The Lonely Hour

34 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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#30 The Loss of Faith and a Marriage, the Gaining of an Identity

April 3rd, 2019


Having grown up in a born-again Christian community with strict rules governing how best to live, James finally woke up to the fact that he didn’t …

#29 Facing Dead-of-Winter Maine Alone in a Tent

March 27th, 2019


Brandon Baltzley is the chef and co-owner of a restaurant called the Buffalo Jump. Determined to kick his substance abuse issues, he climbed a snow- and ice-covered hill in the dark to reach his home for the next month …

#28 One Month—No Schedule, No Internet, and No Electricity

March 20th, 2019


How losing both parents, navigating the transition of her only sibling, and extreme burnout led film producer Annabelle Dunne to seek solitude in Sri …

#27 Looking for Clarity Halfway Around the World

March 13th, 2019


After a decade in New York working as a talent agent and a producer in fashion and a loss in her family, Kamey Butler sacrificed leaving her friends …

Alone Together: Spend Valentine’s Day With Yourself If You Want To

February 14th, 2019


Comedian Lane Moore, host of Tinder Live author of the new essay collection How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don't, talks about …

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January 15th, 2019


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#26 The Loneliness of Losing Yourself

June 14th, 2017


Abandon Me author and former heroin addict and dominatrix Melissa Febos discusses what it’s like to lose your identity to addiction and obsession—and …

#25 Weird in a World That’s Not

June 7th, 2017


Jennifer Romolini, author of the new memoir and career guide, Weird in a World That's Not, opens her book with this: “I am not supposed to be here. I …

Coming Next Week!

May 30th, 2017


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

#24 Alone in the Maine Woods for 27 Years

May 24th, 2017


At the age of 20, Christopher Knight left his car and the rest of the world behind: He didn’t send a letter, spend any money, or use the internet for over two decades. He said one word to one person, accidentally, …

#23 When You’re a Stranger To Yourself

May 17th, 2017


Brooke Russell stepped onto the scale and couldn’t believe the number she saw. She tells the story of how, as she struggled with disordered eating, …

#22 When You Start to Doubt Your Faith

May 10th, 2017


David Bazan—a touring musician, most notably with Pedro the Lion—always assumed God existed. His life, and music, was centered around his Christianity. Then he started to question all of it.

#21 “When Can I Say I’ll Be Alone Forever?”

May 3rd, 2017


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

#20 Suddenly an Outsider

April 26th, 2017


Our awareness of an "ism" can lead to loneliness, and in George McCalman’s case, that ism was racism. After living much of his life in New York City feeling part of the community, he suddenly felt like an outsider, …

#19 The Invisible Chef: Kat Turner

April 19th, 2017


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


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

#18 Bonus: The Holidays

December 24th, 2016


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

#17 The Expat: Reid Whitten

December 8th, 2016


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


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


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


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


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


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

#11 Essay Episode: On the Fence

September 14th, 2016


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


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


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


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

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

March 17th, 2016


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


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


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

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

February 5th, 2016


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


"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


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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