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I'd Rather Be Reading

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A podcast about the best nonfiction books hitting shelves today, hosted by Marie Claire's Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor Rachel Burchfield.

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J. Randy Taraborrelli on the Actress Grace Kelly, Her Royal Wedding, Her Marriage to Prince Rainier III, and Her Life as a Princess in Monaco

April 22, 2024 13:24 - 42 minutes - 39.3 MB

Last week, on April 18 and 19, the woman formerly known as Grace Kelly and, after marriage, Princess Grace of Monaco, would have marked 68 years of marriage to Prince Rainier III, had either lived to see it. Grace died at just 52 years old from injuries sustained in a car accident in 1982; Rainier died in 2005, 23 years later. Born in Philadelphia, Grace had just won the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Country Girl when she met Rainier in April 1955. It all started as a publicity gimm...

Dave Cullen on the Columbine High School Massacre, 25 Years Later

April 20, 2024 19:10 - 1 hour - 95.6 MB

There are no two ways around this fact: today’s conversation is tough. It’s really, really tough. Today, April 20, 2024, marks 25 years since the Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colorado. I woke up this morning and read an article in People magazine about Frank DeAngelis, who was the principal at Columbine at the time of the shooting. In the article, DeAngelis said that every single morning, he wakes up and says the names of those killed in that day’s horrible events. He said he...

Jeffrey Toobin on the 29th Anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing and How Its Impact Is Still Felt Today

April 18, 2024 23:00 - 33 minutes - 31.2 MB

On April 19, 1995—29 years ago tomorrow—at 9:02 a.m., a fertilizer truck bomb exploded outside of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, an act of domestic terrorism perpetrated by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Fueled by anti-government sentiment—and specifically angered by the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, Ruby Ridge in 1992, and the Waco siege exactly two years to the day earlier in 1993—the blast killed 168 and injured 680. Prior to September 11, 2001, the b...

Gareth Russell on the Sinking of the Titanic, 112 Years After It Happened

April 14, 2024 19:17 - 54 minutes - 50.1 MB

On April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic—a British ocean liner operated by the White Star Line—sank in the North Atlantic Ocean after striking an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City. The loss of life was devastating—of the 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, about 1,500 died, making the Titanic the deadliest sinking of a single ship up to that time, 112 years ago. Titanic had aboard her some of the wealthiest people in the world, as well as hundreds of immigr...

Linda Keir on the Royal Family Fiction Subgenre and Their Contribution to It, “The Royal Game”

April 12, 2024 13:17 - 42 minutes - 39.2 MB

Welcome to this special fiction episode of I’d Rather Be Reading—specifically part two in my latest fiction subgenre obsession: royal family fiction. We’ve already had Katharine McGee on the show of the four-part American Royals series, and we will later have the writing duo behind The Royal We and The Heir Affair; today we have the writing duo behind The Royal Game, my latest royal family fiction favorite. (I’d also throw Red, White, and Royal Blue onto this list, as well.) It is a subgenre...

Teri Agins on How Fashion and Celebrity Interface, and How the Power of Celebrity Has Changed the Fashion Industry Forever

April 10, 2024 13:23 - 46 minutes - 43.4 MB

When it comes to fashion journalists, the crème de la crème is my guest today, Teri Agins. Today’s episode is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Teri’s book Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers, which speaks to how celebrity interfaces with fashion and how fashion interfaces with celebrity. There used to be a delineation between fashion designers and fashion and supermodels on the one hand, and then celebrities, like actors and actresses...

J. Reuben Appelman on the Brutal Murders of Four University of Idaho Students in November 2022, and Where the Case Against Bryan Kohberger Stands Today

April 08, 2024 01:00 - 1 hour - 57.8 MB

Welcome to season 11 of I’d Rather Be Reading! This season we will, of course, continue to cover the latest and greatest nonfiction books, but we’re also going to focus on many events that gripped the nation past and present—like the O.J. Simpson murders (which happened 30 years ago this June), the Oklahoma City bombing, Columbine (which happened 25 years ago this month), and JFK Jr.’s plane crash, which is marking its twenty-fifth anniversary this year. Today on the show we’re digging into ...

Powerhouse Literary Agent Lucinda Halpern on Actionable Steps to Find an Agent, Land a Book Deal, and Write the Book You Were Meant to Write

April 01, 2024 00:12 - 38 minutes - 35.3 MB

Welcome to the season 10 finale, friends! What a great season it has been, with so much more in store in the forthcoming season 11. Today on the show we’re talking about a topic close to my heart as I look to undertake this project this year: getting signed to a literary agent and getting signed to a book deal. I realize this is a podcast for readers, but I also realize that many of you are writers, and maybe you’ve been feeling the nudge too to write that book, whether fiction or nonfiction...

Sarah Ditum on How Toxic It Was to Be a Female Celebrity in the 2000s—from Britney Spears to Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian, and More

March 29, 2024 20:13 - 54 minutes - 50.6 MB

There is no better person to close out March and Women’s History Month on I’d Rather Be Reading than Sarah Ditum, author of the new book Toxic: Women, Fame, and the Tabloid 2000s, which came out on January 23. Through the lens of nine of the biggest female celebrities of the 2000s—Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Aaliyah, Janet Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Kim Kardashian, Chyna (the professional wrestler), and Jennifer Aniston, Sarah’s book and this conversation takes a look back at h...

Kate Betts on Being Editor-in-Chief at Harper’s Bazaar, Working for Vogue and Fairchild Publications, Her Books About Paris and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Style, and What’s Next for Her

March 28, 2024 01:03 - 37 minutes - 34.5 MB

Well, we started our Women in Power series for Women’s History Month with a legendary editor-in-chief and we’re going to end the series with one, too. Today on the show I have Kate Betts, former editor-in-chief at Harper’s Bazaar, a longtime colleague of Anna Wintour’s at Vogue, and the author of one of my all-time favorite memoirs, My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine. In addition to My Paris Dream, Kate also wrote the book Everyday Icon...

Kaitlin Menza on Telling the Stories of Women Whose Voices Deserve to Be Heard (Famous or Not), Writing Multiple Columns, Freelancing, and Living in Taiwan and Making It Work with U.S. Time Zones

March 24, 2024 21:43 - 43 minutes - 40 MB

I have with me the remarkable Kaitlin Menza, another contemporary of mine who has just done so much, it’s baffling. Kaitlin is another journalist whose byline has literally been everywhere you can think of: The Cut. InStyle. Conde Nast Traveler. Elle. Town & Country. Vogue. Marie Claire. Esquire. Business of Home. Rolling Stone. The Hollywood Reporter. Architectural Digest. Cosmopolitan. The New York Times. The Guardian. Time. Vanity Fair. Popular Mechanics. Have to say, I wasn’t expecting t...

Elle Magazine’s Véronique Hyland on Fashion, Famous Women, and, Yes, Millennial Pink

March 21, 2024 02:04 - 27 minutes - 25.7 MB

How often is it that you write an essay so oft-quoted and ubiquitous that you define an entire generation by a single color? Today’s guest, Veronique Hyland, did just that, but what could perhaps be called her signature piece isn’t all that she has to offer—and not even close. She is fashion features director at Elle and is also the author of the fantastic 2022 book Dress Code: Unlocking Fashion from the New Look to Millennial Pink. Dress Code is an essay collection centered around the fashi...

Vanity Fair’s Erin Vanderhoof on Life as a Royal Correspondent and Her Favorite Royal Family Books

March 20, 2024 03:23 - 52 minutes - 48.2 MB

My two main niches in both my life and my work are books (but you already knew that) and the royal family. You may not know this about me—or maybe you do—but my main specialty coverage area in my work is the royals, and boy, has it been one hell of a ride in the British royal family this year, especially with one Kate Middleton as of late. One of the best royal correspondents in the game is our guest today, Vanity Fair’s Erin Vanderhoof, who is deeply talented and someone I consider to be th...

Special Mini-Episode: Let’s Hear It for the Guys, Too

March 20, 2024 00:16 - 5 minutes - 4.94 MB

I know we are still in the thick of March and Women’s History Month and that our Women in Power series has introduced (or reintroduced) you to some phenomenal female writers, but I wanted to take a moment and pay homage to some of my favorite male writers too, because I have many. You can’t go wrong with any of these picks, and I’ll link them all below. Women are worthy of being celebrated, but so are men—and good books are always worthy of being celebrated. I hope you are enjoying the Women...

Mattie Kahn on Writing About Powerful Women and Girls, What It’s Really Like to Be a Freelance Writer, the Experience of Interviewing Celebrities, and What She’d Tell Her Teenage Self

March 19, 2024 01:37 - 38 minutes - 35.4 MB

When InStyle’s cover for “The Confidence Issue” came out, I tore through Mattie Kahn’s cover profile on Sharon Stone. Listeners, this is a fantastic article, but when it comes to Mattie Kahn’s writing, that’s just what one comes to expect when it comes to her. Mattie is one of the most published writers today, and after working full-time at outlets like Elle and Glamour, she’s now a full-time freelance writer and has written for literally every publication you can dream of: Vogue, The New Yo...

Lesley Jane Seymour on Being Editor-in-Chief of YM, Redbook, Marie Claire, and More, Resilience, and How It’s Never Too Late to Reinvent Yourself

March 18, 2024 03:53 - 53 minutes - 49.9 MB

Our Women in Power series for Women’s History Month rolls on—today’s guest is Lesley Jane Seymour, who has been editor-in-chief of four different magazines, something that is just not done. That is legends only stuff right there. I feel extra connected to her because she was editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, the magazine where I now work, from 2001 to 2006. She was also editor-in-chief of Redbook, YM, and More, and before taking on her role as an editor-in-chief worked at Women’s Wear Daily, ...

Andrea Lavinthal on Juggling Life As a Working Mom, How the 1990s Is the Best Decade of All Time, and What It’s Like to Be the Style and Beauty Director at People Magazine

March 14, 2024 14:34 - 34 minutes - 31.8 MB

We are going to close this week with such a fun conversation with one of my favorite writers and editors, the spectacular Andrea Lavinthal! Andrea is People magazine’s style and beauty director, which is just as wide of a swath as you think it would be. Andrea has 20 years’ experience as a writer, editor, and content creator, and she has been with People specifically since 2012. In her role, she regularly appears on shows like Today, Good Morning America, and Access, as well as podcasts and ...

Danielle Pergament on the Art of the Celebrity Profile—and What It’s Like When Jennifer Aniston, Victoria Beckham, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Garner, and Kim Kardashian Open Up to You

March 13, 2024 10:15 - 38 minutes - 36 MB

Continuing our Women in Power series for Women’s History Month, today I’m bringing you the absolutely fabulous Danielle Pergament, whose work as a contributing editor at Allure, as well as with The New York Times, Goop, Conde Nast Traveler, Women’s Wear Daily, and my new obsession, Air Mail, have been some of the best celebrity profiles and travel writing you’ll read. Here is but a sampling of the A-list women Danielle has interviewed and profiled: every Jennifer possible, first of all—Jenni...

Tamron Hall on Why Writing Crime Fiction Is Especially Meaningful to Her + 11 Other Fiction Authors I Love + Two More TV Picks Based on Books

March 12, 2024 10:45 - 32 minutes - 29.7 MB

Admittedly, I don’t read a ton of fiction, but one fictional character I deeply enjoy is that of Jordan Manning, born from the mind of Tamron Hall, one of my favorite journalists. Tamron dipped her toe into writing novels with the publication of her debut work of fiction, As the Wicked Watch, back in October 2021. Now, today, March 12, book two in the Jordan Manning series is out, and it’s a great sophomore effort: Watch Where They Hide, another delicious hit of crime fiction. By the way, Ta...

Alexandra Shulman, Former British Vogue Editor-in-Chief of 25 Years, on Life at the Top of the Masthead, Writing Fiction and Memoirs, and Making Fashion More Inclusive

March 11, 2024 11:17 - 39 minutes - 36.3 MB

In addition to Friday being International Women’s Day, March is Women’s History Month, and that seemed the perfect time to have this series I’ve been concocting in my brain for a while called Women in Power. I am so proud and happy to share my conversations with you! Also, at the end of each episode in this series, I’ll be sharing three books by three female writers whose collections I love, so stick around after the interview for that. Our first guest in the Women in Power series is a legen...

Lisa Mayer of Boss Beauties on How Every Day Is International Women’s Day and How We Can Be Everything We Want to Be + My Top TV (and One Movie!) Picks Based on Books for Spring 2024

March 08, 2024 07:49 - 40 minutes - 37.5 MB

Have you ever met someone, and you just instantly knew they were someone you wanted to get to know? That’s how I felt when I met today’s guest, Lisa Mayer, the cofounder and CEO of Boss Beauties and the author of Boss Beauty: Inspiration to Be Everything You Want, which is out this upcoming Tuesday, March 12. Boss Beauties is a media and entertainment brand that inspires and elevates the next generation of women and girls, and the book, Boss Beauty, is, first of all, incredibly enjoyable to ...

Film Expert and Oscars Guru Dave Karger on the Academy Awards Past and Present, the Relevancy of the Ceremony, and His Best Predictions for Sunday’s Big Show

March 06, 2024 06:53 - 24 minutes - 22.9 MB

I’m so pleased to share with you a special bonus episode discussing the Oscars, which are quickly approaching this Sunday, March 10. The Academy Awards are the culmination of awards season, and there’s so much to discuss when it comes to this year’s ceremony. Will Oppenheimer sweep the awards, as is predicted? Why wasn’t Barbie’s star Margot Robbie nominated for Best Actress, or its director, Greta Gerwig, nominated for Best Director? Will Lily Gladstone of Killers of the Flower Moon make hi...

David Charter on Queen Elizabeth, Her Relationship with the United States, and the 13 Presidents She Knew While on the Throne—From Eisenhower to Biden

March 04, 2024 12:44 - 51 minutes - 47.7 MB

Today’s conversation, if nothing else, was made just for me—and I hope many of you, as well. Two of my favorite subjects to read about are the British royal family and U.S. presidents, and those two subject matters meet today thanks to David Charter, author of Royal Audience: 70 Years, 13 Presidents, One Queen’s Special Relationship with America, out March 5. In the book David zooms in on one facet of the Special Relationship between the U.K. and the U.S.—the relationship of the late Queen E...

Charlotte Donlon on Loneliness, Belonging, and How Both Are Essential to the Human Experience

February 29, 2024 04:57 - 46 minutes - 43.3 MB

Today on the show, we’re talking about loneliness. Now, before you switch off this episode and head off to what you might consider greener pastures, let me reframe loneliness for you: it can actually have an upside. Today’s guest Charlotte Donlon writes, in her book The Great Belonging: How Loneliness Leads Us to Each Other, “Everyone knows loneliness. Some may experience it more often. Some may find relief from it more quickly. Some may deny or avoid it. But I don’t think any of us escapes ...

Katie Rogers, White House Correspondent at The New York Times, on the Transformation of the Modern First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, and What It Might Look Like When We Have a First Gentleman

February 25, 2024 16:09 - 41 minutes - 38.7 MB

One of my personal favorite subjects to study is First Ladies—I am completely compelled by these women, regardless of party affiliation, and I’ve read just about every book on them as a group, as well as many individual biographies of these dynamic women. Today on the show I have with me Katie Rogers, White House correspondent for The New York Times, to discuss her first book, the fantastic American Woman: The Transformation of the Modern First Lady, from Hillary Clinton to Jill Biden, which...

Chef Missy Robbins, Our First Cookbook Author, on the Day-to-Day Life of a Chef, Kitchen Culture, How Realistic the Show The Bear Really Is, and Self-Discovery on the Journey

February 24, 2024 13:21 - 41 minutes - 38.3 MB

We’ve got yet another first on the show today—our very first cookbook author! Yes, this is a cookbook, filled with delicious recipes and mouthwatering food photos, but this is a cookbook with a twist. It is part cookbook and part memoir of its author, renowned chef Missy Robbins. It really is as much about self discovery as it is about food, and that’s what makes it extra compelling. Missy actually has two books, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner…Life: Recipes and Adventures from My Home Kitchen, and...

Audrey Hepburn’s Son Luca Dotti and Meghan Friedlander of Rare Audrey Hepburn on the Legendary Actress and Her Love Affair with Paris

February 22, 2024 14:22 - 50 minutes - 46.3 MB

Yet another pinch me moment this week—today on the show we have Audrey Hepburn’s son, Luca Dotti, and Meghan Friedlander, who together wrote the beautiful and compelling book Audrey Hepburn in Paris. Meghan is the curator of the popular Audrey fan site Rare Audrey Hepburn, and Luca? Well, he knew Audrey better than almost any human being can say. I am a huge Audrey Hepburn fan, so the thought of spending time with one of her two sons is unbelievable to me. The book also includes a foreward b...

Katharine McGee, New York Times Bestselling Author of the American Royals Series, on Writing Fiction, What’s Next for Her, and, Of Course, the Royal Family

February 20, 2024 12:52 - 33 minutes - 30.8 MB

Surprise! Today is a special fiction pick day, and I have one of the most popular writers of fiction on the market today: New York Times bestselling author Katharine McGee, author of the wildly beloved American Royals series. The four-part series debuted in 2019 and wrapped in 2023, and asks the compelling question “What if America had a royal family? What if, instead of becoming president, George Washington became king instead?” As a royals editor, royal podcast co-host, and general royal o...

Savannah Guthrie of NBC’s Today Show on Her Deep Faith, Her Purpose, and the God She Knows

February 19, 2024 12:41 - 28 minutes - 26.3 MB

Life is full of pinch me moments, and this certainly is one: talking to the Savannah Guthrie about our shared faith in God. All glory to God for this conversation! The public facing Savannah is the co-anchor of Today on NBC, a position she’s held for nearly 12 years, since July 2012. She’s a former attorney turned NBC News professional who, in addition to her Today responsibilities, is an NBC News anchor, a substitute anchor on NBC Nightly News, and, since 2012, she’s hosted the Macy’s Thank...

Vera Chapman, Our First Children’s Book Author, on Pregnancy Loss and How to Help Children Grieve Through It

February 15, 2024 12:19 - 49 minutes - 45.4 MB

Today’s episode is a tough one—but it is also such a beautiful one. I want to insert a trigger warning here: my guest and I will be discussing the loss of a child to stillbirth today, so if you are grieving any type of pregnancy loss (or any type of loss, period) this conversation may be upsetting to you. Please take care of yourself and return to the conversation when you can. This is an absolutely beautiful, powerful conversation with a dear friend of mine, Vera Chapman, who is also the fi...

Jennie Allen on Why It’s Important to Feel the Feelings—All of Them

February 13, 2024 00:00 - 26 minutes - 24.9 MB

I first became familiar with the dynamic Jennie Allen in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, when my Bible study group did a study on Jennie’s book Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts, which is a book worth reading anytime, but especially in the summer of 2020. Now she’s back with a new book called Untangle Your Emotions: Naming What You Feel and Knowing What to Do About It, which is out February 13. As you’ll hear Jennie and I discuss, Untangle Your Emotions ...

Patti Davis, Daughter of U.S. President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan, on Her Relationship with Her Parents, Forgiveness, and the Experience of Being the Child of a President

February 08, 2024 00:37 - 38 minutes - 35.9 MB

Today on the show we have the remarkable Patti Davis, daughter of U.S. President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan. Patti’s new book, Dear Mom and Dad: A Letter About Family, Memory, and the America We Once Knew is a book, in Patti’s own words, about acceptance, forgiveness, and moving on from the past, a book that—though Patti’s parents were much more famous than most, even before her father entered politics—anyone can relate to. There’s not a person among us who hasn’t at one point...

Dr. Caroline Leaf on the Mind-Brain Connection, Cleaning Up Our Mental Mess, Mind Management, Neuroplasticity, the Neurocycle, and More

February 06, 2024 00:51 - 39 minutes - 36.9 MB

I am so pleased to have Dr. Caroline Leaf on the show today to impart knowledge from her 30-year career as an applied neuroscientist. I originally intended to do a career retrospective on Dr. Leaf’s many books, but quickly realized that if I did that, this would become an hours and hours long episode. So I decided to choose one of her books, Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess: 5 Simple, Scientifically Proven Steps to Reduce Anxiety, Stress, and Toxic Thinking, to zoom in on for our conversation to...

Julie Menanno, Also Known As @TheSecureRelationship, on Attachment Styles and How to Create a Healthy Relationship That Lasts a Lifetime

February 01, 2024 06:56 - 51 minutes - 48 MB

Welcome one, welcome all to season 10 of I’d Rather Be Reading! As ever, I’m so happy to have you here and a part of this community—don’t forget to reach out if you ever want to chat books at [email protected]. For our season opener today, we have the fantastic Julie Menanno, who is a licensed marriage and family therapist, an expert couple’s therapist, and the person behind the popular Instagram account @TheSecureRelationship, which has over 1 million followers. I have long b...

Laurence Leamer on Truman Capote and the Swans—and the New Ryan Murphy “Feud” Show About Them

January 25, 2024 03:43 - 40 minutes - 37.7 MB

For our season nine finale I have a legendary journalist, Laurence Leamer, here to talk about his book Capote’s Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era, which is the basis for the new Ryan Murphy show on FX, Feud: Capote vs. the Swans. (I loved the first iteration of Feud—about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford—and I love everything Ryan Murphy does.) The show has a cast as deep as any ocean: Naomi Watts. Diane Lane. Demi Moore. Calista Flockhart. Chloe Sevigny. Molly R...

Dr. Aliza Pressman on How There Is No Right Way to Parent, Reparenting Ourselves, Absolving Ourselves of Parenting Guilt, and How Parenting Is the Hardest—But Most Rewarding—Work We’ll Ever Do

January 22, 2024 01:59 - 32 minutes - 30.3 MB

No matter if you are a parent or not, this conversation is for you—after all, we all have parents, right? Today’s guest is Dr. Aliza Pressman, a Dartmouth and Columbia-educated developmental psychologist whose new book The 5 Principles of Parenting: Your Essential Guide to Raising Good Humans is out January 23. In today’s conversation we discuss her five principles, all of which begin with R: relationships, reflection, regulation, rules, and repair, all leading to the sixth R, which is resil...

Special Mini-Episode: An Exciting Professional Announcement from Me + Kate Kennedy of “Be There in Five” on the Experience of Being a Millennial Through the Lens of Pop Culture

January 18, 2024 23:55 - 9 minutes - 8.71 MB

Hi friends! If you didn’t know, I am the Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor at Marie Claire magazine, and as of this month I am in charge of our monthly virtual book club, #ReadwithMC. Seeing as though we already read together here on I’d Rather Be Reading, why not read on #ReadwithMC, too? It is my hope to grow this book club on par with some of my favorite book clubs, like those from Jenna Bush Hager, Reese Witherspoon, Queen Camilla, and Oprah Winfrey. (Now, look. I’m never going to be Op...

Kate Bowler on How Faith and Fear Can Coexist at the Same Time, and How It’s Okay to Have a Beautiful, Terrible Day

January 18, 2024 12:01 - 32 minutes - 30.3 MB

To say that having Kate Bowler here today is an honor is something I don’t say lightly. Kate is so gentle, soothing, and easy to open up to that I cry at the end of this episode; her new book of daily devotions, Have a Beautiful, Terrible Day!: Daily Meditations for the Ups, Downs, and In Betweens, will bring out emotions in you, as well. I appreciate everything about this conversation, but especially Kate confirming that faith and fear can and do coexist, and that it is okay. Kate is a thre...

Rosalind Wiseman (Who Wrote the Book that Inspired Tina Fey’s Screenplay for Mean Girls) on Raising Preteen and Teenage Girls and the Complex Social Issues They Face, from Cliques to Gossip to Boys

January 17, 2024 18:00 - 33 minutes - 31.4 MB

For episode two of two of our bonus Mean Girls content, we’ve got Rosalind Wiseman on the show today, whose 2002 book Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World was the basis for Tina Fey’s screenplay for the original 2004 Mean Girls film. This book—which is currently undergoing its third revision—is the go-to manual for being a teenage girl and raising a teenage girl. This isn’t Rosalind’s only book—she has written...

Dr. Daniel Goleman on How to Achieve Peak Performance Through Emotional Intelligence

January 15, 2024 09:56 - 20 minutes - 18.8 MB

The godfather of emotional intelligence is on the show today! Dr. Daniel Goleman’s groundbreaking bestseller Emotional Intelligence was released nearly 30 years ago; I studied Dr. Goleman’s work in college (and I have been out of college for, unfortunately, many, many years). Emotional intelligence is the key to success in leadership and life, and in his latest book Optimal: How to Sustain Personal and Organizational Excellence Every Day, Dr. Goleman teaches us how to reach peak performance ...

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong on Mean Girls and Its Continuing Influence on Pop Culture, Teen Movies, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, and So Much More

January 13, 2024 23:37 - 53 minutes - 49.5 MB

Surprise! I’m here with a bonus episode today celebrating the pop culture juggernaut that is Mean Girls, in honor of the release of the musical film yesterday. To talk about Mean Girls—yes, the 2024 film, but also the 2004 original film and the Broadway musical, which debuted in 2018—I have Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, who has actually been on the show before. She joined me in late 2021 to chat about Sex and the City and she’s back today to talk about another pop culture phenomenon we both lo...

Dr. Linnea Passaler on How to Reverse Nervous System Dysregulation and Stop Anxiety, Burnout, and Fatigue Before They Even Start

January 11, 2024 14:44 - 32 minutes - 30.5 MB

If I told you that today’s episode—the eighth and final in our January Wellness Series—could help you stop anxiety, burnout, and fatigue before they even start, I know your ears would perk up. Dr. Linnea Passaler is working to do just that—shift from reactive treatment to proactive healing—for nervous system dysregulation, which is so often not spoken about but can contribute to a number of problems both mentally and physically. She has written a five-stage plan in her new book Heal Your Ner...

Dr. Samantha Boardman on How Vitality is Essential to Wellness

January 10, 2024 12:14 - 35 minutes - 32.5 MB

For the only throwback pick of the January Wellness Series, I present to you the fabulous Dr. Samantha Boardman, who is talking to us today about vitality. Let’s be honest: do you ever think about vitality, let alone in your day-to-day life? If I put you on the spot and quizzed you, could you even totally define what vitality means? Today we not only define it but help you understand that vitality is a verb and have practical steps for how to implement it in your daily life. We also talk abo...

Dr. Gabrielle Lyon on How Muscle Is the Key to Aging Well, and Why Exercise Is Non-Negotiable

January 09, 2024 09:42 - 27 minutes - 25.8 MB

This might shock you (or maybe it won’t) but 75 percent of Americans don’t get the federally recommended weekly minimum of 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise (or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise), let alone the recommended two days of full body strength training. When we think about getting healthier, we often think about nutrition, as we should—but exercise is a critical part of the equation, too. Our guest today, Dr. Gabrielle Lyon, puts forth in her new book Forever Strong: A New S...

Neal Allen on Taming Our Inner Critic

January 08, 2024 12:36 - 37 minutes - 34.5 MB

As our January Wellness Series continues, today we are speaking to the dynamic Neal Allen about taming our inner critic. We all have one, and it’s called the superego; the superego was developed in our respective childhoods as a survival mechanism, but as adults, we no longer need it for protection—but for so many of us, its presence in our lives is cumbersome at best and extremely damaging at its worst. The good news? Our inner critic can be quieted, allowing us to live our best lives. Neal...

Dr. Uma Naidoo on How to Treat and Prevent Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, OCD, and More by What We Eat on a Daily Basis

January 04, 2024 12:40 - 34 minutes - 31.5 MB

What if I told you that it was possible to control anxiety, ADHD, OCD, depression, and more by what you eat (or don’t eat)? That it was completely possible to calm your mind with food? That’s what today’s episode is all about, and we’re talking to Harvard nutritional psychiatrist Dr. Uma Naidoo about the “powerful medicine of food,” looking at a groundbreaking, full-body approach to mental health, how we can enhance our overall mental wellbeing through what we eat, and how our daily food cho...

Dr. Michael Gervais on How to Stop Worrying About What Other People Think of You

January 03, 2024 07:06 - 45 minutes - 42.4 MB

For today’s January Wellness Series conversation, we’re back to mental and emotional wellness, specifically this relatable topic: caring too much about what others think of you. Our guest today, Dr. Michael Gervais, calls caring too much about other people’s opinions “the single greatest constrictor of human potential,” and introduces the concept of “FOPO” (fear of other people’s opinions), assessing that it is a human epidemic in our society. (I know it has impacted my life personally in sp...

Dr. Anthony Youn on How to Look and Feel Younger Through Our Lifestyle Choices

January 02, 2024 13:16 - 40 minutes - 37.6 MB

As our January Wellness Series rolls on, today we switch from mental and emotional wellness to physical wellness. Aging is a good thing—hey, it certainly beats the alternative, right?—but I’d venture to guess that all of us want to continue to grow older without looking or feeling older. Today’s guest, Dr. Anthony Youn, teaches us how to do just that, looking at environmental and lifestyle factors to turn back and freeze the clock. What we eat, how much we sleep, and our skincare routines al...

Dr. Nicole LePera on How to Be the Love You Seek

January 01, 2024 13:26 - 45 minutes - 42 MB

Welcome to 2024, and welcome to our January Wellness Series! We are alternating episodes about mental and emotional wellness (like this one) and physical wellness, and I am thrilled to kickstart this series with perhaps my favorite book of 2023: How to Be the Love You Seek: Break Cycles, Find Peace, and Heal Your Relationships by Dr. Nicole LePera. In the book, Dr. LePera gives the simple but profound advice “You already are the love you seek.” Before we go seeking love (many of us in all th...

The Best Books of 2023 with Carla Jean Whitley

December 31, 2023 14:39 - 1 hour - 62.7 MB

My annual best books episode with the dynamic Carla Jean Whitley never disappoints! Below are her picks, in order. Happy reading! The Best Books She’s Read This Year: I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai (Fiction)  Arrangements in Blue: Notes on Loving and Living Alone by Amy Key (Nonfiction)  Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano (Fiction) The Quickening: Creation and Community at the Ends of the Earth by Elizabeth Rush (Nonfiction, and her No. 1 pick of 2023!) Tom Lake by Ann ...