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An intimate journey into the hidden lives of ordinary people. Welcome to The Secret Room, a podcast about the true stories no one ever tells.

An intimate journey into the hidden lives of ordinary people. Welcome to The Secret Room, a podcast about the true stories no one ever tells.
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New York, NY

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An intimate journey into the hidden lives of ordinary people. Welcome to The Secret Room, a podcast about the true stories no one ever tells.

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English

Contact:

202-656-8080


Episodes

58. Secret Brothers

4/15/2018
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Today a story about two secret brothers. Jessica explains exactly what that means and how it's possible. The path to discovery at 39 years of age required careful navigation of family politics with her dad, her mom and her sister…. FREE AUDIBLE DOWNLOAD: Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free audiobook with a free 30 day trial at audible.com/SECRETROOM or text SECRETROOM to 500-500. Please sign up from a regular computer (not mobile) to ensure your favorite indie...

Duration:00:31:31

57. Mafia Princess

4/2/2018
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Sally joins us from Athens to tell us about her love affair with a Mafia kingpin in the early 90. Hear the surprising way her romance started, what it was like inside the syndicate, and how she got out. --- PICTURES: Sally's pictures: Sally hams it up for the camera, bikini clad on a Greek beach, about the time she was dating Michael. And in another she weds her fiancé not long after her affair with Michael ended. They look happy. I just wonder what he did during their breakup! We’ll...

Duration:00:29:22

56. Father of Mine

3/18/2018
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The complicated and intensely personal chain of events that have led Jessica to keep her father's death a secret. --- PICTURES: First up is a picture of Jessica's bio-dad looking really dapper in a sharp suit and red tie. Next there’s a pic of Jessica as an adorable kid about the time her parents were getting divorced. And of course, you have to see her dogs, which Jessica captioned “The cutest little turkeys EVER” in her text to me. And I have to concur. Get 'em all at...

Duration:00:26:22

55. FGM: Aisha's Story

3/4/2018
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One woman's experience with Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and how it's impacted her life. A story of perseverance and triumph. --- PICTURES: See the one memento Aisha's held on to: the armband from her stay at the hospital when her stitches were released. A picture of it, in the jar where it rests, waits for you at facebook.com/secretroompod. SECRET ROOM TEES ARE BACK ON AMAZON PRIME! See Ben sport our tee in heather blue at facebook.com/secretroompod. Show your affiliation with the...

Duration:00:40:23

54. Dominatrix

2/19/2018
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Patty tells us stories from the edge when she put herself through graduate school as an escort and dominatrix. --- PICTURES: A picture of Patty's favorite corsets. She always made more money when she wore the pink one. Also, two pictures of Patty back in the day! facebook.com/secretroompod. SECRET ROOM TEES ARE BACK ON AMAZON PRIME! See Ben sport our tee in heather blue at facebook.com/secretroompod. Show your affiliation with the coolest indie podcast on the planet! Available in your...

Duration:00:36:42

53. The Reverend with the X-Rated Tattoo

2/6/2018
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Reverend Dave joins us with a double-header today. His secret tattoo reveals the former secret that upended his life. --- PICTURES: See Reverend Dave's tattoo and a mysterious picture of Reverend Dave himself on our Facebook page. facebook.com/secretroompod. SECRET ROOM TEES ARE BACK ON AMAZON PRIME! See Ben sport our tee in heather blue at facebook.com/secretroompod. Show your affiliation with the coolest indie podcast on the planet! Available in your favorite color on Prime at...

Duration:00:21:01

52. The Long Goodbye

1/21/2018
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When should Emily reveal her condition to people she's dating? She's in a difficult position and bears all the responsibility. Also, the fallout from last episode's french fry secret! Celebrate radio producer Joe Frank's life by listening to his trailblazing program "Joe Frank: Work In Progress." JoeFrank.com Joe left us January 15th, 2018. --- SECRET ROOM TEES ARE BACK ON AMAZON PRIME! See Ben sport our tee in heather blue at facebook.com/secretroompod. Show your affiliation with the...

Duration:00:25:58

51. A French Fry Secret So Nice...

1/7/2018
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Niky comes clean with a high school secret her mom will hear for the first time when she downloads this podcast. --- LISTENER SURVEY: Your 30 seconds filling out a 7 question survey is everything to us! (It's to help us attract advertisers.) http://survey.libsyn.com/secretroom PICTURES: Niky and Ben in the makeshift studio they set up for this interview. See it at facebook.com/secretroompod right now! SECRET ROOM TEES BACK ON AMAZON PRIME! See Ben sport our tee in heather blue at...

Duration:00:07:14

50. A New Year's Eve to Forget

12/27/2017
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Today, The New Year's Eve tale of a good woman scorned. And, is a hot dog a sandwich? Susie asks Twitter! Also, a curated collection our favorite street secrets this year. So much fun to button up 2017. Happy New Year’s from your favorite little podcast that could. :) --- LISTENER SURVEY: Your 30 seconds filling out a 7 question survey is everything to us! (It's to help us attract advertisers.) http://survey.libsyn.com/secretroom SECRET ROOM TEES ARE BACK ON AMAZON PRIME! See Ben...

Duration:00:16:46

49. Accidental Gay Escort

12/10/2017
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Max's amazing story of how he stumbled into a profession he never dreamt of. --- LISTENER SURVEY: Your 30 seconds filling out a 7 question survey is everything to us! (It's to help us attract advertisers.) http://survey.libsyn.com/secretroom PICTURES: 1. The koi pond. 2. The view of Phoenix Max took on a hike with a gentlemen. 3. Outside the guest suite of one of Max's gentlemen in downtown Phoenix. Hurry, they're at facebook.com/secretroompod right now! SECRET ROOM TEES NOW ON...

Duration:00:33:04

48. Bank Alarm & Attempted Murder Part 2

11/27/2017
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Tom tells us what happened when he tripped the alarm at his father’s bank in 1964. Also, Rachel's back from Episode 45 “Attempted Murder.” She interviews her brother about their father’s attempted murder charge. A secret he learned about from the podcast. ----- LISTENER SURVEY: Your 30 seconds filling out a 7 question survey is everything to us! (It's to help us attract advertisers.) http://survey.libsyn.com/secretroom PICTURES: A 1964 photo of Tom's father's bank. It was taken about...

Duration:00:20:56

47. From Porn to Google

11/12/2017
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Paul's story of an unexpected and secret career path. It's appropriate only for people comfortable with frank discussion about the inner workings of the porn industry. Consider yourself warned! ----- LISTENER SURVEY: Your 30 seconds filling out a 7 question survey is everything to us! (It's to help us attract advertisers.) secretroompodcast.com PICTURES: See Paul, the building where all Paul's stories went down, and a screen cap from the demo he made to get his first job in porn. Go...

Duration:00:35:03

46. Shadow People

10/29/2017
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Dahlia Beta and listeners share secrets about a haunted house, a ouija board and Shadow People. Also a throwback to an interview about a seance gone very, very wrong. Boo! ----- PICTURES: This week we have a picture of our guests who spoke about the Shadow People. Also, a picture of the house where Ashley held the ill-fated seance. They're waiting for you right now at facebook.com/secretroompod. SECRET ROOM TEES NOW ON AMAZON PRIME! See Ben sport our tee in heather blue at...

Duration:00:25:47

45. Attempted Murder Part 1

10/22/2017
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Rachel opens up about an attempted murder charge and the unusual way it was handled in the courts. ----- PICTURES: First up a picture of Rachel and her two siblings. Next, a picture of Rachel mugging for the camera while swinging. Both pictures are about the time that their father left the house. They're waiting for you right now at facebook.com/secretroompod. SECRET ROOM TEES NOW ON AMAZON PRIME! See Ben sport our tee in heather blue at facebook.com/secretroompod. Show your...

Duration:00:24:21

44. Sex Offender

10/8/2017
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Creed tells us about life in prison and how he copes with unjustly being labeled a sex offender. Susie tells us her personal story about a creeper who advanced on her when she was 13. ----- PICTURES: The incredible picture of Creed's first cell block. What a scene. Also, one of the letters Karen wrote to Creed while he was in prison. Bonus! Not discussed in the show: a picture of Susie at 13. They're waiting for you right now at facebook.com/secretroompod. SECRET ROOM TEES NOW ON...

Duration:00:23:16

43. Married to a Sex Offender

9/24/2017
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The heavy personal toll borne by a man and his family for a miscarriage of justice. --- PICTURES: See one of the letters Karen wrote to Creed while he was in prison. It's waiting for you at facebook.com/secretroompod. SECRET ROOM TEES NOW ON AMAZON PRIME! See Ben sport our tee in heather blue at facebook.com/secretroompod. Show your affiliation with the coolest indie podcast on the planet! Available in your favorite color on Prime at Amazon.com. (Or search Amazon for Secret Room...

Duration:00:26:26

42. Arson: A Love Story

9/3/2017
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“Not many people knew he was a drugging, drinking, bookmaking impregnator.” Kathy's husband may have burned down the house, but it's not all that went up in flames. This encore is presented while Ben is on vacay. But there's a new drop-in by co-host Dahlia Beta, so check it out! New Pictures: New photos for this story not shared before! See Kathy's husband in a stunning ironic twist: he's wearing a shirt with flames on it. Also, a picture of the scorched house he burned down. What a...

Duration:00:23:24

41. Bipolar

8/20/2017
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Elaine’s secret has cost her a job. It’s cost her friends too. Today she tells us about her trips to the mental ward and the toll it’s taken on her life. Pictures: The memory board at her office that has momentos of her visits to the mental wards. Also a picture of the 15 diaries she wrote during one difficult stay. facebook.com/secretroompod. NOMV.ORG: Not One More Vet. An online veterinary support group. nomv.org Secret Room Tees Now On Amazon Prime! See Ben sport our tee in heather...

Duration:00:31:30

40. Unspeakable

7/30/2017
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The terrible things a man did to his kids, his wife and himself. It's a secret three decades in the making. Pictures: Disneyland 1981, Carole, with her children, gazes stoically into a camera, a portal to her future self. The shutter clicked by the very man who turned their world into a nightmare. facebook.com/secretroompod. Also in pictures: Marie's street secret mariachi band. RAINN.ORG Support for people who have sustained sexual trauma. rainn.org Secret Room Tees Now On Amazon...

Duration:00:27:03

39. Addiction

7/12/2017
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Chris’ sideways story about being addicted to one of the worst drugs out there. Bath Salts. It’s bad, heavy stuff. And yeah, it made him to some crazy shiz. Pictures: The house where Chris did bath salts and got caught; and the drugs he used to buy, can both be seen at facebook.com/secretroompod. Smart Recovery: The addiction recovery support group that helped Chris beat drugs. Inside Out: The song by Inside Out that Chris read which sums up his addiction. YouTube. Secret Room Tees Now...

Duration:00:26:03

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