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Square One Is Sacred Ground with Jacob Nordby

8/10/2018
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Sam and Jacob discuss starting from scratch, finding your creativity, and finding the courage to try. It's really late when I write this so I'm going to do a proper bio tomorrow when I have slept. Jacob Nordby is the author of The Devine Arsonist and Blessed Are The Weird, and is also the founder of the Creative Unbootcamp. To become a patron and help this program continue producing Mood Altering Substance, go to www.patreon.com/hellohuman and pledge any amount. For more of...

Duration:01:09:56

Keep Going, Your Art Is Valid

7/20/2018
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Every artist—no, every human—needs to listen to this episode. Sam sits down with Julia Cameron, author, playwright, filmmaker, composer, and teacher. Julia’s book The Artist’s Way has changed countless people’s lives. Julia teaches us all to give ourselves the permission to create. If you’ve ever doubted your work or doubted its value, please listen to this conversation. To become a patron and help this program continue producing Mood Altering Substance, go to www.patreon.com/hellohuman and...

Duration:00:47:51

Who Would You Be? with Byron Katie

6/29/2018
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Sam and Katie discuss the nature of reality and where pain and suffering fit in. They talk about living in the moment, free from your painful thoughts and beliefs, and do Byron Katie's The Work around Sam's recent heartbreak. more about Byron Katie via www.thework.com Byron Katie became severely depressed in her early thirties. For almost a decade she spiraled down into rage, self-loathing, and constant thoughts of suicide. For the last two years she was often unable to leave her bedroom....

Duration:00:53:41

Give It Up For Yourself with Mandy Stadtmiller

6/20/2018
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Sam sat down with Mandy Stadtmiller, a freelance writer and author of the new memoir Unwifeable, in LA at a time when he was in a deep depression. What came out of this conversation is a beautiful reminder of the importance of mental health awareness, laughter at the misery of it all, and hope for more creative work. Mandy’s book (available now!) details her experiences as a young gossip and dating columnist first at the New York Post, and then on to places like New York Magazine and The...

Duration:00:59:27

Work Towards Play with Matt Weinstein

6/7/2018
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Matt Weinstein is the nation’s foremost authority on the use of fun and humor in team building. Matt is the founder and “Emperor” of Playfair, Inc., an international consulting firm based in Northern California. He was elected to the Professional Speaker’s Hall of Fame by the National Speaker’s Association, and was honored by Successful Meetings Magazine as one of the “21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century.” Matt Weinstein’s television special “Fun Works!: The Power of Humor in the...

Duration:01:04:41

Work Towards Play with Matt Weinstein

6/7/2018
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Matt Weinstein is the nation’s foremost authority on the use of fun and humor in team building. Matt is the founder and “Emperor” of Playfair, Inc., an international consulting firm based in Northern California. He was elected to the Professional Speaker’s Hall of Fame by the National Speaker’s Association, and was honored by Successful Meetings […]

Duration:01:04:35

Not So Hidden Truth with Giorgia Lupi

5/18/2018
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Giorgia Lupi is an information designer, artist, and author of the book Dear Data. She owns Accurat, a data analysis and visualization agency based in Brooklyn. How Giorgia looks at data and what she chooses to analyze, is what fascinated us about her. Through her research, Giorgia discovered innately human things; such as how she […]

Duration:00:51:46

March Forward with Melba Beals

5/3/2018
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Melba Pattillo Beals bolted into the spotlight as a teenager in 1957 when she, a black girl, enrolled at Central High School, an all white high school in Little Rock, Arkansas. As a part of the Little Rock Nine, Melba quickly became a leader in the Civil Rights movement; and later, an accomplished journalist and […]

Duration:00:59:54

Come As You Are with Aparna Nancherla

4/26/2018
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You may have seen her on the HBO comedy Crashing, Comedy Central’s new hit Corporate, or her Netflix special on The Standups, but Aparna Nancherla is also a master of addressing depression and mental health in her comedy. I sat down with her in an apartment in Brooklyn, New York to talk about how she […]

Duration:00:52:37

A Beautiful Balancing Act with Tracey Jackson

4/19/2018
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Recently labeled a “Thought Leader” by Oprah, Tracey Jackson went from being an actress, the one thing in life she was the most prepared for and the one she truly failed at, to being a successful screenwriter with a twenty- year career writing movies like The Guru and Confessions of Shopaholic among many, many others. At fifty, she found […]

Duration:01:17:04

Are We There Yet with Mari Andrew

3/28/2018
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Mari Andrew is a well known illustrator with a huge following, but deep down she’s always been a writer. We’re releasing her episode to celebrate her first published book, Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood. Sam and Mari talk about the journey of being a creative, and how to start and […]

Duration:00:58:53

Be Afraid and Do It Anyway with Brené Brown

3/22/2018
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Brené Brown and Sam Lamott sit down to talk about moving through fear, the power of vulnerability, and letting go of shame. In her words: I’m a research professor at the University of Houston where I hold the Huffington Endowed Chair. I’ve spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, empathy, and shame. I’m the […]

Duration:00:52:50

Trust is the Key with Frank Prisinzano

3/15/2018
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Frank Prisinzano is the executive chef and owner behind the Italian restaurants Frank, Lil’ Frankie’s, and Supper in New York City. He’s also an incredibly passionate artist, visionary, leader, Italian-American, and New Yorker. When I sat down with Frank, I knew him from his magnetic Instagram cooking tutorials, but I didn’t really know much else. What happened was […]

Duration:01:08:02

Surviving Life’s Messy Moments with Geneen Roth

3/8/2018
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Sam Lamott sits down with New York Times bestselling author and teacher Geneen Roth to talk about surviving life’s messy moments. From losing all her money to Bernie Madoff, to childhood trauma, this episode is jam packed with amazing stories, tips, and strategies Geneen has picked up along her journey. Geneen Roth is the bestselling […]

Duration:01:15:28

Inner Peace: Honor Your Cargo

2/26/2018
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Sam sits down with New York Times bestselling author and world renowned Budhist teacher Jack Kornfield to talk about finding inner peace, getting through dark times, and honoring your cargo. Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one […]

Duration:01:04:27

#6: Working for Happiness with Gretchen Rubin

2/5/2018
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Episode 6 with Gretchen Rubin is here. You may know her as the author of the New York Times Bestseller The Happiness Project, or most recently The Four Tendencies. She’s a high-powered lawyer turn writer and researcher of…whatever she’s interested in at the moment. Gretchen gets honest about job (in)security, answering the call to write, and making time […]

Duration:01:05:50

#5: Self Love and Delayed Understanding with David Roche

1/25/2018
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Today’s episode is all about self love. Sam Lamott sits down with guest David Roche to talk about what he’s learned living with a face that’s different than most. David’s face distinguishes him from all other presenters and speakers. What really makes David unique, however, is his remarkable spirit, warmth, wit and authenticity. David has […]

Duration:01:02:10

#4: Regular Heroes with Steve Simeone

1/10/2018
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Our guest Steve Simeone is a stand-up comedian, podcaster, and writer for Comedy Central’s This Is Not Happening. He’s also a regular at the legendary Comedy Store in Los Angeles (where we recorded this episode). Steve is a hilarious comedian, but this episode wasn’t about getting laughs. We talk about navigating through dark times, finding […]

Duration:01:01:12