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Unlocking Us with Brené Brown

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Unlocking Us with Brené Brown

Unlocking Us with Brené Brown

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About Us

I’ve spent over 20 years studying the emotions and experiences that bring meaning and purpose to our lives, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s this: We are hardwired for connection, and connecting requires courage, vulnerability, and conversation. I want this to be a podcast that’s real, unpolished, honest, and reflects both the magic and the messiness of what it means to be human. Episodes will include conversations with the people who are teaching me, challenging me, confusing me, or maybe even ticking me off a little. I'll also have direct conversations with you about what I’m learning from new research, and we'll do some episodes dedicated to answering your questions. We don’t have to do life alone. We were never meant to.

Latest Episodes

Brené on Ask Me Anything, Part 2 of 2

EWe received so many thoughtful and tough AMA questions from listeners that it took us two episodes to cover the most popular topics. In Part 2, I unpack one of the most asked questions: How do parents build shame resilience in our children? I'm also answering another popular question: Are there TV series and/or films that I think do a great job of accurately capturing emotions and the human experience? While there are SO many that do that well, I share a few of my current favorites. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

31 MINJUL 15
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Brené on Ask Me Anything, Part 2 of 2

Brené on Ask Me Anything, Part 1 of 2

EI said, “Ask Me Anything,” and the Unlocking Us community came through with the tough questions. To be honest, I thought I’d get some easy, fun ones—but no, all deep-end questions. In fact, we had hundreds and hundreds of tough, smart, thoughtful questions submitted, and in today’s episode I answer five of them. We cover ‘fake news,’ disappointment vs self-pity, religion and shame, when something is shame-worthy, and we’re just getting started. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

49 MINJUL 8
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Brené on Ask Me Anything, Part 1 of 2

Brené on Shame and Accountability

EIn today’s solo episode, I share my thoughts about why accountability is a prerequisite for change, and why we need to get our heads and hearts around the difference between being held accountable for racism and feeling shame, and being shamed. I share my personal stories of being held accountable and holding myself accountable, as well as my strategies for pulling my “thinking brain” back online when I’m experiencing the flight and fight energy fueled by shame. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

46 MINJUL 1
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Brené on Shame and Accountability

Brené with Judd Apatow on Vulnerability and Laughter

EI'm talking with Judd Apatow, who has directed, produced, and written many of the biggest comedy films and hit TV shows of the last two decades. We look at what's funny, why it's funny, and why laughter creates connection. We also uncover that thin line between humor and grief and what it means to tell the stories of our lives in a way that we recognize ourselves and our shared humanity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

63 MINJUN 26
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Brené with Judd Apatow on Vulnerability and Laughter

Brené with Gina Chavez and Carrie Rodriguez on the Heart and Soul of Music

EMeet Carrie Rodriguez and Gina Chavez, the musicians who created and perform the music you hear every week on Unlocking Us. Artists and activists, Gina and Carrie integrate stories, culture, and the heart of past generations into their music to create artful and hopeful futures. You can hear it in their music, and you can see it in their lives. I’m so grateful that our weekly Unlocking Us conversations begin and end with their soulful sounds. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

79 MINJUN 24
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Brené with Gina Chavez and Carrie Rodriguez on the Heart and Soul of Music

Brené with Laverne Cox on Transgender Representation, Advocacy + the Power of Love

In this episode, I talk to artist, advocate, executive producer, and all-around amazing woman and friend Laverne Cox about her new, groundbreaking documentary, Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen, the importance of policy protection for the trans community, and the seismic shifts in the world today. We also discuss the complexities of intersectionality and accountability, the difference between discomfort and safety, and the ultimate power of seeking love and living in the light. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

59 MINJUN 17
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Brené with Laverne Cox on Transgender Representation, Advocacy + the Power of Love

Brené with Austin Channing Brown on I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

Austin Channing Brown’s anti-racism work is critical to changing our world, and her ability to talk about what is good and true about love, about our faith, and about loving each other is transformative. She is a writer, a speaker, and a media producer providing inspired leadership on racial justice in America. In this episode, we connect on her book I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, and talk about her online television show, The Next Question. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

63 MINJUN 10
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Brené with Austin Channing Brown on I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist

I'm talking with professor Ibram Kendi, New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and the Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. We talk about racial disparities, policy, and equality, but we really focus on How to Be an Antiracist, which is a groundbreaking approach to understanding uprooting racism and inequality in our society and in ourselves. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

61 MINJUN 3
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Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist

Brené with Reese Witherspoon & Kerry Washington on Little Fires Everywhere

Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington are true creatives and storytellers, working to make timely art that is honest and vulnerable and truth-telling. Here’s part two of my conversation on Little Fires Everywhere. This episode covers how Reese and Kerry worked with a team of other creatives to bring Celeste’s words to life. We talked about the challenges and responsibilities of creating authentic, living, breathing characters with complex internal thoughts. We talked about motherhood and how it connects us, changes us, and changes as it goes. And we talked about creating art that honors ordinary, complicated people from completely different backgrounds, while connecting us all together. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

66 MINMAY 29
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Brené with Reese Witherspoon & Kerry Washington on Little Fires Everywhere

Brené and Celeste Ng on Little Fires Everywhere

My conversation with Celeste Ng is the first of two episodes on Little Fires Everywhere, where I'll cover the book and the series. We talked about the writing process, the stories that we tell, and the stories that define us. We also covered how our hometowns shape us, how parenting is a shame minefield, and how we all have the power to mourn moments even while we’re in them. Celeste also filled us in on what she thinks about the series and what it felt like watching Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington create a show from her novel. I loved this episode as a reader, as a writer, and as an observer of what it means to be human. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

62 MINMAY 27
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Brené and Celeste Ng on Little Fires Everywhere

Latest Episodes

Brené on Ask Me Anything, Part 2 of 2

EWe received so many thoughtful and tough AMA questions from listeners that it took us two episodes to cover the most popular topics. In Part 2, I unpack one of the most asked questions: How do parents build shame resilience in our children? I'm also answering another popular question: Are there TV series and/or films that I think do a great job of accurately capturing emotions and the human experience? While there are SO many that do that well, I share a few of my current favorites. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

31 MINJUL 15
Comments
Brené on Ask Me Anything, Part 2 of 2

Brené on Ask Me Anything, Part 1 of 2

EI said, “Ask Me Anything,” and the Unlocking Us community came through with the tough questions. To be honest, I thought I’d get some easy, fun ones—but no, all deep-end questions. In fact, we had hundreds and hundreds of tough, smart, thoughtful questions submitted, and in today’s episode I answer five of them. We cover ‘fake news,’ disappointment vs self-pity, religion and shame, when something is shame-worthy, and we’re just getting started. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

49 MINJUL 8
Comments
Brené on Ask Me Anything, Part 1 of 2

Brené on Shame and Accountability

EIn today’s solo episode, I share my thoughts about why accountability is a prerequisite for change, and why we need to get our heads and hearts around the difference between being held accountable for racism and feeling shame, and being shamed. I share my personal stories of being held accountable and holding myself accountable, as well as my strategies for pulling my “thinking brain” back online when I’m experiencing the flight and fight energy fueled by shame. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

46 MINJUL 1
Comments
Brené on Shame and Accountability

Brené with Judd Apatow on Vulnerability and Laughter

EI'm talking with Judd Apatow, who has directed, produced, and written many of the biggest comedy films and hit TV shows of the last two decades. We look at what's funny, why it's funny, and why laughter creates connection. We also uncover that thin line between humor and grief and what it means to tell the stories of our lives in a way that we recognize ourselves and our shared humanity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

63 MINJUN 26
Comments
Brené with Judd Apatow on Vulnerability and Laughter

Brené with Gina Chavez and Carrie Rodriguez on the Heart and Soul of Music

EMeet Carrie Rodriguez and Gina Chavez, the musicians who created and perform the music you hear every week on Unlocking Us. Artists and activists, Gina and Carrie integrate stories, culture, and the heart of past generations into their music to create artful and hopeful futures. You can hear it in their music, and you can see it in their lives. I’m so grateful that our weekly Unlocking Us conversations begin and end with their soulful sounds. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

79 MINJUN 24
Comments
Brené with Gina Chavez and Carrie Rodriguez on the Heart and Soul of Music

Brené with Laverne Cox on Transgender Representation, Advocacy + the Power of Love

In this episode, I talk to artist, advocate, executive producer, and all-around amazing woman and friend Laverne Cox about her new, groundbreaking documentary, Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen, the importance of policy protection for the trans community, and the seismic shifts in the world today. We also discuss the complexities of intersectionality and accountability, the difference between discomfort and safety, and the ultimate power of seeking love and living in the light. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

59 MINJUN 17
Comments
Brené with Laverne Cox on Transgender Representation, Advocacy + the Power of Love

Brené with Austin Channing Brown on I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

Austin Channing Brown’s anti-racism work is critical to changing our world, and her ability to talk about what is good and true about love, about our faith, and about loving each other is transformative. She is a writer, a speaker, and a media producer providing inspired leadership on racial justice in America. In this episode, we connect on her book I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, and talk about her online television show, The Next Question. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

63 MINJUN 10
Comments
Brené with Austin Channing Brown on I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist

I'm talking with professor Ibram Kendi, New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and the Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. We talk about racial disparities, policy, and equality, but we really focus on How to Be an Antiracist, which is a groundbreaking approach to understanding uprooting racism and inequality in our society and in ourselves. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

61 MINJUN 3
Comments
Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist

Brené with Reese Witherspoon & Kerry Washington on Little Fires Everywhere

Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington are true creatives and storytellers, working to make timely art that is honest and vulnerable and truth-telling. Here’s part two of my conversation on Little Fires Everywhere. This episode covers how Reese and Kerry worked with a team of other creatives to bring Celeste’s words to life. We talked about the challenges and responsibilities of creating authentic, living, breathing characters with complex internal thoughts. We talked about motherhood and how it connects us, changes us, and changes as it goes. And we talked about creating art that honors ordinary, complicated people from completely different backgrounds, while connecting us all together. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

66 MINMAY 29
Comments
Brené with Reese Witherspoon & Kerry Washington on Little Fires Everywhere

Brené and Celeste Ng on Little Fires Everywhere

My conversation with Celeste Ng is the first of two episodes on Little Fires Everywhere, where I'll cover the book and the series. We talked about the writing process, the stories that we tell, and the stories that define us. We also covered how our hometowns shape us, how parenting is a shame minefield, and how we all have the power to mourn moments even while we’re in them. Celeste also filled us in on what she thinks about the series and what it felt like watching Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington create a show from her novel. I loved this episode as a reader, as a writer, and as an observer of what it means to be human. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

62 MINMAY 27
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Brené and Celeste Ng on Little Fires Everywhere
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