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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  • karlamcg2021
    Astounding podcast filled with Tributes & Tears
    I have listened to a few hundred podcasts, so I have a lot to compare this to. I didn’t even know I needed this podcast in my life until I started listening. I’m so happy I’m four years late to the game because now I get the opportunity to binge! One of the best podcasts I’ve listened to... hands down.
  • random person 3.14159
    8 bucks a month?!!
    I can’t afford 8 bucks a month to listen to 2 episodes of a podcast!!! I used to love how honest and insightful this podcast was and how it wasn’t afraid to tell some tough stories but now they sold out. I really wish they wouldn’t have
  • DDDDanie
    So Real
    I have went through some horrible times in my life and I’m fine has always been my default answer. Sometimes it just blurts out sometimes. I would always wonder if I just say how I really was feeling and that I was feeling terrible. Thank you for giving others a platform to share their stories. Thank you sharing your story and being vulnerable to help pave the way for others.
  • IMG519
    $8 a month???
    I have been a big fan of this podcast for many years however I will share that I am taken aback about the eight dollar subscription and how less episodes are being released now. I don’t find it worth paying eight dollars a month but that’s just my opinion.
  • nancydocs
    I love this show so so so so so much!
  • Charli Anna
    I am absolutely obsessed with his podcast I listen to it every night and I adore it. Nora‘s personality is just so fun and all of her stories are super interesting and unique!!
  • drtr123
    Great show
    This has been a great podcast for me in a season of loss. Thank you Nora
  • Marie Zambo
    It’s not what you think.... well kind of
    Some stories are sad, they’re all very real they are all very raw they’re all very filled with human emotions that we can all relate to. Nora and her guests are beautiful storytellers and will leave you appreciating even the smallest things in life
  • Lypscratch
    You are enough, you are, you are, you are
    That’s the last sentence of the June 8, 2021 show. It’s exceptional. I was just this past week staring out the window, wondering what the eff this whole life thing means. I mean, why bother really, you know? I’m still looking for that answer. But I’m so relieved to hear that so many others are trudging that road as well. I highly recommend this episode. It’s the first one I’ve listened to. Now I have to catch up before next season. Thanks for this great podcast.
  • AmyS42789
    So real. So raw. Normalizing.
    I absolutely love listening to Nora and her guests. Pain, grief, hardship, challenges. These are real. They are raw. They are normal. I love this peak into vulnerable times of other human beings. Nora's narrative is so normalizing, loving, compassionate, empathetic, and caring. Nearly every episode brings me to tears. Keep on sharing!. We need this.
  • Nikki T. Ga
    Real, raw, vulnerable, funny
    I LOVE this podcast! I am listening NONSTOP! It is real and raw, vulnerable and funny. It’s always a new perspective for me on grief and living fully and wholeheartedly! A must listen! I hope to host a podcast even half as good! ❤️
  • idk what isnt taken
    Spirit animal!
    Nora you are one of my favorite people and we’ve never even met :) your view on all things life help me through my days. You also make me laugh out loud and then 5 seconds later I’m crying because how much heart you put into this podcast. It’s help me through many challenges. Thank you for the work you do. You are amazing!
  • aizee🐬🦄🦢🕊❄️
    12 years old
    I am just a kid and yet I love this podcast.
  • Lukie617
    Finding humor and solace in tragedy and triumph
    Nora’s perspective on life, death, and the triumphs/tragedies that define us along the way makes TTFA a weekly highlight for me. Her calming voice and uncompromising examination of difficult topics that most people would prefer to leave untouched serve to provide inspiration for those of us who might be struggling to persevere on our own. From the simple yet centering chords of the theme music to the often impossibly painful yet incredibly important conversations presented with the utmost poise and grace, TTFA is a spectacular production and should be required listening for anyone who has ever struggled in life (i.e. everyone). Listening to TTFA, I’m often reminded of Mary Schmich's advice - “Don't worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4 PM on some idle Tuesday. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance; so are everybody else’s. Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts, and recycling it for more than it's worth.”
  • Hawrook
    Better for your heart than fish oil
    If the content were not beautifully presented and engaging enough, the music would be more than ample reason to listen. If both of those failed, Nora’s voice is so soothing and sincere that I could listen to her list the contents of ice core samples for hours. Fortunately, there is no need to choose between the fantastic elements of this podcast or worry about any of them failing. They are all wrapped into one perfect bubble that takes an honest look at our shared human condition and reminds us that it can be crushing or joyous at any moment, but is mostly just terrible at the end of the day.
  • B. Birdell
    Today finally broke me
    I have listened for maybe two years now. I sometimes get emotional but today’s episode (6/8/21) caused me openly to weep. The recorded reflections of the past year broke my heart. Thank you for your respect and courage and empathy. I love your podcast. It helps me.
  • Cc304
    Thank you Nora
    “You are enough” beautiful words and exactly what we all need to hear! Thank you Nora and staff for creating this wonderful podcast. I lost my father to brutal battle with cancer almost 3-months ago. I felt so alone. Then I began listening to this podcast from episode 1. Today I can say I have listened to every episode. It has helped me tremendously to cope with losing my father. I know more than ever that I’m not alone. I recently finished a book that discussed “resilient grieving”. I realized that listening to TTFA was allowing me to do that. I was essentially going to a grief support group and listening to others’ stories…while cleaning my house! I cannot say enough great things about this podcast. A million thank yous!!
  • thesecretgardner
    A reminder that we are all in this life, together, and sh** is not easy. I think I have listened to every episode available. Nora is soothing, funny and an engaging , thoughtful story teller. I adore EVERY minute. Thank you, xxx
  • Burdie55
    This podcast is a weekly “Must Listen!”. Nora, the host, is amazing. She’s a great writer (Read her books)
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  • Base152
    A Podcast with Depth & Substance
    This podcast is filled with stories of depth and weight. It doesn’t feel curated; it is authentic and full of stories that are diverse and make me feel connected and grateful to be able to listen to.
  • J26rec06
    Leticia and Anthony
    This really hit me hard. I was a young mom also and I can remember feeling the same way about keeping him alive. My son passed away on 2/28/19 at 24 yrs old. 💜
  • Podcastjunkie8892
    Down Hill...
    This podcast is Terrible Thanks For Asking! I understand why you’re asking for 8.00 a month everyone has Unsubscribed. Ask yourself why? If not, you should.
  • Odiwtb
    I tip my hat!
    Well written and engaging.
  • VeronikaKhol
    Quite literally one of the best podcasts out there.
  • captainslam
    Oh Ryan, I miss Larry too. You’re such a good friend.
  • jesssssicaaaaa!!!!!
    Love it
    Great podcast!
  • Df459
    My top 3 favorite podcast
    This podcast changes your perspective on life. Doesn’t matter if you’ve never had something so terrible happened to you, it really humbles you and makes you think about the real important things in life and all the small stuff doesn’t really matter. It has for sure changed me and has helped me in my personal life.
  • Meg860
    Thank you!
    Nora is an exceptional story teller. All the guest on this show have helped me to see bad patterns in my own life, taught me to be more compassionate and understanding of others and the icing on the cake is Nora always says something to make me giggle through the tears.
  • driftless mama
    Grief validated!
    Thank you so much for this week’s episode validating the need to grieve.
  • Trubeez
    Nora is just the best
    Love this podcast, and love Nora’s sass and frankness!
  • Ana44$
    The absolute best.
    I found this podcast when I was pregnant and suffering with prenatal depression. I binged listened and...let me just say, it changed my entire perspective on life at the time and I owe Nora a million bazillion thank you’s. Love love love.
  • Dmbislove41
    Tears, laughs, more tears...
    I would love to give Nora & every guest the biggest hug! There have been so many stories told on here that were so relatable to me. There is something about knowing that you aren’t alone, that helps. I appreciate Nora & all of her guests for being real, and strong to share their stories. I’ve cried, laughed, sobbed snotty tears that were uncontrollable, and then laughed some more. I will be SO SAD when I’m out of episodes to listen to, so please continue making them! Xoxo
  • Miss Feine
    Realism at its best
    Nora’s outlook is realism in its best form. She tackles life and conversations about the stuggles we all face, but try to smile through. She embraces that vibe with every guest. Nora is not for everyone. I completely understand how positive messages and daily affirmations work for some people. However this podcast is not that. If you like to make lemon-aide with [sour] lemons, you might relate to her; however, if you want to throw [sour] lemons at a wall, definitely dive right in! Terrible Thanks for Asking was a savior to me during the pandemic. It gave me an outlet to feel and express my emotions at a time I needed it most. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
  • MikaKarikari
    So good for my soul
    This podcast has been such a lifeline for me as I’ve experienced grief over the years. As I listen, I feel seen and heard and that it’s okay to not always be okay. The storytelling is excellent and it covers a broad spectrum of topics.
  • victactoe
    The last guest Maggie was kind of depressing & pessimistic to listen to. I feel like every other word was a complaint or a downside perspective to x y or z. But overall, I think this show is awesome and I love it.
  • Cheeseboy_mn
    I just started listening to TTFA. What a delight Nora is- she is funny and sensitive and she really steps back during the podcast and lets the person tell their story- rare in a podcast for a host but just perfect here. But I have to say, I listened to A Simple Choice today and it just broke me. I may need to take a few days off from listening.
  • AmyO528
    Cut your teeth here
    TTFA was my first podcast. I have been a diehard music listener everywhere until I “met” Nora. I started listening in September, and have now gone back as far as I can go and listened to all of the earlier podcasts. It is simply the best! And, it has prompted my interest in exploring other podcasts, especially those that Nora recommends.
  • TonyV433
    Personally Universal
    I’ve loved TTFA for years, but the most recent 3 episode run may be the strongest yet. From the universally inspiring The Gift (Edith is a treasure) to the incredibly personal story of divorce in Checky Listy (to which I can strongly relate), and now story that challenges my biggest fear with A Good Death. Thank you for collecting these stories, Nora. What you have shared with your listeners is personal yet universal, as is evidence by the community that has been built through your work. Much love to everyone else listening to or sharing these stories.
  • EvaWhipple
    Everybody Hurts
    Pain doesn’t just disappear. Grief isn’t one moment in time. Life contains multitudes. Happiness and sadness can coexist in one heart. I am grateful for this whole, messy, challenging human experience. For all the pain, for all the joy. And I am grateful for Nora McInerny for peering into my soul and speaking these truths. If you haven’t already listened to “Terrible, Thanks for Asking,” go have a listen... because in the words of R.E.M. “everybody hurts sometimes.”
  • Autumnstjarna
    Very Insightful!
    I really enjoy every episode even though they sometimes leave me crushed. But that should be expected from the title. I love how the show is insightful, thoughtful and thought provoking. Thank you TTFA crew! Keep up the good work!
  • Goshdarnitttt
    My favorite podcast
    This is my go-to comfort podcast. To hear stories similar to mine and stories that are far different from my own, it’s all important and completely empowering. Thank you Nora!
  • bellaketra
    A necessary force
    Hello, where has TTFA been all my life?! I began listening per family recommendation at the start of the year and cannot stop. I have always enjoyed podcasts but none have grabbed me quite as much as this one has. I feel so grateful for a job that allows me to listen to Nora & Company throughout the workday. Nobody knows that at any given moment I could experiencing immense emotional turmoil listening to some of these stories, but I wouldn’t want anything different. So refreshing to hear such honesty and transparency. Thank you to the creators for making this happen, and to all those that have shared a piece of themselves for all to listen and learn from.
  • Needingthebrightside
    A gift
    I almost didn’t listen to the episode “The Gift.” I don’t know why. But I’m so grateful I did. It is beautiful.
  • real crime fan
    I need to know
    Every single person you share with us, every single topic you explore- I didn’t know how much I needed to know. Deeply thankful for your work.
  • The Zoop
    A true gem
    This show is pretty much perfect. The subject matter is often heartbreaking, but the show is touching, funny, and cathartic. Thanks to Nora and her guests for their openness in sharing the hardest topics and making us all feel less alone.
  • Blackstrap Hill
    The Gift
    I’ve listened to most of these episodes and really enjoy but this weeks The Gift is my favorite so far! Dr Edith Egar is a treasure
  • Tamberson
    I love the stories
    I really enjoy this podcast. The stories can be sad but I enjoy people sharing their life. I’ve learned so much from this podcast and I’m always left thinking about these people who share their up and downs in life. Thank you for making this podcast.
  • Special K Bird
    My Go To
    I discovered Nora a few years ago from her Ted talk, which I found on Facebook. She talks about anything and everything with respect, humor, sensitivity, and great insight. Her guests are from all walks of life, and every topic is relevant. I love this podcast. Thank you, Nora, for working so hard and being so open.
  • cshan87
    A must subscribe
    This podcast has been on my weekly listen rotation since I heard the recommendation from Georgia and Karen over on my favorite murder. I feel like I can relate to so many of these stories and it’s just nice to hear real life. I also feel like there’s a lot of learning from many of these stories.
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