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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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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.

    Update: Chelsea from Forever Alone?

    Update: Chelsea from Forever Alone?

    Way back in 2017, we did two episodes with Nora’s friend Chelsea, who was sure she was going to be alone FOREVER...and then met Brian. Their relationship was complicated by Brian’s relationship to alcohol and for years, people have been asking what happened. In this episode, you’ll find out.

    Our 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.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/donateAnd check out our sponsors this week:Calm: calm.com/thanksYarlap: yarlap.com with code TTFABrooklinen: brooklinen.com with code TERRIBLESun Basket: sunbasket.com/thanks with code THANKS

    • 37 min
    Just Like Us

    Just Like Us

    Are stars just like us? After a conversation with Busy Philipps… you will 100% think so. Hers is a story of finding and owning your weirdness, using revenge as a fuel source to drive you to success, and what to do when you get what you want and it doesn’t feel the way you thought it would.

    After we recorded and mixed this episode, Busy announced on her podcast that her child Birdie uses they/them pronouns.Update 1/5: Speaking of how we’re all just doing our best… we had an oops this episode. The original version stated that Busy didn’t have a story credit when “Blades of Glory” first came out. That was incorrect. The good news is, you can read all about that and the other stories Busy references in the episode in her memoir, “This Will Only Hurt A Little” (which Nora highly recommends).Our 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.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 sponsors this week:Yarlap: yarlap.com promo code TTFARothy's: rothys.com/terribleTalkspace: talkspace.com with code TTFA

    • 40 min
    The Milkman's Baby

    The Milkman's Baby

    Morgan Jerkins spent many months piecing together the patchwork of her own family history, and many weeks literally wandering in the lands they had been rooted to so many years before. This is a powerful conversation about the privilege of documentation, the search for self and what it means to redefine yourself through your ancestors.

    You can purchase Morgan’s books at Morgan-Jerkins.comOur 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.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/donateGo to HappyishHolidays.com to RSVP to the livestream event!

    And check out our sponsors this week:StoryWorth: storyworth.com/ttfaKiwiCo: kiwico.com promo code THANKSMrs. Field’s: mrsfields.com promo code THANKSYarlap: yarlap.com promo code TTFA

    • 34 min
    What's Negative About Positivity?

    What's Negative About Positivity?

    Good vibes only? Not on this podcast, and not when Susan David is in the room. For years, Susan has been leading the conversation about the value of *all our feelings* and how no emotion is bad or good. Here is the antidote to Toxic Positivity.This year, we’re bringing our Happyish Holidays episode to you in a new way...a live video stream brought to you by our sponsor Shutterfly. RSVP at HappyishHolidays.comOur 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.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/donateGo to HappyishHolidays.com to RSVP to the livestream event!

    And check out our sponsors this week:Shutterfly: shutterfly.comHelp A Human Out: helpahumanout.coStill Kickin’: stillkickin.co

    • 45 min
    Happyish Holidays 2020

    Happyish Holidays 2020

    This episode features conversations with people doing the best they can in difficult circumstances. Like Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, whose husband Dr. Paul Kalanithi was a notable and rising brain surgeon who wrote When Breath Becomes Air, a bestselling memoir about his fatal battle with cancer. And comedian Amber Tozer, who tells a funny and poignant story about walking in on her mother’s wedding… on Christmas Day. We will also talk with some of the women of the Hot Young Widows Club on their hopes and dreams for the upcoming year. Plus, stories of people’s worst Holidays ever. This year, we’re bringing our Happyish Holidays episode to you in a new way...a live video stream brought to you by our sponsor Shutterfly. RSVP at HappyishHolidays.comOur 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.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/donateGo to HappyishHolidays.com to RSVP to the livestream event!

    And check out our sponsors this week:Shutterfly: shutterfly.comHelp A Human Out: helpahumanout.coStill Kickin’: stillkickin.co

    • 50 min
    Sanctuary

    Sanctuary

    We all have to find our way to our adult selves. As an author, filmmaker and co-founder of a mass movement --  the Women’s March -- Paola’s adult self is … very impressive! But even the most impressive among us can struggle with belonging, especially in the systems that are set up to reject us. 

    Our 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.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



    Go to HappyishHolidays.com to RSVP to the livestream event!

    And check out our sponsors this week:Rothy's: rothys.com/terribleBrooklinen: brooklinen.com with code TERRIBLETalkspace: talkspace.com with code TTFAYarlap: yarlap.com promo code TTFAShutterfly: shutterfly.com

    • 43 min

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