The Release Podcast

The Release Podcast

A master-class in personal and professional development, The Release is a series of conversations with fascinating people (thought leaders, explorers, authors, healers and world record holders to name a few) hosted by author and speaker Poonam Sharma, who asks the simple, loaded questions, unveiling the perspectives that make these people unique, demonstrating the delicate ways in which they give themselves grace as they grow...and encouraging listeners to share in an emotional release.


July 9, 2024 40 mins
Julie Menanno is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a leading voice on attachment styles with over 1.2 million instagram followers and the bestselling author of "SECURE LOVE: Create a relationship that lasts a lifetime." She earned her Master’s degree in Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute in LA, and has a clinical therapy practice in Bozeman, Montana, using Emotionally Focused Therapy known as EFT,...
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There’s more to Mike Amoia than the insect tattoos covering most of his body, or the scorpion tattoos covering most of his neck and the back of his skull before stretching out over his right eye socket. Mike is an entrepreneur, angel investor, Emmy award-winning producer, and he also holds the Guinness Book World Record for the most insect tattoos on a human body: 864 at the time of the award, and counting. ...
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Bret Lockett is an ex-NFL player who found his second calling as a transformational love coach and he's on a mission. A spiritual guide and an alchemist, he's now an internationally recognized speaker and relationship expert focused on balancing the yin and yang energies in romantic relationships. He grew up in California, went to UCLA and then played for the Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots and New York Jets...
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Matchmaking is an industry worth an estimated $1.2 to $1.5 billion globally, with nearly 40% of that market located in the United States. And it’s growing, while reaching a wider audience, both in age and price range. Anna Morgenstern is a high-end matchmaker and dating coach based in New York City. She happened on this career almost by accident, while working in advertising, when she set up not one, or two, but th...
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What do we owe one another (as family or as a society) death? Pamela Prickett is the coauthor (along with Stefan Timmermans) of the book The Unclaimed; Abandonment and Hope in the City of Angels. An associate professor of sociology at the University of Amsterdam, Pamela has studied journalism and media at Boston University and...
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Is psychic ability hereditary, and can meditation make it stronger? 
 Jennie Marie is a fourth-generation psychic, an empathic medium, and was the star of TLC’s hit show, Mama Medium. Even in a family with four generations of psychics, she says these gifts were still considered somewhat taboo. It wasn’t until her late twenties, aft...
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“Dr. Gabby” (Gabrielle Pelicci, Ph.D.) is a TED speaker, a professor, an expert on Global Wellness & Psychedelics, and the bestselling author of the memoir, ALL THIS HEALING IS KILLING ME. With over 3000 hours of training in Yoga, Bodywork, Meditation, Mind-Body Medicine, Energy Healing, Herbalism and Health Coaching, she guides people and groups towards wholeness using writing as medicine. Her work was rooted ...
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Is bravery a muscle? Can fighting the system that protects your attackers, help a rape survivor to heal?
 Carrie Bobb is a mom, a wife, an entrepreneur, and a real estate industry leader, who also happens to be the survivor behind Carrie’s Law. She was blazing trails all along, starting with the real estate world where she handled nearly 2 billion dollars worth of sales volume and was a rising star at a major re...
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Is cultivating an active awareness of death the only surefire way to make the most of our lives?
 Poonam sits down with Jodi Wellman, a TED speaker, coach, and thought leader on well-being and living lives worth living. A former corporate executive who executed a midlife shift, Jodi earned her Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, where she is now an instructor in the Maste...
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Is it possible to narcissist-proof (and narcissism-proof) our children?
 Poonam sits down with Dr. Craig Malkin, a Harvard Medical School lecturer, the author of the internationally acclaimed book, ‘Rethinking Narcissism’ and co-author of the NYT bestseller ‘The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump.' Dr. Malkin is a clinical psychologist with three decades of experience in psychotherapy, as well as the personal experien...
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Is there a future for modern marriage in America, and if so then how should it look?
 Poonam sits down with Dr. Amanda Hanson, also known as "The Midlife Muse," Amanda is an author, speaker and psychologist whose transformative approach to redefining the paradigm of womanhood has reached millions of women around the world. Her insights span across aging, healing and relationships. On today's episode, we tal...
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