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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
    • 4.8 • 36 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.

    Leticia & Anthony (Part 1)

    Leticia & Anthony (Part 1)

    Leticia & Anthony / DESCRIPTION: Leticia was 16 years old when she got pregnant with her son, Anthony. As you might imagine, raising a child more or less on your own when you’re only 16 is really, really hard. It’s even harder when you’re dealing with your own childhood and generation trauma. This is part one of Leticia and Anthony’s story. Part two coming next week.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/donateAnd check out our sponsors this week:Greenlight: greenlightcard.com/millionRitual: ritual.com/thanksBrooklinen: brooklinen.com with code THANKSYarlap: yarlap.com with code TTFA

    • 49 min
    Don't Ask Nora

    Don't Ask Nora

    Nora loves giving advice, especially when the questions are really easy and really low stakes. In this episode, she answers a few of your frequently asked questions and later teams up with comedian Tig Notaro to dole out some wisdom about grief, friendships and her everlasting love for skater boys. If you like this Q&A type of format and want to see more episodes like these, let us know by sending us a DM on Instagram @ttfapodcast. Book recs mentioned in this episode include Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and On Writing by Stephen King. Another one Nora loves is Before and After the Book Deal by Courtney Maum.

    You can listen to Don’t Ask Tig at dontasktig.org or wherever you listen to podcasts.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/donateAnd check out our sponsors this week:Yarlap: yarlap.com with code TTFAGreenlight: greenlightcard.com/millionID Tech: idtech.com/thanks with code THANKSBloomscape: bloomscape.com with code ASKING

    • 56 min
    A Good Death

    A Good Death

    We all want a good death — a death where we’re surrounded by the people we love and don’t feel any fear or pain. A good death is what Ron Deprez wanted when his body became ravaged by ALS… and thanks to his daughter, Esmé, and Maine’s death with dignity legislation, that’s exactly what he got. In this episode, Esmé Deprez shares her father’s story with us.

    Esmé is a very talented writer and journalist. You can read her Bloomberg article about her dad here.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/donateAnd check out our sponsors this week:Thirdlove: thirdlove.com/terribleTalkspace: talkspace.com with code TTFACalm: calm.com/thanksPurple.com: purple.com/thanks10 with code thanks10

    • 40 min
    Checky Listy

    Checky Listy

    When you’re a planner and life throws you a big, rusty wrench, how do you live in the aftermath? This episode is for those of us who live to draw the empty boxes and check them. 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/donateAnd check out our sponsors this week:Lemonada Media: lemonadamedia.comBrooklinen: brooklinen.com with code THANKSYarlap: yarlap.com with code TTFASunbasket: sunbasket.com/thanks with code THANKSThirdlove: thirdlove.com/terrible

    • 48 min
    The Gift

    The Gift

    Edith Eger was 16 years old when the Nazis invaded Hungary during World War II. She was imprisoned at Auschwitz concentration camp with her family. Today, Dr. Edith Eger is a 93-year-old clinician, speaker and author who is so full of wisdom and light, we could’ve done ten episodes with her. You can buy Dr. Eger’s latest book, “The Gift,” from our Bookshop.org storefront or wherever you like to shop books.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/donateAnd check out our sponsors this week:Calm: calm.com/thanksLemonada Media: lemonadamedia.comRitual: ritual.com/thanksStoryworth: storyworth.com/ttfaBrooklinen: brooklinen.com with code THANKS

    • 53 min
    That's So Chad

    That's So Chad

    Many of us have been forced to adopt a new way of grieving over the past year. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our ability to properly mourn the way we need to when a loved one dies. We can’t safely gather by the dozens and sit in pain with one another for days on end. Stacy Cooper’s husband, Chad, died last fall, so she knows this all too well. But her grieving process started long before the pandemic hit.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/donateAnd check out our sponsors this week:Sitka Salmon Shares: sitkasalmonshares.com/terribleLemonada Media: lemonadamedia.comPurple.com: purple.com/thanks10 with code thanks10Thirdlove: thirdlove.com/terribleCalm: calm.com/thanksYarlap: yarlap.com with code TTFA

    • 47 min

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