The Lonely Hour

29 EpisodesProduced by Julia Bainbridge

The Lonely Hour is a podcast about loneliness–but it’s not a bummer. Host Julia Bainbridge has created a space to talk openly in hopes of both de-stigmatizing loneliness and underscoring the joys of solitude.

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We’re baaaaaccckkkkk!

January 15th, 2019

2:08

Find four new episodes of The Lonely Hour on Stitcher Premium. Subscribe now at stitcher.com/lonelyhour.

#26 The Abandoned: Melissa Febos

June 14th, 2017

19:55

Abandon Me author Melissa Febos discusses addiction, obsession, and identity, and our host signs off in The Lonely Hour's last episode of season two.

#25 Weird in a World That’s Not: Jennifer Romolini

June 7th, 2017

23:35

Jennifer Romolini, author of the new memoir and career guide, Weird in a World That's Not, talks about embracing her awkwardness and becoming a …

Coming Next Week!

May 30th, 2017

2:28

Writer Jennifer Romolini visits the show next week. Here's an excerpt from her new book, Weird in a World That's Not.

#24 The Hermit: Christopher Knight

May 24th, 2017

26:23

Christopher Knight lived completely alone in the woods of central Maine for 27 years. Author Michael Finkel shares the story.

#23 The Hidden Figure: Brooke Russell

May 17th, 2017

15:18

Brooke Russell stepped onto the scale and couldn’t believe the number she saw. She was a stranger to herself—and so she kept herself away from others.

#22 The Once-Christian Musician: David Bazan

May 10th, 2017

27:18

David Bazan discusses his faith--and the loss of it.

#21 The Alone...Forever?: Aimée Lutkin

May 3rd, 2017

22:34

Comedian and writer Aimée Lutkin hasn’t dated in a while, and wonders if she ever will again. 

#20 The Representative: George McCalman

April 26th, 2017

19:34

George McCalman has acted as a representative for black people in the mostly white worlds of graphic design and San Francisco. He's done with that now.

#19 The Invisible Chef: Kat Turner

April 19th, 2017

18:57

A personal chef to big-name celebrities, Kat Turner has been behind the scenes for years. Now, she wants to step forward, in front of a camera.

The Lonely Hour Returns

March 30th, 2017

2:50

Season two picks up on April 19th. Here's a sneak peek of what's coming!

#18 Bonus: The Holidays

December 24th, 2016

9:22

A holiday message from The Lonely Hour, plus, some writers try to define loneliness.

#17 The Expat: Reid Whitten

December 8th, 2016

25:44

Reid Whitten, an international trade lawyer, willingly moved to his firm’s Brussels office. Three years later, expat life has turned out to be lonelier than he anticipated.

#16 The Leaver: Samantha Silva

November 23rd, 2016

19:45

Writer Samantha Siva discusses the breakup of her marriage, and the loneliness of having been the breaker.

#15 The Spanking Fetishist: Jillian Keenan

November 9th, 2016

18:22

Sex with Shakespeare author Jillian Keenan struggled with understanding her spanking fetish—and so did those around her.

#14 Our Host, Julia Bainbridge, Tells Her Story

October 26th, 2016

12:08

Our host Julia Bainbridge attempts to answer why she's doing this podcast, and shares what's in store for season two.

#13 Essay Episode: A Hoodie Is a Haven

October 12th, 2016

10:30

For writer Charlotte Druckman, wearing a hood lets people know she’d like to be left alone.

#12 Essay Episode: Lonely Our

October 3rd, 2016

10:25

Writer and activist Stephen Satterfield reads his Lonely Hour poem, called “Lonely Our.”

#11 Essay Episode: On the Fence

September 14th, 2016

14:45

Writing professor Rachel Mennies considers the particular breed of loneliness found on Carnegie Mellon's campus.

#10 Essay Episode: I'm Never Alone Anymore, and I Miss It

August 31st, 2016

13:04

Former New York Times 'Frugal Traveler' Matt Gross finds himself alone (in Istanbul) for the first time in years.

#09 Essay Episode: I'm Not Lonely, But I'm Not Bragging

August 17th, 2016

12:36

In the first of our five essay episodes, a pre-season two mini-series, Jamie Feldmar wonders if her lack of loneliness means something might be wrong with her.

#08 Mental Illness: Kira Asatryan and Kat Kinsman

April 17th, 2016

51:56

Human closeness is fundamental to our mental well-being, but many people have hurdles to human closeness. Whether it’s anxiety, depression, or …

#07 Addiction: Gerardo Gonzalez, Reina Zelonky, and Anne Bainbridge

April 1st, 2016

1:00:36

Both substance abuse and sobriety can be isolating.

#06 Entrepreneurship: Brian Bordainick, Patrick Janelle, and Jill Lindsey

March 17th, 2016

52:44

We idolize the Mark Zuckerbergs of the world, but many of those entrepreneurs struggle through anxiety and loneliness on their way to the top — if …

#05 Writing: Will Chancellor, Andrew Friedman, and Carolyn Murnick

March 3rd, 2016

1:01:53

The act of writing is a solitary one. We talk to three writers about their process, and about the loneliness of their profession.

#04 Solo Dining: Jamie Feldmar, Keff, Amanda Cohen, and Samantha Rose Widder

February 21st, 2016

48:12

Do people like — or are they even growing to prefer — dining alone?

#03 Motherhood: Kate Rope, Molly Guy, and Alyssa Shelasky

February 5th, 2016

54:12

Motherhood can be a lonely-making experience, whether it's because of postpartum depression, the pressure of guarding a human life, or the quest to get pregnant in the first place.

#02 Social Media: Patrick Janelle, Molly Guy, Kat Kinsman, Sydney Engelberg, and Anna Caltabiano

January 22nd, 2016

52:22

"Technology has distracted us from the age-old truths of what is most important — true friends whom we can be ourselves in front of, rather than our …

#01 Solo Travel: Alan Feuer, Paula Froelich, and Randall Reeves

January 6th, 2016

37:24

In this episode, New York Times writer Alan Feuer expands on what he wrote about his 400-mile drive on Alaska’s Dalton Highway, which he calls one of America’s loneliest roads. I talk to Yahoo Travel editor at large …

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