1. Winnie Wilkinson
    Winnie Wilkinson December 4, 2020 at 1:05 pm | | Reply


  2. Betsy
    Betsy December 4, 2020 at 1:11 pm | | Reply

    I’ve battled with obesity for most of my life, and to hear someone describe ME, oor what I’ve gone through in silence for so many years. It means more than I can say. Much more. Thank you so much Bill for being willing to talk about your life this way. You’ve given me a great gift.

  3. Kristina Stykos
    Kristina Stykos December 4, 2020 at 2:03 pm | | Reply

    I crossed paths many times with Bill over the years, mostly in a professional capacity, but I never connected with his heart or his creativity until I started to read his books. He’s a penetrating, compassionate & a powerful thinker about all things human. Thanks for doing this interview!

  4. Bobbi
    Bobbi December 4, 2020 at 5:10 pm | | Reply

    Whenever I see a new episode of your show I listen to it immediately and this episode is exactly why. I so deeply appreciate your ability to be compassionate to the people you’re interviewing even as you ask about things most people don’t talk about. As someone who is obese it’s so touching to hear you talk to Bill with such caring and compassion. I look forward to reading his book, he seems like a very interesting person. Going through life weighing exponentially more than one should is a very lonely road.

  5. Bess O'Brien
    Bess O'Brien December 6, 2020 at 12:46 pm | | Reply

    Beautiful, heartbreaking and honest. Thanks Bill for being so honest. Thanks Erica for listening.

  6. Thomas
    Thomas December 7, 2020 at 12:33 am | | Reply

    Bill Schubart is a brave and eloquent man, who speaks of personal pain with the poignant dignity of a great storyteller.

    For me, the effect of his perfectly portrayed vignettes is heart-opening, rather than heart-breaking, and they help humanize my perception of people whom I’ve been inclined to judge and objectify: those whose bodies are more chubby than mine.

    Thank you, Bill, for your candor, kindness and courage, and thank you, Erica, for another great episode—you’re on a mighty roll of wondrous shows!

  7. robert porter
    robert porter December 7, 2020 at 9:40 am | | Reply

    Wow, what great show. I’ve read Bill Schubart’s commentary from time to time and felt that it was thoughtful but predictable. This podcast was anything but predictable. The measured, honest and sensitive way he described his life as a fat person I found incredibly touching and completely unexpected. The balance he struck between brutal honesty and sensitivity was perfect. I wish it had gone on longer.

  8. Ben Wise
    Ben Wise December 7, 2020 at 6:23 pm | | Reply

    Another gem, Erica! Just when I was starting to recover from your interview with “Officer Clemmons”! I’m beginning to think it’s no accident that you find the most interesting and talented people to interview. It takes one to find one, methinks.

  9. Hannah Dennison
    Hannah Dennison December 13, 2020 at 2:01 pm | | Reply

    My heart is broken open.
    I have known Bill since the mid 70’s. We have circled around several times over the years. Thank you, Erica for doing this with Bill and thank you Bill for who you are.

  10. walter
    walter December 17, 2020 at 12:28 pm | | Reply

    so very powerful.. incredible insight and relatability ..

  11. Rachel
    Rachel December 20, 2020 at 10:16 am | | Reply

    Thank you so much for such a sensitive and powerful episode.

  12. Susan Ritz
    Susan Ritz December 28, 2020 at 6:31 pm | | Reply

    Echoing the other comments of gratitude for this honest and heart breaking episode. Thanks to both of you. I have listened to this episode 3 times because I have battled my weight all my life. The part that hit home for me was the boarding school experience. I too went to boarding school and was ridiculed and shamed the entire time for my weight. I was put on speed for three years and yoyoed up and down. I had very few friends and was told by the head master’s wife that my weight was the problem. I ate in secret, developed a severe eating disorder and lost the little self-confidence I had. Listening to Bill talk about the pain of that time brought back memories I have put off facing for 50 years. Thank you, Bill and Erica. Two wonderful people I am proud to know.

  13. Smith lee
    Smith lee December 29, 2020 at 12:44 am | | Reply

    Bill is really a good story teller, it’s so heartbreaking to hear the big girl who told Bill that she faked the conversation with her not existent boyfriend on the communal train to Manhattan.

    Erica Heilman is such a wonderful interviewer with special voice.

    Thank you so much for this amazing podcast.

    warmest regards,

    from Shanghai

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