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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.More from Dear Sugar Radio »

Most Recent Episodes

Episodes We Love: I'm A Transgender Man, Seeking Acceptance

The Sugars read the letters of two transgender men who are struggling to find love and acceptance. They discuss with Cooper Lee Bombardier, a visual artist, writer and transgender man. This episode was originally released September 2nd, 2016.

Dear Sugars Presents: Last Seen

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 first episode and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

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

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-proclaimed feminist, can justify loving a rapist. This episode was originally released July 28th, 2016

The Long Goodbye

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 talk to listeners about how the show has impacted their lives. Cheryl and Steve share what saying goodbye means to them, speaking with radical empathy straight into our ears, one last time. For more information on today's episode visit nytimes.com/dearsugars.

Moving On, Part 2 — With Dr. Harriet Lerner

"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 bottles. Now Mommy Messed Up is ready to end their toxic relationship. The only problem is she'll have to disrupt her children's lives for a second time. "I'm fine with breaking my own heart," she writes. "But how do I break my boys' hearts?" A second letter comes from a woman who is haunted by her abortion, a decision she laments now that she's experiencing early menopause. Both women are ruled by their regret. In this second part of our series on moving on, the Sugars and Dr. Harriet Lerner discuss how we can release ourselves from our past mistakes and move forward despite our deepest regrets. For more information on today's episode, including a list of literary recommendations from the Sugars, visit nytimes.com/dearsugars.

Moving On, Part 1 — With Claire Bidwell Smith

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 two letters from people struggling to move past their grief after the death of their loved ones. The first letter comes from a woman who recently discovered that her best childhood friend died by suicide. Now she's haunted by the fact that she failed to intervene years ago. The second letter comes from a woman who has the sickening feeling that she played a role in her mother's death. Both letter writers wonder how they can get out from under their guilt and carry on with their lives. For more information on today's episode visit nytimes.com/dearsugars.

Talking About Privilege — With Catrice M. Jackson

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 those who don't. In today's episode, the Sugars reply to two letter writers whose loved ones are unable see their own privilege. One letter comes from a woman whose fiancé wants her and their future children to take his last name. The Sugars call on Catrice M. Jackson, a leading voice for racial justice, to help answer a second letter from a woman who calls herself "A Mother of White Privileged Children." Together, Ms. Jackson and the Sugars discuss ways in which racism is internalized, and outline best practices for talking about privilege. For more information on today's episode visit nytimes.com/dearsugars.

Emotional Abuse — With Reema Zaman

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 Zaman was in an emotionally abusive marriage. Although her husband's abuses never left any physical mark, it took her years to repair the damage he inflicted upon her. In today's episode, Ms. Zaman describes some of the telltale signs of an emotionally abusive relationship and helps the Sugars answer two painful letters from women who are struggling to disentangle themselves from their abusive partners. For more information on today's episode visit nytimes.com/dearsugars.

Dear Sugars Live: The Great Reckoning

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 the audience. To some extent, every letter the Sugars receive is a kind of reckoning, as it's often the letter writer's first attempt at taking account of their mistakes and delusions. In this episode, the Sugars take a long hard look at transgressions of love, friendship, the self and so much more. For more information on today's episode visit nytimes.com/dearsugars.

Rapid Fire: Love & Money

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, and what happens when your desires and means change over time? In today's rapid-fire episode, the Sugars answer five letters from people who want to know how to discuss money with their romantic and familial partners. For more information on today's episode, including a list of literary recommendations from the Sugars, visit nytimes.com/dearsugars.

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