I Couldn't Throw It Out

I Couldn't Throw It Out

24 boxes of stuff. Saved for 58 years. And now it’s all gotta go. Listen in as former PEOPLE Magazine reporter Michael Small and podcast co-host Sally Libby rediscover the objects he has saved since he was 7, telling the tales behind them so he can throw them out.

Recent Episodes

Our High School Mag: Donna Murphy Gets Lit

Sept. 3, 2022

Broadway? Movies? TV? That's nuthin'. Donna Murphy first found fame on the high school literary mag staff with Michael and Sally. Listen as they read poems by Donna and others 50 years later -- and get a big surprise.

Guest: Donna Murphy

Flashdance's Jennifer Beals: My 1983 Interview Tape

Aug. 13, 2022

After 19-year-old Flashdance star Jennifer Beals enrolled at Yale, Michael thought he'd get a better interview by trying to impress her with his own academic credentials.  Listen in on this ridiculous mistake.

Joni Mitchell: Part 2 - My 1985 Interview Tapes

May 30, 2022

You heard the short stuff in Part 1. Now hear Joni Mitchell's longer tales, including how she met Jimi Hendrix, why Jack Nicholson missed his musical cameo, and hear Joni's 7th grade poem, from Michael Small's 1985 interview…

Joni Mitchell: Part 1 - My 1985 Interview Tapes

May 28, 2022

In 1985, Joni Mitchell gave Michael a multi-hour interview about flunking high school, Woodstock, Bob Dylan, her Chelsea apartment, poetry, painting, and much more.  Oh, c'mon. Do not ask him to toss those tapes.

Podcast Intro: Why Throw It Out?

May 28, 2022

Michael justifies why he -- and many others -- feel the urge to save things. But after telling Sally about treasures from his days as a PEOPLE magazine reporter, there's no escape. Something gets shredded.

Podcast Trailer: I Couldn't Throw It Out

May 28, 2022

It ain't gonna be easy to throw out never-shared interviews with Joni Mitchell, Kiefer Sutherland and Eazy-E. Can Michael toss these tapes in season one? Get a preview.

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About the Hosts

Michael Small Profile Photo

Michael Small


Michael Small, the host of I Couldn't Throw It Out, has performed several stories in the NYC storytelling show Tale, and his plays have been presented in the New York International Theater Festival and The HOWL Festival. He and BT McNicholl co-wrote the book for the musical The IT Girl, which debuted Off Broadway in 2001 and is now performed regionally. L.A.'s La Mirada Theater sponsored a recent reading of his new musical The History of Light, which is set in 1886 New York and updates Gilbert and Sullivan songs with pop and hip-hop.

After 15 years as a reporter for PEOPLE Magazine, Michael became a manager of websites for Wired, Entertainment Weekly, and Rolling Stone, among others. Most recently, he was a product manager at MSNBC.com and NBC News Digital.

Michael's 1992 book Break It Down: The Inside Story of Rap included interviews with more than 60 hip-hop artists. And, yes, he also ghostwrote the biography of the superhunk Fabio. If you need a copy, let him know.

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Sally Libby


Sally LIbby, the co-host of I Couldn't Throw It Out, has a book of humorous verse in the works about the movers and shakers in world history. She and Michael Small co-wrote a parody of tax preparation manuals called Up Your Income Tax. (Unfortunately, the publisher went out of business when the book was being printed. More on that in the podcast.) After college, Sally worked at ad agencies in Boston and Miami before deciding to focus on raising her two children, including the podcast's art director Riley Welsh. Sally is a life-long lover of puns and dogs, and an inveterate question asker, which earned her a major role on I Couldn't Throw It Out.