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Fear Based Life

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

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Car crashes & Anxiety with Georgia Hardstark

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

1hr 30mins

2 Nov 2016

Rank #1

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Stairs, Anger, and Drunk People w/ Steven Ray Morris

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

1hr 20mins

25 Jul 2017

Rank #2

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Hometown Murder

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..... 

1hr 7mins

20 Mar 2018

Rank #3

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Auditions and Internet Neuroses w/ Jackie Johnson

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

1hr 29mins

30 May 2017

Rank #4

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Social Anxiety and Fear Of Being Hated with Courtney Pauroso

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.

1hr 32mins

16 Aug 2016

Rank #5

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Generalized Anxiety and Finding The Right Church w/ Dorothy Fortenberry

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

1hr 16mins

27 Jun 2017

Rank #6

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Snakes and The Death Of A Child with Mike Truesdale

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

1hr 44mins

21 Jun 2016

Rank #7

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When fear is banished......

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

1hr 1min

22 Nov 2017

Rank #8

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

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!

1hr 30mins

2 May 2017

Rank #9

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

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

1hr 18mins

10 Oct 2017

Rank #10

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Shark Attacks with Christine Woods

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

1hr 16mins

28 Jun 2016

Rank #11

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Heights and Not Being Good Enough with Ingrid Haas

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.

1hr 15mins

6 Jul 2016

Rank #12

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Losing People, The Unknown, Never Getting a Sign w/ Mel Stephens

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

1hr 6mins

19 Sep 2017

Rank #13

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Not Living Up To Your Potential and Renouncing God w/ Seth Morris

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

1hr 22mins

18 Jul 2017

Rank #14

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Food Phobias and Self-Harm w/ Listener Bailey

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.

1hr 10mins

23 May 2017

Rank #15

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

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

1hr 20mins

15 Aug 2017

Rank #16

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

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

1hr 23mins

4 Jul 2017

Rank #17

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Doing Everything Wrong with Eliza Skinner

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

1hr 30mins

13 Sep 2016

Rank #18

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Psychic Medium Bill Phillips

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

1hr 1min

19 Jul 2016

Rank #19

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Crabs, Death, and Not Fulfilling Your Potential w/ Kat Foster Part Two

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


12 Sep 2017

Rank #20