Rank #1: 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.
Rank #2: A Kiss Deferred | With Joanna Kulig
Nikolina Kulidzan was twelve years old when she fell in love for the first time. Not long after, the Bosnian War changed her life forever. Her essay is read by Joanna Kulig ("Cold War").
Rank #3: Rallying To Keep The Game Alive | With Connie Nielsen
It's easy to single out the biggest decisions in a life. But this week's essay by Ann Leary is about little choices, that you might not think about very much in the moment, that end up slowly changing everything. It's read by Connie Nielsen ("I Am the Night").
Rank #4: Maternal Wisdom (5 Pounds' Worth) | With Gillian Anderson
When you think back to sex ed class, it's not hard to come up with a couple of memories that might have scarred you for life. But actor Gillian Anderson reads an essay that shows it can be equally scarring for the parents.
Rank #5: Part II: My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me | With André Holland
Last week, you heard an essay by Amy Krouse Rosenthal -- "You May Want to Marry my Husband." It was published just days before she died of ovarian cancer.
Today, André Holland of "High Flying Bird" reads the essay her husband Jason wrote in response last summer -- and we hear from Jason himself about how he's doing today.
Rank #6: Your Dog Has Seen Me Naked | With William Jackson Harper
Have you ever dated someone living in a studio apartment with a pet? If so, how did you handle the logistics around sex?
Ryan Pfeffer writes about how he dealt with that situation in his essay, which was performed by William Jackson Harper ("The Good Place") in front of a live audience at the Huntington Avenue Theatre in Boston.
Rank #7: Ah, To Be Old, Male, And Single | With Natasha Lyonne
When it comes to dating, Amy Cohen says this: "We all need to be reincarnated as an older Jewish man with an apartment on the Upper East Side.” Natasha Lyonne ("Russian Doll") reads Amy's essay about the difference between her 76-year-old father's dating life and her own.
Rank #8: Security In A Bright Yellow Suitcase | With Christina Hendricks
You know the phase. The one when you're going back and forth between your place and your partner's, and you have to bring all your stuff with you.
But when is it time to make a change? Deanna Clevesy's essay is read by Christina Hendricks ("Good Girls").
Rank #9: Playing Role Reversal With My Therapist | With Isabelle Huppert
Therapists' offices are supposed to be places where you can be both vulnerable and safe. But what happens when your therapist crosses a line? That happened to Julianna Baggott -- and she writes about it an an essay that's read by Isabelle Huppert ("Greta").
Rank #10: What The Sea Took Away | With Carmen Ejogo
How do you talk to your children about loss? What secrets do you keep, and for how long? And when do you decide to tell them everything? Emily Listfield faces those questions in her essay, read by Carmen Ejogo ("True Detective.")
Rank #11: Comfort, If Not A Cure | With Nazanin Boniadi
How much can you give of yourself before it’s too much? And what do you do when you reach your limit? Nazanin Boniadi ("Hotel Mumbai") reads Tara Ebrahimi's essay.
Rank #12: Another Voice Had Come Between Us | With Catherine O'Hara
Catherine O'Hara ("Schitt's Creek") reads Patricia Morrisroe's essay, about a piece of technology that complicates a marriage.
Rank #13: Refreshing A Mother's Memory With Love | With Zoe Saldana
Dementia can alter someone's personality and change how how they interact with the world. But sometimes, it can also lead to moments of profound connection.
Jenny McPhee writes about one of those moments in her piece, which is read by Zoe Saldana.
Rank #14: Oscars Playlist
We're celebrating the 91st Academy Awards by revisiting two of our favorite episodes featuring nominated actors. We'll hear pieces read by Rachel Weisz of "The Favourite," and Willem Dafoe, of "At Eternity's Gate."
Rank #15: Modern Love Holiday Playlist
Happy Holidays from all of us at Modern Love! We will be back with brand new episodes in 2019, but today, we're bringing you a playlist of our favorite holiday episodes from the past two years.
Rank #16: The Wisdom Of The Moving Man | With Lake Bell
When we take stock of the people who matter most to us, there are the spouses, the family members, the best friends, the partners. And then there are the people who aren’t any of those things, but who change our lives anyway.
Emily Raboteau's essay is about one of those people. It's read by Lake Bell ("Bless this Mess.")
Rank #17: 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.
Rank #18: Love Means Never Having To Say ... Anything | With Pedro Pascal
Love thrives on good communication. It can take many forms -- but what happens when you suddenly lose what was once your primary means of communication? Pedro Pascal ("King Lear," "Game of Thrones") reads Jamison's essay.
Rank #19: Talking to My Fiancé About My New Girlfriend | With DeWanda Wise
What happens when you know you want to marry someone, but you are also are falling in love with someone else? Is there a way for you to have everything?
Sophie Lucido Johnson's essay is read by DeWanda Wise ("She's Gotta Have It").