First Day Back

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How do you come back from the worst thing you’ve ever done, when you don’t even remember doing it? First Day Back, the podcast about coming back from something that changes you, returns this season with the story of Lucie and Gerry — lovebirds who we...Show More
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S3E6: Unknown

28:10 | Feb 27th

We follow Jason in the hours leading up to the taping of his much-anticipated special. The excitement builds as his friends and family all gather at the theater. When Jason steps onto that stage, will he have transformed his near death experience int...Show More
S3E5: The Countdown

24:13 | Feb 20th

There’s one month to go before Jason is set to perform his new special and the pressure is on.
S3E4: Pulling for Every Breath

25:27 | Feb 13th

It seems like asthma is always with Jason Weems. In this episode, Jason's constantly being confronted by health scares - on stage, at home, even with his family. But at every turn, he surprises Tally with his resiliency.
S3E3: Absolute Certainty

28:14 | Feb 6th

Twelve years into his comedy career, what keeps Jason hopeful that his big break will still happen?
S3E2: Almost Famous

19:59 | Jan 30th

How do you build a career in comedy? Jason takes us through his journey and how a childhood filled with health issues drove his desire to be the funniest man in the room.
S3E1: The Attack

18:28 | Jan 23rd

What happens on stage to set in motion comedian Jason’s Weem’s first day back story?
Introducing First Day Back Season 3

02:47 | Jan 9th

Listen to the trailer for the new season of First Day Back, the story of comedian Jason Weems trying to come back from his own death.
Season 3 Update, and Introducing Dear Franklin Jones

03:33 | Feb 28th, 2018

We are hard at work on season 3 and are following another story that is unfolding as we speak. In the meantime, if you like First Day Back, check out Dear Franklin Jones by my friend Jonathan Hirsch. Growing up, Jonathan’s family was a little differe...Show More
S2E6: The Refuge

22:36 | May 16th, 2017

Lucie obsesses over Gerry’s death, her regret about what she did and her inability to remember what happened the night she killed him. How will she find some sliver of peace? Her search for forgiveness leads her to an unlikely source.
S2E5: The Doubters

20:23 | May 9th, 2017

Six years after Gerry’s death, close friends from Lucie’s past make a startling accusation. How will Lucie cope?
S2E4: Lucie Island

25:38 | May 2nd, 2017

Even as Lucie reconnects with family and spends more time outside the transition house, she finds herself increasingly isolated.
S2E3: The Transition House

27:23 | Apr 25th, 2017

Once Lucie gets her day parole from prison, she has one foot in the correctional system and the other in the regular world. She gets tiny rations of freedom in the transition house where she lives, but she soon realizes her crime is going to follow h...Show More
S2E2: The Prelim

28:38 | Apr 18th, 2017

Lucie is charged with first-degree murder after police arrive at her home and find her husband shot dead. She hires a top lawyer, but there’s one huge problem: How do you defend yourself when you have no memory of what happened?
S2E1: Lovebirds

27:25 | Apr 11th, 2017

Lucie and her husband Gerry were together for 13 years. People called them lovebirds. Until the fall of 2010, when she shot and killed him. And here's the thing: Lucie has no memory of killing him. This season on First Day Back, how do you come bac...Show More
Coming Soon: First Day Back Season 2

02:46 | Apr 4th, 2017

First Day Back returns this season with the story of Lucie and Gerry, lovebirds who were together for 13 years. Until the fall of 2010, when Lucie accidentally shot and killed him. And here's the thing. She has no memory of killing him. Lucie's sto...Show More
S1E10: On Death and Space Clouds

08:58 | May 8th, 2016

A short piece for Mother’s Day. Something different that is not part of the First Day Back storyline. Stay tuned for details on Season 2!
S1E9: Generations

19:51 | Aug 27th, 2015

What happens when Tally's life starts mirroring the subject of her film? Also she talks to a 97 year-old woman and a Millennial who both reject the idea of "having it all".
S1E8: Your Stories

18:59 | Jul 10th, 2015

In this episode, listeners sent in recordings of themselves talking about work, parenthood and, how hard it is to know what to do with your life, with kids or without.
S1E7: Good News, Bad News

19:08 | Jun 11th, 2015

Tally gets news about her film project, compares notes with a friend who didn’t have kids, and hears about her youngest son’s turnaround.
S1E6: Searching for Sally

20:44 | May 11th, 2015

This episode is a little departure. In it, Tally goes looking for a teacher who had a huge impact on her life and career.
S1E5: Curveball

19:42 | Apr 16th, 2015

In this episode, Tally meets her old producer, who cautions her that she is re-entering a different documentary industry than the one she left and Tally’s son Jack throws her a curveball.
S1E4: Fear and Insecurity in Las Vegas

19:44 | Mar 22nd, 2015

An episode about creativity and insecurity. Questions are raised about Tally's ability to jump back in after 6 years off and she talks to a painter who says some things she is afraid to say.
S1E3: Patti Smith Made Me Feel Better

18:49 | Feb 23rd, 2015

What's the difference between taking time off to take care of your kids versus taking that time to travel the world? Tally and her producer discuss it. Also, Patti Smith knows about mothering.
S1E2: This Discussion is Retro

21:30 | Feb 3rd, 2015

Tally looks at gender roles in hers and other households and asks her father what feminism means to him. Spoiler alert: he has no clue.
S1E1: Getting Back Out There

21:33 | Jan 11th, 2015

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