Apocalyptic Anxiety, Plus Making Mom Friends | Claire Coffee, Bridget Moloney, Ellie Knaus

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#227 - Decade-long friends Claire Coffee (actor), Bridget Moloney (director/actor), and Ellie Knaus compare notes on their apocalyptic anxieties, commiserate over the awkwardness of making "back-to-school" mom friends, and play a round of "I'm So Jealous!" The returning bi-coastal mom squad also discuss their post-bedtime reading and watching rituals (hello, HBO's Succession), acknowledge the trickier parts of parenting, and get the New York private school admissions lowdown.

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Xx Ellie Knaus

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Crib Notes a.k.a. Episode Research

“Claire Coffee — Patience, Persistence, and Asking for What You Need” - Alyshia Ochse Podcast 

Succession Uses Shiv Roy’s Hair and Clothes to Tell the Story of Her Quest for Power - Vox

“Succession,” Reviewed: An Irresistible Family Power Struggle, Told Through Soap and Satire - The New Yorker

Parents Are Divided on Whether It's Okay to Let Their Kids Dress as Moana for Halloween - People

Inside the insanely competitive world of elite New York City preschools - Business Insider


Mentioned on the Pod: Succession, Season 2


About Our Guests: Bridget Moloney & Claire Coffee

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Photo by Kat Tuohy


Claire Coffee is an actress best known for her role as Adalind Schade on NBC's long-running series GRIMM, but she considers her claim to fame being Ellie Knaus' best friend (and most frequent house guest).

She's been acting since age five and graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Theater. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn with her husband Chris and four year old son, Calvin.

Claire co-created the web series "Chelsey and Kelsey Are Really Good Roommates" with Ellie, and last year produced and starred in the independent pilot "I Was A Teenage Pillow Queen" written and directed by Bridget Moloney, which premiered at TriBeCa's TV festival. More recently, Claire can be seen as one third of a throuple on CBS' SWAT, and as a serial killer's wife in NBC's upcoming drama Lincoln.You can find her on instagram at @clairecoffee

Bridget Moloney is currently a member of the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women. Bridget is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied Theatre and Creative Writing for Media. She has a Master's in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine, concentrating on couples and family therapy. She is also an actress, making her living and qualifying for great health insurance one national commercial at a time.

Her independent pilot I WAS A TEENAGE PILLOW QUEEN, which she wrote and directed, premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival's TV Fest. She lives in her hometown of Los Angeles with her husband and two small children. You can find her on instagram at @Bridget.Moloney




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Who's Watching Us? | Claire Coffee + Bridget Moloney-Sinclair

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#224 - BFF’s actress Claire Coffee, director Bridget Moloney-Sinclair, and host Ellie Knaus warm up to summer with travel talk and "family gap year" dreams and bring levity to the bone-chilling subject of privacy in 2019.

In this conversation, we address nanny cams, security cams, data collection, and if there’s any point in trying to protect their children’s faces on social media. Claire discusses her parenting theory regarding “specialness”. And Bridget introduces the listener question from Ann Shrake and Vivian Lee:

“If you could take your family anywhere in the world for a year, where would you go?”


The Fifth Trimester: A Working Mom's Guide | Lauren Smith Brody

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CNN host Kate Bolduan and former Glamour executive editor Lauren Smith Brody give tips for heading back to work after having kids. 

Just back from maternity leave, Kate Bolduan gives us three momhacks for transitioning back to work. And Fifth Trimester founder Lauren Smith Brody shares lessons from her fun, comforting, and informative book: The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, and Success After Baby. We talk about changing workplace culture, the gender pay gap as it relates to mamas, how to ask for flex time, signs of postpartum mood disorder, and what to do if you have the sudden itch to quit. x Ellie Knaus