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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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    • 4.5 • 3.6K Ratings

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.

    Old Boys’ Club

    Old Boys’ Club

    During her second year at an elite New England boarding school, Lacy Crawford was brutally assaulted by two senior boys. When the extent of the damage they’d done became clear, the school placed the blame squarely on her. Years later, Lacy would learn just how hard the institution worked to silence her.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Girl Planet

    Girl Planet

    For the first 40 years of her life, Jennifer Finney Boylan figured the price of living her truth would be much too steep; by opening up about who she really was, she assumed she’d lose everything, including the love of her life. But over time, it became clear that hiding who she really was had taken its own toll—on herself, on her family, and on her marriage.
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    • 46 min
    Burning It Down

    Burning It Down

    Nick Flynn was 7 years old when his house burned down. The official story, the one everyone laughed about, was that raccoons had knocked over the family’s Hibachi grill and set the house on fire. Decades later, Nick learned that’s not what happened at all—and started to understand the depth of his mother’s desperation.
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    • 47 min
    Kasha

    Kasha

    Outwardly, Susan Burton had it all—a degree from Yale, a thriving career, a loving husband and kids. Inside, Susan waged a war on herself, using food as a way to exert control over the discomfort she felt in her own skin.
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    • 49 min
    The Second Secret

    The Second Secret

    Lindsay Roemer assumed she’d metabolized, and mostly moved on from, the secret that had been kept from her most of her life—until an unexpected Facebook message from a man she’d never met changed everything she thought she knew about her father.
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    • 48 min
    You Used to Smile

    You Used to Smile

    The smart, opinionated, funny women who raised Saeed Jones—his mother and his grandmother—had a profound influence on his identity. But it was the things they couldn’t talk about that echoed the loudest with Saeed as he began to navigate adulthood, trying to figure out where he fit in as a gay Black man from the South.
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
3.6K Ratings

3.6K Ratings

lit lemon ,

Feels Different

I absolutely loved the first season, when the guests featured were not well-known entities. There are some gems in the more recent seasons, but I have to agree that it feels like quite a departure from the spirit of that first season. I’m in no position to advise, but I wish this was a different podcast entirely, as was done with How We Live Now. They just don’t really feel like family secrets anymore.

_i_hate_u_ ,

Great host. Great stories mostly. Poor guest audio

I really like the way the stores are told and the way the host allows the guest to be comfortable in telling their story in their own way. Several of the guests are phone interview recordings and the audio is harsh and hard to make out.

L Swan ,

“Gripes of the rich and well educated”

Maybe this podcast needs a name change, it’s getting dull.

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