15 episodes

I’ve spent over 20 years studying the emotions and experiences that bring meaning and purpose to our lives, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s this: We are hardwired for connection, and connecting requires courage, vulnerability, and conversation. I want this to be a podcast that’s real, unpolished, honest, and reflects both the magic and the messiness of what it means to be human. Episodes will include conversations with the people who are teaching me, challenging me, confusing me, or maybe even ticking me off a little. I'll also have direct conversations with you about what I’m learning from new research, and we'll do some episodes dedicated to answering your questions. We don’t have to do life alone. We were never meant to.

Unlocking Us with Brené Brown Brené Brown and Cadence13

    • Relationships
    • 4.7, 630 Ratings

I’ve spent over 20 years studying the emotions and experiences that bring meaning and purpose to our lives, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s this: We are hardwired for connection, and connecting requires courage, vulnerability, and conversation. I want this to be a podcast that’s real, unpolished, honest, and reflects both the magic and the messiness of what it means to be human. Episodes will include conversations with the people who are teaching me, challenging me, confusing me, or maybe even ticking me off a little. I'll also have direct conversations with you about what I’m learning from new research, and we'll do some episodes dedicated to answering your questions. We don’t have to do life alone. We were never meant to.

    Brené & Chris Heuertz: A Skeptic and a Teacher on the Enneagram and Spiritual Contemplation

    Brené & Chris Heuertz: A Skeptic and a Teacher on the Enneagram and Spiritual Contemplation

    Chris Heuertz and I talk about the Enneagram which he describes as a "compassionate sketch of possibilities that shows us who we can become if we remember what our souls' created purpose was." I think Chris's power as a teacher comes from his compassion, his deep understanding of how fear works in our lives, and his own healthy skepticism about things that seem too easy and too reductive.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Brené with Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass on The Power of Paradox

    Brené with Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass on The Power of Paradox

    Jay and Mark Duplass are two of my favorite humans. They are film-makers, writers, directors, producers, actors, and activists. They’re also partners, fathers, and brothers who believe in connection, love, and the importance of small moments. In this episode we talk about their memoir, Like Brothers, and how so much of what we crave in life comes from straddling the paradoxes inherent in love, creativity, and relationships.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Harriet Lerner and Brené - I’m Sorry: How To Apologize & Why It Matters, Part 2 of 2

    Harriet Lerner and Brené - I’m Sorry: How To Apologize & Why It Matters, Part 2 of 2

    This two-episode special is based on a course that Dr. Harriet Lerner and I did together on her groundbreaking book, “Why Won’t You Apologize?: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts.” You can expect authentic, hard conversations (and one helluva role play) about making mistakes, healing hurts, and being brave. Harriet is a friend, mentor, and teacher. Her work has shaped my career and made my life better. During a time of deep uncertainty and anxiety - when many of us have struggled to be our best selves all of the time - apologizing has never been more important.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Harriet Lerner and Brené - I’m Sorry: How To Apologize & Why It Matters, Part 1 of 2

    Harriet Lerner and Brené - I’m Sorry: How To Apologize & Why It Matters, Part 1 of 2

    This two-episode special is based on a course that Dr. Harriet Lerner and I did together on her groundbreaking book, “Why Won’t You Apologize?: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts.” You can expect authentic, hard conversations (and one helluva role play) about making mistakes, healing hurts, and being brave. Harriet is a friend, mentor, and teacher. Her work has shaped my career and made my life better. During a time of deep uncertainty and anxiety - when many of us have struggled to be our best selves all of the time - apologizing has never been more important. (

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Brené with Sue Monk Kidd and Jen Hatmaker on Longing, Belonging and Faith

    Brené with Sue Monk Kidd and Jen Hatmaker on Longing, Belonging and Faith

    In this episode, I talk to two women who provide wise counsel for those of us who have struggled with belonging and faith (and still do on occasion). Sue Monk Kidd and Jen Hatmaker are dissident daughters, brave leaders, and the very best companions for a contemplative journey.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Dr. Vivek Murthy and Brené on loneliness and connection

    Dr. Vivek Murthy and Brené on loneliness and connection

    Have you ever struggled with feeling lonely - even when you’re surrounded by people you love? I have. It’s painful and confusing. In this episode, I talk to Dr. Vivek Murthy, a physician and the 19th Surgeon General of the United States, about loneliness and the physical and emotional toll that social disconnection takes on us. We talk about his new book, TOGETHER, and what it takes for each of us to tilt the world toward love and connection.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
630 Ratings

630 Ratings

Unhappy Traveller 👎🏻 ,

Should be compulsory listening

I feel like this should be compulsory listening. Brené pushing back HELPED, because I was so triggered by so much of this. So nourishing though and so IMPORTANT. Apologising and being apologised to are such demolition points for so many relationships. Loving this and the discussions it’s raising. Thank you Brene 🙌🏽

SJLowe ,

World class

Brené is a world class interviewer. She is engaged and invested in every guest, allowing for great depth to each episode. The Duplass brothers have been my favourite so far. Well done.

Newgiggin ,

New to Berne’s work and new to podcasts.

I have been left speechless once again after listening to Brené’s podcasts.
Speechless, emotional, smiling and understood.
So much to say about how grateful I am to hear such wise words and brave understanding from both Brené and her guests. The sun is setting as I type in the middle of a paddock in regional NSW Australia and I am smiling through the midst of ALLOT going on in my life , thanks to these fabulous and brave words shared by Brené and her guests.

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