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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 (It's Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too)) 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.


Episode #41: The Stories We Tell

June 26, 2018 · Duration: 42:22 · Play

Stories from our parents and grandparents are a sort of intergenerational game of telephone – even the ones we think we know for sure change as they are told and retold. Check out our sponsors: Talkspace — with promo code TTFA Blue Apron — Brooklinen — with promo code THANKS Here are […]

Episode #40: Expect Good Things

June 19, 2018 · Duration: 44:34 · Play

Life as a 20-something guy with stage IV lung cancer, including some very important life advice regarding travel. Check out our sponsors: Talkspace – promo code TTFA FabFitFun – promo code TERRIBLE Children’s Cancer Research Fund

Episode #39: Natalie

June 12, 2018 · Duration: 43:06 · Play

The punishment is supposed to fit the crime. But sometimes, when the sentence is served, the punishment is far from over. Check out our sponsors this week: Children’s Cancer Fund — Ritual – Molekule — with promo code THANKS

Episode #38: About Bob

June 5, 2018 · Duration: 51:30 · Play

This is a story about a dad who is sometimes a stranger, often a mystery, and always loved anyways. Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace — with promo code TTFA Brooklinen — with promo code THANKS RXBar — with promo code THANKS

Episode #37: Fairy Dust

May 29, 2018 · Duration: 40:17 · Play

Lesly is a mother of three and a three-time cancer haver (there may be a more medical term for that) living on borrowed time. When the treatment you need is out of your reach, what the heck do you do? Check out our sponsors this week: with promo code TTFA with […]

Episode #36: Rose Tulip

May 22, 2018 · Duration: 44:34 · Play

Captain Rosemarie Chapman flies airplanes for the Air Force. She met her boyfriend, a fellow soldier, and fell deeply in love. But a deployment to Afghanistan ends their relationship abruptly. And soon, Rosemarie is faced with meeting his family in an unexpected circumstance. Sponsors: Children’s Cancer Research Fund – Nutrafol – Talkspace – […]

Episode #35: The Gold And The Broken Bits

May 15, 2018 · Duration: 37:45 · Play

Chris was brought up to be positive. And to get on with it no matter what. But getting on with it isn’t always so easy when others won’t make room for you to be a full person.

Episode #34: Karen

May 8, 2018 · Duration: 48:04 · Play

Sometimes a person’s absence can become a presence. A dark, unspoken void that can suck you right in if you don’t address it.

Episode #33: Witness

May 1, 2018 · Duration: 43:40 · Play

What’s worse: keeping the people you love at a distance, or showing them your true colors and losing them forever? Patricia doesn’t want to find out.

Episode #32: Bryson’s Purpose

March 27, 2018 · Duration: 44:43 · Play

Chelsey and Kevin are parents, public servants, and two people just trying to make sense of the absolutely senseless. If this is God’s plan, I have a word or two for God.

Episode #31: Transformation

March 20, 2018 · Duration: 44:11 · Play

It’s not just a hashtag. Transformation is inevitable (and not always a choice). But nothing transforms us more than love.

Episode #30: Route 91

March 13, 2018 · Duration: 46:50 · Play

On the eve of Kelli’s 25th birthday, she found herself running for her life in a dystopian nightmare. It was supposed to be an incredible weekend to celebrate the dawn of a new phase of her life. Instead, it was the deadliest mass shooting (so far) in America.

Episode #29: If/Then

March 6, 2018 · Duration: 36:34 · Play

Charlotte’s career is built on organized chaos. As an Operating Room nurse, she has a protocol for every tragedy, a THEN for every IF. Until one night, when she takes a new route home, and everything changes.

Episode #27: The Use of These Memories

February 20, 2018 · Duration: 35:48 · Play

There’s a thin line between life and death. Between what’s here — now — and what was. Between what’s here — now — and what will be. Taz Ahmed knows about that line. In a dark house in Kathmandu, she and her aging grandfather toe up to it to look for her mother.

Episode #26: Perfectly

February 13, 2018 · Duration: 44:50 · Play

Sometimes, it all just falls into place. For Megan and Clark, a one-week span showed how things can work out perfectly to create the best days of your life… and the worst.

Episode #25: The Broken Places

February 6, 2018 · Duration: 45:55 · Play

When the world breaks everything, when everything is The Absolute Worst, you’re lucky if you have people to lean on. You’re even luckier if they’re your siblings. Meet Alex, David and Liza Achilli. Which… I really wanted to call this episode The Achilli’s Heal, but I just… I couldn’t do it. Or could I?

Episode #24: Incompatible With Life

December 12, 2017 · Duration: 35:43 · Play

At 32 weeks pregnant, Cat and Jim find themselves planning for their son’s death while hoping for his birth. This is a story of a life and a death, extraordinary in every way.

Episode #23: Live with Dessa, Alyssa Limperis and Geoffrey Wilson

December 5, 2017 · Duration: 52:16 · Play

TTFA is live from the historic Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul, MN! Featuring conversation with writer/rapper/entrepreneur Dessa, who took to science to overcome a bad love. And with comedian Alyssa Limperis, whose father died of glioblastoma. So funny! Plus, music from the amazing composer of our theme song, Geoffrey Wilson.

Episode #22: Happy(ish) Holidays II

November 28, 2017 · Duration: 52:31 · Play

Lauren’s brother died at Thanksgiving. And her mother at Christmas. So… this time of year it’s not all Ho Ho Ho for her. Or for a lot of other people. Because the Holidays can really and truly suck for some. So we’re back with our second annual Holiday radio extravaganza that will once again bedazzle […]

Episode #21: Introducing Childhood

November 21, 2017 · Duration: 28:58 · Play

Malena is 10 years old, and she worries a lot. About her grades. About her procrastination. About her dad. Especially about her dad. Kids are the best. They’re smart and funny and deeply empathetic. And they – and their thoughts and feelings – deserve to be taken seriously. Why are we saying this? Because we […]

Episode #20: The Truth We Live

November 14, 2017 · Duration: 36:48 · Play

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.

Episode #19: What Does All This Loss Mean?

November 7, 2017 · Duration: 48:30 · Play

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.

Episode #18: Chapter 2

October 31, 2017 · Duration: 35:03 · Play

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.