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15 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Tommy Tomlinson. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Tommy Tomlinson, often where they are interviewed.

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15 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Tommy Tomlinson. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Tommy Tomlinson, often where they are interviewed.

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Tommy Tomlinson on facing the Elephant in the Room, struggling with food addiction

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Tommy Tomlison is a brilliant writer and radio host based in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2019, he published a memoir about confronting an addiction to food, chronicling his efforts to lose weight after nearing 460 pounds. His story offers insight into addiction, food culture in the South, and writing honest stories.

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May 25 2020 · 44mins
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Episode 9: Tommy Tomlinson

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Tommy Tomlinson has written for publications including Esquire, ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Garden & Gun, and many others. He spent twenty-three years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary.
Mar 23 2020 · 52mins

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WSLS 226 | Spotlight Series: Tommy Tomlinson, Author, Journalist & DGD

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Our co-host, Tony Waller interviewed Damn Good Dawg Tommy Tomlinson. Tommy Tomlinson is the author of the memoir "The Elephant In the Room", about life as an overweight man in a growing America.

Tommy also hosts the podcast “SouthBound” in partnership with WFAE, Charlotte’s NPR station. Links to his book and his podcast are below:

The Elephant in the Room: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781501111617

Southbound Podcast:

Tommy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tommytomlinson

Waitin' Since Last Saturday:
https://twitter.com/wslspodcat https://wslspodcast.com https://instagram.com/wslspodcast
Mar 18 2020 · 38mins
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Tommy Tomlinson, Coastal Carolina National Bank

Nov 19 2019 · 41mins

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Special Sauce: Tommy Tomlinson on Asking for Help When You Need It [2/2]

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In part two of my wonderful conversation with Tommy Tomlinson, author of the impossible-to-put-down book The Elephant in the Room: One Fat Man's Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America, we talk about how he decided he was going to have to do more than just diet to successfully deal with his weight issues. Tomlinson describes asking his friends and family about what they thought about his eating habits. "I learned a lot from them about how they would watch what I was eating. And they would be surprised that I would eat the same as them, but I was the one getting bigger. They didn't know that I would stop again at the drive through on the way home and get a second dinner or something. But I also learned about their concerns about me, and their worry that I was going to be gone too soon, those sorts of things. And then I had longer conversation on the record that I taped with my wife, Alix Felsing, and my mom, who are two people who've been with me for most of this journey." 
 Tomlinson credits his wife in a major way for helping him confront what he calls "the one big problem" in his life. "Alix has been this incredible kind of guide for me," he says. "Without ever nagging or hectoring or browbeating me about it, she has gently and lovingly nudged me to become a better and more healthy person." 
 Tomlinson writes in his book about something Alix once said to him, which I asked him to repeat on ai because I found it so moving. "She looked at me and said, 'You made my life.'" he remembers. "That was probably the best moment I will ever have as a human being, to know that I made her life. She has certainly made mine." 
 I hope that exchange, which brought at least one Serious Eater to tears, gets you to check out the rest of our conversation. This episode is as moving, as wise, and as human as a Special Sauce episode gets.


The full transcript for this episode can be found over here at Serious Eats: https://www.seriouseats.com/2019/03/special-sauce-tommy-tomlinson-2-2.html

Mar 28 2019 · 45mins
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Weight & Life in Sports with Tommy Tomlinson

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Guests: Tommy Tomlinson, Langston Moore, Preston Thorne, Bob Gillespie.  
Topics: Tommy's book "The Elephant in the Room," obesity, Spurrier/Holtz, Jared Lorenzen, Struggling, a path forward

Mar 26 2019 · 1hr 15mins
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Special Sauce: Tommy Tomlinson on Untangling Food, Love, and Loving Food [1/2]

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It's pretty rare for a Special Sauce interview to speak so directly to me that it feels like I've been hit in the gut. But that's exactly what happened when I talked with Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Tommy Tomlinson, whose book The Elephant in the Room: One Fat Man's Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America is a moving memoir about struggling with eating and weight issues.

As someone who has grappled with a weight problem my whole life, I identified with every word Tomlinson wrote and every bite he took, and I often felt during our conversation that he was speaking about my own experiences with food.

For example, here is Tomlinson on how food makes him feel: "I've never done hard drugs, but the feeling that I've heard people describe when they shoot heroin, for example that incredible rush and that warm feeling that goes over their body, is very similar to what I believe I feel when I have like a double cheeseburger from Wendy's. It's just this burst of pleasure and good feeling."

Tomlinson is similarly eloquent about how he started to make the connection between obesity and food: "I didn't really connect being overweight with eating because I was eating what everybody else in my family was eating. I just wasn't working the way they were working to burn off calories. And as I got older, I started to realize even more deeply that I had these two lives. I had this one life where I was successful and doing well, had good friends, had people who loved and cared about me. And had this second life where I had this addiction that I could not control. And...up until basically this book and me trying to figure it out, I never could reconcile those two things. And so, sure, I knew from early on that I had some fundamental issue, I just never could figure out what it was."

And here he is on the fraught relationship between food and love: "And then there's stuff that's very common in food which is it's about love and affection. Your family has made this gift for you often still to this day it's your mom or your grandmother or somebody like that has made this thing. And they've sacrificed and they've sweated over it. And they've worked on this recipe for years. And it's a family tradition. And they always have it. And so for you just to not indulge in it carries a whole lot of symbolic weight. It's like rejecting the people who love you."

This episode of Special Sauce made me laugh, made me cry, and made me think, and any podcast that can make you do all three of those things is worth listening to, whether you struggle with your weight or not.


The full transcript for this episode can be found over here at Serious Eats: https://www.seriouseats.com/2019/03/special-sauce-tommy-tomlinson-1-2.html

Mar 21 2019 · 33mins
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Tommy Tomlinson (2/28/19) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #32

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Charlie talks with journalist Tommy Tomlinson about his moving and insightful book The Elephant in the Room—One Man's Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America. They talk about living in a world that was not designed for you, the culture of southern food, developing empathy, and much more.

Feb 28 2019 · 44mins
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Tommy Tomlinson: Pulitzer finalist sports writer and author of "The Elephant in the Room"

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On staring into the mirror and describing exactly what one sees; on the painful beauty of a memoir about a lifetime of weight difficulties; on forming a kinship with a former Kentucky quarterback.

Feb 19 2019 · 52mins
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Tommy Tomlinson on the Search for his Best Self

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Tommy Tomlinson, journalist and author of “The Elephant in the Room” speaks about his struggle with weight and his chronicle of profound self-discovery and weight loss. After his sister died from complications of obesity, Tommy knew that at 460 lbs he needed to turn his health around. After many years of failed diets and exercise regimes, he knew he needed a different approach, one that addressed the underlying factors to his relationship with food. In an honest and painful effort to understand how he got to be so heavy, Tommy went on a search for truth. He looked at his childhood and the blue collar culture in which he was raised. He sent a questionnaire to his closest friends and interviewed his mom and wife, asking for their honesty in order to help confront the most painful and shameful parts of himself. He shares his experience of surviving throat cancer and how that propelled him further on his journey towards wellbeing.

Tommy’s book is the inspiring story of looking deeply into one’s darkest parts and the courageous search for a better self.

You can learn more about Tommy @: http://tommytomlinson.com

Jan 09 2019 · 45mins