Podcasts are often about topics we don’t talk about in “polite conversations”. Like talking about your dead husband and how your feelings don’t just die with him. 

When Nora McInerny got engaged, it was on a hospital bed. Her fiancée Aaron was undergoing treatment for brain cancer. When the chemo proved unsuccessful, Nora found herself raising their son alone. In her podcast “Terrible, Thanks for Asking” Nora talks about what it’s like to be, in her words, a “notable widow.” After Aaron died, she found herself having awkward conversations with people navigating her grief like it was something optional, something to be ignored. 

Yes, jury duty improved my performance at the office!