This Is Uncomfortable

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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!


This 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. Presented by Marketplace.

Episode Date
Home/work (rerun)

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

Nov 28, 2019
When your life depends on it

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

Nov 21, 2019
Love thy neighbor, and pay off their debts, too

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

“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

Nov 07, 2019
Money horror stories

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

Oct 31, 2019
Sperm, baby, sperm

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

Oct 24, 2019
Instrument of sabotage

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

Oct 17, 2019
TIU Live: I hate my boss

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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