Author:Paul Gilmartin

Chemda (Voted #8 ep of 2013)

The podcaster (Keith and the Girl) was born in Israel but raised in NY by a mother of Iraqi heritage and an Iranian father, both of whom had traditional expectations for their daughter, none of which included her being engaged to a female-bodied man.  She also talks about her addictive personality, her not-too subtle attempts at socializing in her younger years and learning to feel empowered by her sexuality in an authentic way.  Keith and the Girl – one of the longest-running comedy podcasts – launched in March of 2005.

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Dr. David Lisak

Born in Montreal to a WWII widow, the clinical and forensic psychologist talks about the sexual abuse he experienced as a boy, the stigma and confusion adult male survivors grapple with and ultimately how he healed.  Episode is sponsored by www1in6.org which he co-founded.

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Erica Rhodes

The actress (Prairie Home Companion, Big Sky) was raised by artistic and intelligent but emotionally reserved parents (her father has MS, her mother is a concert violinist); Erica was emotionally volatile as a child.  Recently diagnosed with Bipolar II, she discusses the suicide attempts, paralyzing depression, mania and people pleasing as well as learning to manage her illness.

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Scott Thompson Live in Toronto

The comedian/actor/writer (Kids in the Hall, Larry Sanders, Hannibal) opens up about his childhood in Brampton Ontario, coming to terms with his sexuality, especially the bullying that eroded his self-esteem and the lack of support from many in the gay community when he came out in the early nineties.   He also shares about a traumatic and violent even at his middle school that he considers seminal and his past battle with cancer.  This episode was recorded at the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival.

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Susanna Brisk

Borderline Personality Disorder is often misunderstood.  The blogger, author, performer and mom explains what it’s like to live with, how to manage it and when it’s most challenging.  She also shares about her emotionally volatile childhood with her Russian Jewish relatives who emigrated from Estonia to Australia and being the mother of two boys.  She also shares about living with the idea that her performing dreams may never come true.

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Adoption w/listener Julie J

Born to a drug-addict teenage mom, Julie was given up for adoption and raised by a stoic military dad and Fundamentalist mom whose obsession with demons comes close to resembling the mother from “Carrie”.   There is much more to her story including her humor and resilience.

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Johnny O

Paul’s friend shares about being committed to a psych hospital at 17 over a breakup, discovering drugs (crack) and how to hustle money to feed his habit.  Hitting bottom in the desert and the dog that might have saved his life.

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