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The new WBUR podcast "Dear Sugar Radio" teams up authors Steve Almond and Cheryl Strayed. The pair take on the concerns of listeners, though it's not exactly the podcast version of an advice column.
As Almond told Here & Now's Robin Young, the people who write in "don't want an answer, they want permission essentially to feel what they're feeling and to know that they're in a process of struggle and they're not alone in that."
The podcast originated from the "Dear Sugar" advice column on the online literary magazine The Rumpus. Both Almond and Strayed took a turn playing the role of Sugar for that column.
- Steve Almond, co-host of "Dear Sugar Radio." He is a literary critic and author of 10 books of fiction and nonfiction. He also writes the advice column “Heavy Meddle” for WBUR’s ideas and opinions blog, Cognoscenti. He tweets @stevealmondjoy.
- Cheryl Strayed, co-host of "Dear Sugar Radio." She's author of "Wild," "Tiny Beautiful Things" and "Torch." She tweets @CherylStrayed.
This segment aired on December 18, 2014.