Modern Love

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one of my favourites. a diverse well constructed collection of true love stories


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.

Episode Date
A Young Man's Game | With Stanley Tucci
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").
Dec 05, 2018
On A Serpentine Road | With Michelle Rodriguez
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 Rodriguez ("Widows").
Nov 28, 2018
A Forgotten Prayer, Answered | With Mira Sorvino
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 Mira Sorvino ("StartUp").
Nov 21, 2018
Maddy Just Might Work | Encore
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.
Nov 14, 2018
How To Break Up With A 2-Year-Old | With Busy Philipps
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 ("Busy Tonight") reads Laurie Sandell's piece, about the little girl who changed her path.
Nov 06, 2018
An Ancient Coda To My 21st-Century Divorce | With Amy Landecker
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.
Oct 31, 2018
In The Waiting Room Of Estranged Spouses | Encore
Lance Reddick, best known as Lt. Cedric Daniels on HBO's "The Wire," reads a story about infidelity and healing.
Oct 24, 2018
I Was Hardly a Perfect Fit | With John C. Reilly
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).
Oct 17, 2018
The Plain, Unmarked Box Arrived | With Kristen Bell
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 that's read by Kristen Bell ("The Good Place.")
Oct 10, 2018
Escaping From A Dire Diagnosis On | With Rita Wilson
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 read by actor and singer Rita Wilson ("Bigger Picture").
Oct 03, 2018
A Life Plan For Two | With Olivia Munn
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.
Sep 26, 2018
Bonus: 81 Minutes
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 history -- the theft of thirteen irreplaceable pieces of art from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner museum.
Sep 21, 2018
Making A Judgment On Love | With Giancarlo Esposito
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, about the complications of a last request.
Sep 19, 2018
Learning Humanity From Dogs | With Ethan Hawke
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.
Sep 12, 2018
Modern Love Playlist: In Sickness And In Health
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 Michael Shannon, Sarah Silverman, Chris Messina, Rebecca Hall, and Patina Miller.
Sep 04, 2018
Modern Love Playlist: Secrets
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 features a playlist of three of our favorite episodes about secrets, read by Danielle Brooks, Cynthia Nixon, and Uma Thurman.
Aug 24, 2018
The Secret To Marriage | With Sandra Oh
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.
Aug 21, 2018
Bonus: Test of Time
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 featured in an iconic photo from Woodstock, and one about a relationship that started with a note sent in second grade.
Aug 17, 2018
Single Woman Seeking Manwich | With Awkwafina
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.
Aug 15, 2018
When Mothers Bully Back | With Ellie Kemper
The emotions of parenting can feel completely out of control sometimes. Whether it's love, joy ... or, occasionally, rage. Susan Perabo writes about them in her essay, which is read by Ellie Kemper ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt").
Aug 08, 2018
GPS For My Lost Identity | With Diane Guerrero
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 the New Black").
Aug 01, 2018
Superheroes, Just for Each Other | With Mike Colter
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 essay is read by Mike Colter ("Luke Cage.")
Jul 25, 2018
A Hiker’s Guide to Healing | With Cameron Esposito
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 in her essay, read by actor and comic Cameron Esposito.
Jul 17, 2018
Catfishing Strangers To Find Myself | With Cory Michael Smith
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 Festival.
Jul 11, 2018
My Back-Seat View Of A Great Romance | With Chloë Grace Moretz
"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 Post") reads Rachel Monroe's essay about watching a love story unfold from the sidelines.
Jul 03, 2018
Encore | Between The Bars
Joshua Jackson ("The Affair") reads a story about life and love after 26 months in Iran's Evin Prison. This is an encore presentation.
Jun 27, 2018
The Hunter-Gatherer, Parking Division | With Jason Alexander
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 parking in Chinatown.
Jun 20, 2018
Finding My Own Rescuer | With Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore ("This Is Us") reads Anna March's essay about disability, ability, and the misconceptions surrounding both.
Jun 13, 2018
A Fear Stripped Bare | With Sarah Shahi
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 "Reverie."
Jun 06, 2018
Love Stories In 13 Words | Modern Love Bonus Episode
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 together an episode featuring some of our favorites.
May 30, 2018
Modern Love Encore | Marry A Man Who Loves His Mother
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.
May 29, 2018
The Language Of Love | With Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan ("On Chesil Beach") reads an essay about how a language barrier impacts the relationship between a young woman and an Iraqi doctor.
May 23, 2018
A Measure of Desire | With Kim Dickens
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 Kim Dickens ("Fear the Walking Dead").
May 16, 2018
When Eve And Eve Bit The Apple | With Rachel Weisz
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 ("Disobedience") reads Kristen's essay.
May 09, 2018
Signs, Wonders, and Fates Fulfilled | With Linda Cardellini
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 essay.
May 02, 2018
Boy, What A Fabulous Baker | With Abbi Jacobson
Abbi Jacobson ("6 Balloons," "Broad City") reads an essay about a carboholic who falls for a baker -- and his bread.
Apr 25, 2018
A Cup From The Fountain Of Youth | With Mel Rodriguez
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 unexpected flirtation.
Apr 18, 2018
A Brother As Significant As Any Other | With Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman
Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman ("UnREAL") tells the story of the deep friendship between an older and younger brother.
Apr 11, 2018
R We D8ting? | With Krysten Ritter
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.
Apr 04, 2018
Modern Love Encore: The Boy Who Makes Waves
In this encore, Mykelti Williamson ("Chicago P.D.") reads an essay about a father's complicated love for his son.
Mar 27, 2018
The Accidental Older Woman | With Rosie Perez
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.
Mar 21, 2018
When A Couch Is More Than A Couch | With Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet reads Nina Riggs's essay, about an overwhelming diagnosis -- and a search for the perfect living room couch.
Mar 14, 2018
A Fighting Chance | With Bobby Cannavale
Bobby Cannavale ("Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," "Mr. Robot") reads Dominick Zarrillo's essay about a father's unconditional love for his son.
Mar 07, 2018
From He To She In First Grade | With Jennifer Beals
Jennifer Beals ("Taken") reads Laurie Frankel's essay, about facing a challenging parenting dilemma.
Feb 28, 2018
The Accident No One Talked About | With Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman ("The Parisian Woman") reads Jessica Ciencin Henriquez's essay, about the silence that grew in the aftermath of a terrible accident.
Feb 21, 2018
Overfed On A Mother's Affection | With Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon
Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon ("The Big Sick") tell the story of how a mother's cooking comes between a husband and wife.
Feb 13, 2018
Missing A Father I Hardly Knew | With Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe ("The Florida Project") reads Bruce Eric Kaplan's essay, about waiting for a hilarious secret to be revealed.
Feb 07, 2018
Modern Love 100: Your Stories
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.
Jan 31, 2018
A Dose Of Empathy | With Andrea Martin
Andrea Martin ("Great News") reads Randi Davenport's essay, about a relationship that she says saved her life.
Jan 24, 2018
In My Fantasy, I Caught Up To Reality | With Richard Jenkins
Richard Jenkins ("The Shape of Water") reads John Gfroerer's essay about going to the gym to cope with loss.
Jan 16, 2018
Yes, We Do. Even At Our Age. | With Lois Smith
Lois Smith ("Marjorie Prime," "Lady Bird") reads an essay about passion in the golden years.
Jan 10, 2018
In The New Year, More Cuddling | With Margarita Levieva
Margarita Levieva ("The Deuce") reads Kristine Lloyd's essay, about making a New Year's resolution to attend a cuddle party.
Jan 03, 2018
Sharing A Cab, And My Toes | With Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig ("Lady Bird") reads Julia Anne Miller's essay, about sharing an unusual cab ride in New York City.
Dec 26, 2017
How The 'Dining Dead' Got Talking Again | With Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas ("Darkest Hour") reads an essay about a woman worried that she and her husband might have nothing left to talk about.
Dec 20, 2017
Was I On A Date Or Baby-Sitting? | With Sasheer Zamata
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," "Pizza Mind") reads Julie's essay.
Dec 13, 2017
A Boyfriend Too Good To Be True | With Caitriona Balfe
Caitriona Balfe ("Outlander") reads Deenie Hartzog-Mislock's essay, about an imaginary man who helps a family cope with Alzheimer's.
Dec 06, 2017
Modern Love Encore: 'A Heart Of Gold'
In this encore, Ruth Negga ("Preacher," "Loving") reads a story about the deep bond between a woman and her unusual pet.
Nov 22, 2017
We Didn't Have A Plan, But The Baby Did | With Paul Sun-Hyung Lee
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee ("Kim's Convenience") reads a story about a man improvising a birth plan.
Nov 22, 2017
Urgent Messages Go Unanswered | With Andrew Rannells
Andrew Rannells ("Girls") reads his own essay, about ignoring a string of urgent phone calls during a casual hookup.
Nov 15, 2017
A Family Fairytale, Twice Told | With Julia Stiles
Julia Stiles ("Riviera") tells the story of a woman who has a perfect New York City apartment ... and a crush on her roommate.
Nov 08, 2017
Cropped Out Of My Own Fantasy | With Kirsten Vangsness
Kirsten Vangsness ("Criminal Minds") reads an essay about a relationship where the perfect images posted online don't match the reality.
Nov 01, 2017
My Body Doesn't Belong To You | With Cleopatra Coleman
Cleopatra Coleman ("The Last Man On Earth," "White Famous") reads an essay about a woman claiming ownership over her own body.
Oct 25, 2017
Let's Not Pretend | With Kimberly Hébert Gregory
Kimberly Hébert Gregory ("Kevin (Probably) Saves the World," "Vice Principals") reads an essay about an attempt at dirty talk gone awry.
Oct 18, 2017
My Husband Is Now My Wife | With Ann Dowd
Ann Dowd ("The Handmaid's Tale") reads Diane Daniel's essay about a woman coming to terms with her spouse's gender transition.
Oct 11, 2017
Nursing A Wound | With Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal ("Stronger") tells the story of a man recovering from heartbreak in a pediatrics wing.
Oct 04, 2017
When Your Greatest Romance Is A Friendship | With Ali Fazal
Ali Fazal ("Victoria and Abul") tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a man and his elderly neighbor.
Sep 27, 2017
One Bouquet Of Fleeting Beauty | With Kerry Bishé
Kerry Bishe ("Halt and Catch Fire," "Narcos") tells the story of one woman's unexpected awakening -- at a flower shop.
Sep 20, 2017
Emmy Edition, 2017
The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards are this weekend. To celebrate, we're looking back at two of our favorite episodes featuring nominated actors. Angela Bassett reads Marcia DeSanctis' essay, "What the Psychic Knew" and Jesse Tyler Ferguson reads Jerry Mahoney's essay, "Mom/Not Mom/Aunt."
Sep 11, 2017
Promises That Can Bend | With Peter Gallagher
Peter Gallagher ("Grace and Frankie," "The O.C.") reads the story of one man's effort to stay with his wife in sickness and in health.
Sep 06, 2017
No Bounds, Or Lanes | With Kyra Sedgwick
Love, itself, is a leap of faith. But some people take a bigger jump than others. Kyra Sedgwick (TNT's "The Closer") reads a story about a "wild ride" of a marriage.
Aug 30, 2017
Learning To Embrace Sexuality's Gray Areas | With Nico Tortorella
Nico Tortorella ("Younger") reads an essay about a college student whose ideas about love and sexuality change during the first weeks of his freshman year.
Aug 23, 2017
Dear Dad, We've Been Gay Forever | With Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon ("The Last Boy in New York," "A Quiet Passion") reads an essay about two grown siblings raised in the Mennonite church and their decision to come out to their 95-year-old father.
Aug 16, 2017
A Lost Child, But Not Mine | With Betty Gilpin
Betty Gilpin of Netflix's "G.L.O.W." reads a story about life after abortion.
Aug 09, 2017
Flowergate | With June Diane Raphael
June Diane Raphael of Netflix's "Grace and Frankie" reads a story about a flower delivery gone very, very wrong.
Jul 27, 2017
Manic Pixie Dream Girl | With Alex Karpovsky
Alex Karpovsky of HBO's "Girls" tells the story of one man's quest to turn his love life into a cinematic event.
Jul 26, 2017
I Need To Woman Up | With Cynthia Addai-Robinson
We can't control the curve balls life throws at us, but we can control how we handle them. Cynthia Addai-Robinson (USA Network's "Shooter") reads a story about choosing to face one of life's greatest challenges alone.
Jul 19, 2017
An Empty Heart | With Zoe Lister-Jones
Zoe Lister-Jones ("Band Aid," "Life in Pieces") reads renowned novelist Lily King's story about the silver lining of heartbreak.
Jul 12, 2017
Take My Son To Jail | With Jayne Atkinson
Jayne Atkinson ("House of Cards") tells the story of a mother who reluctantly uses tough love when her son refuses to follow the law.
Jul 05, 2017
Modern Love Encore: Wedding Season
It's wedding season! Kathryn Hahn ("I Love Dick") and John Cho ("Star Trek") read some of our favorite nuptial-themed essays.
Jun 27, 2017
About That Rustle In The Bushes | With Danielle Brooks
Danielle Brooks of "Orange Is The New Black" on a daughter's discovery of her father's secret investigative skills. The target? Her boyfriends.
Jun 21, 2017
Before The Web | With Griffin Dunne
Griffin Dunne of the Amazon series "I Love Dick" reads a story about how distance can make the heart grow discouragingly fonder.
Jun 14, 2017
Finding Marriage, Losing Self | With Taylor Schilling
Taylor Schilling of "Orange is the New Black" reads a story about unpacking the baggage of your past in a new relationship.
Jun 07, 2017
Standing By Your Man | With Chris Messina
Chris Messina of "The Mindy Project" and "The Sweet Life" reads a story that explores what it really means to stand by your partner "in sickness and in health."
May 31, 2017
Marry My Husband | With Debra Winger
Debra Winger reads the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal's essay about her fairytale love story, which was cut short by cancer.
May 29, 2017
A Slow Fade To Black | With Minnie Driver
Minnie Driver of ABC's "Speechless" tells the story of a woman whose dream life was almost complete -- until reality got in the way.
May 24, 2017
Just Don't Call Me Mom | With Gideon Glick
Mother's Day is over -- for this year. Some people really look forward to those chocolates and flowers and others write a Modern Love essay bemoaning the day's existence. Broadway actor Gideon Glick ("Spring Awakening," "Significant Other") reads.
May 17, 2017
Sharing The Shame | With Anna Chlumsky
Anna Chlumsky ("Veep") tells the story of the 90 days that changed the entire course of one family's life.
May 10, 2017
A Prince Charming For The Prom | With Tituss Burgess
Tituss Burgess, the Emmy-nominated star of the Netflix series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," reads us a story about teenage dreams -- the good, the bad, and the prom.
May 03, 2017
It Took A Villain | With Melanie Lynskey
Melanie Lynskey of "Togetherness" and the new film "Little Boxes" tells the story of a neighborhood bully and the faltering marriage he inadvertently strengthened.
Apr 26, 2017
In A Small Bag | With Harry Lennix
Harry Lennix of NBC's "The Blacklist" reads the story of a couple who never saw their 22-year age difference as an issue. That is, until one of them had a heart attack.
Apr 19, 2017
A Child Of Two Worlds | With Mireille Enos
Mireille Enos of ABC's "The Catch" on one expat's decision to embrace risk, get pregnant, and according to the Somali proverb, open "the mouth to her grave."
Apr 12, 2017
I Will Be Your Mother Figure | With Laura Dern
Laura Dern of HBO's "Big Little Lies" on one priest's commitment to a parishioner in limbo.
Apr 05, 2017
Death Bear Will See You Now | With Ry Russo-Young
Ry Russo-Young, director of the new feature film "Before I Fall," tells the story of a break-up, a best friend, and a performance artist.
Mar 29, 2017
The End Of Small Talk | With Paul Rust
Paul Rust, star of the Netflix comedy hit "Love," tells the story of a man who says 'no' to conversations about traffic and weather. Even on a first date.
Mar 22, 2017
Elvis And My Husband Have Left The Building | With Malin Akerman
Malin Akerman of Showtime's "Billions" tells the story of a pair of best friends who vow to stay together forever--at least until the green card arrives.
Mar 15, 2017
Single, Female, Mormon, Alone | With Justina Machado
Justina Machado, star of the Netflix reboot "One Day At A Time," shares the story of one woman's quest to lose her virginity while at the same time finding herself.
Mar 08, 2017
Live From The Wilbur Theater (Part Two) | With Emmy Rossum
Emmy Rossum, star of the Showtime series "Shameless," performs in front of a live audience.
Mar 01, 2017
Live From The Wilbur Theater (Part One) | With Brian Tyree Henry and Alysia Reiner
Brian Tyree Henry, star of the hit FX show "Atlanta," and Alysia Reiner of "Orange is the New Black" kick off Part I of our live episode recorded live at the Wilbur Theater in Boston.
Feb 21, 2017
Modern Love: The Podcast Valentine's Special
Forget Netflix and chill. Settle in for a binge episode of Modern Love: The Podcast featuring Tony Hale ("Veep"), Gillian Jacobs ("Love"), and Colin Farrell ("The Lobster")
Feb 13, 2017
Seeing The World Through My Wife's Eyes | With David Oyelowo
"Selma" star David Oyelowo reads an essay about a blind man navigating his marriage.
Feb 08, 2017