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You know how every day someone asks "how are you?" And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say "fine," so everyone can go about their day? This show is the opposite of that. Hosted by author and notable widow (her words) Nora McInerny, this is a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talking honestly about our pain, our awkwardness, and our humanness, which is not an actual word. From American Public Media.

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    • Personal Journals
    • 4.8 • 10.7K Ratings

You know how every day someone asks "how are you?" And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say "fine," so everyone can go about their day? This show is the opposite of that. Hosted by author and notable widow (her words) Nora McInerny, this is a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talking honestly about our pain, our awkwardness, and our humanness, which is not an actual word. From American Public Media.

    Happyish Holidays 2020

    Happyish Holidays 2020

    This episode features conversations with people doing the best they can in difficult circumstances. Like Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, whose husband Dr. Paul Kalanithi was a notable and rising brain surgeon who wrote When Breath Becomes Air, a bestselling memoir about his fatal battle with cancer. And comedian Amber Tozer, who tells a funny and poignant story about walking in on her mother’s wedding… on Christmas Day. We will also talk with some of the women of the Hot Young Widows Club on their hopes and dreams for the upcoming year. Plus, stories of people’s worst Holidays ever. This year, we’re bringing our Happyish Holidays episode to you in a new way...a live video stream brought to you by our sponsor Shutterfly. RSVP at HappyishHolidays.comOur 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/donateGo to HappyishHolidays.com to RSVP to the livestream event!

    And check out our sponsors this week:Shutterfly: shutterfly.comHelp A Human Out: helpahumanout.coStill Kickin’: stillkickin.co

    • 50 min
    Sanctuary

    Sanctuary

    We all have to find our way to our adult selves. As an author, filmmaker and co-founder of a mass movement --  the Women’s March -- Paola’s adult self is … very impressive! But even the most impressive among us can struggle with belonging, especially in the systems that are set up to reject us. 

    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/donate



    Go to HappyishHolidays.com to RSVP to the livestream event!

    And check out our sponsors this week:Rothy's: rothys.com/terribleBrooklinen: brooklinen.com with code TERRIBLETalkspace: talkspace.com with code TTFAYarlap: yarlap.com promo code TTFAShutterfly: shutterfly.com

    • 43 min
    Rebecca Black is Back

    Rebecca Black is Back

    Ten years ago, Rebecca Black was a 13-year-old who made a music video. It… wasn’t great. But it also wasn’t great that it went viral on YouTube, and being mean about a teenage girl became a national sport.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/donate

    And check out our sponsors this week:ThirdLove: thirdlove.com/terribleCalm: calm.com/thanksBombas: bombas.com/thanksHoney: joinhoney.com/thanks

    • 41 min
    Deep Dive w/ Kate Kennedy

    Deep Dive w/ Kate Kennedy

    Something to get your mind off of the craziness of this 2020 Election 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/donate

    And check out our sponsors this week:Ritual: ritual.com/thanksTalkspace: talkspace.com with code TTFAYarlap: yarlap.com promo code TTFAKiwiCo: kiwico.com promo code THANKS

    • 2 hr 2 min
    Miss North Dakota

    Miss North Dakota

    In 2012. Rosie became the first Black woman to win the Miss North Dakota pageant. Here’s what it’s like being a Black pageant queen in a state that is 90% White.

    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/donate

    And check out our sponsors this week:Brooklinen: brooklinen.com with code TERRIBLEYarlap: yarlap.com promo code TTFATheragun: theragun.com/thanks

    • 51 min
    What About Your Friends?

    What About Your Friends?

    We know that romantic and familial relationships are work -- and we tend to respect the time it takes to maintain healthy relationships with our partners and our siblings and our parents. But...what about your friends? Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman *literally* wrote the book about friendship. Lucky us.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.Read 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/donate

    And check out our sponsors this week:ThirdLove: thirdlove.com/terribleCalm: calm.com/thanksRothy's: rothys.com/terribleCove: withcove.com/thanks

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
10.7K Ratings

10.7K Ratings

audiobookie ,

How about “(Still) Terrible Thanks for Asking”.

Too much of Norah’s personality. The episodes are now becoming more about Norah McInerny and her politics than about the topic.
I don’t find her fake giggles and fake stammers, inspired by Maria Bamford and Diane Keaton, amusing or cute.
And I really dislike when Norah interviews someone who is very much like her, with a similar sense of humor and the two of them start some sort of repartee, laughing on and on, wasting time on unshared humor, time that could be used on the real meat of the podcast.

I think the older ttfa from earlier years was more professional.

This sounds like one of those random encounters that Nora repurposes into an episode.

I cannot What did Jenell think would happen when she, wearing a mini skirt, sat in a group meeting with her soon to be “passing as white” lover and sat in her chair with her legs folded up against her body and her feet on the seat of the chair, thus exposing her crotch and inviting the lewd glances towards that body part by anyone in the room?

If someone pours blood into an ocean full of sharks, and then jumps right in, what would they expect would happen?

And then, the “Come Meet Drayden” episode ? Same thing. Why didn’t Dana just go to a black doctor, instead of dragging out Drayden’s care over repeated unsuccessful visits to white doctors?

I dislike these kinds of stories which actually seem contrived and manipulated to illustrate a particular point of view.

I wish Ms. NoraBora would use her stories to deal with emotions and difficult choices and problem situations - like she has done in earlier seasons - instead of setting up the story lines and tweaking them to illustrate a particular bias.



“Figures of Speech”
My status as a long-term listener
allows me to notice some new features in Nora’s speech patterns.

There is now the “Diane Keaton”, featuring a kind of aery fairy detachment like in “Annie Hall” where her sentences ebb and flow in only a partial dance with reality. Diane was one of the first actresses to allow nuance into her speech and make it OK not to follow ordered sentences, one after another, in linear fashion and instead circle around the meaning with a lilting tone, and an ethereal pattern.

And then there is the standup “Maria Bamford” version. Bamford elevates stuttering into a fine art, with cleverly placed hesitation and backtracking, with various sounds. It’s never the standard-issue “um”, and her altered sentence structure distances herself from her material, as she prattles on an on, hiding behind these musical speech patterns, providing a layer of irony to whatever she wants to say.
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Previous review:
I don’t get it.
How did Chanel’s stunt double exist for so long? Didn’t her parents rush to the hospital when it first happened?

OK so maybe she had no ID, but no one reported her missing?

Nora, please shine your borealis on this!

MamaGyesSirE ,

TTFA

This holiday episode was like one big flashback. 3 traumatic years and the loss of both parents 11 months apart. How am I? Terrible, thanks for asking.

kitkat002 ,

Not the same :(

I used to love this podcast so much, but lately I’ve been really disappointed by it and usually don’t make it to the end. I liked when there used to be real, every-day people on the podcast, but now I feel like it’s been more famous people and it’s lost a lot of relatability. Please go back to having every-day people who are going through or went through a difficult time on the podcast

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