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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 letters to dearsugars@nytimes.com.

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 letters to dearsugars@nytimes.com.
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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 letters to dearsugars@nytimes.com.

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Episodes

Buyer's Remorse — With Buzz Bissinger

4/14/2018
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Buzz Bissinger has a spending addiction, but when he published his confessional in GQ magazine he was labeled a “fancy man,” and a “shopaholic.” Only when he was admitted into rehab did many people understand that he was struggling with a debilitating behavioral addiction. Spending addictions have the power to destroy lives but they’re often minimized or disparaged. Mr. Bissinger joins the Sugars to offer guidance to a single mom whose therapist and family don’t take her problem seriously.

Duration:00:23:58

Dear Sugars Live: A Night of Bad Stories

4/7/2018
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Dear Sugars returns to Portland, Ore., 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?”

Duration:00:41:27

Rapid Fire: Friends & Lovers

3/31/2018
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A man secretly tails his wife because he suspects she’s meeting up with a co-worker on the sly. A neglected girlfriend feels threatened by her boyfriend’s new friend. A woman has a blossoming crush on her friend’s ex. The Sugars answer these letters and more in today’s rapid fire episode about friends and lovers.

Duration:00:43:03

Consent Part 3: Working in the Gray

3/24/2018
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The #MeToo Moment deluged the Dear Sugars inbox with letters about sexual harassment in the workplace. In the final episode in our series on sexual consent, the Sugars read some of these letters and explore what happens when non-consensual sexual attention moves from the private to the public realm.

Duration:00:41:37

Consent Part 2: Stuck in the Gray

3/17/2018
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Some sexual encounters are obviously consensual, while others are obviously not. But what about those that are neither black nor white? In the second episode in our series on sexual consent, the Sugars plunge deeper into the gray area.

Duration:00:34:20

Consent Part 1: Into the Gray — With Jaclyn Friedman

3/10/2018
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In the midst of the #MeToo Movement, women and men all over the country are re-examining sexual encounters from their past. Over the course of a three-part series on consent, the Sugars answer letters from some of these women and explore the complexity and nuance of sexual consent. THE SUGARS RECOMMEND “Cat Person,” by Kristen Roupenian “Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country,” by Steve Almond

Duration:00:40:08

Family by Proxy — With Jessie Glenn

2/10/2018
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When a family experiences loss, familial roles are often redefined. In today’s episode, the Sugars answer letters from people who are unexpectedly charged with caring for their relatives.

Duration:00:34:47

Updates Part 2: Step Into Your Spotlight

2/4/2018
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In part two of our updates series, we check in with two letter writers who let self-image sabotage their love lives.

Duration:00:37:41

Updates Part 1: Change Is a Work in Progress

1/27/2018
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Life-changing realizations can come abruptly, but real progress can take a lifetime. In today’s episode, we get updates from some of our most memorable letter writers.

Duration:00:36:17

Dark Fantasies Part 2 — With Dr. Ian Kerner

1/20/2018
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Where do our persistent sexual fantasies come from? And is it possible to escape their grip? In part two of our Dark Fantasies series, the Sugars try to answer these questions.

Duration:00:29:56

Dark Fantasies Part 1—With Dr. Ian Kerner

1/13/2018
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Sexual fantasies can be exciting, but they can also be the source of our deepest shame. In this two-part series, the Sugars read letters from people who want to turn off the thoughts that turn them on.

Duration:00:33:21

Cutting the Financial Cord—With Dr. Kate Gale

12/23/2017
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The Sugars answer a letter from a woman whose parents refuse to give her financial independence and a father weighing whether to cut off his adult son. In both cases, money comes with strings attached.

Duration:00:31:21

The Ugly Truth

12/16/2017
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Most of us have days when we don’t feel attractive, but today we hear from letter writers whose faces are at odds with conventional ideas of beauty.

Duration:00:35:36

Just Say It

12/9/2017
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Words can be wielded like weapons. On today’s episode we hear from letter writers who have something to confess but are afraid to hurt others with the power of their words.

Duration:00:30:16

A Spy in the House of Love—With Ariel Levy

12/2/2017
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Snooping on your spouse is generally ill-advised, but what if he or she has an addiction and is constantly lying about it? The Sugars and writer Ariel Levy answer this question on today’s episode.

Duration:00:34:40

The Double Bind of Female Ambition — With Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton

11/18/2017
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The Sugars and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton discuss the the price of female ambition and the Secretary lays out a three-point plan for a letter writer who feels guilty about her accomplishments.

Duration:00:25:11

The Empty Chair Part 2 — With Emily Rapp Black

11/11/2017
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How can grieving parents balance the sorrow of child loss and the joy of childbirth? The Sugars advise.

Duration:00:34:39

The Empty Chair Part 1 — With Jessica Handler

11/4/2017
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The death of a child can leave an absence that is ever-present. The Sugars and the writer Jessica Handler read letters from people living in the shadow of their parents' grief.

Duration:00:34:20

The Other Half of Sexless Relationships

10/28/2017
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Libido mismatches can leave some partners feeling pressured. The Sugars read listener criticism and answer a letter from a woman whose husband wants to have sex every day.

Duration:00:25:02

You Must Change Your Life—With Mitchell Jackson

10/21/2017
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When you’re stuck in a rut, with nothing but bad memories behind you and no foreseeable path ahead, what do you do? The Sugars, with fiction writer Mitchell S. Jackson, advise letter writers who want to turn their lives around.

Duration:00:39:16

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