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Sep 17, 2018

Natalie's bizarre story of a two-pronged family betrayal and a kid who was like her brother.

RAINN.org Sexual Assault Hotline (USA): 800-656-HOPE (4673).

Production support by Susie Lark and Bobbi Jo Valdez

 

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PICTURES

A couple days ago Natalie texted me some details that she didn't feel comfortable sharing in our interview.  She said I could post her text for you to read in full.

Also see Theo, the gorgeous doggie she had to give up.  And see Natalie holding her new puppy four years ago, and a picture of him  now.

Get 'em now:

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~Ben

 

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Sep 3, 2018

Program Note: If you downloaded early (8p-Midnight Sunday) you might not have the updated episode.  Please delete and redownload. Sorry for the error, I'm on vacay! ~Ben  (See some pics on Instagram and Facebook "SecretRoomPod.")

Reverend Dave revealed in Ep. 53 that he had an X-Rated Tattoo.  But he called Ben recently to tell him he missed an important follow up question; one that would have revealed another secret!  We get to the bottom of it in this show.

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PICTURES: See Reverend Dave's tattoo and a mysterious picture of Reverend Dave himself on our Facebook page.  facebook.com/secretroompod.

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Aug 20, 2018

Tai tells why she feels partially responsible for the murder committed by her best friend when they were 15. And there's a twist…

Production support by Susie Lark, Caitlin Bartholomew and Elkid.

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PICTURES

See the letters and Christmas presents Cody sent Tai over the years.  Also a bonus post-interview convo Tai and I had over text. Don't miss it. :)

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~Ben

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Aug 6, 2018

Brittany bluffed her way through her final thesis. Everyone thinks she graduated but Brittany's not so sure. It’s a story where both student and teacher were cheating.

My guest is Brittany Ross, host of the Shortcomings Podcast, where she and her co-host Natalie Lander talk with guests about where they fell short in life.  

Brittany’s also an actress, appearing on U.S. television shows The Middle, 2 Broke Girls and Girl Meets World.

And you must follow her colorful Instagram: @iambrittanyross.

Credits: Production by Susie Lark, and thanks to our Street Secret Editor Caitlin Bartholomew.

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PICTURES

See Brittany's goofy college cheerleading picture; and the shot her hubby snapped as she and her dog Trask desperately tear the house apart looking for her diploma.

~Ben

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Jul 23, 2018

Laura tells us how she was dramatically busted while cheating with a married man.  Then she went back for more.  What happened next will amaze you.

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PICTURES

Laura shared so many great pictures for you! See the bangle she dropped and the tank top she was struggling to adjust on that fateful day in Anthony's house.  You can also see the parking lot where she and Anthony used to meet before third shift.

Behind-the-scenes picture: Laura's Indiana-based blanket fort!  It's the makeshift studio she set up to interview with me in Washington, D.C.  ~Ben

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Jul 9, 2018

Should a young woman with incurable cancer reveal the name of her daughter’s movie star father?

PICTURES

See a picture Mila took of a typical Amsterdam canal house that leans to one side.  She says it looks a lot like hers. 

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Jun 25, 2018

Why Molly received an dishonorable discharge from the military and how she's able to keep it a secret.

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PICTURES

See Molly's Dishonorable Discharge, DD From 212. It says “fraudulent entry into military service” in black and white. 

Also a picture of the combat boots she was issued for basic training.  They look brand new.

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Jun 11, 2018

Today’s show explores how people behave, or shouldn’t behave, in very different situations. We hear tales of operating rooms, a vibrator and food.

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PICTURES

See Derrick suited up for the operating room.  Also see Lily, her partner and Sarah in a variety of great pictures while they were still friends.  

Also: Susie's #DisappointingDoodles of today's orange juice and wee  Street Secret.

Get 'em now:

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~Ben

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May 29, 2018

The surprising consequences for an accidental criminal.  And what one friend does when another makes a terrible mistake.

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PICTURES:

From Sarah: "The first two pictures are from that infamous night. Look how happy and carefree we are...oblivious as to what was to come. :)  I'm the one in black and Tonya is in red.”

Sarah sent two others: The wide road to her home. And a picture of the scene of the crime. 

Also Susie's Disappointing Doodle of today's street secret.

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~Ben

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May 14, 2018

CJ’s first step into the professional world faltered a bit.  It was a misstep he had no intention of revealing, ever, until a remarkable coincidence 8 months later forced his hand.  

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PICTURES:

See CJ, International Man of Mystery, at the mic during this very interview.

Also, see the picture frame with stock photos that's been hanging sideways in producer Susie Lark's home for TWO years.  So embarrassing.  

Get 'em at facebook.com/secretroompod and instagram.com/secretroompod/.

~Ben

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Apr 30, 2018

Caitlin says she betrayed her best friend.  But you might think Caitlin was the friend betrayed.  It’s a tale of deception that cuts two ways. 

 

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PICTURES:

First up a screenshot of Tom’s half contrite text. 

There’s also picture Caitlin took of her room the day she moved out of the house that she shared with Amy.  The neatly packed boxes and the vibrant colors of the room belie the turmoil in Caitlin’s life that day.  I wonder what made her take that picture?  Perhaps it was symbolic of a new beginning. 

And picture of yours truly on my weekend trip with my Away suitcase.  Look, my suitcase is charging my phone!

They're all waiting at facebook.com/secretroompod and on Instagram (secretroompod).

~Ben

 

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Apr 16, 2018

Today a story about two secret brothers.  Jessica explains exactly what that means and how it's possible. The path to discovery at 39 years of age required careful navigation of family politics with her dad, her mom and her sister…. 

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PICTURES:

Jessica shared a couple of pictures for you.  In the first see Jessica and her sister sharing coffee.  Jessica also snapped a picture of the kewpie doll her father passed on to her from her grandfather. 

We also have a Street Secret picture!  See the turtle that was mom's ex boyfriend's pet in the street secret at the top of the show!

Get 'em all at facebook.com/secretroompod and Instagram (secretroompod).

 

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Apr 2, 2018

Sally joins us from Athens to tell us about her love affair with a Mafia kingpin in the early 90s. Hear the surprising way her romance started, what it was like inside the syndicate and how she got out.

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PICTURES:

Sally hams it up for the camera, bikini clad on a Greek beach about the time she was dating Michael. And in another she weds her fiancé not long after her affair with Michael ended. They look happy.  I just wonder what he did during their breakup! We’ll never know. ~Ben

Get 'em all at facebook.com/secretroompod

 

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See all our pictures on Instagram back to the beginning of time.  Our snappy handle? SecretRoomPod of course!

 

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Mar 18, 2018

The complicated and intensely personal chain of events that have led Jessica to keep her father's death a secret.

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PICTURES:

First up is a picture of Jessica's bio-dad looking really dapper in a sharp suit and red tie. Next there’s a pic of Jessica as an adorable kid about the time her parents were getting divorced.  And of course, you have to see her dogs, which Jessica captioned “The cutest little turkeys EVER” in her text to me.  And I have to concur.  Get 'em all at facebook.com/secretroompod. ~Ben

You can also see pictures on Twitter @SecretRoomPod! (Thanks Shelly ~Susie)

 

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Mar 5, 2018

One woman's experience with female genital mutilation (FGM) and how it's impacted her life.  A story of perseverance and triumph.

Here is the World Health Organization's fact sheet on female genital mutilation.

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PICTURES: See the one memento Aisha's held on to: the armband from her stay at the hospital when her stitches were released.  A picture of it, in the jar where it rests, waits for you at facebook.com/secretroompod.

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Feb 20, 2018

Patty tells us stories from the edge when she put herself through graduate school as an escort and dominatrix.

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PICTURES: A picture of Patty's favorite corsets.  She always made more money when she wore the pink one.  Also, two pictures of Patty back in the day! facebook.com/secretroompod.

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Jan 22, 2018

When should Emily reveal her condition to people she's dating?  She's in a difficult position and bears all the responsibility. 

Also, the fallout from last episode's french fry secret!

Celebrate radio producer Joe Frank's life by listening to his trailblazing program "Joe Frank: Work In Progress."  JoeFrank.com  Joe left us January 15th, 2018.

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Jan 8, 2018

Niky comes clean with a high school secret her mom will hear for the first time when she downloads this podcast.

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PICTURES:  Niky and Ben in the makeshift studio they set up for this interview.

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