61 episodes

Every house is haunted. In each episode of Family Ghosts, we investigate the true story behind a mysterious figure whose legend has followed a family for generations. Grandmothers who were secretly jewel smugglers, uncles who led double lives, siblings who vanished without a trace, and other ghostly characters who cast shadows over our lives in ways that might not be immediately obvious. We are all formed in part by our familial collections of secrets, intrigues, and myths. By engaging with each others’ legends, perhaps we can see each others’ realities more clearly. Hosted by Moth Grand Slam winner Sam Dingman, whose stories have been featured on Risk!, TBTL, Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything, and The Moth Radio Hour.

Family Ghosts Spoke Media

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 4.7K Ratings

Every house is haunted. In each episode of Family Ghosts, we investigate the true story behind a mysterious figure whose legend has followed a family for generations. Grandmothers who were secretly jewel smugglers, uncles who led double lives, siblings who vanished without a trace, and other ghostly characters who cast shadows over our lives in ways that might not be immediately obvious. We are all formed in part by our familial collections of secrets, intrigues, and myths. By engaging with each others’ legends, perhaps we can see each others’ realities more clearly. Hosted by Moth Grand Slam winner Sam Dingman, whose stories have been featured on Risk!, TBTL, Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything, and The Moth Radio Hour.

    The Fatal Nickel

    The Fatal Nickel

    The wayward son of a manufacturing dynasty tries to sow fresh roots in his family tree.

    Sources:

    Jane Mayer

    Daniel Schulman

    Brian O’Reilly & Patty De Llosa

    Katharine Q. Seelye

    Family Ghosts is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Kindred Spirits, our community of supporters on Patreon. For just $5 per month, Kindred Spirits hear our episodes ad-free, and get exclusive bonus content that’s not available anywhere else. If you have the means, please consider joining the Kindred Spirits at http://patreon.com/familyghosts. Thank you for listening!

    • 37 min
    Something in the Wind

    Something in the Wind

    Sam has a memory he can't explain - which, in turn, explains a lot about Family Ghosts. Thanks to Marcy and Betsy - check out A Funny Feeling here. And find the Neighborhood Watch photo essay here.

    Family Ghosts is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Kindred Spirits, our community of supporters on Patreon. If you have the means, please consider joining them today for just $5 per month: http://patreon.com/familyghosts.

    • 31 min
    Untitled Dad Project

    Untitled Dad Project

    Janielle Kastner tries to get to know a man she never got to meet. Find and follow “Untitled Dad Project” wherever you’re listening to this.

    Family Ghosts is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Kindred Spirits, our community of supporters on Patreon. For just five dollars per month, Kindred Spirits get ad-free versions of all of our episodes, plus exclusive bonus content. If you have the means, please consider joining them today at http://patreon.com/familyghosts.

    • 43 min
    You Know It's Wrong

    You Know It's Wrong

    Stories about rediscovering home in unexpected ways. Featuring Micaela Blei and Jeff Simmermon.

    • 33 min
    They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore

    They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore

    Stories from Bradford Jordan and Ophira Eisenberg about reckoning with the fundamental truth (or, in some cases, lies) about who their mothers are.

    This episode is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Kindred Spirits, our community of supporters on Patreon. Please consider joining them for just five dollars per month. You’ll hear our episodes ad-free, get exclusive bonus content, and help keep Family Ghosts on the air!

    • 30 min
    City Folk

    City Folk

    Sam gets a ghostly answer to a decade-old question.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4.7K Ratings

4.7K Ratings

tfvilla ,

Listen

Ok, not every episode is life-changing or thought-provoking. That being said, the show is VERY good at telling interesting stories and continually mixing up the format & story telling so that it never gets boring. No other podcast has made me laugh, cry, wonder, fume, and feel every other emotion. I 100% recommend this to all of my podcast friends.

Drohtin19 ,

Grounding listening

Every time I listen to this podcast, I come away feeling grounded and surprisingly serene. Like I always thought I should feel as a kid after attending church with my grandma. I suppose it the sense of human connection I come away with. Thank you, Sam Dingman et al.

posseh ,

What

Why does this woman keep saying a yahhhhj a Million times! It was very very annoying and I never write anything negative on reviews but come on

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