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A podcast inspiring us to be and do better. Conversations that help us individually - and collectively - develop healthier relationships with our mind, our craft and the world.

We hope these conversations will be an invitation to:
Acknowledge what we are doing well;
Recognize where we are seeking to do better;
Identify and examine what is in our way;

And Spark new conversations between us all!

The Better Podcast with Joe Towne Joe Towne

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

A podcast inspiring us to be and do better. Conversations that help us individually - and collectively - develop healthier relationships with our mind, our craft and the world.

We hope these conversations will be an invitation to:
Acknowledge what we are doing well;
Recognize where we are seeking to do better;
Identify and examine what is in our way;

And Spark new conversations between us all!

    Joe Towne with Rachel True on Honoring the Wise Voice Within

    Joe Towne with Rachel True on Honoring the Wise Voice Within

    Joe chats with actress, artist and author Rachel True about her time working alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest actors, directors and writers and her path to being a published author.

    They explore what growing up in New York’s East Village taught her about self-belief, the invitation to entertain ourselves while in isolation and the value in developing and honoring our intuition.

    Together they talk about her journey from standing in on the number one show on television to starring as iconic characters on screens big and small as well as going through the rigorous process of testing to be the lead in your own sitcom.

    Ultimately, they get real about the importance of seeing color, how the words we hear as children shape our sense of self and the wisdom of Gene Roddenberry & his vision for our future.

    Who is Rachel?

    Rachel True is an American actress and model who has appeared in numerous hit and cult films including: The Craft, Half Baked, CB4 and Greg Araki's Nowhere which premiered at Sundance Film Festival.

    On Television, she has appeared on: The Cosby Show, Getting By, Family Matters, 90210, Boston Common, Providence and Dawsons Creek.

    She’s recurred on some of the top shows of the last few decades:  Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Dream On, the Drew Carey Show, Once and Again, and Better Things.

    Rachel was also the lead on the TV show Half & Half, for which she was nominated for an NAACP award.

    As an author, she has written True Heart Tarot.

    She has co-hosted over 100 episodes of the podcast Quoting Gene Roddenberry.

    Most recently she can be seen in Shudder's HORROR NOIRE Anthology with Malcolm Barrett.

    And the upcoming horror drama Agnes.


    RACHEL TRUE’s BOOK: True Heart Tarot



    Show Notes:

    Horror Noire Ep.4 Fugue State


    RACHELS BOOK + TAROT DECK (True Heart Intuitive Guidebook)



    High Priestess Tarot card

    • 2 hr 10 min
    Joe Towne with Andrew Bernstein on Finding Magic in the Frames

    Joe Towne with Andrew Bernstein on Finding Magic in the Frames

    Joe chats with Hall of Fame NBA Photographer, legendary sports podcaster, author, media producer and teacher Andrew Bernstein.

    They explore some of the most storied locker rooms (eleven times with Phil Jackson) team huddles (Pat Riley’s Showtime Lakers) and championship moments (MJ, Kobe, Dodgers and Kings) and how learning from greatness has impacted his own journey from lows to highs.

    Together they talk about protecting the light within, being mindful of who you put in charge of your own self-image and how our relationships may open doors to our future.

    Ultimately they speak about the essence of the Mamba Mentality, the secret ingredient to cultivating an edge and why life sometimes asks us to pivot to something greater than we’d imagined.

    Who is Andrew?

    Like many of the professional athletes he photographs, Andrew D. Bernstein is recognized as an all-star in sports photography. The unique personal rapport Bernstein has developed with athletes, coaches and teams over the years allows him exclusive access to special behind-the-scenes moments. A co-founder of NBA Photos, Bernstein is the key photographic contributor to NBA Entertainment’s global media platforms, which include NBA.com, all league publications and NBA licensed products. He has been the team photographer for twelve professional home teams which won championships in basketball (Lakers in 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2020), baseball (Dodgers in 1988) and hockey (Kings in 2012 and 2014).​ Bernstein has covered 40 NBA Finals and 38 All-Star Games as the senior NBA photographer.

    In 2018, Bernstein collaborated with five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant on the worldwide bestselling book “The Mamba Mentality: How I Play,” a unique look at Bryant’s 20 year career through Bernstein’s lens. Previous books include “NBA Hoop Shots: Classic Moments From a Super Era” published in 1996 and “Journey To The Ring” co-authored with Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson in 2010.

    The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame named Bernstein a 2018 Curt Gowdy award recipient, acknowledging his contributions to basketball media. This prestigious award is presented annually to members of the electronic and print media whose longtime efforts have made a significant contribution to the game of basketball. Bernstein is the second photographer to receive this honor.

    Bernstein is a co-founder of a new sports content platform called “Legends Of Sport”. His weekly podcast is distributed to all major platforms, with over 150 episodes released to date. Legends Of Sport can be followed on: Twitter @legends_ofsport, Instagram @legendsofsport, website www.legendsofsport.net, YouTube and TikTok at Legends Of Sport. Bernstein’s photography can be found at www.adbapi.com and Instagram @adbphotoinc.

    Show Notes:

    Iconic Photographs from Andrew

    Bruce Springsteen-No Surrender

    Mamba Mentality

    Eleven Rings

    Tim Grover

    Art Center

    • 2 hr 6 min
    Joe Towne with Malcolm-Jamal Warner on Cultivating Intentionality and Purpose

    Joe Towne with Malcolm-Jamal Warner on Cultivating Intentionality and Purpose

    Joe chats with Emmy-nominated actor, seasoned director, Grammy Award winning spoken word artist and producer of TV and film, Malcolm-Jamal Warner.

    They explore what consistency can do for our happiness as well as taking the long view on our artistic journey towards cultivating and sustaining longevity in our career.

    Together they talk about the evolution of artistry, how it expresses through us and the influences we meet along the way both outside us and within us.

    Ultimately they speak about what it takes to have healthy self identity, the meditative power of hobbies and the power embedded within our names.

    Who is Malcolm-Jamal?

    Malcolm-Jamal Warner has become known in the entertainment business for his seasoned acting talents and his accomplishments in music, directing, and producing. As an Emmy-nominated actor and Grammy award winning poet, Warner has positioned himself as one of the most accomplished talents in the industry today. As a staple in television and film for nearly 30 years, Warner first rose to national prominence by starring on the celebrated and long-running classic television series “The Cosby Show.” His work on the show garnered him a Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and set the stage for him to have a long career in the public eye.

    Warner was most recently seen on ABC’s “Ten Days in the Valley” opposite Kyra Sedgwick, and in the critically acclaimed, award-winning FX series “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.” In 2011 Warner produced, directed, and starred in the BET original series “Reed Between the Lines” opposite Golden Globe Award winner Tracee Ellis Ross.

    In 2017, Warner released a powerful, spoken word short film entitled “You Can’t Hear Me”, which highlights some of America’s civil and social ills including systematic oppression, deportation and mass incarceration.

    Since 2018 Warner has starred in FOX’s hit medical drama “The Resident.”

    On stage Warner has starred in the off-Broadway plays “Three Ways Home,” “Cryin’ Shame,” (NAACP Theater Award for Best Supporting Actor), “Freefall” at the Victory Garden Theatre, and “A Midsummer Nights’ Dream,” at the La Jolla Playhouse.

    As a seasoned director Warner has worked on a host of television series, including being a regular director [and producer] on the comedy series “Malcolm & Eddie,” and directed several episodes of “The Cosby Show,” “All That,” “Keenan & Kel,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Sesame Street,” and the AIDS awareness video “Timeout: The Truth about HIV, AIDS, and YOU,” which earned Warner the NAACP Key of Life Image Award.

    When not acting and directing, Warner is a poet and a bass player. In 2015 Warner nabbed his first Grammy Award for “Best Traditional R&B Performance as a Featured Performer” on Robert Glasper's version of the Stevie Wonder classic "Jesus Children of America." Warner’s jazz-funk band Miles Long has performed in several major jazz festivals, including the Playboy Jazz Festival, and has opened for high profile artists including Earl Klugh and the late Luther Vandross. In 2015 Warner released his latest album, “Selfless,” which melds spoken word and soul music into once cohesive album. All of Warner’s independently distributed CD’s, “The Miles Long Mix Tape,” “Love and Other Social Issues,” and “Selfless” have become popular on the underground music scene, can now be purchased on iTunes and http://www.MalcolmJamalWarner.com.

    Instagram: @malcolmjamalwar

    Twitter: @malcolmjamalwar


    The Resident season 5 continues...

    • 2 hr 2 min
    Joe Towne with Arnie Cardillo on the Genius of Listening

    Joe Towne with Arnie Cardillo on the Genius of Listening

    Joe chats with Arnie Cardillo about his journey from youth baseball to sound engineer to becoming a three-time Grammy winning producer. Arnie shares insight into what he scans for when listening to his performers, what baseball taught him about failure and why going the extra mile is part of his greater vision. Arnie and Joe talk about the great philosophers, how important it was for them to struggle with life’s great questions and how they can be helpful for us in processing grief or combatting depression. Ultimately, they discuss how true collaboration helps build empathy for others, how children best learn and how creating one’s vision is the ultimate thing to remain true to.

    With over 40 years experience in the audiobook industry, Arnie Cardillo began his career as a sound editor and engineer and later worked for Listening Library, where he was involved in all facets of the audio business.  In 1997, he purchased Live Oak Media, a children’s media publishing company, which he continues to manage today with his wife Debra Skiver Cardillo.  As producer, he has received three ALA Odyssey Awards, three Grammy Awards, the Audie Award for Distinguished Achievement in Production, as well as numerous Audie Awards and ALA Notable Children’s Recordings.

    FB: Live Oak Media

    IG: @liveoakmedia

    Twitter: @medialiveoak






    WE ARE GRATEFUL ("otsaliheliga," a Cherokee word meaning "We are grateful.)








    • 1 hr 44 min
    Joe Towne with Liza Katzer on Learning to Trust Your Voice

    Joe Towne with Liza Katzer on Learning to Trust Your Voice

    Joe chats with Liza Katzer about her path to becoming an Emmy-winning producer of Ted Lasso: from the hustle of working at Management 360 and UTA, to making movies at Disney to making the leap into comedy and becoming VP of Development at Doozer (working with Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold) Liza shares insight into how Ted Lasso came into being, what it has taught her and why it is having the impact that it is having. Joe and Liza also talk about the intersection of sport and art: how athletes can learn vulnerability from artists, and a team mentality can help artists to realize they are not alone, they are a part of a greater whole. Ultimately, they explore how she deals with the disappointments that are inevitable within our industry, how embracing pivots has supported long-term success as well as how finding her voice and listening to her gut led her to this moment.

    Who is Liza?

    Liza Katzer is an Emmy-winning producer for her work on Ted Lasso, which won the award for best comedy series in 2021.  She was also recently named one of the Hollywood Reporter's 35 Under 35 Up and Coming Entertainment Executives to Watch.

    She is a Southern California native from Palos Verdes Peninsula, who started her career with a series of summer production jobs for the E! Channel while studying at Northwestern University.  After graduating, she moved to LA and worked at United Talent Agency, before moving to The Walt Disney Company to work for both the Feature Studio and then International Local Language Production.  She joined Bill Lawrence at Doozer productions as an assistant when he signed his first overall deal with Warner Bros and worked her way up to Vice President.  Her first producer credit came when her project LIFE SENTENCE was ordered to series at the CW.  Since then, she has continued on to produce WHISKEY CAVALIER for ABC, and HEAD OF THE CLASS for HBOmax.  She is set to co-executive produce the two upcoming apple series BAD MONKEY and SHRINKING, and will continue to Co-EP TED LASSO.  She has a slate of projects featuring female and diverse voices in development, and has produced a number of pilots and presentations for various networks and streamers.

    TWITTER: @LizaKatzer

    INSTAGRAM: @lizab15


    Jason Segel to Star in ’Shrinking’, Apple TV+ Comedy Series from 'Ted Lasso’s Bill Lawrence & Brett Goldstein

    Vince Vaughn to Headline ‘Bad Monkey’ Apple TV+ Drama Series from Bill Lawrence

    Head of the Class’ Reboot Gets HBO Max Premiere Date, First Look Image & Clip Featuring Robin Givens

    Clone High- Two Seasons of the Animated Comedy at HBO Max

    Current Favorite Quote:

    "Let go and let god”

    • 2 hr 6 min
    Joe Towne with Anthony Sparks on The Celebration of What’s Possible

    Joe Towne with Anthony Sparks on The Celebration of What’s Possible

    Joe chats with Anthony Sparks about coming up in the theatre: at Williamstown, at the Public Theatre and for five years in the Off-Broadway smash hit Stomp! The lessons he learned, both on stage and auditioning out in the world, inspired him to take a more active role in the projects he would choose to be a part of and later create into existence. Anthony shares insight into the purpose of his art: whether it’s a solo show, show running and collaborating alongside Ava Duvernay for Oprah Winfrey, or creating his own shows for Blumhouse TV. Ultimately, we hear his Why, and his deepest vision for how he is trying to shape the images we collectively see on our screens as a means of transforming the world.

    Who is Anthony?

    Anthony Sparks hails from Chicago’s South Side and has worked in television over the last 19 seasons. A strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in television, theatre and film, Anthony is the longtime Showrunner, Head Writer, and Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed OWN/Warner Bros. Television drama, “Queen Sugar”. Queen Sugar, created by filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, is currently airing its 6th season. Anthony has been a key writer and producer with the show since its inception.

    In addition to Queen Sugar, Anthony is also currently an Executive Producer on the highly anticipated HULU limited series, Iron Mike, about the controversial life and times of Mike Tyson. Sparks is also developing several new series with Blumhouse Television, where he recently signed an overall First Look Deal, and also with Endeavor Content.

    It was also recently announced that Sparks will create, showrun, and executive produce a scripted drama inspired by the Detroit Youth Choir, which rose to prominence on America's Got Talent in 2019. Anthony is writing and developing this show for the Disney+ streaming network.

    Anthony holds a BFA degree in theatre, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in American Studies & Ethnicity, all from USC, the University of Southern California. Anthony received the Jack Nicholson Award, LeVar Burton Award, and Doolittle Associates Award while an undergraduate at USC and the Anna Bing Arnold Fellowship while pursuing graduate work at USC.

    Dr. Sparks is also a cutting-edge scholar of media, performance studies, and African American politics and culture. He has consulted and written for Disney Imagineering and when time allows, he mentors and teaches screenwriting and cultural studies at Cal State Fullerton, Occidental College, and USC.

    Anthony Sparks is based in Los Angeles, where he is married to actor-director and USC School of Dramatic Arts professor and Associate Dean, Anita Dashiell-Sparks. They live in Los Angeles and are working hard to raise their three young children.


    INSTAGRAM: @sparks.anthony

    TWITTER: @SparksAnthony

    Show Notes:

    -Ava Duvernay

    -Gina Davis Institute on Gender in Media & Documentary ‘This Changes Everything’

    -Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

    -Queen Sugar

    • 1 hr 46 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

YogiRoth ,

Love love love

This podcast, these conversations and Joe’s line of questioning. Every time this show is between my ears I find myself getting BETTER. Keep these coming and think everyone will benefit from this new series.

ECT2021 ,


Loving these conversations and the spirit with which they are being created. A quest to be better in all aspects of our lives is truly a noble one, and I’m so grateful to Joe for allowing us in on this journey. Amazing guests and so much new information to take in. Very inspired and taking notes!

Thodiss ,

Inspiring and refreshing podcast

From the first episode I could feel my mindset shift a little, in terms of how I viewed myself being my best as a human. I felt like Joe Towne, his guest Yogi and I were conversing in the same room. Just now I listened to Lino as if he was sitting with us too. I feel like there’s this giant table that’s being set and I’m one of the invited guests, being blessed to be sitting there. Thank you for the invitation to be a part of a better world. I can see I’m about to learn a lot of interesting things Ive never thought about before.

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