126 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.

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    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
    Alyssa, Loving Our Voices of Reason

    Alyssa, Loving Our Voices of Reason

    Alyssa and Stephanie bond over the perks of being married to their own personal voices of reason, especially when they’re both anxious ladies who often feel like the floor might actually give out underneath them.

    Alyssa: Stop Arguing With Reality

    Alyssa: Stop Arguing With Reality

    Alyssa Elliott has always prided herself on being a responsible, by-the-book kind of person. And it was exactly those qualities that were taken advantage of when Alyssa’s parents came to her for help, putting her on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars. A twenty-something just trying to make her own way in the world, she was suddenly drowning in debt and, she’d eventually learn, a lifetime of deep anxiety. Alyssa tells Stephanie how severe financial insecurity has impacted her feelings of safety, her relationship with her parents, and her perspective on being a parent herself.  

    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.

    • 55 min
    Christine, “In Sync With Total Strangers”

    Christine, “In Sync With Total Strangers”

    Christine Blasey Ford and Stephanie might be strangers, but they connect deeply on many things, from their love of the Pacific Ocean to, fittingly, how good it feels when strangers feel like home.

    Christine: In Our Crisis, We Have Opportunity

    Christine: In Our Crisis, We Have Opportunity

    There are few modern photos more iconic than the image of Christine Blasey Ford with her hand raised in the U.S. Senate chamber, vowing to tell nothing but the truth about being sexually assaulted by then-nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. From that moment on, Christine’s life was forever changed, exposing her to vicious hate and shaking the deeply rooted respect for government that had motivated her to come forward in the first place. Now, almost six years later, Christine sits down with Stephanie to give her a look into this new life. She shares how, even though many things got harder for her after her testimony, if she had the choice to do it all again, she would.

    Lemonada has teamed up with Apple Books to bring you the Lemonada Book Club. The March pick is One Way Back by Christine Blasey Ford. For more details, visit apple.co/lemonadabooks 

    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.

    • 43 min
    PREMIUM: Craig, “Keeping People Alive”

    PREMIUM: Craig, “Keeping People Alive”

    Dr. Craig Spencer spends a lot of time thinking about public health. He reflects on the field’s accomplishments and struggles, like trying to reach individuals skeptical of COVID-19.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
3K Ratings

3K Ratings

fiveonforth ,

Alyssa episode

I bet that this episode saves lives. To show that life will eventually be okay after that kind of financial devastation is really important.

AK Ajijic ,

Great interviews. Re. Brooke

I feel for her. I know her pain even WORSE. I lost my only son ON THE DAY of my father’s funeral.
I know her experience was horrible.
If he had parents, they felt 1000X worse.
His son felt worse.

Everyone suffers. All points of views are so aweful.

CJWOW55 ,

I love this show!

Feels more like a conversation than an interview. Stephanie really seems to bring out the human emotion while giving all the facts. She really brings to light these important topics.

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