Modern Love

Modern Love

By WBUR and The New York Times

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.

Episodes

The Language Of Love With Saoirse Ronan | Encore

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.
27/05/2018m 32s

How ‘Lolita’ Freed Me From My Own Humbert | With Jameela Jamil

"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.
20/05/2019m 34s

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.
13/05/2021m 4s

To Fall In Love With Anyone, Do This | Encore

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: https://nyti.ms/2SFbICi
06/05/2020m 55s

Years Ago, My Sister Vanished. I See Her Whenever I Want. | With Daisy Edgar-Jones

Daisy Edgar-Jones (Hulu's "Normal People") reads Kyleigh Leddy's essay, about the online presence people leave behind.
29/04/2019m 11s

Sometimes It's Not You, Or The Math | With Laura Prepon

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.
22/04/2019m 22s

Your Stories of Love During The Pandemic: Part II

We hear more of your stories about how the COVID-19 outbreak has changed your relationships with one another.
15/04/2015m 16s

Modern Love Presents: Sugar Calling

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.
10/04/209m 44s

Somewhere Inside, a Path to Empathy | With Daniel Radcliffe

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. 
08/04/2019m 10s

Your Stories of Love During The Pandemic

Listeners share stories of how their relationships have changed during the coronavirus outbreak.
01/04/2019m 33s

How Bibliophiles Flirt | With Uzo Aduba

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.
25/03/2019m 35s

When Your Greatest Romance Is A Friendship | Encore

Ali Fazal ("Victoria and Abul") tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a man and his elderly neighbor. This is an encore presentation.
18/03/2018m 35s

Modern Love Presents: Shipwrecked

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: https://smarturl.it/endlessthread
14/03/2038m 11s

Recognizing What They Had, 20 Years Too Late | With Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Gugu Mbatha-Raw ("The Morning Show," "Misbehaviour") reads an essay about a friendship between two people who meet in a pub in Notting Hill.
11/03/2023m 10s

The Kindness, And Xanax, Of Strangers | With Lesley Manville

Lesley Manville ("Ordinary Love") reads an essay by Sally Hoskins about finding an unexpected support group in a hospital waiting room.
04/03/2021m 46s

I Saw A Playhouse, My Daughter Saw A Jail | With Brian Cox

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.
26/02/2020m 12s

Just For Tonight, Pretend You Don't Know Me | With Nick Kroll

What if you had to pretend your partner was a stranger for a day? Would you fall in love again? Nick Kroll ("Olympic Dreams") reads Tim Kreider's essay.
19/02/2015m 51s

Tiny Love Stories For Valentine's Day

This Valentine's Day, we're bringing you an episode made up of Tiny Love Stories — stories told in no more than 100 words.
14/02/2016m 0s

When Cupid Is A Prying Journalist | With Susan Kelechi Watson

Susan Kelechi Watson (NBC's "This Is Us," "A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood") reads Deborah Copaken's essay about how a lost love leads to an unexpected connection years later.
12/02/2022m 48s

Dedicated To Two Women | With Terry Crews

Terry Crews ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") reads an essay by Brendan Halpin, about trying to find love again after loss.
05/02/2021m 8s

A Role I Was Born To Play | With Tan France

Tan France ("Queer Eye," "Next in Fashion") reads an essay by Evan James, about a man finding his role within his family.
29/01/2017m 29s

My Secret Left Me Unable To Help | With Jessalyn Gilsig

Love is about trust. But have you ever been tempted to breach that trust? To read someone's diary, check their text messages, or read their emails? Jessalyn Gilsig reads an essay by Joyce Maynard about facing that temptation.
22/01/2020m 36s

Take Me As I Am, Whoever I Am With Rebecca Hall | Encore

Rebecca Hall who stars in the upcoming movie "The Night House," reads a story about dating -- while manic. This is an encore presentation.
15/01/2022m 43s

Need To Find Me? Ask My Ham Man. | With Jenny Slate

Jenny Slate ("Stage Fright," "Little Weirds") reads an essay by Catherine Down about the family you find when living far from home.
08/01/2022m 38s

An Interlude Of Clarity With Judd Apatow | Encore

Director Judd Apatow reads an essay about a date that goes very wrong. This is an encore presentation.
01/01/2016m 5s

The Race Grows Sweeter With Mary Chapin Carpenter | Encore

Singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter reads a story by Eve Pell, about finding new love later in life. This is an encore presentation.
24/12/1922m 44s

Nursing A Wound With Jake Gyllenhaal | Encore

Jake Gyllenhaal ("Stronger") tells the story of a man recovering from heartbreak in a pediatrics wing.
18/12/1922m 31s

Are You My Husband? | With Renée Elise Goldsberry

Renée Elise Goldsberry ("Waves") reads an essay about a woman and her husband navigating the aftermath of his traumatic brain injury.
11/12/1923m 15s

Never Tell Our Business To Strangers | With Ruth Wilson

"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.
04/12/1924m 37s

Who's Allowed To Hold Hands? | With Alicia Keys

"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."
27/11/1920m 24s

Sharing A Cab, And My Toes With Greta Gerwig | Encore

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.
20/11/1920m 29s

Modern Love Presents: Kind World

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.
16/11/1916m 33s

Waiting For The Wall To Crumble | With Kelly McCreary

Kelly McCreary ("Grey's Anatomy") reads an essay about a chance meeting on a bus that leads to a decades-long relationship.
13/11/1919m 44s

The Triangle's Sharpest Point | With Zawe Ashton

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.
06/11/1927m 32s

We'll Meet Again In Five Years | With Regina King

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.
30/10/1917m 33s

Words With (I Wish We Were More Than) Friends | With Ben Platt

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.
23/10/1918m 48s

He's Going Back To His Former Wife. Sort Of. | With Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei ("The Rose Tattoo") reads an essay by Judith Newman about a woman fulfilling her husband's unusual dying wish.
16/10/1921m 23s

Rallying To Keep The Game Alive | Live At CitySpace

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.
09/10/1931m 20s

How 30 Blocks Became 30 Years | With Peter Sarsgaard

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.
02/10/1919m 47s

First I Met My Children, Then My Girlfriend. They’re Related. | With Kal Penn

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.
25/09/1917m 34s

Screens Between Us With Issa Rae | Encore

Issa Rae reads an essay about the intimacy and distance synonymous with online dating.
18/09/1920m 7s

The Tallest Man I Ever Loved | With Andrew Rannells

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.
11/09/1918m 0s

Seeing The World Through My Wife's Eyes With David Oyelowo | Encore

"Don't Let Go" star David Oyelowo reads an essay about a blind man navigating his marriage. This is an encore presentation.
04/09/1924m 3s

My Platonic Romance On The Psych Ward | With Miriam Shor

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."
28/08/1920m 24s

Despite The Losses, So Much Gained | With Marsha Stephanie Blake

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")
21/08/1922m 53s

In A Charmed Life, A Road Less Traveled | With Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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.
14/08/1921m 52s

The Night Girl Finds A Day Boy | With Logan Browning

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").
07/08/1920m 41s

Could We Try Again? | With Marcia Cross

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").
31/07/1928m 28s

He's Playing Our Song | With Amanda Seyfried

High school love is awkward, nervous -- and often unforgettable. It doesn't usually last. But in this week's essay, Mariclare Lawson writes about a high school love that broke all the rules. It's read by Amanda Seyfried ("The Art of Racing in the Rain.")
24/07/1919m 26s

At What Age Is Love Enthralling? | With Jessica Walter

Jessica Walter ("Archer," "Arrested Development") reads an essay by Sophy Burnham about how an unexpected encounter makes her consider how love and desire change with age.
17/07/1918m 56s

A Tattoo For The Living | With Zosia Mamet

Alana Dakin writes about two different tattoos in her essay "A Tattoo for the Living", which is read by Zosia Mamet ("Tales of the City.")
10/07/1923m 37s

An Empty Heart | With Zoe Lister-Jones | Encore

Zoe Lister-Jones (CBS's "Life in Pieces," "Band-Aid") reads renowned novelist Lily King's story about the silver lining of heartbreak.
03/07/1919m 37s

An Affection Multiplier | With Zachary Quinto

Can a tiny dog change the dynamics of a marriage? Zachary Quinto ("NOS4A2") reads Bob Morris's essay.
26/06/1918m 47s

Platonic, Until Death Do Us Part | With John Cameron Mitchell

What do you do when you're struggling to find a romantic relationship as deep as the relationship you have with your best friend? John Cameron Mitchell ("Anthem: Homunculus") reads Ephi Stempler's essay about a man considering a platonic life partnership.
19/06/1920m 43s

Encore | The Doorman With Cecily Strong

Saturday Night Live's Cecily Strong reads a story about a woman's friendship with her doorman. This is an encore presentation.
12/06/1918m 58s

Misery Loves Fried Chicken | With William Jackson Harper

How have you gotten through your worst breakups? Tinder? New hobbies? Cheap alcohol? Wallowing in Taylor Swift albums? William Jackson Harper ("The Good Place," "Midsommar") is back to read Mark McDevitt's piece about two breakup buddies.
05/06/1922m 49s

What Luck Means Now | With Jacki Weaver

What does luck mean to you? And how does that change depending on your circumstances? That's what Joyce Maynard writes about in this week's essay. It's read by two-time Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver ("Perpetual Grace, LTD").
29/05/1922m 38s

We Survived The Storm | With Ginnifer Goodwin

When you're dealing with a tragedy, it can feel like you would do anything for an ordinary day. But those ordinary days can come with their own complications. Ginnifer Goodwin ("The Twilight Zone") reads Monica Wesolowska's essay.
22/05/1922m 3s

The Wisdom Of The Moving Man | With Lake Bell

When we take stock of the people who matter most to us, there are the spouses, the family members, the best friends, the partners. And then there are the people who aren’t any of those things, but who change our lives anyway. Emily Raboteau's essay is about one of those people. It's read by Lake Bell ("Bless this Mess.")
15/05/1921m 11s

Agreeing To Accept And Move On | With Sarah Goldberg

Under normal circumstances, trying to find love can be challenging -- and stressful. And for Elizabeth Koster, the pressure was even more intense. Sarah Goldberg (HBO's "Barry") reads Elizabeth's essay.
08/05/1919m 56s

Love Means Never Having To Say ... Anything | With Pedro Pascal

Love thrives on good communication. It can take many forms -- but what happens when you suddenly lose what was once your primary means of communication? Pedro Pascal ("King Lear," "Game of Thrones") reads Jamison's essay.
01/05/1920m 4s

Talking to My Fiancé About My New Girlfriend | With DeWanda Wise

What happens when you know you want to marry someone, but you are also are falling in love with someone else? Is there a way for you to have everything? Sophie Lucido Johnson's essay is read by DeWanda Wise ("She's Gotta Have It").
24/04/1921m 10s

Race Wasn't An Issue To Him, Which Was An Issue To Me | With Lorraine Toussaint

Interracial relationships come with their own complexities, and there are a lot of questions that come up. Questions like: How does your partner think about race? How do you talk about it? What works, and what doesn't? Kim McLarin writes about race and dating in her piece, which is read by Lorraine Toussaint ("The Village").
17/04/1921m 18s

Encore | Sharing The Shame With Anna Chlumsky

Anna Chlumsky ("Veep") reads Brooks Rinehart's essay, on 90 days that changed the entire course of one family's life.
10/04/1918m 51s

Ah, To Be Old, Male, And Single | With Natasha Lyonne

When it comes to dating, Amy Cohen says this: "We all need to be reincarnated as an older Jewish man with an apartment on the Upper East Side.” Natasha Lyonne ("Russian Doll") reads Amy's essay about the difference between her 76-year-old father's dating life and her own.
03/04/1922m 45s

Comfort, If Not A Cure | With Nazanin Boniadi

How much can you give of yourself before it’s too much? And what do you do when you reach your limit? Nazanin Boniadi ("Hotel Mumbai") reads Tara Ebrahimi's essay.
27/03/1920m 43s

Another Voice Had Come Between Us | With Catherine O'Hara

Catherine O'Hara ("Schitt's Creek") reads Patricia Morrisroe's essay, about a piece of technology that complicates a marriage.
20/03/1917m 51s

Refreshing A Mother's Memory With Love | With Zoe Saldana

Dementia can alter someone's personality and change how how they interact with the world. But sometimes, it can also lead to moments of profound connection. Jenny McPhee writes about one of those moments in her piece, which is read by Zoe Saldana.
13/03/1923m 57s

Playing Role Reversal With My Therapist | With Isabelle Huppert

Therapists' offices are supposed to be places where you can be both vulnerable and safe. But what happens when your therapist crosses a line? That happened to Julianna Baggott -- and she writes about it an an essay that's read by Isabelle Huppert ("Greta").
06/03/1919m 27s

Security In A Bright Yellow Suitcase | With Christina Hendricks

You know the phase. The one when you're going back and forth between your place and your partner's, and you have to bring all your stuff with you.  But when is it time to make a change? Deanna Clevesy's essay is read by Christina Hendricks ("Good Girls").
27/02/1922m 31s

Your Dog Has Seen Me Naked | With William Jackson Harper

Have you ever dated someone living in a studio apartment with a pet? If so, how did you handle the logistics around sex? Ryan Pfeffer writes about how he dealt with that situation in his essay, which was performed by William Jackson Harper ("The Good Place") in front of a live audience at the Huntington Avenue Theatre in Boston.
20/02/1927m 54s

Part II: My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me | With André Holland

Last week, you heard an essay by Amy Krouse Rosenthal -- "You May Want to Marry my Husband." It was published just days before she died of ovarian cancer. Today, André Holland of "High Flying Bird" reads the essay her husband Jason wrote in response last summer, and we hear from Jason himself about how he's doing today.
13/02/1921m 41s

Part I: You May Want to Marry My Husband

Debra Winger reads the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal's essay about her fairytale love story, which was cut short by cancer. This is an encore presentation.
06/02/1913m 43s

Oscars Playlist

We're celebrating the 91st Academy Awards by revisiting two of our favorite episodes featuring nominated actors. We'll hear pieces read by Rachel Weisz of "The Favourite," and Willem Dafoe, of "At Eternity's Gate."
31/01/1929m 30s

Rallying To Keep The Game Alive | With Connie Nielsen

It's easy to single out the biggest decisions in a life. But this week's essay by Ann Leary is about little choices, that you might not think about very much in the moment, that end up slowly changing everything. It's read by Connie Nielsen ("I Am the Night").
23/01/1919m 6s

A Kiss Deferred | With Joanna Kulig

Nikolina Kulidzan was twelve years old when she fell in love for the first time. Not long after, the Bosnian War changed her life forever. Her essay is read by Joanna Kulig ("Cold War").
16/01/1922m 59s

What The Sea Took Away | With Carmen Ejogo

How do you talk to your children about loss? What secrets do you keep, and for how long? And when do you decide to tell them everything? Emily Listfield faces those questions in her essay, read by Carmen Ejogo ("True Detective.")
09/01/1921m 13s

Maternal Wisdom (5 Pounds' Worth) | With Gillian Anderson

When you think back to sex ed class, it's not hard to come up with a couple of memories that might have scarred you for life. But actor Gillian Anderson reads an essay that shows it can be equally scarring for the parents.
02/01/1923m 27s

Modern Love Holiday Playlist

Happy Holidays from all of us at Modern Love! We will be back with brand new episodes in 2019, but today, we're bringing you a playlist of our favorite holiday episodes from the past two years. 
26/12/1853m 22s

I Will Be Your Mother Figure | Encore

When people ask for advice, do they really want to hear what you have to say? Sometimes it's hardest to find a friend who can give just a simple, sympathetic ear. Actor Laura Dern takes us deep into a friendship that experienced a unique evolution. This is an encore presentation.
19/12/1821m 21s

The Shirt Stays On | With Finn Wittrock

Getting undressed in front of your partner can be really hard. And for Jameson Rich, is was even more complicated. He writes about it in his piece, which is read by Finn Wittrock ("Write When You Get Work").
12/12/1817m 59s

A Young Man's Game | With Stanley Tucci

When Rand Richards Cooper was in his 40s, he was faced with a question: How late is too late to first become a dad? He writes about it in his essay, which is read by Stanley Tucci ("A Private War").
05/12/1820m 31s

On A Serpentine Road | With Michelle Rodriguez

How do we choose what to hold onto from loved ones after they've died? Doris Iarovici asks that question in her essay, which is read by Michelle Rodriguez ("Widows").
28/11/1819m 38s

A Forgotten Prayer, Answered | With Mira Sorvino

When Charlotte Bacon went to a temple in Bhutan, the place unlocked feelings in her that she hadn't truly realized were there. Her essay is read by Mira Sorvino ("StartUp").
21/11/1820m 33s

Maddy Just Might Work | Encore

Jennifer Finney Boylan -- an accomplished writer, academic and activist -- reads her own essay about coming out as transgender to her two young sons. This is an encore episode.
14/11/1821m 11s

How To Break Up With A 2-Year-Old | With Busy Philipps

We cross paths with so many people in our lives -- but only a few of them truly change the direction we thought we were headed in. Busy Philipps ("Busy Tonight") reads Laurie Sandell's piece, about the little girl who changed her path.
07/11/1818m 54s

An Ancient Coda To My 21st-Century Divorce | With Amy Landecker

After a divorce, it can feel like the last thing you want to do is revisit the past. But a ritual forced Cindy Chupack to do just that, in an essay read by actor Amy Landecker.
01/11/1820m 51s

In The Waiting Room Of Estranged Spouses | Encore

Lance Reddick, best known as Lt. Cedric Daniels on HBO's "The Wire," reads a story about infidelity and healing.
01/11/1819m 28s

I Was Hardly a Perfect Fit | With John C. Reilly

Tim Elhajj was a divorced dad who was desperate to connect with his son -- and went about it in an unconventional way. His essay is read by John C. Reilly (The Sisters Brothers).
17/10/1819m 13s

The Plain, Unmarked Box Arrived | With Kristen Bell

Would you buy a sex chair? Well, Lori Jakiela did -- and she writes about the chair, and the misadventures involved in trying to use it, in an essay that's read by Kristen Bell ("The Good Place.")
10/10/1820m 45s

Escaping From A Dire Diagnosis On Match.com | With Rita Wilson

Would you start online dating just to make your best friend feel better? Author Victoria Redel did that, and she writes about in her piece, which is read by actor and singer Rita Wilson ("Bigger Picture").
10/10/1821m 6s

A Life Plan For Two | With Olivia Munn

Some crushes are brief: the guy at the gym, the girl on Twitter, your barista. But others are epic -- and take on a life of their own. Olivia Munn ("The Predator") reads Marina Shifrin's essay.
10/10/1822m 32s

Bonus: 81 Minutes

We’re back in your feed to share a project we think you’ll love. It’s a new podcast called “Last Seen,” about the largest unsolved art heist in history -- the theft of thirteen irreplaceable pieces of art from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner museum.
10/10/1820m 1s

Making A Judgment On Love | With Giancarlo Esposito

On a normal day in 2004, Lloyd Zimmerman got the chance to fulfill a man's dying wish. Giancarlo Esposito ("Better Call Saul") reads his piece, about the complications of a last request.
19/09/1820m 11s

Learning Humanity From Dogs | With Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke ("Blaze") reads an essay about how lonely it can be at rock bottom -- and how sometimes, taking care of someone else is the only way out.
12/09/1818m 40s

Modern Love Playlist: In Sickness And In Health

This playlist episode features stories about people whose relationships were challenged by illness -- and where the promise to stand by each other "in sickness and in health" was tested. It features stories read by Michael Shannon, Sarah Silverman, Chris Messina, Rebecca Hall, and Patina Miller.
07/09/181h 18m

Modern Love Playlist: Secrets

It can feel easier to leave things unspoken than to find the right words to explain ourselves. But sooner or later, the things we keep from each other can come to define our relationships. This edition of Modern Love features a playlist of three of our favorite episodes about secrets, read by Danielle Brooks, Cynthia Nixon, and Uma Thurman.
07/09/1856m 21s

The Secret To Marriage | With Sandra Oh

Communication. Respect. Intimacy. Doing the dishes. Those are all things that have been called the secret to marriage. But Gabrielle Zevin has a different idea. Sandra Oh ("Killing Eve") reads her piece.
07/09/1817m 42s

Bonus: Test of Time

We know you appreciate a good love story ... so we're bringing you two stories of relationships that have stood the test of time, from another podcast from WBUR, called "Endless Thread." Hear the story of the couple featured in an iconic photo from Woodstock, and one about a relationship that started with a note sent in second grade.
07/09/1829m 29s

Single Woman Seeking Manwich | With Awkwafina

Let's face it. With the ghosting, inappropriate comments, and awkward small talk ... dating can be so bad it's hilarious. Awkwafina ("Crazy Rich Asians," "Oceans Eight") reads Sarah Moses's essay.
07/09/1817m 58s

When Mothers Bully Back | With Ellie Kemper

The emotions of parenting can feel completely out of control sometimes. Whether it's love, joy ... or, occasionally, rage. Susan Perabo writes about them in her essay, which is read by Ellie Kemper ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt").
07/09/1818m 4s

GPS For My Lost Identity | With Diane Guerrero

Sometimes, our deepest loves aren't people at all -- they're the places that make us feel most like ourselves. Laura Dave tells a story about one of those places in her essay, which is read by Diane Guerrero ("Orange is the New Black").
07/09/1820m 17s

Superheroes, Just for Each Other | With Mike Colter

Peter Goodman thought that he could fix any problem by sweeping his wife off her feet. But when his daughter was born, that strategy failed him. His essay is read by Mike Colter ("Luke Cage.")
07/09/1820m 19s

A Hiker’s Guide to Healing | With Cameron Esposito

Aspen Matis decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail because she was looking for solitude, safety, and escape. She writes about what she found there in her essay, read by actor and comic Cameron Esposito.
07/09/1822m 35s

Catfishing Strangers To Find Myself | With Cory Michael Smith

As a teenager in Finland, Kalle Oskari Mattila was trying to figure out who he was. For help, he turned to Pamela Anderson. Cory Michael Smith ("1985," "Gotham") performed his story live at the Provincetown Film Festival.
07/09/1821m 1s

My Back-Seat View Of A Great Romance | With Chloë Grace Moretz

"What did it mean that the most romantic thing I’d ever been a part of hadn’t even happened to me?" Chloë Grace Moretz ("The Miseducation of Cameron Post") reads Rachel Monroe's essay about watching a love story unfold from the sidelines.
07/09/1822m 10s

Encore | Between The Bars

Joshua Jackson ("The Affair") reads a story about life and love after 26 months in Iran's Evin Prison. This is an encore presentation.
07/09/1820m 5s

The Hunter-Gatherer, Parking Division | With Jason Alexander

The challenge of finding the perfect partner is matched only by the challenge of finding the perfect parking space in New York City. Jason Alexander ("Seinfeld") reads Andy Raskin's essay, about the search for love and parking in Chinatown.
07/09/1818m 20s

Finding My Own Rescuer | With Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore ("This Is Us") reads Anna March's essay about disability, ability, and the misconceptions surrounding both.
07/09/1820m 47s

A Fear Stripped Bare | With Sarah Shahi

When she was growing up, Susan Sajadi thought that her mother was fearless. It wasn't until years later that she realized the truth was much more complicated. Her piece is read by Sarah Shahi, who stars in NBC's "Reverie."
07/09/1823m 23s

Love Stories In 13 Words | Modern Love Bonus Episode

For the 13th anniversary of the Modern Love column, readers sent in their love stories, told in just 13 words. More than 9,000 were submitted. We put together an episode featuring some of our favorites.
07/09/1812m 7s

Modern Love Encore | Marry A Man Who Loves His Mother

Constance Wu of the ABC comedy "Fresh Off The Boat" reads a story about a wife, a mother-in-law and the unlikely story that brought them together.
07/09/1827m 44s

The Language Of Love | With Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan ("On Chesil Beach") reads an essay about how a language barrier impacts the relationship between a young woman and an Iraqi doctor.
07/09/1818m 32s

A Measure of Desire | With Kim Dickens

Sometimes it's the things that go unspoken in a relationship that are the most important. Andrea Jarrell found that out not long after moving to Maine with her husband -- and she writes about it in her piece, read by Kim Dickens ("Fear the Walking Dead").
07/09/1817m 16s

When Eve And Eve Bit The Apple | With Rachel Weisz

Kristen Scharold was an evangelical Christian who was starting to look for a husband. Then, a new relationship caused a crisis of faith. Rachel Weisz ("Disobedience") reads Kristen's essay.
07/09/1822m 17s

Signs, Wonders, and Fates Fulfilled | With Linda Cardellini

After Stephanie Saldaña moved to an ancient monastery in Syria, she thought she'd found her calling. But when she met a novice monk there, she had to rethink everything. Linda Cardellini ("Bloodline") reads Stephanie's essay.
07/09/1822m 18s

Boy, What A Fabulous Baker | With Abbi Jacobson

Abbi Jacobson ("6 Balloons," "Broad City") reads an essay about a carboholic who falls for a baker -- and his bread.
07/09/1817m 53s

A Cup From The Fountain Of Youth | With Mel Rodriguez

When you're at a bar and someone starts paying more attention to you than you expect -- how do you react? Mel Rodriguez ("Overboard," "The Last Man on Earth") reads Andy Christie's essay, about trying to navigate an unexpected flirtation.
07/09/1821m 37s

A Brother As Significant As Any Other | With Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman

Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman ("UnREAL") tells the story of the deep friendship between an older and younger brother.
07/09/1821m 27s

R We D8ting? | With Krysten Ritter

What happens to relationships when they play out entirely over text? Krysten Ritter ("Jessica Jones") reads Sandra Barron's essay, about the miscommunications that can come with text message flirtation.
07/09/1819m 46s

Modern Love Encore: The Boy Who Makes Waves

In this encore, Mykelti Williamson ("Chicago P.D.") reads an essay about a father's complicated love for his son.
07/09/1821m 39s

The Accidental Older Woman | With Rosie Perez

When does it work to date younger? Rosie Perez, of NBC's "Rise," reads Robin Grearson's essay, about negotiating a relationship with a big age gap.
07/09/1818m 21s

When A Couch Is More Than A Couch | With Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet reads Nina Riggs's essay, about an overwhelming diagnosis -- and a search for the perfect living room couch.
07/09/1822m 26s

A Fighting Chance | With Bobby Cannavale

Bobby Cannavale ("Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," "Mr. Robot") reads Dominick Zarrillo's essay about a father's unconditional love for his son.
07/09/1816m 55s

From He To She In First Grade | With Jennifer Beals

Jennifer Beals ("Taken") reads Laurie Frankel's essay, about facing a challenging parenting dilemma.
07/09/1820m 4s

The Accident No One Talked About | With Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman ("The Parisian Woman") reads Jessica Ciencin Henriquez's essay, about the silence that grew in the aftermath of a terrible accident.
07/09/1821m 42s

Overfed On A Mother's Affection | With Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon ("The Big Sick") tell the story of how a mother's cooking comes between a husband and wife.
07/09/1817m 44s

Missing A Father I Hardly Knew | With Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe ("The Florida Project") reads Bruce Eric Kaplan's essay, about waiting for a hilarious secret to be revealed.
07/09/1819m 56s

Modern Love 100: Your Stories

We celebrate the 100th episode of Modern Love: The Podcast by listening to your stories, and the moments from our first 99 episodes that meant the most to you.
07/09/1836m 36s

A Dose Of Empathy | With Andrea Martin

Andrea Martin ("Great News") reads Randi Davenport's essay, about a relationship that she says saved her life.
07/09/1821m 53s

In My Fantasy, I Caught Up To Reality | With Richard Jenkins

Richard Jenkins ("The Shape of Water") reads John Gfroerer's essay about going to the gym to cope with loss.
07/09/1821m 58s

Yes, We Do. Even At Our Age. | With Lois Smith

Lois Smith ("Marjorie Prime," "Lady Bird") reads an essay about passion in the golden years.
07/09/1817m 8s

In The New Year, More Cuddling | With Margarita Levieva

Margarita Levieva ("The Deuce") reads Kristine Lloyd's essay, about making a New Year's resolution to attend a cuddle party.
07/09/1821m 52s

Sharing A Cab, And My Toes | With Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig ("Lady Bird") reads Julia Anne Miller's essay, about sharing an unusual cab ride in New York City.
07/09/1820m 49s

How The 'Dining Dead' Got Talking Again | With Kristin Scott Thomas

Kristin Scott Thomas ("Darkest Hour") reads an essay about a woman worried that she and her husband might have nothing left to talk about.
07/09/1817m 31s

Was I On A Date Or Baby-Sitting? | With Sasheer Zamata

Julie Klausner tells the story of dating an "indie rock dreamboat" -- who she sees as a bit of a man-child. Sasheer Zamata ("United States of Music," "Pizza Mind") reads Julie's essay.
07/09/1820m 6s

A Boyfriend Too Good To Be True | With Caitriona Balfe

Caitriona Balfe ("Outlander") reads Deenie Hartzog-Mislock's essay, about an imaginary man who helps a family cope with Alzheimer's.
07/09/1820m 8s

Modern Love Encore: 'A Heart Of Gold'

In this encore, Ruth Negga ("Preacher," "Loving") reads a story about the deep bond between a woman and her unusual pet.
07/09/1817m 30s

We Didn't Have A Plan, But The Baby Did | With Paul Sun-Hyung Lee

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee ("Kim's Convenience") reads a story about a man improvising a birth plan.
07/09/1814m 32s

Urgent Messages Go Unanswered | With Andrew Rannells

Andrew Rannells ("Girls") reads his own essay, about ignoring a string of urgent phone calls during a casual hookup.
07/09/1820m 2s

A Family Fairytale, Twice Told | With Julia Stiles

Julia Stiles ("Riviera") tells the story of a woman who has a perfect New York City apartment ... and a crush on her roommate.
07/09/1817m 1s

Cropped Out Of My Own Fantasy | With Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness ("Criminal Minds") reads an essay about a relationship where the perfect images posted online don't match the reality.
07/09/1818m 17s

My Body Doesn't Belong To You | With Cleopatra Coleman

Cleopatra Coleman ("The Last Man On Earth," "White Famous") reads an essay about a woman claiming ownership over her own body.
07/09/1819m 52s

Let's Not Pretend | With Kimberly Hébert Gregory

Kimberly Hébert Gregory ("Kevin (Probably) Saves the World," "Vice Principals") reads an essay about an attempt at dirty talk gone awry.
07/09/1818m 10s

My Husband Is Now My Wife | With Ann Dowd

Ann Dowd ("The Handmaid's Tale") reads Diane Daniel's essay about a woman coming to terms with her spouse's gender transition.
07/09/1820m 45s

Nursing A Wound | With Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal ("Stronger") tells the story of a man recovering from heartbreak in a pediatrics wing.
07/09/1822m 4s

When Your Greatest Romance Is A Friendship | With Ali Fazal

Ali Fazal ("Victoria and Abul") tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a man and his elderly neighbor.
07/09/1819m 9s

One Bouquet Of Fleeting Beauty | With Kerry Bishé

Kerry Bishe ("Halt and Catch Fire," "Narcos") tells the story of one woman's unexpected awakening -- at a flower shop.
07/09/1819m 6s

Emmy Edition, 2017

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards are this weekend. To celebrate, we're looking back at two of our favorite episodes featuring nominated actors. Angela Bassett reads Marcia DeSanctis' essay, "What the Psychic Knew" and Jesse Tyler Ferguson reads Jerry Mahoney's essay, "Mom/Not Mom/Aunt."
07/09/1823m 24s

Promises That Can Bend | With Peter Gallagher

Peter Gallagher ("Grace and Frankie," "The O.C.") reads the story of one man's effort to stay with his wife in sickness and in health.
07/09/1817m 11s

No Bounds, Or Lanes | With Kyra Sedgwick

Love, itself, is a leap of faith. But some people take a bigger jump than others. Kyra Sedgwick (TNT's "The Closer") reads a story about a "wild ride" of a marriage.
07/09/1821m 6s

Learning To Embrace Sexuality's Gray Areas | With Nico Tortorella

Nico Tortorella ("Younger") reads an essay about a college student whose ideas about love and sexuality change during the first weeks of his freshman year.
07/09/1818m 0s

Dear Dad, We've Been Gay Forever | With Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon ("The Last Boy in New York," "A Quiet Passion") reads an essay about two grown siblings raised in the Mennonite church and their decision to come out to their 95-year-old father.
07/09/1819m 59s

A Lost Child, But Not Mine | With Betty Gilpin

Betty Gilpin of Netflix's "G.L.O.W." reads a story about life after abortion.
07/09/1819m 25s

Flowergate | With June Diane Raphael

June Diane Raphael of Netflix's "Grace and Frankie" reads a story about a flower delivery gone very, very wrong.
07/09/1818m 49s

Manic Pixie Dream Girl | With Alex Karpovsky

Alex Karpovsky of HBO's "Girls" tells the story of one man's quest to turn his love life into a cinematic event.
07/09/1819m 9s

I Need To Woman Up | With Cynthia Addai-Robinson

We can't control the curve balls life throws at us, but we can control how we handle them. Cynthia Addai-Robinson (USA Network's "Shooter") reads a story about choosing to face one of life's greatest challenges alone.
07/09/1822m 1s

An Empty Heart | With Zoe Lister-Jones

Zoe Lister-Jones ("Band Aid," "Life in Pieces") reads renowned novelist Lily King's story about the silver lining of heartbreak.
07/09/1819m 19s

Take My Son To Jail | With Jayne Atkinson

Jayne Atkinson ("House of Cards") tells the story of a mother who reluctantly uses tough love when her son refuses to follow the law.
07/09/1823m 21s

Modern Love Encore: Wedding Season

It's wedding season! Kathryn Hahn ("I Love Dick") and John Cho ("Star Trek") read some of our favorite nuptial-themed essays.
07/09/1825m 53s

About That Rustle In The Bushes | With Danielle Brooks

Danielle Brooks of "Orange Is The New Black" on a daughter's discovery of her father's secret investigative skills. The target? Her boyfriends.
07/09/1819m 33s

Before The Web | With Griffin Dunne

Griffin Dunne of the Amazon series "I Love Dick" reads a story about how distance can make the heart grow discouragingly fonder.
07/09/1817m 57s

Finding Marriage, Losing Self | With Taylor Schilling

Taylor Schilling of "Orange is the New Black" reads a story about unpacking the baggage of your past in a new relationship.
07/09/1820m 39s

Standing By Your Man | With Chris Messina

Chris Messina of "The Mindy Project" and "The Sweet Life" reads a story that explores what it really means to stand by your partner "in sickness and in health."
07/09/1823m 15s

Marry My Husband | With Debra Winger

Debra Winger reads the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal's essay about her fairytale love story, which was cut short by cancer.
07/09/1811m 52s

A Slow Fade To Black | With Minnie Driver

Minnie Driver of ABC's "Speechless" tells the story of a woman whose dream life was almost complete -- until reality got in the way.
07/09/1820m 26s

Just Don't Call Me Mom | With Gideon Glick

Mother's Day is over -- for this year. Some people really look forward to those chocolates and flowers and others write a Modern Love essay bemoaning the day's existence. Broadway actor Gideon Glick ("Spring Awakening," "Significant Other") reads. Modern Love is 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
07/09/1818m 26s

Sharing The Shame | With Anna Chlumsky

Anna Chlumsky ("Veep") tells the story of the 90 days that changed the entire course of one family's life. Modern Love is 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
07/09/1818m 54s

A Prince Charming For The Prom | With Tituss Burgess

Tituss Burgess, the Emmy-nominated star of the Netflix series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," reads us a story about teenage dreams -- the good, the bad, and the prom. Modern Love is 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
07/09/1820m 30s

It Took A Villain | With Melanie Lynskey

Melanie Lynskey of "Togetherness" and the new film "Little Boxes" tells the story of a neighborhood bully and the faltering marriage he inadvertently strengthened. Modern Love is 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
07/09/1820m 8s

In A Small Bag | With Harry Lennix

Harry Lennix of NBC's "The Blacklist" reads the story of a couple who never saw their 22-year age difference as an issue. That is, until one of them had a heart attack. Modern Love is 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
07/09/1820m 1s

A Child Of Two Worlds | With Mireille Enos

Mireille Enos of ABC's "The Catch" on one expat's decision to embrace risk, get pregnant, and according to the Somali proverb, open "the mouth to her grave."
07/09/1820m 34s

I Will Be Your Mother Figure | With Laura Dern

Laura Dern of HBO's "Big Little Lies" on one priest's commitment to a parishioner in limbo.
07/09/1821m 7s

Death Bear Will See You Now | With Ry Russo-Young

Ry Russo-Young, director of the new feature film "Before I Fall," tells the story of a break-up, a best friend, and a performance artist.
07/09/1821m 46s

The End Of Small Talk | With Paul Rust

Paul Rust, star of the Netflix comedy hit "Love," tells the story of a man who says 'no' to conversations about traffic and weather. Even on a first date.
07/09/1818m 43s

Elvis And My Husband Have Left The Building | With Malin Akerman

Malin Akerman of Showtime's "Billions" tells the story of a pair of best friends who vow to stay together forever--at least until the green card arrives.
07/09/1819m 11s

Single, Female, Mormon, Alone | With Justina Machado

Justina Machado, star of the Netflix reboot "One Day At A Time," shares the story of one woman's quest to lose her virginity while at the same time finding herself.
07/09/1822m 27s

Live From The Wilbur Theater (Part Two) | With Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum, star of the Showtime series "Shameless," performs in front of a live audience.
07/09/1831m 23s

Live From The Wilbur Theater (Part One) | With Brian Tyree Henry and Alysia Reiner

Brian Tyree Henry, star of the hit FX show "Atlanta," and Alysia Reiner of "Orange is the New Black" kick off Part I of our live episode recorded live at the Wilbur Theater in Boston.
07/09/1851m 3s

Modern Love: The Podcast Valentine's Special

Forget Netflix and chill. Settle in for a binge episode of Modern Love: The Podcast featuring Tony Hale ("Veep"), Gillian Jacobs ("Love"), and Colin Farrell ("The Lobster")
07/09/1847m 17s

Seeing The World Through My Wife's Eyes | With David Oyelowo

"Selma" star David Oyelowo reads an essay about a blind man navigating his marriage.
07/09/1824m 11s

On The Precipice, Wings Spread | With Megan Hilty

Tony-nominee Megan Hilty of "Smash" and "Noises Off" reads an essay about a couple with a seemingly perfect relationship--until the other shoe drops.
07/09/1820m 5s

The Boy Who Makes Waves | With Mykelti Williamson

Mykelti Williamson of the Oscar-nominated film "Fences" reads an essay about a father's complicated love for his son.
07/09/1821m 53s

Groomzilla | With John Cho

John Cho reads an essay about a groom gone bad.
07/09/1821m 12s

A Family That Takes 'No' For An Answer | With Darby Stanchfield

Darby Stanchfield of ABC's "Scandal," on an ordinary family hunting trip that turns into an unexpected lesson about hope.
07/09/1820m 38s

Taking A Break For Friendship | With Sela Ward

Sela Ward reads an essay about a beautiful relationship...or a friendship? Or a wanna-be friendship?
07/09/1818m 48s

Modern Love Encore: 'A Millennial's Guide To Kissing'

In this encore, Emmy Rossum reads an essay about the complexities of millennial love.
07/09/1817m 29s

Beware Of Big Boxes | With Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon of the FX series "Better Things" reads an essay about the dangers of romanticizing romantics.
07/09/1821m 38s

Two Decembers | With Haydn Gwynne

Tony-nominated actor Haydn Gwynne reads about one woman's quest to reclaim one of the hardest days of her life--her birthday.
07/09/1819m 57s

Modern Love Encore: 'Friends Without Benefits'

Taissa Farmiga shares a story of friendship and a love never reciprocated. This is an encore presentation.
07/09/1816m 35s

DJ's Homeless Mommy | With Dan Savage

Dan Savage reads his own Modern Love essay about his son's birth mother--and her troubling path.
07/09/1818m 44s

Fractured Beauty | With Molly Ringwald

Molly Ringwald reads an essay about a family vacation -- after divorce.
07/09/1822m 17s

Out Of The Darkness | With Mark Duplass

Filmmaker Mark Duplass reads an essay about a husband who never thought "for worse" could get so bad.
07/09/1822m 22s

A Heart Of Gold | With Ruth Negga

Ruth Negga, star of new drama "Loving," shares a story about the intimate connection between a woman and her unlikely pet.
07/09/1818m 14s

Screens Between Us | With Issa Rae

Issa Rae, star of the new HBO comedy "Insecure," reads an essay about the intimacy and distance synonymous with online dating.
07/09/1821m 16s
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