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Second Chances

It's about life: addiction, recovery, and second chances. Each week comedian Greg Baldwin talks to celebrities and normal folk about their second chance in life. Heroic, inspiring, often comedic true-life stories from the people who are living them.
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Jan 28, 2018

Alison Arngrim is best known as “Nellie Oleson” from "Little House On The Prairie” and has learned to love being hated. Her past is much darker, though. In addition to the pressures and baggage that comes with being a child star, she is a victim of incest and sexual abuse. Despite the trauma, she is one of the most loving and giving people we know, using her voice for good with causes that address AIDS, hunger, and child protection. Alison is also a comedian and an author. Her one woman show "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch" has now become a world-wide phenomenon and is also a book available on Amazon and Audible. Listen to how “Nasty Nellie” grew up to become an incredible powerhouse for good.

Jan 21, 2018

Actor, cinematographer, and martial artist Zack Tiegen tells the story of his first job in Hollywood, which involved delivering marijuana to Dennis Hopper.

Zack is also a recovering addict who has lived all over the world. When he was in Thailand, he had a drug-induced, out of body experience and was ready to die. As he literally saw his soul leaving his body, a vision of his life purpose came to him and he took a life-saving breath. That set the tone for the rest his life: getting clean and serving others. Get ready for 1-minute gong meditation led by our guest and see how amazing you feel when you're done.

 

Jan 14, 2018

Are you an insomniac? Do you have anxiety? This Doc has a solution. Actually, he has a 14-day plan of easy-to-do tasks to help finally relieve your issues. Dr. Mike Dow talks about how stress hormones affect your daily life, disorders and addictions according to your personality type, and what foods help and hurt. His new book, Heal Your Drained Brain, talks about getting the balance you need and is being released in February 2018. This episode blew our minds and changes everything.

Mike Dow, Psy.D, is a highly sought-after psychotherapist and the New York Times best-selling author of The Brain Fog Fix and Diet Rehab. Throughout his career, he has hosted several hit television series, served as a go-to expert in brain health, addiction and mental illness, and can currently be heard weekly on Hay House Radio’s The Dr. Mike Show. He is a recurring guest co-host on The Doctors and is a part of The Dr. Oz Show’s core team of experts.

In his latest book, Heal Your Drained Brain, Dr. Mike Dow offers a 2-week plan designed to help you naturally balance your brain. He explains what drains modern brains, which groups are wired for it, and provides clinically proven tools to help you feel less drained. Dr. Mike offers nutritional tips, recipes, cognitive behavioral tools, supplements, breathing techniques, self-hypnosis, and mindfulness. Stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline go down as feel-good neurotransmitters like GABA and serotonin rise.

Jan 8, 2018

Melanie Vesey began dancing at the age of 5 in Michigan and is now a successful businesswoman and comedian. Between all of that, she got addicted to drugs, got kicked out of Juilliard, realized she was a lesbian, got shot by a New York City police officer, lived with a drug dealer, got sober, had a baby, moved to Los Angeles, got married…did we mention she got shot? Listen to her incredible story full of highs and lows. It’s amazing.

Melanie Vesey is an accomplished comedian, actress, filmmaker, and dancer. Trained at the Juilliard School at Lincoln Center, Stella Adler Conservatory in New York City, and The Interlochen Arts Academy, she has a strong foundation for her body of work.

The highlights of her acting career include co-starring with Jim Carrey and Courtney Love in Man on the Moon directed by two-time Academy Award winner Milos Forman, working with Hal Hartley and Parker Posey in Henry Fool, and being on stage with Elizabeth Ashley and Sam Trammell in the Off Broadway run of If Memory Serves. In addition to co-starring roles on Law and Order and Homicide, she's been in national commercials and voice-overs.

As a comedian she got her start performing regularly at The World Famous Comedy Store. In addition to performing all over LA she's been seen at The Motor City Comedy Festival and is scheduled to film her comedy special Wild Animal in February of 2018.  

In 1999 Melanie faced one of the greatest challenges of her life when she was shot by her x-girlfriend, a New York City police officer. In her own way of processing the traumatic experience she wrote and produced a one-woman show, Bullets Bounce Off.

As a former Vice President of Public Relations at a boutique record label, Melanie transitioned into opening her own PR consulting firm, PromotionalRescue.com where she helps award winning independent artists and small business owners grow their audience and visibility through private coaching and workshops. 

She lives with her brilliant and loving family that consists of a couple of angels and a dog named Fig. 

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