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Family Secrets

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Rank #21 in Society & Culture category

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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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2370 Ratings
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Great season 2

By philokoli - Nov 02 2019
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This is one of my go to podcasts when I do my deliveries at work.

Love her Voice!

By Allie swanson - Oct 25 2019
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Great story’s 🤗 I listen to it every morning on my way to work

iTunes Ratings

2370 Ratings
Average Ratings
1772
281
127
62
128

Great season 2

By philokoli - Nov 02 2019
Read more
This is one of my go to podcasts when I do my deliveries at work.

Love her Voice!

By Allie swanson - Oct 25 2019
Read more
Great story’s 🤗 I listen to it every morning on my way to work
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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.

Rank #1: 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 #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #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: 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 #9: 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 #10: Russian Dolls

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At some point in our childhood we all met the moment where we had to summon the courage and strength to stand up to the difficulties of the world. But imagine being 8 years old and finding yourself in the car with your mother in the middle of the night as she hands you a map and speeds away into the unknown.

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Oct 03 2019

36mins

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Rank #11: Sam Dingman of Family Ghosts on the Aftermath of a Secret

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Dani Shapiro and Sam Dingman from the podcast, Family Ghosts, discuss the family secret Sam revealed on his podcast. Season 2 of Family Ghosts launched on May 15. Familyghostspodcast.com

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May 16 2019

34mins

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Rank #12: 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 #13: The Phone Call

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Frank's father was a “proud Willie Loman” character who sold stuff — cars, printing presses, whatever needed selling. He was a glad-handing guy, “the mayor of everything.” And he was living a double life. 

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Sep 19 2019

40mins

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Rank #14: A World Erased

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Growing up Noah knew his grandparents had survived the Holocaust, but his questions had always been sidelined. 

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Sep 26 2019

37mins

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Rank #15: Mama and Her Numbers

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Bridgett grew up in Detroit in the '60s in a vibrant house with a mother who was genius with numbers. But for most of her life, Bridgett kept her mother's genius a secret. 

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Sep 12 2019

39mins

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Rank #16: Band of Men

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Tim Ehrlich's secret nearly killed him. But he and a group of other men with the same secret found the courage to come forward and reveal it, and in doing so heal a lifetime of pain. (Warning this episode contains explicit information about sexual abuse). 

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Mar 21 2019

42mins

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Rank #17: Zygote Baby

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Jane Mintz's parents were forthright about her being adopted, but not about her birth mother's identity. As an adult, Jane found her biological mother and discovered many more secrets, the cost of keeping them, and why we all deserve to know where we come from. 

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Mar 14 2019

37mins

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Rank #18: Little White Lie

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What if, as a child born into a white Jewish family, anytime someone remarked about your skin color, a story was told about a distant Sicilian grandfather? Even if it was obvious that wasn't the whole story? Lacey Schwartz talks about what it's like to live in an alternate universe of knowing-not knowing your own secret. 

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Mar 07 2019

24mins

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Rank #19: Listener Stories

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In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community.

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May 23 2019

11mins

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Rank #20: In Conversation with Nora McInerny

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In this special episode Dani sits down with Nora McInerny from the podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking.

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Jun 27 2019

46mins

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