Podcast

Modern Love

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

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

    Oct 16 2019

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

  • Rallying To Keep The Game Alive | Live At CitySpace

    Oct 09 2019

    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 f...more

  • How 30 Blocks Became 30 Years | With Peter Sarsgaard

    Oct 02 2019

    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. 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

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

    Sep 25 2019

    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. 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 oth...more

  • Screens Between Us With Issa Rae | Encore

    Sep 18 2019

    Issa Rae reads an essay about the intimacy and distance synonymous with online dating. 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

  • The Tallest Man I Ever Loved | With Andrew Rannells

    Sep 11 2019

    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. 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.youtub...more

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

    Sep 04 2019

    "Don't Let Go" star David Oyelowo reads an essay about a blind man navigating his marriage. This is an encore presentation. 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

  • My Platonic Romance On The Psych Ward | With Miriam Shor

    Aug 28 2019

    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." 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 ther...more

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

    Aug 21 2019

    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") 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...more

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

    Aug 14 2019

    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. 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

  • The Night Girl Finds A Day Boy | With Logan Browning

    Aug 07 2019

    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"). 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 p...more

  • Could We Try Again? | With Marcia Cross

    Jul 31 2019

    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"). 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 t...more

  • He's Playing Our Song | With Amanda Seyfried

    Jul 24 2019

    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.") 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 rela...more

  • At What Age Is Love Enthralling? | With Jessica Walter

    Jul 17 2019

    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. 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

  • A Tattoo For The Living | With Zosia Mamet

    Jul 10 2019

    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.") 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

  • An Empty Heart | With Zoe Lister-Jones | Encore

    Jul 03 2019

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

  • An Affection Multiplier | With Zachary Quinto

    Jun 26 2019

    Can a tiny dog change the dynamics of a marriage? Zachary Quinto ("NOS4A2") reads Bob Morris's essay. 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

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

    Jun 19 2019

    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. 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 relati...more

  • Encore | The Doorman With Cecily Strong

    Jun 12 2019

    Saturday Night Live's Cecily Strong reads a story about a woman's friendship with her doorman. This is an encore presentation. 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

  • Misery Loves Fried Chicken | With William Jackson Harper

    Jun 05 2019

    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. 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. htt...more

  • What Luck Means Now | With Jacki Weaver

    May 29 2019

    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"). 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....more

  • We Survived The Storm | With Ginnifer Goodwin

    May 22 2019

    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. 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.yo...more

  • The Wisdom Of The Moving Man | With Lake Bell

    May 15 2019

    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.") 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’...more

  • Agreeing To Accept And Move On | With Sarah Goldberg

    May 08 2019

    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. 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=FJbWAWnWui...more

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

    May 01 2019

    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. 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....more

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

    Apr 24 2019

    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"). 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://ww...more

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

    Apr 17 2019

    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"). 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...more

  • Encore | Sharing The Shame With Anna Chlumsky

    Apr 10 2019

    Anna Chlumsky ("Veep") reads Brooks Rinehart's essay, on 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

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

    Apr 03 2019

    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. 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...more

  • Comfort, If Not A Cure | With Nazanin Boniadi

    Mar 27 2019

    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. 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

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

    Mar 20 2019

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

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

    Mar 13 2019

    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. 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 relationshi...more

  • Playing Role Reversal With My Therapist | With Isabelle Huppert

    Mar 06 2019

    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"). 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 rela...more

  • Security In A Bright Yellow Suitcase | With Christina Hendricks

    Feb 27 2019

    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"). 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 rel...more

  • Your Dog Has Seen Me Naked | With William Jackson Harper

    Feb 20 2019

    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. 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. ...more

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

    Feb 13 2019

    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. 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 ...more

  • Part I: You May Want to Marry My Husband

    Feb 06 2019

    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. 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

  • Oscars Playlist

    Jan 30 2019

    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." 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/wat...more

  • Rallying To Keep The Game Alive | With Connie Nielsen

    Jan 23 2019

    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"). 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...more

  • A Kiss Deferred | With Joanna Kulig

    Jan 16 2019

    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"). 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

  • What The Sea Took Away | With Carmen Ejogo

    Jan 09 2019

    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.") 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.yo...more

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

    Jan 02 2019

    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 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.c...more

  • Modern Love Holiday Playlist

    Dec 26 2018

    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.  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

  • I Will Be Your Mother Figure | Encore

    Dec 19 2018

    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. 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 wor...more

  • The Shirt Stays On | With Finn Wittrock

    Dec 12 2018

    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"). 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=FJbWA...more

  • A Young Man's Game | With Stanley Tucci

    Dec 05 2018

    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"). 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

  • On A Serpentine Road | With Michelle Rodriguez

    Nov 28 2018

    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"). 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

  • A Forgotten Prayer, Answered | With Mira Sorvino

    Nov 21 2018

    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"). 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

  • Maddy Just Might Work | Encore

    Nov 14 2018

    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. 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

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

    Nov 06 2018

    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. 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://...more

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

    Oct 31 2018

    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. 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

  • In The Waiting Room Of Estranged Spouses | Encore

    Oct 24 2018

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

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

    Oct 17 2018

    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). 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

  • The Plain, Unmarked Box Arrived | With Kristen Bell

    Oct 10 2018

    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.") 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

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

    Oct 03 2018

    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"). 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=FJbWAW...more

  • A Life Plan For Two | With Olivia Munn

    Sep 26 2018

    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. 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

  • Bonus: 81 Minutes

    Sep 21 2018

    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. 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 relationsh...more

  • Making A Judgment On Love | With Giancarlo Esposito

    Sep 19 2018

    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. 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

  • Learning Humanity From Dogs | With Ethan Hawke

    Sep 12 2018

    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 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

  • Modern Love Playlist: In Sickness And In Health

    Sep 04 2018

    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. 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 t...more

  • Modern Love Playlist: Secrets

    Aug 24 2018

    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. 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 the...more

  • The Secret To Marriage | With Sandra Oh

    Aug 21 2018

    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. 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=FJbWAWnWu...more

  • Bonus: Test of Time

    Aug 17 2018

    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. 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....more

  • Single Woman Seeking Manwich | With Awkwafina

    Aug 15 2018

    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. 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

  • When Mothers Bully Back | With Ellie Kemper

    Aug 08 2018

    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"). 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.yout...more

  • GPS For My Lost Identity | With Diane Guerrero

    Aug 01 2018

    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"). 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://...more

  • Superheroes, Just for Each Other | With Mike Colter

    Jul 25 2018

    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.") 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

  • A Hiker’s Guide to Healing | With Cameron Esposito

    Jul 17 2018

    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. 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=FJbWAWnWu...more

  • Catfishing Strangers To Find Myself | With Cory Michael Smith

    Jul 11 2018

    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. 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...more

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

    Jul 03 2018

    "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. 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:...more

  • Encore | Between The Bars

    Jun 27 2018

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

  • The Hunter-Gatherer, Parking Division | With Jason Alexander

    Jun 20 2018

    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. 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. http...more

  • Finding My Own Rescuer | With Mandy Moore

    Jun 13 2018

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

  • A Fear Stripped Bare | With Sarah Shahi

    Jun 06 2018

    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." 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....more

  • Love Stories In 13 Words | Modern Love Bonus Episode

    May 30 2018

    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 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=FJbWAWnWui...more

  • Modern Love Encore | Marry A Man Who Loves His Mother

    May 29 2018

    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. 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

  • The Language Of Love | With Saoirse Ronan

    May 23 2018

    Saoirse Ronan ("On Chesil Beach") reads an essay about how a language barrier impacts the relationship between a young woman and an Iraqi doctor. 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

  • A Measure of Desire | With Kim Dickens

    May 16 2018

    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"). 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 relati...more

  • When Eve And Eve Bit The Apple | With Rachel Weisz

    May 09 2018

    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. 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

  • Signs, Wonders, and Fates Fulfilled | With Linda Cardellini

    May 02 2018

    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. 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.youtub...more

  • Boy, What A Fabulous Baker | With Abbi Jacobson

    Apr 25 2018

    Abbi Jacobson ("6 Balloons," "Broad City") reads an essay about a carboholic who falls for a baker -- and his bread. 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

  • A Cup From The Fountain Of Youth | With Mel Rodriguez

    Apr 18 2018

    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. 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:...more

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

    Apr 11 2018

    Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman ("UnREAL") tells the story of the deep friendship between an older and younger brother. 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

  • R We D8ting? | With Krysten Ritter

    Apr 04 2018

    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 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=FJbWAWnWui...more

  • Modern Love Encore: The Boy Who Makes Waves

    Mar 27 2018

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

  • The Accidental Older Woman | With Rosie Perez

    Mar 21 2018

    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. 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

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

    Mar 14 2018

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

  • A Fighting Chance | With Bobby Cannavale

    Mar 07 2018

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

  • From He To She In First Grade | With Jennifer Beals

    Feb 28 2018

    Jennifer Beals ("Taken") reads Laurie Frankel's essay, about facing a challenging parenting dilemma. 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

  • The Accident No One Talked About | With Uma Thurman

    Feb 21 2018

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

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

    Feb 13 2018

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

  • Missing A Father I Hardly Knew | With Willem Dafoe

    Feb 07 2018

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

  • Modern Love 100: Your Stories

    Jan 31 2018

    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. 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

  • A Dose Of Empathy | With Andrea Martin

    Jan 24 2018

    Andrea Martin ("Great News") reads Randi Davenport's essay, about a relationship that she says saved her 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

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

    Jan 16 2018

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

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

    Jan 10 2018

    Lois Smith ("Marjorie Prime," "Lady Bird") reads an essay about passion in the golden years. 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

  • In The New Year, More Cuddling | With Margarita Levieva

    Jan 03 2018

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

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

    Dec 26 2017

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

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

    Dec 20 2017

    Kristin Scott Thomas ("Darkest Hour") reads an essay about a woman worried that she and her husband might have nothing left to talk about. 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

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

    Dec 13 2017

    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. 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