Family Secrets

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Carlie
 Jul 10, 2019


 Apr 8, 2019

Heather
 Feb 26, 2019
This is a refreshing podcast that gets down to the real and true feelings we all have about our families, the questions we have growing up, the feeling we have always had that something isn't right, those gut feelings you can't speak up about. Well written, beautifully spoken, and meaningful, this podcast is top notch!

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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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Bonus Episode: Stephanie Wittels Wachs, host of “Last Day” on storytelling in the time of Coronavirus
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In this special bonus episode, Dani speaks with Stephanie Wittels Wachs, actress, activist, and co-host of the hit podcast Last Day, which shines a light on the real human stories behind epidemics we usually only think about in terms of their staggering — yet seemingly abstract — statistics. Recording from their respective homes, Dani (sitting in her PJs in her son’s old room) and Stephanie (holed up in the closet that serves as her makeshift studio) discuss trauma, the collective grief we’re all feeling in this era of social distancing, and making meaning out of tragedy — which is exactly what Stephanie did after losing her beloved younger brother, the comedian Harris Wittels, to a heroin overdose.   Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 04, 2020
The Red Potion
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Janny Scott grew up on an 800-acre British-style estate outside Philadelphia with a loving, gregarious father who was always the life of the party. But underneath her father’s light exterior was a darkness he struggled to keep at bay—a lifelong effort that would eventually cause him to self-destruct. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 02, 2020
Fever Coat
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When Axton Betz-Hamilton was in middle school, her family’s mail started going missing. Her parents told her that they’d been the victims of an identity thief, and that the perpetrator was likely someone close to them. Slowly, they began to shut out the world, enveloping Axton in a bubble of paranoia and secrecy—an atmosphere that didn’t allow her to see what was right in front of her until decades later. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 26, 2020
Bubbe and Zayde and Grandma and Pa
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Growing up, Adam Frankel idolized his father and his father’s father, eventually following in their footsteps to become a successful speechwriter for politicians like John Kerry and Barack Obama. But at the age of 25, Adam discovered a truth that caused him to question everything—including his place in the lineage he’d molded his life around.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
Cold People
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For most of her young life, Lisa Brennan-Jobs bounced back and forth between two very different homes—that of her mother, who raised Lisa alone for the first few years of her life and struggled to make ends meet; and that of her father, Steve Jobs, who lived exactly the way you’d expect the founder of a multimillion dollar tech company to but struggled to relate to the daughter he initially denied was his. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 12, 2020
Too Busy to Die
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Addiction breeds denial, in both the addict and his loved ones. And when that addiction comes wrapped in a busy, successful, ambitious package like Eilene Zimmerman’s ex-husband, a respected Silicon Valley attorney, it’s especially easy to ignore the warning signs. Until it’s too late. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 05, 2020
Jeanette
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Emily Bernard never felt close to her judgmental, domineering father, who, for most of her life, denied he’d ever been unfaithful to her mother. It wasn’t until her dad’s sudden death that Emily began the process of getting to know the woman who caused her family so much pain: her father’s longtime mistress. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 27, 2020
What’s Wrong With Teddy?
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What do you do when you suspect that your own brother is to blame for the seemingly random acts of violence sending shockwaves through the country? Do you keep it to yourself in order to protect him? Or do you turn him in, potentially saving the lives of hundreds of strangers, but putting him at risk of a death sentence? David Kacyznski talks about his impossible choice, and the unlikely friendship he forged in the wake of his brother’s destruction. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 20, 2020
The Mysterious Boot Club
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As a child, Ariana Neumann stumbled upon a strange photo of her father, tucked away in a secret box he kept in his workshop. It was undeniably him, and yet the name in the caption didn’t belong to the man she grew up with. Decades later, Ariana inherits this box and the documents it contains, using them to slowly chip away at the mystery of who her father really was and the lies he had to tell in order to survive. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 13, 2020
The Lobster Shift
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Even as a young child, Michael Hainey could sense that there was more to the story of his father’s death. But it wasn’t until he stumbled upon a small detail in an obituary—that his father died “after visiting friends”—that he began to understand the lengths those friends went to protect his father’s reputation, and to protect his family from the truth. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 06, 2020
Family Secrets Season 3 Is Coming Soon!
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Get ready for more inspiring, provocative, and moving conversations about identity, forgiveness, and the meaning of family, featuring incredible guests like David Kaczynski, the Unabomber’s younger brother, and Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Steve Jobs’s first-born. The new season of Family Secrets with Dani Shapiro launches next Thursday, February 6. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 30, 2020
Listener Stories, January 23
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In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. To share your secret, call 1-888-SECRET-0. This January, Dani’s taking Family Secrets on the road. To get your tickets, visit danishapiro.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 23, 2020
Listener Stories, January 16
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In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. To share your secret, call 1-888-SECRET-0. This month, Dani’s taking Family Secrets on the road. To get your tickets, visit danishapiro.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 16, 2020
An Update from Dani
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Big news, Family Secrets fans: there’s a new season headed your way in just a few weeks (the first episode drops February 6—mark your calendars!) ‘Til then, it seems as though there’s no end to the number of secrets Dani continues to encounter while she’s traveling around the country for her book. Dani shares what she’s learned from her conversations with her podcast guests, her readers, and Family Secrets listeners over the past year—and why she thinks the end of the era of the secret is upon us. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 10, 2020
Listener Stories, January 2
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In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. To share your secret, call 1-888-SECRET-0. This month, Dani’s taking Family Secrets on the road. To get your tickets, visit danishapiro.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 02, 2020
Listener Stories, December 26
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In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. To share your secret, call 1-888-SECRET-0. This January, Dani’s taking Family Secrets on the road. To get your tickets, visit danishapiro.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 26, 2019
Family Secrets on Tour: See Dani in a City Near You!
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Starting January 27, Dani is taking Family Secrets on the road. She’ll be sitting down with some of the writers, podcasters, thinkers, and musicians she admires most for unforgettable conversations you won’t want to miss. For more information about cities, special guests, and to purchase your tickets, visit danishapiro.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 23, 2019
Listener Stories, December 19
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In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. To share your secret, call 1-888-SECRET-0. This January, Dani’s taking Family Secrets on the road. To get your tickets, visit danishapiro.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 19, 2019
Listener Stories, December 12
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In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. To share your secret, call 1-888-SECRET-0. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 13, 2019
Listener Stories, December 5
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In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. To share your secret, call 1-888-SECRET-0. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 05, 2019
Thanksgiving Thoughts from Dani
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Dani shares her thoughts, a personal story and well wishes this Thanksgiving. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 28, 2019
Listener Stories, November 21
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In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. To share your secret, call 1-888-SECRET-0. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 21, 2019
Listener Stories, November 14
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In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. To share your secret, call 1-888-SECRET-0. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 14, 2019
Listener Stories, November 7
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In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. To share your secret, call 1-888-SECRET-0. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 07, 2019
Share Your Family Secret
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Thank you for making season two of Family Secrets such an amazing success. If you have a secret you’d like to share, please call 1-888-SECRET-0.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 05, 2019
Flying and Crashing
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Kiese grew up in Oxford, Mississippi —the only child of a single mother, a black boy who struggled with weight. His childhood and adolescence were marked by two daily assaults: that of American racism, and America’s obsession with weight.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 24, 2019
The Confidante
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Imagine a privileged New England family living by the sea, with a glamorous, wild mother who has a long affair with her husband’s best friend, and makes her daughter — Adrienne — her ally.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 17, 2019
The Fifth Passenger
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Growing up in suburban New York, Joanna was always aware of two pastel portraits of children she assumed were just part of her parents’ art collection. But sometimes she would hear her mother on the phone, crying, and referencing “the accident.”  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 10, 2019
Russian Dolls
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At some point in our childhood we all met the moment where we had to summon the courage and strength to stand up to the difficulties of the world. But imagine being 8 years old and finding yourself in the car with your mother in the middle of the night as she hands you a map and speeds away into the unknown. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 03, 2019
A World Erased
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Growing up Noah knew his grandparents had survived the Holocaust, but his questions had always been sidelined.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 26, 2019
The Phone Call
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Frank's father was a “proud Willie Loman” character who sold stuff — cars, printing presses, whatever needed selling. He was a glad-handing guy, “the mayor of everything.” And he was living a double life.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 19, 2019
Mama and Her Numbers
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Bridgett grew up in Detroit in the '60s in a vibrant house with a mother who was genius with numbers. But for most of her life, Bridgett kept her mother's genius a secret.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 12, 2019
The Last Haircut
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When Bill, who grew up in a traditional, southern family, first met his wife he recognized the outsider in her – that she too felt isolated and different. Together the two of them banded together in solidarity and love and took on the world. But when Bill was 45, they came to terms with the realization that Bill wasn’t living truthfully. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 05, 2019
The Journal
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We forget that our parents have their own lives, desires and, in some cases, secret lives that they’ve covered up in order to protect the family. But what happens when your elderly parent develops dementia, forgets to cover his tracks, and in doing so unleashes a Pandora’s box of secrets about his sexual escapades and misdeeds?  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 29, 2019
Season 2 Has Launched!
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Dani Shapiro discusses the launch of Family Secrets and shares a sneak peek of next week’s episode. Beginning next week Family Secrets resumes its weekly publishing schedule on Thursdays. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 22, 2019
The Loving Choice
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What if you kept a secret because it was so painful it would crush your young children? What if you were terminal and chose not to tell them? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 19, 2019
In Conversation with Lori Gottlieb
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In this bonus episode, Dani Shapiro talks with best-selling author, speaker and therapist Lori Gottlieb about the emotional toll of secrets. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 15, 2019
Family Secrets: Season 2 Trailer
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Check out the trailer for season two of Family Secrets, from best-selling author, Dani Shapiro. Season two premieres on Monday, August 19th. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 08, 2019
Listener Stories, July 25
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In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 25, 2019
Listener Stories, July 18
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In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 18, 2019
Listener Stories, July 11
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In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 11, 2019
In Conversation with Nora McInerny, Pt 2
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In the second part of this special episode, Dani sits down with Nora McInerny from the podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 04, 2019
In Conversation with Nora McInerny
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In this special episode Dani sits down with Nora McInerny from the podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 27, 2019
Listener Stories, June 20
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In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community.    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 20, 2019
Listener Stories, June 13
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In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 13, 2019
Listener Stories, May 30
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In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 30, 2019
Listener Stories
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In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 23, 2019
Sam Dingman of Family Ghosts on the Aftermath of a Secret
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Dani Shapiro and Sam Dingman from the podcast, Family Ghosts, discuss the family secret Sam revealed on his podcast. Season 2 of Family Ghosts launched on May 15. Familyghostspodcast.com Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 16, 2019
Brian Koppelman of “Billions” On Truth and Writing
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Dani Shapiro and Brian Koppelman of “Billions” talk about the extraordinary speech on secrets and shame that the character, Chuck, delivers on “Billions.” Find out how vulnerability and truth fuel creativity. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 09, 2019
Do You Have A Family Secret?
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Many of you have filled our inbox with powerful stories. To that end, we’ve set up a phone number for listeners of Family Secrets. And we invite you to tell your secret, your story, that we can share with this community. If you’d like to share your family secret story, call the Family Secrets hotline at 1-888-732-7380  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 02, 2019
On The Road
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Dani Shapiro shares her experience of being out on the road on her book tour, hearing from readers and listeners about their family secrets. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 25, 2019
Bonus Episode: Inheritance
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On this bonus episode, Dani shares an excerpt from her New York Times best-selling novel ‘Inheritance.’ Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 18, 2019
Bonus Episode: Jennifer Mendelsohn on Genealogy and Secrets
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This bonus episode features an edited conversation between Dani Shapiro and journalist and genealogy expert, Jennifer Mendelsohn, at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 11, 2019
Don't Duck
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Sylvia Boorstein grew up in a loving, close-knit family. But in the background lingered a grief-filled secret. As an adult she allowed herself to explore the secret, and one day, on a hunch, visited the cemetery where her mother was buried. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 04, 2019
The Secret Son
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While walking her dogs one evening Laura Engel received a life-changing email that transported her back to a home for unwed mothers in New Orleans. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 28, 2019
Band of Men
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Tim Ehrlich's secret nearly killed him. But he and a group of other men with the same secret found the courage to come forward and reveal it, and in doing so heal a lifetime of pain. (Warning this episode contains explicit information about sexual abuse).  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 21, 2019
Zygote Baby
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Jane Mintz's parents were forthright about her being adopted, but not about her birth mother's identity. As an adult, Jane found her biological mother and discovered many more secrets, the cost of keeping them, and why we all deserve to know where we come from.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 14, 2019
Little White Lie
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What if, as a child born into a white Jewish family, anytime someone remarked about your skin color, a story was told about a distant Sicilian grandfather? Even if it was obvious that wasn't the whole story? Lacey Schwartz talks about what it's like to live in an alternate universe of knowing-not knowing your own secret.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 07, 2019
A Joyful Heart
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Debbie Millman's story is one of extraordinary resilience in the face of trauma and the redemptive power of love and strength found in the unlikeliest of places. (Warning: this episode contains explicit information about sexual abuse.) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 28, 2019
Open Secret
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As a child, Steve Lickteig was told that he was adopted. But that didn't turn out to be entirely true, or even half of the story.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 21, 2019
One Drop
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Imagine living in one of the whitest enclaves in America, so white that just four people of color were recorded by the census bureau. Now imagine that your father "slipped over the color line" to be there. Bliss Broyard discusses her family secret and how it formed her life, past and present.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 14, 2019
The Very Image
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Growing up Jim Graham never felt at home in his father's house. But it wasn't until he was well into adulthood that a family secret revealed why. For two decades Jim's tenacity led him through the maze of the Catholic Church archives to learn the truth of his origins. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 14, 2019
Inheritance
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Author Dani Shapiro reveals what it was like to, by chance, discover a shocking secret about herself, and what this secret taught her about identity, family, and new beginnings. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 14, 2019
A Shock to the System
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Dani Shapiro reveals what it feels like to uncover a family secret and how that secret leads to self-exploration. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 16, 2019
Family Secrets Trailer
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Dani Shapiro dared to tell her family secret. In return, others told her theirs. Explore how family secrets shape us, distort us and … liberate us. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 17, 2018