iHeartMedia Welcomes Best-Selling Author Dani Shapiro To The iHeartPodcast Network And Introduces New “Family Secrets” Podcast
Listen to “Family Secrets” now on iHeartRadio and Everywhere Podcasts are Heard
NEW YORK-- February 14, 2019 -- iHeartMedia, the No. 1 commercial podcast publisher globally with over 20,000 podcasts available on its platform, today announced the launch of “Family Secrets” produced in collaboration with iHeartRadio and best-selling author, Dani Shapiro. Shapiro invites listeners to join her on a personal journey and to discover what has empowered her to write her instant New York Times Best-Selling memoir, INHERITANCE. The 10-part series debuts today with three episodes on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard. New episodes will air weekly each Thursday. In addition, “Family Secrets” will also debut the first two episodes on iHeartMedia broadcast radio stations around the U.S. on February 20.
In her first-ever podcast “Family Secrets,” Shapiro will share with listeners her honest experience and perspective from finding out a life-altering secret her parents had kept from her. She will examine family and explore the way society is taught to construct identity. By owning her hidden truth, Shapiro will inspire her listeners to boldly do the same. Throughout the podcast, Shapiro will discuss an array of personal and thought-provoking family dynamic topics such as paternity, DNA, personal identity, crime, addiction, abuse, neglect, shame and guilt -- allowing others to have a platform to liberate themselves from the power that a family secret can hold over them.
“Ever since discovering my own huge family secret, people have opened up to me and told me theirs -- the bringing to light of these secrets is nothing short of profound, both for the teller and the listener,” said Shapiro. “I’m thrilled to be working with iHeartRadio to reach a whole new audience and create a community in which revealing our secrets becomes our strength. In ‘Family Secrets,’ I dive deep with each guest into a range of stories that are powerful, intense and ultimately uplifting. These are tales of courage and thriving. My guests have taken what has been hidden from them all their lives, and together, we turn them into narrative gold.”
“Dani is a powerful voice for so many people who are harboring their own family secrets,” said Conal Byrne, President of The iHeartPodcast Network. “This podcast provides people a place to share their personal truths in a way that is truly moving and shows others they are not alone. We are proud to welcome her to the iHeartRadio family as she continues to inspire and liberate both her loyal fans and new listeners through the ‘Family Secrets’ podcast.”
Shapiro is the best-selling author of four memoirs, including Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Throughout her writing career, Shapiro has explored family secrets, without knowing that she, herself, was the family secret. Her brand-new memoir, INHERITANCE, which is currently enjoying its third week on the New York Times Best-Seller List, was also named a Most Anticipated Book of 2019 by Washington Post, USA Today, Oprah Magazine, Saturday Evening Post, Vulture, Bustle, Real Simple, PopSugar and LitHub. It has received rave reviews across the country and has been featured on national NPR and The Today Show.
iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s all-in-one digital music, podcast, on-demand and live streaming radio service, is partnered with all major podcast publishers ranging from NPR and WNYC to ESPN and Gimlet. iHeartMedia also recently acquired Stuff Media, LLC, the leading for-profit publisher of entertaining and informative podcast content, which includes the HowStuffWorks podcasting business. With iHeartRadio, listeners can enjoy their music and podcasts side-by-side across more than 250 unique platforms including in-car, in-home, on wearables, across gaming consoles and more – making their favorite audio content available everywhere they are, on the devices they use most. VisitiHeart.com/apps to download iHeartRadio and listen to “Family Secrets” on your favorite device.
About Dani Shapiro
Dani Shapiro is the best-selling author of four memoirs, Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Dani’s new memoir, INHERITANCE, was just published by Knopf. Her books span diverse subjects from her tumultuous upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish community and the tragic death of her father to her explorations of spirituality and the nature of our deepest relationships. Dani is a sought-after speaker whose recent essays on the lures and dangers of the Internet and social media have stirred up controversy and are now being taught in many universities—along with her book Still Writing, a searching meditation on the artistic process.
Her books Devotion and Slow Motion were the subject of an hour-long conversation between Dani and Oprah Winfrey, which aired on Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday in 2013. Dani’s work has appeared in numerous publications including the New Yorker, Salon, n+1, Tin House, and Elle, and has been widely anthologized. She contributes regularly to the New York Times Book Review and is a contributing editor at Condé Nast Traveler. A portion of Slow Motion was broadcast on This American Life.
Along with teaching writing workshops around the world, Dani has taught at Columbia and New York University, and is the cofounder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy.