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Family Secrets

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Overview

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.

190 Episodes

A Virtuosic Patient

Alice’s upbringing is one of simultaneous excess and absence, and in the deep canyon between the two, she loses herself entirely. In order to finally find herself and heal, she must confront the complicated truths and lies told by her artist parents.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 11 January 2024

An Answer to the Offness

Maggie made a life for herself as a successful poet, wife, and proud mother of two. But after years of marriage, she sensed something to be terribly off. When her intuition led to a painful discovery, she could finally claim her truth and grow.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 4 January 2024

You Belong to the Mystery

Her paternity. Her health. Her very self. For many years, these are all mysteries to Kimberly. As she reckons with this myriad of unknowns, she learns more than she ever expected to know.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 28 December 2023

The Self I Could Have Been

In his journey toward self-discovery, Shane must reconstruct his past by cobbling together memories of his kidnapping, upbringing, and the enormous swell of questions which once defined his identity.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 21 December 2023

This Was All Supposed to be Secret

Susan takes great lengths and risks to get answers about her biological family. But sometimes, in the world of family secrets, these kinds of answers beget more questions.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 14 December 2023

As Bad As a Lie

Brittany’s early life is defined by the road; she and her mom are vagabonds of sorts, never settling for too long in one place. But at least they have each other. That is, until they don’t.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 7 December 2023

Sail On

When Sarah is a young child, her parents vanish at sea. They are never found. How does she mourn what she cannot remember? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 30 November 2023

Because of William

Daniel grows up idolizing William, his friend and future brother-in-law. William is adventurous, effervescent and inspiring. But William has other attributes, too—secrets locked inside himself and when they come out, Daniel’s world unravels.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 23 November 2023

A Holiday Message from Dani

Happy Thanksgiving to our Family Secrets family. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 22 November 2023

How Long the Dying Went On

It started with a wreck – a car accident steeped in the history of Cassandra’s family. When she learns about the accident and the secrets it bore, she can at last begin to understand who she is, and who she will become.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 16 November 2023

Hall of Mirrors

Nobody thinks they’re joining a cult. Certainly not the children who are born into it. When, over time, Mikel learns the truths about his childhood, a whole world of information can finally crystalize.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 9 November 2023

Family Secrets: Season 9 Trailer

Join us on November 9th for new stories of resilience, memory, and the way in which long-held family secrets so often need out.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 2 November 2023

Bonus: A Conversation with Dr. Ruth Faden

Today’s Great Minds bonus episode features scholar of bioethics and founder of The John Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, Dr. Ruth Faden. She and Dani take a deep dive into the thematic waters of a powerful family secrets story from our second season. Take a listen to 'The Loving Choice' here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 19 October 2023

Prepare for Our Next Great Mind!

Tune in next week for our next Great Minds bonus conversation with renowned scientist, academic, and founder of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, Ruth Faden. We’ll be speaking about an unforgettable family secrets story from our second season. Take a listen to that episode in advance here!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 12 October 2023

Bonus: A Conversation with Kris Carr

For this week’s Great Minds bonus episode, Dani sits down with bestselling author Kris Carr to explore the moving themes and meanings woven into a Family Secrets story from Season 6. Listen to Trent Preszler’s episode, ’Taxidermied Duck’ here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 5 October 2023

Get Ready for Another Great Minds Conversation!

Next week’s bonus conversation is with bestselling author and wellness leader, Kris Carr. We’ll be unpacking a moving and memorable Family Secrets episode from Season 6. Take a listen to that episode in advance! Listen to Trent Preszler’s episode, 'Taxidermied Duck' here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 28 September 2023

Bonus: A Conversation with Dr. Mark Epstein

As part of this special bonus series, Dani and great mind Dr. Mark Epstein explore the powerful themes that underscore a memorable Family Secrets story from our third season. Listen to David Kacyznski's episode, 'What's Wrong With Teddy?' here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 21 September 2023

Get Ahead of Our Next Conversation with Great Minds!

Next week’s bonus conversation is with one of our favorite writers and thinkers, about an unusual and unforgettable Family Secrets episode. Listeners are encouraged to revisit the past episode in advance! Listen to David Kacyznski's episode, 'What's Wrong With Teddy?' here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 14 September 2023

Bonus: A New Conversation with Dr. Galit Atlas

In the first episode of this special bonus series, Dani and great mind Dr. Galit Atlas unpack the themes presented in a memorable Family Secrets story from our third season. Listen to Adam Frankel's episode, Bubbe and Zayde and Grandma and Pa here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 7 September 2023

Exciting News!

Dani announces a new bonus series of conversations with great minds coming soon!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 31 August 2023

Bonus: A New Conversation with Jennifer Senior

In this bonus episode, Dani sits down with Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer Jennifer Senior about her latest cover story in The Atlantic - ‘Those We Sent Away’ - which explores her own family secret. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 17 August 2023

A Message from Dani

As we prepare for Season Nine, Dani pauses to say hello to our Family Secrets family.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 13 July 2023

You Can Run

In the second part of this inspiring two-part episode, writer and musician Jessica Willis Fisher finishes her powerful story of survival.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 6 July 2023

Total Depravity

In the first part of this harrowing two-part episode, writer and musician Jessica Willis Fisher courageously speaks the unspeakable truths of the abuse she faced at the hands of her father. But this is just the beginning.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 29 June 2023

Daddy Will Never Read Vogue

From the outside, Priscilla’s family life looks dazzling. Her parents are both revered in the literary community and she and her sister grow up in an artistic home. But things change when their parents decide to do something they said they never would: they divorce. After this, their father’s hidden life begins to rise to the surface.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 22 June 2023

The 11:11 Wish

Kyleigh and her older sister Kait couldn’t be closer. They lean on one another all throughout childhood. But at a certain point, Kait’s mental health begins to fray and with it, so does Kyleigh’s grip on her relationship with her beloved sister. When Kait disappears, Kyleigh is left to grapple with incredible loss and the painful reality of questions that can never be answered.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 15 June 2023

World Class Liars

Letty’s life is laced with “shanda”—the Yiddish word for shame or disgrace. And the shanda is not hers alone; it stretches back and through many generations of suppression, secrecy, and the enormous heft of overcoming stigma and breaking the cycle for once and for all.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 8 June 2023

Letter of Extenuating Circumstances

Emi is a brilliant child caught in the storms of the adults around her. As such, her own troubles begin to brew and her secrets compound. From foster care to homelessness to an Ivy League education and robust career, Emi’s trajectory is an extraordinary lesson in what is possible when resilience wins the day.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 1 June 2023

How Are You Weird in the World?

Allison knows something is fundamentally different about her. She looks different and she feels different from the other girls in school. But when her parents refuse to acknowledge just how different she is, it becomes harder and harder for her to reckon with who she is, and who she wants to become.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 25 May 2023

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Forever punctuated by shame, secrecy, and danger, Isaac's search to know himself has always been a precarious journey. But as he walks the rocky road toward self-acceptance, he must reconcile his need to be both strong and vulnerable.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 18 May 2023

The Family Business

From a very young age, Sophia is taught to deflect when people ask questions. Her parents teach her this lesson, and they tell her to keep a low profile as an American living abroad. When she finds a letter she’s not supposed to read, she learns what her parents do for a living – and that changes everything.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 11 May 2023

Telenovela

Growing up among conflicting cultures and customs, Carmen feels a profound sense of otherness. When her mother reveals their family secret, Carmen’s conflicts deepen and the puzzle pieces of her identity scatter before eventually— they finally snap into place.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 4 May 2023

Family Secrets: Season 8 Trailer

Join us starting May 4th for 10 new stories of tenacity, resilience, and the profoundly necessary excavation of long-held family secrets.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 27 April 2023

Bonus: Dani's Family Secret

In this special bonus episode, the tables are turned as veteran journalist and podcast host Kimi Culp interviews Dani about her own family history and the secret at its core.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 20 April 2023

Bonus: The Secrets Hotline

Stories from our friends at The Secrets Hotline Podcast, hosted by Nick van der Kolk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 30 March 2023

In Conversation with Dr. Gabor Maté

In this bonus episode, Dani speaks with renowned physician and author Dr. Gabor Maté about his new book,The Myth of Normal, and the ways in which we can begin to heal from our wounds and traumas.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 16 March 2023

Bonus: Dani's Listening, Episode 8

In this bonus series, “Dani’s Listening”, Dani connects with listeners by responding to those who’ve called in to share their family secrets. Mark your calendars for the launch of season 8 on May 4th.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 23 February 2023

Bonus: Dani's Listening, Episode 7

In this bonus series, “Dani’s Listening”, Dani connects with listeners by responding to those who’ve called in to share their family secrets. Mark your calendars for the launch of season 8 on May 4th.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 19 January 2023

Thanksgiving Message from Dani

Dani shares a message this Thanksgiving with the Family Secrets community.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 24 November 2022

Trastiendas

When Judy receives a thick envelope from her father—presumably including answers to long kept secrets about his identity and past—he instructs her to burn it before opening. Despite her plaguing curiosity, she follows her father’s wishes. But later in her life, she seeks answers. What was in that envelope? And who was her father, really?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 3 November 2022

Prisoner of History

As Tad reckons with the choices he’s made in his relationships—most prominently, in his marriage—he must confront the choices made by his father, too. And his grandmother. In uncovering staggering truths, he finds his own struggles with intimacy are part of a long string of inherited secrecy.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 27 October 2022

A Special Episode from our friends at All the Wiser Podcast

Meyli Chapin shares her story and discusses PTSD with host Kimi Culp.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 24 October 2022

Palais de Triomphe

Fraidy is raised in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community where she is forced to follow many conventions including an arranged marriage in her teens. After enduring emotional and physical abuse, Fraidy is determined to figure out a way to save herself, her children, and many, many others.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 20 October 2022

Going There

We all know—or think we know—the wonderful journalist, news anchor, and bestselling author, Katie Couric. But behind and beyond her camera-ready exterior is the interior world of a very real individual— a daughter, sister, wife, and mother navigating the complexities of a public life.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 13 October 2022

The Depression Book

After Mark’s divorce, he cannot eat or sleep or function. Hesitant to pathologize these feelings, he finally acknowledges the clinical magnitude of his condition. But even after accepting that he’s suffering from depression, he keeps it under wraps; he runs a residential treatment center for homeless teens where he feels he must keep up appearances.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 6 October 2022

Exclusive: An Audio Preview of Dani's Forthcoming Novel!

The opening chapter of SIGNAL FIRES is shared here, in Dani's voice, for the very first time. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 3 October 2022

Somebody’s Daughter

Ashley’s father is imprisoned when she’s eight months old. She has no real context for him until she visits him for the first time, when she’s seven. They forge as best a relationship they can, writing letters, and talking on the phone. It’s not until she’s fourteen when she discovers why he’s in jail. What she learns is shattering and confirms to her that the world is not always a safe place.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 29 September 2022

The Best Family Ever

From a harrowing, unstable childhood, Venus perseveres and creates an ideal life for herself—with an exuberant husband and a gaggle of amazing kids. But harrowing returns for her when she learns the dark truths—and lies—about her husband.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 22 September 2022

The Destroyed Palace

Growing up, Rich doesn’t know much about his family, save for the singular fact that his mother came to the US from Haiti when she was thirteen. But in 2010, when the worst recorded earthquake in the Western hemisphere’s history hits Haiti, Rich is met with a series of life-altering discoveries about his family’s past.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 15 September 2022

The World of Dogs

Chloe is an only child, but she’s not entirely alone. She has dogs. Meaningful, magical, ever-supportive dogs. With reserved parents and a habit of hiding her feelings, Chloe retreats deeply into her canine world, and the search to find herself, and free herself, takes years.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 8 September 2022

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