Throughout her difficult journey, Roberts remained resilient thanks to her beloved mother's refrain, "Everybody's got something." She held onto that phrase like a mantra.
Now, Roberts, who started her career in the radio booth at WFPR in Hammond, Louisiana, is coming full circle to launch an intimate and compelling podcast called "Everybody's Got Something.”
The podcast spotlights true stories of redemption, recovery, and how to discover inner strength even in the most difficult of times.
“It’s all about honest and important conversations with everyday heroes and celebrities … and some laughter too,” Roberts said.
Check out the podcast interviews at RobinPodcast.com.
In every interview, Roberts has candid conversations with her guests, who offer unfiltered admissions to obstacles they've faced, and moving descriptions of unexpected journeys of self-discovery.
Food Network superstar Giada De Laurentiis opened up about her unbearable grief in the wake of her brother's death. "I think I shut down for quite some time, several years," she told Roberts. "And it wasn't really until I had my daughter that I realized, 'Okay, I think I can love like this again.'"
Radio host Delilah, with her famous edge of ironic humor, confessed to Roberts that she has wrestled with her own ghosts and demons, including a six week marriage gone wrong.
"You know my six week failed marriage probably was more life changing -– except for having my children. That incident probably blessed me and helped me more than anything else in my life...that was such a defining thing in my journey, in my path of life. I thank God for that six week marriage," she explained.
Roberts also reunited with her friend, award-winning singer-songwriter India Arie. The two women collaborated on a theme song for “Good Morning America” in 2008 and worked together again on an original song for the podcast.
Arie also shared her own story of resilience. After a crippling loss of self-confidence, she disappeared from the public eye for four years in order to find herself.
“I was broken. I knew no one was going to be able to put me back together but me...and I didn’t want to die....and I felt like I was in danger of dying,” Arie said.
“I knew that I couldn’t live that way. … I did the work to actually heal myself. And in hindsight, I realized that is courageous. At the time it just felt like survival -- like I'm just trying to survive.”
To listen to these revealing and intimate interviews in Robin Roberts’ podcast, visit RobinPodcast.com.