Tell The Bartender - A Storytelling Podcast



Tell The Bartender is a storytelling podcast hosted by Katharine Heller


  • Episode 86/69: Catfish in the Cradle

    19/07/2019 Duration: 59min

    In this Episode:  Chemda and Keith, co-hosts of the Keith and The Girl podcast, were guests on this show years ago. A lot has changed. Chemda "spills the tea" about her recent divorce and why the relationship of 9 years ended, then Keith talks about a story UNFOLDING AS WE SPEAK about his dad, who recently emailed his ex wife. With her permission, Keith is now responding via email as his ex and is learning, well, a lot about his father. 

  • Episode 106: It's Harder To Give Up

    31/12/2018 Duration: 45min

    In this Episode:  Jason, a musician and writer from Ontario, Canada, got sick and ended up in the hospital. He came out of a coma to find he had lost the use of his body. Jason talks about his path, being in a wheelchair, and how humor is always ok. Then Laura shares her story about taking risks, ignoring naysayers, and compares notes with The Bartender about being a fellow empath.

  • Episode 105: Pizza and Photos and Vampires (oh my)

    25/10/2018 Duration: 34min

    In this Episode:  Callie and her boyfriend were offered to take free professional couples photos, but they broke up the day before the shoot. So when life gave her lemons, she made pizza. Then T joins The Bartender to talk about acting, their temporary stint as a Jehovah's Witness, and... vampires.

  • Episode 104: For The Record (Store)

    26/07/2018 Duration: 38min

    In this Episode:  When he was in his early 20's, David soon realized that being a writer in LA was a lot harder than he thought. But everything changed one day when he walked into a vintage record store. CN: this conversation has talk of depression and suicidal ideation About The Guest: David Nadelberg is a writer, producer, host, and all around a lovely person. He is the creator of Mortified, a storytelling show where people share embarrassing letters, notes and poems things they wrote as kids. His six episode docuseries, The Mortified Guide, is now available on Netflix.

  • Episode 103: "We Would Have Preferred Phish, Not Actual Fish" And Other Roadblocks While Fighting The Drug War

    24/05/2018 Duration: 01h07min

    In this Episode:  Derek Rosenfeld and Tommy McDonald from the The Drug Policy Alliance join The Bartender to talk about various obstacles they've experienced working to end the war on drugs. Derek recounts one bizarre tactic to deter a peaceful protest that involved dead fish, (not to be confused with his favorite band Phish), and Tommy recalls celebrating one of the proudest accomplishment of his career during one of the worst nights of his life. PLUS Katharine shares audio of a beautiful speech her sister gave while accepting an award on behalf of her law firm's pro-bono work for helping abused women and children! UNFORTUNATELY the audio also caught a sexist remark from a nearby attendant/colleague about her sister's personal appearance as she took the stage to share an emotional story about their abusive father. So Katharine ends the episode with her feelings about that.

  • Episode 102: Rob, and the Concept of Star Stature

    23/04/2018 Duration: 45min

    In this Episode:  Ever wonder what it’s like to understudy four roles in a national tour of a Tony award winning Broadway show? Performer Rob Neill joins The Bartender to talk about his touring adventures with Peter and the Starcatcher, why art is more than just a career, what Tom Hanks is like in the event of an emergency, and then accidentally reveals that he babysat for someone very special (to Katharine).

  • Episode 101: Revoking Your Ancestral Contract

    22/03/2018 Duration: 29min

    In this Episode:  Nessa Norich, awesome person and fellow New York Neo-Futurist, joins The Bartender to talk about ancestral trauma, how to move forward when there's a familial elephant in the room, and smashing the f@#k out of patriarchy. Then she sings a beautiful song she wrote. 

  • Episode 100: Dollar Store Baby Booties, with Flatbush Misdemeanors

    19/02/2018 Duration: 26min

    In this Episode:  What do you get for the man who had everything? Kevin Iso and Dan Perlman from the hit web series Flatbush Misdemeanors join The Bartender to talk about creating content, working with kids, and the time they bought comedian Kevin Hart a gift that maybe wasn't the best idea at the time.

  • Episode 99: A New Perspective (brought to you by Visual Snow)

    23/01/2018 Duration: 40min

    In this Episode:  Vanessa Potter woke up one morning and found herself blind and unable to walk. Hear her talk about recovery, facing fear, and hearing colors. YES, HEARING COLORS. Then Melissa Divaris Thompson shares a story about giving birth to her first child, and the lack of “industry of support” around pregnancy and parenthood.

  • Episode 98: Dasha, From Russia

    01/12/2017 Duration: 30min

    In this Episode:  Dasha, who was born and raised in Russia, recently moved to America after years of living in South Korea. She talks to The Bartender about navigating different cultures, the impact of YouTube on Russian politics, and why she thought Putin was an ok guy until a few months ago.   

  • Episode 97: The Healthcare Prison Industrial Complex

    21/08/2017 Duration: 53min

    In this Episode:  Maggie's brother, who has Asperger's Syndrome, ended up in solitary confinement while in jail after an incident at his group home. She opens up about the complicated and flawed legal system in America, and how it often fails people with special needs. Then The Bartender shares some thoughts about Charlottesville, allyship, and the importance of listening and learning. PLUS a listener shout-out, and a sneak peak into next month's episode.

  • Episode 96: You're Beautiful

    07/07/2017 Duration: 49min

    In this Episode:  When Lynne went out on an audition for print work, she didn't expect the callback to happen so soon, except it was possibly neither an audition nor a callback. Then Betsy shares her experience working with an actor who did more than cross a few lines (and dance classes).

  • Episode 95: The Sacred Masculine and The Divine Feminism (or a Second Title for Shelton)

    22/05/2017 Duration: 54min

    Writer/Performer/Awesome Person Shelton Pritchard Lindsay talks about the power of performance, and its role in facilitating conversations, reaching across political party lines and uniting the entire world. Sometimes.  Then, Katharine plays a very special audio clip from a very special person (her boyfriend)'s recent graduation speech about being an artist in a capitalist society.

  • Episode 94: Your Birth Day

    10/04/2017 Duration: 41min

    In this Episode:  When Annie was training as a birth doula, she had very strong emotional reactions to some births, which made her look into her own. She talks with The Bartender about how the way we come into this world matters. Oh, and she also tells a story about the time she, for her job, mediated a fight between roommates over a thermostat. And huge thanks to The Black Guy Who Tips Podcast! Listen to them! Like the show? Tip The Bartender! Or give it 5 stars!

  • Episode 93: Sometimes A Bridesmaid, And Traveling Worldwide

    14/02/2017 Duration: 01h04min

    In this Episode:  The Bartender talks to Jen Glantz who is a "Bridesmaid for Hire", and has SO MANY QUESTIONS. Then Nancy Halpern shares some of her adventures from when she spent 5 days in Burma, alone, in her 20s. We then bring it back to American politics, the current Muslim "It's-not-a-ban-but-it-is-a-ban" Ban, and the impact of people traveling outside of their comfort zones. Like the show? Tip The Bartender! Or give it 5 stars!

  • Episode 92: Two and a Half Old Bitches

    11/01/2017 Duration: 51min

    In this Episode: The Bartender sits down with Idelisse Malavé and Joanne Sandler, the creators and co-hosts of the hit podcast, Two Old Bitches. The two talk about the evolution of their bitchery, the liberation that comes with running out of f$%ks, and how they accidentally became models for pee proof underwear.

  • Episode 91: The Future of Regular Degular Comedy

    29/11/2016 Duration: 01h07min

    In this Episode: The Bartender shares some of her thoughts post election. Then, comedian Jes Tom talks about finding humor in times of despair, the best way to handle misgendering someone, and the time their grandmother got revenge against a school bully at the tender age of 8 after getting out of a Japanese internment camp. Like the show? Tip The Bartender! Or give it 5 stars!

  • Episode 90: Second (or Third, Fourth, Fifth) Chances

    05/11/2016 Duration: 56min

    In this Episode: Melani, a single mother at age 41, found love in a hopeless place (an airport hotel in Pittsburgh). After 5 wonderful years with this man, she talks about moving forward after he passed away. Then we hear from Will whose father abandoned his family on Christmas Day when he was 16. He's trying to repair the relationship, and writing a show about it in the process. It involves a nuclear power plant and Brazil, not necessarily in that order.

  • Episode 89: I... Did Not Know That

    24/10/2016 Duration: 26min

    In this Episode: Jen and Alli spend a lot of time on the internet procuring content for their show, but what happens when they meet the face behind the avatar? They talk about lessons learned from strangers on Craigslist, explain what a "Splenda Daddy" is, and expound on Mpregs, Semenology, and women in comedy. You know, the usual. 

  • Episode 88: He's All That

    16/09/2016 Duration: 41min

    In this Episode: Jake wasn’t very popular in high school so he was thrilled when “Emily” wanted to be his girlfriend. When she revealed why she started dating him, Jake thought it couldn’t get any worse. He found out that oh yes, it could.

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