Join Joel Stein on his journey of self-improvement along with gurus Tim Ferriss, Dan Savage, his own family and friends, and his producer, Shara. Contains Explicit Content. Listener Discretion Advised.
Joel Stein has always wanted to live a passionate life -- but even though he's successful, famous, and has a lovely home life, Joel's doesn't truly feel alive. A psychiatrist even told him he's dead inside.
In "What's Wrong with Me?" Joel tries to fix his life, one episode at a time. In episode one? We deal with intimacy, and Joel's porn habit, with help from Tim Ferriss, Dan Savage, and his wife Cassandra.
Joel is many things -- reporter, humorist, author. But one thing he isn't? Joel is not assertive. He has trouble saying 'no' to lunch dates or asking for simple things. So a therapist sets Joel on a journey to confront his assertiveness issues with strangers. But what happens when he has to be assertive with someone dear to him?
This episode, Joel tries to fix something that he's been grumbling about for years now: his career. He's been a columnist at TIME for over 15 years, so it's about time for a new gig. His job search leads him to some interesting places -- from UCLA's Career Center to a seedy bar called Karma Lounge in Koreatown. Can Joel actually give up the very thing that gives him a steady income and name recognition or will he forever be bound to TIME?
On this episode of What's Wrong With Me?, Joel tries to tackle one of his biggest, most nebulous problems: finding his passion. But is passion too much to tackle in a single podcast episode? Both Joel, and even his producer Shara, do some soul-searching for the answer, and Joel manages to find his answer -- on the other side of the aisle. Special guests of this episode include the famed therapist, Phil Stutz.
Well we never thought we'd get here but we made it to episode 5! On the final episode of What's Wrong with Me?, Joel decides to give back. But there are so many ways to actually be a philanthropist. Should Joel donate money or volunteer his time? Joel explores them both. On this episode, Joel receives guidance from philosopher and author of The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically and his own doppelganger Joel Arquillos, the Director of 826LA. And as the miniseries comes to a close, Joel checks back in with his guru Tim Ferriss one last time on whether he's improved at all during this self-improvement journey or if he's failed forever. Tune in!