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You know how when someone asks "How are you?" you just say "Fine,” even if you’re totally dying inside, so everyone can go about their day? “Terrible, Thanks For Asking” is the opposite of that. Nora McInerny asks real people to share their complicated and honest feelings about how they really are. It’s sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and often both. From American Public Media.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 11.8K Ratings

You know how when someone asks "How are you?" you just say "Fine,” even if you’re totally dying inside, so everyone can go about their day? “Terrible, Thanks For Asking” is the opposite of that. Nora McInerny asks real people to share their complicated and honest feelings about how they really are. It’s sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and often both. From American Public Media.

    “No Cure for Being Human” With Kate Bowler - TTFA Premium

    “No Cure for Being Human” With Kate Bowler - TTFA Premium

    Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll get when you join us on TTFA Premium. For $8 a month, you can support our show AND get ad-free episodes and bonus content — including mailbag episodes like this one. Sign up today at TTFA.org/Premium.Join the TTFA reading club: TTFA.org/readingclubOur twice-monthly newsletter features behind-the-scenes content, previews of upcoming episodes and more. Sign up.When you shop our Bookshop.org store, you support the author, independent bookstores AND our show! Shop here.You can purchase Nora’s books here.Shop for your favorite TTFA gear at TTFAmerch.comRead the transcript for this episode here.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donate.

    • 13 min
    Saving Us

    Saving Us

    If you’re sent into an anxiety spiral every time you hear the words “climate change,” you’re not alone. Everything we read these days tells us that the clock is ticking down, and there is nothing we as individuals can do about it. But we talked to climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe recently, and she told us that yeah, things are bad … but it’s not hopeless! You can shop Katharine’s new book, “Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World,” from our Bookshop.org storefront or wherever you buy books.Can’t get enough TTFA? Sign up for TTFA Premium for $8 a month. You’ll get access to exclusive bonus content, ad-free episodes, extended guest interviews and more! Visit TTFA.org/Premium to get started.Join the TTFA reading club: TTFA.org/readingclubOur twice-monthly newsletter features behind-the-scenes content, previews of upcoming episodes and more. Sign up.When you shop our Bookshop.org store, you support the author, independent bookstores AND our show! Shop here.You can purchase Nora’s books here.Shop for your favorite TTFA gear at TTFAmerch.comRead the transcript for this episode here.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donate.And check out our sponsor this week:Talkspace: talkspace.com with code TTFARitual: ritual.com/thanksSakara: sakara.com/thanks

    • 52 min
    So Beautiful and Awful

    So Beautiful and Awful

    Lynda and her daughter, Sophia, have a busy day ahead of them. First, a bike ride to train for an upcoming sprint triathlon. That evening, a dinner party. In between, a funeral to honor a friend. When Lynda wakes up in the emergency room and learns Sophia and she were in an accident during their morning ride, their busy day — and the rest of Lynda’s life — is forever changed.

    Can’t get enough TTFA? Sign up for TTFA Premium for $8 a month. You’ll get access to exclusive bonus content, ad-free episodes, extended guest interviews and more! Visit TTFA.org/Premium to get started.Join the TTFA reading club: TTFA.org/readingclubOur twice-monthly newsletter features behind-the-scenes content, previews of upcoming episodes and more. Sign up.When you shop our Bookshop.org store, you support the author, independent bookstores AND our show! Shop here.You can purchase Nora’s books here.Shop for your favorite TTFA gear at TTFAmerch.comRead the transcript for this episode here.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donate.And check out our sponsor this week:Rothy's: rothys.com/terriblePurple.com: purple.com/thanks10 with code thanks10Thirdlove: thirdlove.com/TERRIBLECalm: calm.com/thanks

    • 51 min
    Kari (Part 2): Sloan

    Kari (Part 2): Sloan

    You learn to expect the unexpected when you’re a new parent — and for Kari and Aaron, the list of unexpected things is long when it comes to their daughter, Sloan. Sloan is a beautiful and medically complex baby girl who requires constant care. And when a beloved family member dies unexpectedly months after Sloan’s birth, Kari and Aaron find themselves overwrought with grief. Why a New Mother’s Biggest Asset Is Often Her Own Mom

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    Can’t get enough TTFA? Sign up for TTFA Premium for $8 a month. You’ll get access to exclusive bonus content, ad-free episodes, extended guest interviews and more! Visit TTFA.org/Premium to get started.Join the TTFA reading club: TTFA.org/readingclubOur twice-monthly newsletter features behind-the-scenes content, previews of upcoming episodes and more. Sign up.When you shop our Bookshop.org store, you support the author, independent bookstores AND our show! Shop here.You can purchase Nora’s books here.Shop for your favorite TTFA gear at TTFAmerch.comRead the transcript for this episode here.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donate.And check out our sponsor this week:OUAI: theouai.com with code THANKSOlive & June: oliveandjune.com with code THANKS

    • 50 min
    5/5 Stars with John Green

    5/5 Stars with John Green

    We’re back with another Terrible Reading Club episode, sponsored by Betterhelp Online Therapy. Think of it as our book club for truly terrible times. Haven’t read the book we’re discussing? Good news: In this reading club, that’s not a requirement.Today, we’re chatting with John Green about his latest book, “The Anthropocene Reviewed.” You can buy John’s book from our Bookshop.org storefront or wherever you get books.Can’t get enough TTFA? Sign up for TTFA Premium for $8 a month. You’ll get access to exclusive bonus content, ad-free episodes, extended guest interviews and more! Visit TTFA.org/Premium to get started.Join the TTFA reading club: TTFA.org/readingclubOur twice-monthly newsletter features behind-the-scenes content, previews of upcoming episodes and more. Sign up.You can purchase Nora’s books here.Shop for your favorite TTFA gear at TTFAmerch.comRead the transcript for this episode here.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donate.And check out our sponsor this week:BetterHelp: betterhelp.com/ttfa

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Kari (Part 1): Aaron

    Kari (Part 1): Aaron

    Kari and Aaron had vastly different childhoods. Kari’s was filled with adventures, laughter and silliness. Aaron grew up in a complicated religious household. When the two high school sweethearts start dating, Aaron becomes part of Kari’s family -- the son that her parents never had. And when the two get married and begin planning for a baby, unexpected news has Kari and Aaron leaning on their family more than ever before. Stay tuned next week for Part 2.Can’t get enough TTFA? Sign up for TTFA Premium for $8 a month. You’ll get access to exclusive bonus content, ad-free episodes, extended guest interviews and more! Visit TTFA.org/Premium to get started.Join the TTFA reading club: TTFA.org/readingclubOur twice-monthly newsletter features behind-the-scenes content, previews of upcoming episodes and more. Sign up.When you shop our Bookshop.org store, you support the author, independent bookstores AND our show! Shop here.You can purchase Nora’s books here.Shop for your favorite TTFA gear at TTFAmerch.comRead the transcript for this episode here.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donate.And check out our sponsor this week:Betterhelp: betterhelp.com/TTFARitual: ritual.com/thanksSakara: sakara.com/thanksCalm: calm.com/thanks

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
11.8K Ratings

11.8K Ratings

GirlCat's Mom ,

First time

I’ve been listening to this podcast for years. Today was the first day I heard Nora cry. It affected me greatly. Thank you for everything you do🥰

Tasteful & True ,

Big Fan

Love this podcast, staying on the free version though because “a couple bucks a month” should mean $2 not $8

B. Birdell ,

Today finally broke me

I have listened for maybe two years now. I sometimes get emotional but today’s episode (6/8/21) caused me openly to weep. The recorded reflections of the past year broke my heart. Thank you for your respect and courage and empathy. I love your podcast. It helps me.
The climate change episode left me feeling helpless. I prefer the personal stories over global nightmares.

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