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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.

EPISODES


Episode #66: Concentric Circles

March 19, 2019 · Duration: 49:50 · Play

In the first of three episodes from Pittsburgh, PA, we talk with three women about how the ripple effects from a shared public tragedy have affected their lives. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora’s Instagram is @noraborealis. You can pre-order Nora’s new book – No Happy Endings […]


Episode #65: Sad and Lucky

March 12, 2019 · Duration: 44:33 · Play

Sad! And Lucky! Those are things you can be! Includes an essay from Nora’s book, No Happy Endings, available where books are sold except like, Walgreeens. But always at noraborealis.com/book. 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 […]


Episode #64: WWJD?

March 5, 2019 · Duration: 48:53 · Play

Jenny and Michelle are twins. Twin telepathy, switching places, the whole deal. Pat and Teddy are big parts of Jenny and Michelle’s lives, but no one has been HERE before. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora’s Instagram is @noraborealis. You can pre-order Nora’s new book – No […]


Episode #63: The Intended Outcome

February 26, 2019 · Duration: 44:33 · Play

Deya and Sandra are two moms who are stuck at the intersection of maternal love and uncertainty. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora’s Instagram is @noraborealis. You can pre-order Nora’s new book – No Happy Endings – from her website at noraborealis.com/book TTFA is public media. Which […]


Episode #62: The Bride Price

February 19, 2019 · Duration: 59:00 · Play

Every wedding has a at least a little bit of drama. For Mai Neng Moua and her mother, Yer Vu, their mother/daughter wedding drama was about who they were, and who they wanted to be. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora’s Instagram is @noraborealis. You can pre-order […]


Episode #61: A Bailey Moment

February 12, 2019 · Duration: 42:45 · Play

Parenting is *never* what you expect it to be. Maiya knows that as well as anyone. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora’s Instagram is @noraborealis. You can pre-order Nora’s new book – No Happy Endings – from her website at noraborealis.com/book TTFA is public media. Which means […]


Episode #60: The Treatment

February 5, 2019 · Duration: 50:35 · Play

Rachel Haines makes everything look easy. Even when things are very very very not easy. A gymnast, a competitor, and a champion, Rachel endures and survives… with a smile. Rachel’s book is out April 12. You can pre-order it here. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora’s Instagram […]


Episode #59: Where Are They Now?

January 29, 2019 · Duration: 56:22 · Play

Our episodes end. Obviously. But the lives whose stories we tell… they keep going. So today we are going to get back in touch with some old friends and see what has happened and what they’ve been up to since we first got to know them. WARNING – spoilers ahead for some past episodes of […]


Listen to This: The Slowdown

January 23, 2019 · Duration: 17:07 · Play

Need a slight daily readjustment of your point of view? A moment to focus and meditate on something besides your to-do list? We want to introduce you to The Slowdown. It’s a podcast we love where every weekday, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith delivers a different way to see the world — through poetry. […]


Episode #58: Happy(ish) Holidays III

November 27, 2018 · Duration: 51:00 · Play

In our final episode of the season we are talking about… The Holidays. Which are a time of reflection and anticipation. Of looking back at what we did… and what was done to us. We will hear from comedian and writer Alyssa Limperis and the shine-it-up Holiday letter she wrote the year her dad died […]


Episode #57: Don’t Should Yourself

November 20, 2018 · Duration: 40:34 · Play

Two things that grief brings you: Kleenex and hotdish. Two other things? Anger and people telling you what you should do. This week, stories about grief, anger and Hans’ Gramma, written and read by Nora. You can pre-order Nora’s new book – “No Happy Endings” – from her website at noraborealis.com/book You can catch up […]


Episode #56: Birthright

November 13, 2018 · Duration: 47:16 · Play

Sheridan’s dad died by suicide when she was 6 years old. And for years she feared that was his legacy. And her birthright. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora’s Instagram is @noraborealis. Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace — talkspace.com/ttfa Third Love — thirdlove.com/terrible For Hers […]


Episode #55: T-T-T-Today, Junior!

November 6, 2018 · Duration: 42:52 · Play

Did I stutter? Erin did. Erin does. And here’s what it’s like to live with a speech impediment that people still make jokes about. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora’s Instagram is @noraborealis. Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace — talkspace.com/ttfa Calm– calm.com Brooklinen — brooklinen.com […]


Episode #54: The Skydiving Belle And The Butterfly

October 30, 2018 · Duration: 45:11 · Play

I’ve heard there are like, seven circles of hell? Ashley’s been to at least six of them. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora’s Instagram is @noraborealis. Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace — talkspace.com/ttfa Blue Apron — blueapron.com/thanks Red Wing Shoes — redwing.com Awaytravel.com — awaytravel.com/thanks […]


Episode #53: The Beautiful Ones

October 23, 2018 · Duration: 39:16 · Play

If we’re lucky, we can learn to love ourselves. But if we love the way we look? Well, people tend to look down on that. But not Gigi. Gigi loves herself. And how she looks. And you know what? YOU SHOULD, TOO. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. […]


Episode #52: Heather

October 17, 2018 · Duration: 46:53 · Play

It’s winter in Kansas, and Heather is back in her hometown, facing her abuser for the first time. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora’s Instagram is @noraborealis. Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace — talkspace.com/ttfa Blue Apron — blueapron.com/thanks Third Love — thirdlove.com/terrible Red Wing Shoes […]


Episode #51: Nebach

October 9, 2018 · Duration: 50:15 · Play

Dating is tough. Especially when there’s strict expectations and rules. And ESPECIALLY when you finally find someone… and they don’t turn out to be who you expected. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora’s Instagram is @noraborealis. Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace — talkspace.com/ttfa Brooklinen — […]


Episode #50: Soooo OCD

October 2, 2018 · Duration: 57:21 · Play

OCD is one of those acronyms we use to say, “I’m a little quirky” or “I like my room to be VERY clean.” But what does it mean to actually live with OCD? I have no idea, so we asked people who do. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using […]


Episode #49: What Do You Say About Suicide? (Part 2)

September 25, 2018 · Duration: 40:01 · Play

We’re *still* not done talking about suicide. And neither are you. If you’re looking for resources on suicide, here are some good places to start: Be The One To – https://www.bethe1to.com National Alliance on Mental Illness – https://www.nami.org National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – afsp.org/about-suicide/suicide-statistics Center for Disease […]


Episode #48: What Do You Say About Suicide? (Part 1)

September 18, 2018 · Duration: 45:51 · Play

You know what people hate talking about? Dreams. Politics. Religion. Your birth story. Also: suicide. Which is why we asked you to talk about it for us. For resources on suicide and mental health, nami.org has a wealth of great mental health resources. Text NAMI to 741741 for immediate support. You can catch up with […]


Episode #47: Nathan

September 11, 2018 · Duration: 53:44 · Play

Nathan grew up knowing he was different. And what scared him more than who he is, was the idea that who he is was at odds with God, and his family, and the world he belonged to. thetrevorproject.org provides crises intervention for LGBTQ+ youth. Text TREVOR to 1.202.304.1200 for support. You can catch up with […]


Episode #46: Two Letters

September 4, 2018 · Duration: 49:52 · Play

Annie’s husband Jim died by suicide. After his death, she got into a bad space of her own. Then came the letters. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace – talkspace.com/ttfa Blue Apron – blueapron.com/thanks Casper – casper.com/asking


Episode #45: How Are You?

August 28, 2018 · Duration: 31:51 · Play

No, like, really. We ask this question of all of our guests, but we asked you, too. And you answered! You’re…all over the place. And that’s okay. PS– please help Nora make #fansofhans happen. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace — […]


Episode #44: Ripped From The Headlines

August 21, 2018 · Duration: 49:05 · Play

The murder of Nation’s wife was headline news around the country. But the headlines can only tell you so much. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Check out our sponsors this week: Blue Apron – blueapron.com/thanks Talkspace – talkspace.com/ttfa The Great Courses Plus – thegreatcoursesplus.com/thanks