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Terrible, Thanks For Asking

It’s a question we ask (and get asked) all the time: “How are you?” And normally we just respond with “Fine!” even if we’re totally dying inside, so everyone can go about their day.But it’s not always all that fine, is it?“Terrible, Thanks For Asking” is a show by author Nora McInerny that lets real people get real honest about how they’re really doing. It’s sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and almost always both.Produced by Nora McInerny and Feelings & Co.

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Blocked and Reported

When Natalie Weaver stepped into the media spotlight to advocate for her 8-year-old daughter Sophia’s right to health care, she expected some pushback. She didn’t expect the flood of online hate and death threats that came her way … or for images of Sophia to end up on the wrong, hurtful, abusive side of the Internet. Learn more about Natalie’s work for families with medically fragile kids at Sophias-Voice.com.Support our new independent production (and get bonus content galore!) by joining TTFA Premium. We now offer tiers as low as $4.99 / month. Sign up.Our email subscribers get first dibs on ticket sales, new merch, show announcements and more. Join our mailing list here.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter  and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46mins

7 Dec 2022

Rank #1

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When Surviving Is Enough, From "A Slight Change of Plans"

If you’ve listened to our show, at all, ever, you know that grief has been a big part of Nora’s life since 2014 when she lost her husband Aaron. Since then, she’s built this show, her writing, and much of her life around helping others navigate their own grief.Despite all this, Nora never felt like she was doing enough, until the events of 2021 forced her to slow down and re-examine her grief once again.Nora recently appeared on the podcast "A Slight Change of Plans" with Dr. Maya Shankar, where she shared for the first time the story of why 2021 was, in Nora’s words, her worst year since 2014. It’s a raw and honest conversation about long-term grief, and we knew we had to share it here.You can find "A Slight Change of Plans" on their website or wherever you get your podcasts.We're coming to your living room on December 6th with a *new* and terrible holiday show! RSVP for Happyish Holidays here.Read the episode transcript here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

51mins

22 Nov 2022

Rank #2

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Army Wife

Death by suicide has long been a problem within the U.S. military, and not just among veterans: In 2020, suicide rates among active duty service members hit a six-year high.On August 28th, 2015, Heather’s husband Tyler became one of those statistics.Theirs is a story of friendship, of love, of family, of service and duty … and of trauma, domestic abuse and mental illness.If you’re experiencing thoughts of suicide, you can call or text 988. If you’re a victim of domestic violence and want out, you can call the National Domestic Violence hotline. You’re not alone.References:  Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide Common Factors in Military Domestic Homicides: Implications for Prevention and Intervention  Military Versus Civilian Murder-Suicide Military Suicide Rates Are at an All-Time High Support our new independent production (and get bonus content galore!) by joining TTFA Premium. We now offer tiers as low as $4.99 / month. Sign up.Our email subscribers get first dibs on ticket sales, new merch, show announcements and more. Join our mailing list here.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter  and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.Read the transcript for this episode here.HAPPYISH HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE! Join us for a live show in-person or via livestream on December 6th. Tickets here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

52mins

15 Nov 2022

Rank #3

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Between Two Widows

Michael Allio was a fan favorite on Katie Thurston’s season of “The Bachelorette,” applauded for the vulnerability he showed as he talked about losing his wife, Laura, to cancer and raising his son James without his mom. Losing a partner to cancer? Raising a young son on your own? Sounds familiar!Michael came across Nora’s TED Talk shortly after Laura died, and when he reached out to the podcast, we knew we had to get these two on a call together. That call became a TTFA Premium episode. Now, if you’re a Bachelor Nation fan, you know that Michael is on the current season of “Bachelor in Paradise,” where he’s been speaking to his grief and loss and the difficulty of dating again in general … but especially on national television. We’re re-airing this episode in our main feed here today for all of you Bachelor Nation fans who want some more insight into Michael’s ~*journey*~ (yes, that’s a Bachelor joke). If you like it, and want more bonus content like this, sign up for TTFA Premium at www.ttfa.org/premium. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 24mins

8 Nov 2022

Rank #4

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After The Headlines

In the early morning hours of June 24th, 2021, an apartment complex in Surfside, Florida collapsed out of nowhere, killing 98 people – including Patty’s mom, Maggie. It’s difficult enough to lose a loved one to an unthinkable tragedy. It’s exceptionally awful when you’re forced to watch them die over and over again on national television.—Support our new independent production (and get bonus content galore!) by joining TTFA Premium. We now offer tiers as low as $4.99 / month. Sign up.Our email subscribers get first dibs on ticket sales, new merch, show announcements and more. Join our mailing list here.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter  and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.Read the transcript for this episode here.References: One year after Surfside condo collapse in Florida, a legal settlement is approved Experienced Team From Israel Helps Search Through Florida Condo Debris Dozens Of People Are Missing After A 12-Story Florida Condo Partly Collapsed —This week's sponsors: KiwiCo: kiwico.com/TERRIBLEGreen Chef: greenchef.com/TTFA135, use code TTFA135 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47mins

25 Oct 2022

Rank #5

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Bad Vibes Only

The vibes aren't good. They're not even decent. They're bad.Nora's new book, BAD VIBES ONLY, is available today wherever you buy books!—TTFA is on tour now! Come see Nora perform LIVE!Tuesday, October 11 - Los Angeles, CASaturday, October 15 - Philadelphia, PASunday, October 16 - Brooklyn, NYMonday, October 17 - Washington, DCTuesday, October 18 - Boston, MAWednesday, October 19 - Toronto, ONFriday, October 21 - Chicago, ILSaturday, October 22 -  St. Paul, MN Support our new independent production (and get bonus content galore!) by joining TTFA Premium. We now offer tiers as low as $4.99 / month. Sign up.Our email subscribers get first dibs on ticket sales, new merch, show announcements and more. Join our mailing list here.You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter  and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.Read the transcript for this episode here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

37mins

11 Oct 2022

Rank #6

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Update: The Beautiful Ones

Four years ago, Nora sat down with her friend Gigi to tell the story of … Gigi’s face. It was a story about confidence and beauty (and beauty standards) and chronic illness, and it has touched so many people since we first aired it. Today, you’ll hear that first conversation with Gigi, plus an important update on what’s going on with Gigi’s health … and with her face.Gigi runs a shop called Gigi’s Flair Emporium. Check it out! She also has a GoFundMe here.TTFA is coming to your city October 7th - 22nd with an all-new live show, and tickets are on sale now! Friday, October 7 - San Francisco, CASunday, October 9 - Seattle, WAMonday, October 10 - Portland, ORTuesday, October 11 - Los Angeles, CASaturday, October 15 - Philadelphia, PASunday, October 16 - Brooklyn, NYMonday, October 17 - Washington, DCTuesday, October 18 - Boston, MAWednesday, October 19 - Toronto, ONFriday, October 21 - Chicago, ILSaturday, October 22 -  St. Paul, MN Support our new independent production (and get bonus content galore!) by joining TTFA Premium. We now offer tiers as low as $4.99 / month. Sign up.Our email subscribers get first dibs on ticket sales, new merch, show announcements and more. Join our mailing list here.Did you know we’re on TikTok? Yep, it’s true. Follow Nora. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter  and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.Read the transcript for this episode here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

56mins

27 Sep 2022

Rank #7

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Para-Mom

When Leah Nixon woke up in the hospital after a construction accident and learned she was paralyzed from the chest down, she wondered how she’d go about starting a family someday. In this episode, she gives us a glimpse into her daily life as a “para-mom” to her 9-month-old daughter, Ellie. Leah’s company is called Tiny & Snail and they make adorable cards and stationery.Read the episode transcript here.TTFA is coming to your city October 7th - 22nd with an all-new live show experience, and tickets are on sale now! Friday, October 7 - San Francisco, CASunday, October 9 - Seattle, WAMonday, October 10 - Portland, ORTuesday, October 11 - Los Angeles, CASaturday, October 15 - Philadelphia, PASunday, October 16 - Brooklyn, NYMonday, October 17 - Washington, DCTuesday, October 18 - Boston, MAWednesday, October 19 - Toronto, ONFriday, October 21 - Chicago, ILSaturday, October 22 -  St. Paul, MN Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46mins

20 Sep 2022

Rank #8

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Overthinking About You

Allison Raskin was just 4 years old the first time she told her parents she wanted to die. Within weeks, the preschooler was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder and depression. In this episode, we talk with Allison and her mother Ruth about raising a child with severe mental illness and what Allison’s world looks like today as an adult living with OCD. You can buy Allison’s book “Overthinking About You” at your favorite book place.TTFA is coming to your city October 7th - 22nd with an all-new live show experience, and tickets are on sale now! Get yours here.Support our new independent production (and get bonus content galore!) by joining TTFA Premium. We now offer tiers as low as $4.99 / month. Sign up.Our email subscribers get first dibs on ticket sales, new merch, show announcements and more. Join our mailing list here. Read the episode transcript here.Our social media:TTFA on InstagramTTFA on FacebookNora on InstagramNora on FacebookNora on TikTok Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47mins

13 Sep 2022

Rank #9

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Born Fat

Genna is fat. They are also queer and nonbinary. All of these things can make a person feel marginalized in a straight, cisgender, thin-obsessed society … but for Genna, it’s being fat that’s hardest.TTFA is coming to your city October 7th - 22nd with an all-new live show experience, and tickets are on sale now! Get yours here.For more information about The Hartford, click here. Support our new independent production (and get bonus content galore!) by joining TTFA Premium. We now offer tiers as low as $4.99 / month. Sign up.Our email subscribers get first dibs on ticket sales, new merch, show announcements and more. Join our mailing list here. (Don’t worry, we send like maybe 1 email a month).Did you know we’re on TikTok? Yep, it’s true. Follow Nora here.To read the episode transcript, click here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

44mins

6 Sep 2022

Rank #10