Terrible, Thanks For Asking

Terrible, Thanks For Asking

www.americanpublicmedia.org/podcasts/ttfa
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. Terrible, Thanks For Asking launches in November 2016 from American Public Media.
20: The Truth We Live
Nov 14 • 36 min
Amee doesn’t have a dad. But she used to. He was the best. He was the worst. And he claims that he doesn’t remember any of it.
19: What Does All This Loss Mean?
Nov 7 • 48 min
Dead sister. Dead grandma. Dead grandpa. Dead uncle. Dead mom. Dead dad. Dead brother. The list of loss goes on and on for Jaamil, and so does his list of professional accolades and accomplishments as he moves from trauma to post-traumatic enlightenment.
18: Chapter 2
Oct 31 • 35 min
Hope and Aaron died on the exact same day. Each leaving behind their spouse, their child, and all the love their small families had created. Nearly three years later, their spouses have remarried. But don’t you dare say they’ve moved on.
7: Unbroken (#metoo)
Oct 24 • 47 min
Sexual violence thrives in silence, and it’s hard to talk about… so we don’t. But rape survivor Sarah Super refuses to be quiet, and has dedicated her life to helping other survivors Break the Silence. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual…
17: Esther Perel Live at Now Hear This Festival
Oct 17 • 50 min
If you are or ever plan to be in a relationship, you need to know Esther Perel, The Patron Saint of Relationships. Known for her TED Talks, her brilliant book, Mating in Captivity, and her captivating podcast, Where Should We Begin?, Esther believes that…
16: Forever Alone? (Part 2)
Oct 10 • 39 min
In our last episode, we met chronically single Chelsea, who was looking for love in all the same places we all look for love… and coming up empty-handed. Now, we meet Chelsea’s new boyfriend (!!!!) and explore what happens when the love we find isn’t what…
15: Forever Alone? (Part 1)
Oct 3 • 35 min
As the saying goes, “There’s a lid for every pot.” There’s someone for everyone. Chelsea has been looking for her lid — her someone — since high school. Nearly 15 years after her only real relationship ended, she still hasn’t found her person. It’s not…
14: Best Friends Forever
Sep 25 • 33 min
There are friendships, and there are FRIENDSHIPS of the all-caps variety. The latter ones are harder to forge the older you get. Which is what Janya is struggling with after the loss of her best friend, Michele.
13: Baby Huey
Sep 20 • 35 min
Courtney and Jay are parents to 9-year-old Bruce, who they affectionately call Baby Huey. Bruce has never had a friend. Never had a playdate. Never been invited to a birthday party. What. The. Heck.
LIVE SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT: The Honeymoon’s Over
Sep 18 • 6 min
Nora is back from her honeymoon with a special announcement: TTFA is doing a live show! (Plus, this week’s episode will be out on Wednesday - so stay tuned!) TTFA LIVE! In person!! Hear us perform an episode right in front of your face! November 17, 2017…
12: Horrible and Wonderful and Figuring it Out
Sep 11 • 45 min
Harris Wittels was the executive producer of Parks and Recreation, the coiner of the word “humblebrag,” a Phish enthusiast, and the funniest person in any room he walked into. He died of a heroin overdose in 2015, leaving behind his mother, his sister,…
11: The Ending Matters
Sep 6 • 43 min
How do you want to die? We’re willing to bet the answer isn’t, “Very painfully, please!” Brittany Maynard was 29 when she died of brain cancer. Aaron Purmort was 35 when he died of the same thing. But their paths to death were very different. Nearly three…
Mini-Season Ep 9: Love Hurts
Jul 19 • 41 min
When Lea Thau’s fiance left her, she felt all the feelings. Then she had their baby, and decided to start dating again. But, despite going out, nothing seemed to be clicking. Over and over. And eventually, she wanted to know why. Why didn’t men want to…
Mini-Season Ep 8: Dear Grown-ups
Jun 13 • 37 min
What do you wish your grown-ups had said to you when you were a kid? Especially while dealing with really hard stuff? We wanted to know, so we asked the Terrible Club - listeners who support the show - and they had some thoughts. Geez da wheeze, did they…
Mini-Season Ep 7: Naomi + Khaleel
Jun 7 • 27 min
Khaleel Thompson is an 18-year-old who loves music, reading, and his cat, Domino. Naomi is his mother, asking why four police officers fired more than 12 rounds at her son in a public park two weeks ago, leaving him in critical condition. The two of them…
Mini-Season Ep 6: 19 Hours Ago
Apr 25 • 40 min
Grief is always fresh for someone, somewhere. Right now, someone is losing a friend. A partner. A parent. And they are entering a new role, a new relationship to their loved one, and to the world. Holly felt that grief. And she came in to share it with…
Mini-Season Ep 5: To Michael
Apr 17 • 19 min
When someone dies, you’re supposed to say something. Someone is supposed to say something. Someone is supposed to summarize this person, prove that they existed, that they mattered. But what do you say when a complicated person dies after a complicated…
Mini-Season Ep 4: Is It OK?
Apr 10 • 21 min
Alysha-Aubrey sent us a story about both her parents falling seriously ill at the same time, and the toll it took on her as a teenager. And she ended her story with a question about whether or not it’s OK that she doesn’t feel OK. Even though her family…
Mini-Season Ep 3: #trypod with The Hilarious World of Depression
Mar 27 • 45 min
March is #trypod month, where everyone should force their loved ones to listen to podcasts. Not sure which one to subscribe every family member to? Well, we have one for you. It’s called The Hilarious World of Depression, and it features open, honest…
Mini-Season Ep 2: Are You Up?
Mar 14 • 44 min
It’s 12:00. No, 1:00. No, 4:45 in the morning. You should be sleeping — we all should be — but you’re not. You’re laying there as the minutes tick away, thinking about… what, exactly? One sleepless night, Nora took to Twitter to see what was keeping you…
Mini-Season Ep 1: Not The Bummer Olympics
Mar 6 • 15 min
So many people start off their stories by saying that it doesn’t compare to what happened to someone else. But this isn’t a game of Who Has It Worse, so why do we act like there is some sort of imaginary yardstick for struggling? This is the first episode…
10: Semper Fi
Jan 30 • 36 min
When Nora McInerny’s dad died, she lost his stories. The ones that she’s not sure she can can’t quite remember right, and the ones she never knew. Like those from his time as a Recon Marine in Vietnam. So Nora decides to look up some of the men he served…
9: Under a Cloud of Loss
Jan 23 • 47 min
Damon’s grandparents were murdered 18 months before he was born. And, for the first time in his life, he prepares to see his grandparents’ murderer face to face.
8: The Middle Place
Jan 16 • 34 min
For most of us, death is scary. And what happens next is just as mysterious. But what if we could see death as something beautiful? Or holy? Sarah Gottfried and Heather Olson share their experiences of being with people who are transitioning from this…
7: Unbroken
Jan 9 • 45 min
Sexual violence thrives in silence, and it’s hard to talk about…so we don’t. But rape survivor Sarah Super refuses to be quiet, and has dedicated her life to helping other survivors Break the Silence.
6: A Henry Sky
Jan 2 • 40 min
Colleen Barton is a pediatrician, a wife, and a mother to a beautiful son named Henry. Since Henry’s stillbirth, Colleen and her husband have been working to build their family while dealing with miscarriage and secondary infertility.
5: Help Me Remember
Dec 26, 2016 • 41 min
Dawn Pereda is a nurse who was injured by a patient while working. And this injury resulted in a brain injury that has changed her life completely. Dawn and her family open up about what it can be like living with Traumatic Brain Injury, grieving for the…
4: Me, Too
Dec 19, 2016 • 39 min
Danni Starr had everything she wanted: an enviable career, a husband, and, finally…her first baby. But off the air, motherhood was not what she expected it to be. She had taken all the classes, read all the books, bought all the stuff…but nothing had…
3: Happy(ish) Holidays
Dec 12, 2016 • 53 min
Two days after Nora’s husband Aaron died, she celebrated Thanksgiving with her family. Well…maybe not “celebrated.” Actually, why would you do that? Try to be normal when clearly everything isn’t? But every year millions of people do the same thing during…
2: I’ve Made a Huge Mistake
Dec 5, 2016 • 47 min
The year is 2007. Eva Hagberg is a 20-something writer snagging bylines in the New York Times by day, and partying herself stupid by night. It is all going great, until she gets her big break, and her big breakdown…