Have you guys checked out my new podcast with my BFF Sarah Rice?! Sarah and I met on MTV’s The Challenge: The Ruins in Thailand a few years ago. We have been thick as thieves ever since. She and I share a passion for science, psychology, and pretty much everything that makes the world spin, so we decided to start a podcast so you could join in our discussions. The Brain Candy Podcast is candy for your right brain and your left brain. We talk about everything from reality TV to quantum physics and we giggle the whole time. I think you’ll love it. We’re on episode 6, and it just keeps getting better. Let me know what you think about it, and what topics you’d like to hear us discuss. Follow us on Twitter here, Facebook here, and Instagram here. And check out our website and subscribe to the show on iTunes here! We will love you forever.
My husband made this gorgeous industrial chic shelf with all items he found at Home Depot for under $100. This is a great weekend warrior project, and the finished product is sturdy and multi-purpose. Just wanted to brag on him and post pics of what you’d need to do the job. Could be used for books, entryway, back of couch table, or shoe rack. You’ll need: Iron Piping, Wood, Wood Stain (of your choice), Drill with 1in spade bit, Pipe wrench, Hammer, Paint brushes, Metal saw. Here’s some pics. Post any questions you have about its construction (he’d be glad to help you!).
So excited to announce the launch of the new television show I am hosting called FM in the AM! It premieres Thursday, September 17, and is a lifestyle show that will feature experts on food, fashion, fitness, DIY, decor, and more! You can watch it at FMintheAM.tv. Please like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and share the links! This show is perfect for anyone who enjoys living a well-crafted life. Let me know what you think of it!
I know a lot of you are getting excited for all things pumpkin spice, and even though I’m not a big coffee drinker my 3-year-old son is in love with Starbucks. My mom used to take him there for special time each day, and he fell in love with the place (like so many people I know!). So last year I decided to surprise him by going as “Lady Starbucks” for Halloween. Everyone knows that iconic green mermaid logo, and every time he sees it he gets excited. It made such a hit that I thought I’d tell you how I did it.
What you’ll need:
- a green wig (I found a gorgeous one for $9.99 on eBay)
- green shirt and pants
- 1 green tri-fold cardboard display (the kind kids use to present science fair projects etc…)
- 1 ruler or other stick (or 2 depending on what’s most comfortable for you)
- white construction paper
- a tiara (any plastic one will do)
First take the cardboard and measure a large circle (big enough to fit around you) approximately 2.5″ or so in diameter. I tried a bunch of different cardboard options for the circle, but the tri-fold worked best. Trace the outer circle and inner circle and use the boxcutter to cut it out.
Next, look at the logo (you can find lots of them in google images and there are several different variations, so pick your favorite. Cut the white construction into the shape of the mermaid pattern that adorns the logo. Make sure the pieces are approximately the same width as the cardboard circle (as you can see, some of mine were off, but it didn’t matter too much).
The most difficult part was figuring out a way to make the circle sit in the right spot. I tried different strategies, including no stick at all, but found the best way was to mount the stick with glue to the bottom of the cardboard circle (skewed to one side) and have the stick go into my back pocket. You could use two sticks (one in each pocket for more stability) or another way I tried was to have the stick mounted to the top part of the cardboard, go down through my shirt, and mounted on the bottom part of the circle too. This could work depending on your outfit, but for me it made my shirt sit weird and was uncomfortable. If you prefer, I’m sure you could have a stick attached to the circle in a way that would allow you to hold the stick, which might be more convenient depending on how much you need your hands for the evening.
I added a cut-out from a brown Starbucks bag (that they give you when you purchase a retail item or I’m sure would give to you if you ask) with the logo at the top of the circle, and I think it added clarity and made it obvious who I was trying to be.
After the cardboard piece is constructed, use some of the leftover green cardboard to make a star that you glue to the tiara. After everything is dried, put on your outfit and wig, and become Lady Starbucks. The total cost for everything was under $20 (I used shirt/pants I already owned), and it was a huge hit. Let me know if you have any comments, suggestions, or variations!
Dr. Oliver Bateman is back for a lively discussion about politics and pop culture. As a scholar of history, Oliver has a unique perspective about pop culture and its intersection with history. In this chat, he and Susie discuss Taylor Swift, Nikki Minaj, Katy Perry, the Duggars, and Trump. Oliver uses his scholarly background with this flare for comedy in this hilarious discussion on culture.
Chris Bell’s critically acclaimed film Bigger Stronger Faster is one of the best documentaries I’ve seen, and a must-see available on Netflix. In it, he explores the world of bodybuilding and the consequences of using steroids. He approaches the subject from his family’s point of view, and shows how his brothers use steroids and explains why. He debunks a lot of the mythology of steroid use and reveals the fascinating world of weight-lifting and its history. Soon, his film Prescription Thugs will be available, which examines the ways Americans use a disproportionate percentage of the world’s prescription drugs. In this interview, he talks about his career, making Bigger, Faster, Stronger, and what he thinks about steroids now. Find out if he uses steroids, why he got into filmmaking, and how he’s doing since losing his brother to drugs a few years ago.
Uri Geller has been in the public eye for 40 years. As a controversial psychic, mystifer, paranormalist, and entertainer, Geller has performed on hundreds of television shows, written books, and astounded audiences. He is famous for bending spoons with his mind, starting and stopping watches and clocks without touching them, and even working for the CIA. Many people call him a fraud, magician, illusionist, and worse, but Geller says no publicity is bad publicity. He once appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and was unable to perform any of his feats. He says he was trapped, but others say he was outwitted. In this interview we discuss his lengthy career, what he says to his skeptics, and more. Oh, and wait til you hear what he keeps in the trunk of his car!
Comedian Eddie Brill worked at the Late Show with David Letterman for 17 years as the warm-up comedian and stand-up comedy booker. He has been on dozens of TV shows and in films, and along with Dennis Leary, Chris Phillips and Adam Roth he founded the Emerson Comedy Workshop. Today, Eddie talks with Susie Meister about his career in comedy, how he develops his act, and which comedians he likes today. We discuss his controversial departure from The Late Show after he gave an interview to the New York Times in which he allegedly claimed women comics were less authentic than their male counterparts. He denies saying this and explains his position on the age-old question about whether women are funny.
Dr. Adi Jaffe is an addiction specialist who received his PhD from UCLA and recently conducted a TEDx Talk on addiction. His views about treating addiction are unconventional and are born out of his own experience with addiction. He woke up handcuffed to a hospital bed with a police officer sitting next to him, he went to jail, but eventually got a PhD and opened up a rehabilitation center. In our interview we discuss his background and why he doesn’t accept the labels we use when talking about addiction and why it’s not an all-or-nothing game. He believes in moderation management, and that people can choose to regulate their use of alcohol, for example, rather than abstain completely. He hopes this approach will have more success than the typical 12-step recovery programs.
Watch his TEDx Talk “Rebranding Our Shame” here:
Yael Melamede talks to Meister Piece host, Susie Meister about her new documentary, (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies. After being the first Israeli to produce an Oscar-winning film, INOCENTE, Melamede finished her next film about the nature of lying. In this film, she and Dan Ariely explore why humans lie and how this fits into the broader cultural context of life. She discusses her film, and why such a universal experience is still mysterious in its motivations and consequences. (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies is a fantastic documentary that is entertaining, fascinating, and inspiring. Click the link below to listen: