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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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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.

    The Goofy Ring

    The Goofy Ring

    As a law student, Alex Marzano-Lesnevich was vehemently opposed to the death penalty, even in the most heinous of crimes. Yet their deeply-held beliefs were put to the test after watching the confession tape of a man convicted of the brutal killing and sexual assault of a six-year-old boy—the details of which felt all too familiar to Alex, an abuse survivor.
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    • 45 min
    Goddess of Compassion

    Goddess of Compassion

    Ly Tran’s father refused to accept any kind of weakness in his children—not even something as commonplace, and easily remedied, as poor vision. So when then-eight-year-old Ly brought a note home from school informing her parents she needed glasses, he flew into a rage—setting Ly up for years of struggle and secret-keeping as her eyesight continued to worsen, which impacted every facet of her life.
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    • 56 min
    The Vampire Bat

    The Vampire Bat

    What’s it like to live your life so deep undercover, handling secrets that are so sensitive, not even the people who know you best—not your friends, not your siblings, not your parents—can know what you’re up to? Ex-CIA agent Amaryllis Fox spent the better part of her 20s trying to keep WMDs out of the hands of global terror groups—until she became a mother and realized she couldn’t ask her baby daughter to live inside a secret world. 
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    • 49 min
    Family Secrets: Season 5 Trailer

    Family Secrets: Season 5 Trailer

    Join us for more incredible stories about what happens when long-held family secrets come to light. The new season of Family Secrets launches Thursday, April 1. 
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    • 2 min
    Bonus Episode: In Conversation with Dr. Rachel Yehuda, Part II

    Bonus Episode: In Conversation with Dr. Rachel Yehuda, Part II

    Dani continues her discussion with Dr. Yehuda about intergenerational trauma, and her fascinating new research into psychedelics as a potential treatment for patients suffering from PTSD.
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    • 34 min
    Bonus Episode: In Conversation with Dr. Rachel Yehuda

    Bonus Episode: In Conversation with Dr. Rachel Yehuda

    In this special episode, Dani speaks with noted trauma expert Dr. Rachel Yehuda about the controversial history of PTSD as a diagnosis, the disorder’s surprising physiological effects, and why the children of PTSD sufferers often show the same biological markers, despite never having experienced trauma themselves.
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
3.8K Ratings

3.8K Ratings

bethegg ,

Love the show but...

I have one small request. Can you please switch out the beginning question and not ask nearly every episode “describe the landscape of your...” and maybe use a different phrase once in a while, just to mix things up a bit...? Otherwise, I love it.

Klear7 ,

great podcast!

So happy to have discovered this show. Very compelling stories with an excellent host.

Bee123!! ,

Every family has secrets

It’s so refreshing to dig under the surface and see the things we all face. Fantastic guests, truly different than other podcasts. Helped me deal with unanswered questions from my own family and the thinking behind some decisions. healing content!

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