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The Hilarious World of Depression

By American Public Media  

A show about clinical depression...with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe. Join guests such as Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins, Andy Richter, and Jen Kirkman to learn how they’ve dealt with depression and managed to laugh along the way. If you have not met the disease personally, it’s almost certain that someone you know has, whether it’s a friend, family member, colleague, or neighbor. Depression is a vicious cycle of solitude and stigma that leaves people miserable and sometimes dead. Frankly, we’re not going to put up with that anymore. The Hilarious World of Depression is not medical treatment and should not be seen as a substitute for therapy or medication. But it is a chance to gain some insight, have a few laughs, and realize that people with depression are not alone and that together, we can all feel a bit better. American Public Media and HealthPartners’ Make It Okay campaign are committed to breaking the stigma around mental health.

A show about clinical depression...with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe. Join guests such as Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins, Andy Richter, and Jen Kirkman to learn how they’ve dealt with depression and managed to laugh along the way. If you have not met the disease personally, it’s almost certain that someone you know has, whether it’s a friend, family member, colleague, or neighbor. Depression is a vicious cycle of solitude and stigma that leaves people miserable and sometimes dead. Frankly, we’re not going to put up with that anymore. The Hilarious World of Depression is not medical treatment and should not be seen as a substitute for therapy or medication. But it is a chance to gain some insight, have a few laughs, and realize that people with depression are not alone and that together, we can all feel a bit better. American Public Media and HealthPartners’ Make It Okay campaign are committed to breaking the stigma around mental health.

 

#96

Movies That Get Depression Right

It’s easy for movies to get depression wrong, portraying a clinical disorder as equivalent to just being bummed out and, in the case of romantic comedies, curable with a magical kiss. People with actual depression know better and appreciate films that show the truth. In this episode, our listeners, the beloved THWoD-balls, give their picks, ranging from sci-fi to historical drama to comedy. We got moon men, bridesmaids, a couple of hobbits, and even a Babadook. Fill out your watch list! You can order John's book on  [Amazon] (https://amzn.to/2vyKuoA)  ( [amzn.to/THWoDBook] (http://www.amzn.to/THWoDBook) ) or  [IndieBound] (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250209283?aff=AmPublicMedia)  ( [bit.ly/IndieTHWoD] (http://www.bit.ly/IndieTHWoD) ). Follow us on Twitter:  [@THWofD] (http://twitter.com/THWofD) . Like us on Facebook:  [facebook.com/thwod] (http://facebook.com/thwod) . Support our show today:  [hilariousworld.org/donate] (http://hilariousworld.org/donate) Visit  [MakeItOK.org] (https://makeitok.org/)  to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the  [Crisis Text Line] (https://www.crisistextline.org/)  by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the  [Suicide Prevention Lifeline] (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/)  at 1-800-273-TALK. ... Read more

25 May 2020

45 MINS

45:18

25 May 2020


#95

Steven Page Camouflages Songs About Depression

As co-founder and co-frontman for the band Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page belted out a lot of up-tempo pop hits. But if you look at the lyrics to songs like "One Week" or "Pinch Me," you can see a lot of darkness and that's an approach that has continued with his solo work. We hear about his bipolar diagnosis, his drug arrest, and his penchant for creating multi-layered music. You can order John's book on  [Amazon] (https://amzn.to/2vyKuoA)  ( [amzn.to/THWoDBook] (http://www.amzn.to/THWoDBook) ) or  [IndieBound] (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250209283?aff=AmPublicMedia)  ( [bit.ly/IndieTHWoD] (http://www.bit.ly/IndieTHWoD) ). Follow us on Twitter:  [@THWofD] (http://twitter.com/THWofD) . Like us on Facebook:  [facebook.com/thwod] (http://facebook.com/thwod) . Support our show today:  [hilariousworld.org/donate] (http://hilariousworld.org/donate) Visit  [MakeItOK.org] (https://makeitok.org/)  to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the  [Crisis Text Line] (https://www.crisistextline.org/)  by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the  [Suicide Prevention Lifeline] (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/)  at 1-800-273-TALK. ... Read more

18 May 2020

45 MINS

45:28

18 May 2020


#94

Mike Birbiglia Faces His Darkest Fears and Puts Them On Stage

Monologist and comedian Mike Birbiglia has always had a mile-long dark streak. Even if he’s never been diagnosed with clinical depression, he’s recognized his own lack of capacity to feel joy and is constantly aware of a kind of existential dread that haunts him. But rather than shy away from all that, he picks at it. Mike fills us in on how he deals with that darkness and the inner meaning of a lot of his work. You can order John's book on  [Amazon] (https://amzn.to/2vyKuoA)  ( [amzn.to/THWoDBook] (http://www.amzn.to/THWoDBook) ) or  [IndieBound] (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250209283?aff=AmPublicMedia)  ( [bit.ly/IndieTHWoD] (http://www.bit.ly/IndieTHWoD) ). Follow us on Twitter:  [@THWofD] (http://twitter.com/THWofD) . Like us on Facebook:  [facebook.com/thwod] (http://facebook.com/thwod) . Support our show today:  [hilariousworld.org/donate] (http://hilariousworld.org/donate) Visit  [MakeItOK.org] (https://makeitok.org/)  to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the  [Crisis Text Line] (https://www.crisistextline.org/)  by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the  [Suicide Prevention Lifeline] (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/)  at 1-800-273-TALK. ... Read more

11 May 2020

41 MINS

41:02

11 May 2020


#93

Free Chapters of The Hilarious World of Depression: The Book: The Audiobook

To celebrate the release of our book we are excited to offer you a sneak preview of the audio version, read by author and THWoD host John Moe. Hear how he started to unlock his own mental mysteries with the help of a productive relationship with a therapist, a lot of time with dogs, and some key decisions. The book is available on all platforms as of May 5, 2020. Check it out on  [Amazon] (https://amzn.to/2vyKuoA)  ( [amzn.to/THWoDBook] (http://www.amzn.to/THWoDBook) ) or  [IndieBound] (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250209283?aff=AmPublicMedia)  ( [bit.ly/IndieTHWoD] (http://www.bit.ly/IndieTHWoD) ). Follow us on Twitter:  [@THWofD] (http://twitter.com/THWofD) . Like us on Facebook:  [facebook.com/thwod] (http://facebook.com/thwod) . Support our show today:  [hilariousworld.org/donate] (http://hilariousworld.org/donate) Visit  [MakeItOK.org] (https://makeitok.org/)  to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the  [Crisis Text Line] (https://www.crisistextline.org/)  by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the  [Suicide Prevention Lifeline] (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/)  at 1-800-273-TALK. ... Read more

04 May 2020

42 MINS

42:52

04 May 2020


#92

Emmy Blotnick Once Ate a Whole Head of Cabbage. Alone. In Silence.

Standup comedian and writer Emmy Blotnick is a rising star in the comedy world. But along the path to success, she’s had to navigate a depression that manifested in some pretty unexpected ways, including culinary disasters involving pumpkin puree, kidney beans, and butternut squash soup. Thanks to some hard work, EMDR therapy, and more nutritious choices, she’s on the right track. You can pre-order John's book on  [Amazon] (https://amzn.to/2vyKuoA)  ( [amzn.to/THWoDBook] (http://www.amzn.to/THWoDBook) ) or  [IndieBound] (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250209283?aff=AmPublicMedia)  ( [bit.ly/IndieTHWoD] (http://www.bit.ly/IndieTHWoD) ). Follow us on Twitter:  [@THWofD] (http://twitter.com/THWofD) . Like us on Facebook:  [facebook.com/thwod] (http://facebook.com/thwod) . Support our show today:  [hilariousworld.org/donate] (http://hilariousworld.org/donate) Visit  [MakeItOK.org] (https://makeitok.org/)  to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the  [Crisis Text Line] (https://www.crisistextline.org/)  by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the  [Suicide Prevention Lifeline] (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/)  at 1-800-273-TALK. ... Read more

27 Apr 2020

47 MINS

47:18

27 Apr 2020


#91

Lulu Miller Treats Her Depression With Fish Research, Finds Fish Don’t Exist

Public radio and podcast audiences have been listening to Lulu Miller’s storytelling for years on Radiolab and on Invisibilia, a show she co-founded. Her work is generally about other people but on this episode, she shares her own story, which is by turns harrowing and triumphant. Lulu’s new book is “Why Fish Don’t Exist” (Link: [https://bit.ly/2XNTnq4] (https://bit.ly/2XNTnq4) ) and it’s about her history with depression, the scientific curiosity that helped get her back on track, and, yeah, why fish don’t exist. You can pre-order John's book on [Amazon] (https://amzn.to/2vyKuoA) ( [amzn.to/THWoDBook] (http://www.amzn.to/THWoDBook) ) or [IndieBound] (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250209283?aff=AmPublicMedia) ( [bit.ly/IndieTHWoD] (http://www.bit.ly/IndieTHWoD) ). Follow us on Twitter: [@THWofD] (http://twitter.com/THWofD) . Like us on Facebook: [facebook.com/thwod] (http://facebook.com/thwod) . Support our show today: [hilariousworld.org/donate] (http://hilariousworld.org/donate) Visit [MakeItOK.org] (https://makeitok.org/) to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the [Crisis Text Line] (https://www.crisistextline.org/) by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the [Suicide Prevention Lifeline] (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/) at 1-800-273-TALK. ... Read more

20 Apr 2020

47 MINS

47:01

20 Apr 2020


#90

Dave Holmes Puts the ADHD in Dave Holmes

Some people don’t have short job titles. Dave Holmes is, among other things, a writer, MTV VJ (despite losing the contest that landed him the job), TV host, actor, and even a former advertising executive. He has dealt with anxiety, depression, and a thorny time coming out as a gay man. Just before our conversation, he received a new diagnosis of ADHD and suddenly a lot of things made a lot more sense. You can pre-order John's book on [Amazon] (https://amzn.to/2vyKuoA) ( [amzn.to/THWoDBook] (http://www.amzn.to/THWoDBook) ) or [IndieBound] (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250209283?aff=AmPublicMedia) ( [bit.ly/IndieTHWoD] (http://www.bit.ly/IndieTHWoD) ). Follow us on Twitter: [@THWofD] (http://twitter.com/THWofD) . Like us on Facebook: [facebook.com/thwod] (http://facebook.com/thwod) . Support our show today: [hilariousworld.org/donate] (http://hilariousworld.org/donate) Visit [MakeItOK.org] (https://makeitok.org/) to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the [Crisis Text Line] (https://www.crisistextline.org/) by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the [Suicide Prevention Lifeline] (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/) at 1-800-273-TALK. ... Read more

13 Apr 2020

42 MINS

42:48

13 Apr 2020


#89

Call A Friend, Find Out How They’re Doing

During this long stretch of just staying home, we decided to reach out to some friends of THWoD, hear their voices, and find out how they're holding up. Writer Ana Marie Cox is drawing strength from her sobriety, actor John Ross Bowie is balancing work and fatherhood, and comedian Solomon Georgio has found a soothing new hobby of driving to the airport and then turning around and going home again. You can pre-order John's book on [Amazon] (https://amzn.to/2vyKuoA) ( [amzn.to/THWoDBook] (http://www.amzn.to/THWoDBook) ) or [IndieBound] (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250209283?aff=AmPublicMedia) ( [bit.ly/IndieTHWoD] (http://www.bit.ly/IndieTHWoD) ). Follow us on Twitter: [@THWofD] (http://twitter.com/THWofD) . Like us on Facebook: [facebook.com/thwod] (http://facebook.com/thwod) . Support our show today: [hilariousworld.org/donate] (http://hilariousworld.org/donate) Visit [MakeItOK.org] (https://makeitok.org/) to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the [Crisis Text Line] (https://www.crisistextline.org/) by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the [Suicide Prevention Lifeline] (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/) at 1-800-273-TALK. ... Read more

06 Apr 2020

33 MINS

33:12

06 Apr 2020


#88

Lori Gottlieb Has Seen All Possible Sides of Therapy

Having experienced therapy as a patient, a student, and an actual therapist, Lori Gottlieb has a lot of insight into what therapy is, what it isn't, and how to get the most out of it. We hear how she ended up in the profession after repeatedly putting a UPS guy in an uncomfortable spot and how, years later, she needed more therapy herself when her world fell out from under her. You can pre-order John's book on [Amazon] (https://amzn.to/2vyKuoA) ( [amzn.to/THWoDBook] (http://www.amzn.to/THWoDBook) ) or [IndieBound] (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250209283?aff=AmPublicMedia) ( [bit.ly/IndieTHWoD] (http://www.bit.ly/IndieTHWoD) ). Follow us on Twitter: [@THWofD] (http://twitter.com/THWofD) . Like us on Facebook: [facebook.com/thwod] (http://facebook.com/thwod) . Support our show today: [hilariousworld.org/donate] (http://hilariousworld.org/donate) Visit [MakeItOK.org] (https://makeitok.org/) to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the [Crisis Text Line] (https://www.crisistextline.org/) by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the [Suicide Prevention Lifeline] (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/) at 1-800-273-TALK. ... Read more

30 Mar 2020

50 MINS

50:11

30 Mar 2020


#87

Jameela Jamil Has an Ambitious Goal: To Feel Things

She was one of the stars of NBC’s The Good Place, a tv and radio host in England, and she’s created a popular movement aimed at celebrating body positivity, all within the past few years. But Jameela Jamil has been through enough trauma, eating disorders, depression, and other calamities that she can’t feel much of anything. She’s working to change that. You can pre-order John's book on [Amazon] (https://amzn.to/2vyKuoA) or [IndieBound] (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250209283?aff=AmPublicMedia) . Follow us on Twitter: [@THWofD] (http://twitter.com/THWofD) . Like us on Facebook: [facebook.com/thwod] (http://facebook.com/thwod) . Support our show today: [hilariousworld.org/donate] (http://hilariousworld.org/donate) Visit [MakeItOK.org] (https://makeitok.org/) to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the [Crisis Text Line] (https://www.crisistextline.org/) by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the [Suicide Prevention Lifeline] (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/) at 1-800-273-TALK. ... Read more

23 Mar 2020

45 MINS

45:01

23 Mar 2020


#86

A Message From Inside John's Closet. I Mean Office.

Hi, it’s John, and I’m sending you this recording from my makeshift office about what’s going on for us THWoD-balls during COVID-19, and ideas about how to get through it as best we can. You can pre-order John's book at [bit.ly/HilariousWorldBook] (http://bit.ly/HilariousWorldBook) . Follow us on Twitter: [@THWofD] (http://twitter.com/THWofD) . Like us on Facebook: [facebook.com/thwod] (http://facebook.com/thwod) . Support our show today: [hilariousworld.org/donate] (http://hilariousworld.org/donate) If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the [Crisis Text Line] (https://www.crisistextline.org/) by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the [Suicide Prevention Lifeline] (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/) at 1-800-273-TALK. ... Read more

18 Mar 2020

15 MINS

15:43

18 Mar 2020


#85

Theo Fleury: Trauma, stardom, and a downward spiral on the latest Tremendous Upside

Theo Fleury hit the ice at age five. He was a hockey phenom at 14, a Stanley Cup champion at 20 and an Olympic gold medalist at 33. He was also keeping a terrible secret. As a teen, he was sexually assaulted by one of his coaches. Hockey became an escape, but it couldn’t fix everything; he faced addiction and suicidal thoughts. Today, Theo is sober, and he talks with host Chamique Holdsclaw about what it took to get there. Subscribe to the podcast: [Apple Podcasts] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tremendous-upside/id1491538103) | [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/show/4mGSOBL8E1g5QstHy1SQfY) | [Google Podcasts] (https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5wdWJsaWNyYWRpby5vcmcvcHVibGljX2ZlZWRzL3RyZW1lbmRvdXMtdXBzaWRlL3Jzcy9yc3MucnNz) ... Read more

27 Jan 2020

30 MINS

30:45

27 Jan 2020


#84

THWoD Special: Tremendous Upside with Chamique Holdsclaw and Metta World Peace

A special episode of our new sister program from the makers of THWoD. Tremendous Upside is a bit like THWoD, but instead of John Moe talking to artists, host and basketball icon Chamique Holdsclaw talks to big-name athletes about their struggles with mental illnesses. On the premiere episode, she interviews Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest. He had a long and storied NBA career but is still best known for his involvement in a violent incident that spilled into the stands during a game. He grew up in Queensbridge, the largest housing project in the US. His home life was unstable and from an early age, he struggled with his anger. Hear how he turned things around with therapy, breathing, and meditation. Subscribe to the podcast: [Apple Podcasts] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tremendous-upside/id1491538103) | [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/show/4mGSOBL8E1g5QstHy1SQfY) | [Google Podcasts] (https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5wdWJsaWNyYWRpby5vcmcvcHVibGljX2ZlZWRzL3RyZW1lbmRvdXMtdXBzaWRlL3Jzcy9yc3MucnNz) ... Read more

13 Jan 2020

31 MINS

31:39

13 Jan 2020


#83

Introducing Tremendous Upside

We are delighted to announce a brand new show coming your way from the THWoD team. Tremendous Upside is a series of interviews with athletes who have been at the top of their game and struggled with mental illness. In this mini-THWoD episode, John Moe talks with Tremendous Upside host Chamique Holdsclaw, winner of national championships, player of the year awards, and an Olympic gold medal. Hear how athletes like Metta World Peace, Briana Scurry, Suzy Favor Hamilton, Theo Fleury, and more open up to Chamique about the struggles off the field of play that don’t get talked about much at all. [You can check out the Tremendous Upside trailer and subscribe here] (https://www.tremendousupside.org/) . ... Read more

16 Dec 2019

07 MINS

07:19

16 Dec 2019


#82

Depression's Eleven Big Lies EXPOSED!

It's helpful to know that depression lies to you, that it presents the world in a way that is false just to mess you up. It's even more helpful to know exactly what whoppers it tries to pull off. We enlisted our team of world-class investigative reporters, aka our listeners, aka The THWoD-balls, to blow the lid off lies about love, hard work, ignorance, staying alive, and even cookies. We can't stop you from lying, depression, but we can know a lie when we hear it. Also, hey, we have new stuff available for donors! Act now to get your very own THWoD pill-shaped stress ball. It's pill-shaped but not pill-sized because that would be ridiculous. Visit [hilariousworld.org/donate] (http://www.hilariousworld.org/donate) to see all our available thank you gifts. You can pre-order John's book at [bit.ly/HilariousWorldBook] (http://bit.ly/HilariousWorldBook) . Follow us on Twitter: [@THWofD] (http://twitter.com/thwofd) . Like us on Facebook: [facebook.com/thwod] (http://facebook.com/thwod) . Check out our sponsors this week: DoorDash - Download the app and use promo code WORLD Native - [nativedeodorant.com] (http://nativedeodorant.com/) with code WORLD Calm - [calm.com/WORLD] (http://calm.com/WORLD) Stitch Fix - [stitchfix.com/hilarious] (http://stitchfix.com/hilarious) Quip Oral Care - [getquip.com/HILARIOUS] (http://getquip.com/HILARIOUS) Bark Box - [barkbox.com/WORLD] (http://barkbox.com/WORLD) ... Read more

09 Dec 2019

48 MINS

48:57

09 Dec 2019


#81

Darryl "DMC" McDaniels Finds Therapy More Helpful Than Olde English 800

Run-DMC was about as successful as recording artists could be. Packed concerts, multi-platinum selling albums, MTV, fame, fortune, the whole thing. But Darryl McDaniels, the DMC of the group's name, was a mess. He was drinking, using drugs, and not dealing with mental health issues that he thinks had plagued him since birth. With the help of some tough love therapy in a rehab facility he was able to face his problems and get to the bottom of what was really going on. Hear about his introverted childhood, his meteoric rise, and how he chose to listen to one song for a year instead of killing himself. You can pre-order John's book at [bit.ly/HilariousWorldBook] (http://bit.ly/HilariousWorldBook) . Follow us on Twitter: [@THWofD] (http://twitter.com/thwofd) . Like us on Facebook: [facebook.com/thwod] (http://facebook.com/thwod) . Support our show today: [hilariousworld.org/donate] (http://hilariousworld.org/donate) Check out our sponsors this week: DoorDash - Download the app and use promo code WORLD Native - [nativedeodorant.com] (http://nativedeodorant.com/) with code WORLD Calm - [calm.com/WORLD] (http://calm.com/WORLD) Stitch Fix - [stitchfix.com/hilarious] (http://stitchfix.com/hilarious) Quip Oral Care - [getquip.com/HILARIOUS] (http://getquip.com/HILARIOUS) Bark Box - [barkbox.com/WORLD] (http://barkbox.com/WORLD) ... Read more

18 Nov 2019

46 MINS

46:54

18 Nov 2019