131 episodes

This is a show about the moments that change us, fundamentally and forever. Each week, host Stephanie Wittels Wachs (Lemonada’s co-founder and award-winning queen of darkness and light) is sitting down with a new guest to explore happy/sad stories of survival, resilience and transformation. After three seasons of exploring the "last day" of people’s lives in an effort to understand mass epidemics, Steph was ready for a change herself. Some “last days” are hopeful. Some are tragic. But at the heart of every “last day” is also a new beginning. Laugh/cry with us.

Last Day Lemonada

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 3K Ratings

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This is a show about the moments that change us, fundamentally and forever. Each week, host Stephanie Wittels Wachs (Lemonada’s co-founder and award-winning queen of darkness and light) is sitting down with a new guest to explore happy/sad stories of survival, resilience and transformation. After three seasons of exploring the "last day" of people’s lives in an effort to understand mass epidemics, Steph was ready for a change herself. Some “last days” are hopeful. Some are tragic. But at the heart of every “last day” is also a new beginning. Laugh/cry with us.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Apple Books Pick: “Geena: Hiding In Plain Sight”

    Apple Books Pick: “Geena: Hiding In Plain Sight”

    Geena Rocero has yet to meet a stage she doesn’t like. As the reigning trans beauty queen in the Philippines, she was adored and envied with equal passion – all while being out and proud. But when she moved to America and became a model, she went back in the closet to protect her livelihood, at least until the secrecy began to do more harm than it was worth. Geena tells Stephanie how she was finally able to live without compromising what was most important to her, starting with the moment she reclaimed her identity, all while standing on one of the biggest and most pivotal stages in the world.

    Lemonada has teamed up with Apple Books to bring you the Lemonada Book Club. “Horse Barbie” by Geena Rocero is our May 2024 audiobook of the month! For more details, visit http://apple.co/lemonadabookclub.

    Follow Stephanie on Instagram at @wittelstephanie. Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. 

    Have a story you want to share? Head to bit.ly/lastdaystories to fill out our confidential Google form. 

    Joining Lemonada Premium is a great way to support our show and get bonus content. Subscribe today at bit.ly/lemonadapremium. And if you want to continue the conversation with other listeners, join the My Lemonada community at https://lemonadamedia.com/mylemonada/

    For a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this and every other Lemonada show, go to lemonadamedia.com/sponsors.

    To follow along with a transcript, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/lastday shortly after the air date.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 52 min
    PREMIUM: Nikki, “I’m On My Own, and I’ve Got My Back”

    PREMIUM: Nikki, “I’m On My Own, and I’ve Got My Back”

    Stephanie and Nikki — both self-proclaimed Swifties — find themselves talking about Taylor Swift mid-interview, following an unexpected song reference. (Stephanie might then egg on Nikki to extend her love of travel to attending the Eras Tour internationally.)

    Nikki: Setting Myself Free

    Nikki: Setting Myself Free

    After getting engaged, Nikki Vargas was staring down a lifetime of white picket fences, suburbs, and 2.5 kids. And deep down she knew she couldn’t do it. So years into a confining relationship, and even deeper into a love affair with travel and journalism that compromised the future her fiancé imagined, Nikki had to make a life-changing choice. She talks with Stephanie about how, ultimately, that choice might just be the best one she’s ever made.

    This series is presented by the Marguerite Casey Foundation. MCF supports leaders who work to shift the balance of power in their communities toward working people and families, and who have the vision and capacity for building a truly representative economy. Learn more at caseygrants.org or visit on social media @caseygrants.

    Follow Stephanie on Instagram at @wittelstephanie. Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. 

    Have a story you want to share? Head to bit.ly/lastdaystories to fill out our confidential Google form. 

    Joining Lemonada Premium is a great way to support our show and get bonus content. Subscribe today at bit.ly/lemonadapremium. And if you want to continue the conversation with other listeners, join the My Lemonada community at https://lemonadamedia.com/mylemonada/

    For a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this and every other Lemonada show, go to lemonadamedia.com/sponsors.

    To follow along with a transcript, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/lastday shortly after the air date.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 57 min
    Making the Christine Blasey Ford and Kat episodes

    Making the Christine Blasey Ford and Kat episodes

    Stephanie sits down with Last Day producers Tiffany and Aria to discuss the teachings in the stories of Christine Blasey Ford, whose episode aired March 20, and Kat, whose episode aired this week. Both women reported sexual assault but did so within different systems, and there is much to be learned about the pain — and power — that resulted.

    Kat: After the Report

    Kat: After the Report

    Kat grew up internalizing that it was her “responsibility” to be careful around men. But when a male friend sexually assaulted her after a frat party, Kat knew the burden wasn’t hers alone to bear. She needed to seek justice. In a deeply vulnerable and reflective conversation with Stephanie, Kat provides a glimpse into what happened after she filed a report against her assailant. She found herself in a struggle that consumed her entire college career — and that compromised who she’s able to be now.

    This series is presented by the Marguerite Casey Foundation. MCF supports leaders who work to shift the balance of power in their communities toward working people and families, and who have the vision and capacity for building a truly representative economy. Learn more at caseygrants.org or visit on social media @caseygrants.

    Follow Stephanie on Instagram at @wittelstephanie. Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. 

    Have a story you want to share? Head to bit.ly/lastdaystories to fill out our confidential Google form. 

    Joining Lemonada Premium is a great way to support our show and get bonus content. Subscribe today at bit.ly/lemonadapremium. And if you want to continue the conversation with other listeners, join the My Lemonada community at https://lemonadamedia.com/mylemonada/

    For a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this and every other Lemonada show, go to lemonadamedia.com/sponsors.

    To follow along with a transcript, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/lastday shortly after the air date.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 45 min
    Listen Now: Stephanie on Everything Happens with Kate Bowler

    Listen Now: Stephanie on Everything Happens with Kate Bowler

    Last Day listeners, today we're sharing with you Stephanie's conversation with Kate Bowler on her show Everything Happens. Kate is a professor at Duke University and someone who was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2015 that had already metastasized. She is now in remission, and spends lots of time talking to other people about the fact that everything just, well, happens! To hear more of Everything Happens, head to: https://lemonada.lnk.to/everythinghappens

    Today, we’re talking about tragicomedy. And isn’t that all of life? The absurdity. The horror. The laughter that somehow cuts through the most difficult of moments. Our guest today, Stephanie Wittles Wachs wrote a beautiful memoir called Everything is Horrible and Wonderful about the death of her brother to an accidental heroin overdose when he was 30 years old.

    In this conversation, Kate and Stephanie discuss:


    Loving someone with addiction
    Grieving a person in public
    Why it’s okay (and maybe necessary) to laugh in the midst of the worst moments
    The 6th stage of grief—the manic-investigative stage

    CW: mention of suicide, drug overdose, death of a sibling


    Watch clips from this conversation, read the full transcript, and access discussion questions by clicking here.

    Follow Kate on Instagram, Facebook, or X (formerly known as Twitter)—@katecbowler.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
3K Ratings

3K Ratings

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