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The cult-favorite advice column is back, this time speaking straight into your ears. The Sugars, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, take on all your questions — no matter how deep or dark — and offer radical empathy in return. *New episodes are released weekly.*

The cult-favorite advice column is back, this time speaking straight into your ears. The Sugars, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, take on all your questions — no matter how deep or dark — and offer radical empathy in return. *New episodes are released weekly.*
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The cult-favorite advice column is back, this time speaking straight into your ears. The Sugars, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, take on all your questions — no matter how deep or dark — and offer radical empathy in return. *New episodes are released weekly.*

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English


Episodes

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: 00:25:01


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: 00:39:45


When Friendships End

9/30/2017
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Friendships are different from any other type of relationship in our lives. They are purely voluntary, and so can feel more tenuous. Do you tell a friend if you are unhappy with the relationship, or do you just leave? And if you do leave, how do you break up with a friend? In this episode, the Sugars field questions from two letter writers who both feel exhausted by a friendship, and want out.

Duration: 00:33:45


Rapid Fire: Should I Stay or Go?

9/25/2017
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The Sugars bring you another "Rapid Fire" episode, where they give brief answers to a handful of letters that are all centered around a theme. The theme for this episode is "stay or go" — people who have a voice in their head telling them to leave their relationship, but who aren't sure it's the right move.

Duration: 00:39:19


Sexless Relationships Part 2 — With Esther Perel

9/16/2017
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A husband looks for a way to help his wife heal from trauma. The Sugars return with the therapist Esther Perel and advise another couple in a sexless relationship.

Duration: 00:27:45


Sexless Relationships Part 1— With Esther Perel

9/9/2017
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A sexless relationship is often a symptom of deeper dysfunction. The Sugars, along with couples therapist Esther Perel, advise a letter writer whose loving partner is erotically absent.

Duration: 00:33:51


In the Shadow of Damaged Parents — With Dr. Richard Almond

9/2/2017
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A damaged parent can cast a dark shadow on our lives, especially when we inherit some of that damage. Steve’s father, the psychoanalyst Dr. Richard Almond, joins the Sugars to answer letters and offer a way out.

Duration: 00:34:58


Pet Dilemmas — With Julie Barton

8/26/2017
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Adventures in animal ownership. The Sugars, along with the writer Julie Barton, answer letters about pet dilemmas and the ways these creatures affect human relationships.

Duration: 00:48:11


Body Weight and Romance — With Ashley C. Ford

8/19/2017
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It’s never easy to talk to our romantic partners about their bodies, especially when it’s about weight. The Sugars, along with the writer Ashley C. Ford, answer letters from people questioning their relationships because of major changes in their partners’ bodies.

Duration: 00:35:42


Should I Intervene? — With Meghan Daum

8/12/2017
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When we decide to meddle, it can often backfire. The Sugars, along with the writer Meghan Daum, answer letters from people who see loved ones heading down the wrong path, but worry intervention might be the wrong move.

Duration: 00:42:20


The Price of Our Dreams — With George Saunders

8/5/2017
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The Sugars, along with the fiction writer George Saunders, field letters from people who are chasing their creative dreams but frightened by the practical and financial risks that come with that pursuit.

Duration: 00:36:30


Rapid-Fire Letters — Summer 2017 Edition

7/29/2017
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In a heated moment, a mother reveals a dark chapter from her childhood to her daughter, then immediately regrets it. What now? In this week’s episode, the Sugars tackle this and several other questions: how to handle a brother-in-law’s entitled behavior, what to do when your best friend’s husband asks you to lie and why we sometimes recoil at very public displays of grief.

Duration: 00:34:18


The Power of No Part II — With Oprah Winfrey

7/22/2017
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The Sugars continue their conversation with Oprah Winfrey on how to say no. “It is the thing to conquer in my life, it constantly shows up,” Ms. Winfrey says. After years of struggling with saying no, she tells Cheryl and Steve, “I finally got to this question: ‘What do I want?’”

Duration: 00:27:23


Rapid Fire: A Wealthy Sister, An Impatient Girlfriend, An Unshakeable Love

7/8/2017
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The Sugars are back for another batch of shorter questions and answers. They take on six quick questions, ranging from a letter writer who is jealous of her sister's wealth to a young woman who is growing impatient for a proposal from her longtime boyfriend to a woman still pining after her girlfriend from a decade back.

Duration: 00:38:58


When Bad Things Happen

7/3/2017
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The Sugars grapple with a difficult question — how do we make sense of the fact that very bad things can happen to people who have done nothing wrong? They take letters from a visual artist who has just learned he is losing his sight, and from a woman whose life has been transformed by her daughter's life-threatening condition.

Duration: 00:33:25


Do I Wait For My Ex?

6/24/2017
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In this episode, the Sugars take a question from a young woman whose boyfriend recently broke up with her because of questions about his sexuality. The letter writer is heartbroken and confused — and trying to figure out what it means and whether to wait around while he figures it out.

Duration: 00:26:28


More Money, More Problems

6/18/2017
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Money makes us crazy. In this episode, the Sugars take questions from two letter writers struggling with complicated relationships to money. The first, an aspiring playwright, feels guilty about all the advantages that her parents' wealth has provided to her. The second, a divorced mother, is unable to control her spending and on the verge of bankruptcy.

Duration: 00:39:45

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