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Dear Sugars

Dear Sugars is the audio equivalent of snuggling up in your blankets with a cup of tea or taking a warm bath on a rainy day. The point is, it is the ultimate feel good podcast.

The series began as an advice column where the anonymous “Sugar” would answer questions on love, relationships, and life in general. The column quickly rose in popularity, and in 2012 Dear Sugars was born.

The podcast is hosted by Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, the writers behind the original column. It functions like an advice column in that each week Strayed and Almond read letters from listeners and respond with their advice. However, let me assure you that the series is nothing like the cliché and often very unhelpful agony aunt columns typically found in magazines.

Strayed and Almond don’t jump to conclusions or pretend to be all-knowing. Rather, they listen to the letters carefully and respond in a way that does justice to the complexity of human emotions and relationships. They also have an uncanny ability to read between the lines and get to the crux of the letter-writer’s dilemma.

The greatest thing about Dear Sugars is that it is not afraid to care. The ethos of the series is “radical empathy”, a term I at first scoffed at because, let’s be frank, it sounds kind of dumb. But after binge-listening to several episodes, this notion started to make sense to me. Dear Sugars is a podcast that embraces feeling all the feels, and lets you know that it’s okay to care a lot about things. It assures you that you aren’t selfish for feeling overwhelmed by your fears, problems, or relationships.

To put it simply, I love listening to this podcast because it is nice — two nice people trying to help others with their problems. When life is stressful and the world seems to be going haywire, this podcast reminds me that there are good people in the world.

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