The Other F Word #37: Lidia Yuknavitch on being a Misfit

Best known for her TEDtalk on the beauty of being a Misfit, Lidia Yuknavitch, writer and teacher, speaks poignantly about her abusive childhood, experience with alcohol and drug abuse, homelessness, time in a psychiatric ward, multiple failed marriages, and finally, the loss of her first child, all leading her to feel like she failed to fit in. Lidia’s storytelling of resilience is rich and inspiring, acting as a bridge to others. Her vulnerability, honesty and insight highlight how failure is actually a “portal” to reinvent oneself endlessly.

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The Other F Word Podcast #36: Chenjerai Kumanyika on career transitions

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a rock star, touring Europe first class and hobnobbing with the like of Coldplay, only to have your band fail and your career end? Chenjerai Kumanyika was just that. Join Morgan, Sara and Melissa in their conversation of how he recovered from his failure and became a college professor.

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The Other F Word Podcast #35: Drs Howie Reinstein and Tom Brauner on Too Much Technology

Pediatrician Howie Reinstein and Psychologist Tom Brauner discuss how too much technology is failing our children, in terms of brain development, social relationships, and family dynamics. An honest conversation about how seductive technology can be to all, and yet how damaging the impact can be to children’s development, and what to do to manage our hyper-connection to technology.

The Other F Word Podcast #33: Stefanie Wilder-Taylor on Alcoholism and Motherhood

Author of 5 books including Sippy Cups are not for Chardonnay, mom, comedian, podcast co-host – For Crying Out Loud and Rose Pricks, shares her funny and poignant story about how the stress of new motherhood drove her to drink more and more each day and how she discovered, in a hungover state, that she had hit rock bottom and was actually an alcoholic. Stefanie strips away the layers of shame and shares her journey to sobriety.

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The Other F Word Podcast #32: Brad Falchuk on Celebrating Failure

Co-creator, director and executive producer of Emmy nominated TV shows including Glee, American Horror Story and Scream Queens, talks openly about growing up with an undiagnosed learning disorder that left him feeling like a failure, and how he learned to persevere, which gave him the skills to navigate other challenges, including parenting, relationships, and creating tv shows with honest and urgent writing. Brad comes to us with authenticity and depth, sharing how failure is something he has come to value and even celebrate on the path to growth and success.

The Other F Word Podcast #29: Billy Baker on Loneliness

Boston Globe reporter speaks about one of the most prevalent health issues for men in midlife…isolation. His article went viral and sparked interest across the world, waking men up to the sad fact that failing to maintain regular and meaningful  friendships can have a life threatening effect on health.

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The Other F Word Podcast #28: Chris Rose on the wonderful world of sports

Chris Rose, host for the MLB and NFL networks, shares his journey through the world of sports and the value failure has played on his road to success.

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