Brené Brown's 'Unlocking Us' Podcast Should Be Required Listening

If you haven't heard of Brené Brown, buckle up.

Brown is a researcher, professor, author, lecturer, storyteller, podcast host, and a number 1 New York Times best-selling author. She's also a mom and a wife, and she's just so perfectly relatable.

Brown's podcast, Unlocking Us, is exactly what the world needs right now. It "explores the ideas, stories, experiences, books, films, and music that reflect the universal experiences of being human, from the bravest moments to the most brokenhearted."

Brown has a simplistic, yet profound way of helping you live your most meaningful life. The podcast makes you feel like she's holding your hand in the most supportive and necessary way, and you're holding her hand right back—because being human is really hard right now, and we could all use some support.

Unlocking Us dives into important human topics, including shame, vulnerability, being heard, transgender representation and advocacy, how to be an antiracist, how to apologize (two life-changing episodes, truly), faith, anxiety, comparative suffering, grief and finding meaning, and how to give yourself permission to feel.

She makes it very known that she doesn't have all the answers, but she strives to better herself and humankind by talking to experts—and most importantly, she listens. Listening to her talk is like having a conversation with a dear friend who makes you laugh, think, and recognize that you have the power to be better and do better.

In addition to her podcast, Brown's TED Talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is available to stream on Netflix and, no biggie, but it's one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world.