The Aron Bender Podcast

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

59 episodes of The Aron Bender Podcast since the first episode, which aired on February 24th, 2021.

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    Sarah Talbi: Armless Artist

    May 21st, 2021  |  40 mins 58 secs
    2020, 2021, armless, aron bender, art, belgium, bias, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, disability, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, frustration, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, loss, love, mental health, mom, motherhood, news, no arms, painter, painting, pandemic, podcast, positivity, racism, recovery, religion, self care, self love, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    Aron Bender talks with Sarah Talbi -- who was born without arms. But a lot has changed the last few years for the 30-something living in Belgium. Sarah has become a mother, taken up painting, and built up quite a following on social media. We talk about lots of things she CAN do like take care of her daughter, cook, and everyday tasks like put on a bra. But it seems people put more limitations on her than she puts on herself. We discuss how instrumental her family was in normalizing her disability, what her almost 3-year-old says and asks about mommy's arms, her ONE frustration in life, and also one of the few things she's been unable to do by herself: travel. Sarah and I also talk about what it was like for her parents when they discovered they were having a baby with no arms, and for her when she learned she was pregnant.

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    Jim Lanahan: Iced Coffee, Laughs and Broadway

    May 20th, 2021  |  1 hr 15 mins
    2020, 2021, aron bender, bias, broadway, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, diabetes, dunkin donuts, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, gay, god, grief, hard work, iced coffee, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, ktla, lgbtq, life coach, loss, love, mental health, new york, news, palm springs, pandemic, perspective, podcast, positivity, racism, recovery, religion, retirement, self care, self love, starbucks, stroke, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, tim hortons, tv news, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    Aron Bender is joined by Jim Linahan who is ... hilarious! Lanafans know what I'm talking about! I found Jim by way of the KTLA Weekend Morning News. I don't watch KTLA on Saturday and Sunday mornings, I watch Jim watch KTLA Saturday and Sunday mornings by way of his Instagram stories https://www.instagram.com/jimlanahan/. Jim's a podcast host (Jim Lanahan & Friends, linked below), a certified life coach, a producer and manager. He's also the caregiver for his mom who had a stroke in 2017. We talk about his relationship with his mom growing up, since he came out, and since her stroke, his abusive father, his diabetes, Jim's favorite Broadway and movie musicals, he ranks his top 3 iced coffees, and what he thinks should happen to anyone who orders a vanilla Frosty at Wendy's instead of the classic chocolate Frosty. Such a fun, insightful convo! Thanks, Jim!

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    Matthias: Husband, Father, YouTube Mogul

    May 18th, 2021  |  56 mins 46 secs
    2020, 2021, aron bender, bias, born again christian, business, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, dope or nope, entrepreneur, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, god, grief, hard work, hi5studios, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, loss, love, mental health, news, pandemic, perspective, podcast, positivity, racism, recovery, religion, retirement, saved, self care, self love, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    Aron Bender is joined by Matthias, who is not just a YouTube creator/mogul whose Hi5 Studios has channels with millions of subscribers (like DOPE or NOPE) but he and his wife have a young daughter and son, and just a few years ago Matthias was saved, a born-again Christian. We get into dad life, growing up with a Disney dad (he was an Imagineer!), the pressures of running a business that needs to scale back as it’s changing its mission, unplugging, being more present and focused on and in the moment.

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    Silva Harapetian: Journalist, Storyteller, Entrepreneur

    May 18th, 2021  |  1 hr 37 mins
    #blacklivesmatter, #stopaapihate, #stopasianhate, 2020, 2021, armenian genocide, aron bender, austin, bias, blm, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, detroit, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, fresno, germany, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, iran, journalism, joy, loss, love, mental health, miami, news, oklahoma, pandemic, podcast, police, positivity, race, racial identity, racism, recovery, religion, retirement, self care, self love, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    Aron Bender talks with journalist and entrepreneur Silva Harapetian. She was born in Iran. Her family fled that country for Germany when she was 12, and a few years later moved to the United States. I’ve known Silva for 20 years now, since we worked together at KMPH NewsRadio in Fresno. She’s since worked in several markets, including Austin, Detroit and Miami. In this episode we talk about the importance of mental health and self care — especially as a journalist, a woman, a person of color. We also discuss life in war-torn Iran, adjusting to a relatively brief stay in Germany, navigating life in the US as the oldest child in an immigrant family — and how she adjusted not just during the pandemic but when her life was forced to change in 2018.

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    Somy Ali: Survivor, Activist, Former Bollywood Actress

    May 15th, 2021  |  1 hr 6 mins
    abuse, aron bender, bias, bon jovi, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, domestic violence, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, god, grief, hard work, human trafficking, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, loss, love, mental health, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, race, racial identity, racism, rape, recovery, religion, retirement, self care, self love, sexual violence, somy ali, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, trigger warnings, tv news, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    TW:
    Sexual violence.
    Rape.
    Domestic violence.
    Child abuse.
    Harmful language and discrimination.
    I understand if you may not be ready to listen right now but I'm here and this episode is here when you are.
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    Aron Bender talks with Somy Ali -- a sexual abuse, domestic violence and rape survivor, an activist, a former Bollywood actress, and the founder of No More Tears https://nomoretearsusa.org/donate.html — an all-volunteer non-profit in South Florida that helps victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. We talk about how her abusive childhood was the catalyst behind No More Tears, the dream that led her to India and Bollywood, growing up in Pakistan and then North Miami, being bullied and discriminated against, and her obsession with Bon Jovi.

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    Julie Chang: TV Journalist, Activist, 940 Life Founder

    May 7th, 2021  |  27 mins 39 secs
    #stopaapihate, #stopasianhate, 2020, 2021, 940 life, aron bender, bias, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, journalism, joy, loss, love, mental health, motherhood, news, pandemic, podcast, police, positivity, race, racial identity, racism, recovery, religion, retirement, self care, self love, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, widower, wife, youtube

    Aron Bender hangs out with Julie Chang, a TV journalist most recently with Fox 11 here in Los Angeles but she also spent a lot of time working in New York. She’s a wife, a mother of two adorable little ones, an activist, an actress, and a brain tumor survivor. She’s also the founder of 940 Life, which she explains in this quick conversation that we had to squeeze into an afternoon a few weeks ago is about the 940 weekends we have with our children from the time they're born to when they turn 18. Julie and I talked about the crimes targeting the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, how she talks with (and learns from) her kids about racism, sliding into her now-husband's DMs, and how my late wife nudged her to say yes to coming on the podcast to begin with. Thank you for your time, Julie. Means the world!

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    Emily D. Baker: The Badass Lawyer

    April 26th, 2021  |  1 hr 1 min
    2020, 2021, aron bender, bias, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, daunte wright, depression, derek chauvin, district attorney, emily d. baker, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, george floyd, george gascon, god, grief, hard work, identity, instagram, james charles, journalism, joy, law, law nerds, lawyer, legal commentary, loss, love, mental health, news, pandemic, podcast, police, positivity, race, racial identity, racism, recovery, religion, retirement, self care, self love, struggle, success, tati westbrook, tennessee, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, widower, youtube

    Aron Bender talks with "The Badass Lawyer" Emily D. Baker. She traded the courtroom for the creator studio, and now has one of the more popular legal commentary channels on YouTube. We talk about moving from Southern California to Tennessee in the middle of the pandemic, grappling with identity when your career is taken away and how her family has grown from it, how she picks the cases she covers and how her channel gained 55,000 subscribers in a month, and we get her thoughts on Los Angeles County's new District Attorney George Gascón.

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    LZ Granderson: Chauvin Verdicts Reaction, Justice vs. Accountability, Racial and Sexual Identity

    April 21st, 2021  |  57 mins 33 secs
    2020, 2021, abc, abc news, aron bender, bias, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, daunte wright, depression, derek chauvin, espn, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, gay, george floyd, god, grief, hard work, instagram, journalism, joy, la times, los angeles times, loss, love, mental health, news, pandemic, podcast, police, positivity, race, racial identity, racism, recovery, religion, self care, self love, sexual identity, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, widower, youtube

    Aron Bender talks with LZ Granderson of Sedano, LZ & Kap weekday afternoons 4-7 on ESPN LA 710, the LA Times Sports & Culture Columnist, and can be seen on ABC News and other platforms. We talk about the guilty verdicts in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the differences between justice and accountability, growing up in Detroit, how he manages trauma, struggling with his racial and sexual identity, impostor syndrome, the role God has played in his life even if LZ wasn’t listening, and an unexpected deep dive into the tennis world. I'm so grateful for this conversation. Thank you, LZ!

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    Elex Michaelson: Recognizing Bias

    April 19th, 2021  |  41 mins 6 secs
    2020, 2021, abc7, aron bender, bias, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, daunte wright, depression, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, fox 11, george floyd, grief, hard work, instagram, journalism, joy, kttv, loss, love, mental health, news, pandemic, podcast, police, positivity, race, racism, recovery, religion, san diego, self care, self love, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, trump, tv news, twitter, widower, xetv, youtube

    Aron Bender talks with Elex Michaelson -- a Southern California native who went to USC double majoring in broadcast journalism and political science — graduating at the top of his class. He started his career at XETV San Diego 6 but quickly made it back to LA as a reporter for ABC7. He made the move to Fox 11 in 2017 and in addition to anchoring multiple newscasts a night he’s the host of the political talk show “The Issue Is …” and co-host of a nightly special on COVID-19. In this episode we talk about recognizing bias in reporting, the difficulty of covering politics at a time when that arena’s full of hate, the future of news and how it’s delivered, and his love for storytelling.

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    Star Harvey: Weather Star

    April 16th, 2021  |  1 hr 5 mins
    2020, abc7, aron bender, bias, colorado, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, cw39, daunte wright, denver, depression, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, george floyd, god, grand junction, grief, hard work, houston, instagram, journalism, joy, krex, loss, love, mental health, motherhood, news, pandemic, podcast, police, positivity, race, racism, recovery, religion, self care, self love, single mom, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, weather, widower, youtube

    Aron Bender talks with Star Harvey -- a meteorologist at CW39 in Houston. Before getting to Texas she was a reporter and did the weather at KREX5 in Grand Junction, Colorado. But even before that she was one of my students at California State University, Northridge. And Star lived up to her name. Still does. She went from an on-again-off-again college student to single mom to standout university graduate to making one of the biggest TV market jumps ever … from 187 to 8. It’s a testament to her drive, ambition, and faith. Not only in God but ultimately herself. I talk with Star about why she thought she couldn't be on TV, conversations with her son about playing with guns and interactions with police, being black in Colorado, Houston humidity, and her message to her mom who raised 7 kids on her own.

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    Lori Lizarraga: LatinXed Feedback

    April 14th, 2021  |  56 mins 15 secs
    2020, aron bender, bakersfield, bias, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, denver, depression, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, grief, hard work, instagram, journalism, joy, kget, kusa, latina, latinx, lori lizarraga, loss, love, mental health, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, race, racism, recovery, religion, self care, self love, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, widower, youtube

    Aron Bender talks with Lori Lizarraga -- a TV news reporter who just finished a two-year stint at KUSA 9News in Denver. Prior to that she worked at KGET in Bakersfield. On her way out of Colorado she wrote an article for Denver news website Westword.com called "LatinXed: 9News Got Rid of Three Latina Reporters This Past Year, Including Me." (linked below) She writes about what she describes as oppressive policies and actions — including using “illegal” instead of “undocumented,” one reporter wasn’t allowed to cover immigration stories unless she revealed her immigration status, Lori says she wasn’t even allowed to wear her hair in a bun with a middle part as she’s seen and worn as a Mexican and Ecuadorian woman all her life, and a week after she and her colleagues presented a plan to improve the station’s coverage of last year’s racial justice movement SHE was put on improvement plan. In this episode we get into Lori’s thought process going into writing the article, concerns about what she’s done to her career, and conversations with her siblings and immigrant parents before and since it came out.

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    Stephanie Harlowe and Jon Chrymes: True Crime YouTubers

    April 12th, 2021  |  1 hr 3 mins
    2020, aron bender, bias, casey anthony, caylee anthony, chris watts, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, elisa lam, fatherhood, forgiveness, grief, hard work, hotel cecil, instagram, jon chrymes, journalism, joy, loss, love, madeleine mccann, mental health, murder, mystery, netflix, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, race, racism, recovery, religion, self care, self love, stephanie harlowe, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, true crime, tv news, twitter, widower, youtube

    Aron Bender is joined by True Crime YouTubers Stephanie Harlowe and Jon Chrymes. Stephanie has been creating content on YouTube for three years. She posted her first video on April 12, 2018. Happy Anniversary! Initially it was lots of beauty reviews and unboxings but in July of that year she started experimenting with Mystery Mondays — posting true crime content. And as you’ll hear Stephanie tell the story — true crime quickly took over. And Stephanie co-hosts the Crime Weekly Podcast. Also in 2018, Jon Chrymes moved in to the true crime space on YouTube. He's quickly gained a loyal following. We talk about some of the cases they've covered, such as Madeleine McCann and Chris Watts, how they maintain their mental health when deep diving into mysteries and the worst of humanity, what they do for self-care, and how they handle the fame that comes with becoming stars in the true crime genre on YouTube.

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    Maria Quiban: You Can't Do It Alone

    April 8th, 2021  |  1 hr 4 mins
    2020, aron bender, bias, brain cancer, catholic, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, fatherhood, forgiveness, fox11, glioblastoma, good day la, grief, hard work, instagram, journalism, joy, kttv, loss, love, mental health, meteorologist, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, race, racism, recovery, religion, self care, self love, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, widow, widower

    Aron Bender first talked with author and KTTV Fox 11 Good Day LA meteorologist Maria Quiban when he hosted Wake Up Call on KFI in Los Angeles. She had just returned from bereavement leave after her husband Sean died of glioblastoma (GBM), a deadly form of brain cancer. In Maria's new book "You Can't Do It Alone: A Widow's Journey Through Loss, Grief and Life After," she writes about the 18 months she, Sean and their son Gus spent from diagnosis to Sean's passing, how she and Gus handled Sean's death, and what they learned about themselves and each other. "You Can't Do It Alone" has been a big help in my life since my wife's passing 4+ months ago. Maria and I talk about watching our warrior partners power through pain, the toll it takes on us and our children, the importance of therapy and communication, how losing her own father when she was 7 helped her prepare for Sean's death, and how she and her son have bonded using TikTok. This is such a meaningful conversation, and I hope you are as moved by it as I was. Thank you for supporting The Aron Bender Podcast.

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    Corey Nathan: Talkin' Politics & Religion Without Killin' Each Other

    March 31st, 2021  |  44 mins 35 secs
    2020, aron bender, bias, christian, christianity, corey nathan, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, fatherhood, forgiveness, grief, hard work, instagram, jew, jewish, journalism, joy, loss, love, mental health, news, pandemic, podcast, politics, positivity, privilege, race, racism, recovery, religion, santa clarita, self care, self love, struggle, success, therapy, tik tok, trump, twitter, white, white privilege

    Aron Bender and Corey Nathan are practically neighbors in Santa Clarita, California. Corey was born in New York but raised on the Jersey side. He's been in SoCal since 1995. Over the years he’s worn a lot of hats: stockbroker, theatre, independent film, and is a partner in the team-building firm Nathan, McDowell & Rose. But what drew me to Corey was his podcasting. He hosts two podcasts. The first is Trailer Geeks & Teaser Gods — going behind the scenes of the trailers that go viral on social media. But much of our conversation centered around Corey’s newest podcast: Talkin’ Politics and Religion Without Killin’ Each Other. I’m actually his guest on the latest episode of TP&R (link below). We talk about how he told his Jewish parents he's converting to Christianity, why he moved to California, sometimes co-hosting the podcast with his dad, and channeling his creativity into podcasting.

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    Destiny Malibu: Out of the Shadows

    March 31st, 2021  |  1 hr 22 secs
    2018, 2020, american idol, aron bender, bias, borderline shooting, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, destiny malibu, fatherhood, forgiveness, grief, hard work, instagram, journalism, joy, latin music, latina, loss, love, mental health, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, privilege, race, racism, recovery, self care, self love, struggle, success, therapy, tik tok, twitter, white, white privilege, woolsey fire

    Aron Bender first found Destiny Malibu on LinkedIn. As I started to reconnect with the world after my wife passed away LinkedIn was actually the first social media I spent any time on. And there she was: Destiny Malibu "Singer-Songwriter, Mental Health Advocate." It's the last part for me. That someone would so proudly put into their title they're a "mental health advocate." So I reached out and it’s been such a treat to learn more and follow her these last few months — and it’s cool that my girls can actually watch her videos and listen to her music. We talked about self-care and self-love, how her family got through the Borderline Bar & Grill Shooting and losing their house in the Woolsey Fire in 2018 -- just months after being on American Idol, her upbringing with a mom who had her own singing career, and how she deals with haters and trolls in her IG Live that she does every weeknight at 8. Yes, Destiny is from Malibu but for now she lives in Las Vegas.

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    DJ Hed: How White People Shower

    March 30th, 2021  |  54 mins 32 secs
    2020, aron bender, bias, black, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, dj hed, fatherhood, forgiveness, grief, hard work, instagram, jeans, journalism, joy, los angeles, loss, love, mental health, news, pandemic, poc, podcast, positivity, privilege, race, racism, recovery, self care, shower, struggle, success, therapy, twitter, west coast, white, white privilege

    Aron Bender first talked with DJ Hed for a podcast a couple years ago. Had to bring him back for this new one. Hed and Chuck Dizzle are Home Grown Radio Monday through Saturday nights in Los Angeles on hip hop station Real 92.3. That's fitting because Hed’s all about real, authenticity and honesty. DJ Hed is Southern California born and raised. His motto is "West Coast." We talk about Hed's "white family," how it was growing up as a "square" and a nerd, and I explain to him why I don't always wash my feet in the shower -- and rarely wash my jeans!