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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

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


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: 00:27:46


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: 00:42:19


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: 00:36:56


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


The Power of No Part I — With Oprah Winfrey

7/15/2017
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There’s an incredible power to saying “yes.” It opens up avenues, it allows us to be brave. In the case of Cheryl, it’s what led to her becoming Sugar. But saying yes is also profoundly dangerous. On this episode, the Sugars and their special guest Oprah Winfrey talk about how to say no, why to say no — and what happens in the wake of that.

Duration: 00:37:19

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