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Love Letters

59 EpisodesProduced by The Boston GlobeWebsite

A single, burning question about love and relationships, every season. Explored through stories. Hosted by Boston Globe advice columnist Meredith Goldstein.

59 Episodes | 2018 - 2021

S1E1: Getting Under to Get Over

March 20th, 2018


It’s common advice after a breakup: The best way to get over an ex is to get under someone new. But does it work? Is rebound sex empowering, or does …

S1E2: Don't Look at the Cupcakes

March 27th, 2018


Breaking up was easier before social media. Not the emotional part -- that was always hard -- but the mechanics of it. You broke up and just avoided each other at the mall. Today, disentangling is … complicated. Photos …

S1E3: Cloudy with a Chance of Breakup

April 3rd, 2018


The worst kinds of breakups are the murky ones. You think maybe you've been dumped, but you’re not totally sure. Or you know you’ve been dumped but still have so many questions, starting with: Why? Meredith learns the …

S1E4: For Coffee, in Paris

April 10th, 2018


So much evaporates after a breakup -- the sweet texts, the lazy brunches, the shared Hulu account you both used for the “The Handmaid’s Tale.” But …

S1E5: 'I Feel Like It Was Fate'

April 17th, 2018


The impulse to reinvent after a breakup can be strong. We want to run and chop our hair off. Or change careers. Or maybe climb a mountain. Meredith …

S1E6: The Night I Became Roy Orbison

April 24th, 2018


Meredith explores the healing power of music after a breakup. A lovelorn actress walks into a karaoke bar -- and finally finds peace. Hit songwriter Bonnie Hayes explains the universality of a good song. And a master …

S1E7: You've Got to Keep Living

May 1st, 2018


Can you really get back together after a breakup? Does harboring that hope prevent you from moving on? Meredith tackles these often-asked questions …

S1E8: The Friend Zone

May 8th, 2018


Some people believe that establishing a friendship with your ex is the true sign you’ve moved on from the relationship. It’s not always that simple, though. In the final episode of Season One, Meredith explores …

Bonus Episode: Camp Love

August 29th, 2018


In this special bonus episode of Love Letters, Meredith explores camp love and the end-of-summer goodbyes that inevitably follow. Summer romances can …

Season 1 Trailer: Getting Over It

January 18th, 2019


Is a breakup the end of something, or only the beginning? In Season One of Love Letters, Boston Globe advice columnist Meredith Goldstein explores …

Season 2 Trailer: How Do You Meet Someone?

January 29th, 2019


On Season 2 of Love Letters, Boston Globe advice columnist Meredith Goldstein tackles one of love’s fundamental questions: How do you meet someone? …

S2E1: ‘He Doesn’t Look Odious’

February 12th, 2019


In the first episode of the new season, Meredith Goldstein asks: Whatever happened to the good old-fashioned set-up? She talks to two friends with …

S2E2: Take It Up with H.R.

February 12th, 2019


Meredith Goldstein tells the story of one of the riskier work crushes she’s come across. Because, really, what’s riskier than falling in love with …

S2E3: Single? Live Here!

February 26th, 2019


Does where you live affect your dating life? Would it be easier to find a partner if you lived in another city? Meredith Goldstein investigates these …

S2E4: What Fresh Hell Is This?

March 12th, 2019


Dating can feel like a second full-time job. You feel like you have to constantly check the apps, update your profiles, and swipe on new faces, lest …

S2E5: A Spark in the Darkness

March 26th, 2019


Trust. Intimacy. Affection. They’re all key ingredients to a healthy romantic relationship. But what happens when pain, trauma, and memory get in the …

S2E6: Beware the Fairy Tales

April 9th, 2019


Everybody wants a meet-cute story. It’s like we’ve all watched so many rom-coms that anything less feels like a letdown. But what does a meet-cute …

S2E7: Going for Broke

April 23rd, 2019


Meeting someone takes work, time, and commitment. It can also take money. Sometimes a lot. In Episode 7, Meredith Goldstein explores what we spend on …

S2E8: Carpe Diem (or Matt Dorfman)

May 7th, 2019


To find a partner, sometimes you’ve just gotta grab the moment. This is something Meredith Goldstein knows all too well. Because that guy she liked …

S2E9: Benchwarming

May 21st, 2019


If you’re dating, it’s a thing you hear a lot: A good way to meet someone is to take a class or join a social activity. Like playing on a co-ed …

S2E10: Extreme Love

June 4th, 2019


How do you build a relationship with someone who saved your life? In the final episode of Season 2, Meredith Goldstein shares stories of love that …

Bonus Episode: Love Letters Live

June 25th, 2019


Meredith Goldstein and special guests take the stage at the Comedy Studio at Bow Market, in Somerville, Mass. Email us at

Bonus Episode: Finding Love in the Comments

July 16th, 2019


In this bonus episode, Meredith Goldstein talks to two people who met their partners in online communities — including one who found love in the …

Check out The Moment (from Wondery)

August 27th, 2019


Here’s a clip of a new show called The Moment, from our friends at Wondery. The Moment, hosted by newly engaged comedian and actress Ingrid Haas, tells stories about love, relationships, and dating in a fun, comedic …

Season 3 Trailer: How Do You Know?

September 10th, 2019


How do you know when it’s true love? When to sleep together for the first time? When to leave someone? This season of Love Letters, Boston Globe …

S3E1: Two Rings to Rule Them All

September 24th, 2019


Elizabeth and Dave are two Austin musicians who initially sought different things from their relationship. In time, both knew they were meant to be together. But how? What did that “knowing” look like? … Have a story of …

S3E2: Is Forever Forever?

September 24th, 2019


Lance was certain he and his wife would be partners for life. But it would take years for Lance to truly understand himself. What happens when you …

S3E3: Too Big to Fail

October 8th, 2019


Anna Sale, host of the podcast Death, Sex & Money, talks about the time a stressful couch purchase forced her and her boyfriend to reexamine …

Check out Hot and Bothered

October 15th, 2019


Meredith was the special guest on this recent episode of “Hot and Bothered,” a podcast about reading – and writing – romance novels. Hear Meredith …

S3E4: Eat, Pray, Love, Eat

October 22nd, 2019


One night on a dark dance floor, Douglass Williams bumped into the woman who would change his life. Not just because they went on to get married and …

S3E5: Leave the Light On

November 5th, 2019


Marlee and John’s relationship got serious fast after an a-ha moment at a Michigan bar. They got married and built a local arts community together. Ultimately, their marriage didn’t last. But their relationship did. …

S3E6: Friends (Without) Benefits

November 19th, 2019


Sometimes friendship is just friendship, and sometimes it’s meant to be more. But how do you know? Aubrey spent years trying to figure that out with …

S3E7: Writing on the Wall

December 3rd, 2019


What do pierced nipples and “Silent Night” have in common? In today’s stories, both were signs that a relationship had run its course. Jordan had to accept that his marriage was over. Allison had to listen to her gut. …

S3E8: Mom's New Boyfriend

December 17th, 2019


As a newly single mom, Lauren had to wrestle with two big questions. First, when to start dating again. Second, how and when to introduce her daughter to the men she was seeing. For Lauren -- and for anyone trying to …

S3E9: A Hollywood Arrangement

January 7th, 2020


Huda always knew her marriage would be supervised by her family. She accepted that, but she pined for romance: She wanted a love story worthy of the …

S3E10: When Should You Have Sex?

January 21st, 2020


If you want a new relationship to last, how long should you wait to sleep together? There’s an old adage that says three dates. But is that right? In …

S3E11: My Year of Magical Selfhood

February 4th, 2020


Lisa was just 34 when her husband died suddenly of a heart condition. As she came to terms with her grief, she confronted questions she never thought she’d have to answer: How do you know when to move past mourning and …

Bonus: Jia Tolentino on Not Getting Married

March 10th, 2020


Jia Tolentino, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of the essay collection "Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion," joins Meredith to talk …

Check out Motherhood Sessions from Gimlet

March 17th, 2020


Introducing Motherhood Sessions, a podcast from our friends at Gimlet. Motherhood Sessions features emotionally honest conversations about being a mom. In this episode, Dr. Alexandra Sacks sits down with a couple that …

Bonus: Take Me to 'The Lake House'

April 2nd, 2020


Meredith Goldstein talks to Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr about what to watch during stressful times, why people are drawn to disaster flicks, and …

Bonus: Love in the Time of Corona

April 16th, 2020


Is he using the lockdown to ghost? Is it a good time to text your ex? Meredith invites her sister, Brette, onto the show to dish out advice to letter-writers dealing with pandemic-related relationship problems. Plus, …

Bonus: The O.G. Quarantine Couple

June 9th, 2020


Kim and Glenn Schryver are experts at coupling in isolation. For more than a dozen years, the Schryvers have managed a remote mountain reservoir in …

Season 4 Trailer: Love at Any Age

September 1st, 2020


On Season 4 of Love Letters, host Meredith Goldstein explores love at every age — from the first stirrings of teenage infatuation to the hard-won …

S4E1: Balls to the Wall

September 15th, 2020


When Jenni and Drew hit their 40s, Drew decides to build a ball pit in their house. Not for their kids -- for him. The splurge fulfills a lifelong …

S4E2: What Buffy Taught Me About Love

September 29th, 2020


Ian was going through a hard time, but his new boyfriend seemed just right. The guy was cute, and exciting, and didn't make Ian dwell on his problems. But just when Ian needs him most, he reveals his limits as a …

Listen to Mr. 80 Percent!

October 6th, 2020


Introducing Mr. 80 Percent, a new six-part narrative podcast hosted by friend-of-Love-Letters Mark Shanahan. Mr. 80 Percent is a deeply personal, sometimes harrowing, often funny, always true story about Mark’s odyssey …

S4E3: No Ghosts Allowed

October 13th, 2020


Monica grew up an Air Force brat, moving with her family from base to base in Europe, Asia, and the United States. She never stuck around long enough …

S4E4: Jenny Plus Molly

October 27th, 2020


Over the three decades they've known each other, Jenny and Molly have been friends, more than friends, and everything in between. Along the way, …

S4E5: The Role of a Lifetime

November 10th, 2020


How do you get through the hardest moments as a couple? By building a strong foundation. Writer and actress Marianne Leone Cooper reflects on her life with actor Chris Cooper, and how the two of them supported and …

S4E6: Paging Prince Charming

November 24th, 2020


How do expectations for love affect what we seek, and how we define relationship success? Sarah Huckman had grand expectations for her romantic life …

S4E7: Three Chords and the Truth

December 8th, 2020


The thing about love is, we never stop learning. That’s a good thing. We’re supposed to be ever-evolving creatures, always working to be better. …

S4E8: Writing Your Heart Out

December 22nd, 2020


On today’s episode, three writers -- Alondra Bobadilla, Asiyah Herrera, and Meredith Russo -- talk about the relationship between art and love, and how they use their creative work to explore ideas about dating, …

S4E9: Move Over, Hugh Grant

January 12th, 2021


Paul’s story is straight out of a rom-com. After his first marriage fell apart, he gave up on love. Then a woman walked into his life, and, well, she …

Bonus: Season 4 Live Episode

January 26th, 2021


In this special live episode taping, Meredith is joined by her sister, Brette, and Elizabeth Segran, a journalist and author of the book "The Rocket Years." Their wide-ranging conversation dwells on love lessons at …

Bonus: Love in Motion

February 9th, 2021


(In collaboration with and presented by the Boston Pops) Do good artistic partners make good romantic ones? In this special bonus episode, dancers …

S5E1: A Kiss on the Shoulder

April 6th, 2021


All this season, hear stories of new beginnings, resets, do-overs, and fresh chapters. In the first episode, Meredith shares the story of Kristina Libby and Tim Cahill, a New York couple who -- despite all the …

S5E2: New Crush, Old Bones

April 20th, 2021


When Paola Bayron first noticed the cute guy at work, she already had a boyfriend. Over the next four years, as she and her colleague began and ended …

S5E3: Let's Stay Together

May 4th, 2021


A vow renewal is a special breed of new beginning. It’s not just a restatement of original promises; it’s about a couple reaffirming their love and mutual commitment after years of lived experience. Which is exactly why …

S5E4: Her Mother's Daughter

May 18th, 2021


When Letitia needed inspiration for her new beginning, she found it in the most natural place: from her mother, who showed Letitia how to keep her heart open to new love. Even when it seemed so overwhelming. Email us at

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