Reggie Osse Puts It Together

In one of the last interviews he gave, Reggie Osse, aka Combat Jack, talks about the connection between the status of the African-American man in contemporary society, the changing role of masculinity in hip-hop culture, and mental health. Osse was an important figure in hip-hop as a lawyer, editor, podcast host, and thinker. This interview […]

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Rhett Miller Really Hates That Brass Cat

If you’ve ever heard this show before, you’ve heard singer-songwriter Rhett Miller. He wrote and performs the theme song about “the world’s greatest clown.” On this episode, Rhett tells of his teenage suicide attempt, a mysterious illness, his musical salvation, and his grandmother’s owl fixation. He even brought his guitar along and performs a few […]

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24: Incompatible With Life

At 32 weeks pregnant, Cat and Jim find themselves planning for their son’s death while hoping for his birth. This is a story of a life and a death, extraordinary in every way. Listen to this podcast Author: American Public Media You know how every day someone asks “how are you?” And even if you’re […]

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23: Live with Dessa, Alyssa Limperis and Geoffrey Wilson

TTFA is live from the historic Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul, MN! Featuring conversation with writer/rapper/entrepreneur Dessa, who took to science to overcome a bad love. And with comedian Alyssa Limperis, whose father died of glioblastoma. So funny! Plus, music from the amazing composer of our theme song, Geoffrey Wilson. Listen to this podcast […]

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22: Happy(ish) Holidays II

Lauren’s brother died at Thanksgiving. And her mother at Christmas. So… this time of year it’s not all Ho Ho Ho for her. Or for a lot of other people. Because the Holidays can really and truly suck for some. So we’re back with our second annual Holiday radio extravaganza that will once again bedazzle […]

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21: Introducing Childhood

Malena is 10 years old, and she worries a lot. About her grades. About her procrastination. About her dad. Especially about her dad. Kids are the best. They’re smart and funny and deeply empathetic. And they – and their thoughts and feelings – deserve to be taken seriously. Why are we saying this? Because we […]

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Julie Klausner Builds a More Confident and Dumber Version of Herself For Our Amusement

Growing up, actor and writer Julie Klausner was too busy battling depression and daydreaming about an imagined Merlot-sipping cosmopolitan adulthood to really engage in the world itself. It wasn’t until she entered the world of comedy and improv as an adult that things really started to click into place. That led to creating Difficult People, […]

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20: The Truth We Live

Amee doesn’t have a dad. But she used to. He was the best. He was the worst. And he claims that he doesn’t remember any of it. Listen to this podcast Author: American Public Media You know how every day someone asks “how are you?” And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say […]

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19: What Does All This Loss Mean?

Dead sister. Dead grandma. Dead grandpa. Dead uncle. Dead mom. Dead dad. Dead brother. The list of loss goes on and on for Jaamil, and so does his list of professional accolades and accomplishments as he moves from trauma to post-traumatic enlightenment. Listen to this podcast Author: American Public Media You know how every day […]

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PLACEBO: How to Get Help

If you are having problems with your mental health, please get help. You’ve heard that before on this show and probably plenty of other places as well. But how do you actually do that? How do you go about finding professional help to get things on a better track? It’s a process that can be […]

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Mini-Season Ep 9: Love Hurts

When Lea Thau’s fiance left her, she felt all the feelings. Then she had their baby, and decided to start dating again. But, despite going out, nothing seemed to be clicking. Over and over. And eventually, she wanted to know why. Why didn’t men want to keep dating her? So she asked them. And recorded […]

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Mini-Season Ep 9: Love Hurts

When Lea Thau’s fiance left her, she felt all the feelings. Then she had their baby, and decided to start dating again. But, despite going out, nothing seemed to be clicking. Over and over. And eventually, she wanted to know why. Why didn’t men want to keep dating her? So she asked them. And recorded […]

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