Everything is Fine

By Tally Abecassis and Kim France

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y.k.
 Jan 7, 2020
smart & funny & honest discussion- i ♥️it! why aren't there more podcasts like this? meanwhile so many true crime choices...

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Everything is Fine is a series for women on life over 40. Hosted by former Lucky magazine founding editor Kim France and documentary filmmaker Tally Abecassis, each episode digs deep into the identity shift that comes with navigating this alternately weird and liberating stage of life. A chat-show with themed episodes and interview guests from the media and entertainment worlds, we tackle our fears, our health, our careers, self-care, and how to negotiate being called “middle-aged” when you feel anything but.


Episode Date
Portraying Middle Age
00:32:20

Photographer Elinor Carucci is our guest, and we're talking about her tender, raw, ordinary, and profound recent work, which examines the "liberating" side of hitting midlife, as well as its attendant joy and pain. 

Elinor's book is available here or here.

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Dec 22, 2020
All in for a Midlife Renaissance
00:44:35

We've got the What Not to Wear co-host and podcaster Stacy London on the episode, and the conversation is interestingly uplifting: we're talking about how you can't get to a midlife renaissance without having a midlife crisis first; why expectation is the death of hope, how to age with (fabulous) style, and tons more.

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Dec 08, 2020
Being Creative
00:24:50

We've got Emily Flake, cartoonist, writer, performer, and illustrator, on the show this week. We're talking about the creative process, parent rage, the fun of talking about nightmares, the benefits of "gorgeous, tattered men," and a whole lot more.

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Nov 24, 2020
Women We Love: Alison Stewart
00:33:52

In this episode,Tally and Kim chat with the former MTV, CBS, and ABC news personality, Alison Stewart. Alison currently hosts WNYC's All of It, and we're talking about her dream interview, how she turned it around when things went sideways, the importance of mentors, not settling for the easy win and so much more.

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Nov 10, 2020
You Say Bitch Like That's a Bad Thing
00:33:42

Bitch Media co-founder and writer Andi Zeisler joins Kim and Tally for a conversation about what exactly it means to be a feminist right now, the dangers of "empowertising," feminism's current greatest enemies, what the kids are up to, and what Taylor Swift has to do with all of this.

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Oct 27, 2020
Women We Love: Claire Dederer
00:38:44

Join Tally and Kim as they chat with Claire Dederer, the author of the coming-of-middle-age memoir Love and Trouble, and an upcoming book about art created by bad men. We're talking about what a midlife crisis looks like for women, dealing with the encroaching darkness (yikes!), dancing while drunk, the importance of friendship above all else, and so much more.

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Oct 13, 2020
Money Matters
00:33:20

On this week's episode we've got Sallie Krawcheck, founder of women's investment firm Ellevest and widely regarded to be one of the top women on Wall Street, and we're talking money: how women are socialized to be intimidated by it; the most common mistakes women make regarding it; where you should be investing; what you need to know about saving for retirement, and so much more.

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Oct 06, 2020
Jenny Lumet: Hollywood Badass
00:31:51

Today we've got Rachel Getting Married screenwriter Jenny Lumet on the show, and we're talking about the mood in Hollywood right now (and whether things are changing), the perks of being related to famous people, giving yourself permission to write, and the time she called Russell Simmons out on sexual assault. NB: There are more expletives in this episode than usual because Jenny swears like a sailor, which might not be up your alley (it is ours) so consider yourself forewarned.

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Sep 29, 2020
Cheap Thrills
00:41:10

Today we've got Jill Dunn and Carlene Higgins, co-hosts of the insanely popular Breaking Beauty podcast, and we're talking about makeup and skincare products that don't break the bank! Jill and Carlene share their drugstore dupes for face creams, their best cheap mascaras, makeup tips for Zoom calls, products you should never spend too much on, and more. Plus Tally freaks out about snail mucus.

Here are the products mentioned: L'Oreal True Match eye cream in a concealer, Color Wow Root touch up powder, Clairol Root Touch up, The Ordinary hyaluronic acid, L'Oreal Paris Revitalift 1.5%, Neutrogena HydraBoost, Maelove serum The Glowmaker, It Cosmetics Your skin but better CC cream, Maybelline Dream Urban cover, Olay Regenerist Whip SPF 40, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair night cream, Essence Mascara, Byebye Panda Eyes and Lash Princess, Benefit Roller Lash, NARS Climax, Maybelline Collosal, It Cosmetics Superhero mascara. Weleda Skin Food, Weleda Awakening Oil, Physician's Formula Perfect Matcha Cleanser, Versed at Target, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair hair mask, Ama Beauty, TPH by Taraji, Everyday Humans Rose SVP SPF 30.

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Sep 22, 2020
Women We Love: Stella Bugbee
00:34:47

We've got Stella Bugbee, SVP and editor in chief of The Cut, on this episode, and we're talking about reworking the definition of women's content; trusting your gut; the shadow force in her life; coming at the fashion world like an anthropologist; what can be gained by holding a yoga block over your head and more.

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Sep 15, 2020
How to be Iconic at Any Age
00:28:34

On this week's episode we've got Accidental Icon, aka Lyn Slater, the 64 year-old retired professor and unlikely fashion influencer, and we're talking about working on a different idea of what aging can be, using clothes to express our identities, embracing our imperfections, rejecting Photoshop, and tons more.

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Sep 08, 2020
Talking Books
00:29:00

Join Tally and Kim as they chat with Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation, and incoming senior vice president of the Knopf imprints Pantheon and Schocken Books. The discussion is all about reading recommendations, from what to read if you've got a pandemic-related attention-span problem to underrated authors, and it's all a lot of fun.

Here are the books mentioned, all linked on Bookshop.org that will channel your order through an indie bookstore in the US: The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir by Andre Leon Talley, Luster by Raven Leilani, Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, A Burning by Megha Majumdar, Telephone by Percival Everett, Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu, Books by Cathy Park Hong, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, Wow, No Thank-You by Samatha Irby, The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson I by Robert Caro, The Yellow House by Sarah Broom, Guts by Raina Telgemeir, New People by Danzi Senna, Caucasia by Danzi Senna, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, a book by Alice Munro, The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer, The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, Working by Studs Terkel, Just Us by Claudia Rankine,


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Sep 01, 2020
Is it my Age or is it Me?
00:37:32

Sarah Crichton, editor in chief of the book publishing company Henry Holt & Co., is our guest this week, and we're talking about how she bounced back after losing her previous job—as head of her own imprint at Farrar, Strauss & Giroux—due to what certainly appeared to be ageism. We talk about what ageism might actually be about (spoiler: $$$), why it doesn't pay to stay angry (and what it does pay to do), and how much of ageism is coming at us versus how much is coming from within. It's an altogether deeply encouraging episode, so listen in!

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Aug 25, 2020
It's The Fug Girls!
00:36:17

On this episode, Tally and Kim welcome Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks of the uproariously funny blog Go Fug Yourself. We talk about their newest book, The Heir Affair, the importance of knowing what you don't know, "The Britney Rule," the times they went too far, and so much more.

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Aug 18, 2020
A Body at Battle
00:35:20

Tally and Kim welcome This American Life producer Susan Burton, whose new memoir, Empty, tells the story of the eating disorders that tormented her from adolescence into adulthood—her darkest moments, her biggest challenges, and how she eventually overcame.

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Aug 11, 2020
Talking Music
00:36:22

We've got NPR's music critic and correspondent Ann Powers on this week's episode, and she dishes on who the critics were all wrong about, the true role of groupies, how Madonna's dealing with aging, the thing she almost never talks about (that made her trend on Twitter), why Taylor Swift will outlast us all, and much more.

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Aug 04, 2020
It's Never Too Late
00:36:02

Tally and Kim welcome comedian Shalewa Sharpe, who was just a few years under 40 when she decided to try standup for the first time, and we're talking about reinvention; what music and porn have in common; Black versus white audiences, and so much more. Check out her hilarious special Stay Eating Cookies on YouTube!

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Jul 28, 2020
Damn Right, Women Are Funny
00:34:16

Legendary comedy writer and Lean-In coauthor Nell Scovell holds forth on the myth that women aren't funny; developing a thick skin in the writer's room; why being the only woman in the room doesn't mean you're special; the secret she considered taking to the grave, and so much more. Nell's brilliant memoir is Just the Funny Parts.

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Jul 21, 2020
The Joys of Living Single
00:34:42

Tally and Kim welcome Glynnis MacNicol—author of No One Tells You This: A Memoir—about the many and varied delights and freedoms of being a woman over 40 living alone. Her argument—that we need more road maps and role models for women who want to build a solo life—is very compelling. Glynnis' product rec is a fancy French oil called Patyka!

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Jul 14, 2020
Tales of a Middle-Aged Surfer Babe
00:25:27

Our guest for this episode is Diane Cardwell, author of the new memoir Rockaway: Surfing Headlong Into a New Life. We're talking about her decision, in her mid-40s, to take up surfing and move to The Rockaways to commit fully to it. Along the way, we discuss conquering fear, reinvention, making room in life for your passion, and so much more.

Diane's product rec is anything with Hyaluronic acid!

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Jul 07, 2020
The Only Career Advice You Need
00:37:03

On this episode, we've got Jennifer Romolini, author of Weird in a World That's Not: A Career Guide for Misfits, and we're talking about painting a different picture of success, why titles don't matter, how to remain relevant in the workplace after 40, why impostor syndrome might be a lie, and more. Jenn's favorite product is Everyday Oil.

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Jun 30, 2020
Weight Watchers and Me
00:29:49

In this episode, Tally and Kim welcome Marisa Meltzer, whose new book, This is Big—How the Founder of Weight Watchers Changed the World—and Me, tells the story of Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch, and Meltzer's own lifelong struggle with her weight. 

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Jun 23, 2020
Hollywood Tales
00:30:26

On this week's episode, Kim and Tally welcome Karina Longworth, host of the popular You Must Remember This podcast, who discusses the industry's "Invisible Woman," racism in old Hollywood, the women behind the men who made movies, and more.

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Jun 16, 2020
In Which We Listen
00:41:23

Tally and Kim give the floor to TV writer/author/friend of the show Danielle Henderson, who shares her thoughts on current events. She talks about the need to use your voice to amplify the message, the normalizing of whiteness, why feeling helpless isn't an option when you're black, and why this time just might be the time that real change happens.

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Jun 09, 2020
It's Samantha Irby!
00:38:51

In which Tally and Kim chat with the New York Times bestselling essayist about caftans, shame, making friends in adulthood, unfortunate menstrual accidents, not having babies and so, so much more.

The two caftan companies that Samantha recommended are Cherry Blossoms and Whitney Mero.

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Jun 02, 2020
This Episode Isn't Just About Addiction
00:31:17

In this far-reaching conversation with Kristi Coulter, author of the memoir Nothing Good Can Come From This, we talk about drug and alcohol dependence and the pervasiveness of drinking culture, but also about many of the pressures of being a woman in these complicated times.

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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May 26, 2020
We Love to Talk Beauty
00:37:54

Tally and Kim are joined by veteran beauty editor and The Cut columnist Jane Larkworthy, and we're talking what products work, what's not worth the hype, makeup tips for ladies over 40—and, of course, what to do about your neck.

Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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May 19, 2020
How to Cook Now
00:42:53

Tally and Kim are joined by the hugely entertaining cookbook author and New York Times columnist Melissa Clark, who shares her best tips for making meals in Corona times. Plus her kitchen secrets-- What can you sub out for garlic in a recipe if you're out? Which ingredient is the most overrated? And what, precisely, is a "jammy" egg?

Melissa's latest book is Dinner in French and you can follow her on Instagram at @clarkbar. Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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May 12, 2020
A Surprisingly Fun Conversation About Depression
00:36:56

Tally and Kim chat with TV writer and memoirist Danielle Henderson, who also created the hilarious Feminist Ryan Gosling meme and a book of the same name. We talk about the challenges of living with depression, and how to rise above it.


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Apr 28, 2020
Going Gray is a Power Move
00:39:44

As many of us watch our roots grow in—and feel the accompanying fear and dread—Tally and Kim talk to author Anne Kreamer, the author of Going Gray about how liberating it is to ditch your colorist and embrace the gray.


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Apr 14, 2020
How to Kick Ass at 82
00:33:43

We're joined by a surprise guest, Kim's mom Eve France. Eve shares her tips on staying curious, motherhood, love, sex, contemplating mortality, and what it means to age well. It's a big warm hug of an episode.


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Mar 31, 2020
Bonus Episode: Live from our Closets
00:44:17

Tally and Kim tape a special episode from their closets, talking about how they are coping, offering a whole ton of book and music suggestions, chatting celeb crushes, as well as answering listener questions.

Here are our book recommendations. We linked to Amazon, but would encourage you to shop at indie bookstores when you can!

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Just the Funny Parts by Nell Scovell

Americanah by Chimananda Ngozi Adichie

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

AmericanPastoral by Philip Roth

The Emperors Children by Claire Messud

Blame by Michelle Huneven

Anything by Dawn Powell: The Golden Spur, The Wicked Pavilion

Eve Babitz: Slow Days fast Company, Sex & Rage

Edie: American Girl, by Jean Stein

Anything by Laurie Colwin


Tally's fitness recs were Fitness Blender and Mar 24, 2020

Why it Pays to Get Pissed Off
00:35:49

Join Tally and Kim as they talk to Soraya Chemaly, the author of Rage Becomes Her. We chat about the purpose of anger, and how to harness it to become happier, more productive people.


Soraya's website has information on developing emotional competence here. Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Mar 17, 2020
In Which We Obsess Over Beauty
00:39:14

Tally and Kim are joined by veteran editor and all-around beauty guru Jean Godfrey-June, who clues us in on when it's worth it to shell out the big bucks, which one item every woman should be putting on her skin every day, what to do about our necks and so, so much more.


Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Mar 03, 2020
Everybody Fails
00:37:54

Kim and Tally get personal in this revealing episode, about failures both professional and otherwise. With guest Lauren Ober, host of the podcast Spectacular Failures, they share how they've bounced back after hitting bottom.


Our show's Instagram is @eifpodcast and you can find Kim on her blog Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Feb 18, 2020
How To Get Excited About Getting Dressed
00:38:21

Join us for a fun and enlightening conversation with creative director Andrea Linett as we talk about what you can wear once you hit 40 (spoiler: pretty much anything), the secret to always looking well-dressed, the best well-priced designers, and more.


You can find Andrea on her blog, I Want to Be Her and Kim on Girls of a Certain Age.


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Feb 04, 2020
Menopause Doesn't Have to Suck
00:31:53

Tally and Kim have a fascinating conversation with Darcey Steinke, author of Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life, a deeply inspiring book that argues that menopause can be an empowering—and not diminishing—phase in a woman’s life.


For more info on our show, we're at www.everythingisfinepodcast.com. Follow us at @eifpodcast. Kim blogs at Girls of a Certain Age.

 

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Jan 21, 2020
Meet Tally and Kim: On Invisibility and Other Things
00:46:03

Kim and Tally wrestle with finding an upside to feeling invisible, and along the way chat about SassyThe Facts of Life, Patti Smith, how to be simultaneously cool and dignified over 40, the superiority of Korean cleansing pads, and the stupidest possible thing you can feel superior about. 

 

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Jan 07, 2020
Everything is Fine Trailer
00:01:02

Everything is Fine -- a new podcast for women over 40, coming January 7th, 2020!

 

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Dec 12, 2019