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'No one wants to be a bummer'; Terrible, Thanks for Asking explores emotional honesty

When someone asks: "How are you?" — for many of us, the natural inclination is to respond, "fine" or "good" or something else positive.

But what if we’re not actually doing very well? What if we’re really in a bad place or dealing with some pretty serious grief?

Nora McInerny explores those emotions and how we process them on her podcast, Terrible, Thanks for Asking.

She’s bringing her stage show of the same name to Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix on Friday, as the kickoff of her Bad Vibes Only tour. The Show caught up with McInerny about the podcast and what her performance involves.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.