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Radically empathic advice. Produced by WBUR.

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Dear Sugars Presents: Woman Yelling at a Cat

Nov 19 • 42:40

This week, we're sharing an episode of another WBUR podcast, Endless Thread.The show is in the middle of a series all about internet memes, and they recently featured the woman at the center of the popular "Woman Yelling at a Cat" meme, Taylor Armstrong from the original cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The story behind the image featured in this meme is surpr...

Encore: A Night of Bad Stories

Nov 5 • 41:03

Dear Sugars returns to Portland, Oregon, for another raucous and uplifting live show. The Sugars get a surprising update from a letter writer from their past; discuss a new letter with a special guest, Omar El Akkad; and ask the audience, “What’s the ‘bad story’ you tell yourself?” “Bad Stories,” the title of Steve Almond’s new book, are the false narratives we tell oursel...

Encore: Sexless Relationships, Part 1

Nov 5 • 32:34

Encore: The Other Half of Sexless Relationships

Oct 8 • 24:22

The Dear Sugars inbox was flooded with responses to the two-part episode “Sexless Relationships” with Esther Perel. In those episodes, the Sugars answered letters from people who were longing for sexual intimacy with their partners. But many readers asked why we didn’t address the other side of sexless relationships: the people who want less sex than their partners. This e...

Encore: Should I Intervene?

Sep 24 • 41:05

Encore: Rage Is A Red Lesson

Sep 10 • 40:46

Shortly after the birth of her first child, a letter-writer who calls herself “Tantrum Daughter” lost her mother to suicide. Now, with a second child on the way, Tantrum Daughter is overcome with pain and anger. After reading Morgan Jerkins’s essay “How I Overcame My Anger as a Black Writer...
Content warning: episode mentions suicide....

Encore: Young & Isolated

Aug 27 • 44:37

Encore: Lovers & Friends

Aug 13 • 42:41

Encore: Trust Your Body

Jul 30 • 42:01

Her doctor categorized her as overweight when she was 5 years old. Her grandmother always introduced her as the “chubby one.” As an adult, she vacillates between moderation and binge-eating, restricting food some weeks, and gorging on cake and ice cream during others. “It’s only when my pants are nearly impossible to button that I force myself to lose weight,” writes the l...

Encore: Emotional Labor: The Invisible Work (Most) Women Do

Jul 16 • 44:16

Women from across the country wrote in to the Dear Sugars inbox echoing identical inequalities in their relationships with their husbands and boyfriends. The Sugars commiserate with this aggrieved chorus, along with Gemma Hartley, the writer who set off a national conversation about emotional labor with her viral article in Harper’s Bazaar, “Women Aren’t Nags — We’re Just ...

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