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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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Candy Bones

Candy Bones

2024-07-1101:06:171

Reed grew up with a camera in his hand. At first, the videos he made with his brothers were just for fun. But when their mom goes missing, the boys embark on a cinematic journey to solve the complex mystery of their mom’s disappearance.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A Lightning Bolt of Desire

A Lightning Bolt of Desire

2024-07-0401:11:42

When Molly’s secret longings and buried desires become the basis of her marriage, she must decide how—and how much—to disclose. To her husband, her children, and herself. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Deep in Dina’s family lore is a story of a fire; someone burned a house down. But who? And why? After a lifetime of wondering, Dina finally hunts down the truth.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dear Sister

Dear Sister

2024-06-2001:03:272

When Michelle gets a knock on her door one day in 2017, her life—and the lives of her loved ones—will be forever changed. What she learns that day will send her and her beloved sister down a harrowing and unforeseen path.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Code Blue Cafeteria

Code Blue Cafeteria

2024-06-1301:17:352

Barrett and his wife Jane are both oncologists – they share a social world, a professional world, and a rich life together. But one thing is not shared—a secret that’s as heartbreaking as it is cataclysmic.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
I Dug it Up

I Dug it Up

2024-06-0601:08:141

Growing up, Whit was extremely close with her mother. But when she becomes pregnant in her twenties, her mother extracts herself entirely; she spends the rest of her life pretending as if Whit simply does not exist. Why? To answer this burning question, Whit must dig and dig and dig.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A Virtuosic Patient

A Virtuosic Patient

2024-01-1101:02:504

Alice’s upbringing is one of simultaneous excess and absence, and in the deep canyon between the two, she loses herself entirely. In order to finally find herself and heal, she must confront the complicated truths and lies told by her artist parents.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Maggie made a life for herself as a successful poet, wife, and proud mother of two. But after years of marriage, she sensed something to be terribly off. When her intuition led to a painful discovery, she could finally claim her truth and grow.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
You Belong to the Mystery

You Belong to the Mystery

2023-12-2801:17:11

Her paternity. Her health. Her very self. For many years, these are all mysteries to Kimberly. As she reckons with this myriad of unknowns, she learns more than she ever expected to know.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In his journey toward self-discovery, Shane must reconstruct his past by cobbling together memories of his kidnapping, upbringing, and the enormous swell of questions which once defined his identity.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Susan takes great lengths and risks to get answers about her biological family. But sometimes, in the world of family secrets, these kinds of answers beget more questions.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
As Bad As a Lie

As Bad As a Lie

2023-12-0758:291

Brittany’s early life is defined by the road; she and her mom are vagabonds of sorts, never settling for too long in one place. But at least they have each other. That is, until they don’t.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sail On

Sail On

2023-11-3036:453

When Sarah is a young child, her parents vanish at sea. They are never found. How does she mourn what she cannot remember? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Because of William

Because of William

2023-11-2301:03:282

Daniel grows up idolizing William, his friend and future brother-in-law. William is adventurous, effervescent and inspiring. But William has other attributes, too—secrets locked inside himself and when they come out, Daniel’s world unravels.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How Long the Dying Went On

How Long the Dying Went On

2023-11-1601:16:29

It started with a wreck – a car accident steeped in the history of Cassandra’s family. When she learns about the accident and the secrets it bore, she can at last begin to understand who she is, and who she will become.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Hall of Mirrors

Hall of Mirrors

2023-11-0901:03:582

Nobody thinks they’re joining a cult. Certainly not the children who are born into it. When, over time, Mikel learns the truths about his childhood, a whole world of information can finally crystalize.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Join us on November 9th for new stories of resilience, memory, and the way in which long-held family secrets so often need out.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
You Can Run

You Can Run

2023-07-0640:521

In the second part of this inspiring two-part episode, writer and musician Jessica Willis Fisher finishes her powerful story of survival.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Total Depravity

Total Depravity

2023-06-2901:03:321

In the first part of this harrowing two-part episode, writer and musician Jessica Willis Fisher courageously speaks the unspeakable truths of the abuse she faced at the hands of her father. But this is just the beginning.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Daddy Will Never Read Vogue

Daddy Will Never Read Vogue

2023-06-2201:16:322

From the outside, Priscilla’s family life looks dazzling. Her parents are both revered in the literary community and she and her sister grow up in an artistic home. But things change when their parents decide to do something they said they never would: they divorce. After this, their father’s hidden life begins to rise to the surface.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Comments (122)

Kitabug

Very interesting and definitely bizarre relationship.

Jul 3rd
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Amanda Rodriguez

Dizziness is a symptom of untreated hyperthyroidism.... frustrating.

Feb 13th
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Sherrie Brown Lucas

At around 33-34 minutes, they're talking about your people who haven't been in their circumstances don't get how they feel. I think, if you can't have at least some sort of understanding, then you're pretty cold. Seriously! You're talking about Who You Are! These people who claim to love you have kept the biggest secret from you! plus the whole town knows, except you?! I'm not sure I would ever want to talk to them again! What a terrible family. Did they ever say they were sorry even!?

Jan 17th
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Tina Sanchez

A little disappointed in this particular episode even though I really get alot from this podcast. The secret didnt really feel like much of one and I found it hard to relate to what often sounded like a bit of entitled griping.

Jan 6th
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Tina Sanchez

I'm a fan of this podcast; I find it incredibly moving and powerful. But this one had me annoyed and frustrated. Did Cassandra listen to what she was saying? More than once she praised herself as an academic "who knows research" but it never occurred to her to check newspapers? She grew up as a Black woman in Alabama and by her own words has written often about race and racism but was surprised about the racism in news reporting in AL in the 60s? Just really silly and annoying.

Dec 4th
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Amber M

Jace Alexander is a pedophile. it's not illegal porn it's child porn. Sexual abuse of children. His wife is either ok with this or extremely niave.

Aug 19th
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P Larson

Just too wierd.

Apr 1st
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Kitabug

This episode and guest are the worst thus far.

Jan 18th
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Lisa Cichon

I haven’t listened to this podcast in quite a while and was curious about there being 12 comments on here. I didn’t have to listen very long to figure out why. This episode is disgusting and so offkilter. There are so many things overlooked and not talked about and excused that should absolutely not be. my respect just went down the drain for the host 

Jan 2nd
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KB

Hardly a story worth an entire episode about.

Oct 28th
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reil0

terrible episode. terrible guest. her husband looked at CP (probably not the first or last time) but decides to twist it and say regular p*rn is the bigger issue in society? pearl clutching about that while staying married to a sick man and also feeling "compassion" for all other sick men. not surprising neither of them get any work anymore. disgusting.

Mar 30th
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H

Shame on her mother for taking her choice away like that. I’m sure that haunted her her entire life and will continue to. I know she was young and made some bad choices but come on.

Feb 22nd
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Sarah M

my childhood pedophile stalker started with just looking, progressed to stalking, got sent away 2 times to treatment and jail, and still came back 5 and 10 years later. He "went away" one last time and came back to rape and abuse a 10 year old girl. He was intelligent and manipulating. this podcast/story is in bad taste and doesn't potray the risk and reality of progression (even after treatment) and repeat offenders.

Jan 23rd
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Namelessmess

This lady really went out and got herself a shame/reward new start wedding ring and pretended that marriage and man were brand new. The host "that's wonderful. It's a huge relief he won't face jail time". For who? What on earth.

Jan 22nd
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Namelessmess

“The men I saw were not the image that I had” of abusers and pedophiles… how can you get so close to the right conclusion and get it so wrong. We shouldn't care what "everyone" thinks but we should consider our impact on those around us. This man should absolutely not be coaching kids teams. Is this woman even thinking about that? I hope this person realizes they taught their daughter to stay with someone through crime and abuse if the person calls it "sickness". You really let the child you're supposed to protect make the decision for you? What a terrible mistake. Another mistake : funneling your whole perspective on this through one expensive organization that equates sex addiction with pedophilia. This husband is directing all right. He's in complete charge of the story of his family and he's only going to get and do worse. This show was always terrible, got worse when it became all writers or fame-adjacent people who overwrite and overproduce their own story. Came back to see if m

Jan 22nd
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Cassandra Lee

I hate this episode. The sugar coating of his child abuse is gross. Porn is not the same as child sex abuse material. Stop conflating the two. Your husband is sick and your children are in danger. Not because of the porn, because he is sexually gratified by children being victimized.

Jan 19th
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Heather Joachim

this was one of the sweetest, yet heartbreaking stories. I needed to hear this today. 💕

Jan 15th
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