Everything Happens with Kate Bowler

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Are you living your best life now? Not always? This is a podcast for you. Duke Professor Kate Bowler is an expert in the stories we tell about success and failure, suffering and happiness. She had Stage IV cancer. Then she didn’t. And since then, all she wants to do is talk to funny and wise people about how to live with the knowledge that, well, everything happens.  Find her online at @katecbowler. Sales and Distribution by Lemonada Media https://lemonadamedia.com/  

  • 37 minutes 18 seconds
    Sunita Puri: The Uncertainty Specialist

    Pain is like a geography—one that isn’t foreign to palliative care physician, Dr. Sunita Puri. Kate and Sunita speak about needing new language for walking the borderlands and how we all might learn to live—and die—with a bit more courage.

    In this conversation, Kate and Sunita discuss: 

    • How to walk with one another through life’s ups and downs—especially health ups and downs
    • What “palliative care” means (and how it is distinct from hospice) 
    • The difference between what medicine can do and what medicine should do 
    • Sunita’s script for how to talk to patients facing difficult diagnoses 

    This conversation originally aired in 2020 but it is one of our all-time favorites.

     

    Watch clips from this conversation, read the full transcript, and access discussion questions by clicking here or visiting katebowler.com/podcasts.

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    21 May 2024, 7:30 am
  • 53 minutes 57 seconds
    Justin Yopp and Don Rosenstein: The Magic of “We”

    When a group of young moms died around the same time, clinicians Dr. Justin Yopp and Dr. Don Rosenstein wanted to refer their widowed spouses to a grief support group… but none existed. So they started their own

    In this conversation, Kate, Justin, and Don discuss:

    • The grief of imagined futures 
    • The particular needs of parents with cancer and those of widowed parents
    • How to talk to kids about cancer 
    • How to parent while you have cancer

    Together, they uncover the magic of we.

    This summer, we are re-sharing our all-time favorite episodes. While this conversation originally aired in 2020, Kate caught up with Don and Justin to get an update on what they are working on lately. You won’t want to miss their important (and practical!) update.

     

    Watch clips from this conversation, read the full transcript, and access discussion questions by clicking here or visiting katebowler.com/podcasts.

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    7 May 2024, 7:30 am
  • 42 minutes 15 seconds
    Judy Woodruff: How Will We Live Our Beautiful, Terrible Days?

    How do we navigate life within these beautiful, terrible days? In this special live episode of the Everything Happens podcast, Kate sits down with American broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff at the historic Sixth & I Synagogue in Washington, DC to discuss Kate’s latest book, Have a Beautiful, Terrible Day! Together, they explore what it means to live through the best of days, the worst of days, and all the in-betweens.

    Together, they discuss:

    • The apology Kate wishes she would have gotten (and the moving story about when she did)
    • How fragility unites us
    • How can we be more empathetic towards people we disagree with

     

    Watch clips from this conversation, read the full transcript, and access discussion questions by clicking here or visiting katebowler.com/podcasts.

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    30 April 2024, 7:30 am
  • 46 minutes 14 seconds
    Samantha Bee: This is Going to Be(e) a Great Story

    We become the sum of so many people throughout our lives. Kate speaks with one of the funniest people on the entire planet, comedian Samantha Bee, about the people who made her, her. What virtues did they create? What absurdity ensued? How does she think about how she impacts her own kids? 

    In this conversation, Kate and Samantha discuss:

    • Samantha's hand of God moment that changed the trajectory of her life
    • How the people who love us shape us into who we become
    • What siblings or friends or partners teach us about intimacy

     

    Watch clips from this conversation, read the full transcript, and access discussion questions by clicking here or visiting katebowler.com/podcasts.

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    23 April 2024, 7:30 am
  • 1 hour 10 seconds
    Pamela Morris-Perez: Suicide Prevention and Hope

    Here on the Everything Happens Podcast we don’t shy away from difficult subjects, and today’s episode tackles a topic we’ve been wanting to discuss for awhile—suicide among teens and young adults. My guest today, Dr. Pamela Morris-Perez is someone who approaches this subject with the heart of a grieving mom and the mind of a professor and practitioner who wants to make change possible and wants to teach us how we can help. This is such an important conversation on how communities can help prevent adolescent suicide.

    In this conversation, Kate and Pamela discuss:

    • Poignant reflections on being a suicide loss survivor from a parent who is grieving the loss of her child—a topic so rarely discussed
    • Why we say “died by suicide”
    • How we can prevent teen suicide—including what signs to look for, what to ask, and next steps to take when you’re concerned

    In a very important way, this episode won’t create nearly as much anxiety as you think. Talking about suicide is one of the most important ways of making it less likely. So let’s find better language together, shall we?

    If you need to talk to someone, call or text 988. If you are worried about someone, you too can call or text 988 to get resources. Remember: you matter. Please listen with care.

     

    Watch clips from this conversation, read the full transcript, and access discussion questions by clicking here or visiting katebowler.com/podcasts.

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    16 April 2024, 7:30 am
  • 39 minutes 56 seconds
    Chantal Kreviazuk: Finding the Melody

    Chantal Kreviazuk is a Canadian singer, songwriter, composer, and pianist—her voice is the soundtrack of all Kate’s Canadian’s teenage angst. She has had an incredible career with a passion for helping others. Among many things, she’s a powerful advocate for destigmatizing mental illness—a cause near and dear to her heart after her brother struggled to get adequate care for nearly 20 years. She’s said, “When a family member is sick, the whole family is sick.” She offers such wisdom for people who struggle with a hurting family member, or their own mental health, or for their marriages that are sometimes not as easy as we had hoped. 

    In this conversation, Kate and Chantal discuss:

    • Setting necessary boundaries in complicated families
    • The ups and downs of a marriage and the unexpected gifts that only reveal themselves when you commit to staying in it for the long haul
    • A trick to starting a hard day

     

    Watch clips from this conversation, read the full transcript, and access discussion questions by clicking here or visiting katebowler.com/podcasts.

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    9 April 2024, 7:30 am
  • 53 minutes 5 seconds
    Rainn Wilson: Brave, Beautiful, and Good Things

    Sometimes we can fix our lives and sometimes can’t. So when self-help and self-care fall short, what do we need to turn instead? Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute of NBC’s The Office) says that what we need is a spiritual revolution. This conversation is rich and challenging and invites us all to think about the virtues we need to sustain a life and how we might cultivate these virtues not just for our own wellbeing but for that of the people around us. Spoiler alert: it has nothing to do with bubble baths or the latest cold plunge trend. Wouldn’t it be nice if it were that easy?  

    In this conversation, Kate and Rainn discuss:

    • How self-care is often a form of toxic individualism
    • The current mental health crisis and the need for spiritual tools that provide vision, mission, and purpose
    • How making oneself useful can be an antidote to despair

    A big thank you to our friends at The Fetzer Institute for making today’s conversation possible. 

     

    Watch clips from this conversation, read the full transcript, and access discussion questions by clicking here or visiting katebowler.com/podcasts.

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    2 April 2024, 7:30 am
  • 45 minutes 49 seconds
    Nicky Gumbel: Questions of Meaning

    Our lives are rarely predictable or at all in our control. Sometimes what happens to us or around us can reshape our entire trajectory. Nicky Gumbel is someone whose life was dramatically changed. He thought he was going to be a very fancy lawyer… just like everyone else in his family, but that’s not what happened. Nicky became one of the pioneers of the Alpha Course where 30 million people have been introduced to Christian faith around the world.

    In this conversation, Kate and Nicky discuss:

    • Nicky’s reluctant conversion to Christianity
    • How to stay open to the things we didn’t expect to happen.
    • How age isn’t necessarily the limiter we might assume—perhaps there are opportunities or new ventures that can open up in our later third of life
    • Why the church should be more like a hospital than a museum

     

    Watch clips from this conversation, read the full transcript, and access discussion questions by clicking here or visiting katebowler.com/podcasts.

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    26 March 2024, 7:30 am
  • 44 minutes 38 seconds
    Emma Gannon: The Butterfly Era

    So much of modern culture emphasizes success, hard work, and ambition. But what if we don’t conquer every problem or reach every mountaintop? How do you live with the hunger for more while letting yourself have limits and be tired and say no and shut it down too?

    In this conversation, Kate and Emma Gannon discuss:

    • Why ambition isn’t necessarily a bad thing
    • How Emma reacted to a season of severe burnout and what wisdom she has for all of us
    • How bucket lists can inadvertently place us in a game we are never going to win (Psst… It’s okay to simmer down a bit) 

     

    Watch clips from this conversation, read the full transcript, and access discussion questions by clicking here or visiting katebowler.com/podcasts.

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    19 March 2024, 7:30 am
  • 39 minutes 57 seconds
    Maggie Jackson: The Wisdom of Uncertainty

    These are uncertain times for so many of us. 

    But, according to writer Maggie Jackson, perhaps there is deep wisdom to be uncovered too—surprising gifts of curiosity, creative thinking, open-mindedness, and ways forward through the (often) unpredictabilities of life. 

    In this conversation, Kate and Maggie Discuss:

    • How uncertainty might foster creativity, resilience, and mutual understanding
    • Why we avoid ambiguity and a few small steps to help us become more comfortable with not knowing
    • How the practices of imagination and perspective-taking can help us see the potential in others
    • Why focusing on outcomes can close you off from picking up new information, nuance, or other peoples' perspectives
    • Why experiences contrary to our beliefs take longer, sometimes even weeks, to process

     

    Watch clips from this conversation, read the full transcript, and access discussion questions by clicking here or visiting katebowler.com/podcasts.

    Follow Kate on Instagram, Facebook, or X (formerly known as Twitter)—@katecbowler. Links to social pages and more available at linktr.ee/katecbowler.

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    12 March 2024, 7:30 am
  • 52 minutes 4 seconds
    Alan Alda: Stay Curious

    We don’t usually have repeat guests on this podcast… except we’re making an exception for the wonderful and wise Alan Alda. Alan Alda, of course, is an award-winning actor, writer, director, and podcast host. You probably know and love him as Hawkeye on M*A*S*H or Senator Arnie Vinick on The West Wing. He is endlessly curious on just about every topic—which makes him the perfect person to talk to about empathy, learning across differences (and disagreement), and how we might age into new hobbies and careers. 

    In this conversation, Alan and Kate discuss: 

    •  Tricks for staying curious as we age
    • How to talk to someone you disagree with
    • How Alan hopes to destigmatize Parkinson’s Disease
    • The difference between empathy and compassion and how to practice these important skills

     

    Watch clips from this conversation, read the full transcript, and access discussion questions by clicking here.

    Follow Kate on Instagram, Facebook, or X (formerly known as Twitter)—@katecbowler.

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    5 March 2024, 8:30 am
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