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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 1K Ratings

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

4.8 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

aer8m ,

A warm soft place for me to land, especially in early sobriety

This podcast helped me so much.

KW in MKE ,

It’s a bit clunky - but completely from the heart.

I love this show. And this review is more in response to the negative ones on here I guess. Yea they’re inexperienced podcast recorders, and yea they talk a lot about their personal lives and say ‘like’ a lot. But that’s actually part of the charm to me. Theyre doing this because it helps them and others, because having these conversations is what’s important. Holly can come off narcissistic but I love her ‘you don’t have to like me’ attitude because it’s a big part of what keeps her sober- and I need to find a little bit more of that attitude in my life. Laura is still testing her wings and stumbles a lot with what she’s trying to say but so many things she says hit me square in the heart. Listening to their podcast feels like having a conversation with people I know, and that makes it very relatable and gives me the hope that one day I can stay sober for a year (and hopefully longer). I also don’t mind that they plug their business initiatives/interview high profile people. They’ve found this is the world they want to work in to, again, help themselves and others, and you have to make certain moves for that to take off. I haven’t gotten all the way through - apparently it falls off abruptly and there is speculation that it’s because of their friendship ending. But that’s part of life yall - they’re real people living in a turbulent world not trying to make any excuses for themselves and we shouldn’t ask them to. At least they DID this. I find their words and journeys both incredibly empowering.

akhealth ,

Wow!

I don’t know where to begin. As a registered dietitian and owner of European market selling wine-I am so grateful I started looking at podcasts during “Covid Quarantine”. Running alone in my dark basement took on a whole new light when I started listening to HOME. I’ve listened to other podcasts like Edit but none seem to have the security, authenticity, humor that HOME provides. Recommend to almost everyone who feels like the NEW Epidemic portraying glam, success, happiness with Rosé, Prosecco, etc... that you see all over reality tv is creating frequent habits of drinking.

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