HOME Podcast with Laura McKowen and Holly Whitaker takes up the big questions of life through the lens of addiction recovery. Each week, we explore a new discussion about our hearts, relationships, life, love and the universe at large.
Intro and outro music by Radiation City.
Episode 119: Maia Szalavitz
This week, the girls talk to Maia Szalavitz; a neuroscience journalist and author of the New York Times bestseller, Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction. Maia specializes in covering the intersection between brain and behavior and how social factors like inequality get under the skin. She is the author or co-author of six other books and writes for major publications including the Guardian, TIME, the New York Times, Scientific American Mind, the Washington Post, VICE and Pacific Standard.
Episode 118: Favorite Thingstagram
The episode where the girls talk about their favorite things right now (books, music, tech, news apps, self-care), but first, talk about the Enneagram and Instagram for an hour.
Episode 117: Happy-ish-Mostly New Year
Happy New Year! If the best part about 2018 is that it means 2017 is over, that's enough. In this even-longer-than-usual episode, the girls check-in on their love, sobriety, work, and home lives and do a little hoping and wishing for 2018.
Episode 116: Jeff DeFlavio Returns
In the last episode of 2017, Jeff DeFlavio returns to HOME. Jeff is the founder and CEO of Groups, a company that provides affordable, modernized treatment for opiate use. This episode is a mashup of talk about the opiate epidemic, politics, keeping focus and heart when the battle is so big, and some book reviews (wherein Jeff mistakes Hillbilly Elegy for Dreamland for most of the episode), and more.
Episode 115: The Hawkins Sisters
Laura and Holly met the Hawkins sisters (Janet and Julie) at a workshop. When they began telling their story, Laura and Holly immediately asked them to come on the show. In this episode, the sisters beautifully and candidly share their family's story of drinking addiction, their individual and overlapping journeys to sobriety, and the complicated mix of feelings that they've each experienced along the way.
Episode 114: The Let Down Reflex
In this episode, the girls respond to two letters. The first, from a new mom who's worried about how much she's been drinking in the first months of her baby's life while breastfeeding, and the second from a girl grieving the loss of two long friends that don't support her new sobriety. This episode is about the let downs: things we think we "should" be able to do, like choose people we love over alcohol, and the ways our relationships change despite us wishing they wouldn't.
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I LOVE this podcast!
I love this podcast, it is so so good.
Holly and Laura are real and vulnerable but also very intelligent and reflective.
They get great guests on and have some very practical tips for managing sobriety and just life in general.
When I can't get to a meeting, I listen to an episode.
I've been working my way through the episodes slowly, and am up to Episode 62.
These two a ROCKSTARS!
I miss them
They were flawed, sometimes annoying, but I haven’t listened to the same episodes over and over like this one. I miss them. I wish they’d come back and just do a whole new one just about love and dating.
Honest and authentic
Holly and Laura are sober warriors doing their best to pass on the recovery message. But more than that they are real people with a real friendship with its ups and downs. Not only do they inspire me and teach me, they model a real warts and all friendship with those moments when relating to each other and communicating can be uncomfortable but necessary work.