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Modern Love features top actors performing true stories of love, loss, and redemption. It has included performances by Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman, Angela Bassett, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sterling K. Brown, and more. A collaboration between WBUR and The New York Times.
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"Never tell our business to strangers." That's what Jennifer Mascia was told growing up. But it wasn't until she was an adult that she learned the reason why.Ruth Wilson (HBO's "His Dark Materials") reads Jennifer's essay about discovering a dark family secret.Modern Loveis brought to you by COUPLES THERAPY, a new Showtime docu-series following four couples during their weekly sessions with a world-class therapist.It’s a raw and intimate peek into the hidden world of other people’s relationships.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJbWAWnWuio
"I’ve noticed that there is a strange hierarchy of handholding that dictates who gets to express physical affection without repercussions," Nicole Dennis-Benn writes in this week's Modern Love story. It's read by 15-time Grammy Award winning artist Alicia Keys, whose new single is called "Show Me Love." Modern Loveis brought to you by COUPLES THERAPY, a new Showtime docu-series following four couples during their weekly sessions with a world-class therapist.It’s a raw and intimate peek into the hidden world of other people’s relationships.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJbWAWnWuio
Greta Gerwig ("Little Women") reads Julia Anne Miller's essay, about sharing an unusual cab ride in New York City. This is an encore presentation.Modern Loveis brought to you by COUPLES THERAPY, a new Showtime docu-series following four couples during their weekly sessions with a world-class therapist.It’s a raw and intimate peek into the hidden world of other people’s relationships.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJbWAWnWuio
We want to introduce you to another podcast we think you might love, called Kind World. It features stories of life-changing acts of kindness. And this week's story features a story from the US/ Mexico border. Modern Loveis brought to you by COUPLES THERAPY, a new Showtime docu-series following four couples during their weekly sessions with a world-class therapist.It’s a raw and intimate peek into the hidden world of other people’s relationships.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJbWAWnWuio
Kelly McCreary ("Grey's Anatomy") reads an essay about a chance meeting on a bus that leads to a decades-long relationship.Modern Loveis brought to you by COUPLES THERAPY, a new Showtime docu-series following four couples during their weekly sessions with a world-class therapist.It’s a raw and intimate peek into the hidden world of other people’s relationships.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJbWAWnWuio
We make decisions every day that shape our lives in small ways. But it's rare to face a real crossroads — a choice between living one life, and living another that's entirely different. Zawe Ashton ("Betrayal") reads an essay by Ingrid Maitland, who writes about making a choice like that. Modern Loveis brought to you by COUPLES THERAPY, a new Showtime docu-series following four couples during their weekly sessions with a world-class therapist.It’s a raw and intimate peek into the hidden world of other people’s relationships.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJbWAWnWuio
Regina King (HBO's "Watchmen") reads an essay by a woman who thinks she's met the right person for her — several years too early.Modern Loveis brought to you by COUPLES THERAPY, a new Showtime docu-series following four couples during their weekly sessions with a world-class therapist.It’s a raw and intimate peek into the hidden world of other people’s relationships.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJbWAWnWuio
When he was working in Nevada, Justin Race met a woman he thought was perfect for him. The only problem? They had only ever talked to each other through Words With Friends.Justin's essay is read by Tony-winning actor Ben Platt, who stars in the new show "The Politician" on Netflix.Modern Loveis brought to you by COUPLES THERAPY, a new Showtime docu-series following four couples during their weekly sessions with a world-class therapist.It’s a raw and intimate peek into the hidden world of other people’s relationships.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJbWAWnWuio
Marisa Tomei ("The Rose Tattoo") reads an essay by Judith Newman about a woman fulfilling her husband's unusual dying wish.Modern Loveis brought to you by COUPLES THERAPY, a new Showtime docu-series following four couples during their weekly sessions with a world-class therapist.It’s a raw and intimate peek into the hidden world of other people’s relationships.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJbWAWnWuio
In 2013, Ann Leary wrote an essay about a rough patch in her marriage. We turned it into an episode of the Modern Love Podcast. And now, Ann's story been adapted for television. In this episode, we revisit actress Connie Nielsen's performance of Ann's essay. Then, we'll hear a live conversation between Ann, Modern Love editor Daniel Jones, and podcast producer Caitlin O'Keefe. They talk about what happened next for Ann and her husband, and what it was like for Ann to have her essay adapted for the Modern Love television show.Modern Loveis brought to you by COUPLES THERAPY, a new Showtime docu-series following four couples during their weekly sessions with a world-class therapist.It’s a raw and intimate peek into the hidden world of other people’s relationships.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJbWAWnWuio
Peter Sarsgaard ("The Sound of Silence") reads an essay about the relationship between a man with spinal muscular atrophy and his wife of more than 30 years.Modern Loveis brought to you by COUPLES THERAPY, a new Showtime docu-series following four couples during their weekly sessions with a world-class therapist.It’s a raw and intimate peek into the hidden world of other people’s relationships.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJbWAWnWuio
When Aaron Long donated sperm twenty-five years ago, he didn't realize that one day he would discover that he had ten biological children. But that's what happened when he signed up for 23andMe.Kal Penn stars in the NBC comedy "Sunnyside". He reads Aaron's essay. Modern Loveis brought to you by COUPLES THERAPY, a new Showtime docu-series following four couples during their weekly sessions with a world-class therapist.It’s a raw and intimate peek into the hidden world of other people’s relationships.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJbWAWnWuio
Issa Rae reads an essay about the intimacy and distance synonymous with online dating.Modern Loveis brought to you by COUPLES THERAPY, a new Showtime docu-series following four couples during their weekly sessions with a world-class therapist.It’s a raw and intimate peek into the hidden world of other people’s relationships.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJbWAWnWuio
Andrew Rannells has been nominated for two Tony Awards. He starred in HBO's "Girls." But before any of that, he was just like a lot of 20-somethings — trying to make his career happen, and dreaming about his perfect boyfriend.Modern Loveis brought to you by COUPLES THERAPY, a new Showtime docu-series following four couples during their weekly sessions with a world-class therapist.It’s a raw and intimate peek into the hidden world of other people’s relationships.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJbWAWnWuio
"Don't Let Go" star David Oyelowo reads an essay about a blind man navigating his marriage. This is an encore presentation.Modern Loveis brought to you by COUPLES THERAPY, a new Showtime docu-series following four couples during their weekly sessions with a world-class therapist.It’s a raw and intimate peek into the hidden world of other people’s relationships.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJbWAWnWuio
This week's essay is about a deep, enduring friendship that starts in an unlikely place. Jeannie Vanasco writes about her relationship with a woman named Anita in her essay, "My Platonic Romance on the Psych Ward."It's read by actress and director Miriam Shor, who stars in TV Land’s “Younger" and the upcoming Netflix film "Lost Girls."Modern Loveis brought to you by COUPLES THERAPY, a new Showtime docu-series following four couples during their weekly sessions with a world-class therapist.It’s a raw and intimate peek into the hidden world of other people’s relationships.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJbWAWnWuio
When people first come into our lives, it's impossible to know how important they'll become. Leah Keith writes about a man who came to matter a great deal to her in her essay, which is read by Marsha Stephanie Blake ("When They See Us") Modern Loveis brought to you by COUPLES THERAPY, a new Showtime docu-series following four couples during their weekly sessions with a world-class therapist.It’s a raw and intimate peek into the hidden world of other people’s relationships.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJbWAWnWuio
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ("Game of Thrones") reads an essay about a man's long relationship with his wife — before and after a car accident that changed their lives.Modern Loveis brought to you by COUPLES THERAPY, a new Showtime docu-series following four couples during their weekly sessions with a world-class therapist.It’s a raw and intimate peek into the hidden world of other people’s relationships.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJbWAWnWuio
A lot of things can get in the way of love -- distance, money issues, being in different places in your life. But this week's essayist, Amanda Gefter, writes about facing a very different kind of challenge.It's read by Logan Browning (Netflix's "Dear White People").Modern Loveis brought to you by COUPLES THERAPY, a new Showtime docu-series following four couples during their weekly sessions with a world-class therapist.It’s a raw and intimate peek into the hidden world of other people’s relationships.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJbWAWnWuio
If Meredith Hall had to point to the year that her life changed, she would probably say that it was 1965. She was sixteen that year, and pregnant with a son.But more than two decades later, in 1987, her life changed again -- and that's the year she writes about in her essay. It's read by Marcia Cross ("Desperate Housewives," "Quantico"). Modern Loveis brought to you by COUPLES THERAPY, a new Showtime docu-series following four couples during their weekly sessions with a world-class therapist.It’s a raw and intimate peek into the hidden world of other people’s relationships.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJbWAWnWuio
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Nitish Kumar

love it

Nov 28th
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Walter Zimmerman

you cut off the ending

Nov 26th
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Mandee Moore

Oh this was bloody brilliant! I absolutely loved it so much!! ❤❤

Nov 18th
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Anna Söderquist

Are you folks at Wbur/Modern Love aware that for several weeks your episodes have been cut a few minutes short (at the end)? At least on my podcast listening app (Castbox) - and it's not happening with any other podcats on my app. Such a pity!

Nov 14th
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Danny DaSilva

That was a beautiful story!

Nov 5th
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r mohammadi

book : کتاب

Nov 2nd
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kd

the episode just cuts off?

Oct 14th
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Ava Fullante

I think this might be my favorite Modern Love episode. Colin Farrell is just an amazing reader.

Oct 9th
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Peter Mumford

wow, best genetics story ever

Oct 9th
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mariane kirimi

I'm in love .. thank you :)

Oct 8th
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FAUNA NJOROGE

Made me cry. Thank-you. Thank-you for love

Aug 24th
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Sandra Carroll

This story made me cry. So touching and raw. Beautifully read by Marcia Cross too.I have now ordered the writer's memoir... can't wait to read the full story. I adore this podcast. keep 'em coming!

Aug 22nd
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Donna Caprice

An incredibly warm and moving story of love being stretched in ways we dare to imagine

Aug 17th
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Kimia Moji

it was so beautiful!! thank you.

Aug 11th
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Tip Payton

Amazing quote: Love can transcend even the most insurmountable obstacles when you find the right person.

Jun 4th
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ong meiyan

It’s touching. All these subtle things that happened in our lives, little did the person know that he/she left an impact to others lives. Little did we know that we may have left impact in others lives too. So it’s always good to be good & spread more positivity.

May 18th
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ong meiyan

Oh, Natasha acted in OITNB! Cool!

Apr 30th
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ong meiyan

And I love the narrator, actress from Netflix Russian dolls

Apr 30th
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ong meiyan

Lovely, touching, vivid. The unspoken emotion and thought that happen in our daily lives.

Apr 30th
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D N

Just a phenomenal podcast. Such honest deconstructions of love.

Mar 28th
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