Nora + Team: thanks for telling the stories of these people's lives. Their voices stay with me.
I. Love. This. Podcast. It's always number one on my cue.
Real and touching and goodJust good
Very interesting and well told stories. Definitely worth listening to.
It is devastating to hear these stories but they are so beautiful also. To know the strength that people have, it is amazing.
Nora & Hans, you have brought a ray of beautiful healing light into the dark parts of my thoughts and fears. Thank you for creating such a warm community. I will forever be grateful to Ari Shapiro for introducing me to you. Namaste.
I love this podcast, I love the way it is spoken and the way it makes you really THINK. Not at all like a documentary spectacle of the miserable, but a frank conversation about the bits of life we don't talk about at the water cooler.
Not since Strangers have I listened to a show that introduces me to unique people and builds incredible empathy. Nora is a wonderful host -- she brings enthusiasm and a sense of humor, yet she doens't shy away from dealing with her own tragedy on air. You get the sense from listening that she was a genuine comfort to the people she interviewed, and perhaps vice versa. Whatever the case, this is a truly unique show, and I can't wait for more new episodes!
Not gonna lie, I binge listened to several episodes in a row and still cried every time. The one about the traumatic brain injury, oh gawd. So raw. So real. Also very refreshing to hear what nobody talks about. And yes, the theme music will get stuck in your head.... dee dom doo.
The first few episodes are very centered on Nora, i found it charming; but if you don't please give a later episode a try. The stories are vulnerable and beautiful. I can't wait to listen to season 2.
I discovered this podcast around the same time that a student passed away. It helped me conceptualize my own response to "how are you." Thank you!
I really like the premise of the podcast. It's refreshing and different and breaks the mold of most of what's out there. That said, it needs a producer who can limit the amount of navel gazing and ramp up more interesting storytelling and collaboration. Maybe that's where it's headed, and these first 10 or so episodes are just setting the scene. Nora has a great voice for podcasting and a keen sense of storytelling ... she just needs to get out of her own way a bit.
I really enjoy this podcast. So many different subjects tied to that one question we are always asked, "how are you". Refreshing to hear real, raw answers and the stories behind them.
Short and simple: you will cry. Thanks for bringing the real, Nora. Can't wait for the second season!
I love this podcast and the way in which Nora conducts her interviews and then edits it into a great story. I do not agree with some of the other reviews suggesting Nora talks about herself and her own experiences too much. For me, this is a big part of why this is such a good podcast, Nora is ballsy enough to share with her audience private thoughts and feelings which almost feels as I just had a long, informative, emotional and entertaining visit with a close friend.
Phenomenal stuff. Thank you, Nora, for sharing these stories. It helps me feel less alone.
I feel more human every time I listen to this podcast.
Listening to this podcast is actually fun. No fooling. I don't know about you, but I grew up feeling a lot of pressure to keep the smile plastered on my face. No matter what. This podcast reassures me that I was not alone. The smile on my face nowadays is less forced, more natural, as I discover connections with others whose "real" life differs from their success-resumes, cheerful holiday letters, & social media highlights. It is richly rewarding to join together in community with folks who can jest a little bit about life when it gets real real.
Favorite way to start my day. Love the host - her voice is calming, and for those complaining she references her own experiences too much: it's a podcast about personal tragedies. Her own experiences allow her to connect with her guests in a way that is more meaningful and ask deeper yet sensitive and relevant questions. That's really the point of the podcast... To connect people. It will have you in tears, but there is a lightness to it. It is humbling yet inspiring. A topic such as this could easily cross the line of self pity and wallowing, but it is done with such grace and talent that it is a positive outlier. In a world inundated with true crime and political podcasts (yes, I love them too), this is a much appreciated breath of fresh air.
Funny, gut-wrenching, and relatable all at the same time.
These stories will move you and make you feel okay to be human again. Nora's voice and personality will leave you wanting to be her best friend.
... the second episode about the girl who makes a mistake in her writing. I thought I was missing something but turns out the episode was definitely just about a spoiled whiner. Other than that, I really like it!!
I love it. Only problem? I want a season 2. Her story telling is amazing and you are instantly hooked.
The stories are moving and captivating, and the host is extremely talented. One of my favorite podcasts!
This podcast makes you feel like you are not alone.
Always heartbreaking but always brilliant. By far one of my favorites.
The first two episodes were relatable and teachable. But I have reservations about listening on a regular basis. It could get to be like that friend who always has something bad happening and they just. Wear. You. Out.
I love this podcast.. laughs and tears combined! Nora your empathy is admirable and I think you're a great host!
Hard to skip even 15 seconds. Really arresting stuff. Can't wait for season 2!
Firstly, I'm horrified that people write bad reviews of podcasts! Especially this one. After binge listening to this all day I want to argue with all the people who wrote bad reviews, but I'm going to rein that in! This podcast runs the full gamut of emotions. It's beautiful to be able to talk about grief, of all shapes and sizes, and that is exactly what Nora achieves. A tapestry of human emotions. I can't wait for the next episode. Thank you Nora for being brace enough to take this journey and strong enough to carry others with you on it.
Love the idea and format but do not enjoy interviews with the word "like" over and over.
Love the host and love the podcast! One of my favorites!
Each episode is different and features different individuals coping with different sorts of grief. As the host explains, it's not about a grief olympics where she (or anyone else) decides what is worse or what is the right way to cope. It is really more about finding a narrative to the grief so that one can find a way to the other side of it. I enjoy listening to each episode but "enjoy" probably isn't the right word but it is the word I have. I am waiting for season two so I can "not enjoy" but "enjoy" it, too.
I just started listening to this podcast and it has helped keep me grounded through the "tough stuff" with which I'm currently dealing. I've recommended it to everyone that will listen! Great work Nora! And thank you!
I agree with other reviewers that the episode on mistakes was boring and self-indulgent. The other episodes are wonderful though! "Unbroken" and "Me Too" are amazing and insightful. Definitely worth listening to!
Cheers to another podcast of great stories and shared experiences with my favorite feature: the induced realization that we are all the same.
So obsessed with this podcast. Thank you, Nora.
Nora does an amazing job using her own platform and her hilariously brilliant voice to give people the space to talk about their tragedy. She has done a great job of normalizing that fact that sometimes life can be messy and ugly and downright horrible, but there's still beauty in the world and it usually comes from our fellow man. One of the only authors who can have me cracking up as I sob uncontrollably. Keep treating yo' self to those mani/pedis guuuuurl! You rock.
People whining about this podcast clearly don't know what empathy is or just have the emotional capacity of a fly. Great, honest podcast.
First off I admire Nora for keeping her sanity after all she's been through. I love most of it but I did find myself snoozing on some of the episodes. Specially the one about the young writer not fact checking her work. Did we really need a story about that? Not fascinating enough. Other than that, great work. Love your voice.
Thank you for this.
Thanks for sharing yours and other's stories. Death is one thing we all have in common yet we are so timid to talk about it.
Well done podcast!
Just found this podcast and love it. Wonderful production and interesting topics.
So glad I stumbled onto this podcast!
Often hard to listen to because it's very heave. But most things worth doing aren't easy. In the end you are left feeling that no matter what happens in life you can make it. And your problems are not as bad as you may think. The third episode was terrible. Skip that one. The voice and whining about being too confident and drunk to check your work and making a mistake was silly. If that's the worst thing that happens in your life then you are the luckiest person alive. Not sure how that fit in there and was a poor choice when you look at the depth and gravity of the rest. But overall as a whole this is a great podcast.
This podcast is gorgeous, I cannot stress how meaningful and honest and uplifting it is. Even though I end up with an ache in my heart after each episode, this podcast brightens my day whenever I listen to it.
A must listen but sometimes I have to stop because crying in public places gets you a lot of strange looks.
This show keeps it real. Thank you.