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Location:

Jersey City, NJ

Networks:

Panoply

Description:

Andrea Silenzi speaks with friends, experts, and guys in bars about where love and sex meets technology. The show tells the stories about relationships by blurring the lines between memoir, documentary, and fiction.

Language:

English


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#48: The Perfect Storm

9/23/2017
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While Hurricane Irma sped towards Miami, Emily decided to ask a guy from Bumble if he wanted to evacuate with her as a 3rd date. Her family has a home in the woods of North Carolina, and they'd be out of town that weekend. Here's what happened after he said yes. Wanna Be Set Up on a Blind Skype Date? We're matching up singles all across the world. Just fill out this Google form to be considered or visit whyohwhy.date. Live in Chicago Nov 2nd! Join us for a live taping at Chicago Theater...

Duration: 00:40:46


#47: Puppies or Ice Cream?

9/16/2017
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Helen Zaltzman has a way with words, which is why we're putting her to work solving one of the trickiest parts of online dating—composing your opening messages. Some lines can break the ice, while others just throw more ice into the void. We'll suggest a few ideas that just might work for you. Helen is the host of the The Allusionist podcast, and we especially adore her episode about online dating profiles. Plus, Mandy Len Catron helps us become better matchmakers. She's the author of the...

Duration: 00:50:18


#46: Leagues Over The Sea

9/8/2017
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This week, with Bumble Mike in tow, we set sail on a singles mixer, organized by The League. Is finding a date while stuck on a boat easier than swiping through the apps? And more importantly, who's your favorite yacht rock artist? Our sponsors for this episode are ThirdLove and HelloFresh.(code: WHY30) Go to thirdlove,com/WHY or hellofresh.com and use the promo code for special offers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 00:28:02


#45: My Friend the Human Shield

8/29/2017
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In this episode, we talk to a human shield and a human billboard. First, Al Letson was just trying to cover a demonstration—an anti-hate rally in Berkeley. When he saw a group of balaclava-clad men descend on an apparent right-wing agitator, he jumped into the fray, using his body to defend the man from kicks and punches. Letson is the host of Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. And for the Spiel, is “#whaboom” the worst of our culture today? Today's show comes from...

Duration: 00:31:21


#44: Going Out with Randy

8/20/2017
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Can flirting with your problematic friend help you date better in the wild? Our regular guest, Randy, stops by to help your host cure a bad case of first date burnout. Our sponsors for this episode are ThirdLove and Winc. Go to thirdlove.com/WHY or trywinc.com/why for special offers.

Duration: 00:28:33


#43: A Man and a Woman Walk into a Bar

8/14/2017
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Today on the show, we’re finally tackling THE QUESTION we're asked the most frequently as a podcast about dating: "Who should pay for the drink on a first date?" Join us for a Tour De Advice for straight daters, starting with Sarah Bennett, the co-author of F*ck Love, who suggest dating like a headhunter. Then we'll hear from a range of writers including James Michael Sama ("Here’s Why Men Should Still Pay For Dates"), Elizabeth King ("Why A Woman Should Definitely Pay On The First Date")...

Duration: 00:29:28


#42: One Short Episode

7/30/2017
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When determining your criteria for a date, how much should height matter? We'll talk to one woman who has always known exactly what she's looking for in a partner. Anna Goldfarb is a journalist and author of the book "Clearly I Didn't Think This Through." She has also written about her relationship for the New York Times. Our sponsors for this episode are Casper (code: WHY) and Squarespace (code: WHY). Go to casper.com/WHY or squarespace.com and use the promo code for special offers.

Duration: 00:23:22


#41: Can You Fall in Love with Anyone?

7/23/2017
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If you can fall in love with anyone, how do you choose well? Mandy Len Catron offers an answer. She's the author of the book How to Fall in Love with Anyone. She also wrote the Modern Love essay "To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This" for The New York Times, which was one of the top 5 stories the paper ran in 2015. You can try “The 36 Questions That Lead to Love” by downloading this free New York Times app to your phone, tablet or other device. Our sponsors for this episode are NatureBox...

Duration: 00:41:06


#40: Game of Groans

7/16/2017
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Many fans of the HBO show Game of Thrones use photos of themselves sitting proudly atop an Iron Throne replica for their online dating profile pictures. But what's the symbolic meaning of the sword chair? We sent a correspondent to the heart of it: a Game of Thrones-themed pop-up bar in DC, and consulted an expert, Isaac Butler, to figure out how we should swipe on Thone-shots. The first episode of the Slate Plus Game of Thrones TV Club podcast is available Monday afternoon, July 17th,...

Duration: 00:34:17


#39: Live at Bonobos - Making Out in LA

7/13/2017
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What's the biggest difference between dating in LA and dating in NYC? Our running theory: there's more making out, usual in or near cars. We'll offer advice for Angelenos with help from TV kissing expert, Erica Rose. Then, Hrishikesh Hirway (Song Exploder, West Wing Weekly) and Lindsey Mortensen (Larsen & Lund) tell us about their whirlwind bi-coastal courtship. You can listen to "Accidents" by The One AM Radio again on their website. To see photos from our live show, visit...

Duration: 00:42:49


#38: Dressing Room Confessionals

7/10/2017
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This summer, we went on the road to tape live shows at Bonobos Guideshops in NYC, Chicago, and LA. And in true Why Oh Why fashion, we asked our audience to tell us their deepest secrets in makeshift confessional booths set up inside the dressing rooms. Focus Group Casting: If you're a queer lady in the NYC or DC area who's single, we'd love to consider you for our next focus group episode. Send us a note with a bit about you and your dating life to whyohwhy@panoply.fm. Our sponsors for...

Duration: 00:40:12


#37: Live at Bonobos - Branching Out in Chicago

6/30/2017
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Sometimes in order to find love, you have to figure out what you love to do. We begin by exploring our Chicago roots, and a story of how Andrea's mom answered the question, "What do you like to do for fun?" Then comedians and co-hosts of the Ajumma Podcast, Peter Kim (Second City, Seeso's Shrink) and Eunji Kim (Cards Against Humanity) help audience members re-vamp their Tinder profiles. To see photos from our live show, visit whyohwhyradio.com. Why Oh Why: Live At Bonobos! This summer...

Duration: 00:32:43


#36: Like a Virgin

6/26/2017
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Are millennials spending too much time behind their screens and not enough time in the back seats of cars? Recent studies show that the generational cohorts born in the 1980's and 1990's are starting their sex lives later than Gen X'ers did. Twice as late. We'll talk with a lovely member of the so-called "hook-up generation" next to a pool in Florida. What can her romantic resume tell us about the state of dating today? Why Oh Why: Live At Bonobos! Join our show as we take over Bonobos...

Duration: 00:34:30


#35: Data-ing

6/20/2017
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The persona we create online or on apps isn't very representative of what's going in our lives. So we brought in Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, author of "Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are" to tell us more about what everyone's hiding, and how it all relates to our dating lives. Why Oh Why: Live At Bonobos! Join our show as we take over Bonobos Guideshops across the country for special live podcast tapings. These shows sold out quick!...

Duration: 00:36:30


#34: Live at Bonobos - The Rules for Dating in NYC

6/13/2017
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We begin with a story: The tale of your host's earliest ancestor’s dating life, and the love life of a more recent relative, Grandma Phyllis. Then comedian and writer Naomi Ekperigin (Broad City, Difficult People) and her “Jew Boo” writer and performer Andy Beckerman help an audience member find love, and share how they found each other in the NYC improv scene. To see photos from our live show, visit whyohwhyradio.com. Why Oh Why: Live At Bonobos! This summer we're taking over Bonobos...

Duration: 00:40:54


#33: Why So Forlorn, OK Cupid?

6/10/2017
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Does OK Cupid's app icon tell a larger narrative of chaos and distress? On today's show, we'll use the logo design of popular dating apps to explore the state of the companies and the substance of their products. In doing so, we're joined by Jessica Helfand and Michael Bierut. They're the cofounders of Design Observer, and hosts of The Design of Business | The Business of Design and The Observatory podcasts. We're also joined by Teddy Blanks, a graphic designer and founder of design studio...

Duration: 00:56:31


#32: Deep in the Woods

6/1/2017
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Over at Why Oh Why HQ, we're planning quite the event for our first live show with Bonobos. And it got us thinking about the joy of crafting a live show and the fun of experimenting with the medium. Today, we'll listen back to one of this podcast's first live radio experiments starring our hilarious pal Jim Behrle, and our even more hilarious relative Grandma Phyllis. Why Oh Why: Live At Bonobos! Join our show as we take over Bonobos Guideshops across the country for three special live...

Duration: 00:31:17


#31: Daddy Randy

5/13/2017
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The other day, Randy called to say he was outside Panoply studios. Didn't we get his fax messages? Hear why our show's favorite regular guest is happier than ever. Why Oh Why: Live At Bonobos! Join our show as we take over Bonobos Guideshops across the country for 3 special live podcast tapings. The tour kicks off in NYC on June 1st, and will travel to Chicago on June 15th, and LA on June 29th. To reserve your free tickets today, visit slate.com/live. These live shows were made possible...

Duration: 00:30:10


#30: Don't Listen If You're My Ex-Boyfriend

5/5/2017
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How do you even begin to deal with heart break? Your host weighs the advice. We'll speak with Olga Pronin, the marketing manager at Wham-O. Dr. Fred Nour is a neuroscientist and wrote the book True Love. Gretchen Rubin hosts the Happier podcast with her sister, Elizabeth Craft. Baldwin Way is an assistant professor at the Ohio State University. You can find his research study about acetaminophen dulling emotions here, and can read more about the connections between physical and...

Duration: 00:36:30


#29: Hotter on Bumble, Part 2

4/21/2017
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If our potential matches on Bumble feel hotter than other apps, who's making that decision? What does this mean for us normals? Reynald Adolphe caught our eye with his blog post: "Is Bumble's Algorithm Filtering Ugly People?" He is a software engineer and teaches other people how to be engineers, too. He tweets: @reynaldadolphe Chris Volinsky was part of the winning team for the Netflix Prize to develop a better recommender system. He's assistant vice president of big data research at...

Duration: 00:40:30

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