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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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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/

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    Richard Grant: Finding a Pocket of Happiness

    Richard Grant: Finding a Pocket of Happiness

    When we are in deep grief, we can anticipate some of the horrible parts—the sleeplessness, the denial, the loneliness. But what about the moments of surprising lightness and joy? Moments that don’t erase the pain, but make it a bit more bearable. Academy Award-nominated actor Richard E. Grant practices finding these pockets of happiness while grieving his beloved wife. 

    In this conversation, Kate and Richard talk about: 


    the gritty side of caregiving
    how to support people in grief (even when it makes you uncomfortable)
    the importance of knowing and being known

     


    Watch clips from this conversation, read the full transcript, and access discussion questions by clicking here.

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    • 43 min
    Savannah Guthrie: Mostly What God Does

    Savannah Guthrie: Mostly What God Does

    How do you have faith that can hold all of reality—the beautiful, the terrible, and everything in-between? The TODAY Show’s Savannah Guthrie thinks carefully about this question, especially given that her job is reporting the news every morning. 

    In this conversation, Kate and Savannah discuss:


    Savannah’s trick for handling difficult news every day
    How to adjust the dial on fear and hope when there is so much to be afraid of
    Making sense of the wisdom we can learn in the midst of difficult times—without saying ‘everything happens for a reason’ (because we would never do that to you)
    How we hope to be transformed by God’s love


    Watch clips from this conversation, read the full transcript, and access discussion questions by clicking here.

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    • 35 min
    For When Today is Too Much

    For When Today is Too Much

    The ordinariness of our life usually feels like a gift in retrospect. How often have we looked back, in the midst of a crisis, with nostalgia for ordinary days? But when we are in an ordinary day and feeling tired and overwhelmed, we can feel frustrated and impatient with ourselves. So here’s a blessing for our regular problems because, frankly, that’s going to be most of life itself.

    Sarah Polley: Run Toward the Danger

    Sarah Polley: Run Toward the Danger

    Do you ever look back at your childhood and go… certainly that didn’t happen like that? Where were the adults? Academy Award-winning director and childhood actress Sarah Polley describes what it was like to not be believed when she was afraid or when she wanted to stop or when she was in pain or when she was in danger. And how, as adults, we can all better protect those around us and learn to look back on our younger selves with compassion.


    How hard it can be to believe our own memories or pain
    When kids aren’t protected by the adults in their life and how they make sense of that as adults
    Managing invisible illnesses
    How we can better support those going through chronic illness with compassion

     


    Watch clips from this conversation, read the full transcript, and access discussion questions by clicking here.

    Follow Kate on Instagram, Facebook, or X (formerly known as Twitter)—@katecbowler.
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    • 46 min
    Stephanie Wittels Wachs: When Life Gives You Lemons

    Stephanie Wittels Wachs: When Life Gives You Lemons

    Today, we’re talking about tragicomedy. And isn’t that all of life? The absurdity. The horror. The laughter that somehow cuts through the most difficult of moments. Our guest today, Stephanie Wittles Wachs wrote a beautiful memoir called Everything is Horrible and Wonderful about the death of her brother to an accidental heroin overdose when he was 30 years old.

    In this conversation, Kate and Stephanie discuss:


    Loving someone with addiction
    Grieving a person in public
    Why it’s okay (and maybe necessary) to laugh in the midst of the worst moments
    The 6th stage of grief—the manic-investigative stage

    CW: mention of suicide, drug overdose, death of a sibling

     


    Watch clips from this conversation, read the full transcript, and access discussion questions by clicking here.

    Follow Kate on Instagram, Facebook, or X (formerly known as Twitter)—@katecbowler.
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    • 50 min
    Made for Connection: A Bonus Heart-to-Heart with Dr. Vivek Murthy

    Made for Connection: A Bonus Heart-to-Heart with Dr. Vivek Murthy

    Today, we have a little bonus episode to kick off your weekend. Vivek Murthy, the current U.S. Surgeon General, had so much wisdom to offer us in this week's conversation on combatting loneliness and building better relationships. In this bonus clip, he offers us a little pep talk for connection. It may be just what you need to hear.


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    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4.3K Ratings

4.3K Ratings

Tri Sista ,

Amazing and beautiful

Thank you for the real and raw and humor. It represents humanity in all it forms.

you crossed the line ,

Thank you for helping me in the process

I’m the one whom no longer dreams because what’s the point? Thank you for helping us walk through the letting go process, whether for one we love or for our own life on earth, preparing for transition. I don’t always get the laughter but it might be too sad without it. Blessings on you & your guests.

WalterWise ,

Love it.

Kate always delivers exactly what I need to hear at exactly the right time. Thank you for this show!

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