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. 

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

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.