Episodes

An inspiring story of resilience, positivity and fighting the odds. This is Brea Griffiths Story

Jan. 3, 2022

This is an inspiring story of resilience, positivity and fighting the odds. This is Brea’s Story.

Ashleigh Banfield

April 12, 2021

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 w…

Letters on Sex Trafficking

April 20, 2020

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 thri…

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

April 4, 2019

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 s…

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

March 19, 2019

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 …

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

Jan. 12, 2019

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 mainstre…

David Bernstein: Homeless youth to Harvard University.

Nov. 27, 2018

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 …

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

Oct. 23, 2018

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 1…

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

Oct. 23, 2018

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 cos…

Devin Price: Recovery – Relapse - Recovery

Sept. 28, 2018

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…

Burst the Bubble: Police Corruption

Aug. 30, 2018

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, a…

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

Aug. 22, 2018

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 add…

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

June 28, 2018

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 p…

Life is Easy, Living is Hard

June 12, 2018

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 ca…

Rehab #9: The Rob Rawlings Story

May 30, 2018

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 d…

The Pain of Perfection

May 17, 2018

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, worki…

Nowhere to Turn

May 5, 2018

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…

Scientology Scars

April 18, 2018

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.…

2 Generations of Pain & Addiction: The Linda Price Story

April 12, 2018

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…

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

March 27, 2018

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…

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

March 20, 2018

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…

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

March 13, 2018

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 bu…

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

March 7, 2018

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 bu…

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

Feb. 27, 2018

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 als…