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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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What’s Wrong With Teddy?

What’s Wrong With Teddy?

2020-02-2000:43:397

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
The Mysterious Boot Club

The Mysterious Boot Club

2020-02-1300:33:435

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
The Lobster Shift

The Lobster Shift

2020-02-0600:45:3812

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
Flying and Crashing

Flying and Crashing

2019-10-2400:45:2816

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

2019-10-1700:43:5916

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

2019-10-1000:36:2820

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

2019-10-0300:37:0523

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

2019-09-2600:38:0616

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

2019-09-1900:40:4317

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

2019-09-1200:40:1317

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

2019-09-0500:45:3517

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

2019-08-2900:32:4018

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

2019-08-1900:39:1026

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

2019-04-0400:36:1130

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

2019-03-2800:48:2336

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

2019-03-2100:42:2037

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

2019-03-1400:37:3036

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

2019-03-0700:25:0629

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

2019-02-2800:39:2354

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

2019-02-2100:41:3440

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
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Susanne McIlwain Hatton

Such a touching and beautiful episode. I am crying and about to renew my audible subscription just for Ariana’s book. Thank you for the podcast and especially this episode and thank you Ariana for your honesty and pristine craftsmanship of your book 💙

Feb 20th
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Joshua Hayden

this feels like my story in many ways 😔😔

Feb 8th
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Heather Paxton

Love this podcast. Been waiting for new longer episodes for awhile though 😔

Jan 7th
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Sherrie Lucas

Extramarital affairs are wrong. This has nothing to do with what we believe in God. The parents and the church leaders handled this SO badly, not even thinking if the child. Only their own reputations.

Jan 5th
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Megan Corker

I liked this podcast until they apparently ran out of content and started posting 'listener stories' :-/

Jan 3rd
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Lucy Tobier

this should be sponsored by ancestry or 23andme

Dec 28th
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Brandon N Tasha Dickenson

great one here!

Dec 14th
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Brandon N Tasha Dickenson

a great one here

Dec 14th
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Philly Burbs

to the women who's a dad is decon & wants nothing to do with her, I'm so sorry Rejection is one of the most heartbreaking feelings in the world, even worse by a family member. you don't know how your siblings feel. your father could have been a mean, abusive mother fucker & not having him in your life saved you years of torment. i know a few decons & they are not open-minded people. if ur siblings are on Ancestry or other sites looking for relatives, contact them. they are looking for you too.

Dec 14th
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Lucy Tobier

this ain't about you danny!

Dec 8th
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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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