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You know how when someone asks "How are you?" you just say "Fine,” even if you’re totally dying inside, so everyone can go about their day? “Terrible, Thanks For Asking” is the opposite of that. Nora McInerny asks real people to share their complicated and honest feelings about how they really are. It’s sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and often both. From American Public Media.

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    • 4.8 • 11.2K Ratings

You know how when someone asks "How are you?" you just say "Fine,” even if you’re totally dying inside, so everyone can go about their day? “Terrible, Thanks For Asking” is the opposite of that. Nora McInerny asks real people to share their complicated and honest feelings about how they really are. It’s sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and often both. From American Public Media.

    Don't You Want Somebody to Take Care of You?

    Don't You Want Somebody to Take Care of You?

    Gina became a caregiver at a young age. By age 6, she was emotionally responsible for her mother, her brothers and herself, and she learned to mute her own needs for the sake of others. As an adult, she’s still shaking off the long-term effects of being parentified and learning to attend to her own human needs.Information about Prader-Willi syndrome & additional resources:https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32877518/https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2360065/https://www.pwsausa.org/https://www.fpwr.org/You can read Gina’s work at http://ginadwagner.com/.ALSO! We’re starting a thing for everyone who loves READING!Go here: TTFA.org/readingclubOur twice-monthly newsletter features behind-the-scenes content, previews of upcoming episodes and more. Sign up.When you shop our Bookshop.org store, you support the author, independent bookstores AND our show! Shop here.Shop for your favorite TTFA gear at TTFAmerch.comRead the transcript for this episode here.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donateAnd check out our sponsors this week:Fordham University GSS: fordham.edu/gssTalkspace: talkspace.com with code TTFAYarlap: yarlap.com with code TTFATrust and Will: trustandwill.com/terrible

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Who Cares? (Part 4): Care During COVID

    Who Cares? (Part 4): Care During COVID

    Caregiving has always been hard work, and heart work. It has always been challenging, rewarding, grueling and life-giving. It has always been work worth doing, and work whose worth is challenged, or hard to quantify. And adding COVID to the mix…didn’t help. This episode is filled with stories from caregivers; people who were thrust into this role by COVID, or found the role further complicated by COVID. It is a reminder that you are not alone, even when you are bone-achingly lonely. An piece of recognition and appreciation for all of you.A few additional things:Our friends at Still Kickin have *two* upcoming caregiver workshops to help you find connection and support.

    Caregiver Workshop (Part 1): https://www.facebook.com/events/257634999276205Caregiver Workshop (Part 2): https://www.facebook.com/events/702119987143649AND ALSO! We’re starting a thing for everyone who loves READING! Go here: TTFA.org/readingclubOur twice-monthly newsletter features behind-the-scenes content, previews of upcoming episodes and more. Sign up.When you shop our Bookshop.org store, you support the author, independent bookstores AND our show! Shop here.Shop for your favorite TTFA gear at TTFAmerch.comRead the transcript for this episode here.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donateAnd check out our sponsors this week:Fordham University GSS: fordham.edu/gssPurple.com: purple.com/thanks10 with code thanks10Thirdlove: thirdlove.com/terribleCalm: calm.com/thanksRitual: ritual.com/thanks

    • 42 min
    Who Cares? (Part 3): Domestic Workers w/Ai-jen Poo

    Who Cares? (Part 3): Domestic Workers w/Ai-jen Poo

    In the third episode in our series on care, we’re talking to Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance about domestic work and the workers who take care of our homes, our families and our communities.

    Learn more about NDWA’s new Care is Essential campaign, which argues that government investment in a comprehensive care infrastructure is an investment in a strong and equitable caring economy.Our twice-monthly newsletter features behind-the-scenes content, previews of upcoming episodes and more. Sign up.When you shop our Bookshop.org store, you support the author, independent bookstores AND our show! Shop here.Shop for your favorite TTFA gear at TTFAmerch.comRead the transcript for this episode here.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donateAnd check out our sponsors this week:Upstart: upstart.com/thanksBrooklinen: brooklinen.com with code TERRIBLEYarlap: yarlap.com with code TTFACalm: calm.com/thanks

    • 42 min
    Who Cares? (Part 2): That Good Night w/Sunita Puri

    Who Cares? (Part 2): That Good Night w/Sunita Puri

    In the second in our series on care, we’re talking about care at the end of life. It’s not just dying that is hard, it’s not just the prospect of death… it’s the recognition of it. It’s the conversation around it, which is often no conversation at all. In this episode, we’re having that conversation with Dr. Sunita Puri.

    If you want to have a conversation about this with us, go here for information on an upcoming workshop.Our twice-monthly newsletter features behind-the-scenes content, previews of upcoming episodes and more. Sign up.When you shop our Bookshop.org store, you support the author, independent bookstores AND our show! Shop here.Shop for your favorite TTFA gear at TTFAmerch.comRead the transcript for this episode here.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donateAnd check out our sponsors this week:Fordham University GSS: fordham.edu/gssRothy's: rothys.com/terribleCalm: calm.com/thanksSun Basket: sunbasket.com/thanks with code THANKSYarlap: yarlap.com with code TTFA

    • 50 min
    Who Cares? (Part 1): Fairplay at Home w/Eve Rodsky

    Who Cares? (Part 1): Fairplay at Home w/Eve Rodsky

    We’re in the midst of many crises right now, and one of them has to do with care. Women are leaving the workforce in staggering numbers, buckling under the pressure of managing the responsibilities of the household on top of their work. In this episode, you’ll meet Eve Rodsky and re-examine what it means to value care and time in your own household.More about Eve and Fairplay: https://www.fairplaylife.com/Our twice-monthly newsletter features behind-the-scenes content, previews of upcoming episodes and more. Sign up.When you shop our Bookshop.org store, you support the author, independent bookstores AND our show! Shop here.Shop for your favorite TTFA gear at TTFAmerch.comRead the transcript for this episode here.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donateAnd check out our sponsors this week:Fordham University GSS: fordham.edu/gssPurple.com: purple.com/thanks10 with code thanks10Talkspace: talkspace.com with code TTFAThirdlove: thirdlove.com/terribleRitual: ritual.com/thanks

    • 40 min
    A Simple Choice (Part 2)

    A Simple Choice (Part 2)

    After losing his mother and his first wife Karen, Mark found new love with Melissa, one of the nurses who took care of Karen in her final days. They’re working together to overcome Mark’s fear of more loss, more death. And now, they’re ready to have children.  Update 1/26: Correction: The original version did not include context about Melissa and Mark’s decision to not go through with chemotherapy. Even with chemotherapy, Isla only had a 1-2% chance of survival. Isla was 10 weeks old and was blind, in pain and having seizures. Also, when Melissa and Isla were transferred to the hospital in Calgary, Mark was not allowed in the hospital due to COVID-19 restrictions and Mark had to FaceTime them the next day.

    Our twice-monthly newsletter features behind-the-scenes content, previews of upcoming episodes and more. Sign up.When you shop our Bookshop.org store, you support the author, independent bookstores AND our show! Shop here.Shop for your favorite TTFA gear at TTFAmerch.comRead the transcript for this episode here.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donateAnd check out our sponsors this week:Yarlap: yarlap.com with code TTFACalm: calm.com/thanksTrust and Will: trustandwill.com/terribleUpstart: upstart.com/thanks

    • 32 min

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4.8 out of 5
11.2K Ratings

11.2K Ratings

@babysteph ,

Such a lifeline

Thank you for your podcast. To say it is a lifeline would be an understatement because life is heavy and amazing. You are the podcast I can put on when I don’t know what else to do with myself and feel in my freeze mode. Even just the music is soothing. Thank you. Feeling it big today.

iofjupiter ,

Wow, Therapy Fodder (in a good way)

Just listened to Gina and it brought up so many deeply buried memories of my own older brother, who I was put in charge of at age 4. Definitely just cried in Target, but in a good way.

It’s always feels good to listen to Nora and her conversations and interviews, especially during this pandemic, as a way to feel less alone in the world. The connection and empathy that are inherent in the entire podcast bring a morsel of stillness in the maelstrom of the world, even when whorls of emotions are dredged up.

12/10. Would give 6 stars if I could.

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