The Trauma Sponge
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Jeremy Norton has been a firefighter for over 20 years, a job that’s considered heroic and honorable…a job that sometimes means showing up to a false alarm…and sometimes means soaking up the trauma of the city around you.  Jeremy has been a TTFA listener since day one. His first book — The Trauma Sponges: Dispatches From The Scarred Heart of Emergency Response — is out October 10, 2023.  Link: — We're going on tour! Happyish Holidays is a “Terrible, Thanks for Asking “ tradition for everyone who has a complicated relationship with the “most wonderful time of the year.” Our live podcast shows bring together a blend of audio, video, and in-person holiday magic. Games! Jokes! Tragicomic stories of holidays gone wrong! Gifts! Dust off your sequins ... your ugly sweaters ... your cozy socks ... and join us! November 28th | Boston, MA | Wilbur Theatre November 29th | Washington, DC | 9:30 Club November 30th | Philadelphia, PA | World Cafe Live December 1st | Brooklyn, NY | Bell House December 4th| Dallas, TX | Texas Theatre December 5th | Chicago, IL | Park West December 8th | Minneapolis, MN | Parkway Theatre December 12th | Portland, OR | Aladdin Theatre December 13th | Seattle, WA | Neptune Theatre December 14th | Los Angeles, CA | Lodge Room Listener support makes our independent podcast possible. Consider joining our Patreon to get bonus episodes, ad-free episodes, and join a community of Terribles. (Or, if you’re an Apple Podcast listener, you can sign up for TTFA Premium right in the app!) Our Substack is a great way to connect with us and other listeners (and get more Terrible in your inbox). Join us here. — We’re lucky to only work with sponsors and brands we know and love. Using our links and codes saves you money and supports our independent production! Liquid IV: Get 20% off when you go to and use code TTFA at checkout. BetterHelp: This show is sponsored by BetterHelp. Visit to get started with 10% off your first month. Learn more at Squarespace: Go to and use offer code TTFA to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Hatch: Right now, Hatch is offering our listeners $20 off your purchase of a Hatch Restore and free shipping at Sleep deeply and wake gently with the Restore - go to to get $20 off and free shipping! You can save 10% on your next order when you shop at and use code TERRIBLE at checkout. You can find our full sponsor list here. — Find all our shows and our store at Find TTFA on social: TTFA on Instagram | TTFA on Facebook Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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