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10 Things That Scare Me

A daily Society, Culture and Mental Health podcast
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Biting fish and back-in-time lightening.  Ida and Noa are sisters from Brooklyn. Noa tasted her first snail last summer and Ida passed the purple swim test at camp. Now she’s allowed to swim all the way out to the dock. This audio recorded by I
Back in January we brought you the fears of WNYC cultural critic and author Rebecca Carroll. She just launched a new podcast called Come Through, which will feature 15 essential conversations about race in a pivotal year for America. And whethe
I'm really afraid that one day I'll say something and people will be like Hank, you know, that they went to the moon like more than once, right? And I'll be like, yeah, no, I totally knew that.... Hank Green is the author of the novel An Absolu
Jessica is a comedy producer in her 30s and until a couple of months ago she said she would describe herself as “eggs on ice, career on fire”. David is a 54 year old engineer living in Wales in the UK. He believes that given the chance, most pe
When I think about people who are doctors, I just have this like vision of intestines and having to sort through them. Hrishikesh Hirway is a musician, composer, and the creator of the podcast Song Exploder -- where musicians take apart their s
Raising a white son as a queer woman of color.  Anne Wolf is a 38 year old mother, strategist, and minimalist shoe enthusiast. She loves the idea of hobbies, but she hasn’t found the right one yet. One time, back in the 90s, she tried water ski
I'm afraid that we really do prefer comforting lies over truth. Sarah Haider grew up a devout Muslim, but left the religion as a teenager. Today she is the executive director of Ex Muslims of North America, and her dad is now an atheist. Join t
There are too many people living in too close proximity to each other who don't even know each other anymore. George Divoky studies the black guillemots of Cooper Island in Alaska. He is also the director of Cooper Island Arctic Research. Divok
I've never used a computer. The only electricity that I used is batteries for my radio and for a flashlight. That's the extent of my technology. Kent Bonar lives with his animals in the Ozarks region of Arkansas. Many years ago he started drawi
There is a fear of missing out on my little boy's life as a result of my profession. If that happens is my own damn fault. Chris Thile is a traveling musician and the host of Live From Here from Minnesota Public Radio. He told us his son Cal is
I think I'm a control freak and not that I necessarily want to have power over other people but in that I want to have power over my own life.  Mara Wilson is a former child actor and host of the podcast What Are You Afraid Of. Join the 10 Thin
Seeing my mom's face in a crowd. Liz is a listener who called in to us from the suburbs of Chicago where she makes her living driving a book mobile. Join the 10 Things That Scare Me conversation, and tell us your fears here. And follow 10 Thing
I just feel like one day a bear is just gonna come along or a hyena or a lion and just be like, well, now it's my turn asshole and just eat me like I'm a Philly cheesesteak.   Chris Distefano is an actor and comedian in New York City. Join the 
I think sometimes people think it's funny to scare people. Nigel Poor is a visual artist and lives in California. She is the co-host and co-producer of the podcast Earhustle with Earlonne Woods. She met Earlonne while volunteering in San Quenti
When I'm feeling stressed about something it makes me feel calm when I take an inventory of the things that I own and I can see it in my head. Kathy Tu is the co-host of the podcast Nancy. When she and her co-host Tobin Low pitched the idea for
Jeffery Lackman is a 23 year old listener who called in to us from the Minnesota/North Dakota border. He is running around with a smile on his face, trying to pay his bills and believes that the Bigmouth Buffalo Fish is undervalued. Join the 10
It could have been a guy who sat next to me in geometry, I had no idea because my eyes were closed.  Ellen Ryan is a lawyer from Chicago. She told us that she met her husband while on a trek in the Himalayas. After Jeffrey Dahmer was convicted,
In our culture, Black culture, African-based culture, the mask is a sacred thing. It's not fun times. Michael W. Twitty is a culinary and cultural historian and author of The Cooking Gene. He converted to Orthodox Judaism at 25. Twitty is the f
Molly called in to us from Maryland. Join the 10 Things That Scare Me conversation, and tell us your fears here. And follow 10 Things That Scare Me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
I'm afraid of being dropped in the ocean. Maureen took up the challenge to tell us what scares her from her home in Mendocino County, CA. Where she works as a hospital chaplain. Maureen is also a writer and author of the play “It’s All About Se
"The line between thinking you have everything figured out and having nothing figured out is way closer than I think it is."  Jeff Emtman is the host of KCRW’s Here Be Monsters. He’s originally from Pullman, Washington. When Jeff was a kid, he
What Billie and I have together... well, the first thing I can think of to tell you is that I was 69 years old before we got together, and she's the first person who's ever told me I was beautiful. As a married couple, Billie's fears and Gay's
"I'm a certified scuba diver but I don't go out much because it scares me." Vivian Wagner is a listener like you who who decided to share her fears with us. She is an associate professor of English and getting ready to marry a handsome commerci
"Running out of gas in the middle of nowhere and then dying of thirst." Jia Tolentino grew up in Texas and  is a New Yorker staff writer and author of the essay collection Trick Mirror. Jia has never had a soda without alcohol in it. Join the 
"I don't think I realized that I'm enough for my son." Rebecca Carroll is a cultural critic and Editor of Special Projects at WNYC. She met her husband on a subway platform in Brooklyn. He was on his way to a conference on race and social polic
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