The Survivor

Meet The Team

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 …

Meet The Team

  • Joel Waldman
    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
    Karmela Waldman Podcast Host

    Karm is a Holocaust survivor and has been a licensed marriage therapist for over 40 years. Many know her as Joel’s mom and the beloved co-host of STS.

  • Steve Cohen
    Steve Cohen Producer

    Steve is an award-winning media producer, executive and audience builder. He’s the mastermind behind STS’s #BestGuests.


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