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Modern Love

For 16 years, the Modern Love column has given New York Times readers a glimpse into the complicated love lives of real people.

Since its start, the column has evolved into a TV show, three books and a podcast. Now, we are excited to announce a relaunch of the podcast at The Times, hosted by Daniel Jones, the editor and creator of Modern Love, and Miya Lee, editor of Tiny Love Stories and Modern Love projects.

Each week, we?ll bring you their favorite stories from the column?s vast archive, conversations with the authors,  and a few surprises.

New episodes every Wednesday.

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Episodes

When Getting Old Never Happens

They disagreed on a lot of things: She was a ?bleeding-heart liberal?; he was a ?conservative libertarian.? He ?came from good Irish Catholic stock?; she called herself a ?hopeful agnostic.?

When the firefighter chased her down the street to ask her out, she pinned him as ?a bald, white, middle-aged New York City cliché.?

On their first date, no topic was off-limits. Not racism, not abortion, not substance abuse. With each date, another debate.

Today?s episode is about the space they found in each other ? and the unexpected aftermath of their breakup.

Featured stories:

??Old Never Happened for Him,?? Kathryn Jarvis?Firefighter Chases Woman Down Street,? Marlena Brown

Marlena's story was narrated by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.

2020-10-21
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Season Premiere: Driveway Elegies

This episode contains strong language.

On the first episode of the new Modern Love podcast, we hear from two women who examine their lives through the contents of their homes ? the car in the driveway, the stained teacups, the razor and shaving cream by the sink. Though easy to ignore, these everyday objects often tell a larger story.

Featured stories:

?Bye Bye ?Family? Minivan," Kyrie Robinson?Tracking the Demise of My Marriage on Google Maps,? Maggie Smith

Maggie?s story was narrated by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.

You can find more information on today's episode here.

2020-10-14
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Welcome to the New Modern Love

Love is going to sound a little different this season. Tune into the first episode on Oct. 14, with new episodes every Wednesday.

2020-10-07
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Confronting Race, Religion and Her Heart | With Zawe Ashton

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").
2020-06-24
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Why Can?t Men Say ?I Love You? to Each Other? | With Ncuti Gatwa

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.
2020-06-17
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Race Wasn't An Issue To Him, Which Was An Issue To Me With Lorraine Toussaint | Encore

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.
2020-06-10
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Researching Jenna, Discovering Myself | With Hasan Minhaj

Hasan Minhaj ("Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj") reads Brian Goedde's essay about a man investigating his own breakup.
2020-06-03
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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.
2020-05-27
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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.
2020-05-20
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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.
2020-05-13
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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
2020-05-06
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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.
2020-04-29
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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.
2020-04-22
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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.
2020-04-15
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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.
2020-04-09
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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. 
2020-04-08
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Your Stories of Love During The Pandemic

Listeners share stories of how their relationships have changed during the coronavirus outbreak.
2020-04-01
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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.
2020-03-25
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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.
2020-03-18
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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
2020-03-13
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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.
2020-03-11
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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.
2020-03-04
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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.
2020-02-26
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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.
2020-02-19
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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.
2020-02-14
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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.
2020-02-12
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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.
2020-02-05
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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.
2020-01-29
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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.
2020-01-22
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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.
2020-01-15
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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.
2020-01-08
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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.
2020-01-01
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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.
2019-12-24
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Nursing A Wound With Jake Gyllenhaal | Encore

Jake Gyllenhaal ("Stronger") tells the story of a man recovering from heartbreak in a pediatrics wing.
2019-12-18
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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.
2019-12-11
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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.
2019-12-04
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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."
2019-11-27
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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.
2019-11-20
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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.
2019-11-15
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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.
2019-11-13
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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.
2019-11-06
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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.
2019-10-30
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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.
2019-10-23
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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.
2019-10-16
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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.
2019-10-09
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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.
2019-10-02
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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.
2019-09-25
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Screens Between Us With Issa Rae | Encore

Issa Rae reads an essay about the intimacy and distance synonymous with online dating.
2019-09-18
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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.
2019-09-11
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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.
2019-09-04
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