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Top 10 Modern Love Episodes
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Your Stories of Love During The Pandemic
04/01/20 • 19 min
Listeners share stories of how their relationships have changed during the coronavirus outbreak.
What the Silence Said
12/23/20 • 20 min
When Laura and her husband divorced after two decades of marriage, their “little Colorado mountain town” could barely tell. It was quiet compared to the dramatic natural disasters that were afflicting the area — like flooding and wildfires. There were no raised voices, no feelings of fury.
So why did they split? In the lead-up to their divorce, Laura had a revelation about what good love — the kind that will “survive life” — is supposed to sound like.
- “No Sound, No Fury, No Marriage," by Laura Pritchett
- “Silence Is Its Own Answer," by Jennifer Byrne
Laura's story was recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.
Your Weirdest Dates
12/14/22 • 21 min
What’s the most unusual place you’ve ever been on a date? We asked Modern Love listeners and the responses did not disappoint. Rummaging through landfills, listening to cases in night court ... the stories get weird. Plus, there’s one that our host, Anna Martin, considers the most bizarre of all (hint: dead bodies).
For our last episode of 2022, we start with Dev Aujla’s essay about how he wound up traveling on a cargo ship across the Atlantic ocean with a woman who, weeks earlier, had broken up with him at the advice of her astrologer. Then, we hear from all of you.
This is our last episode before the holidays. We’ll see you in 2023!
A Lifetime of Good Loving
12/02/20 • 24 min
When Bette met her husband, he was leaning against a wall at a party. He had, as she put it, “smoldering looks and banked fires.” He was from Brooklyn; she was from the Bronx. She assumed his silent “bad boy” vibe meant “dangerous love and dramatic heartbreak.”
They got married, and she realized that she’d misread his quiet demeanor: “His eyes were simply beautiful, and his silence wasn’t fierce; he just didn’t have anything to say at the moment.”
After 56 years together, Bette’s husband passed away on the eve of the pandemic. Bette, now alone, shares what had kept them together all these years, and what their long love means to her now.
- “Widow Walks Into Wall, Finds Hope,” Bette Ann Moskowitz
- “Seeing Her in Me,” Alicia Gabe
Bette's story was recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.
You can find more information on today's episode here.
Why Do People Get Married?
05/12/21 • 24 min
Welcome to our season premiere. Seven years into a serious relationship, Jake Maynard got a text from his mother: “Gramma Gert: 3, Jake: 0.” This was her way of telling him that his grandmother, in her 80s, was getting married for the third time, while Jake remained unmarried and childless in his late 20s. His family found this strange. Stranger still, at least in Jake’s view, was his grandmother’s choice of partner. (You’ll have to listen to the episode.) Today, we explore how two generations of the same family — 50 years apart — grapple with identity, tangled kin and the loaded question of marriage.
You can find more info on today's episode here.
Modern Love Presents: Sugar Calling
04/09/20 • 9 min
Modern Love presents an excerpt of the first episode of “Sugar Calling." Hear Cheryl Strayed in conversation with the author George Saunders, her old friend and mentor from graduate school.
06/24/20 • 27 min
In this week’s essay, Lilian Oben writes about how essential it is to be seen in relationships — to be able to take up space, without being asked to change who we are. Her essay is read by Zawe Ashton ("Betrayal").
Was It Me or Our Astrology?
06/09/21 • 19 min
“Love life not working out? Health problems? Everything going wrong?” Amisha Patel used to be skeptical of astrological services that offered claims about the future. Her parents, who immigrated to the U.S. from India, would make annual trips back to Gujarat. When they returned to their New Jersey home, they would share predictions from Hindu astrologers about the fates of their children.
“I found my parents’ belief in fate unnerving and un-American,” Amisha wrote in her Modern Love essay. But in her late 20s, she began to embrace the notion of destiny. Could it be that all paths lead to the same ending? We asked Amisha where she stands now. You can find more information on today's episode here.
04/08/20 • 19 min
When you’re in a new relationship, you’re always trying to present your best self. But anyone who’s been in a relationship for awhile knows that you can’t keep the act up forever.
David Finch writes about that in his essay, which is read by Daniel Radcliffe. Daniel stars in the upcoming "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" interactive special on Netflix.
05/27/20 • 18 min
Saoirse Ronan ("Little Women") reads an essay about how a language barrier impacts the relationship between a young woman and an Iraqi doctor. This is an encore presentation.
How many episodes does Modern Love have?
Modern Love currently has 202 episodes available.
What topics does Modern Love cover?
The podcast is about Society & Culture, Love, Storytelling, Podcasts and Loss.
What is the most popular episode on Modern Love?
The episode title 'Your Stories of Love During The Pandemic' is the most popular.
What is the average episode length on Modern Love?
The average episode length on Modern Love is 22 minutes.
How often are episodes of Modern Love released?
Episodes of Modern Love are typically released every 7 days.
When was the first episode of Modern Love?
The first episode of Modern Love was released on Dec 7, 2015.
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