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Join Ben Hamm on an intimate quest revealing the hidden lives of ordinary people around you. Everyone has secrets, and they share them here. Welcome to The Secret Room, a podcast about the true stories no one ever tells.

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82. My Daughter's 50 Siblings

27:23 | Mar 6th

How would you react if an unethical doctor's behavior gave you a huge and beloved family? In this episode June explains how it is that her daughter has 50 siblings and counting.  And it's not why you think!   ---- Thanks Buffy. For $20 off your Buffy...Show More

81. Despicable Houseguest

33:48 | Feb 20th

Would you tell an over-the-top obnoxious and drunk house guest to get out?  What if he was your best friend's husband?  You will not believe what happened to Roxy. TEAM Production support: Susie Lark  Street Secrets: Bobbi Jo Valdez Digital Marketing...Show More

80. Once A Daughter Now A Stranger

26:45 | Feb 6th

In order to manage the deep resentment she feels toward her mom, Hannah lies to her family about something very important. Production support: Susie Lark  Street Secrets: Bobbi Jo Valdez PICTURES See Hannah and her mom, their faces obscured, at the W...Show More

79. My Horrible Wish That Came True

42:49 | Jan 23rd

We explore Ashley’s complicated family dynamic and the challenges a sister faces when the brother she loves dearly has severe addictions.  When Ashley reveals her secret you might wonder about its consequences and whether Ashley bears any blame for w...Show More

78. Street Secrets

11:59 | Jan 21st

In our last Sunday feed I present a look back at some of our favorite Street Secrets from 2018.   Come back in just two days for our first regular Tuesday show.  It's "79. My Horrible Secret That Came True."    We'll be there every other Tuesday. For...Show More

77. I Secretly Recorded My Boyfriend

37:15 | Jan 7th

Jo hopes her boyfriend never discovers that she records him.  Because if she did the world she’s constructed with those recordings would collapse in an instant.  Production support: Susie Lark and Dahlia Beta Street Secrets: Bobbi Jo Valdez PICTURES ...Show More

76. Celebrity Chicken Caper

39:46 | Dec 24th, 2018

Today we peek into the secret lives of the rich and famous with a story that lands at the intersection of celebrity and . . . chicken!  A celebrity demands five live chickens be delivered to his New York City loft, but he never knew what it took to g...Show More

75. A YouTube Star's Confession

1:23:58 | Dec 10th, 2018

YouTube star Brittani Louise Taylor confesses the lie she told her viewers.  Today she tells Ben what she did and why she’s kept it a secret…until now.  She also tells him the big way she’s coming out with her truth.    Brittani's favorite charity: w...Show More

74. When I Was a Broke and Destitute Teen

31:59 | Nov 26th, 2018

Tracy tells her harrowing tale of survival when she was a broke and destitute teen. Stories her mother never knew.  Stories shared here for the first time. Production support: Susie Lark. Street Secret Team: Bobbi Jo Valdez.  Thanks guys.   STORYWORT...Show More

73. My Fascination with Death

58:42 | Nov 12th, 2018

💀Quinn's dark preoccupation lead her to an unusual career.  Today she lifts the curtains to show us what really happens to the dead as they're prepared for their final journey. Production support: Susie Lark. Street Secret Team: Bobbi Jo Valdez.  Th...Show More

72. My Brother from Beyond

49:22 | Oct 29th, 2018

Louise’s brother Jessie was everyone’s best friend.  So she had to conceal her happiness when he died.  Louise tells us about their complicated relationship and the unexpected things that have happened since he passed. Production support: Susie Lark....Show More

71. Sarah's Daydreams

21:55 | Oct 15th, 2018

Sarah's daydreams are so vivid they've crept into her reality.  We learn how they manifest in the real world; and Sarah explains why she keeps them secret. Production support: Susie Lark. Street Secret Team: Bobbi Jo Valdez.  Thanks guys.   AWAY TRAV...Show More

70. I Left My Mother Homeless

50:28 | Oct 1st, 2018

The story of an unbreakable spirit in which a young woman is forced to make a decision that will haunt her the rest of her life. Production support: Susie Lark. Street Secret Team: Bobbi Jo Valdez.  Thanks guys.   AWAY TRAVEL OFFER Thanks to Away for...Show More

69. The Sitter and the Assailant

31:03 | Sep 17th, 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   AWAY TRAVEL OFFER Thanks to Away for supp...Show More

67. A Murderous Bond

28:10 | Aug 20th, 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. AUDIBLE Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. G...Show More

66. A Degree of Uncertainty

32:55 | Aug 6th, 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-...Show More

65. Dangerous Curiosity

40:53 | Jul 23rd, 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. SHIPSTATION Thanks ShipStation.  Get one month Free and an additional month free with Shipstation.com ...Show More

64. My Daughter's Famous Father

22:16 | Jul 9th, 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.  facebook.com/secretroompo...Show More

63. Dishonorable Discharge

31:36 | Jun 25th, 2018

Why Molly received an dishonorable discharge from the military and how she's able to keep it a secret. SHIPSTATION Thanks ShipStation.  Get one month Free and an additional month free with Shipstation.com promocode: Secret SUMMER SURVEY Take our Summ...Show More

62. Decorum

36:09 | Jun 11th, 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. SHIPSTATION Thanks ShipStation.  One month Free and an additional month free with Shipstation.com promo...Show More

61. One Summer Night in Kentucky

30:37 | May 29th, 2018

The surprising consequences for an accidental criminal.  And what one friend does when another makes a terrible mistake. FREE AUDIBLE DOWNLOAD:  Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free audiobook with a free 30 day trial at audible.co...Show More

60. My Secret Career

25:31 | May 14th, 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.   SECRET ROOM TEES ON AMAZON PRIME!  See Ben sport our tee in heather...Show More

59. Friendship, Betrayal and Red Stripe Beer

37:01 | Apr 30th, 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.    AWAY TRAVEL OFFER Thanks to Away for supporting The Secret Room. Go to awaytravel.com/secret and use the...Show More

58. Secret Brothers

31:32 | Apr 16th, 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….  FREE AUDIBLE DOW...Show More

57. Mafia Princess

29:23 | Apr 2nd, 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. --- PICTURES: Sally hams it up for the camera, ...Show More

56. Father of Mine

26:23 | Mar 18th, 2018

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

55. FGM: Aisha's Story

40:24 | Mar 5th, 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. --- PICTURES: See the one memento Aisha...Show More

54. Dominatrix

36:43 | Feb 20th, 2018

Patty tells us stories from the edge when she put herself through graduate school as an escort and dominatrix. --- PICTURES: A picture of Patty's favorite corsets.  She always made more money when she wore the pink one.  Also, two pictures of Patty b...Show More

53. The Reverend with the X-Rated Tattoo

21:02 | Feb 7th, 2018

Reverend Dave joins us with a double-header today.  His secret tattoo reveals the former secret that upended his life. --- PICTURES: See Reverend Dave's tattoo and a mysterious picture of Reverend Dave himself on our Facebook page.  facebook.com/secr...Show More

52. The Long Goodbye

25:59 | Jan 22nd, 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 tr...Show More

51. A French Fry Secret So Nice...

07:16 | Jan 8th, 2018

Niky comes clean with a high school secret her mom will hear for the first time when she downloads this podcast. --- LISTENER SURVEY: Your 30 seconds filling out a 7 question survey is everything to us! (It's to help us attract advertisers.) http://s...Show More

50. A New Year's Eve to Forget

16:47 | Dec 28th, 2017

Today, The New Year's Eve tale of a good woman scorned.  And, is a hot dog a sandwich? Susie asks Twitter! Also, a curated collection our favorite street secrets this year.   So much fun to button up 2017.  Happy New Year’s from your favorite little ...Show More

49. Accidental Gay Escort

33:05 | Dec 11th, 2017

Max's amazing story of how he stumbled into a profession he never dreamt of. --- LISTENER SURVEY: Your 30 seconds filling out a 7 question survey is everything to us! (It's to help us attract advertisers.) http://survey.libsyn.com/secretroom PICTURES...Show More

48. Bank Alarm & Attempted Murder Part 2

20:58 | Nov 28th, 2017

Tom tells us what happened when he tripped the alarm at his father’s bank in 1964. Also, Rachel's back from Episode 45 “Attempted Murder.” She interviews her brother about their father’s attempted murder charge. A secret he learned about from the pod...Show More

47. From Porn to Google

35:04 | Nov 13th, 2017

Paul's story of an unexpected and secret career path.  It's appropriate only for people comfortable with frank discussion about the inner workings of the porn industry.  Consider yourself warned! ----- LISTENER SURVEY: Your 30 seconds filling out a 7...Show More

46. Shadow People

25:48 | Oct 30th, 2017

Dahlia Beta and listeners share secrets about a haunted house, a ouija board and Shadow People. Also a throwback to an interview about a seance gone very, very wrong. Boo! ----- PICTURES: This week we have a picture of our guests who spoke about the ...Show More

45. Attempted Murder Part 1

24:22 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Rachel opens up about an attempted murder charge and the unusual way it was handled in the courts. ----- PICTURES: First up a picture of Rachel and her two siblings.  Next, a picture of Rachel mugging for the camera while swinging.  Both pictures are...Show More

44. Sex Offender

23:17 | Oct 9th, 2017

Creed tells us about life in prison and how he copes with unjustly being labeled a sex offender.  Susie tells us her personal story about a creeper who advanced on her when she was 13. ----- PICTURES: The incredible picture of Creed's first cell bloc...Show More

43. Married to a Sex Offender

26:27 | Sep 25th, 2017

The heavy personal toll borne by a man and his family for a miscarriage of justice. --- PICTURES: See one of the letters Karen wrote to Creed while he was in prison. It's waiting for you at facebook.com/secretroompod. FREE AUDIBLE DOWNLOAD: Thanks to...Show More

42. Arson: A Love Story

23:25 | Sep 4th, 2017

“Not many people knew he was a drugging, drinking, bookmaking impregnator.” Kathy's husband may have burned down the house, but it's not all that went up in flames.  This encore is presented while Ben is on vacay.  But there's a new drop-in by co-hos...Show More

41. Bipolar

31:31 | Aug 21st, 2017

Elaine’s secret has cost her a job. It’s cost her friends too.  Today she tells us about her trips to the mental ward and the toll it’s taken on her life. Pictures: The memory board at her office that has momentos of her visits to the mental wards.  ...Show More

40. Unspeakable

27:04 | Jul 31st, 2017

The terrible things a man did to his kids, his wife and himself.  It's a secret three decades in the making. Pictures: Disneyland 1981, Carole, with her children, gazes stoically into a camera, a portal to her future self.  The shutter clicked by the...Show More

39. Addiction

26:04 | Jul 12th, 2017

Chris’ sideways story about being addicted to one of the worst drugs out there.  Bath Salts. It’s bad, heavy stuff.  And yeah, it made him to some crazy shiz. Pictures: The house where Chris did bath salts and got caught; and the drugs he used to buy...Show More

38. Baptismal Secret

18:34 | Jun 26th, 2017

A woman's teenage quest for love and the lengths she went to secure it. Secret Room Tee Shirts Now On Amazon Prime! Show your affiliation with the coolest indie podcast on the planet! Amazon.com. Free Audible Download. Get a free audiobook download a...Show More

37. My Husband's Creepy Bestie

22:11 | Jun 12th, 2017

One Halloween night Nina had a sexual encounter on her friend’s couch.  And it was with her husband’s creepy bestie.  See a picture of her sexy Halloween costume at facebook.com/secretroompod. Secret Room Tee Shirts Now On Amazon Prime! Show your aff...Show More

36. Twitter Troll / Virgin...ish 2

19:30 | May 28th, 2017

Ben speaks with a Twitter troll.  Hope has set up a phony Twitter handle to target one man.  What she does and why are revealed. See one of her tweets at facebook.com/secretroompod Also, Ben’s got a surprise for Marie and her vagina.  If you haven’t ...Show More

35. Virgin...ish 1

25:41 | May 15th, 2017

Marie tells a secret about her vagina and the way men react to it.  Also, more fish tales inspired by our last episode on Toxic Friendships.  Read Marie's NSFW blog, "Virginish" at virginish.wordpress.com. Marie comes back for an update in Episode 36...Show More

34. Toxic Friendships

24:13 | May 1st, 2017

Dependency and desire control two friendships.  Also, man-on-the-street secrets at the People's Climate March in Washington, D.C. (April 29, 2017).

33. A Haunting Revelation

18:15 | Apr 17th, 2017

A seance gone wrong leaves a woman with a secret she can never reveal.  It all went down in an old mansion’s chauffeur quarters above the garage. This episode sponsored by Audible. http://www.audibletrial.com/secretroom

32. Tattoo Secret

20:55 | Mar 29th, 2017

Mark’s tattoo reveals a secret that if exposed, would completely change his world.  And it’s our first anniversary so of course Dahlia Beta and Breakmaster Cylinder stop by!  Do not miss this epi!   Haaapppyyy biiiirrtthhddaayyy dear Seeecret Roooom!

31. Trump 2: EPA and State Department Officials

32:52 | Mar 13th, 2017

Career staff from the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department on the tone and tenor inside their respective agencies during the first few weeks of the Trump administration.

30. My Klepto Ex-Husband

17:35 | Mar 1st, 2017

Today a story of former loves. One woman dreams of the man she left; the other drives her ex’s getaway car. (Trump 2 next time.)

29. Trump 1: "The Secret I Didn't Know I Had"

30:03 | Feb 14th, 2017

People from different walks of life on the Trump administration.  Palpable fear for some, and hope for others. Guests Marci J. and Adri host the Let's Toast podcast.

28. Season 3 Trailer (Testimony)

02:51 | Jan 31st, 2017

You are not alone.  Secrets make the world go 'round.

27. Bristol / Dahlia's Big Reveal

25:49 | Jan 18th, 2017

A man must invent a second girlfriend; and Dahlia reveals our biggest secret to date!

26. Sarah Says "Bye"

16:44 | Dec 22nd, 2016

Sarah reveals how she said bye to her dad before he died.  Only her fiancee knows.  Also: Your holiday secrets!  Ho ho ho.

25. Caleb's Caper

22:40 | Dec 13th, 2016

In their teens Caleb and his Appalachian posse pulled off the scam of their lives, and no one ever snitched. Not even Crackhead Johnny.

24. Bad Brother

16:48 | Dec 1st, 2016

One woman sees her brother on a police wanted poster and another escapes from a Russian prison.

23. The Hairapist

20:52 | Nov 15th, 2016

What do roast beef, a speeding ticket and a hair dryer have in common? Our hairapist tells you today. And Glee’s Jenna Ushkowitz reads a secret.

22. Nindaddy's Secret

26:38 | Oct 31st, 2016

A woman unravels a secret about her father that her family kept quiet for decades. By contributor Tree Mabry.

21. Ben's Challenge

09:32 | Oct 23rd, 2016

In honor of the 60th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution we offer this encore story about a brave man and a phone ringing in the dead of night.

20. Adoption Prank

11:39 | Oct 11th, 2016

A man steals a year of his brother's life and Dahlia checks in from Italy.

19. The Lunch Lady

25:28 | Sep 30th, 2016

Ivan discusses how he used to take food from the cafeteria, how the lunch lady turned a blind eye, and how he paid her back.

18. Arson: A Love Story

19:12 | Sep 19th, 2016

"Not many people knew he was a drugging, drinking, book-making impregnator."  It's the Season 2 premier of The Secret Room.  Pod on!

17. Season 2 Trailer (In a World...)

01:21 | Aug 29th, 2016

In a world teetering on the brink of collapse, two friends must learn a secret.  A secret that stands between order and chaos.  Ben Hamm and Dahlia Beta save the world, in Season 2 of The Secret Room.

16. Proof of Life

10:04 | Jun 24th, 2016

Proof of life.  Secret whispers.  Keeping the feed alive.

15. Season 1 Finale: Speeding Ticket

14:45 | May 30th, 2016

A speeding ticket, a brother in prison, and Ben and Dahlia go on and on.

14. Sober

21:14 | May 23rd, 2016

A woman shares why she can't tell her family she's sober.  Also, your guilty TV pleasures!

13. Good Sister

14:24 | May 16th, 2016

For one sister scorn’s face cannot trump blood, the tie that binds.  What one sister did, and why the other cannot quit.

12. Voices

16:46 | May 9th, 2016

A woman with schizophrenia reveals how she tells real voices from hallucinations.

11. A Decision

30:33 | May 2nd, 2016

A woman reveals the most profound decision of her life and why she can't tell her mom.

10. Ashley Madison Gentleman

20:13 | Apr 27th, 2016

A man's affair with a younger woman has an unexpected impact on his marriage. Ben & Dahlia sign up on a dating website for married people!

9. Imaginary Girlfriend

16:03 | Apr 18th, 2016

A woman takes on a secret persona online; one her friends would never imagine. Also: True date stories.

8. Harassed

18:34 | Apr 11th, 2016

A woman is harassed at work and Dahlia wants more Twitter followers than Ben. (Good luck!)

7. National Secrets/Whisper Gallery

25:28 | Apr 4th, 2016

We explore the nature of government secrets and visit the Whisper Gallery in NYC.

6. Ben's Challenge

09:14 | Mar 28th, 2016

A story about a brave man and a phone ringing in the dead of night.

5. Secret Marriage/Epic Trip

24:46 | Mar 21st, 2016

Quinn’s secret six-week marriage. And Maria takes an epic birthday trip her parents will never know about.

4. The Bee Gees & Breakmaster Cylinder

20:38 | Mar 14th, 2016

A man tells his daughter he sold pot to the Bee Gees. Breakmaster Cylinder sits down for a quirky musical interview.

3. Celebrity Make Up Artist

20:07 | Mar 7th, 2016

A celebrity make up artist reveals how some celebrities torture her on set, and how she gets back at them.

2. Exhibitionist

17:10 | Feb 29th, 2016

A man with a rather racy secret; and a veteran who took matters into his own hands, and kind of regrets it.

1. Revenge

22:25 | Feb 22nd, 2016

A jilted lover seeks revenge online. What she did, why she regrets it and how a coffee mug is a daily reminder are all revealed in this episode of The Secret Room.

Welcome to The Secret Room (Trailer)

01:39 | Feb 20th, 2016

There's a new place to share secrets. Ben Hamm & Dahlia Beta explore the stories no one ever tells. Welcome to The Secret Room.