If love is a universal language, so is heartbreak. Some people prefer to talk through their feelings, no matter how raw or painful they may be, and now, there’s a podcast for it – Dear Sugar Radio.
A production of WBUR, Dear Sugar Radio is well into 100 episodes. It originally debuted in late 2014, and it’s still going strong. Hosts Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond are lovingly referred to as the “Sugars” (or hosts) of the show, and the concept is simple: listeners send Strayed and Almond stories of love, sex, relationships, and everything in between. Think of it as “Dear Abby” for your ears.
While stories of heartbreak, infidelity, and marriage may seem mushy, and it’s true, they can be, that doesn’t make them any less engrossing. The anonymous writers to the Sugars omit no details as they explain their experiences in love, and yes, some of them are pretty juicy.
Take the story of a wife and mother who begins sleeping with her married neighbor across the street, for example. Or the happily wedded woman who begins texting her high school sweetheart after 20 years, only to begin emotionally cheating on her spouse.
But the Sugars don’t let their writers down. A good portion of each episode is dedicated to providing applicable advice to the torn, tortured writers who are desperate for answers. Almond and Strayed admittedly have experience in everything from infidelity to marriage themselves, giving them the authority to provide advice – or at least enough credibility to satisfy podcast listeners.
Each episode ranges from 30 minutes to an hour, and it never fails to leave listeners yearning for more. There’s a certain satisfaction that comes with feeling like you’re being trusted with someone’s deepest, darkest secrets. Does it matter if the writers take the Sugars’ advice? Not really – we all have our own secrets, after all. It’s just comforting to know the person next to you at the grocery store can relate to you in more ways than one.
Title: "Dear Sugar Radio"
Episodes Available: 107
Episode Length: 30-60 mins
Where to Download: iTunes
Host: Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond