10 episodes

Why am I making a podcast? The best answer I can come up with is that I feel like I’ve been failing my entire life, so I can speak from plenty of experience. Sure, I was on The X Files and Californication, I wrote some books and made some music. But I also got a literal F in The New York Times. I had a high-profile divorce and a magical mystery tour through rehab. So now I want to get into the way that failure looms over all of us and really shapes who we are. What’s good about that, what’s bad about that, what’s holding us back in shame? Lots to unpack here. So join me and some cool guests from sports, tv, politics, business and beyond starting May 7, wherever you get your podcasts – and we’ll get into it.

Fail Better with David Duchovny Lemonada

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 14 Ratings

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Why am I making a podcast? The best answer I can come up with is that I feel like I’ve been failing my entire life, so I can speak from plenty of experience. Sure, I was on The X Files and Californication, I wrote some books and made some music. But I also got a literal F in The New York Times. I had a high-profile divorce and a magical mystery tour through rehab. So now I want to get into the way that failure looms over all of us and really shapes who we are. What’s good about that, what’s bad about that, what’s holding us back in shame? Lots to unpack here. So join me and some cool guests from sports, tv, politics, business and beyond starting May 7, wherever you get your podcasts – and we’ll get into it.

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    Brad Gilbert and the Problem with Perfection

    Brad Gilbert and the Problem with Perfection

    Like all of us, athletes fail often. Renowned tennis coach Brad Gilbert knows that well, and has spent decades analyzing weaknesses as a way to develop strengths. As a player, he rose to the rank of #4 in the world, then began coaching stars like Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, and, most recently, Coco Gauff. He even trained Zendaya for the movie Challengers. I loved hearing how the man Andre Agassi called “the greatest coach of all time” gets even more out of the best players in the game. 

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    • 43 min
    PREMIUM: Reflections on Brad Gilbert

    PREMIUM: Reflections on Brad Gilbert

    My day-after, early-morning, pre-coffee thoughts about talking to Brad Gilbert led me to lots of places, from how invested my parents were in the sports I played to where I’ve heard some of Brad’s ideology before. I also land a good metaphor, if that’s a thing.

    Gabor Maté and the Reason We’re All Addicted

    Gabor Maté and the Reason We’re All Addicted

    This is my most personal episode so far, but it's really about the wisdom of Dr. Gabor Maté. The author, physician, and public speaker reminds us all how we sometimes become too comfortable with self-criticism and regret. We talk about parenting, collaboration, and addiction, and I leave the interview feeling a level of gratitude that I don’t know what to do with. Here’s that conversation.

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    • 48 min
    PREMIUM: Reflections on Gabor Maté

    PREMIUM: Reflections on Gabor Maté

    After my interview with Gabor Maté took some surprising turns, I spent the next few days in a pretty heady place. I kept thinking about generational pain, responsibility versus culpability, and why some of my creative failures have felt so personal. Big stuff.

    EXCLUSIVE PEEK: Reflections on Bette Midler

    EXCLUSIVE PEEK: Reflections on Bette Midler

    You can get even more Fail Better with Lemonada Premium, where I share the extended thoughts I have after each interview. Here’s a free peek at what you could be getting: After my conversation with Bette Midler, there are many things I’m still wondering about because I couldn’t find a way to bring them up, including what I wished I’d asked her about parenting. Subscribe to Lemonada Premium now in Apple Podcasts.

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    • 8 min
    PREMIUM: Reflections on Bette Midler

    PREMIUM: Reflections on Bette Midler

    After my conversation with Bette Midler, here are all the things I’m still wondering about because I couldn’t find a way to bring them up, including what I wished I’d asked her about her parenting. Miraculously, no cursing ensues.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

ELMKID ,

Love

I love learning from other’s failures.
It eases the anxiety of failure.

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Keep going, I am enjoying your content 🤙🏼

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Thank you for this podcast

I started watching X Files for the first time these past few months, so I was interested to see a podcast by David Duchovny. And this podcast came into my life at a really opportune time, since I’m trying to find my feet again after my first big career screw up. Listening to this podcast is a reminder that everyone experiences failure, and that horrible “shame-coffee” feeling, and anyone can move past it. In the very first episode I listened to I gained tid bits of advice like “making haste slowly” - obviously an old saying but hearing it again at this point in my life, it has new meaning and significance that I’ll bring with me going forward. So, thank you for making this podcast, David Duchovny, I appreciate you and I hope you keep producing it.

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