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 the Oldtimer question or a recovery related joke, call 212-870-3418.

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. 
A new episode will be available in English every Monday at 9:00 am EST.

Read below each Episode Notes

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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 the Oldtimer question or a recovery related joke, call 212-870-3418.

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 above.
A new episode will be available in English every Monday at 9:00 am EST.