Terrible, Thanks For Asking

Terrible, Thanks For Asking

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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May 18, 2021 51 min

In our last episode, you met Leticia and her son Anthony. At the end of part one, things were finally looking good for both mother and son: Anthony had just welcomed his own daughter into the world; Leticia had married a wonderful man and was settling into life in the suburbs. But mental illness is a vicious beast, and in this episode, Leticia revisits 2017 — the last year of Anthony’s life. 

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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 generational trauma. This is part one of Leticia and Anthony’s story. Part two coming next week.

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May 4, 2021 56 min

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 @ttfa...

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April 27, 2021 40 min

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.

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April 20, 2021 48 min

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. 

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April 13, 2021 53 min

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. 

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April 6, 2021 47 min

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.

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March 30, 2021 42 min

Gaby Dunn is a Podcaster, a YouTuber, a Writer, an Actor..and a bi-con. She’s bi-sexual, bi-polar and talking to us about all of it.

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March 23, 2021 36 min

Cynthia is a Latina adult woman living with autism. In this episode, she lets us in on her world, what her life was like growing up, and what she experiences today as an autistic adult.

Oh! Also, Cynthia made a Spotify playlist just for you, dear listener. You can find it here.

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March 16, 2021 52 min

Teresa fantasized about falling in love as much as any other teenager growing up. But because Teresa never saw people like her on TV or in movies — people living with disabilities — she could never really SEE herself having that kind of romantic relationship. That all changes when Teresa heads off to college.

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March 9, 2021 46 min

Leah loves to make things. Growing up, she loved to draw and paint. In college, she started her own comic. As an adult, she’s built tiny homes from scratch. And after an unexpected accident, she’s tasked with finding new ways to be the maker she’s always been.

You can support Leah’s greeting card business at tinyandsnail.com

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Gina became a caregiver at a young age. By age 6, she was emotionally responsible for her mother, her brothers and herself, and she learned to mute her own needs for the sake of others. As an adult, she’s still shaking off the long-term effects of being parentified and learning to attend to her own human needs.

Information about Prader-Willi syndrome & additional resources:

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February 23, 2021 42 min

Caregiving has always been hard work, and heart work. It has always been challenging, rewarding, grueling and life-giving. It has always been work worth doing, and work whose worth is challenged, or hard to quantify. And adding COVID to the mix…didn’t help. This episode is filled with stories from caregivers; people who were thrust into this role by COVID, or found the role further complicated by COVID. It is a reminder that you ar...

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Care connects all of us. In this episode, we talk to Jonny, a domestic worker, and Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance about the people who take care of our homes, our families and our communities — the people whose work makes the rest of our work possible.

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February 9, 2021 50 min

It’s not just dying that is hard. It's not just the prospect of death. It's the recognition of it. It’s the conversation around it... which is often no conversation at all. In this episode, we talk with Dr. Sunita Puri about care at the end of life — and why we need to start having those tough conversations.

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February 2, 2021 40 min

America is in a care crisis. Women are leaving the workforce in staggering numbers, buckling under the pressure of managing the responsibilities of the household on top of their work. In this episode, we talk with Eve Rodsky and re-examine what it means to value care and time in your own household.

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January 26, 2021 32 min

After losing his mother and his first wife Karen, Mark found new love with Melissa, one of the nurses who took care of Karen in her final days. They’re working together to overcome Mark’s fear of more loss, more death. And now, they’re ready to have children.  

Update 1/26: Correction: The original version did not include context about Melissa and Mark’s decision to not go through with chemotherapy. Even with chemotherapy, Isla only...

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January 19, 2021 32 min

There are (many) crossroads in a relationship, but Mark is at a big one: his girlfriend Melissa wants kids, and he doesn’t. In part 1 of this story, we explore how a difficult choice becomes a simple one, and what it means to embrace life in the face of loss.

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January 12, 2021 37 min

Way back in 2017, we did two episodes with Nora’s friend Chelsea, who was sure she was going to be alone FOREVER...and then met Brian. Their relationship was complicated by Brian’s relationship to alcohol and for years, people have been asking what happened. In this episode, you’ll find out.


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January 5, 2021 40 min

Are stars just like us? After a conversation with Busy Philipps… you will 100% think so. Hers is a story of finding and owning your weirdness, using revenge as a fuel source to drive you to success, and what to do when you get what you want and it doesn’t feel the way you thought it would.

After we recorded and mixed this episode, Busy announced on her podcast that her child Birdie uses they/them pronouns.

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