What I loved: I absolutely adore Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond on Dear Sugar. The two provide incredible and beautiful wisdom that often gives me chills. Who would have guessed, we can all relate to each other in one way or another?
Strayed and Almond have electric chemistry and listening to male and female perspectives is very eye-opening. They don't always agree and their unique and lively backgrounds make for some amazing radio.
Intense and adult subjects are discussed such as infidelity, forgiveness, trust, mental illness, and many more.
Some of my favorite lessons I've learned so far are, it's okay to be angry with people you have hurt you, but you can't be mad forever. Also, coming to grips with parents who failed us large and small are part of what it means to grow up. There were so many other quotes or discussions that hit home for me and helped me through my own difficult times already.
Guest speakers are also a common aspect of the podcast. Bad Feminist author, Roxane Gay makes an appearance along with many other influential people.
Lastly, the two mention many books that I've already added to my "to-read" list. I can't wait to keep listening to more episodes!
What I didn't: While Strayed and Almond are able to dissect fans' problems and queries, sometimes Steve and Cheryl "stray" from the topic at hand. I noticed at times, I was losing grip on the main topic or question because the advice provided was a little too long and broached too much into their personal experiences. I feel the same meaningful answers could be given with fewer soliloquies. However, some personal stories are interesting to hear from them.
I also wish sometimes, they could address more light questions. Some of the episodes are so emotionally heavy, it's hard not to dwell on the troubles of the people writing in long after the episode is over.