When we examine the influence of our families, we focus on our mothers and fathers. We almost never talk about our brothers or sisters. But those sibling relationships can be as powerful and influential as any in our lives — and just as destructive.
In this episode, the Sugars take on sibling rivalry. The mother of an only child wonders if she should have another but fears cruelty and conflict between the siblings. And a young man is caught between his parents and his brother, who is refusing to let the family spend time with his son.
[0:01] “I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl,” Nina Simone, 1967.
[11:20] "She's So Lovely," Beach House, "Thank Your Lucky Stars," 2015.
[14:50] "The Elder Sister," Sharon Olds, "The Dead And The Living," 1984.
[18:17] Dr. Jeanne Safer, website.
[33:43] "Brother," Amy Winehouse, "Frank," 2003.
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