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Love is more than you think. From the creators of Criminal. New episodes every month.
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On August 28th, 2000, Danny Stewart got on the subway to meet his boyfriend Pete Mercurio for dinner in New York City. As he was exiting the station, he noticed something on the ground. It looked like a baby doll wrapped in a shirt. And then he saw the doll's legs move. Pete Mercurio's book is Our Subway Baby. Check out our online shop. This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven’t already, please follow the show and review us on Apple Podcasts! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Daily Harvest Go to dailyharvest.com and enter code thisislove to get twenty-five dollars off your first box! that’s daily harvest dot com code thisislove. eCreamery Visit www.ecreamery.com to see all the great packages available. Indeed Get started right now with a free $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post at indeed.com/thisislove. Offer valid through june 30th. Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving Sitka Salmon Shares Visit SitkaSalmonShares.com/LOVE for $25 off the first month of a Premium Sitka Seafood Share.
One day in the spring of 1986, a woman in Hot Springs, Arkansas named Ruth Coker Burks was visiting a friend in the hospital. She noticed a door down the hall that had a red tarp over it, and the nurses were avoiding the room. So she decided to sneak in. This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven’t already, please follow the show and review us on Apple Podcasts! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Daily Harvest Go to dailyharvest.com and enter code thisislove to get twenty-five dollars off your first box! that’s daily harvest dot com code thisislove. FSA Store Head to FSAstore.com and use the code thisislove to get a one-time discount of $20 off your order of $150 or more. Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving Sitka Salmon Shares Visit SitkaSalmonShares.com/LOVE for $25 off the first month of a Premium Sitka Seafood Share
Our favorite story, for anyone who might be feeling a little lost. This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to the show and review us on Apple Podcasts! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: AMC/Acorn To watch A Suitable Boy, sign up for Acorn TV today and you’ll get a free 30 day trial! Just go to Acorn.tv and use the promo code THISISLOVE. Celestial Seasonings visit celestialseasonings.com for free shipping on your first order with code THISISLOVE Indeed Go to Indeed.com/thisislove for a FREE $75 Dollar Credit. Offer valid through December 31. Terms and conditions apply. Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving Purple Go to Purple.com/thisislove10, and use promo code thisislove10. For a limited time you’ll get 10% off any order of $200 or more StoryWorth Get started right away with no shipping required by going to StoryWorth.com/thisislove. You’ll get $10 off your first purchase! Toyota Visit BuyAToyota.com to locate a dealer, search our inventory, and find all our current offers!
Episode 30: Cheers

Episode 30: Cheers

2020-12-0927:011

In June of 2020, a 72-year-old man in the UK named Gerald Stratford posted a photograph of himself in his garden on Twitter. He wrote, “Just giving my onions their daily inspection, a crucial time now for veg.” The tweet, like many of Gerald Stratford’s tweets, went viral. Gerald told us he never expected so many people to like his tweets about his garden, but that he just tries to be nice and polite and so far, people like it. This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to the show and review us on Apple Podcasts! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. For a transcript of this episode, send an email to transcripts@thisiscriminal.com. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: AMC/Acorn To watch A Suitable Boy, sign up for Acorn TV today and you’ll get a free 30 day trial! Just go to Acorn.tv and use the promo code THISISLOVE. Indeed Go to Indeed.com/thisislove for a FREE $75 Dollar Credit. Offer valid through December 31. Terms and conditions apply. Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving Purple Go to Purple.com/thisislove10, and use promo code thisislove10. For a limited time you’ll get 10% off any order of $200 or more Quip Go to quip.com/thisislove to get your first refill free. StoryWorth Get started right away with no shipping required by going to StoryWorth.com/thisislove. You’ll get $10 off your first purchase! Toyota Visit BuyAToyota.com to locate a dealer, search our inventory, and find all our current offers!
Episode 29: The Dancer

Episode 29: The Dancer

2020-11-2524:253

When Carlos Acosta was a kid, he wanted to be the next Michael Jackson. He spent all his time break-dancing in the streets of Havana. Until one day, when his father decided to put Carlos in a ballet class. This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to the show and review us on Apple Podcasts! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. For a transcript of this episode, send an email to hello@thisiscriminal.com. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Indeed Get a free $75 credit to boost the visibility of your job post at Indeed.com/THISISLOVE  Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving Purple Go to Purple.com/thisislove10, and use promo code thisislove10. For a limited time you’ll get 10% off any order of $200 or more Quip Go to quip.com/thisislove to get your first refill free. Toyota Visit BuyAToyota.com to locate a dealer, search our inventory, and find all our current offers!
Early one morning in 1948, a phone call woke up the police chief in the small town of Clearwater, Florida. The caller said he’d seen something strange at the beach. Residents woke up that morning to find an odd set of footprints in the sand, and a rumor began circulating that Clearwater Beach had a sea monster. This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to the show and review us on Apple Podcasts! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. For a transcript of this episode, send an email to hello@thisiscriminal.com. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Indeed Get a free $75 credit to boost the visibility of your job post at Indeed.com/THISISLOVE  Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving Purple Go to Purple.com/thisislove10, and use promo code thisislove10. For a limited time you’ll get 10% off any order of $200 or more Quip Go to quip.com/thisislove to get your first refill free. Toyota Visit BuyAToyota.com to locate a dealer, search our inventory, and find all our current offers!
There’s an old story on Cape Cod about a woman named Maria Hallett who fell in love with a pirate. According to legend, when he died at sea, she became so heartbroken that she started walking along the cliffs in storms and cursing other ships. The story goes that she believed that if she had lost the person she loved to the sea, everyone else should too. She became known as “The Sea Witch of Billingsgate,” and her story has haunted Cape Cod for the last 300 years. This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to the show and review us on Apple Podcasts! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Better Help Get 10 percent off your first month with discount code criminal at BetterHelp.com/thisislove Indeed Get a free $75 credit to boost the visibility of your job post at Indeed.com/THISISLOVE  Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving Purple Go to Purple.com/thisislove10, and use promo code thisislove10. For a limited time you’ll get 10% off any order of $200 or more Quip Go to quip.com/thisislove to get your first refill free. Toyota Visit BuyAToyota.com to locate a dealer, search our inventory, and find all our current offers!
Episode 26: The Kinseys

Episode 26: The Kinseys

2020-10-1433:222

Bernard Kinsey met Shirley Pooler in 1963, when they were both students at Florida A&M University, after a protest to integrate the movie theaters in Tallahassee. Years later, when their son Khalil was born, Bernard and Shirley made a plan — they wanted him to understand where he came from, and where his ancestors came from. So they decided to become detectives, uncovering the history of the Black experience in America. This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to the show and review us on Apple Podcasts! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Better Help Get 10 percent off your first month with discount code criminal at BetterHelp.com/thisislove Indeed Get a free $75 credit to boost the visibility of your job post at Indeed.com/THISISLOVE  Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving Purple Go to Purple.com/thisislove10, and use promo code thisislove10. For a limited time you’ll get 10% off any order of $200 or more Quip Go to quip.com/thisislove to get your first refill free. Toyota Visit BuyAToyota.com to locate a dealer, search our inventory, and find all our current offers!
We're thrilled to announce that This is Love is coming back with our 5th season on October 14th! Tell a friend to subscribe today! Thank you for listening to our first four seasons, and we truly can't wait for you to hear what's ahead. This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please subscribe to the show and review us on Apple Podcasts! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.
Episode 25: City Birds

Episode 25: City Birds

2020-06-2425:494

Meet a woman who decided to devote her life to the wild birds of New York City, and a Los Angeles man who formed a once-in-a-lifetime friendship. This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please subscribe to the show and review us on Apple Podcasts! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Mancrates Go to mancrates.com/THISISLOVE and get 20% when you spend $149 or more Mejuri Head to mejuri.com/THISISLOVE and use code THISISLOVE at checkout for 10% off your first order Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving Toyota Visit BuyAToyota.com to locate a dealer, search our inventory, and find all our current offers!
Episode 24: Gobi

Episode 24: Gobi

2020-06-1023:065

In June of 2016, Dion Leonard attempted one of the toughest races in the world—155 miles through the Gobi Desert. At the start of day two, he looked down and saw a little brown dog chewing on his shoes. Dion and the little dog were about to embark on an adventure that would change both of their lives.  This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please subscribe to the show and review us on Apple Podcasts! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Mejuri Head to mejuri.com/THISISLOVE and use code THISISLOVE at checkout for 10% off your first order Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving Toyota Visit BuyAToyota.com to locate a dealer, search our inventory, and find all our current offers!
Episode 23: Into the Ice

Episode 23: Into the Ice

2020-05-2734:183

The B-15 iceberg in Antarctica was the largest iceberg in recorded history. Explorer Jill Heinerth wanted to see what it looked like from the inside. She assembled a team of the most accomplished divers in the world, and they traveled for 12 days through the rough waters of the Southern Ocean. Attempting to dive into cracks in the iceberg, her life was in very real danger three times. And the third time, she would be saved by an animal so small, so transparent, that you can see its heart beating right through its skin. Jill Heinerth’s book is Into the Planet. This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please subscribe to the show and review us on Apple Podcasts! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Mejuri Head to mejuri.com/THISISLOVE and use code THISISLOVE at checkout for 10% off your first order Quip Go to getquip.com/THISISLOVE for your first refill free Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving StoryWorth Go to StoryWorth.com/THISISLOVE for $10 off your first purchase! Toyota Visit BuyAToyota.com to locate a dealer, search our inventory, and find all our current offers!
When Drew Lanham was a child, he used to lie down in a field and play dead, just so he could get a glimpse of vultures flying over him. He made binoculars out of toilet paper rolls, and wings out of cardboard. He loved birds. But when he went to college, he says "I was trying to live up to the expectations of others who said, ‘you're a black kid who's good at math and science.’” So he studied engineering, and was miserable. And then, one day he heard the call of a Prairie Warbler. Drew Lanham’s book is The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please subscribe to the show and review us on Apple Podcasts! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Mejuri Head to mejuri.com/THISISLOVE and use code THISISLOVE at checkout for 10% off your first order Quip Go to getquip.com/THISISLOVE for your first refill free Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving Ten Percent Happier This is Love listeners can get 40% off the Ten Percent Happier app. Go to tenpercent.com/thisislove StoryWorth Go to StoryWorth.com/THISISLOVE for $10 off your first purchase! Toyota Visit BuyAToyota.com to locate a dealer, search our inventory, and find all our current offers!
When Kayleigh Davis saw Kyler Bourgeous' profile on a dating app, she liked that he loved the outdoors as much as she did. But what really stood out is that he said he'd survived a bison attack. So, Kayleigh messaged him, and asked to hear the story. And then, something impossible happened. This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please subscribe to the show and review us on Apple Podcasts! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Mejuri Head to mejuri.com/THISISLOVE and use code THISISLOVE at checkout for 10% off your first order Quip Go to getquip.com/THISISLOVE for your first refill free Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving Ten Percent Happier This is Love listeners can get 40% off the Ten Percent Happier app. Go to tenpercent.com/thisislove StoryWorth Go to StoryWorth.com/THISISLOVE for $10 off your first purchase!  Virtue Labs Visit VirtueLabs.com and use the code LOVE to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order
Michael Hingson was on the 78th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He says the first indication that something was wrong was the sound of a muffled explosion. Then the building began to tilt, and he felt the floor drop like an elevator. But Michael Hingson didn’t panic because his guide dog, Roselle, was calm. Michael Hingson's book is Thunder Dog. This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please subscribe to the show and review us on Apple Podcasts! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Mejuri Head to mejuri.com/THISISLOVE and use code THISISLOVE at checkout for 10% off your first order Quip Go to getquip.com/THISISLOVE for your first refill free Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving Ten Percent Happier This is Love listeners can get 40% off the Ten Percent Happier app. Go to tenpercent.com/thisislove Virtue Labs Visit VirtueLabs.com and use the code LOVE to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order
Episode 19: The Wolves

Episode 19: The Wolves

2020-04-0139:069

We go searching for wolves in Yellowstone, and learn about the dramatic and surprisingly relatable relationship between a powerful young wolf and the small, elderly wolf who had raised him. We’re trying something new. Two stories about the same family of wolves in Yellowstone. One is a love story, and one is a crime story. For the crime story, check out Episode 137 of Criminal. It’s called Wolf 10. apple.co/2JBu7uR Rick McIntyre's book is The Rise of Wolf 8: Witnessing the Triumph of Yellowstone's Underdog This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please subscribe to the show and review us on Apple Podcasts! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Mejuri Head to mejuri.com/THISISLOVE and use code THISISLOVE at checkout for 10% off your first order. Quip Go to getquip.com/THISISLOVE for your first refill free Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving Ten Percent Happier This is Love listeners can get 40% off the Ten Percent Happier app. Go to tenpercent.com/thisislove Virtue Labs Visit VirtueLabs.com and use the code LOVE to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order.
Looking for Wolves

Looking for Wolves

2020-03-2501:22

All new stories, starting April 1. Stories about animals and the wild, and what happens when we take time to look around us. This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please subscribe to the show and review us on Apple Podcasts! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.
One day Franco Magnani picked up a paintbrush. You can see some of Franco’s paintings on his website. This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please subscribe to the show and review us on iTunes! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: BetterHelp Get 10% off your first month of online counseling at betterhelp.com/thisislove Boll and Branch Get $50 off your first set of sheets at BollandBranch.com by using promo code THISISLOVE Everlane Get free shipping on your first order at everlane.com/thisislove Native For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code THISISLOVE during checkout! Quip Go to getquip.com/thisislove right now and get your first refill pack for FREE with a quip electric toothbrush. Zola To start your free wedding website and also get $50 off your registry on Zola, go to ZOLA.com/THISISLOVE
At 43, Anna Bonavita had given up on finding love. But sometimes it’s worth the wait. This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please subscribe to the show and review us on iTunes! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: BetterHelp Get 10% off your first month of online counseling at betterhelp.com/thisislove Boll and Branch Get $50 off your first set of sheets at BollandBranch.com by using promo code THISISLOVE Everlane Get free shipping on your first order at everlane.com/thisislove Progressive Get an online quote today at progressive.com. Sun Basket Go to sunbasket.com/thisislove to get up to $80 off. Zola To start your free wedding website and also get $50 off your registry on Zola, go to zola.com/thisislove.
We visit a place where the “black sheep” of the Guggenheim family went to be free. Francine Prose’s book is Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern. This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please subscribe to the show and review us on iTunes! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Artwork byJulienne Alexander. Sponsors: Away Find out how much you can save on a suitcase by visiting awaytravel.com/thisislove and entering promo code THISISLOVE BetterHelp Get 10% off your first month of online counseling at betterhelp.com/thisislove Boll and Branch Get $50 off your first set of sheets at BollandBranch.com by using promo code THISISLOVE Everlane Get free shipping on your first order at everlane.com/thisislove Grove Check out Grove and our special offer at Grove.co/THISISLOVE Sun Basket Go to sunbasket.com/thisislove to get up to $60 off! StoryWorth For $20 off, visit storyworth.com/THISISLOVE when you subscribe! Zola To start your free wedding website and also get $50 off your registry on Zola, go to ZOLA.com/THISISLOVE
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Comments (125)

Willian De Sousa Silva

I literally got me in tears. it's such a beautiful story. I can't wait to see the screen play.

May 10th
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Mel Gonzales

The kindness of some people is just so astounding. Beautiful story. Thank you from a young queer person.

Apr 27th
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grey rock

The bravery of Lynne riding the wave of a baby whale for 5 hours so he didn't feel alone in his search to reunite with his mother...and actually seeing the journey through to its end...beyond precious.

Apr 10th
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Trisha Ross

can you say screenplay anyone. wow what a great story!!

Apr 9th
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Willian De Sousa Silva

this story is so heartwarming! it's so cute it makes me wanna cry of joy.

Mar 31st
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Chanaka Hettige

You bet! This is my favorite episode of all time as well ❤️ (Yeap, I have listened to them all!)

Dec 23rd
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Susanne McIlwain Hatton

So endearing.. loved this episode and cheers to Gerald and Liz❤️ and you too Phoebe

Dec 9th
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Yasmine C

The woman in this story becomes the protagonist in a ghost story-- and possibly Nathan Hale's Scarlet Letter.

Nov 17th
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이다하다

This is the best podcast I've ever heard. Thank you for all the episodes.

Sep 2nd
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Monique Hicks

I love it ❣💮

Aug 18th
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April All Year

Thank you. This is such a sweet and riveting podcast!

Jul 13th
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April All Year

Beautiful and exciting story!

Jun 29th
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Yasmine C

What a touching story. This entire season is about animals.

Jun 29th
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Mae Lee Arant

please make a separate podcast about animals and how we impact their world for better when we are better people!!

Jun 26th
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Cheng Stood

Great episode. The "pedicure" part made me laugh and the "Maria" story is so heartwarming and bittersweet. Another incredible season. Can't wait for the stories to return!

Jun 26th
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Stephanie Peterson

Love this story in connection to the crime story. That was fun. I want more!

Jun 18th
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Helen Turner

I could listen to these every day

Jun 12th
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Karë Galloway

I'm not a crier, but there's something about a love between an animal and their human that really gets me. this is so heartwarming and I'm so happy this story is being told.

Jun 11th
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Mae Lee Arant

cannot love this any more as it soothes thechOspf reality now

Jun 10th
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Melanie Marie-Jahnke Manning

I can't believe this episode comes out right before the incident in Central Park recently. it might be worth talking to Lanham again and even Chris Cooper.

May 31st
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