Imposters

Imposters

Morning Brew co-founder, Alex Lieberman sits down with titans of industry, athletes, and entertainment's biggest names to discuss the mental and personal challenges they've overcome to get where they are today. It's honest, raw, and a reminder that we're all just doing the best we can.

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March 29, 2023 48 mins
While President Barack Obama was in office, he gave a speech shouting out army veteran Jason Kander as “the future of the Democratic party”. The events that followed were shocking. Jason started making his rounds as a presidential hopeful in 2018, before dropping out of politics altogether after facing the repercussions of his PTSD from the war in Afghanistan. Today, his work is dedicated to stop veteran homelessness and curb suici...
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Ricki Lake is a true show business OG. After getting her big break as the lead role in Hairspray, she would host her very own daytime talk show, The Ricki Lake Show, that became part of pop culture fabric of the 1990s. She also produced The Business of Being Born, which takes a critical look at how the American healthcare system approaches childbirth. However, she endured private battles that only became known by the public in rece...
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March 15, 2023 41 mins
Ali Landry is the founder of Reshape, the lifestyle brand that aims to live life to the fullest regardless of where you are in life. With a long career of being under the public eye, Ali thought she was living a healthy life until she experienced brain fog while on live television. She was told that it was a natural part of aging, but she didn’t want to accept that. Now she’s on a mission to share with women that they don’t have to...
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When it comes to harnessing power, Ginni Rometty uses it for positive change. She has been named one of 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and led IBM to thriving technological areas such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing. In this episode, Ginni talks about the vulnerable process of writing her memoir where she talks about her father leaving the family, starting her career at IBM, and dealing with imposter syndrome. ...
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As one of the most beloved and recognizable personalities on television, Wayne Brady talks about his upbringing and how it led him to pursue a life as a performer. Over the years, he would prove to be a talent that was undeniable…but it also came with a cost. Dealing with the pressures of the public image he developed, Wayne had a mental breakdown at the age of 42. It wasn’t until his ex-wife convinced him to seek professional help...
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Born with birth defects from the Chernobyl disaster, Oksana Masters was abused during her time at 3 different orphanages in Ukraine. When her adoptive mother was finally able to bring Oksana to America, she soon discovered rowing and tapped into her competitive spirit. Through trials and tribulations, she would become an elite-level athlete, eventually winning her first gold medal at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2018.  Oksana tel...
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This week we’re re-broadcasting a really powerful episode of Imposters—our conversation with Howie Mandel. You probably know Howie best as the host of Deal or No Deal, or perhaps you know him for his earlier standup success. But another really pivotal moment in Howie’s career was the accidental reveal of his struggles with OCD on the Howard Stern Show—a traumatic moment for Howie that we discuss in depth in this episode. Listen to ...
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Lo Bosworth rose to fame at just 16 years old when she starred in the hit reality TV series, Laguna Beach. And while she’s quick to acknowledge the advantages that fame has given her, she’s also realistic about the drawbacks. In this episode of Imposters, hear Lo tell Alex about learning to cope with public criticism, and the mental and physical health journey that led her to her current business, Love Wellness. Lo’s new book is c...
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Denise Woodard, founder and CEO of Partake Foods, fought hard to get her allergy-friendly food company off the ground. From maxing out multiple credit cards to even cashing out her 401K, she invested everything she had because she believed in her company’s mission. And after receiving 86 rejections from potential investors, she finally received a $1 million dollar investment from Marcy Venture Partners. In this Mental Health Toolki...
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Andy Dunn believes that he is bigger than his diagnosis. In 2017, Andy Dunn sold the company he co-founded and ran to Wal-Mart for $310 million dollars. But while that company, Bonobos, was prospering, Andy’s mental health was at an all time low. He was suffering from bipolar disorder which gave him depressive symptoms where he couldn’t get out of bed, mixed with manic and violent episodes of energy. In this episode, Andy speaks to...
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What if, instead of running away from or suppressing difficult emotions, we learned how to observe, embrace, and utilize them to aid in our personal development? Such is the mission of Susan David—an award-winning Harvard Medical School Psychologist, and author of the bestseller Emotional Agility. In this episode, Susan tells Alex about what inspired her to go into emotions research, the danger of avoiding negative emotions, and wh...
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Many professional athletes retire from their sport at a relatively young age. The question is, what do they do after that? For Olympic speed skater Apolo Ohno, this question posed a challenge he was unprepared for at 28. Apolo tells Alex about diving into a new career after a life-long dedication to sport and navigating the imposter syndrome and identity crisis that came with it. You can watch this and all of our episodes on our Im...
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Shortly after obtaining a degree in business, Jay Shetty decided to become a monk. Not only was this an unusual move, but it was met with strong disapproval from both family and friends. Still, Jay felt compelled to follow this calling, and today Jay is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, hosts a leading health podcast, and is lauded as a mindfulness leader by millions of people around the world. In this episode, Jay tells Alex...
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Jillian Michaels is one of the most well-known names in fitness. She made her name starring in 11 seasons of The Biggest Loser, as well as writing 8 New York Times bestselling books, and creating some of the most popular home workout videos of all time. And though Jillian is known for her tough and confident attitude, she also has a long history of battling with depression. In this final episode of the year, Jillian tells Alex abou...
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Alyson Stoner started acting and performing in Hollywood at just 7 years old, eventually starring in Missy Elliott’s “Work It” music video, and movies like Cheaper by the Dozen, Step Up, and Camp Rock. But as one might expect, the pressures of the entertainment industry had a troubling impact on Alyson and her mental health. In this episode, Alyson tells Alex about the effect fame had on her psychological well being growing up, her...
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December 14, 2022 35 mins
Cheryl Burke was a fan favorite on Dancing With The Stars for 26 seasons. After winning two championships, opening her own dance studios, and starting her own clothing line, it seemed like she was on top of the world. But behind closed doors, Cheryl was struggling in the spotlight. She found alcohol as an effective tool to combat her social anxiety, and soon found herself dependent on the substance 7-days a week. In this episode, C...
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December 7, 2022 34 mins
In her 17 years at Goldman Sachs, Jamie Fiore Higgins rose the ranks to become a managing director—a prestigious title that was not only extremely difficult to achieve, but also incredibly rare for a woman to attain. In this episode, Jamie tells Alex of how she survived the toxic culture of misogyny that she experienced at Goldman Sachs, and how her career there caused her to forget her values and feel imprisoned by her paycheck.  ...
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Singer-songwriter Jewel learned what emotional pain was early in life—her mother abandoned the family when she was only 8, and she was raised by an abusive father until she finally left home at just 15 years old. Because of these tumultuous early life experiences, Jewel learned to cultivate mindfulness and mental health practices that have helped protect her happiness throughout her life. In this episode, Jewel tells Alex about lea...
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Chef Duff Goldman started his career baking cakes for order in his apartment kitchen. Today, he’s the owner of the famous Charm City Cakes bakery, the star of multiple of Food Network’s most-watched shows, and a New York Times bestselling cookbook author. In this Mental Health Toolkit episode, Duff tells Alex how he grew his incredible career from scratch, and what he does to manage the self-doubt that creeps in despite all of his ...
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Actress Andrea Savage knows a thing or two about curveballs. After two years of writing, producing, and starring in her very own TV show, I’m Sorry, she was suddenly and unexpectedly faced with having to tell her entire cast and crew that the show was canceled. In this Mental Health Toolkit episode, Andrea tells Alex about how she dealt with the emotional loss, and how it led her to a surprising new chapter of her career. You can ...
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