24 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
    • 4.6, 16.1K 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 on Ask Me Anything, Part 2 of 2

    Brené on Ask Me Anything, Part 2 of 2

    We received so many thoughtful and tough AMA questions from listeners that it took us two episodes to cover the most popular topics. In Part 2, I unpack one of the most asked questions: How do parents build shame resilience in our children? I'm also answering another popular question: Are there TV series and/or films that I think do a great job of accurately capturing emotions and the human experience? While there are SO many that do that well, I share a few of my current favorites.

    • 31 min
    Brené on Ask Me Anything, Part 1 of 2

    Brené on Ask Me Anything, Part 1 of 2

    I said, “Ask Me Anything,” and the Unlocking Us community came through with the tough questions. To be honest, I thought I’d get some easy, fun ones—but no, all deep-end questions. In fact, we had hundreds and hundreds of tough, smart, thoughtful questions submitted, and in today’s episode I answer five of them. We cover ‘fake news,’ disappointment vs self-pity, religion and shame, when something is shame-worthy, and we’re just getting started.

    • 49 min
    Brené on Shame and Accountability

    Brené on Shame and Accountability

    In today’s solo episode, I share my thoughts about why accountability is a prerequisite for change, and why we need to get our heads and hearts around the difference between being held accountable for racism and feeling shame, and being shamed. I share my personal stories of being held accountable and holding myself accountable, as well as my strategies for pulling my “thinking brain” back online when I’m experiencing the flight and fight energy fueled by shame.

    • 46 min
    Brené with Judd Apatow on Vulnerability and Laughter

    Brené with Judd Apatow on Vulnerability and Laughter

    I'm talking with Judd Apatow, who has directed, produced, and written many of the biggest comedy films and hit TV shows of the last two decades. We look at what's funny, why it's funny, and why laughter creates connection. We also uncover that thin line between humor and grief and what it means to tell the stories of our lives in a way that we recognize ourselves and our shared humanity.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Brené with Gina Chavez and Carrie Rodriguez on the Heart and Soul of Music

    Brené with Gina Chavez and Carrie Rodriguez on the Heart and Soul of Music

    Meet Carrie Rodriguez and Gina Chavez, the musicians who created and perform the music you hear every week on Unlocking Us. Artists and activists, Gina and Carrie integrate stories, culture, and the heart of past generations into their music to create artful and hopeful futures. You can hear it in their music, and you can see it in their lives. I’m so grateful that our weekly Unlocking Us conversations begin and end with their soulful sounds.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Brené with Laverne Cox on Transgender Representation, Advocacy + the Power of Love

    Brené with Laverne Cox on Transgender Representation, Advocacy + the Power of Love

    In this episode, I talk to artist, advocate, executive producer, and all-around amazing woman and friend Laverne Cox about her new, groundbreaking documentary, Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen, the importance of policy protection for the trans community, and the seismic shifts in the world today. We also discuss the complexities of intersectionality and accountability, the difference between discomfort and safety, and the ultimate power of seeking love and living in the light.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
16.1K Ratings

16.1K Ratings

Pam876 ,

Life changing talks

It’s hard to predict who I would be without Brené Brown’s dedication to her work, but I know I’m glad I’m not there. It’s taken me years to learn how to view the scars and pain of my life as a whole person, rather than as a shattered concrete wall of defenses, each piece rambling on about how strong and self-sufficient and needless it is.

The recent interviews with Ibram X. Kendi and Austin Channing-Brown uncovered many challenges to my own personal identification as a white American, and I think it’s more than fitting that the one white American who can speak both knowledgeably and thoughtfully and personally about shame and guilt has entered this national conversation/reckoning on white supremacy.

Now I know...

We can “tolerate”, “accept” and “open” all we want but it wasn’t until I questioned how I see MYSELF and my relationship with whiteness that I am in a place to finally see, hear, listen and BELONG in a world where whiteness is not special. (It hasn’t destroyed me, and it won’t destroy you, either, my friends.)

We don’t have to pray that God will help us not be racist or do racist things...

We can stop feeling nervous about what we say,

I can stop feeling worried that one day I’ll just be going along “innocently” acting out my belief in whiteness and end up shamed by political correctness police or SJWs.

How? I saw myself as white. I claimed it. I am a white American. I had to see what the others see when they see me. Not how much I try to be “not racist” or “fair” “welcoming”. I am white. I don’t have to do anything else but that. I don’t have to build the system I fit into as a white person, I am simply here in it as a white person and it is what it is. It fits ME. I am here living the life I have in large part because I was white and born into a place and time where — unless legislated otherwise and enforced by law, being white and acting out of respect for whiteness is “normal” and deviation from whiteness or acting outside of respect for whiteness gets this response:

“Because we’re good Christians, we’ll try it out and see if this “equality” thing works for us. Y’all better get crackin! You got maybe 10 years to prove yourselves worthy of this freedom we gave you, and after that don’t say you didn’t get the chance. We gave you a chance and you couldn’t hack it. Now don’t say I don’t like you because I’m a racist, because I’m not. You’re American just as much as I am, but I’m white and this is country is what it is because being white and the white way of doing things is special and sacred here... because that’s how we made it to be.”

Lord help us.

JamieRose4 ,

Nice but not always accurate

I just listened to the episode with Glennon Doyle about her new book. Glennon stated that polar bears live in Antarctica, in fact they don’t, they live in the Arctic. Please consider some fact checking!

Jojo Strawberry ,

A scholar and a human

From head to heart information for living

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