27 episodes

Revisit pop culture history as former People Magazine reporter Michael Small and guests share the treasures they've saved for decades, including never-heard celebrity interviews, rare memorabilia, and maybe a little junk. Co-host Sally Libby helps decide if they should keep or toss their stuff. Will it be an epic case of Swedish Death Cleaning? Or an epic fail?

I Couldn’t Throw It Out Michael Small

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 42 Ratings

Revisit pop culture history as former People Magazine reporter Michael Small and guests share the treasures they've saved for decades, including never-heard celebrity interviews, rare memorabilia, and maybe a little junk. Co-host Sally Libby helps decide if they should keep or toss their stuff. Will it be an epic case of Swedish Death Cleaning? Or an epic fail?

    Scary! Stephen King and Peter Straub's lost interview

    Scary! Stephen King and Peter Straub's lost interview

    Send us a Text Message.When I interviewed Stephen King and Peter Straub in 1984 about their fantasy novel The Talisman, their book was breaking records for hardcover sales. But the fame of their collaboration has faded over the years.Most people recognize King's famous titles -- Carrie, The Shining, The Dead Zone, It, Pet Sematary. And they may be familiar with Straub's 1979 bestseller Ghost Story. But far fewer know about The Talisman. That's why Sally and I asked renowned horror ...

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Love, Mom: Mother's Day advice from a 98-year-old mom

    Love, Mom: Mother's Day advice from a 98-year-old mom

    Send us a Text Message.The best way to honor your mother -- on Mother's Day or any other day? We wanted to figure that out. So we got expert advice from family and friends, including 98-year-old Barbara Welsh, mother-to-be Emily Libby, the Von Klemperer family, and mom Debbie Baylin.As we realized, almost everyone -- including you -- has saved some items from mom. You may not even know what you've got. But when those treasures come out of the attic or the closet, someth...

    • 42 min
    Adults and stuffed animals: Can we bear to part?

    Adults and stuffed animals: Can we bear to part?

    Send us a Text Message.Some of us just can't toss our furry friends from childhood. And we're not talking about a cute new collection of plushies. We're talking about stuffed animals with some history, saved for decades till fur and eyes are missing. Why do we save them? And what do we do with them now? To get answers, we've asked adults to tell us about their much-loved cloth animals, including the tale of two German teddy bears who escaped the Nazis, and brought a precious...

    • 45 min
    Memories of Melanie: A friend shares fun times with the singer

    Memories of Melanie: A friend shares fun times with the singer

    Send us a Text Message.When singer/songwriter Melanie Safka died in January, many people remembered her for the #1 pop song "Brand New Key" (also known as the roller skate song.) But those of us who loved her know that her biggest hit never conveyed the richness of her career and her talents.That's why I asked photographer Maddy Miller to join us on I Couldn't Throw It Out. Not only did Maddy take iconic photos of Melanie, including the cover photo on Melanie's gold album Gather Me, she...

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Funniest Movie You Never Saw

    The Funniest Movie You Never Saw

    Send us a Text Message.Why should you watch Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson in 1967's long-lost-comic gem The Tiger Makes Out?The surprise reason: After 50 years when you couldn't watch it anywhere, we just discovered that you can stream it for free.But wait! That's just a start. Before you dive into this satire from another era – which can be a challenge – let us give you a prep session, with help from our special guest: Katherine Wallach, daughter of Eli and Anne.Katherine shares the back stor...

    • 49 min
    Swedish Death Cleaning: Meet the World's Experts

    Swedish Death Cleaning: Meet the World's Experts

    Send us a Text Message.Welcome to the invasion of the most entertaining people in Sweden -- who want all of us earthlings to start thinking about... death. Yup, it sounds kooky. But, in this episode, we have a blast absorbing the wit and wisdom of three experts on Swedish Death Cleaning.In case you wonder what that means, these Swedes are the hosts of the Peacock TV series The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (produced and narrated by Amy Poehler). They're the ultimate e...

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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42 Ratings

42 Ratings

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Martha Graham talking about Helen Keller

Absolutely amazing!!

Mrs. Gahalahachabus ,

Claude Devonshire

Thankfully, Michael has not thrown out his tapes and notepads filled with anecdotes and tales about Joni Mitchell, Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman, and so many more. It’s often a revealing snapshot of top entertainers from a few decades ago. Other episodes focus on stories from his personal life, which are often surprising and incredible. It’s a rich stew for the ears. I highly recommend you tune in.

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Treasure!

After a catchy title theme song, Michael Small unboxes one by one his interview recordings and various documents he kept as a reporter/author from decades ago. His podcast partner Sally Libby tries to convince him to throw it all out, but as they are sharing (is caring), one person's "junk" is another person's treasure in this awesome podcast series! P.S. Don't throw it out!

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