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 Oct 19, 2018
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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.

Episode Date
58: Happy(ish) Holidays III
In our final episode of the season we are talking about... The Holidays. Which are a time of reflection and anticipation. Of looking back at what we did... and what was done to us. We will hear from comedian and writer Alyssa Limperis and the shine-it-up Holiday letter she wrote the year her dad died from brain cancer. We will talk with Jay Mathews, a 48-year-old father and son who, with stage IV cancer, is probably experiencing his last Holidays with his family. And we will ask listeners what they took from 2018, what they're looking forward to in 2019, and what it is about hoping for something that can be so scary. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebookusing @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis. You can preorder Nora's new book - No Happy Endings - from her website at noraborealis.com/book Check out our sponsors this week: Brooklinen - brooklinen.com with promo code THANKS Lola -- mylola.com with promo code THANKS StoryWorth -- storyworth.com/thanks
Nov 27, 2018
57: Don't Should Yourself
Two things that grief brings you: Kleenex and hotdish. Two other things? Anger and people telling you what you should do. This week, stories about grief, anger and Hans' Gramma, written and read by Nora. You can preorder Nora's new book - No Happy Endings - from her website at noraborealis.com/book Catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis. Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace -- talkspace.com/ttfa Calm-- calm.com Blue Apron -- blueapron.com/thanks The Great Courses Plus -- thegreatcoursesplus.com/thanks
Nov 20, 2018
56: Birthright
Sheridan's dad died by suicide when she was 6 years old. And for years she feared that was his legacy. And her birthright. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis. Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace -- talkspace.com/ttfa Third Love -- thirdlove.com/terrible For Hers -- forhers.com/thanks20 Casper -- casper.com/asking For more stories on this topic, check out the upcoming memoir "Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love" by Dani Shapiro, who also has a podcast called Family Secrets on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.
Nov 13, 2018
55: T-T-T-Today, Junior!
Did I stutter? Erin did. Erin does. And here's what it's like to live with a speech impediment that people still make jokes about. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis. Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace -- talkspace.com/ttfa Calm-- calm.com Brooklinen -- brooklinen.com and get $20 off plus free shipping with promo code THANKS Ritual -- ritual.com/thanks
Nov 06, 2018
54: The Skydiving Belle And The Butterfly
I've heard there are like, seven circles of hell? Ashley's been to at least six of them. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis. Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace -- talkspace.com/ttfa Blue Apron -- blueapron.com/thanks Red Wing Shoes -- redwing.com Awaytravel.com -- awaytravel.com/thanks and get $20 off a suitcase with promo code THANKS at checkout
Oct 30, 2018
53: The Beautiful Ones
If we're lucky, we can learn to love ourselves. But if we love the way we look? Well, people tend to look down on that. But not Gigi. Gigi loves herself. And how she looks. And you know what? YOU SHOULD, TOO. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis. Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace -- talkspace.com/ttfa Calm - calm.com/thanks Stitch Fix -- stitchfix.com/ttfa Red Wing Shoes -- redwing.com
Oct 23, 2018
Update on Episode 51: Nebach
A quick update and clarification on Episode 51.
Oct 17, 2018
52: Heather
It's winter in Kansas, and Heather is back in her hometown, facing her abuser for the first time. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis. Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace -- talkspace.com/ttfa Blue Apron -- blueapron.com/thanks Third Love -- thirdlove.com/terrible Red Wing Shoes -- redwing.com
Oct 17, 2018
51: Nebach
Dating is tough. Especially when there's strict expectations and rules. And ESPECIALLY when you finally find someone... and they don't turn out to be who you expected. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis. Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace -- talkspace.com/ttfa Brooklinen -- brooklinen.com Ritual -- ritual.com/thanks
Oct 09, 2018
50: Soooo OCD
OCD is one of those acronyms we use to say, "I'm a little quirky" or "I like my room to be VERY clean." But what does it mean to actually live with OCD? I have no idea, so we asked people who do. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis. Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace -- talkspace.com/ttfa Blue Apron -- blueapron.com/thanks Stitch Fix - stitchfix.com/ttfa
Oct 02, 2018
49: What Do You Say About Suicide? (Part 2)
We're *still* not done talking about suicide. And neither are you... If you're looking for resources on suicide, here are some good places to start: Be The One To - https://www.bethe1to.com National Alliance on Mental Illness - https://www.nami.org National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - afsp.org/about-suicide/suicide-statistics Center for Disease Control - https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/suicide... You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast.... Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace -- talkspace.com/ttfa Third Love -- thirdlove.com/terrible Be The Match -- join.bethematch.org/nora
Sep 25, 2018
48: What Do You Say About Suicide? (Part 1)
You know what people hate talking about? Dreams. Politics. Religion. Your birth story. Also: suicide. Which is why we asked you to talk about it for us. For resources on suicide and mental health, nami.org has a wealth of great mental health resources. Text NAMI to 741741 for immediate support. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace -- talkspace.com/ttfa Blue Apron -- blueapron.com/thanks Be The Match - join.bethematch.org/nora
Sep 18, 2018
47: Nathan
Nathan grew up knowing he was different. And what scared him more than who he is, was the idea that who he is was at odds with God, and his family, and the world he belonged to. thetrevorproject.org provides crises intervention for LGBTQ+ youth. Text TREVOR to 1.202.304.1200 for support. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace - talkspace.com/ttfa Be The Match - join.bethematch.org/nora Brooklinen - brooklinen.com Ritual - ritual.com/thanks
Sep 11, 2018
46: Two Letters
Annie's husband Jim died by suicide. After his death, she got into a bad space of her own. Then came the letters. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace - talkspace.com/ttfa Blue Apron - blueapron.com/thanks Casper - casper.com/asking
Sep 04, 2018
45: How Are You?
No, like, really. We ask this question of all of our guests, but we asked you, too. And you answered! You're...all over the place. And that's okay. PS-- please help Nora make #fansofhans happen. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace -- talkspace.com/ttfa Third Love -- thirdlove.com/terrible The Great Courses Plus -- thegreatcoursesplus.com/thanks
Aug 28, 2018
44: Ripped From The Headlines
The murder of Nation's wife was headline news around the country. But the headlines can only tell you so much. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Check out our sponsors this week: Blue Apron - blueapron.com/thanks Talkspace - talkspace.com/ttfa The Great Courses Plus - thegreatcoursesplus.com/thanks
Aug 21, 2018
43: So Many Things At Once
Third time's the charm, except for when it's the third time your life has been completely upended. Then it's extremely disruptive. Maybe Tinder could help? Check out today's sponsors -- Talkspace -- talkspace.com/ttfa Brooklinen -- brooklinen.com The Great Courses Plus - thegreatcoursesplus.com/thanks
Aug 14, 2018
42: YOLO?
You Only Live Once... unless you're Leilani. This week - a heart, a transplant, and a mystery. Check out our sponsors: Talkspace - talkspace.com/ttfa with promo code TTFA Committed - committedpodcast.com Ritual - ritual.com/thanks Third Love - thirdlove.com/terrible
Aug 07, 2018
Listen to This: TBTL -- What The Hell Is An Orange Julius?
Nora steps in to guest host the podcast that just might be Too Beautiful To Live -- a delightful daily show about life, current events, pop culture, puttering, laser baldness helmets, and tonight pants. While regular co-host Andrew Walsh is out of town, Nora and other co-host Luke Burbank discuss sheds, consumer culture, parenting, and because it's Nora, officiating the funeral of a man who married a stranger at the Mall of America.
Aug 01, 2018
Listen to This: Borrowed Interest -- Difficult Women
Borrowed Interest is a podcast hosted by three ad-women of color -- Leeya Jackson, Shareina Chandler, and Amalia Nicholson - kicking it in the advertising business and working it all out with thoughtful discussions, screams and laughter. They're your workplace wokebaes with something to say, so listen up. In this episode, they get into the ups and downs of being labeled a difficult woman aka an angry black woman aka a woman. They chat with Black Twitter queen/PR powerhouse Alexis Wilson about white feminism and being the lone black lady at your company. Learn more at borrowedinterestpodcast.com
Jul 26, 2018
Listen to This: Forever35 -- Just Say No with Nora McInerny
This week Nora wants you to listen to an amazing podcast called Forever35. Kate Spencer and Doree Shafrir talk about self-care and how to get some in their (and your) lives. On this episode, they also talk to an up-and-comer named Nora McInerny. Nora talks about dealing with tragedy, how to actually help people who are grieving, and the many joys of drugstore makeup. You can find Forever35 at forever35podcast.com.
Jul 18, 2018
Listen to This: Reply All -- An Ad for the Worst Day of Your Life
Matt's wife died a decade ago. Now, everywhere he goes on the internet, he can't escape advertisements for clickbait sites with her picture on it. This week, Super Tech Support tries to help out. Further reading: Matt's non-profit: The Liz Logelin Foundation
Jul 10, 2018
41: The Stories We Tell
Stories from our parents and grandparents are a sort of intergenerational game of telephone - even the ones we think we know for sure change as they are told and retold. Check out our sponsors: Talkspace -- talkspace.com/ttfa with promo code TTFA Blue Apron - blueapron.com/thanks Brooklinen -- brooklinen.com with promo code THANKS
Jun 26, 2018
40: Expect Good Things
Life as a 20-something guy with stage IV lung cancer, including some very important life advice regarding travel. Check out our sponsors: Talkspace - talkspace.com with promo code TTFA FabFitFun - fabfitfun.com with promo code TERRIBLE Children's Cancer Research Fund - childrenscancer.org/ttfa
Jun 19, 2018
39: Natalie
The punishment is supposed to fit the crime. But sometimes, when the sentence is served, the punishment is far from over. Check out our sponsors this week: Children's Cancer Fund -- childrenscancer.org/ttfa Ritual - ritual.com/thanks Molekule -- molekule.com with promo code THANKS
Jun 12, 2018
38: About Bob
This is a story about a dad who is sometimes a stranger, often a mystery, and always loved anyways. Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace -- talkspace.com/ttfa with promo code TTFA Brooklinen -- brooklinen.com with promo code THANKS RXBar -- rxbar.com/thanks with promo code THANKS
Jun 05, 2018
37: Fairy Dust
Lesly is a mother of three and a three-time cancer haver (there may be a more medical term for that) living on borrowed time. When the treatment you need is out of your reach, what the heck do you do? Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace.com/ttfa with promo code TTFA Childrenscancer.org/ttfa Blueapron.com/thanks Fabfitfun.com with promo code TERRIBLE
May 29, 2018
36: Rose Tulip
Captain Rosemarie Chapman flies airplanes for the Air Force. She met her boyfriend, a fellow soldier, and fell deeply in love. But a deployment to Afghanistan ends their relationship abruptly. And soon, Rosemarie is faced with meeting his family in an unexpected circumstance. Children's Cancer Research Fund - childrenscancer.org/ttfa Nutrafol - nutrafol.com Talkspace - Talkspace.com/TTFA
May 22, 2018
35: The Gold And The Broken Bits
Chris was brought up to be positive. And to get on with it no matter what. But getting on with it isn't always so easy when others won't make room for you to be a full person.
May 15, 2018
34: Karen
Sometimes a person's absence can become a presence. A dark, unspoken void that can suck you right in if you don't address it.
May 08, 2018
33: Witness
What's worse: keeping the people you love at a distance, or showing them your true colors and losing them forever? Patricia doesn't want to find out.
May 01, 2018
32: Bryson's Purpose
Chelsey and Kevin are parents, public servants, and two people just trying to make sense of the absolutely senseless. If this is God's plan, I have a word or two for God.
Mar 27, 2018
31: Transformation
It's not just a hashtag. Transformation is inevitable (and not always a choice.) But nothing transforms us more than love.
Mar 20, 2018
30: Route 91
On the eve of Kelli's 25th birthday, she found herself running for her life in a dystopian nightmare. It was supposed to be an incredible weekend to celebrate the dawn of a new phase of her life. Instead, it was the deadliest mass shooting (so far) in America.
Mar 13, 2018
29: If/Then
Charlotte's career is built on organized chaos. As an Operating Room nurse, she has a protocol for every tragedy, a THEN for every IF. Until one night, when she takes a new route home, and everything changes.
Mar 06, 2018
28: Revenge of the Porn
The INTERNET never forgets (dang it).
Feb 27, 2018
27: The Use of These Memories
There's a thin line between life and death. Between what's here -- now -- and what was. Between what's here -- now -- and what will be. Taz Ahmed knows about that line. In a dark house in Kathmandu, she and her aging grandfather toe up to it to look for her mother.
Feb 20, 2018
26: Perfectly
Sometimes, it all just falls into place. For Megan and Clark, a one-week span showed how things can work out perfectly to create the best days of your life... and the worst.
Feb 13, 2018
25: The Broken Places
When the world breaks everything, when everything is The Absolute Worst, you're lucky if you have people to lean on. You're even luckier if they're your siblings. Meet Alex, David and Liza Achilli. Which... I really wanted to call this episode The Achilli's Heal, but I just... I couldn't do it. Or could I?
Feb 06, 2018
24: Incompatible With Life
At 32 weeks pregnant, Cat and Jim find themselves planning for their son's death while hoping for his birth. This is a story of a life and a death, extraordinary in every way.
Dec 12, 2017
23: Live with Dessa, Alyssa Limperis and Geoffrey Wilson
TTFA is live from the historic Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul, MN! Featuring conversation with writer/rapper/entrepreneur Dessa, who took to science to overcome a bad love. And with comedian Alyssa Limperis, whose father died of glioblastoma. So funny! Plus, music from the amazing composer of our theme song, Geoffrey Wilson.
Dec 05, 2017
22: Happy(ish) Holidays II
Lauren's brother died at Thanksgiving. And her mother at Christmas. So... this time of year it's not all Ho Ho Ho for her. Or for a lot of other people. Because the Holidays can really and truly suck for some. So we're back with our second annual Holiday radio extravaganza that will once again bedazzle this difficult time of year with humor, stories, and the very real realness of reality. We will hear Lauren's story, talk with memoirist Augusten Burroughs about a childhood Holiday gone wrong, and enjoy comedian Maeve Higgins becoming one of the Three Wise Men.
Nov 28, 2017
21: Introducing Childhood
Malena is 10 years old, and she worries a lot. About her grades. About her procrastination. About her dad. Especially about her dad. Kids are the best. They're smart and funny and deeply empathetic. And they - and their thoughts and feelings - deserve to be taken seriously. Why are we saying this? Because we had an idea for a new show, and we want you to take a listen. Let us know what you think at https://www.apmpodcasts.org/ttfa/
Nov 21, 2017
20: The Truth We Live
Amee doesn't have a dad. But she used to. He was the best. He was the worst. And he claims that he doesn't remember any of it.
Nov 14, 2017
19: What Does All This Loss Mean?
Dead sister. Dead grandma. Dead grandpa. Dead uncle. Dead mom. Dead dad. Dead brother. The list of loss goes on and on for Jaamil, and so does his list of professional accolades and accomplishments as he moves from trauma to post-traumatic enlightenment.
Nov 07, 2017
18: Chapter 2
Hope and Aaron died on the exact same day. Each leaving behind their spouse, their child, and all the love their small families had created. Nearly three years later, their spouses have remarried. But don't you dare say they've moved on.
Oct 31, 2017
7: Unbroken (#metoo)
Sexual violence thrives in silence, and it's hard to talk about... so we don't. But rape survivor Sarah Super refuses to be quiet, and has dedicated her life to helping other survivors Break the Silence. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, you can contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.
Oct 24, 2017
17: Esther Perel Live at Now Hear This Festival
If you are or ever plan to be in a relationship, you need to know Esther Perel, The Patron Saint of Relationships. Known for her TED Talks, her brilliant book, Mating in Captivity, and her captivating podcast, Where Should We Begin?, Esther believes that the quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives. Your life is about to get better, because Esther joined us live on stage at the Now Hear This podcast festival to hand out sparkling gems of relationship wisdom to real TTFA listeners. You can find Esther Perel's new book, The State of Affairs, anywhere you buy books. Season 1 of Where Should We Begin? is available everywhere. Season 2 is coming out on October 24, 2017 exclusively on Audible. Go listen to it.
Oct 17, 2017
16: Forever Alone? (Part 2)
In our last episode, we met chronically single Chelsea, who was looking for love in all the same places we all look for love... and coming up empty-handed. Now, we meet Chelsea's new boyfriend (!!!!) and explore what happens when the love we find isn't what we expected.
Oct 10, 2017
15: Forever Alone? (Part 1)
As the saying goes, "There's a lid for every pot." There's someone for everyone. Chelsea has been looking for her lid -- her someone -- since high school. Nearly 15 years after her only real relationship ended, she still hasn't found her person. It's not like she hasn't been trying, and it's not like her life is totally miserable... but in case you haven't had to date lately? MAN, IT IS EXHAUSTING.
Oct 03, 2017
14: Best Friends Forever
There are friendships, and there are FRIENDSHIPS of the all-caps variety. The latter ones are harder to forge the older you get. Which is what Janya is struggling with after the loss of her best friend, Michele.
Sep 25, 2017
13: Baby Huey
Courtney and Jay are parents to 9-year-old Bruce, who they affectionately call Baby Huey. Bruce has never had a friend. Never had a playdate. Never been invited to a birthday party. What. The. Heck.
Sep 20, 2017
Nora is back from her honeymoon with a special announcement: TTFA is doing a live show! (Plus, this week's episode will be out on Wednesday - so stay tuned!) TTFA LIVE! In person!! Hear us perform an episode right in front of your face! November 17, 2017 at the Historic Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN. With musician and writer Dessa, comedian Alyssa Limperis, and Geoffrey Wilson -- the amazing writer of the TTFA theme song! Find out more info and get tickets (starting Tuesday, September 19) at www.fitzgeraldtheater.org.
Sep 18, 2017
12: Horrible and Wonderful and Figuring it Out
Harris Wittels was the executive producer of Parks and Recreation, the coiner of the word "humblebrag," a Phish enthusiast, and the funniest person in any room he walked into. He died of a heroin overdose in 2015, leaving behind his mother, his sister, and a lifetime of talent and potential.
Sep 11, 2017
11: The Ending Matters
How do you want to die? We're willing to bet the answer isn't, "Very painfully, please!" Brittany Maynard was 29 when she died of brain cancer. Aaron Purmort was 35 when he died of the same thing. But their paths to death were very different. Nearly three years later, Brittany's husband Dan and Aaron's wife Nora reflect on their spouses decisions on how to spend the end of their lives.
Sep 06, 2017
Mini-Season Ep 9: Love Hurts
When Lea Thau's fiance left her, she felt all the feelings. Then she had their baby, and decided to start dating again. But, despite going out, nothing seemed to be clicking. Over and over. And eventually, she wanted to know why. Why didn't men want to keep dating her? So she asked them. And recorded the answer. From the amazing podcast Strangers comes the episode "Love Hurts."
Jul 19, 2017
Mini-Season Ep 8: Dear Grown-ups
What do you wish your grown-ups had said to you when you were a kid? Especially while dealing with really hard stuff? We wanted to know, so we asked the Terrible Club - listeners who support the show - and they had some thoughts. Geez da wheeze, did they have some thoughts. You can join the Terrible Club any time by going to ttfa.org/donate. A huge 'thank you' to everyone who submitted. You are amazing.
Jun 13, 2017
Mini-Season Ep 7: Naomi + Khaleel
Khaleel Thompson is an 18-year-old who loves music, reading, and his cat, Domino. Naomi is his mother, asking why four police officers fired more than 12 rounds at her son in a public park two weeks ago, leaving him in critical condition. The two of them are the humans behind a news headline - caught in a story that is just unfolding.
Jun 07, 2017
Mini-Season Ep 6: 19 Hours Ago
Grief is always fresh for someone, somewhere. Right now, someone is losing a friend. A partner. A parent. And they are entering a new role, a new relationship to their loved one, and to the world. Holly felt that grief. And she came in to share it with us. Fresh and undiluted. Just hours into her first day as a widow. And then again with a follow-up 8 months later.
Apr 25, 2017
Mini-Season Ep 5: To Michael
When someone dies, you're supposed to say something. Someone is supposed to say something. Someone is supposed to summarize this person, prove that they existed, that they mattered. But what do you say when a complicated person dies after a complicated life?
Apr 17, 2017
Mini-Season Ep 4: Is It OK?
Alysha-Aubrey sent us a story about both her parents falling seriously ill at the same time, and the toll it took on her as a teenager. And she ended her story with a question about whether or not it's OK that she doesn't feel OK. Even though her family has recovered from trauma and is doing OK. We thought that the best way to answer Alysha-Aubrey's question was to ask it of you, the audience. And you had so much to say to her.
Apr 10, 2017
Mini-Season Ep 3: #trypod with The Hilarious World of Depression
March is #trypod month, where everyone should force their loved ones to listen to podcasts. Not sure which one to subscribe every family member to? Well, we have one for you. It's called The Hilarious World of Depression, and it features open, honest conversations about depression. But funny. Because the guests are professional comedians and sometimes you just have to laugh at the darkness. Today you are going to hear an episode of The Hilarious World of Depression with guest Maria Bamford. She's an amazing comedian with a lot to say about the stigma of mental illness. When you're done listening, tell us what you thought using the hashtag #trypod.
Mar 27, 2017
Mini-Season Ep 2: Are You Up?
It's 12:00. No, 1:00. No, 4:45 in the morning. You should be sleeping -- we all should be -- but you're not. You're laying there as the minutes tick away, thinking about... what, exactly? One sleepless night, Nora took to Twitter to see what was keeping you up. And you answered. This is an episode made by you (and Hans. Okay, mostly Hans), about what keeps you up at night.
Mar 14, 2017
Mini-Season Ep 1: Not The Bummer Olympics
So many people start off their stories by saying that it doesn't compare to what happened to someone else. But this isn't a game of Who Has It Worse, so why do we act like there is some sort of imaginary yardstick for struggling? This is the first episode of our in-between season while we are hard at work on season 2. We're going to hear from listeners, talk with some amazing people, and get to know each other a little bit better. Stay up-to-date on Season 2 by following us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook - all @ttfapodcast.
Mar 06, 2017
10: Semper Fi
When Nora McInerny's dad died, she lost his stories. The ones that she's not sure she can can't quite remember right, and the ones she never knew. Like those from his time as a Recon Marine in Vietnam. So Nora decides to look up some of the men he served with, and discovers one day in 1968 that forever shaped a group of boys into the mercurial, complicated men they would become. If you have a veteran in your life (and you do), you should sit down with them and ask about their experiences. And, if you can, you should document it. The Story Corps project has a great app that can help walk you through interviewing, recording, and submitting your oral history interview to the Library of Congress.
Jan 30, 2017
9: Under a Cloud of Loss
Damon's grandparents were murdered 18 months before he was born. And, for the first time in his life, he prepares to see his grandparents' murderer face to face.
Jan 23, 2017
8: The Middle Place
For most of us, death is scary. And what happens next is just as mysterious. But what if we could see death as something beautiful? Or holy? Sarah Gottfried and Heather Olson share their experiences of being with people who are transitioning from this world to whatever comes next.
Jan 16, 2017
7: Unbroken
Sexual violence thrives in silence, and it's hard to talk about...so we don't. But rape survivor Sarah Super refuses to be quiet, and has dedicated her life to helping other survivors Break the Silence.
Jan 09, 2017
6: A Henry Sky
Colleen Barton is a pediatrician, a wife, and a mother to a beautiful son named Henry. Since Henry's stillbirth, Colleen and her husband have been working to build their family while dealing with miscarriage and secondary infertility.
Jan 02, 2017
5: Help Me Remember
Dawn Pereda is a nurse who was injured by a patient while working. And this injury resulted in a brain injury that has changed her life completely. Dawn and her family open up about what it can be like living with Traumatic Brain Injury, grieving for the person they used to know, and getting to know the person who is here now.
Dec 26, 2016
4: Me, Too
Danni Starr had everything she wanted: an enviable career, a husband, and, finally...her first baby. But off the air, motherhood was not what she expected it to be. She had taken all the classes, read all the books, bought all the stuff...but nothing had prepared her for what was to come.
Dec 19, 2016
3: Happy(ish) Holidays
Two days after Nora's husband Aaron died, she celebrated Thanksgiving with her family. Well...maybe not "celebrated." Actually, why would you do that? Try to be normal when clearly everything isn't? But every year millions of people do the same thing during the holidays. This week we are going to talk with some of those folks, including Dr. Lucy Kalanithi and comedian Amber Tozer. We'll also spend some time with some of the women of the Hot Young Widows Club, talking about their hopes and dreams for the upcoming year. Plus, stories of some of the worst holidays ever. That's for real. Worst. Ever.
Dec 12, 2016
2: I've Made a Huge Mistake
The year is 2007. Eva Hagberg is a 20-something writer snagging bylines in the New York Times by day, and partying herself stupid by night. It is all going great, until she gets her big break, and her big breakdown...
Dec 05, 2016
1: In Love and Memory
Toddlers Ralphie and Bronson have lived most of their young lives with dead fathers. Their mothers - Nora and Moe Richardson - struggle to understand how to help their boys remember the dads they won't know directly. And as they worry about what long-term effect the losses will have on the kids, Nora seeks perspective from Ambra Markos, whose mother died when Ambra was 2.
Nov 28, 2016
0: Sad Nora and the Secret Baby
Nora McInerny is in love with two men. With one man, who died two years ago this week, she has a child. And last week she had a child with the other. She didn't tell many people about the new baby. Or her pregnancy. Because feelings. Falling in love again didn't take her grief away, and didn't diminish it at all. Her grief scooted over a bit to make room for someone else, it invited him and their relationship to live in her heart at the same time. But happiness, love, are so much easier to demonstrate than grief. They are so much easier to see. And something about that made Nora uncomfortable. Mostly, she didn't want to perform love and happiness and grief, this emotional stew she was cooking inside of her. Have you seen stew? It's disgusting to look at, no matter what it tastes like.
Nov 20, 2016
Coming This Fall – Terrible, Thanks For Asking
Lots of things happen in a life. Some of them are hard. Terrible Thanks For Asking is a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about getting through things when life just keeps kicking you in the privates over and over. It launches this fall, but here’s a sneak peek.
Jun 17, 2016