Steel Maggie is a songwriter and recording artist from Los Angeles who creates bittersweet and bold dance pop music for the minimally sane, the moderately restless, and the significantly idealistic.   She lives with bipolar, and has battled addiction.  She shares her story with Dave including having the experience of wearing the moniker "crazy" as a badge.  Maggie is also the host of the "Mind Made Wrong" podcast.  Maggie and Dave muse about the alignment of their respective podcasts. 

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September 4, 2020

38. Tim Davis - “Forward”

Tim Davis is the author of TRIPOLAR: The Story of a Bipolar Triathlete”.  He is a coach, science teacher, 12 time Ironman finisher, and 7 time 100-mile endurance run finisher.  Tim shares about his history with addiction, personal family tragedy, mental illness and recovery.

You can get Tim's book TRIPOLAR at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, and through several other stores listed on his website at; where you can also sign up for coaching, connect to follow him on social media and subscribe to his blog.  

June Converse is an author and blogger who provides an authentic look at the day-in-day-out worries, hopes, dreams, and fears of suffering from bipolar. After several downward spirals, she now is able to share and write from a place that inspires others through her struggles, helping them to feel safe to express themselves as well. June has published two fictional novels that tell the stories of hope through mental health struggles. Decide to Hope and Journey to Hope are both available on Amazon or your preferred bookseller. She can be contacted on Instagram and Facebook. Facebook: Instagram: Website / Blog: Decide to Hope: Journey to Hope:

Carl LaMark is a composer, pianist, and recording engineer born and raised in Chicago. He shares about living a life of music while coping with loss, anxiety, and clinical depression. He also shares insight into his experience of falling ill with Covid-19 earlier this year.

Alex Rembold is a Chicago based singer songwriter and improvisational actor. He has performed at the iO with the musical improv group "La Di Da" and is the host of the podcast "Little City; Big World".  He shares about his experience living with Bipolar 1.

Eric Majeski is an innovator, a musician, and a holistic healer/counselor in-training. He’s currently in grad school cultivating new solutions for the addiction epidemic and studying mental health counseling. Eric performs and tours across North America with his band the Mystic Hearts.  Eric is a fierce mental health advocate, and maintains a transformational coaching practice of select clients looking to up-level their creativity and productivity as well as become more adept at managing their energy and natural intelligence.  

Luke Warner is an improviser, rapper, comedian and world traveler.  Luke chats with Dave about the use of offensive language and content to reach an audience.  They discuss Luke’s history with mental health and dig deeper into how people communicate in art, politics, and life.  Luke a.k.a “Uncle Tasty” improvises a rap with Dave on keys.

Scott Gilmore, a Chicago based dual citizen from Canada, is a former paramedic, and aspiring actor/performer.  After a more than 15 year long battle with alcoholism, addiction, and several relapses, he is nearly six months sober.  He recounts his story of ups and downs with Dave, his struggles to avoid taking one more drink, and the wisdom of being a “grateful” alcoholic.

Liz Komos is a Chicago based actor and comedian who was born with a physical deformity and chronic illness.  Growing up as a square peg in a world of round holes, she developed a passion to live earnestly and with a deep appreciation for every moment.  It is her goal to create more access and awareness for others to express their true selves through art while also bringing light to the world with comedy.  Liz shares about her powerful and spiritual journey to accomplish big things.  Liz and Dave sing two improvised songs together.

November 17, 2019

30. Jam Alker

Jam Alker is a leader in the recovery through music movement. Following a battle with several addictions, including heroin, Jam returned to his musical roots and used song writing and expressive therapy to improve his life.   He has gained a large following in the process, inspiring others and showing them a light to guide their own paths to wellness.  On this episode, he shares his story, including performing a live version of a song he wrote for his wife during treatment.  

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