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It's "All Songs Considered" for the recovery community. New episodes every week!
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Loyalty

Loyalty

2019-12-1853:12

Sean, Mike and Paul get into the topic of loyalty—for people, for brands, for recovery programs and everything in between. (This episode also boasts references to Boxcar Willie and "Toy Story," so it can't be all bad.) Artists include Randy Newman, Miya Folick, R.E.M. and Local Natives.(Drop the Needle does not own or claim ownership of any music used in this podcast. All rights go to original owner.)
Mike Returns!

Mike Returns!

2019-11-1328:15

"I'm an alcoholic and an addict and I unleashed the monster. I didn't realize how severe the consequences of that would be." Co-host Mike Verlie returns to the show—and to recovery. Mike shares a bit of his journey over the past few months as well as his hopes for the future. Artists in this episode include Lucy Dacus, Gaz Coombes and Daft Punk.(Drop the Needle does not own or claim ownership of any music used in this podcast. All rights go to original owner.)
The Pink Cloud

The Pink Cloud

2019-10-3054:16

By far, this is our happiest, bounciest and most upbeat collection of music in one episode. That's because we're talking about "the pink cloud" in addiction recovery—the temporary sense of euphoria, hope and well-being that occurs during very early sobriety. Artists this time around include Phantom Planet, Gotye, Phoenix, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Florence + The Machine and Jessica Lea Mayfield. (Drop the Needle does not own or claim ownership of any music used in this podcast. All rights go to original owner.)
Instant Gratification

Instant Gratification

2019-10-2357:39

Instant gratification is one of the hallmarks of suffering from addiction⁠—the soulless chase of a short-term high without thinking through the long-term consequences. Sean and Paul talk about self-control, impulse purchases, patience and focusing on the big picture. Artists include Now, Now, Bat for Lashes, Arcade Fire, Saint Motel, The Beach Boys, and Sylvan Esso. (Drop the Needle does not own or claim ownership of any music used in this podcast. All rights go to original owner.)
Beating Yourself Up

Beating Yourself Up

2019-10-1449:36

When you're in addiction recovery, it's easy to beat yourself up for the things that you did. But it's how you move past your bad decisions and forgive yourself that truly defines your future. In this episode, Sean and Paul talk about letting go of the past, awkward moments, dwelling on mistakes and pushing forward. Artists include Metronomy, Mr. Little Jeans, Fruit Bats and Teenage Priest. (Drop the Needle does not own or claim ownership of any music used in this podcast. All rights go to original owner.)
If you're struggling with alcoholism and addiction, you know how cruel sleep can be. Likewise, if you're struggling with sobriety, you know just how cruel sleep can be, too. There's no happy medium. Many routines over many years have to be built. Paul has had a contentious, ugly relationship with sleep for nearly six years after getting sober. In this episode, Sean and Paul discuss sleep habits, dream imagery in songs, and Paul's addiction to Ambien. They also share songs by Hey Ocean!, Youth Lagoon, M83 and Explosions in the Sky.(Drop the Needle does not own or claim ownership of any music used in this podcast. All rights go to original owner.)
Beware the 13th Step

Beware the 13th Step

2019-09-3046:05

This week, we discuss the complicated, thorny and entirely unofficial “Step 13” in 12-step programs: the common phenomenon of long-timers preying romantically upon short-timers. It’s an episode about protecting yourself against vulnerability and recognizing whom to trust in recovery. With the help of our frequent guest Adam, we offer some solutions and strategies for navigating this minefield. We also share songs by Air Traffic Controller, little hurricane, Hellogoodbye, and Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross. (Drop the Needle does not own or claim ownership of any music used in this podcast. All rights go to original owner.)
In the final episode of the 12-step project, Sean and Paul discuss how to give back, removing obsessions in your life, and the art of living your best life. Artists include Vacationer, Poolside, Public Service Broadcasting, Dylan LeBlanc and Rex Orange County. (Drop the Needle does not own or claim ownership of any music used in this podcast. All rights go to original owner.)
Paul and Sean discuss how to "fake it until you make it" in recovery, meditation, higher powers, sensory deprivation tanks and the time Sean got locked in the record-album archives by a vengeful Paul. Artists include Lana Del Rey, Washed Out, Japanese Breakfast and The Japanese House.(Drop the Needle does not own or claim ownership of any music used in this podcast. All rights go to original owner.) 
<SEASON PREMIERE> In this episode, Sean and Paul discuss Step 10, self-honesty, insecurity, guilt, forgiveness, "restraint of tongue and pen" and the time Paul thought he didn't appear on Sean's doorbell-camera when he actually did. Artists include Dear and the Headlights, Electric Guest and Lizzo. (Drop the Needle does not own or claim ownership of any music used in this podcast. All rights go to original owner.) 
In this episode, Sean and Paul bring music about the hardest steps in the book: Steps 8 and 9. Making amends is fraught with anxiety and tension as it is, but putting that into motion can be even more complicated. They discuss how to practically approach someone to make amends, the act of forgiveness, and how to maintain sobriety without being forgiven, not to mention songs by Paramore, Miya Folick, Jukebox the Ghost, Dum Dum Girls and Tori Amos.Also, we've been nominated for Best Music Podcast for the 2019 Columbus Podcast Awards. If you don't mind showing us a little love, go to the nominations page and throw us a vote! It takes two seconds. Thank you! We're humbled and honored by the nom.(Drop the Needle does not own or claim ownership of any music used in this podcast. All rights go to original owner.) 
In this episode, we're joined by the sunny, kind and engaging Arlina Allen, host of her own podcast The ODAAT Chat as well as the creator of Sober Life School. We discuss AA Step 7, which consists of removing one's shortcomings. Artists include Glen Phillips, Enigma, Anna of the North and The National.Also, we've been nominated for Best Music Podcast for the 2019 Columbus Podcast Awards. If you don't mind showing us a little love, go to the nominations page and throw us a vote! It takes two seconds. Thank you! We're humbled and honored by the nom.(Drop the Needle does not own or claim ownership of any music used in this podcast. All rights go to original owner.) 
In this episode, we welcome return guest Tommy Rutger to discuss Step 6 and removing defects of character. Artists include Gov't Mule, Lady Lamb and Fiona Apple.Also, we've been nominated for Best Music Podcast for the 2019 Columbus Podcast Awards. If you don't mind showing us a little love, go to https://www.columbuspodcastawards.com/nominations and throw us a vote! It takes two seconds. Thank you! We're humbled and honored by the nom.(Drop the Needle does not own or claim ownership of any music used in this podcast. All rights go to original owner.) 
In this episode, we discuss the soul-shaking confession step. Artists this episode include The Trash Can Sinatras, Vampire Weekend, Yellow Ostrich, Three Dog Night, Claud, and Shearwater.Also, we've been nominated for Best Music Podcast for the 2019 Columbus Podcast Awards. If you don't mind showing us a little love, go to https://www.columbuspodcastawards.com/nominations and throw us a vote! It takes two seconds. Thank you! We're humbled and honored by the nom.(Drop the Needle does not own or claim ownership of any music used in this podcast. All rights go to original owner.) 
In this episode, we discuss Step 4 and the process of creating a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Artists include Mal Blum, Michael Penn, Radical Face, Tristen, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, and TV Girl.Also, we've been nominated for Best Music Podcast for the 2019 Columbus Podcast Awards. If you don't mind showing us a little love, go to https://www.columbuspodcastawards.com/nominations and throw us a vote! It takes two seconds. Thank you! We're humbled and honored by the nom.(Drop the Needle does not own or claim ownership of any music used in this podcast. All rights go to original owner.)
In this episode, celebrated author, essayist and blogger Sean Paul Mahoney ("Now That You've Stopped Dying") joined us for a deep-dive into Step 3, including music from Dolly Parton, Björk, Annie Lennox, Sylvan Esso and a Future Islands remix of a Phantogram track.(Drop the Needle does not own or claim ownership of any music used in this podcast. All rights go to original owner.)
In this music-heavy episode, we're joined by return guest Adam G., as well as music from Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Joon Moon, Oasis, Civil Twilight, R.E.M. and Coldplay. (Drop the Needle does not own or claim ownership of any music used in this podcast. All rights go to original owner.)
Step 1 brings with it songs from lovelytheband, Bleachers, Coldplay, and Father John Misty.(Drop the Needle does not own or claim ownership of any music used in this podcast. All rights go to original owner.)
Steps, Part 2

Steps, Part 2

2019-04-0323:57

<SEASON PREMIERE> In the second part of our season premiere, Mike & Paul discuss the season's 12-step arc, as well as the concept of "walls" and how Mike has no problem staring into the middle distance for hours on end. Artists in this episode include Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Crystal Castles, and The Animals.(Drop the Needle does not own or claim ownership of any music used in this podcast. All rights go to original owner.)
Steps

Steps

2019-03-2534:03

<SEASON PREMIERE> In our fourth season premiere, Sean & Paul introduce the topic of Steps and how each episode forward will be dedicated to one of the 12 steps of recovery. Artists in this episode include Andrew Bird, Ben Kweller, Vampire Weekend, Vienna Teng and Miya Folick. (Drop the Needle does not own or claim ownership of any music used in this podcast. All rights go to original owner.)
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