119 episodes

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.

HOME Podcast Laura McKowen & Holly Whitaker

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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

    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.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Episode 118: Favorite Thingstagram

    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.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Episode 117: Happy-ish-Mostly New Year

    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.

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Episode 116: Jeff DeFlavio Returns

    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.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 115: The Hawkins Sisters

    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.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Episode 114: The Let Down Reflex

    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.

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

amandwilli2 ,

Please come back!!!!

I just found your Pod Cast and was sad to see you haven’t recorded -at all- in 2018.

I was researching the pros of quitting alcohol, and hip sobriety web page came up. Where I then found your pod cast. I love your material, the guests you bring on the show are completely interesting and I love listening to this show. I’m newly sober and find a lot of motivation listening to theses episodes, I learn , and think differently after listening to these episodes. Please come back.

Altruego ,

Holly negative 5 stars

Holly interrupts the person being interviewed to often. And then ends the interruption with a smug laugh that comes across as “I’m so smart and clever”. I wish there were less interruptions

Fontir ,

Insightful

Unfortunately the show ended abruptly but I can’t say I’m surprised because you could detect the tension in the final season , both had other endeavors they wanted to explore which was understandable. As different as their personalities were and approach to sobriety differ they had an amazing dynamic. My only complaint is Holly had a tendency to talk over Laura and guests which was frustrating but at the same time she was feisty and passionate so it was amusing . Laura’s writings are amazing which drew me to the podcast but I feel like she was cut off a lot . Maybe she didn’t mind. Hope they do a reunion show sometime to “check in”.

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