Bridget Phetasy admires grit and authenticity. On Walk-Ins Welcome, she talks about the beautiful failures and frightening successes of her own life and the lives of her guests. She doesn’t conduct interviews—she has conversations. Conversations with real people about the real struggle and will remind you that we can laugh in pain and cry in joy but there’s no greater mistake than hiding from it all. By embracing it all, and celebrating it with the stories she’ll bring listeners, she believes that our lowest moments can be the building blocks for our eventual fulfillment.
E165. Amanda Knox Refused To Become A Bitter Person
Amanda Knox (exoneree, journalist & podcaster) is on a mission to reclaim her identity. She sits down with Bridget for a thoughtful and introspective conversation about how her identity, face, and name have come to define her in ways that were not in her control, and how she's defining her own world moving forward. They discuss how embracing complicated emotions allows you to have a better perspective, how she dealt with the stress and waiting during her trial process and jail time, what we do to cope, being turned into a symbol, and why we as a society should be better about allowing people to admit that they're wrong. They cover how entitled people feel to judge when they see someone going through something bad, the loss of the sense of humor and the ability to laugh at terrible things, returning to reality and getting reacclimated after prison, the absolute loss of control of being pregnant, and feeling like everything could be taken from her again. Check out her podcast Labyrinths with husband Christopher Robinson.
E164. Kathleen Madigan Doesn't Care About Your Feelings
Kathleen Madigan has been a comic for more than 30 years. She takes a break from her Do You Have Any Ranch tour to sit down with Bridget and discuss their similar upbringings in large Irish Catholic families - which is basically like growing up in a roast battle - wondering what was wrong with small families and people who don't have cousins in every city, the fine art of speed eating, and why Kathleen is the expendable one in her family because she doesn't have kids. They cover when your Twitter account renders you unemployable, why TikTok feels like a bunch of coke heads, why you shouldn't be getting medical advice from comedians, and at what age you should kill your parents. For more information about Kathleen's tour schedule and her podcast, Madigans Pubcast, visit her website - kathleenmadigan.com.
E163. Aymann Ismail Thinks It's Easy To Conflate Punditry With Journalism
Aymann Ismail (Slate Magazine staff writer) sat down with Bridget for an interview on January 6th 2022, coincidentally, Ismail had been in D.C. on January 6th, 2021, so inevitably their conversation covers the events of that day, including Aymann's sense of the mood of the crowd, what made it different from other Trump rallies, and why many different things can all be true at once about the Capitol riot. They also discuss Aymann's trip to Egypt during the Arab Spring and his coverage of the riots in Minneapolis in 2020, amidst a broader conversation about platforming dangerous ideas & ideologies, 9/11, the Patriot Act and the repercussions within the Muslim community in New York City, the polarization of our two political parties, people who view political violence as an acceptable means of affecting change, Gerrymandering, voter's rights, and they wrap it all up with the biggest mistakes Aymann made as a new father. Be sure to check out Aymann's podcast Scoot Over, a series of conversations about how to build a more inclusive world and what is standing in our way.
E162. Adam Carolla Says All Roads Lead To Narcissism
Adam Carolla (The Adam Carolla Show) stops in to talk about his new comedy special Truth Yeller. He and Bridget discuss is wandering career trajectory from stand-up to sketch comedy, radio, television, podcasting, and back to stand-up. They cover why people are scared to talk about sex these days, how Adam keeps his job separate from his personal identity, why he feels bad for the Alyssa Milanos of the world, how he wound up on some sort of no-fly list for Netflix & HBO, the importance of keeping hold of your common sense in this day and age, how to avoid falling into the trap of narcissism, and why he does not wear a beret.
E161. Story Hour 7 - Reclaiming The Holidays
Story Hour with Bridget Phetasy is a segment where Bridget reminisces with cousin Maggie and tells stories explaining who she is and how she got here.
Bridget and Maggie tell tales of their individual and shared experiences with the holidays growing up. They cover their childhood traditions at their grandparents' house and then the diverging of their holiday celebrations as they grew up. Bridget talks about the stress of her parents' divorce, the annual meltdowns, the traveling and general chaos, why she hated the holidays for years, and how she reclaimed them as something to be enjoyed and celebrated as an adult.
E160. Rabbi David Wolpe Creates Light In The Darkness
Rabbi David Wolpe, the Max Webb Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple, sits down with Bridget to discuss the complexity of human beings, learning how to be okay with people being upset with you, the advantage of getting older, how social media is turning adults back into teenagers, the difficulty of staying away from politics at the pulpit in today's social climate, and why we need more windows and fewer mirrors. They also discuss Rabbi Wolpe's strategies for tolerance and listening to someone he disagrees with, his belief that this extreme political polarization will not last forever, the importance of being authentic and connecting with people, how to make your losses and struggles matter in your life, the seduction of the instantaneous, how we're a lot more resilient than we give ourselves credit for, and why the conviction that you're 100% right makes you wrong.
I look forward to hearing different points of view. This interview was eye opening. He sees everything as very black and white and would benefit from some nuance. I don’t think he realizes that he’s biased against Republicans after listening to him speaking on this podcast.
Love your perspective
Awesome interview with Adam Corolla
So glad you had Adam on. It was a hilarious and insightful interview. His line “All roads lead to narcissism” made my day.