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Episode 8: A Lonely Planet

Episode 8: A Lonely Planet

Update: 2021-03-31


In 2018, the UK was the first country to appoint a Minister of Loneliness, making the issue a parliamentary priority. Japan followed suit in February, while Sweden and Australia are actively campaigning to appoint a dedicated loneliness official in their respective countries.

With such a top-down commitment to tackling the loneliness crisis, change makers in these countries have the necessary support to implement successful strategies to help fight loneliness at official and community levels. Some of these initiatives are highlighted in this episode.

Here in the United States, three in five Americans reported feeling lonely or isolated (pre-Covid) with the issue costing Medicare over $6 billion a year. So, why do we not have an official tasked with addressing this problem? Isn't loneliness a significant enough issue that the US government should intervene? And why are this country's loneliness resources mostly aimed at seniors, when younger generations are lonelier than ever? By engaging in this frank and honest analysis of the situation here in America and worldwide, hosts Judy and Jeremy hope it will lead to more powerful narratives of togetherness in the future.


Loneliness among millennials and gen Z'ers 

New mothers and loneliness

The Campaign to End Loneliness

The Can't Sing Choir

The Choir With No Name

Minister of Loneliness UK

The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness

Jo Cox speech to Parliament

Minister of Loneliness, Japan

Robots to help with loneliness

Single person households, worldwide

The Swedish Theory of Love

Erik Gandini

Zygmunt Bauman

Colive, Sweden

No Isolation

The Loneliness Project

Australia campaigns for Minister of Loneliness 

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Episode 8: A Lonely Planet

Episode 8: A Lonely Planet