This Is Uncomfortable

By Marketplace

“This Is Uncomfortable” is a show about life and how money messes with it. Each week, Reema Khrais digs in with stories about the unanticipated ways money affects relationships, shapes identities and often defines what it means to be an adult. Khrais dives into uncomfortable topics like friends borrowing money, relationships and the other varied ways money shapes who we are. Editors’ Notes: “I wanted to create a space where people could talk openly about their relationship to money,” says Reema Khrais, host of This Is Uncomfortable, a weekly narrative podcast in which she explores the personal and emotional side of money and how it shapes our lives. “I’ve learned that it can be a reflection of our values and how we want to organize our lives. But in a lot of ways, our relationship to it is also shaped by a lot of things beyond our control, like our upbringing or by systemic disadvantages.” In each episode, Khrais covers various stories based on a central topic—whether it is the uniquely American obsession with productivity, how a woman’s teeth defined her, or a young woman’s pandemic journey to end her longtime shopping addiction. The Palestinian American came up with the idea for the show after she realized that she rarely talked with her friends and family about money. When she was in her mid-twenties, Khrais broached the topic of savings with her parents—both of whom are nurses and big savers. She was surprised to hear her dad’s firm stance on how much she should have in her bank account by the time she turned 30. “He said, ‘You should have around $100K saved by now,’” she recalls. “It made me realize how dangerous it can be if you don’t talk about these topics, because you’re more likely to set unrealistic expectations. You don’t know how to measure yourself up to people.” Khrais had heard many stories like hers while covering news about business and economy as a reporter for WNYC and WUNC Radio, though it wasn’t until she started podcasting that she was able to fully immerse herself in people’s intimate and vulnerable experiences. “I don’t want to tell people how to invest or how to save,” she says. “I want people to connect with the folks on the podcast and to see them not just for their struggles, but for their personality and as three-dimensional beings.”

  1. 1.
    What’s mine is not yours
    32:15
  2. 2.
    A cruel disease
    38:32
  3. 3.
    Pretty hurts
    27:20
  4. 4.
    The marriage penalty
    35:12
  5. 5.
    “Click here for a life-changing opportunity”
    36:44
  6. 6.
    A lifelong scam
    35:33
  7. 7.
    On April 1, we’re all getting scammed
    2:42
  8. 8.
    Productivity won’t save you
    25:24
  1. 9.
    Pandemic motherhood
    24:47
  2. 10.
    There’s no place like home
    26:15
  3. 11.
    The lies we tell our friends
    26:52
  4. 12.
    The student loan trap
    21:48
  5. 13.
    How the WNBA drove Loeffler into overtime
    20:12
  6. 14.
    Can’t buy me love
    24:18
  7. 15.
    Money horror stories III: the ghost of purchases past
    24:31
  8. 16.
    Financial infidelity
    21:11
  9. 17.
    Friendship is a full-time job, with Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow
    21:42
  10. 18.
    Divorce story (rerun), plus a request for your help!
    25:41
  11. 19.
    Can’t make rent, can’t get evicted
    18:28
  12. 20.
    “Why don’t you fix your teeth?”
    26:44
  13. 21.
    Who can afford to vote?
    30:09
  14. 22.
    “This Is Uncomfortable” is back this week!
    2:06
  15. 23.
    Love in the time of coronavirus (rerun)
    23:36
  16. 24.
    WeWork too much (rerun)
    27:09
  17. 25.
    Life in the coronavirus heckhole
    24:30
  18. 26.
    Money makes me sick
    21:47
  19. 27.
    The fight for fair pay in Big Tech
    21:57
  20. 28.
    How to pay for college
    29:15
  21. 29.
    It’s expensive to get arrested
    27:16
  22. 30.
    Barred from benefits (from The Uncertain Hour)
    34:48
  23. 31.
    School’s out (forever?)
    23:08
  24. 32.
    Our parents’ debts (from Terrible, Thanks for Asking)
    49:26
  25. 33.
    From prison to pandemic
    18:57
  26. 34.
    Confessions of a shopaholic
    20:54
  27. 35.
    A $35,000 COVID bill
    20:33
  28. 36.
    What it’s like getting an abortion in Texas right now
    15:29
  29. 37.
    Zoom therapy in a pandemic
    19:33
  30. 38.
    Love in the time of coronavirus
    23:20
  31. 39.
    Hard choices
    19:32
  32. 40.
    COVID-19 comforts
    15:40
  33. 41.
    What’s a friendship worth?
    18:47
  34. 42.
    WeWork too much
    25:52
  35. 43.
    My boyfriend wants to pay my rent
    25:28
  36. 44.
    In sickness and in fraud
    24:04
  37. 45.
    Total financial control
    27:24
  38. 46.
    What’s your sign?
    25:12
  39. 47.
    Divorce Story
    21:53
  40. 48.
    “This Is Uncomfortable” is back next week
    2:37
  41. 49.
    I have class anxiety (rerun)
    20:05
  42. 50.
    Instrument of sabotage (rerun)
    25:52

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