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 Times.

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

August 14th, 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 …

The Night Girl Finds A Day Boy | With Logan Browning

August 7th, 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 …

Could We Try Again? | With Marcia Cross

July 31st, 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 …

He's Playing Our Song | With Amanda Seyfried

July 24th, 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 …

At What Age Is Love Enthralling? | With Jessica Walter

July 17th, 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.

A Tattoo For The Living | With Zosia Mamet

July 10th, 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.")

An Empty Heart | With Zoe Lister-Jones | Encore

July 3rd, 2019


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

June 26th, 2019


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

June 19th, 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 …

Encore | The Doorman With Cecily Strong

June 12th, 2019


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

June 5th, 2019


How have you gotten through your worst breakups? Tinder? New hobbies? Cheap alcohol? Wallowing in Taylor Swift albums?

William Jackson Harper ("The …

What Luck Means Now | With Jacki Weaver

May 29th, 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 …

We Survived The Storm | With Ginnifer Goodwin

May 22nd, 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 …

The Wisdom Of The Moving Man | With Lake Bell

May 15th, 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 …

Agreeing To Accept And Move On | With Sarah Goldberg

May 8th, 2019


Under normal circumstances, trying to find love can be challenging -- and stressful. And for Elizabeth Koster, the pressure was even more intense. …

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

May 1st, 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 …

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

April 24th, 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 …

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

April 17th, 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?

Encore | Sharing The Shame With Anna Chlumsky

April 10th, 2019


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

April 3rd, 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.” …

Comfort, If Not A Cure | With Nazanin Boniadi

March 27th, 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.

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

March 20th, 2019


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

March 13th, 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, …

Playing Role Reversal With My Therapist | With Isabelle Huppert

March 6th, 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 …

Security In A Bright Yellow Suitcase | With Christina Hendricks

February 27th, 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 …

Your Dog Has Seen Me Naked | With William Jackson Harper

February 20th, 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 …

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

February 13th, 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 …

Part I: You May Want to Marry My Husband

February 6th, 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.

Oscars Playlist

January 30th, 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."

Rallying To Keep The Game Alive | With Connie Nielsen

January 23rd, 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 …

A Kiss Deferred | With Joanna Kulig

January 16th, 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 …

What The Sea Took Away | With Carmen Ejogo

January 9th, 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 …

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

January 2nd, 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 …

Modern Love Holiday Playlist

December 26th, 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 …

I Will Be Your Mother Figure | Encore

December 19th, 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 …

The Shirt Stays On | With Finn Wittrock

December 12th, 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").

A Young Man's Game | With Stanley Tucci

December 5th, 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").

On A Serpentine Road | With Michelle Rodriguez

November 28th, 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 …

A Forgotten Prayer, Answered | With Mira Sorvino

November 21st, 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 …

Maddy Just Might Work | Encore

November 14th, 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.

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

November 6th, 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 …

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

October 31st, 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.

In The Waiting Room Of Estranged Spouses | Encore

October 24th, 2018


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

October 17th, 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).

The Plain, Unmarked Box Arrived | With Kristen Bell

October 10th, 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 …

Escaping From A Dire Diagnosis On | With Rita Wilson

October 3rd, 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 …

A Life Plan For Two | With Olivia Munn

September 26th, 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.

Bonus: 81 Minutes

September 21st, 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 …

Making A Judgment On Love | With Giancarlo Esposito

September 19th, 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, …

Learning Humanity From Dogs | With Ethan Hawke

September 12th, 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 Playlist: In Sickness And In Health

September 4th, 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 …

Modern Love Playlist: Secrets

August 24th, 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 …

The Secret To Marriage | With Sandra Oh

August 21st, 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.

Bonus: Test of Time

August 17th, 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 …

Single Woman Seeking Manwich | With Awkwafina

August 15th, 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.

When Mothers Bully Back | With Ellie Kemper

August 8th, 2018


The emotions of parenting can feel completely out of control sometimes. Whether it's love, joy ... or, occasionally, rage. Susan Perabo writes about …

GPS For My Lost Identity | With Diane Guerrero

August 1st, 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 …

Superheroes, Just for Each Other | With Mike Colter

July 25th, 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 …

A Hiker’s Guide to Healing | With Cameron Esposito

July 17th, 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 …

Catfishing Strangers To Find Myself | With Cory Michael Smith

July 11th, 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 …

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

July 3rd, 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 …

Encore | Between The Bars

June 27th, 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.

The Hunter-Gatherer, Parking Division | With Jason Alexander

June 20th, 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 …

Finding My Own Rescuer | With Mandy Moore

June 13th, 2018


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

June 6th, 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 …

Love Stories In 13 Words | Modern Love Bonus Episode

May 30th, 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 …

Modern Love Encore | Marry A Man Who Loves His Mother

May 29th, 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.

The Language Of Love | With Saoirse Ronan

May 23rd, 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.

A Measure of Desire | With Kim Dickens

May 16th, 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 …

When Eve And Eve Bit The Apple | With Rachel Weisz

May 9th, 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 …

Signs, Wonders, and Fates Fulfilled | With Linda Cardellini

May 2nd, 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 …

Boy, What A Fabulous Baker | With Abbi Jacobson

April 25th, 2018


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

April 18th, 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 …

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

April 11th, 2018


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

R We D8ting? | With Krysten Ritter

April 4th, 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 Encore: The Boy Who Makes Waves

March 27th, 2018


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

March 21st, 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.

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

March 14th, 2018


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

March 7th, 2018


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

February 28th, 2018


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

The Accident No One Talked About | With Uma Thurman

February 21st, 2018


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

February 13th, 2018


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

February 7th, 2018


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

January 31st, 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.

A Dose Of Empathy | With Andrea Martin

January 24th, 2018


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

January 16th, 2018


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

January 10th, 2018


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

In The New Year, More Cuddling | With Margarita Levieva

January 3rd, 2018


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

December 26th, 2017


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

December 20th, 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.

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

December 13th, 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," …

A Boyfriend Too Good To Be True | With Caitriona Balfe

December 6th, 2017


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'

November 22nd, 2017


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

November 22nd, 2017


Paul Sun-Hyung Lee ("Kim's Convenience") reads a story about a man improvising a birth plan.

Urgent Messages Go Unanswered | With Andrew Rannells

November 15th, 2017


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

November 8th, 2017


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

November 1st, 2017


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

October 25th, 2017


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

October 18th, 2017


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

October 11th, 2017


Ann Dowd ("The Handmaid's Tale") reads Diane Daniel's essay about a woman coming to terms with her spouse's gender transition.

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