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“This Is Uncomfortable” is a show about life and how money messes with it. Each week, Reema Khrais digs in with stories about the unanticipated ways money affects relationships, shapes identities and often defines what it means to be an adult. Khrais dives into uncomfortable topics like friends borrowing money, relationships and the other varied ways money shapes who we are.

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    • 4.7 • 2.3K Ratings

“This Is Uncomfortable” is a show about life and how money messes with it. Each week, Reema Khrais digs in with stories about the unanticipated ways money affects relationships, shapes identities and often defines what it means to be an adult. Khrais dives into uncomfortable topics like friends borrowing money, relationships and the other varied ways money shapes who we are.

    Productivity won’t save you

    Productivity won’t save you

    We live in a world that rewards us for producing, and producing, and producing. But why is it that no matter how much we do, it never feels like enough? This week, we’re going to look at our obsession with productivity — the exhausting effort to be completely optimized in work and outside of it.

    • 25 min
    Pandemic motherhood

    Pandemic motherhood

    The pandemic has been brutal on working moms. In September alone, women left the workplace at four times the rate that men did. The numbers are shocking, but behind them are real, human experiences. This week, we hear some of those stories.

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    • 24 min
    There’s no place like home

    There’s no place like home

    One woman pursues her idea of the American dream — home ownership — only to have it completely backfire.

    • 24 min
    The lies we tell our friends

    The lies we tell our friends

    Most of us tell little white lies at some point or another to make things less weird about money. But what happens when disaster strikes, and your money situation becomes impossible to hide?

    This episode originally aired in August 2019. We’re working on an episode and we need your help. What’s getting you through those long days in lockdown? Big or small, as long as it doesn’t have to do with work, we want to hear about what’s bringing you joy and why. Drop us a line at (347) RING-TIU, or (347) 746-4848. You can also send us a voice memo at uncomfortable@marketplace.org, or fill out the form below.

    • 24 min
    The student loan trap

    The student loan trap

    Jessie Suren grew up hearing the same advice over and over: College would be her ticket to the middle class, even if it meant taking out tens of thousands of dollars in student loans. But when the job she applied for after graduation fell through, she ended up working at a call center to hound people who had fallen behind on their loan payments. She feared she was staring at a window into her future, and she would spend the rest of her twenties doing whatever it took to get her balance to zero.

    • 24 min
    How the WNBA drove Loeffler into overtime

    How the WNBA drove Loeffler into overtime

    The WNBA is a workplace with a track record of standing up for its rights and beliefs. And this year, players went up against an unlikely opponent: a U.S. senator who co-owns one of the league’s teams. Plus, we take a look at the WNBA’s fight for fair pay.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

Jemini Jey ,

Favorite money podcast

I love the candid conversations about money on the podcast. So relatable and interesting. Really gets you thinking about how money can permeate every aspect of our life and really shape who we are and how we move through the world.

Energy Eric ,

Thanks for the great real-world stories about many facets of life

Thanks for the great real-world stories about many facets of life; from love, finance, education, politics and other beauty/complexities of life.

I’ve been listing since one of th first episodes. But, Season 3, Episode 11 about productivity was particularly timely and relevant. I’m still working on “it”. “It” meaning being more productive while also turning things off too.

Overall, I appreciate the effort to normalize and open diaglouge about the good and bad of social norms and psychological biases.

Matt L 808 ,

Why did I wait?

I listened to the first episode or two when they were broadcast on Marketplace, but I never subscribed. This afternoon, I binged six episodes in a row. Why did I wait so long? Such an interesting, thought-provoking podcast.

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