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Author: WBUR and The New York Times

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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.
247 Episodes
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").
Do you tell your friends you love them? And do you say it like that, using those words? Is it easy for you to say? Is it fraught? Ricardo Jaramillo takes those questions on in this week’s essay. It’s read by Ncuti Gatwa, who stars in “Sex Education” on Netflix.
Lorraine Toussaint ("The Glorias") reads an essay by Kim McLarin. Then, we catch up with Kim to hear how she is doing in this moment.
Hasan Minhaj ("Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj") reads Brian Goedde's essay about a man investigating his own breakup.
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.
"Lolita," Vladimir Nabokov’s novel about a man’s sexual obsession with a young girl, is famously controversial. But when Bindu Bansinath started to read it, it unexpectedly became a kind of road map for her, showing her a way out of the situation she was in. Jameela Jamil ("I Weigh") reads her piece.
Alone In A Pandemic

Alone In A Pandemic


Living alone can be liberating, maddening, joyful ... lonely.  It also might feel very different today than it did several months ago. This episode features stories from people who live alone, telling us how they are doing right now.
If you're running out of things to do at home — or if you just need a break from stress and worry — we have a suggestion. Listen to this week's episode featuring Gillian Jacobs and Mandy Len Catron, and then try the 36 questions that (may) lead to love. You can find the 36 questions here:
Daisy Edgar-Jones (Hulu's "Normal People") reads Kyleigh Leddy's essay, about the online presence people leave behind.
What if all the conventional wisdom about why you are single is wrong? Laura Prepon ("You And I, As Mothers") reads Sara Eckel's essay.
We hear more of your stories about how the COVID-19 outbreak has changed your relationships with one another.
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.
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.
Listeners share stories of how their relationships have changed during the coronavirus outbreak.
There's something wonderful about sharing your favorite books with the person you're falling in love with. And Karla Derus was a longtime book lover, dating a man who was also a big reader. But Karla also had a secret. Emmy-winning actress Uzo Aduba ("Mrs. America") reads Karla's essay.
Ali Fazal ("Victoria and Abul") tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a man and his elderly neighbor. This is an encore presentation.
Could you use a little extra comfort and love from afar right now? We thought so. We're sharing an episode of another WBUR podcast, "Endless Thread." This is a story about processing grief, and where we turn when the people closest to us don't seem to know what to do or say to help us move forward. If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to "Endless Thread" wherever you get your podcasts. More info here:
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ("The Morning Show," "Misbehaviour") reads an essay about a friendship between two people who meet in a pub in Notting Hill.
Lesley Manville ("Ordinary Love") reads an essay by Sally Hoskins about finding an unexpected support group in a hospital waiting room.
Brian Cox (HBO's "Succession") reads an essay about a father grappling with how to protect his child, but also let her live her life.
Comments (95)

Paz Ibarra

Come back!

Aug 15th

Chimwe Grey

why haven't we gotten new episodes 😭

Jul 13th
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It was really enjoyable episode. I wish I could have access to the text

May 27th

Kinny Ramoeng

this is the most beautiful love story I've ever heard.

May 17th


needed this, thanks !

May 14th

WD Tucker


Apr 23rd


It's been 3 years that I have long distance relationship. And all the time I was angry why he isn't here! It's a little mean but now I can calm myself that everyone is like tgis and the situation is same😁

Apr 23rd


OMG!! BEST SHOW EVER!!! I cant believe this lady has a man who relies and depends on her like shes practically half her husbands brain. a brain scan DOES does show a womans' emotional brain a big buzzing balloon of activity vs inside a mans brain , dot or two. it's natural 4US. not only is it our instinct ,but instead of working out those kinks of weakness ,male feels demanded of maintaining the actions that lack mind. but just as I got to this sentence while making this comment, guess what !? THE MOST READ PIECE IN THIS NEW YORK TIMES COLuMN EVER!. AND I THINK THEY SAID MOST POPULAR EPISODE?! WTF? And just as I was about to say, it's not about the Asperger's, it's the UNIVERSALITY. HOWEVER, I would NOT call it empathy . IT IS AN ACT OF GIVING. A WOMAN should feel honored to be GIVEN access to one guide out of the dark. sometimes taking is giving. its just like when someone "gives" you the job. that's not out of pity.

Apr 8th

Sahar Hosseini

Is there any site that we can download the text of the podcast? I'm learning english and I can't keep up with the audio some times

Apr 7th
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Sharon Flaherty

how do I turn this off?

Apr 3rd

Feljoe Grande

Im in love with this podcast already. Keep on sharing good stories of love, lost and redemption, thank youuuuu🖤

Mar 28th

Nazi Rahmani

l liked the story☺️👌

Mar 28th


this one Hit me right in the feels.

Mar 6th

Sneha Roy

Powerful essay and beautiful narration by Alicia Keys.

Feb 10th

Authentictalks 2.0

I noticed it says “you may also like” under my show so I decided to see and yes I love it! I am huge on supporting. Thank you guys! I am subscribed.

Feb 5th

Apple Betty

I am really enjoying the personal stories on this podcast.

Feb 1st

Lucy Tobier

I immediately thought of blanche from golden girls when I heard this! 👵🏻👵🏻👵🏻👵🏻

Jan 27th

Paz Ibarra

Anyone having issues where eps cut out a little early? My timer shows it as correct, but the podcast audio sounds like it cut in the middle.

Jan 21st


Wow! Love!

Jan 17th

Meiling Ma

Omg, I have tears welling up but I did not realize. Lovely story, perfect reading

Jan 16th
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