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Radically empathic advice. Produced by WBUR.

    Encore: The Empty Chair, Part 1

    Encore: The Empty Chair, Part 1

    In the Empty Chair series, the Sugars discuss early childhood death, an absence that can be ever-present. In Part 1, they read letters from siblings who live in the the shadow of their parents’ grief. This episode was originally released on November 4th, 2017.

    • 33 min
    Encore: Just Say It

    Encore: Just Say It

    Words can be wielded like weapons. On today’s episode, the Sugars hear from people who have something to confess but are afraid to hurt others with the power of their words. This episode was originally released on December 9th, 2017.

    • 28 min
    Encore: Love in Doubt

    Encore: Love in Doubt

    How many times have you heard this: "I love him, we're great together, but..."? There's always room for doubt, even in the happiest of relationships. So this week, the Sugars take on some of those doubts in rapid-fire fashion. This episode was originally published on January 5th, 2017.

    • 41 min
    Encore: Body Weight and Romance — with Ashley C. Ford

    Encore: Body Weight and Romance — with Ashley C. Ford

    It’s never easy to talk to our romantic partners about their bodies, especially when it’s about weight. The Sugars, along with writer Ashley C. Ford, answer letters from people questioning their relationships because of major changes in their partners’ bodies.

    • 34 min
    Encore: Rapid Fire: Love & Money

    Encore: Rapid Fire: Love & Money

    When it comes to love, money is supposed to be no object. But there’s no disentangling love from anything in our lives, and income is no exception. So how do you assess the role money should play in a relationship, and what happens when your desires and means change over time? The Sugars take on 5 letters in this rapid-fire episode.

    • 44 min
    Encore: Dark Fantasies, Part 2

    Encore: Dark Fantasies, Part 2

    In part two of our Dark Fantasies series, Dr. Ian Kerner returns to help the Sugars answer questions about where our central ideas about sex and eroticism come from, and delve deeper into the world of sexual fantasy. This episode was originally released on January 20, 2018. 

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
5.3K Ratings

5.3K Ratings

hollybrad1 ,

Soul Soothing!

Cheryl and Steve share such wonderful, inclusive wisdom in the kindest way! I’ve learned so much listening and benefitted greatly from their loving advice! Thank you Sugars!!! XOXO

Cmor86 ,

Life Changing

I listened to this podcast years ago but came back to listen to the recent episodes, or repeats and it reminded me of what an impact Dear Sugars had on my life during my first go around.

Lawyerladymama ,

Love the hosts!

I’ve been obsessed with Cheryl Strayed so I knew she’d be fabulous but now I’m also a new Steve Almond fan and will start reading his work. Love the care, generosity and thoughtful feedback you provide your audience even when you disagree. Thank you for lending the world your tender and wild artist-hearted advice!

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