Unlocking Us with Brené Brown


I’ve spent over 20 years studying the emotions and experiences that bring meaning and purpose to our lives, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s this: We are hardwired for connection, and connecting requires courage, vulnerability, and conversation. I want this to be a podcast that’s real, unpolished, honest, and reflects both the magic and the messiness of what it means to be human. Episodes will include conversations with the people who are teaching me, challenging me, confusing me, or maybe even ticking me off a little. I'll also have direct conversations with you about what I’m learning from new research, and we'll do some episodes dedicated to answering your questions. We don’t have to do life alone. We were never meant to.

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  • Sjwoods7
    No nuance.
    1. Don’t know this for sure, but I’m pretty sure Brene switched to Spotify for $$$ and $$$ only. Joe Rogan switched to Spotify and admitted it was because of $$$. Brene...silence. 2. Brene needs to watch “The Social Dilemma” on Netflix. I honestly think the amount of social media she uses has affected her and her work, not to mention being involved in the academia elite’s echo chamber. 3. She has every right to get political on her own podcast, but man does it feel like the “woke” club. She’s not open to discussing nuance at all! I don’t like Trump, and I did vote for Biden because it was the least of two evils for me. However, I know Biden is no savior and has been in this corrupt political game for a long time. Brene won’t acknowledge any of that. 4. I know racism is a reality and that there are racist individuals in our society, I won’t deny that. But to Brene anything and everything is due to white supremacy, again no nuance here. When the horrific attack happened in Atlanta, Brene screamed white supremacy. When the horrific attack happened in Colorado, Brene was silent. There is so much more nuance than MSM and Brene put out to the public, and not only is it damaging, but it’s tearing us apart.
  • Kk4545
    A New Vocabulary for Leadership
    These recent episodes on armored vs. daring leadership and grounded confidence may have just transformed my life. The amount of wisdom wrapped up in them is breathtaking. More importantly, it is a new vocabulary for us to start talking about leadership! I need to revisit the transcripts and listen again and again! Thank you 💕
  • monkeyfish68
    Seriously wanting to anonymously get the episodes about armored verses daring leadership to administration at my agency. Would have to do it anonymously or risk some sort of repercussions, but I appreciate this vision of how to authentically lead and approach problem solving. I guess I wish there were some ideas for those of us who are in the supervised position to advocate for better leadership from our leaders without jeopardizing our jobs! - Signed overworked public sector social worker
  • Lems815
    Where are the old episodes?
    Came to relisten to an favorite episode from season 1, and they’ve been taken down?! What’s going on? Very frustrating. Thanks for making it clear that it’s all about the $$$ for you! Love the guests’ insights, but Brené herself gets on my last nerve. So privileged, so clueless about how the majority of the population lives. Big ego, little self-awareness!
  • Iamgroot2018
    Social Worker to Social Worker
    Love your podcast and it just does my heart a solid and gives our profession an uplift to hear you and acknowledge all the research! Well done.
  • 1shauna6
    Glennon Doyle
    The interview or “sister time” in this podcast sent chills up and down my body!! Amazing , fabulous women with insight to spare! Changing my life’s journey just got a smidge easier when I have women like these to help bouey me up. Thank you thank you 😊
  • Elena_Aguilar
    Great podcast but I’m confused
    I love this podcast but why are only some available on Apple Podcasts? They’re all on Spotify - is this a platform competition thing?
  • Adobespain
    We don’t want spotify
    I love your voice and your podcast channel but please don’t try to convince us to switch to spotify. Thanks
  • Thank you Dr. Brown!
    All the stars
    Especially enjoyed the two part series on Armored vs Daring Leadership - So many call outs that relate directly why I’ve left organizations before but had a difficult time giving feedback on. Also great suggestions on how to be aware of and approach situations that have put me into an “armored” position in my own management experience. Thank you!
  • JRunRN
    ❤️❤️ Leadership series
    I loved the leader ship series that was just posted. I need a team of about 25 healthcare workers so navigating change and conflict is tricky.More so after the pandemic fatigue that they have all been experiencing. I would love to hear more examples of how to navigate tricky and sticky conversations. Thank you Renee for your fearless leader ship skills and for sharing them.
  • Cad man 164
    This will help me see things differently at work. Thank you for this. Keep them coming. I’m not in a leadership role, but I think it will help me be a better employee. Maybe help me to see the other perspective 😎
  • Ashley A DaCar
    Brene’s impact goes unmatched
    The impact you make through all of your hard work and experiences in bringing this goodness out to our world is unmatched. Thank you for all you do and the knowledge you spread. I am always impacted by all Brene has to share.
  • KateG78
    One of the best, but...
    I wish you hadn’t moved exclusively to Spotify. I like having all my podcasts in one place. You’re doing great work and helped me get through 2020.
  • mantzoukas's beard
    I miss Brene
    Love her podcasts so much and am so sad that she’s left iTunes. The other platform is not as easy to find her and then have to always sort things out to find new episodes. Please come back or encourage the new platform to do a better job of making podcasts accessible.
  • Carlos lagrazie
    Biased woman
    Lady is very biased only speaking from her experiences seems she doesn’t have much of that.
  • marshmallowaquarious
    There’s just no one like Brené Brown. Engaging, thoughtful and funny. Her academic credentials are important and undergird everything she says.
  • Barb880087654
    Listen and be challenged
    I enjoy listening and being challenged by Brene.
  • nahsjsjsbdb
    Why’d you leave for Spotify? Are you being clicky? I like your content enough to not believe it’s a commercial move for more money so can you talk about why you moved? I only use Apple and miss my Wednesday mornings.
  • SheGiles
    Broken promises
    I’m incredibly disappointed in Brene and her decision to move to Spotify. I listened to and enjoyed every episode of Unlocking Us that came through the Apple feed (I use the Overcast app). I was genuinely impressed by her commitment to only using advertisers she truly used and personally endorsed. That’s the awkward, brave, and kind Brene I’ve been learning from for over a decade. I’m not sure what drove her decision to move to Spotify and start using mainstream advertisements, because I haven’t been listening. The Spotify app is horrible for podcasts and I’m not interested in maintaining podcast feeds in two different apps. I haven’t even listened to the Obama/Springsteen podcast because it’s on Spotify. I miss hearing Brene and I’m enjoying the episode that showed up today (except the ads). I hope you consider coming back to the Apple feed.
  • anemecek33
    She should start to listen to her own advice.
  • Butterflychaser
    Touching everything about the human experience.
    I absolutely love this podcast. Every episode is eye opening and filled with ah-ha moments. Informative and filled with knowledge we need.
  • nwp_art
    Thank you.
    Such tender and deep content. A real pleasure and learning experience!
  • LisBored
    Good podcast but clearly selling out
    Spotify is the death of all art
  • Require5stars
    Why has this stopped updating?
    I like this podcast but it is no longer updating.
  • weraadre
    Good podcast, sorry it isn’t on my app
    I used to love listening to Brene, but now it’s in Spotify only and I never go over there. Not changing apps for one podcast. Guess I’ll have to read her books.
  • Medievalmave
    I forget it’s on Spotify
    Boo to Spotify for refusing to let Apple podcasts upload new episodes. I knew the podcast was moving to Spotify, but though new episodes would still be available here. They are not. So I’ve stopped listening. I keep meaning to open Spotify and listen. But all the podcasts I listen to are here on this app and ready to cue up. Sorry, Brene. Someday I’ll catch up.
  • Pomptribe
    The talk with Austin is best described by the words of legendary Bayard Rustin it was like “taking a whiff of something that simply opens your nostrils except that it happened in my brain.” 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
  • musicappreciation72
    Opened my mind and brain to people and ideas! So so grateful!!!!
    This is mostly on Spotify but where else to review it? I read and listen to everything and yet this blew my mind so many many times!!!! Alicia Keys? Did not know her, now LOVE her so much! Ted Lasso? Told all my friends about it! And BURNOUT? The podcast and then the book changed me! Thank you! Thank you!
  • SpeedyG1243
    No longer available on Apple Podcasts
    Looks like the ownership of podcast content has finally arrived and spotify won’t let Apple update the new episodes onto the Apple platform. unfortunate that it’s come to this and the advertising/sponsorship model doesn’t allow for shared content.
  • Rhizome stolon
    Brené is Amazing
    Seems this podcast is on spotify now :)
  • LaineyCameron
    So great
    Live Brene so much and every episode awakens me to a new thought. Just so great!
  • GmaGamer
    Unlocking Us
    Don’t despair. Brene Brown’s podcast ISN’T done. It has moved to Spotify and is still FREE. 😊
  • Ericajean9
    Found it on Spotify
    I'm not sure why, but I can't find the new episodes on Apple. All of them can be found on Spotify. 😳 Thank goodness.
  • SD92152
    Privileged White Woman Virtue Signaling
    See subject.
  • brittaneyschroeder
    This podcast has moved
    Hi everyone! For those of you looking for this podcast, she announced several weeks ago that she was rolling it over to Spotify. You can catch each new episode there and they still drop every Wednesday.
  • much virh
    Miss this
    Loved this podcast. Why did it end? So sad that it’s over. Such a shame
  • qqqqz234857
    Umm stale
    Not sure why you aren’t bringing on incredible up and coming though leaders such as Mystic Michaela. 💕💕💕
  • Wa8t
    Where are the episodes
    What happened to all the episodes !
  • LisaD.tcb
    Episodes Missing
    Where did they go?!
  • Ee24tx
    Love it
    Love it
  • Smita Agile mindset
    Episodes missing !
    Where are all the episodes
  • Arlevy0130
    Love it. Used to.
    Won’t follow you to Spotify. Value privacy over content. Best wishes.
  • Slars23
    Where is part two of the hurry at learner podcast? I can’t find it anywhere.
  • ack777171
    Love this Podcast - Where did it go??
    I live for this podcast but can’t find episodes any more. What happened?? Are new episodes not offered anymore???
  • 132JL
    Where did all the episodes go????
    I am wondering what happened to all the episodes. I was looking forward to listening to them.
  • Lens2121
    Love it!
    Great podcast!
  • Jenny Costantino
    Grief guest
    David Kessler was the guest who spoke and wrote about grief. He wrote ON GRIEF AND GRIEVING with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, who wrote ON DEATH AND DYING. He’s was one of my favorite guests on Brenè’s whole podcast, ever, so far.
  • appfitlove
    Trying to find the one with Obama and the other with Biden . Where they go ?
  • Rodion R
    Not getting Spotify
    I LOVE Brene Brown and this podcast, and I am so bummed and annoyed it’s only on Spotify now. I never have space on my phone as it is and don’t want to feel forced into making space and an account for some other app that I don’t want. Can’t it just go back to being available “wherever you get your podcasts”?
    Bring the podcast back!
    Sad to see that you’ve abandoned the opened format of podcasts in favor of a closed platform like Spotify. Really disappointed!
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