The AA Grapevine Half-Hour Variety Hour

Each week long-time AA members Don, Olis, 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].

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 www.aagrapevine.org/store.

Read Notes for Each Episode Below

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Season 6, Episode 9: Definitely a Tosspot

Cindy tells Don and Sam that while early on she admitted powerlessness, deep inside she had the thought that some day, some how she could drink again. Eventually she did have a relapse. It took more, she needed to admit at her inner-most self that she was an alcoholic. The three also discuss honest and being useful even during hardship. "Stump the Thumper" is this week's feature.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our "Carry the Message" program or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 6, Episode 8: I Wanted to Get the Heat Off

Sam and Don talk to Debbie, who serves as Secretary for Area 51. Debbie tells about coming to AA as the result of strong suggestions from her probation officer, her treatment counselor and various law enforcement officials. She feels that her service in jails and prisons keeps her out of jail. Also, Sam and Olis discuss the 2022 Membership survey.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our "Carry the Message" program or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 6, Episode 7: The First Miracle

In this episode we get to learn a bit about how the podcast is put together as Don and Sam talk shop with Bob S., a Grapevine podcast editor. The three go on to talk about coming into AA, observing others' growth as they work the program, and the healing and strengthening of relationships as we make Ninth Step amends. There's a great question from Sarah in the "Ask it Basket", and in a "Blast from the Past" Bill W. talks about the writing of Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions at the 1953 General Service Conference.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept direct contributions from members, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our "Carry the Message" program or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 6, Episode 6: All I Had to Do was Surrender

Lisa, who's story appears in the February issue of Grapevine magazine, shares with Don and Sam about how not putting sobriety first led to a relapse. Lisa goes on to describe how God places people in her life when she needs them, or when they need her.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our "Carry the Message" program or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 6, Episode 5: Sober Since Disco

Joe talks to Sam and Olis about being secular in a spiritual program. There's listener feedback from Penny on the different types of AA meetings, and Aaron writes in about his favorite line from the Big Book, which is tattooed on his forearm.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our "Carry the Message" program or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 6, Episode 4: I Found God in the Psych Ward

Sloan discusses finally surrendering and being relieved of the exhausting efforts to control her drinking. On the "Listener Feedback Line" we hear from Gerry and Lisa. In a special added section at the end, Sloan discusses with Don and Olis how the Steps have helped her heal from sexual abuse (this section may be difficult for some listeners).

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our "Carry the Message" program or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 6, Episode 3: We Will Need to Work the Steps

Ted joins Don and Sam and talks about finding AA very similar in the many areas he's visited and lived. Ted got good guidance from his first sponsor, suggesting he give AA 90 days before he made a decision to stay or go. The three also discuss the immense power of Step work. Ted talks about a meeting he attends where an AA Grapevine Podcast is played and discussed. In this week's feature, the three share thoughts on Grapevine Daily Quotes.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our "Carry the Message" program or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 6, Episode 2: Life Saving Humility

Crystal shares with Sam and Olis about the humbling experience of reading the Big Book outloud with her sponsor, and how learning humility led to good relationships, improved self esteem and a newfound ability to not hold others to unreasonable expectations. In a Blast From the Past we hear from pioneer AA member Sybil of Laguna Beach, CA, from a talk she gave in 1980.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our "Carry the Message" program or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 6, Episode 1: Little Surrenders

Happy New Year to all. In this episode Bill the Shirt talks with Don and Olis about his article in the January 2024 issue of Grapevine magazine. We learn how during his first encounter with a member of AA he found the first person ever who felt like he did. Bill learned that every drink, every mistake, and every regret had to happen in order for him to be low enough to accept the help of AA.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our "Carry the Message" program or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 5, Episode 26: Modeling Sobriety for Other Alcoholics

Negini talks to Don and Sam about AA in different cultures and different languages, and how international online meetings have enhanced her sobriety. Tracy calls in with gratitude for the podcast.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our "Carry the Message" program or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 5, Episode 25: Rocketed into Fourth Dimension

Gerry, who serves on the Trustees Literature Committee, shares about the call for stories for various literature being revised. Gerry, Don and Sam also discuss feeling different coming into AA, and how they found a sense of belonging. The three also answer an Ask-it-Basket question from Stephanie, and talk about the different types of AA meetings.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our "Carry the Message" program or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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[Season 5, Episode 24: Hot Topic: AA Burnout

Based on a letter from Roxanne, Helen, Sam and Olis discuss the importance of service in AA and the equally important practice of maintaining balance between family, work and AA.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our "Carry the Message" program or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 5, Episode 23: Willing to Believe?

Mike L., the Interim Chair of the General Service Board, shares about his service role and about his recovery from alcoholism. A print interview with Mike also appears in the December issue of Grapevine magazine. In "Listener Feedback" Spencer has a question about the Big Book, and Tim shares gratitude for the sharing of one of our podcast guests.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our "Carry the Message" program or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 5, Episode 22: Spiritus Contra Spiritum

Olis joins the rotation as a host Grapevine's weekly podcast. Don and Olis speak with Julia from Berlin, Germany about International AA and translating the spiritual message. Julia also talks about her search for God, Spirit versus spirits, and creating the fellowship she craved. Stay tuned after sign off for a brief song.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our "Carry the Message" program or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 5, Episode 21: Out of Answers

Sam talks about learning to refocus in different types of meetings. Will joins Don and Sam for a discussion about connecting to AA, reaching out to others, and building a sober community. In an Ask it Basket segment, Felix asks about the phrase "Take it Easy" in the Twelve and Twelve. In Listener Feedback Madeline calls in on her fourth anniversary to express gratitude, and Steve wants to know how literature becomes AA Conference Approved.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our "Carry the Message" program or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 5, Episode 20: Stick with the Winners

Reilly from Oregon talks about getting sober as a young woman in AA, going from riding motorcycles to quilting, and her current service as a Regional Trustee. Reilly, Don and Sam discuss the advantages of no longer fighting anyone or anything and staying out of controversy. Don describes his visit to the GSO Archives, and there's a feature on the Grapevine Daily Quote.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our "Carry the Message" program or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 5, Episode 19: A Dream is a Promise You Give Yourself

"Liz the Lawyer," whose article appears in the November issue of Grapevine magazine, shares with Don and Sam about her struggles to admit her alcoholism, but then finding support and love from the "finest people on the planet." The three then talk through Grapevine's 12 Tips for a Joyous Holiday Season.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our "Carry the Message" program or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 5, Episode 18: The Seventh Step Prayer Saved Me

El shares about being given the gift of freedom through AA, her young people's home group, and turning over both the good and the bad parts of herself. In a "Stump the Thumper" feature, El cleans Don's clock.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our "Carry the Message" program or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 5, Episode 17: Willingness Grew on Me

Mark shares with Don and Sam how a voice of intervention let him know that alcohol no longer worked. AA helped Mark admit defeat. In an Ask it Basket segment, Rebecca has questions about the slogan Think, Think, Think and another about relapse. Brad calls in on the Listener Feedback Line.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our 'Carry the Message" program, or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 5, Episode 16: Come All the Way In, Sit All the Way Down

Olis talks to Don and Sam about how alcohol was love at first sip at a very young age, but then it stopped working. There's Ask-it-Basket questions from Lou about the terms "Recovered" and "Recovering" and one about Anonymity. Spencer has a history question about the Responsibility Statement, and we get to hear Bill W. lead the 1965 International Convention in Toronto in reciting.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our 'Carry the Message" program, or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 5, Episode 15: When Life Happens

Annie C., whose article appears in the October issue of Grapevine Magazine, shares with Don and Sam her journey in Alcoholics Anonymous. She recalls crying when she realized that she was OK, and the three talk about the gift of laughter in AA. Annie also helps answer an Ask it Basket question from Rebecca.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our 'Carry the Message" program, or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 5, Episode 14: Second Anniversary Special

Jon W., Grapevine's Senior Editor, joins Don and Sam for a discussion of how the magazine is put together each month for AA Members and potential members. Jon also talks about his own recovery from alcoholism, and how a solid program is important even when you're exposed to AA all day at work. There's a hilarious bonus of bloopers from year two at the end.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our 'Carry the Message" program, or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 5, Episode 13: Looking at Myself and Bringing God In

Kayla talks to Don and Sam about building a connection with her higher power — rather than her ego. She realized that while she was learning the steps, it was more important to work the steps, and that she found the ability to be more honest as the layers peeled. In "Listener Feedback" Kyle shares how the podcast has helped him through a rough time. In a bonus section of listener feedback at the end of the show we hear from Julia, Mick, Sara and Paul.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our 'Carry the Message" program, or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 5, Episode 12: ICY, ICY, ICY! — PA, PA, PA!

Sam visits ICYPAA, the International Conference of Young People in AA, and interviews numerous participants about the event and about their recovery from alcoholism. There's a bonus 10 minutes of interviews after the sign-off.

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print, online, or on the new Grapevine app. You can also provide a subscription to someone in need through our 'Carry the Message" program, or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

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Season 5, Episode 11: The Problem is Thinking About the Problem

Jake B., an American now living in Spain talks about going to meetings in a new country, struggling with the first step, learning to take suggestions, and about rigorous honesty with his sponsor. In "Listener Feedback" Sam and Don read emails received from Wayne, Sam, Monica, Vivian, and Wake.

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print or digital, provide a subscription to someone in need through our 'Carry the Message" program, or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

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Season 5. Episode 10: The Junkyard

Grapevine Publisher, Chris C., joins Don and Sam to discuss the new Grapevine and La Viña apps that launched on September 1. Steve H. joins later to talk about his article "The Junkyard," which appears in the September issue of Grapevine. We close with some thoughts from Bill W. about the importance of communication in AA.

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print or digital, provide a subscription to someone in need through our 'Carry the Message" program, or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

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Season 5, Episode 9: Katie, if You're Listening—Thank You!

Cameron talks to Don and Sam about getting sober in a foreign land on a virtual platform during lockdown. Encouraged by other members, he then got connected with local AA. In a Listener Feedback segment Madeline emails the podcast about welcoming newcomers. An excerpt from Dr. Bob's last talk rounds out this week's program in a Blast From the Past.

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print or digital, provide a subscription to someone in need through our 'Carry the Message" program, or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

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Season 5, Episode 8: Bottle to Throttle

Two military women, Dee and Niquie, share with Don and Sam about hiding their drinking and the spiritual hole in the soul that brought them into AA. There's also some great tips on preparing to attend drinking events. Tracy and Jeniffer call in to the podcast, and Gary sends in an email. There's also a bonus segment this week: #Heardinameeting.

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print or digital, provide a subscription to someone in need through our 'Carry the Message" program, or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

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Season 5, Episode 7: 1,172 of My Closest Friends

Don visits the North Carolina State Convention, and describes the setting and full schedule of events taking place. He interviews convention volunteers and participants about the event and about their recovery from alcoholism. This eposode extends beyond the normal time frame to include bonus interviews.

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print or digital, provide a subscription to someone in need through our 'Carry the Message" program, or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

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Season 5, Episode 6: Armed Services Interview Project

Tom P., who along with Jerry C. leads the AA Armed Forces Interview Project, talks with Don and Sam about their work of sharing the audio stories of AA members in the military. This is an extension of an interview that appears in the August 2023 issue of Grapevine Magazine. There's also a sample interview from the audio project with military member Nicquie.

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print or digital, provide a subscription to someone in need through our 'Carry the Message" program, or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

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Season 5, Episode 5: My Way Didn't Work

Steve L. remembers being told "you never have to feel this way again." He talks to Don and Sam about starting a new group, the importance of serving his group, and balancing AA with family and work. On the Listener Feedback Line we hear from Larry, Nancy and Joe.

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print or digital, provide a subscription to someone in need through our 'Carry the Message" program, or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

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Season 5, Episode 4: Many Paths to Spirituality

Jenn, a delegate to the General Service Conference, talks to Don and Sam about keeping an open mind and accepting the group conscience. Jenn also tells how she never thought drinking was the problem—until she read the big book. Cindy contributes an "Ask it Basket" question; and Brian calls in an old joke from the Ham-on-Wry days of Grapevine.

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print or digital, provide a subscription to someone in need through our 'Carry the Message" program, or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

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Season 5, Episode 3: The People in the Program

Bill L., an AA member with 53 years of sobriety, shares how he found "Freedom Hall" in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous. Bill describes how the first time he sincerely asked for help he went from rage to peace of mind. In a Listener Feedback segment, Rachel calls in on her 7th Anniversary.

You can email us at [email protected]. To record an Ask-It-Basket question or a recovery-related joke, call 212-870-3418 or email a voice recording to [email protected]

While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. Grapevine is the only AA entity that does not accept contributions, so to support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to Grapevine Magazine in print or digital, provide a subscription to someone in need through our 'Carry the Message" program, or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

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Season 5, Episode 2: Where are Your Feet?

Carissa joins Don and Sam and shares about the importance of giving newcomers the opportunity to grow with group commitments. In her experience esteemable acts helped her become trustworthy to others and to herself. In #heardinameeting Heather C., Chris C. and Spencer P. share some of the quirky and funny things they've heard or seen at AA meetings.

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Season 5, Episode 1: Trouble with the Second Step

Christopher M., whose article Safe & Loved appears in the July 2023 issue of Grapevine, shares with Don and Sam about finding a higher power that works for him. He also talks about writing for the Grapevine. In the Listener Feedback feature, Wake Q. raises the connection between powerlessness and anonymity; and Ed B. breaks the hosts' chops a bit.

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Season 4, Episode 26: Fear of People Stopped

Mark talks about how external pressure from the legal system got him to AA, and how service work saved him physically and spiritually. He searched out and found groups that allow him to be his authentic self. Don and Sam get help from past-Trustee Billy N. on a question from Amanda about the circle and triangle symbol.

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Season 4, Episdode 25: A Cork in a Washing Machine

Maggie P. shares with Don and Sam about her struggles to surrender to her alcoholism and to AA. She says she had to be brought to her knees, and that when she finally surrendered she was hanging on by a thread. Now she's a meeting maker with over 17 years of sobriety, enjoying the "Grace of Drunks." We also hear Listener Feedback from Tori, and her gratitude for the phrase "your own conception of God."

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Season 4, Episode 24: Take Me to a Meeting

Gary, the Intergroup Manager from Austin, TX, talks to Don and Sam about his recovery. He started out with periodic relapses and describes the misery that goes with that. He had a moment of clarity after reaching a final bottom. In sobriety, Gary's Ninth Step work led to him helping a person from his past. There's a call on our Listener Feedback Line from Richard too.

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Season 4, Episode 23: Street Tough

Lonnie from Washington, DC, whose story appears in the June issue of Grapevine, shares with Don and Sam about growing up on the streets, landing on the skid row of his own couch and crying out for Divine help. Now he sits up front at meetings to pay attention and hear, because he must deal with sobriety every day. Caller Spencer requests hearing Bill W.'s talk from the 1950 Convention, and we play excerpts of Bill talking about the Traditions and the soon-to-be Conference.

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Season 4, Episode 22: I Fell in Love with AA

Val M. from Vancouver, BC, talks about her sober date of July 2, the day after a Canada Day party. She learned early to go to lots of meetings and to include a Step meeting and a Big Book meeting each week. Val tells an inspiring story about God's intervention as she headed to a liquor store.

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Season 4, Episode 21: One becomes two, two becomes five, five becomes ten

John T. from the Bronx, NY talks to Don and Sam about his struggles to come back to AA, and the differences between his original first year and his second first year of sobriety. John shares about using the "Set Aside Prayer," in which he asks God to help him put aside everything he thinks he knows, and to be open minded to new experiences.

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Season 4, Episode 20: Come Back to this Moment

Chase talks to Don and Sam about the mental obsession and physical reaction of alcohol, how AA commitments keep the obsession at bay, and about doing the right thing regardless of how you feel. In an "Ask it Basket" feature, Paul asks about the 5th Edition of the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Jen a Delegate from the Conference Literature Committee gives an update.

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Season 4, Episode 19: My Goal is to Die Sober

Jeff C. shares with Don and Sam about his early struggles to stay sober. Jeff also talks about being in the final stage of his life, entering hospice, and still learning as he takes sobriety one day at a time to the last day.

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Season 4, Episode 18: A Wrench for Every Nut

After Don and Sam give a preview of the May '23 issue of Grapevine, Taylor the Sailor shares his experience, strength and hope as a frequent traveler in AA. He found that with willingness the hoops he had to go through proved large. He shares about using the "Loners International Directory" and about re-learning to breathe.

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Season 4, Episode 17: Keep Coming Back

Tana describes how AA gave her life back—she finished her education and now works in a helping profession. She also talks to Don and Sam about stopping the cycle of generational trauma. There's an Ask it Basket question from J.K., and listener feedback from Paula and Nathan.

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Season 4, Episode 16: Hot Topic: Online Groups

Monica and Jeff talk to Don and Sam about their experience with virtual AA meetings—how to find them, how to participate, etiquette, doing service, connecting with the group and individuals, safety and anonymity. They provide many suggestions for making the most of the experience.

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Season 4, Episode 15: Enlarging Our Spiritual Life

Big Book historian Bill joins Don and Sam for discussions about the different types of AA meetings, working to enlarge our spiritual lives, and the AA Word Police. Bill also takes on a challenging game of "Stump the Thumper."

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Season 4, Episode 14: Knowing When to Leave

Diane, whose story appears in the April 2023 issue of Grapevine, shares with Don and Sam about how her group helped her not only stay sober, but also make a difficult decision. There's an Ask-it-Basket question about the Forewords to the Big Book, and a couple listener comments too.

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Season 4, Episode 13: PRAASA '23

Sam visits the Pacific Region Alcoholics Anonymous Service Assembly and interviews five participants about their sobriety and service to AA. In a Listener Feedback feature we hear from Rebecca, Trevor, Jimmy and Taylor.

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Season 4, Episode 12: The Embrace of AA

Michaelene talks to Sam and Don about her life drinking and how she would lie, cheat, steal, con or manipulate others to get what she needed to drink; how she finally surrendered; and how AA members helped her through tragic situations.

In an "Ask it Basket" segment, the three discuss the difference between open and closed meetings.

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Season 4, Episode 11: The International Women's Conference

Don and Sam get help from Cindy as she visits the International Women's Conference in Dallas, TX recently. Cindy interviews numerous women about their sobriety and their experience at the conference. On the Listener Line, Peyton calls in from Illinois and we hear from Brian in North Carolina.

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Season 4, Episode 10: Confessions of a Spreadsheet-Loving Nerd

Christina S., whose story appears in the March issue of Grapevine magazine, shares with Don and Sam about finding her niche in AA service. She shares about watching the miracle of recover happen in her family and about her own spiritual awakening while working the 9th Step. Don and Sam discuss helping a newcomer, and the importance of being open and connected to other AA members and to God.

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Season 4, Episode 9: The God of Our Experience

Rev. Ward Ewing, a Class A Trustee Emeritus (non-alcoholic), talks with Don and Sam about how his work with Alcoholics Anonymous changed him and changed his ministry. Peter from Long Island, NY submits an "Ask it Basket" question and a joke; and Jerry from British Columbia gives feedback on the AA Grapevine Podcast.

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Season 4, Episode 8: A Nudge from the Judge

Allie C. talks to Don and Sam about how a forced drying out period during a court program helped the fog lift, which helped her denial to lift too. In AA, Allie met a group of people who just wanted to help her, but didn't want anything in return. Allie also talks about the value of having a sponsor and the rewards of being a sponsor. There's a bonus segment at the end of this podcast where problems other than alcohol are discussed — for those who may identify.

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Season 4, Episode 7: Showing Up

Lauren shares with Don and Sam about searching out live meetings again, and her gratitude for the tools to summon Steps 1, 2 and 3 when necessary. Lauren also shares info about the upcoming Pacific Region Alcoholics Anonymous Service Assembly. In a "Blast From the Past" Teddy R. shares from a talk in 1956.

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Season 4, Episode 6: Learning to Feel

Laura S., whose article appears in the February 2023 issue of Grapevine magazine, shares with Don and Sam about learning about AA in high school, the freedom to be who she is, and using the whole AA toolkit to lead a good life.

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Season 4, Episode 5: It's Not Rocket Surgery

Don and San talk to Geoff S., the Southern Regional Trustee for the General Service Board of Australia. Geoff talks about carrying the message in a proactive way, and how service helps him to stay sober and happy. Australia AA is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2025.

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Season 4, Episode 4: Young and Sober

Bobby and Charlene share about getting sober in AA as young people, obstacles they faced and finding fun and laughter. They discuss service at the group level, getting active in Young People in AA, and involvement in general service. Don and Sam share letters from the mailbag.

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Season 4, Episode 3: Sometimes Slowly

Greg T. talks to Don and Sam about how alcohol stopped working for him and how AA made his life worth living again. Greg relates how the Steps helped him find his authentic self. "Stump the Thumper" is this week's special feature.

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Season 4, Episode 2: The World Service Meeting

General Service Board Trustee-at-Large Trish L. and GSO Staff Member Racy J. share with Don and Sam about their personal recoveries and their recent participation in the AA World Service Meeting. While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

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Season 4, Episode 1: This Beautiful Truth

Reem, whose story appears in the January 2023 issue of Grapevine magazine, talks with Don and Sam about breaking through 10 years of denial by learning the 24-hour plan and "fake it till you make it." While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

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Season 3, Episode 27: North Stars in AA

Dennis talks to Don and Sam about living the illusion of controlled drinking, while getting beaten by hard drinking. Dennis describes North Stars in AA,—people who have experienced what he is going through and who give assurance that all will work out. In the Ask-It-Basket, Victor M. wants to know the difference between a "character defect" and a "shortcoming." Dennis, Don and Sam share their thoughts, and Big Book historian Bill S. weighs in too. While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

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Season 3, Episode 26: A Fork in the Road: Accept Help or Die

Casey from Victoria, BC talks to Don and Sam about getting into trouble when he tries to step into God's realm of control. He relates how finding opportunities for service, in AA and in his everyday life, keep him sane. Casey tells a funny story about owning his own breathalyzer. While we provide the podcast at no charge, we do have expenses. To support the AA Grapevine Podcast, please subscribe to the magazine or purchase books or other items at aagrapevine.org/store

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Season 3, Episode 25: The Meeting Guide App

Sam and Don talk to Josh R., about the development of the Meeting Guide App, technology in AA, and about recovery from alcoholism. 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 aagrapevine.org/store

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Season 3, Episode 24: What Can I Bring to the Occassion?

Jack, whose story "100 Beards" appears in the December issue of Grapevine, describes how he stays sober on the road with little opportunity for meetings, and how giving by playing Santa fills his spirit. Karen talks about dealing with expectations, connecting with others in recovery, and becoming the Chairperson of her inner-voice committee. 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 aagrapevine.org/store

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Season 3, Episode 23: "Help" is a Complete Sentence

Peg M. from Washington, DC shares that she did not have a one devastating bottom, but a series of small bottoms that piled up. Destructive drinking and destructive behavior brought her to AA. In a "Blast from the Past" Bill W. shares about AA's singleness of purpose, in a talk from 1957. 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 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.

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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 www.aagrapevine.org/store.