We're All Going To Die, Anyway

We're All Going To Die, Anyway

What makes a good life? Is it money? Fans or followers? Health? Success? Having a family? Creating a spiritual practice? “We’re All Going To Die, Anyway” is a podcast and video series hosted by cultural expert, speaker, and consultant Jess Weiner. After twenty-five years as a self-made entrepreneur and CEO advising brands on better representing people in their media, marketing, advertising, and workforce, Jess has broadened her work to help others explore what it means to create a Good Life on their own terms. Together with inspiring guests, Jess will joyously delve into conversations about life, death, and everything in between, exploring what it means to live urgently, and asking: “What is the life you’ve always wanted to create that you’ve avoided creating?" As we are being called right now to consider what is essential and necessary in our lives, the world as we know it is changing—and so can we.... Show More

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October 30, 2020 50 min

A message from Jess:

“Hello and thank you so much for listening and watching our first season of ‘We’re All Going To Die, Anyway.’ 

Exploring the topics of life, death, and living a Good Life you make on your own terms has been nothing short of transformational for me. And I hope for you, too. 

In this episode I wanted to recap this incredible season and the guests that so beautifully came on to share their stories filled with vuln...

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October 28, 2020 74 min

In this last interview of the season, Jess sits down with Catherine Zinger -- the older sister of Jess’s friend Myra, who was her inspiration for doing this show. 

If Jess’s brief yet life-changing relationship with Myra helped launch this series, then Catherine serves as its future. These two women began their relationship at a most unique time: while Myra was dying. And both regard their encounter as divinely orchestrated, for th...

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October 28, 2020 84 min

In this episode, Jess speaks with Michael Hebb, founder of “Death Over Dinner” and the “End of Life Collective.” The groundbreaking work of both of these organizations in helping to normalize death and dying and democratize resources for end of life support have both served as huge inspirations in Jess’s journey to better understand the fragility and urgency of life. 

In this interview, Jess and Michael explore how destructive the ...

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October 21, 2020 85 min

In this episode, Jess sits down with her longtime friend and executive recruiter, Tammi Ramsey. Their friendship spanning close to 30 years has seen incredible highs and dark lows, like the recent loss of Tammi’s younger brother, Phil, to cancer. Tammi’s unwavering faith in a higher power has always been a foundational tool for her grounded and positive outlook on the world. Tammi shares how her decision to post about her daily gra...

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October 21, 2020 77 min

In this episode, Jess sits down with Morra Aarons-Mele, a renowned internet marketer and author of Hiding in the Bathroom: A Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You'd Rather Stay Home). Morra has been very open and vocal about her anxiety and depression and how she handles the highs and lows of navigating a mental illness inside of a work culture that values “hustle porn” and success at all costs (or at least the appearance of s...

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October 14, 2020 58 min

In this episode shot on location in Brooklyn, NY, Jess sits down with journalist and “Gen-Z whisperer” Taylor Trudon. Known for her savvy awareness of teens and youth culture, Taylor also provides an insightful and vulnerable account of her own personal challenges and successes, discussing her plights as an “overachiever,” the fallbacks of finding your identity through work, and learning to fight toxic perfectionism.

Throughout the...

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In this episode, Jess sits down with two phenomenal young women, Taylor Richardson and Khloe Thompson. At just 17-years-old, Taylor is a STEM and girls’ empowerment advocate who’s led literacy and fundraising campaigns to inspire other girls of color to go after their dreams -- especially in the science and tech fields. Khloe is the 13-year-old founder of “Khloe Kares,” a charity committed to providing handmade bags to homeless wom...

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October 12, 2020 99 min

In this episode, Jess sits down for a deeply spiritual conversation with Derek and Sophia Luke. You may know Derek for his performances in “Antwone Fisher,” “Friday Night Lights,” and “13 Reasons Why,” but Derek and his wife Sophia have also dedicated their lives to empowering families, working with underserved and incarcerated youth, and championing STEAM education.

Although they were strangers before this podcast, Jess, Derek, an...

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October 7, 2020 91 min

In this episode, Jess sits down with actor, producer, and activist Monique Coleman, who is best known for playing ‘Taylor Mckessie’ in Disney’s “High School Musical” franchise. Monique reveals a story she doesn’t usually share publicly about a traumatic accident she had as a child and how that introduced her to the concept of mortality at an early age.

Jess and Monique talk about their recoveries from traumatic experiences and how ...

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October 7, 2020 76 min

In this episode, shot on location in Los Angeles during the “It’s Our Turn Young Women’s Conference,” Jess sits down for a hilarious, energizing, and inspiring interview with her former mentee, Berna Anat.

Now known to the world as a Financial Hype Woman, Berna is helping young people (and specifically People of Color) better understand their finances, budgeting, and how to ultimately create generational wealth. As a daughter of Fi...

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September 30, 2020 86 min

In this episode, Jess sits down with David and Andrea LaFrance, two people she met during a rare encounter -- while stranded in the middle of the Bahamas airport, to be exact -- and with whom she developed a deep connection and long-lasting relationship. Together, they have endured many ups and downs, but one of the most tragic events was the sudden loss of their son Connor at the age of 14.

How David, Andrea, and the rest of their...

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September 30, 2020 15 min

In this special episode, Jess shares a story that she has never shared publicly before...her first experience with death. When she was only 13 years old, she lost her friend and her first love, a boy named Bobby. He was the son of a high ranking politician in Florida and was tragically murdered by his mother, who then took her own life. Because the death was public news, the family held a closed funeral and Jess was never able to g...

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September 23, 2020 62 min

In today’s episode, Jess speaks with Tim Federle, the producer of Disney+’s hit show “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” He shares incredible insights throughout the conversation about his own experience being bullied as a boy, how being a theatre kid “saved his life,” and how he now gets paid for doing all the things for which people used to make fun of him.

Tim’s search for living The Good Life has him redefining ...

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September 23, 2020 77 min

In today’s episode, Jess sits down with TV director Michael Medico to discuss the most influential moments of their past, including the death of loved ones, the loss of relationships, and how they are both discovering new and unexpected passions.

Michael shares how as a child, his mother’s mental illness helped shape his ability as a performer to think about people’s emotional needs and how he and his partner, Brian, now approach m...

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September 16, 2020 60 min

In this episode, Jess sits down with writer, poet, and artist Megan Baca. Though at the beginning of the conversation, they start as strangers, they soon discover so many similarities about their creative passions, the emotional trauma of childhood bullying, and learning how to “reparent” yourself later in life.

Megan candidly shares her struggles to fit into a world that didn’t appear ready to accept her for her extroverted, talka...

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September 16, 2020 61 min

In this episode, Jess sits down with her longtime friend, writer, author and media strategist, Jennifer Romolini. If Jenn had a superpower it would be calling out bullshit, helping people see the value in their “weirdness,” and  leaving the world a better place for the next generation.

In this convo, Jenn opens up about her complicated childhood being raised by teen parents and how it has informed her own relationship to motherhood...

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September 9, 2020 64 min

In this episode, Jess sits down with two stellar cast members from Disney+’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series -- Frankie Rodriguez and Joe Serafini. They dive into conversations surrounding breaking into Hollywood, the necessity and desire to always lead with kindness, and how you’re never too young to utilize your success for advocacy and platforms you believe in.

Both Joe and Frankie are portraying an iconic gay c...

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September 2, 2020 72 min

In this episode, Jess and her husband, Felipe, sit down for a second interview after grappling with two recent and devastating losses in his family: The passing of his mother, Rosario (age 72) and his brother José (age 40), who both succumbed to COVID-19 within five days of each other.

Recorded exactly one month after they passed, Felipe discusses the very real, very raw range of emotions that he continues to navigate while grievin...

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September 2, 2020 63 min

In perhaps her most personal episode yet, Jess sits down for a candid conversation with her husband and acclaimed woodworker, Felipe Lopez. It’s their first public interview together and they delve into Felipe’s upbringing in Mexico City, the loss of his cousin to HIV/Aids, and of course, the journey of their relationship as a couple who married later in life and are childless by choice.

Felipe, a self described feminist, bravely s...

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August 26, 2020 55 min

In this episode, Jess sits down with her friend, kickboxer, stuntwoman, celebrity trainer, and former WWE Pro Wrestler Kendra Smith. While Kendra’s background and expertise lean heavily on physical abilities, her spiritual transformations throughout her life and career leave no doubt that a quest for The Good Life always starts from the heart.

They discuss how Kendra witnessed heartbreaking deaths as a child and how that impacted t...

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