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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.

    Ep. 31: Galen

    Ep. 31: Galen

    A Unitarian Universalist minister advocates for a new kind of spiritual practice—gratitude—one even the least religious among us can draw comfort from.
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    • 21 min
    Family Secrets Live: In Conversation with Liz Phair, Part II

    Family Secrets Live: In Conversation with Liz Phair, Part II

    Dani and Liz respond to questions from the audience about shame, the power of the unthought known, and the growing community of people who find out later in life they were donor-conceived. 
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    • 31 min
    Family Secrets Live: In Conversation with Liz Phair

    Family Secrets Live: In Conversation with Liz Phair

    On this special live episode of Family Secrets, recorded in Los Angeles in January, Dani sits down with indie rock icon Liz Phair to talk about the stories we choose to tell ourselves—and how the act of writing can lead to a deeper, more nuanced understanding of both our pasts and the people we’ve become.
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    • 51 min
    Family Secrets Live: In Conversation with Gretchen Rubin, Part II

    Family Secrets Live: In Conversation with Gretchen Rubin, Part II

    Dani and Gretchen respond to audience questions — including one from a former anonymous sperm donor, who wonders where his loyalties should lie after he’s asked not to tell one of his biological children the truth about her origins.
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    • 27 min
    Family Secrets Live: In Conversation with Gretchen Rubin

    Family Secrets Live: In Conversation with Gretchen Rubin

    On this special live episode of Family Secrets, recorded in Philadelphia in January, author and podcast host Gretchen Rubin interviews Dani about uncovering the family secret that became the subject of her bestselling memoir Inheritance: that her beloved father was not related to her by blood. Gretchen and Dani discuss the aftermath of that discovery — including what it was like to forge a connection with her biological dad — plus the ethics of anonymous sperm donation, and what the rise of DNA testing means for those guarantees of anonymity.
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    • 37 min
    Bonus Episode: In Conversation with Libby Copeland, Pt. 2

    Bonus Episode: In Conversation with Libby Copeland, Pt. 2

    On part two of Dani’s conversation with Libby Copeland, Dani and Libby discuss the fallout on the other side of a major DNA revelation, and why DNA testing could make secrecy around a person’s origins a thing of the past.
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    • 36 min

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