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Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel

Relationship Podcasts

Listen to the incomparable therapist Esther Perel counsel real couples as they reveal the most intimate, personal, and complicated details of the conflicts that have brought them to her door. This season, she takes on open marriage, racism inside an extended family, coming out in a religious home, and chronic infidelity, among other delicate dynamics. Esther creates a space for us to hear our own lives and struggles articulated in the stories of others. So....where should we begin?

Listen to the incomparable therapist Esther Perel counsel real couples as they reveal the most intimate, personal, and complicated details of the conflicts that have brought them to her door. This season, she takes on open marriage, racism inside an extended family, coming out in a religious home, and chronic infidelity, among other delicate dynamics. Esther creates a space for us to hear our own lives and struggles articulated in the stories of others. So....where should we begin?

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United States

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Listen to the incomparable therapist Esther Perel counsel real couples as they reveal the most intimate, personal, and complicated details of the conflicts that have brought them to her door. This season, she takes on open marriage, racism inside an extended family, coming out in a religious home, and chronic infidelity, among other delicate dynamics. Esther creates a space for us to hear our own lives and struggles articulated in the stories of others. So....where should we begin?

Language:

English


Episodes

On Again/Off Again

9/10/2020
They've been on and off for almost 20 years. While she takes cares of his and their child, she wants to know that he's also there for her. He's been battling depression for years. And the shame that comes with it.

Duration:00:52:50

Trapped in Their Own Story

9/3/2020
Their whole relationship is based on one big misunderstanding, with infidelity and blame on both sides. Years later, they still can't see the other's perspective. Programming note: This conversation was recorded after the COVID-19 lockdown.

Duration:00:46:29

Burdens of the Family

8/27/2020
They share a legacy of war, a refugee upbringing, and family trauma. Their marriage was seen as taboo, and now they're trying to build a happier relationship for their child. Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.

Duration:00:42:05

He Loves Her, His Family Rejects Her

8/20/2020
She left her life, her family and her country for a man she met on Reddit. Their love is real, but his family has been hell. Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.

Duration:00:43:16

When I'm Manic I Cheat

8/13/2020
Bipolar, infidelity, open relationships: they're stuck in a world of loaded words. Her friends are convinced she should leave, but she doesn't want to follow in her mother's footsteps. Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.

Duration:00:51:12

It's Very Hard to Live with a Saint

8/6/2020
Barely a year into marriage, they're trapped in a cycle of explosive conflict. She can do no right, and he can do no wrong. Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.

Duration:00:42:34

In This Relationship What Is "I" and What Is "We"?

7/23/2020
They grew up with traumatic backgrounds, met in college and immigrated to the U.S. together. They've built stability and security, and now one of them longs for more freedom. Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.

Duration:00:43:51

The Chronic Philanderer

7/16/2020
He's been cheating on her for years, and she's had enough. Now she wants to know: is he in or is he out? Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.

Duration:00:46:12

You Want Me To Watch The Kids While You Go Out With Another Guy?

7/9/2020
They met as religious teenagers and married as virgins. It's the age old story — once you're allowed to be intimate, you no longer want to be. Deciding to open the marriage has brought about huge changes in their sex life, and ruptures in their emotional one. Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.

Duration:00:46:05

What Would It Take For You to Come Out?

7/9/2020
Four years in, she can't admit she's attracted to her girlfriend, and her family still doesn't know. Programming note: This conversation was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.

Duration:00:48:29

Season Four Trailer

6/18/2020
A new season of Where Should We Begin? With Esther Perel.

Duration:00:02:27

Couples Under Lockdown: Lagos, Nigeria

5/14/2020
Last summer they left everything they'd built in Seattle for a chance at a very different life. He took a dream turn to expand his company and be closer to home; she gave up her nursing job to manage their girls and explore new horizons abroad. COVID-19 hits as they watch the fate of other countries, knowing if it reaches Nigeria with a population of more than 200 million people, it will be devastating. They've been offered a chance to go home, but to what? Leaving Nigeria would mean walking...

Duration:00:52:40

Couples Under Lockdown: New York, New York

4/16/2020
They have three kids and their volatile marriage has fallen apart. She still hopes to rebuild. He can't get out of there fast enough. Two weeks before COVID-19 forced New Yorkers to shelter in place, they filed for divorce. Now they feel trapped. If he goes he risks not seeing his kids for weeks. If he stays he worries it will thwart his plans to finally leave. Esther urges them to think about this present time together and not about what kind of future they will have apart.

Duration:00:47:35

Couples Under Lockdown: Bavaria, Germany

4/2/2020
For the last year they have lived in separate countries. She took a dream job closer to where she grew up in Germany and he stayed behind with the promise he would follow soon. Six months turned into a year, which turned into a conversation that questioned the foundation of their marriage. It took the coronavirus to get them back under one roof again. While others might complain about the close quarters, this couple hopes to find themselves in each other again. Esther pushes them to worry...

Duration:00:52:00

Couples Under Lockdown: Sicily, Italy

3/24/2020
They left each other emotionally years ago, but with three kids they have been trying to keep it together. For the last two weeks they find themselves confined to a small apartment in Sicily, Italy — he bears the brunt of the domestic duties at home all day. She must report to the hospital every day to help usher in new life as a midwife. Esther helps them come to terms with what these next few months could look like if they learn to communicate with one another in ways that might save their...

Duration:00:49:27

Esther Perel's New Show: How's Work?

2/26/2020
Today we’re sharing the first episode of Esther Perel’s new show How’s Work? In it, Esther sits down with coworkers, cofounders and colleagues, and brings her inimitable perspective to workplace relationships and conflicts. You can listen to all episodes right now for free on Spotify and weekly everywhere else. https://smarturl.it/hows-work In this episode, friends and fellow dancers at a strip club: one brings years of experience, the other a youthful energy that turns angry at times....

Duration:00:49:35

Happily Divorced

11/21/2019
They’re a divorced couple whose two-household relationship may prove that a happy family doesn’t have to end with divorce.

Duration:00:55:34

Mom and Monique

11/14/2019
They’re a child desperate to connect with their single mother after 28 years of living in the shadow of a special-needs brother.

Duration:00:51:57

A Romantic Revival

11/7/2019
He’s away a lot. She’s a stepmother at home to four children whose mother died by suicide. Is there anything left over for her?

Duration:00:46:33

The Other Woman

10/31/2019
She wonders if she can satisfy her attraction to women without losing the husband she loves.

Duration:00:48:58