Radio Archive by Tag

Romance

  • A Marriage of Inconvenience.

    542: Wait - Do You Have The Map? 12.12.2014

    This next story is about a couple in a relationship that’s unlike the homes either of them grew ...CrimeRomance

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  • In God We Trust.

    489: No Coincidence, No Story! 03.01.2013

    When it comes to love, coincidences tend to loom extra-large. Stephen Lee tells about the time ...FamilyRomance

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  • Act Four.

    489: No Coincidence, No Story! 03.01.2013

    More stories of dazzling coincidences: An old boyfriend is conjured in Morocco; a jazz singer ...DeathFathersRomance

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  • Best Laid Plans.

    486: Valentine's Day 02.08.2013

    Kurt Braunohler and his girlfriend had been together for thirteen years, and they were only 30. ...RomanceSexuality

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  • 21 Chump Street.

    486: Valentine's Day 02.08.2013

    A few years ago at three high schools in Palm Beach County, Florida, several young police ...Criminal JusticeDrugsRomance

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  • Cold Stone Dreamery.

    486: Valentine's Day 02.08.2013

    Ben Loory wrote and tells this story, which begins with a duck falling in love with a rock. (8 ...FictionRomance

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  • My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend.

    486: Valentine's Day 02.08.2013

    A live performance detailing a humiliating love affair. When comedian Mike Birbiglia was in high ...Live PerformanceRomanceTeenagers

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  • Prologue.

    457: What I Did For Love 02.10.2012

    Host Ira Glass speaks with musician Kristy Kruger about the unique way she dealt with a recent ...HeartbreakMusicPranks

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  • Act Two.

    444: Gossip 08.26.2011

    Chicago writer Rebecca Makkai bring us the story of a reality television producer attempting to ...FictionRomanceTelevision

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  • What I Didn't Do on My Summer Vacation.

    443: Amusement Park 08.12.2011

    Jonathan Goldstein returns to Wildwood, New Jersey, where he spent one not-fateful summer when ...Jobs/EmploymentRomanceTeenagers

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  • Isn't It Slow-Mantic.

    425: Slow To React 01.21.2011

    In Sean Lewis’ family, there is a legendarily romantic love story. It’s famous in his family ...FamilyRomance

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  • Sleeping With The Enemy.

    404: Enemy Camp 2010 04.02.2010

    A short story, "Fatso," by Etgar Keret from his collection "The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be ...FictionRomanceSexuality

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  • Prologue.

    393: Infidelity 10.30.2009

    Ira talks with Jessica Pressler, who writes the Daily Intel blog for NewYork Magazine, about a ...RomanceSexuality

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  • Let Me Kiss Your Stiff Upper Lip.

    393: Infidelity 10.30.2009

    From England, Ruby Wright has a story of an affair where—even years after it ended—it wasn't ...RomanceSexuality

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  • The Italian Job.

    393: Infidelity 10.30.2009

    Ira reviews some infidelity stats from his mother's book on the subject, Not Just Friends. And ...Live PerformanceRomanceSexuality

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  • How Did I Get Here?

    393: Infidelity 10.30.2009

    Act two showed us a moment before infidelity occurs. In this act, Dani Shapiro has a story about ...RomanceSexuality

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  • Pants Pants Revelation.

    378: This I Used to Believe 04.17.2009

    Joel and Kate were both working in a psychiatric hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. They both ...FunnyRomance

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  • Prologue.

    374: Somewhere Out There 02.13.2009

    NPR reporter David Kestenbaum tells host Ira Glass about the time, when he was doing graduate ...RomanceScience

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  • It’s Not Over Til The Fat Man Sings.

    374: Somewhere Out There 02.13.2009

    When Eric Hayot was 23, he went on an exchange program to China one summer. He took an opera ...MusicRomanceTheater

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  • My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend.

    374: Somewhere Out There 02.13.2009

    A live performance detailing a humiliating love affair. When comedian Mike Birbiglia was in high ...FunnyLive PerformanceRomance

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  • Love Line.

    371: Scenes From a Mall 12.26.2008

    We meet Russell, 19, the best mobile phone salesman in the mall — and possibly anywhere. ...Jobs/EmploymentRetail/CommerceRomance

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  • Lonely Hearts Club Band...Of One.

    364: Going Big 09.26.2008

    Musician David Berkeley has gotten a lot of requests in his life, but none quite like the offer ...MusicRomance

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  • Prologue.

    349: Valentine's Day 2008 02.15.2008

    Richard Klein of Cornell University explains that the way we view love really began with love ...HistoryLiteratureRomance

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  • Before And After.

    349: Valentine's Day 2008 02.15.2008

    Richard Bausch reads his story "Letter to the Lady of the House" from his book, Selected Stories ...FictionRomance

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  • The Over-protective Kind.

    349: Valentine's Day 2008 02.15.2008

    Veronica Chater's mother wants to go to a resort in Mexico with a friend. Her father, a former ...FamilyRomanceTravel

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  • Istanbul.

    349: Valentine's Day 2008 02.15.2008

    Ian Brown of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on the normal struggle most people experience ...RomanceSexuality

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  • Prologue.

    347: Matchmakers 01.18.2008

    Ira Glass talks to This American Life Producer Jane Feltes about a recent date she was set up ...Romance

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  • A Good Year For Grand Gestures.

    347: Matchmakers 01.18.2008

    Miriam and her husband were development workers in Afghanistan. They'd had a whirlwind romance ...AfghanistanDevelopmentRomance

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  • Prologue.

    339: Break-Up 08.24.2007

    Host Ira Glass talks with Lauren Waterman, who's in the middle of a break-up right now and ...HeartbreakRomance

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  • Dr. Phil.

    339: Break-Up 08.24.2007

    In the wake of a break-up, writer Starlee Kine finds so much comfort in break-up songs that she ...DivorceMusicRomance

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  • Life Without Leanne.

    314: It's Never Over 06.23.2006

    Writer Larry Doyle on a love that will not die, no matter how dead it is. (7 minutes)FictionFunnyRomance

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  • Prologue.

    308: Star-Crossed Love 02.10.2006

    Host Ira Glass talks to Chicago Tribune newspaper columnist Amy Dickinson ("Ask Amy"), the heir ...Romance

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  • Prisoner Of Love.

    308: Star-Crossed Love 02.10.2006

    Shant Kenderian reads from his memoir 1001 Nights In the Iraqi Army: The True Story of a Chicago ...IraqMilitaryRomance

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  • The Diary Of Mrs. Sam Horrigan.

    308: Star-Crossed Love 02.10.2006

    Sixteen-year-old Catalina Puente, one of WNYC's Radio Rookies, gets caught up in a complete and ...ChildhoodRomance

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  • So A Squirrel And A Chipmunk Walk Into A Bar.

    308: Star-Crossed Love 02.10.2006

    David Sedaris reads his new fable about a squirrel, a chipmunk, and a love that could never be. ...AnimalsFictionFunny

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  • Prologue.

    288: Not What I Meant 05.06.2005

    Host Ira Glass talks to film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Chicago Reader about an anonymous ...RomanceWriting

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  • And I Love Her.

    274: Enemy Camp '04 10.08.2004

    "Fatso," a short story by Etgar Keret from his collection The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God. ...FictionRomance

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  • Are You A Man Or A Mouse?

    269: Someone to Watch Over Me 07.16.2004

    Aimee Bender reads her story "The Rememberer," about a woman whose lover is undergoing reverse ...FictionRomance

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  • Inside The Romance Industry.

    247: What Is This Thing? 09.19.2003

    Robin Epstein visits people who define this thing called love—for a living. She attends the ...RomanceWriting

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  • View From The Other Half.

    247: What Is This Thing? 09.19.2003

    An act named after two TV shows, one where women sit around and talk, the other where men sit ...RomanceSexuality

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  • A Love Story.

    247: What Is This Thing? 09.19.2003

    Sarah Vowell tells "The Greatest Love Story of the 20th Century," Johnny Cash and June Carter ...MusicRomance

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  • Bolt Of Lightning, Pro And Con.

    244: MacGyver 08.15.2003

    Chuck Klosterman talks about the time he MacGyvered his way out of one of the worst situations a ...HolidaysRomance

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  • A Girl's Guide To Mending The Unmendable.

    244: MacGyver 08.15.2003

    Susan Burton tells the story of how she used a clever scheme to get over a broken heart. (17 ...RomanceTeenagers

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  • And I Love Her.

    242: Enemy Camp 07.18.2003

    A short story, "Fatso," by Etgar Keret. A woman reveals to her boyfriend that she's not always ...FictionRomance

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  • Prologue.

    238: Lost in Translation 05.30.2003

    Host Ira Glass talks with producer Alex Blumberg about going on a date with a woman from Russia. ...Romance

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  • The Heart Is A Lonely Junta.

    237: Regime Change 04.18.2003

    Jeffrey Brown wrote a comic novel called Clumsy, a beautiful and intimate account of his ...RomanceWriting

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  • Prologue.

    231: Time to Save the World 02.07.2003

    Host Ira Glass talks with Michael Beaumier, who runs the personals section of the Chicago ...JournalismRomance

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  • Prologue.

    228: You Are So Beautiful…To Me 01.03.2003

    Host Ira Glass explains how you can get away with anything if you claim you did it for love. (3 ...RomanceTelevision

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  • On The Border Between Good And Bad.

    228: You Are So Beautiful…To Me 01.03.2003

    Another story of someone using the word love as they try to make sense of things. Russell Banks ...FictionRomance

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  • Personal Ads.

    223: Classifieds 10.11.2002

    "Joyce, I don't need another Housekeeper." Producer Jonathan Goldstein talks with the man who ...JournalismRomance

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  • The Lie That Binds.

    221: Fake I.D. 09.20.2002

    A story from David Sedaris about how the movie The End of the Affair almost ended his ...Film/Film MakingLiteratureRomance

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  • Mr. Fun.

    212: The Other Man 05.10.2002

    Jonathan Goldstein and Heather O'Neill tell the true story of what happens when a person tries ...ChildrenRomance

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  • Prologue.

    203: Recordings for Someone 01.11.2002

    We hear a tape that a man named David Cossin made for a woman in Italy, who he'd met during a ...Romance

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  • Love Story.

    203: Recordings for Someone 01.11.2002

    We hear more of David Cossin's tapes. He made over a dozen for the woman in Italy. And we hear ...Romance

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  • Just Be Yourself.

    198: How to Win Friends and Influence People 11.02.2001

    Producer Jonathan Goldstein with a story about what it's like to date Lois Lane when she's on ...FictionFunnyRomance

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  • You Call That Love?

    197: Before It Had A Name 10.26.2001

    There is that moment when you're falling for someone, before either of you says the word ...Romance

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  • The Game Ain't Over Til The Fatso Man Sings.

    188: Kid Logic 06.22.2001

    Howie Chackowicz tried a risky combination when he was little, kid logic with puppy love. He ...ChildhoodRomance

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  • "thou Shalt Worship No Other Trousers Before Me."

    185: Golden Calf 05.25.2001

    If you're in thrall to a pair of pants, is that such a bad thing? Ira talks to Kate—who invested ...FunnyRomance

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  • What We Cringe About When We Cringe About Love.

    182: Cringe 04.13.2001

    Cringing means literally "to shrink from something dangerous or painful." So what could be more ...ReligionRomance

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  • Birthday Present.

    174: Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Milestones 12.29.2000

    On a commemorative day, it can be hard to feel a real sense of the past and of how time has ...FictionHolidaysLive Performance

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  • When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.

    169: Pursuit of Happiness 09.29.2000

    Every year, the Emerald Society, an association of Irish Chicago police officers, flies in ...AlcoholCityFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Prologue.

    154: In Dog We Trust 03.10.2000

    Heather and her girlfriend lived with a cat named Sid. The girlfriend showed all sorts of ...AnimalsFunnyRomance

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  • Prologue.

    152: Crush 02.11.2000

    A high school student explains the intricacies of a four-year crush, and declares that having a ...RomanceTeenagers

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  • Kiss.

    152: Crush 02.11.2000

    So what if you held onto a high-school crush? Under what conditions would it never go away? ...ChildhoodDeathFamily

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  • How A Bill Becomes — A President.

    152: Crush 02.11.2000

    Bill Bradley press secretary Julia Rothwax explains how a political crush works. This is a crush ...PoliticsPresidentsRomance

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  • On Seeing The 100% Perfect Girl One April Morning.

    152: Crush 02.11.2000

    As pure of a depiction of unadulterated crush feeling as can be imagined—from writer Haruki ...FictionRomance

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  • Fire And Ice Cream.

    149: Bedside Diplomacy 01.14.2000

    When a nurse asks a 14-year-old burn victim out for ice cream, is it a date? Brent Runyon tells ...Health Care/MedicineRomanceTeenagers

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  • If This Sleigh Is A-rockin', Don't Come A-knockin'.

    148: The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Suit 12.24.1999

    Sarah Vowell explains why so many popular songs portray Santa as a ladies man. (8 minutes)HolidaysMusicRomance

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  • Your Name Is Ointment Poured Forth.

    147: A Teenager's Guide to God 12.17.1999

    One great thing about staying in a camp of 130 other Christians is the ...ReligionRomanceTeenagers

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  • Real Love.

    138: The Real Thing 08.27.1999

    There's The Real Thing when it comes to your idea of what job you want, what house you want, ...FunnyLive PerformanceRomance

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  • Same Time Next Year.

    134: We Didn't 07.09.1999

    Writer/Comedian Amanda Marks shares the story of a couple that didn't fall in love, didn't get ...CityMusicRomance

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  • Prologue.

    129: Advice 05.14.1999

    When Adam and Jamie were kids, Jamie would always ask for Adam's advice, but he didn't want to ...ChildhoodFriendshipJournalism

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  • Love.

    128: Four Corners 04.30.1999

    Scott Richer and Julie Riggs of Louisville, Kentucky, were supposed to have their first kiss at ...FriendshipRomance

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  • How To Avoid The Difficulty Of Living With Someone.

    123: High Cost of Living 02.26.1999

    When adults talk babytalk to each other, it is precisely to avoid having real conversations and ...Romance

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  • Meet The Ball And Chain.

    122: Valentine's Day '99 02.12.1999

    When Anne Staggs started to fall for an inmate named Charles in the Texas prison system, she was ...Criminal JusticeJobs/EmploymentMurder

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  • Mucho Corazon.

    122: Valentine's Day '99 02.12.1999

    A man in Amsterdam and a woman in Cuba fall in love, even though their governments don't want ...GovernmentMusicRomance

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  • Who Deserves What.

    122: Valentine's Day '99 02.12.1999

    The story of The Arabian Nights is actually 350 or 400 stories, depending on how you count them. ...LiteratureRomanceTheater

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  • Prologue.

    120: Be Careful Who You Pretend to Be 01.22.1999

    Viola disguises herself as a man, takes a job working for this guy with whom she promptly falls ...RomanceTheater

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  • Bad Sex With Bud Kemp.

    115: First Day 11.13.1998

    Los Angeles writer Sandra Tsing Loh on the first day of a relationship. A failing relationship. ...RomanceSexuality

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  • Prologue.

    106: Father's Day '98 06.19.1998

    We ask 18-year-old Chana Wiliford and her father in Texas if they'd be willing to have a ...FathersHolidaysMarriage

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  • Self-made Wacky.

    97: Death to Wacky 03.20.1998

    Ira talks with Maria, who took out a personals ad in the Chicago Reader advertising herself as ...RomanceWriting

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  • Prologue.

    95: Monogamy 03.06.1998

    In the early stages of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, there was a period when one of the questions ...MarriagePoliticsPresidents

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  • Scientific Experiment.

    95: Monogamy 03.06.1998

    Chris and Sylvere, and how they tried to contain a marriage-threatening crush, and how difficult ...MarriageRomance

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  • Love And Happiness.

    95: Monogamy 03.06.1998

    Writer and nationally syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage explains what actually happens in ...RomanceSexuality

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  • Istanbul.

    95: Monogamy 03.06.1998

    Ian Brown of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on the normal struggle most people experience ...MarriageNeighbors/NeighborhoodsRomance

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  • How To Date A Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, Or Halfie.

    94: How To 02.27.1998

    A how-to by Junot Diaz, from his book Drown. (11 minutes) Read the content advisory we sent out ...FictionRaceRomance

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  • Prologue.

    93: Valentine's Day '98 02.13.1998

    Richard Klein of Cornell University explains that the way we view love really began with love ...HistoryPoetryRomance

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  • I Met Him In The Yogurt Store, But Now He's Not My Leader Of The Pack.

    93: Valentine's Day '98 02.13.1998

    Linda Howard and Richard Bloom, in Boca Raton Florida, had been married years when she started ...FunnyMarriageRomance

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  • The Feeling You Want, And The Feeling You Get.

    91: Escape the Box 01.30.1998

    David Cale's Lillian. Mild sexual content in this story.See the special advisory we had to send ...Live PerformanceRomanceSexuality

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  • Prologue.

    90: Telephone 01.16.1998

    Host Ira Glass explains why some old answering machine messages from a decade ago have such ...HistoryPoliticsRomance

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  • Prologue.

    88: Numbers 01.02.1998

    When she began working as a temp secretary in San Francisco, learning the computers, wasting ...Romance

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  • Corporate Culture.

    88: Numbers 01.02.1998

    D. Travers Scott and his boyfriend spent six months gathering data on their own relationship and ...RomanceScience

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  • Break It Down.

    88: Numbers 01.02.1998

    A man tries to calculate what love costs. From Lydia Davis's book Break It Down, read by actor ...FictionRomanceSexuality

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  • My Crap Life.

    83: One of Us 11.14.1997

    Writer Tim Melley. (23 minutes)ChildhoodEducationFamily

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  • How Bad Is This Relationship?

    78: How Bad Is Bad? 10.03.1997

    The people of Chicago speak out. (5 minutes)FunnyRomance

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  • When Worlds Collide.

    74: Conventions 08.29.1997

    John Perry Barlow, a founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and former rancher and ...BusinessJobs/EmploymentMusic

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  • Iron Man.

    71: Defying Sickness 08.01.1997

    Mark O'Brien is a writer in California, who lives most of each day in an iron lung, thanks to a ...Film/Film MakingHealth Care/MedicineRomance

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  • Prologue.

    70: Other People's Mail 07.25.1997

    Pete found a bag of maybe a hundred letters in a dumpster and found himself completely wrapped ...Romance

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  • Act One.

    64: Summer 05.23.1997

    Ron Carlson's short story.FictionJobs/EmploymentRomance

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  • Life Without Leanne.

    63: One Thing 05.09.1997

    A story by Larry Doyle. (10 minutes)RadioRomance

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  • How you gonna keep em down on the farm?

    58: Small Towns 04.04.1997

    Singles in Agriculture. By reporter Liz Weil and Alix Spiegel. (25 minutes)Jobs/EmploymentRomance

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  • Prologue.

    53: Valentine's Day '97 02.07.1997

    Ira reads from In Dreams Begin Responsibilities. (7 minutes)FathersFilm/Film MakingRomance

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  • Men My Mother Dated.

    53: Valentine's Day '97 02.07.1997

    Brett Leveridge reads from his column for Might magazine, which he turned into the book Men My ...MothersParentsRomance

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  • Mom, Dad & Bats

    53: Valentine's Day '97 02.07.1997

    A story by Bia Lowe. (12 minutes) AnimalsChildhoodParents

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  • It's Not the Heat.

    53: Valentine's Day '97 02.07.1997

    Writer Julie Showalter on her parents' romance. More Men My Mother Dated stories from Brett ...FamilyParentsRomance

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  • Parent And Child.

    53: Valentine's Day '97 02.07.1997

    Reporter Scott Carrier and his eleven-year-old daughter Jesse. Scott wrote Running After ...ChildrenFathersParenting

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    52: Edge of Sanity 01.31.1997

    Story of a romance that began in a mental hospital. Sometimes, the line between crazy and not ...Mental HealthRomance

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  • The Other Love That Dares Not Speak Its Name.

    46: Sissies 12.13.1996

    Seattle writer and syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage, on how there's a stigma against sissies ...ChildhoodRomanceSexuality

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  • Doing A Personal Act For Money.

    45: Media Fringe 12.06.1996

    Sarah Vowell on the joy of making mix tapes of your favorite songs to send to loved ones. She ...Jobs/EmploymentMusicRomance

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  • Carmen Becomes Faust.

    43: Faustian Bargains 11.22.1996

    Carmen Delzell on a deal she made with the devil when she turned 30. (14 minutes)HousingJobs/EmploymentPersonal Finance

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  • When You're In Love, The Whole World Is Jewish.

    42: Get Over It! 11.15.1996

    Host Ira Glass talks about the drama of trying to be "just friends" with an ex-girlfriend. The ...FriendshipRomance

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  • Found Tape.

    40: Lessons 11.01.1996

    Excerpts from lessons found on old record, especially a Helen Gurley Brown disc called How to ...FunnyRomance

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    24: Teenaged Girls 05.24.1996

    Kara instructs some of her male friends on the proper ways to treat a girl (5 minutes).RomanceTeenagers

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  • Suburban Girl.

    24: Teenaged Girls 05.24.1996

    Chicago writer/musician Rennie Sparks, a member of the independent band The Handsome Family, ...FamilyFriendshipMusic

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  • Good Girl.

    24: Teenaged Girls 05.24.1996

    Producer/sound artist Gregory Whitehead presents his piece "This Mindless Thing." (7 minutes) RomanceTeenagers

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  • Chicago, In The 1960s.

    14: Accidental Documentaries 02.21.1996

    Nora Moreno with tapes of her father, a pioneer in Spanish-language broadcasting in America. Her ...FathersParentsPoetry

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    13: Love 02.07.1996

    Host Ira Glass explores a self-help cassette tape that promises to bring the listener peace ...HolidaysRomance

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  • Yearning.

    13: Love 02.07.1996

    Artist Julie Laffin talks about the inspiration for her "kissing projects." Jessica Yu's film ...ArtFilm/Film MakingPoetry

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