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Taboo Tales

We believe the more we all talk about how fucked up we are, the more normal we all feel. We are sure of it. Since 2010, Taboo Tales has been bringing fucked up stories to stages in LA and NYC and watching audiences and performers leave looking relieved and way more normal. We’ve covered everything from living with HIV to being born without rectal muscles to going blind at 18 to being forty and lonely. All stories must be way too honest for most people and, of course, funny. Because life is always funny. The podcast brings storytellers into the studio where hosts, Corey Podell and Laurenne Sala, grill them even further for more juicy details. Find out more at tabootalestheshow.com
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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.
Sep 29, 2015
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The hilarious and wonderful Johanna Stein, author of the memoir, "How to Not Calm a Child on a Plane", joins us to share her piece about an epic prank gone awry and the conversation continues into the REAL REALNESS of parenthood.
Aug 31, 2015
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Larry Meyers joins us today to share his funny and touching piece on finally dealing with the beast of depression, vulnerability, and being a father to two daughters in today's world.
Aug 16, 2015
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Anna Metcalf hates the word 'retard.' Mostly because she heard it while growing up with a mom whose IQ is less than that of Forrest Gump. Listen to how she's dealt with mothering her own mother and laugh at some of the sweet mistakes a mom like Anna's could only make.
Jul 30, 2015
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This week, we talk to writer Jeanie Bergen about what it was like to go from care free to care taker in an instant. When Jeanie had to shift her life around to make room for her sister Edna, she faced more than just government red tape and rude looks - she faced her feelings. AND WE LOVE FEELINGS!
Jul 16, 2015
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Relationships are hard, and no one knows more about that than this weeks guest Michael Aspinwall. Laughs will be had, a tear or two shall be shed and progress in the big wide world of LOVE will be made!
Jun 26, 2015
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What happens when those eggs you froze as a young co ed over a decade ago come a knockin' at your door? This week the delightful and unabashedly honest, Sarah Gaboury, joins us to talk about what a REAL modern family looks like in today's world. If you want to laugh, cry, and feel all the feelings - listen up!
Jun 9, 2015
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Patrick Burleigh joins the podcast today with his incredibly unique story of growing up with a condition that caused him to begin puberty as a toddler. Yes, you read that right - a toddler. What does it mean to literally not have a childhood and have hormones pulsing through your infant veins? Listen up & find out!
May 22, 2015
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Lisa Orkin, tornado of talent, joins us to talk about dating and sex after "a certain age" - she is so real and down to earth-- a truly awesome woman. What a fun episode!
May 7, 2015
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The charming and oh so enjoyable Ian Murphy joins us this week to share his story of a college hook up gone awry, his inner Liberace, and finally facing the truth about himself. This episode is so fun - we laugh a ton and know you will too.
Apr 22, 2015
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Paul Gilmartin - comedian, podcast host, writer, and generally beautiful human being - sits down with us for a very special episode. Not only does Paul share his truly vulnerable and bravely told story, but he turns the tables on Corey and deftly breaks down her walls straight into an ugly cry. This episode is a hybrid of storytelling, bonding, therapy and of course, laughter.
Apr 3, 2015
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Writer & comedian, Laura House, tells us her tale of the unfillable hole that not knowing her birth family created, and the myriad of funny, thrilling, and unconventional ways she's tried to fill it.
Mar 10, 2015
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Writer and beautiful human, Andy Nicastro, opens up about the lengths he went to in chasing a high that never satisfied. So many people can relate to Andy's journey and yet so few can put it into words like he does.
Feb 18, 2015
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Jessie Kahnweiler - bold, brash, ballsy, and beautiful - joins us with the powerful piece she read in Taboo Tales last summer and our conversation goes just about everywhere from there - she even makes Corey cry. Like ugly cry. Really ugly.
Feb 4, 2015
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Charlotte tells us what it's like to be born without a very important body part.
Jan 22, 2015
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Hilarious writers and performers and REAL LIFE COUPLE Ian Alda and Debbie Jhoon share their dual story of how Ian took Debbie's V card at the ripe age of thirty something ish. A MUST LISTEN!
Nov 24, 2014
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Creator of "An Open Apology", Stirling Gardner, joins us for this especially powerful episode, where he reads one of the most memorable pieces to ever grace our stage. We are thrilled to be able to share it with you!
Nov 3, 2014
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We sit down with the adorable Courtney Pape to hear about what having a full C and a small A cup means to a young woman and how her attempts at making Mary Kate and Ashley look more identical finally brought her to body acceptance.
Oct 13, 2014
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When Stephanie realized she would only see one penis for the rest of her life, she took to the internet for some pre-webcam adventures. She swears she was JUST typing.
Sep 23, 2014
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Growing up an Evangelical Christian, Bennett decided to break the rules. With Liv Tyler's boobs.
Aug 28, 2014
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Everyone loves a good comeback story - Robert Downey Jr., Betty White, Weird Al and of course Peggy Mannix Slattery's vagina's comeback. Listen in to one of our very favorite women talk about free love, family, and how her lady business is BACK IN BUSINESS!
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