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Hey all, I'm Jeff St. Pierre and I'm on a journey to be the best possible version of myself. Trouble is, I know almost nothing about wellness and mindfulness. Be More Well is a show dedicated to conversations with experts and others who can shine a light on the things that can help us be more healthy, be more calm, be more mindful and ultimately be more well.
 
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You ever look at an adult and think, 'How did this person become such an asshole?' Science journalist Melinda Wenner Moyer is here to help answer that question while giving us advice on how to avoid raising our kids to be human garbage. I don't know about you but my biggest goal in life is to help set my kid up for success. Melinda's first book, 'H…
 
[5 mins. 30 secs.] Filmmaker Braden King (“Here”) is the guest. Braden’s new dramatic feature is “The Evening Hour“. Cole Freeman (Philip Ettinger) maintains an uneasy equilibrium in his declining Appalachian mining town, looking after the old and infirm in the community while selling their excess painkillers to local addicts to help make ends meet…
 
[6 mins. 25 secs.] Jamila Wignot (“Town Hall”) returns to Filmwax with her new documentary, “Ailey” about the eponymous dance company founder and choreographer. Alvin Ailey was a trailblazing pioneer who found salvation through dance. “Ailey” traces the full contours of this brilliant and enigmatic man whose search for the truth in movement resulte…
 
I had a chance to catch up with one of my all time favorite authors, Matt Haig. While 2020 was a challenging year, it also was the biggest for Matt's career. He released the book The Midnight Library and it sat on top of different best seller lists for weeks and months. It was a huge success for him. Matt is following it up with a non-fiction book …
 
Four-time New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan joins me this week to talk about, well...talking to people. She's written her first "children's book" called 'Hello World'. It shares a powerful message about asking questions and interacting with others around us so we can learn more about their situation. We are more connected today than …
 
[5 mins. 18 secs.] Documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville (“20 Feet From Stardom”, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”) returns to Filmwax for his 5th visit. He returns to discuss his latest documentary feature “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” which opens theatrically today, Friday, July 16th. Chef, writer, adventurer, provocateur: Anthony Bourdain…
 
[3 mins. 58 secs.] Washington Post journalist DeNeen L. Brown is the guest in this first segment. She discusses her involvement in Dawn Porter’s recent documentary, “Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer” which can be streamed on Hulu. The documentary follows DeNeen as she chronicles the discovery of a mass grave in Tulsa Oklahoma and investigates t…
 
Switching things up for this week's episode of Be More Well: Backstage Pass. Usually I speak with musicians but I wanted to bring in one of my favorite authors, Steven Rowley. He has written a beautiful novel called 'Guncle.' It's funny, it's heartwarming and it has everything you want for a great summer or vacation read. It's the kind of story you…
 
When it comes to health there is no equality. There are the haves and the have somes and the have nots. Each person is dealt a different hand and they're expected to deal with it. What we don't talk about is how everyone's health is interconnected. Your health is not necessarily determined by how much you work out or how you eat. It can be determin…
 
[6 mins. 40 secs.] Beth B returns to the podcast after several years to discuss her latest documentary, “Lydia Lunch: The War is Never Over” which is currently enjoying a theatrical at New York City’s IFC Center as well as virtually. Beth B’s film is a deep dive into the life and work of the fearless musician and performer Lydia Lynch that echoes t…
 
[7 mins. 25 secs.] Moby is on Filmwax Radio to discuss Rob Gordon Bralver’s documentary “Moby Doc” which is currently in theaters and streaming on various platforms. The film is a surrealist biographical documentary narrated by Moby as he reflects on his turbulent personal life and iconic music from underground punk bands to chart-topping solo arti…
 
[7 mins. 48 secs.] Documentary filmmaker Nancy Buirski (“By Lumet”, “The Loving Story”) makes her 3rd appearance on the podcast to discuss her latest film, “A Crime on the Bayou“. Synopsis: the story of Gary Duncan, a Black teenager from Plaquemines Parish, a swampy strip of land south of New Orleans. In 1966, Duncan tries to break up an argument b…
 
Recycling is an important thing, but it is confusing. What numbers on the plastic to I recycle? Can I recycle these paper plates? Do pizza boxes count? There are so many questions. Recycling expert Jennie Romer is here to help. She's put together a very colorful and fun book called 'Can I Recycle This: A guide to better recycling and how to reduce …
 
[5 mins. 38 secs.] First time on the podcast, as part of Filmwax’s 2021 Tribeca Film Festival coverage, filmmaker Bo McGuire. Bo’s first feature length documentary, “Socks on Fire” won the Grand Jury Award at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival but finally gets a public screening this time around. In fact, “Socks on Fire” is the closing night film on…
 
Honey County's Dani Rose joins me this week for a conversation. It's more of a catch up between friends. I've known her for about a decade now, but it has been a minute since we've had a good long chat. Thanks for joining us for this one! We talk about Dani's hustle and drive in the music industry, what it's like to start fresh with her new Honey C…
 
Francis de Vericourt, one of the authors of 'Framers: Human Advantage in an Age of Technology and Turmoil', connected with me from Berlin to talk about how we think and understand problems. 'Frames' are the mental models that we use to understand problems and then make decisions based off. It allows us to look at things from different perspectives.…
 
[6 mins. 52 sec.] Iconic music artist Sergio Mendes is in the first segment. He’s the subject of a new documentary currently on PBS called “Sergio Mendes & Friends: A Celebration“. Join the Grammy Award-winning Brazilian musical artist for a celebration of his life and career. As relevant today as when he exploded on the scene with his group, Brasi…
 
Tenille Arts is one of my favorite artists breaking through in the country music scene. She just got her first number one on the country charts with 'Somebody Like That' and is ready to conquer the world. We catch up in this episode of Backstage Pass and talk about what life was like growing up, how she battles through anxiety and how Canadian coin…
 
Everyone has searched their symptoms online. If you say you haven't, you're a liar. We've all fallen into the trap of searching for something seemingly simple and then finding results like impending death. It's easy to joke about it, but there is such a crazy wealth of knowledge out there on the internet. There's also a ton of misinformation out th…
 
[5 mins. 2 secs.] The author Noah Isenberg (“We’ll Always Have Casablanca”) returns with his latest book, “Billy Wilder on Assignment” (Princeton University Press). Before Billy Wilder became the screenwriter and director of iconic films like Sunset Boulevard and Some Like It Hot, he worked as a freelance reporter, first in Vienna and then in Weima…
 
[4 mins. 22 secs.] Introducing Ralph, the new spokes-bunny of the global campaign to ban animal testing for cosmetics. #SaveRalph​​ is a powerful stop-motion animation short film produced by Humane Society International, featuring an all-star multinational cast including Taika Waititi, Ricky Gervais, Zac Efron, Olivia Munn, Pom Klementieff, Rodrigo…
 
For this week's episode of Be More Well: Backstage Pass I'm joined by Emma White. She's a Baltimore area native that's been living and working in Nashville for about a decade. I first came across Emma about 10 years ago when my radio station was playing her music on our local music show. I've been following her career ever since and she never cease…
 
[4 mins. 40 secs.] After a 75 year-old immigrant mother gets fired without cause from her lifelong job as a hotel housekeeper, her son takes her on a bucket-list adventure to reclaim her life. As she struggles to find work, he documents a journey that uncovers the economic insecurity shaping not only her future, but that of an entire generation. Th…
 
This week I'm joined by the incomparable Meaghan B Murphy. She's currently the content director at Woman's Day magazine but has also spent time at MTV, Good Housekeeping, as well as other publications. Oh, and I can't forget her podcast, Off The Gram. She is one busy woman. Meaghan lives a life of optimism and positivity. And it's made all the diff…
 
[5 mins. 8 secs.] Craig Zobel (“Compliance”, “The Hunt”) returns for his 3rd visit to the podcast. He’s directed the full 7 episode HBO Original Series “Mare of Easttown” of which 3 episodes have already posted/aired. As her life crumbles around her, a small-town Pennsylvania detective Mare Sheehan (Kate Winslet) investigates a local murder. The se…
 
We've always been taught that working out and cutting carbs is the key to losing weight, right? It's the tried and true method behind so many fad diets. But, what if that isn't true? What if the amount of exercise and activity we had didn't really change the amount of calories we burn in a day? That's the new research from Dr. Herman Pontzer that h…
 
Be More Well was started in January 2020 as a way for me to share some of the inspiring conversations I was having during my own personal journey toward better overall health and wellness. Over the last year I've found that there's more I can offer to all of you, but not all of it falls under the "wellness" umbrella. This episode is what I'm callin…
 
[4 mins. 28 secs.] Filmwax friend David Schwartz returns to the podcast. David is the programmer for New York City’s Paris Theater. He also recently edited a book of interviews with the filmmaker David Cronenberg called “David Cronenberg Interviews” as part of a series of such books published by the University Press of Mississippi.The book is avail…
 
Martha Beck is a name you probably know very well. If not, I hope you look up her work. She's a best selling author, life coach and speaker. She's written nine non-fiction books and one novel, and spent the last 17 years writing for O, The Oprah Magazine. I'm so excited that I had a chance to bring Martha on the show this week to talk about her new…
 
[4 mins. 15 secs.] The actor Kevin Corrigan (“Grounded For Life”, “The King of Staten Island”) makes his 4th appearance on Filmwax. This is his first time flying solo with me. He has championed many filmmakers and projects in the past, but this time we are just hanging out and chatting about things we love. Don’t miss this fun albeit long-winded co…
 
Author and journalist Kayleen Schaefer has a fascinating look at how people in their thirties are changing the way we view adult life. Turning 30 no longer holds the same power and panic that it used to. I catch up with Kayleen to talk about her research and findings that she put in her new book 'But You're Still So Young: How Thirtysomethings Are …
 
[4 mins. 25 secs] The Associate Director of the Atlanta Film Festival & Creative Conference, Cameron McAliister, makes his first appearance on the podcast. The 45th annual festival runs from Thursday, April 22nd through Sunday, May 2nd. There are 188 films (features and shorts) which will be screened at drive-ins and in socially distanced in-person…
 
[6 mins.] Author Glenn Frankel (“High Noon”, “The Searchers”) returns to the podcast with his latest book “Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021). Frankel’s book tells the story of a modern classic that, by all accounts, should never have become one in the firs…
 
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