Modern Love: The Podcast

Fall in love at first listen.

Modern Love: The Podcast is a new audio experience produced by WBUR and based on The New York Times’ popular series of weekly reader-submitted essays. Exploring the joys and tribulations of love, Modern Love: The Podcast adds new dimension to the popular New York Times column, with readings by notable personalities and updates from the essayists themselves.

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‘How I Got To Here’ | Modern Love 20

Katie Couric reads Leslie Lehr’s Modern Love essay about learning the true depth of her relationship with her husband.

‘Friends Without Benefits’ | Modern Love 19

Taissa Farmiga reads a story about “friends without benefits” who spend years circling each other without defining their drawn-out, nebulous relationship.

‘A Heart Outrun’ | Modern Love 18

Colin Farrell reads the story of man who had given up on love — until it showed up at his door.

‘A Second Embrace’ | Modern Love 17

Cheryl Strayed — co-host of WBUR’s “Dear Sugar” podcast and author of the best-selling memoir “Wild” — reads a story about taking a second chance on love.

‘I See My Superhero’ | Modern Love 16

Sarah Silverman brings us a story of unconditional love… with a few conditions.

‘Between The Bars’ | Modern Love 15

Joshua Jackson reads a story about life and love after 26 months in Iran’s Evin Prison.

‘My First Lesson In Motherhood’ | Modern Love 14

Connie Britton narrates a story about a new mom and a tiny infant whose young life is checkered with mysteries both big and small.

‘Maddy Just Might Work’ | Modern Love 13

Jennifer Finney Boylan — an accomplished writer, academic and activist — reads her own essay about coming out as transgender to her two young sons.

‘Broken, Not Bound’ | Modern Love 12

America Ferrera reads the story of an African aid worker, and an event that drastically shifted her perspective.

‘Mom/Not Mom/Aunt’ | Modern Love 11

Jesse Tyler Ferguson reads a story about a brother’s unique need and sister’s selfless gift.

Where It All Started | Modern Love Bonus Episode

Modern Love listeners share true stories of meeting their significant other.

‘A Millennial’s Guide To Kissing’ | Modern Love 10

Emmy Rossum reads a story about a 12-hour relationship. On an airplane.

‘Seesawing Libidos’ | Modern Love 9

Tony-nominated actor Stephen Bogardus brings us a tale of two sex drives.

Leaps of Faith | Modern Love Bonus Episode

We love hearing your stories of love, loss and redemption. This bonus episode features listener-submitted stories involving “leaps of faith.”

‘A Faithful Leap’ | Modern Love 8

Amber Tamblyn brings us the story of a leap of faith so dramatic, it’s straight out of a movie.

‘In Darkness And In Light’ | Modern Love 7

Patina Miller narrates a story about one woman who has a seemingly average life and marriage — except for the fact that she’s slowly going blind.

‘Magically Interrupted’ | Modern Love 6

Michael Shannon reads an essay that explores how Alzheimer’s put one family back together.

A ‘Modern Love’ Audio Valentine

An audio valentine from Modern Love listeners — for Modern Love listeners.

‘The Plunge’ | Modern Love 5

Dakota Fanning narrates an essay about a falling in love and falling off a cliff — literally.

‘An Interlude Of Clarity’ | Modern Love 4

Judd Apatow reads a story about a man whose perfect date ends up in the emergency room.

‘Not So Simple Math’ | Modern Love 3

Sarah Paulson narrates this week’s episode — a story about a woman’s decision to put up her child for an open adoption.

Modern Love’s Editor Says A Good Submission Has ‘Humility, Openness, Curiosity’

A Q&A with New York Times editor Daniel Jones about the column and, now, podcast.

'One Last Swirl' | Modern Love 2

Jason Alexander narrates this story about a man projecting his deepest thoughts of mortality onto his pet fish.

'Missed Connection' | Modern Love 1

Welcome to our first episode. Lauren Molina narrates a story about a romance that begins on an unlikely website — Craigslist.

Introducing ‘Modern Love: The Podcast’

Explore the trials and tribulations of love in these deeply personal essays. A collaboration of The New York Times and WBUR in Boston, Modern Love: The Podcast features the popular New York Times column, with readings by notable personalities and updates from the essayists themselves. Join host Meghna Chakrabarti (WBUR) and Modern Love editor Daniel Jones (NYT) — and fall in love at first listen.


Host Meghna Chakrabarti (WBUR) and Modern Love editor Daniel Jones (The New York Times) go deep, sharing some of the best stories about love today. New episodes are uploaded every Thursday.

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