Coping Conversations

Dr. Bob Phillips

"Coping Conversations” is hosted by internationally renowned psychologist, Dr. Bob Phillips, and has been aired on radio stations and as a nationally available audio-streamed program since 1991.

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My guest is one of the most popular crime writers of all time. We discuss her new book, “Autopsy”, the latest in the Kay Scarpetta series, her career, and much more.  

Dec 2

20 min 24 sec

In this new solo podcast, Dr. Phillips discusses why there are always things to be thankful for, no matter how stressful your life may be!      

Nov 25

8 min 2 sec

My guest started his show business career at the ripe old age of 3 ½. We discuss his child star activities, how his family kept his head on straight, how he’s dealt with the ups and downs in his life, and much more.  

Nov 18

26 min 57 sec

My guest wrote comedy for Bob Hope, and others, for years. We discuss her career in comedy, her new book about Bob Hope, and much more.  

Nov 11

25 min 23 sec

My guests were instrumental in bringing the new award-winning film “Hamlet/Horatio” to the screen. We discuss the trials and tribulations of doing so, how they made Shakespeare enjoyable for new audiences, how this whole process impacted them, and more.  

Nov 4

24 min 51 sec

My guest has a career in public service, from the Phoenix Fire Department to President and Chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts and Science Foundation. We discuss how his activities have been life-changing and rewarding, and more.  

Oct 28

20 min 12 sec

My guest appeared as Prince Valium in the movie Spaceballs, and as Monroe in the TV show “Too Close For Comfort”. We discuss his career, his personal physical and emotional health crises, and much more.    

Oct 21

17 min 19 sec

My guest is a stand-up comedienne, podcast host, and entrepreneur. We discuss her career, how she’s used difficult life events to create comedy, how she uses humor as a coping strategy, and much more.        

Oct 14

22 min 35 sec

My returning guest is actress Loretta Swit, “Hot Lips” on television’s classic M*A*S*H. We discuss how she has dealt with the pandemic, her love for animals and for her fans, her thoughts about coping with life’s circumstances, and more.    

Oct 7

20 min 34 sec

My returning guest is Dr. Donald Meichenbaum, one of the founders of cognitive-behavior therapy. In presentation format, Dr. Meichenbaum discusses intimate partner violence, including suggestions for how to recognize the warning signals.  

Sep 30

29 min 13 sec

My guest is 10-year-old actress Stella Grubb, currently appearing in the movie “Rekindling Christmas”. We discuss her thoughts about being an actress, her excitement at working with big stars, and much more.  

Sep 23

16 min 47 sec

My guest is religious leader and author Michael Shevack, whose new book is called Soul Lessons from the Wizard of Oz: How to Follow Your Yellow Brick Road. We discuss his humanitarian and spiritual goals, and how his books can give you greater insight into the human condition.  

Sep 16

16 min 30 sec

My guests are Rebekah (writer) and James Ganiere (producer) who collaborated on the Emmy-Award-nominated movie, “Rekindling Christmas.” We discussed their respective careers, how they deal with their collaborations, the inspirational messages contained in their movie, and much more.  

Sep 9

23 min 39 sec

My guest is an AIDS activist who is portrayed in the new biopic, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.” We discuss how he coped with his health crisis, how his appearance on Tammy Faye Bakker’s show was life-changing… for many, and much more.  

Sep 2

19 min 9 sec

My guest is a meteorologist whose weather reports have been heard in the New York area for more than 40 years! We discuss his passion for weather, how weather forecasting has changed, how he’s coped with the difficult parts of weather forecasting, and much more.  

Aug 26

27 min 47 sec

My guest is the author of more than three dozen novels and is considered one of the best medical mystery authors of all time. We discuss his latest book, “Viral”, his passion for including important issues involving modern medicine in his books, and much more.

Aug 19

18 min 46 sec

My guest has been an actor for more than 60 years, and became famous for being one of the stars of the classic TV show, “My Three Sons”. We discuss his experience with this show, sibling rivalry with his brother, and other things he’s experienced in his career.

Aug 12

19 min 25 sec

My guest is a soap opera star on “The Young and the Restless” who has soared on the small screen and in the air. We discuss her lengthy career, how she stays grounded, and her important charity work.

Aug 5

16 min 29 sec

My guest starred as Ted Striker in the popular movie comedy “Airplane!”. We discuss how much he enjoyed this life-altering film, how it shaped the rest of his career, how a body-surfing accident in Hawaii almost killed him, and much more.  

Jul 29

23 min 15 sec

My guest is far more than a ditzy blonde. She’s been a recurring actress on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and has performed in numerous television shows and movies. We discuss the dangers of being typecast, how she has enjoyed doing voice-overs, and much more.

Jul 22

19 min 50 sec

My guest is a well-respected voice actor, known for Porky Pig, Tweety, and many more. We discussed his passion for doing voices, how he was able to connect with Mel Blanc when he was 14 years old, how he developed this into a career, and much more.

Jul 15

18 min 37 sec

My guest has been the bailiff on the Judge Judy Show for its entire 25-year run. We discuss his career as a court officer, how he dealt with difficult situations on the show, how he learned to deal with being so recognizable, and much more.

Jul 8

23 min 3 sec

My guest has a long and varied show business career, and he comes from a show business family. We discuss his career, how humor is such an important coping strategy, and much more.

Jul 1

23 min 59 sec

My guest was starring on Broadway when he was 9 years old, and he went on to appear in the classic TV show “One Day at a Time” and more. We discussed his career, difficulties he’s encountered in his life, and how he copes with stress with meditation and self-compassion.  

Jun 24

17 min 38 sec

My guest played Marsha Owens on the classic TV show “Mr. Belvedere.” We discuss her long career, her love for theater, and working with legends such as Rodney Dangerfield and Robin Williams.

Jun 17

18 min 57 sec

My guest, actor/producer Kevin Spirtas, discusses his multifaceted career, how he’s grown as a person through his varied performances, and how he feels about having an influence on others through his roles.

Jun 10

21 min 19 sec

My guest is an actress who has appeared in the movie "Airplane," as well as on television on the Mary Tyler Moore show, among many other acting credits. In addition to talking about her career, we discuss her new book, "My Four Hollywood Husbands," as well as how she has handled her husbands' alcoholism and her own problems including dyslexia and co-dependency. You'll enjoy her positive attitude, and inspiring comments.

Jun 3

16 min 34 sec

My guest is versatile film and television actor Rico Anderson. We discuss his career, his newest project, and quotes that are so important to him.

May 27

16 min 19 sec

My guest is comedian Bruce Vilanch. We discuss his multi-faceted career as a performer, standup comedian, and writer and how his sense of humor is his favorite coping strategy.

May 20

21 min 51 sec

A Show from 1995! Ian Eagle is well known for his broadcasts of National Football League games on CBS, and Brooklyn Nets games on the YES network. But when Ian was 26, and just becoming known in the industry, he appeared as a guest on "Coping Conversations." The original show has been digitally remastered and this is the first time it has been available on this website.

May 13

14 min 41 sec

My guest on this episode is actor Max Gail, perhaps best known as "Wojo" on the hit television series "Barney Miller." We discuss his career, how he's coped with difficult experiences in his life, his advocacy for Native Americans, and more.

May 6

21 min 5 sec

Popular television performer, Conrad Bain, is my guest in this extended, archived show, originally taped in his living room in Santa Monica Hills in the 1990s. We talk about his career, how he felt about being the star of two hit television series (“Maude” and “Diff’rent Strokes”), and his experiences in working with Gary Coleman and other stars. We discussed how he dealt with the difficulties in moving from idea and concept to the actuality of “Diff’rent Strokes,” and how he felt about taking a subordinate role to the other cast members.

Apr 29

30 min 59 sec

Actress/singer Ruta Lee joins me for a return visit. We discuss her show business career, more about her charity work for The Thalians, and her brand-new autobiography.

Apr 22

18 min 9 sec

A very popular singer, whose popularity continues despite his hits coming from the 1950's and 1960's, is my guest, "Mr. Personality", Lloyd Price. We discuss his songs, his longevity in music, how he got that nickname, and a number of other activities that he's involved in. You'll enjoy the personality of Mr. Personality!

Apr 15

14 min 31 sec

Welcome to the 100th episode of Coping Conversations! In this very special episode, host Dr. Bob Phillips addresses a simple strategy to be more resilient and cope better during difficult times. Dr. Bob Phillips is the author of more than 40 best-selling books, and the founder and director of the Center for Coping ( on Long Island, New York.    

Apr 8

9 min 30 sec

Known for decades as the "Voice of the Yankees", sportscaster Mel Allen (who died in 1996) appeared on "Coping Conversations" less than a year before he died. Known not just for his work for the Yankees, but as a radio and television personality, Mel had one of the most recognizable voices in American sports. This show has been digitally remastered and this is the first time it's been available on this website.

Apr 1

17 min 29 sec

My guest is actor/singer/dancer George Chakiris, an academy award winner for West Side Story. We discuss how he got this role, his passion for his career, his love of family, and the difficulties he’s dealt with in show business.

Mar 25

24 min 25 sec

My guest is Dr. Donald Meichenbaum, one of the founders of cognitive-behavior therapy. We discuss this branch of psychology, the concept of resilience, and how all of this can help people deal with the pandemic and so much more.

Mar 18

19 min 57 sec

My guest is perhaps best known for playing Kevin Costner’s father in the classic movie, “Field of Dreams.” We discussed how this movie has brought out feelings about father/son relationships, how this affected his feelings about his own father, and how his fans have responded to him in public appearances.

Mar 11

20 min 41 sec

Do you remember the song “Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Back Seat?” How about “Happy Go Lucky Me?” Both of these songs were hits for guest Paul Evans. We discuss his music career, how he dealt with the ups and downs and changes in his career, and the success he has had writing songs as well as performing.

Mar 4

18 min 9 sec

My guest is actress/singer Joanna Gleason, a Tony Award winner with numerous movie and television roles as well. We discuss her relationship with her father, Let’s Make A Deal’s Monty Hall, how acting has always been so important to her, and how a good attitude can help you cope with anything!

Feb 25

18 min 38 sec

My guest is a versatile actor who is perhaps best known for playing the hated Douglas C. Neidermeyer in the classic hit movie, "Animal House." We discussed how this role came to be, the difficulties he's had with stereotyping, other joys in his life, and his goals for the future.

Feb 18

16 min 57 sec

My guest is former child star Paul Petersen, who played Jeff Stone on the old Donna Reed Show. Today, Paul is best known for his advocacy work. He founded the well-respected, non-profit organization, A Minor Consideration, that advocates and provides services for child stars and former child stars in trouble. We discuss his personal and professional interest in working with child stars as well as the valuable work of A Minor Consideration.

Feb 11

16 min 52 sec

One of the most popular television sportscasters in New York television history, Len Berman has covered virtually every major sporting event during his 40-year career. Now a co-host on morning radio in NY, we discuss his changing role in broadcasting, how sports help us cope, the difficulties he’s encountered in his career, and more.

Feb 4

21 min 26 sec

My guest is legendary television and radio host, Larry King. Over the past 30 years, he has been suffered and coped with, numerous medical problems. In this archived show, taped in 2015, we discuss his first heart attack in 1987.    

Jan 28

17 min 1 sec

Judy Tenuta is not only a very funny comedienne, she's an actress and an author. We discuss her career, how her large family contributed to her strengths, how she's coped with difficult things in her life, and her memories of Joan Rivers and George Carlin, among others.

Jan 21

20 min 6 sec

Former New York Knicks star power forward Anthony Mason, who sadly passed away in 2012, is my guest. We discuss his career, how he coped with injuries, how his attitude always helped him, his views on the difference between basketball past and present, and how his career grew out of his playing day experiences.

Jan 14

16 min 15 sec

My guest is best known as Maryann on the classic television show, "Gilligan's Island." We discussed the reasons for the lasting power of the show, how the values presented continue to be important, and how she continues to be productive in the industry. We also discuss her new book and her new television series.

Jan 7

19 min 14 sec

Best known as the mother on the hit TV series "The Waltons", my guest is a four-time Emmy award winner, television, stage, and screen actress, Michael Learned. We discuss her acting career, as well as some of the difficulties she's encountered in her life. We also discuss how she came to be named Michael!

Dec 2020

16 min 16 sec

This fascinating show with Lainie Kazan was originally recorded and aired in 1995! It has been digitally remastered and this is the first time it's been available on this website. Having starred in "The Nanny" and, subsequent to this recording, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", among many other things, you'll enjoy this vintage program with Lainie.

Dec 2020

14 min 31 sec