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Ever felt like you missed the handbook on life? Sam Lamott sits down with experts across all disciplines to pick their brain on their strategies, insights, and ideas they've learned along the way.
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Building Home with Matthias Roberts

58:29 | Apr 22nd

To become a patron and help this program continue producing Mood Altering Substance, go to and pledge any amount.Matthias Roberts is a writer, therapist, and host of Queerology: A Podcast on Belief and Being. His work has b...Show More
Share Your Music with J.R. Rhodes

1:01:41 | Apr 4th

To become a patron and help this program continue producing Mood Altering Substance, go pledge any amount.Singer and Songwriter J.R. Rhodes believes that music heals and that love is real. From her first open-mic perfo...Show More
Finding Hope In Hopelessness with Lisa Genova

1:07:34 | Mar 26th

Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University. Acclaimed as the Oliver Sacks of fiction and the Michael Crichton of brain science, she is...Show More
Permission To See It with Jamie Tworkowski

1:14:14 | Mar 21st

Jamie Tworkowski is the founder of TWLOHA and the New York Times bestselling author of If You Feel Too Much. His latest project HEART CAMP, is a two-day workshop focused on authenticity, mental health, self-care, and writing. Jamie loves his nephews,...Show More
Hear Your Voice with Reema Zaman

56:40 | Feb 28th

Reema Zaman is an award-winning writer, actress, speaker, and author of the critically acclaimed memoir I AM YOURS. I Am Yours debuted on the Powell's Bestseller list, alongside Michelle Obama's memoir Becoming. Born in Bangladesh and raised in Thail...Show More
Go With Your Gut with Frank Rich

57:14 | Feb 7th

Frank Rich has been the head theater critic for the New York Times, is a writer at large for New York Magazine, and as a creative consultant for HBO,  has helped bring the fan-favorite TV show Veep to life. Since he has been both a professional criti...Show More
We Need To Talk with Shaun Galanos

1:04:57 | Jan 31st

Shaun Galanos is the creator of The Love Drive and hosts The Love Drive Podcast. He's also one of my best friends. To become a patron and help this program continue producing Mood Altering Substance, go to and pledge any am...Show More
Deep Down, We Know with Kute Blackson

1:21:44 | Jan 8th

Kute Blackson is an author, motivational speaker, and podcaster. To become a patron and help this program continue producing Mood Altering Substance, go pledge any amount.For more of Kute:Website: http://kuteblackson.c...Show More
Live Before You Die with Frank Ostaseski

1:25:35 | Nov 28th, 2018

Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and visionary co-founder of the Zen Hospice Project, and founder of the Metta Institute. Frank has personally been with thousands of people as they were dying in his hospice work, and c...Show More
Respond With Your Ability with Richard Pimentel

1:24:28 | Nov 16th, 2018

Richard Pimentel is one of the most incredible and inspiring humans we have ever met. It is no surprise there is a movie based on his life. He was abandoned at birth, raised in poverty, a volunteer for a suicide mission in Vietnam, blown up during th...Show More
Gamble On Yourself with Jack Conte

1:20:38 | Oct 24th, 2018

Sam headed over to Patreon headquarters to talk with CEO and incredible musician Jack Conte. Jack spent his entire adult life as a working artist, figuring out ways to support himself doing what he loves. He took that up a notch and created Patreon, ...Show More
Be Free Of That Bullshit with Duncan Trussell

1:39:02 | Oct 18th, 2018

Back from his recent descent into the unmedicated underworld, Sam finally releases his conversation with the legendary Purple Pope, comedian, and podcaster, Duncan Trussell. Sam has been a Fan of Duncan for many years, so naturally, the conversation ...Show More
We Will Show Up with Gloria Allred

1:03:37 | Sep 19th, 2018

Meg worked on getting this interview for MONTHS.  She emailed no less than four times, and in the internet world, that’s a lot of unanswered emails.  Finally, a response came through: “Please check with me closer to the date.”  We both just about die...Show More
Nothing Lasts Forever with Eddie Colla

1:23:05 | Aug 31st, 2018

Sam talks with street artist, friend, and mentor Eddie Colla. To become a patron and help this program continue producing Mood Altering Substance, go to and pledge any amount.For more of Eddie:Website: https://www.eddiecoll...Show More
Compassion Does Not Equal Silence with Tina Alexis Allen

1:16:44 | Aug 24th, 2018

Sam talks with author, actress, and entrepreneur Tina Alexis Allen about finding your voice, healing, and living a great life no matter what you've been through. Check out Tina's book, Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drug, Deception, and Double Lives. To bec...Show More
Square One Is Sacred Ground with Jacob Nordby

1:09:56 | Aug 10th, 2018

Sam and Jacob discuss starting from scratch, finding your creativity, and finding the courage to try. It's really late when I write this so I'm going to do a proper bio tomorrow when I have slept.Jacob Nordby is the author of The Devine Arsonist and ...Show More
Keep Going, Your Art Is Valid with Julia Cameron

47:51 | Jul 20th, 2018

Every artist—no, every human—needs to listen to this episode.  Sam sits down with Julia Cameron, author, playwright, filmmaker, composer, and teacher.  Julia’s book The Artist’s Way has changed countless people’s lives.  Julia teaches us all to give ...Show More
Who Would You Be? with Byron Katie

53:41 | Jun 29th, 2018

Sam and Katie discuss the nature of reality and where pain and suffering fit in. They talk about living in the moment, free from your painful thoughts and beliefs, and do Byron Katie's The Work around Sam's recent heartbreak.more about Byron Katie vi...Show More
Give It Up For Yourself with Mandy Stadtmiller

59:27 | Jun 20th, 2018

Sam sat down with Mandy Stadtmiller, a freelance writer and author of the new memoir Unwifeable, in LA at a time when he was in a deep depression.  What came out of this conversation is a beautiful reminder of the importance of mental health awarenes...Show More
Work Towards Play with Matt Weinstein

1:04:41 | Jun 7th, 2018

Matt Weinstein is the nation’s foremost authority on the use of fun and humor in team building. Matt is the founder and “Emperor” of Playfair, Inc., an international consulting firm based in Northern California. He was elected to the Professional Spe...Show More
Not So Hidden Truth with Giorgia Lupi

51:51 | May 18th, 2018

Giorgia Lupi is an information designer, artist, and author of the book Dear Data.  She owns Accurat, a data analysis and visualization agency based in Brooklyn. How Giorgia looks at data and what she chooses to analyze, is what fascinated us about h...Show More
March Forward with Melba Beals

1:00:00 | May 3rd, 2018

Melba Pattillo Beals bolted into the spotlight as a teenager in 1957 when she, a black girl, enrolled at Central High School, an all white high school in Little Rock, Arkansas.  As a part of the Little Rock Nine, Melba quickly became a leader in the ...Show More
Come As You Are with Aparna Nancherla

52:41 | Apr 26th, 2018

You may have seen her on the HBO comedy Crashing, Comedy Central’s new hit Corporate, or her Netflix special on The Standups, but Aparna Nancherla is also a master of addressing depression and mental health in her comedy.  I sat down with her in an a...Show More
A Beautiful Balancing Act with Tracey Jackson

1:17:11 | Apr 19th, 2018

Recently labeled a “Thought Leader” by Oprah, Tracey Jackson went from being an actress, the one thing in life she was the most prepared for and the one she truly failed at, to being a successful screenwriter with a twenty- year career writing movies...Show More
Are We There Yet with Mari Andrew

58:59 | Mar 28th, 2018

You probably know Mari Andrew by her Instagram handle @bymariandrew, creating astonishingly simple illustrations that convey exactly what you’re feeling.  Mari is also a fabulous writer. Her new book Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop Zigzagging Journ...Show More
Be Afraid and Do It Anyway with Brené Brown

52:55 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Brené Brown and Sam Lamott sit down to talk about moving through fear, the power of vulnerability, and letting go of shame.In her words:I’m a research professor at the University of Houston where I hold the Huffington Endowed Chair. I’ve spent the pa...Show More
Trust is the Key with Frank Prisinzano

1:08:09 | Mar 15th, 2018

Frank Prisinzano is the executive chef and owner behind the Italian restaurants Frank, Lil’ Frankie’s, and Supper in New York City.  He’s also an incredibly passionate artist, visionary, leader, Italian-American, and New Yorker.  When I sat down with...Show More
Surviving Life’s Messy Moments with Geneen Roth

1:15:35 | Mar 8th, 2018

Sam Lamott sits down with New York Times bestselling author and teacher Geneen Roth to talk about surviving life’s messy moments. From losing all her money to Bernie Madoff, to childhood trauma, this episode is jam packed with amazing stories, tips, ...Show More
Inner Peace: Honoring Your Cargo with Jack Kornfield

1:04:33 | Feb 26th, 2018

Sam sits down with New York Times bestselling author and world renowned Budhist teacher Jack Kornfield to talk about finding inner peace, getting through dark times, and honoring your cargo.Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries...Show More
Working for Happiness with Gretchen Rubin

1:05:56 | Feb 6th, 2018

Episode 6 with Gretchen Rubin is here.  You may know her as the author of the New York Times Bestseller The Happiness Project, or most recently The Four Tendencies.  She’s a high-powered lawyer turn writer and researcher of…whatever she’s interested ...Show More
Self Love and Delayed Understanding with David Roche

1:02:16 | Jan 25th, 2018

Today’s episode is all about self love. Sam Lamott sits down with guest David Roche to talk about what he’s learned living with a face that’s different than most.David’s face distinguishes him from all other presenters and speakers. What really makes...Show More
Regular Heroes with Steve Simeone

1:01:17 | Jan 11th, 2018

Our guest Steve Simeone is a stand-up comedian, podcaster, and writer for Comedy Central’s This Is Not Happening. He’s also a regular at the legendary Comedy Store in Los Angeles (where we recorded this episode).Steve is a hilarious comedian, but thi...Show More
Finding Grace with Paul Williams

1:14:37 | Dec 21st, 2017

Paul Williams is an American composer, singer, songwriter and actor responsible for some of the great songs of the 20th century. He has written songs that were sung by David Bowie, Barbra Streisand, Three Dog Night, The Carpenters, and even Kermit th...Show More
Creation: Starting and Doing with Anne Lamott

50:17 | Nov 24th, 2017

Sam sits down with his mother Anne Lamott to discuss being an artist, bringing your creations into this world, working for yourself, and following that nudge inside of you telling you to do your life’s work.Anne Lamott is a New York Times bestselling...Show More
Bonus: Guided purpose meditation with Jonathan Gustin

07:38 | Nov 11th, 2017

After the interview, Jonathan recorded a guided meditation to help you start discovering your purpose.If you enjoyed this podcast, please subscribe to us on Itunes and give us a review.How To Human is audience funded and produced by Hello Humans. Bec...Show More
Finding your purpose with Jonathan Gustin

1:04:20 | Nov 9th, 2017

Welcome to the first episode of the How To Human Podcast.Our host Sam Lamott sits down with family therapist turned purpose guide Jonathan Gustin to discuss the importance of finding your life’s purpose. Have you ever wondered what you’re here to do?...Show More