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Love Letters

91 EpisodesProduced by The Boston GlobeWebsite

Love stories. Dating stories. Relationship stories. Stories about romance, marriage, partnership, sex, loss, and the human heart. Served with a side of advice. Hosted by Boston Globe advice columnist Meredith Goldstein. Distributed by PRX.

91 Episodes | 2018 - 2022

S1E1: Getting Under to Get Over

March 20th, 2018

22:03

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

19:08

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

22:06

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

19:00

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

21:39

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

22:15

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

19:01

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

24:12

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

20:36

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

2:38

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

2:13

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

25:16

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

23:31

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

21:18

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

24:12

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

29:12

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

22:57

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

26:05

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

29:44

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

20:58

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

33:29

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

58:23

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

Bonus Episode: Finding Love in the Comments

July 16th, 2019

20:11

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

10:28

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

2:39

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

24:58

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

26:22

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

29:32

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

31:45

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

20:39

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

27:50

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

21:50

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

26:31

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

32:27

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

32:27

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

26:37

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

34:07

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

23:29

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

23:58

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

31:36

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

46:08

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

21:37

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

2:52

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

25:59

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

24:17

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

25:10

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

25:47

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

24:42

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

33:21

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

27:25

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

25:34

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

29:53

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

30:46

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

1:08:41

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

26:08

(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

32:13

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

33:16

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

30:24

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

31:01

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

S5E5: This Beautiful Thing for Right Now

June 1st, 2021

26:03

It’s hard to not worry about the future. We all want to know how things are going to work out. For Meighan, her romantic path seemed clear. Until … it didn’t. That’s when she learned to let go of tomorrow and just live …

S5E6: How to Step-Mom

June 15th, 2021

34:28

When a step-parent enters the picture, it can be an especially fraught new beginning -- for everyone involved. Stacie discovered this after she and …

S5E7: Boyfriend Person

June 29th, 2021

33:54

Trenni used to pity the “boyfriend people” -- women she knew whose lives seemed to revolve around a guy. She valued her independence and wore it like …

S5E8: The Connecticut Wife

July 13th, 2021

24:05

Many of us have clear expectations for our romantic lives. We envision a certain kind of partner, a certain kind of relationship. But Nicole found …

S5E9: Save It for Later

July 27th, 2021

34:24

Knowing whether your partner is "the one" can be hard. Especially when you meet earlier in life. It’s tough to know who is truly here to stay, and …

S5E10: Meredith, Explained

August 10th, 2021

36:59

In the final episode of the season, Meredith turns hosting duties over to her sister, Brette. And for an important reason: It’s finally time for Meredith to share her own story -- her own new beginning. It’s a story …

Bonus: Erin’s Hot Girl Summer

August 31st, 2021

39:29

Meredith has a glass of frosé with Erin, whose dating journey Love Letters chronicled in Season 2. Erin gives an update on her love life, shares what changed for her during the pandemic, and admits to crushing on a guy …

Bonus: A Conversation with John Paul Brammer

September 28th, 2021

58:32

Meredith talks to fellow advice columnist John Paul Brammer on the occasion of his new book, “Hola Papi: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and …

S6E1: Because I Wanted To

November 16th, 2021

27:37

Welcome to Season 6! Our theme for this season is “Breaking the Rules.” It’s all about people who went against the grain, challenged convention, or …

S6E2: In Love, on Duty

November 30th, 2021

29:44

Naomi and Chandler didn’t know each other before deploying to the same air base in Afghanistan. But they had much in common — they both came from big families and small towns, and neither was looking for love. They also …

S6E3: So Long, Splitsville

December 14th, 2021

37:59

When Ian Coss talks about the legacy of divorce in his family, he’s not kidding. Everybody split up -- parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, …

S6E4: 98 Percent Perfect

January 4th, 2022

34:09

Just about everybody in a long-term partnership worries they’re not having the right amount of sex. It’s easy to wonder: What is “normal?” For Katie and her husband, this became a central question in their marriage – …

S6E5: The Old College Try

January 18th, 2022

25:49

When the pandemic hit, Iz was a junior in college with a vibrant social and academic life. They also had a serious partner, with whom they’d been in …

S6E6: Dancing With a Stranger

February 1st, 2022

36:43

Ayesha Mattu was supposed to marry a man whose background mirrored hers: Pakistani, Muslim, and from a certain caste. For a time, that was the plan. Then, one night in a dimly lit club, she saw a cute guy dancing. And …

S6E7: These Rules Are Meant for Breakin'

February 15th, 2022

29:58

Meredith sits down with two smart people who have spent a lot of time studying relationships – how we make them, what we look for in other people, …

S6E8: Red Flag Parade

March 1st, 2022

37:52

When Margaret hit her early 30s, she felt like one of those collectible toys you keep in a box – in mint condition, untouched. She wondered: What am …

S6E9: I Couldn't Help But Wonder

March 15th, 2022

30:42

Yes, Devin Tomb knows that TV isn’t real life. That “Sex and the City” never explicitly promised her anything. And yet, it was hard not to believe in …

S6E10: Never Gonna Give You Up

March 29th, 2022

32:27

For our final episode of the season, we collaborate with the podcast This Is Dating to bring you the story of Manny, a San Francisco thirty-something …

Send us your stories of big change

April 21st, 2022

0:52

Sometimes life is about big change. You move across the world. Quit or lose a job. Suddenly get Internet famous. Decide you must join the circus. Maybe not that, but you get it. For the next season of Love Letters, …

Bonus: Romanticizing Everything with Casey McQuiston

May 5th, 2022

34:10

We’re back with a bonus episode today. Meredith chats with writer Casey McQuiston about all the things: finding romance for yourself in times of uncertainty, how they get their work done, and what makes a really good …

Bonus: Get Off the Apps! With Jon Birger

June 14th, 2022

24:08

Meredith chats with business writer and journalist Jon Birger about why he thinks we should get off the apps and seek connection in other ways. …

Introducing: Sidebar

July 25th, 2022

12:34

We're trying out this new thing today. It's called Sidebar. It's a snack-sized episode in which Meredith and producer Katelyn Harrop discuss their …

Sidebar: Men in Their 30s

August 16th, 2022

13:15

Our new season is launching soon. But first ... Meredith and producer Katelyn Harrop dish on letters to Meredith's Love Letters advice column. This …

S7E1: Bill & Jen's Excellent Adventure

September 6th, 2022

30:39

All this season, we’ll be telling stories of big changes and how they reshape people’s romantic lives. In the first episode, Meredith shares the story of Bill and Jen, who did that thing many people fantasize about: …

Sidebar: He's Hooked Up With All His Friends

September 15th, 2022

16:25

Meredith and producer Katelyn Harrop take on two new letters, including one from a woman in her 40s who digs her new boyfriend but wasn't thrilled to learn that he'd previously hooked up with most of the women in his …

S7E2: No Roadmap Required

September 20th, 2022

39:08

Michaela always craved the kind of life she didn’t have as a kid. She’d find a stable guy, settle down, and start a family. For several years, she seemed to be on her way. But then she discovered that, no matter how …

Sidebar: Does 'When Harry Met Sally' Hold Up?

September 29th, 2022

15:07

Love Letters producer Katelyn Harrop just saw "When Harry Met Sally" for the first time, which leaves Meredith (a WHMS superfan) with one burning question: Has it aged well? They discuss in this Sidebar mini-episode. …

S7E3: Welcome to Polyamory City

October 4th, 2022

29:07

In 2020, Somerville, Massachusetts became the first municipality in the country allowing polyamorous relationships to qualify for domestic …

S7E4: Still the One

October 18th, 2022

35:04

Mel and Jay met way back in seventh-grade social studies class. Then in high school, they co-led the Gay Straight Alliance. Mel was straight; Jay was …

Sidebar: Is This What Closure Looks Like?

October 27th, 2022

15:19

Meredith and producer Katelyn Harrop take up two letters to Meredith's Love Letters advice column. In the first letter, a man wonders if he should …

S7E5: Ana in Paris

November 1st, 2022

34:18

Ana’s first impression of Paris wasn’t very good. First of all, she was from Mexico. So she didn’t know a lick of French. She also hated the food. But she returned 10 years later and fell in love with the city – and …

S7E6: Right Here Waiting for You

November 15th, 2022

29:34

Ever since he was young, Jared believed he had to choose between being gay and being Muslim. Because everyone around him was telling him he couldn’t …

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