PODCAST PROFILE: Terrible, Thanks For Asking
Full disclosure - I am NEW TO PODCASTS. Crazy, right?! But seriously I feel sometimes like tackling a new medium can be an overwhelming process - I mean each TV streaming service has their own slew of original series to watch, there are multiple options for music content, news sources are as varied now as scrolling to the left on your iphone or taking a deep dive into the Twittersphere - it's just a LOT of content. A LOT OF STUFF. And hey - a lot of it is great stuff but also a time suck away from all the things I should probably be doing like laundry or figuring out my 401k or picking things up off the floor.
Nevertheless, I am loving podcasts and the company they provide me. I listen to them mainly while walking around the city although sometimes they are so exciting I HAVE to force my husband to sit down and listen to them with me. Often this happens AFTER I have already listened because the tricky thing about podcasts is that they are usually a solitary activity and yet filled with MIND BLOWING NEW INFORMATION. Or just really funny stuff, or relatable stuff. Aaaand that's what brings me here, to a new site feature called PODCAST PROFILE. I'll use this space to highlight some of my favorite podcasts... duh.
My introduction to Nora McInerny came through Instagram... or maybe it was Twitter. To be quite honest I probably followed her because we had the same name. There aren't that many of us, so we Nora's need to band together. Then I found out her husband had brain cancer which he had just succumbed to and that she had a very very cute kiddo named Ralph with him and felt sad. And intrigued enough to keep following. A couple years later I was exciting to find out she had written a book, which I devoured quickly. As someone who has personally suffered immense loss in my life, I admired Nora for so openly sharing her experience - particularly the uncomfortable parts, the awkward and embarrassing parts - because those are the parts you need to tackle if you are really going to survive your grief.
Nora's podcast, Terrible, Thanks For Asking expands on the subject matter she explored in her book and it gets really really real. This time around the stories include her own, but welcome others to the grief party - from a popular radio DJ who suffered from postpartum depression and a son who has to make an end of life decision for his mother over the holidays to a family struggling with the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury that has seemingly turned one caregiver into someone else entirely. Bring your tissues - I cried walking up a hill and I cried making salmon for dinner while listening to these touching stories - but these are good healthy cries. Even when Nora pulls in all the Christmas Music schmaltz and I'm like DAMN YOUUUUUU FEEEEEELINGS - it's worth it.
Listen to Terrible, Thanks For Asking