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Ep 48: Bryan Behar on Failing Imperfectly

Comedy writer on the sitcom Fuller House and blogger for the Huffington Post, Bryan Bear brings humor and insight to his many experiences of failure. From childhood to adulthood, personally and professionally, Bryan shares his stories of struggling socially as a child, losing jobs, coping with anxiety and depression, navigating family dysfunction, and how hidden secrets of failure and shame led to an unexpected suicide. His touching, honest, and often hilarious telling of stories helps...

Duration: 00:59:08

Ep 47: Amy Ferris on the Mess of Midlife

Editor, screenwriter, and the author of the book Marrying George Clooney: Confessions from a Midlife Crisis, Amy Ferris talks candidly and with humor, about the struggle of midlife and menopause and the need to connect with others to get through the darkest of times. Amy shares how her many mistakes in life, as messy and painful as they have been, have led her to learn to love, most importantly herself. Her wisdom and insight is profound and inspiring, as she speaks about failure as a...

Duration: 00:51:20

Ep 46: So Far So Good

The Other F Word hosts talks about what they've learned so far.

Duration: 00:27:38

Ep 45: Martin George on Fitness Failures

Personal trainer and longtime group fitness teacher at Barry's Bootcamp in Los Angeles, talks about all things fitness, that relates to failure. Whether it's finding ways to motivate, push through the discomfort, get around an injury, or get out of your head, Martin addresses all of the ways that one can feel like a failure when it comes to staying fit. What can seem like a light topic is also explored on a deeper level, when it comes to issues of poor self esteem, struggle with self care,...

Duration: 00:48:43

Ep 44: Epic Parenting Fails

A live conversation with the elementary school parents at Valley Charter on the struggles of raising kids.

Duration: 00:55:27

Ep 43: Nguyen Tran on Failing Upwards

Restaurant owner and recent author of "The Adventures of Starry Kitchen", Nguyen Tran, talks about his entrepreneurial path, which started with an illegal, underground restaurant in his North Hollywood apartment, which quickly became the #1 Asian fusion restaurant in L.A. on yelp, but was shut down by the health department. This failure inspired him to persevere and go on to open the very successful Starry Kitchen and Button Mash Restaurant in Los Angeles. Nguyen talks with honesty and...

Duration: 00:40:16

Ep 42: Robin Finn on the Pressure for Perfection in Parenting

Author, parenting advocate, creativity coach, and spiritual seeker Robin Finn talks about her journey as a mom. From raising kids with ADHD, to tolerating felling inadequate as a mom, to feeling judged by others, she found a way to warrior through it all-by writing about it. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, ADDitude Magazine, Disney's, and others, and she went on to write her first novel "Restless in LA". Robin...

Duration: 00:46:32

Ep 41: Sam Lamott on the Truth of Being Human

Sam Lamott, artist, writer, son of well known author Anne Lamott, talks about living and writing from a place of truth and vulnerability, after experiencing so much pain and struggle in his life. Whether it be failed relationships, addiction, depression, low self esteem, Sam is a storyteller of fear and courage. His most current vulnerability project,, is a gathering place for writers to speak honestly about the quirky, flawed, and real life spectrum of humanity-the...

Duration: 00:58:41

Ep 40: Krista O'Reilly Davi-Digui on Mediocrity

Author and holistic living and joyful educator, who wrote the highly acclaimed article on "What if All I Want is a Mediocre Life?", describes how she learned to accept her mediocrity, and how making peace with her limitations changed her view on failure. Learn more about Krista at:

Duration: 00:41:00

Ep 39: Melissa Gould on failing at being a Widow

The writer and blogger known for her poignant portrayal as a failed widow-grieving for her deceased husband while also falling in love at the same time. Melissa speaks about how she failed society's expectations of how to be a widow, and how powerful her written words have been in connection other's who also grieve in different ways. Find out more about Melissa at: And you can follow Melissa at:

Duration: 00:44:15

Ep 38: Eliza Rubin on Understanding Adolescents

18 year old Eliza Rubin's weekly podcast "Eliza Starting at 16" helps to reveal what teenagers are struggling with these days, in terms of pressure for perfection, self esteem, relationships, social media, and family life. She explores how failure is not something to be avoided, but rather a necessary part of learning to face challenges. Her honesty and insight lends an important perspective into the life of a teenager, a stage of development that society so often fails to...

Duration: 00:38:57

Ep 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...

Duration: 00:42:03

Ep 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. You can follow Chenjerai @catchatweetdown

Duration: 00:41:27

Ep 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.

Duration: 00:50:03

Ep 34: Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair on Impulsiveness

Writers Mark and Carla share the dramatic ups and downs of selling all their belongings and moving to the Pacific island of Rarotonga with their young children and ultimately failing to make it work. Follow Mark at: Follow Carla at:

Duration: 00:42:18

Ep 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. You can follow Stefanie here:...

Duration: 00:59:29

Ep 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...

Duration: 00:38:54

Ep 31: John Brenkus on reframing failure

Producer and host of Sport Science explains how he learned to embrace failure after realizing that crossing the proverbial finish line isn't necessarily the measure of success. Learn more about John at:

Duration: 00:43:02

Ep 30: Anne Litt on Insecurity

The KCRW DJ shares her failed interview with Patti Smith and other struggles in both her career and parenting. Find out more about Anne at:

Duration: 00:43:11

Ep 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. Learn more about Billy at:

Duration: 00:45:22

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