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EP 41 | A Self Declared Playboy w/Leo Nguyen

He may approach dating casually, but when things go wrong in the bedroom maybe it’s a sign for something greater in life. In this episode Es and Grace sit down with former guest Leo to casually chat about casual sex, leaving us wondering “how comfortable are we with this?” In retrospect, we can all say we’d do things differently...and Leo is calling himself out on his own actions. Maybe he’ll change, maybe he won’t. But acknowledging the issue is half the battle.


EP 40 | Now, I'm Listening w/ Yahdon Israel

It’ll be years until he learns how to truly hear people, especially women...but mostly himself. Raised as a boy that should be seen and not heard, Yahdon did a lot of listening. And now, he sits down with us to discuss how he’s used his writing to better understand the terms for which society set for him vs the ones he’s trying to set for himself. And now, it’s our turn to truly listen to him...and maybe help us better understand ourselves. Yahdon Israel is a writer, college professor and...


EP 39 | A Dash Of Hope W/ Veronica

It’s 2am. Lower East Side. Dive Bar. And our guest, Veronica, just can’t keep her eyes off this guy. He’s handsome, wearing a peacoat and holding her gaze. But he never comes over and she leaves without saying a word. And yet, he texts her 2 hours later. How could this be? Tune in to hear one of the greatest “meet cutes” of all time and the realities of a successful relationship….basically, what happens when the Romantic Comedy ends. ***LAST EPISODE OF THE SEASON***


EP 38 | I Had an Abortion. w/ Lindsay

The truth is the “Abortion Conversation” is one often removed from the dinner table. But, why are we so afraid to talk about it? For too long, talking about abortions has been like reversing an oversized truck. Done with CAUTION. Not today. Tune in to hear Lindsay’s unfiltered real-life abortion experience. From knowing her and her partner weren’t ready to be parents, who she reached out to for support, how they reacted, and all the mixed feelings that followed.


EP 37 | Sounds Of Love w/ Joanna Fang

Meet Joanna. Who was once called Jonathan. She’s a kickass sound editor, Emmy Award winning to be exact, a philosopher of love & sound, and perpetually finding herself figuring out if she’s actually on a date...or just “hanging out”. Tune into the latest episode and hear about her experiences working for Master of None, her first date with a heterosexual man, and most importantly, how sometimes we’re looking for our Mozart while other times our Justin Bieber.


EP 36 | No Longer A Mormon w/Cole N.

Cole was the good Mormon kid. He went on his Mission to Korea, attended a Mormon college and married a lovely Mormon woman. All the while never quite knowing what he truly believed in...and who he really was. And then, he and his wife decided to leave the faith, got drunk together for the first time, and decided to date other people. Maybe he still hasn’t found all the answers, but he’s finally free to find out.


EP 35 | If It Ain't Foreign It's Boring w/Rex W.

Rex is first generation American Nigerian, currently 23 yrs old, living it up in NYC, and madly in love with a Singaporean girl of Chinese decent. He grew up with parents who’s biggest fear was that he would become a statistic and biggest hope, that one day, he will marry a nice Nigerian woman. Things are complicated. But as Rex puts it…”pressure makes diamonds, right?”


EP 34 | Sex, Serendipity & My Truth w/Heloise Wilson

It’s serendipity! Imagine you’re on a romantic trip to Berlin with your lover and you find yourself reliving the same moment you shared on the same street corner 2 years ago...with your previous lover. This moment sparked Heloise to write her first play about truth. Better yet, her truth about love. Tune in as we discuss putting yourself on the line...and the awkwardness of American one night stands.


EP 33 | Time For A Donor Dad w/Sam Hodgson

There’s no life partner, boyfriend, husband, or drunken one night stand in this story. But rather, on the other side of the world, a Donor Dad. Tune in to hear Sam’s journey from realizing she wanted a child more than anything and was willing/able to do it on her own, how she would let go of the concept one lover will provide everything, and how she found a man who was emotionally ready to be the “good family friend” in her child’s life forever.


EP 32 | Rom Coms to Real Talk w/Leo N

What would you do if you heard someone shared your same (slightly obsessive) passion for romantic movies? WE GAVE HIM AN EPISODE! And he explained why The Big Sick hit very close to home, shared tips on how to win over a Vietnamese mom, and discussed his journey from hiding to celebrating his asian heritage.


EP 31 | My Dad's in the CIA w/Justin Reed

Ever hear a story that’s almost too crazy to be fake? On this week’s episode we sit down with Justin Reed and dive into a story that started with a confession over 20 years in the making. You would think I lifetime filled with lies would lead to trust issues, but it’s the exact opposite! Listen to his episode and hear how it all played out.


EP 29 | Life as Foster Child w/Lisa Marie Basile

Excited to kick off a brand new season with the inspiring Lisa Marie Basile. Lisa’s story takes some unpredictable turns from life in foster care to practicing witchcraft and creating rituals. Don’t worry, it’s not as SPOOKY as it may sound! She is an editor, writer and poet living in NYC. She’s written two books of poetry Apocryphal, and Nympholepsy - due out next November. Her upcoming first novel is a fiction about New Orleans, sex death, and finding the self. But her writing doesn't end...


EP 28 | "Just Married" at 90 w/Alan & Yvonne

Join us on a mini-trip to Westchester, NY and meet two extraordinary individuals Alan Epstein and Yvonne Tropp. Hear their journey from young love, to a lifetime spent loving another person, and finding love for the second time. We cover many decades, many daughters, and a letter that turned into an unexpected first date. But most of all, we learned that no matter what age there’s always potential for great love.


EP 27 | My Body My Heart w/Laura Delarato

If you're in need of some body positivity this is the episode for you. This weeks' guest, Laura Delarato takes us through her inspiring journey becoming an influential plus size model, artist and film maker. Tune in to hear a very honest and raw conversation between two women whose lives have been affected by the shape of their bodies.


EP 26 | Cheryl Malik

We all crave connections. And when you're lost thinking no one else will understand, finding someone who relates means everything. This week’s guest Cheryl Malik did just that. She saw a missing piece to the Modern Woman meets Motherhood equation and set out on a mission to fix it by founding NoFilter. With the help of her extensive marketing background, successful blogging history, and experience as a modern mother she created a place for women and mothers to come and share their...


EP 25 | Jeremy Elliot

This week’s guest Jeremy Elliott has a little something for all of us to reminisce about. From awkward high school years, to working at the local hotspot, and all the drama that comes with young love. Can’t say we all met our partners while dressed up in a borrowed doctor's outfit, or broken the “bro code” to take her on a date, but we all can appreciate finding a loving & supportive partner that helps you to believe in yourself.


EP 24 | Adrienne Scordato

As a NYC woman stuck in the modern dating world this week’s guest Adrienne Scordato worked her way from secretary to CEO of her own business, survived a battle with cancer, and then fell head over heels in love. She waited 45 years to find him, so it makes sense she’d cancel their first date 3 times before finally saying yes! And she's very happy she did.


EP 23 | Long Distance Love w/Phuc Nguyen

People say in order to find love you need to stop looking. And, this week’s guest Phuc Nguyen has us thinking it may actually be worth a shot! It’s a story told over many years, countries, time-zones, and places in life. But, while on a journey for self-discovery, with someone she might’ve not expected, she found what many search for…love.


EP 22 | Catherine Corcoran

Nobody knows when or if they'll figure out there life's passion. But for this girl, it was young! Catherine Corcoran knew pretty early on she would grow up and use her voice for those who either can't or won't. As an actress, artist and moon-child, she has had her fair share of exciting adventures. And unfortunately, some first hand experiences as a woman in a "man's world". Through all the highs and lows she's faced, Catherine found love in her career and a man who supports her, lets her be...


EP 21 | Tana N.

What started as a job soon became a first love & worldwide adventure story for the ages. This week’s guest Aitana Novoa tells the love story that brought her here to NYC.