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Terrible, Thanks For Asking

American Public Media
166 episodes
This podcast may contain explicit content.
You know how when someone asks "How are you?" you just say "Fine,” even if you’re totally dying inside, so everyone can go about their day? “Terrible, Thanks For Asking” is the opposite of that. Nora McInerny asks real people to share their complicated and honest feelings about how they really are. It’s sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and often both. From American Public Media.

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Leticia & Anthony (Part 1)

Leticia & Anthony / DESCRIPTION: Leticia was 16 years old when she got pregnant with her son, Anthony. As you might imagine, raising a child more or less on your own when you’re only 16 is really, really hard. It’s even harder when you’re dealing with your own childhood and generation trauma. This …
49min

Don't Ask Nora

Nora loves giving advice, especially when the questions are really easy and really low stakes. In this episode, she answers a few of your frequently asked questions and later teams up with comedian Tig Notaro to dole out some wisdom about grief, friendships and her everlasting love for skater boys.…
57min

A Good Death

We all want a good death — a death where we’re surrounded by the people we love and don’t feel any fear or pain. A good death is what Ron Deprez wanted when his body became ravaged by ALS… and thanks to his daughter, Esmé, and Maine’s death with dignity legislation, that’s exactly what he got. In t…
41min

Checky Listy

When you’re a planner and life throws you a big, rusty wrench, how do you live in the aftermath? This episode is for those of us who live to draw the empty boxes and check them.  Join the TTFA reading club:  TTFA.org/readingclub Our twice-monthly newsletter features behind-the-scenes content, previ…
48min

The Gift

Edith Eger was 16 years old when the Nazis invaded Hungary during World War II. She was imprisoned at Auschwitz concentration camp with her family. Today, Dr. Edith Eger is a 93-year-old clinician, speaker and author who is so full of wisdom and light, we could’ve done ten episodes with her.  You c…
53min

That's So Chad

Many of us have been forced to adopt a new way of grieving over the past year. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our ability to properly mourn the way we need to when a loved one dies. We can’t safely gather by the dozens and sit in pain with one another for days on end. Stacy Cooper’s husband, Ch…
48min

Big Comfort

Gaby Dunn is a Podcaster, a YouTuber, a Writer, an Actor..and a bi-con. She’s bi-sexual, bi-polar and talking to us about all of it. Join the TTFA reading club:  TTFA.org/readingclub Our twice-monthly newsletter features behind-the-scenes content, previews of upcoming episodes and more.  Sign up. W…
42min

Cynthia

Cynthia is a Latina adult woman living with autism. In this episode, she lets us in on her world, what her life was like growing up, and what she experiences today as an autistic adult. Oh! Also, Cynthia made a Spotify playlist just for you, dear listener. You can find it here. Join the TTFA readi…
36min

Data Points

Teresa fantasized about falling in love as much as any other teenager growing up. But because Teresa never saw people like her on TV or in movies — people living with disabilities — she could never really SEE herself having that kind of romantic relationship. That all changes when Teresa heads off …
53min

Tiny & Snail

Leah loves to make things. Growing up, she loved to draw and paint. In college, she started her own comic. As an adult, she’s built tiny homes from scratch. And after an unexpected accident, she’s tasked with finding new ways to be the maker she’s always been. You can support Leah’s greeting card b…
46min

Don't You Want Somebody to Take Care of You?

Gina became a caregiver at a young age. By age 6, she was emotionally responsible for her mother, her brothers and herself, and she learned to mute her own needs for the sake of others. As an adult, she’s still shaking off the long-term effects of being parentified and learning to attend to her own…
1h 2min

Who Cares? (Part 4): Care During COVID

Caregiving has always been hard work, and heart work. It has always been challenging, rewarding, grueling and life-giving. It has always been work worth doing, and work whose worth is challenged, or hard to quantify. And adding COVID to the mix…didn’t help. This episode is filled with stories from …
43min

Who Cares? (Part 3): Domestic Workers w/Ai-jen Poo

In the third episode in our series on care, we’re talking to Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance about domestic work and the workers who take care of our homes, our families and our communities. Our twice-monthly newsletter features behind-the-scenes content, previews of upcoming e…
43min

Who Cares? (Part 2): That Good Night w/Sunita Puri

In the second in our series on care, we’re talking about care at the end of life. It’s not just dying that is hard, it’s not just the prospect of death… it’s the recognition of it. It’s the conversation around it, which is often no conversation at all. In this episode, we’re having that convers…
50min

Who Cares? (Part 1): Fairplay at Home w/Eve Rodsky

We’re in the midst of many crises right now, and one of them has to do with care. Women are leaving the workforce in staggering numbers, buckling under the pressure of managing the responsibilities of the household on top of their work. In this episode, you’ll meet Eve Rodsky and re-examine what it…
42min

A Simple Choice (Part 2)

After losing his mother and his first wife Karen, Mark found new love with Melissa, one of the nurses who took care of Karen in her final days. They’re working together to overcome Mark’s fear of more loss, more death. And now, they’re ready to have children.   Our twice-monthly newsletter featur…
32min

A Simple Choice (Part 1)

There are (many) crossroads in a relationship, but Mark is at a big one: his girlfriend Melissa wants kids, and he doesn’t. In part 1 of this story, we explore how a difficult choice becomes a simple one, and what it means to embrace life in the face of loss. Our twice-monthly newsletter features b…
33min

Update: Chelsea from Forever Alone?

Way back in 2017, we did two episodes with Nora’s friend Chelsea, who was sure she was going to be alone FOREVER...and then met Brian. Their relationship was complicated by Brian’s relationship to alcohol and for years, people have been asking what happened. In this episode, you’ll find out. Our …
37min

Just Like Us

Are stars just like us? After a conversation with Busy Philipps… you will 100% think so. Hers is a story of finding and owning your weirdness, using revenge as a fuel source to drive you to success, and what to do when you get what you want and it doesn’t feel the way you thought it would. After…
41min

The Milkman's Baby

Morgan Jerkins spent many months piecing together the patchwork of her own family history, and many weeks literally wandering in the lands they had been rooted to so many years before. This is a powerful conversation about the privilege of documentation, the search for self and what it means to red…
34min

What's Negative About Positivity?

Good vibes only? Not on this podcast, and not when Susan David is in the room. For years, Susan has been leading the conversation about the value of *all our feelings* and how no emotion is bad or good. Here is the antidote to Toxic Positivity. This year, we’re bringing our Happyish Holidays episod…
46min

Happyish Holidays 2020

This episode features conversations with people doing the best they can in difficult circumstances. Like Dr. Lucy Kalanithi , whose husband Dr. Paul Kalanithi was a notable and rising brain surgeon who wrote When Breath Becomes Air , a bestselling memoir about his fatal battle with cancer. And co…
50min

Sanctuary

We all have to find our way to our adult selves. As an author, filmmaker and co-founder of a mass movement --  the Women’s March -- Paola’s adult self is … very impressive! But even the most impressive among us can struggle with belonging, especially in the systems that are set up to reject us.  …
43min

Rebecca Black is Back

Ten years ago, Rebecca Black was a 13-year-old who made a music video. It… wasn’t great. But it also wasn’t great that it went viral on YouTube, and being mean about a teenage girl became a national sport. Our twice-monthly newsletter features behind-the-scenes content, previews of upcoming episode…
41min

Deep Dive w/ Kate Kennedy

Something to get your mind off of the craziness of this 2020 Election Day! Our twice-monthly newsletter features behind-the-scenes content, previews of upcoming episodes and more.  Sign up. When you shop our Bookshop.org store, you support the author, independent bookstores AND our show!  Shop he…
2h 2min

Miss North Dakota

In 2012. Rosie became the first Black woman to win the Miss North Dakota pageant. Here’s what it’s like being a Black pageant queen in a state that is 90% White. Our twice-monthly newsletter features behind-the-scenes content, previews of upcoming episodes and more.  Sign up. When you shop our Bo…
52min

What About Your Friends?

We know that romantic and familial relationships are work -- and we tend to respect the time it takes to maintain healthy relationships with our partners and our siblings and our parents. But...what about your friends? Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman *literally* wrote the book about friendship. Lucky…
42min

Addiction, Language and Education

How do we talk about addiction in more productive ways? How do we hold empathy and boundaries together? What does it mean to recover? I have no idea, so Dr. Nzinga Harrison is here to educate, comfort and reassure all of us. Our twice-monthly newsletter features behind-the-scenes content, preview…
47min

Fine, I Guess?

Sam Irby has been pretty terrible, but she’s okayish now! She’s also the funniest person in the world, and this episode will make you laugh. Our twice-monthly newsletter features behind-the-scenes content, previews of upcoming episodes and more. Sign up. When you shop our Bookshop.org store, you…
45min

Team Top Figure

In May, a viral video filmed by two young men pushed them to the top of everyone’s news feed. We tracked them down (it wasn’t hard, they’re on Instagram) to get past the story of what happened to them and into the bigger story: who they are. Correction: In the episode, we refer to Firefox as be…
40min