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Taboo Tales Podcast

We define a taboo story as something you would never EVER talk about at the dinner table. Even after a few glasses of wine. Society has made the rules, and our mission is to break them because we honestly believe: The more we all talk about how fucked up we are, the more normal we all feel. Since establishing our stage show in 2010, Taboo Tales has covered everything from living with HIV to being born without rectal muscles to blindness to being forty and lonely. One requirement is that all stories be funny. Laughing about life is the key to letting go. This podcasts brings storytellers off the stage and into the studio for a story and discussion. Taboo Tales and this podcast are produced by Corey Podell, Laurenne Sala, and Jeff Payne. Find out more at tabootales.org
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Mar 2, 2017

Christian Freeman gives us all the juicy details about two super taboo topics: making a ton of money & prison. He learned a lot from his prison experience, so just listen to this podcast and save yourself a trip to jail. 

Feb 7, 2017

Robin did what everyone wants to do when they reach a certain point in their marriage: open it up! She tells us what it's like to go ALL OUT sexually and finally explore everything she'd always wanted to try. She even lived in a sex commune and practiced clitoral meditation. Corey and Laurenne try to hide their jealousy and awe. You can read more of Robin's story in her book: The Wild Oats Project. 

Jan 19, 2017

Isabeau was born into a different kind of family and she's always had a spiel about it (I have four parents: two gay dads and two lesbian moms. They were all friends who decided to have a baby and co-parent together. And then they had me.). Isabeau felt constant pressure to prove to all the naysayers that gay parents are perfect. One slip and rights could be taken away! 

Dec 15, 2016

Comedian and cutest person ever, Jenna Brister, joins us in the studio to talk funny about something serious: domestic abuse. After a whirlwind romantic relationship with early open-door pee sessions, Jenna found herself married in Vegas and then in an abusive marriage. She found the strength and the community to help her get out quickly. She's bares all with this vulnerable story that will make you laugh, shock you with its truth, and get you to fall in love with this super brave funny lady. 

Nov 16, 2016

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The wonderful Liz Brown is back! This time she shares about how being the daughter of a veteran has more effects than one would think - some difficult, and some hilarious. MAKE STORIES NOT WAR!

Oct 26, 2016

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Our favorite co-producer and sweetest human, Simone Deblasio, is back with her tale of addiction, relationships, and addiction in relationships. Funny, brave and oh so relatable.

Oct 4, 2016
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It's the return of our very own Taboo Tales prom king, Mr. Michael Feldman (pictured here with his handsome husband and fellow Taboo Tales alumni, Michael Rachlis)! Michael and his never ending supply of taboos has #blessed us for yet another session of over-sharing. You will laugh, you might cry, and you will definitely never think of Fraggle Rock the same way again!
Sep 7, 2016
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The wonderful Wyatt Gray, wise beyond his years and deeply thoughtful, tells Taboo Tales how overcoming a childhood language issue made him the man he is today. We love Wyatt and so will you!
Aug 24, 2016
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The tables are turned once again! This time Taboo Tales host, Corey Podell, is the guest while Laurenne revels in finally being able to grill her. Extra special thanks to DeJon Joyner for killing it as guest co host. Corey is super scared to share this story, so be gentle.
Aug 10, 2016
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No one gets pregnant the first time they have sex! Well, except for Laura House that is. This week, Laura returns to share her tale of what it was like to be young, pregnant, and living in Texas right after her V card got swiped.
Jul 29, 2016
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What's it like to be a male stripper? Eddie Alfano can tell you. And while he does, you'll learn a lot about the male objectification experience (hint: it's really different than the female objectification experience). Eddie gets real about putting his life on hold and making money the sometimes hard way.
Jun 28, 2016
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The hilarious and wonderful Debbie lets us in on the world of immigrant parents, potential motherhood, and the difficulty of leading two lives.
Jun 14, 2016
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Allyson Weinhold joins us this week to talk about how her obsession with "emotionally unavailable Evan" actually uncovered what her REAL obsession was.
Jun 1, 2016
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DeJon Joyner shares his experience about what it was like to go from from being the only black kid in his class in the suburbs to being the only "white" kid in his class in Watts. Talking about race can be hard to navigate, but DeJon couldn't be a more gracious guide.
May 3, 2016
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Some people dream about getting into porn, some end up in it because of unhappy circumstances, but Hayley Terris? She fell into it accidentally - and literally. Listen to her hilarious and heartfelt piece about healing, acceptance, and unlikely fame.
Apr 20, 2016
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In this episode the wonderful actress and storyteller, Diane Pershing, opens up about what life was like for a young pregnant woman in the time before Roe vs. Wade. Diane's story makes us realize just how many rights we take for granted nowadays!
Mar 31, 2016
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Navaris Darson, pro improv actor and comedian, gets real about his dating experience as a black man in Los Angeles. He just wants to go to bang town a couple more times a week but finds some roadblocks due to racial "preferences."
Mar 15, 2016
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Celia Finkelstein gets real about what it's like to live with a brain that plays tricks on you and how it feels to check into a psych ward for a short weekend getaway.
Feb 24, 2016
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Keryl gets honest about her addiction to pulling hair, trichotillomania (or as the kids call it: trich). Listen to her journey. Even if you've never pulled, you can totally relate to what's behind it all (fear, anxiety... the old standards).
Feb 12, 2016
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The wonderfully transparent writer and comedian T. Chick opens up about hitting rock bottom as he apologizes for all he might have done while drunk-- including cooking boogers on the radiator. Check out T. Chick's photography here: http://bit.ly/1WcJgAU
Jan 12, 2016
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Former Scientologist, Derek Bloch, shares his harrowing history of institutional abuse at the hands of the Sea Org, his eventual escape, and dedication to rebuilding his life over the past few years. Derek speaks his truth without fear, and is a beautiful example of how it's never too late to start over, despite challenging circumstances. We are so proud to have Derek as part of our Taboo Tales community.
Dec 17, 2015
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Host becomes guest on this very special episode! Laurenne Sala is obsessed with death. So much so, that she signed up for an anatomy class where she learned a lot about the body, and even more about the heart.
Dec 5, 2015
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Comedian and writer, Aysha Wax, joins us to talk about the time in her life when she was a Jewish American Mormon Princess. This piece isn't just about religion - its about family, community, and identity. You'll love it! (And Aysha)
Nov 3, 2015
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Hilarious and wonderful Beth Littleford (The Daily Show, Dog with a Blog) reads her Taboo Tale and chats with us about divorce, motherhood, and that sweet California kush...
Oct 20, 2015
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The wise and wonderful writer, Misty McAfee, joins us with her piece about searching for her father and the unexpected results of finally finding him.
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