Episodes

April 12, 2021

Ashleigh Banfield

For the past 30 years, Ashleigh Banfield has been consistently one of the most acclaimed anchors in television news, and one of television’s top crime journalists. In her most recent role, Ashleigh hosted Primetime Justice wi...

April 20, 2020

Letters on Sex Trafficking

Human trafficking is a hard conversation to have, as most of us would like to think we have nothing in common with people who sell other people or those that exploit humans in any way. But, the reality is that this is a thriv...

April 04, 2019

My Boobs Are Trying To Kill Me: If You’re Gonna Have Cancer Fog You Might As Well Be Blonde‪

Karla Stephens-Tolstoy, the founder of Stand Up/Speak Up, continues to share her fight in battling Stage 4 cancer. She courageously shares Karla’s medical journey from all sides of the disease, her life, and her extensive su...

March 19, 2019

My Boobs are Trying to Kill Me: Exclusive Interview with childhood trauma survivor Sandra Doweck

Welcome to My Boobs Are Killing Me. A podcast brought to you by Stand Up Speak Up founder Karla Stephens-Tolstoy who shares with us the journey of her life with stage four cancer and the amazing individuals that inspire her a...

January 12, 2019

My Boobs Are Trying To Kill Me: Karla Stephens Tolstoy & Her Fight Against Cancer

Karla Stephens Tolstoy believes in revealing the truth and getting the real story out there. For the past two years, her Stand Up Speak Up Podcast has told the stories of those who had been neglected or forgotten by mainstrea...

November 27, 2018

David Bernstein: Homeless youth to Harvard University.

Dr. David Bernstein is a well respected, highly educated professional who has held appointments at Yale University School of Medicine, where he completed his doctoral internship, and Harvard University Medical School, where h...

October 23, 2018

Michael Alig: From Club Kids to Convict & Back – Part 2

This is the second part of a two part series featuring the charismatic founder of The Club Kids, Michael Alig. The Club Kids were a group of young, flamboyant New York City underground dance club personalities in the late 19...

October 23, 2018

Michael Alig: From Club Kids to Convict & Back – Part 1

Michael Alig is a complex character. He’s the charismatic founder of the Club Kids, a group of young, flamboyant New York City underground dance club personalities in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They wore outrageous cost...

September 28, 2018

Devin Price: Recovery – Relapse - Recovery

We first met Devin Price in Episodes 45 and 46 of the Stand Up Speak Up Podcast, when he took us through his road to addiction, becoming a drug dealer and pimp and his eventual arrest. After serving three years in prison, he ...

August 30, 2018

Burst the Bubble: Police Corruption

Kelly Donovan is a whistleblower. Her story begins working for a major bank, marrying a police officer, then deciding to become a police officer. After only a few years, Kelly began to learn about internal inconsistencies, an...

August 22, 2018

Trust Me When I Say There Is No (Hero) In Heroin Part 2

In the first part of this two part podcast series interviewing Frank, an addict who has abused drugs from the age of 12, he told us the origins of his addiction and how sniffing glue as a child turned into full on heroin addi...

June 28, 2018

Trust Me When I Say There Is No (Hero) In Heroin

Franky Frank runs the My Cold Turkey Detox website where he shares the story and updates about his struggle overcoming drug abuse, primarily heroin and crack. His sister filmed his struggle as he detoxed cold turkey at her pl...

June 12, 2018

Life is Easy, Living is Hard

Erica has endured a lifetime of trauma marked by a difficult upbringing, abusive relationships, an addiction to phone sex, attempted suicide, and a number of diagnosed mental health issues. Recently, we heard of a website cal...

May 30, 2018

Rehab #9: The Rob Rawlings Story

Rob Rawlings is working hard to break the cycle of drug addiction in his family. Despite his father’s abrasive nature and drug use, Rob continued to seek approval as his son. At the age of 14, Rob himself was introduced to dr...

May 17, 2018

The Pain of Perfection

Recently we’ve featured addiction stories of people who had clear trauma growing up that contributed to the path they took in life. However, these things can happen to anyone. Danielle McCarron is a recovery advocate, workin...

May 05, 2018

Nowhere to Turn

Today’s guest has 5 kids from 4 different fathers and was abused as a child. Rose is an artist with designs in the Stand Up Speak Up. Growing up, she faced physical, mental, and sexual abuse. She had nowhere to turn and was ...

April 18, 2018

Scientology Scars

There’s no shortage of content out there on the subject of Scientology. When we decided to tackle it, we knew the episode would have to focus on people, and the lasting effect Scientology has on its members once they leave. ...

April 12, 2018

2 Generations of Pain & Addiction: The Linda Price Story

When Linda Price graduated high school, her dream of the perfect life was with a home, a baby, and a husband. These all eventually came to fruition, but not in the way she had imagined. An unfulfilling childhood led to ...

March 27, 2018

I Spent $1 Million on Drugs - The Devin Price Story Part 2

Devin Price blames nobody but himself for the direction his life took. As a kid, Devin thought his childhood was fairly normal. His dad ran off and his mother became addicted to drugs, but Devin’s grandparents did their best ...

March 20, 2018

I Spent $1 Million on Drugs - The Devin Price Story Part 1

Devin Price blames nobody but himself for the direction his life took. As a kid, Devin thought his childhood was fairly normal. His dad ran off and his mother became addicted to drugs, but Devin’s grandparents did their best ...

March 13, 2018

Out of the Gutter: Howard Heathcote’s Story - Part 2

Howard Heathcote grew up in a house of addicts. Out of 2 parents and 9 children, only one, an older sister of Howard’s, miraculously avoided drugs and alcohol completely. Aside from that miraculous exception, fate was all but...

March 07, 2018

Out of the Gutter: Howard Heatcote's Story - Part 1

Howard Heathcote grew up in a house of addicts. Out of 2 parents and 9 children, only one, an older sister of Howard’s, miraculously avoided drugs and alcohol completely. Aside from that miraculous exception, fate was all but...

February 27, 2018

Burst the Bubble on Uncovering the Link Between Leadership and Mental Illness

It takes a special person to be a leader. One thing historians have questioned for years is the apparent mental instability of both great and terrible leaders alike. Do the qualities that mark those with mood disorders also...

February 20, 2018

Burst the Bubble: Somalian Pirates

Jay Bahadur is an investigator for an international agency. He’s a Canadian, born in Toronto, Ontario, who went on to be a journalist and author, becoming well-known for his reporting on Somalian pirates. He got an inside lo...