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December 21, 2015

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Nov 24, 2021

Dara Horn: People Love Dead Jews

MC Serch, the legendary rapper from 3rd base, takes three of Karmela’s favorite catchphrases and freestyles a bar on the spot!

Nov 22, 2021

Hailey Kops: The Olympic Figure Skater

Bet you’ve never qualified for the Olympics. Well, Hailey Kops just did and the 19-year-old will compete in Beijing from February 4th -20th.

Nov 19, 2021

Questions For Grandma "Where Do Babies Come From?

Questions For Grandma “Where Do Babies Come From?

Nov 14, 2021

MC Serch: Hip Hop Legend | Interview & Freestyle Rap

MC Serch freestyle raps about Surviving The Survivor’s 82-year-old co-host Karmela, sings his Bar Mitzvah portion flawlessly, and taunts Joel

Nov 2, 2021

Dr. Jonathan Silberstein: Unleashing The Power Of The Penis

Here’s a guest who knows more about the penis and male anatomy than most.
Dr. Jonathan Silberstein is Chief of Urologic Oncology at Memorial Healthcare System in South Florida….

Oct 29, 2021

Marc Polymeropoulos: CIA: Out From The Shadows

Marc Polymeropoulos retired from the CIA Senior Intelligence Service ranks in 2019 after serving for 26 years in the Intelligence Community in operational field and leadership assignments.

Oct 26, 2021

Dara Horn: People Love Dead Jews

Dara Horn is the award-winning author of six books, including, most recently, People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present.

Oct 12, 2021

Brian Cuban | Recovery From Cocaine

On this episode of “Surviving The Survivor Podcast”, Brian Cuban, author of “The Ambulance Chaser” joins Karmela and Joel to tell a crazy story about his cocaine addiction

Oct 11, 2021

Dr. Deepak Penesetti: The Social Media Psychiatrist

Dr. Deepak Penesetti is the Founder & CEO of SessionTogether. He is a Chair for Health Equity at the American Psychiatric Association and is a Pediatrician, Adult & Child Psychiatrist by way of the Mount Sinai Hospital’s Triple Board Program in New York City.

Oct 4, 2021

Matt Brode: The Weather, Man!

NBC Tucson’s Chief Meteorologist is a self-proclaimed weather nerd. On this episode of Surviving the Survivor he explains while there’s a real need to worry about climate change and the ongoing debate over it. Once you hear Matt’s take, you’ll be worrying about your kids and their kids’ future (even if you don’t have any yourself!).

Oct 4, 2021

Brian Lupo: Cannabis Conservative

Retired Marine Corporal Brian Lupo deployed to Afghanistan on, of all days, September 11th, 2010. He recounts his first days on the battlefield, including a successful sniper shot from 450 yards away which hit the intended Taliban target square between the eyes.

Sep 19, 2021

Dr. Fischer - The Man Behind the Brand

Dr. Fischer is one of the best known brands in Israel and around the world. His skin and eye care products are available in more than 30 countries, including America.

Sep 19, 2021

Seth Kramer: The 9/11 Story

Seth Kramer discusses Ironbound Film’s latest documentary NYC DDC 9/11 …the story you’ve never heard of … until now.

Sep 19, 2021

James Donaldson: The Big Man

7-foot-2 inch James Donaldson is a retired professional basketball player who played 14 seasons in the NBA, mostly for the Seattle Supersonics, and in several leagues across Europe.

Sep 18, 2021

Lizzy Savetsky: Instagram Queen

Lizzy Savetsky has grown her massive Instagram following by doing two things really well: displaying her sophisticated fashion sense along with a strong sense of self, particularly when it comes to Jewish activism.

About Surviving The Survivor

This irreverent, honest and funny 60-minute podcast is hosted by Joel Waldman, a former Fox News national political correspondent and his mom, Karmela Waldman, a trained therapist and Holocaust survivor. They’re joined each week by a special guest. From the Coronavirus pandemic to climate change to erectile dysfunction and belief in G-d, no subject is off limits for this mother & son duo. Joel and Karmela also offer their unique take on news events unfolding around the globe, as well as weekly segments, including This Week in Dead and Dying, 3 Questions for Grandma and My Anxiety is Higher Than Yours. The podcast’s real magic comes from the hilarious chemistry between Joel and his mom. He’s neurotic. She’s highly opinionated. Together they’re plain nuts. Once you meet Joel’s mom, you’ll never stop listening. But one question remains each episode: will he survive the survivor? Tune in to find out …

Behind The Mic

Surviving The Survivor is edited and mastered at Space Coast Studios.

  • Joel Waldman Podcast Host

    Joel is an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist. He brings more than two decades of experience crafting stories, including long-form documentaries.

  • Karmela Waldman Podcast Host

    Karmela Waldman, Co-Host of Surviving the Survivor
    Karmela is best known as Joel’s mom (Joel wrote this). But, she’s so much more!

Surviving The Survivor

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls.

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