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:
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.