Modern Love

Modern Love

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Modern Love features top actors performing true stories of love, loss, and redemption. It has included performances by Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman, Angela Bassett, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sterling K. Brown, and more. A collaboration between WBUR and The New York T


The Language Of Love With Saoirse Ronan | Encore
May 27 • 18 min
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.
How ‘Lolita’ Freed Me From My Own Humbert | With Jameela Jamil
May 20 • 19 min
“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…
Alone In A Pandemic
May 12 • 21 min
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.
To Fall In Love With Anyone, Do This | Encore
May 6 • 20 min
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.…
Years Ago, My Sister Vanished. I See Her Whenever I Want. | With Daisy Edgar-Jones
Apr 29 • 19 min
Daisy Edgar-Jones (Hulu’s “Normal People”) reads Kyleigh Leddy’s essay, about the online presence people leave behind.
Sometimes It’s Not You, Or The Math | With Laura Prepon
Apr 22 • 19 min
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.
Your Stories of Love During The Pandemic: Part II
Apr 15 • 15 min
We hear more of your stories about how the COVID-19 outbreak has changed your relationships with one another.
Modern Love Presents: Sugar Calling
Apr 9 • 9 min
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.
Somewhere Inside, a Path to Empathy | With Daniel Radcliffe
Apr 8 • 19 min
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…
Your Stories of Love During The Pandemic
Apr 1 • 19 min
Listeners share stories of how their relationships have changed during the coronavirus outbreak.
How Bibliophiles Flirt | With Uzo Aduba
Mar 25 • 19 min
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…
When Your Greatest Romance Is A Friendship | Encore
Mar 18 • 18 min
Ali Fazal (“Victoria and Abul”) tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a man and his elderly neighbor. This is an encore presentation.
Modern Love Presents: Shipwrecked
Mar 13 • 38 min
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…
Recognizing What They Had, 20 Years Too Late | With Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Mar 11 • 23 min
Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“The Morning Show,” “Misbehaviour”) reads an essay about a friendship between two people who meet in a pub in Notting Hill.
The Kindness, And Xanax, Of Strangers | With Lesley Manville
Mar 4 • 21 min
Lesley Manville (“Ordinary Love”) reads an essay by Sally Hoskins about finding an unexpected support group in a hospital waiting room.
I Saw A Playhouse, My Daughter Saw A Jail | With Brian Cox
Feb 26 • 20 min
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.
Just For Tonight, Pretend You Don’t Know Me | With Nick Kroll
Feb 19 • 15 min
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.
Tiny Love Stories For Valentine’s Day
Feb 14 • 16 min
This Valentine’s Day, we’re bringing you an episode made up of Tiny Love Stories — stories told in no more than 100 words.
When Cupid Is A Prying Journalist | With Susan Kelechi Watson
Feb 12 • 22 min
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.
Dedicated To Two Women | With Terry Crews
Feb 5 • 21 min
Terry Crews (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) reads an essay by Brendan Halpin, about trying to find love again after loss.
A Role I Was Born To Play | With Tan France
Jan 29 • 17 min
Tan France (“Queer Eye,” “Next in Fashion”) reads an essay by Evan James, about a man finding his role within his family.
My Secret Left Me Unable To Help | With Jessalyn Gilsig
Jan 22 • 20 min
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.
Take Me As I Am, Whoever I Am With Rebecca Hall | Encore
Jan 15 • 22 min
Rebecca Hall who stars in the upcoming movie “The Night House,” reads a story about dating — while manic. This is an encore presentation.
Need To Find Me? Ask My Ham Man. | With Jenny Slate
Jan 8 • 22 min
Jenny Slate (“Stage Fright,” “Little Weirds”) reads an essay by Catherine Down about the family you find when living far from home.
An Interlude Of Clarity With Judd Apatow | Encore
Jan 1 • 16 min
Director Judd Apatow reads an essay about a date that goes very wrong. This is an encore presentation.
The Race Grows Sweeter With Mary Chapin Carpenter | Encore
Dec 24, 2019 • 22 min
Singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter reads a story by Eve Pell, about finding new love later in life. This is an encore presentation.
Nursing A Wound With Jake Gyllenhaal | Encore
Dec 18, 2019 • 22 min
Jake Gyllenhaal (“Stronger”) tells the story of a man recovering from heartbreak in a pediatrics wing.
Are You My Husband? | With Renée Elise Goldsberry
Dec 11, 2019 • 23 min
Renée Elise Goldsberry (“Waves”) reads an essay about a woman and her husband navigating the aftermath of his traumatic brain injury.
Never Tell Our Business To Strangers | With Ruth Wilson
Dec 4, 2019 • 24 min
“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…
Who’s Allowed To Hold Hands? | With Alicia Keys
Nov 27, 2019 • 20 min
“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…
Sharing A Cab, And My Toes With Greta Gerwig | Encore
Nov 20, 2019 • 20 min
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.
Modern Love Presents: Kind World
Nov 15, 2019 • 16 min
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.
Waiting For The Wall To Crumble | With Kelly McCreary
Nov 13, 2019 • 19 min
Kelly McCreary (“Grey’s Anatomy”) reads an essay about a chance meeting on a bus that leads to a decades-long relationship.
The Triangle’s Sharpest Point | With Zawe Ashton
Nov 6, 2019 • 27 min
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…
We’ll Meet Again In Five Years | With Regina King
Oct 30, 2019 • 17 min
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.
Words With (I Wish We Were More Than) Friends | With Ben Platt
Oct 23, 2019 • 18 min
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…
He’s Going Back To His Former Wife. Sort Of. | With Marisa Tomei
Oct 16, 2019 • 21 min
Marisa Tomei (“The Rose Tattoo”) reads an essay by Judith Newman about a woman fulfilling her husband’s unusual dying wish.
Rallying To Keep The Game Alive | Live At CitySpace
Oct 9, 2019 • 31 min
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…
How 30 Blocks Became 30 Years | With Peter Sarsgaard
Oct 2, 2019 • 19 min
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.
First I Met My Children, Then My Girlfriend. They’re Related. | With Kal Penn
Sep 25, 2019 • 17 min
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…
Screens Between Us With Issa Rae | Encore
Sep 18, 2019 • 20 min
Issa Rae reads an essay about the intimacy and distance synonymous with online dating.
The Tallest Man I Ever Loved | With Andrew Rannells
Sep 11, 2019 • 18 min
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.
Seeing The World Through My Wife’s Eyes With David Oyelowo | Encore
Sep 4, 2019 • 24 min
“Don’t Let Go” star David Oyelowo reads an essay about a blind man navigating his marriage. This is an encore presentation.
My Platonic Romance On The Psych Ward | With Miriam Shor
Aug 28, 2019 • 20 min
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…
Despite The Losses, So Much Gained | With Marsha Stephanie Blake
Aug 21, 2019 • 22 min
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”)
In A Charmed Life, A Road Less Traveled | With Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Aug 14, 2019 • 21 min
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.
The Night Girl Finds A Day Boy | With Logan Browning
Aug 7, 2019 • 20 min
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…
Could We Try Again? | With Marcia Cross
Jul 31, 2019 • 28 min
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…
He’s Playing Our Song | With Amanda Seyfried
Jul 24, 2019 • 19 min
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.”)
At What Age Is Love Enthralling? | With Jessica Walter
Jul 17, 2019 • 18 min
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.
A Tattoo For The Living | With Zosia Mamet
Jul 10, 2019 • 23 min
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.”)
An Empty Heart | With Zoe Lister-Jones | Encore
Jul 3, 2019 • 19 min
Zoe Lister-Jones (CBS’s “Life in Pieces,” “Band-Aid”) reads renowned novelist Lily King’s story about the silver lining of heartbreak.
An Affection Multiplier | With Zachary Quinto
Jun 26, 2019 • 18 min
Can a tiny dog change the dynamics of a marriage? Zachary Quinto (“NOS4A2”) reads Bob Morris’s essay.
Platonic, Until Death Do Us Part | With John Cameron Mitchell
Jun 19, 2019 • 20 min
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.
Encore | The Doorman With Cecily Strong
Jun 12, 2019 • 18 min
Saturday Night Live’s Cecily Strong reads a story about a woman’s friendship with her doorman. This is an encore presentation.
Misery Loves Fried Chicken | With William Jackson Harper
Jun 5, 2019 • 22 min
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.
What Luck Means Now | With Jacki Weaver
May 29, 2019 • 22 min
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”).
We Survived The Storm | With Ginnifer Goodwin
May 22, 2019 • 22 min
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.
The Wisdom Of The Moving Man | With Lake Bell
May 15, 2019 • 21 min
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…
Agreeing To Accept And Move On | With Sarah Goldberg
May 8, 2019 • 19 min
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.
Love Means Never Having To Say … Anything | With Pedro Pascal
May 1, 2019 • 20 min
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.
Talking to My Fiancé About My New Girlfriend | With DeWanda Wise
Apr 24, 2019 • 21 min
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”).
Race Wasn’t An Issue To Him, Which Was An Issue To Me | With Lorraine Toussaint
Apr 17, 2019 • 21 min
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…
Encore | Sharing The Shame With Anna Chlumsky
Apr 10, 2019 • 18 min
Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”) reads Brooks Rinehart’s essay, on 90 days that changed the entire course of one family’s life.
Ah, To Be Old, Male, And Single | With Natasha Lyonne
Apr 3, 2019 • 22 min
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…
Comfort, If Not A Cure | With Nazanin Boniadi
Mar 27, 2019 • 20 min
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.
Another Voice Had Come Between Us | With Catherine O’Hara
Mar 20, 2019 • 17 min
Catherine O’Hara (“Schitt’s Creek”) reads Patricia Morrisroe’s essay, about a piece of technology that complicates a marriage.
Refreshing A Mother’s Memory With Love | With Zoe Saldana
Mar 13, 2019 • 23 min
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.
Playing Role Reversal With My Therapist | With Isabelle Huppert
Mar 6, 2019 • 19 min
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”).
Security In A Bright Yellow Suitcase | With Christina Hendricks
Feb 27, 2019 • 22 min
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”).
Your Dog Has Seen Me Naked | With William Jackson Harper
Feb 20, 2019 • 27 min
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…
Part II: My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me | With André Holland
Feb 13, 2019 • 21 min
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…
Part I: You May Want to Marry My Husband
Feb 6, 2019 • 13 min
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.
Oscars Playlist
Jan 30, 2019 • 29 min
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.”
Rallying To Keep The Game Alive | With Connie Nielsen
Jan 23, 2019 • 19 min
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…
A Kiss Deferred | With Joanna Kulig
Jan 16, 2019 • 22 min
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”).
What The Sea Took Away | With Carmen Ejogo
Jan 9, 2019 • 21 min
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.”)
Maternal Wisdom (5 Pounds’ Worth) | With Gillian Anderson
Jan 2, 2019 • 23 min
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.
Modern Love Holiday Playlist
Dec 26, 2018 • 53 min
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.
I Will Be Your Mother Figure | Encore
Dec 19, 2018 • 21 min
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…
The Shirt Stays On | With Finn Wittrock
Dec 12, 2018 • 17 min
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”).
A Young Man’s Game | With Stanley Tucci
Dec 5, 2018 • 20 min
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”).
On A Serpentine Road | With Michelle Rodriguez
Nov 28, 2018 • 19 min
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”).
A Forgotten Prayer, Answered | With Mira Sorvino
Nov 21, 2018 • 20 min
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”).
Maddy Just Might Work | Encore
Nov 14, 2018 • 21 min
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.
How To Break Up With A 2-Year-Old | With Busy Philipps
Nov 6, 2018 • 18 min
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.
An Ancient Coda To My 21st-Century Divorce | With Amy Landecker
Oct 31, 2018 • 20 min
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.
In The Waiting Room Of Estranged Spouses | Encore
Oct 24, 2018 • 19 min
Lance Reddick, best known as Lt. Cedric Daniels on HBO’s “The Wire,” reads a story about infidelity and healing.
I Was Hardly a Perfect Fit | With John C. Reilly
Oct 17, 2018 • 19 min
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).
The Plain, Unmarked Box Arrived | With Kristen Bell
Oct 10, 2018 • 20 min
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.”)
Escaping From A Dire Diagnosis On Match.com | With Rita Wilson
Oct 3, 2018 • 21 min
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”).
A Life Plan For Two | With Olivia Munn
Sep 26, 2018 • 22 min
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.
Bonus: 81 Minutes
Sep 21, 2018 • 20 min
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.
Making A Judgment On Love | With Giancarlo Esposito
Sep 19, 2018 • 20 min
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.
Learning Humanity From Dogs | With Ethan Hawke
Sep 12, 2018 • 18 min
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.
Modern Love Playlist: In Sickness And In Health
Sep 4, 2018 • 78 min
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…
Modern Love Playlist: Secrets
Aug 24, 2018 • 56 min
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…
The Secret To Marriage | With Sandra Oh
Aug 21, 2018 • 17 min
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.
Bonus: Test of Time
Aug 17, 2018 • 29 min
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…
Single Woman Seeking Manwich | With Awkwafina
Aug 15, 2018 • 17 min
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.
When Mothers Bully Back | With Ellie Kemper
Aug 8, 2018 • 18 min
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”).
GPS For My Lost Identity | With Diane Guerrero
Aug 1, 2018 • 20 min
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”).
Superheroes, Just for Each Other | With Mike Colter
Jul 25, 2018 • 20 min
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.”)
A Hiker’s Guide to Healing | With Cameron Esposito
Jul 17, 2018 • 22 min
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.
Catfishing Strangers To Find Myself | With Cory Michael Smith
Jul 11, 2018 • 21 min
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.
My Back-Seat View Of A Great Romance | With Chloë Grace Moretz
Jul 3, 2018 • 22 min
“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.
Encore | Between The Bars
Jun 27, 2018 • 20 min
Joshua Jackson (“The Affair”) reads a story about life and love after 26 months in Iran’s Evin Prison. This is an encore presentation.
The Hunter-Gatherer, Parking Division | With Jason Alexander
Jun 20, 2018 • 18 min
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.
Finding My Own Rescuer | With Mandy Moore
Jun 13, 2018 • 20 min
Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”) reads Anna March’s essay about disability, ability, and the misconceptions surrounding both.
A Fear Stripped Bare | With Sarah Shahi
Jun 6, 2018 • 23 min
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.”
Love Stories In 13 Words | Modern Love Bonus Episode
May 30, 2018 • 12 min
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.
Modern Love Encore | Marry A Man Who Loves His Mother
May 29, 2018 • 27 min
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.
The Language Of Love | With Saoirse Ronan
May 23, 2018 • 18 min
Saoirse Ronan (“On Chesil Beach”) reads an essay about how a language barrier impacts the relationship between a young woman and an Iraqi doctor.
A Measure of Desire | With Kim Dickens
May 16, 2018 • 17 min
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”).
When Eve And Eve Bit The Apple | With Rachel Weisz
May 9, 2018 • 22 min
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.
Signs, Wonders, and Fates Fulfilled | With Linda Cardellini
May 2, 2018 • 22 min
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.
Boy, What A Fabulous Baker | With Abbi Jacobson
Apr 25, 2018 • 17 min
Abbi Jacobson (“6 Balloons,” “Broad City”) reads an essay about a carboholic who falls for a baker — and his bread.
A Cup From The Fountain Of Youth | With Mel Rodriguez
Apr 18, 2018 • 21 min
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.
A Brother As Significant As Any Other | With Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman
Apr 11, 2018 • 21 min
Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (“UnREAL”) tells the story of the deep friendship between an older and younger brother.
R We D8ting? | With Krysten Ritter
Apr 4, 2018 • 19 min
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.
Modern Love Encore: The Boy Who Makes Waves
Mar 27, 2018 • 21 min
In this encore, Mykelti Williamson (“Chicago P.D.”) reads an essay about a father’s complicated love for his son.
The Accidental Older Woman | With Rosie Perez
Mar 21, 2018 • 18 min
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.
When A Couch Is More Than A Couch | With Kate Winslet
Mar 14, 2018 • 22 min
Kate Winslet reads Nina Riggs’s essay, about an overwhelming diagnosis — and a search for the perfect living room couch.
A Fighting Chance | With Bobby Cannavale
Mar 7, 2018 • 16 min
Bobby Cannavale (“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” “Mr. Robot”) reads Dominick Zarrillo’s essay about a father’s unconditional love for his son.
From He To She In First Grade | With Jennifer Beals
Feb 28, 2018 • 20 min
Jennifer Beals (“Taken”) reads Laurie Frankel’s essay, about facing a challenging parenting dilemma.
The Accident No One Talked About | With Uma Thurman
Feb 21, 2018 • 21 min
Uma Thurman (“The Parisian Woman”) reads Jessica Ciencin Henriquez’s essay, about the silence that grew in the aftermath of a terrible accident.
Overfed On A Mother’s Affection | With Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon
Feb 13, 2018 • 17 min
Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon (“The Big Sick”) tell the story of how a mother’s cooking comes between a husband and wife.
Missing A Father I Hardly Knew | With Willem Dafoe
Feb 7, 2018 • 19 min
Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”) reads Bruce Eric Kaplan’s essay, about waiting for a hilarious secret to be revealed.
Modern Love 100: Your Stories
Jan 31, 2018 • 36 min
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.
A Dose Of Empathy | With Andrea Martin
Jan 24, 2018 • 21 min
Andrea Martin (“Great News”) reads Randi Davenport’s essay, about a relationship that she says saved her life.
In My Fantasy, I Caught Up To Reality | With Richard Jenkins
Jan 16, 2018 • 21 min
Richard Jenkins (“The Shape of Water”) reads John Gfroerer’s essay about going to the gym to cope with loss.
Yes, We Do. Even At Our Age. | With Lois Smith
Jan 10, 2018 • 17 min
Lois Smith (“Marjorie Prime,” “Lady Bird”) reads an essay about passion in the golden years.
In The New Year, More Cuddling | With Margarita Levieva
Jan 3, 2018 • 21 min
Margarita Levieva (“The Deuce”) reads Kristine Lloyd’s essay, about making a New Year’s resolution to attend a cuddle party.
Sharing A Cab, And My Toes | With Greta Gerwig
Dec 26, 2017 • 20 min
Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) reads Julia Anne Miller’s essay, about sharing an unusual cab ride in New York City.
How The ‘Dining Dead’ Got Talking Again | With Kristin Scott Thomas
Dec 20, 2017 • 17 min
Kristin Scott Thomas (“Darkest Hour”) reads an essay about a woman worried that she and her husband might have nothing left to talk about.
Was I On A Date Or Baby-Sitting? | With Sasheer Zamata
Dec 13, 2017 • 20 min
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.
A Boyfriend Too Good To Be True | With Caitriona Balfe
Dec 6, 2017 • 20 min
Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”) reads Deenie Hartzog-Mislock’s essay, about an imaginary man who helps a family cope with Alzheimer’s.
Modern Love Encore: ‘A Heart Of Gold’
Nov 22, 2017 • 17 min
In this encore, Ruth Negga (“Preacher,” “Loving”) reads a story about the deep bond between a woman and her unusual pet.
We Didn’t Have A Plan, But The Baby Did | With Paul Sun-Hyung Lee
Nov 22, 2017 • 14 min
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (“Kim’s Convenience”) reads a story about a man improvising a birth plan.
Urgent Messages Go Unanswered | With Andrew Rannells
Nov 15, 2017 • 20 min
Andrew Rannells (“Girls”) reads his own essay, about ignoring a string of urgent phone calls during a casual hookup.
A Family Fairytale, Twice Told | With Julia Stiles
Nov 8, 2017 • 17 min
Julia Stiles (“Riviera”) tells the story of a woman who has a perfect New York City apartment … and a crush on her roommate.
Cropped Out Of My Own Fantasy | With Kirsten Vangsness
Nov 1, 2017 • 18 min
Kirsten Vangsness (“Criminal Minds”) reads an essay about a relationship where the perfect images posted online don’t match the reality.
My Body Doesn’t Belong To You | With Cleopatra Coleman
Oct 25, 2017 • 19 min
Cleopatra Coleman (“The Last Man On Earth,” “White Famous”) reads an essay about a woman claiming ownership over her own body.
Let’s Not Pretend | With Kimberly Hébert Gregory
Oct 18, 2017 • 18 min
Kimberly Hébert Gregory (“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” “Vice Principals”) reads an essay about an attempt at dirty talk gone awry.
My Husband Is Now My Wife | With Ann Dowd
Oct 11, 2017 • 20 min
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) reads Diane Daniel’s essay about a woman coming to terms with her spouse’s gender transition.
Nursing A Wound | With Jake Gyllenhaal
Oct 4, 2017 • 22 min
Jake Gyllenhaal (“Stronger”) tells the story of a man recovering from heartbreak in a pediatrics wing.
When Your Greatest Romance Is A Friendship | With Ali Fazal
Sep 27, 2017 • 19 min
Ali Fazal (“Victoria and Abul”) tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a man and his elderly neighbor.
One Bouquet Of Fleeting Beauty | With Kerry Bishé
Sep 20, 2017 • 19 min
Kerry Bishe (“Halt and Catch Fire,” “Narcos”) tells the story of one woman’s unexpected awakening — at a flower shop.
Emmy Edition, 2017
Sep 11, 2017 • 23 min
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…
Promises That Can Bend | With Peter Gallagher
Sep 6, 2017 • 17 min
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.