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Dave Cowen has written humor for The New Yorker and McSweeney’s. He’s self-published six books, including two that were featured in The New York Times. He also writes a daily Substack called Shuffle Synchronicities about music and memoir. He’s a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He grew up in snowy, cloudy Rochester, New York but now calls sunny, warm Los Angeles, California home. He identifies as neurodiverse.

Chris Cole hosts the Waking Up Bipolar podcast, focused on the intersection of bipolar disorder and spiritual awakening. He is the author of The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness, inspired by his own journey of spiritual unfolding and mental health challenges. Chris Cole offers life coaching for any number of mental health conditions, specializing in bipolar disorder and spiritual emergence. Chris’s experience with addiction, disordered eating, body dysmorphia, psychosis, and spiritual emergency allows him to relate to a wide range of clients. He utilizes a holistic approach to mental health which views wellness in physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual domains. Learn more about Chris and his work at

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