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This is Love

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Love is more than you think.From the creators of Criminal. New episodes every month.

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This Is Love

January 23rd, 2018


Some spiders eat their young, and some eat their parents. Love is never simple. From the makers of the award-winning podcast Criminal, This is Love investigates life’s most persistent mystery. Stories of sacrifice, …

Episode 1: The Run

February 14th, 2018


In 1971, David Alexander went for a run in Central Park and started talking to a stranger. For our first episode of This Is Love, a story about what's possible when we bet everything on each other.

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Episode 2: Something Large and Wild

February 21st, 2018


An unconventional love story about a teenager, the Pacific Ocean, and an encounter with something wild. 

Grayson, by Lynne Cox

Lynne's latest is Swimming in the Sink.

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Episode 3: Always Tomorrow

February 28th, 2018


A woman becomes a best-selling novelist by writing 120 books about her first romance.

This episode contains adult material.

Selected books by Brenda …

Episode 4: Eight Thousand Miles

March 7th, 2018


This episode was released in March of 2018.

In June of 2020, Van Nolintha stepped down from his roles at Bida Manda and Brewery Bhavana, following …

Episode 5: A Private Life

March 14th, 2018


Nino and Drew kept their relationship a secret for more than 40 years. And then, they decided to do something that forced them into the spotlight.

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Episode 6: What Are We Going To Do

March 21st, 2018


"People wanted to put him up for sainthood because he married me, like he'd made the ultimate sacrifice."

Special thanks to Pop Up Magazine.

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We're Back

October 17th, 2018


We're very excited to announce that Season Two is coming November 14th! Here’s a sneak peek.

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Episode 7: How to Live Forever

November 14th, 2018


An experiment in living together, forever.

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Episode 8: Message in a Bottle

November 21st, 2018


A woman finds a mysterious message in a bottle, and becomes consumed with finding out who wrote it and why.

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Episode 9: One in a Million

November 28th, 2018


A story about moving at your own pace.

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Episode 10: Blue

December 5th, 2018


The story of a color marked by effort and desire.

For more, check out Carol Mavor's book, Blue Mythologies.

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Episode 11: Nothing Compares to You

December 12th, 2018


In 1983, Susan Rogers moved thousands of miles from home to work with her favorite artist in the world: Prince. "He was unlike any human I'd ever known,” she says. A story about making remarkable things, together.

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Episode 12: How to Be Alone

December 19th, 2018


More than 40 years ago, a man moved to an abandoned mining town to be alone. He says that there are days in the winter "when it's so quiet that the noisiest thing is the snow hitting your jacket."

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April 17th, 2019


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Episode 13: Ugly Club

May 1st, 2019


We visit a place where it's good to be ugly. With Club dei Brutti's permission, we've created an Ugly Club pin for This is Love listeners. Get yours here ( or pick one up …

Episode 14: The Town That Stayed Quiet

May 15th, 2019


We visit a city in Northern Italy where everyone decided to stay quiet to save something beautiful.

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Episode 15: Silvia and the Cats

May 29th, 2019


We visit an ancient place where cats have taken over.

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Episode 16: Everything Floats

June 12th, 2019


We visit a place where the “black sheep” of the Guggenheim family went to be free.

Francine Prose’s book is Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern.

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Episode 17: Anna and Massimo

June 26th, 2019


At 43, Anna Bonavita had given up on finding love. But sometimes it’s worth the wait.

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Episode 18: The Memory Artist

July 10th, 2019


One day Franco Magnani picked up a paintbrush.

You can see some of Franco’s paintings on his website.

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Looking for Wolves

March 25th, 2020


All new stories, starting April 1. Stories about animals and the wild, and what happens when we take time to look around us.

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Episode 19: The Wolves

April 1st, 2020


We go searching for wolves in Yellowstone, and learn about the dramatic and surprisingly relatable relationship between a powerful young wolf and the …

Episode 20: Roselle and Michael

April 15th, 2020


Michael Hingson was on the 78th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He says the first indication that something was wrong was the sound of a muffled explosion. Then the building …

Episode 21: Antelope Island

April 29th, 2020


When Kayleigh Davis saw Kyler Bourgeous' profile on a dating app, she liked that he loved the outdoors as much as she did. But what really stood out is that he said he'd survived a bison attack. So, Kayleigh messaged …

Episode 22: Prairie Warbler

May 13th, 2020


When Drew Lanham was a child, he used to lie down in a field and play dead, just so he could get a glimpse of vultures flying over him. He made …

Episode 23: Into the Ice

May 27th, 2020


The B-15 iceberg in Antarctica was the largest iceberg in recorded history. Explorer Jill Heinerth wanted to see what it looked like from the inside. She assembled a team of the most accomplished divers in the world, …

Episode 24: Gobi

June 10th, 2020


In June of 2016, Dion Leonard attempted one of the toughest races in the world—155 miles through the Gobi Desert. At the start of day two, he looked down and saw a little brown dog chewing on his shoes. Dion and the …

Episode 25: City Birds

June 24th, 2020


Meet a woman who decided to devote her life to the wild birds of New York City, and a Los Angeles man who formed a once-in-a-lifetime friendship.

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The Most Persistent Mystery

October 7th, 2020


We're thrilled to announce that This is Love is coming back with our 5th season on October 14th!

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Episode 26: The Kinseys

October 14th, 2020


Bernard Kinsey met Shirley Pooler in 1963, when they were both students at Florida A&M University, after a protest to integrate the movie …

Episode 27: He Left in a Storm, He’ll Return in a Storm

October 28th, 2020


There’s an old story on Cape Cod about a woman named Maria Hallett who fell in love with a pirate. According to legend, when he died at sea, she …

Episode 28: The Clearwater Monster

November 11th, 2020


Early one morning in 1948, a phone call woke up the police chief in the small town of Clearwater, Florida. The caller said he’d seen something …

Episode 29: The Dancer

November 25th, 2020


When Carlos Acosta was a kid, he wanted to be the next Michael Jackson. He spent all his time break-dancing in the streets of Havana. Until one day, when his father decided to put Carlos in a ballet class.

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Episode 30: Cheers

December 9th, 2020


In June of 2020, a 72-year-old man in the UK named Gerald Stratford posted a photograph of himself in his garden on Twitter. He wrote, “Just giving …

Episode 31: Something Large and Wild

December 23rd, 2020


Our favorite story, for anyone who might be feeling a little lost.

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Episode 32: Among the Oak Trees

March 31st, 2021


One day in the spring of 1986, a woman in Hot Springs, Arkansas named Ruth Coker Burks was visiting a friend in the hospital. She noticed a door down the hall that had a red tarp over it, and the nurses were avoiding …

Episode 33: On the Way to Dinner

April 28th, 2021


On August 28th, 2000, Danny Stewart got on the subway to meet his boyfriend Pete Mercurio for dinner in New York City. As he was exiting the station, …

Episode 34: Lost and Found

May 26th, 2021


On today's episode: Home recordings, people recording their friends, neighbors, and strangers — for a look at how we live, and who we are, by …

Episode 35: My Penny

June 30th, 2021


In October of 2006, a press conference was held at a hospital in Denver. During the press conference, a man asked if anyone watching could tell him …

Episode 36: The Magpie of Heart Mountain

July 28th, 2021


When Shigeru Yabu was a little boy he made a new friend in an unexpected place. “That bird walked up my arm all the way to my shoulder, and we looked …

Episode 37: What Gets Told

August 25th, 2021


"History was dependent upon people like me remembering." A conversation with Betty Reid Soskin, shortly before her 100th birthday.

Betty Reid Soskin’s book is Sign My Name to Freedom.

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Episode 38: Tami & Ed, Sharpie

September 29th, 2021


Tami is a sharpie, and Ed is her cap. After all these years, marriage has left an indelible mark.

Listeners of this show know that from the very beginning, we’ve wanted to highlight unconventional stories of love. …

Episode 39: Can I Speak to David?

October 27th, 2021


"I began to think: ‘Oh, my gosh. Everyone was against me dropping out of college, marrying a complete stranger, and moving to New York. Perhaps they …

Episode 40: Grandfather of the Forest

November 17th, 2021


“On the last day of the world, I would want to plant a tree.”

A story about people coming together, willing to try something.

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Episode 41: Finding Joy

December 15th, 2021


In 2015, Kate Bowler was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. She was 35. “The chronic nature of what I had really lent itself to people wanting to openly explain why I was suffering. Was it something I ate? Was it something …

Episode 42: The Brain in Love

January 26th, 2022


Dessa spent the better part of two decades in love with the same person. They’d broken up and gotten back together over and over again. And even once …

Episode 43: The Adventures of Dillon Helbig

February 23rd, 2022


Dillon Helbig is 8 years old. He's been writing books since he was 5. One day, he decided he wanted to see his book on the shelf in a library.

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Episode 44: Cain's Jawbone

March 30th, 2022


There’s a strange book from 1934 called Cain’s Jawbone that's "not for the faint-hearted.” It’s part puzzle, part murder mystery. And it’s only been …

Episode 45: Seeing and Being Seen

April 13th, 2022


When artist Wilfrid Wood was looking for new people to draw, he got an idea - and put a call out for models on Grindr. When Theo Adamson saw Wilfrid's profile, he says “it just caught me in the right moment as being up …

Episode 46: The Visitor

April 27th, 2022


Many years ago, Cathy Raven decided to build herself a small house on a large piece of land in rural Montana. She’s said, “I saw myself alone in the …

Episode 47: Frank Goes to the Spelling Bee

May 30th, 2022


A few months ago, Frank Dumas won his 4th grade class spelling bee. And then he just kept winning.

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Episode 48: The Freelons

June 29th, 2022


Nnenna and Phil met on a friend’s front porch in Carrboro, North Carolina in 1978. “It felt like I was meeting someone that I had known, but forgot …

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