Go Ask Ali

Go Ask Ali

Ali Wentworth has become a comedic authority on dissecting the shit show that is modern life. In season 2 of Go Ask Ali, she speaks with experts, friends and celebrities so she can dig in, peel back the layers and get dirty. Also this season, Ali will be answering questions from listeners and guests the only way Ali can: with honesty, candor and humor. Leave her a question at (323) 364-6356 or email a voice memo to GoAskAliPodcast@gmail.com.

Episodes

April 28, 2022 55 min

[Season 2 Finale!] Who doesn’t love a good laugh? If you’re lucky, you laugh so hard you cry, your stomach cramps, you can’t breathe and you hopefully collapse on the floor. Nothing better. Professor Sophie Scott, Director of University College London’s Speech Communication Lab, studies the science of laughter. Occasionally she’ll even use her tight five as a standup to further inform her research on the power and effects of laught...

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Dating is hard no matter how old you are or in what decade you first start. But imagine the time warp of dating in 2002 and dating in 2022! Twenty years in our world is like fifty of the past. Ali has witnessed the challenges some of her friends are facing as they re-enter the dating pool and feels their pain. Older? Yes. Wiser? Hmmm. Author and dating coach Chantal Heide shares her expertise starting with, yes, apps! But the conve...

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There will come a time when the tables turn and suddenly the parent becomes the child and the child is caring for the parent. Actress Brandee Evans shares her very personal story of taking care of her mother who has multiple sclerosis. She’s on the hit show P-Valley now, but she didn’t have a job when her mother came to live with her in Los Angeles. Then Ali taps the expertise of Mary Hulme, a geriatric specialist who actually help...

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April 7, 2022 39 min

People sometimes tell Ali that they wish their marriage was like her 20+ year marriage to broadcaster George Stephanopoulos. They just seem to be a golden match. So in this episode she is exploring what “couple envy” is and informing her marriage fans - don’t! Psychologist and writer Dr. Joshua Coleman says couple envy is really just part of our basic human nature - to compare and contrast. He and Ali also talk about why it’s b...

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Trigger Warning: please be advised there is detailed discussion about assault and abuse of minors. 

What does a parent do when they feel like their child is in danger and is looking for help? They jump on the internet and start clicking. What they might find is a bunch of info about places all over the country they  can send their kid to for rehabilitation and family unification. Sounds great, right? What they might not know, thoug...

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It’s the lifecycle of many friendships. Sometimes they ebb and flow and other times they come to a crushing end. And just like in romantic relationships it’s hard to be on either side of the “we need to talk” table. Friendship expert and coach Danielle Bayard Jackson seems to have all the right words for every scenario, including the testy times. Just make sure, she says, you’re not severing ties prematurely. Having that talk might...

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Our dreams are telling us something. Sidarta Ribeiro, author of The Oracle of Night, the History and Science of Dreams, says if a person looks at all of the clues dreams provide, powerful insights can be learned for ourselves and also our communities. But in today’s culture with late nights, addiction to screen time, alcohol and antidepressants, our dreams and our connection to our deeper selves are suffering. Two things that can h...

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Does it seem the whole world has lost its collective mind? We are a polarized country, for sure, but Imran Ahmed says fundamentally we are no different than we’ve ever been. It’s just that online social media and big tech are using behavioral psychology, mathematical algorithms, and the protection of current legislation to have their way with our heads and consequently, as evidenced by January 6th, our fists. Imran gives us practic...

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Enough already! We are entering the third year of a worldwide pandemic and this whole time our lives have been a grind. Researcher and author Eve Rodsky says women’s unpaid labor has increased by 153%. And as physician Dr. Aditi Nerurkar says, we’ve gone from a short-term acute condition to a long-term chronic condition. So how do we deal? How do we get interested in our own lives again? How can we function better? Eve and Dr. Adit...

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If you’re like Ali, you may be curious why all the buzz around Bitcoin. It kinda seems crazy, right, a rogue monetary system completely made up by some guy? But it hasn’t fizzled away. In fact, cryptocurrency seems to be only gaining validation and steam. So perhaps it’s time to understand it, even just a little bit. Crypto billionaire Mike Novogratz, a pioneer of the industry, presents Crypto 101. He explains what it is, why it go...

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New moms want help. Most of them experience some combination of anxiety, depression, insecurity, isolation and exhaustion. New moms also want to know they’re not alone. So what do they do during the 3am feeding time? They scroll. Journalist and host of the podcast Under the Influence Jo Piazza was one of these new mommies. When she snapped out of her postpartum daze she realized Instagram was bombarding her with mommy “influencers”...

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What is it about romantic comedies that leave such a soft spot in people’s hearts? And if that’s truly the case, where the heck did they go? Ali and Variety magazine’s Jenelle Riley have a heart-to-heart on all the ins and outs of rom-coms like the significance of streaming services, the increased diversity (finally) and the impact of the MeToo movement on our beloved stories. Jenelle shares her surprising favorites!

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Women out there: Do you know how your life is sure to change? Menopause is called “The Change” for a reason. It’s nothing to bury your head about. The secret to fighting helplessness or fear is empowerment and nothing empowers like knowledge. Sally Mueller, co-founder of Womaness.com, and Dr. Ekta Kapoor, Mayo Clinic endocrinologist and menopause expert, are pioneering the menopositivity movement through education, comm...

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**Go Ask Ali will return with more new episodes later in January. 

Optimism is a way of life and a survival tool for Ali and her very good friend actor, writer and activist Michael J. Fox. For both, humor is key to being able to deal with life’s toughest times. Soon after Mike got married at 29 (and at the height of his superstardom), he was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson's disease, which triggered an alcoholic response. B...

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Breaking up is hard to do. We all know that. But what of this newfangled idea that it doesn’t have to be riddled with bitterness, resentment, suspicion, or anger? Crazy? Gwyneth Paltrow called it conscious uncoupling. Isabel Gillies says it’s just what she did to get the best result for herself, her kids and her future. It’s the modern family where four people might show up for that parent-teacher conference and exs are vacationing...

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Women’s rights and protections are in peril. Roe vs. Wade is hanging by a thread as the Supreme Court is set to pass judgment on the most direct threat to a woman’s right to choose in nearly 50 years. Nobody is more connected to this fight than Rebecca Traister, a feminist writer, commentator and activist who joins Ali to talk about feminism today. So many of us, women and men, are angry about reproductive rights - but also LGBTQ&#...

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Ali’s on a mission to understand what’s up with this “cancel culture” thing and she has lots of questions: what the hell is it, where did it come from, is this a bigger social problem than we realize and perhaps most importantly, Is Cancel Culture Killing Comedy? Internet culture reporter Aja Romano tackles the social piece and then award-winning kickass comedienne Amy Schumer shares her point of view about cancel culture in the co...

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“These are unprecedented times.” We’ve heard this repeatedly over the last 20 months. This is also, perhaps, the single thing we can agree on these days. BUT, what also seems to be in agreement by most experts and scientists is that while we are not necessarily “done” with the virus, we do seem to be emerging from our caves and finding a sense of new normalcy. (That said, at the time of this writing Covid cases are surging in sever...

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November 25, 2021 42 min

Franceso Clark was on top of the world the day he mistakenly dove into the shallow end of a pool. He was 24 and had just gotten a promotion at Harper’s Bazaar. In an instant he was paralyzed from the neck down and very close to death. Francesco shares his incredible story of what happened next, how the inspiring support of his family and friends kept him going, why the day Christopher Reeve died was a turning point, and the purpose...

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Ali explores the psychology of money with financial therapist Amanda Clayman. For so many people money is like sex, they grew up never properly learning about it, fumble around for a few years and probably make some basic mistakes. Amanda covers a lot of territory like why shame can be a good thing, what anger is telling us, the importance of the stories in our heads, and how money management could be a tool for personal growth. //

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