17 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
    • 4.8, 1.4K 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 with Reese Witherspoon & Kerry Washington on Little Fires Everywhere

    Brené with Reese Witherspoon & Kerry Washington on Little Fires Everywhere

    Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington are true creatives and storytellers, working to make timely art that is honest and vulnerable and truth-telling. Here’s part two of my conversation on Little Fires Everywhere. This episode covers how Reese and Kerry worked with a team of other creatives to bring Celeste’s words to life. We talked about the challenges and responsibilities of creating authentic, living, breathing characters with complex internal thoughts. We talked about motherhood and how it connects us, changes us, and changes as it goes. And we talked about creating art that honors ordinary, complicated people from completely different backgrounds, while connecting us all together.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Brené and Celeste Ng on Little Fires Everywhere

    Brené and Celeste Ng on Little Fires Everywhere

    My conversation with Celeste Ng is the first of two episodes on Little Fires Everywhere, where I'll cover the book and the series. We talked about the writing process, the stories that we tell, and the stories that define us. We also covered how our hometowns shape us, how parenting is a shame minefield, and how we all have the power to mourn moments even while we’re in them. Celeste also filled us in on what she thinks about the series and what it felt like watching Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington create a show from her novel. I loved this episode as a reader, as a writer, and as an observer of what it means to be human.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

MimiMVN ,

Excellence and compassion

I am loving every episode and am so grateful to Brené for helping to make the isolation more bearable. There is something so thought provoking yet comforting about her words. You go girl - you are awesome! Thank you.

IsabelleMTL ,

Loved it at first, now I’m unsure of where it’s going.

Loved the first few episodes when she discusses science and psychology, but it feels like what made me love the podcast is lost in last 4 episodes. Hope the podcast revisits the original recipe.

Montreal86 ,

Great conversations with amazing insights!

Been a fan of Brené Brown ever since I discovered her on a podcast, The school of Greatness with Lewis Howes if I’m not mistaken, and I love her take on vulnerability, shame and emotions. I love how she is relatable, and can appreciate her curiosity as she go on with these conversation to really share with the world great insights on topics that are not often explored or as much in depth.

I do like quite a bit of podcasts but Unlocking us is the only one that I listen to every single episode. And I got such great value in all of them.

I really do find it has helped me getting to know myself with so much content that so deeply resonate and that more than once have brought tears to my eyes, not gonna lie.

Listen up and enjoy.

Thanks Brené 🙏

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