Family Secrets

Family Secrets

By iHeartRadio

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.

Episodes

Listener Stories, January 21

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/01/218m 50s

A Note From Dani

Thank you for listening to season four of Family Secrets. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/12/202m 58s

The Big Feelings

David Ingber is a spiritual leader and father of three young kids, beloved by his large New York City Congregation. His wisdom and ability to comfort is sought after by thousands. In this episode, he learns that opening up and allowing himself to show his own vulnerability is part of his teaching and a great spiritual lesson. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/12/2045m 14s

Pulp Fictions

Julia McKenzie Munemo’s late father made his living by churning out trashy novels—that was about as much as she was willing to admit. But she had no desire to crack open any of the dusty paperbacks she inherited, until a nationwide reckoning made it clear she had no choice but to confront the racist legacy her dad left behind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/11/2048m 17s

Old Boys’ Club

During her second year at an elite New England boarding school, Lacy Crawford was brutally assaulted by two senior boys. When the extent of the damage they’d done became clear, the school placed the blame squarely on her. Years later, Lacy would learn just how hard the institution worked to silence her. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/11/201h 9m

Girl Planet

For the first 40 years of her life, Jennifer Finney Boylan figured the price of living her truth would be much too steep; by opening up about who she really was, she assumed she’d lose everything, including the love of her life. But over time, it became clear that hiding who she really was had taken its own toll—on herself, on her family, and on her marriage. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/11/2046m 4s

Burning It Down

Nick Flynn was 7 years old when his house burned down. The official story, the one everyone laughed about, was that raccoons had knocked over the family’s Hibachi grill and set the house on fire. Decades later, Nick learned that’s not what happened at all—and started to understand the depth of his mother’s desperation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/11/2047m 58s

Kasha

Outwardly, Susan Burton had it all—a degree from Yale, a thriving career, a loving husband and kids. Inside, Susan waged a war on herself, using food as a way to exert control over the discomfort she felt in her own skin. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/10/2049m 34s

The Second Secret

Lindsay Roemer assumed she’d metabolized, and mostly moved on from, the secret that had been kept from her most of her life—until an unexpected Facebook message from a man she’d never met changed everything she thought she knew about her father. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/10/2048m 13s

You Used to Smile

The smart, opinionated, funny women who raised Saeed Jones—his mother and his grandmother—had a profound influence on his identity. But it was the things they couldn’t talk about that echoed the loudest with Saeed as he began to navigate adulthood, trying to figure out where he fit in as a gay Black man from the South. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/10/2044m 45s

Getting By

Singer Kanene Pipkin always loved her mother, but they weren’t exactly close. Until one day her mother called with some news Kanene couldn’t wrap her head around—news that would change their relationship, and Kanene’s understanding of what it means to be a family, forever. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/10/2035m 25s

The Wire

Ruthie Lindsey attracted a massive following with her picture-perfect lifestyle shots on Instagram. But what those images didn’t show was everything that came before, including an accident that nearly killed her, a painkiller addiction that might have finished the job—and the unconditional love of a family determined to pull her out of the darkness. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/10/2041m 53s

Sneak Peek: Family Secrets Season 4

Ruthie Lindsey knows first-hand just how much pain might be hiding behind someone’s picture-perfect social media presence. Hear the rest of her story on the Season 4 premiere of Family Secrets, next Thursday, October 1. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/09/203m 48s

Family Secrets: Season 4 Trailer

Get ready for more incredible stories about the secrets—both big and small—that shape us from the inside out. The new season of Family Secrets launches October 1. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/09/203m 34s

Hi From Dani

Dani checks in with a quick update on season 4. (Mark your calendars for October 1!) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/09/201m 55s

Listener Stories, August 13

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/08/2011m 43s

Introducing: Dear Therapists

Sit in on the intimate sessions of renowned therapists and national advice columnists Lori Gottlieb and Guy Winch as they guide fellow travelers through the everyday and extraordinary challenges of life. Each week, Lori and Guy invite you to be a fly-on-the-wall and listen to their personal, raw, transformative sessions, where they share behind-the-scenes insights, offer actionable advice, and bring people back to find out what worked (or didn’t)–and what we can all learn about ourselves through the lens of others. Subscribe to Dear Therapists on the iHeartRadio App, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts! https://ihr.fm/33h8CdY Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
03/08/202m 55s

Listener Stories, July 30

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/07/207m 37s

Bonus Episode: In Conversation with Alicia Keys, Pt. 2

Dani and Alicia continue their conversation about becoming the person you were always meant to be, and Alicia shares her strategy for moving forward when you find yourself at a crossroads—learn to feel out, and trust, the resounding yeses. (Alicia’s memoir, More Myself: A Journey, is out now.) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/07/2027m 2s

Bonus Episode: In Conversation with Alicia Keys

On this very special episode of Family Secrets, Dani speaks with singer-songwriter Alicia Keys about living unapologetically, making art without compromise, and the women who kept her grounded when she became a household name at just 20 years old—her mother and her grandmother. (Alicia’s memoir, More Myself: A Journey, is out now.) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/07/2028m 32s

Bonus Episode: Forever35’s Doree Shafrir and Kate Spencer on What Self-Care Means in This Moment

Dani calls up Doree and Kate, hosts of the hit podcast Forever35, for an in-depth conversation about self-care, shifting priorities, and why it’s so important to keep a record of what you’re doing, thinking, and feeling during this time. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/06/2044m 46s

Listener Stories, June 25

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/06/209m 13s

Listener Stories, June 19

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/06/208m 45s

Ep. 31: Galen

A Unitarian Universalist minister advocates for a new kind of spiritual practice—gratitude—one even the least religious among us can draw comfort from. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
02/06/2021m 47s

Family Secrets Live: In Conversation with Liz Phair, Part II

Dani and Liz respond to questions from the audience about shame, the power of the unthought known, and the growing community of people who find out later in life they were donor-conceived.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/05/2031m 33s

Family Secrets Live: In Conversation with Liz Phair

On this special live episode of Family Secrets, recorded in Los Angeles in January, Dani sits down with indie rock icon Liz Phair to talk about the stories we choose to tell ourselves—and how the act of writing can lead to a deeper, more nuanced understanding of both our pasts and the people we’ve become. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/05/2051m 14s

Family Secrets Live: In Conversation with Gretchen Rubin, Part II

Dani and Gretchen respond to audience questions — including one from a former anonymous sperm donor, who wonders where his loyalties should lie after he’s asked not to tell one of his biological children the truth about her origins. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/05/2027m 15s

Family Secrets Live: In Conversation with Gretchen Rubin

On this special live episode of Family Secrets, recorded in Philadelphia in January, author and podcast host Gretchen Rubin interviews Dani about uncovering the family secret that became the subject of her bestselling memoir Inheritance: that her beloved father was not related to her by blood. Gretchen and Dani discuss the aftermath of that discovery — including what it was like to forge a connection with her biological dad — plus the ethics of anonymous sperm donation, and what the rise of DNA testing means for those guarantees of anonymity. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/05/2037m 50s

Bonus Episode: In Conversation with Libby Copeland, Pt. 2

On part two of Dani’s conversation with Libby Copeland, Dani and Libby discuss the fallout on the other side of a major DNA revelation, and why DNA testing could make secrecy around a person’s origins a thing of the past. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/05/2036m 31s

Bonus Episode: Libby Copeland, Author of The Lost Family, on Identity in the Age of DNA Testing

On this special bonus episode of Family Secrets, Dani speaks with Libby Copeland, author and journalist, about the psychological and emotional complexities that face families who have kept secrets, and families who have had secrets kept from them. This is an intimate conversation about the deepest parts of identity exposed by unexpected DNA results.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/05/2032m 4s

The Way We Live Now: Ep. 21: Suleika

A writer and cancer survivor, leaning on lessons she learned while battling leukemia in her 20s, now helps others make meaningful connections as they adjust to life in isolation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
12/05/2020m 28s

Family Secrets Live: In Conversation with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Part II

Dani and Bessel respond to questions from the audience about trauma, and how art—and writing in particular—can help people heal. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/05/2023m 44s

Family Secrets Live: In Conversation with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

In January, Dani hit the road for a series of live conversations with some of her favorite writers, artists, and thinkers. Her first stop: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she sat down with renowned trauma expert Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score, for a discussion about how we move forward after traumatic events—a topic nobody could have predicted would apply to each and every one of us just a few months later. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/05/2042m 48s

Introducing: The Way We Live Now - Ep. 12: Eileen

A nurse in NYC is haunted by the fact that her COVID patients have to suffer without loved ones by their side. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
01/05/2023m 20s

Introducing: The Way We Live Now: Ep. 05: Chris

The Way We Live Now is a brand new iHeartRadio original podcast with host Dani Shapiro. In this episode a senator finds solace in the small acts of kindness he sees happening in his community — and hopes that we’ll all be better friends, neighbors, and citizens when this is over. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/2013m 29s

Introducing: The Way We Live Now: Ep. 03: Jamie

The Way We Live Now is a brand new iHeartRadio original podcast with host Dani Shapiro. In this episode a movie star (and self-described “hugger”) tries to embrace new ways of connecting. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
21/04/2018m 9s

Introducing: The Way We Live Now: Ep 2: Suzanne

The Way We Live Now is a brand new iHeartRadio original podcast with host Dani Shapiro. In this episode a primary-care physician nearing retirement deletes an email about volunteering in a COVID-19 clinic — then regret sets in.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
17/04/2018m 25s

Introducing: The Way We Live Now: Ep 1: Serge

The Way We Live Now is a brand new iHeartRadio original podcast with host Dani Shapiro. In the first episode, Serge, a chef at a small-town restaurant talks about keeping his business afloat, coming to terms with a new kind of solitude, and how he uses cooking to stay connected to the outside world. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
17/04/2020m 29s

Introducing The Way We Live Now

Big news, Family Secrets listeners: Dani just launched a new show called The Way We Live Now, featuring searching, intimate conversations with people from all walks of life about how they’re coping — and managing to stay connected — in a world turned upside-down. Episode 1 is available now wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
14/04/202m 22s

Bug Dust

For years, Steven Romo just didn’t talk about the bleak landscape of his childhood—not with friends, and certainly not with his colleagues at the TV station where he works as an anchor. Until a headline that reminded him of his upbringing inspired him to open up about what he’s been through, giving everyone a glimpse at the pain he kept hidden beneath his polished, professional exterior.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/04/2038m 19s

Bonus Episode: Stephanie Wittels Wachs, host of “Last Day” on storytelling in the time of Coronavirus

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/04/2048m 3s

The Red Potion

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/04/2035m 43s

Fever Coat

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/03/2034m 12s

Bubbe and Zayde and Grandma and Pa

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/03/2048m 18s

Cold People

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/03/2036m 4s

Too Busy to Die

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/03/2046m 47s

Jeanette

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/02/2043m 0s

What’s Wrong With Teddy?

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/02/2043m 16s

The Mysterious Boot Club

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/02/2033m 48s

The Lobster Shift

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/02/2045m 29s

Family Secrets Season 3 Is Coming Soon!

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/01/204m 6s

Listener Stories, January 23

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/01/208m 28s

Listener Stories, January 16

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/01/209m 58s

An Update from Dani

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/01/205m 51s

Listener Stories, January 2

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/01/209m 34s

Listener Stories, December 26

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/12/1910m 10s

Family Secrets on Tour: See Dani in a City Near You!

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/12/1930s

Listener Stories, December 19

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/12/198m 37s

Listener Stories, December 12

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/12/199m 21s

Listener Stories, December 5

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/12/199m 20s

Disorganized Crime Trailer

Host Rainbow Valentine discovers her artist mom and 'businessman' dad were deeply involved in the illegal drug trade and unknowingly spent her childhood among a massive pot distribution operation. As she talks with her father in intimate interviews, Rainbow Valentine uncovers a history of her childhood that causes her to reassess everything — and gives us a unique personal window into the infamous counter-culture of Marin County in the 70s and 80s -- from Ken Kesey's acid tests and the birth of the Grateful Dead to a drug culture that hardened and became more dangerous in response to the War On Drugs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
04/12/192m 57s

Thanksgiving Thoughts from Dani

Dani shares her thoughts, a personal story and well wishes this Thanksgiving. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/11/197m 43s

Listener Stories, November 21

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/11/199m 24s

Listener Stories, November 14

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/11/198m 34s

Listener Stories, November 7

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/11/1910m 13s

Share Your Family Secret

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/11/192m 25s

Introducing Next Question with Katie Couric

Katie Couric has questions. And on her new show, Next Question with Katie Couric, she’s determined to find answers—with a little help from the most captivating personalities in news, politics, and pop culture. Join the award-winning journalist as she explores the people, movements, and issues changing our lives and redefining our world. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
28/10/193m 30s

Flying and Crashing

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/10/1946m 59s

The Confidante

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/10/1946m 30s

The Fifth Passenger

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/10/1938m 56s

Russian Dolls

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/10/1939m 35s

A World Erased

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/09/1940m 25s

The Phone Call

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/09/1943m 13s

Mama and Her Numbers

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/09/1942m 44s

The Last Haircut

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/09/1948m 8s

The Journal

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/08/1935m 6s

Season 2 Has Launched!

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/08/192m 28s

The Loving Choice

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/08/1941m 43s

In Conversation with Lori Gottlieb

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/08/1946m 58s

Family Secrets: Season 2 Trailer

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/08/193m 26s

Listener Stories, July 25

In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/07/197m 32s

Listener Stories, July 18

In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/07/1910m 9s

Listener Stories, July 11

In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/07/199m 16s

In Conversation with Nora McInerny, Pt 2

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/07/1946m 28s

In Conversation with Nora McInerny

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/06/1948m 16s

Listener Stories, June 20

In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community.    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/06/1910m 35s

Listener Stories, June 13

In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/06/199m 49s

Listener Stories, May 30

In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/05/1910m 23s

Listener Stories

In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/05/1911m 56s

Sam Dingman of Family Ghosts on the Aftermath of a Secret

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/05/1935m 6s

Brian Koppelman of “Billions” On Truth and Writing

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/05/1925m 18s

Do You Have A Family Secret?

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/05/191m 37s

On The Road

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/04/197m 27s

Bonus Episode: Inheritance

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/04/1916m 4s

Bonus Episode: Jennifer Mendelsohn on Genealogy and Secrets

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/04/1929m 17s

Don't Duck

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/04/1938m 29s

The Secret Son

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/03/1950m 50s

Band of Men

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/03/1944m 50s

Zygote Baby

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/03/1939m 48s

Little White Lie

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/03/1927m 30s

A Joyful Heart

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/02/1941m 50s

Open Secret

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/02/1944m 1s

One Drop

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/02/1936m 50s

The Very Image

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/02/1947m 51s

Inheritance

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/02/1917m 11s

A Shock to the System

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/01/193m 24s

Family Secrets Trailer

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://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/12/182m 43s
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