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42 minutes | Nov 21, 2022
Insider Holiday Shopping Secrets with Trae Bodge
Trae Bodge is your best friend this holiday season. If anyone knows shopping, it's Trae. If anyone can actually be a shopping "guru," it's also Trae. (It's no wonder she's made over a thousand TV appearances to talk about the tricks of the trade.) The holidays are fraught with so many decisions and gift-giving is one of the big ones. It's a fact that most of us need to be mindful of what we're spending and on whom. But who knew there was an almost-science to making the whole process just a bit more palatable? Join us as we practically interrogate Trae about where to shop, how to shop, and when to shop to get the best and smartest deals for the holidays. Black Friday? Cyber Monday? Small Business Saturday? No wonder our heads spin at this time of year -- and too many of us go into credit card debt as we turn the calendar page. Don't do it, Sisters! Listen in to Trae's invaluable words of wisdom in order to save yourself some money and your sanity. Abby and Julie also discuss their upcoming holiday plans and ponder the important questions to ask around the Thanksgiving table.
58 minutes | Nov 12, 2022
Reinventing Midlife with Dr. Ellen Albertson
The title of Dr. Ellen Albertson's book, Rock Your Midlife, tells you just what you need to know about what's inside. But it doesn't stop there. The subtitle is, 7 Steps to Transform Yourself and Make your Next Chapter Your Best Chapter. Of course, we were intrigued since we're all about midlife at Sisters Cracking Up -- and all about making it the best it can be. Dr. Ellen Albertson is a force of energy, light, and healing. She has grabbed midlife by the chin hairs -- and she shows you how to do the same. We loved this book for its honesty and straightforward advice and we knew we had to have her on the show. With chapters like, Befriend Yourself: From Self-Loathing to Self-Love and Empower Yourself: From Helpless to In Charge, there's something here for everyone who's wondering how to live the years we have left with integrity and passion. If your next steps are unclear, or you can see them but can't figure out how to take them, you won't want to miss this episode. Abby and Julie also discuss (okay, sing) a possible theme song for Julie's TV show if the opportunity might ever arise. They also talk (okay, whine) about the amount of time and work it takes to keep a podcast going, and how Abby's early motherhood years were largely spent in her efforts not to have a complete breakdown.
50 minutes | Oct 21, 2022
Why You Need a Shaman with Shaman Brad Little Frog
Are you Shaman-curious? Does the idea that there's more to the Universe than what you can see, feel, and touch intrigue you? In the spirit of opening our minds (and yours!), we invited Shaman Brad Little Frog to be our guest on Sisters Cracking Up. Join us as we delve into how a shaman can help heal your mind, spirit, body -- and even help you sell your house -- as Abby found out when she worked with Brad Little Frog to sell hers. The house was sold -- and so was she! Little Frog talks about life after death and what it really means, what we're put on this Earth to do, and how we can connect with the two angels who are assigned to each of us in our lifetimes. Intrigued? We thought so. Brad Little Frog is a well known shaman, healer, teacher, and life coach based in the greater Boston area. Little Frog works with clients all over the world to heal them and remove malevolent attachments. He is also the published author of three books about depossession, vision quests, and the true nature of our Universe -- all available on Amazon. His specialties are depossession and house clearing. He can be reached at email@example.com or on his website www.littlefroghealing.com. Abby and Julie discuss decluttering in the wake of their mom's passing, buying sequined leggings, and how their days of wearing fancy clothes seem to have disappeared into thin air.
51 minutes | Oct 7, 2022
Managing Your Anxiety with The Anxiety Sisters
Anxiety, anyone? Yep, we thought so. That's why we invited The Anxiety Sisters (Abbe Greenberg and Maggie Sarachek) to come on Sisters Cracking Up and teach us a thing or two about living with and managing anxiety. Their book, The Anxiety Sisters' Survival Guide: How You Can Become More Hopeful, Connected, and Happy, is a veritable handbook to better understanding and managing panic, worry, grief, stress, or phobias. Or, if you just want to pause the endless spin cycle in your head, you’ll find real-world, research-based techniques, exercises, and insights—without the clinical, confusing, one-size-fits-all approach that isn’t so helpful when your mind is racing and your triggers are in overdrive. We can't say enough about the value of their book and of THEM (they're amazing!) in the all-too-common struggle so many of us have with anxiety. This is life-changing, Sisters. If you struggle with any of these issues -- or you care about someone who does -- don't miss this episode. Abby and Julie also discuss their own struggles with anxiety. As sisters do.
64 minutes | Sep 29, 2022
Why Life Gets Better After Midlife with Jonathan Rauch
Does the thought of getting older make you anxious? Are you in your 30s, 40s or 50s and wonder if you've already hit your peak? Do not despair, Sisters. There is good news. Very good news. In his book, The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50, Jonathan Rauch does the extraordinary. He's gathered all the cutting-edge research about aging and happiness and his conclusion is this: Life gets better and we get happier as we age. The midlife slump is just that; a temporary slump that seems to disappear as we get older...and happier. Jonathan Rauch is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington and is the author of eight books and many articles on public policy, culture, and government. He is a contributing writer for The Atlantic and recipient of the 2005 National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. His latest book, published in 2021 by the Brookings Press, is The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth, a spirited and deep-diving account of how to push back against disinformation, canceling, and other new threats to our fact-based epistemic order. In 2018, he published The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50, a lauded account of the surprising relationship between aging and happiness. And, of course, we couldn't wait to have him on to share his findings. Abby and Julie also discuss the Adam Levine scandal. As sisters do.
57 minutes | Sep 2, 2022
Are You Cliterate? with Dr. Laurie Mintz
Welcome back, Sisters! We're so happy to be back for Season 3 of Sisters Cracking Up! We have some incredible guests lined up for you this season and we're kicking it off with Dr. Laurie Mintz, author of the bestseller, "Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters and How to Get It." Dr. Mintz is a feminist author, therapist, and tenured professor (University of Florida) whose life's work has been committed to helping people live more authentic, meaningful, and sexually satisfying lives. Tune in as we dig into everything orgasm: --Who's most likely to have them and with whom? --What women can do to increase their chances of achieving the Big O --The lies society has taught both women and men about orgasmic sex ...and so much more! Whether you're happily single, partnered, or simply "hooking up," this episode has got you covered no matter what your status or age.
57 minutes | May 27, 2022
Why Women Drink with Gabrielle Glaser
Join Sisters Cracking Up, as we interview Gabrielle Glaser on her groundbreaking, bestselling book, "Her Best-Kept Secret: Why Women Drink -- and How They Can Regain Control." If you've ever struggled with alcohol addiction (or if someone you love has) OR if you've ever simply questioned your own relationship with alcohol (pandemic drinking, anyone?), this episode is a must listen. From how women process alcohol, to how they feel about themselves when they drink, to what makes women drink...it's all here in this episode. (HINT: They're all very different from men's experience with booze.) And if you're a woman considering AA, Glaser's findings and research on women and AA may surprise (shock!) you. Join sisters Abby Rodman and Julie Howard for an in-depth interview with Gabrielle Glaser on her acclaimed book. Gabrielle Glaser is the author, most recently, of "American Baby: A Mother, A Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption," which tells the shocking truth about postwar adoption in America through the bittersweet story of one teenager, the son she was forced to relinquish, and their lifelong search to find each other. The New York Times, the Washington Post, and NPR named it a best book of 2021. Gabrielle's 2013 book examining women's drinking and the American rehab industry, "Her Best-Kept Secret: Why Women Drink -- and How They Can Regain Control" was a New York Times bestseller. She has covered the intersection of health, medicine, and culture for The New York Times and many other publications, including The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and Scientific American, and is the mother of three grown daughters.
48 minutes | May 10, 2022
Are You the Victim of Gaslighting? with Dr. Robin Stern
Have you ever been made to doubt what you know to be true by a partner, a friend, a sibling, or a parent? If so, there's a good chance you've been gaslighted. Thanks to Dr. Robin Stern, "gaslighting" -- the term she coined to describe the experience of being manipulated into doubting one's own truth or sanity -- has been brought to the collective forefront of what we now understand is a form of psychological abuse. Her book, The Gaslight Effect: How to Spot and Survive the Hidden Manipulation Others Use to Control Your Life is the gold standard in the psychology field for those who've been the victims of this insidious and soul-destructing form of control -- and for mental health providers who need to know how it may be effecting the lives of their clients. Why do some people gaslight others? Why are others more susceptible to being gaslit? And, if you are being gaslighted, what can you do about it? Join Sisters Cracking Up hosts Abby Rodman and Julie Howard as they interview Dr. Robin Stern about gaslighting and her bestselling book. You don't want to miss this one, Sisters! Robin Stern, Ph.D., is the co-founder and associate director for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and an associate research scientist at the Child Study Center at Yale. She is a licensed psychoanalyst with 30 years of experience treating individuals, couples and families. Robin is the co-developer of RULER (an acronym for the five key emotion skills of recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, and regulating emotions) an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by over 1,500 public, charter, and private pre-school to high schools across the United States and in other countries. Robin regularly consults with schools nationally and across the globe. She also consults with large companies, including Facebook and Google on best practices for integrating the principles of emotional intelligence into training and product design. With Facebook, she has co-developed a number of products, including a social resolution tools to help adults and youth resolve online conflict and the bullying prevention hub to support educators, families, and teens. Robin is the co-founder of Star Factor Coaching, a model of leadership coaching anchored in the skills of emotional intelligence and was a founding member of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, where she spent 15 years creating and facilitating professional development programs for aspiring women leaders. In 2014-15 Robin was a fellow in the Yale Public Voices Fellowship, and her work is frequently published in popular media outlets, such as Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, Time.com, The Washington Post, The Hill, Harvard Business Review. She has been a guest on many local and national radio shows and has traveled widely to lecture on emotional intelligence, women in leadership and on relational bullying.
67 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
Comedy Genius Gary Janetti is the Real Family Guy
Gary Janetti, comedy genius and royalty, joins us to talk about his new book, Start Without Me: I'll Be There in a Minute. You already know and love Gary Janetti from his work on Family Guy, The Prince, and Will & Grace. Now, you'll get to know and love the person behind the laughs as he shares what and who inspires him -- and his thoughts on commencement speeches, tanning, and fame. Sisters Cracking Up hosts Abby Rodman and Julie Howard talk with Gary about his comedy roots, inspirations, and the people most important to him. We even got him to read some selections from his new book. Gary has nearly a million followers on Instagram for good reason -- and we grill him on that, too! Gary Janetti is a four-time Emmy nominated writer and producer who is the showrunner and creator of HBOMax's The Prince. He got his start writing on several network series before joining Fox’s Family Guy where he was on the original writing staff and went on to pen many memorable episodes featuring Brian and Stewie. He then wrote on NBC’s Will & Grace, where he rose to executive producer and showrunner. His popular Instagram account of over 900k followers has been featured and praised in such publications as the New York Times, People and Vanity Fair. Janetti’s first book, Do You Mind If I Cancel? became an instant New York Times bestseller. He lives in Los Angeles with his husband, TV personality and fashion expert Brad Goreski.
64 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
Behind The Scenes with "Group" Author Christie Tate
It's kind of impossible not to love the New York Times Bestseller, Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life by Christie Tate. And, frankly, it's kind of hard not to love Christie Tate herself. If you enjoyed Group (and even if you're the one person who didn't), you're going to enjoy this interview, Sisters. Christie pulls back every curtain as she shares her hard-won journey to mental health and the unorthodox group therapy that helped get her there. Please join Sisters Cracking Up as we interview Christie Tate about her process in writing her stunning and revealing memoir which quickly became a Reese's Book Club Pick. Christie also reveals what she's working on next -- and we can't wait to read it. How 'bout them apples?
206 minutes | Mar 18, 2022
Surviving Your Emotionally Immature Parents with Dr. Lindsay Gibson
Did you grow up with an emotionally immature, unavailable, or selfish parent? Did you often feel unseen or unheard by those who raised you? Did you take on adult responsibilities or roles as a way to compensate for your parent's behavior? If so, you may still be challenged by lingering feelings of anger, betrayal, or abandonment. Dr. Lindsay Gibson had a radical thought in her decades of doing psychotherapy: Perhaps some of her clients weren't the ones who needed therapy -- it was their parent(s) that did! Join Sisters Cracking Up as we interview Dr. Lindsay Gibson, author of the bestseller, Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved Parents, a groundbreaking work that uncovers this invisible trauma and reveals ways to heal and free yourself of your parent's emotional immaturity and the wounds it inflicted. Lindsay Gibson is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been a psychotherapist for over 30 years, in both private and public settings. Dr. Gibson specializes in helping adults who are interested in personal growth, especially when they are dealing with the effects of having emotionally immature parents and other E.I. relationships. For more information and writings by Dr. Lindsay Gibson, you can check out her website at drlindsaygibson.com.
57 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
Stupid Things I Won't Do When I Get Old with Steven Petrow
Ever look at the habits or behaviors of your parents and grandparents and think, "I'll never do that!" Sure you have. But Steven Petrow kept copious notes about all the things he'd never do...and then wrote a book about it. Yes, it's funny. But it's also touching and enlightening as Petrow takes us through the basics ("I won't color my hair!") and then moves us gracefully into a deeper understanding of what it means to grow older. Petrow watched his own parents as they aged (and passed) leading to a profound sensitivity to the aging and dying process. Steven Petrow is an award-winning journalist and book author who is best known for his Washington Post and New York Times essays on aging, health, and civility. He’s also an opinion columnist for USA Today, where he writes about civil discourse and manners. Steven's 2019 TED Talk has been viewed nearly two million times and translated into 16 languages. Stupid Things I Won't Do When I Get Old was published in 2021 and named as one of the New York Times’ “favorite” books of the year (among other accolades). He is the author of five other books and is a much sought after public speaker. You're likely to hear him when you stream NPR or one of your favorite — or least favorite — TV networks. Steven Petrow and this book may just change the way you feel about aging -- and the always difficult process of watching your parents age. We loved this book (and Steven) and so will you, Sisters.
62 minutes | Feb 19, 2022
Jennifer Arthurton Gets Real about Midlife Reinvention
Every midlife woman has a story. Sometimes that story can be one we can learn and grow from. Jennifer Arthurton, host of the podcast, Old Chicks Know Sh*t, was floundering in midlife until she decided to choose reinvention over personal struggle and complacency. Her life truly changed when she was willing to let go of the "image" of what she (and others) thought her life should look like. And we're pretty sure we can all learn something from that! Abby kicks off the episode with a story about a client who makes her question her own vanity in the face of aging. Julie points out that studies have been done on aging women whom -- at a rate of nearly 100% -- believe they are aging better than those in their friend group. Go figure.
63 minutes | Feb 5, 2022
Patriarchy Stress Disorder: Dr. Valerie Rein on How It Holds Women Back
As women, we're no strangers to the experience that what our lives look like from the outside often doesn't match the dissatisfaction and turmoil within. And no matter how many self-help books we read, or yoga classes we take, or smoothies we drink -- we still feel like we're drifting. Dr. Valerie Rein is a psychologist and women’s mental health expert who has discovered Patriarchy Stress Disorder (PSD) and created the only science-backed system for helping women achieve their ultimate success, happiness, and fulfillment by healing the intergenerational trauma of oppression. She holds an EdM in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University and a PhD in Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Her #1 Amazon bestselling book, “Patriarchy Stress Disorder: The Invisible Inner Barrier to Women’s Happiness and Fulfillment” has been heralded by reviewers as "the most important body of literary work of our modern times" and "perhaps the most important book of the century for women."
65 minutes | Jan 26, 2022
The Dollars and Sense of Divorce with Shawn Leamon
It's a tough swallow, but divorce always comes down to two things: kids and money. And if the kids are grown or there are none, it's all about the dough. So, what do you need to know about your financials in order to move smartly through your divorce and end up with the best possible financial outcome? Cue Shawn Leamon because he's just the guy we need to advise us on all matters of divorce financials. We loved his straightforward, no-nonsense approach and so will you. Shawn Leamon is an MBA, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, and host of the #1 divorce financial podcast, Divorce and Your Money. He is also the author of Divorce and Your Money: How to Avoid Costly Divorce Mistakes (2020), a no-nonsense, user-friendly guide that provides a complete plan for facing the tough decisions during divorce. Shawn’s work has been seen in Time, USA Today, Yahoo! Finance, Nasdaq, San Francisco Chronicle, and many other publications across the United States. His website, DivorceAndYourMoney.com has over 1 million viewers and his podcast has over 500,000 downloads. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, he received his Bachelor of Arts in both Economics and Philosophy from Dartmouth College. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Spain’s IE Business School, where he focused on international finance and venture capital. Before launching his own firm, Shawn worked as a credit research analyst at J.P. Morgan and subsequently helped manage $1.1 billion in client assets at Bernstein Global Wealth Management. In his personal life, Shawn loves to push his physical and mental limits as an ultra-endurance athlete. An avid traveler, Shawn spends time between his offices in Dallas, New York City and Hanover, New Hampshire, and can often be found wandering the globe, having visited over 25 countries. divorceandyourmoney.com/coaching
57 minutes | Jan 2, 2022
Borderline Personality Disorder: Expert Randi Kreger on How to Stop Walking on Eggshells
Randi Kreger, co-author of the bestseller, Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder, joins Sisters Cracking Up to pull back the curtain on the wild, complex, and eternally frustrating experience of being in a relationship with someone with BPD. And that relationship can be with anyone in your life: spouse, partner, parent, boss, or even your child. What are the hallmarks of this personality disorder? And why do those on the receiving end always feel like they're losing their marbles? Randi Kreger shares her personal experience with BPD and how it sparked a lifelong interest in the disorder. She has sold over a million books worldwide on BPD, enlightening and giving relief to those who didn't have the words to describe their traumatic experiences.
54 minutes | Dec 16, 2021
Why You Need a Career Coach in Midlife with Angie Bruhn
Thinking about making that career change as you round the bend in midlife? So many of us are thinking about it...and doing it! But there's so much to consider before we switch those professional gears. Career coach extraordinaire Angie Bruhn joins Sisters Cracking Up to discuss what you need to think about as you craft the second act of your professional life. And it's not just about paying the bills. It's about YOU. Angie Bruhn is an executive leadership coach and the CEO of Elevate Execs. After spending 18 years in the corporate world working for an intense, ever-changing marquee of brands, she has dedicated herself to empowering individuals to excel in diverse cultures and environments, enabling them to become the leaders and people they are meant to be.
61 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
How to Face the Toughest Conversations with Confrontationalist Danielle Gibson
Dreading that convo you know you need to have? We've all been there! Join us as we welcome Confrontationalist Danielle Gibson who will teach you how to "talk turkey" right in time for Thanksgiving! Confrontation is usually seen as something negative but, what if instead of fearing confrontation and trying to avoid it, you stepped into it and embraced it directly? This is what Danielle Gibson, a Confrontation Expert and Performance Coach, helps her clients do. Danielle's definition of Confrontation is "To deal directly with someone or something you've been avoiding out of fear." Why is it important to learn how to be an expert Confrontationalist? Because that fear is what is holding you back! She partners with clients who feel stuck in a mundane unrewarding cycle to help them break free. The result? They gain a greater sense of awareness, clarity and confidence so they can get what they want, not just what they think they can get. In working through their blocks, they move toward a truly authentic life they can live on their terms. Website - www.theconfrontationalist.com Email - firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram - @the_confrontationalist
64 minutes | Oct 24, 2021
Humorist Helen Ellis on Friendship, Professional Poker, and Not Giving Up
Author and humorist Helen Ellis is in the house. And no topic is off-limits! We talk professional poker, menopause, friendships, marriage, and the wherewithal it takes to become a successful writer. (Also, if you didn't know that the phrase "bless your heart" has negative connotations, Helen explains why.) If you want to be Helen's friend, you've got to be willing to open up about your sex life and be prepared to show up in one of her books. To that, we say, "Sign us up!" She's so delightful, we think you'll be ready to sign up, too. Helen is the author of Southern Lady Code, American Housewife, and Eating the Cheshire Cat. Her newest book, Bring Your Baggage and Don't Pack Light explores friendships between women and what it's like to be a woman in midlife. Raised in Alabama, she lives with her husband in New York City. You can find Helen on Twitter @WhatIDoAllDay and Instagram @HelenEllisAuthor.
71 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Paul Gilmartin Unplugged
Our enthusiasm is a little embarrassing, but we are true fangirls of Paul Gilmartin and his podcast, The Mental Illness Happy Hour. Listen in as Paul shares his own struggles openly and vulnerably -- in an effort to help others move through and beyond their own. A well-known comedian and host of the long-running TBS show, Dinner and a Movie, Paul Gilmartin turned to podcasting in 2011 as a way to work through his own trauma. In a podcast the New York Times calls, "a perversely safe place in which he and his guests talk about their fears, addictions and traumatic childhoods," Paul's openness and empathy have endeared him to millions of listeners around the world. This episode contains accounts of personal and sexual trauma which may be disturbing or upsetting to some listeners. It is intended for mature audiences only.
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