New York Times Bestseller Is Now a Podcast

Paul Williams and Tracey Jackson extend their Gratitude & Trust brand.

GratitudeandTrustPodcastPaul Williams is an alcoholic. Tracey Jackson is not.

That was the pitch last fall for the pair’s book Gratitude & Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life. And now, via PodcastOne, they’ve extended their positivity to the Internet airwaves. From today’s launch announcement:

Dubbed “cultural icons” and “spiritual leaders” by Oprah, the pair takes listeners and guests on a weekly journey of hope, courage, success and survival, filled with honesty, humor, probing and engaging discussion. Today’s debut episode features comedian and media personality [and recovering alcoholic] Chris Hardwick followed by producer, director and screenwriter Judd Apatow on June 16.

“I’ve known Paul forever and Tracey is someone you feel like you’ve known forever after spending ten minutes in the same room,” says PodcastOne chairman and CEO Norm Pattiz. “The stories, the guests and the service that will permeate this new podcast makes us all proud.”

As Williams reminds on today’s debut, he and Jackson met way back in 1981, in Robert Mitchum’s bedroom in Montecito. He jokes that trying to keep up with the late Mitchum is what “put him in rehab, twice.” It is also Mitchum who gave Williams the nickname “dough boy,” which stuck.

Williams shares a fun tidbit about Electric Ladyland Studios in New York. And Hardwick, picking up on something Jackson says about her daughters dating “nerds,” accidentally conjures up a bumper sticker for the Internet ages: ‘Glasses Are The New Dicks.’

Bottom line: today’s 75-minute debut is a blast. Follow the program on Twitter via @GratitudeTrust.