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Terrible, Thanks For Asking

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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 and notable widow (her words) Nora McInerny, this is a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talkin… read more

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Sad Nora and the Secret Baby

November 21st, 2016


Nora McInerny is in love with two men. With one man, who died two years ago this week, she has a child. And last week she had a child with the other.

She didn’t tell many people about the new baby. Or her pregnancy. …

In Love and Memory

November 28th, 2016


Toddlers Ralphie and Bronson have lived most of their young lives with dead fathers. Their mothers - Nora and Moe Richardson - struggle to understand how to help their boys remember the dads they won’t know directly. …

I’ve Made a Huge Mistake

December 5th, 2016


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’s all going great, until she gets her big break, and her big breakdown...

Happy(ish) Holidays

December 12th, 2016


Two days after Nora’s husband Aaron died, she celebrated Thanksgiving with her family. Well...maybe not “celebrated.” Actually, why would you do …

Me, Too

December 19th, 2016


Danni Starr had everything she wanted: an enviable career, a husband, and, finally...her first baby. But off the air, motherhood wasn’t what she expected it to be. She had taken all the classes, read all the books, …

Help Me Remember

December 26th, 2016


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. …

A Henry Sky

January 2nd, 2017


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 …


January 9th, 2017


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 …

The Middle Place

January 16th, 2017


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 …

Under a Cloud of Loss

January 23rd, 2017


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.

Semper Fi

January 30th, 2017


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 …

Not The Bummer Olympics

March 6th, 2017


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 …

Are You Up?

March 14th, 2017


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 …

#trypod with The Hilarious World of Depression

March 27th, 2017


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? …

Is It OK?

April 10th, 2017


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 …

To Michael

April 17th, 2017


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 …

19 Hours Ago

April 25th, 2017


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 …

Naomi + Khaleel

June 7th, 2017


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 …

Dear Grown-ups

June 13th, 2017


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 …

Love Hurts

July 19th, 2017


When Lea Thau’s fiancé 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 …

The Ending Matters

September 6th, 2017


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 …

Horrible and Wonderful and Figuring it Out

September 11th, 2017


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, …


September 18th, 2017


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 …

Baby Huey

September 20th, 2017


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 …

Best Friends Forever

September 25th, 2017


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 …

Forever Alone? (Part 1)

October 3rd, 2017


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 …

Forever Alone? (Part 2)

October 10th, 2017


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 …

Esther Perel Live at Now Hear This Festival

October 17th, 2017


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 …

Unbroken (#metoo)

October 24th, 2017


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 …

Chapter 2

October 31st, 2017


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 …

What Does All This Loss Mean?

November 7th, 2017


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 …

The Truth We Live

November 14th, 2017


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.

Introducing Childhood

November 21st, 2017


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 …

Happy(ish) Holidays II

November 28th, 2017


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 …

Live with Dessa, Alyssa Limperis and Geoffrey Wilson

December 5th, 2017


TTFA is live from the historic Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul, MN! Featuring conversation with writer/rapper/entrepreneur Dessa, who took to …

Incompatible With Life

December 12th, 2017


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.

The Broken Places

February 6th, 2018


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 …


February 13th, 2018


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.

The Use of These Memories

February 20th, 2018


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 …

Revenge of the Porn

February 27th, 2018


The INTERNET never forgets (dang it). 


March 6th, 2018


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 …

Route 91

March 13th, 2018


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 …


March 20th, 2018


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

Bryson’s Purpose

March 27th, 2018


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 …


May 1st, 2018


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.


May 8th, 2018


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.

The Gold And The Broken Bits

May 15th, 2018


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 …

Rose Tulip

May 22nd, 2018


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 …

Fairy Dust

May 29th, 2018


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 …

About Bob

June 5th, 2018


This is a story about a dad who is sometimes a stranger, often a mystery, and always loved anyways.

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June 12th, 2018


The punishment is supposed to fit the crime. But sometimes, when the sentence is served, the punishment is far from over.

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Expect Good Things

June 19th, 2018


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 …

The Stories We Tell

June 26th, 2018


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 …

Listen to This: Reply All — An Ad for the Worst Day of Your Life

July 10th, 2018


Matt's wife died a decade ago. Now, everywhere he goes on the internet, he can't escape advertisements for clickbait sites with her picture on it. This week, Super Tech Support tries to help out.

Further reading:

Matt's …

Listen to This: Forever35 – Just Say No with Nora McInerny

July 18th, 2018


This week Nora wants you to listen to an amazing podcast called Forever35. Kate Spencer and Doree Shafrir talk about self-care and how to get some in their (and your) lives. On this episode, they also talk to an …

Listen to This: Borrowed Interest — Difficult Women

July 26th, 2018


Borrowed Interest is a podcast hosted by three ad-women of color -- Leeya Jackson, Shareina Chandler, and Amalia Nicholson - kicking it in the …

Listen to This: TBTL — What The Hell Is An Orange Julius?

August 1st, 2018


Nora steps in to guest host the podcast that just might be Too Beautiful To Live -- a delightful daily show about life, current events, pop culture, …


August 7th, 2018


You Only Live Once... unless you're Leilani. This week - a heart, a transplant, and a mystery.

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So Many Things At Once

August 14th, 2018


Third time's the charm, except for when it's the third time your life has been completely upended. Then it's extremely disruptive. Maybe Tinder could …

Ripped From The Headlines

August 21st, 2018


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 …

How Are You?

August 28th, 2018


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 …

Two Letters

September 4th, 2018


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 …


September 11th, 2018


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. provides crises …

What Do You Say About Suicide? (Part 1)

September 18th, 2018


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 …

What Do You Say About Suicide? (Part 2)

September 25th, 2018


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 -

National Alliance on Mental …

Soooo OCD

October 2nd, 2018


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 …


October 9th, 2018


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 …

Update on Nebach

October 17th, 2018


A quick update and clarification on Episode 51.


October 17th, 2018


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.

The Beautiful Ones

October 23rd, 2018


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 …

The Skydiving Belle And The Butterfly

October 30th, 2018


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 …

T-T-T-Today, Junior!

November 6th, 2018


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. …


November 13th, 2018


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 …

Don’t Should Yourself

November 20th, 2018


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 …

Happy(ish) Holidays III

November 27th, 2018


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 …

Listen to This: The Slowdown

January 23rd, 2019


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. …

Where Are They Now?

January 29th, 2019


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 …

The Treatment

February 5th, 2019


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 …

A Bailey Moment

February 12th, 2019


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 …

The Bride Price

February 19th, 2019


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

The Intended Outcome

February 26th, 2019


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 …


March 5th, 2019


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 …

Sad and Lucky

March 12th, 2019


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, …

Concentric Circles

March 19th, 2019


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

Their Day

March 26th, 2019


Days can be significant for many reasons. For many people. At the same time.

In our second of three episodes from Pittsburgh, PA, two stories of parallel lives on a big day.

You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram,

A Way of Seeing The World

April 2nd, 2019


"Stronger Than Hate" is what everyone said in response to the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue. But what does that mean? In this third and final episode in our series from Pittsburgh, we talk to all types of …

Listen To This: TED Talks Daily

April 16th, 2019


While we are away for a few weeks we want to make sure you are listening to what we're listening to. And what we're doing.

So today, an episode of the podcast TED Talks Daily, where hear a new TED talk every day. And …

Listen to This: Hope Chest

April 30th, 2019


We love this podcast, and we want you to hear it.

Hope Chest is a personal essay audio series written, produced, edited, and sound-designed by Stacia Brown. It tackles motherhood, single- and co-parenting, raising a …

Happy Friggin’ Mother’s Day

May 7th, 2019


It's that special time of year again. Where we look long and hard at our own mothers. And at ourselves as mothers. So... how does everyone measure up?

You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using …

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone

May 21st, 2019


As a psychotherapist, Lori Gottlieb sees her role as helping patients understand their stories. But how does she help a patient understand a story in …


May 28th, 2019


Cane Roberts has lived in a number of places, but which places can he actually call home?

You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.

You can …


June 11th, 2019


Even when life is going great, sometimes you still feel all the feelings. And you want to ask Nora about them.

You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is


June 18th, 2019


Food is a social and psychological minefield. How much do you think about what you eat? How much do you think you should think about what you eat? …

A Face In The Crowd

June 25th, 2019


Constance wanted to be a face in the crowd, not the face of the event. But sometimes we don’t have control of our own stories.

You can catch up with …

Listen to This: Brains On!

August 13th, 2019


Feelings! We all have them! So what are they and where do they come from?

The amazing show Brains On! has a new series that explores the science of feelings. We love this and want you to listen, so we're giving you a …

It Just Happens

August 27th, 2019


There are things - like the death of a child - that are unimaginable. Actually, we'd mostly just prefer not to imagine them. But for some people, like Jayson and Stacy, that thing is their reality. Sometimes it just …

Ryan + Tiffany

September 3rd, 2019


We learn about gender - and how we SHOULD express it - from... just about everywhere. Sometimes we choose to question and examine those shoulds. And …

Love, Babs

September 10th, 2019


A lot of people share a national tragedy. But not everyone shares it personally.

You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.

TTFA is public media. …

An update on Horrible and Wonderful and Figuring It Out

September 17th, 2019


We have an update on a past episode!

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 …

Former Life

September 24th, 2019


Some changes you anticipate. They are eagerly awaited — sometimes you work for them. And some changes just jump out at you and turn everything upside down. But no matter what, when change happens, you go from your …

The Americans

October 1st, 2019


When something is a symbol, it might not reflect reality. And when something is a policy, It might not reflect the humanity of any one individual.

Emily + Brian

October 8th, 2019


Love is like... a rollercoaster. Highs, lows, and UGH WHY DID WE SIGN UP FOR THIS? Here's one couple's ride.

You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram,

The Gift of Time

October 15th, 2019


When Karen’s dad’s health isn’t doing well, she decides to take action.

You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.

TTFA is public media. Which …

Our Parents' Debts

October 22nd, 2019


When a supporting pillar is knocked out of a family, the consequences can be costly.

You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.

TTFA is public …

God's Plan

October 29th, 2019


Caleb Campbell always knew there was a plan for his life. And he went for what he thought was the plan with everything he had.

You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's …

What Happened to You? (Part 1)

November 5th, 2019


We all kind of understand that what happens to us as a child affects us as an adult. But there is recent evidence that the way our childhoods affect …

What Happened to You? (Part 2)

November 12th, 2019


If the terrible things that happened to you during childhood can affect your health later in life, how do you NOT live out the worst possibilities for yourself? Is that even possible? In this second episode of our …

What Happened to You? (Part 3)

November 19th, 2019


This is the third and final episode in our series on childhood trauma and we're going big-picture. So buckle up, because the train is going to make stops in Rantville, Can You Believe This Burg and OMGtown.

This episode …

Happy Podiversary (We’re 3!)

November 26th, 2019


It's our third birthday, and to celebrate, Nora is crying.

Also: book recommendations for grievers are below.

The Body Keeps The Score” by Bessel …

Listen to This: Fading Minds

December 11th, 2019


It's something we all dread. It's also something most of us probably don't understand too well: Alzheimer's Disease. Drug companies have spent …


December 23rd, 2019


In life, the only thing that remains constant is change. As TTFA goes through our own major changes, we explore what change really means to us.

You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using …

Listen to This: Tremendous Upside

February 6th, 2020


What happens when an athlete’s body is in peak condition but the mind is throwing flags? On Tremendous Upside, Women's Basketball Hall of Famer …

The Happiness Equation

February 18th, 2020


As we all know, the Internet giveth us joy and kitten photos, and it taketh away our free time and sometimes our self-esteem. How can we make our own version of the internet a little less crappy?

You can find Neil on

I See Big Things For You

February 25th, 2020


Finding love is unexpected. Losing it is unexpected, too.

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 …

It Hurts

March 2nd, 2020


Grief. Addiction. Endometriosis. It’s a trifecta of hurt for Jessica, who just wants the pain to stop.

You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.

Man’s Best Friend

March 10th, 2020


Dan and Darren spent the better part of three decades as best friends, until Darren died of cancer. Everyone dies, and everyone knows people who will die. So why does grief feel like such an individual sport?

You can …

9 Things

March 17th, 2020


Everyone has a *thing* -- something your life would be better without. But, uh, it’s hard to stop doing things that are bad for us! We hope this …

For The Next Ten Minutes

March 24th, 2020


When you believe that love will never, could never happen to you, it feels like a miracle when it finally does.

You can catch up with TTFA on

Emily and Chanel

March 31st, 2020


The story of one woman with two identities. One frozen in time, forced to relive the worst night of her life over and over and over...the other out in the world, pretending to be the same person she was before.

You can …

Welcome To The Club

April 14th, 2020


There’s room for everyone when everything is falling apart.

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 …

How's It Going In There?

April 21st, 2020


Dispatches from the era of isolation...

This podcast is about getting to the honest answers. But sometimes, it’s hardest to be honest with ourselves, …

Bad Moms

April 28th, 2020


Do you need to laugh? Do you need to laugh REALLY HARD? Well, good. Because Nora turned the hilarious movie Bad Moms into a novel. It’s fun and funny and a perfect escape for right now, and you get the first three …

Life After Certainty

May 5th, 2020


The world has *always* been uncertain, but some of us are more aware of that than others. But once the rug has been pulled, once the trapdoor has …


May 12th, 2020


Raise your glasses! It's a 100th Episode Extravaganza!

You can catch up with TTFA on InstagramTwitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.

TTFA is public media. Which means we are …


May 19th, 2020


Layoffs. Redundancies. Furloughs. Right-sizing. There are so many ways to say “you don’t have a job here anymore,” and Sarah has already lived through a few of them.

You can catch up with TTFA on InstagramTwitter and 

The Other Side Of Belonging

May 26th, 2020


There are lots of rules, all around us. They tell us who is in, and who is out. They tell us who belongs, and who does not. What does it feel like to …

Policing and Racial Trauma with Angela Davis

June 9th, 2020


For many people, the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis was the latest graphic instance of a Black American being killed by the police -- and his …

Salome's Choice

June 16th, 2020


There are certain parts of motherhood that you can count on: sleepless nights, self-doubt, unpredictable emotions, complete and total heartbreak. And you know what? You’d do it all again. To learn more about Impact …

Untying Knots

June 23rd, 2020


Sometimes, our parental relationships are a little… tangly. We’re wrapped up in big, old knots from strings that were tangled up before we were even …

What's Gonna Happen To Me?

August 18th, 2020


This episode is the second in a 2-part series. Before you listen to it, listen to the previous episode, Untying Knots.

Brittany is raising money to provide free therapy for black men. Support her fundraiser here. Learn …

David’s Excellently Sad Adventure

August 25th, 2020


We have always told you that we will not call grief a journey. But David Garcia’s story involves grief… and a physical, literal trip. So maybe it is

Ride Through It

September 1st, 2020


Every subculture believes that they are truly unique in their wild, passionate love for whatever it is they love. But honestly? Horse people win, …

Come Meet Drayden

September 8th, 2020


Drayden is a solid, good human. He doesn’t lie. He tells it like it is. He is a Black boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and his mother Dana has been …

Black Widow

September 15th, 2020


Leslie Gray Streeter is...well, look at the title of this episode. 

Her very, very good book is available here.

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September 22nd, 2020


What happens when the place that feels like home...decides that you don’t belong anymore? When the person you trust to be a safe place for you …

Team Top Figure

September 29th, 2020


In May, a viral video filmed by two young men pushed them to the top of everyone’s news feed. We tracked them down (it wasn’t hard, they’re on Instagram) to get past the story of what happened to them and into the …

Fine, I Guess?

October 6th, 2020


Sam Irby has been pretty terrible, but she’s okayish now! She’s also the funniest person in the world, and this episode will make you laugh.

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Addiction, Language and Education

October 13th, 2020


How do we talk about addiction in more productive ways? How do we hold empathy and boundaries together? What does it mean to recover? I have no idea, …

What About Your Friends?

October 20th, 2020


We know that romantic and familial relationships are work -- and we tend to respect the time it takes to maintain healthy relationships with our partners and our siblings and our parents. But...what about your friends? …

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