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Radically empathic advice. Produced by WBUR.

Dear Sugars WBUR

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 5.4K Ratings

Radically empathic advice. Produced by WBUR.

    Encore: I'm A Transgender Man, Seeking Acceptance

    Encore: I'm A Transgender Man, Seeking Acceptance

    The Sugars read the letters of two transgender men who are struggling to find love and acceptance. They discuss with Cooper Lee Bombardier, a visual artist, writer and transgender man. This episode was originally aired on September 2, 2016.

    • 38 min
    Encore: Who's Your Daddy?

    Encore: Who's Your Daddy?

    When Steve Lickteig turned 18, he learned that his mother and father, who he thought were his adoptive parents, are in fact his biological grandparents. With the advent of affordable DNA testing and companies like 23andMe, more and more people are having revelations like Mr. Lickteig’s. For some, these revelations can be a welcome and exciting discovery process. For others, they’re shocking and unwanted. In today’s episode, Mr. Lickteig shares his story and helps the Sugars advise letter writers who are still reeling from their genetic discoveries. This episode was originally aired on June 16, 2018.

    • 40 min
    Encore: I'm In Love With My Abuser

    Encore: I'm In Love With My Abuser

    For the first time on the podcast, the Sugars answer a voice mail message from the Dear Sugars hotline. The message comes from a woman who reunited with her ex-boyfriend, who once assaulted her. Wracked with shame, she wonders if reconciling with him is acceptable and if it’s possible he’ll change. Esta Soler, president and founder of Futures Without Violence, joins the Sugars to help answer the question: Is it O.K. to love someone who abused you? This episode was originally released on April 21, 2018.

    • 26 min
    Encore: Moving On, Part 2

    Encore: Moving On, Part 2

    In this second part of our series on moving on, the Sugars discuss how we can release ourselves from our past mistakes. Dr. Harriet Lerner drops in to answer a letter from a woman who calls herself a "serial codependent," as well as a woman who is haunted by her abortion. This episode was originally published on August 25th, 2018.

    • 43 min
    Encore: Moving On, Part 1

    Encore: Moving On, Part 1

    The Sugars have been thinking about what it means to say goodbye and let go. In this first episode of their two-part series on moving on, the Sugars and Claire Bidwell Smith answer two letters from people struggling to move past their grief after the death of their loved ones. This episode was originally released on August 18th, 2018.

    • 46 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
5.4K Ratings

5.4K Ratings

Cindy Tansin ,

Always interesting

This podcast is full of great relationship advice. It is never dull, and they are not afraid to tackle squeamish subjects. I love it.

JJBB4444 ,

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!

Edda21 ,

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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