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Modern Love

WBUR

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.

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.

Location:

Boston, MA

Description:

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.

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@wbur

Language:

English


Episodes

Confronting Race, Religion and Her Heart | With Zawe Ashton

6/24/2020
In this week’s essay, Lilian Oben writes about how essential it is to be seen in relationships — to be able to take up space, without being asked to change who we are. Her essay is read by Zawe Ashton ("Betrayal").

Duration:00:30:28

Why Can’t Men Say ‘I Love You’ to Each Other? | With Ncuti Gatwa

6/17/2020
Do you tell your friends you love them? And do you say it like that, using those words? Is it easy for you to say? Is it fraught? Ricardo Jaramillo takes those questions on in this week’s essay. It’s read by Ncuti Gatwa, who stars in “Sex Education” on Netflix.

Duration:00:20:33

Race Wasn't An Issue To Him, Which Was An Issue To Me With Lorraine Toussaint | Encore

6/10/2020
Lorraine Toussaint ("The Glorias") reads an essay by Kim McLarin. Then, we catch up with Kim to hear how she is doing in this moment.

Duration:00:26:13

Researching Jenna, Discovering Myself | With Hasan Minhaj

6/3/2020
Hasan Minhaj ("Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj") reads Brian Goedde's essay about a man investigating his own breakup.

Duration:00:22:46

The Language Of Love With Saoirse Ronan | Encore

5/27/2020
Saoirse Ronan ("Little Women") reads an essay about how a language barrier impacts the relationship between a young woman and an Iraqi doctor. This is an encore presentation.

Duration:00:21:37

How ‘Lolita’ Freed Me From My Own Humbert | With Jameela Jamil

5/20/2020
"Lolita," Vladimir Nabokov’s novel about a man’s sexual obsession with a young girl, is famously controversial. But when Bindu Bansinath started to read it, it unexpectedly became a kind of road map for her, showing her a way out of the situation she was in. Jameela Jamil ("I Weigh") reads her piece.

Duration:00:23:29

Alone In A Pandemic

5/12/2020
Living alone can be liberating, maddening, joyful ... lonely. It also might feel very different today than it did several months ago. This episode features stories from people who live alone, telling us how they are doing right now.

Duration:00:24:55

To Fall In Love With Anyone, Do This | Encore

5/6/2020
If you're running out of things to do at home — or if you just need a break from stress and worry — we have a suggestion. Listen to this week's episode featuring Gillian Jacobs and Mandy Len Catron, and then try the 36 questions that (may) lead to love. You can find the 36 questions here: https://nyti.ms/2SFbICi

Duration:00:24:48

Years Ago, My Sister Vanished. I See Her Whenever I Want. | With Daisy Edgar-Jones

4/29/2020
Daisy Edgar-Jones (Hulu's "Normal People") reads Kyleigh Leddy's essay, about the online presence people leave behind.

Duration:00:23:55

Sometimes It's Not You, Or The Math | With Laura Prepon

4/22/2020
What if all the conventional wisdom about why you are single is wrong? Laura Prepon ("You And I, As Mothers") reads Sara Eckel's essay.

Duration:00:21:50

Your Stories of Love During The Pandemic: Part II

4/15/2020
We hear more of your stories about how the COVID-19 outbreak has changed your relationships with one another.

Duration:00:18:32

Modern Love Presents: Sugar Calling

4/9/2020
Modern Love presents an excerpt of the first episode of “Sugar Calling." Hear Cheryl Strayed in conversation with the author George Saunders, her old friend and mentor from graduate school.

Duration:00:09:43

Somewhere Inside, a Path to Empathy | With Daniel Radcliffe

4/8/2020
When you’re in a new relationship, you’re always trying to present your best self. But anyone who’s been in a relationship for awhile knows that you can’t keep the act up forever. David Finch writes about that in his essay, which is read by Daniel Radcliffe. Daniel stars in the upcoming "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" interactive special on Netflix.

Duration:00:22:26

Your Stories of Love During The Pandemic

4/1/2020
Listeners share stories of how their relationships have changed during the coronavirus outbreak.

Duration:00:23:25

How Bibliophiles Flirt | With Uzo Aduba

3/25/2020
There's something wonderful about sharing your favorite books with the person you're falling in love with. And Karla Derus was a longtime book lover, dating a man who was also a big reader. But Karla also had a secret. Emmy-winning actress Uzo Aduba ("Mrs. America") reads Karla's essay.

Duration:00:23:26

When Your Greatest Romance Is A Friendship | Encore

3/18/2020
Ali Fazal ("Victoria and Abul") tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a man and his elderly neighbor. This is an encore presentation.

Duration:00:22:03

Modern Love Presents: Shipwrecked

3/13/2020
Could you use a little extra comfort and love from afar right now? We thought so. We're sharing an episode of another WBUR podcast, "Endless Thread." This is a story about processing grief, and where we turn when the people closest to us don't seem to know what to do or say to help us move forward. If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to "Endless Thread" wherever you get your podcasts. More info here: https://smarturl.it/endlessthread

Duration:00:41:58

Recognizing What They Had, 20 Years Too Late | With Gugu Mbatha-Raw

3/11/2020
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ("The Morning Show," "Misbehaviour") reads an essay about a friendship between two people who meet in a pub in Notting Hill.

Duration:00:26:49

The Kindness, And Xanax, Of Strangers | With Lesley Manville

3/4/2020
Lesley Manville ("Ordinary Love") reads an essay by Sally Hoskins about finding an unexpected support group in a hospital waiting room.

Duration:00:26:59

I Saw A Playhouse, My Daughter Saw A Jail | With Brian Cox

2/26/2020
Brian Cox (HBO's "Succession") reads an essay about a father grappling with how to protect his child, but also let her live her life.

Duration:00:24:17