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Fear Based Life

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After a spiritual breakdown, Melissa Stephens explores fears, phobias, and beliefs with a special guest.

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After a spiritual breakdown, Melissa Stephens explores fears, phobias, and beliefs with a special guest.

iTunes Ratings

196 Ratings
Average Ratings
174
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The absolute best

By AllyBallyButter - Sep 08 2017
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I love Mel. Listening to it makes me feel not so crazy with my fears!

I was skeptical but

By Lita as in Carmelita - Aug 25 2017
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Mel is honest and totally relatable! I'm hooked!

iTunes Ratings

196 Ratings
Average Ratings
174
7
6
3
6

The absolute best

By AllyBallyButter - Sep 08 2017
Read more
I love Mel. Listening to it makes me feel not so crazy with my fears!

I was skeptical but

By Lita as in Carmelita - Aug 25 2017
Read more
Mel is honest and totally relatable! I'm hooked!
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Fear Based Life

Latest release on Oct 01, 2019

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After a spiritual breakdown, Melissa Stephens explores fears, phobias, and beliefs with a special guest.

Rank #1: Car crashes & Anxiety with Georgia Hardstark

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My Favorite Murder's Georgia Hardstark opens up about her deepest fears.

Nov 02 2016

1hr 30mins

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Rank #2: Stairs, Anger, and Drunk People w/ Steven Ray Morris

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Stairs, anger, and drunkenness from others while sober with Steven Ray Morris.

Jul 25 2017

1hr 20mins

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Rank #3: Hometown Murder

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Veronica, a friend from NYC whom I haven't seen in ages, reached out to tell me her story. It's full of so many twists and turns and a murder that has gone unsolved..... 

Mar 20 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #4: Auditions and Internet Neuroses w/ Jackie Johnson

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Natch Beaut’s Jackie Johnson joins Mel to chat about auditioning in Los Angeles, editing yourself, internet neuroses, and the ideal way to die.

May 30 2017

1hr 29mins

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Rank #5: Social Anxiety and Fear Of Being Hated with Courtney Pauroso

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Two of Feral Audio's rawest voices meet to talk about their fears when We Should Have A Podcast's Courtney Pauroso opens up about her sometimes debilitating social anxiety.

Aug 16 2016

1hr 32mins

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Rank #6: Generalized Anxiety and Finding The Right Church w/ Dorothy Fortenberry

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Generalized anxiety, growing up in the “Libral South,” and finding the right church with writer Dorothy Fortenberry.

Jun 27 2017

1hr 16mins

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Rank #7: Snakes and The Death Of A Child with Mike Truesdale

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Mike Truesdale's goto fear is snakes, but as a new Father the thought of losing a child is devastating.

Jun 21 2016

1hr 44mins

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Rank #8: When fear is banished......

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Vanessa shares her harrowing story of living through her greatest fear. Try to not sob through it. Mel couldn't.

Nov 22 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #9: Live Show w/ Nick Court, Florence Hartigan, Andy Haynes, Dan Van Kirk, Ben Bizuneh, Georgia Hardstark

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Fear Based Life LIVE is a live stage show where Mel invites her friends to come by, explore everything dark, and try something on stage they've never done before. Featuring: Nick Court, Florence Hartigan, Andy Haynes, Daniel Van Kirk, Ben Bizuneh and Georgia Hardstark!

May 02 2017

1hr 30mins

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Rank #10: Death of a Loved One, Driving in LA, and Being Perceived as a Burden w/ Santina Muha

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Death of a loved one, driving in Los Angeles, and being perceived as a burden with comedic actor Santina Muha.

Oct 10 2017

1hr 18mins

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Rank #11: Shark Attacks with Christine Woods

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Christine Woods fears the ocean and shark attacks and shares her belief in reincarnation.

Jun 28 2016

1hr 16mins

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Rank #12: Heights and Not Being Good Enough with Ingrid Haas

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Feral Audio fans have the long awaited Vomit On The Web reunion and official farewell episode, Ingrid Haas joins Fear Based Life to talk about her fear of heights.

Jul 06 2016

1hr 15mins

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Rank #13: Losing People, The Unknown, Never Getting a Sign w/ Mel Stephens

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A special solo episode on losing loved ones, the unknown, and never receiving a sign with your host Mel Stephens.

Sep 19 2017

1hr 6mins

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Rank #14: Not Living Up To Your Potential and Renouncing God w/ Seth Morris

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Not living up to your potential, hitting pedestrians with your car, and renouncing God with comedic actor and writer Seth Morris.

Jul 18 2017

1hr 22mins

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Rank #15: Food Phobias and Self-Harm w/ Listener Bailey

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On this week’s Fear Based Life, a listener named Bailey calls in to chat with Mel about food phobias, self-harm, abusive relationships, and more.

May 23 2017

1hr 10mins

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Rank #16: Dying in Cars Under Water, Flying, and Navigating a New City w/ Erin Gibson

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Dying in cars under water, flying, and navigating a new city with improviser, actor, and writer Erin Gibson.

Aug 15 2017

1hr 20mins

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Rank #17: Dead People in the Water, Flesh Eating Bacteria, and Having Children w/ Emily Foster

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Dead people in the water, flesh eating bacteria, and having children with writer and producer Emily Foster.

Jul 04 2017

1hr 23mins

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Rank #18: Doing Everything Wrong with Eliza Skinner

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Stand up Eliza Skinner delves into her biggest fears and talks about her non-traditional religious upbringing.

Sep 13 2016

1hr 30mins

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Rank #19: Psychic Medium Bill Phillips

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Mel explores her curiosity into psychics, mediums and channeling in an interview with practicing psychic Bill Phillips.

Jul 19 2016

1hr 1min

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Rank #20: Crabs, Death, and Not Fulfilling Your Potential w/ Kat Foster Part Two

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Crabs, death of a loved one, and not fulfilling your potential with actor and writer Kat Foster. Part Two of Two. 

Sep 12 2017

58mins

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Tom Detrinis from Finding The Asshole

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Tom Detrinis talks about all his fears in the best way on this new episode of Finding The Asshole. This is part one to his two part episode. 

Oct 01 2019

1hr 2mins

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Deanna Cheng, Ep. 2

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The second episode of Mel's interview with Deanna. They talk about her spiritual beliefs and Deanna's relationship with death.

Sep 17 2019

31mins

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SEASON TWO*** Deanna Cheng

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Deanna Cheng makes Mel laugh so hard and makes her feel all the feels. They talk about their anxiety taking over their lives and the big NO NO of texting someone "Can you talk?".

Part one of the Season Two Premiere is here. 

Sep 10 2019

1hr

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Nick interviews former classmate Sas

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Nick interviews former classmate and fellow actor from LAMDA Anastasia Griffith. Listen to two Brits get deep on all of the things. 

Oct 26 2018

1hr 18mins

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Pythons, DVT, and meditation for children

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Mel reads the news and gets stressed out. 

Jun 26 2018

43mins

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*** Guest Host Laura Holloway ***

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Guest Host Laura Holloway tries her hand at podcasting. She interviews musician Sam Lewis about his fears phobias and spiritual and religious beliefs. 

May 24 2018

1hr 21mins

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SOLO Mel Episode

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Mel reads letters from listeners, addresses current events and how they coincide with her fears and as always the fear of death and not being liked come back up. 

May 23 2018

47mins

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Guest host Nick interviews a psychotherapist in New York City

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Psychotherapist Lily who specializes in Intimacy and Leadership joins Nick Court as they tackle the big Fear Based Life questions. 

May 02 2018

1hr 6mins

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Tim Peper Part Deux

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Family dynamics, religion, fear, meditation and more journal readings. Listen to Mel and Tim banter out their eccentricities. 

May 02 2018

1hr 28mins

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Actor Tim Peper part one.

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Tim talks phobias, reads from Mel's childhood journal and tarot cards... The episode was so good it was split it into two. This is his first ever podcast!

Side note volume is all good now. Thanks everyone. 

May 01 2018

56mins

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Hometown Murder

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Veronica, a friend from NYC whom I haven't seen in ages, reached out to tell me her story. It's full of so many twists and turns and a murder that has gone unsolved..... 

Mar 20 2018

1hr 7mins

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Interview with listener Meredith

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Meredith talks about her struggle with Impostor Syndrome, depression and a particularly difficult romantic relationship. 

Jan 28 2018

1hr 22mins

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Lies, Death, and Family Drama w/ Hope

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Fears of being wrongly fully prisoner, lies, death, family drama and the new found friendship Mel and Hope find in each other.

Dec 13 2017

1hr 40mins

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Torture, Dying, and Terrible Things Happening to the Ones We Love w/ Daryl Watson

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Torture, dying, and terrible things happening to the ones we love with listener Daryl Watson.

Nov 29 2017

1hr 46mins

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When fear is banished......

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Vanessa shares her harrowing story of living through her greatest fear. Try to not sob through it. Mel couldn't.

Nov 22 2017

1hr 1min

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Evangelicals in Power, Driving Behind Trucks, and Failure w/ Julie Brister

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Evangelicals in power, driving behind trucks with poles, and failure with actor and writer Julie Brister

Nov 15 2017

1hr 49mins

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Falling AC units, Heights, and Random Catastrophe w/ Adam Lustick

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Falling air conditioning units, heights, and random, uncontrollable catastrophes with actor and comedian Adam Lustick

Nov 07 2017

1hr 25mins

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Elevators, Tribalism, and Adequacy w/ Listener Mark

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Elevators, tribalism in today's times, and adequacy with FBL patron Mark

Nov 01 2017

1hr 19mins

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Fear Based Life - Live from the Federal Bar in North Hollywood

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Mel takes Fear Based Life out on the road. Recorded live at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood CA on 10/12/17

Oct 24 2017

1hr 28mins

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Silence, Confiend Spaces, and Not Being Able to Provide w/ Listener Pete

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Silence, confined spaces, and not being able to provide with FBL patron Pete

Oct 17 2017

55mins

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iTunes Ratings

196 Ratings
Average Ratings
174
7
6
3
6

The absolute best

By AllyBallyButter - Sep 08 2017
Read more
I love Mel. Listening to it makes me feel not so crazy with my fears!

I was skeptical but

By Lita as in Carmelita - Aug 25 2017
Read more
Mel is honest and totally relatable! I'm hooked!