Everything Happens with Kate Bowler

Everything Happens with Kate Bowler

Duke University
Ask Kate Anything: Season Five Finale
Dec 09, 2020 34 min

Ask Kate Anything: Season Five Finale

How do you get through a terrible day? What should you not say to someone with cancer? What keeps you believing in God? We thought it might be fun to have you, dear listener, interview Kate for today’s episode. She offers gentle ideas for how to be a good friend to struggling loved ones, how she has found pockets of productivity in this dumpster fire of a year, and what she is hoping for in the New Year. Plus, she ends with a benediction for a year that didn’t turn out like we thought it should. For show notes, transcripts, and discussion questions: https://katebowler.com/podcasts/ask-kate-anything-season-five-finale/ Download a free Advent Devotional at https://katebowler.com/advent Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nikki DeLoach: A Not-So Hallmark Christmas
Dec 01, 2020 38 min

Nikki DeLoach: A Not-So Hallmark Christmas

The pandemic introduced many to living with uncertainty. But for some, uncertainty has always been their norm. Actress Nikki Deloach has starred in several Hallmark Christmas movies, but her life hasn’t matched the happily-ever-after plot-lines of her characters. Nikki’s dad was diagnosed with an aggressive form of dementia and her son was diagnosed with congenital heart defects in utero… all in the same week. In this conversation, Kate and Nikki discuss how to live with constant uncertainty, how to stay open to both the terror and the beauty of living close to the edge, and how to make Christmas meaningful when hope is hard to come by. CW: suicidal ideation, postpartum depression, a parent grappling with a child’s fragile diagnosis, dementia For show notes, transcripts, and discussion questions: https://katebowler.com/podcasts/nikki-deloach-a-not-so-hallmark-christmas/ Download a free Advent Devotional at https://katebowler.com/advent Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Michele Harper: Beauty in the Breaking
Nov 24, 2020 36 min

Michele Harper: Beauty in the Breaking

Emergency Rooms are the theater of life itself. For ER Dr. Michele Harper, work has become a calling—to bear witness to people’s problems both large and small, to advocate for better care, to catch those who fall through society’s cracks, to stand up against discrimination, to remind patients that the pain they have endured is not fair… it was never supposed to be this way. In this episode, Kate and Michele talk about the importance of radical honesty when it comes to advocacy as well as the racial and socio-economic disparities that keep people disproportionately affected by the pandemic… and the anxiety and stress that follows. And still, even after all she has seen and all she has walked through, Michele finds great hope in being broken. Yes, we are shattered, but yes, we will be made into something new. CW: domestic violence, a doctor discusses a patient’s experience of sexual assault and a patient’s suicidal ideation, racial discrimination For show notes, transcripts, and discussion questions: https://katebowler.com/podcasts/michele-harper-beauty-in-the-breaking/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Christie Watson: Bless the Nurses
Nov 17, 2020 40 min

Christie Watson: Bless the Nurses

At the core of nursing is the ability to love a stranger, to care indiscriminately. Christie Watson was a nurse in the UK for 20 years before she began teaching nurses. But when COVID-19 hit, she knew she needed to stand with her colleagues. So she put on her scrubs once again. In this moving conversation, Kate and Christie discuss the cost of COVID on healthcare workers, chaplains, and those who can’t be by their loved ones’ side when they need it most. If you are a nurse, know a nurse, or have been cared by one before, this one is for you. CW: COVID-19, dying alone For show notes, transcripts, and discussion questions: https://katebowler.com/podcasts/christie-watson-bless-the-nurses/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Samantha Irby: I'm Doing My Best (Life Now)
Nov 10, 2020 41 min

Samantha Irby: I'm Doing My Best (Life Now)

Though magazines and movie stars try to convince us otherwise, we aren’t all living our BEST LIFE NOW. When humor writer Samantha Irby lost both of her parents at 18, she developed the perfect coping mechanism: finding the absurd in everything. Kate and Samantha have a wide-ranging conversation about topics like grieving their Sweet Valley High life dreams, and how losing your parents as a child is the worst form of lost agency, and how important it is to speak honestly about our fragile, imperfect bodies and love them still. CW: Chronic illness, death of parents, MS For show notes, transcripts, and discussion questions: https://katebowler.com/podcasts/samantha-irby-im-doing-my-best-life-now/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan Richardson: Stubborn Hope
Oct 27, 2020 38 min

Jan Richardson: Stubborn Hope

What does it mean to be blessed? If you were to scroll through social media, you'd assume that "blessed" are the ones with gorgeous, matching families living in open style floor plans. But Jesus had other things in mind. When the Reverend Jan Richardson lost her husband, she continued to write counterintuitive blessings like “A Blessing for the Brokenhearted." In this episode, Kate and Jan talk about the ways grief cracks us open and the ways blessing invites us to stubborn hope. CW: Death of a spouse For show notes, transcripts, and discussion questions: https://katebowler.com/podcasts/jan-richardson-stubborn-hope/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Abigail Marsh: Extraordinary Empathy
Oct 21, 2020 35 min

Abigail Marsh: Extraordinary Empathy

Are some people more empathetic than others? By studying those on the opposite end of the compassion spectrum—those with psychopathy—researcher Dr. Abigail Marsh discovered something quite surprising. In this episode, Kate and Abigail talk about the purpose of fear, what it really means to be brave, and how we can all learn to better belong to one another. For show notes, transcripts, and discussion questions: https://katebowler.com/podcasts/abigail-marsh-extraordinary-empathy/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Bishop Michael Curry: The Power of Ordinary Love
Oct 13, 2020 37 min

Bishop Michael Curry: The Power of Ordinary Love

Sometimes it feels like the world is irreparably broken. A climate crisis leading to more hurricanes, fires, and melting glaciers. A political season that has ripped families and friends apart. A pandemic that has left us more isolated than ever and even more delicate than before. Even the strongest among us may wonder, "What hope is there? Is love enough to save us?" My guest today is someone who believes in the kind of love that can change everything. In this episode, Kate and Bishop Michael Curry talk about the power of ordinary and extraordinary love to remake ourselves and our communities along with us. For show notes, transcripts, and discussion questions: https://katebowler.com/podcasts/bishop-michael-curry-the-power-of-ordinary-love/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Susan Burton: Bless This Body
Oct 06, 2020 31 min

Susan Burton: Bless This Body

There are some secrets we'd rather not tell, but that eat us alive anyway. Writer Susan Burton was trapped in an eating disorder with no good name. Today's conversation is not a victory story. Issues with our bodies are not ones we overcome because our bodies are, you know, living things. Kate and Susan discuss how we struggle against shame and learn to have compassion for ourselves and our fragile, beautiful bodies. CW: Disordered eating For show notes, transcripts, and discussion questions: https://katebowler.com/podcasts/susan-burton-bless-this-body/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Victoria Sweet: Medicine with a Soul
Sep 29, 2020 34 min

Victoria Sweet: Medicine with a Soul

How do doctors, nurses, and other caring professionals keep their hearts soft when there are forces that make it hard to stay that way? With her radically compassionate approach to medicine, Dr. Victoria Sweet calls us to slow down in a world that loves quick fixes. In today's conversation, Kate and Victoria give us more language about what helps us all stay connected to the people we serve. CW: Describes father's seizures and medical mistreatment, doctor describing patient care For show notes, transcripts, and discussion questions: https://katebowler.com/podcasts/victoria-sweet-medicine-with-a-soul/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices