Right Now in Family Secrets

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. 

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.” 

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.

A World Erased

Growing up Noah knew his grandparents had survived the Holocaust, but his questions had always been sidelined. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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? 

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.

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?

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.

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.

Listener Stories, July 25

In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community.

Listener Stories, July 18

In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community.

Listener Stories, July 11

In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community.

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.

In Conversation with Nora McInerny

In this special episode Dani sits down with Nora McInerny from the podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking.

Listener Stories, June 20


In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. 
 

Listener Stories, June 13

In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community.

Listener Stories, May 30

In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community.