nocrumbsleft (TM) Table Talks

About the Table Talks Podcast

I love stories – I’m curious and often want to know more. That’s how nocrumbsleft Table Talks was born. I wanted my daughter Lucy to share her personal story with me, we recorded it, and it was an immediate hit.

Each week, I sit down with someone to talk. It might be a dear friend, or it might be someone I’ve admired and am meeting for the first time. Either way, it’s the kind of conversation we’d have over dinner, and when we sit down at the Cards Against Humanity recording studio,
magic happens.

Conversations dive into topics people resonate with; food, mothering, life, birth, death, divorce, work, equality, and are truly about how to live with passion and integrity. We share our quests of figuring out our own best lives, including all the joys and challenges.

We may not have all the answers, but we sure do know which questions to ask. My life moves fast, and these face-to-face interludes are moments that I (and the listeners) savor.

You can browse through the episodes below, and you can listen wherever you get your podcasts: 

Season Two

S2:E19 Where Joy Lives
In this episode, I sit down with friend and extraordinary photographer George Lange, who is full of anecdotes and observations about his high-profile photo subjects. LISTEN HERE
S2:E18 A Phabulous Journey

In this episode, I talk with Robyn Sexton, mother, entrepreneur, and advocate, about her family’s journey through illness, recovery and advocacy. LISTEN HERE

S2:E17 Open Hearts Lead to Open Minds

Crumble and fellow LGBTQ+ parent Julie Stewart and I talk about the difference she makes by connecting as a surrogate mom to people who need parental affirmation. LISTEN HERE

S2:E16 37 Life-Altering Seconds

Author of the book 37 Seconds, Stephanie Arnold, tells us about dying in childbirth…but only for 37 seconds. Part medical thriller and part personal journey, her story is astounding. LISTEN HERE

S2:E15 When Foodie Worlds Collide
In this episode, I sit down with fellow mother and food blogger Jill Fergus to discuss friendship and community, cooking for loved ones, and the joys of being in the kitchen. LISTEN HERE
S2:E14 Making a Powerful Difference
I sat down with Field Foundation president and native Chicagoan Angelique Power to talk about how everyone can make a difference in shifting the balance of power in today’s society. LISTEN HERE
S2:E13 For the Love of Ice Cream
Jeni of Jeni’s Ice Cream tells me about her ice cream obsession, her early days experimenting with flavors, and what it means to be the founder of a company. She is full of encouragement for anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit. LISTEN HERE
S2:E12 Curating a Legacy
In this episode, I talk with art historian and curator Danny Dunson of @legacybros, who is elevating and educating the African-American community by, among other things, curating art, images, and stories that instruct and inspire. LISTEN HERE
S2:E11 You Are My Sunshine
Fellow band daughter Laurel Schumacher and I reminisce about the adventures our mothers had as part of their band, and share how we cherish our multigenerational friendships. LISTEN HERE
S2:E10 But Dad Said I Could!
In this episode, I talk with friend and parenting expert Dana Hirt about how to best co-parent, why defining your core values is key, and how to create your own parenting blueprint. LISTEN HERE
S2: E9 ‘Tis Better to Have Loved and Lost…
Follower Handey Oddo and I discuss love and loss, and how to land on the other side of grief through talking, honoring the pain, and seeing the signs of our connection to loved ones. LISTEN HERE
S2:E8 Think Big!
In this episode, brand strategist Molly Louthan and I discuss branding, visioning, and creating a new paradigm in which people can truly be partners in the business world. LISTEN HERE
S2:E7 Don’t Burn That Bridge!
In this episode, I sit down with Laura Wasser, a high profile divorce attorney whose online resources and podcast help couples achieve amicable divorce. LISTEN HERE
S2:E6 “We Are Not an Algorithm”
I sat down with my local independent bookseller, Erika VanDam, to talk about our recent favorite reads and why shopping local benefits the community. LISTEN HERE
S2:E5 Sometimes Our Dragons Help Us
Dallas Graham of the Red Fred Project talks about the foundation that publishes books by kids with life-threatening illnesses, and how this project has evolved. LISTEN HERE
S2:E4 She’s a Bad Mama Jama
In this episode, my neighbor Tia discusses community, grit, reinvention, the myth of balancing work and home, and being comfortable with discomfort. LISTEN HERE
S2:E3 Lights, Camera, Action!
Actress Katie Kershaw of the HBO series Mrs. Fletcher and I get to know each other. We discuss following your passion, living with authenticity, acting, and Marinated Onion Bowls! LISTEN HERE
S2:E2 I Got It From My Mama
In this episode, @kholi (Dr. Carrie Kholi-Murchison), Whole30 Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, tells me why access and parity matter @whole30 and in life. LISTEN HERE
S2:E1 Dishing with Alex Snodgrass
In this episode, Alex Snodgrass of @thedefineddish and I discuss content creation, her path to Whole30, being a true collaborator, and how to balance mothering and inspired influencing. LISTEN HERE

Season One

S1:E39 They, Them, Their: Gender Fluidity and Creativity

I interviewed gender fluid actor, model, and producer LeeDawn Hershey about turning experience into art, staying true to yourself, and their upcoming film. LISTEN HERE

S1:E38 Turning The Tables On Teri Turner

My friend Laurie Bell turns the tables and prompts me to reveal how I’m a warrior woman with a marshmallow center, how I grew my Instagram, and how this podcast came to be. LISTEN HERE

S1:E37 Grief Reimagined
I talk with stylist and author Barri Leiner Grant about honoring the spirit of our mothers, saying the “right thing “around loss, and how to honor grief the same way that we do birth. LISTEN HERE
S1:E36 Everything Counts
I talked with my friend, author Ellen Rogin, about generosity as the new currency, how to create a prosperity plan, and the importance of teaching our kids about giving and gratitude. LISTEN HERE
S1:E35 Peach of a Gal
In this episode, Teri and dear friend and coconspirator, Ashley @HealthyLittlePeach discuss their love of Whole30, inspiration, hard work, and being female entrepreneurs. LISTEN HERE
S1:E34 We’re All in This Together
In this episode, Teri @nocrumbsleft and her friend, Bobbi Anderson, discuss the magic of a great neighbor and supporting other women in this celebration of life. LISTEN HERE
S1:E33 Let’s Hear it for the Girls
In this episode, Katie Sturino and I discuss fashion for curvy women, advocating for the female form, and why she created @megababe’s unique products for women. LISTEN HERE
S1:E32 Our French Connection
From our friendship to motherhood, to 80s haircuts, to how we ordered food in Paris, in this conversation, Laurie and I celebrate 35+ years of our own table talks. LISTEN HERE
S1:E31 Dirt Magic
Local farmer Froggy and I discuss the joys of eating seasonally, dried mushrooms as a magic elixir, and how gardening feeds your soul in this episode. LISTEN HERE
S1:E30 A Plate and a Prayer
In this episode, brand strategist Molly Louthan and I discuss branding, visioning, and creating a new paradigm in which people can truly be partners in the business world. LISTEN HERE
S1E29: Saying Yes Along the Journey
Christina Klinepeter, Olympic karate hopeful and CEO of Eat Purely, talks to me about marriage as partnership, parenting, and how to eat the best food for your body. LISTEN HERE
S1:E28 Authenticity Rising
In this episode, I talk with longtime friend Dennis Ryan, ad man extraordinaire, about how individual authenticity and interaction (with a dash of joy) earn and captivate an audience. LISTEN HERE
S1:E27 Waking Up Inspired
Food blogger nocrumbsleft talks with her friend, with the owner of Chicago’s Lori’s Shoes, Lori Andre about food, shoes, ALS and the value of community. LISTEN HERE
S1:E26 The World According to Mats
Food blogger nocrumbsleft talks with her friend, purpose-driven investor Mats Lederhausen (, about life and loss in the context of capitalism. LISTEN HERE
S1:E25 She Loved Life…and It Loved Her Right Back
I talk with longtime friend Kate Shifrin about the “second act,” being ready for more once the kids have left home, and the washing machine story that started it all. LISTEN HERE
S1:E24 Tending to Your Soul
I talk with my friend Kathy Bresler about Soul Collage, cancer, “coming out” as spiritual, and the ways women connect, including the women’s circle Kathy has led for the last seven years. LISTEN HERE
S1:E23 The Power of Chosen Family
I talk with longtime friend, yoga and tantra goddess Rachel Fiske (, about raising kids together and the life and death events they’ve shared over 25 years. LISTEN HERE
S1:E22 Food for Thought
I talk with Target 100 Author and weight loss expert, Liz Josefsburg who shares her amazing tips about weight loss, and the role food plays in all of our lives. LISTEN HERE
S1:E21 Allyship and Beyond-cé
Activist and friend Justin Mikita and I talk about LGBTQ allyship, pride, and their mutual love of both his husband Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and breakfast. LISTEN HERE
S1:E20 Inspired Baking
In this episode, I chat with Greg Wade, the head baker at Publican Quality Bread, about sustainability, his passion for his craft, and staying inspired. LISTEN HERE
S1:E19 Love Languages
I sit down with my dear friend and neighbor Melissa Richardson to talk about love languages and finding your feet at each stage of mothering. LISTEN HERE
S1:E18 Sparking Inspiration
In this episode, I sit down with educator and champion of progressive education Theresa Collins to discuss what it means to do our work with love. LISTEN HERE
S1:E17 Making Magic Through Prop Styling
In this episode, I talk with the no crumbs left cookbook’s prop stylist, Lorrie J, aka @lorriejstylist, about everything prop styling. LISTEN HERE
S1:E16 Call Us, Dax Shepard!
I chat @nocrumbslefts_kid about life and cover topics from following your dreams to our desire to be on Dax Shepard’s podcast. LISTEN HERE
S1:E15 Love, Loss and the School of Life
I talk with author and stylist Barri Leiner Grant (aka @blg), telling the stories of those they loved and lost, and how to brave it all. LISTEN HERE
S1:E14 Creating What You Want and Living with Passion
I chat with author of The Cookie Book, Rebecca Firth, @displacedhousewife, about creating what you want and living with passion. LISTEN HERE
S1:E13 It Takes a Village
I talk with my kids, Lucy (@nocrumbslefts_kid) and Patrick (@nocrumbslefts_otherkid), about family traditions, music, and love. LISTEN HERE
S1:E12 I Get by with a Little Help
I talk with our podcast producer Jo Feldman about how we met, how the podcast began, how we get by with a little help from our friends. LISTEN HERE
S1:E11 A Carnivore and a Vegan
I chat with Joanne Molinaro about how we became fast friends and how our friendship flourishes despite their dietary differences. LISTEN HERE
S1:E10 Memories and the Magic that Connects Us to Childhood
I talk with my daughter nocrumbslefts_kid about Memories and The Magic that Connects us to Childhood. LISTEN HERE
S1:E9 The Dinner List Chat
I talk with my friend Rebecca Serle talk about her new novel, The Dinner List. LISTEN HERE
S1:E8 Mothering: Sharing the Journey
I chat with my friend Carol Dishell and discuss motherhood and sharing the journey. LISTEN HERE
S1:E7 More than Just Tomatoes
I talk to Jerry Boone from Froggy Meadow Farm about more than just tomatoes. LISTEN HERE
S1:E6 Creating a Soulful Life
I talk with my friend Susan Lipshutz about creating a soulful life. LISTEN HERE
S1:E5 Creating Balance
I sit down with my friend of 20 years Kate Fulling to talk about creating balance. LISTEN HERE
S1:E4 Intentional Parenting
In this episode, I sit down with my friend Dana Hirt to discuss intentional parenting. LISTEN HERE
S1:E3 The Good, Goodbye
My lifelong friend Laurice Bell and I talk about the many goodbyes you say in a lifetime. LISTEN HERE
S1:E2 Coming of Age at 50
I talk with dear friend Amy Owen about life, death, friendship & passion. LISTEN HERE
S1:E1 One Queer, One Straight
I talk with my daughter Lucy about Lucy’s journey discovering her queerness and how family and her community have framed her experience. LISTEN HERE

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