All The Wiser

by Kimi Culp


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We tell the most jaw-dropping stories you've ever heard. From dramatic stories of survival, the realities of life when facing death and unforgettable lessons on loss and love, you will be inspired, educated and entertained. For every story you hear, we donate $2000 to help people in need. 50 interviews. $100,000 donated.

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Last updated on September 22, 2020, 7:02 am


4. Monica Escobedo on loss, love, forgiveness and being the sister of a shooter

April 17, 2019 • 42m

Beloved television producer, Monica Escobedo, survived the unthinkable. For the first time, she shares the details of the day she lost her brother, mother and father in a murder-suicide. Monica courageously shares her story of loss, love, intuition and why she chooses to honor her mentally ill brother in spite of his final act. Her strength, honesty and life perspective will leave you astounded and inspired. In Monica's honor, we are donating $2000 to Give An Hour.   In Today’s Episode: Monica’s premonition and trying to find her mom and dad (5:50) Monica learns that her mother has died (6:35) She is told she has lost her father and brother as well (12:05) Learning her brother had been going to target practice (15:37) Forgiving her brother and his final act (19:18) Wise Words: “If I could advise anyone, trying to counsel a friend going through something. It's say something, even though you don't know what to say, say, “Hey, I'm here for you.” (21:15) “Your life can change in an instant. It really makes me appreciate the moment a bit more. Even if it's a rough day, I try to think about what I'm thankful for.”  (39:08) “I am really self-disciplined. I think when there's no parents to kick your butt or encourage you, that you realize how self-motivated you have to be. But if you keep motivating yourself and putting one front in front of the other ... And maybe I could only do a baby step at first, but eventually, you can reach the top of the mountain.” (38:15) “I am the sister of a shooter. I see how signs can be ignored. I think I had blinders on, and even though I locked my door because I was a little bit scared of him, I didn't really hone in on it. And looking back, I wish that I had kind of focused on it a bit more, and made more of an effort to try to really get some other figure involved, to get him help.” (37:35)   Links Mentioned:   Follow Us: For information regarding your data privacy, visit





3. Matt Pohlson flat-lined and had a near death experience that forever changed him

April 03, 2019 • 37m

Matt is the co-founder and CEO of Omaze. His company has raised over 130 million dollars for charities by auctioning off once in a lifetime experiences — think a walk-on role in Star Wars or being George Clooney’s date on the Red Carpet! He opens up about what changed everything for him: a near death experience that left him flatlining and in a coma. Matt shares how his mom saved his life, his experience on “the other side” and how he views his relationships and company in an entirely new light. In honor of Matt's story we are donating $2000 to Folds of Honor. IN TODAY’S EPISODE Signs that something was wrong (6:50) Flatlining for 5 minutes and his experience on “the other side” (11:33) The machine and doctors that saved his life (21:43) How his mom’s presence and strength as witnessed her son flatline (27:33) Matt finally has a 2nd date with his now girlfriend in his hospital room (33:09) WISE WORDS They didn't know her son. It was this very spiritual experience for her. She said it was like ... and it just gave her this strength, and so she gathered herself, and she turned back to the table, and she started coaching me. Coaching me back. She said, "Matthew David Pohlson, these people are fighting to save your life. They are fighting so hard to save your life, but you're not fighting hard enough. You gotta fight, Matthew David Pohlson! You gotta show them that you're a fighter! You gotta fight to come back! These people are fighting to save your life." (11:09) And I remember just fighting and fighting and fighting, and just like, it felt like an infinitely long journey.  Then I remember the moment of just like, bursting back into the world, and feeling that feeling of ... oh, my gosh, the journey. I'm here. I'm back. And looking at my mom, and looking at my dad, and then, there's just like, this moment of pure joy. Where I felt connected to everything in the world, all at once. (15:06) I mean, I was gone. All the doctors were saying, I was gone. I was out of that body. Because they said, it's very uncommon, or not very uncommon ... they've never seen someone flatline, and then, open up their eyes, and lift their hand and give a thumbs up. (15:49) "But do you remember what you wrote?" I said, "No." He said, "You wrote, the first thing you wrote was, 'Tell my mom that I fought so hard." (29:57) "Look, before you leave, I want you to understand something. When I finish my career, 30 years from now, and I'm talking about the most extraordinary case I've ever seen, this is gonna be it.” (33:55) I would say everything you want is on the other side of fear. We create these fears so often for our self, that get in the way of so much that we want to do, or people we want to love, or ... but know that, and when you overcome that fear, just know that the love you put out can change people's lives in ways that you may never be able to see, but it matters. (44:10)   LINKS HTTPS://WWW.OMAZE.COM HTTPS://WWW.FOLDSOFHONOR.ORG/   For information regarding your data privacy, visit





8. Kristen Gray has a score to settle with Batten Disease

June 12, 2019 • 44m

Kristen Gray left her job to be a stay at home mom with her two young girls. In 2015, Charlotte (4) and Gwenyth (2) were diagnosed with Batten disease: a fatal disorder that would leave them blind and unable to walk, play or speak. Kristen and her husband were unwilling to accept this fate. With a breathtaking swell of love and support, they raised millions of dollars to fund the first clinical trial and real hope for a cure. Her story is a testament to the power of love (and not taking no for an answer.)   In Today’s Episode: A mother’s intuition and stopping at nothing for answers (3:37) The day her 4 year old daughter, Gwenyth, receives the fatal diagnosis (12:23) The call that her youngest daughter, Charlotte, shares the same diagnosis (15:26) A family In search of life saving treatments and hope (31:03) Charlotte and Gwen’s results after the first ever clinical trial (32:17) A mom on a mission builds a school for her daughter and other families as they search  for some sense of normalcy and moments of joy and connection (35:07)   Wise Words: “They shut the door and he said, “Your daughter Charlotte has Batten Disease CLN6.  It’s a neurodegenerative brain disease. It’s rare. It’s fatal and there is no cure.  We know one other child that has this diagnosis in India.” He slapped down a pamphlet that gave us more information about the disease and said, “Prepare your home for wheelchairs and kiss your daughter every day.”  Then he said, “By the way, your younger daughter has a 25% chance of having the same diagnosis.” (12:23) “You could go one of two ways, you either bond together and just fight this fight together and support each other or, you grow apart and you both carry on in your own experiences in whatever way that is.” (16:42) “I don’t think Gordon and I ever allowed ourselves to think this was going to be a terminal thing for our girls.  We decided to carry the mindset that we were going to fight this and we were going to overcome it.” (17:19) “You definitely learn to appreciate the small things in life and take each day as a blessing with gratitude.  Everyday, Gordon and I would wake up and wonder what condition Charlotte would be in. Is she going to get out of bed and is she going to walk or is she going to get out of bed and fall.  We really lived each moment as it came and really celebrated the little things that were happening each day.” (20:30)   Links Mentioned: For information regarding your data privacy, visit