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Rank #71 in Personal Journals category

Comedy
Society & Culture
Personal Journals
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Named a best new podcast of 2016 by The New York Times, NPR, Huffington Post and iTunes. Andrea Silenzi speaks with friends, experts, and guys in bars about where love, dating and sex meets technology. The show tells the stories about relationships often blurring the lines between memoir, documentary, and fiction.

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Named a best new podcast of 2016 by The New York Times, NPR, Huffington Post and iTunes. Andrea Silenzi speaks with friends, experts, and guys in bars about where love, dating and sex meets technology. The show tells the stories about relationships often blurring the lines between memoir, documentary, and fiction.

iTunes Ratings

984 Ratings
Average Ratings
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86

Love the show and your voice.

By Cottonball917 - Apr 25 2020
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Andrea I have kept this show in my library after you announced leaving just so I didn’t miss an update, hoping for your return!!!! I just love your voice !!!!! It’s so calming. PLEASE COME BACK LOL 😢

Great podcaster

By Ashley D Mashley - Apr 21 2020
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This show is really amazing, the host a podcasting force. I highly recommend searching the internet for the first season which aint here folks. I think I saw it on SoundCloud or somewhere. No that is some good stuff.

iTunes Ratings

984 Ratings
Average Ratings
610
168
63
57
86

Love the show and your voice.

By Cottonball917 - Apr 25 2020
Read more
Andrea I have kept this show in my library after you announced leaving just so I didn’t miss an update, hoping for your return!!!! I just love your voice !!!!! It’s so calming. PLEASE COME BACK LOL 😢

Great podcaster

By Ashley D Mashley - Apr 21 2020
Read more
This show is really amazing, the host a podcasting force. I highly recommend searching the internet for the first season which aint here folks. I think I saw it on SoundCloud or somewhere. No that is some good stuff.
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Why Oh Why

Latest release on Jun 20, 2018

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 11 days ago

Rank #1: Can You Fall in Love with Anyone?

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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.

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Jul 23 2017

38mins

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Rank #2: How Will I Know

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This week on Why Oh Why, a look back at the role this show has played in your host's personal life. Travel through the past three years as Andrea talks to her editor, Hillary Frank, about what’s going on in her relationship.

Hillary Frank is the host and creator of the podcast The Longest Shortest Time.

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Nov 08 2016

25mins

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Rank #3: Stop Dating Older Guys

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The age gap between men and women in heterosexual dating has become a fact of life in the 21st century. The Guardian’s Mona Chalabi suggests it’s time for that to change. Read her op-ed "I Want My 2.3 Bonus Years" in the New York Times.

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Oct 12 2017

42mins

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Rank #4: Hotter on Bumble, Part 1

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Bumble is held up as Silicon Valley's gift to single women. Finally, a dating app made with us in mind. But after you download the app and start swiping, does it live up to the reputation?

In this episode, you heard clips from all our focus group episodes (#1, #13#26), and our episode about The Bachelor (#23).

Valerie Woolard is a developer with Megaphone, the technology side of Panoply. She tweets: @valeriecodes

Satnam Narang works at Symantec, and has been following spam and bots on Tinder since 2013. He tweets: @satnam

To discuss this week's episode, head to facebook.com/whyohwhyradio or tweet with #whyohwhy. You can find Andrea on Twitter as @andreasilenzi.

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Apr 14 2017

30mins

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Rank #5: Ghosting Stories

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Ghosting has been called the millennial way of breaking up, but that doesn't make the phenomenon any less haunting for its victims. Just in time for Halloween, we present a collection of ghosting stories from listeners across the country.

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Oct 20 2017

43mins

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Rank #6: Live at Bonobos - Making Out in LA

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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, usually 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 whyohwhyradio.com.

This live show was made possible by Bonobos. If you want to find clothing that will fit you better than you ever imagined, and get 20% off your first purchase, visit bonobos.com/whyohwhy.

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Jul 13 2017

42mins

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Rank #7: Don't Listen If You're My Ex-Boyfriend

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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 emotional pain here. If you haven't read that Modern Love column, you can find that here.

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May 05 2017

35mins

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Rank #8: Hotter on Bumble, Part 2

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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 AT&T, and he tweets: @statpumpkin

To discuss this week's episode, head to facebook.com/whyohwhyradio or tweet with #whyohwhy. You can find Andrea on Twitter as @andreasilenzi.

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Apr 21 2017

39mins

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Rank #9: Game of Groans

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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.

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Jul 17 2017

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Rank #10: A Man and a Woman Walk into a Bar

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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") and Tiffanie Drayton ("Why I Refuse To Pay For Dates").

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Aug 13 2017

28mins

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Rank #11: One Short Episode

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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.

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Jul 29 2017

21mins

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Rank #12: Oblique Strategies

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Single? Chances are, someone who is decidedly not single has given you advice lately. This week, Andrea asks economist and journalist Tim Harford to vet the various dating advice she's heard from friends and fellow podcasters. Tim has a new book out called "Messy" about the value of bringing intentional disorder into your world.

One of the many podcasters offering advice in this episode is Mike Pesca from Slate's The Gist. You can hear their full conversation on episode #606, "Mike Debates His Former Producer About Dating." Plus, Helen Zaltzman, of The Allusionist podcast, concocts a weird way to attract dates, and Daniel Lavery, from Slate's Dear Prudence podcast, might have the best advice of all. 

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Dec 06 2016

25mins

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Rank #13: A Celebration of Awkwardness

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At the end of Episode #3, a surprise ending left us all cringing from head to toe. As an antidote, this week we welcome David back into the studio to share his side of the story. Plus, we head back to Bushwick to get a drink with that sexy Irish guy. You won't believe his trick for mellowing out on a first date.

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Oct 17 2016

28mins

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Rank #14: Puppies or Ice Cream?

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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 book How to Fall in Love with Anyone.

Wanna Be Set Up on a Blind Skype Date?

You don't even need to wear pants! Just fill out this Google form to be considered in our pool of singles or visit our website: whyohwhyradio.com.

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Sep 16 2017

49mins

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Rank #15: Alone Forever

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What's going on with you romantically? Nothing? Our guest Aimée Lutkin says that's okay.

You can read her Jezebel piece here, follow her on Twitter @alutkin, and read more about her #onTinderatTinder project here.

To discuss this week's episode, head to facebook.com/whyohwhyradio or tweet with #whyohwhy. You can find Andrea on Twitter as @andreasilenzi. Did you hear we have a weekly newsletter? You can sign up on our website: whyohwhypodcast.com

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Jan 20 2017

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Rank #16: Single Straight Lady Focus Group

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For the first episode of this season, we welcomed 10 dudes into the studio to shout about their dating lives. This week, our latest focus group invites 14 single ladies in New York and D.C. to chat about the many thrills and face palms that come with dating men. Is finding a partner essential to our longterm happiness? 

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Dec 20 2016

28mins

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Rank #17: Listen to Your Heart

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When your host became newly single, she was shocked to discover that Tinder had made a drastic change as well. Like when silent films turned into talkies, though way less culturally significant, there is now a distinct sound when two people match on Tinder. Here to explain the art of sonic branding is Steve Milton, a founding partner at Listen, who helped craft the app's new signature sound.

Plus, in Trump's new America, our Facebook friends keep talking about getting an IUD. Why? We'll discuss the outlook for women's reproductive healthcare in the coming years with Slate's Christina Cauterucci.

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Andrea was recently interviewed by Slate's Leon Neyfakh about her decision to bring her personal life back into this show. To read this interview, sign up for a free trial: slate.com/whyohwhyplus

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Nov 29 2016

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Rank #18: One Date at a Time

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Think about it: The de facto first date invitation tends to be "let's get a drink." What's a single person to do when they don't imbibe?

Did you hear we have a weekly newsletter? You can sign up on our website: whyohwhypodcast.com, and every week we send 10 new subscribers our latest Why Oh Why swag. To discuss this week's episode, head to facebook.com/whyohwhyradio or tweet with #whyohwhy. 

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Feb 16 2017

31mins

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Rank #19: Going There

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Today's episode is basically StoryCorps, but between total strangers in the back of a bar with the potential of sex later.

Have you ever had a meaningful interaction with a stranger? To discuss this week's episode, head to facebook.com/whyohwhyradio or tweet with #whyohwhy. You can find Andrea on Twitter as @andreasilenzi

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Feb 25 2017

33mins

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Rank #20: Your Best Foot

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What do you do when you meet someone who doesn't meet your most essential criteria? Why Oh Why explores how turning thirty can change your dating life for the better.

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Mar 24 2017

20mins

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