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Welcome to my podcast where I tell you more than you ever asked about. I will make you laugh until you pee, always tell you the truth, share with you my most vulnerable thoughts and all of my BEST, juiciest stories. Sometimes we'll even invite a guest to join us. We'll talk mental health, relationships, sex, parenting, motherhood, sobriety and whatever the the hell else comes out of my delirious mouth. Ok yay. Talk soon.
 
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My new motto is “as little as possible”. Why do I have to be the best? Why do I have to keep aspiring to more? What happens when I believe that my life is turning out better than I could have ever imagined? Priorities are shifting. I’m sitting back and letting the miracles come in. At least, I’m trying to do that! Plus a surprise guest appearance f…
 
Here, in the year of our Lord 1542, we hereby declare women to be the source of all sin and malevolency! Oh wait, it's 2022. Same headline though. Elinor Cleghorn, author of Unwell Women, returns to talk about immoral acts of the most grievous kind and more fun beach read material. Plus, Biz talks biz. Get your copy of Elinor Cleghorn's book, Unwel…
 
Boy, do we ever have the parenting life-hack for you: Lie, bribe, and hide from your kids! Comedian Ophira Eisenberg returns to discuss dropping the ball, the death of 5 Year Goals, and pelvic floor exercises. Plus, Biz's sandwich sucks. Listen to Ophira's new podcast Parenting Is A Joke wherever fine pods are cast. For more information, tour dates…
 
My business is all out there. And there’s no taking it back now! If suffering comes from fighting one’s own reality, then I am done fighting. Instead, I’m getting into my morning routine (when the kids allow it of course), and I’m telling you all about the tingly powerful feelings I get from my morning meditations and affirmations. I have zero inte…
 
This week we're digging into the archives for a favorite from the past. Five years back into the archives, to be precise! Biz and Theresa talk about all the little things we hate that we hadn’t thought about in years….till our kids did them to us! Pool splashing, sparklers, being surprised…these aren’t phobias or life-threatening but they still bug…
 
This week, Biz talks with Elizabeth Ito, creator of the Peabody Award winning animated series City of Ghosts. Plus: Biz basks in the (short lived) glory after returning from a restful week off. Watch City Of Ghosts on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80994664 Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun…
 
I have my first guest on the podcast today and it is none other than the one and only, Stephen Hilton. He and I are sitting down together to have some honest open conversations. I’m realizing the most vulnerable times in my life have been the scariest, but they’ve all been so worth it in the end. This separation has come with huge highs and lows bu…
 
It’s my sobriety birthday! I have been sober for 11 years. So for today, I’ve decided to reflect back on my struggles with addiction and my journey through sobriety. Back then, my only solution was to use! It was my go to celebration and my numbing self medication. No longer! I have off days and struggles but my sobriety has created a life for me b…
 
Turn down your dials, because it's cacklin' season! The Sisters Ellis, Helen and Biz, reunite to talk scary movies, fainting in theaters, and The Prunemaster. Plus, Biz gets burned up! Pre-order your copy of Helen Ellis' new book, Kiss Me in the Coral Lounge, wherever books are sold. Follow Helen on Twitter @WhatIDoAllDay. Order Helen's other books…
 
Food is a tricky tricky subject. I am lucky to have not grown up with any significant issues around food but when I am in crisis mode, I tend to lose weight. This time around, I am monitoring the situation, working with my doctor, and careful to eat healthily and consistently. But when I was young, that was not the case! Let’s talk about my abusive…
 
Strap in, because we're getting this baby in gear! New York Times columnist Kevin Roose joins us to talk high-tech rockers, futuristic self-soothers, and watching YouTube tutorials in hospital parking lots. Plus, Biz is in a mood. Read Kevin Roose's article, "I Was Skeptical of Baby Gear. Then I Became a Dad." in the New York Times. Listen to Kevin…
 
I was horribly nervous to go to work today. Why? Well, this will be the first time I’m back at our studio since the separation. Will it be awkward? Tense? Can we even get done what we need to? The dynamics have shifted dramatically but maybe this is an opening for something positive? Only time will tell. All I do know is that I love filming comedy …
 
Throughout my recovery I have experienced some miraculous, almost unbelievable moments and I want to share them with you! I’m pretty sure I was struck by a God shot this week when I really really needed it. The wisdom I’ve gained from just listening to these signs in my life is incredible. Have you experienced the same? Finding Laura Clery: Website…
 
This week: new parent David Bizzaro, the Emmy winning puppeteer who's worked with The Muppets, Sesame Street, The Flaming Lips and the TERRIFIC new show Waffles + Mochi, which also stars Michelle Obama. And with that, OBM is now one step closer to Michelle O. Do you feel the energy? We do! Plus, Biz talks about the value of pivoting, the importance…
 
Ready to get all frisky and rebellious? Let's go to the library! Our favorite librarian, Gwen Glazer, returns to the show to talk advanced library techniques, front-facing puberty books, and protecting great reads from scared people with blowtorches. Plus, Biz interprets lunch. Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members …
 
Household heteronormativity is soooo yesterday, everyone. Or at least, it should be. Kate Mangino, author of Equal Partners: Improving Gender Equality at Home, joins Biz to discuss cognitive labor, the many lies of television, and how there is no "outside" and "inside" work. Plus, Biz saw a change. Get your copy of Equal Partners: Improving Gender …
 
Sharing this separation with the world has been HARD! And it feels like everywhere I turn someone is judging how I'm reacting to it. I'm not reacting to it. I'm IN IT. I keep reminding myself, everyone can think whatever they want, it doesn’t matter! They don't know the whole story. It’s time to stop listening to other people’s opinions and start f…
 
Put your "THE END IS NEAR" signs in the trash (recycling bin)! Kelly Corrigan and Dr. Joellen Russell from the podcast All Together Now join Biz to share positive updates on climate change! They would know. They are Science Moms. Plus, Biz likes Saturdays again! Listen to Kelly Corrigan Wonders and the five-part miniseries All Together Now on the p…
 
I've put a STOP to ignoring my friends, family, and community! My relationship was all consuming. It overtook my mind almost like an addiction! But now I’m no longer allowing my romantic relationship to become my WHOLE life. I am finding the POWER in reaching out to and connecting with my women's group, my sponsor, and myself. I’m focusing on my co…
 
To be or not to be haggard and broken? Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of negative self-talk or to just go out for milk. Friend of the show Dr. Carla Naumburg returns to discuss toll collecting, curiosity, kindness, and her newest book, You Are Not a Shitty Parent. Plus, Biz encourages bar-setting. Pre-order your copy…
 
It's another Umpteenth Thousandth Genius Fail Spectacular Plus Rant, Labor Day Edition! 2022! We're doing it! You're doing it! Honks all around! Our book You’re Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You’re Winning at Parenting! is available wherever books are sold. Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of MaximumFun.org. Thi…
 
Acceptance is a BEAUTIFUL thing! No seriously, I’ve been taking life as it is this week. Nothing more and nothing less! My eyes are opened to MY OWN weaknesses, and I’m no longer trying to change what I cannot control. I’m beginning to find joy by accepting my reality and choosing to stay IN THE MOMENT. So if you need me, I’ll be living in the pres…
 
I actually feel FREE! Since we’re only as sick as our secrets, I’m ALWAYS going to talk about what’s going on in my life! Let’s be real, I’m ONLY after inner peace these days. I’m officially DONE thinking about what was…and instead I’m accepting the fact that I can’t control other people. There’s POWER in letting go! Try it with me. Finding Laura C…
 
Keep that stake burning! Biz continues her conversation with Dr. Elinor Cleghorn, author of Unwell Women: Misdiagnosis and Myth in a Man-Made World, about pain, chloroformed birth, and the ever-ongoing witch hunt around women's bodies. Plus, Biz sees it all. Get your copy of Elinor Cleghorn's book, Unwell Women: Misdiagnosis and Myth in a Man-Made …
 
It's Fun with Feminism Time! Join Biz and author Dr. Elinor Cleghorn on a brand new adventure in medical gender disparity in The Mystery of the Wandering Womb! Plus, Biz is negative. Get your copy of Elinor Cleghorn's book, Unwell Women: Misdiagnosis and Myth in a Man-Made World, wherever books are sold. Follow Elinor on Twitter @elinorcleghorn and…
 
If you’re recovering from a toddler grocery store tantrum today, I UNDERSTAND YOU. We need to eliminate the shame around parenting in public, because it is not easy! I’m even singing the Pamela Pig Calm Down Song today, because it’s just good to let it out! AHHGHHHH! If you’re experiencing a lot of fear or pain, just know it can lead to INCREDIBLE …
 
How much harder could birthing be? Try adding the toxic stress of being a black woman in America. Biz is joined by author Linda Villarosa to discuss hands in car doors, the weathering of microaggressions, and her new book, "Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation." Plus, Biz was alone. Get your co…
 
My brain feels like it’s melting sometimes! There’s SO MUCH information out there on the internet. Maybe you can relate, but I get ALL sorts of wild ideas put in my head. For example, am I in a trauma bond? Are you!? Today we’re taking an internet quiz to tell us what’s really going on in our relationships! Finding Laura Clery: Website: lauraclery.…
 
What's more haunted? An Alabama ghost house or your haggard and broken, sleep-deprived mind? Christine Schiefer of the And That's Why We Drink podcast joins Biz to split the difference! Plus, Biz is pooped. Get your copy of A Haunted Road Atlas: Sinister Stops, Dangerous Destinations, and True Crime Tales by Christine Schiefer and Em Schulz whereve…
 
Since when was it a crime to be pregnant? Oh wait, since always. Thanks, patriarchy. President and CEO of Physicians for Reproductive Health Dr. Jamila Perritt joins Biz to discuss trauma and resilience, the history of the criminalization of pregnancy, and the quality of care we "deserve." Plus, Biz solves a mystery! Learn more about Dr. Perritt's …
 
It's my birthday. I’m 36 now and DONE with ignoring my instincts! It's time to cut to the real issues. I’m worried about my children’s digital footprint! With a life that revolves around sharing my world online, I’ve had to figure out boundaries for myself, but more importantly for MY KIDS. There's no easy answer but Stephen and I have decided to t…
 
Today I’m going to tell you the story of when I was viciously attacked by my ex-boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend. SO many twists and turns in this one! Prepare yourself. It’s hard to believe but I did have a life before I married Stephen. CRAZY, I know! This story will live on in my memory forever, and NOT because it was a good one. I’ll also explain to y…
 
Who doulas the doulas? The doula companions! We sit down with author and full-spectrum doula Carly Manes to talk abortion education, self-publishing, and the complicated history of the term "doula." Plus, Biz can't get it done. Get your copy of Carly's book, What's an Abortion, Anyway, at WhatsAnAbortionBook.com. Follow on Instagram @whatsanabortio…
 
Set the GPS to 5 miles backaways. We're making progress on the nonbinary front, even if the entire route is detours. We talk to comedian Abby Wambaugh about what it means to be nonbinary while your kids call you "Mommy." Plus, Biz celebrates! Check out Abby Wambaugh's outstanding audio piece "Mombinary" at Transom.org. Find out more about Abby and …
 
Yippee, you woke up today! Let's celebrate that! Gratitude is EVERYTHING. Gratitude for what you have, what you want, what you definitely will get! And even gratitude for piss. All over my house. Did I mention today is day 3 of potty training? WE GOT THIS PEOPLE! It’s important to focus on the progress, not just the outcomes. Life isn't always easy…
 
AARRGGAAHUH! I’m fighting with my own brain today. NOT fun! Let’s just STOP feeling selfish for doing what we love most, OK?? It is our duty to share our gifts and talents with the world, NOT to feel guilty for them! It’s time to allow those doubts to pass you right on by. BYE-BYE doubts, and hellooooo confidence! Oh and heads up, we’re going to be…
 
Still lost on sex versus gender? Have no fear! Lisa Kenney of Reimagine Gender is here! Lisa returns to give some much needed clarification on what words to use while we rage against the machine. Plus, Biz is surfing. Go to ReimagineGender.org to find out more about Lisa's work. Check out Theresa’s book! It Feels Good To Be Yourself is available no…
 
I’M BAAAAACK!!! On the mic that is. What is this podcast you ask? Good question. It’s a straight talking, vulnerable, messy, beautiful exploration into all things life. So exactly like a conversation with your ride or die BFF! I call it like I see it, and keep things JUICY…I’m back and I’m ready to make this the best kick ass show ever! Am I terrif…
 
A very merry happy Un-Birthday/Christmas in July/Yes Day or any other jolly un-official holiday celebration to you! Friend of the show Kevin Maher returns to talk Godzilla poetry, love and cancer, and Santa's frequent marginalization. Plus, Biz is very tired. Pre-order your copy of Santa Doesn't Need Your Help by Kevin Maher and Joe Dator here, on …
 
We are super fucking angry, sad, and enraged. Guess why. We talk to Kimberly Inez McGuire of URGE, Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity, about power, control, and papayas. Plus, Biz is pissed. Go to URGE.org to learn more. To learn about self-managed abortion, mifepristone, and misoprostol, please check out URGE.org/smazine. Check out URGE's li…
 
Whee! Come to the messy playground where we learn that funny doesn't need to be cruel. Biz is joined by Nicole Blaine, comic and founder of The Crow comedy club, to talk epic love stories, the films of Sally Field, and the gift of comedy as communication. Plus, Biz is alone. Check out Theresa’s book! It Feels Good To Be Yourself is available now wh…
 
How do you raise an antiracist? Step One: Stop clutching the pearls! Ibram X. Kendi, founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research and author of How To Raise An Antiracist, joins Biz to talk about "child-proofing," the sound of denial, and terrifying our kids versus protecting them. Plus, Biz is open for Summer! Get your…
 
If Superman was a real hero, he'd just volunteer to hold the baby while you go to the bathroom. Veteran reporter Gloria Riviera sits down with Biz to discuss the childcare crisis, crying in the recording booth, and the never-ending need for paper towels. Plus, Biz goes to the library. Listen to No One Is Coming To Save Us on the podcatcher of your …
 
It's the Umpteenth Genius Fail Spectacular Plus Rant, Memorial Day 2022 Edition! Woooooo! Check out Theresa’s book! It Feels Good To Be Yourself is available now wherever books are sold. Our book You’re Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You’re Winning at Parenting! is available wherever books are sold. Thank you to all our listeners who support the show…
 
Oh my stars and garters, a bare shoulder? Better burn down the Planned Parenthood. It's the only way to protect the children. James Arthur M returns to Max Fun and One Bad Mother to talk SCOTUS leaks, LGBTQ and reproductive rights, and the omnipresent fear of white men in khakis. Plus, Biz needs to mind the shoulders! Watch or listen to Get On Up w…
 
If silence is golden, does that make communicating more golden? Rebecca Rolland, author of The Art of Talking With Children, joins Biz to talk green trucks, end of day check-ins, and how screaming into the void might actually be communication. Plus, Biz is ready for summer! Get your copy of The Art of Talking With Children wherever books are sold. …
 
Babies make for interesting bedfellows, but can you safely sleep and bedshare? Meg Kant from Bebo Mia thinks so! Meg sits down with Biz to talk birth journeys around the world, voluptuous cats, and how much sleep you really need. Plus, Biz did an experiment. Visit BeboMia.com for courses and workshops, and use code OBM15 to get 15% off! Follow Bebo…
 
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