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Modern Love

For 16 years, the Modern Love column has given New York Times readers a glimpse into the complicated love lives of real people.Since its start, the column has evolved into a TV show, three books and a podcast. Now, we are excited to announce a relaunch of the podcast at The Times, hosted by Daniel Jones, the editor and creator of Modern Love, and Miya Lee, editor of Tiny Love Stories and Modern Love projects.Each week, we’ll bring you their favorite stories from the column’s vast archive, conversations with the authors, and a few surprises. New episodes every Wednesday.

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The Language Of Love With Saoirse Ronan | Encore

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.

18mins

27 May 2020

Rank #1

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A Lost Child, But Not Mine | With Betty Gilpin

Betty Gilpin of Netflix's "G.L.O.W." reads a story about life after abortion.

19mins

9 Aug 2017

Rank #2

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

"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.

19mins

20 May 2020

Rank #3

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Alone In A Pandemic

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.

21mins

12 May 2020

Rank #4

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Modern Love: The Podcast Valentine's Special

Forget Netflix and chill. Settle in for a binge episode of Modern Love: The Podcast featuring Tony Hale ("Veep"), Gillian Jacobs ("Love"), and Colin Farrell ("The Lobster")

47mins

13 Feb 2017

Rank #5

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R We D8ting? | With Krysten Ritter

What happens to relationships when they play out entirely over text? Krysten Ritter ("Jessica Jones") reads Sandra Barron's essay, about the miscommunications that can come with text message flirtation.

19mins

4 Apr 2018

Rank #6

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Promises That Can Bend | With Peter Gallagher

Peter Gallagher ("Grace and Frankie," "The O.C.") reads the story of one man's effort to stay with his wife in sickness and in health.

17mins

6 Sep 2017

Rank #7

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To Fall In Love With Anyone, Do This | Encore

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

20mins

6 May 2020

Rank #8

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Part I: You May Want to Marry My Husband

Debra Winger reads the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal's essay about her fairytale love story, which was cut short by cancer. This is an encore presentation.

13mins

6 Feb 2019

Rank #9

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Boy, What A Fabulous Baker | With Abbi Jacobson

Abbi Jacobson ("6 Balloons," "Broad City") reads an essay about a carboholic who falls for a baker -- and his bread.

17mins

25 Apr 2018

Rank #10

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Words With (I Wish We Were More Than) Friends | With Ben Platt

When he was working in Nevada, Justin Race met a woman he thought was perfect for him. The only problem? They had only ever talked to each other through Words With Friends. Justin's essay is read by Tony-winning actor Ben Platt, who stars in the new show "The Politician" on Netflix.

18mins

23 Oct 2019

Rank #11

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The Secret To Marriage | With Sandra Oh

Communication. Respect. Intimacy. Doing the dishes. Those are all things that have been called the secret to marriage. But Gabrielle Zevin has a different idea. Sandra Oh ("Killing Eve") reads her piece.

17mins

21 Aug 2018

Rank #12

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When A Couch Is More Than A Couch | With Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet reads Nina Riggs's essay, about an overwhelming diagnosis -- and a search for the perfect living room couch.

22mins

14 Mar 2018

Rank #13

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One Bouquet Of Fleeting Beauty | With Kerry Bishé

Kerry Bishe ("Halt and Catch Fire," "Narcos") tells the story of one woman's unexpected awakening -- at a flower shop.

19mins

20 Sep 2017

Rank #14

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We'll Meet Again In Five Years | With Regina King

Regina King (HBO's "Watchmen") reads an essay by a woman who thinks she's met the right person for her — several years too early.

17mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #15

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Nursing A Wound | With Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal ("Stronger") tells the story of a man recovering from heartbreak in a pediatrics wing.

22mins

4 Oct 2017

Rank #16

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Single, Female, Mormon, Alone | With Justina Machado

Justina Machado, star of the Netflix reboot "One Day At A Time," shares the story of one woman's quest to lose her virginity while at the same time finding herself.

22mins

8 Mar 2017

Rank #17

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My Back-Seat View Of A Great Romance | With Chloë Grace Moretz

"What did it mean that the most romantic thing I’d ever been a part of hadn’t even happened to me?" Chloë Grace Moretz ("The Miseducation of Cameron Post") reads Rachel Monroe's essay about watching a love story unfold from the sidelines.

22mins

3 Jul 2018

Rank #18

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The Plain, Unmarked Box Arrived | With Kristen Bell

Would you buy a sex chair? Well, Lori Jakiela did -- and she writes about the chair, and the misadventures involved in trying to use it, in an essay that's read by Kristen Bell ("The Good Place.")

20mins

10 Oct 2018

Rank #19

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Agreeing To Accept And Move On | With Sarah Goldberg

Under normal circumstances, trying to find love can be challenging -- and stressful. And for Elizabeth Koster, the pressure was even more intense. Sarah Goldberg (HBO's "Barry") reads Elizabeth's essay.

19mins

8 May 2019

Rank #20