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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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Flying and Crashing

Flying and Crashing

2019-10-2400:45:1710

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
The Confidante

The Confidante

2019-10-1700:43:4011

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
The Fifth Passenger

The Fifth Passenger

2019-10-1000:36:2014

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
Russian Dolls

Russian Dolls

2019-10-0300:36:5818

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
A World Erased

A World Erased

2019-09-2600:37:4210

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
The Phone Call

The Phone Call

2019-09-1900:40:2014

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
Mama and Her Numbers

Mama and Her Numbers

2019-09-1200:39:5215

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
The Last Haircut

The Last Haircut

2019-09-0500:45:3015

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
The Journal

The Journal

2019-08-2900:32:2115

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
The Loving Choice

The Loving Choice

2019-08-1900:39:1823

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
Don't Duck

Don't Duck

2019-04-0400:35:4427

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
The Secret Son

The Secret Son

2019-03-2800:48:0732

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
Band of Men

Band of Men

2019-03-2100:41:4234

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
Zygote Baby

Zygote Baby

2019-03-1400:37:0933

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
Little White Lie

Little White Lie

2019-03-0700:25:0028

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
A Joyful Heart

A Joyful Heart

2019-02-2800:39:1851

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
Open Secret

Open Secret

2019-02-2100:41:3536

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
One Drop

One Drop

2019-02-1400:33:0839

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
The Very Image

The Very Image

2019-02-1400:45:1662

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
Inheritance

Inheritance

2019-02-1400:16:5737

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
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Janeth Quezada

what a beautiful, moving story. thank you for sharing ❤

Nov 18th
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Pyretta Blaize

the audio is skipping for me

Nov 12th
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Chloe Watson

This episode was really deep. I can relate to a lot he's talking about.

Oct 30th
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Rebecca Johnson

this one of my favorite podcast

Oct 29th
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Momma's House

This guy is kinda an asshole. Just like his father.

Oct 25th
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Juliana Ramirez

but also... what a passionate, real love between Ben and Malabar.

Oct 19th
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Chloe Watson

This story and the people in it are a hot mess!!

Oct 18th
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Douglas Vinson

amazing

Oct 13th
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Rob Baumbaugh

I listen to podcasts all day at work. I’ve probably never gasped so many times during a broadcast. My ex was in his last year of seminary when the church found out he was gay and living with a man. After a return from a break, his students were different to him: things would be scrawled on the chalkboard, names called under breath, etc. He reported the harassment by students and ostracism by staff to his elders. He was told that he chose this lifestyle and Therefore have to except the bed comes with it. And that he should probably leave and not become a priest. He was told that by Father, and one day Cardinal, Mahoney.

Oct 2nd
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Mae Lee Arant

too much talking/ interruption/ interpretation by host and not enough room for guest to tell story.

Sep 28th
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April All Year

Unforgettable

Sep 27th
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Chloe Watson

Wow, just wow!!!

Sep 24th
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claudia

Criminal did an episode on this story this past February

Sep 14th
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Jason B

Seriously? Ugh

Sep 12th
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Patricia Brown

What an amazing story. Loved this one.

Sep 12th
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Moira M

I feel so sorry for his wife...

Sep 10th
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Beckey

Thank you! I needed to hear confidence is overrated... Courage is more important !

Sep 9th
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Афон justin

this is disgusting af

Sep 7th
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Althea Washington

Soooooooo heartbreakingly beautiful! Thank you both.

Sep 6th
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Rosabelle Conover

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Sep 2nd
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