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Candid convo on what smart moms care about : Money, business, career, parenting, feminism, dating and sex. Emma Johnson features celebrities like Arianna Huffington, Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger to Gigolo's Vin Armani, sharing amazing stories from national experts, girl bosses and regular people, too. A U.S. News "Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts," this twice-weekly podcast makes inspiration hilarious. Catch Emma’s blog at


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Candid convo on what smart moms care about : Money, business, career, parenting, feminism, dating and sex. Emma Johnson features celebrities like Arianna Huffington, Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger to Gigolo's Vin Armani, sharing amazing stories from national experts, girl bosses and regular people, too. A U.S. News "Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts," this twice-weekly podcast makes inspiration hilarious. Catch Emma’s blog at






How to Catch a Cheater

*Learn more about catching a cheat: Beverly Hills private investigator Ken Childs shares: *How to catch a cheater *Signs of an unfaithful wife, girlfriend, husband or boyfriend — and how to catch them *Is he cheating or am I paranoid? *Apps to catch a cheating spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend: What is the best app to catch a cheater? *Can cheaters change? Can a marriage survive a cheating spouse? *FAQ Private investigators for cheating *Private investigator cost *Can a PI obtain cell phone or text messages? *Learn more about Ken Child's PI services:


Mental health during COVID-19

Experts warn the coronvavirus pandemic is creating a global mental health crisis: Social isolation, fear of disease and financial stress are deeply affecting the mental health, relationships and overall wellbeing of nearly all of us. In this episode, I interview Haesue Jo, a licensed therapist, and Clinical Support Lead at BetterHelp, the largest online counseling platform worldwide (and an affiliate partner). Haesue explains how social isolation of these unprecedented times affects our mental health — and some concrete steps you can take today to overcome depression and anxiety. Topics include: Betterhelp is an affordable online therapy platform. Read more about how online counseling works, and our recommendations for the best online therapy services, sites and apps.


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The Power of Pussy with Mama Gena

Earlier this year I interviewed an incredible woman, someone whose work has changed the way I feel about my body, sexuality, gender and life: Regena Thomashauser, aka Mama Gena, who, through her in-person and online workshops called Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts, and books by the same name, Thomashauer offers a fascinating history on the power of female sensuality and sexuality, biology lessons on female anatomy and the possibilities (and fruits of) hours-long orgasms. Our interview, re-released here, hinged on the release of her latest book, Pussy: A Reclamation, which was released a few weeks ago. Leading up to the book launch, I noticed on social media that Thomashauer and her team pleaded with fans to promote her new title, since Facebook banned her doing so, since it contained the lewd word, pussy. I got a little worried for her, knowing full well that paid social media promotion is considered one of the most powerful marketing tools today. How would she get the word out about her work if social media prudes banned it? Well, ladies, pussy is powerful, and Pussy, A Reclamation, hit the New York Times bestseller list, not the least of because Mama Gena used this sort of pussy-shaming as an opportunity to explore the sexism and female shaming that shrouds that very word that was banned. Then, something magical happened. That's right, just a few days after her book hit the shelves, videos of Donald Trump bragging about grabbing women's pussies became the No. 1 trending topic on Facebook. And pussy, the power of the word, the power of the organ, the power of the feminine and everything that Mama Gena promotes in Pussy: A Reclamation, was now blurted and bantered in every single mainstream media outlet. There you have it: The power of the pussy. To celebrate this success, and to celebrate your pussy and mine, and to support the candidates who has a pussy, I republished this episode. It was simply delightful to interview Mama Gena, and you need to hear her message" pussy” Full episode transcript here:


How this work-at-home mom launched a 7-figure social media business

In the 90s, social media entrepreneur Kim Garst was sick of being broke, so she launched a seven-figure business from her dining room table with no marketing. When she maxed out on that web design business, Garst became involved in a wildly successful network marketing business, which morphed into consulting, and eventually Boom Social, a social media marketing firm that is considered a leader in its industry. In this episode, Kim and I discuss:


How to be a financial grownup with Bobbi Rebell

Why is everyone such a financial mess? Why do successful, highly educated women have zero idea what is going on in their finances — and abandon their financial power to men? What do really successful people have to say about money and success? Bobbi Rebell, Reuters anchor and author of the new How to Be a Financial Grownup: Proven Advice from High Achievers on How to Live Your Dreams and Have Financial Freedom answers these questions and more. Rebell, who is divorced, and remarried with a stepson, shares:


Making more money instead of spending less with Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky is a personal finance journalist, bestselling author of eight books and financial editor for NBC's Today Show. Here we talk about: Age Proof Full episode transcript here:


How to get dads involved with shared parenting after divorce

This is an important episode. Terry Brennan, co-founder of Leading Women for Shared Parenting, an activist organization responsible for introducing legislation in 20 states, that makes equal, shared parenting the presumption in family court. This is a critical issue for children, who suffer from absentee fathers in alarming figures, as well as men, who are automatically reduced to paychecks and an afterthought in family life. Shared parenting is critical for women, too, as involved co-parents, both inside and outside of marriage, mean women have far more support at home, which allows us to thrive as parents, as well as professionals and earners. After all, we can't be equals at work, if men are not equals at home. Full episode transcript here: Be part of the shared parenting movement. Join Moms for Shared Parenting now.


How to start investing, get that raise, and be respected in the workforce

Sallie Krawcheck is often cited as one of the most influential women on Wall Street. Among many other accomplishments, she is the co-founder of the female networking coalition Ellevate Network, and CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, a digital financial advisor for women. She's also a wife, mom, and philanthropist. On this episode of Like a Mother, Sallie and I chat about her career, advice for women navigating careers, money, relationships, and motherhood, all of it dished about in detail in her new book, Own It: The Power of Women at Work. The gorgeous message of this book: THIS IS A MOMENT FOR WOMEN! Your unique qualities are scientifically proven to be an asset in the workforce, and businesses large and small KNOW IT. Further, the realities of technology mean that you have untold freedom to create a business, life and career of your own making. In other words: No more excuses. Your gender is no longer a reason not to kick ass. Full episode transcript here:


How to join the resistance movement with Valerie Schull

After the 2016 presidential election, like so many of us, Valerie Schull, a single mom in Chicago, was angry. So Valerie, a Spanish teacher, got motivated. Schull is the co-founder of a local resistance group that is fighting against change in federal and local governments that do not support their progressive beliefs. Their mission statement: We work to BLOCK harm to ourselves and others, BUILD for future progressive candidates who govern for the people and BE the change and good we want to see. Valerie is a personal friend and has become my political mentor for making that change that I, too, want to see. In this episode, I'm sharing my mentor with you! Full episode transcript here:


The practical guide to marriage for alpha females with Suzanne Venker

Suzanne Venker's New York Times Bestseller The Alpha Female's Guide to Men and Marriage: How Love Works is only a testament to the fact that there are a lot of alpha women out there — women with difficult marriages, women searching for romantic love, women who worry their skyrocketing career and direct ways threaten her marriage — or the prospect of finding one. Progressives, I hear your objections. I get that women should not hold themselves back for the sake of their relationship. That men need to step up and accept strong women. But what if you are just an intolerable, domineering bitch who needs to be called out? What if you are just annoying? What if you tried an experiment, and simply tried a new way of interacting with the men in your life? Just as a test, to see if it works? Full episode transcript here:


Overcoming a spending addiction with Lauren Greutman

I love me some Lauren Greutman! This Syracuse, New York married mom of four was living the American dream ... 3,500 square-foot custom house, two luxury cars parked in the driveway, new furniture, dinners out ... and $40,000 in credit card debt. Fast forward through slinging steaks at a local restaurant, selling off everything she and her husband owned, clipping coupons and budgeting like a mo-fo and relocating to a tiny condo in a community where she was shunned by moms who lived in big, newly furnished custom homes. All along this family has chronicled their journey out of debt, thanks to her platform for helping families live a fantastic life within their means — most famously for her slow-cooker Aldi meal plans (20 meals for $150 = mind blown). What I love so much about Lauren, is that she is so freaking honest and real. Also, that she has parlayed her passion and authenticity into an incredible, profitable online business, and media appearances on TODAY, Fox & Friends, Rachel Ray Show, Steve Harvey ... you name it. Full episode transcript:


How to thrive on a single mom income

The awesome Jenny Hoff at interviewed me for her latest ChargedUp podcast episode. This is a great conversation about my own story of overcoming my fears, hang-ups and neuroses when it comes to single motherhood and money. It is also about overcoming your own barriers that keep you stuck financially, emotionally, and professionally. Full episode transcript here:


This single mom switched careers and found her tribe along the way

Being kickass, and being an activist, can come in many forms — often quieter and more private. That is what drew me to Teri Teves, a Portland, Ore., single mom of one, who switched careers from advertising to cosmetology, specifically lash extensions. Her new career gave Teri the time flexibility and high income that she craved. But making women feel comfortable, cared for, listened to, and beautiful is how Teri found she had the greatest professional contribution. Listen in this episode about how Teri built her business, how her tribe of women has supported her and her family, and how she gives back by supporting other women through her small business. Full transcript of this episode available here:


What to do about holiday custody arguments with your ex

The holidays are so hard for divorced and separated families. They just are. Especially if you are new to sharing the kids on the holidays. You are grieving what you thought your family would look like. What you hoped and expected your family would look like. And so much of that image is wrapped up in special occasions like holidays — holidays informed by magazines, movies, Hallmark and William Sonoma ads — not to mention social media and your own memories from your childhood (whether you hoped to replicate good times, or deviate from bad ones). Now your family looks different and it sucks. No matter how you dice it, it is ugly. If you're negotiating holiday schedules for this season, or are in custody negotiations, here is my one piece of advice for you this year, and years going forward... give him the holidays. Why? I'll tell you in this episode of Like a Mother. Full episode transcript:


Personal Finance for Millennials with Erin Lowry of Broke Millennial

First of all, how random that my colleague Erin Lowry, leading expert on Millennials and their money and author of the book Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together, and fellow money blogger, lives across the street from me in Astoria, Queens?! When we're not hanging out, I sometimes bump into her on the street as she's walking her dog, or going to dinner with her nice boyfriend. Also, totally random, this year both of us have books out with the same Penguin Random House imprint, TarcherPerigee. Also, less random (see what I did there??), we both supported Hillary, and are resistance activists, and co-hosted a post-card writing party in the hood. In this episode, Erin and I talk about what she knows best — How Millennials can thrive financially. This includes: Full transcript of the episode here:


Financial Self Care for Moms

Bonus episode! Brought to you by Capital One GM BuyPower Card®. For many families, money is a negative force, a source of fear and stress that permeates all parts of your life. Worried about paying your bills? That stress affects your physical and mental health and makes you more prone to get angry at your kids, create conflict in your romantic relationship and lead to career and business decisions made out of fear — not confidence. In this episode I interview Craig Glee, Partner Lead, US Credit Card Partnerships, Capital One, about:


What it's really like to be a single mom of a special needs kid

While the numbers are not confirmed, experts agree that divorce rates among parents with special needs children is far higher than the general population. And since single moms of special needs kids have challenges and joys that other moms — single or otherwise — do not. Kim Thompson, a single mom of two boys, ages 7 and 13, ages who lives in New York City, has struggled with her son's autism (and other diagnoses) first as a married mother, and now as a single, divorced mom. Because of her younger son's special needs, she has put her career on hold and cares for him full-time at home. Check out Kim's site: Related episode: Amy Silverman on raising a child with Down syndrome Kim and I discuss the challenges and wonders of parenting a special needs kid as a single mom:


How to make your kid a money genius (even if you're not!)

Beth Kobliner is a celebrity in my nerd world: One of the first journalists covering personal finances for the masses for 30 years, Kobliner wrote the New York Times bestseller, Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance In Your Twenties and Thirties that changed the way that we think and deal with our finances. In 2014, she was appointed by President Obama to the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans. Fast forward to today, and Kobliner's Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You're Not), is out on Amazon and in your local bookstore. This is not a boring book. Reading like a quippy magazine, yet loaded with deep research and illustrated with relevant stories from Kobliner's life, as well as others, there really is nothing else as comprehensive out there. In this interview, Beth Kobliner and I talk about: Full episode transcript and resources:


How working mom guilt holds you back in career, money and life

Have you ever heard a man say he feels guilty for going to work? However, I guarantee you have felt guilty as woman for working. Whether or not you are a mom, caregiver, mom to a fur baby. Single or married, gay or straight. Why is it that we women are so full of shame about pursuing paying work — and careers we're passionate about? In this episode of Like a Mother, I drill into where all this working mom guilt comes from, how it affects you, and specific steps you can take to shed the June Cleaver complex, and not only thrive and grow yourself, but support other women around you, too. Full episode transcript and resources: