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The Experience Podcast lets you vicariously experience intriguing things you may never get the chance to do.

Each week, an insightful, accomplished guest shares personal stories and witty anecdotes with host Elizabeth Pearson Garr.

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Episode 031

Mary McQuinn went far outside of her comfort zone and ended up with a much fuller house–and a much fuller heart.

Episode 030

Mike Rohde on listening, analyzing, thinking creatively… and why we all are visual thinkers.

Episode 029

A mom — who asked to remain anonymous — shares her raw, revealing stories of how her child’s transition has changed her as a parent and as a person.

Episode 028

Meagan Wizceb turned her personal heartbreak into hope and healing for others.

Episode 027

Inside info from an Olympic photographer, a Googler, a CBS Sports producer, a Marine Corps vet, sex therapists, a mom of 8, a novelist, and a food blogger.

Episode 026

Inspirational guests share their stories of addiction, cult life, and mountaineering… with honesty, vulnerability and humor.

Episode 025

We hear from a Broadway lyricist, a TV director, an actor/stand-up comedian, a TikTok star, a voice actor, and an Oscars insider.

Episode 024

Jess Carpenter on the juggling act that is her life: writer, social media content creator, marketer, mom. It’s busy. And she wouldn’t want it any other way.

Episode 023

Behind the scenes of The Bachelor/ette, Family Feud, and Shark Tank with veteran director Ken Fuchs.

Episode 022

We flipped the script! Elizabeth Pearson Garr answers questions, instead of asking them, in this special Q&A episode.

Episode 021

Linda Fruits on vulnerability, honesty, and serving up truth bombs about motherhood to her hundreds of thousands of followers.

Episode 020

Elizabeth Pearson Garr gives a very personal account of the early days of TVFN: an exhilarating, exhausting stew of scripts, gala events, and cramped editing suites.

Episode 019

Jessica Galbraith takes her role as mom both seriously and playfully. She shares how she gets everything done (some kids may not have their shoes on… but that’s okay).

Episode 018

Rebecca Firth on baking, blogging, and boldly pursuing your passions (with spoonfuls of humor added to the mix).

Episode 017

Cliff and Joyce Penner demystify the ‘touchy’ subjects commonly seen in sex therapy with candor and good humor.

Episode 016

Yousuf Azhar’s personal, painful story of joining, living in, and leaving a Sufi religious group that he came to find out was a cult.

Episode 015

Dan Sturman on making films about ordinary and extraordinary people and stories.

Episode 014

Sarah Lavender Smith on running (and winning) “ultras” — 50k, 100 mile, 170 mile stage races, 24 hour timed events, and more.

Episode 013

Karen Petersen shows the power of vulnerability as she shares about addiction, treatment and recovery.

Episode 012

Jeff Cable on capturing Team USA’s motion and emotion during each exciting, exhausting Olympic Games.

Elizabeth's Experience

Elizabeth has spent a lot of her life asking questions. A daughter of a professor and a principal, as a kid she loved sitting at the “adult table” during their dinner parties so she could participate in the “real” conversations.

Elizabeth went on to graduate with honors from Harvard with a degree in History and Literature, and promptly attended professional cooking school to become a food writer. That led to various career opportunities, including becoming one of the first employees of the Television Food Network; writing/producing gigs at networks from PBS to E!; anchoring/reporting at the NBC affiliate in Billings, Montana; earning a graduate degree in Documentary Film & Video from Stanford University; and various and sundry other things. The through-line to all this has been curiosity. Elizabeth is a skilled interviewer who loves diving deep into research, finding connections, and telling good stories.

Elizabeth has a husband, two daughters, and a fluffy white dog who rarely leaves her side.