Not Terrible Podcast

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

57 episodes of Not Terrible Podcast since the first episode, which aired on December 19th, 2017.

  • #41: Diet Culture with Lauren Rieker

    May 27th, 2019  |  Season 5  |  1 hr 18 mins

    We’re surrounded and overwhelmed by diet culture, and we don’t even realize it. Episode 41 features guest Lauren Rieker, a licensed dietician and owner of Renovate Your Plate as she helps Jess and Mary tackle some lies and wrong attitudes about their bodies.

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  • #40: Gray-Area Drinking

    May 20th, 2019  |  Season 5  |  55 mins 22 secs

    Jess and Mary are back with a new format, a new introduction, and new topics. Episode #40 is about gray-area drinking. Jess shares her struggles with alcohol, what’s she’s learning, and what’s happening right now.

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  • #39: Season 4 Wrap-Up

    March 18th, 2019  |  Season 4  |  46 mins 36 secs

    Jess and Mary recap their favorite episodes of season 4. They take questions and comments from listeners and tell you what's to come in season 5.

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  • #38: Everything Happens For A Reason Book Club Discussion

    March 11th, 2019  |  Season 4  |  47 mins 49 secs

    On this episode, Jess and Mary are discussing this season's book club selection, Everything Happens For A Reason and Other Lies I've Loved by Kate Bowler. Bowler tells her journey of an early age cancer diagnosis and how she grapples with the reality of her situation. They share their thoughts and opinions on the book as well as listener reviews and comments.

  • #37: Growth & Death

    March 4th, 2019  |  Season 4  |  51 mins 15 secs

    In episode 37, Jess and Mary are talking about growth and death. They share what they're letting go of during this season of their lives, and what they are working to become.

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  • #36: Addiction in Romantic Relationships

    February 25th, 2019  |  Season 4  |  52 mins 9 secs

    Episode 36 finds Jess and Mary talking about addiction in romantic relationships. They share their personal stories and discuss the emotional, physical, and social effects of addiction.

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  • #35: Therapy Tips from a Therapist

    February 18th, 2019  |  Season 4  |  43 mins 20 secs

    On episode 35, Jess and Mary are getting therapy advice from a real therapist. They're talking with Brooke Randolph, a licensed mental health counselor. Brooke helps Jess and Mary understand different therapy options, how to identify a good therapist, and what to do outside the therapist office to make the most of their mental health journey.

  • #34: Welcome Back, Seasonal Depression

    February 11th, 2019  |  Season 4  |  34 mins 9 secs

    Episode 34 finds Jess and Mary talking about seasonal affective disorder (SAD). They cover what it feels like, why it happens, and how to try to handle it.

  • #33: What is EMDR therapy?

    February 4th, 2019  |  Season 4  |  38 mins 20 secs

    In episode 33, Jess and Mary are discussing EMDR therapy: what it is, how it works, and what it's been like for Jess.

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  • #32: How to Keep Our Kids Safe Online

    January 28th, 2019  |  Season 4  |  59 mins 38 secs

    On episode 32 of the Not Terrible podcast, Jess and Mary learn how to keep their kids safe online with the founder of the Child Rescue Network, Jeff Griesemer. Jeff shares his twenty-plus years of experience as he talks about keeping kids safe online, how to know when a child is being exploited, and how to address it.

  • #31: Minimalism & Stuff, Part Two

    January 21st, 2019  |  Season 4  |  50 mins 29 secs

    On this week's episode, we are continuing our discussion on minimalism and consumerism. We're talking about the people and the books reshaping the way we look at our possessions.

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  • #30: Minimalism & Stuff, Part One

    January 14th, 2019  |  Season 4  |  44 mins 23 secs
  • #29: The Christmas Extravaganza

    December 19th, 2018  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 3 mins

    Mary and Jess invite their kids on the podcast for a very special Christmas episode. The moms ask questions, and the kids give (too honest) answers. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Not Terrible family to yours.

  • #28: Not So Happy Holidays

    November 19th, 2018  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 12 secs

    On episode 29, we're preparing for the holiday season by discussing the less happy side of celebrating. The holidays aren't always joyful and sometimes they even exaggerate the everyday stress. We'll share ways to survive the next few months and why it's okay to not be excited about the season.

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  • #27: Unexpected Loss and Grief, Part Two with Paula E.

    November 12th, 2018  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 17 mins

    In episode 27, Mary shared her story of the unexpected loss of the grandfather and dear friend, Joe in the same weekend. Today, we pick up the story of loss and grief with Joe's widow, Paula. Paula takes us through the experience of losing her husband, wrestling with grief and navigating the unknown.

  • #26: Unexpected Loss & Grief, Part One

    November 5th, 2018  |  Season 3  |  47 mins 52 secs

    This is the first of a two part story about loss and grief. Mary introduces us to a weekend where she lost two loved ones unexpectedly. She shares how the shock and heartache threatened to overwhelm her. We ask hard, unanswerable questions about how to put one foot in front of the other in wake of traumatic loss.

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