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Are you living your best life now? Not always? This is a podcast for you. Duke Professor Kate Bowler is an expert in the stories we tell about success and failure, suffering and happiness. She had Stage IV cancer. Then she didn’t. And since then, all she wants to do is talk to funny and wise people about how to live with the knowledge that, well, everything happens.  Find her online at @katecbowler.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 4.4K Ratings

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Are you living your best life now? Not always? This is a podcast for you. Duke Professor Kate Bowler is an expert in the stories we tell about success and failure, suffering and happiness. She had Stage IV cancer. Then she didn’t. And since then, all she wants to do is talk to funny and wise people about how to live with the knowledge that, well, everything happens.  Find her online at @katecbowler.

Sales and Distribution by Lemonada Media https://lemonadamedia.com/

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    Abigail Marsh: Extraordinary Empathy

    Abigail Marsh: Extraordinary Empathy

    Are some people more empathetic than others? By studying those on the opposite end of the compassion spectrum–those with psychopathy–researcher Dr. Abigail Marsh discovered something surprising. 

    In this conversation, Kate and Abigail discuss: 


    The usefulness of fear
    What it means to be “brave”
    How we can all learn to belong to one another
    The power of empathy (and why it actually feels good to give to others)

    This conversation originally aired in 2020, but is one we return to again and again as we think about how empathy expands our capacity for others. Listen for an update from Abigail on what her recent research is exploring.

     


    Watch clips from this conversation, read the full transcript, and access discussion questions by clicking here or visiting katebowler.com/podcasts.

    Follow Kate on Instagram, Facebook, or X (formerly known as Twitter)—@katecbowler. Links to social pages and more available at linktr.ee/katecbowler.
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    • 49 min
    A Blessing for a Good Pause

    A Blessing for a Good Pause

    We ache to know our soul’s calm, but also isn’t there something on Netflix? Wait, let me check my texts first. Before we know it, we are swimming around in a sea of notifications and updates without direction. We are living in an attention economy where the first casualty is peace, peace, peace. So let’s bless our distracted selves. If we can’t bring ourselves to desire stillness, maybe we can talk ourselves into wanting a little less noise.

    Heather Lanier: Whole and Holy

    Heather Lanier: Whole and Holy

    What if your life hasn’t turned out like you thought it would? When writer Heather Lanier’s daughter, Fiona, was born with a rare genetic syndrome, she learned that the world will not always see her beloved as good. In this conversation, Kate and Heather discuss how it’s okay that we are not summed up on bell curves. Perhaps the bodies in which we dwell are whole enough.

    In this conversation, Kate and Heather discuss:


    When our kids are considered “bad” by the world’s standards
    The doctor who said two perfect words to Heather
    How the divine sees everyone as good (and how we should seek to see through those same eyes)
    The difference between capacity building and deficit building

    This conversation originally aired in 2020, but it is one we return to again and again for its beauty, its honesty, its courage. 

     


    Watch clips from this conversation, read the full transcript, and access discussion questions by clicking here or visiting katebowler.com/podcasts.

    Follow Kate on Instagram, Facebook, or X (formerly known as Twitter)—@katecbowler. Links to social pages and more available at linktr.ee/katecbowler.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 34 min
    Sunita Puri: The Uncertainty Specialist

    Sunita Puri: The Uncertainty Specialist

    Pain is like a geography—one that isn’t foreign to palliative care physician, Dr. Sunita Puri. Kate and Sunita speak about needing new language for walking the borderlands and how we all might learn to live—and die—with a bit more courage.

    In this conversation, Kate and Sunita discuss: 


    How to walk with one another through life’s ups and downs—especially health ups and downs
    What “palliative care” means (and how it is distinct from hospice) 
    The difference between what medicine can do and what medicine should do 
    Sunita’s script for how to talk to patients facing difficult diagnoses 

    This conversation originally aired in 2020 but it is one of our all-time favorites.

     


    Watch clips from this conversation, read the full transcript, and access discussion questions by clicking here or visiting katebowler.com/podcasts.

    Follow Kate on Instagram, Facebook, or X (formerly known as Twitter)—@katecbowler. Links to social pages and more available at linktr.ee/katecbowler.
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    • 37 min
    For Whatever is on the Calendar

    For Whatever is on the Calendar

    When life is hard, I secretly wish someone out there was keeping score and clapping. I wish you could get an award for everything you do for others too. But instead, most of the difficult and painful choices we make to love others and get up again after being knocked down will have no audience. No clapping. At most, we will get a small sense that we are moving in the right direction. So today let’s bless the things we do and what it costs, even though we probably won’t get a medal for whatever happens.

    Justin Yopp and Don Rosenstein: The Magic of “We”

    Justin Yopp and Don Rosenstein: The Magic of “We”

    When a group of young moms died around the same time, clinicians Dr. Justin Yopp and Dr. Don Rosenstein wanted to refer their widowed spouses to a grief support group… but none existed. So they started their own. 

    In this conversation, Kate, Justin, and Don discuss:


    The grief of imagined futures 
    The particular needs of parents with cancer and those of widowed parents
    How to talk to kids about cancer 
    How to parent while you have cancer

    Together, they uncover the magic of we.

    This summer, we are re-sharing our all-time favorite episodes. While this conversation originally aired in 2020, Kate caught up with Don and Justin to get an update on what they are working on lately. You won’t want to miss their important (and practical!) update.

     


    Watch clips from this conversation, read the full transcript, and access discussion questions by clicking here or visiting katebowler.com/podcasts.

    Follow Kate on Instagram, Facebook, or X (formerly known as Twitter)—@katecbowler. Links to social pages and more available at linktr.ee/katecbowler.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4.4K Ratings

4.4K Ratings

unhappy H reader ,

Breath of life

The relief I feel is palpable when I hear what I need to hear in this podcast. I can breathe fully when I feel seen by a blessing I didn’t know I needed. Thank you for sharing kind and powerful words.

Best thank yous ,

Always heart opening.

I always learn so much from each conversation that helps me embrace the best parts of myself.

profam ,

I could listen to Kate Bohler forever…

…her voice is beautiful, her laugh is effervescent, her heart is so beautiful, and she is brilliant! I’m sure it takes enormous work, but she makes developing meaningful connection and enticing rapport with each guest seem effortless. I too am grateful to the sponsors for backing her platform; as a psychotherapist I have had a Birds Eye view of how very much people need accessible examples of how to be human and have faith. I’ve been in practice for 35+ years and I am Uber aware of how hard the past several years have been for everyone. People are desperate to understand how to carry deep grief, trauma reactive fear, and still access humor, joy, compassion. Bingeing Everything Happens is feeding my soul and helping me answer the constant ‘why?’…’how?’ that my people ask me every day. PS. I don’t have the internal resources to do reviews, but for Kate? Yeah, I can push myself to do it. She’s worth it.

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