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Modern Love

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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 Y...Show More
Love Means Never Having To Say ... Anything | With Pedro Pascal

20:04 | May 1st

Love thrives on good communication. It can take many forms -- but what happens when you suddenly lose what was once your primary means of communication? Pedro Pascal ("King Lear," "Game of Thrones") reads Jamison's essay.
Refreshing A Mother's Memory With Love | With Zoe Saldana

23:57 | Mar 13th

Dementia can alter someone's personality and change how how they interact with the world. But sometimes, it can also lead to moments of profound connection. Jenny McPhee writes about one of those moments in her piece, which is read by Zoe [...]
Catfishing Strangers To Find Myself | With Cory Michael Smith

21:01 | Jul 11th, 2018

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.
Despite The Losses, So Much Gained | With Marsha Stephanie Blake

22:53 | Aug 21st

When people first come into our lives, it's impossible to know how important they'll become. Leah Keith writes about a man who came to matter a great deal to her in her essay, which is read by Marsha Stephanie Blake ("When They See Us")
In A Charmed Life, A Road Less Traveled | With Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

21:52 | Aug 14th

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ("Game of Thrones") reads an essay about a man's long relationship with his wife — before and after a car accident that changed their lives.
The Night Girl Finds A Day Boy | With Logan Browning

20:41 | Aug 7th

A lot of things can get in the way of love -- distance, money issues, being in different places in your life. But this week's essayist, Amanda Gefter, writes about facing a very different kind of challenge. It's read by Logan Browning (Netflix's "...Show More
Could We Try Again? | With Marcia Cross

28:28 | Jul 31st

If Meredith Hall had to point to the year that her life changed, she would probably say that it was 1965. She was sixteen that year, and pregnant with a son. But more than two decades later, in 1987, her life changed again -- and that's the year s...Show More
He's Playing Our Song | With Amanda Seyfried

19:26 | Jul 24th

High school love is awkward, nervous -- and often unforgettable. It doesn't usually last. But in this week's essay, Mariclare Lawson writes about a high school love that broke all the rules. It's read by Amanda Seyfried ("The Art of Racing in the ...Show More
At What Age Is Love Enthralling? | With Jessica Walter

18:56 | Jul 17th

Jessica Walter ("Archer," "Arrested Development") reads an essay by Sophy Burnham about how an unexpected encounter makes her consider how love and desire change with age.
A Tattoo For The Living | With Zosia Mamet

23:37 | Jul 10th

Alana Dakin writes about two different tattoos in her essay "A Tattoo for the Living", which is read by Zosia Mamet ("Tales of the City.")
An Empty Heart | With Zoe Lister-Jones | Encore

19:37 | Jul 3rd

Zoe Lister-Jones (CBS's "Life in Pieces," "Band-Aid") reads renowned novelist Lily King's story about the silver lining of heartbreak.
An Affection Multiplier | With Zachary Quinto

18:47 | Jun 26th

Can a tiny dog change the dynamics of a marriage? Zachary Quinto ("NOS4A2") reads Bob Morris's essay.
Platonic, Until Death Do Us Part | With John Cameron Mitchell

20:43 | Jun 19th

What do you do when you're struggling to find a romantic relationship as deep as the relationship you have with your best friend? John Cameron Mitchell ("Anthem: Homunculus") reads Ephi Stempler's essay about a man considering a platonic life partner...Show More
Encore | The Doorman With Cecily Strong

18:58 | Jun 12th

Saturday Night Live's Cecily Strong reads a story about a woman's friendship with her doorman. This is an encore presentation.
Misery Loves Fried Chicken | With William Jackson Harper

22:49 | Jun 5th

How have you gotten through your worst breakups? Tinder? New hobbies? Cheap alcohol? Wallowing in Taylor Swift albums? William Jackson Harper ("The Good Place," "Midsommar") is back to read Mark McDevitt's piece about two breakup buddies.
What Luck Means Now | With Jacki Weaver

22:38 | May 29th

What does luck mean to you? And how does that change depending on your circumstances? That's what Joyce Maynard writes about in this week's essay. It's read by two-time Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver ("Perpetual Grace, LTD").
We Survived The Storm | With Ginnifer Goodwin

22:03 | May 22nd

When you're dealing with a tragedy, it can feel like you would do anything for an ordinary day. But those ordinary days can come with their own complications. Ginnifer Goodwin ("The Twilight Zone") reads Monica Wesolowska's essay.
The Wisdom Of The Moving Man | With Lake Bell

21:11 | May 15th

When we take stock of the people who matter most to us, there are the spouses, the family members, the best friends, the partners. And then there are the people who aren’t any of those things, but who change our lives anyway. Emily Raboteau's [......Show More
Agreeing To Accept And Move On | With Sarah Goldberg

19:56 | May 8th

Under normal circumstances, trying to find love can be challenging -- and stressful. And for Elizabeth Koster, the pressure was even more intense. Sarah Goldberg (HBO's "Barry") reads Elizabeth's essay.
Talking to My Fiancé About My New Girlfriend | With DeWanda Wise

21:10 | Apr 24th

What happens when you know you want to marry someone, but you are also are falling in love with someone else? Is there a way for you to have everything? Sophie Lucido Johnson's essay is read by DeWanda Wise ("She's Gotta Have It").
Race Wasn't An Issue To Him, Which Was An Issue To Me | With Lorraine Toussaint

21:18 | Apr 17th

Interracial relationships come with their own complexities, and there are a lot of questions that come up. Questions like: How does your partner think about race? How do you talk about it? What works, and what doesn't? Kim McLarin writes about [.....Show More
Encore | Sharing The Shame With Anna Chlumsky

18:51 | Apr 10th

Anna Chlumsky ("Veep") reads Brooks Rinehart's essay, on 90 days that changed the entire course of one family's life.
Ah, To Be Old, Male, And Single | With Natasha Lyonne

22:45 | Apr 3rd

When it comes to dating, Amy Cohen says this: "We all need to be reincarnated as an older Jewish man with an apartment on the Upper East Side.” Natasha Lyonne ("Russian Doll") reads Amy's essay about the difference between her 76-year-old [...]
Comfort, If Not A Cure | With Nazanin Boniadi

20:43 | Mar 27th

How much can you give of yourself before it’s too much? And what do you do when you reach your limit? Nazanin Boniadi ("Hotel Mumbai") reads Tara Ebrahimi's essay.
Another Voice Had Come Between Us | With Catherine O'Hara

17:51 | Mar 20th

Catherine O'Hara ("Schitt's Creek") reads Patricia Morrisroe's essay, about a piece of technology that complicates a marriage.
Playing Role Reversal With My Therapist | With Isabelle Huppert

19:27 | Mar 6th

Therapists' offices are supposed to be places where you can be both vulnerable and safe. But what happens when your therapist crosses a line? That happened to Julianna Baggott -- and she writes about it an an essay that's read by Isabelle Huppert [.....Show More
Security In A Bright Yellow Suitcase | With Christina Hendricks

22:31 | Feb 27th

You know the phase. The one when you're going back and forth between your place and your partner's, and you have to bring all your stuff with you.  But when is it time to make a change? Deanna Clevesy's essay is read by Christina Hendricks [...]
Your Dog Has Seen Me Naked | With William Jackson Harper

27:54 | Feb 20th

Have you ever dated someone living in a studio apartment with a pet? If so, how did you handle the logistics around sex? Ryan Pfeffer writes about how he dealt with that situation in his essay, which was performed by William Jackson Harper ("The [...Show More
Part II: My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me | With André Holland

21:41 | Feb 13th

Last week, you heard an essay by Amy Krouse Rosenthal -- "You May Want to Marry my Husband." It was published just days before she died of ovarian cancer. Today, André Holland of "High Flying Bird" reads the essay her husband Jason wrote in [...]
Part I: You May Want to Marry My Husband

13:43 | Feb 6th

Debra Winger reads the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal's essay about her fairytale love story, which was cut short by cancer. This is an encore presentation.
Oscars Playlist

29:30 | Jan 30th

We're celebrating the 91st Academy Awards by revisiting two of our favorite episodes featuring nominated actors. We'll hear pieces read by Rachel Weisz of "The Favourite," and Willem Dafoe, of "At Eternity's Gate."
Rallying To Keep The Game Alive | With Connie Nielsen

19:06 | Jan 23rd

It's easy to single out the biggest decisions in a life. But this week's essay by Ann Leary is about little choices, that you might not think about very much in the moment, that end up slowly changing everything. It's read by Connie Nielsen ("I Am [...Show More
A Kiss Deferred | With Joanna Kulig

22:59 | Jan 16th

Nikolina Kulidzan was twelve years old when she fell in love for the first time. Not long after, the Bosnian War changed her life forever. Her essay is read by Joanna Kulig ("Cold War").
What The Sea Took Away | With Carmen Ejogo

21:13 | Jan 9th

How do you talk to your children about loss? What secrets do you keep, and for how long? And when do you decide to tell them everything? Emily Listfield faces those questions in her essay, read by Carmen Ejogo ("True Detective.")
Maternal Wisdom (5 Pounds' Worth) | With Gillian Anderson

23:27 | Jan 2nd

When you think back to sex ed class, it's not hard to come up with a couple of memories that might have scarred you for life. But actor Gillian Anderson reads an essay that shows it can be equally scarring for the parents.
Modern Love Holiday Playlist

53:22 | Dec 26th, 2018

Happy Holidays from all of us at Modern Love! We will be back with brand new episodes in 2019, but today, we're bringing you a playlist of our favorite holiday episodes from the past two years.
I Will Be Your Mother Figure | Encore

21:21 | Dec 19th, 2018

When people ask for advice, do they really want to hear what you have to say? Sometimes it's hardest to find a friend who can give just a simple, sympathetic ear. Actor Laura Dern takes us deep into a friendship that experienced a unique [...]
The Shirt Stays On | With Finn Wittrock

17:59 | Dec 12th, 2018

Getting undressed in front of your partner can be really hard. And for Jameson Rich, is was even more complicated. He writes about it in his piece, which is read by Finn Wittrock ("Write When You Get Work").
A Young Man's Game | With Stanley Tucci

20:31 | Dec 5th, 2018

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").
On A Serpentine Road | With Michelle Rodriguez

19:38 | Nov 28th, 2018

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").
A Forgotten Prayer, Answered | With Mira Sorvino

20:33 | Nov 21st, 2018

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").
Maddy Just Might Work | Encore

21:11 | Nov 14th, 2018

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.
How To Break Up With A 2-Year-Old | With Busy Philipps

18:54 | Nov 6th, 2018

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.
An Ancient Coda To My 21st-Century Divorce | With Amy Landecker

20:51 | Oct 31st, 2018

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.
In The Waiting Room Of Estranged Spouses | Encore

19:28 | Oct 24th, 2018

Lance Reddick, best known as Lt. Cedric Daniels on HBO's "The Wire," reads a story about infidelity and healing.
I Was Hardly a Perfect Fit | With John C. Reilly

19:13 | Oct 17th, 2018

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).
The Plain, Unmarked Box Arrived | With Kristen Bell

20:45 | Oct 10th, 2018

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.")
Escaping From A Dire Diagnosis On Match.com | With Rita Wilson

21:06 | Oct 3rd, 2018

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").
A Life Plan For Two | With Olivia Munn

22:32 | Sep 26th, 2018

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.
Bonus: 81 Minutes

20:01 | Sep 21st, 2018

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 [...]
Making A Judgment On Love | With Giancarlo Esposito

20:11 | Sep 19th, 2018

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.
Learning Humanity From Dogs | With Ethan Hawke

18:40 | Sep 12th, 2018

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.
Modern Love Playlist: In Sickness And In Health

1:18:50 | Sep 4th, 2018

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, [...Show More
Modern Love Playlist: Secrets

56:21 | Aug 24th, 2018

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 [...Show More
The Secret To Marriage | With Sandra Oh

17:42 | Aug 21st, 2018

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.
Bonus: Test of Time

29:29 | Aug 17th, 2018

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 [...Show More
Single Woman Seeking Manwich | With Awkwafina

17:58 | Aug 15th, 2018

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.
When Mothers Bully Back | With Ellie Kemper

18:04 | Aug 8th, 2018

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").
GPS For My Lost Identity | With Diane Guerrero

20:17 | Aug 1st, 2018

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").
Superheroes, Just for Each Other | With Mike Colter

20:19 | Jul 25th, 2018

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.")
A Hiker’s Guide to Healing | With Cameron Esposito

22:35 | Jul 17th, 2018

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.
My Back-Seat View Of A Great Romance | With Chloë Grace Moretz

22:10 | Jul 3rd, 2018

"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.
Encore | Between The Bars

20:05 | Jun 27th, 2018

Joshua Jackson ("The Affair") reads a story about life and love after 26 months in Iran's Evin Prison. This is an encore presentation.
The Hunter-Gatherer, Parking Division | With Jason Alexander

18:20 | Jun 20th, 2018

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.
Finding My Own Rescuer | With Mandy Moore

20:47 | Jun 13th, 2018

Mandy Moore ("This Is Us") reads Anna March's essay about disability, ability, and the misconceptions surrounding both.
A Fear Stripped Bare | With Sarah Shahi

23:23 | Jun 6th, 2018

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."
Love Stories In 13 Words | Modern Love Bonus Episode

12:07 | May 30th, 2018

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.
Modern Love Encore | Marry A Man Who Loves His Mother

27:44 | May 29th, 2018

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.
The Language Of Love | With Saoirse Ronan

18:32 | May 23rd, 2018

Saoirse Ronan ("On Chesil Beach") reads an essay about how a language barrier impacts the relationship between a young woman and an Iraqi doctor.
A Measure of Desire | With Kim Dickens

17:16 | May 16th, 2018

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 [....Show More
When Eve And Eve Bit The Apple | With Rachel Weisz

22:17 | May 9th, 2018

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.
Signs, Wonders, and Fates Fulfilled | With Linda Cardellini

22:18 | May 2nd, 2018

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.
Boy, What A Fabulous Baker | With Abbi Jacobson

17:53 | Apr 25th, 2018

Abbi Jacobson ("6 Balloons," "Broad City") reads an essay about a carboholic who falls for a baker -- and his bread.
A Cup From The Fountain Of Youth | With Mel Rodriguez

21:37 | Apr 18th, 2018

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.
A Brother As Significant As Any Other | With Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman

21:27 | Apr 11th, 2018

Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman ("UnREAL") tells the story of the deep friendship between an older and younger brother.
R We D8ting? | With Krysten Ritter

19:46 | Apr 4th, 2018

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.
Modern Love Encore: The Boy Who Makes Waves

21:39 | Mar 27th, 2018

In this encore, Mykelti Williamson ("Chicago P.D.") reads an essay about a father's complicated love for his son.
The Accidental Older Woman | With Rosie Perez

18:21 | Mar 21st, 2018

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.
When A Couch Is More Than A Couch | With Kate Winslet

22:26 | Mar 14th, 2018

Kate Winslet reads Nina Riggs's essay, about an overwhelming diagnosis -- and a search for the perfect living room couch.
A Fighting Chance | With Bobby Cannavale

16:55 | Mar 7th, 2018

Bobby Cannavale ("Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," "Mr. Robot") reads Dominick Zarrillo's essay about a father's unconditional love for his son.
From He To She In First Grade | With Jennifer Beals

20:04 | Feb 28th, 2018

Jennifer Beals ("Taken") reads Laurie Frankel's essay, about facing a challenging parenting dilemma.
The Accident No One Talked About | With Uma Thurman

21:42 | Feb 21st, 2018

Uma Thurman ("The Parisian Woman") reads Jessica Ciencin Henriquez's essay, about the silence that grew in the aftermath of a terrible accident.
Overfed On A Mother's Affection | With Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon

17:44 | Feb 13th, 2018

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon ("The Big Sick") tell the story of how a mother's cooking comes between a husband and wife.
Missing A Father I Hardly Knew | With Willem Dafoe

19:56 | Feb 7th, 2018

Willem Dafoe ("The Florida Project") reads Bruce Eric Kaplan's essay, about waiting for a hilarious secret to be revealed.
Modern Love 100: Your Stories

36:36 | Jan 31st, 2018

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.
A Dose Of Empathy | With Andrea Martin

21:53 | Jan 24th, 2018

Andrea Martin ("Great News") reads Randi Davenport's essay, about a relationship that she says saved her life.
In My Fantasy, I Caught Up To Reality | With Richard Jenkins

21:58 | Jan 16th, 2018

Richard Jenkins ("The Shape of Water") reads John Gfroerer's essay about going to the gym to cope with loss.
Yes, We Do. Even At Our Age. | With Lois Smith

17:08 | Jan 10th, 2018

Lois Smith ("Marjorie Prime," "Lady Bird") reads an essay about passion in the golden years.
In The New Year, More Cuddling | With Margarita Levieva

21:52 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Margarita Levieva ("The Deuce") reads Kristine Lloyd's essay, about making a New Year's resolution to attend a cuddle party.
Sharing A Cab, And My Toes | With Greta Gerwig

20:49 | Dec 26th, 2017

Greta Gerwig ("Lady Bird") reads Julia Anne Miller's essay, about sharing an unusual cab ride in New York City.
How The 'Dining Dead' Got Talking Again | With Kristin Scott Thomas

17:31 | Dec 20th, 2017

Kristin Scott Thomas ("Darkest Hour") reads an essay about a woman worried that she and her husband might have nothing left to talk about.
Was I On A Date Or Baby-Sitting? | With Sasheer Zamata

20:06 | Dec 13th, 2017

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.
A Boyfriend Too Good To Be True | With Caitriona Balfe

20:08 | Dec 6th, 2017

Caitriona Balfe ("Outlander") reads Deenie Hartzog-Mislock's essay, about an imaginary man who helps a family cope with Alzheimer's.
Modern Love Encore: 'A Heart Of Gold'

17:30 | Nov 22nd, 2017

In this encore, Ruth Negga ("Preacher," "Loving") reads a story about the deep bond between a woman and her unusual pet.
We Didn't Have A Plan, But The Baby Did | With Paul Sun-Hyung Lee

14:32 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee ("Kim's Convenience") reads a story about a man improvising a birth plan.
Urgent Messages Go Unanswered | With Andrew Rannells

20:02 | Nov 15th, 2017

Andrew Rannells ("Girls") reads his own essay, about ignoring a string of urgent phone calls during a casual hookup.
A Family Fairytale, Twice Told | With Julia Stiles

17:01 | Nov 8th, 2017

Julia Stiles ("Riviera") tells the story of a woman who has a perfect New York City apartment ... and a crush on her roommate.
Cropped Out Of My Own Fantasy | With Kirsten Vangsness

18:17 | Nov 1st, 2017

Kirsten Vangsness ("Criminal Minds") reads an essay about a relationship where the perfect images posted online don't match the reality.
My Body Doesn't Belong To You | With Cleopatra Coleman

19:52 | Oct 25th, 2017

Cleopatra Coleman ("The Last Man On Earth," "White Famous") reads an essay about a woman claiming ownership over her own body.
Let's Not Pretend | With Kimberly Hébert Gregory

18:10 | Oct 18th, 2017

Kimberly Hébert Gregory ("Kevin (Probably) Saves the World," "Vice Principals") reads an essay about an attempt at dirty talk gone awry.
My Husband Is Now My Wife | With Ann Dowd

20:45 | Oct 11th, 2017

Ann Dowd ("The Handmaid's Tale") reads Diane Daniel's essay about a woman coming to terms with her spouse's gender transition.
Nursing A Wound | With Jake Gyllenhaal

22:04 | Oct 4th, 2017

Jake Gyllenhaal ("Stronger") tells the story of a man recovering from heartbreak in a pediatrics wing.
When Your Greatest Romance Is A Friendship | With Ali Fazal

19:09 | Sep 27th, 2017

Ali Fazal ("Victoria and Abul") tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a man and his elderly neighbor.
One Bouquet Of Fleeting Beauty | With Kerry Bishé

19:06 | Sep 20th, 2017

Kerry Bishe ("Halt and Catch Fire," "Narcos") tells the story of one woman's unexpected awakening -- at a flower shop.
Emmy Edition, 2017

23:24 | Sep 11th, 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 [...Show More
Promises That Can Bend | With Peter Gallagher

17:11 | Sep 6th, 2017

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.
No Bounds, Or Lanes | With Kyra Sedgwick

21:06 | Aug 30th, 2017

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.
Learning To Embrace Sexuality's Gray Areas | With Nico Tortorella

18:00 | Aug 23rd, 2017

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.
Dear Dad, We've Been Gay Forever | With Cynthia Nixon

19:59 | Aug 16th, 2017

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.
A Lost Child, But Not Mine | With Betty Gilpin

19:25 | Aug 9th, 2017

Betty Gilpin of Netflix's "G.L.O.W." reads a story about life after abortion.
Flowergate | With June Diane Raphael

18:49 | Jul 27th, 2017

June Diane Raphael of Netflix's "Grace and Frankie" reads a story about a flower delivery gone very, very wrong.
Manic Pixie Dream Girl | With Alex Karpovsky

19:09 | Jul 26th, 2017

Alex Karpovsky of HBO's "Girls" tells the story of one man's quest to turn his love life into a cinematic event.
I Need To Woman Up | With Cynthia Addai-Robinson

22:01 | Jul 19th, 2017

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.
An Empty Heart | With Zoe Lister-Jones

19:19 | Jul 12th, 2017

Zoe Lister-Jones ("Band Aid," "Life in Pieces") reads renowned novelist Lily King's story about the silver lining of heartbreak.
Take My Son To Jail | With Jayne Atkinson

23:21 | Jul 5th, 2017

Jayne Atkinson ("House of Cards") tells the story of a mother who reluctantly uses tough love when her son refuses to follow the law.
Modern Love Encore: Wedding Season

25:53 | Jun 27th, 2017

It's wedding season! Kathryn Hahn ("I Love Dick") and John Cho ("Star Trek") read some of our favorite nuptial-themed essays.
'About That Rustle In The Bushes' | Modern Love 71

21:53 | Jun 21st, 2017

Danielle Brooks of "Orange Is The New Black" on a daughter's discovery of her father's secret investigative skills. The target? Her boyfriends.
'Before The Web' | Modern Love 70

20:17 | Jun 14th, 2017

Griffin Dunne of the Amazon series "I Love Dick" reads a story about how distance can make the heart grow discouragingly fonder.
'Finding Marriage, Losing Self' | Modern Love 69

22:59 | Jun 7th, 2017

Taylor Schilling of "Orange is the New Black" reads a story about unpacking the baggage of your past in a new relationship.
'Standing By Your Man' | Modern Love 68

25:35 | May 31st, 2017

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."
'Marry My Husband' | Modern Love Bonus Episode

14:12 | May 29th, 2017

Debra Winger reads the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal's essay about her fairytale love story, which was cut short by cancer.
'A Slow Fade To Black' | Modern Love 67

22:46 | May 24th, 2017

Minnie Driver of ABC's "Speechless" tells the story of a woman whose dream life was almost complete--until reality got in the way.
'Just Don't Call Me Mom' | Modern Love 66

20:46 | May 17th, 2017

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.
'Sharing The Shame' | Modern Love 65

21:14 | May 10th, 2017

Anna Chlumsky ("Veep") on 90 days that changed the entire course of one family's life.
'A Prince Charming For The Prom' | Modern Love 32

22:50 | May 3rd, 2017

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.
It Took A Villain | Modern Love 64

22:28 | Apr 26th, 2017

Melanie Lynskey of "Togetherness" and the new film "Little Boxes" tells the story of a neighborhood bully and the faltering marriage he inadvertently strengthened.
In A Small Bag | Modern Love 63

22:21 | Apr 19th, 2017

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.
A Child Of Two Worlds | Modern Love 62

22:54 | Apr 12th, 2017

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."
I Will Be Your Mother Figure | Modern Love 61

23:27 | Apr 5th, 2017

Laura Dern of HBO's "Big Little Lies" on one priest's commitment to a parishioner in limbo.
Death Bear Will See You Now | Modern Love 60

24:06 | Mar 29th, 2017

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.
The End Of Small Talk | Modern Love 59

21:03 | Mar 22nd, 2017

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.
Elvis And My Husband Have Left The Building | Modern Love 58

21:31 | Mar 15th, 2017

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.
Single, Female, Mormon, Alone | Modern Love 57

24:47 | Mar 8th, 2017

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.
Live From The Wilbur Theater (Part Two) | Modern Love 56

33:43 | Mar 1st, 2017

Emmy Rossum, star of the Showtime series "Shameless," performs in front of a live audience.
Live From The Wilbur Theater (Part One) | Modern Love 55

53:23 | Feb 21st, 2017

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.
Modern Love: The Podcast Valentine's Special

49:37 | Feb 13th, 2017

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")
'Seeing The World Through My Wife's Eyes' | Modern Love 54

26:31 | Feb 8th, 2017

"Selma" star David Oyelowo reads an essay about a blind man navigating his marriage.
'On The Precipice, Wings Spread' | Modern Love 53

22:25 | Feb 1st, 2017

Tony-nominee Megan Hilty of "Smash" and "Noises Off" reads an essay about a couple with a seemingly perfect relationship--until the other shoe drops.
'The Boy Who Makes Waves' | Modern Love 52

24:13 | Jan 25th, 2017

Mykelti Williamson of the Oscar-nominated film "Fences" reads an essay about a father's complicated love for his son.
'Groomzilla' | Modern Love 51

23:32 | Jan 18th, 2017

John Cho reads an essay about a groom gone bad.
'A Family That Takes 'No' For An Answer' | Modern Love 50

22:58 | Jan 11th, 2017

Darby Stanchfield of ABC's "Scandal," on an ordinary family hunting trip that turns into an unexpected lesson about hope.
'Taking A Break For Friendship' | Modern Love 49

21:08 | Jan 4th, 2017

Sela Ward reads an essay about a beautiful relationship...or a friendship? Or a wanna-be friendship?
Modern Love Encore: 'A Millennial's Guide To Kissing'

19:49 | Dec 28th, 2016

In this encore, Emmy Rossum reads an essay about the complexities of millennial love.
'Beware Of Big Boxes' | Modern Love 48

23:58 | Dec 21st, 2016

Pamela Adlon of the FX series "Better Things" reads an essay about the dangers of romanticizing romantics.
'Two Decembers' | Modern Love 47

22:17 | Dec 14th, 2016

Tony-nominated actor Haydn Gwynne reads about one woman's quest to reclaim one of the hardest days of her life--her birthday.
Modern Love Encore: 'Friends Without Benefits'

18:55 | Dec 7th, 2016

Taissa Farmiga shares a story of friendship and a love never reciprocated. This is an encore presentation.
'DJ's Homeless Mommy' | Modern Love 46

21:04 | Nov 30th, 2016

Dan Savage reads his own Modern Love essay about his son's birth mother--and her troubling path.
'Fractured Beauty' | Modern Love 45

24:37 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Molly Ringwald reads an essay about a family vacation--after divorce.
'Out Of The Darkness' | Modern Love 44

24:42 | Nov 16th, 2016

Filmmaker Mark Duplass reads an essay about a husband who never thought "for worse" could get so bad.
'A Heart Of Gold' | Modern Love 43

20:34 | Nov 9th, 2016

Ruth Negga, star of new drama "Loving," shares a story about the intimate connection between a woman and her unlikely pet.
'Screens Between Us' | Modern Love 42

23:36 | Nov 2nd, 2016

Issa Rae, star of the new HBO comedy "Insecure" reads an essay about the intimacy and distance synonymous with online dating.
'Modern Love Live at Town Hall' | Modern Love 41

36:52 | Oct 26th, 2016

David Harbour of Netflix's "Stranger Things" is featured in this week's excerpt from the New York City production Modern Love Live.
'Take Me As I Am, Whoever I Am' | Modern Love 40

25:23 | Oct 18th, 2016

Rebecca Hall who stars in the new drama "Christine," reads a story about dating--while manic.
'Marry A Man Who Loves His Mother' | Modern Love 39

30:36 | Oct 12th, 2016

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.
'A Path To Fatherhood' | Modern Love 38

24:59 | Oct 5th, 2016

Actor Dash Mihok of Showtime's "Ray Donovan," shares a story about a man, his diagnosis, and his unborn baby.
'The Wedding Toast' | Modern Love 37

20:12 | Sep 28th, 2016

Kathryn Hahn reads a story about a fantasy wedding toast--and why it will never be delivered.
Modern Love Bonus Episode: Emmy Edition

41:56 | Sep 21st, 2016

It's Emmy Edition at Modern Love! This week, we hear from three Emmy-award winning readers: Sarah Paulson, Sterling K. Brown, and Tony Hale.
'Revenge of the Friend' | Modern Love 36

25:56 | Sep 14th, 2016

Kristin Chenoweth, the Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor and singer, reads a story about a revenge fantasy coming true.
'Kept Together By The Bars Between Us' | Modern Love 35

28:15 | Sep 7th, 2016

Cherry Jones, the Tony, Emmy, and Obie-Award winning actor, reads a story about a woman who falls in love with a convicted murderer.
Modern Love Bonus Episode: Near-Death Experiences

13:57 | Aug 28th, 2016

Modern Love listeners share their stories of near-death experiences and how they altered the course of their lives.
'What The Psychic Knew' | Modern Love 34

21:14 | Aug 26th, 2016

Angela Bassett, the Oscar and Emmy Award-nominated actor, reads a story about a psychic and a sickness.
'My First Son, A Pure Memory' | Modern Love 33

24:43 | Aug 24th, 2016

Emmy-nominated actor Sterling K. Brown reads an essay about a new dad and his emotional journey toward fatherhood.
'A Prince Charming For The Prom' | Modern Love 32

23:00 | Aug 17th, 2016

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.
'The Race Grows Sweeter' | Modern Love 31

25:58 | Aug 10th, 2016

Singer Mary-Chapin Carpenter reads a story about new love (much) later in life.
To Fall In Love, Do This | Modern Love 30

24:01 | Aug 3rd, 2016

Gillian Jacobs -- known for the Netflix series "Love" and NBC's "Community" -- reads a story about falling in love with the help of a psychological experiment.
'Three Mothers, One Bond' | Modern Love 29

22:44 | Jul 27th, 2016

Gaby Hoffmann, known for her Emmy-nominated role in the Amazon series "Transparent," as well as her work in HBO's "Girls," reads an essay about a couple navigating the complex waters of adoption.
'Just Friends?' | Modern Love 28

27:19 | Jul 20th, 2016

Emmy Award-winning actor Tony Hale of HBO's "Veep" reads an essay about breaking up, moving on (or not), and reading between the lines.
'Live Without Me' | Modern Love 27

22:48 | Jul 13th, 2016

Two-time Oscar nominee Catherine Keener reads Katherine Friedman Holland's essay about a near-death experience on an airplane.
'One Last Swirl' | Modern Love 26

24:08 | Jul 6th, 2016

Jason Alexander -- best known as George Costanza from the iconic 90's sit-com "Seinfeld" -- reads a story that explores mortality with the help of a resilient pet fish.
Estranged Spouses | Modern Love 25

20:42 | Jun 29th, 2016

Lance Reddick, best known as Lt. Cedric Daniels on HBO's "The Wire," reads a story about infidelity and healing.
Live From New York | Modern Love 24

58:00 | Jun 22nd, 2016

Michaela Watkins, Amirah Vann and Lauren Molina read Modern Love essays live in front of a studio audience.
'Fighting Words' | Modern Love 23

24:59 | Jun 15th, 2016

Alysia Reiner of Orange is the New Black delivers a story about what happens when a stable relationship suddenly takes a hard left turn.
'The Doorman' | Modern Love 22

22:08 | Jun 8th, 2016

Saturday Night Live's Cecily Strong reads a story about a woman's friendship with her doorman.