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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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    • 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.

    How Far We’ve Come

    How Far We’ve Come

    In our season six finale, Kate takes us back to the very beginning. In this episode, you’ll hear the unlikely beginning of the Everything Happens podcast, the most terrified Kate’s ever been (for fun reasons), and how love and beauty can surprise us in some of the most unlikely of spaces. 

    Our team needs a little rest and vitamin D then we’ll be back with new episodes in August (don’t worry!). In the meantime, listen to some of our all time favorite episodes:


    with M*A*S*H* actor Alan Alda on the power of empathy

    with The Fault In Our Stars author John Green on living with chronic illness

    with palliative care physician Dr. Sunita Puri on living with uncertainty

    with humorist Samantha Irby on the power of the absurd


    In the meantime, visit nocurebook.com to learn more about Kate’s NEW BOOK coming out at the end of September. Find Kate online @KateCbowler and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter at katebowler.com.
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    • 34 min
    Julianna Margulies: Getting Unstuck

    Julianna Margulies: Getting Unstuck

    Chaotic childhoods can leave us feeling stuck. Stuck in the roles and relationships and chaos that once felt familiar. Actress Julianna Margulies (best known for her roles in ER and The Good Wife) found incredible success, but nothing seemed to free her from living into past, traumatic dynamics. In this conversation, Kate and Julianna discuss the roles we get trapped inside (I’m the cheerful one! I’m the dutiful one! I'll keep it together!) and how love can surprise us through unlikely strangers and new relationships. Kate ends with a blessing for a permission to change. 
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    • 41 min
    Suleika Jaouad: You Are Not The Bad Thing (Part 2)

    Suleika Jaouad: You Are Not The Bad Thing (Part 2)

    There is a strange tension when we want so badly for the people we love to support us, but want to shield them from the pain at the same time. This is a beautiful, terrible kind of love. In Part Two of our conversation with bestselling author Suleika Jaouad, Kate and Suleika discuss what it is like to be the one suffering—all the guilt and shame and rage and mercy and grace and how we can create better economies of love around those who need it. Kate ends with a blessing for those who feel like their problem is too much to handle—a blessing if you feel like "the bad thing."
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    • 33 min
    Suleika Jaouad: The Kingdom of the Sick (Part 1)

    Suleika Jaouad: The Kingdom of the Sick (Part 1)

    There are two different worlds people inhabit. In one world, people feel infinite bounce. They can see every silver lining and believe in their bones things will always get better and that any set back is probably temporary. But then, there’s the other world. These people know what it feels like to live scan-to-scan and hold their breath when the doctor’s number shows up on their phone. Bestselling author of Between Two Kingdoms, Suleika Jaouad knows what it means to carry this dual citizenship between the kingdom of the well and the kingdom of the sick. In this conversation, Kate and Suleika discuss what it was like to have a terrible diagnosis as a young person and how to keep living when you can’t go back to the way things were. Kate ends with a blessing for those who have lost too much, too quickly.

    CW: cancer as a young person, incurable illnesses, fertility treatments
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    • 37 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.7K Ratings

2.7K Ratings

Wade_E ,

Treasures

I’ve listened to every single one of these episodes and I treasure something (often more than one thing) in each of them. Kate and her guests speak to all of us.

Kate—my life would be complete if you had a conversation with Rachel Naomi Remen :)

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So Helpful!

This podcast has been a life saver! I’m a caregiver for my husband who barely survived Covid. All of Kate’s insights have helped me understand what he’s thinking and feeling as we’re in a strange and scary chapter of our lives now.

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Fantastic

Kate has insight she is able to share so wonderfully. Love this!!!

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