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Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll get when you join us on TTFA Premium. For $8 a month, you can support our show AND get ad-free episodes and bonus content — including mailbag episodes like this one. Sign up today at TTFA.org/Premium. 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
How To Lose Your Name

How To Lose Your Name

2023-01-2445:211

Cheval spent her entire life trying to be a wedding dress designer (she started sewing at 7 years old and studied fashion design in college). In her mid 20’s, she got her big break when a large fashion house hired her to design a wedding dress collection named after herself. But that dream only lasted eight years. She found herself in the middle of a legal battle that would take away her collection, her job as a designer, and eventually her name.  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. Follow Cheval on Instagram @allthatglittersonthegram and check out her new shoe line at sheischeval.com Our social media: TTFA on Instagram TTFA on Facebook Nora on Instagram Nora on Facebook Nora on TikTok Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Into The Void

Into The Void

2023-01-1036:071

One thing we know about grief is that it needs a witness. That inside every griever is a nearly uncontrollable urge to make the people around us understand what we had and what we have now. In this episode, we are all David’s witnesses. 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. You can read the episode transcript here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It’s December 28, 2022. And Nora McInerny is 40 years old.  Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll get when you join us on TTFA Premium. For $8 a month, you can support our show AND get ad-free episodes and bonus content — including mailbag episodes like this one. Sign up today at TTFA.org/Premium. 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
The happyish holiday season can be whatever the heck you want it to be, no matter what pressures you feel from family and friends and society. So, here’s to creating new traditions – and to the Terribles who shared theirs with us (and with you). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Happyish Holidays 2022

Happyish Holidays 2022

2022-12-1347:34

‘Tis the season! Our terrible holiday tradition is back, this time with more of your painful, sad, awkward holiday stories. Plus: boundary setting advice from Melissa Urban and a fiery Hanukkah story from Vanessa Zoltan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Blocked and Reported

Blocked and Reported

2022-12-0745:392

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
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
Army Wife

Army Wife

2022-11-1548:51

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
Between Two Widows

Between Two Widows

2022-11-0801:23:571

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
After The Headlines

After The Headlines

2022-10-2546:07

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/TERRIBLE Green Chef: greenchef.com/TTFA135, use code TTFA135 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Bad Vibes Only

Bad Vibes Only

2022-10-1137:15

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, CA Saturday, October 15 - Philadelphia, PA Sunday, October 16 - Brooklyn, NY Monday, October 17 - Washington, DC Tuesday, October 18 - Boston, MA Wednesday, October 19 - Toronto, ON Friday, October 21 - Chicago, IL Saturday, 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
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, CA Sunday, October 9 - Seattle, WA Monday, October 10 - Portland, OR Tuesday, October 11 - Los Angeles, CA Saturday, October 15 - Philadelphia, PA Sunday, October 16 - Brooklyn, NY Monday, October 17 - Washington, DC Tuesday, October 18 - Boston, MA Wednesday, October 19 - Toronto, ON Friday, October 21 - Chicago, IL Saturday, 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
Para-Mom

Para-Mom

2022-09-2044:191

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, CA Sunday, October 9 - Seattle, WA Monday, October 10 - Portland, OR Tuesday, October 11 - Los Angeles, CA Saturday, October 15 - Philadelphia, PA Sunday, October 16 - Brooklyn, NY Monday, October 17 - Washington, DC Tuesday, October 18 - Boston, MA Wednesday, October 19 - Toronto, ON Friday, October 21 - Chicago, IL Saturday, October 22 -  St. Paul, MN  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Overthinking About You

Overthinking About You

2022-09-1344:55

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 Instagram TTFA on Facebook Nora on Instagram Nora on Facebook Nora on TikTok Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Born Fat

Born Fat

2022-09-0643:05

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
Anything Can Happen

Anything Can Happen

2022-08-2342:02

The thing about having your life fall apart is that there’s just so much to do, and there’s so much that you don’t know until it’s too late. In today’s episode: What helps when everything goes wrong. For more information about The Hartford, visit thehartford.com/employeebenefits. TTFA is coming to your city October 7th - 22nd with an all-new live show experience. Get your ticket 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. 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
Independence Days

Independence Days

2022-07-0515:48

We're officially in our Taylor Swift era, and we can't wait for what's to come. TTFA is coming to your city October 7th - 22nd with an all-new live show experience. Get your ticket 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. 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
Chelsea’s mom and unborn brother died in a car accident on Chelsea’s first birthday, leaving little Chelsea and her grief-stricken father behind to piece back together their shattered life. As a child, Chelsea longs for a mom – a living mom – and she’s thrilled when her dad remarries a wonderful woman named Shawna. But even when she’s surrounded by love, Chelsea still finds herself trying to fill a gaping hole in her heart. TTFA is coming to your city October 7th - 22nd with an all-new live show experience. Get your ticket 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. 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. You can read the episode transcript here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Asking for a Friend

Asking for a Friend

2022-06-2145:46

When romantic relationships end, there’s usually a clean cut – a moment, a conversation, an argument that ends things for good. When friendships dissolve, the break is usually way less clear, if it’s clear at all. 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 episode transcript here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Comments (294)

Katherine Blake

This episode is impossible to listen to. There is a track of a man and child talking over Nora talking and I can't understand what any of them are saying. Must be a mixing error. Completely un-listenable.

Nov 17th
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Carol Sykes

I so missed my best friend Angie

Sep 21st
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Carol Sykes

I say this about my dad. not fair

Sep 21st
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bob caygeon

People can become toxic and co-dependant after life-changing events like divorce or even retirement. It's stressful, arduous and futile to believe as a friend, you're going to cure their rage or fix them, especially in middle-age. I've found the best option is to cut and run; a clean break and erasure of all numbers, emails and contacts.

Jul 11th
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Ricardo da Cruz de Carvalho

Congratulations Nora!!!

Jul 5th
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firecat

I’m obsessed with the Manifest Positive Outcomes song. What a jam 🎶

Jul 2nd
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Rachel

it's been a while since there's been an episode this good. wow

Jun 29th
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firecat

Amazing duo

May 16th
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Baphiwe Ncanana

I love Melissa. I love her heart. I've listened to her & Heather's story & as tragic as it is, it's a love story. I wish I could hug Melissa on behalf of Heather. 🕯️🙏🏿💙

May 14th
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Melissa

The slow fade out in the end. 😂 😂

Mar 10th
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Diane Madir

I lost my Mother in 2007; she was full of pet phrases but my favorite was when she was truly tired she'd say, "I'm Jessica!" Code for Jessica Ass-draggin'. I lost my Husband in 2018; his humorous conceit was that he wasn't a "gushy" romantic. I would prompt him by asking, "Tell me all the ways you love me." His reply was always, "All the ways." When Megan Trainor came out with the song All The Ways it put my experience to music.

Mar 10th
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Death Doula ☠

I think the victims of this scammers actions will hard pass on the youtube tutorials. Do the obvious, mook.

Feb 22nd
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Melissa

It's not 15 and 16. It's 27 and 28.

Feb 9th
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Ricardo da Cruz de Carvalho

Great episode! As a late diagnosed autistic (38 years old) it gave me closure and validated all my life! Thank you!

Feb 1st
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majopareja

So heartbreaking, gosh...

Jan 20th
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Melissa

"Tom Hanks character in Castaway" 😂😂😂

Jan 18th
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Melissa

It's playing now. Thanks!

Jan 18th
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Melissa

it won't play.

Jan 18th
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Death Doula ☠

...her idea of supporting me and encouraging me wasn't to say, “Sky's the limit. You can do anything. You're beautiful, special, sunshiny flower.” Her support was more like, “Yeah, the world sucks. It's going to be hard for you. You're smart about certain things, and you should be independent and you should not rely on anybody. And your life will be happier day to day if you push more in that direction.” And that was supportive at the time because I grew up in a way where I felt very out of place, and I felt like I didn't belong in any capacity. And it was important for me to hear at that age that I could take care of myself or that I did have something to offer. So, yeah, she supports in a very different way, but she's also hilarious. And that was very evident to me from the time I was a kid. She has always made me laugh, and our house was filled with laughter. Like she just really is quite naturally funny.

Nov 21st
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Death Doula ☠

“I’ve never seen my grandmother bake a cookie, wear a shawl, give good advice, or hug a child unprompted. I have, however, heard her curse so intensely I swear she was making some of them up on the spot, watched her obsess over horror movies with an academic intensity, and listened to her frequent lectures about the reasons every woman should not only carry a knife at all times but be fully prepared to use it: ‘A man wants to put his hands on you? Carry a little secret knife. Cut his throat. Ask questions later." - Danielle Henderson #loveit

Nov 21st
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