Dear Sugars

175 EpisodesProduced by The New York Times and WBUR

The universe has good news for the lost, lonely and heartsick. The Sugars are here, speaking straight into your ears. Hosted by the original Sugars, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, the podcast fields all your questions — no matter how deep or dark — and offers radical empathy in return. Send your l… read more

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Dear Sugars Presents: Last Seen

September 18th, 2018


From our partners at WBUR, a new podcast that looks into the greatest unsolved art heist in history: the theft of half a billion dollars worth of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston. Listen to the f…

Episodes We Love: Can A Sexual Assault Survivor Love A Rapist?

September 15th, 2018


The Sugars discuss a letter from a survivor of sexual assault who has just been told by her long-time partner that he raped someone when he was in high school. The writer wonders how she, as a survivor and self-procla…

The Long Goodbye

September 1st, 2018


After four years of ministering to the lost, lonely, and heartsick, the Sugars say farewell on this final episode of the podcast. We take a look back at some of our most powerful advice, hear from former guests, and t…

Moving On, Part 2 — With Dr. Harriet Lerner

August 25th, 2018


“Dear Sugars, I’m a serial codependent. I’ve married and had children with two addicts,” begins a letter signed by “Mommy Messed Up.” Over the years, her second husband began to withdraw and stash money inside of old …

Moving On, Part 1 — With Claire Bidwell Smith

August 18th, 2018


As our final season draws to a close, the Sugars have been thinking about what it means to say goodbye and let go. In this first episode of our two-part series on moving on, the Sugars and Claire Bidwell Smith answer …

Talking About Privilege — With Catrice M. Jackson

August 11th, 2018


Privilege comes in many forms: socio-economic privilege, gender privilege, heterosexual privilege, to name a few. But behind every case is an imbalance of power, invisible to those who possess it, and ever-present for…

Emotional Abuse — With Reema Zaman

August 4th, 2018


He removed her makeup when he thought she was wearing too much. He refused to put her name on the leases for their car and their house. He told her that she had a green card only because he chose to marry her. Reema Z…

Dear Sugars Live: The Great Reckoning

July 28th, 2018


Dear Sugars returns to Portland, Ore., for another epic live show. Special guests Mitchell S. Jackson and Rebecca Skloot share the stage with the Sugars to tell stories of personal reckoning and answer letters from th…

Rapid Fire: Love & Money

July 21st, 2018


When it comes to love, money is supposed to be no object. But there’s no disentangling love from anything in our lives, and income is no exception. So how do you assess the role money should play in a relationship, an…

Young & Isolated — With Shirley Manson

July 14th, 2018


Feeling like an outsider is one of the hallmarks of adolescence, but in today’s episode we hear from two 16-year-olds who have cause to feel especially isolated. One girl is home-schooled and rarely leaves the house. …

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