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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 for a Reason (And Other Lies I've Loved)." Find her online at @katecbowler.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 2.7K 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 for a Reason (And Other Lies I've Loved)." Find her online at @katecbowler.

    Adam Grant: Leaning into Uncertainty

    Adam Grant: Leaning into Uncertainty

    Everything is in flux. Nothing is the same anymore. How do we live amid all of this uncertainty? Well, psychologist and bestselling author Adam Grant believes we may have to do some re-thinking. In this episode, Kate and Adam speak about the courage it takes to think again about things that we once felt so certain about, how “imposter syndrome” might be a good instinct, and how we all need friends who challenge us (even if it makes us wildly uncomfortable… thanks a lot, Adam!). Oh! And if you listen through to the end, you'll hear a special announcement.
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    • 36 min
    Heather Havrilesky: Be Where You Are

    Heather Havrilesky: Be Where You Are

    How do we find “enough” in a life that keeps getting…. harder? Our lives are shrinking. We are shrunk by the pandemic or by illness or by age or by any number of losses. And it can be difficult to feel satisfaction and enjoyment again, especially in the midst of a self-help culture that tries to tell you “EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE.” In this episode, Kate speaks with writer and advice columnist Heather Havrilesky about finding contentment in our bodies, in our parenting, in our relationships, while living a life we didn’t choose. Sometimes we need a smoking appliance day (…that will make more sense when you listen).
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    • 40 min
    Mari Andrew: Beautiful, Terrible, and Everything In-Between

    Mari Andrew: Beautiful, Terrible, and Everything In-Between

    How do we navigate the life in-between? In-between relationships and jobs and friends. In-between independence and dependence. In-between the life we have and the life we’ve always wanted. In this episode, Kate and artist Mari Andrew discuss these liminal spaces, what to do when we’re stuck with the B-side versions of ourselves, and how to make a little more space to explore all the colors of this place in-between.

    CW: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, loss of a parent
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    • 37 min
    Bessel van der Kolk: Our Bodies Keep Score

    Bessel van der Kolk: Our Bodies Keep Score

    When something truly awful happens, we can’t forget. That memory isn’t just stored in our brains. Our bodies keep the score too. Researcher and psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk has spent his life studying the affects of trauma on adults and children. In this eye-opening conversation, Kate and Bessel address the nature of trauma, how helplessness and agency affect our experiences, and ways to get unstuck.
    CW: trauma, PTSD
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    • 39 min
    Jamie Lee: Weddings, Divorces, and Loves That Carry Us

    Jamie Lee: Weddings, Divorces, and Loves That Carry Us

    Comedian Jamie Lee is now Netflix’s The Wedding Coach where she’s on a mission to help couples survive the craziness of planning a wedding. A wedding is an event, but a marriage is not an event. During the filming of the show, Jamie’s own relationship began to unravel. In this episode, Kate and Jamie exchange hilarious wedding stories (including what 22-year-old bride Kate did on her wedding day) and discuss the micro-griefs of a divorce, and share ways to show love to people experiencing this particular kind of loss.
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    • 40 min
    Jenny Lawson: The Art of the Absurd

    Jenny Lawson: The Art of the Absurd

    Our culture’s obsession with hyper-instrumentalization has meant everything has to be FOR something. But when you are facing unfixable or chronic problems, maybe it’s better to do something for no reason whatsoever. Depression, anxiety, and a grab bag of auto-immune diseases have made humorist Jenny Lawson an expert in the art of the absurd. In this conversation, Kate and Jenny share their tips to getting through horrible days, the evils of insurance bureaucracy, the delight of taxidermy, and discovering joy that you don’t have to “choose.” 
    CW: depression, suicidal ideation, chronic illnesses, vampires
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.7K Ratings

2.7K Ratings

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Real Life

This is the only podcast that I am giddy to see when a new one drops, the only podcast where I listen to EVERY episode. Katr has a genuine love for mankind and all of the sufferings that we encounter in life. Her perspective is not just her own, yet her life experience helps balance the scales. This is not a rosy rainbow look at life. Her voice leads you to the depth of real life; joy and suffering live intertwined and that’s ok.

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Podcastes

Your pod cate are wonderful but your continued use of yeah during the pod caste really takes away from an other wise wonderful podcasted MEA

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Yah

Warm inspiring conversations that are full of truth and wisdom. But Kate, I love you, but you say “Yah” too much while the interviewee is speaking.

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