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Radically empathic advice. Produced by WBUR.

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Radically empathic advice. Produced by WBUR.

    Encore: Emotional Abuse

    Encore: Emotional Abuse

    Reema Zaman, our guest in this week’s episode, was in an emotionally abusive marriage. Although her husband’s abuses never left any physical mark, it took her years to repair the damage he inflicted upon her. Ms. Zaman describes some of the telltale signs of an emotionally abusive relationship and helps the Sugars answer two painful letters from women who are struggling to disentangle themselves from their abusive partners. This episode was originally aired on August 4th, 2018.

    • 48 min
    Encore: The Great Reckoning

    Encore: The Great Reckoning

    Dear Sugars returns to Portland, Oregon, for another epic live show. Special guests Mitchell S. Jackson and Rebecca Skloot share the stage with the Sugars to tell stories of personal reckoning and answer letters from the audience. This episode was originally published on July 28th, 2018.

    • 51 min
    Encore: Haunted by Ghosting

    Encore: Haunted by Ghosting

    The term "ghosting" may be relatively new, but the concept -- someone suddenly and inexplicably disappearing from your life -- is not. In the past, a total halt to communication with a friend might leave you feeling concerned that something bad happened to him/her. But in a time where our devices have made us more accessible than ever, it can leave the person who's been ghosted feeling rejected or unworthy. This episode was originally published on March 16th, 2017.

    • 36 min
    Encore: Do I Follow My Head or My Heart?

    Encore: Do I Follow My Head or My Heart?

    The Sugars get a letter from a young woman who has fallen head over heels in love. She and her boyfriend only met a month ago, but are already in deep. Everything seems perfect, and yet the letter writer can't help but wonder if the traumas of her new love's past are hiding somewhere under the surface, threatening to resurface. This episode originally aired Nov. 6, 2015.

    • 25 min
    Encore: Location, Location, Location

    Encore: Location, Location, Location

    Location, location, location. It makes all the difference in real estate, and it can make all the difference to one's happiness. But finding a place that really feels like home can be tricky.

    • 35 min
    Encore: Rapid Fire Letters

    Encore: Rapid Fire Letters

    In a heated moment, a mother reveals a dark chapter from her childhood to her daughter, then immediately regrets it. What now? In this week’s episode, the Sugars tackle this and several other questions, including how to handle a brother-in-law who treats your vacation as his own free childcare; what to do when your best friend’s husband asks you to lie; and why we sometimes recoil at very public displays of grief. This episode was originally released July 29th, 2017.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
5.4K Ratings

5.4K Ratings

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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!

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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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Love your podcast

Got to know you on “ we can do hard things” by Glennon Doyle and started listening to your podcast two days ago- I’m hooked!!!!!

Wonderful podcast. Thanks 🙏

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