Carla Hall has a mantra: “Say yes. Adventure follows, then growth.” Taking risks is how she became a world-renowned chef (two-time Top Chef Finalist) and television personality (Netflix’s Crazy Delicious, Good Morning America). All along the way, she’s had to deal with people saying “No" to her—a lot. And she’s not the only one.
On SAY YES!, Carla connects with people who've found success through adversity. In each conversation, her guests talk about how they overcame their own challenges, and how they keep going...even when it seems impossible. Because nobody’s life path is a straight line, and we can all learn from one another’s experiences. Premiering on September 15th.
Wondery Presents: Melon's House Party
Welcome to Melon’s House Party! Did you know that the objects in your house sing and speak all day long? They just do so in a key only dogs can hear. Enter, Melon, an eight pound dog with a thousand pound heart who is the key to a world that lives right under our noses! She lives in a world full of friends; an always singing record player, a soulless computer, her bookshelf therapist and many more. But her best friend in the world is Couch. No musical adventure is too big for Melon and Couch as long as they can figure out a way to do it together. As Melon learns about herself and the world around her, she shows us how to appreciate the little things in life and the importance of friendship and family.
Listen to the rest of this episode at wondery.fm/MHP.
Carla Says Yes to Biscuits
Say Yes is going to be taking a break, but the show so far has been a journey! Carla recounts some of her favorite moments from past interviews, and gives a critical list of requirements for good biscuits.
This week’s ingredient: if you’re not full of biscuits already, get Carla’s cornbread from goldbelly.com.
Suze Orman Saves for Security
Planning for the future shouldn’t come as an afterthought, but it’s often one of the hardest things to talk about. Financial expert Suze Orman has spent her career giving advice to help people take control of their money and save for an emergency. She talks with Carla about how she first got into finance as a waitress with no background knowledge, and quickly became a top performing broker. And Suze tells Carla about the health emergency she recently suffered, and how it made her slow down in life. This week’s ingredient: talk with a family member or friend about your short-term money goals!
Jesse Tyler Ferguson Cooks Up Possibilities
It’s hard to let go of controlling so many things in our lives - when a beloved project ends, what our kids will grow up to be - but all the more rewarding when we accept the unexpected. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, best known for playing Mitchell on Modern Family, pivoted from acting to write a cookbook with his friend Julie Tanous, Food Between Friends. He talks with Carla about the end of Modern Family, his love for cooking, the state cookie of New Mexico, and being a new parent - an exercise in being ready for anything.
This week’s ingredient: cook a favorite recipe with a family member or friend that has special significance to you, and share those memories with them!
Iliza Shlesinger Is a Morning Person
Sometimes following your own rhythm is the best example you can show others. Iliza Shlesinger, comedian and actor, is known for her Netflix standup specials including Unveiled and Elder Millennial. She and her husband also started a series of cooking videos called Don’t Panic Pantry, to show people how to cook some favorite home cooking staples during the pandemic. Iliza and Carla talk about being morning people in the very late night industries of comedy and restaurants, and Iliza shares how she’s never felt shy or hesitant about being herself. In fact, sharing personal experiences on stage has shown her how many women are dealing with the same challenges. This week’s ingredient: let go of your texting expectations and forgive those unanswered messages!
Folake Olowofoyeku Explores New Worlds
Being the newbie in the room can be embarrassing, but how else will you expand your horizons? Folake Olowofoyeku, star of Bob Hearts Abishola, talks with Carla about moving from Nigeria to the US, stepping into her first big TV role, and navigating her first press event. Plus they discuss the differences in racial identity and experience between Black Americans and Nigerian immigrants, and the deliciousness of West African food. This week’s ingredient: practice your posture!
Rachael Ray Bounces Back from 2020 is my favourite episode so far! Thank you!
What a great first interview! Loved it and will definitely tune in again. I loved the discussions about self help and caring for our mental health and that it is necessary to make mistakes so we can grow! Thank-you
Thanks for this beautiful interview! Can’t wait to hear the rest.