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Adulthood Made Easy

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If you feel lost in a new city, overwhelmed by your taxes, frustrated by dating, or scared to switch jobs, tune in weekly to Adulthood Made Easy, where twenty-something host Sam Zabell works through listeners’ problems and questions about the sometim...Show More

27:46 | Feb 27th, 2017

On the final episode of Adulthood Made Easy, Sam shares what she's learned, what she'll miss and what she won't. Plus, a special guest appearance from her mom.

25:17 | Feb 20th, 2017

In this episode, Sam hears from you! We play listener voicemails reflecting on your favorite moments of the show. 
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47:23 | Feb 13th, 2017

Ashley Ford is a writer and public speaker living in Brooklyn. She and Sam talk about how to stay informed nowadays while taking care of yourself. 

22:07 | Feb 6th, 2017

Sam speaks with Rachel Weinstein and Katie Brunelle about The Adulting School, their online school that teaches real world skills like handling your finances, how to change a tire, and how to be a healthy adult. 

37:11 | Jan 30th, 2017

Sam speaks with the creators of Mavenly & Co. Kate Gremillion and Tallia Deljou, who Sam met through her sorority in college. Their business coaches young professional women focus their career goals. 

19:43 | Jan 23rd, 2017

Last year Amanda Huang made the resolution to get as many free meals in New York City as she possibly could and document it. She talks with Sam about how it worked and how she gave back to the community. 

25:29 | Jan 16th, 2017

Sam speaks with Emily Gerger, creator of the Cooking Habit, a program to help people incorporate cooking in their lives and develop a lifelong cooking habit. 

32:22 | Jan 9th, 2017

Sam sits down with Rhonesha Byng who recently made Forbes' 30 under 30 list. She the founder and CEO of Her Agenda, a media platform for millennial women. She shares about how starting starting in journalism in high school really made her stand out. 

42:48 | Jan 2nd, 2017

Sam sits down with Real Simple Food Director Dawn Perry for some kitchen fundamentals. They'll talk about cooking essentials from the knives you need to the pantry items. Plus, some quick tips for making cooking part of your after-work routine. 

25:54 | Dec 26th, 2016

Sam talks with financial expert Bobbi Rebell about her new book How to Be a Financial Grownup and a few easy things you can do in January to become a money master in 2017.

38:59 | Dec 19th, 2016

Sarah Knight author ofThe Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do speaks with Sam about her latest book.

41:47 | Dec 12th, 2016

Sam and her colleagues sit down to talk about the Gilmore Girls reboot and how Rory Gilmore is portrayed as an entitled millennial who cannot seem to get it together.  

38:12 | Dec 5th, 2016

Sam sits down with Andrea Silenzi, host the modern-dating podcast Why Oh Why, to tackle the question of who should buy the first drink. They'll sample some never-been-aired tape from a single, straight male focus group which attempts to answer the qu...Show More

34:18 | Nov 28th, 2016

Sam and Mara talk about her early years in movies, including Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda, and her journey to becoming a writer.

41:26 | Nov 21st, 2016

Sam sits down with  international journalist Nelufar Hedayat to talk about her past year's work making a new documentary "The Traffickers." 

28:24 | Nov 14th, 2016

Sam speaks with two friends who can't make it home for Thanksgiving, so they share the traditions they created instead. 

22:36 | Nov 7th, 2016

Abbi joins Sam to discuss her new book, CARRY THIS BOOK, and how she balances her love of art with her demanding day job.

38:07 | Oct 31st, 2016

Sam speaks with Leah Bonvissuto from Bespoken, a company that uses theater techniques to help clients hone their public speaking and “empower your voice.” Leah offers key advice for overcoming your fear of speaking in public, speaking in an interview...Show More

31:44 | Oct 24th, 2016

Sam talks to Danielle Claro, a colleague from Real Simple, who explains how she went from dancer to editor, and why she doesn’t feel she made concrete career “moves.” 

38:49 | Oct 17th, 2016

Sam talks with two guest about their worst landlords ever. Raz's story includes an eviction. Kristen's included nudity. Happy renting!

30:00 | Oct 10th, 2016

Sam talks with Adam Smiley Poswolsky, a career expert focused on helping 20- and 30-somethings break out of their career rut and pursue a path that is meaningful to them. His new book is called The Quarter Life Breakthrough. Panoply SurveyWe want you...Show More

25:47 | Oct 3rd, 2016

Sam talks to her friend and coworker Grace, who recently started attending culinary school part-time. Grace discusses how she affords it, how she makes time for it, and why going back to school made sense for her.Panoply SurveyWe want you to tell us ...Show More

41:46 | Sep 26th, 2016

Sam talks to journalist and Feminist Fight Club founder Jessica Bennett about how women can fight sexism in the workplace, support their female coworkers, and get the credit they deserve. Learn more about Bennett and her book at http://www.feministfi...Show More

34:09 | Sep 19th, 2016

Everyone has a horror story from living with a roommate—but Sam has asked listeners to share stories that will make you feel grateful for your living situation.

35:57 | Sep 12th, 2016

Should you invest? How should you pay off your loans? What do you really need in your savings account? Shannah Compton Game, financial expert and host of Your Millennial Money podcast, has the answers.

40:42 | Sep 5th, 2016

Sam talks to NYC-based psychologist Dr. Tiffany Miller about two things no one talks about when you enter the real world: depression and anxiety.

29:12 | Aug 29th, 2016

Sam's boyfriend recently moved hundreds of miles away to attend graduate school. How will she cope with dating him from afar? Her boss Laura and now-husband John, who were long-distance partners for years, share their wisdom.

26:15 | Aug 22nd, 2016

Kim Struglinski has lived in 3 cities in the past 4 years, plus she travels all the time for work. And she's only 26 years old. Kim shares her story and her tips for feeling at home anywhere. 

33:35 | Aug 15th, 2016

Do you ever wish you could go into adulthood with a full guidebook created by your mom? Margaux Bergen thought her kids might, and so she wrote a book for each one. The first of the three books was just published in August 2016. It's called Navigatin...Show More

27:10 | Aug 8th, 2016

Some of us date in our twenties. Some of us get engaged. And then there are those of us, like Jessica Pasko who get engaged and break it off before the wedding. Pasko is a former journalist who now works in the greater Silicon Valley area doing publi...Show More

25:39 | Aug 1st, 2016

Nearly two-thirds of millennials in America do not own a credit card, according to a survey commissioned by Bankrate and compiled by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Among them: Sam Zabell. Sam talks with two millennials who've cho...Show More

35:26 | Jul 25th, 2016

Sam's friend Maddy, who studied theatre and psychology as an undergrad, talks about uprooting her New York life to pursue business school in London.

29:40 | Jul 18th, 2016

Sam has no interest in attending her high school reunion. Can two people who attended their own reunions change her mind? Laura, who went to high school in small-town Indiana, and Zack, who went to high school in upstate New York, share their reunion...Show More

27:36 | Jul 11th, 2016

Sam talks with her sister Ally, a recent college graduate, about how she's coping with her new old roommates: her parents. 

31:21 | Jul 4th, 2016

Do you wish you could be someone other than who you were in high school or college? Meet Tammy Tibbetts, who went from "most shy" in high school, to award-winning founder and CEO of She's the First, a respected non-profit that provides scholarships t...Show More

23:39 | Jun 27th, 2016

Sam talks to Anne-Marie Slaughter, who offers some advice to grads on planning for the future, and why “care is as important as career.” Slaughter is the president of New America Foundation and author of Unfinished Business, which you can buy here: h...Show More

25:55 | Jun 20th, 2016

Ever wondered what the first real date looked like? Moira Weigel, author of the new book Labor of Love, sheds light on the history of dating, and why we should stop freaking out about the hookup culture. 

25:45 | Jun 13th, 2016

Sam talks to Katherine Schwarzenegger about how she spent her first year after college—interviewing awesome, influential people, from Serena Williams to John Legend.

33:51 | Jun 6th, 2016

Sam talks to Nora McInerny Purmort about loss, cancer, single motherhood, and laughter.

35:55 | May 30th, 2016

Sam talks with Dr. Meg Jay, author of “The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter And How to Make the Most of Them Now.” From work to family to love, Dr. Jay has concrete words of advice and reassurance for people who want to use their twenty-some...Show More

29:44 | May 23rd, 2016

Sam talks to Clique Media and WhoWhatWear founders Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power about their new book, The Career Code, and what all new graduates need to know before they format their resume.

37:43 | May 16th, 2016

Sam talks to comedian and author Sara Benincasa whose book, Real Artists Have Day Jobs, reassures everyone that just because you have a “real job” doesn’t mean you’re not also an artist. We need salaries to survive, people.

31:24 | May 9th, 2016

Sam continues her Side Hustle series with Rebecca Blaine Carton and Kira McCarthy. Blain Carton works part time for a non-profit theatre company. McCarthy also works for a non-profit, one focused on maternal mental health. But when they’re not at the...Show More

27:45 | May 2nd, 2016

Sam talks to Ali Maffucci of Inspiralized about her wildly successful spiralizing blog, and how she moved from corporate America to cooking in her kitchen.Buy the Inspiralized cookbook here: More

23:58 | Apr 25th, 2016

Sam talks to Samantha Jayne, the voice of @QuarterLifePoetry, about her hilarious rhymes and how they came to be. Buy the book on Amazon: 

26:09 | Apr 18th, 2016

Sam talks to Elyssa Goldberg, who is a magazine editor by day—and by night. She edits and, and amazingly, isn’t tired of journalism.

24:02 | Apr 11th, 2016

Welcome to the first episode of our Side Hustle Series! This week, bestselling author Jessica Knoll explains how she balanced, essentially, two writing careers—a magazine editor and an author. 

30:49 | Apr 4th, 2016

Sam is joined by Jamie Mendell, whose burnout led her down a completely different path, and Time Inc’s SVP of Talent Management Bucky Keady, who has seen burnout countless times in her office. 

25:18 | Mar 28th, 2016

Sarah Andersen, of Sarah’s Scribbles, is a full-time comic. Her new book, Adulthood Is a Myth, is full of hilarious scenarios all twentysomethings know to be true. Find her work at:

43:04 | Mar 21st, 2016

Sam invites her friends and their boyfriends to come into the studio and discuss what it was like to move in together, and what it's like to go from dates to roommates. 

37:42 | Mar 14th, 2016

Sam brings one of her close friends into the studio, as well as friendship expert Shasta Nelson, whose new book is available now on Amazon. Buy it here:

24:35 | Mar 7th, 2016

Sam talks to Lisa Bonos (@lisabonos), writer and editor for Washington Post’s blog, Solo-ish, about digital dating, finding “the one,” and what changes when you hit 30. You can find the Solo-ish blog here:

33:29 | Feb 29th, 2016

Sam talks to Michelle Kennedy, who has walked down the aisle for friends a dozen times, as well as Jen Glantz, professional bridesmaid and founder of Bridesmaid for Hire, about budgeting as a bridesmaid and avoiding Bridezilla.

20:54 | Feb 22nd, 2016

Sam talks to Amber Madison, about what young people can do when they encounter damaging gender biases in the workplace. Learn more about Amber’s company at:

26:00 | Feb 15th, 2016

Sam talks to Olivia June Poole, co-founder of Hey! VINA, a new Tinder-like app for finding your new BFF. 

30:29 | Feb 8th, 2016

Sam drags her friend into the studio to discuss her online dating life, and consults an expert as to WHY people get “ghosted” in the first place.

34:09 | Feb 1st, 2016

Two editors from the Huffington Post embarked on bold challenges to reduce tech disturbances: turning off notifications and only speaking to people “IRL.” Sam finds out how well these challenges went, and what the rest of us can learn. For Jessi and ...Show More

25:56 | Jan 25th, 2016

Sam talks to Lindsey Stanberry, of Refinery29, to find out how she was able to unplug from her email for an entire week.   Read Lindsey's full story here:   Tweet Me: @samzabell Visit: www.realsimple.coma...Show More

24:01 | Jan 20th, 2016

Sam talks to writer Caroline Beaton about why traveling didn't solve all of her problems - and what she learned.   Tweet Me: @samzabell Visit:   This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website today at Sq...Show More

24:17 | Jan 11th, 2016

Sam talks to the co-founders of Cropped, a new essay and photo project that will make you revisit your relationship with social media.   Visit Cropped and submit your own stories at:   Tweet Me: @samzabell Visit: www.real...Show More

23:42 | Jan 5th, 2016

Sam gleans some tips on how to achieve those lofty career goals from her colleague and friend of the show Bucky Keady, the Senior Vice President of Talent Management at Time Inc.   Tweet Sam: @samzabell Visit:

28:17 | Dec 14th, 2015

Sam learns some financial tips for the new year from two writers - Senior Writer Donna Rosato and Social Media Editor Alicia Adamczyk.   Tweet Me: @samzabell Visit:   Today's show is brought to you by The Message, an orig...Show More

20:39 | Dec 14th, 2015

We go home for the holidays and immediately revert to our angsty teenage selves. How can we halt the regression?   Tweet Us: @samzabell Visit:

25:46 | Nov 30th, 2015

Whether you want to cut Seamless out of your life cold-turkey, or just want to figure out how to cut back on your expenses, Anna Newell Jones, author and finance expert, has a few easy ideas.

21:08 | Nov 16th, 2015

Sam talks to Adrianna Adarme of A Cozy Kitchen about hosting Thanksgiving in your tiny apartment, and shares a secret-slash-amazing recipe for mashed potatoes. This episode was sponsored by Cards Direct. Add a personalized touch to your greeting card...Show More

36:44 | Nov 9th, 2015

Sam talks to writer, illustrator, and designer Emily McDowell on careers that bombed, social media pressures, and how to become the CEO of your own company.     Add a personalized touch to your greeting cards this holiday season with More

26:52 | Nov 2nd, 2015

If you’ve recently received an email about open enrollment season—don’t panic. Sam talks to Jennifer Fitzgerald, CEO of PolicyGenius, to demystify the process.

21:09 | Oct 26th, 2015

Sam and Rachel W. Miller, Senior Lifestyle Editor at BuzzFeed, discuss finding BFFs as an adult, and the need for a service like Tinder—but for making new friends.

19:10 | Oct 20th, 2015

Stephanie Sisco, home editor at Real Simple, shares DIYs, shopping secrets, and style advice for decorating your apartment on a budget.

26:18 | Oct 12th, 2015

Sam talks to Bucky Keady, VP Talent at Time Inc and Maxie McCoy of Levo League to find out whether or not you really need to stay at a job for an entire year.

38:03 | Oct 6th, 2015

How do you know when it’s time to leave your job—and what you’re supposed to do next? Sam talks to Tess Vigeland to find out what happened when she decided to leave her 11-year career.

23:18 | Sep 28th, 2015

Sam speaks to Professor Margaret Neale at Stanford University about how to negotiate a raise. For more from Professor Margaret Neale, visit her website

18:57 | Sep 21st, 2015

Sam speaks to her best friend Carly about a major career decision she made (very quickly!)

25:05 | Sep 14th, 2015

Sam talks to Elle Luna, whose essay “The Crossroads of Should and Must” touched millions of people

24:10 | Sep 7th, 2015

What do you do when you suddenly realize you're not in the right place or at the right job?

24:48 | Aug 31st, 2015

Sam talks to Veronica Belmont, who has created a crazy, cool freelance career simply by following her passions.

27:21 | Aug 24th, 2015

Sam talks to Megan Gebhart, whose project “52 Cups of Coffee” taught her many things about telling stories and making connections. Want the Real Simple podcasts delivered straight to your inbox? Opt into our weekly newsletter here (it’s easy!)

22:19 | Aug 17th, 2015

Sam talks to Jessica Bacal, who talked to 25 successful women about their biggest career mistakes and what everyone can learn from them.  Want the Real Simple podcasts delivered straight to your inbox? Opt into our weekly newsletter here (it’s easy!)

21:59 | Aug 10th, 2015

Advice on how to establish good office friendships—without crossing any lines.

20:35 | Aug 3rd, 2015

This week, it’s all about finding a doctor, staying on top of your health, and not letting Web MD misdiagnose your symptoms.   Want the Real Simple podcasts delivered straight to your inbox? Opt into our weekly newsletter here (it’s easy!)

33:05 | Jul 27th, 2015

Five recent (and not-as-recent) grads discuss the weird, scary, fun, exciting things they remember about the first year out of college.   Want the Real Simple podcasts delivered straight to your inbox? Opt into our weekly newsletter here (it’s easy!)

20:47 | Jul 20th, 2015

Having a "boyfriend" looks a lot different in the real world than it did in college. Sam talks to her best friend and a dating expert to find out why.   Panoply’s conducting a survey. Click here to fill it out: By filling it out you...Show More

25:21 | Jul 13th, 2015

Not sure if your closet is office-appropriate? Bucky Keady, VP Talent at Time Inc., and Angela Matusik, Executive Editor at InStyle, share the fashion advice all young professionals need to know.   This episode is sponsored by Next Issue. Get your fr...Show More

15:02 | Jul 6th, 2015

Everything you wanted to know (but maybe were afraid to ask) about picking the perfect plan, plus, how to actually use it.

24:54 | Jun 29th, 2015

This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website today at  Enter offer code RealSimple - that's one word - at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful.   This episode of Adulthood Made Easy is...Show More

22:19 | Jun 22nd, 2015

This week's episode goes over the major things all grads need to know about finances—from paying off student loans to contributing to a 401-K.

20:00 | Jun 15th, 2015

Cooking like an adult starts in a very scary place—the aisles of a grocery store. This week, how to shop like a pro, plan your meals, and maybe save some money in the process.

22:35 | Jun 8th, 2015

In this episode, Sam talks to career expert Lindsey Pollak about the first thirty days at a new office, and how to make sure you build a foundation for success. This episode of Adulthood Made Easy is sponsored by Creativebug. Creativebug is the numbe...Show More

27:28 | Jun 1st, 2015

Sam talks to Kathleen Harris, VP Content Development at Levo, about how to make a good first impression and answer the tough questions.   This episode of Adulthood Made Easy is sponsored by Next Issue. Next Issue is like Netflix for magazines… only b...Show More

21:30 | May 25th, 2015

Sam talks to friends who moved back into childhood bedrooms after graduation for advice on how to live like you’re in high school without letting it drive you crazy.     This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website today...Show More

20:15 | May 18th, 2015

This week on Adulthood Made Easy’s Guide for Grads, get insider tricks to make your resume and cover letter stand out. This episode of Adulthood Made Easy is sponsored by Next Issue. Next Issue is like Netflix for magazines… only better - with access...Show More

21:47 | May 11th, 2015

Moving to a new city is just one more of the scary things you have to do immediately after graduation. In the second installment of Guide for Grads, Sam talks to Terri White, editor of Time Out New York, about the best ways to get to know an entirely...Show More

18:34 | May 4th, 2015

For the next five weeks, Adulthood Made Easy’s Samantha Zabell helps you navigate about some of the most important, stressful issues that soon-to-be college grads are facing. The first installment: how to stay in touch with your friends. Sam speaks t...Show More

16:55 | Apr 27th, 2015

Sam talks to real estate expert Ilyce Glink for advice on  finding an apartment in her budget, deciphering a lease, and how to deal with awful landlords.   Adulthood Made Easy is brought to you by Squarespace, the easiest way to create a beautiful we...Show More

23:15 | Apr 20th, 2015

Sam and Real Simple home editor Stephanie Sisco talk cleaning hacks, must-have supplies, and the germiest things you keep forgetting to clean.   This week’s episode is sponsored by The Honest Company — safe products for your family and home. Remember...Show More

18:23 | Apr 13th, 2015

Sam talks to Amy Zavatto, wine and spirits expert, about how to buy and order wine like an adult—that means it probably costs more than $5 a bottle.

18:42 | Apr 6th, 2015

How do you online date, anyway? An app? A website? All about how to find a good catch through online dating.

13:33 | Mar 30th, 2015

How do you identify that person at the office who will guide and advise you without sounding like you’re looking for a babysitter? Sam consults Bucky Keady, Vice President of Talent Management at Time Inc., to find out.

14:17 | Mar 23rd, 2015

In this episode, finance expert and author Nicole Lapin offers an easy way to sort out your finances—because it's possible to set a budget and still have a little money leftover for the fun stuff.

20:34 | Mar 16th, 2015

Doing your taxes is a necessary, yet stressful, rite of passage. In this episode, Sam talks to tax expert Barbara Weltman to go over the process and what mistakes to avoid (it’s less boring than it sounds).

21:21 | Mar 9th, 2015

Sam talks to Joe Yonan, cookbook author and Food and Dining editor at the Washington Post, about kitchen essentials, grocery shopping tips, and how to make weeknight meals much easier.

12:23 | Mar 2nd, 2015

In this episode, Sam Zabell talks to Greg Giangrande, her company's Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, for tips on negotiating your first salary, and exactly how to ask for that first raise. The catch: her boss, and her boss's b...Show More