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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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 7 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.

    Meet Amanda

    Meet Amanda

    When you introduce yourself to someone for the first time, you start by telling them your name and (maybe!) a few facts about you. The other person takes the information at face value. There’s no judgment, no opinion formed … just two people meeting each other.Amanda has no idea what that feels like. In 2007, she made international news headlines through no fault of her own. Now, more than a decade later, strangers decide their opinion of her as soon as they hear her name. But what many people consider Amanda’s story isn’t really hers at all.Amanda Knox and her husband Chris have a podcast called “Labyrinths.” Listen to it here.Can’t get enough TTFA? Sign up for TTFA Premium for $7.99 a month. You’ll get access to exclusive bonus content, ad-free episodes, extended guest interviews and more! Visit TTFA.org/Premium to get started.When you shop our Bookshop.org store, you support the author, independent bookstores AND our show! Shop here.You can purchase Nora’s books here.Shop for your favorite TTFA gear at TTFAmerch.com.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:


    Calm: calm.com/thanks

    Ritual: ritual.com/thanks

    • 45 min
    (Romy and Michele and) Nora’s High School Reunion - TTFA Premium

    (Romy and Michele and) Nora’s High School Reunion - TTFA Premium

    Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll get when you join us on TTFA Premium. For $8 a month, you can support our show AND get ad-free episodes and bonus content — including mailbag episodes like this one. Sign up today at TTFA.org/Premium.Join the TTFA reading club: 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/donate

    • 8 min
    Becoming Jolie

    Becoming Jolie

    The internet and social media are a huge way for us to be seen as individuals. We share our lives online because it gives us connection … and because it gives us attention. But that attention isn’t always positive. Jolie knows this all too well, because in 2019, she found herself on the wrong side of the Internet Rage Machine.

    Resources:


    Laura McKowen blog, “Quitting the Bouncy House of Social Media”

    Shame Nation book by Sue Scheff

    Various research by Danielle Keats Citron

    So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

    “15 Minutes of Shame” from executive producer Monica Lewinsky




    Can’t get enough TTFA? Sign up for TTFA Premium for $7.99 a month. You’ll get access to exclusive bonus content, ad-free episodes, extended guest interviews and more! Visit TTFA.org/Premium to get started.When you shop our Bookshop.org store, you support the author, independent bookstores AND our show! Shop here.You can purchase Nora’s books here.Shop for your favorite TTFA gear at TTFAmerch.com.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:


    StoryWorth: storyworth.com/ttfa

    Sakara: sakara.com/thanks

    Olive & June: oliveandjune.com with code THANKS

    • 50 min
    Her Best Wasn’t Good Enough with Danielle Henderson

    Her Best Wasn’t Good Enough with Danielle Henderson

    We’re back with another Terrible Reading Club episode, sponsored by Betterhelp Online Therapy. Think of it as our book club for truly terrible times. Haven’t read the book we’re discussing? Good news: In this reading club, that’s not a requirement. Today, we’re chatting with Danielle Henderson about her memoir, “The Ugly Cry.”

    You can buy Danielle’s book here and at bookstores everywhere. Can’t get enough TTFA? Sign up for TTFA Premium for $7.99 a month. You’ll get access to exclusive bonus content, ad-free episodes, extended guest interviews and more! Visit TTFA.org/Premium to get started.Shop for your favorite TTFA gear at TTFAmerch.com.You can purchase Nora’s books 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 sponsor this week: 

    BetterHelp: betterhelp.com/ttfa

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Jeff

    Jeff

    Angela and Jeff have an awesome marriage. They share the same life goals, the same ideologies. Their life together is peaceful and easy, and they love their two kids. But just after their tenth anniversary, Angela starts to feel that something is ... off. And it's not Jeff — he's as steadfast as ever. It's her. Can’t get enough TTFA? Sign up for TTFA Premium for $7.99 a month. You’ll get access to exclusive bonus content, ad-free episodes, extended guest interviews and more! Visit TTFA.org/Premium to get started.When you shop our Bookshop.org store, you support the author, independent bookstores AND our show! Shop here.You can purchase Nora’s books here.Shop for your favorite TTFA gear at TTFAmerch.com.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/TERRIBLE

    Rothy’s: rothys.com/terrible

    Purple: purple.com/thanks10 with code terrible10

    Calm: calm.com/thanks

    • 46 min
    War Stories

    War Stories

    When one of the people in a relationship is dead, the relationship becomes a bit one-sided. Your version of who that person is and was is obscured by all of your own biases, your commitment to your version of the truth, to your side of the story. Nora’s dad — Vietnam veteran, father of four, advertising copywriter — died seven years ago. And in this episode, the McInerny siblings reflect on who Stephen J. McInerny was … as a young boy sent to war, as a husband, and as their father. About how they love their dad, even if he wasn’t always the kind of dad they wanted.Can’t get enough TTFA? Sign up for TTFA Premium for $7.99 a month. You’ll get access to exclusive bonus content, ad-free episodes, extended guest interviews and more! Visit TTFA.org/Premium to get started.When you shop our Bookshop.org store, you support the author, independent bookstores AND our show! Shop here. You can also purchase Nora’s books here.Shop for your favorite TTFA gear at TTFAmerch.com.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:


    Eterneva: eterneva.com

    Ouai: theOuai.com with code THANKS

    Talkspace: talkspace.com with code TTFA

    Ritual: ritual.com/thanks

    • 57 min

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