krista O'Reilly Davi-Digui on Mediocrity

41:02 | Jul 19th, 2017

Author and holistic living and joyful educator, who wrote the highly acclaimed article on "What if All I Want is a Mediocre Life?", describes how she learned to accept her mediocrity, and how making peace with her limitations changed her view on fail...Show More
Melissa Gould on Failing at Being a Widow

44:16 | Jul 12th, 2017

The writer and blogger known for her poignant portrayal as a failed widow-grieving for her deceased husband while also falling in love at the same time. Melissa speaks about how she failed society's expectations of how to be a widow, and how powerful...Show More
Eliza Rubin on Understanding Adolescents

38:58 | Jul 7th, 2017

18 year old Eliza Rubin's weekly podcast "Eliza Starting at 16" helps to reveal what teenagers are struggling with these days, in terms of pressure for perfection, self esteem, relationships, social media, and family life. She explores how failure is...Show More
Lidia Yuknavitch on Being a Misfit

42:04 | Jun 28th, 2017

Best known for her TEDtalk on the beauty of being a Misfit, Lidia Yuknavitch, writer and teacher, speaks poignantly about her abusive childhood, experience with alcohol and drug abuse, homelessness, time in a psychiatric ward, multiple failed marriag...Show More
Chenjerai Kumanyika on Career Transitions

41:28 | Jun 21st, 2017

Ever wonder what it's like to be a rock star, touring Europe first class and hobnobbing with the likes of Coldplay, only to have your band fail and your career end? Chenjerai Kumanyika had that very experience. Join Morgan, Sara and Melissa in their ...Show More
Drs Howie Reinstein and Tom Brauner on Too Much Technology

50:04 | Jun 14th, 2017

Pediatrician Howie Reinstein and Psychologist Tom Brauner discuss how too much technology is failing our children, in terms of brain development, social relationships, and family dynamics. An honest conversation about how seductive technology can be ...Show More
Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair on Impulsiveness

42:19 | Jun 7th, 2017

Writers Mark and Carla share the dramatic ups and downs of selling all their belongings and moving to the Pacific island of Rarotonga with their young children and ultimately failing to make it work. Follow Mark at: https://twitter.com/Frauenfelder F...Show More
Stefanie Wilder-Taylor on Alcoholism and Motherhood

59:30 | May 31st, 2017

Author of 5 books including Sippy Cups are not for Chardonnay, mom, comedian, podcast co-host - For Crying Out Loud and Rose Pricks, shares her funny and poignant story about how the stress of new motherhood drove her to drink more and more each day ...Show More
Brad Falchuk on Celebrating Failure

38:55 | May 24th, 2017

Co-creator, director and executive producer of Emmy nominated TV shows including Glee, American Horror Story and Scream Queens, talks openly about growing up with an undiagnosed learning disorder that left him feeling like a failure, and how he learn...Show More
John Brenkus on Reframing Failure

43:03 | May 17th, 2017

Producer and host of Sport Science explains how he learned to embrace failure after realizing that crossing the proverbial finish line isn't necessarily the measure of success. Learn more about John at: https://brinkofmidnight.com www.theotherfwordpo...Show More
Anne Litt on Insecurity

43:12 | May 10th, 2017

The KCRW DJ shares her failed interview with Patti Smith and other struggles in both her career and parenting. Find out more about Anne at: http://annelitt.com www.theotherfwordpodcast.com
Billy Baker on Loneliness

45:23 | May 3rd, 2017

Boston Globe reporter speaks about one of the most prevalent health issues for men in midlife...isolation. His article went viral and sparked interest across the world, waking men up to the sad fact that failing to maintain regular and meaningful  fr...Show More
Chris Rose on the Wonderful World of Sports

35:21 | Apr 26th, 2017

Chris Rose, host for the MLB and NFL networks, shares his journey through the world of sports and the value failure has played on his road to success. You can follow Chris at: www.twitter.com/ChrisRose Learn more about his shows: Intentional Talk: ht...Show More
Theo Burnes & Suzy Unger on Sexual Identity

51:42 | Apr 19th, 2017

Author, professor and therapist Dr. Theodore Burnes and therapist Suzy Unger explore the world of sexual and gender identity, especially during adolescence, and highlight ways to create space for active openness and curiosity in order to move to a mo...Show More
Lisa Joyner on Adoption and Belonging

41:40 | Apr 12th, 2017

TV Host Lisa Joyner talks about the emotional journey of reuniting families on her show LONG LOST FAMILY and speaks about her own personal experience of adoption, both as a child and as a mother. Follow Lisa at: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/m...Show More
Dan Konopka on Taking Risks Creatively

43:12 | Apr 5th, 2017

OK Go drummer Dan Konopka talks about his 18 years with the band known for their cutting edge music videos and how taking risks creatively and risking failure moved them to new levels of success. http://okgo.net   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTAA...Show More
Christopher Noxon on Reframing Failure

48:02 | Mar 29th, 2017

Christopher Noxon, author of Plus One and Rejuvenile, speaks about the power of creative outlets and re-framing success in the role of stay-at-home dad and husband to Jenji Kohan, creator of Orange is the New Black. Learn more about Christopher at: w...Show More
Deven Green on Staying Positive

40:04 | Mar 22nd, 2017

Comedian known for her Irreverent character Betty Bowers, shares her practical approach to life and her strategies for staying happy. Find out more about Deven at: www.devengreen.com www.theotherfwordpodcast.com
Nine Johnson on Overcoming Fear and Anxiety

37:41 | Mar 15th, 2017

Performance anxiety coach Nine Johnson struggled as a child with racism, family disconnect, learning differences and peer difficulties, but always found a way to battle his feelings of anxiety, fear and inadequacy to grow and thrive and eventually he...Show More
Jessica Lahey on The Gift of Failure in Childhood

47:23 | Mar 8th, 2017

Author of The Gift of Failure, Jessica Lahey, speaks about the value of letting children experience failure as a necessary part of learning and growing, both at home and in the classroom. For more information on topics in this podcast click below: ht...Show More
Too Faced Cosmetics on Climbing Their Way Up from the Bottom

45:38 | Mar 1st, 2017

The creators of Too Faced Cosmetics, Jerrod Blandino and Jeremy Johnson, share how they began their careers at the make-up counter in the mall and ended up running a billion dollar company. www.theotherfwordpodcast.com
Scott Silverman on Coming Out of the Closet

46:37 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Gay Comic Scott Silverman talks about his failure to communicate his sexual orientation during his teenage years. Learn more about Scott at: www.facebook.com/scottdsilverman www.twitter.com/scottdsilverman www.instagram.com/thescottsilverman Learn mo...Show More
Tom Kenny on Trusting Your Gut

55:50 | Feb 15th, 2017

Tom Kenny, voice of Sponge Bob, talks about sifting through career failures with great persistence, learning to trust his gut instinct to pursue his passions...and eventually find the love of voice over work. Learn more about Tom's band The Hi Seas: ...Show More
Jeff Guckert on Education

47:15 | Feb 8th, 2017

Jeff Guckert, educator and founder of Leonardo School, talks about how the current educational system can be overwhelming and offers a glimpse into progressive education, an approach which aims to nurture a child's love of learning while valuing fail...Show More
JD Roth on Transformation

43:17 | Feb 1st, 2017

Co-creator of The Biggest Loser and other transformational reality TV shows, JD Roth, shares his compelling insight into attaining the inner strength needed to transform your life, no matter what the obstacle may be. Learn more at www.jbthebigfattrut...Show More
Carin Goldstein on Parenting

44:58 | Jan 25th, 2017

Carin Goldstein, a psychotherapist specializing in relationships, parenting and children with ADHD, talks about common experiences of parenthood failure. You can find out more about Carin at: www.caringoldstein.com And don't forget to visit our site ...Show More
Allen Keller on Perseverance

30:51 | Jan 18th, 2017

Writer, musician, and entrepreneur Allen Keller speaks about perseverance and how to remain true to yourself as an artist while navigating through failure. www.theotherfwordpodcast.com Check out Allen's band, Happiless! Take a look at Allen's short f...Show More
Sharon Stone on Overcoming Adversities

51:24 | Jan 11th, 2017

Actress Sharon Stone talks candidly about how she has struggled in Hollywood, how her family has shaped her and how she came back after hitting rock bottom. www.theotherfwordpodcast.com
Dr. Nina on Why Diets Fail

40:07 | Jan 4th, 2017

Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin, Psy.D, a specialist in disordered eating, speaks about why diets fail and how to stop emotional eating and make peace with food. www.winthedietwar.com  www.theotherfwordpodcast.com
Mark Brown on Depression

39:13 | Dec 28th, 2016

An honest discussion with playwright Mark Brown about his battle with depression and how hitting rock bottom inspired him to share with others about this "quiet disease", one that is more common than most people know. www.theotherfwordpodcast.com
Beth Littleford on Life after Divorce

34:32 | Dec 21st, 2016

Actress and comedian Beth Littleford opens up about life after divorce and how to move forward. You can find Beth at: www.twitter.com/bethlittleford And for more about The Other F Word Podcast: www.theotherfwordpodcast.com
Greg Grunberg on Being Inspired by Failure

47:23 | Dec 14th, 2016

Actor Greg Grunberg shares his positive "Just Go" approach to life through hilarious and touching stories from his life and career. www.theotherfwordpodcast.com www.twitter.com/greggrunberg
Elizabeth Craft on Fear

36:40 | Dec 7th, 2016

In Fear of Being Fired: Television writer & podcaster Elizabeth Craft tells the story of how her biggest fear came true but how she survived and recovered.
Jon Cryer(part 2) on Learning from Failure

33:49 | Dec 1st, 2016

Jon Cryer returns to discuss some of his biggest failures in the movie business, including Superman 4.
Suzanne Rico on Resilience

40:32 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Journalist, blogger, world traveller and mom of two Suzanne Rico talks about overcoming multiple failures, including one very public one, and stepping off the treadmill to find herself. www.suzannerico.com www.theotherfwordpodcast.com
Laurie Cousins on Mindfulness

43:30 | Nov 16th, 2016

Laurie Cousins, an expert in Mindfulness, offers a formula for navigating feelings of failure, especially while parenting. Laurie shares mindful ways to talk to our children about the recent election and how to stay calm during a time of such uncerta...Show More
Jon Cryer(part 1) on Learning from Failure

27:45 | Nov 2nd, 2016

The always funny Jon Cryer of Three and Half Men fame and Pretty in Pink, talks about his very first professional failures and his ongoing failures throughout his career and explains how he has learned from them. www.theotherfwordpodcast.com
Jenn & Eddie Gonzalez on Infertility

33:00 | Oct 26th, 2016

Jenn and Eddie Gonzalez discuss their poignant and sometimes funny journey through their infertility and eventual decision to adopt. www.theotherfwordpodcast.com
Tony Hale on Success

38:37 | Oct 26th, 2016

The Veep star talks about rejection, 'doing it afraid' and the ups and downs of Hollywood. www.theotherfwordpodcast.com
Introduction to Failure

39:41 | Oct 26th, 2016

We didn’t feel qualified to do a podcast on failure without talking about our own so your hosts, Morgan, Melissa and Sara and show producer Bipasha delve into the challenges they’ve faced that have impacted their lives. In this episode Morgan reveals...Show More