Ep. 35 Interview with author Mary Elizabeth Williams about the challenges of parenting through cancer

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Mary Elizabeth Williams was diagnosed with a rapidly fatal form of cancer while her kids were only 6 and 10 years old. In this episode, we talk about how she responded to her diagnosis and how she told her kids. We also talk about new treatments and what advice she has for parents struggling with a terminal illness.

Mary Elizabeth’s story has a happy ending. She is healthy and has a new book that tells her complete story titled A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles: A True Story of Love, Science and Cancer. But there are many parents with young children who still don’t know how their story will end. If you want to help them in some way, Mary Elizabeth suggests donating to Gilda’s Club, which provided tremendous support to her and her family. As Mary Elizabeth puts it, cancer is not a one person disease. It impacts everyone in your life.

About Gilda’s Club

Gilda’s Club is a free nonprofit emotional and social support community for people living with cancer and their families and friends. It is named in memory of Gilda Radner, best known for her work on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, who succumbed to ovarian cancer in 1989.

In 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club Worldwide merged, becoming a united organization under the name Cancer Support Community. As a result of this union, the Cancer Support Community is now one of the largest providers of cancer support worldwide, with Gilda’s Club and Cancer Support Community Affiliate locations across the country.

So if you are living with cancer or you know a friend who is, Mary Elizabeth definitely suggests you check out this organization for support.

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Ep. 34 Interview with Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the Huffington Post and author of The Sleep Revolution

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Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor in chief of the Huffington Post, is my featured guest this week. Arianna is a mom who has been on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world and Forbes’ list of the world’s 100 most powerful women.

Arianna has just released a new book called The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time. In the book, she describes the crucial role that sleep plays in our every waking moment—and how we can harness its power to improve every aspect of our lives.

One of my favorite subjects happens to be sleep, even though I’m usually talking about how little sleep I get, so it was great to talk to Arianna and learn what advice she has for parents who struggle to find the time to sleep.

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Ep. 33 Interview with Adam Mansbach, author of Go the F**k to Sleep, a #1 New York Times Bestseller

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Adam Mansbach, author of #1 New York Times Bestseller Go the F**k to Sleep and You Have to F**king Eat, is the featured guest this week.

If you’ve never heard of these books, you must not have an internet connection. Go the F**k to Sleep has been translated into 40 languages and Time Magazine named it the “Thing of the Year.” Even though the book came out a few years ago, it is still on the New York Times Bestseller List. If you search YouTube, you’ll find it hilariously narrated by people like Samuel L. Jackson and Jennifer Garner.

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Adam is also an award winning novelist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times Book Review, Esquire, The Believer,  The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Adam also wrote the screenplay Barry, for a film about Barack Obama’s first year at Columbia University that will be released later this year.

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Ep. 32 Interview with Mike Sacks, Vanity Fair Editor, Comedy Writer and Podcaster

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Mike Sacks, a comedy writer, podcaster and editor at Vanity Fair, is this week’s featured guest.

Mike has published two books that I consider to be required reading for anyone who loves great comedy writing:

These books include interviews and advice from people like Mel Brooks, Amy Poehler, Adam McKay, Patton Oswalt, David Sedaris, Jack Handey, Stephen Merchant, Harold Ramis, Diablo Cody, Marc Maron, Robert Smiegel, Bob Odenkirk and many others at the pinnacle of comedy writing. So I highly recommend them, especially if being a parent is inspiring you to begin a career in comedy.

In this conversation, Mike and I talk about the perception of dads in comedy, who writes parenting comedy well and what writers make Mike laugh.

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Ep. 31 Interview with Karen Alpert, NYT bestselling author of I Heart My Little A-Holes and I Want My Epidural Back

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Karen Alpert is the New York Times bestselling author of I Heart My Little A-Holes: A bunch of holy-crap moments no one ever told you about parenting. Her new book is I Want My Epidural Back: Adventures in Mediocre Parenting and it’s already getting rave reviews.

In this week’s episode, I talk to Karen about how she became such an open book about parenting, how she launched a kickstarter to complete her first book and what her writing process is like to be able to do everything she accomplishes. We also talk about her new book and she lists some of her favorite authors.

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