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Radically empathic advice. Produced by WBUR.

Dear Sugars WBUR

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    • 4.5 • 5.4K Ratings

Radically empathic advice. Produced by WBUR.

    Encore: Should I Stay Or Go?

    Encore: Should I Stay Or Go?

    In this favorite episode from the archives, The Sugars bring you another "Rapid Fire" episode, where they give brief answers to a handful of letters that are all centered around a theme. The theme for this episode is "stay or go" -- people who have a voice in their head telling them to leave their relationship, but who aren't sure it's the right move. This episode was originally released on September 9, 2016. 

    • 34 min
    Encore: How Do I Find The Courage To Be My Own Guide?

    Encore: How Do I Find The Courage To Be My Own Guide?

    The Sugars often discuss letters dealing with very specific problems or struggles. In this encore episode, they take on a broader, more existential question: how to follow your heart. The Sugars discuss with the GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter India Arie, who shares how she learned to be her own guide. This episode was originally released September 23rd, 2016.

    • 26 min
    Encore: Pet Dilemmas

    Encore: Pet Dilemmas

    This encore episode is all about adventures in animal ownership! The Sugars, along with Julie Barton — author of the memoir "Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me From Myself" — answer letters about pet dilemmas and the ways these creatures affect human relationships. This episode was originally published on August 26th, 2017.

    • 46 min
    Encore: I'm A Transgender Man, Seeking Acceptance

    Encore: I'm A Transgender Man, Seeking Acceptance

    The Sugars read the letters of two transgender men who are struggling to find love and acceptance. They discuss with Cooper Lee Bombardier, a visual artist, writer and transgender man. This episode was originally aired on September 2, 2016.

    • 38 min
    Encore: Who's Your Daddy?

    Encore: Who's Your Daddy?

    When Steve Lickteig turned 18, he learned that his mother and father, who he thought were his adoptive parents, are in fact his biological grandparents. With the advent of affordable DNA testing and companies like 23andMe, more and more people are having revelations like Mr. Lickteig’s. For some, these revelations can be a welcome and exciting discovery process. For others, they’re shocking and unwanted. In today’s episode, Mr. Lickteig shares his story and helps the Sugars advise letter writers who are still reeling from their genetic discoveries. This episode was originally aired on June 16, 2018.

    • 40 min
    Encore: I'm In Love With My Abuser

    Encore: I'm In Love With My Abuser

    For the first time on the podcast, the Sugars answer a voice mail message from the Dear Sugars hotline. The message comes from a woman who reunited with her ex-boyfriend, who once assaulted her. Wracked with shame, she wonders if reconciling with him is acceptable and if it’s possible he’ll change. Esta Soler, president and founder of Futures Without Violence, joins the Sugars to help answer the question: Is it O.K. to love someone who abused you? This episode was originally released on April 21, 2018.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
5.4K Ratings

5.4K Ratings

Cindy Tansin ,

Always interesting

This podcast is full of great relationship advice. It is never dull, and they are not afraid to tackle squeamish subjects. I love it.

JJBB4444 ,

Cheryl is Great!

After listening to Cheryl, both her deep listening skill and also how she offers wisdom. She is articulate, smart, and gentle with people’s feelings. Do the entire show yourself!

Edda21 ,

Love, love, love

Cheryl & Steve are wonderful together. Their insights, compassion & humanity elevate me. Honestly, I could listen to Cheryl all day. Not only is her voice soothing, but she reveals herself with respect & humility. You couldn’t ask for more from a fellow traveler.

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