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You know how every day someone asks "how are you?" And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say "fine," so everyone can go about their day? This show is the opposite of that. Hosted by author and notable widow (her words) Nora McInerny, this is a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talking honestly about our pain, our awkwardness, and our humanness, which is not an actual word. From American Public Media.
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There are lots of rules, all around us. They tell us who is in, and who is out. They tell us who belongs, and who does not. What does it feel like to cross that line...and what is on the other side? What happens when an insider becomes an outsider?You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donateThe Terrible Writing Club is back, baby! Sign up today and join the club: ttfa.org/writingclub Read the transcript for this episode here. And check out our sponsors this week:Daily Harvest: dailyharvest.com with code THANKS Brooklinen: brooklinen.com with code TERRIBLE
Unemployed

Unemployed

2020-05-1951:2411

Layoffs. Redundancies. Furloughs. Right-sizing. There are so many ways to say “you don’t have a job here anymore,” and Sarah has already lived through a few of them. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donateThe Terrible Writing Club is back, baby! Sign up today and join the club: ttfa.org/writingclub Read the transcript for this episode here. And check out our sponsors this week:Talkspace: talkspace.com with code TTFA Sakara: sakara.com
100?

100?

2020-05-1225:274

Raise your glasses! It's a 100th Episode Extravaganza!You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donateThe Terrible Writing Club is back, baby! Sign up today and join the club: ttfa.org/writingclub Read the transcript for this episode here. And check out our sponsors this week: Brooklinen: brooklinen.com with code TERRIBLE
Life After Certainty

Life After Certainty

2020-05-0551:3311

The world has *always* been uncertain, but some of us are more aware of that than others. But once the rug has been pulled, once the trapdoor has opened, once your perfectly planned future is no longer perfectly planned...then what? Kate Bowler doesn’t have the answer, but her story will still light your path forward.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donate Read the transcript for this episode here. And check out our sponsors this week: ThirdLove: thirdlove.com/terrible Ritual: ritual.com/thanks
Bad Moms

Bad Moms

2020-04-2851:487

Do you need to laugh? Do you need to laugh REALLY HARD? Well, good. Because Nora turned the hilarious movie Bad Moms into a novel. It’s fun and funny and a perfect escape for right now, and you get the first three chapters right here. It’s never been more important to order local. Our favorite bookstore has a bunch of signed copies of this book just WAITING for you to order. You can pre-order Bad Moms here. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donate Read the transcript for this episode here. And check out our sponsors this week: Sakara: sakara.com
How's It Going In There?

How's It Going In There?

2020-04-2138:0312

Dispatches from the era of isolation... This podcast is about getting to the honest answers. But sometimes, it’s hardest to be honest with ourselves, especially when something terrible is happening EVERYWHERE and we don’t want to call too much attention to ourselves because, could be worse, ya know?  Do us all a favor and check in with yourself with the questions we included in the episode: How has your life changed? What keeps you up at night? What are you doing during the day? What have you learned about yourself?How’s it going in there...really?Thanks you to Dan, Hans, Sophie, Ralph, Sue, Tory, Nicole, Kate, Joyce, Stacy, Jessica, Brianna, Jen and Josse-Lynn for participating and sending us your stories.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donate Read the transcript for this episode here. And check out our sponsors this week: Sakara: sakara.com
Welcome To The Club

Welcome To The Club

2020-04-1419:3011

There’s room for everyone when everything is falling apart.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donate Read the transcript for this episode here. And check out our sponsors this week: Storyworth: storyworth.com/ttfaNeon Hum: neonhum.com/listen
Emily and Chanel

Emily and Chanel

2020-03-3101:06:5912

The story of one woman with two identities. One frozen in time, forced to relive the worst night of her life over and over and over...the other out in the world, pretending to be the same person she was before.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donate Read the transcript for this episode here. And check out our sponsors this week: ThirdLove: thirdlove.com/terribleCalm: calm.com/thanksNeon Hum: neonhum.com/listen
For The Next Ten Minutes

For The Next Ten Minutes

2020-03-2455:4218

When you believe that love will never, could never happen to you, it feels like a miracle when it finally does. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donate Read the transcript for this episode here. And check out our sponsors this week: Brooklinen: brooklinen.com with code TERRIBLETalkspace: talkspace.com with code TTFAEvereve: evereve.com with code NORA
9 Things

9 Things

2020-03-1745:0819

Everyone has a *thing* -- something your life would be better without. But, uh, it’s hard to stop doing things that are bad for us! We hope this episode helps, whatever your thing is.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donate Read the transcript for this episode here. And check out our sponsors this week: Ritual: ritual.com/thanksEvereve: evereve.com with code NORA
Man’s Best Friend

Man’s Best Friend

2020-03-1043:2515

Dan and Darren spent the better part of three decades as best friends, until Darren died of cancer. Everyone dies, and everyone knows people who will die. So why does grief feel like such an individual sport?You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donate Read the transcript for this episode here. And check out our sponsors this week: ThirdLove: thirdlove.com/terrible Rothy's: rothys.com/terribleCalm: calm.com/thanks
It Hurts

It Hurts

2020-03-0246:418

Grief. Addiction. Endometriosis. It’s a trifecta of hurt for Jessica, who just wants the pain to stop. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donateRead the transcript for this episode here. Additional references: Women and pain: Disparities in experience and treatment Recurrence of endometriosis after hysterectomy For women of color, the 'healthcare gap' is real and deadly Lena Dunham on Her Decision to Have a Hysterectomy at 31 Other resources: Endometriosis Foundation of America Nancy's Nook MN Endo Warriors Dr. Eric Heegaard is an endometriosis specialist in Minnesota, co-host of The Endocast and on faculty at Hennepin Healthcare. And check out our sponsors this week: Still Kickin’: stillkickin.co Council of Dads: You can watch Council of Dads on NBC. FeMNist Day: Get your tickets to FeMNist Day at femnistday.comThis Is Uncomfortable: marketplace.org
I See Big Things For You

I See Big Things For You

2020-02-2546:1813

Finding love is unexpected. Losing it is unexpected, too.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donate Read the transcript for this episode here. And check out our sponsors this week: Brooklinen: brooklinen.com with code TERRIBLE Lemonada Media: lemonadamedia.com Talkspace: talkspace.com with code TTFA
The Happiness Equation

The Happiness Equation

2020-02-1849:5415

As we all know, the Internet giveth us joy and kitten photos, and it taketh away our free time and sometimes our self-esteem. How can we make our own version of the internet a little less crappy? You can find Neil on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @neilpasricha. You can also listen to his podcast 3 Books at 3books.co.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis. TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donate And check out our sponsors this week: ThirdLove: thirdlove.com/terrible Rothy's: rothys.com/terrible Ritual: ritual.com/thanksCalm:calm.com/thanks
What happens when an athlete’s body is in peak condition but the mind is throwing flags? On Tremendous Upside, Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Chamique Holdsclaw interviews some of the most fascinating stars in sports who, like Holdsclaw herself, have faced real mental health issues. In this episode, Chamique talks with her childhood friend, NBA All-Star Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, about anger, meditation and that infamous night in Detroit. Produced by American Public Media.
Ch-ch-ch-changes!

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

2019-12-2331:378

In life, the only thing that remains constant is change. As TTFA goes through our own major changes, we explore what change really means to us.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis. TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donate.
It's something we all dread. It's also something most of us probably don't understand too well: Alzheimer's Disease. Drug companies have spent billions, so why isn't there a cure? Our colleagues at APM Reports dug into this question. Listen to what they found, and learn more at: https://www.apmreports.org/story/2019/10/15/senility-alzheimers-amyloid-plaques
It's our third birthday, and to celebrate, Nora is crying. Also: book recommendations for grievers are below. “The Body Keeps The Score” by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. “Mindsight” by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. “When Bad Things Happen To Good People” by Harold S. Kushner “Felicity” by Mary Oliver You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis. TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donate
This is the third and final episode in our series on childhood trauma and we're going big-picture. So buckle up, because the train is going to make stops in Rantville, Can You Believe This Burg and OMGtown. This episode was produced in partnership with Call to Mind, American Public Media's initiative to foster new conversations about mental health; And St. David's Center for Child and Family Development, which is building relationships that nurture the development of every child and family; With support from the Sauer Family Foundation, which is committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged children and their families in Minnesota. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis. TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donate. And check out our sponsors this week: Scattered Podcast from WNYC Studios Third Love - thirdlove.com/terrible Rothy’s - rothys.com/terrible Your Super - yoursuper.com with code TERRIBLE Quip Oral Care - quip.com/terrible
If the terrible things that happened to you during childhood can affect your health later in life, how do you NOT live out the worst possibilities for yourself? Is that even possible? In this second episode of our series about childhood trauma, we look at protective factors and resilience. This episode was produced in partnership with Call to Mind, American Public Media's initiative to foster new conversations about mental health; And St. David's Center for Child and Family Development, which is building relationships that nurture the development of every child and family; With support from the Sauer Family Foundation, which is committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged children and their families in Minnesota. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis. TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donate. And check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace - talkspace.com with code TERRIBLE Rothy’s - rothys.com/terrible HelloFresh - hellofresh.com/asking9 with code ASKING9
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Comments (154)

ID13844084

Amazing podcast! I’m learning so much about my childhood and it’s effects on my adult life!

Jun 1st
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June Zandona

I love many of your podcasts but this one, wow, Kate Bowler hanging out with Nora are the pithy empathic friends I don't know but somehow miss during the pandemic . The exchange about trying so hard and still feeling like a failure ... "I'm from Winnepeg, I sled on garbage..." howling. Her calling out of the competitive culture of *positive* woman is spot on also. Tears of laughter and deep sadness for the fragility of life and empathy for this cool ass lady.

May 30th
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BC

this company sounds toxic.

May 27th
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Trisha Ross-Quinn

39:12 Amen

May 27th
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Naomi Gold

One of the most moving TTFA episodes.

May 21st
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Michelle Griffiths

You beautiful, beautiful man. Thankyou for your story.

May 14th
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Amanda de Boer

ummmm, no thanks. I like you. I like your podcast. this was not your podcast.

May 11th
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Jeri Bitney

This was a wonderful podcast, Nora, and thank you for coming such a warm and interesting guest. I have now subscribed to her podcast, and I shall continue to shout your TTFA praises from the rooftops. BTW, you and Kate have great chemistry. I hope you keep in touch, as you seem to enjoy each other.

May 9th
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Loressa Anne Titley

I really needed to hear this. oh my heavy heart 🖤

Apr 22nd
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rrp

I don't want to say that's overdramatic , but... theres worse

Apr 21st
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Jill Jensen

love you long 6 listener. How can I tell you my kra kra Disfunctional life LOVE YOU

Apr 21st
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BC

I never heard her name before. I only knew her as Emily Doe up until an hour ago.

Apr 5th
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BC

this is eerie, I got the shivers listening to this.

Apr 5th
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Melissa

This is so sweet.

Mar 26th
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Lucy Sharf

That was so beautiful. Thank you Oliver and Nora for telling it. I wish you peace in your heart and an abundance of love in your lives.

Mar 26th
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Krístína Hooper-Barden

This resonates with me and my own story so much. Three of my best friends have passed away over the past decade. Thank you for sharing your story.

Mar 13th
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Melissa

Reading the title I thought this was about a Dog. lol

Mar 10th
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ABR

Dang, best loon call I've ever heard.

Feb 26th
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Roger Payano

smh... C'mon Nora, not the Half Face...

Feb 26th
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WrenWilder

such a slow build up! but it's captivating... as always 🙂

Feb 24th
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