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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
    • 4.6 • 92 Ratings

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.

    The Big Feelings

    The Big Feelings

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    • 45 min
    Pulp Fictions

    Pulp Fictions

    Julia McKenzie Munemo’s late father made his living by churning out trashy novels—that was about as much as she was willing to admit. But she had no desire to crack open any of the dusty paperbacks she inherited, until a nationwide reckoning made it clear she had no choice but to confront the racist legacy her dad left behind.
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    • 48 min
    Old Boys’ Club

    Old Boys’ Club

    During her second year at an elite New England boarding school, Lacy Crawford was brutally assaulted by two senior boys. When the extent of the damage they’d done became clear, the school placed the blame squarely on her. Years later, Lacy would learn just how hard the institution worked to silence her.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Girl Planet

    Girl Planet

    For the first 40 years of her life, Jennifer Finney Boylan figured the price of living her truth would be much too steep; by opening up about who she really was, she assumed she’d lose everything, including the love of her life. But over time, it became clear that hiding who she really was had taken its own toll—on herself, on her family, and on her marriage.
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    • 46 min
    Burning It Down

    Burning It Down

    Nick Flynn was 7 years old when his house burned down. The official story, the one everyone laughed about, was that raccoons had knocked over the family’s Hibachi grill and set the house on fire. Decades later, Nick learned that’s not what happened at all—and started to understand the depth of his mother’s desperation.
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    • 47 min
    Kasha

    Kasha

    Outwardly, Susan Burton had it all—a degree from Yale, a thriving career, a loving husband and kids. Inside, Susan waged a war on herself, using food as a way to exert control over the discomfort she felt in her own skin.
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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
92 Ratings

92 Ratings

Lewhar ,

Johann Hari

Wonderful discussion but sorry to burst his Portugal bubble .They have one of the highest drink problems in Europe and eighth in the world in deaths from alcohol.There is an AA on just about every corner.

SVP 19 ,

Interesting stories

The theme of family secrets is definitely an interesting one. I love Dani Shapiro’s warmth when interviewing, and she has a gorgeous voice. My only suggestion would be to lose the music and sound effects. Too cheesy! They add nothing, and are in fact irritating.

iwirua ,

Excellent

Can’t find the new podcast, Dani. Where is it?

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