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Real Life Podcast

By Thin Blue Line 4 Women
Join the discussion about real-life issues relating to first responders. IT'S RAW. IT'S REAL. IT'S ABOUT TIME!

HOSTED by Tamara—a retired law enforcement sergeant and a U.S. Air Force veteran. Author of THROUGH MY EYES-CSI MEMOIRS THAT HAUNT THE SOUL. Owner of
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Introduction to Through My Eyes~CSI Memoirs that Haunt the Soul
Listen to the author, Tamara Mickelson, as she reads the introduction of her book, Through My Eyes~CSI Memoirs that Haunt the Soul.
July 13, 2021
Final Podcast Episode—GOODBYE 2020
In her final REAL LIFE PODCAST episode, Tamara explains why it's the last one as she says goodbye to 2020. Let's get ready for a brand new year!  Get your copy of Through My Eyes/CSI Memoirs that Haunt the Soul on Amazon Get your own autographed copy of Through My Eyes on the Thin Blue Line 4 Women website— Get your copy of my romance novel debut, Maren's Journey on Amazon Read more about Tamara Mickelson at her author website—
December 31, 2020
Interview with Dan Jarvis—Founder and President of and Voice of the Resiliency Radio Podcast.
In this interview, I talk with Dan Jarvis about his personal story which led to the birth of—a non-profit organization made to "heal the hero". He tells me about breakthrough therapies called TRP and EMP (listen to this episode to find out more). He also talks about the Resiliency Radio Podcast which he hosts. Learn more about 22Zero here— Listen to the Resiliency Radio Podcast here— Connect with Dan on Facebook— Connect with Dan on Twitter— Connect with Dan on Instagram— Connect with Dan on Parler—
December 16, 2020
Interview with Tamara Dorris—Author, Professor, Hypnotherapist, and Life Coach.
In this interview, I talk with Tamara Dorris about how to stay balanced and focused to live a healthy life.   Tamara has been a college and university professor for more than 17 years. With a formal education and interest in psychology, and a graduate degree in communications, she has spent her adult life researching and writing about personal performance and professional development. The author of 21 books,  Tamara is also a certified hypnotherapist and certified in Human Design. She coaches people on better managing their energy, mindset, and manifestation skills. Learn more about Tamara at her website— Follow Tamara Dorris on Twitter @tamaradorris Follow Tamara Dorris on Facebook @mindovermatterwithtamara-author Read her book, "MIND OVER MATTER: HOW TO GO FROM SURVIVING TO THRIVING"  Read the hilarious trio "Secrets of a Spiritual Guru" Books 1, 2, and 3, where you'll meet wine-loving, house-selling Melissa Murphy and followe her through her crazy antics and even crazier love life.
November 25, 2020
Interview with Retired Law Enforcement Officer, Matt Domyancic
In this episode, I talk with Retired Law Enforcement Officer, Matt Domyancic about his career, the importance of wellness and peer support in police departments, and his non-profit organization.  Learn more about Matt's non-profit organization, GLOBAL SERVICE ASSOCIATES at    Connect with Matt on INSTAGRAM at @thinbluelinespirituality. Send Matt an email at
October 30, 2020
Award-Winning Author and Retired Law Enforcement Sergeant, Donna Brown
Behind and Beyond the Badge Volumes I and II are now available on Amazon. Get your autographed copy online at Thin Blue Line 4 Women.
October 25, 2020
Part II—Interview with Donna Brown—Award-Winning Author and Retired Law Enforcement Sergeant.
In this interview, I talk with Author Donna Brown about her books, Behind and Beyond the Badge, Volumes I & II. We discuss whether or not it's a good idea to enter into the law enforcement field at this highly volatile time in our country. For an autographed paperback of Behind and Beyond the Badge, click here. 
October 23, 2020
Thankful for my Faithful Listeners!
This is a short bonus episode to say "thank you" to all of my listeners out there! I appreciate all of you!
September 25, 2020
Interview with Police Officer Ann Marie Carrizales—Shot in the Line of Duty
In this interview with Police officer Ann Marie Carrizales, she tells the details of being shot twice, including once in the face, during a routine traffic stop. She describes how she chased down the suspects in her squad car for ten minutes into a neighboring county  which led to the arrest of all three suspects. She goes on to talk about P.T.S.D. and how the shooting has forever changed her life and the life of her family. Watch THE WOUNDED BLUE trailer.   
September 14, 2020
Interview with Supreme Whiskey Stones—Law Enforcement Owned
In this interview, I talk with Hector, the owner of Supreme Whiskey Stones. He is a full-time law enforcement officer in Chicago who also designs and creates beautiful custom glassware for customers all over the world.  Check out the website for decanters, humidors, and more! Visit the website—Supreme Whiskey Stones LISTEN TO THE EPISODE FOR A 10% OFF CODE valid through September 15, 2020 
September 01, 2020
Interview with Jim Russell—Artist and Retired Deputy Chief LEO
In this interview with Jim Russell, we talk about his first love...ART!  We discuss his long career in law enforcement with the Florida State University PD and end with the story of how he became an advocate for DUI prevention.   View his art gallery— Shop magnets——100% of proceeds go directly to the "Matthew Beard Memorial Award for Excellence in Research" scholarship.  We Save Lives—
August 19, 2020
Interview with Sean Riley, the Founder and President of Safe Call Now
In this interview, Sean Riley tells his personal story that led to the inception of Safe Call Now. He gets raw and real and talks about the death of his best friend; a tragic event he's still healing from.  Sean Riley is the Founder and President of Safe Call Now, a confidential, comprehensive, 24-hour crisis referral service for public safety employees, all emergency services personnel, and their family members nationwide. Safe Call Now Vision: to provide education, healthy alternatives, and resources to save lives and put families back together.  Make a Safe Call Now: 206-459-3020  
July 31, 2020
Interview with Sergeant Manderzzz—Part Two
In my second interview with Sergeant Manderzzz, we discuss  COVID19, George Floyd,  firefighters, active shooters, marriage, and more! 
July 23, 2020
Interview with Nicholas Anthony—A Cop's Journey of Faith Through the Darkness of PTSD
In this episode, Nick and I have a candid conversation about the cumulative stress he endured as a police officer and how it led to his current life situation. He discusses his constant struggles with P.T.S.D. and talks about his upcoming book, Invisible Wounds—A Cop's Journey of Faith Through the Darkness of PTSD.   
July 06, 2020
Interview with Sarah Cooksey—Engineer, EMT, Firefighter, and Operator of the Big Pink Fire Truck!
In this episode, I talk with Sarah Cooksey, an engineer, EMT, and firefighter with the Tallahassee Fire Department in Florida. Sarah talks about her passion which is driving a pink fire truck to save lives and bring hope to people in her community who are battling cancer. Sarah also talks about the struggles of raising a family while working in a demanding job field.
June 29, 2020
Interview with Ernest Stevens from ERNIE & JOE CRISIS COPS—HBO Documentary
In this episode, I have a conversation with Ernest about his role in the specialized mental health unit within the San Antonio Police Department. He discusses the importance of listening to people and really hearing what they have to say. He talks about the Critical Incident Training that all officers should complete in order to become better officers. Hear all about how the documentary was created and watch the trailer!  Watch the Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops (2019) OFFICIAL TRAILER
June 22, 2020
Interview with Full-Time LEO & Award-Winning Author, Sean Wyman
In this episode, I talk with full-time law enforcement officer and award-winning author, Sean Wyman. He shares the details of his book titled, GOING BEYOND THE CALL: MENTAL HEALTH FITNESS FOR PUBLIC SAFETY PROFESSIONALS. The mission of the book is to reduce suicide and mental health challenges within the ranks. This book is for officers, firefighters, EMS/EMT, 911 dispatchers, forensic investigators, and correctional officers. Sean also talks about his first book titled, LET GO: THE MOVEMENT PROCESS, and his life story that inspired the book.
June 16, 2020
Interview with Brandy—Wife of LEO Killed in an Off-Duty Motorcycle Accident
In this interview, Brandy tells the story of how her LEO husband was killed in an off-duty motorcycle accident on Memorial Day weekend, 2002. She tells the cute story of how they first met, talks about their two beautiful children, and then, through tears, tells the details of that tragic day. Brandy talks about how she was treated by the law enforcement community after his death. She leaves us with some advice on how to cope and move on from a life-altering event like this one. 
June 05, 2020
Interview with Police Officer and Award-Winning Author, William Mark
In this interview, I have a candid conversation with the officer about his career in law enforcement. I have the pleasure of speaking with his wife, Lisa, who sheds some light on what it's like being the wife of an officer. Then we dig into the four books he's written—all crime-thrillers. LOST IN THE DARKNESS, WHERE LIGHT CANNOT REACH, BEHIND THE BLUE LINE, AND CROSSING THE BLUE LINE are all available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and 
May 25, 2020
Interview With Jeanne Assam—Hero in the 2007 New Life Church Shooting in Colorado Springs, Co.
In this episode, I talk with Jeanne Assam who tells a very chilling story. She tells the details of how she prevented a gunman from taking more lives at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Co. after he already shot and killed several people. Her story is raw and real. You don't want to miss this episode!   
May 18, 2020
5 officers shot in Oakland, Ca. // LE wife shares heartbreaking story of the day her husband was killed in the line of duty.
In this episode, Nicole tells the sweet story of how she met her husband, Sergeant Ervin Romans. Then she bravely shares the tragic details of that fateful day in March of 2009 when he was killed in the line of duty along with three other officers in Oakland, California. 
May 13, 2020
Interview with DACHIEF—a Retired Police Chief Who Shares His Stories Through Comedy
In this episode, Dachief talks about the inspiration behind his comedic videos that have gone viral on social media. We get serious and discuss body armor products from Safe Life Defense. We go even deeper as he shares what the most important piece of equipment is to a first responder! You can find Dachief on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. 
May 08, 2020
Interview with 18-year LEO veteran, "Detective Blue Line," about claustrophobia, hypervigilance, and support systems
In this episode, I talk with an officer about several traumatic calls he experienced on the job. We talk about claustrophobia, hypervigilance, and PTSD. We discuss the importance of support that officers need from family, friends, chaplains, etc. and how his wife is his main source of support. 
May 04, 2020
Interview with #VoicesOfTheBlue director/producer, Jason Harney
In this episode, I interview Jason Harney, a retired sergeant from the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. Jason directed and produced VOICES OF THE BLUE, a six-part docuseries featuring true stories of Law Enforcement Officers and their experiences after becoming physically and mentally injured in the line of duty. The stories are told by the officers themselves. This series is real and raw, and guaranteed to rock you to the core.   The Official Site for VOICES OF THE BLUE docuseries: The Wounded Blue—helping injured law enforcement:
May 01, 2020
Interview with a Broken Medic, Part II
In this episode, Greg starts the conversation by filling me in on the progression of opening his gun shop. Then we get raw and real as he discusses ethical dilemmas he faced while working as an EMT. We discuss positives and negatives of the job and touch on the Covid-19 pandemic.   
April 27, 2020
Interview with Tia Johnson, host of the Resting Mom Face Podcast
In this episode, I talk with Tia Johnson, host of the Resting Mom Face Podcast. We have a raw and real discussion about how she handles the daily stressors of being a military wife and mother of a four-year-old boy. She also shares how she auditioned and was chosen to be the narrator for the audio version of my book, Through My Eyes/CSI Memoirs That Haunt the Soul. You'll definitely want to hear this episode!
April 20, 2020
Interview with Canines for Christ
In this episode, I talk with Chaplain Ron with Canines For Christ, an international Christian-based, animal-assisted therapy ministry that uses ordinary people and their beloved dogs to share God’s message of love, hope, kindness, and compassion to the  community. 
April 13, 2020
Interview with Lori Cooper—daughter of Columbus Police Officer shot in the line of duty
In this episode, I interview Lori Cooper, the daughter of a Columbus police officer shot in the line of duty when she was only nine years old. She talks about the incident and how the shooter never served a day in jail for the shooting. However, 44 years later, she decided to do her own investigating. During our emotional conversation, she opens up and admits she still struggles with closure in more ways than one. You won't want to miss this episode! 
April 06, 2020
Interview with Author, Benjamin Tyler Smith
In this interview, I talk with author, Benjamin Tyler Smith about his first book, BLUE CRUCIBLE. It's a post-apocalyptic sci-fi that includes horse patrol. The world may have fallen but the Thin Blue Line's battle is only beginning! 
March 30, 2020
Interview with Terri Armenta, Owner and Director of Forensic Training Unlimited
In this interview, I talk with Terri, the owner and director of Forensic Training Unlimited about how to receive training to be a crime scene investigator, private investigator, forensic pathologist, coroner, criminalist, and more! For more information, visit
March 23, 2020
Q & A with the Tamara, the podcast host
In this bonus episode, I answer questions asked by fans from Twitter and Facebook.
March 21, 2020
Interview with Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Leah Demarest
In this episode, I interview LMHC Leah Demarest. We talk about mental illness as it relates to first responders. Please join us as she has some important things to share!
March 16, 2020
Interview with a 911 Dispatcher
In this episode, I interview Sara who used to be a 911 dispatcher. She shares her struggles with anxiety, stress, and depression and what she's doing today to live a healthy life.   
March 09, 2020
Interview with a Broken Medic, Part I
In this interview, I have a very real and raw discussion with an EMT officer. We discuss the horrible trauma he dealt with at an early age, and the trauma he experienced on the job. 
March 06, 2020
Interview with an Amazing Police Lady, Sergeant Manderzzz from Twitter.
In this episode, I interview an amazing law enforcement sergeant. We discuss her role at work as a sergeant and how she balances that with her role at home as mom and wife. She opens up and talks about police suicides and officers in crisis. She ends the interview with a funny work story!
March 03, 2020
Interview With a Law Enforcement Chaplain.
In this episode, I interview Chaplain Vickie about important issues such as death notifications, compassion fatigue, and what it's really like to "be there" for an officer in need. We also discuss her non-profit organization and how it's changing the lives of officers and their families.
February 25, 2020
Interview With a Nurse — AKA Supermom & Superwoman
In this episode, I interview Liz. She's a nurse and a "supermom." We discuss her career as a nurse and how she balances life between work, her husband, and her kids. We discuss mental health issues occurring in other professions as well as the law enforcement profession. We also talk about her relationship with God. 
February 18, 2020
Interview With Award-Winning Author and Retired Law Enforcement Sergeant, Donna Brown.
In this episode, I interview retired law enforcement sergeant, Donna Brown. She is the author of the "Behind and Beyond the Badge" series. We discuss her career in law enforcement, mental health issues, and her amazing books!
February 11, 2020
Interview With a Mother of a Retired Law Enforcement Officer.
In this episode, I interview my mother about what it was like having a daughter in law enforcement. This is a great episode for family members who have a connection with law enforcement. 
February 04, 2020