The AA Grapevine Half-Hour Variety Hour

Each week long-time AA members Don and Sam will interview a different member about their experience, strength and hope, in a casual “meeting after the meeting” manner. Special features will enhance each episode.

Email us at podcast@aagrapevine.org with comments, suggestions, jokes, and such. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to podcast@aagrapevine.org.

Use #heardinameeting on social media. Our Tradition of anonymity will be respected with all submissions used on the show. The podcast is available on your favorite podcast platforms and via the player below. 

While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase one of our books at store.aagrapevine.org.

Read Notes for Each Episode Below

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Season 3, Episode 22: I Didn't Want to be an Alcoholic

Don and Sam share tips for staying sober through the holidays. Claudette K. from Tacoma, WA shares about the importance of "the meeting after the meeting" where she learned how to socialize without alcohol. A new feature, the "Ask it Basket," includes some AA history about how the basket came to be. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 3, Episode 21: Grateful Instead of Hateful

Don K. tells the incredible story of his journey through the Steps with his sponsor, which led him to forgiveness and a place of gratitude and peace. Our own Don M. visits the General Service Office in New York and talks to several AA special workers. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 3, Episode 20: One Breath at a Time

David S., author of an article on the 11th Step in the November issue of Grapevine, shares with Don and Sam. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 3, Episode 19: Recovery is Progressive Too

Amy B. From Washington State discusses how she went from alcohol no longer working, and almost killing her, to a life that is pretty calm and drama free. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 3, Episode 18: Of Elders and Bleeding Deacons

Long-time AA member Diana shares with Don and Sam about getting sober at a young age and trying to continue to be a helpful group member. Diana works at the GSO, and talks about when she shares that information. Alan calls in an "Ask the Old-Timer" question. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 3, Episode 17: What's in a Name?—The 704 Group

Keith shares with Don and Sam about the unusual name of his home group. He talks about being a "dry drunk" the first three years of his sobriety, and finding spiritual relief in working the Steps and getting involved in service. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 3, Episode 16: Anonymity and the Media

Jody and Mike discuss their experience with anonymity in AA groups, in the workplace, in public and in the media. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 3, Episode 15: Anniversary Special

The AA Grapevine Half-Hour Variety Hour turns one-year-old this month. To celebrate we created this special anniversary episode. First Don and Sam talk with the gang at Grapevine about the creation of the podcast. Later you'll enjoy listening to some hilarious bloopers that didn’t make it onto the weekly podcast. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 3, Episode 14: Tough Love

Lynne W. from Billings, MT, whose article appears in the October issue of Grapevine magazine, shares about reaching out instead of closing up, and that while the pursuit of oblivion never worked, being open to a spiritual solution does work in her life. Note: please listen to our Grapevine podcast one-year anniversary special, to be released on Tuesday, October 4 at 9 AM Eastern. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 3, Episode 13: Live Your Way into Right Thinking

Olivia from North Carolina talks to Don and Sam about living sober through many changes in life. She shares that after many years of sobriety she can finally be the person she always wanted to be. The three then field an "Ask the Oldtimer" question from Joe in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 3, Episode 12: ICYPAA: International Conference of Young People in AA

Grapevine visited ICYPAA in New Orleans on September 2 to 4, 2022 and through a series of interviews captured the spirit, love and enthusiasm of young AA members celebrating their sobriety. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 3, Episode 11: God Cookies

Kenneth talks about how following the recipe brings sweet rewards, putting AA front and center, and learning to listen as if you have no opinion. He matches up with Don and Sam in a game of Stump the Thumpers too. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 3, Episode 10: Being Sober Is So Much Fun

Leah B., whose article "Open For Business" appears in the September issue of Grapevine, shares with Don and Sam about being a young person in AA, starting a young persons' group, and the benefits of life in sobriety. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 3, Episode 9: I Have So Much More

Elsa A. talks with Don and Sam about how the Steps helped her clear away the garbage in her head so she could move on. The three then discuss social media postings with #heardinameeting. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 3, Episode 8: Fun in Sobriety

Don and Sam talk to Grapevine Senior Editor, Jon W., and story contributor Brian S. about the new Grapevine book Fun in Sobriety. Christopher and Meg call in their fun anecdotes too. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 3, Episode 7: Alcohol had Stopped Working

Jennifer D., who got sober as a teen, talks to Don and Sam about how before recovery the pain of life was crushing her soul. When she surrendered and turned to service, she found new purpose. "Still Bill" has a question for "Ask the Old-timer." While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 3, Episode 6: Attracted to the Laughter

Michael J., Don and Sam share laughs about handling criticism, anger, and dealing with life's hardships in sobriety. In a "Blast from the Past" Bill W. speaks about AA and criticism, from a talk from 1965. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 3, Episode 5: AA and Akron

Tom C., who serves as a tour guide at the home of Dr. Bob, talks with Don and Sam about getting sober in AA, and shares some of what he's learned about Bill and Bob in Akron. Spoiler alert—Tom's a ringer at Stump the Thumper. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 3, Episode 4: Acceptance is the Answer

Pat C. talks to Don and Sam about acceptance, and how helping others helps him stick to the program — to keep up with how they are doing. "My life is a whole galaxy better than when I first got here." #Heardinameeting is the special feature this week. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 3, Episode 3: Uncover, Discover, Discard

Amy S. discusses the cleansing power of working the steps with a sponsor. A "Stump the Thumper" quiz too. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 3, Episode 2: Straight from the Area 51 Assembly

Don visits with a variety of trusted servants and AA members at a recent Area 51 Assembly—all Earthlings, we think. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 3, Episode 1: When Life Goes Down, AA Shows Up

John D. shares his experience of being an old-timer who got sober very young. He discusses with Don and Sam the powerful strength he received from other AA members during a difficult time, and how his group teamed up to provide hope to an incarcerated alcoholic through correspondence. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 2, Episode 26: I Had A Desire, But No Surrender

Scott talks about the importance of his home group in helping him surrender to his powerlessness over alcohol. A discussion about the difference between an AA group and an AA meeting. Corin asks the old timer when new members are ready to help other alcoholics. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 2, Episode 25: Outside Help

Single mother Dani talks with Don and Sam about finding help inside and outside of AA. The three then discuss #heardinameeting posts from social media. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 2, Episode 24: It Didn't End Well

Bay talks to Don and Sam about his struggle to get sober, and the miracles he found after taking on a sponsor and working the Steps. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 2, Episode 23: Seeking Balance

50-Year member Nancy K., who is featured in the June issue of Grapevine, discusses getting sober in AA in the early 1970s and continuing the search for balance even after many years of sobriety. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 2, Episode 22: What to Expect at an AA Meeting

In an extended "Ask the Oldtimer" segment, newcomer Hayden asks long-term member Chris about what he should expect at an AA meeting, what he'll have to do, what he might get out of the meeting. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 2, Episode 21: "Cybriety" — AA and Technology

Lois talks to Don and Sam about the many wonderful ways technology helps connect AA members with one another. This episode contains information about the National AA Technology Workshop in Seattle coming up in September 2022. #HeardinaMeeting is our special feature this week. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase one of our books at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 2, Episode 20: Our Liabilities Become Assets

Vicki C. talks to Don and Sam about finding AA through the Courts when she lost custody of her child. Vicki discusses the importance of honest sharing and how she found others going through similar circumstances yet staying sober. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase one of our books at store.aagrapevine.org

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Season 2, Episode 19: As Sick as Our Secrets

Sammy shares about learning the hard way the value of an honest and thorough Fourth Step. Don and Sam share information about the AA Armed Services Interview Project. In a "Blast from the Past" Sister Ignatia shares fondly about working with Dr. Bob in Akron. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase one of our books at store.aagrapevine.org

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Season 2, Episode 18: No Longer Fighting the Obsession

Roxanne from Bismarck, ND shares about her story in the May issue of Grapevine magazine. Roxanne, Don and Sam discuss a gift from her sponsor, Russian nesting dolls, which symbolize the layers of recovery. An ensemble "Wit's End" finishes this week's episode. While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase one of our books at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 2, Episode 17: The Universe Opens Up

Amy B. describes finding a comfortable place in the world with help from the AA fellowship and working the Steps. Michael asks a question in "Ask the Oldtimer." While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase one of our books at store.aagrapevine.org.

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Season 2, Episode 16: The Best Years of Our Lives

Sober married couple Kelly and Greg discuss waiting a year to date, being sober together in a marriage, and keeping boundaries around their individual recovery. Sam challenges Don's "Stump the Thumper" quiz as too difficult in a discussion with Professor Chris.

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Season 2, Episode 15: As Willing to Listen As the Dying Can Be

Graylin discusses with Don and Sam the advantage of total defeat leading to surrender, leading to a strong willingness to work each of the Twelve Steps, leading to a new life in AA.

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Season 2, Episode 14: What's in a Number?

Don and Sam talk about the pros and cons of tallying years, days and even minutes; and Gail V. discusses getting sober young.

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Season 2, Episode 13: Rocketed Into the Fourth Dimension—Instead of Jail

Frank, a 44-year member of AA, describes how the last place he wanted to look was within. Will asks the old-timer about AA and other 12-Step programs.

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Season 2, Episode 12: Debate Forum: The Language in the Big Book

Jackie and Chess discuss arguments for and against changing the language in the book Alcoholics Anonymous. In a special segment Deb K., Chair of the Trustees Literature Committee, reports on the upcoming 5th Edition of the Big Book, the 4th Edition of the Spanish-language Big Book, and the development of a plain-language translation of the Big Book.

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Season 2, Episode 11: Amends Go Beyond Apologies

Scott R. discusses the changes he made in sobriety and how they affected his relationships. In a Blast From the Past, Bill W. discusses the origins of Rule 62.

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Session 2, Episode 10: In the Right Place

Peter A. shares with Don and Sam about the changes in his attitudes and actions as a sober member of AA. Peter's story, "In the Right Place" appears in the March 2022 issue of Grapevine.

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Season 2, Episode 9: Alcohol in the House

Susan Ida B. from Toronto shares with Don and Sam about the early days of getting sober and the rewards of sobriety. "Ask the Oldtimer" is this weeks special feature.

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Season 2, Episode 8: I Got My Life Back

Becca discusses overcoming shame in AA with Don and Sam. In a special feature, #Heardinameeting, the three discuss "AA meetings filling members' tanks," "funny individual solutions," and that "everything can look like a failure in the middle."

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Season 2, Episode 7: Allergy and Obsession

Billy N. talks with Don and Sam about General Service, helping newcomers understand alcoholism, and the importance of a home group.

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Season 2, Episode 6: Sweet Rescue

Jules V. talks to Don and Sam about his article in the February 2022 issue of Grapevine magazine.

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Season 2, Episode 5: Serenity in Calamity

Georgi F. talks to Don and Sam about staying sober during an extended serious illness.

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Season 2, Episode 4: Real Alcoholic?

Chris B. discusses his 45 years of sobriety with Don and Sam and answers an "Ask the Old-Timer" question from a listener. In a "Blast from the Past" Father Martin talks amusingly about how you might know if you're an alcoholic.

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Season 2, Episode 3: No Matter What

Dorothy shares with Don and Sam about coming back to AA with a new-found enthusiasm for recovery. A new feature, #heardinameeting, premiers.

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Season 2, Episode 2: Connections in the AA Fellowship

Elliott B. talks to Don and Sam about wisdom, action, and the power of fellowship.

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Season 2, Episode 1: Right in the Middle

Don and Sam talk to Peggy, whose story is featured in the January 2022 issue of Grapevine.

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Season 1, Episode 13: "We Think Not!"

Members discuss group chant traditions they like and dislike. A head-to-head stump-the-thumper contest.

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Season 1, Episode 12: To Thine Own Self Be True

Alison talks to Don and Sam about getting sober as a young person, and navigating common stumbling blocks. Charlie asks the old-timer "how do I handle friends who don't believe I am an alcoholic?"

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Season 1, Episode 11: Too Smart to Get Sober

Don and Sam talk to Coree about getting sober at 24 years old. In A Blast From the Past Bill W. shares a funny story at a talk he gave in 1960.

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Season 1, Episode 10: Getting Connected

Paula D. talks to Don and Sam about helping two elderly AA members connect with AA meetings during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Paula's story appears in the December 2021 issue of Grapevine. She also shares two key actions to being published in the Grapevine.

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Season 1, Episode 9: Miracles Across Time Zones

Don and Sam interview Terrie and her friend from the Australian Outback, Jennie, about the wonders of sobriety.

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Season 1, Episode 8: What's in a Name?—The Asheville Wharf Rats

Don and Sam interview Chris C. about maintaining sober traction in slippery situations.

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Season 1, Episode 7: Completely Whipped

Don and Sam interview Phillip from North Carolina about moving from fear to trust in AA.

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Season 1, Episode 6: Getting Comfortable with the Second Step

Don and Sam talk to Cindy from Virginia about her early struggles with a higher power. Special feature "Hashtag Heard in a Meeting" debuts in this episode.

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Season 1, Episode 5: AA "Pen" Pals with Tom Z

Tom Z. describes his experience of helping incarcerated AA members through correspondence. In "Blast from the Past, " Bill W. recalls pacing the lobby of the Mayflower Hotel and his realization that he needed to speak with another alcoholic.

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Season 1, Episode 4: God Talk

Don and Sam interview old-time Ritch, and play "Stump the Thumpers" with Melanie.

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Season 1, Episode 3: 186 Home Groups

Don and Sam interview A.J., who at 8 months sober hit the road to visit every meeting in his Midwest city.

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Season 1, Episode 2: Behind the Curtain, with Josh E. of the AA General Service Board

Don and Sam interview Josh E., a General Service Board Trustee and current Chair of the AA Grapevine Board of Directors.

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Season 1, Episode 1: Who Are We? Featuring Michael M.

Don and Sam introduce themselves to Grapevine podcast listeners. Michael M. from New York is this episode's guest. Michael's story, We Showed Them, is featured in the October 2021 issue of Grapevine magazine.

Email us at podcast@aagrapevine.org with comments, suggestions, jokes, and such. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to podcast@aagrapevine.org.

The podcast is available on your favorite podcast platforms and via the player above. A new episode will be available in English every Monday at 9:00 am EST.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, it is not free to produce. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase one of our books at store.aagrapevine.org.