Dr. David Perlmutter discusses his new book, Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect the Brain. He talks about how the bacteria in our gut and the food that we eat can help prevent and treat neurological disorders like depression, autism, ADHD, dementia, and more. He navigates the difficult waters of GMOs, immunizations, and other tricky topics, and how we can stay well and heal our bodies. Click the link below to listen:
Leigh Ann Henion: Best-Selling Author, Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search For Wonder in the Natural World
Best-selling author Leigh Ann Henion talks with Susie Meister about her book, Phenomenal: A Hestitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World. In her book, Henion describes the crippling clausterphobia she felt upon becoming a mom. She felt stuck in her circumstances and desperately wanted to experience adventure and beauty in the form of the world’s natural phenomena. She describes how doing so is not just acceptable, but essential for her to be the best parent and person possible. She discusses the common experiences of women who feel lost in motherhood and want to invigorate their spirits, and why she believes they should. Click below to listen:
Mike Rinder stops by the Meister Piece to discuss his days as the spokesperson for the Church of Scientology. He is no longer a member of the organization and recently appeared in the hit HBO documentary, Going Clear, about the Church. In this interview we discuss the beliefs, structure, and future of Scientology and why it is so secretive. Rinder grew up in the church and was disconnected by his wife and children when he left the church. They are no longer allowed to speak to him, and he has started a new life where he spreads the word about the danger and abuses of the Church. Click the link below to hear him discuss his experiences in Scientology:
Most people know Adam Richman from his hit Travel Channel series, Man vs. Food. He has since hosted several shows including Man Finds Food and Food Fighters. He now has a book about his passion for food and the stories surrounding it called Straight Up Tasty. In this interview he talks about how he architected his career, his love for travel and international cuisine, and more. We discuss how he lost so much weight and the challenges and rewards of being in the public eye. Whether he is posing nude to show off his new physique or battle critics who claimed he went vegan, he handles celebrity with grace. He is charming, thoughtful, and smart, and it was great fun talking with him. Check out his projects and order his book here. Click the link below to listen to the interview.
This episode features funny girl and multi-hyphenate, Alison Rosen. Best known for her work as the newsgirl on Adam Carolla’s podcast, but around for years as a writer, journalist, and entertainer. She currently hosts the Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend podcast. She talks at length about her Jewish background, and how she didn’t even know she was Jewish until she was in her twenties. She discusses the feelings of betrayal she felt towards her parents from keeping it from her, and what she considers herself now. We also talk about her candid approach she has taken regarding her fertility struggles.
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This week Susie sits down with the hilarious comedian, Tammy Pescatelli. She is known for her appearance on Last Comic Standing and the Dirty Sexy Funny comedy tour with Jenny McCarthy. Her philosophy is to find the funny in everything (which is also the name of her comedy special), and she does just that. We talk about how she handled pregnancy while doing stand-up comedy, being hit with a wine glass while performing, and how she comes up with her hilarious material. She is an inspiration for me as she believes in making the best of everything. She is a gem, and I love her–now you will too. Check out her website here.
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This episode features legendary comedian, Harland Williams. He has been in the entertainment business for years, and is still touring the country. He also hosts a wonderful podcast, The Harland Highway, which is so fun and inventive. We talk about how he went from being a park ranger to doing stand-up comedy and acting. We discuss religion, spirituality, and nature, and how he finds peace. Harland is known for being one of the nicest (and silliest) guys in the business, and that comes across during our chat. He is sincere, yet fun, and has a fascinating take on the world. Visit his website here.
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This episode features one of history’s most recognizable comedians. Scott Thompson, aka Carrot Top, has been in comedy for 30 years, in Vegas for 20 years, and at the Luxor Casino for 10 years. In this interview we talk about his lengthy career, his life in Vegas, and how he comes up with his zany act. He’s down-to-earth, but just as funny as you’d imagine.
In addition to the Carrot Top interview, I begin the show with a discussion on the recent headline that Prosperity Gospel pastor, Creflo Dollar, was raising money from his followers to buy a $65 million jet. I talk about how he defends this worldview, and why his tactics are shocking to many (including me!). I want to hear from you guys about this, so tweet to me or Facebook me and tell me what you think!
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Susie Meister interviews royal biographer and esteemed historian, Andrew Morton about his new book, 17 Carnations: The Royals, The Nazis, and the Biggest Cover-Up In History. In his book, he describes the complicated relationship of Edward VII and his wife, Wallis Simpson, and the secret reasons behind his abdication of the throne. Morton describes Edward’s connection to the Nazi’s and how the monarch hid it for many years.
Morton is an internationally known author and biographer for his works on Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, and many others, but he is best known as the biographer of Princess Diana. In this interview we talk about his biography of the late Princess Diana and his book Diana: Her True Story, which is based on several interviews she secretly offered to Morton before her death. He talks about how her desperation to tell her story, and what it was like to work with her on that project.
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Susie Meister interviews the hilarious comedian Heather McDonald. Best known for her hilarious impressions and roundtable banter on Chelsea Handler’s Chelsea Lately and After Lately, Heather is a comedic force. She has two best-selling books, You’ll Never Blue Ball in This Town Again and My Inappropriate Life. She tours the country and her stand-up is a laugh-a-second. In this interview she talks about her life as a mom while balancing a tour and television work. We also talk about aging, The Bachelor, and the virtues of day-drinking. She is non-stop laughs. Click the link below and scroll down to play the interview.