“All There Is with Anderson Cooper” brings listeners on his personal journey examining grief and loss. When Anderson Cooper’s mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, passed away in 2019, Cooper packed up her apartment. After Vanderbilt’s apartment sold, Cooper began recording the podcast as he sorted through her personal belongings, as well as things left behind by his father and brother. In this series, Cooper shares heartfelt conversations about the human experience, things left behind, loss, love, and moving forward after tragedies.
Stream CNN’s podcast from episode 1 to learn Cooper’s background including his family history, upbringing in NYC, and more. Upcoming guests will include comedian and late-night host Stephen Colbert, actor/comedian Molly Shannon, and artist Laurie Anderson. They will also share how grief and loss have affected their lives. Cooper hopes to help listeners navigate their pain and emotional journeys when carrying on.
Vanderbilt was an artist, fashion designer, and heiress – the great-great-granddaughter of railroad and shipping tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt. As Cooper combed through his mother’s journals, keepsakes, unopened boxes with surprise contents, he shared memories on the podcast. Cooper uncovered a box filled with telegrams Frank Sinatra sent to his mother when they dated in the 1950s.
Cooper said he felt isolated and alone with his grief, and he reached out one of his mom’s friends who joined the podcast to share insight and ideas on how to handle the items left behind.
Cooper is the only remaining member from his immediate family. Cooper’s father, a writer, died in 1978 after a heart attack. In 1988, Cooper’s brother killed himself in front of Gloria Vanderbilt. Cooper now has 2 sons and says he did not want to pass on the trauma and deep sadness he has felt for years. Opening the conversation to others who have experienced loss has helped Cooper’s grieving process.
Tune in Wednesdays for new episodes of “All There Is with Anderson Cooper.”