Anderson Cooper’s nightly CNN news show is already available as a podcast, but for a new limited-run series he is creating, the story he will be telling will be much more personal in nature. Called All There Is, Cooper began recording this podcast alone during his final weeks packing up the apartment of his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.
Mixed in with his mother’s keepsakes and secret journals that revealed never-before-shared stories, Cooper takes listeners along as he finds unopened boxes belonging to his father and brother, both of whom died decades ago. Feeling overwhelmed, Cooper began to hold and record intimate conversations with others about their experiences with grief. CNN Audio says the resulting podcast is about the people we lose, the things they leave behind, and how we can live on—with loss, with laughter, and with love.
“I've often felt isolated and alone in grief and yet it is something all of us will experience in our lives,” says Cooper. “It’s helped me tremendously to hear from others on how they move forward in the face of loss, and I hope it helps listeners of this podcast as well.”
Throughout the All There Is series, Cooper will be joined by guests and friends—including late-night host and comedian Stephen Colbert, actress and comedian Molly Shannon, and artist Laurie Anderson, among others as they share their own stories and experiences.
All There Is with Anderson Cooper will debut September 14 with new episodes dropping on Wednesdays.