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Family Secrets

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Family Secrets. We all have them. And while the discovery of family secrets can initially be terrifying or traumatic, often these discoveries have the power to liberate, heal, and even uplift us. Join Dani Shapiro, bestselling author of the memoir Inheritance, and her guests as they explore astonishing family secrets and uncover the extraordinary lessons the truth can teach us.

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Family Secrets. We all have them. And while the discovery of family secrets can initially be terrifying or traumatic, often these discoveries have the power to liberate, heal, and even uplift us. Join Dani Shapiro, bestselling author of the memoir Inheritance, and her guests as they explore astonishing family secrets and uncover the extraordinary lessons the truth can teach us.

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From one note to a chord

By Cruci64 - Jun 01 2020
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Profoundly loved Liz Phair’s comment to the effect that when a truth is realized, a chord is sounded. The single notes align in harmony. I have felt this at significant junctures and so appreciate you two wise women putting it into words.

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By dellybear1995 - May 30 2020
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Been a listener since day one. Loved both seasons of the podcast, each episode is beautiful and thoughtful. These quarantine episodes are the exact opposite.

iTunes Ratings

3231 Ratings
Average Ratings
2441
383
168
80
159

From one note to a chord

By Cruci64 - Jun 01 2020
Read more
Profoundly loved Liz Phair’s comment to the effect that when a truth is realized, a chord is sounded. The single notes align in harmony. I have felt this at significant junctures and so appreciate you two wise women putting it into words.

Go back to original format

By dellybear1995 - May 30 2020
Read more
Been a listener since day one. Loved both seasons of the podcast, each episode is beautiful and thoughtful. These quarantine episodes are the exact opposite.
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Family Secrets

Latest release on Jun 27, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Flying and Crashing

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Kiese grew up in Oxford, Mississippi —the only child of a single mother, a black boy who struggled with weight. His childhood and adolescence were marked by two daily assaults: that of American racism, and America’s obsession with weight. 

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Oct 24 2019

45mins

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Rank #2: The Loving Choice

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What if you kept a secret because it was so painful it would crush your young children? What if you were terminal and chose not to tell them?

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Aug 19 2019

38mins

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Rank #3: The Very Image

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Growing up Jim Graham never felt at home in his father's house. But it wasn't until he was well into adulthood that a family secret revealed why. For two decades Jim's tenacity led him through the maze of the Catholic Church archives to learn the truth of his origins.

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Feb 14 2019

45mins

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Rank #4: Bug Dust

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For years, Steven Romo just didn’t talk about the bleak landscape of his childhood—not with friends, and certainly not with his colleagues at the TV station where he works as an anchor. Until a headline that reminded him of his upbringing inspired him to open up about what he’s been through, giving everyone a glimpse at the pain he kept hidden beneath his polished, professional exterior. 

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Apr 09 2020

38mins

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Rank #5: The Lobster Shift

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Even as a young child, Michael Hainey could sense that there was more to the story of his father’s death. But it wasn’t until he stumbled upon a small detail in an obituary—that his father died “after visiting friends”—that he began to understand the lengths those friends went to protect his father’s reputation, and to protect his family from the truth.

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Feb 06 2020

45mins

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Rank #6: The Confidante

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Imagine a privileged New England family living by the sea, with a glamorous, wild mother who has a long affair with her husband’s best friend, and makes her daughter — Adrienne — her ally. 

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Oct 17 2019

43mins

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Rank #7: Don't Duck

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Sylvia Boorstein grew up in a loving, close-knit family. But in the background lingered a grief-filled secret. As an adult she allowed herself to explore the secret, and one day, on a hunch, visited the cemetery where her mother was buried.

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Apr 04 2019

35mins

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Rank #8: One Drop

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Imagine living in one of the whitest enclaves in America, so white that just four people of color were recorded by the census bureau. Now imagine that your father "slipped over the color line" to be there. Bliss Broyard discusses her family secret and how it formed her life, past and present. 

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Feb 14 2019

34mins

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Rank #9: The Journal

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We forget that our parents have their own lives, desires and, in some cases, secret lives that they’ve covered up in order to protect the family. But what happens when your elderly parent develops dementia, forgets to cover his tracks, and in doing so unleashes a Pandora’s box of secrets about his sexual escapades and misdeeds? 

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Aug 29 2019

32mins

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Rank #10: Open Secret

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As a child, Steve Lickteig was told that he was adopted. But that didn't turn out to be entirely true, or even half of the story. 

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Feb 21 2019

41mins

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Rank #11: The Secret Son

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While walking her dogs one evening Laura Engel received a life-changing email that transported her back to a home for unwed mothers in New Orleans.

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Mar 28 2019

48mins

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Rank #12: The Fifth Passenger

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Growing up in suburban New York, Joanna was always aware of two pastel portraits of children she assumed were just part of her parents’ art collection. But sometimes she would hear her mother on the phone, crying, and referencing “the accident.” 

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Oct 10 2019

36mins

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Rank #13: The Last Haircut

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When Bill, who grew up in a traditional, southern family, first met his wife he recognized the outsider in her – that she too felt isolated and different. Together the two of them banded together in solidarity and love and took on the world. But when Bill was 45, they came to terms with the realization that Bill wasn’t living truthfully.

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Sep 05 2019

45mins

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Rank #14: Fever Coat

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When Axton Betz-Hamilton was in middle school, her family’s mail started going missing. Her parents told her that they’d been the victims of an identity thief, and that the perpetrator was likely someone close to them. Slowly, they began to shut out the world, enveloping Axton in a bubble of paranoia and secrecy—an atmosphere that didn’t allow her to see what was right in front of her until decades later.

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Mar 26 2020

34mins

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Rank #15: What’s Wrong With Teddy?

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What do you do when you suspect that your own brother is to blame for the seemingly random acts of violence sending shockwaves through the country? Do you keep it to yourself in order to protect him? Or do you turn him in, potentially saving the lives of hundreds of strangers, but putting him at risk of a death sentence? David Kacyznski talks about his impossible choice, and the unlikely friendship he forged in the wake of his brother’s destruction.

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Feb 20 2020

43mins

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Rank #16: The Mysterious Boot Club

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As a child, Ariana Neumann stumbled upon a strange photo of her father, tucked away in a secret box he kept in his workshop. It was undeniably him, and yet the name in the caption didn’t belong to the man she grew up with. Decades later, Ariana inherits this box and the documents it contains, using them to slowly chip away at the mystery of who her father really was and the lies he had to tell in order to survive.

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Feb 13 2020

33mins

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Rank #17: The Red Potion

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Janny Scott grew up on an 800-acre British-style estate outside Philadelphia with a loving, gregarious father who was always the life of the party. But underneath her father’s light exterior was a darkness he struggled to keep at bay—a lifelong effort that would eventually cause him to self-destruct.

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Apr 02 2020

35mins

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Rank #18: A Joyful Heart

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Debbie Millman's story is one of extraordinary resilience in the face of trauma and the redemptive power of love and strength found in the unlikeliest of places. (Warning: this episode contains explicit information about sexual abuse.)

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Feb 28 2019

39mins

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Rank #19: Bubbe and Zayde and Grandma and Pa

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Growing up, Adam Frankel idolized his father and his father’s father, eventually following in their footsteps to become a successful speechwriter for politicians like John Kerry and Barack Obama. But at the age of 25, Adam discovered a truth that caused him to question everything—including his place in the lineage he’d molded his life around. 

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Mar 19 2020

48mins

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Rank #20: Jeanette

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Emily Bernard never felt close to her judgmental, domineering father, who, for most of her life, denied he’d ever been unfaithful to her mother. It wasn’t until her dad’s sudden death that Emily began the process of getting to know the woman who caused her family so much pain: her father’s longtime mistress.

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Feb 27 2020

43mins

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