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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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    • Society & Culture

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.

    Bonus Episode: Stephanie Wittels Wachs, host of “Last Day” on storytelling in the time of Coronavirus

    Bonus Episode: Stephanie Wittels Wachs, host of “Last Day” on storytelling in the time of Coronavirus

    In this special bonus episode, Dani speaks with Stephanie Wittels Wachs, actress, activist, and co-host of the hit podcast Last Day, which shines a light on the real human stories behind epidemics we usually only think about in terms of their staggering — yet seemingly abstract — statistics. Recording from their respective homes, Dani (sitting in her PJs in her son’s old room) and Stephanie (holed up in the closet that serves as her makeshift studio) discuss trauma, the collective grief we’re all feeling in this era of social distancing, and making meaning out of tragedy — which is exactly what Stephanie did after losing her beloved younger brother, the comedian Harris Wittels, to a heroin overdose.
     
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    • 48 min
    The Red Potion

    The Red Potion

    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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    • 35 min
    Fever Coat

    Fever Coat

    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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    • 34 min
    Bubbe and Zayde and Grandma and Pa

    Bubbe and Zayde and Grandma and Pa

    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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    • 48 min
    Cold People

    Cold People

    For most of her young life, Lisa Brennan-Jobs bounced back and forth between two very different homes—that of her mother, who raised Lisa alone for the first few years of her life and struggled to make ends meet; and that of her father, Steve Jobs, who lived exactly the way you’d expect the founder of a multimillion dollar tech company to but struggled to relate to the daughter he initially denied was his.
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    • 36 min
    Too Busy to Die

    Too Busy to Die

    Addiction breeds denial, in both the addict and his loved ones. And when that addiction comes wrapped in a busy, successful, ambitious package like Eilene Zimmerman’s ex-husband, a respected Silicon Valley attorney, it’s especially easy to ignore the warning signs. Until it’s too late.
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

michelelee73 ,

Love it but the sound needs work

I love this podcast. Dani is such an excellent narrator and interviewer. I would give this pod 5 stars easily for the content, but the sound quality of the interviewees is not up to par. I sometimes have to rewind several times and still can’t make out what they are saying. I hope this can be improved in the seasons ahead!

Shanymac ,

5/5

I love this podcast. So well written, produced & presented. I take great pleasure in listening to each episode and then wait (impatiently) for the next episode to appear.

Alta Chick ,

More of a summary than a story

These are stories- told in a soothing voice, but takes a long time to get to the conclusion. And can be vague, probably because of time but they always direct you to the book/movie/etc at the end. I’d rather listen to the whole story vs a snippet that leaves me unsatisfied.
Good concept- would rather these stories be discussed in greater detail.

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