Episode 181: Dani Shapiro

On the signals transmitted across generations, the evolution of secrets, and the resonances felt through timelines and dimensions.

  • (6:00) – Writing, memory, and identity.
  • (11:44) – Spiritual concepts and personal identity.
  • (17:15) – Aging and empathy through experience.
  • (21:28) – Aging, dementia, and leaving a legacy.
  • (24:30) – Interconnectedness, place, and family legacy.
  • (31:20) – Family secrets and creative writing.
  • (37:27) – Art, creativity, and legacy with two artists.

Dani Shapiro is the author of eleven books, and the host and creator of the hit podcast Family Secrets. Her most recent novel, Signal Fires, was named a best book of 2022 by Time Magazine, Washington Post, Amazon, and others, and is a national bestseller.

Her most recent memoir, Inheritance, was an instant New York Times Bestseller, and named a best book of 2019 by Elle, Vanity Fair, Wired, and Real Simple.

Both Signal Fires and Inheritance were winners of the National Jewish Book Award.

Dani’s work has been published in fourteen languages and she’s currently developing Signal Fires for its television adaptation. Dani’s book on the process and craft of writing, Still Writing, has just been reissued on the occasion of its tenth anniversary.

She occasionally teaches workshops and retreats, and is the co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy.


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