39 episodes

Life isn't always bright and shiny, as Kate Bowler knows. Kate is a young mother, writer and professor who, at age 35, was suddenly diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. In, warm, insightful, often funny conversations, Kate talks with people about what they've learned in dark times. Kate teaches at Duke Divinity School and is author of "Everything Happens (And Other Lies I've Loved)."

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    • 4.8, 151 Ratings

Life isn't always bright and shiny, as Kate Bowler knows. Kate is a young mother, writer and professor who, at age 35, was suddenly diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. In, warm, insightful, often funny conversations, Kate talks with people about what they've learned in dark times. Kate teaches at Duke Divinity School and is author of "Everything Happens (And Other Lies I've Loved)."

    Timothy Omundson & Joel McHale: Flying Buttresses

    Timothy Omundson & Joel McHale: Flying Buttresses

    Timothy Omundson knows what it feels like to have well-made plans come apart after he suffered a massive stroke at the height of his acting career. Kate speaks with Tim and Joel McHale about the power of hard work and friendship.

    • 45 min
    Jason Rosenthal: Blank Space

    Jason Rosenthal: Blank Space

    When Jason Rosenthal’s wife died, she left him a gift that he couldn’t even have known to ask for—in the form of a viral Modern Love article. Today’s episode is about the kind of love that walks us to the very edge and charts a way forward. Even when forward seems impossible to imagine.

    • 29 min
    Sarah Bessey: Ordinary Miracles

    Sarah Bessey: Ordinary Miracles

    Sarah Bessey speaks right to the soft spot where our deepest pain and deepest hope meet. The place where in the bleakest of nights we whisper, What if this doesn’t get better? If you find yourself in that tender spot today, this conversation is for you. 

    • 36 min
    Hillary McBride: Living Inside Our Bodies

    Hillary McBride: Living Inside Our Bodies

    Is fear avoidable? What does this emotion do to our bodies and minds? In this episode, Kate speaks with psychologist Hillary McBride on the importance of fear, practicing embodiment, and ways we can better live alongside the things we’re afraid of.

    • 39 min
    Mia Birdsong: Community as a Verb

    Mia Birdsong: Community as a Verb

    There's a story we're told about how we should save ourselves through sheer grit. But many fall on the other side of that success metric. In this episode, Kate and writer and activist Mia Birdsong discuss expanding our definition of family and how to show up when our community needs us—both locally and nationally.

    • 35 min
    Wes Moore: Fork in the Road

    Wes Moore: Fork in the Road

    Wes Moore had a rough childhood growing up in Baltimore. His father died when he was a child, he struggled in school and was arrested for vandalism before something shifted. Moore grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow, and published writer. And along the way, he learned of another man who shared his same name, but is serving a life sentence in prison. He talks with Kate about what he learned from “the other” Wes Moore.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
151 Ratings

151 Ratings

Learning while Listening ,

Life Giver

Every single thing I can listen to that’s hosted by Kate Bowler I do! The vulnerable way she lives her experience in the public eye is remarkable.

Halifax Canada ,

Phenomenal

This podcast is both thought provoking and a salve for the soul. It is a must for all sentient beings seeking emotional and spiritual enlightenment/growth.

Meaning Seeker ,

Such Beautiful Conversation

I listen to many podcasts...but this one really spoke to me. It was such a poignant conversation that I even found myself taking notes! 💝
I am a cancer survivor and your conversation really resonated with my experience. Like how Kate talked about the idea of ‘celebrating the absurd’ in the midst of suffering.
I am also a caregiver to my mother who has advanced Alzheimer’s disease. At present, she is in a private facility and I cannot visit. I so appreciated Lori sharing the story of her dad and I could relate to she and all caregivers who are feeling the pain of visitor restrictions in facilities, especially those who have lost a loved one and cannot grieve in a way that is human. Lori talked about ‘skin hunger’ and Kate said that Covid-19 has caused us to lose the gift of presence & touch, and to just be surrounded. We have to find a way, even if it means being covered in PPE to bring back presence to vulnerable people. It is essential for our elders.
Thank you for this very REAL podcast...I look forward to listening to more.

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