Episode 27: Writer Claudia Lonow: The Expression “You’re Not Living Up to Your Potential”

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Writer Claudia Lonow is a woman of many talents: she starred on Knots Landing as a teenager, did stand-up for many years (her step-dad Budd Friedman  created the Improv in LA) and has created over five shows, including Rude Awakening,  Less Than Perfect, The War at Home,  Accidentally on Purpose  and How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life).  Throw in there staff writing jobs on untold numbers of shows, a Kindle single, raising a daughter and a myriad of other impressive activities  and you’ve got an inarguably accomplished woman.

And yet, when we got into discussing Lonow’s biggest issue—with people who say you’re not living up to your potential—we quickly realized that it’s directly related to the fact that she feels like she hasn’t accomplished enough. It all started with an otherwise lovely first grade teacher writing those crucial seven words on Lonow’s report card and also relates to the fact that Lonow  used to stand at the ocean as a child wondering how to get past the big waves to the part of the water where people were peacefully bobbing up and down. How on earth, you ask, could those cords connect? Listen and find out.

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5 Minutes on Your Issue: Strangers Who Ask Us To Take Their Picture

We now live in a world that many feel must be documented at every step (confession: my behavior indicates at times that I may be one of them). But it’s not all selfies, people; some folks out there approach strangers who happen to be standing nearby to ask if they’d mind doing the snapping. While I myself am flattered that someone trusts me with this endeavor, not everyone feels the same:  take a listener who has an issue with tourists (or locals) asking her to be the one doing the honors. I got Dr. Josh Lichtman    to examine what could lie underneath this issue—and what do about it.

Episode 26: Writer and Comedian Fielding Edlow: People Who Say They’re From New York When They’re Not

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Writer, actor and stand-up comedian Fielding Edlow is one of those triple threats you read about: her solo show Coke-Free J.A.P. killed at the NYC Fringe Festival and was developed as a half-hour pilot for Showtime.  Her plays have been finalists with the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Actors Theatre of Louisville and City Theatre. She voices the recurring character ‘Roxie’ on BoJack Horseman and just created and starred in her web series Bitter Homes and Gardens. She also hosts a monthly stand-up show—Eat, Pray, Fuck—the third Friday of every month in LA.

Fielding may be such a go-getter because she comes from the land of go-getters: New York City. And she carries some pride about this fact. This means that whenever she meets someone who says they’re from New York and she speculates or intuits that they’re from a suburb of New York or New Jersey (or in fact lived in Manhattan but didn’t grow up there), she feels a seething rage. What could this have to do with the fact that she felt her mother favored her younger brother? As it turns out, everything.

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5 Minutes on Your Issue: People Who Say “Um”

Oh, those little language quirks people have. Are we all not bugged by at least some of the things people say? [Among mine: “alls we have to do is [fill in the blank]” and “all intensive purposes.”] Well, listener Patty has an issue with people who say “Um” as well as those who start the answer to a question with the word “So” as well as folks who go full force into trendy language (say, adding “izzle” to random words, hip hop style). Luckily, Dr. Josh Lichtman is around to advise Patty (and the rest of us) on how to deal with the folks whose speaking skills we just don’t feel are up to par.

Episode 25: Actress and Podcaster Jamie Denbo: Obnoxious Celebrities in Yoga Class

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I’m just going to blurt it out: I am thoroughly obsessed with Jamie Denbo’s podcast and I’m going to write here what I said throughout this episode which is if you’re not listening to Ronna and Beverly, stop what you’re doing and download it (yes, even before you download this). In it, Denbo plays a character she’s been embodying for the past decade—a lifelong Boston matron named Beverly who’s the mother of two grown girls (one, she often explains, is pretty but dumb, the other smart but ugly). Ronna (played by Jessica Chaffin) is a higher-class Bostonian than Beverly (she has a house on the Vineyard, goes to parties with the president and  receives diamond engagement rings from men she probably won’t marry while Beverly dates a carpenter/painter, cares for her niece Shira’s extremely troubled triplets—one of whom is played by Denbo’s son on the show—and really likes inappropriate sex). Together, the two are comedy gold and the legions of fans that the Earwolf podcast has gathered is a testament to that. Confession: So obsessed am I with Ronna and Beverly that I neglected in this episode to ask Denbo about all her TV acting jobs, of which there are many, or really anything else.

Eventually we get into her issue. While it started off being a rant about social media, it quickly devolved into a chat about the obnoxious celebrities who go to her yoga class—one in particular who takes up too much room, brings ladies who whisper the whole time and stops the class to ask the teacher the time. If you want to know who this is (yes, she names him) and how this relates to Denbo’s career frustrations, you best listen.

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5 Minutes on Your Issue: People Who Drain the Office Coffee Pot

We’ve all experienced it at some point: we go into the office break room and some selfish soul has finished off the pot and left only the dregs. To add insult to injury, that person is calmly strolling out of the break room will a full cup of steaming java, wholly unconcerned with the fact that we’re going to go caffeine-less as a result. That’s why psychiatrist Dr. Josh Lichtman and I addressed Shawn’s issue with this sort of experience and how he should have compassion for such suffering people in order to help deal with them.

Episode 24: Natasha Vargas-Cooper: Women Who Talk About Sex Like Dudes

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Writer Natasha Vargas-Cooper has accomplished more in 30 years than some do in a lifetime. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from UCLA with a double major in history and public policy, she started being published in such places as The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine and GQ, among many others. Her book, Mad Men Unbuttoned, was  praised as “a well-versed primer” by The New Yorker  and “likely to become a trivia-lover’s bible” by The New York Times. Oh and in her spare time, she created the popular LA storytelling show Public School.

Still, the lovely lady’s not without her issues. While we went over a few pre-recording that could have made the cut (including the expression “No worries,” people who play loud music and people who are late when you’re early), the juicy one we dove into here was her issue with women who talk about sex like they’re the worst men out there. We’re talking ladies who talk about wanting to get laid and say other things that a certain presidential candidate might label “locker room talk.” But the more we spoke, the more it became clear that Natasha’s issue has less to do with sex and more to do with the ways she herself has grappled with feminism, femininity and intimacy. From sex to love, we tackled it all here.

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Episode 23: Actress Tara Lynne Barr: Limp Handshakes

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There aren’t many 23-year-olds as self-possessed as Tara Lynne Barr. The Southern California-raised actress made a splash in the 2011 film God Bless America as well as in the David Duchovny-starring mini-series Aquarius. She did time on such shows as The Bold and the Beautiful and Joan of Arcadia, among others. But nowhere has she stolen scenes like she has in the Golden Globe-nominated  Hulu show Casual, where she  plays the teenage daughter of a divorced therapist  (Michaela Watkins) who’s  raising her with the help of her ne’er-do-well brother (Tommy Dewey). The world-weary and world-wise pathos Barr brings to her character is remarkable—It’s safe to say that Barr’s character is the most mature of the three leads—and it’s a direct result, as it turns out, to how she was raised.

While this  episode started with Barr discussing her issues with limp handshakes, the conversation soon turned into a passionate tribute to Barr’s family—in particular her mother, who raised her to look people in the eye and offer a firm shake. While this is certainly what makes her astoundingly mature for her age, it’s left her with a surprising hangover: judgment when it comes to how other people were raised, in particular when they have (you guessed it) a limp handshake.

How on earth does this all connect to feminism and sweaty palms? Listen and you shall learn.

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Episode 22: Author Carrie White: Manipulative Music in Movies

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Author Carrie White has been called “the first lady of hairdressing” and for good reason: she’s cut and combed the tresses of everyone from Ann Margaret and Elvis to Sharon Tate and Elizabeth Taylor. And she did it all on roller skates (it was the 70s, people). But her high-flying life—which included three husbands and five children—was masking a crippling drug addiction which eventually left her curled up in the fetal position outside her dealer’s door. Now sober for multiple decades, White built her hairdressing business back up and published a best-selling memoir,  Upper Cut, about the entire thing.

White’s issue is a unique one: manipulative music in movies; we’re talking that big, Dolby echoing swell meant to make audience members cry, get scared or feel any one of hundreds of other emotions. On the surface—okay, the woman doesn’t like it when she’s distracted from her own emotional experience. Underneath that, however, is so much more—having to do with her childhood, trauma and  not being allowed to have her feelings about it.

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Episode 21: Filmmaker/Comedian/Vine Star Jason Nash: People Who Use The Word “Narrative”

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Jason Nash is a tough one to slap a label on. Yes, he’s the creator and star of the web series Jason Nash is Married. True, he has a million-plus followers on Vine. And—most relevantly right now—he’s also the creator of the just released movie FML, where he and fellow social media star Brandon Calvillo travel the world in the hope of gaining social media followers (think of it as a modern day male Thelma and Louise  where they don’t die in the end).

But there’s oh-so-much more: Nash was also a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing and has developed shows for CBS, Oxygen and IFC. He started out as an improv guy launched out of UCB. And he  created the web series “How to Be a Man” and “The Shaman,” and co-hosted and produced the long-running “Guys With Feelings” podcast.

Though Nash initially claimed to not have any issues, we soon got to one: people who jump on the bandwagon and start over-using certain words—the most egregious example being the word “narrative.” Soon we were discussing Nash’s Boston upbringing, feeling like an outsider in LA and what it means to call someone smart. If you want to hear this, er, narrative, you best download the ep.

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