This Is Uncomfortable

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Anna A
 May 21, 2020
great listen on my commute to work!!


 Aug 6, 2019

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 Jul 2, 2019

Lauren
 Jun 20, 2019
Thoroughly enjoyed listening to real conversations about a topic that is still so taboo to talk about. Really looking forward to what's to come with This Is Uncomfortable!

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“This Is Uncomfortable” is a show about life and how money messes with it. Each week, Reema Khrais digs in with stories about the unanticipated ways money affects relationships, shapes identities and often defines what it means to be an adult. Khrais dives into uncomfortable topics like friends borrowing money, relationships and the other varied ways money shapes who we are. Khrais’ career has included a two-year position as a Fletcher Fellow focused on education policy reporting. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where she earned a degree in electronic communication and political science. Join Reema as she cuts through the uncomfortable to get to the root of how money plagues us. Produced and distributed by American Public Media, you can find “This Is Uncomfortable” wherever you get your podcasts.

Episode Date
Friendship is a full-time job, with Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow
00:22:19

Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman are very good friends. And as hosts of the podcast “Call Your Girlfriend,” and co-authors of “Big Friendship,” they’re also in business together. This week they sit down with Reema to talk about how work has changed their friendship and what they learned from couples therapy. Later, they join “The Group Chat” to answer listener questions about friendship and money.

By the way, we’re still looking for your stories of hiding a purchase, some funds or anything else money-related from a romantic partner! Whether you are or were casually dating or married to this partner, we want to hear about it! Give us a call at 347-RING-TIU (347-746-4848).

Oct 15, 2020
Divorce story (rerun), plus a request for your help!
00:23:03

Money gets complicated when a marriage falls apart. First, we’ll hear from a divorce lawyer who ends up representing herself. Then from a couple trying to plan for the day they hate each other.

Finally: Have you hidden a purchase, some funds or anything else money related from your partner? We’re working on an episode about that, and whether you were casually dating or married, we want to hear about it! Give us a call at 347-RING-TIU (347-746-4848).

Oct 08, 2020
Can’t make rent, can’t get evicted
00:20:35

Marilyn worked hard to afford her own home. But when a sheriff showed up at her front door with a summons for eviction court, suddenly she was stuck trying to navigate a system with confusing rules.

Oct 01, 2020
“Why don’t you fix your teeth?”
00:26:44

One woman’s smile becomes a marker of poverty that feels impossible to escape.

Sep 24, 2020
Who can afford to vote?
00:30:09

From restricted access mail-in ballots to poll taxes, voting rights have always been tied to power and money.

Sep 17, 2020
“This Is Uncomfortable” is back this week!
00:02:06

Money messes up everything. This pandemic is widening the wealth gap, pushing thousands of people into debt, and shifting family and relationship dynamics. Why do so many of us let our careers define who we are? Who can afford to vote this November? Can business and friendship mix? Will you ever get over that one money fight with your partner? We’ll sit with this discomfort all season, and it all starts this Thursday, Sept. 17. Here’s a preview.

Sep 15, 2020
Love in the time of coronavirus (rerun)
00:26:40

There are a lot of couples stuck at home right now. Some of them are out of work or dealing with canceled plans. Today, we’ll hear from two couples trying to figure out what their future will look like.

This is a rerun of one of our favorite stories from last season. We’re back with new episodes on September 17, and we’re still doing weekly newsletters. Subscribe at marketplace.org/comfort.

Sep 10, 2020
WeWork too much (rerun)
00:27:09

When WeWork acquired her company, she got executive training, fancy corporate retreats and a dope Patagonia jacket. It was almost enough to make her forget everything she lost. This week: Why we’re so obsessed with our jobs, even though they’ll never love us back.

This is a rerun of one of our favorite stories from last season. We’re back with new episodes on September 17 and we’re still doing weekly newsletters between now and then. Subscribe at marketplace.org/comfort.

Aug 20, 2020
Life in the coronavirus heckhole
00:24:30

To get a new bike, this 11-year-old signs a contract to do the thing he hates most: math. How one family is using a tactic borrowed from the business world to settle arguments (and help them get through the pandemic).

Aug 06, 2020
Money makes me sick
00:23:42

Meet the professional auditor who can’t stand to look at his own bank account. Our team goes on an adventure to help a man who’s anxious about his spending get more comfortable checking his finances.

Jul 16, 2020
The fight for fair pay in Big Tech
00:22:53

One woman’s fight against Silicon Valley’s racial pay gap. Plus, why it’s so hard for Black workers in tech to get ahead

 

 

Jul 02, 2020
How to pay for college
00:29:15

Years ago, one woman had put college on hold because she couldn’t afford it. Now she faces a hard choice to keep history from repeating itself. Plus: What will college even look like this fall?

Jun 18, 2020
It’s expensive to get arrested
00:27:16

A teenager protesting police brutality lands in jail, and we try to understand the tricky business of bail.

Jun 05, 2020
Barred from benefits (from The Uncertain Hour)
00:36:37

Millions of Americans who are out of work don’t receive unemployment benefits. That’s by design. An episode from “The Uncertain Hour’s” pop-up season “A History of Now.”

If you liked this epsiode, you can hear more at uncertainhour.org.

May 28, 2020
School’s out (forever?)
00:23:08

When you’re 17 or 18, you’re often making choices that can dictate the course of your whole life. Making those decisions during a pandemic is even harder. Today we follow three high school friends trying to figure out what comes after graduation when a global pandemic is clouding everything.

By the way, today is the last day of Marketplace’s spring fundraising drive. We know not everyone can afford to give, but if you love the show and you are in a position to donate, we would really appreciate it. You can give and find more information at marketplace.org/giveTIU.

May 21, 2020
Our parents’ debts (from Terrible, Thanks for Asking)
00:46:34

This week, we’re showcasing a story from our colleagues at “Terrible, Thanks For Asking”: When a supporting pillar is knocked out of a family, the consequences can be costly.

May 15, 2020
From prison to pandemic
00:20:54

Kevin Harrington was exonerated last month after spending 17 years in prison for a murder conviction. He and his family are overjoyed, but the coronavirus pandemic means freedom looks a little different right now.

By the way, Marketplace is in the middle of a really important fundraising drive right now. We know not everyone can afford to give, but if you love the show and you are in a position to donate, we would really appreciate it. You can give and find more information at marketplace.org/giveTIU.

May 07, 2020
Confessions of a shopaholic
00:20:51

A woman grapples with her shopping addiction in quarantine.

By the way, we were just nominated for a Webby! Please take a second and vote for us at wbby.co/pod09.

Apr 30, 2020
A $35,000 COVID bill
00:20:33

Danni Askini fought cancer for 18 months before getting COVID-19. Their focus was on surviving, not the cost of care. That didn’t make the bill any easier to take.

Apr 23, 2020
What it’s like getting an abortion in Texas right now
00:15:29

The clock is ticking for one college student after she finds out she’s pregnant in the middle of a pandemic, in a state that’s trying to restrict abortion.

Apr 16, 2020
Zoom therapy in a pandemic
00:19:37

How do I keep from fighting with my partner about money? What do I say to a friend who’s just lost a job? This week, a little financial therapy session over zoom to help us all cope with our COVID-19 anxiety.

Apr 09, 2020
Love in the time of coronavirus
00:23:17

There are a lot of couples stuck at home right now. Some of them are out of work or dealing with canceled plans. Today, we’ll hear from two couples trying to figure out what their future will look like.

Apr 03, 2020
Hard choices
00:19:06

As states across the country close all non-essential businesses, people are rethinking what it means to do the right thing. Today we hear listeners’ stories of pay cuts, layoffs and telling employers they’re putting people at risk.

Mar 27, 2020
COVID-19 comforts
00:15:38

The coronavirus is changing how we think about money and community. We set out to see how people are coping and put together this audio care package.

And we want to check in on you, too — let us know what you’re going through and how you’re getting through it at uncomfortable@marketplace.org.

Mar 20, 2020
What’s a friendship worth?
00:21:16

Would you spot a friend money if they needed it? How about if they asked every month? This week: the limits of friendship.

Mar 12, 2020
WeWork too much
00:25:48

When WeWork acquired her company, she got executive training, fancy corporate retreats and a dope Patagonia jacket. It was almost enough to make her forget everything she lost. This week: Why we’re so obsessed with our jobs, although they’ll never love us back.

Mar 05, 2020
My boyfriend wants to pay my rent
00:26:37

Sam Sanders, host of NPR’s “It’s Been A Minute” and Marketplace product specialist Sarah Menendez are here give advice on salary sharing, expensive olive oil, and bridesmaid duties in the latest installment of “The Group Chat.” Got anything you want to run by the group? Tell us at uncomfortable@marketplace.org, and don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter at Marketplace.org/comfort.

Feb 27, 2020
In sickness and in fraud
00:23:32

When a shady business partner leaves a newly married couple on the hook for over $300,000, it tests the limits of “for better or worse.”

For even more “This Is Uncomfortable,” sign up for our new weekly newsletter at marketplace.org/comfort.

Feb 21, 2020
Total financial control
00:27:20

After getting married, Angie’s husband started to scrutinize every purchase. The situation soon got so much worse. We look at what happens when money becomes a form of control.

Feb 13, 2020
What’s your sign?
00:26:03

Reema (a skeptical Libra) talks with astrologer Chani Nicholas about the booming business of astrology and together they answer listener questions about overspending and toxic bosses.

Feb 06, 2020
Divorce Story
00:23:45

Money gets complicated when a marriage falls apart. First we’ll hear from a divorce lawyer who ends up representing herself. Then from a couple trying to plan for the day they hate each other.

Jan 30, 2020
“This Is Uncomfortable” is back next week
00:02:36

We’re back Jan. 30 with new stories about life and how money messes with it. You know, the light stuff, like divorce, workaholism and financial fraud. Here’s a sneak peek.

Jan 23, 2020
I have class anxiety (rerun)
00:20:57

A listener struggles to navigate all the unspoken rules of middle-class life.

This is our last rerun before we return with new episodes later this month. To stay on top of when we’re coming back, subscribe to our emails at marketplace.org/comfort.

Jan 16, 2020
Instrument of sabotage (rerun)
00:24:29

In the cutthroat world of professional classical music, Eric Abramovitz was headed toward a shining career. Until something — or someone — got in the way.

We’re rerunning a few of our favorite episodes over the holiday season, and we’ll be back with new episodes in 2020. To stay on top of when we’re coming back, subscribe to our emails at marketplace.org/comfort.

Jan 02, 2020
When money makes it weird (rerun)
00:31:02

Reema tries to settle a debt she’s been avoiding. And what happens when one person in a relationship has way more money?

We’re rerunning a few of our favorite episodes over the holiday season, and we’ll be back with new episodes in 2020. To stay on top of when we’re coming back, subscribe to our emails at marketplace.org/comfort.

Dec 26, 2019
Bonus: Money horror stories II
00:21:13

Earlier this year, Hayden started getting these surprise gifts in the mail. Once he realized who sent them to him, he wondered just how far the gift giver would go. Plus, two more stories of spending regret.

To be the first to know when we’re back with new episodes, subscribe to our newsletter at marketplace.org/comfort.

Dec 12, 2019
Home/work (rerun)
00:21:32

Just in time for Thanksgiving, “This Is Uncomfortable” revisits the “jobs” we take on in our families — starting with Reema’s. Plus, one couple comes up with a creative way to stop fighting over a dreaded household chore.

This is the first of a few favorite episodes we’re rerunning over the holiday season, and we’ll be back with new episodes in 2020. To stay on top of when we’re coming back, subscribe to our emails at marketplace.org/comfort.

Nov 28, 2019
When your life depends on it
00:23:50

After a rare cancer diagnosis, one family’s battle with insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and the endless bureaucracy, teaches them about the price tag the medical system can put on a person’s life.

By the way, this is our last episode of the year. We’re taking a break for the holidays, replaying a few of our favorite episodes and working on some new stories. Make sure you’re the first to know about new episodes by subscribing to our newsletter at marketplace.org/comfort.

Nov 21, 2019
Love thy neighbor, and pay off their debts, too
00:24:36

An aspiring dancer finds a way to become debt-free. All she has to do is take on someone else’s.

Nov 14, 2019
Don’t buy your boss a gift
00:24:18

“Nancy” host Tobin Low and journalist Julia Furlan join us this week to give advice on office gifts, financial independence and more in the latest installment of “The Group Chat.” Got anything you want to run by the group? Tell us at uncomfortable@marketplace.org

Nov 07, 2019
Money horror stories
00:21:06

This Halloween, we have listeners’ frightening stories of impulse buys, spooky scams and a very Hungry Heart.

Oct 31, 2019
Sperm, baby, sperm
00:24:55

Two couples won a chance at pregnancy, but money has complicated their journeys to build a family.

Oct 24, 2019
Instrument of sabotage
00:24:07

In the cutthroat world of professional classical music, Eric Abramovitz was headed towards a shining career. Until something — or someone — got in the way.

Oct 17, 2019
TIU Live: I hate my boss
00:19:50

We’re presenting a new segment this week called “The Group Chat.” It’s when we bring in friends of the pod to address your money and job problems. Joining us for this first installment are NPR’s Julia Furlan and Keisha “TK” Dutes of Glitch and “Hear to Slay.” We recorded this episode live onstage at Werk It, the women’s podcasting festival from WYNC Studios, earlier this month at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.

Oct 10, 2019
F you, pay me
00:21:10

Caitlin Boston asked for a raise. Her boss gave her a hard no. Then she made it her mission to figure out what she was worth… and to get paid. Plus: we teach you how to get paid too.

Oct 03, 2019
Money advice with “Call Your Girlfriend”
00:21:03

Reema was on one of our favorite podcasts, “Call Your Girlfriend,” a few weeks ago to answer listeners’ tricky money questions about divorce, student debt and (shudder) investing.

Sep 26, 2019
Can’t buy me love
00:23:12

After hooking up with her roommate, one woman can’t seem to avoid him — or his spending habits, and a couple tries showing their love for each other … in a way neither of them actually loves.

Sep 19, 2019
Everyday liars
00:13:57

You tell your mom you’re broke. You pretend to have student loans. You wear knock-off couture. People tell lies about money all the time. We asked about your white lies — and you didn’t disappoint.

Sep 12, 2019
Cashing in on your kids
00:17:10

Something to think about when you’re watching the new “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” this weekend: For every piece of this family’s massive empire, matriarch Kris Jenner takes a 10% cut. And when business and family mix, you can’t help but wonder how the lines get blurred. Does being your child’s manager get in the way of being a good mom? This week, Buzzfeed’s Zan Romanoff walks us through the history and stigma of the “Momager,” and we hear from a real-life stage mom about her day-to-day.

Sep 05, 2019
Trapped in your personal brand
00:21:01

Aparna Nancherla has made a career in comedy, where she often delves into her own struggles with mental health. We look at what happens when your job is tied to the most painful parts of your life. Plus, The New York Times’ Amanda Hess on treating your work like a commodity.

Aug 29, 2019
The lies we tell our friends
00:24:43

Most of us tell little white lies at some point or another to make things less weird about money. But what happens when disaster strikes, and your money situation becomes impossible to hide?

Aug 22, 2019
What dad left behind
00:26:25

When money, death and grief mix there’s no playbook for what to do. And for years, one young man has been stuck.

This episode deals with depression and suicide. If you or someone you know needs to talk, call 1-800-273-8255 or text “TALK” to 741741.

Aug 15, 2019
I have class anxiety
00:19:53

You see them in pretty much every high school movie: The cool kids, the Plastics, the popular crowd. Often, “cool” is just a synonym for “rich.” But those cliques don’t end after the credits roll or graduation. This week, we talk with one listener who feels like she doesn’t fit in now that she’s middle class and is terrified of giving herself away.

Aug 08, 2019
That thing you buy and don’t tell your parents about
00:16:06

We’re keeping things just a little uncomfortable this week with another round of our favorite game: Financial Face-Off! But first: We need your help telling a new story.

Aug 01, 2019
The college fund
00:22:49

 When you’re a kid, your parents make all the financial decisions for you. But what happens when you grow up … and don’t agree with their choices?

Jul 25, 2019
Ziwe Fumudoh makes people uncomfortable
00:22:40

Growing up, Ziwe Fumudoh wanted to be a pop star. Her parents wanted her to go into medicine or finance. She ended up as a comedian writing for “Desus & Mero.” This week we talk about her work and money.

Jul 18, 2019
Lost in the game
00:23:40

When you’re a high-stakes gambler laying down tens of thousands of dollars at a blackjack table, the value of money takes on a whole new meaning.

Jul 11, 2019
Guess my financial secret
00:13:01

Our new game, “Financial Faceoff” puts one couple’s financial life to the test. Plus, we’ll get an update from the couple in our first episode, Nika and Terence.

Jul 03, 2019
Home/work
00:20:18

Reema Khrais explores the “jobs” we take on in our families — starting with her own. Plus, one couple comes up with a creative way to stop fighting over a dreaded household chore.

Jun 27, 2019
Crying at work
00:23:29

What happens when work is the thing that’s making us cry … at work? Plus: Reema asks her old boss an awkward question.

Jun 20, 2019
When money makes it weird
00:31:44

Reema tries to settle a debt she’s been avoiding. And what happens when one person in a relationship has way more money?

Jun 13, 2019
Introducing “This Is Uncomfortable”
00:03:19

This is a show about life, and how money messes with it. Every Thursday, we’ll dig into the unanticipated ways money affects relationships, shapes identities, and defines what it means to be an adult. The first episode drops June 13.

Jun 03, 2019