How much can you trust whether somebody who you think is close to you really is close to you? Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr.’s been thinking about that question since a recent visit with some of his childhood friends in Sierra Leone. (37 minutes)
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When guest host Tobin Low was looking for a husband, he got opposing advice from two of the most important people in his life, his mom and his best friend.
Zarna Garg had a clear plan for how she was going to find a husband.
People who fall in love at first sight often describe it as a kind of magic. One of our producers, Aviva DeKornfeld, is skeptical of these sorts of claims.
Calvin is an 11 year old who is learning what love is all about, the hard way. (7 minutes)
Writer Marie Phillips believes that magic is not just reserved for the beginning of a relationship.
Amy Bloom tells the story of her husband, Brian, getting Alzheimer's and wanting assisted suicide. Her search to find a way to do that led her to Dignitas, in Switzerland.
Writer Emily Flake’s young daughter tries to make up her mind about whether or not she has a crush on a boy in her class.
A reality show contestant tries to game the system. (20 minutes)
Actor Daniel Radcliffe reads a short piece of fiction, “The Present,” from Simon Rich’s book of short stories “The Last Girlfriend on Earth.” (10 minutes)
Elna Baker interviews comedian Michelle Buteau about one of her first big romantic challenges.
David Kestenbaum retraces the steps of Steve Snyder, a man who found himself running for love.
Comedian Jillian Welsh tells Diane Wu about one of the most romantic—and stressful—nights of her life, a night that paralleled the plot of a rom-com in several ways. A version of this story first appeared on the Risk! podcast.
A guy in Key West makes a series of grand gestures, each one more outrageous than the last. He goes so far that we need to say that this story, from Miki Meek, is not for kids.
Among friends, Elna Baker is famous for her romantic advice: go big! She talks to Ira about successes and failures.
Host Ira Glass interviews author Alain de Botton about why so many of us choose the wrong spouses. Botton is the author of the new novel The Course of Love.
A short story by Lydia Davis about trying to calculate the cost of a love affair. The story is read by actor Matt Malloy.
We have an update on a man in his 70s who planned to propose to a woman. We first spoke with him for time in our episode The Heart Wants What the Heart Wants.
Ira talks to a man in his 70s who’s about to travel across the country to tell a woman he loves how he really feels, despite some very real signs that doing so might be a bad idea.
Jesse had been waiting his whole life to fall in love—and then he started getting these letters from the perfect woman, Pamala. She seemed vulnerable.
Julia Lillis talks to Ira about the huge, romantic move she made after a break up, and how it was both crazy and worth doing.
At three high schools in Palm Beach County, Florida, several young police officers were sent undercover to pose as students, tasked with making drug arrests. And this, this is the setting for a love story, reported by Robbie Brown.
Ben Loory wrote and tells this story, which begins with a duck falling in love with a rock.
A live performance detailing a humiliating love affair. When comedian Mike Birbiglia was in high school, he fell for a cool girl named Amanda.