Terrible, Thanks for Asking

Terrible, Thanks for Asking

By: American Public Media

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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. Terrible, Thanks For Asking launches in November 2016 from American Public Media.

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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...

1: In Love and Memory

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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.

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58: Happy(ish) Holidays III

11/27/2018

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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

57: Don't Should Yourself

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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

56: Birthright

11/13/2018

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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.

55: T-T-T-Today, Junior!

11/06/2018

42:52

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

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

53: The Beautiful Ones

10/23/2018

39:16

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

52: Heather

10/17/2018

46:53

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

Update on Episode 51: Nebach

10/17/2018

05:12

A quick update and clarification on Episode 51.

51: Nebach

10/09/2018

50:15

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

50: Soooo OCD

10/02/2018

57:21

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