This episode, Jessi gets out of the office and heads downtown to eat at a 99-year-old Chinese restaurant. Hear her conversation with Wilson Tang of Nom Wah Tea Parlor, as the two talk about what it’s like to inherit a family business, how Wilson added his own modern touch, and how he grew a small family restaurant into a global brand.
Roxane Gay: Bad Feminist, Master Writer
In the decades leading up to her breakout book Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay wrote every day, not knowing if anyone was ever going to read her work. It wasn’t until she was 40 years old that she had her first taste of commercial success. This episode, hear Roxane and Jessi discuss how the writer persevered through all those years of rejection, how she teaches writing to her students, and what it’s like to write the deeply personal memoirs that Roxane has become known for.
Jerry Colonna: The Coach Who Tells You, “Yes, It Is You”
Jerry Colonna was called “the Prince of New York” by New York Magazine for his success as a venture capitalist. Then his life came to a hard stop when he fell into depression and realized that his work wasn’t all it was chocked up to be. He turned his life around when he started coaching CEOs, and found out that what those business leaders needed, he could give. Now hear the executive coach’s thoughts on how to mindfully bring emotions to work, and why tapping into pain points can improve leadership skills.
Radio Didn't Kill This Video Star: The Anna Faris Story
Hello Monday is back for Season 2, and our Editor-at-Large Jessi kicks off with a conversation with actor and podcaster Anna Faris. As a successful actor, Anna channeled the characters she played, whether it was in the Scary Movie series or The House Bunny. Starting a podcast changed things. She said, "I wanted a platform where I could feel like I was myself, that wasn't controlled by anybody else, by another journalist." Plus, Jessi and Anna talk about how she got started, comedy vs drama, and the tension that comes with having an audience for everything.
BONUS: Creating a Safety Net for Freelancers
Today, a third of the workforce are contractors: drivers, designers, even doctors. It’s a number that’s climbing steadily. So how do they get insurance? Sara Horowitz is working on just this. Having spent more than two decades cultivating the Freelancer’s Union, she's now the CEO of Trupo, a new benefits startup. Plus: a conversation between Jessi and her producer, Laura Sim, who is also a freelancer.