Work in Progress with Sophia Bush

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Work in Progress with Sophia Bush features frank, funny, personal, professional, and sometimes even political conversations with people who inspire Sophia about how they’ve gotten to where they are, and where they think they’re still going. These discussions stem from her "aha" moment of realizing you are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously.

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Diane von Furstenberg
00:59:31

Diane von Furstenberg, fashion designer, philanthropist, founder of the global brand, DVF, and creator of the iconic wrap dress joins Sophia today! They discuss how Diane met Prince Egon von Furstenberg in the late 60s, how she started her career in fashion, her husband Barry Diller and their foundation “The Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation,” and her new book, Own It, The Secret to Life.


Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Rabbit Grin Productions

Associate Producers: Caitlin Lee & Josh Windisch

Editor: Josh Windisch

Artwork by the Hoodzpah Sisters

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Apr 20, 2021
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson (WIP + W&G)
00:45:38

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson joins Sophia today to kick off WIP’s Well & Good four-part mini-series which focuses on sustainability. Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a Doctor of Marine Biology, policy expert, writer, conservation strategist, and co-creator and co-host of the podcast How to Save a Planet! On today’s episode, Sophia and Dr. Johnson discuss how Dr. Johnson came up with the Blue New Deal, how the ocean can be utilized for sustainable farming, and how the ocean can be part of the solution to our climate crisis while also creating more jobs.

Apr 15, 2021
Andrew Yang
00:59:06

Andrew Yang, entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, non-profit leader, former 2020 presidential candidate, and a 2021 New York City mayoral candidate joins Sophia today to discuss his experience growing up in New York, what it’s like having immigrant parents, what he loves most about NYC, how he balances his life as a father and a politician, and what he’s learned working in nonprofits advocating both for the people and for better education policy. Andrew and Sophia have worked together on activist causes in the past, including the organization “Defeat By Tweet” and the initiative, “Win Both Seats.”

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Apr 13, 2021
A Progress Report + Q&A
00:30:42

On today’s special bonus episode Sophia gives you an update on what is happening in the world of Work in Progress. She gives you some more details on the move to Wondery and the team that has helped put a new face on the show. Plus she answers some of your questions from social media.

Apr 08, 2021
Hillary Clinton
01:07:11

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former First Lady, U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of State during the Obama administration, and 2016 presidential candidate joins Sophia today to discuss her childhood, her inspirations, the pandemic, her documentary on Hulu, RBG, gender inequality, BLM, and criticism and misinformation. They also discuss going to an all women’s college and learning to live outside the trap of traditional roles, how women’s economic prosperity is necessary for our national prosperity, and how we still have a lot of work to do to keep things moving forward for women, black and brown people, and marginalized groups of all kinds.


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Apr 06, 2021
Welcome to Work in Progress Season 2
00:01:14

We are thrilled to announce that Work in Progress has joined forces with one of the biggest names in podcasting — Wondery. In season 2, you'll hear from some of the biggest guests we've ever had, including Hillary Clinton, Diane von Furstenberg, Andrew Yang, and many more.


Apr 06, 2021
Glennon Doyle (re-release)
01:48:34

Glennon Doyle is an activist and thought leader, and founder of Together Rising. She joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to share her story, discuss why we need to change the expectations we put on girls and how we raise them, and talk about her best-selling book, "Untamed."


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Jan 28, 2021
Dr. Edith Eger
01:16:06

Today on Work in Progress, Sophia is joined by Dr. Edith Eger (@dr.editheger)! Dr. Eger is a highly sought after psychologist, author, and keynote speaker who survived the Holocaust as a teenage girl and went on to thrive despite the trauma she endured. Edie, as her friends affectionately call her, obtained her doctorate in psychology and learned to use her imprisonment at Auschwitz as a powerful analogy for the prisons we create in our own minds.

Her mission is now to inspire others to discard their limitations and find renewal and freedom within themselves. After becoming a New York Times Bestselling Author with her memoir, The Choice, Dr. Eger wrote a hands-on guide to overcoming trauma that just came out this fall called The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life. Somehow between her busy clinical practice in La Jolla and her many speaking engagements, this energetic 93 year-old made time to sit down for a chat!

On today’s episode of Work in Progress, Sophia and Dr. Eger discuss the power of thought, how the most obnoxious person can be your best teacher, why “How are you doing?” is a stupid question, and how love is what you do rather than what you say. Dr. Eger also shares her harrowing accounts of arriving at Auschwitz, being forced to dance for Josef Mengele, and how she found the spirit to survive it all within her own mind.


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Jan 05, 2021
David Whyte
00:59:43

Today on Work in Progress, Sophia is joined by David Whyte (@davidjwhyte)!!! David is an accomplished poet and associate fellow at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. He grew up in Yorkshire to an Irish mother and an English father, and his love of poetry and the natural world started early in his life.

Rather than formally studying poetry and literature, David took a different path and earned a degree in Marine Zoology after being inspired by Jacques Cousteau. He was a natural guide in the Galapagos Islands and led tours into the Himalaya, and all of his adventurous travels ended up leading him right back to poetry. David has published several books of poetry and prose including The Bell and the Blackbird, Everything is Waiting for You, and The House of Belonging. He also has the unique credential of bringing poetry into the corporate world for the purpose of enhancing leadership.  

On today’s episode, Sophia and David discuss the robustness of vulnerability, being ravished by the natural world, and how sometimes you have to start “undoing” yourself in order to progress. They also share ideas about destiny, finding yourself, and how poetry is “the language against which we have no defenses.” If you’ve been wishing to see a little more poetry in the world lately, then this episode is definitely for you.


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Dec 29, 2020
Cindy Eckert
01:23:45

Today on Work In Progress, Sophia is joined by Cindy Eckert (@cindypinkceo)!! Cindy is a serial-entrepreneur and highly vocal advocate for women, specifically in the areas of business and health. Over her impressive 24-year career in healthcare, Cindy created and sold two innovative pharmaceutical companies, Slate Pharmaceuticals and Sprout Pharmaceuticals. At Sprout, she forged a new path in women’s healthcare by creating Addyi, the first ever FDA approved drug for low sexual desire in women.

After selling it for $1B only to see it shelved, she fought tooth and nail to get it back and make sure that it was made available for women against all odds. She now mentors and invests in entrepreneurs with ground-breaking ideas through her investment fund, The Pink Ceiling. This “pinkubator” helps women do what Cindy has already done herself: achieve big success, take command in male dominated industries, and truly change the world. 

On today’s episode of Work in Progress, Sophia and Cindy discuss moving around as a kid, the importance of individuality in the workplace, and how the best way to change a problematic industry is to change it from within. They also explore the social conditioning of women around the subject of sexual pleasure, and why female sexual health is largely overlooked. This episode is about advocating for ourselves as women and demanding better. You’ll want to share this one with every woman you know.


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Dec 22, 2020
Natalie Portman
01:04:03

Today on Work in Progress, Sophia is joined by Natalie Portman (@natalieportman)!Natalie is known worldwide as an Academy Award winning actress, director, producer, and activist. Born in Israel, she immigrated to the US with her parents at the age of 3 and began auditioning when her family moved to New York. After her film debut in Leon: The Professional at age 12, Natalie has gone on to star in over 40 films.

But Natalie is far more than a talented and successful actress. She has used her platform for extensive advocacy and activism, championing causes like the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements, animal rights, protecting the environment, Black Lives Matter, and many more. Proving that she really can do it all, Natalie recently published Natalie Portman’s Book of Fables, which retells classic children’s fables in a more modern and representative light.  

On today’s episode, Sophia and Natalie discuss the 2020 experience, learning to act by acting, what it’s like to go to college when you’re already a movie star, and the unfortunate observation that the world tends to undervalue professions and skills that are stereotypically female. Natalie also shares how she faces the challenge of being a working mom while still making time for the causes she cares about. And she and Sophia touch on their mutual involvement in Angels FC, the national Women’s Soccer league franchise of which Natalie is a founder. Enjoy!


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Dec 15, 2020
Jenni Konner
01:05:35

Today on Work In Progress, Sophia is joined by Jenni Konner (@jennikonner)!Jenni is a television writer and producer who's worked alongside Lena Dunham as the co-executive producer and showrunner of Girls for all six of the hit show's seasons. She continued her partnership with Dunham on HBO's Camping while also working with her to create the popular feminist newsletter, Lenny Letter. Just last year, Jenni signed a multi-year overall deal with Fox 21 Television Studios, where she'll be creating, overseeing and producing various series for the studio's many platforms.

On today's episode of Work In Progress, Sophia and Jenni discuss imposter syndrome, hippy progressive schools, the ins and outs of running a show, and how restaurant experience translates to producing. They also touch on Jenni's early career stints in development and as a Hollywood assistant, and how she forged her path as a TV writer under the mentoring wing of Judd Apatow. For anyone interested in the entertainment industry, this conversation really pulls back the veil and gets into all of the unseen work that goes into every production.


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Dec 08, 2020
Tony de los Reyes
01:56:55

Today on Work In Progress, Sophia is joined by Tony de los Reyes(@tonydlreyes). Tony is an inspiring visual artist who has been creating artwork that explores the complexity of the US-Mexico border for several years now.

Beginning his immersion with big picture inspiration from Google Maps, his work has since evolved into a closer inspection of the border, the walls that have come to define it, and the physical space surrounding it. Tony’s work has been featured in many renowned galleries and museums such as LACMA, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Annenberg Space for Photography, and the New Britain Museum of American Art. 

On this episode of Work in Progress, Sophia and Tony dive deep into thoughts on artistic beginnings, how we react to tragedy, the power of art, and the importance of examining the lines that divide us.


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Dec 01, 2020
Jonathan Webb
01:11:14

Today on Work In Progress, Sophia is joined by Jonathan Webb (@webbjonathan). Jonathan is an entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of AppHarvest (@appharvest), a company that is helping to turn his dream of a high-tech farming hub in Appalachia into reality.

Before founding AppHarvest, Jonathan worked with the U.S. Department of Defense on one of the largest solar projects in the Southeastern United States. AppHarvest is building some of the largest indoor farms in the world, combining conventional agricultural techniques with today’s technology to grow non-GMO, chemical-free produce to be sold to the top 25 U.S. grocers. Jonathan strives to work alongside the hard-working men and women of Eastern Kentucky and build a resilient economy for the future.  

On today’s episode of Work In Progress, Sophia and Jonathan discuss Jonathan’s childhood growing up in Kentucky, his time with the Department of Defense & the work he has done in the energy world, the Netherlands and its high-tech greenhouses, innovating the way we source energy, how to better bring people together and improve the agricultural future of our country and world, Jonathan’s company AppHarvest...and so, SO much more.


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Nov 26, 2020
Shelley Sanders
00:54:30

Today on Work In Progress, Sophia is joined by Shelley Sanders (@thelastlinela). Shelley is a jewelry designer based in Los Angeles and the founder and creative director of The Last Line - one of my favorite brands!

Shelley’s career began in New York where she studied Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design before returning home to California to train with Master Jewelers in San Francisco. Shelley eventually returned to Los Angeles to begin her career as a jewelry designer, a role that quickly evolved into her becoming the head designer and creative director for dozens of celebrity jewelry brands and high-end jewelry houses, working with everything from gold to diamonds to precious stones.

After being in the “biz” for almost two decades, Shelley created The Last Line - a direct-to-consumer fine jewelry business that pairs accessible pricing with stunning designs offering customers a mix of high and low, vintage and modern, done-up but dressed-down one-of-a-kind pieces. 

On today’s episode of Work In Progress, Sophia and Shelley discuss Shelley’s childhood growing up in LA, her journey through the design world, the jewelry industry, the ins and outs of starting and running a business, the role of social media in entrepreneurship today, Shelley’s company The Last Line...and so, SO much more.


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Nov 24, 2020
Emma Grede
01:09:26

Today on Work In Progress, Sophia is joined by Emma Grede (@EmmaGrede). Emma is an entrepreneur and the Co-Founder and CEO of Good American, a premium apparel label which promotes a healthy body ideal, with a full and inclusive size range. Emma also serves as the Chairman of ITB, a company representing brands' interests in the world of entertainment. In addition to her business ventures,

Emma is a Board Member on Women for Women International, an organization that helps women survivors of war rebuild their lives, and a Board Member on Baby2Baby, an organization that provides children living in poverty, ages 0-12 years, with diapers, clothing, and all the basic necessities that every child deserves.

On today’s episode of Work In Progress, Sophia and Emma discuss female choice and female empowerment, the importance of representation, the ego and how it relates to building and running a company, Emma’s early years growing up in London, her love of fashion, her career path and how she reached the level of success she has today, her company Good American...and so, SO much more.


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Nov 17, 2020
Chris Meyer
01:01:53

Today on Work In Progress, Sophia is joined by Chris Meyer (@chrismeyerauthor). Chris is a former filmmaker and funeral homeowner, a writer, entrepreneur, and a licensed New York State attorney who has had a truly fascinating career path. Chris graduated from both Brandeis University and Vermont Law School where he earned a JD and a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy. However, having always dreamt of making films, Chris began his career by writing, directing, and producing a low budget film called "Black is White".

After realizing that making a living as a filmmaker came with tremendous challenges, he took an opportunity in the funeral home industry and went on to own and operate multiple funeral homes. After years spent in the funeral home industry, Chris was inspired to write his first book, Life In 20 Lessons: What A Funeral Guy Discovered About Life, From Death, an introspective and heart-warming non-fiction story of love, loss, and living our best lives told from the perspective of a man who was constantly surrounded by death. Chris went on to write a second, recently published novel, The ‘Wood, a raw and powerful portrait of the inner-workings of the filmmaking industry. In addition to two successful novels, Chris is also a tech executive, most recently having built funandmoving.com, the world’s largest exercise platform for lively adults over sixty-five. 

On today’s episode of Work in Progress, Sophia and Chris discuss his early years growing up in New York, his less-than-traditional career path, his debut film “Black is White”, the experience he had building a life in Los Angeles, what he learned from owning funeral homes and how this led him to write his first novel...and so, SO much more.


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Nov 10, 2020
Ambra Gutierrez
01:50:39

Today on Work In Progress, Sophia is joined by Ambra Gutierrez (@ambrabgutierrez). Ambra is a Filipina-Italian model, humanitarian, and one of the first women to accuse former producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. Ambra played an integral role in exposing sexual abuse allegations against Weinstein with her involvement in a sting operation alongside the New York Police Department​. Ambra has since become a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement and uses her platform to fight back against flagrant abuses of power while helping to empower others through her involvement with various humanitarian organizations.

She has partnered with Model Alliance’s Leadership Council which aims to help create a safe and fair work environment for other models, she works closely with Humanility which provides shelter and assistance to impoverished children worldwide, and she is involved with Safe Horizon, the largest victim services nonprofit organization in the United States, providing social services for victims of abuse and violent crime. Ambra continues to work tirelessly to encourage structural changes in the fashion industry that combat sexual harassment.

On today’s episode of Work in Progress, Sophia and Ambra discuss what life was like for her following the Harvey Weinstein accusations, her childhood growing up in Italy, her experience with former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, how she got her start in the modeling industry and how her career has progressed, her efforts in fighting back against the gross abuse of power within the modeling industry...and so, SO much more.


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Nov 05, 2020
Esther Odekunle
01:35:48

Welcome to Episode 4 of our video series, Need to Know, where actress, activist, and host of the @workinprogress podcast, @sophiabush, sits down with experts to get the answers to your most pressing questions about life right now. Our guest today is the wildly impressive and inspiring Dr. Esther Odekunle. Esther is a biochemist, neurobiologist, and antibody engineer currently working as a scientist within the BioPharm Discovery department at GlaxoSmithKline where she is focused on exploring antibody selection as a first step in the drug discovery and development pipeline.

Beyond her work as a scientist, Esther is directly involved in science communication and public engagement. She regularly speaks out on racism in academia and science and is passionate about using her platforms to uplift the marginalized & underserved while encouraging increased visibility of diverse STEM professionals.

On today’s episode of Work in Progress, Sophia and Esther discuss Esther’s life growing up in the UK, her education and career path, her past work with starfish and future career goals for exploring unmet medical needs, systemic racism in the science community, how Esther is adjusting to working from home, the current pandemic...and so, so much more.


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Nov 04, 2020
Mary L. Trump
01:36:03

Today, on a very special episode of Work In Progress, Sophia is joined by Mary L. Trump for an incredibly timely conversation with the election right around the corner. Mary is a psychologist, businessperson, and author. She is also the niece of current President Donald J. Trump.

While Mary has largely remained out of the spotlight for most of her life, her recently published book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, thrust her into the spotlight following its release in July of this year. The New York Times bestseller casts a cold light on the many dysfunctions within the Trump family and the impact that they had on shaping the man that Donald J. Trump is today. 

On today’s episode of Work in Progress, Sophia and Mary discuss Mary’s early years growing up in New York, her parents, grandparents and family dynamics, her training and experience in clinical psychology settings, the pervasive toxic masculinity, and turbulence that existed within her family and the lasting impact that it had on the man that Donald Trump grew up to be...and so, so much more.


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Oct 29, 2020
Raven Baxter
01:18:52

Welcome to Episode 3 of our video series, Need to Know, where actress, activist, and host of the @workinprogress podcast, @sophiabush, sits down with experts to get the answers to your most pressing questions about life right now. Our guest today is actively crushing boundaries placed on people in the STEM field, particularly marginalized populations - the brilliant and entertaining, Raven Baxter, aka Raven the Science Maven (@raventhesciencemaven).

Raven Baxter is an internationally acclaimed science communicator and molecular biologist who works to progress the state of science culture by creating spaces that are inclusive, educational, and real. An entertainer and content creator, Raven is known for her unique style of combining science and music that teaches and empowers those in STEM and beyond and regularly speaks about innovation in science education and social change in STEM.

Raven is the founder of Science Haven, a non-profit organization that operates at the intersections of science, education, and the public. Science Haven houses STEMbassy, a live web series that connects the public with science and technology professionals, and Black In Science Communication, a group that works to build relationships in the science community, equipping others with the knowledge and resources necessary to share science with the world in their own flavor. Raven has quickly developed a reputation as a strong voice in science education and has been recognized as a global influencer in several publications, including Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40 list for 2020.

On today’s episode of Work in Progress, Sophia and Raven discuss Raven’s childhood, her experiences as a corporate scientist, underrepresentation in higher education and STEM, the current state of science culture, the mutation of the COVID virus and the importance of taking certain safety measures, Raven’s upcoming projects...and so, so much more. 


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Oct 28, 2020
Kirsten Gillibrand
00:57:29

Today on Work In Progress, Sophia is joined by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (@kirstengillibrand). Senator Gillibrand is a lawyer and politician from New York who's served in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Senator Gillibrand entered the world of politics in 2006 after winning a House of Representatives seat as a Democrat in a traditionally Republican region. She went on to fill the U.S. Senate seat in 2009 after being appointed by then New York Governor David Peterson and in 2010, Senator Gillibrand won reelection in a special vote, thus becoming the youngest elected member of the Senate at age 43.

Throughout her time in the Senate, Senator Gillibrand has led some of the toughest fights in Washington - she has been a major supporter of gay rights, advocating for same-sex marriage and the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, she has worked tirelessly for women's rights, improved healthcare benefits for 9/11 workers, and served on the Senate Agricultural Committee to fight against food stamp reductions to protect America’s families - and that’s just to name a few of the fights that she has taken on for all of us.

On today’s episode of Work in Progress, Sophia and Senator Gillibrand discuss Senator Gillibrand’s childhood and the impact that her mother and grandmother had on her career and her propensity to lead, the range of issues that she has taken on in the Senate, the ongoing pandemic, what it’ll take to get real COVID-19 relief, the upcoming Presidential election...and so, SO much more. 


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Oct 27, 2020
Jessica Malaty Rivera
01:21:16

Welcome to another episode of our new video series, Need to Know, where actress, activist, and host of the @workinprogress podcast @sophiabush sits down with experts to get the answers to your most pressing questions about life right now. Our guest today specializes in translating complex scientific concepts into impactful, effective, judgement-free information, making it accessible for diverse audiences...the brilliant Jessica Malaty Rivera (@jessicamalatyrivera).

Jessica is a microbiologist, ID epidemiologist, and science communicator that has dedicated the last 15 years of her career to infectious disease epidemiology, public health policy, and vaccine advocacy. She is currently serving as the Science Communication Lead for The COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic, in addition to remaining an active member of the COVID-19 Dispersed Volunteer Research Network and an expert contributor for NBC Bay Area and CNN.

In addition to the incredible work that she does professionally, Jessica is a wife and mother raising two children under the age of 5 years old. Sophia & Jessica discuss how she became interested in epidemiology, her life-changing internship with a human rights firm, racial disparities in public health, the current pandemic and how her and her family are coping with it, the danger of misinformation, how science disproves conspiracies...and so, so much more.


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Oct 21, 2020
Guy Snodgrass
01:32:14

Today on Work In Progress, Sophia is joined by Guy Snodgrass. Commander Snodgrass is a retired Navy F/A-18 fighter pilot and a Topgun graduate and instructor who served as the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps expert in air-to-air combat and tactics development. Commander Snodgrass also served as Communications Director and Chief Speechwriter for (former) Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis, and is the founder and CEO of Defense Analytics, a national security and foreign policy strategic advisory firm specializing in strategy development, government policy, and technology adoption.

Widely recognized as an influential national security and foreign policy expert, Guy has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and is a regular contributor to publications like The Washington Post, Politico, Fox Business, CNN, and USA Today, in addition to having written and published two incredibly successful books, Holding the Line: Inside Trump's Pentagon with Secretary Mattis in 2019 and TOPGUN'S TOP 10: Leadership Lessons from the Cockpit in 2020. 

Sophia and Commander Snodgrass discuss his career in the Navy as a fighter pilot and TOPGUN instructor, his experience as Chief Speechwriter for Jim Mattis, his thoughts on our current administration, our national security, the future of our democracy, the upcoming election...and so, so much more.


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Oct 20, 2020
Dr. Darien Sutton
01:10:27

Work In Progress is excited to present the first episode in a very special limited series where Sophia will speak to a variety of experts to get answers to your most pressing questions with an emphasis on the straightforward facts that you Need to Know. Today, Sophia is joined by Dr. Darien Sutton, an Emergency Medicine Physician, an ABCNews Medical Contributor, and an innovator when it comes to educating people on how to take better care of their health.

Dr. Darien’s “day job” may be confined to helping the patients that visit him in his New York City ER but his knowledge and reach extend far beyond the hospital doors thanks to his incredibly valuable and accessible social media platforms. Dr. Darien’s platform, “Bus Stop Medicine” started on Instagram and after amassing a huge following, moved to YouTube where, with his friend and collaborator Harleen Walia, he shares everything from the latest updates on health epidemics to breaking down the steps that should be taken if one finds themself in a medical emergency, all with one goal in mind -- to better equip people with the knowledge needed to live their best and healthiest life! 

In Sophia’s conversation with Dr. Darien, they discuss his childhood and family, how he became interested in medicine, the unique path his education took, his passion for educating others, our current health crisis, the social and political climate in our country right now...and so, so much more.


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Oct 14, 2020
Dr. James Hardt
01:33:42

Dr. Hardt is an acclaimed research scientist, psychologist and author that has made it both his lifelong mission and vocation to expand the boundaries of western scientific exploration of the human brain. He is known for inventing the world’s first Micro-Computer-based brain wave analyzer and biofeedback system and for serving as president and founder of the Biocybernaut Institute (@biocybernaut).

At the Biocybernaut Institute, Dr. Hardt offers cutting edge neurofeedback systems and unique brain training programs that help to empower business founders & leaders and revolutionize their professional performance. With over 40 years spent working in biofeedback and studying the electrophysiological basis of advanced spiritual states, Dr. Hardt has earned a national reputation for being a preeminent research scientist and expert in elevating human consciousness.

On today’s episode of Work in Progress, Sophia and Dr. Hardt discuss Dr. Hardt’s childhood and extensive education, what inspired him to explore the spiritual mind, his professional journey and research, the ability to control our brainwaves, the importance of owning our emotions, meditation, neurofeedback, the brain-body connection...and so, so much more.


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Oct 13, 2020
Najeeba Syeed
01:37:27

Najeeba Syeed (@profnajeebasyeed) is a healer, a scholar, and an award-winning peacemaker. Najeeba is an Associate Professor of Interreligious Education at Claremont School of Theology and director of the Center for Global Peacebuilding. A two-time recipient of the Jon Anson Ford Award for reducing violence in schools and in areas of interracial gang conflicts, Najeeba is widely recognized as a leader in peacebuilding and social justice-based research. Najeeba is a highly sought after advisor that has served as an on-the-ground peace interventionist and facilitated conflict resolution processes for conflicts and controversies around the world. Najeeba is a prolific writer that has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, on NPR, PBS, and in countless research-based journals & publications, among others. 

Today on Work in Progress, Sophia and Najeeba discuss peacemaking versus peace-producing, the importance of listening, the many forms of violence, how to discuss conflict with children, Najeeba’s connection to numerous cultures and faiths, immigrating to the United States and her childhood, the life experiences, ideas, and principles that guide her academic and social justice work...and so, so much more.


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Oct 06, 2020
Constance Zimmer
01:17:38

Constance Zimmer is an actress, director, wife, Mother, and all-around creative individual. She is well-known for playing a number of standout characters in notable projects including the role of Dana Gordon on HBO's critically acclaimed series Entourage, Janine on the Netflix Emmy® nominated series House of Cards, Taylor on HBO's The Newsroom, and Quinn on Lifetime's drama series (now streaming on Hulu) UnREAL which earned her a Critics' Choice Award and a Primetime Emmy nomination in 2016. Constance was also a series lead on ABC's Boston Legal and had major roles on Grey's Anatomy and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, among many others.

In addition to her successful acting career, Constance is on the Board of EMA helping to create content that spreads awareness about our Earth and climate change along with supporting NRDC, Heifer Int’l, Color of Change, ACLU, Black Lives Matter, and supporting small businesses and Black-Owned businesses during this crucial time of much needed change. In my conversation with Constance, we reminisce about how we met, discuss the intricacies of being in the public eye, and chat about Constance’s childhood, her journey to becoming an actress, body image, fear, having a Plan B in life…and, so, SO much more. 


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Sep 29, 2020
Elsa Collins
01:29:43

Elsa Collins is a social impact strategy consultant and humanitarian who fights for equality in all spheres. Elsa works with organizations that operate on the frontlines of many social concerns in the United States today, including increasing voter registration and participation amongst the Latinx community and other marginalized populations; protecting the undocumented; and promoting racial and religious harmony and gender equality. Elsa works closely with groups like Fair Count/Fair Fight, the Movement for Black Lives, I am A Voter, Voto Latino, She Se Puede, and Harness.

She is also the co-founder of This is About Humanity, a community and movement dedicated to providing support for separated and reunited families and children affected by the immigration crisis, raising awareness, and educating people on how to be allies and advocates. Elsa joins Sophia on “Work In Progress” to discuss their shared passion for activism and humanitarianism, the incredible work that “This Is About Humanity” does, Elsa’s upbringing as a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico, the importance of ‘witnessing’, how to talk about race with children...and, so, SO much more.

Elsa’s Socials:Cofounder: @thisisabouthumanity Founding Member: @iamavoter Founding Member: @She_SePuede Changemaker: @theideateur


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Sep 22, 2020
Erin Brockovich
01:32:38

Erin Brockovich is the President of Brockovich Research & Consulting, a renowned Consumer Advocate and Environmental Activist, a public speaker, a published author, a media personality, and the founder of the Erin Brockovich Foundation, a nonprofit created to educate and empower communities in their fight for clean water. Erin is often best-known for spearheading the successful case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) of California in 1993 that resulted in the largest settlement ever paid in a direct-action lawsuit in U.S. history and served as inspiration for the Oscar-winning 2000 film starring Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich. Erin joins Sophia on “Work in Progress” to discuss the numerous environmental projects that she’s involved in, her iconic PG&E case, the current global water crisis including water pollution, water scarcity, water policy in the US, and why there is such an urgent need for citizens to get involved in the fight for safe water…plus, so much more.


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Sep 15, 2020
Jamil Smith
01:25:10

Jamil Smith (@jamilksmith) is a talented journalist and Emmy-Award-winning television producer whose work explores a range of political and cultural topics including national affairs, race and racism, police brutality, feminism and gender roles, identity, and pop culture. Jamil joins Sophia on “Work in Progress” to discuss the depths of our country’s politics and culture, the Black Lives Matter movement, Breonna Taylor & Jacob Blake, the current climate in America, what it would really mean for us to love each other a little more…and so, so much more in this powerful, must-listen episode.


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Sep 08, 2020
Tata Harper
01:17:07

Tata Harper (@tataharper, @tataharperskincare) is the Founder and CEO of Tata Harper Skincare, a green beauty entrepreneur, and a true pioneer of the farm-to-face skincare movement. Since launching in 2010, Tata has created, manufactured, and produced countless cleansers, serums, moisturizers, face oils, cosmetics and more all from her 1,200-acre property in the Champlain Valley in Vermont where she oversees every aspect of production on-site. The mother of three sits down with Sophia to discuss her childhood in Colombia, how she became interested in the beauty industry, the surprising things she found that exist in the products we use on our skin every day (here’s a hint: a lot of it should be in cars, not on our bodies!), and so much more!


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Sep 01, 2020
Luvvie Ajayi Jones
01:43:50

Luvvie Ajayi Jones is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker and podcast host whose work combines comedy, justice, and as she says “professional troublemaking.” She joins Sophia on “Work In Progress” to discuss their shared love for Oprah, moving to the US as a young girl, when she embraced her inner activist, and much more.


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Aug 25, 2020
Wajahat Ali
02:20:26

Wajahat Ali is a New York Times Contributing Op-Ed writer, public speaker, and self described “recovering attorney and tired dad.” He joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" for an interesting discussion ranging from his childhood and growing up in a Pakistani Muslim family, to the importance of addressing our history and confronting the ugliness to move forward, to parenting and how he made it through is daughter’s cancer diagnosis.


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Aug 20, 2020
Damon Lindelof
01:56:32

Damon Lindelof is a screenwriter, producer, and comic book writer. He joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to share how he got started in the industry, the development process for "Lost," what it was like to work with J.J. Abrams, the research and collaboration behind "Watchmen," what he learned from that experience, and more.


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Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

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Aug 11, 2020
Cori Bush
00:33:05

Cori Bush is a nurse, single mother, ordained pastor and community activist running for US Congress in Missouri's 1st District, who just won the Democratic primary. She joined Sophia for a live podcast recording at The Wrap's Power Women Summit 2019. They discussed what led Cori to realize she was an activist, how she embraced her ambition, the lessons she's learned from her community, the differences in campaign donations for male and female candidates, and so much more.  


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Aug 06, 2020
Sylvester McNutt III
01:30:03

Sylvester McNutt III is an author, podcaster, and public speaker who believes that healing is the key to success. He joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to talk about his past, the impact of football on his life, and how a few teachers gave him opportunities that completely changed his life trajectory. They also discuss the therapeutic benefits of writing and what it takes to heal yourself.


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Jul 28, 2020
Political Strategist Steve Schmidt
01:17:26

Steve Schmidt, co-founder of The Lincoln Project, is a communications and public affairs strategist who has worked on numerous Republican campaigns, including President George W. Bush, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Senator John McCain. He joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to discuss what led him into politics, the importance of truth and the consequences of not being able to tell what is real or fake, the business of selling hope, the pandemic, how to have conversations with people who don't share your opinions, and more. 


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Jul 21, 2020
Debra Messing & Mandana Dayani
01:18:52

Debra Messing is an actor, philanthropist, and global icon. Mandana Dayani is an entrepreneur, attorney, co-founder of "I Am A Voter" and one of Sophia's closest friends. They join Sophia on "Work In Progress" to talk about their new podcast, "The Dissenters," where they interview some of their heroes - people who have challenged the status quo or stood up to injustice. They also discuss all things activism, friendship, privilege and more. 


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Jul 14, 2020
Tara Houska
01:26:31

Tara Houska is a tribal attorney, activist, founder of the Giniw Collective - an Indigenous womxn-led frontline resistance movement, and Co-Founder of Not Your Mascots. She joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to share her story, the impacts of whitewashing and erasure of a whole community, the substantial harm of environmental racism, the importance of treaties and the lack of federal response to violence against Native women, and much more. Tara talks about how we can lend our support and what justice really looks like.


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Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Matt Sasaki

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Jul 07, 2020
Jack Garratt
01:56:55

Jack Garratt is an award-winning musician who is also one of Sophia's good friends. He joins her on "Work In Progress" to discuss his latest album, "Love, Death & Dancing," his musical inspirations, how he started creating music, why he took a hiatus and what led to his return, mental health, and much more.


Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Matt Sasaki

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Jun 30, 2020
Jenna Arnold
01:38:09

Jenna Arnold is an educator, entrepreneur, activist and mother. She joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to talk about her new book, "Raising Our Hands," which asks white women to have a radical and honest conversation with themselves about race, identity, privilege, and power. She and Sophia discuss her activism, the importance of listening, how to take an active role in creating a better future, and much more.


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Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Matt Sasaki

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Jun 25, 2020
Oge Egbuonu
01:27:34

Oge Egbuonu is a filmmaker focused on disruptive and inspirational storytelling. She joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to discuss her documentary (IN)VISIBLE PORTRAITS, which was just released via Vimeo On Demand. Oge describes the film as a “love letter to Black women, and a reeducation to everyone else.” She and Sophia also talk about her childhood, what she learned from making the film, the importance of therapy, yoga, and more. Watch (In)Visible Portraits: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/invisibleportraits


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Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Matt Sasaki

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Jun 23, 2020
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
01:43:03

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, and conservation strategist. She joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to share how her field combines science, policy, culture, and justice, why the way we interact with nature now affects its ability to heal for the future, the major role the ocean plays in the climate system, and much more.


Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Matt Sasaki

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Jun 16, 2020
Kamie Crawford
02:23:40

Kamie Crawford is the Co-Host of MTV's “Catfish” and was Miss Teen USA in 2010. She joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to discuss how she's feeling, her experience being a Black woman in America right now, the marches for Black Lives Matter across the country, what defunding the police actually means, the reason she had to unlearn her pageant training, why there’s nothing wrong with talking about race, and much more.


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Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Matt Sasaki

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Jun 09, 2020
Melina Abdullah
02:23:07

This week, we are re-airing Sophia's conversation with Dr. Melina Abdullah from 2019. Dr. Abdullah is an expert on race, gender, class and social movements. She was part of the original group of organizers who formed Black Lives Matter and she is a professor and Chair of Pan African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. She joined Sophia on "Work in Progress" to talk about the moment the Black Lives Matter movement came together, white privilege, how and where these systems originated, how we can speak up, and more.


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Jun 02, 2020
Simone Missick
01:31:15

Actress Simone Missick joins Sophia on today's episode of "Work in Progress." Simone is the first African American woman to lead a series on CBS and played the iconic Marvel character Misty Knight on "Luke Cage." She and Sophia discuss the influence of her family, faith, social justice, her various roles, and much more.


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Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Matt Sasaki

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May 28, 2020
Glennon Doyle
01:49:50

Glennon Doyle is an activist and thought leader, and founder of Together Rising. She joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to share her story, discuss why we need to change the expectations we put on girls and how we raise them, and talk about her latest book, "Untamed."


Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Matt Sasaki

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May 26, 2020
Meghan Rienks
01:29:05

Meghan Rienks is an actress, blogger, YouTube star, and author. She joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to discuss her latest book, "You're Not Special: A (Sort-of) Memoir" They also talk about their mutual love for Brooke Davis, insecurity, envy, bullying, mental health, and much more. 


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Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

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May 19, 2020
Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Risa Hoffman
01:19:32

On this episode of "Work in Progress," Sophia is joined by infectious disease specialist Dr. Risa Hoffman. She shares how she ended up in this field and what an infectious disease specialist does. Dr. Hoffman also discusses her research which has focused on optimizing care for HIV-infected women, and shares her insight regarding Covid-19 and what we should know, how this is bringing the medical community together in a positive way, and more.


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Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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May 12, 2020
Arlan Hamilton
01:19:53

Backstage Capital's Arlan Hamilton is the only black, queer woman to have built a venture capital from scratch. She joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to discuss her path to success, her amazing mother, how she's changing entrepreneurship, and her new book, "It's About Damn Time: How to Turn Being Underestimated Into Your Greatest Advantage."


Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

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May 05, 2020
Kate Bosworth
01:28:36

Kate Bosworth is an actress, producer, and entrepreneur. She joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to talk about her latest project, KIND.EST, which is a destination for her to open up, connect deeper with people, explore, share the things she loves, and be kind. Sophia and Kate also discuss everything from her childhood to "Blue Crush" to meeting and working with her husband, and much more.


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Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Matt Sasaki

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Apr 28, 2020
Former Sec. of State John Kerry
00:51:16

Former Secretary of State John Kerry joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to talk about World War Zero, a coalition of people who are committed to addressing the climate crisis – scientists, CEOs, military leaders, activists, artists, and more. Their goal is to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions. He and Sophia discuss the initiative, his time in service, the 2020 election, voter suppression, and much more.


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Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editors: Josh Windisch and Matt Sasaki

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Apr 21, 2020
Comedy Central's Tara Schuster on Why You Should Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies
01:14:05

Tara Schuster is an author, playwright, and Vice President of Talent and Development at Comedy Central. She joins Sophia on "Work in Progress" to talk about her new book, "Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies: and Other Rituals to Fix Your Life from Someone Who has Been There" and the importance of self-care, especially during this time. 


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Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

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Apr 14, 2020
AG: Veteran, Federal Government Executive, and Host of "Mueller, She Wrote"
01:04:12

AG is a veteran, PhD, a federal government executive, comedian, author, and host of "Mueller, She Wrote." She joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to talk about why she remains anonymous and the Hatch Act, her time in government, (her role was six people under Trump) her time in the Navy, and much more.

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Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editors: Josh Windisch and Matt Sasaki

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Apr 07, 2020
Equal Pay Day: Closing the Gender Pay Gap with Katica Roy
01:19:37

March 31st, 2020 is Equal Pay Day. This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Katica Roy, a gender economist and the CEO and founder of Pipeline, joins Sophia to break this all down. Katica shares her own story of what happened when she found out she was being paid less than her male counterparts, explains the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the implications of the lack of gender equity in newsrooms, the steps we need to take to finally close the pay gap, and more. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

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Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editors: Josh Windisch and Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

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Mar 31, 2020
Scott Harrison on the Impact of Clean Water
01:34:12

785 million people live without clean water. Scott Harrison started Charity: Water in 2006 to help change that. It's a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Scott joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to share how the organization came about, how clean and safe drinking water can change the trajectory of people's lives, and much more.

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editors: Josh Windisch and Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

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Mar 24, 2020
Victoria E. Jackson: Entrepreneur, Activist, and Advocate
01:21:08

Victoria Jackson is an activist for women's empowerment and entrepreneurship, and in 2017 she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. She joins Sophia to open up about her childhood and how her survival mode gave her the tools to succeed, what inspired her to attend beauty school and launch her makeup empire, how her daughter's rare autoimmune disease diagnosis prompted her to switch gears and work to find a cure, and much more.

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

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Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

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Mar 17, 2020
Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes
01:18:24

Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes is a professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University, an author, and an educator. She joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to talk about her research on the intersection of inequality, public policy, race, class, and gender. She also shares what influenced her book, "Remaking a Life" which uses the HIV/AIDS epidemic to better understand how women achieve radical improvements in their social wellbeing in the face of social stigma and economic disadvantage.

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editors: Josh Windisch and Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Mar 12, 2020
Natasha Leggero
01:20:21

Natasha Leggero is a comedian, actress, and writer. She joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to talk about her new podcast "The Endless Honeymoon Podcast," how she got into comedy and performing, what it was like to put out her first album, her thoughts on the phrase "thank you so much," and more.

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editors: Josh Windisch and Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Mar 03, 2020
Tom Parsekian: Running for Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge
01:33:09

On today's special bonus episode, Sophia sits down with Tom Parsekian, who is running for Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge in the election on March 3rd. They discuss the importance of having integrity in the judicial system, why local elections matter, what it's like to argue on behalf of people and their rights, how his parents shaped his values, and much more. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editors: Josh Windisch and Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

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Feb 27, 2020
David Gross on Vector 90 & Nipsey Hussle's Legacy
01:48:40

David Gross is a real estate developer who partnered with Nipsey Hussle to create Vector 90, a co-working space in South Los Angeles, where entrepreneurs can network, create and more. He joins Sophia to talk about his responsibility to carry on Nipsey's legacy and how that shapes the decisions he makes, the importance of having safe spaces like Vector 90 in inner city communities, how he hopes to spread this mission across the country, and much more.

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Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

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Feb 25, 2020
Michelle Monaghan
01:40:25

Michelle Monaghan is an actress who has starred in many incredible movies and shows, including "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," "Gone Baby Gone," "Mission: Impossible III," "True Detective," "The Path," and so many more. She joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to share how she got into acting, what it was like to grow up in Iowa, and discuss her latest show, "Messiah." 

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Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

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Feb 18, 2020
Atticus: Author + Instagram Poet
01:14:12

Atticus is the anonymous New York Times Bestselling author of Love Her Wild, The Dark Between Stars and The Truth About Magic. He joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to share how he got into poetry and why he decided to post it on Instagram, why he values anonymity, what inspires him, and much more.

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

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Feb 11, 2020
Former US Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal
01:18:00

Neal Katyal is a former Acting Solicitor General of the United States, and currently runs one of the largest Supreme Court practices in the world at an international law firm, where he occupies the role formerly held by now Chief Justice John Roberts. He joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to share how he became a lawyer and what it's really like to argue in front of the Supreme Court, and discuss his thoughts on the impeachment trial and President Trump. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editors: Josh Windisch and Matt Sasaki

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Feb 04, 2020
Tig Notaro
01:12:12

Tig Notaro has been named one of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time by Rolling Stone. She joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to share her story, how she got interested in comedy and found her way to the microphone, what it's like to actually bomb a set, what happened when her stand-up set about having cancer went viral, and more. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editors: Josh Windisch and Matt Sasaki

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Jan 28, 2020
U.S. Senate Candidate Cora Neumann
01:09:23

Cora Neumann is running for U.S. Senate to represent her home state of Montana. She’s worked with the Obamas, Bushes, Clintons, Carters and more than 40 first ladies and presidents around the world. She joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to discuss her run for Senate, her work with conservation leaders, and she shares her thoughts on healthcare, public lands, climate change and more.

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editors: Josh Windisch and Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

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Jan 23, 2020
Former CIA Officer Evan McMullin
01:57:06

Evan McMullin is a former CIA Operations Officer and Executive Director of Stand Up Republic. He joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to discuss the state of our democracy, the moment he knew he wanted to be in the CIA and how he made it happen, what he learned from running for president in 2016 and more.

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editors: Josh Windisch and Matt Sasaki

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Jan 21, 2020
Dr. Apostolos Lekkos (Sophia's Doctor!)
01:25:19

Dr. Lekkos is a functional medicine doctor and the founder and owner of Bios Functional Medicine. He is also Sophia's doctor! He joins her on "Work In Progress" to discuss the impacts of stress and how it actually causes so many of our problems, share how foods impact us differently based on where they come from, and advise on what we should really be asking our doctors. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editors: Josh Windisch and Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Jan 16, 2020
Priya Parker on the Art of Gathering
01:39:12

Priya Parker is a master facilitator, strategic advisor, and author of "The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters." She joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to share how her childhood helped her learn to navigate between different groups, the importance of face time, the biggest mistakes people make when planning a gathering and much more.

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editors: Josh Windisch and Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Jan 14, 2020
Dr. Zach Bush
01:24:44

Dr. Zach Bush's work provides insights into human health and longevity. He is one of the few triple board-certified physicians in the country with an expertise in internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism and palliative care. He joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to talk about how he got into his field, our microbiomes, the benefits of being in nature, why everyone should try to eat fruit off of the vine, and so much more.

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editors: Josh Windisch and Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Jan 09, 2020
Rainn Wilson
01:05:29

Rainn Wilson is an actor, comedian, writer, co-founder of SoulPancake, and podcast host. He joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to share stories from his childhood, discuss how he got into acting and landed the role of Dwight Schrute, talk about the meaning of religion in his life, the importance of connecting with each other, and much more!

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editors: Josh Windisch and Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Jan 07, 2020
Wellness Expert Kelly LeVeque
01:39:12

Kelly LeVeque is a holistic nutritionist, wellness expert, and celebrity health coach. She joins Sophia on “Work In Progress” to discuss the science of nutrition and why we should be teaching it in school, share how to have a balanced diet, explain why you should stay away from fad diets and much more.  

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editors: Josh Windisch and Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Dec 26, 2019
The Roommate Episode
01:32:40

Sophia's former roommates, Jenny Smart and Vanessa Magos, join this week's episode of "Work In Progress." They share the stories of how they all met, some of their favorite adventures, the importance of their friendships, and take some listener questions.

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editors: Josh Windisch and Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Dec 24, 2019
Michael Moore
01:47:29

Michael Moore is an Academy-Award winning filmmaker, best-selling author, and now podcast host. He joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to talk about why he wanted to start his new show "Rumble," share his thoughts on the 2020 election (he believes four or five of the Democratic candidates could beat Trump) and he reflects on our gun violence epidemic and how it has progressed since "Bowling For Columbine." 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editors: Josh Windisch and Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Dec 19, 2019
Gretchen Carlson
01:37:45

Gretchen Carlson is a journalist, author, and advocate whose historic 2016 sexual harassment complaint against the chairman of Fox News helped pave the way for the #metoo movement. Gretchen joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to discuss her new initiative "Lift Our Voices" which is pushing for the end of non disclosure agreements, confidentiality provisions and clauses that have prevented employees from publicly discussing and disclosing toxic workplace conditions, including sexual harassment and assault. She explains why she is unable to tell her own story, how our society protects sexual predators, and why these men should not be allowed to have any comeback.

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editors: Josh Windisch and Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Dec 17, 2019
Sheltered Co. Founder Pamela Hunter
01:26:23

Pamela Hunter is a mother of three and the founder of Sheltered Co., where she creates beautiful and sustainable weighted blankets. She joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to share how the idea came about after her daughter was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, the importance of talking about invisible illnesses, and the challenges and rewards of starting her own business.

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editors: Josh Windisch and Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Dec 12, 2019
Former UN Ambassador Samantha Power
01:23:50

Samantha Power is a crusader for human rights and international affairs. She served as President Barack Obama’s human rights adviser and then, from 2013 to 2017, served in his Cabinet and as US Ambassador to the United Nations. She joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to share details about her early childhood in Ireland, what her time was like as a freelance reporter in the Balkans, how she ended up working for Obama, the importance of women having each other's backs and much more. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editors: Josh Windisch and Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Dec 10, 2019
Moms Demand Action Founder Shannon Watts
00:57:26

Shannon Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action. She joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to share how the movement began, discuss her new book "Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World," explain some of the biggest gun violence myths, and share her advice for people who want to make an impact. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Dec 05, 2019
Jacqueline Toboni
01:07:48

Jacqueline Toboni is an actor who has been on "Grimm," "Easy" and is now starring in "The L Word: Generation Q." She joins Sophia on "Work in Progress" to talk about her childhood in San Francisco, how she began acting after being cut from the basketball team, the importance of full representation on TV, what it was like to work with Sophia on their episode of "Easy," and why she's so excited for her latest show. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Dec 03, 2019
Goop's Elise Loehnen
01:04:16

Elise Loehnen is the Chief Content Officer at Goop and co-host of the Goop Podcast. She stops by “Work in Progress” to reflect on her childhood and the lessons she learned from her parents, how she landed at Lucky Magazine and what the publishing world was really like, how she connected with Gwyneth Paltrow and ended up at Goop, and why it’s crucial to pay attention to the ingredients of the items we’re putting on and in our bodies. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Assistant Editor: Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Nov 28, 2019
Alexi Ashe Meyers
02:01:04

Alexi Ashe Meyers is an attorney with Sanctuary for Families, Co-Chair of the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition and a founding member of New Yorkers for the Equality Model. She sits down with Sophia on "Work in Progress" to discuss the bills to decriminalize prostitution which are popping up throughout the country, explain the Equality Model and why it's a better solution to support people in the sex trade, and share more insight. If you'd like to learn more, check out https://www.nyequalitymodel.org. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Assistant Editor: Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Nov 26, 2019
Henry Winkler
01:15:11

Henry Winkler is an award-winning actor who has played iconic characters like Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli, a.k.a. The Fonz, on "Happy Days," Bluth family attorney Barry Zuckerkorn on "Arrested Development," Jean-Ralphio's father Dr. Saperstein on "Parks and Recreation," Gene Cousineau on "Barry" and many more. He joins Sophia to discuss his childhood and struggles with undiagnosed dyslexia, the very first role he had on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," his latest children's book "Alien Superstar" and much more. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Assistant Editor: Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Nov 21, 2019
Sophia’s Favorite College Professor: Christopher H. Smith
01:51:09

Christopher H. Smith is a Clinical Professor in the School of Communication at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism where he also jointly runs the Media, Economics, and Entrepreneurship program. Also, he was Sophia’s favorite college professor! He joins “Work In Progress” to tell us what Sophia was like as a student, how he’s evolved his class over the years with the changing media and digital landscape, what makes media function as a business, the importance of not viewing everything through a U.S. centric lens, and more. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Assistant Editor: Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Nov 19, 2019
Former CIA Officer Valerie Plame
01:13:16

Valerie Plame is a former career covert CIA operations officer who is now running for Congress to represent northern New Mexico. She was exposed to the public in 2003 when a conservative columnist leaked her true identity. She joins Sophia on “Work in Progress” to share her story, what her time was like in the CIA, how we can do a better job of integrating veterans back into society, why she’s running, and so much more. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Assistant Editor: Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Nov 14, 2019
Cecile Richards
01:22:09

Cecile Richards is a national leader for women’s rights and social and economic justice, and the former President of Planned Parenthood. She joins Sophia on “Work In Progress” to discuss her activism and the lessons she’s learned along the way, how Supermajority is building a community for women so they don’t feel alone, the importance of being a good listener, and how to really make a difference. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Assistant Editor: Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Nov 12, 2019
Melina Abdullah
02:21:30

Dr. Melina Abdullah is an expert on race, gender, class and social movements. She was part of the original group of organizers who formed Black Lives Matter and she is a professor and Chair of Pan African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. She joins Sophia on "Work in Progress" to talk about the moment the Black Lives Matter movement came together, white privilege, how and where these systems originated, and so much more. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Assistant Editor: Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Nov 07, 2019
Lewis Howes
01:33:24

Lewis Howes is an entrepreneur, author, and podcast host who uses his platform to inspire and help others. He joins Sophia on “Work in Progress” to share his own journey and struggles, how travel has influenced him, his favorite question to ask during an interview and how talking about experiences can foster community and bring people together. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Assistant Editor: Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Nov 05, 2019
Stephanie Ruhle
01:40:40

Stephanie Ruhle is the anchor of MSNBC’s “Live with Stephanie Ruhle” and MSNBC’s “Live with Velshi & Ruhle" where she covers politics, business, entertainment, sports and more. She joins Sophia on "Work in Progress" to talk about everything from her time working on the trading floor to how we judge women in power, and why at the end of the day, winning together is so much better than winning alone. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Assistant Editor: Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Oct 31, 2019
Eva Chen
01:07:38

Eva Chen is the Director of Fashion Partnerships for Instagram and formerly was the Editor-In-Chief of Lucky Magazine. She joins Sophia in New York to talk about growing up in the city, how she went from pre-med to fashion, the importance of loving what you do, parenting, and her new children’s book, “Juno Valentine and the Fantastic Fashion Adventure.” 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Assistant Editor: Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Oct 29, 2019
"What My Mother and I Don't Talk About" Author Michele Filgate
01:06:32

Michele Filgate is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and the editor of the critically acclaimed anthology based on her Longreads essay, “What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About.” She sits down with Sophia to discuss why the mother/child bond is so complicated, the reason writing can be so cathartic, how she accidentally set a book on fire, imposter syndrome, and much more. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Assistant Editor: Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Oct 24, 2019
Ilana Glazer
01:13:35

Ilana Glazer is a comedian, writer, actress, and activist. She joins Sophia to talk about the experience of co-creating and starring in “Broad City,” what prompted her to start Generator Collective, her upcoming projects - including a feature film and a comedy special, and the boundaries she’s working on setting for herself.  

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Assistant Editor: Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Oct 22, 2019
Chef Kwame Onwuachi
01:29:48

Kwame Onwuachi is one of the most acclaimed young chefs in the country. He was recently named Rising Star Chef of the Year at the 2019 James Beard Awards, and he details his story in his memoir “Notes From a Young Black Chef.” He sits down with Sophia to discuss his path into the fine dining world - starting with his childhood in the Bronx, to selling candy bars on the subway. He also talks about his time on “Top Chef” and his latest D.C. restaurant, Kith and Kin. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Oct 17, 2019
Katie Couric
01:42:28

Katie Couric is an award winning journalist, producer, New York Times bestselling author, cancer advocate, podcast host and documentary filmmaker. She joins Sophia to talk about her incredible career, the books that have shaped her, the importance of empathy, and why she’s a work in progress when it comes to getting older.  

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Oct 15, 2019
World Mental Health Day: Miles Adcox
01:53:30

Miles Adcox is an entrepreneur, speaker, host, coach, and the owner and CEO of Onsite, which offers personal growth workshops, retreats, and more. He joins Sophia to share the importance of self care, balancing your inner critic, and how to be the best versions of who we are so that we can show up for the world better. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Oct 10, 2019
Karamo Brown
01:49:14

Karamo Brown is one of the stars of “Queer Eye,” an activist, author, and podcast host. He sits down with Sophia to discuss his childhood, how we can prioritize mental health, his passion for helping people, the “Queer Eye” community, becoming a parent, his new children’s book “I Am Perfectly Designed” and much more. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Oct 08, 2019
Liz Feldman - Writer, Comedian & Creator of "Dead to Me"
01:27:16

Liz Feldman is a writer, comedian, and the creator of “Dead To Me.” She joins Sophia on Work In Progress to talk about what inspired the series, the first joke she ever told, her time working on “All That,” the lessons she learned from Ellen DeGeneres, writing “likable characters” and how to be funny and kind at the same time. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Oct 03, 2019
Jon Favreau (Crooked Media)
01:35:01

Jon Favreau was Barack Obama’s head speechwriter from 2005–2013, he is one of the co-hosts of Pod Save America and co-founded Crooked Media. Sophia stops by Jon’s office to chat about his upbringing in Massachusetts, his first memory of politics, what it was like to walk into the Oval Office, the lessons he learned from Obama, and so much more.  

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Oct 01, 2019
Lisa Ling
01:21:42

Lisa Ling is an award-winning journalist and the host of CNN’s "This is Life." She joins Sophia to discuss everything from growing up in California with immigrant parents, to her career - sharing an office with Anderson Cooper at Channel One News and working as a field correspondent for “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” to the dangers of porn, and why travel has been the best education that she’s ever received. 


Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Sep 26, 2019
Whitney Cummings
02:12:49

Whitney Cummings is a stand-up comedian, actress, producer, writer, and director. She sits down with Sophia for over two hilarious hours (with her robot Bearclaw) to discuss her new Netflix special “Can I Touch It?” and how she got into stand up, codependency, sex robots, genomic imprinting, her upcoming projects, and their shared love of antique owls. 

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Sep 24, 2019
Jay Shetty
01:27:18

Jay Shetty is a host, storyteller, a creator of inspirational videos, and a former monk. He joins Sophia to discuss his path to success, mental health, how to live a balanced life, our relationships with each other and our devices, and so much more. 


Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Sep 19, 2019
Chelsea Handler
01:12:34

Chelsea Handler is a comedian, actress, television host, producer, activist, and author. She sits down with Sophia to discuss her new Netflix Series “Hello Privilege. It's Me, Chelsea,” why we’re so uncomfortable talking about white privilege and race, how to know when it’s time to leave a job, dealing with loss and grief, and how getting honest with yourself leads to the best kind of comedy.  


Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Sep 17, 2019
Gloria Steinem
01:23:16

Gloria Steinem is a writer, political activist, and feminist organizer. She was a founder of New York and Ms. Magazines who has also authored numerous books. Gloria joins Sophia on "Work in Progress" to discuss everything from her complicated childhood and love of tap dancing to her lifelong friendship with Dorothy Pitman Hughes, why sexism and racism go hand in hand, and how we can all learn to show up for one another. 


Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editor: Josh Windisch

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

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Sep 17, 2019
Welcome to "Work in Progress"
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Sep 15, 2019