This Is Uncomfortable

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“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.”
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75 episodes
Guest
2 episodes
This was a surprise hit for me - I don't think I'm necessarily in the target demographic for the show as most of the guests seem to be about a decade younger than me (it seems most don't have kids, either, which truly changes how you feel about money) - but I find myself listening week after week because I liked the varied formats (some are interviews with a couple, sometimes they play a game) and the pace. Each episode prompts me to think about some embedded belief I have around money. It's also refreshing to hear how other couples/people handle their budgeting and even the power dynamic between two partners.
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Podcast Details

Created by
Marketplace
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Jun 3rd, 2019
Latest Episode
Apr 15th, 2021
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
75
Avg. Episode Length
23 minutes
Explicit
No
Order
Serial
Language
English

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